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"Seems that reports of your demise have been greatly exaggerated." Arthur Bishop (Statham) has been happily living off the grid for a few years now. After being asked for help by an old friend he helps to rescue Gina (Alba) from an abuser. This act of kindness doesn't go unnoticed and Gina is kidnapped and held by a mad man who will only let her go on one condition. Arthur must carry out three assassinations, disguised as accidents, or Gina will be killed. But as always, Arthur does things his way. There isn't really much to say about this movie. It is exciting and entertaining and watchable. It is a typical Statham movie. I really do like him and his movies are all fun to watch, even though its pretty much all the same movie. The stunts and action in this are really fun to watch but again, this is really no better or worse than his other movies. Overall, fans of Statham will enjoy this, if you don't like his style then avoid this one. I give this a B.
"You set him up!" After Kurt Sloane's (Moussi) brother is killed in a fight he has only one thing on his mind revenge. Kurt seeks down the man that trained his brother for questions and help. Master Durand (Van Damme) tells him the truth, and begins to train Kurt for the inevitable showdown that is coming. This is a movie that you pretty much get what you expect. Little bit of story that is flimsy at best with a lot of martial arts action. Van Damme plays a large role in this, for those wondering if he was only going to play a cameo. Even though this movie is called Kickboxer: Vengeance it is really just a remake of the original. There are some call backs to the Van Damme one that are pretty funny but for the most part this is just another remake that didn't really do anything to make it stand out from the rest of the series. As a side note, the best part of the movie happens during the credits so don't turn it off too early. Overall, fans of the series will like this, but its essentially just another cookie cutter martial arts movie. I give this a C+.
"I don't want to die, I just didn't want to live." Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) is tired of his life and is just flailing and decides he only has one option. He flies to Japan in order to visit the mysterious Aokigahara forest to end it all. When he begins to carry out his plan he notices Takumi (Watanabe) who has changed his mind about suicide and is trying to find his way out. Arthur decides to help him escape, and along the way the two begin to discuss their lives, and find reasons for living. This is a good movie but one you must be in the mood for. This is not super depressing, but its not a very happy movie either. The acting is great, as would be expected, and that really carries the movie. Little by little you find out more and more about Arthur's story and why he is in the position he is. The pacing and writing of the movie is near perfect and the acting only adds to the emotion needed for a film like this. There was a movie called The Forest that came out a few months ago that dealt with this area as well, I liked that one better but the movies are just so different its almost hard to compare the two. Overall, near perfect pacing, writing and acting lead to a great movie. That said, it is one you have to be in the mood for and be emotionally ready to handle. Since the re-watchablity (for me at least) isn't there, I give this a B+.
"They're coming back and this time we won't be able to stop them." In the twenty years since the first attack mankind has advanced in many ways through the use of alien technology and things are going fine, until a strange ship is seen, and out of fear attacked. Once the ship goes down the aliens begin their new assault on the planet. Once again David Levinson (Goldblum) is called in to help. With the help of Jake Morrison (Hemsworth) and a few old friends the planet must once again find a way to fight back. To be honest, I was a little worried about this movie. I really liked the first one, but in recent years bringing back an old series hasn't worked out that well. This is an exception. That said, this is not as good as the original and is essentially the same movie, but I liked the original so that didn't bother me that much. This is a movie where you pretty much get what you expect. Aliens attack, Earth fights back, and we (the viewer) get to once again enjoy the ride. Will Smith is missing, cast wise, but isn't really felt in the movie at all. Pullman is still as good as ever and the new additions really add to the enjoyment. This is not a movie that will become a classic or win awards, but it is super entertaining and that is what some movies are made for. Overall, not as good as the original but not a huge drop off and a worthy and very watchable sequel. I give this a B.
"What if we chased the money to get to the bad guys?" Robert Mazur (Cranston) and Emir Abreu (Leguizamo) are U.S. Customs officials trying to stop the drug trafficking in the US. When they don't seem to be making any progress Robert decides the only real way to get to the top is to go undercover and find who is actually financing the cocaine business. What he finds is that the deeper he goes and the more he uncovers the further into the world he gets, and the more he becomes connected to the people but not in the way he was expecting. This is, first off a good movie. That being said, one of the benefits to my job is that I get to watch a ton of movies. One of the downside to doing reviews, is that because there are only really a handful of stories that keep getting told over and over. This small fact means that, most of the time unfairly, comparisons between other movies are inevitable. While this was a good movie I had a hard time not thinking of Donnie Brasco or even the Departed. Other movies where agents went undercover in a dangerous world. When compared to those this movie is no where close. Taken on its own the movie is good but, for me at least, it wasn't one of the better movies in this genre. Overall, acting is good, story is interesting, pacing was a little off and just felt a little flat in some parts. That said, it is worth watching and I have seen worse. It's no Donnie Brasco. I give this a B-.
"She can't just move. She can't call the police, she can't call her friends. Who's she gonna call?" Erin Gilbert (Wiig) is a respected teacher at Columbia and is about to get an offer of tenure. Things get stalled when an old book she wrote with Abby Yates (McCarthy) dealing with paranormal activity is unearthed. When Erin goes to discuss it with Abby they actually see a real ghost, and everything changes. This is a movie I was really torn about. The original is a classic and one of my favorite movies of all time. All of the women in this movie are hilarious, but based off of the previews I was a little worried. All that said, I finally sat down to watch this...and it was pretty much what I expected. All of the girls were really funny in this, but it felt like they only got to the comedy in between the overused special effects. The original was so good because the effects were sparse, which gave them more impact, and the focus was on the actors and comedy. This movie felt longer than the 2 hour run time and was basically fighting ghosts in between scenes of them talking about their new weapons. I had low expectations going in and pretty much got what I expected. The fault in this is not the actors, or even the writing. The real problem is the pacing and the fact that this movie was way to focused on special effects. That's not what was magical about the original. Overall, actors are very funny in this but it was missing all of the magic of the original. I give this a C+.
"A normal man can do the impossible to save the woman he loves. Mu husband is no normal man." Tarzan (Skarsgård), now known as John Clayton, has adjusted to life in London and him and his wife Jane (Robbie) are living well. When he is approached by George Washington Williams (Jackson) to travel back to Africa in order to investigate claims of slavery. When he arrives they realize it is a trap and Jane is kidnapped. Now Tarzan and Williams must travel to deepest Africa in order to not only save Jane, but save the slaves as well. This is a good movie that I enjoyed but started to get a little board with. The movie starts off decent but slowly began to lose speed. The fact that this was a different look at the same old story that has been told a thousand times really helps make the movie feel interesting and new. That said, this movie contains everything you want in a Tarzan movie and those that love the Tarzan legend will enjoy this. Overall, a good movie that seemed to drag a little and it hurt the movie, at least for me. I give this a B-.
"We are going to use this years Purge to do some spring cleaning." Charlie Roan (Mitchell) is a US Senator and is running for President. When she was a child she saw her family murdered in front of her on Purge night and is running in order to stop this night from happening. When those in charge hear of this they decide to left the protection of politicians and send a team to get rid of her. Now, along with Leo (Grillo) her bodyguard the two must survive the night in order to make it to election day. I have to begin by saying I didn't have high expectations for this one. I really liked the first one because it was set in one house and the claustrophobic aspect really added to the tenseness. The second one felt just like a generic horror movie, this one continues the trend of the second one. The idea of a Purge night is a better idea than the movie was. Movies like London Has Fallen or nearly every other action movie have a similar plot only the killing in those movies isn't "legal". If a movie that dealt with this Purge topic wanted to make an impact it should focus on people that don't normally kill but just snap. Overall, all the tenseness of the first one is gone from this series and this is just another political assassination action movie, and not a very good one at that. I give this a C.
"Love is bringing me back to life. I'm your multi-purpose tool guy" Hank (Dano) has been stranded on a deserted island for a while and finally decides his situation is hopeless. When he is ready to end it all he notices Manny (Radcliffe) laying on the beach. Hank's hopes are once again dashed when he realizes Manny is dead, at least he thinks he's dead. Faced with no other choice Hank decides to use Manny to get off the island and get back home, and in the process an unlikely friendship occurs. This is just a strange movie. There really isn't anything like this, even Weekend at Bernie's wasn't this strange. There are some definite movie moments in this and I did laugh a few times in the middle of me trying to figure out what is real and what is imagined. This is not a move for everyone, and one that I can't really talk about too much without giving things away but I will say that I thought this was good but one that has to be seen to understand what I mean. One of the few movies I have a hard time explaining, there are just no words to describe this movie. Overall, bizarre but with heart. Not for everyone, but those that go in with an open mind will enjoy this. I give this a B-.
"I'm gonna get off this rock. I'm gonna fight." Nancy (Lively) has just lost her mom and travels to her favorite place in the world in order to hopefully reconnect with her one last time. What begins as a relaxing beach getaway takes a terrifying turn when she swims right into the feeding ground of a Great White Shark. Now, with a severely bitten leg and a tiny rock just above the water line Nancy must survive long enough for someone to find her, but she isn't the only one fighting for survival. This is a very tense movie that is scary in the fact that this is something that could actually happen. Looking back on the movie I realized there wasn't a whole lot of dialog but I didn't notice it when I was watching. You really feel for her and live and die with every scene. I found myself holding my breath in certain spots and actually willing her to survive. That is the sign of a good movie. The movie defiantly has the feel of Open Water and if you like movies like that you will enjoy this as well. Overall, the way the movie makes you feel makes this more of an experience than a movie. I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I give this a B+.
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