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Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
the acting still....
needs improving. I don't get why they can't get better scripts and better acting for movies about such famous books. But still I think this sequel was a little better than the first film, which rarely happens. I just thought the story was a little better and not so silly. One part that I didn't like was how the helicopter crash was never explained, how did the copter not burst into flames. Can't stand plot holes like that. And the petty Elena character was written so silly, why would she care about Ana?
FINAL VERDICT: OK, but still probably only for fans of the books.
La La Land (2016)
This movie is boring and I don't understand how it could have won awards and gotten the praise it received. The songs are nothing great. It's not funny. All it is a story of how a struggling actress and musician finally get success after they break up. What's good about that? The ending doesn't make much sense. I guess it shows how Mia's is thinking her life would have been different if they didn't break up.
FINAL VERDICT: Don't waste money on this.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
a good war movie
This story was based on a true guy, Desmond Doss, whom didn't believe in violence, yet enlisted in the army. He wants to be a medic. In the first part of the film, it shows some of his family problems, and him meeting a girl he knows he wants to marry. He goes to basic training and gets in trouble for disobeying orders. But his rights are upheld and he is able to marry before being shipped off. Of course, his fellow soldiers don't think much of him because he won't use a gun. But they enter a battle at Hacksaw Ridge and Doss proves to be the bravest of them all, by saving many wounded soldiers when all the other survivors left.
There is quite a bit of gory violence, missing limbs, I thought it was pretty realistic as to what war would have been like at that time.
FINAL VERDICT: So if you enjoy war movies, you will like this one.
outer space love story
This movie was really more of a love story than anything else, not a sci-fi thriller which is how the preview portrayed it. Jim is a passenger on a spaceship on the way to another planet that takes over 100 hundred years to get to. His body has been put asleep like all 5000 passengers. But he wakes up and is alone and for a year; he tries to get to the crew(behind solid doors) and tries to put his body back to sleep but none of that works. He only has a robot to talk too.
So he starts reading biographies of people on board and sort of falls in love with Aurora. So he decides to wake her up even though it is like a death sentence. She doesn't know what he did, so they become a couple. Of course when she finds out he woke her up, she hates him. As time goes by, the ship has more malfunctions, due to a meteor hit. Eventually, someone else wakes up but he is very sick and not much help. But he tells them they have to fix the ship before it just explodes due to the malfunctions.
So Jim risks his life to save the ship and Aurora forgives him. Other crew members wake up so their trip is saved.
FINAL VERDICT: OK would have been better if more of a thriller. Worth a viewing.
interesting political drama
This movie is about the famous spy, Edward Snowden, whom now lives in exile in Moscow. The movie starts from the beginning of his career when an injury caused him to get into the computer side of the CIA. He creates programs that spy on people around the world including America. The government can tap into emails, phone calls, anything online gathering data. Problem is the government was doing this without just cause or a court order. And eventually he begins to feel some guilt about it. So, he steals some files that prove the spying and he gives them to the media. And the USA labels him a traitor, but others say he is a whistleblower and should not face criminal charges. The movie ends with him being given asylum in Russia and it says his long time girlfriend moved there.
FINAL VERDICT: Good story, asks the question does the government have the right to spy on anyone without just cause? Worth a viewing.
the plot of the book sounds better
I haven't read the book, but I've read some reviews comparing the book to the movie and it seems a lot was changed. Mainly the purpose of the virus was to cause sterilization, not to kill people and that the virus does get released. That idea sounds better than what we got. The plot to the movie is like a James Bond story, with a crazy guy that wants to kill millions. As per these films, the professor uses his knowledge of Dante to solve a couple of puzzles, all the while being followed by WHO. And in what was a really bad plot twist, his side kick, Sienna, is really working against him. Another change from the book.
FINAL VERDICT: OK puzzle mystery, just a dumb bad guy
The Accountant (2016)
rain man accountant
This movie reminded me a lot about the movie Rain Man. You have a genius autistic math wizard whom is an accountant and cold blooded killer. He takes a job and discovers millions are being skimmed from this company. Well, it's the guy at the top that is doing the skimming, so he's willing to hire assassins to kill the accountant, Wolff, and the assistant, Dana. What he doesn't know, is Wolff has a lot of dangerous clients, like the mob, so he's equipped to handle himself. And what doesn't make sense is Wolff's brother is involved and is the killer hired by the bad guy. Sorry, I don't buy that coincidence. So, as I'm sure you can guess, he takes care of the bad guys, changes his identity, and is on his merry way.
FINAL VERDICT: It was OK, decent story. I guess if like Ben Affleck you may want to check it out.
steals too much from x-men
The whole idea behind this movie is just too much like x-men and it just doesn't seem original. For example, x-men has a wise man running a school for kids with special abilities, while this movie has a wise woman running a home for kids with special abilities. And each kid has there own, unique gift. So this kid, Jake, in Florida is close to his grandfather. He finds him dead with missing eyes and sees this giant, monster creature. So Jake's dad decides to take him to Wales, a special place that his grandfather talked about. There is where he discovers a "loop", a door in time that allows him to go back to 1943 and meet Miss Peregrine and her special kids. What he doesn't know is that the bad guy is following him, trying to find the loop. And in case you couldn't guess, Jake has a special ability, he can see the giant creatures that suck people's eyes out. That part was rather gross, the eating of eyes so that the bad guy, Barron, and his friends can become immortal.
So, of course the kids team up to battle the bad guys just like in x- men. Main difference is this film must have had a smaller budget because the special effects are not quite as good.
FINAL VERDICT: I didn't think it was worth over 2 hours of my time. I think this movie is only for teen super hero freaks, whom must see all movies about teens with supernatural powers.
Free State of Jones (2016)
this movie needed more drama
This movie was OK, but it could have used some more drama. Newt Knight is in the confederate army during the Civil War and after the death of a young relative, he deserts his position. So of course, if caught, he could be hanged. With the help of friends, he finds a home in the swamp after being hampered by a dog bite. He lives out there with some runaway slaves. More men join as the desert the confederate army and soon they have a good number and decide to stand up for their land and food. They win some battles and the Civil War ends, and the film continues as it shows how the ex-slaves had to overcome new laws after the slavery is abolished. The movie shows apprenticeship laws. And also the struggle to vote and one of the main characters hangs from a tree.
OVERALL: The movie was OK, but too long, it should have been 30 minutes shorter. Like ending when the Civil War was over.
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
real life explosion drama
This movie based on real events of the biggest oil spoil in US waters was pretty good. I thought it introduced the secondary characters as best it could, mainly the wife and kid of Mike Williams. The film even tries to relay to people via the kid's school project, what exactly is going on at the rig, but the whole kill line and pressure still didn't make much sense to me. Anyways the action was good and great special effects with all the fiery explosions. It'a wonder the whole rig just didn't explode right away with the gas in the air and most would have died. Instead 11 didn't survive, which was amazing considering all the explosions.
FINAL VERDICT: Interesting topic and good special effects. Worth a viewing.