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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! 😀

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

 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this review. So here it is, another Michael Bay Transformers film. I said after Transformers 3 that I’d never go back to this series again if it were to return, but I knew I was lying to myself. I have an unnatural attraction to things that blow up, I am an action junkie from the 90’s after all. While all the promotional footage of Age of Extinction looked interesting, I knew in the back of my head what I was in for and with the mostly negative reviews this film got from America I was ready to shit all over this film. But I sat down, watched it last night and now I’m gonna give you my thoughts.

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Here’s the plot for the film:

“As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.”

So let me get this out of the way first, this film is better than Revenge of the Fallen (piece of shit) and Dark of the Moon (one of the most forgettable films ever), but I still don’t think it is better than Transformers 1. Why? Well that’s easy. Transformers had a fairly cohesive, action-packed and was fun, even if at times it was awkward and stupid. But as the sequels continued the plots got thicker and needlessly complicated and this film’s story is no different.

Age of Extinction has a lot going on, there’s Transformers on the run hiding from the government, the government and US soldiers are now partnered up with a Transformer bounty hunter looking for Optimus Prime and killing Autobots in the process and then there’s a human inventor who finds Optimus Prime, the inventor has family issues with his daughter, oh and there’s a scientist who can use Transformer metal to create his own Transformers and so on. There’s a lot of stuff going on here. And for all the storylines that are going on, there seems to be a tangent for each one further adding to the already overstuffed narrative. But the one thing this film suffers from the most in this film is the script, the dialogue here is so bad, cheesy and cringe-worthy that it is not even a joke. Michael Bay and his writers can’t do humour or serious drama, it doesn’t work, and dealing with the bad government, comedy, family and relationship scenes felt like an endurance test and most of it was just boring, I had to sit though so much of this crap before the robots came on-screen and even they weren’t much better.

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When it comes to the cast they pretty much do the best that they can given the material they have to work with, but even then only a few of them are actually good. Firstly Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager is pretty much the best thing about this cast. While you don’t believe Wahlberg as an inventor at all, he commits to the role, does well in action scenes and is his character is pretty much the most useful of all the humans. Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers is good if a bit over-the-top with his acting. Joyce is a douchebag and there is nothing to like about him, but at times the dude can be funny because in the face of danger his true colours come out. Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger is also pretty good at playing the big bad CIA man with a good screen presence and acting that just about gets the job done.

And then there’s Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, good god where do I begin? Well firstly she is really hot and has grown up a lot since that other major film she was in that we don’t talk about. That being said she still sucks at acting. As Cade’s daughter she mainly hates a dad but erratically keeps changing her opinion of him whenever she wants, she also cares more for her gutless little boyfriend more so that her own father and lastly she just shouts for her dad or help whenever possible, which is multiple times throughout the film. Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, to put it simply I didn’t like this guy at all. I’m sure the guy is a decent actor, but Reynor was just plain old  boring and his character was one of the cheekiest little shits I have ever seen. This man is cocky as hell, but when it comes to actually facing danger the dude has no balls but still takes the credit for being the hero and I despise that. Sophia Myles as Darcy Tyril, she’s good but is very forgettable. Li Bingbing as Su Yueming was beautiful and was one of  the useful people in this film but totally wasted in the grand scheme of things. Titus Welliver as James Savoy was good, I actually like Welliver as an actor and the guy did fine in the role but I felt like sometimes he did go a bit overboard with the whole ‘I’m the bad guy so I’m gonna make sure you know I’m bad’ kind of thing. T. J. Miller as Lucas Flannery was decent and had some funny moments but I felt like some of comedic scenes were a bit overdone.

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As for the Transformers they were alright, but nothing to write home about as the Autobots are relegated to bickering children all wanting to play leader and the bad Transformers aren’t really the main threat which kind of sucks. Peter Cullen still does a great job as Optimus Prime, but everyone else doesn’t fare as well. John Goodman can go from sounding pretty decent to pretty terrible as Hound, Ken Watanabe is alright Drift and John DiMaggio is pretty humorous as Crosshairs. Mark Ryan does a good job as Lockdown sounding very evil and sinister and the same could be said for veteran voice actor Frank Welker who does a good job as Galvatron.

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The best thing about the film is still the visual effects. The Transformers films have always excelled at giving audiences something to stare at and appreciate and this film is no different. Seeing massive transforming robots be the crap out each other is still badass, though I feel like the quality of the transforming isn’t as awe-inspiring as it once was, plus these new man-made Transformers have a crappy transformation sequence where they just break apart into little cubes and reform again and its hardly as cool to look at. The overall CGI while good, didn’t make blow me away and that’s a shame. As for the soundtrack, yuck. That’s what I’d describe it as. Steve Jablonsky returns to score the film but his soundtrack is the most forgettable in this series, but what is worse is all the horrible songs inserted into the film. Whenever there’s a dramatic scene with humans involved there’s always someone singing some stupid song in the background and it’s annoying as hell! These are some of the worse music choices I have ever had to endure in a film for ages.

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In the end Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t a film I hate with a passion, but it isn’t one I will watch again, ever. The visuals are awesome as usual, the addition of Mark Wahlberg was much appreciated and when the robots throw down it is pretty cool. That being said, this film has far too much unnecessary baggage, the Transformers themselves have become less cool and interesting (bar Optimus Prime) and there’s boring humans dealing with government, new technology, relationships and all this other boring stuff. If you like Michael Bay Transformers you’ll have a good time, if you don’t, stay away, this is the same ride again except it is longer.

Rating: 5.5 (Mark Wahlberg and the CGI saved this film from being completely pointless)

So what did you think of Age of Extinction? Did it fill with joy or fill you with hate? Are you down with Michael Bay Transformers films or do you want this series to end indefinitely? Whatever your thoughts be sure to write them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #29 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Okay so after one okay X-Men film and the brilliant second film, we now move onto the tragic disaster that X-Men: The Last Stand aka The Film That Fans Try to Forget About.

Good god man. X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the films I actively try to avoid. This is a film that is infamous among comic book fans for its failure and horrible execution. I remember seeing X-Men 3 in the cinema and recall being very disappointed, but since then each time I’ve checked it out its gotten worse. Now I’ve had no reason to watch this in recent years, but thanks to this month of superhero films reviews I have to dive into the deep end again! And in 2013 this film sucks even worse than ever before.

In terms of the plot in X-Men 3 takes place some time after the last film. It is publicly announced  that there is now a cure for the mutants created in a secret laboratory supported by the government, it creates a divide in the mutant community. Some mutants are for the idea while others detest the idea. Magneto believes a war is coming and recruits a large team of mutants to take down Warren Worthington II and his cure. The X-Men have to stop him, though they are at a disadvantage because Jean Grey has returned as The Phoenix and joined with Magneto. So now on darkest of days the X-Men have to band together with what little team members they have left and take on the Brotherhood of Mutants.

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The story in this film just pisses me off SO MUCH! X-Men 2 worked so well as it just about had the right balance of characters, action and story, but somehow that good material got tampered with in the transition of writers and director. What we get in this film is a story that has tiny elements of interest, but the execution is simply poor. This film introduces a lot of new elements into play in terms of story, characters and some comic book aspects too, but none of it matters as it is not there long enough to matter. Some of the characters changed with no real explanation as to why or some just feel inconsistent when compared to its predecessor. Too many wrong decisions were made. Why in the hell was Cyclops killed off? Why was Angel introduced if he serves no proper purpose? Where’d Nightcrawler go? WHY FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST DID PROFESSOR X HAVE TO DIE!?! Who thought that was a good idea? Fail, fail, fail!

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Why for the love of god did this have to happen? I’ll never get over this.

Now let’s talk about the cast. Let’s start with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, while Jackman has his cool character moments overall his character as gone from awesome to very cruddy, and annoyingly Wolverine is still the main character in this film. I mean his story was technically wrapped up in the last film, so there is no reason for him to be at the forefront of the story yo. I understand that he has feelings for Jean Grey, but it gets to absurdly high level and it really pisses me off how much of a lovesick puppy he becomes especially after Cyclops dies, that is not in good taste at all. Ian McKellen returns as again Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, while McKellen still gives a good performance, I wasn’t keen on how cold he was and many silly decisions were made with his character. Famke Janssen also returns from death as Jean Grey/Phoenix, in this film she’s a shadow of her former self and instead spends most of the film as the Phoenix, killing everyone that comes across he in the wrong way. Janssen was a right bitch in this film and obviously that was down to the character she was playing but even so there was no redeeming qualities about her in this film.

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Halle Berry definitely has more of a leader role as Storm, in this film she’s a lot more assertive and has way more dialogue than before, but the problem is that she still doesn’t fully own her leadership role and doesn’t fully utilize her weather powers and you’d think since she’s the only original member of the X-Men team she’d have a more important role but she’s really pushes aside. We also have a new member in the form of Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy/Beast. He’s a former student of Xavier’s School who is now the Secretary of Mutant Affairs in the U.S. government. Grammer does good job at portraying the character even though I feel like he wasn’t totally utilized in the best way in my opinion. Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake/Iceman is decent, he gets more screen time and gets to do more action, but in the end he’s not the version of Iceman I’d like to see. Also Ellen Page shows up as the new Kitty Pryde, she’s good and has some decent moments in the film but I feel like her character doesn’t naturally fit into the film. And then there’s Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin/Colossus, he goes from just having a cameo to being a full-on X-Men team member, but the problem is that he’s just there for fight scenes as we still don’t learn too much about the guy.

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Rebecca Romijn is still as hot and agile as Mystique, Romijin is good for the short time that she’s in the film but after she loses her powers she’s useless. It is darn shame too because I liked her too. Aaron Stanford is still an arrogant hot-head as Pyro, his role has been increased in this film and while he has some wonderful action moments, I still think of him as that annoying douche who should have been taken out quickly.

Now we move onto the useless or completely wasted characters. Anna Paquin as Rogue has just been turned into a moping teenager whose jealous of Bobby and Kitty’s friendship. She feels alone because she can’t be intimate with anyone and yet she forgets about the fact that Wolverine was the first REAL friend she’s ever had, not only that but once the cure is announced she proper jumps on the bandwagon to get it without even considering any other options, such a waste of a character. And then there’s Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Stewart is good but very much wasted due to him being killed off. WHY!?! And then we have James Marsden as Cyclops. Ah man in this film he’s even more of a pussy than before due to the death of Jean and then he finds her only to be killed off in the beginning of the film. I feel bad for Marsden as he is actually famous for this role and yet his character is butchered so badly and then done away with so swiftly that it sickens me. Also Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut is hilarious and has some funny moments but otherwise he’s another one of those throwaway characters. And lastly Ben Foster as Warren Worthington III/Angel was just a pointless addition to the film, sure he has a bit of purpose because of his father’s plan for a cure, but Warren doesn’t do anything significant like join the X-Men or help in the major battle at the end of the film, which renders his appearance in this film pointless.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the CGI is pretty good, but the presentation of Phoenix’s powers was badly handled (where’s the fire and why does she look like a demented alien woman?) and all of the action scenes were okay but none of them had any unique or stand out moments. As for the soundtrack by John Powell is not as nicely handled as it was in X-Men 2 and there are a lot of repeating themes throughout the film that are a little overbearing. The best song is “Angel’s Cure“, that piece is beautiful and dramatic.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well as I’ve said before I know the X-Men mainly from the cartoons, a few comic books and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. From what I saw in this film there are a good few element from the comics kept and updated for the film. But I think that the main offender in this case is the handling of “The Dark Phoenix Saga” story arc in the comics that’s adapted into an original story, while it was an interesting idea, I feel like the way it was executed was very foolish and messy.

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So to conclude X-Men: The Last Stand is still one of the most disappointing and disgusting film in the realm of comic book films. It took the great material from the last film and completely shits on it with a terrible story, poorly handled character development and poor use of the source material. This is just a cluttered mess of a film that was forgotten about by comic book fans and audiences for a real. It sucked back then and it sucks right now! FAIL, FAIL, FAIL!

Rating: 4/10 (This film is the reason why the X-Men series needs to be rebooted damn it!)

So there’s my review people, only 1 more to go yo! So have you seen X-Men 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’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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