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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 A RT S

Continued from Page 11
"Pearl Harbor" the love complicationy
among Rafe, Danny and Evelyn (Ben
Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beck-
insale, respectively) is ineffectual. The
more compelling connection is the
friendship between Rafe and Danny.
"Pearl Harbor" ends up doing a lot
more storytelling than showing.
Instead of witnessing interactions on
the big screen, you only hear about
them. Rafe and Danny's friendship is
one example of this. Rafe and Danny
are continually telling other characters
about what good friends they are to
one another. Yet, scenes depicting this
are missing.
The cinematography of "Pearl Har-
bor" is outstanding. Michael Bay
("Armageddon" and "The Rock")
seemed to be at his best during the
action sequences, which were nothing
less than spectacular. The actual attack
sequence was able to give the audience
a taste of what it was really like on that
horrific day. The sequences when the
Japanese planes start moving in on the
unsuspecting locals of Pearl Harbor are
both tragic and magnificent at once.

There are a number of wonderful
actors and actresses in this movie.
Hartnett and Beckinsale, both fairly
new to big blockbuster movies, were
understated in their acting and convinc-
ing because of it. Affleck, on the other
hand, was not at his best. Throughout
the entire movie it did not seem as
though he were a part of his role but
simply a big movie star playing a role.
This was especially evident in his
romantic script with his less-than-origi-
nal and often repeated line, "You are so
Cuba Gooding Jr., who played Dorie
Miller, has been played up a great deal
in this movie as one of the few charac-
ters that is a real-life hero of Pearl Har-
bor. Gooding was excellent but his
character was completely underdevel-
oped. In this case one could say that his
fifteen minutes of fame were portrayed
in ten minutes of film. His part should
have either been expanded or cut out.
"Pearl Harbor" has had tons of hype.
Because of this, many will be going
into it with high hopes. A movie would
have to do a lot to live up to such high
expectations. "Pearl Harbor," while
entertaining, does not deliver in all its
epic proportions.

Lopez, Caviezel
light up AglEyes'


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By Wilhelmina Maurltz
Daily Arts Writer
Going into "Angel Eyes," one is
unsure as to what they'll be watching;
all the previews for the movie were
vague. After 45 minutes, it was still
unclear where the movie was going.
However, this does not mean the movie
was unenjoyable. "Angel Eyes" was
simply a movie
that took time in
setting up a mys-
terious plot and
Angel was careful
Eyes (sometimes too
careful) not to
Grade: B+ reveal anything
At Showcase too soon.
and Quality16 "Angel Eyes"
revolves around
Sharon (Jennifer
Lopez), a tough
cop who is a bit
of a loner. In a
near-death expe-
rience for Sharon, a mysterious man
named Catch (James Caviezel from
"Frequency") comes onto the scene
and saves her.
The two have an instant, inexplicable
attraction for one another, but there's a
hitch: Catch doesn't like to reveal any-
thing to Sharon about his life. All she
knows is that he lives in an empty
apartment and wanders the streets
daily. Being a cop, Sharon can't quite
deal with his secrecy, yet she is still
intrigued with Catch.
There is a lot going on in "Angel
Eyes." There are numerous stories
playing out all at once, but the movie
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never gets too complicated.
Lopez is great in this movie. Having
played a tough cop once before in "Out
of Sight" she must have been used to
the routine, but she managed to spice
up the role and give the character in
"Angel Eyes" a lot more dimension.
Lopez can be the tough cop and vul-
nerable woman in the same scene and
pull it off very convincingly.
Caviezel is a good-looking guy who
wore nice-looking clothes, yet put little
effort into the rest of his appearance.
His hair was always hanging in his eyes
and looked like it had not been washed
for several days and his face was con-
tinually unshaven and seemingly
sweaty. At one point when he and
Lopez were having a "moment" I want-
ed him to jump in the shower first courtesy of warner
because he looked too grimy. It goes Kiss me, you fool ... I am J.Lol
without saying that this was a bit of a Caviezel's shaggy appearance. Ther
mood killer, at least for me. also a scene where Catch gets in
Other than that, the chemistry car with Sharon and appears to be
between Lopez and Caviezel, which is nervous explaining that he doesn't I
key to the whole movie, was totally to drive in cars. However, during
believable. Bad chemistry between two entire car ride, Catch never puts on
actors who are supposed to be falling seatbelt. Tell me, if you were ne
for each other is the worst flaw you can about driving in cars, wouldn
have in a romantic movie. It sounds wear your seatbelt?
like a simple point, but it is surprising In the end, I'd have to say t
how many movies overlook this (Helen "Angel Eyes" is a very good and o
Hunt and Mel Gibson in "What nal movie. It is a romance but with
Women Want" is a perfect example). any of the normal romantic touc
"Angel Eyes" is not without its imper- that seem cliche and tend to mt
fections. At times, the plot seems unreal- movies boring. Instead of coms
istic. The many mysteries in the movie being the backdrop for the relations
also tend to go a little too far on occa- between Lopez and Caviezel, there
sion and then do not always wrap them- mystery. Most people will say t
selves up in the end, which is frustrating. "Angel Eyes" is a dark movie, an
"Angel Eyes" has some other minor At the same time, it is surpri*
flaws that seem to recur, such as fresh and invigorating.
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