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Gone Girl (2014)
not really suspenseful
I didn't think this was much of a suspenseful movie sense we already know the twist less than half-way through. The movie starts with introducing the couple, Nick and Amy, whom seem to be happily married. She's from a rich family while he's had to struggle and was out of work for awhile. They move back to his hometown to take care of his sick mom and stay there.
One day Nick comes home, Amy is gone and there are some items smashed, so he calls the cops. They find blood traces and circumstantial evidence and are thinking she as taken, maybe killed. Soon, they turn suspicion toward Nick, mainly because of what was in Amy's diary.
So Nick hires a hot shot attorney and goes on the defensive to portray himself as the lousy but loving husband after his affair comes out. So the movie portrays this as a big national news story because Amy was a successful writer.
Less than an hour in, we find out what happened to Amy and how calculatingly evil she can be. She had planned on killing herself and having nick go to jail for murder, but decided she wanted to live. After being robbed, she takes up with her rich ex that is obsessed with her. She watches Nick shed tears for her and say how much he loves her on TV and changes her mind about him. She decided to kill the ex, make it look like he kidnapped and raped her, and goes home one day. But Nick and the cops are suspicious of her tale. Soon, Nick thinks she's a deceptive killer.
But the ending is awful because of what Nick decides to do even though he believes she's a liar and crazy. I mean, fight for custody.
FINAL VERDICT: It was OK but the twist was too early and the ending not good, I'd say skip it.
John Wick (2014)
cool idea, but lead miscast
Liam Neeson must have been busy, so the director got Keanu Reeves to take his place. Problem is Reeves isn't known for playing this type of character and took away something from the film.
However, since the film has got a cool plot to it, it's still pretty good even with Reeves as the lead. Reeves plays John Wick, the deadliest hit-man ever, that just so happens to be retired because he fell in love. Well, his wife died and left him a puppy. He encounters some punk Russian kid that wants his ride. Later the kid shows up, takes the ride, kills the dog, and beats up John. Well, he messed with the wrong guy. It just so happens the kid's mob dad was the guy John used to work for and now he wants revenge.
What's cool in the movie is the whole hit-man code speech, the Continental hotel (where one doesn't do business), paying with these gold coins, and making a dinner reservation. The ending is where the film falls apart and just becomes another action flick with the "hero" out to get the final bad guy. It was rather silly, but the first 80 minutes was really good.
FINAL VERDICT: Check it out, good story for action fans.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
tough guy, Liam Neeson, is back....
as a kick *ss ex-cop. This time he is a some time private investigator, Matt, and is asked by a guy in his aa meeting to have a talk with his brother, Peter. Peter tells him his wife was kidnapped for ransom, he paid the money, but she was still killed. But the twist is Peter is a drug dealer. Of course, Matt says at first, he can't help but changes his mind. And it only takes a little bit of questioning before he finds a liar and gets farther along than the police did. He puts 2 and 2 together and realizes the kidnappers have done this several times. Soon they go after a daughter of a drug dealer, and Matt takes charge and makes demands and gets the one up on the kidnappers. Then the ending is pretty good with the kidnappers and Peter and Matt. Matt's tag-a-long is the one that makes the case.
FINAL VERDICT: I thought it was a good suspense/thriller. I recommend it.
a tank crew that stays together....
survives together or not. In this movie, a newcomer, Norman, joins a tank crew during the war in Germany. He's only trained to be a typist, so what he sees upon joining the tank really blows his mind. Brad Pitt plays Wardaddy, the boss. Boyd is the religious one, Gordo the cool one, and Grady the crazy one. At first, Norman doesn't want to shoot and is taught a humiliating lesson by Wardaddy about shooting Krauts. I thought that went against character and made Wardaddy not likable. Soon they are fighting and survive a close call, and then take over a town. While there an extended scene is thrown in where Wardaddy and Norman take up in a residence with 2 girls. It seems Wardaddy just wants them to make something to eat, but it is so weird and then wants Norman to take one girl into the bedroom. Then his other 3 crew show up and are so rude, but Wardaddy doesn't throw them out. Why not? Then the tank crew is given a mission to hold crossroads and they have to do it by themselves. The tank breaks but they hold on when a Nazi caravan show up. Only Norman survives. What I didn't get was they throw some grenades inside, and later when Norman climbs back into the tank, Wardaddy is still intact. Wouldn't he have been blown to pieces? Anyway, at the end we see they had killed a large number of the Nazis and American troops had showed up.
I thought the gore and war violence was pretty good. It was more realistic and not for shock value.
FINAL VERDICT: I thought it was an OK war film. Worth checking out if you like these type of films.
The Equalizer (2014)
Denzel is a bad mf in this
Well, Liam Neeson must have been busy so the producers got Denzel Washington to take the lead. This character is exactly what Neeson has been playing in his recent movies like Taken. I guess now that Denzel is over 60, he wants to become an action star like Neeson.
In this film, quite, mild mannered Robert McCall, whom works at a Home Depot type of store, befriends a young hooker. Well the Russian mob beats her up and he's mad. First he tries to buy her freedom, but when that fails, we find out exactly what kind of a guy McCall really is. Pretty good scene as to how he takes care of the gangsters.
Well the head of the mob is losing money, so he sends his ace guy to find out whom killed his guys. The guy tracks down McCall and he's not prepared for whom he's up against. McCall visits some old friends to find out whom these mob guys are and then it's on. McCall uses his "skills" to take care of the bad guys in some pretty cool ways, never using a gun.
FINAL VERDICT: Fun, over the top, action flick. If you are tired of shoot outs, check this movie out.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
plot was too confusing
I don't like sci-fi films when the plot gets too confusing and that was the case here. It starts out in present time, and the mutants are under attack from these human built robots, but by using time travel are able to warn there present selves when its time to leave a current location. Already sounds confusing.
Anyways, the mutants decide to take a last stand and want to prevent these robots from ever existing. So Logan is sent back in time to stop Raven from killing this guy Trask, whom is leading the research to build these robots. So Logan, must get Xavier, Magneto, and the Beast to believe him. And of course, once out, Magneto doesn't stay good for long. And they are trying to prevent all this from happening during the President's speech.
FINAL VERDICT: Too much stuff that happens this is hard to follow, it is so hard for a movie to do time travel right because there are so many what ifs. And I thought it just got lose in the convoluted plot. Definitely not as good as the first X-men movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
fun space movie
I thought this movie was good. I really liked all the older songs and the comedic relief brought with them. Like the open sequence, when Peter is using rats like a mike and twirling around on a spooky looking crater. The movie is about a magical orb and those trying to obtain it. Peter steels it but then meets greeny, Gamora, whom is trying to steel it from him. Then there is Ronan and Thanos whom both want the orb to be all powerful.
Peter, Gamora, and 2 new fellows, Groot and Rocket, are caught by the police and put in prison. But Rocket is known for escaping so a plan is hatched and they bring along massive, Drax, with them whom wants revenge on Ronan. They get the orb while escaping, plan on selling it, till they find out how powerful it is. But of course, Ronan is on their trail leading to a huge battle at the end.
FINAL VERDICT: I liked the characters in this and the plot was good. Also good special effects and some funny parts. I recommend it.
Need for Speed (2014)
should have been called "Copy Cat"
This movie was clearly made because of the success of the Fast and Furious franchise. And movies that just to be like other ones usually aren't too good, as case in point.
Tobey Marshall is a small time street racer. He and his friend, Pete, make a bet with Dino, whomever wins, gets the whole profit of 2 million dollar car they sold. But, just as Tobey is about to win something goes wrong, and the next thing he knows, he's in jail and Dino gets away.
Once Tobey gets out, he encounters the car buyer, Julia, and they are off to California to enter a race in which the winner gets to keep all the cars, which total millions. And it takes a long time before the film ever gets to the big race. I guess the whole car getting lifted by a helicopter was probably the best part.
Some things just didn't make sense. Why did Tobey do all the illegal driving when heading off to California? If he would have driven normally, the cops wouldn't have been after him. And for the big race, what is the point in winning all the cars, if all of them are totaled except one. Also, why did they have the finish line in a place where the winner is going to get caught. And come on, in the movie Tobey goes back at the end for Dino, that was out of character considering what Dino did.
FINAL VERDICT: If you like fast cars, you'll like it. Problem is it doesn't have an original plot.
22 Jump Street (2014)
worst movie of the year
This movie was terrible. I can't say one good thing about it. There was absolutely nothing funny about it. I like both Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, but they were awful in this. Even the whole drug plot was just dumb.
Action scenes were just lame and even the bad guys were just so unoriginal. And having 2 cops jealous of each other while undercover in college. I think a 9 year old could have written a better story. I mean who came up with the octopus in the beginning, terrible.
FINAL VERDICT: Perhaps the worst big budget movie in a long time. Don't waste 2 hours of your life.
so many jokes just...
fall flat. This movie was not very funny. When the funniest thing is a guy pooping in a hat, you know you've got problems with your film.
The movie is a about coward sheep herder, Albert, whom loses his girl, Louise, to a guy whom specializes in mustaches. He has a best friend whose girlfriend is a hooker but doesn't mind. A beautiful girl, Anna, shows up and Albert takes an interest. Albert agrees to a duel with Louise's new guy and Anna says she'll teach Albert how to shoot. Now a lot of the jokes depict people dying in crazy ways, but they really don't work. And of course there is a bad guy that shows up at the end and Albert shows how smart he is.
FINAL VERDICT: Skip it.