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The Equalizer Mini Review

Howdy people, time for me to give you my mini review on The Equalizer. From the time I saw the trailer for this film I knew it was something I was going to watch and it was purely based on Denzel Washington’s involvement. So how does the end result fare? Well, read on and find out!

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The story can be described as the following:

Robert McCall is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

I thought the story was good for the most part. I thought from the trailers that the story would revolve around Denzel’s character being friends with Chloë and then avenging her after she gets beat up by the Russians, but there was a lot more to it than that. We get to know Robert a little a bit and there were a good few people involved with the guy when it comes to his friends and enemies. Plus the scale of the story expands a lot further than I thought and to that degree I felt like the film went on a bit too long, especially towards the end when it really went from being a thriller and changed into something resembling a comic book film. The ending really took me out of the film’s normal tone and was totally setting up for a sequel and while that could work, I feel like that would work better as a TV series kind of thing. This film is more of a “one and done” kind of thing.

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When it comes to the performances it was all pretty good for the most part, but in the end the only person you’re interested in is Denzel Washington and luckily he does his job just fine as Robert McCall. Robert is a man who comes across as the nicest guy ever when in the company of other people, but he is also very particular and accurate about the way he lives his life and you can see that he is a man who also has a strong sense of justice and will do things on his terms to help people in need. The guy is a badass, he’s not only really smart and methodical, but he can not only mess someone up with hand-to-hand combat, but also knows how to handle guns and can turn most objects into weapons. And while we’ve seen cool men in action thrillers before, Denzel performs with a sense of style and coolness that only he could pull off, this film is primarily about him and Denzel sells the character well.

Marton Csokas as Teddy was pretty as well, while his character was painted as one of those standard “silent but deadly” kind of bad guys, I feel like Csokas performed in a way that made me believe that he was an aggressive and no-nonsense kind of man who was very smart and diligent about his work. Csokas made for a pretty cool bad guy and I would like to see him in more roles like this in the future. As for Chloë Grace Moretz as Alina/Teri she was fine, in a way this role could have been played by any actress, but I feel like I cared for the character more just because I knew it was Moretz in the role. And lastly, it was nice to see appearances from Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman as Brian and Susan Plummer.

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So in conclusion The Equalizer is a good film with a great central performance from Denzel Washington, it is a bit generic and goes on a little longer than it should have. But I cannot deny that I had a lot of fun watching Denzel being a badass and dishing out the pain with a sense of style and charisma that only he can pull off.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen the The Equalizer and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo 😀

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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2 Guns Mini Review

Howdy people and welcome to another film review, today I’m going to be reviewing 2 Guns, a film I was initially interested in seeing around 2 months ago but then wasn’t going to watch because of some of the reviews I saw for it. Well after my job training on Tuesday I decided to re-watch The Wolverine, but before that I decided to give this film a go just to see what the deal was and it was surprisingly fun.

The story in this film goes a little something like this:

“A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.”

I thought the plot in the film was good for the most part, while it won’t win too many points for originality, there are elements to it which are unique to the film that work. I like how these two main came from different backgrounds and work together only to find out that once that steal the money that they’re after, that there’s so much more going on behind the scenes. You’ve got your themes of secrecy, conspiracy, betrayal, danger and loyalty and it all comes together nicely in the film’s story. My only issue with the plot is that it kind of drags near the middle and I hoped the pace would be picked up a bit.

When it comes to the characters they are all pretty cool. Denzel Washington as Robert “Bobby” Trench was nice, he was a man who was continuously relaxed but knew when to get serious. He was smart, funny and in line with some of the other characters I’ve seen Washington portray in the past. Mark Wahlberg as Michael “Stig” Stigman was really hilarious as Bobby’s partner, he was a very vocal person, not always thinking before acting and saying very rude things to people. However these are the qualities that make his character so funny and likeable. Together Washington and Wahlberg are easily the best aspect of this film, their banter, chemistry and on-screen presence carry this film from being being an average film to being something worth watching.

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The other cast members involved were good though some were better than others. Bill Paxton as Earl was great, he was your typical kind of bad guy with an intimating tone of speech, violent methods of sorting out people who got in his way and his persona was simply in “douchebag” mode throughout the film. These are the aspects I appreciated about Paxton. Fred Ward was also an interesting character as Admiral Tuwey, he offered some nice moments of intimidation and I liked him. Paula Patton as Deb Rees was good, but I feel her talents were kind of wasted in this film. And James Marsden as Harold “Harvey” Quince was good, even though his character wasn’t in the film as much as I’d hoped I did like what his character brought to the film and I’m glad to see him in a more serious role after watching all the comedy stuff he’s being doing in the past.

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In conclusion I enjoyed 2 Guns, it was a lot better and funnier than I thought it was gonna be and while it’s not one of the best films I’ve seen this summer it is still one worth watching. While I feel like the plot dragged in places, the film succeeds thanks to the central performances from Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. If you’re still unsure about watching this film give it ago, you’ll probably have a good time with this film.

Rating: 7/10 (The film is worth watch just for the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg alone)

So what did you lot think of 2 Guns? Did you like it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya on the next review yo!

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

 

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Flight Review

Alrighty then, here we go with a film I should have seen and reviewed around 2 weeks ago, today I’m gonna review Flight, the latest film from Robert Zemeckis starring Denzel Washington. Now I knew from the time I saw the trailers for this film last year that it would be something I’d HAVE TO WATCH. But for some reason after its UK release it took me ages to find a free day to watch it (I feel terrible about it). But anyway I finally got around to seeing it on Tuesday just gone and I have to say I REALLY liked Flight and I’m gonna tell you why in this review! 😀

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So the story of Flight involves William “Whip” Whitaker, an airline pilot who flies a plane under extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances and saves the flight from crashing. However, after the incident an investigation is held to see what the cause of the crash was and while we find out that there was some malfunctions with the plane’s equipment, there are people wondering where Whip was drunk on the day of the flight. And then what follows is a dramatic and extensive investigation which tests Whip to the highest degrees imaginable. This film has a lot emotion and tension (especially in the scenes on the plane!) and everything plays out in a very captivating and interesting manner. As the investigation unfolds it is interesting to see how Whip deals with each situation and see who comes to his aid or how the media continue to speculate about his well-being during the flight. The story in this film is very good, but also very painful (in a good way) and I was surprised the way the film ended up, it could have easily taken the simple cliché way out but it really did come to a close in a very nice way.

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If I were to say one thing that sort troubled me about the story, it would have to be the inclusion of Nicole Maggen. Now if you’ve seen the trailers she doesn’t really show up at all, but she’s pretty critical to the film and while I did end up enjoying her character and seeing what she contributed to the film, at the same time I kind of wish this film was more just about Whip on his own. This is just a minor nitpick though.

When it comes to the cast of Flight everyone here is in top form. Firstly Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker was amazing and really nailed the role as this alcoholic who really had issues that he just didn’t want to come to terms with. Whip’s battle with alcohol is truly what moves this film and you’re supporting him every step of the way even when he’s not always in the right, you want to see him succeed and Washington careers the role so well and gives one his best performances to date! Then there’s Kelly Reilly as Nicole Maggen, I thought she was very good as this woman who had a former life, but has now resorted to drugs. Reilly’s performance was very good and convincing and I liked how her and Whip found each other and formed a bond. Now I heard from a few reviewers that her character wasn’t overly necessary to the plot and should have been eliminated altogether and while I can see where some of these critics are coming from I have to argue that her character was relevant to the story.

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Also Don Cheadle as Hugh Lang was pretty good as the lawyer hired to sort out Whip’s guess and try to prevent him from going to jail. And Bruce Greenwood as Charlie Anderson was lovely as Whip’s old friend who works with the pilot union. I thought both Cheadle and Greenwood were very good here and brought a lot of flair and realism to their characters. And then there was John Goodman as Harling Mays. Man, John Goodman was kick ass in this film. He played this guy who was a friend of Whip’s and came to his aid in moments crisis, and the way that he acted and carried himself was just amazing and hilarious and Goodman was totally on-form with his character. And there were also other great performances from Melissa Leo, Tamara Tunie, Nadine Velazquez and Brian Geraghty.

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As for the presentation, visually it was great. The plane scenes were done very well and realistically and I love how much tension you and fear you felt for everyone on-board when all of that chaos was doing down. When it comes to the soundtrack, the use of music tracks in the film was very done and well-placed. Everything from The Rolling Stones to Joe Cocker was great, but some of my favourite songs used included, “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles, “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye and “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers to name a few. But my favourite use of a song in the film was “Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, now I won’t mention what scene it’s used in but if you know the Chili Peppers and the history behind that classic song then the relevance and placement of the song in the film has so much more significance, and thought the scene was great. Also the soundtrack by Alan Silvestri was very nice, subtle and emotional; I am really starting to like his sound as a film composer.

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In conclusion Flight was a fantastic film which met and kind of exceeded my expectations. I have to say that I am ashamed that it’s taken me so long to see this film, but anyway, it was some awesome and dramatic stuff in the story and character departments, and my man Denzel Washington knocks it out of the park again! 🙂

Rating: 8.5/10 (I highly recommend!)

So that’s my review on Flight, now I want to hear from you. What did you think of the film? Did you love it or hate it? whatever your thoughts drop me a comment yo! Until the next review laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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