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Say “I’ll Be Back!” in this Terminator Genisys Review

Hello there people of the internet, man it feels like I’ve been gone for a while now (even though its only been a few days), but after some recovery time I’m back with a fresh film review in the form of Terminator Genisys. Now I’ve made it no secret that since the first trailer hit the web I was not a fan, it looked interesting, but also like a jumbled version of Terminator’s greatest hits. I was curious but wary, but it was after the second trailer came out that I (along with the rest of the world) not only got more interested in Genisys but also believed that we saw a massive spoiler in the trailer. From that point I had hope that the film would be at least decent. So I watched it last night and now it’s time to pass judgement!

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The story can be summed up as the following:

“John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be. Now Sarah and Kyle along with an aged T-800 Terminator go on an epic journey to change fate and save the future from Skynet.”

The plot overall was decent, but was a very messy affair. Now what I liked about the film was the first 20 minutes or so. It was clear, simple, different, yet nostalgic, cool and fun. I have to give the filmmakers props for their faithfulness and references to the older Terminator films as there are references galore for hardcore fans that know their material especially when it comes to Terminator 1 & 2 and a there’s even a bit of 3 and Salvation in there too. But after that initial nostalgia trip and the film goes off on its own tangent that’s where things get convoluted. This film tries to do so much, at times the story is hard to follow because there’s so much going on with the time travelling, new and returning characters and presenting new scenarios. However the story goes to places without explaining certain things, some of the time travelling elements get really confusing and come across as more messy than smart and there’s some emotional aspects in this film that just don’t feel earned or carry as much weight as they should do. And finally the film has humour and some of it work but other times it’s not as funny. Oh and I have to mention the whole John Connor thing that was spoiled in the second trailer, I won’t go into specifics for those unaware of it, but the second trailer really did ruin a massive aspect of the story and while there’s more to the film, the marketing team and whoever put that trailer together should be fired for revealing something that would have been much better off seen in the film on its own.

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As for the cast they vary from being decent to being bad, I think it is just due to the fact some of the actors are miscast in their roles. But one thing that does remain constant is Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator (aka Guardian/Pops). Schwarzenegger is the best thing about this film, after so many years the man still has it, that awesome screen presence, the dead stare, great delivery with dialogue and it feels right. I could probably see Schwarzenegger do this role for good few more years as he’s not lost his touch and it he was so great to watch. Jason Clarke as John Connor he was pretty good and I liked his energy for the role, but again he just wasn’t the best in this role. Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Having someone like Daenerys Targaryen in the role of Sarah frigging Connor seems like a good idea, but Clarke doesn’t have the right kind of physicality, screen presence or badassery that we associate with this iconic character. Clarke does a decent job, but not a great one and its mean to compare Clarke to Linda Hamilton but she can’t pull it off. Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, man he wasn’t good. Courtney is an actor I don’t mind and want to see improve, however he’s always in such bad films and his performances aren’t the best and that is the case with this film. Courtney just doesn’t have the right kind of emotional depth to him and when you compare him to Michael Biehn, Courtney doesn’t compare, he doesn’t have the wit, charm or the everyman look to him. Lee Byung-hun was pretty good as the T-1000, I just wish there was more of him. J. K. Simmons as Detective O’Brien was pretty funny and I liked him but I was hoping that Simmons’ role was going to be a little more significant in the film. As for Matt Smith’s role in this film, I won’t reveal what it is because it is a massive spoiler, that being said it was pretty disappointing though I did like Smith’s American accent.

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When it comes to the presentation. Visually the film looks nice, the CGI for the most part is very clean and sharp and is used well in the big set pieces sequences and the action for the most part is pretty good. But the film just doesn’t have anything super memorable about the action sequences, there’s nothing that is unique or totally badass them and in the modern age of action films that’s not a good thing. I did appreciate the use of colour, lighting and atmosphere the film tried to put across. As for the music, Lorne Balfe’s film score does nothing to elevate the film. It has no charisma, drama or memorable themes and this film barely capitalizes on the iconic themes from the previous films.

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In conclusion the Terminator Genisys is decent, but isn’t the film I was hoping for. In a way I knew the film would end up in the way that it did, but I had hoped that Alan Taylor and the star power behind this film would produce a better result, but that is unfortunately not the case. That being said, the film was better than I expected with some great references to the first film and a great central performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. If this film was streamlined and a little more focused, it would have been miles better, however what we’re left with is a decent return to the Terminator franchise. Hopefully the sequels can only go up from here.

Rating: 6/10

So what do you think of Terminator Genisys? Did you like the film, think it was alright or hate it? Please leave your thoughts below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Batman & Robin

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #16 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’m reviewing a film I was hoping to never have to actively go out and watch again, but for the sake of this blog series I am once again having to step back into the danger zone with one of the most hated superhero films in the history of the genre; Batman & Robin.

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So yeah, this film, yuck. Every once in a while you get reminded of its terrible existence on a top ten worst list somewhere or when you talk about the history of comic book adaptations, but otherwise most times we try to forget that this films happened. If you remember my Month of Superhero Film Reviews from 2013 you may recall that I reviewed Batman 89, Returns and Forever, but skipped this one in favour of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but something told me that if I decided to do a second month of these reviews then this film would be waiting and unfortunately today is the day.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“The Dynamic Duo attempt to prevent Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing all mankind to death and repopulating the earth with mutant plants, while at the same time struggling to keep their partnership together.”

Let’s get this straight, this story is terrible. Straight from the beginning the film offends and confuses the eyes with the Batman and Robin suit-up scene with the shots of suit nipples, cod pieces and ass shots. Why? And then the rest of the film happens and you realise that the first scene in the film is just the start of the painful rollercoaster. This film is filled to the brim with cheesy puns, bad one-liners and clich√© dialogue that feels like it was written in a very short space of time. Nothing in this film feels realistic or impressive, instead it is quite bizarre, strange and completely illogical. There’s also a lot going on from Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy both wanting to take over the city to trust issues going on with Batman and Robin, add on top of that the subplot with Alfred’s illness, Mr. Freeze’s wife and the addition of Batgirl and here’s just too much to follow and it doesn’t help that everything unfolds in a generic and cartoonish manner, so much so that when the film tries to inject scenes that try to add some dramatic heft to the film it fails because of the over saturation of foolishness that’s taken place beforehand. It goes on for far too long, THIS FILM DID NOT NEED TO BE TWO HOURS LONG! It is absurd how long the film goes on for and a lot of the story could have been streamlined so easily had it been written better. And speaking of the writer, I never knew until now that Akira Goldsman, one of the awesome writers from Fringe is responsible for this terrible script. While his work has never been good all of the time, at the same time it is hard to believe that he is part of the reason why comic book films went to shit before their revival in the early 2000’s.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly there’s George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman and yeah it’s not a very good performance. Clooney is a good actor for sure, but he was definitely the wrong choice for Batman. He doesn’t have the right look, physicality or charm of Bruce Wayne or Batman and he just doesn’t seem that convincing when he’s trying to be serious and the one-liners he has just makes me cringe. Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, OH GOD! O’Donnell was at least tolerable in Forever for me, but here is just a whiny little bitch who has the worst one-liners and acts like a child when he’s a fully grown man. There is nothing cool or engaging about this version of Robin and O’Donnell should be ashamed (no offence to him because I do like the guy now, but this is something that I will never forgive). Oh and we can’t talk about this film without mentioning Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, well, this is pretty much as bad as it gets. Schwarzenegger is super cheesy and hams up the role to the highest degree and it makes all of his ice/cold puns that much more painful, that being said the one-liners he comes out with are so bad that they’re funny at times. Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy, oh bloody hell. Thurman does her best to give us one of the most over the top performances in recent film history, her character is very lame, unbearable and non threatening.

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Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson / Batgirl. Silverstone, I’m sure she’s a good actress elsewhere but here she is just so unrealistic as a teenager or young person and I couldn’t take her seriously as a cool/badass motorbike racer or as Batgirl. Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth is okay, but his character felt a little overly charismatic and silly and while most of his standard character traits are intact, I feel like Gough wasn’t as engaging as before. Pat Hingle is kind of pointless as Commissioner James Gordon, his character feels like window dressing at this point and he was poorly used here. John Glover was SO cheesy and over the top as Dr. Jason Woodrue, could not take him seriously at all. I was surprised to see Elle Macphersonin this film as Julie Madison, didn’t notice her before, she was fine but unnecessary in this film and the same could be said about Vivica A. Fox as Ms. B. Haven. And finally Robert “Jeep” Swenson as Bane, what a waste! Fool. Whoever told Swenson to act the way that he did needs to be fired, Bane in this film is a mentally inept child with super strength but acts only when told by Poison Ivy and that just sucked. He is pretty much as bad as Sabertooth from X-Men 1.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is a bit crazy, the colour scheme is so vivid and bright and while it does create a unique world for Gotham City, it really takes away from the interesting identity of the city that I’ve known and the versions of the city that’s been presented in previous films. The GCI is alright, but is not nearly as impressive as some other films at that point in time, also the action scenes are ridiculous with lazy choreography, too much wire work and sequences that felt like they replicated straight from the essence of the Adam West Batman TV series, but not in a good way. As for the soundtrack, Elliot Goldenthal returns to craft this film score and besides the themes that return from Forever which is fine for the most part, the new music is composed for this film is so silly, bombastic, sassy and larger than life, but in the worst possible way. It only helps make whatever you see on-screen worse especially when Poison Ivy is around.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well my Batman knowledge isn’t that dense but from what I can see they totally messed a lot of things up. Firstly Batgirl, who is meant to be Barbra Gordon and daughter of Commissioner James Gordon is instead the niece of Alfred for some strange reason and has this whole different persona and character history. Besides the look of her costume, Poison Ivy’s powers and personality was butchered, the same can be said for Bane who was dumbed down to a mindless thug with strength and Mr. Freeze, while they got the backstory with his wife sort of right, everything from the costume to his level of intelligence and demeanour, they done fucked it up. And the less said about those awful Bat costumes the better, suffice to say that they are terrible and should have never been conceived.

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So to conclude Batman & Robin was and still is one of the worst films not only of the comic book superhero genre but in the whole of film in general. This film should only ever be watched if you’re drunk and want to something to laugh at or get angry at depending on your mood, otherwise this film should never be seen by anyone with a shred of logic, it sucks, nuff said!

Rating: 2/10 (only gets points for the ice puns)

That’s 16 reviews done, only 14 more to go. So have you seen Bartman & Robin and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I‚Äôll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Maggie Trailer #1

Howdy people of the internet, time for another trailer review and today we’ll be talking about Maggie. So, last week I was just chilling on YouTube and then saw this trailer for this upcoming film called Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. What? I thought his only major film coming out for the for what’s the teaser saying? Well read on and find out.

Check out the trailer below:

Looks interesting, it could be good but also good be bad.

I watched this earlier last week and I have to say that I am intrigued, though I am hesitant at the same time. The story looks interesting, seems like a story about a father trying to protect his daughter during her transformation into a zombie, and rather than focusing on action or the gory horror stuff, this focuses on the father and daughter. I can see there being moments of fear, mystery, drama and suspense, and I’m getting some serious vibes from The Road in this trailer.

I love Arnold Schwarzenegger, he’s one of my childhood favourite actors and I’ll watch him in anything (within reason), but with this film I am curious. This is a very different role for him, it is so serious and dramatic and looks like a film that requires a lot of acting power. Not that Arnie is a super bad actor, but he’s not the best either. So this is going to be test for him to see if he can be an actor that does more than look cool in action sequences and say cool one liners. And then there’s Abigail Breslin who I didn’t even know she was until I saw that I’d seen her in Signs and Little Miss Sunshine, my god she’s grown up and become such a capable actress. I can’t wait to see how she does in this film and whether her and Schwarzenegger will have the right kind of chemistry necessary to pull off this father and daughter relationship.

I do like the look of this film and definitely has the potential to be good, however, I do have some concerns like:

  1. Whether this film is a good fit for Arnie
  2. Whether there will be an audience for this film
  3. How wide of a release will the film get?

I think that these are valid concerns. I’ve seen a few zombie-based films in recent years, some that focused on the action-side of things and some that focus more on the characters in the midst of the chaos. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. Though it does depend on the actors and directors involved and how well the film is promoted. This film looks like it could be fun and since it isn’t Arnie in his standard action hero role, I think those of us who still like the guy and have been following him since before he stopped acting would like to see how this shift in role and genre will turn, especially if its good. It looks like the film will only get a limited release in America and possibly in some other countries, but it looks like we’ll probably have to wait til home video/video on demand to see this and that sucks in my opinion.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Maggie looks pretty interesting. The dark and brooding atmosphere and dramatic story seems to be right up my ally. The way this trailer hypes up Arnie’s performance definitely makes me wonder if he’s really that good or if it is an exaggeration. Regardless of my reservations, I am certainly going to see this film regardless of its critical reception.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Maggie? Are interested in this film and do you feel like the trailer has given away too much? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Terminator Genisys Trailer #1 Quick Review

Hello there people of the internet, time for a trailer review and this one is certainly interesting as we have the first trailer next instalment in the Terminator series, Terminator Genisys. This is a film I’ve been cautiously watching from afar and each time a new piece of information has come out my interested has dropped and increased each time. Now we finally have a trailer so I’m quickly going to give you my thoughts.

Check out the trailer below:

My immediate thoughts after seeing the trailer? I’m not sure. Obviously that is not a good answer at all, but in truth I’m not sure what to make of this trailer. It has a lot of the old key elements of the previous films but it does have a modern action film feel, both things intrigue and worry me.

So from what I understand from the trailer, this film takes place in the future, again, and humans are at war with machines and it looks like they’re on the losing side. So in classic fashion John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), however, Kyle gets sent back to an alternative past where things different and not as he was informed about. This Sarah Connor is battle-ready and badass, is full aware of her destiny and has been trained by the an aging T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger). It looks like the T-1000 Terminator (or something similar) is already chasing after her as well.

I have to give the people behind this film props for changing the story formula that we’ve come to know since 1984, but still remain faithful to the old films. I get vibes primarily from Terminator 1 & 2 and a bit of Salvation. Its like everything has been streamlined into one main story and mixed around with some new ingredients as well. It is both quite refreshing and worrying. I like how we’re not reliving the past and are getting something new, but at the same time I’m not sure if all of the changes will work. I like the visual presentations for the most part, the future looks very rich in colour, explosions and has nice cinematography and in the past the liquid Terminator looks as cool as ever. Character-wise Jason Clarke seems good as John Connor, though I can’t really see Clarke as John Connor from a visual standpoint. I like Emilia Clarke’s version of Sarah Connor, she seems capably badass, obviously not Linda Hamilton kind of badass, but she seems worthy. Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, I have yet to see if he’ll do well, but he seems alright. Then there’s Byung-hun Lee as this new version of the T-1000 and he looks like he’ll be doing a similar performance to that of Robert Patrick in Terminator 2. There’s no sign into of Matt Smith or J. K. Simmons, so I’m curious to know how they fit into this film. If there’s one thing I hated about this trailer, it was the music, terrible and generic choices for the beginning song and the instrumental stuff towards the end, and the classic Terminator drum beat, it was alright but not as effective as I thought it would be.

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In conclusion the Terminator Genisys trailer looks better than I thought it would, the combination of previous film storylines mixed in with a new one is quite intriguing, though some of the CG-heavy scenes and questionable delivery of the classic lines keep me cautious. I’m more interested in this film then I was before, though, this film still has its work cut out for it to be considered one of the films to look out for in 2015.

So what do you think of the first trailer for Terminator Genisys? Are you down with it or are you filled with hatred? Please leave your thoughts below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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The Expendables 3 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another film review, today I will be doing my review on one of the last films of the summer I’ve been looking forward to,¬†The Expendables 3. Now the first film when it came out in 2010 was a nice bit of fun and the sequel just got crazier and a lot more campy too, but was still hella fun. So here we are two years later with third film which brings back the main cast along with even more established action heroes and some new faces too. So does it succeed or is this film overkill of this series of films? Well read on and find out!

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The story can be summarized as the following:

“Leader of the Expendables¬†Barney Ross augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.”

I thought the story was good for the most part. In terms of tone this film kind of meets somewhere in-between the first and second film where it is kind of serious and kind of campy. The story isn’t anything special and as a tale of revenge with people of the past coming to back to cause havoc it isn’t going to win any points for originality. That being said the story was solid, had a reason for being and was better than the first film’s overly dramatic tone. The humour is definitely on display throughout and while some of the jokes fall a bit flat, most of them are pretty good with nice banter between team members and the nice self referenced. This film¬†was probably the most modern influenced of this series of films as it not only takes on a younger set of mercenaries but also take into account how technology helps with tactical-based scenarios. Now whether I like this film more so than Expendables 2 remains to be seen as I haven’t seen it since 2012, but now I like this one better.

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As for¬†the cast they’re just as good as they have ever been, but some clearly stand out more than others. The best people in this film was Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson.

Firstly Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross is pretty much the same as he was before, he’s big, gets the most screen time and while his speech is still hard to comprehend at times, the man still knows how to move for a man in his 60’s and gets the job done when it comes to action.¬†Then there’s Wesley Snipes as Doc who I was so glad to see back on the big screen, the guy was totally charismatic and funny and I liked his banter with his other comrades, while there wasn’t too much martial arts from him, what action scenes he did were pretty cool.¬†Antonio Banderas as Galgo was such a riot, the dude is primarily there for comic relief, but he stole every scene was in because he talked so much and was so over-the-top. And¬†Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks, damn he was cool. Gibson¬†hasn’t been in many big films recently, but seeing him in this villain role really makes me want to see more of him. Stonebanks is your typical cold, evil and humourous bad guy that enjoys taunting and toying with his enemies and Gibson was clearly having fun with this rle which I loved.

The rest of cast are decent, Jason Statham is still badass as Lee Christmas,¬†Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen and¬†Randy Couture as Toll Road are fine and¬†Terry Crews as Hale Caesar while in a smaller role was still kick ass. I enjoyed¬†Kelsey Grammer’s appearance as Bonaparte, the man didn’t do very much but he had some cool and moments with Stallone and some of the new recruits.¬†Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench takes on a smaller role than the last film but is still awesome in several of his scenes especially when it comes to his dialogue. Poor¬†Jet Li as Yin Yang, the dude barely got any screen time at all, the character was pretty much wasted.¬†Harrison Ford as Max Drummer was cool, this is the most movement I’ve seen from him in recent films, he was fun and intimidating. Oh and shout out to¬†Glen Powell as Thorn and¬†Ronda Rousey as Luna (she was gorgeous and badass).

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When it comes to the presentation¬†The Expendables 3 is pretty good. Just like the previous films the action comes thick and fast and comes in the form of mainly fight fights, some hand-to-hand combat and big action set pieces with various vehicles and explosions galore. That being said some of the action wasn’t as special or memorable as what has come before, also annoying is the amount of CGI used in the film as it is so obvious when it’s used and it really takes me out of the film. As for the soundtrack, Brian Tyler comes back to score the music and it is pretty much more of the¬†same, nothing that memorable but not too shabby. The music works for the film and elevates the action-based scenes.

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In conclusion¬†The Expendables 3 is possibly¬†the best of the Expendables films in my opinion, while the laughs aren’t always there and the CGI is still pretty, I feel like this is the most consistent and cohesive of the films with a good balance between campiness and seriousness and when the action goes down it is totally chaotic. Any fans of these classic action stars should be satisfied with the film, it may not have the nostalgia factor or originality from the previous instalments but it is hard to deny the fun that comes from seeing some of these actors together on-screen having a good time.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Expendables 3 and if so what did you think of it? Well that’s been my review ladies and gentlemen, hopefully you enjoyed and drop me a¬†comment,¬†let me know what you thought of the film. Until next time, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Sabotage Trailer #1 Review

Hey people of the internet, time to review a trailer again! Today I’m having a look one I’ve been meaning to review for a few days now, it is the review for the next Arnold¬†Schwarzenegger film, Sabotage. So besides having the same name as one of my favourite Beastie Boys songs, this next Arnie picture looks pretty decent and has my attention as another film I may be excited for in 2014.

But before I get into all the details check out the trailer below yo:

Well this looks interesting. Now I am a sucker for a good action thriller, but I am genuinely interested in see what this film has to say. The first thing that sounds out is Arnie and how he has changed his psychical appearance for a role which makes him look a lot more active and interesting than in say films like Expendables 2 or The Last Stand, here it looks like he’s just continuing the roles he did back in the 90’s but with newer faces around him which is cool.¬†I also like the cast involved too. Besides having Arnie which is a huge selling point for me, you also got¬†Terrence Howard,¬†Joe¬†Manganiello¬†and¬†Olivia Williams to name a few. It just seems like an interesting collection of people in one place, I just hope they all have a chance to stand out.

I like the whole family unit idea of this team, how they’ve been through a lot together and have a good bond, but then I’m also down with the idea of conspiracies and inside jobs, and this film seems to have that covered. I hope that the action hold up too with some good film work and choreography because of I’m tired of this films not having some unique visual flair yo.

Now the only worries I have about this film is the fact that a lot of what I’m seeing in this trailer feels familiar. the whole “someone on your team is a traitor” and the whole “hey main character, they’ve got your wife” kind of thing, that and other things haves all been done before.¬†It seems like the trailer has shown me that film has the thriller/crime and action elements down, but I just hope that the story is smart and interesting enough to hold the audience or we’ll just end up with something that is all style and no substance. But luckily we do have¬†David Ayer behind the film, he’s done good work before so let’s hope he does well here too.

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In conclusion Sabotage looks like it could be a lot of fun, I mean sure it’s gotten several plot elements that we’ve seen in action thriller films before, but I think the cast and premise looks cool and interesting enough to warrant a watch. Plus we’re in an age where Arnie is back on the big screen after almost a decade away, I’m gonna stick around and see what he’s up to.

What do you think of Sabotage? Are you interested or excited for this film our are you just not bothered? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Escape Plan Review

Hello there people of the interweb, time for another film review and today’s first review will be on the action thriller Escape Plan! Man I have been following this film since around this time last year when it was known as ‘The Tomb‘ and the main reason I wanted to watch it was purely because it featured¬†Sylvester Stallone and¬†Arnold Schwarzenegger, two of my favourite action heroes from my childhood. The trailers for the film looked awesome so I was down for this film regardless of how it turned out, so was Escape Plan worth the wait? Read on and find out!

In term of the story¬†the film follows Ray Breslin, a structural engineer who breaks out of prisons for a living, however he is wrongly convicted of a crime, and is incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison. So in order to get out Breslin is aided by cellmate Rottmayer as they set the wheels in motion for a plan to escape.

I thought the plot in this film, while a bit clich√© is still an enjoyable one that offers good thrills, action a few plot twists here and there. If you’ve seen any prison-breaking films before then you kind of know what to expect, the only thing you wonder is how will these two main characters escape. And this film mixes a few things up and while it is serious for the most part it offers moments of humour which is a bit hit or miss, but when the humour works its frigging funny. Overall the story was good but I can’t help but feel like if it was handled by a better director and writer it could be so much better, I dunno why but after seeing James Mangold taken on The Wolverine, I feel like he would have been good fit for this film because of his decent track record with action films.

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When it comes the to cast their all pretty decent, but in truth you’ll only be paying attention to¬†Sylvester Stallone and¬†Arnold Schwarzenegger, so let’s talk about then first.

Sylvester Stallone is cool as hell as Ray Breslin, in this film Breslin is a smart guy who is very observant, calm and collected and also know how to handle himself in combat. I think this is one of Stallone’s better roles in recent years, his character just seemed a lot smarter and less generic even though he still does a lot of this basic action-based stuff. As for¬†Arnold Schwarzenegger¬†as Emil Rottmayer I think he fares a little better in this film than he did in his own film The Last Stand or The Expendables films. I feel like¬†Schwarzenegger had better material to work with the script and there’s more moments for him to be badass as well as him being hilarious at points too. Together¬†Stallone and Schwarzenegger have the kind of fun chemistry that was missing from their team up in The Expendables films, and while it wasn’t the best material, it was certainly nice.

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The rest of the cast is good too.¬†Jim Caviezel¬†as Willard Hobbs is a right sinister character who has very harsh methods for how he runs his prison and what to do to unruly inmates, Caviezel is pretty intimidating and cool as the bad guy. ffAmy Ryan was pretty hot as Abigail Ross who was one of the people who helped Breslin from the outside and¬†Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson¬†as Hush, even thought he was kind of typically black, he was still pretty cool and funny as another accomplice. I loved seeing¬†Vinnie Jones¬†as Drake, he was one of the head prison guards who dished out the pain to the inmates and had some funny and beastly moments.¬†Vincent D’Onofrio was good as Lester Clark, he was the person who gave Breslin his missions and stuff.¬†I was also happy to see Sam Neill¬†as Dr. Emil Kyrie even if his role was in a small capacity I didn’t¬†realise it was him into a certain ways into the film (I think it was the beard). And¬†Faran Tahir¬†as Javed was great, I also like seeing this guy in films and I liked how funny, charismatic and aggressive he was.

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In conclusion¬†Escape Plan is a great little action film that¬†Arnie and Sly are still cool in their 60s and have the power to move and deliver the goods when the right material is presented to them.¬†I honestly had a lot of fun with that film, its kind of the stuff I wanted to see from The Expendables films and while it’s no return to form, it gives me hope for the future and I hope some good writers and directors give these guys a chance to do more action films while they still can.¬†

Rating: 7.5/10 (Some good action fun with Sly Stallone and Arnie Schwarzenegger!)

So what did you think of Escape Plan? Was it a good bit of action fun for you or were you disappointed with the team up of these action icons? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and join me later for my review of Captain Philips.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Terminator Series is Rebooted. New Trilogy to Begin on June 26, 2015!

Okay I thought that after seeing this yesterday that it was a joke, but upon further inspection I see that this is legit and it’s actually happening, so let’s talk about it. The Terminator film series is getting frigging rebooted… The follow information comes from superherohype:

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“Skydance Productions, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount Pictures have jointly announced they will partner on a rebooted¬†Terminator¬†movie, to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 26, 2015.

The first in a stand-alone trilogy, Terminator will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are attached to write the screenplay.

Launched in 1984 with star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the title character, Terminator spanned 3 subsequent films, which have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

David Ellison most recently executive produced, along with his partners at Paramount,¬†World War Z,Star Trek Into Darkness,¬†G.I. Joe: Retaliation¬†and¬†Mission: Impossible ‚Äď Ghost Protocol. A 5th installment of in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is in active development, along with a 3rd film in the “G.I. Joe” franchise, among other films.

Megan Ellison most recently produced the Academy Award¬ģ-nominated¬†Zero Dark Thirty,¬†The Master¬†and executive produced¬†Spring Breakers¬†via her Annapurna Pictures banner and has David O. Russell’s¬†American Hustle, Spike Jonze’s¬†Her, and Bennett Miller’s¬†Foxcatcher¬†set for release later this year.”

Damn, Hollywood really like to reboot stuff yo, its so unnecessary. Where’s the new stuff? But anyways let’s look at the facts here. The Terminator series has had four films. Two of them really awesome, one okay and one questionable entry that divided audiences. For me I love the James Cameron films, ESPECIALLY TERMINATOR 2! Terminator 3 was alright but just didn’t have what I was looking for in a Terminator film. And then there’s Terminator Salvation, a film that just annoys me due its questionable storyline, lack of charm like the previous films and just not being very interesting for me. Now Salvation wasn’t completely shit, it had some cool future stuff going on there, but I feel like that film should have been awesome. It was really the last chance for the series to be cool and continue. But in the end it just didn’t have the smart and enjoyable qualities that made the series so famous and adored.

So now the studios have decided to say “fuck it” and reboot the series because that always rectifies film franchises that have had a questionable last entry. At first I was okay with the idea of the series being rebooted, but now that I think about it I’m not actually okay with it. I’d much rather the series just be left in the past and just enjoy the material we have to work with now. But instead we’re possibly gonna a get a retelling of the story of how Skynet takes over the world and how one person will have to save the world and will somehow involve time travel in some capacity. I dunno if ¬†can be arsed with that again especially after it was done so well before, plus it was a unique concept back in the 80’s and 90’s, but I dunno how well that would work again in today’s realm of cinema. Unless they change-up everything and give us something completely new. But how they’d be able to pull that off is behold me. In the end I’m very wary of this, but I won’t comment on it until get the story and director.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Escape Plan Trailer #1 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, looks like it’s time to review another film trailer! I was just floating around the internet a little while ago and then I saw that the trailer for Escape Plan was up and I was like “Damn, been waiting for this for ages, gotta check this out and then review it!” So yeah that’s how we got here haha, anyways let’s move on.

Here’s the trailer below:

Alrighty then, after I watched this trailer I was actually smiling thinking that is could actually be a good film. So what have we got here? Sly Stallone is guy who can escape of any prisons and has gotten of loads for ages, but eventually he’s thrown into a prison he can’t get out of… At least not alone. So this is where¬†Arnold Schwarzenegger comes in, he’s another inmate that wants to get out too. And so the both of them decide to team up to escape. Obviously there’s a good few other elements that come into play like the people on the outside who have contact with Stallone’s character and just like any normal thriller there are elements conspiracy and betrayal on the horizon and it looks like fun.

I think what attracts me to this film is the fact that Sly and Arnie are in a film together and it’s not just another Expendables, but just the two of these action icons in one film together and that just makes inner action junkie all giddy. Now obviously this film could be another crappy action thriller, but I think it ha all the right elements in place at the moment, plus it looks like there will be a showdown between the both of them. I just want to see the action and carnage go down, so sign me up! And lastly I remember when this film was known as The Tomb, but I didn’t know it was known as Exit Plan before it got to its current title, didn’t know it was this hard to name a film haha.

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In conclusion¬†Escape Plan¬†looks like it’ll be a good time in the cinema and I am genuinely interested in seeing how this film turns out. Sure¬†The Last Stand¬†and¬†Bullet To The Head¬†weren’t exactly the epic action films that a lot of Arnie and¬†Stallone fans were look for, but I reckon this film has the power to potentially rectify that and be a decent action thriller.

So what do you think of Escape Plan? Are you interested or just don’t care? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post. ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Last Stand Review

Alrighty then this is the film I have been waiting to see for ages now (that seems to be a reoccurring theme with the films I’ve seen of recent), finally getting to see Arnold “The Legend” Schwarzenegger back on the big screen after almost a decade of absence. So is The Last Stand a good time or just a waste of time? Read on in this review to find out.

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So the story goes a little something like this:

“The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.”

I thought the story was good for what it was; it moved at a decent pace and was simple and straight to the point. While it is a bit cheesy, generic and predictable at times it still worked. Those looking for a much deeper story need to reassess what kind of film they are watching, action films have always been light on story and in today’s world of action films it is more about the spectacle than the actual story itself.

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For me it really was the characters of the film that made The Last Stand so much fun. Let’s start with the big main man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Sheriff Ray Owens. Schwarzenegger was great as this rough-around-the-edges sheriff who protects this quiet town, he’s a nice guy but know when to get serious. Ray is a seasoned warrior who knows what danger is and will put up a good fight. Schwarzenegger though much older than before can still move around, handle a gun, drive fast cars and get into fist fights and make it look good. I liked how the film was aware of Arnie’s age and made scenes for him where he isn’t as fast as he was where he does take time to get from point A to point B and lastly he isn’t invincible like he was in some his previous films like Predator or Terminator 2. Arnie was cool and I also liked some his dialogue and the way he pronounced certain words. Also Johnny Knoxville as Lewis Dinkum was great, he had some great scenes with Arnie and wasn’t nearly as overbearing as I thought he’d be. He was relevant and useful so yeah I enjoyed the crazy and funny antics of Knoxville a lot.

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Now let’s talk about Luis Guzm√°n as Deputy Mike Figuerola, I swear this was like my favourite character in the film. He had the best lines in film and was funny as hell, the way he ran around and was in some of these dangerous and funny situations made him not only hilarious but also cool too. I seriously just want to meet Luis Guzm√°n in real life and hug him! Then there’s Jaimie Alexander as Deputy Sarah Torrance. Even though this is an action film full of gun shooting, car chases and explosions, Alexander still finds a way to look beautiful as hell. Besides that she handled herself pretty well and had plenty of action throughout the film so good on her. Rodrigo Santoro as Frank Martinez was good too, he was a useful member of the film that I didn’t expect and Zach Gilford as Deputy Jerry Bailey was nice, he had some funny scenes in the film. And lastly Forest Whitaker as Agent John Bannister was pretty good, he had some good scenes, some great exchanges with Arnie and I thought it was funny when he got frustrated and swore in the film, which was just great.

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As for the presentation of the film I found it to be pretty good, there were some well-organized gun shoot-out scenes and I liked the car chases too, they were filmed well especially the one part where there was a chase through a cornfield. There were some nice camera work used and I also thought that the violence in the film was nicely done too. I can’t really say much for the soundtrack, it worked where it needed to but it wasn’t overly memorable though.

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In conclusion The Last Stand is just a fun little action film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is a bit generic, cheesy and predictable, but if you’re willing to look past that then you’ll definitely enjoy the characters and the great chases and action sequences. Just don’t set your expectations too high and you’ll have fun with this film especially if you’re an Arnie fan. It’s great to see Schwarzenegger back on the big screen and hopefully this is the start of many more films to come.

Rating: 7/10

So what did you lot think of Arnie’s return to the big screen in The Last Stand? Did you like or hate it? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll catch ya on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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