Wednesday, February 19, 2014

40 Days and Nights (2012)

Number Rolled: 96
Movie Name/Year: 40 Days and Nights (2012)
Genre: Action and Adventure
Length: 86 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Peter Geiger
Writer: H. Perry Horton
Actors: Alex Carter, Monica Keena, Alex Arleo, Alex Ball, Victoria Barabas, Ty Banett, Adam Burch, Hector Luis Bustamante, Christianna Carmine, Marcus Choi, Emily Davenport, Evan Dumouchel, Susannah Hart Jones, Scott Hoxby, Kevin Jackson, Jonah Keal, Hina Khan, Jon Kondelik, Dominic Ledesma, Mitch Lerner, Kaiwi Lyman, Kimberly McConnel, Emilio Palame, Rich Paul, Andrew Pirozzi, Emily Sandifer, Aurelia Scheppers

As an apocalyptic storm brews, beginning to cover the entire world in water, the military works to create operational arks to try to save humankind.

Normally my synopsis of a movie is a little longer than one line, but not for this one. Although Horton tried to write in some personal drama and attempted to make the viewer feel empathy for some of the characters, it was an enormous failure. So many of the people the story concentrated on were there just show how deadly the storm was; so when people started being introduced with storyline, I found myself not caring.

The acting was weak and the characters being portrayed were even weaker. In an apocalyptic storyline, there’s always room for big personalities and it allows us to delve into human psychology as people are confronted with imminent demise. That’s a chance the writer simply missed in this movie. For the majority of the film, we’re confronted with technical jargon and the ability to watch people do their jobs without an issue. The few times there was any real storyline to sink our teeth into, the camera concentrated on the wrong people and we were left with no first hand information. It actually became annoying.

In my opinion, if you’re looking for this kind of film, you’re better off risking “Noah,” the new movie coming in March by director Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman. That, too, is about an ark and 40 days of rain. I’m betting it’ll be leaps and bounds better than this nonsense.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 1.5/5
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None

Trust-the-Dice Score1.5/5

The Random Rating: PG-13 for moderate action

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