Escapist summer movies really get me. Despite my preference for \”elite\” movies, these kind of movies really appeal to me. On my list of favorite movies, I list Shawshank Redemption, Run Lola Run, Goodbye Lenin, American Beauty These are movies that explore the human psyche. But I don\’t include the movies that I don\’t mind watching over and over again…despite their plotholes. Namely, action thrillers like The Rock, Die Hard… and as of yesterday The Island. They\’re obviously markest-tested. Romance? Check. Hot popular stars? Check. Funny sidekick? Check. A failed attempt at a deep message? Check. Flat undeveloped bad guy? Check. Amazing special effects? Check. Heart-pounding music for action scenes? Check and check and check.
At least I am not a teeny bopper. Yet there are times you can\’t help but like some boy band music. It happens to the best of us.