Friday, December 30, 2016

Movie Night: Magnificent Seven (2016)

Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.


The Magnificent Seven could have easily been a five star film with all the action packed sequences, the actor portrayals and everything however considering the Magnificent Seven has always been considered a hero series that's the area it was lacking most.
It had no heart at all. There was no reason for rooting for the hero until the last few minutes of the film but by then the reason to celebrate was over.
The vengeance thing we could have rooted for the entire time was gone -  for both the hero and the viewer- leaving both feeling more than a little deflated after all that build up.
Like seriously talk about killing my need to cheer at the end of the film which dwindled to a sad memorial sequence that leaves the rest of the film feeling a little pointless.
Still, I enjoyed the bangs, the booms, and all the gun fighting so why not?
In the end I think that's the only thing that bothered me was that for a film so explosive it felt completely hollow without much purpose.
However if all you want is non stop mindless fight scenes this is your film.

Movie Night: No Escape

In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.


I know a lot of people who didn't like this movie, they bashed it for racial and political issues and unrealistic scenes and what not but I just wanted to sit back and enjoy the movie so setting those issues to the side I discovered that Owen Wilson is an actual actor!
Wilson is playing a role where he's cast for something that doesn't make him the butt of the films joke.
Sure, he's not an action hero kind of actor - that's not his strength. However that's not what his role is meant to be anyway. That's what we have Brosnan for. Sort of.
But that's what makes this so great, is that you can believe that Wilson is a father in a desperate situation trying to save his family.
I really liked that Wilson's role was actually serious for once because he's more than just a ridiculous comedy film side kick. He has depth, he has possibility, he has talent. I liked what I saw.
I thought that No Escape was exciting, it was suspenseful, and well worth the watch.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Coming Soon.. (12-28-16)

Reviews for the following films coming soon! 


Movie Night: Avengers - Age of Ultron

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

The Age of Ultron is actually one of my favorites of these installments but I can see where Stark is beginning to turn to "the dark side" as it were. From what I've seen I guess he's going bad? I'm not a giant fan of the super hero thing so I don't know a whole lot about that history or the reasons why however I did enjoy watching the others finally coming together. Also a worthy note is how much I love James Spader. I gush buckets for that man. I love his personality, and I love what he brought to the table in this film.

Movie Night: Now You See Me 2

The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

The second installment completely failed to re-capture what the first film managed to do so well. Sure, there are some decent magic sequences but over all the entire story line was a failure.
From start to finish it felt like an attempt to rake in more cash without really considering how much more they could have done with it to make it great and instead decided to bide time by prolonging scenes that were a complete waste of time just to stretch the length of the film.
A sad disappointment considering how much I enjoyed the first movie.