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QUICK REVIEW: In the Blood

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’m talking about a film I’ve wanted to watch for a while now, In the Blood. I remember when the trailer for this came out back in 2014 and was interested because of Gina Carano’s appearance as the main character, but missed it on VOD during its initial release. And since I had some time to spare before heading out tonight I thought I’d finally get it off my watch list on Amazon Video. 🙂

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So the story in this film involves Ava and Derek, a newlywed couple who take a trip to the Caribbean on their honeymoon, but when Derek disappears after an accident, Ava goes on the hunt to find her husband by any means necessary.

The style of the plot is simple enough and was fun to watch at times, however it was needlessly complicated once certain mysteries come to light. The first thing that bugged me was the script as there were moments that could have been really cool, dramatic or surprising, but the scenes weren’t written well,  fleshed out enough, or they had such basic/lazy dialogue that lacked impact. Also while a film doesn’t have to spell everything out for you, there’s a difference between finding out information based on the details you are given and making assumptions to fill in the gaps because the film doesn’t tell you anything, and this film sometimes fell into the latter. For example, there’s a clear language barrier for Ava once she’s on the hunt in the Caribbean, but film seemed to address it whenever it wanted in the sense that when:

  1. Ava talks to the locals in English and they don’t understand her.
  2. Or Ava talks to the locals in English and they do understand her but still talk in their common tongue.
  3. There’s moments where Ava randomly talks in the local’s language, letting us know that she can speak it, but only when she wants to.

This happened a lot and was confusing and annoying as the film didn’t properly indicate to what extent that ava could speak or understand the language and vice versa for the people she encountered other people. And while the plot a little extra meat than expected in terms of the overall story it was a little nonsensical for my liking.

But let’s move away from the story and onto the cast. Firstly there’s Gina Carano as Ava who I liked a lot, now while som her emotional material could have used some work, you could see that she was at least trying and where she did succeed was in being a badass. She commanded the screen and had a magnetic presence when fighting or intimidating her enemies, and it also has to be said that she was gorgeous! 😛 I love Luis Guzmán and he had a pretty interesting role to play as Chief Ramón Garza, Cam Gigandet was alright but kind of plain as Derek Grant, Ismael Cruz Cordovawas kind of good as Manny, I also quite liked Amaury Nolasco as Silvio Lugo, and while it was fun to see Danny Trejo as Big Biz he wasn’t in the film nearly as much as he could have been.

When it comes to the action this was where the film shined. While the film wasn’t sure shot as well as it could have been for the fight scenes, overall there were some pretty cool displays of hand to hand combat and firefights which were nicely choreographed and violent.

In conclusion In the Blood was a fun little action film and proves that I’ll watch Gina Carano beat people up in any film, and while the story and script were a little generic and silly, it was servicable. 🙂

So have your seen In the Blood and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next episode, laters! 😀

 

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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DEADPOOL REVIEW (Spoiler-Free!)

Howdy people of the internet, so the day of reckoning has finally arrived; the day of Deadpool‘s arrival. I’ve been looking forward to this for the longest time because I’ve just wanted to see a proper adaptation of the comic book character, but I’ve also been very hesitant because of the R rating (15 rating here in the UK) and the type of humour that normally comes with those types of comedies. But now the waits over, I’ve seen the film and I’m ready to pass judgement!

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“A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.”

So one thing that should be made apparent straight away is that this is an adult superhero comedy. Don’t bring your kids, this isn’t your happy-go-lucky Marvel material, this is made for the adults. This film was full of humour, violence, action, love and randomness. The film breaks the fourth wall frequently, travels forward and back in time, and follows a lot of the codes and conventions of the superhero genre, however, at the center of it all was the love story which was a surprisingly strong theme and was handled pretty well. When it came to the humour, as with most comedies for me it was a little hit and miss. I’ve always been fickle when it comes to humour in the comedy genre, and since I sort of knew what to expect from the trailers I wasn’t too disappointed when lines from the trailers or certain sex or physical jokes didn’t make me laugh. However, make no mistake, this film was funny. There were plenty of moments that really made me smile and laugh because of the foolish, strange and referential jokes. Oh and speaking of defences, the ties to the X-Men universe, nods to other comic book and modern films, and a certain cameo really elevate this experience for fans of the comics.

The cast was pretty good, so let’s start with Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. Reynold kills it in this role, he had the right level charisma, timing with the jokes and you could tell that he was having fun in this role. Wilson was a character who was really silly, childish, cocky and a bit of douche, but because of his relationship, charm, humour and sense of justice you could root for him and like him a lot. Morena Baccarin was really good as Vanessa Carlysle. Baccarin, besides still looking gorgeous as hell, was very playful, feisty and likeable as Wade’s girlfriend. Reynolds and Baccarin had good chemistry and you do buy into their relationship which in turn made them one of the more successful superhero relationship pairings we’ve had in recent years. Ed Skrein as Francis Freeman/Ajax was a pretty standard villain to me, but because of his charm, abilities and good screen time with other characters, it made him more entertaining than I expected.

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T. J. Miller is a person I’ve heard is very funny, but I’ve not seen him in many films where he’s made me laugh, but in this film he was great as Weasel. This guy was super chilled and full of dialogue which was blunt and hilarious, and Miller’s timing on some of his jokes were perfect. Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead was great, Hildebrand had a good screen presence, moody face and fun dialogue, and Stefan Kapičić as Colossus was awesome. For the longest time Colossus has been a fan favourite character who’s always been shortchanged in the live action films, and while Days of Future Past was cool, this film made Colossus a more substantial and badass character than before. Andre Tricoteux did good work with the motion capture, but it was Kapičić’s voice work that made the character work well because of his great dialogue so humourous and cool. Gina Carano was also good as Angel Dust, and enjoyed seeing her in action though I wished she’d been around more, and finally Leslie Uggams was pretty fun as Blind Al.

As for the presentation it was pretty good. For a film made for around $58 million it looked damn good. The action sequences were executed well with cool fight scenes which were nicely choreographed, the CGI was great for the scenes of destruction and fight sequences involving the mutants powers, and finally the violence on display was lovely, I’m a fan of gory of action and this film had a lot of it. And the soundtrack by Junkie XL was great, it had a unique and energetic sound that really worked during the action portions of the film.

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In the end Deadpool won’t be for everyone, it’s blunt, violent, and doesn’t give a crap. The film’s a bit of an acquired taste, however if you’re a fan of the character of like standard adult comedies then this is the film for you. The film didn’t blow me away nor is it the best thing to happen to the superhero genre in recent memory, however, the film was a lot of fun and washed away the dirty taste in mouth that X-Men Origins: Wolverine left in 2009, I can’t wait to see where this character goes in the future.

Rating: 8/10

So are you excited for Deadpool and if you have seen it what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. 😀

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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In the Blood Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people and it is once again time for another trailer review and today’s review will be on In the Blood, the next film with a leading role for Gina Carano. Now I happened to catch this trailer by chance and thought that there looked like there’d be enough to talk about, so here we are haha.

Firstly check out the trailer below:

Okay, this seems cheesy as hell, but it also looks like it could be kind of fun.

I mean sure the plot seems very similar to stuff we’ve seen before and there is a lot of absurd and random stuff going on with Gina Carano’s character and the shit she gets up to, but sometimes if handled correctly it can lead to some guilty pleasure fun.

The cool stuff in this trailer just involves Gina Carano running around and kicking ass and to be honest I’m fine with that. Apparently she did well in Haywire and I loved her fight scenes in Fast 6 and while this film doesn’t have the same kind of creative talent, it looks like Carano will still unleash hell on all of these guys. Other cool points to not about the trailer was  Luis Guzmán, love that guy and then there’s Danny Trejo, whenever he makes an appearance in any film you know you’re in for a good time or at least a guilty pleasure kind of time. 🙂

So was there anything I didn’t like about the trailer? Well firstly, any trailer that starts out with dubstep is just asking for trouble, it is such an annoying sound and doesn’t make any trailer look good, AT ALL. Secondly, Carano’s character seems to go to great lengths just to find out what happened to her husband, she better be a cop or something because a lot that stuff she’s doing to people can’t be legal or done by a normal lady. And lastly there wasn’t enough Danny Trejo, that guy is awesome.

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In conclusion the first trailer for In the Blood looks decent enough. We have another film where Gina Carano is in a starring role and the action looks pretty mental. The only thing that concerns me is the story, looks very similar to stuff I’ve seen before. This film could just end up being something average or bad, but I’m just hoping that it’ll be good film and that it’ll advance Carano’s acting career a bit.

So what do you think of the second official In the Blood trailer? Whatever your thoughts are, drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Fast & Furious 6 Review

Honestly I never thought this series would make it this far. After Fast and Furious 4 back in 2009 I thought the series was done, but then Fast 5 came out in 2011 and was a massive success breathing new life into the series. So here in 2013 we have Fast 6, a film that looks even more insane than the last and adds new and old faces to the frame. Is it some good stuff or stupid stuff? Read on and Find out!

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Story is as follows:

“Fast & Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five, but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs offers to clear the group’s criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw and his second in command, Dominic’s presumed-dead lover Letty Ortiz.”

These films are never really watched and admired for the story but for what it was it was good. The plot got from point A to point B at a swift pace, it was really funny at points, there was some nice connections to previous films in the series and while the story and dialogue are a bit cheesy to take in at times for the most part it doesn’t ruin the film. Also there is this theme about family that has always been present in the series and it definitely applies in this film, the group as they are now, you feel like they are a family, that they’re connected and I like how that element of the film stays true throughout.

Now it’s time to talk about the characters of the film and luckily all of them are good for the most part. Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto is still cool as hell. He is well-connected with his crew, still knows how to drive and has some cool moments of action too. He’s all-round cool and I can’t fault him. Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner was good too, though I really dunno what else to say about his character because it’s always been a bit plain. Now let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, Johnson was such a badass in this film and he was ripped as hell! I loved his dialogue and action scenes and he’s just got a great natural charisma on-screen.

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And then there’s Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris as Tej Parker and Roman Pearce. They were great in the film, with Ludacris’ character being the tech expert while Roman was another driver who also got a bit of action time too. I loved the interaction between Tyrese and Ludacris they had good screen time together and there was plenty of laughs to be had from those two especially with Tyrese, that guys is funny.

As for Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, it was great to see her back in the series and find out what happened to her. Also Sung Kang and Gal Gadot as Han Seoul-Oh and Gisele Yashar were also good in the film and it was great to see the return of Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, though she wasn’t in the film as much as I’d hoped the screen time she did get was great.

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As for the new cast members, Luke Evans as Owen Shaw was nice as the new bad guy in this film. He was smart, decisive and was always a few steps ahead of Dom and his crew. And lastly there’s Gina Carano as Riley, holy man she was hot as hell in this film. Besides being a nice addition to the film she kicks so much ass in the film, literally! Carano definitely puts her fighting background to good use here and when she was beating people up or just delivering the pain I dunno why but I got a very sexy vibe from her. Don’t ask me why that’s just the way she makes me feel! XD

When it comes to the presentation it is easily the best element of the film. The Fast & Furious series has always been known for its over-the-top action, crazy set pieces and law defying moments in time and this film is no different. Fast 6 introduces tanks and planes into the mix along with all the fast cars that’s defined the series for so long and its all handled in a fine and stylish manner. I love the way the action is shot, there’s some nice camera angles and a lot of the driving sequences reminded me of Need For Speed Underground and Carbon. And then there’s the other side of the action in terms of the fights and holy man the fights in this film are cool, nicely choreographed and hectic as hell! These fights are brutal, nice to look at and sound very pain thanks to the use of good sound effect, and it is here where Gina Carano and Joe Taslim really shine here and put their skills to use is some really impressive scenes.

In conclusion Fast 6 is just some good summer movie fun yo. Its ridiculous, action-packed and throws the laws of physics out the window. The film knows what it is and knows how to entertain where it counts and you can’t ask any more from a film then that right? Whether I like this film more than Fast 5 remains to be seen, but I’d say they’re pretty on-par with each other. Honestly go out and see Fast 6 it’s some kick ass stuff yo! 🙂

Rating: 8/10 (It’s over-the-top fun at its finest yo)

So did you like Fast 6 or did you hate it? Also are you fan of the series as a whole or do you think it should die? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you lot on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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