Monday, February 3, 2014

Empire State (2012)

Number Rolled: 39
Movie Name/Year: Empire State (2012)
Genre: Drama
Length: 94 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Dito Montiel
Writer: Adam Mazer
Actors: Liam Hemsworth, Michael Angarano, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Ben-Victor, Greg Vrotsos, Michael Rispoli, Emma Roberts, Nikki Reed, Wayne Pere, Shenae Grimes, Chris Dimantopoulos

Chris is a police officer hopeful who’s trying to deal with a relatively low-caste life in the early 80’s. Before he can see his dreams realizes, however, his father is fired and he loses his chance to join the police agency, leading him trying to find a job as a security guard. Shortly after working for the new company, he learns that security involving millions of dollars is incredibly lax and is faced with great temptation.

This movie was based on a true story, which leads me to the conclusion that not all true stories are interesting enough to make it into the entertainment industry. The movie was dull. When it comes down to it, I have no problem with biographies or documentaries, I just don’t want to go for what I think is fiction and find myself faced with a word-by-word reenactment.

Despite the overly realistic and boring plot, the script itself also kind of sucked. All the actors were fine, great even, but they were too damn good for the movie. No amount of guilty glances from Hemsworth, strung-out twitching from Angarano or toned down thoughtfulness from Johnson could do anything for the terribly written script.

I can pick any one of the actors involved in this movie and find a better film of theirs to watch.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3/5
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 22%

Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

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