Hall Of Shame

I never got to see this part of the film…

Things aren’t going well. This is the second film in a row I have stopped watching early. This time however I did manage to get 35 minutes into the film.

So why did I stop watching? Simply because I wasn’t enjoying it. The humour seemed too obvious and as a result not funny. Add to that an unlikeable main character (Burt Wonderstone played by Steve Carell) and a predictable story arc (I would guess the main character becomes more likeable). There seemed little point in continuing. I did like the jokes at the expense of magicians like David Blaine – the idea that these days people would rather watch a guy stand in a box for 30 days than watch a proper trick. But that’s all there was.

Jim Carrey’s in this film – it’s been a while since I’ve seen him in one. He plays a trendy new magician called Steve Gray  who wasn’t very funny either but he did at least have a good line : Burt Wonderstone wants to tell him about an idea for a show  and Carrey says :  “I’ll tell you what, pretend I’m still here and tell me all about it”, and then he drives off in his van. I’m now going to do something similar and pretend that I watched the rest of this film and it was exactly like the first 35 minutes. Fairly crap…



The only time you would be happy to see a mad man with a gun show up and start firing indiscriminately.

Bad Points : This is shit. Imagine Step Up 2 castrated and with it’s dance sequences neutered, then throw in a couple of bland Twilight-style pretty boy male actors and a lead actress whose street-dancing skills aren’t up to scratch. Add to that zero-chemistry between the 2 main leads and you end up with a dull and lifeless sequel. Even the big dance scene at the end isn’t worth waiting for.

Extra Bad Point : The film truly sinks to a nadir when Moose (Adam Sevani) turns up late to a dance contest on his BMX, knocks over a couple of fire hydrants and one of the most embarrassing wet-dance scenes ever committed to film begins.

Good Point: The computer-controlled LEDs they wear for the final dance sequence *are* actually quite impressive.


This picture slightly exaggerates the quality of the special effects in this film.

Well yes I only have myself to blame. In the film Bowfinger, Steve Martin unsucessfully pitches an idea for a film called ‘Chubby Rain’ in which aliens come down to Earth hidden in rain drops. The plot of this film is frighteningly similar – except here here the aliens use tornados.

However something much stranger appears to be going on with this production than just seasonally-unusual tornados. Such is the quality of acting on display, that it seems highly likely that the professional cast were all killed in some kind of accident and then replaced with some cheap stand-ins from the local amateur dramatic society.

Even more strange, for a film about aliens – sorry for the spoiler but you really shouldn’t watch this film anyway –  there are actually NO aliens in this film.

To summarise: B-Movie Plot, terrible acting, no aliens, and add to that –  it’s boring and has very cheap-looking special effects. 1/10