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Global Meltdown (2017)
Right, well from the very moment I picked up this movie, I knew this was most likely going to be one of those abysmal end-of-the-world movies that most movies in the disaster genre turns out to be. Yet, I still decided to watch it, on the off-beat chance that the movie might just actually turn out to be good and entertaining.
That was not to be. This was indeed an abysmal entry to the disaster movie genre. Heck, you might even say that the movie itself was a disaster. Yup, it was that bad.
The storyline was bland, oh so horribly bland. In fact, now three days after I have seen the movie, I can't really recall what the movie was about. But it was bad. And I ended up actually falling asleep twice through the ordeal of sitting through it.
The special effects in "Global Meltdown" were anything but impressive. I have seen worse effects, at least that counts for something. But a disaster movie needs to be crammed with convincing special effects that win you over. "Global Meltdown" did not have that.
As for the acting in the movie. Well, let's just say that it was up to par with what you could expect from a movie such as this. The actors and actresses were strongly inhibited by a horrendous storyline and script.
If you enjoy disaster movies, then stay well clear of "Global Meltdown", because it can't even muster to be a "Localized Meltdown".
Snake Outta Compton (2018)
The best part about the movie was the cover/poster...
Well, let's just be honest, with a title such as "Snake Outta Compton" and the movie's cover/poster, then you know it is going to be one of those movies. And true enough, "Snake Outta Compton" turned out to be exactly that. But still, there is just something oddly fascinating about these movies that keeps luring me in. Perhaps this will be the one movie that stands out in the crowd, it has been known to happen. But such was not the case with "Snake Outta Compton".
The story in the movie was next to non-existing. A nerdy scientist mutates a snake with a growth ray and the snake goes on a murderous eating rampage in the neighborhood. Yup, that was basically about it - because the whole band and record deal was just a side order to spice up the movie.
The acting in the movie was as to be expected. Then I haven't said too much, because you know what you are getting yourself into here.
For a movie such as this to work out even just remotely, then they need proper CGI. The CGI in "Snake Outta Compton" was not overly impressive. So the movie couldn't even stay afloat on that account.
This movie is not really worth the effort, unless you are a die-hard fan of anyone on the cast list, or perhaps you yourself was involved in the creation of the movie in some way.
Sex, cops and laughs in abundance...
I found "Chips" in the comedy section on Netflix, and not being familiar with it, I decided to give it a watch as I do enjoy comedies.
I was familiar with some of the cast, so I had somewhat of a bit of notion of what to expect from the movie. And I will say that "Chips" rose to the occasion and really delivered top notch comedy entertainment. I was genuinely entertained throughout the course of the entire movie.
"Chips" was a good combination of comedy and action, as well as having a good character gallery, which really made the movie come to life. Especially so since it was characters that you instantly bonded with and took a liking to.
I must admit that I am not overly keen on Dax Shepard usually, but he was really great in this movie and really carried his role quite well. But for me, then it was Michael Peña who carried the movie with his hilarious performance, and he was so greatly cast for the role. But there were also lots of other good performances throughout the movie.
There are many funny scenes in the movie, and they had me laughing heartily throughout the course of the movie. And the chemistry between Shepard and Peña was just phenomenal, both as actors but also their on-screen characters.
"Chips" is a gem in the comedy genre, and one that definitely need more recognition because it is just through and through entertaining and funny.
Lake Placid: Legacy (2018)
Horrible CGI in an equally horrible addition to the "Lake Placid" franchise...
I am not a Christian, but Jesus...
This movie was abysmal. I wonder why this movie even came into existence, especially since the movies have just been getting worse and worse since the first "Lake Placid" movie. Stop kicking the dying alligator and see how much money you can milk from its carcass, and just let the franchise slowly sink to the bottom of the lake and be forgotten already...
The CGI in "Lake Placid: Legacy" were just horrible. Nay, they were atrocious. It is hard to believe how a movie can have such ghastly and visibly horrible CGI effects in 2018. Does the CGI team and producer not even look at it to check the result? How can something so fake pass as being worthy to be in a movie? That is simply just beyond my comprehension. It was laughable effects.
Not even Tim Rozon could manage to lift up this movie. And quite frankly I was very surprised to see him in a movie such as this. I didn't even know he was in it prior to sitting down to watch "Lake Placid: Legacy". Possibly because I don't keep up with news on this sinking franchise. Also puzzles me why he would even be doing a movie such as this... But, oh well...
The alligator, aside from being compiled of God awful CGI, was just not menacing in any way. And the ludicrous sounds it was making was actually making me laugh. Yeah, it was that bad.
Why do I keep returning to watch these movies? Well, simply because creature features have always been alluring to me. And I keep watching them on the odd chance that this particular movie might actually be outstandingly good, although nine out of ten such movies are low budget and of laughable production and even worse CGI.
If you are familiar with the "Lake Placid" movies, do yourself a favor and stay away from this movie, because the alligator is desperately struggling a losing battle to keep afloat and holding the franchise entertaining.
The Package (2018)
Get it to the hospital...
Right, well while "The Package" does follow a very generic blueprint of how to make a teen comedy, then it still worked out well enough. Why? Well, because of the storyline and the funny situations that were present throughout the movie.
The characters in "The Package" were characters that you instantly took to heart and felt like you were right there with them cheering on them to get to the hospital in time, and laugh with them at all the hilarious situations that they ended up entangled with.
There was a good amount of laughs to be had throughout the course of this movie, and I was genuinely entertained by it. However, I will say that this is hardly a comedy that you will watch more then once, because the story just doesn't have enough leverage to support more than a single viewing.
The acting in the movie was good, and it was actually nice to see mostly new faces on the screen. It should be said that the cast were doing great jobs in portraying their individual roles and bringing the movie to life on the screen. I was especially surprised to see Michael Eklund in this movie, and his role was just brilliant.
"The Package" is definitely worth checking out if you like a good laugh and have no problems with the teenage comedy genres.
Mei Gaau Siu Nui (2014)
A prolonged storyline with nothing on heart to tell...
Given my passion and love for the Asian cinema, and especially Hong Kong cinema, then I needed no persuasion in order to sit down and watch "May We Chat" (aka "Mei Gaau Siu Nui") from directors Philip Yung and Cheuk Man Au.
I happened to stumble upon "May We Chat" while perusing the Asian selection of movies on Netflix. And not being familiar with the movie or the people starring in it, I did of course have to watch it.
I almost made it to the end. I think I had 15 minutes left or so by the time I threw the towel in the ring and gave up. This movie was pointless to the point where it was dangerously close to becoming torture.
The movie has no proper story, and just revolve around 3 pointless characters whom have a serious problem with addiction to mobile devices and chats. And what is entertaining about that? The writers tried to throw in a story arch about a girl gone missing, to spice up the fact that we were just following the pointless stories of three equally pointless characters. Did it work? No!
The production level of the movie was good, but that was about all that the movie had working for it. Everything else was subpar. The storyline was abysmal, the characters were one dimensional cardboard cut outs, and the movie just felt like it was playing for 5 hours, as nothing of any worth happened throughout the course of the movie.
It should be said that the acting in the movie was adequate, just a shame that the actresses had little to absolutely nothing to work with in terms of script, storyline and dialogue.
This was a huge swing and miss in the Hong Kong cinema, and it is not a movie that will shine as being one of outstanding importance in the Hong Kong cinema. And I have no intention of returning to finish the last 15 minutes that I have remaining, because I just didn't care about the storyline or the characters in any way.
Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy (2015)
I was not familiar with Anjelah Johnson prior to finding the "Not Fancy" standup comedy show on Netflix. I do enjoy standup comedy, so I decided to take the time to sit down and watch this, as I might have been missing out on something great.
Well, let's just say that I ended up turning off this Netflix special after just about 20 minutes. 20 minutes of not laughing or being particularly amused in any possible way.
I suppose that the humor of Anjelah Johnson just didn't go well with me and certainly didn't match my own sense of humor. So this was not something that appealed to me. And I have no plans to return to watch the rest of it, or to catch up on any other of her shows, if she have any.
Not amused with this one...
Barely Lethal (2015)
A light-hearted secret operative movie, undercover in the suburbs...
I decided to watch this movie because Samuel L. Jackson was in it. I found it on Netflix and had not even heard about it prior to stumbling upon it. I read the synopsis, but wasn't overly reeled in by it, as it had that teenage-generic-action-comedy vibe to it.
I will say that "Barely Legal" actually turned out to be far better than I had initially hoped or thought it would be, given the synopsis for the movie. And it turned out to be rather entertaining. Sure, it had those sappy moments that are seen in these particular movies, but it worked out well enough.
The storyline, despite being so generic and predictable that it was oozing off of it, actually still turned out to be entertaining for what it was. This doesn't challenge the viewer intellectually, so just unwind, lean back and enjoy the ride.
They had some good performers in the movie, and it was nice to see Jessica Alba in the role that she had. And of course Samuel L. Jackson was good, just a shame that he hadn't a more prominent role to play. Hailee Steinfeld actually turned out to be a rather good choice for the lead, as she definitely stood her ground and performed well.
All in all, you know what you are getting yourself into here with a movie such as this, and the movie does play on every available trick that has been seen before in similar movies. But it still worked out quite well.
Now this was impressive...
Now, I can't really claim to be much of a fan of superheroes in general, but I was recommended that I watched "Daredevil", but was a little bit reluctant given the movie that had Ben Affleck in it.
But I decided to give it a go anyway, and must admit that I was so happy and thrilled that I did so, because "Daredevil" really turned out to be an amazing thrill ride of entertainment, action and character development.
You quickly take a liking to the various characters in the show, both good and bad, because they are so detailed and nuanced that it feels so very realistic and natural. And it was helped along so nicely by a rather impressive cast whom put on amazing performances. I was especially impressed with Charlie Cox (platying daredevil), Vincent D'Onofrio (playing Wilson Fisk), Elden Henson (plating Foggy Nelson) and also Deborah Ann Woll (playing Karen Page).
One thing that didn't sit well with me, was the fact that you had to wait the entire first season before you got to see the suit. A clever way of keeping the viewers glued to the screen or just downright idiocy? I do not know, but I believe it was the former.
Granted I have only seen seasons 1 and 2, but I have been so very adequately entertained by it, that I most definitely want to watch season 3 as well.
It has been hyped up to something that it hardly can deliver...
I remember seeing t his movie back in the day when it was first released, and I remember the movie as being quite good and entertaining. So when I got the chance to sit down and watch it again in 2018, I did so.
Either my taste in movies have changed dramatically over the past 15 years or my memory of the movie have been somewhat deluded. Why? Because this movie was not all that spectacular as I remembered it, nor as the high rating would otherwise indicate.
The movie is unfathomably long, dragging on to the point where it feels redundant. Especially because there isn't a whole lot actually happening in the 2 hours that the movie run for. So it was somewhat of an ordeal to sit through it and not have my attention wander elsewhere.
It was solely the performance of Min-sik Choi that made me stick with the movie to the very end, this second time around. He was phenomenal in the role and was really so well cast for that particular role. But just a shame that he had so very little to work with.
The storyline was mundane and rather stumbling. It took forever to get from A to B, because a whole lot of nothing had to be told and shown on screen in the process of getting there. Which made it feel very prolonged and strained in a way.
I will not be returning to watch "Oldboy" (aka "Oldeuboi") a third time, that much is for certain.
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013)
Definitely full of energy...
I have seen Aziz Ansari before in some stand-up comedy shows and he has been quite funny. So when I found "Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive" on Netflix, of course I took the time to sit down and watch it.
This 2013 show was actually quite entertaining in most aspects. There were some moments though where he derailed himself, in my opinion. And those were when he sunk to the below-the-belt jokes, which unfortunately were too many of throughout the show. And also the bit about couples having children was also dragged on for a little bit too long, as it started to become strained to listen to again and again.
It should be said that Aziz Ansari is a funny man and he definitely has a good on-stage presence. And he is good at delivering the material, and he feels very naturally at home on the stage.
There were some good laughs throughout the show as well. So whether or not you are familiar with Aziz Ansari or not, then this 2013 show is definitely worth watching.
I have the power...
I just finished watching "Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" on Netflix, and I must say that I was adequately entertained.
Sure, as a life-long fan of MotU then there weren't all that many surprises to be experiences here. But still, there was information and bits and pieces that I was not familiar with, and it was nice to have this extended information added to the knowledge of the MotU series and toys.
The documentary offers a good insight into what made He-Man, how it was at its pinnacle, how it evolved, what happened to its after its glory days, its early 2K return and the state of affairs today. So there is a little bit of something for everyone here.
There are good insights into Filmation's creation of the animated series, the crew and people behind the figures from Mattel, and also interviews with prominent people from those places, as well as with Frank Langella and Dolph Lundgren whom both starred in the live-action movie.
Regardless if you are a newcomer to the MotU franchise or a life-long fan, then "Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" definitely was entertaining. Sure, it was not something that you would watch more than once, but still worth the time and effort to do so.
Xin hua lu fang (2014)
But it was so amazingly generic...
I stumbled upon "Breakup Buddies" (aka "Xin hua lu fang") on the Asian movie section whilst browsing Netflix. I was not familiar with it, and after reading the synopsis I decided to watch the movie.
I had no idea what to expect here, so director Hao Ning had every opportunity to impress and entertain me here.
However, that was not to be. This turned out to be a very mediocre movie. First of all, the story was not all that captivating and just seemed that the topics in the movie were just shallowly perused. This was a shame, because there was so many ways the movie could have explored and ended up with a more entertaining final product.
The characters in the movie were one-dimensional, and could easily have been replaced by cardboard cut-outs. Yeah, there were very little to like or get attached to here. However, I must say that the performances of both Bo Huang (playing Geng Hao) and Zheng Xu (playing Hao Yi) were quite well, despite the fact that they had so little to work with.
The movie struggled to keep my interest many times, and I must admit that I ended up checking social media throughout the course of the movie. It was just such a bland and boring storyline that I gave up trying to get involved.
This is not a particularly outstanding movie in Chinese cinema, and I can't recommend that you actually take the time or effort to watch this. There are far better movies in the Chinese cinema that far outshines "Breakup Buddies".
For the love of all that is unholy...
Seriously? Nothing else needs to be said about this movie actually...
Well, you know what you get yourself into here when you sit down to watch "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time", especially if you've seen the previous five movies in the franchise. I have seen the previous five movies, unfortunately, so I know that this sixth movie would be in for a pressed chance of alleviating the downward slope that the movies have been on ever since going beyond the first movie.
"The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" turned out to be continuing on in the same footsteps that the franchise is already traversing. And it is even worse than its fifth predecessor, which didn't really take much. The sixth installment in the franchise was the worst one yet. Yep, that's right.
The storyline here, was so incredibly stupid and pointless that the movie had no actual contents, aside from a bunch of people traveling through time and besting one sharknado after another with no problems. So don't expect any kind of entertainment value from "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time".
The few things that "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" has working for it is the fact that it is the returning cast coming back to reprise their characters. But don't get all worked up, we are talking about the likes of Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and the like here, so go figure... Plus it is sharknados after all, and that concept is just so ludicrous that it is actually fun to watch (although it did nothing to lift up this train wreck of a movie here).
There is just something morbidly odd about movies like this that keeps us coming back to watch them, when we know deep in our hearts that it is going to be a suckfest that is unpreceded by anything, yet we keep coming back to watch movies like this - perhaps in the hopes that the movie will somehow turn out to be a surprising experience.
"The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" is just not worth the time, effort or money...
Red Carpet (2014)
It was so bland that it almost hurt...
When I found "Red Carpet" on Netflix, I had never even heard about it before. I read the synopsis and believed it to be a romantic comedy, which the South Korean cinema tend to produce quite well. With it being a South Korean movie, I needed no persuasion to sit down and watch it.
It turned out that this was more of a melodrama that it was a romantic comedy, so it was quite different from what my mindset was set up for. And on that account, then the movie fell short of living up to what I had hoped for in terms of entertainment and value. Actually, the movie had a rather mundane and generic storyline, to the point where it bordered on becoming pointless actually.
As for the characters in the movie, well they were equally generic and mundane as the storyline. Which was a shame, because that resulted in me not bothering to form any sense of relationship or bond with them. So I cared not what happened to them along the course of the movie.
"Red Carpet" was a very bland and generic movie, and it offered absolutely nothing to the genre that hasn't already been seen countless other times before. The blandness of the movie and the pointless characters resulted in this being a very mediocre experience for me. And I can honestly say that I will not be returning to watch this a second time.
A Yellow Bird (2016)
What a snoozefest...
I stumbled upon "A Yellow Bird" in the Asian section of available movies on Netflix. And not having heard about it, it did catch my attention right away. I read the synopsis and just had to watch the movie, because the synopsis sounded like this could very well be a great drama.
But oh boy was I wrong. So very, very wrong. This was an amazingly long snoozefest, bordering on being downright torture. I suppose that it was an indie movie in every sense of the words, but are you kidding me this was boring. There was nothing much of any worth happening throughout most of the movie. Most of the scenes were endless scenes where the characters just milled about and doing nothing productive or crucial to the storyline. It felt like 90% of the entire movie was just filling put in there to make the suffering longer.
I will say that the cast actually did good jobs with their roles, and they portrayed their characters very realistic and definitely brought a very real-life quality to the movie. But that did very little to alleviate on the boredom and pointlessness that permeated throughout the entire movie.
I managed to stick with the entire 2 hours that the movie ran for, though it felt like a day. And I am not kidding you when all important scenes in the movie could have been amassed up to about a good 30 minutes. The rest was just pointless filling.
This is not a movie that supports multiple viewings.
The Meg (2018)
There's always a bigger fish...
We'll definitely need a bigger boat, oh wait, wrong movie...
Right, well lets just be blunt about this, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into here when you venture in to watch a movie such as "The Meg". But still, it was something that called out to me and made me venture to the cinema to watch it.
First of all, it is a shark movie. And I am a sucker for creature features, and I have always enjoyed shark movies ever since "Jaws". But unfortunately the genre is flooded with subpar movies that do sharks no justice with horrible CGI or multiple heads, swimming in sand, and what not... But it turned out that "The Meg" was going to correct all that and put the genre back on track.
Secondly, it has Jason Statham in it. So you know that you will be in for an action-packed movie. And yes, he delivered as usual. In fact, this might as well have been a movie that had Dwayne Johnson in the lead, and it would still have been an enjoyable movie.
While "The Meg" does follow that generic and straight forward formula of 'how-to-make-a-shark-movie' then it was still an enjoyable movie experience; one that was packed with action, suspense and a pinch of drama. The movie starts out slow and fairly steadily, and of course you don't get to see the shark right away, because suspense had to be built up. But we all knew it was coming, so why prolong the suspense by throwing another aquatic creature in the audience's faces?
This is the type of movie that you exactly how it will end. And it was that predictable, yes. But again, that was not a factor that weighed the movie down or worked against in any fashion. Because the movie was entertaining from start to end.
I will say that Jason Statham was actually quite nice in the movie, because he fit the role of the Jonas Taylor character quite well. And I was also quite impressed with the performances of Bingbing Li (playing Suyin), Cliff Curtis (playing Mac) and Winston Chao (playing Zhang).
The special effects were incredible, as they should be in a movie such as this. And this is where 90% of the movies in the monstrous killer shark movie fail, by having laughable special effects that wouldn't even fool a blind man. The sharks looked realistic and real, not to mention menacing.
I do feel that the beach scene was horribly shortened and made almost family friendly. That whole thing with the heroes managing to lure the megalodon away from the meal that was lined right up in the nick of time was just lazy writing. I felt so cheated out of a scene that would have and should have turned into a feeding frenzy and massacre of beach-goers. But hey, a matter of how morbid you are, I suppose...
All in all a very enjoyable shark movie, and one that definitely takes the sinking shark genre and brings it back to the surface. I definitely think that your money, time and efforts will be well spent on taking the time to watch "The Meg".
Hei wong ji wong (2007)
Stupid storyline, but still adequately entertaining...
When I found "Simply Actors" (aka "Hei wong ji wong") on Netflix I needed no persuasion in order to sit down and watch it. It is an Asian movie, and from the Hong Kong cinema to sweeten the deal, which was more than enough to make me sit down and watch it.
I hadn't heard about the movie prior to watching it, nor did I know who was starring in it.
I must admit that I had a little bit of problem understanding the concept of the movie as it made so very little sense. Why would the police have actors working within their ranks? And the who lack of seriousness to it from the lead character didn't exactly help to make it passable as a realistic movie in any sense.
That being said, don't get me wrong. "Simply Actors" was not a bad movie, nor was it a particularly good movie. It was fairly generic and average, in fact, in terms of Asian cinema go.
What impressed me the most about the movie was the sheer amount of famous Hong Kong actors and actresses that they had managed to get together here for even the smallest of roles. That was just fantastic, and a nice treat for a life-long fan of the Hong Kong cinema such as myself.
"Simply Actors" didn't impress me, but it was watchable, no doubt about it. However, I doubt that this is the type of movie that you will ever watch a second time,
Seoul Searching (2015)
What a fabulous movie...
I stumbled upon "Seoul Searching" while looking through the Asia movie collection on Netflix. I hadn't seen or even heard about this movie prior to finding it there and deciding to watch it.
I must admit that I had expected it to be just another teenage romantic comedy, but it turned out that I was in for something far greater and much deeper. This movie turned out to be quite entertaining on many different levels.
The characters in the movie were quite colorful and very varied, which leaves just about something for just about everyone in the audience. There were some characters that you took an instant liking to and some with an instant adversity towards. But there were also characters that felt cheated out of screen time and were nothing more than just fillers, which was a shame - such as the twins, for example.
This is a collection of various stories coming together as one entwined story, as Koreans from different countries abroad from Korea come together for a cultural summer camp in Seoul, to learn about their heritage.
I was especially taken in by the story of Sid and also the story of Kris. Sid's story was definitely one of personal growth and progress, whereas Kris's story was one of reunion and coming face to face with her past.
You might want to keep a tissue or two within reach, because there are some very emotional moments in the movie. I was taken aback by these and didn't except such excellence in direction from a movie such as this.
The movie was full of great talents, and I especially enjoyed the performances of Rosalina Lee (playing Kris), Justin Chon (playing Sid), Jessika Van (playing Grace) and last, but not least, In-Pyo Cha (playing Mr. Kim). The entire movie had a great cast, but these really stood out in my opinion.
"Seoul Searching" is the type of movie that will sink right in and stay with you for quite a while after the movie have ended. I was genuinely surprised and entertained by "Seoul Searching" and I can warmly recommend that you take the time to watch it if you haven't already seen it.
A superhero movie that is quite down to Earth...
What initially lured me to in to sit down and watch "Psychokinesis" was the fact that this was a South Korean movie. But the fact that the people behind "Train to Busan" also were onboard this one just sweetened the deal.
I am a big fan of Asian cinema, and South Korea do put a lot of good movies out there. And I will say that it was no different with "Psychokinesis" (aka "Yeom-lyeok"). This was definitely an entertaining movie in many aspects.
First of all, I am the first to admit that I am not overly keen on superhero movies, but "Psychokinesis" took the superhero aspect of the genre and brought it to a whole new place. This was not about people in spandex clothing running around being all invincible and showing off powers left and right without concern for the ordinary man around them. No, this was about an ordinary man with quite ordinary every day problems, whom just happened to get superhero powers accidentally and using them to further his own and his daughters goals. So that whole self-righteous and better-than-thou aspect wasn't here. And that made for a very realistic feel to the movie, especially since you could so easily relate to the main character.
"Psychokinesis" is not a movie about grand special effects, CGI and whoa-effects. It uses some CGI, of course, but it is done with limitation, as not to take over the whole movie (read Hollywood superhero franchise movies here). And the special effects / CGI worked out quite nicely in favor of the movie, as it supplemented the individual scenes well.
The movie had a good cast, which all performed quite well. I wasn't particularly familiar with anyone on the cast list here, but it was a good experience nonetheless.
If you enjoy South Korean movies, then you should definitely take the time to watch "Psychokinesis".
Chui lung (2017)
When you chase that elusive dragon...
Right, well with two of the heavy weights of Hong Kong cinema coming together in this movie, then what could go wrong?
I had not actually heard about "Chasing the Dragon" (aka "Chui lung") prior to stumbling upon it by sheer luck. I didn't even had to read the synopsis for it; I saw that it was a Hong Kong movie and it had both Andy Lau and Donnie Yen on the cover. This was an instant pick-up.
The movie turned out to be quite entertaining, and it is one of the better orchestrated gangster movies that I have seen in quite some time.
The storyline was good, fast-paced and nicely written. And the fact that the characters were so well detailed and unique also helped to make the movie experience that much better. Of course, having an amazing cast to portray these characters just helped the movie along all the more.
Donnie Yen was good in the role as an immigrant turned criminal in order to make a living in Hong Kong, and Andy Lau is, as always, doing a great job in a police role. Needless to say that both their performances were phenomenal. But the movie also boasted other quite interesting supporting actors. If you are familiar with Hong Kong movies, then you will definitely see some familiar faces - some of them even in small roles that weren't that important to the movie.
"Chasing the Dragon" was nicely paced and it didn't really have a dull moment throughout the course of its story. That worked quite nicely in favor of the movie.
If you enjoy Asian cinema, or Hong Kong cinema in particular, then you should take the time to sit down and watch "Chasing the Dragon"...
Patient Zero (2018)
Rage-infected people... Seriously?...
This movie had me lured in immediately, given the premise of it being a zombie movie of sorts. But this was where I was wrong.
This was not a zombie movie in the traditional sense. No, this movie was toying with the fact that people were infected with rage, while retaining their humanity and didn't turn into mindless shambling decaying corpses. That didn't leave a particular good taste in my mouth, as that is not a thing that works for me. And also the fact that they were running. Well, granted they weren't zombies, so technically it would be alright that they were running. But just didn't thrill me all that much.
The special effects and CGI in the movie were quite good and helped the movie along quite nicely. And while this isn't a zombie movie, don't expect an abundance of dismemberment and ghastly gore. Sure, there were some blood and mayhem, which helped the movie well enough along the way.
The storyline was adequate, and it was well-paced. Just a shame that the contents were not about actual zombies. While the story was interesting enough and well-told, it just could have been so much better if it wasn't about enraged people.
Now, it was the cast that really carried the movie and made it watchable. In particularly Clive Standen and Stanley Tucci were phenomenal. But also Natalie Dormer did a good job with her character.
I have seen "Patient Zero" now, and I can't claim to want to return to watch it a second time. It just wasn't that good, nor all that interesting given the lack of zombies and revolving around rage-infected people. I am not sure if the movie was based on Jonathan Maberry's book "Patient Zero", if it was then I am not going to bother with reading that one...
Stanley Tucci Clive Standen
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Where to Mr. Blythe?...
While "Mutiny on the Bounty" certainly is a classic movie, it does have some flaws.
Sure, the movie was entertaining, but it just was way too long and the storyline suffered from this. It just felt like they should have been more thorough in the cutting room and trimming it down in size. Such as the intro and intermission segments, it was just several minutes of music. That was unnecessary and just annoying to be honest.
The movie was quite nicely filmed and it felt like you were there on the Bounty herself. So that really added a nice touch of realism to the movie. It was so easy to get into the movie and the atmosphere.
As for the acting, well there was nothing to complain about here. They had an allround good cast that delivered great performances with their individual roles and characters.
"Mutiny on the Bounty" is a good high-seas adventure. However, it is hardly the movie that you can watch again and again, at least not without several years passing in between each viewing. I think I watched this as a pre-teen and then watched it again some 30 years later.
A country divided and on the brink of nuclear war...
I found "Steel Rain" (aka "Gangcheolbi") on Netflix and decided to sit down and watch it without having heard about it prior to finding it. I needed little persuasion to do so, as it is a South Korean movie, after all.
"Steel Rain" turned out to be a rather interesting movie, both in terms of story and also in sheer thrilling entertainment. It was a great story that really had some rather realistic elements to it. And the storyline started out quite nicely and in great pace, and it never really lost its momentum along the way.
The characters in the movie were also quite nicely detailed and brought to life on the screen. Again, lots of realism here and it was characters that you quickly could relate to and bond with. And of course it helped quite a lot that they had gotten together a rather good assembly of actors and actresses to portray the various roles.
The movie offers equal amounts of action, drama and character growth, which turned out to be a great combination. Everything in the movie just turned out great and came together quite nicely as the movie ended.
If you enjoy the South Korean cinema, then "Steel Rain" is definitely a movie well worth spending time and money on.
Dim dui dim (2014)
It could have been so much more...
I found "Dot 2 Dot" (aka "Dim dui dim") in the Asian section on Netflix, and of course I had to sit down to watch it right away given my admiration and fascination with the Hong Kong cinema. Plus, I must also admit that the synopsis for the movie sounded like this could be a rather unique movie experience.
However, writer and director Amos Why just didn't really manage to create something that was all that outstanding. Sure, the movie was entertaining enough if you like these particular kind of slow-paced movies that are character driven and not story driven. However, it just turned out to be somewhat of a storyline that was lacking ingredients to keep it fresh and interesting throughout the entire running.
It should be said that the acting in the movie was quite good, and I think that everyone acting in the movie really did good jobs, which actually did add something to the movie. And Candy Cheung, in particular, was outstanding in her performance in "Dot 2 Dot".
The movie had so much potential, and I feel that Amos Why didn't even tap halfway into the potential that was present. "Dot 2 Dot" could have been so much more than it turned out to be.
While "Dot 2 Dot" wasn't the most fast-paced or story-rich movie, then it did have some mighty fine moments here and there. But all in all, the end result of the movie was a mediocre one, when comparing it to other Hong Kong movies that carry the drama label and with a pinch of romance thrown into it. This is hardly the type of movie that you will watch more than once.