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So it's been a while... deal with it. I was on vacation and didn't feel like even looking at a computer. Let me tell you, it was great. If you have the opportunity, do it. Break away from the computers that tie you down. You'll love it. Well, anyway...

Katie and I saw Pearl Harbor this weekend. This is a movie I both wanted to see and dreaded the very thought of at the same time. Well, my fears were well-founded, apparently. It wasn't exactly the strongest movie I've ever seen in my life. The love triangle between Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett was pretty weak and definitely unnecessary. It also made the first half of the movie drag quite a bit. At least the love story build-up in Armageddon had moments of excitement and levity built in thanks to the training sequences. None of that in this film except in one instance with Affleck flying over in Britain. Another thing that irked me was the lack of suspense during the attack. Yeah, we all know how it turned out. Pearl Harbor was bombed to hell and back. Hey, we also knew that the Apollo 13 astronauts made it back alive, yet Ron Howard still turned this most-obvious of stories into one helluva nailbiter. Why couldn't it be a little more suspenseful? Because it's Michael Bay in the director's chair and Jerry Bruckheimer forking over the cash to make it. Neither of these two are well-known for intricate plots... just special effects, baby. And that is what this film had a lot of. If you want historical accuracy, see Tora, Tora, Tora. Now that's a great film. The visual effects are spectacular and they didn't need a computer to achieve them. Now, that's impressive. Oh, well. Enough rambling. See Pearl Harbor for only the effects. Don't expect much else. Well, that's my $0.02.

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