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Mile 22 (2018)
Marky Mark misses the mark on this one. He plays an overwrought character his such personality defects that there is no way in would be in charge of anything more than picking weeds in your garden. To imagine this misfit running an "elite" paramilitary unit is just one of the unbelievable plot line in this movie. his female 2IC is also a mental wreck going through a messy divorce that she is not handling well at all. In the real world she would have been put on medical leave for severe mental issues rather than allowed to jeopardize a mission as important as the one depicted in the story line. The mission itself borders on slapstick and totally unbelievable. And don't blink or you will miss Ronda Roussey's insignificant part in the movie. Overall a disappointing effort showing a complete lack of quality control on the input.
A complete waste of money resources
I have seen some crap movies in 40 + years of cinema watching but seldom have I seen such a complete waste of resources as this pile of nonsense. Right from the opening scene it is full of cliched garbage and bereft of a single once of originality. The cast play stereotypical white country bumpkins, with a handful of token Asians thrown in as a poor salute to multiculturalism. The story line is hackneyed and been told countless times previously. The actions scenes are beyond amateurish and enter the ridiculous almost from the first shot fired. The bunch of misfits who escape the initial attack should be in clown uniforms so bad are their "combat" scenes. For example - aliens attacking from the air with superior firepower and a Mothership the size of a small moon looking down upon all and yet these idiots drive around and into "hiding" with their vehicle spotlights on full and we are supposed to believe the bad guys don't notice? And it gets far worse! The Commander of the "Australian" Army troops is a woman wearing a uniform that is so ill-fitting and nothing like an actual Aus Army uniform and who has all the military bearing of an empty box ... and about as believable, poor casting that even stands out in a movie full of poor casting. Direction is sloppy and lacks originality. Little wonder the Australian movie industry is in dire trouble when they produce crap like this. I gave it a one out of sympathy.
Could the script get any more puerile?
Could the script get any more puerile? It felt like it was written by a bunch of 12 year old Fan Boys, and this makes it a chore for the more mature movie goers. And it is far too long with a lot of very unnecessary scenes. Watched in a theater very obvious young Star War fans but no cheering, applauding or any other interaction from them at any point in the movie. Chatting with several outside after the movie finished the general comment was - disappointing!
NCIS: New Orleans (2014)
Pathetic pile of dog crap.
Hard to find a show on TV worse than this one. Not a single one of the characters is believable, especially the clown of a female agent about 4 foot tall and full of BS attitude. Nothing in this show relates in the remotest way to the real world NCIS or real world investigation period. In the real world this box load of clowns would be out of a job within the first month, or worse, pushing up daisies. A complete waste of time and money and obviously made for the brain dead.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Misses the mark
Went to see Thor: Ragnarok with an open mind as I am a regular movie goer, at least once a week year in year out. Was not expecting anything beyond the usual Marvel output which is usually reasonably entertaining. Ragnarok, falls short in a number of ways not the least of which was the annoying attempts at humor. The humor was puerile and aimed more at the prepubescent rather than anyone with a developed sense of humor above the most rudimentary level, as evidenced by the fact that in a theater of some 400 mainly Millennials there was only one collective laugh and that was Thor and the bowling ball. Apart from that there only a couple of isolated titters. The movie on the whole appears to be aimed at a Grade School intellect, starting from the ridiculous lead in intro with Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Waititi, and a movie fan prior to the movie commencing. The movie relied far too much on CGI which wasn't up to standard and over the top at times. Hemsworth's performance is generic and bland while Ruffalo puts in his usual average effort. Blanchett was the Star of the show while the rest of the cast were OK but don't blink or you will miss Idris Elba's performance. Looking at the 10/10s given on IMDb on opening day one can only assume they are from studio/corporate hacks to boost the ratings rather than from genuine IMDb contributors. Time for a change in the way reviews are published.
The Last Post (2017)
High hopes dashed
Given this is a Brit series I had high hopes for some solid,informative, entertaining TV. Unfortunately those hopes were dashed. The scripts are poor, the story line rubbish and don't get me started on the "military" aspects. The Brits don't often miss the mark on their drama series but in this case their aim is about as good as the faux SAS troops in the 2nd episode. If this show was a horse the authorities would have already taken it behind the shed and put a bullet in its head to put it (and us) out of its misery.
Complete WOTAM (Waste Of Time And Money)- has to be one of the very worst plots I've ever seen put to the big screen! Only a brain dead moron could possibly enjoy this piece of crap. I not only want my $22 back I want damages for the mental angst I incurred watching this nonsense. The plot was ridiculous, the script was written entirely in clichés, the acting from the main characters was woeful, proof positive that Gerard Butler can't act to save his life but then again he positively shone when paired with Jim Sturgess who was just terrible and appears to be an emotional cripple. The two female leads, Abbie Cornish and Alexandra Maria Lara, were the saving graces in the acting stakes. I could throw in some spoilers but the wounds are just too fresh to go there at the moment. Hollywood has gotten so disrespectful of their audience these days that they appear happy to throw up anything these days without any attention to quality control. It has been suggested that if you put enough monkeys in front of enough keyboards they will eventually tap out the complete works of Shakespeare. Well obviously illiterate monkeys wrote the script to this one but it is a very long way short of Shakespeare. I give POS 2/10 and one of those was only because it was in color! Wait for it to come to Free-to-Air would be my suggestion.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Missed it by that much
The first Kingsman was a classy effort that was well received and deservedly so. Kingsman: The Golden Circle - not so much. British Director Matthew Vaughn showed his class with the first movie but has gone too American with the second. The production values are still high but the script and story line head for the gutter as usual when they try to Americanise quality English productions. This was obviously tailored for the US market so they had to DUMB it down because as everyone know the Americans have no sense of subtly, everything has to be spelled out for most of them in Bold Face. The movie had its great stunts and some very humorous moments but stooped to unnecessary crudeness at times. At 2 hrs 21 minutes it was about 45 minutes too long. Worth a watch but don't expect anything in the same class as the first movie.
American Assassin (2017)
Starts strong but fades by the end.
This movie could have been much more but instead, due to a nonsensical climax, it is just another Hollywood very average effort. And they wonder why box office takings are down these last couple of years. The story line starts out believable enough - terrorists attack that kills a loved one and a survivor looking for revenge. Formulaic but watchable. The CIA, as usual in US movies of this type, appear far more successful in surveillance and covert action than is often the case in real life. The cast are OK and handle their roles well for the most part, putting aside the usual cliché or three re CIA/Special ops agents in the field. I found the movie acceptable right up to the ending where the bad guy sets out to Nuke the US Fleet. Nothing about that part of the story line was in the least bit believable. It may well have played out much better in the original book upon which the movie was based but fails miserably here. A wasted $20. Better value waiting for the movie to hit your movie streaming site of choice.
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Formulaic, predictable but very watchable
Given Samuel L Jackson was starring in this movie you know the action is going to be high, the language very strong and the humor subtle - mostly sledgehammer subtle, but subtle. The story line was not beyond belief, although there was nothing particularly original about the script - standard buddy movie where the two characters were at war with each other the whole time and despite their dislike of each other they become friends and win through in the end. As we knew they would from the get- go. All very predictable. The action scenes were full on and non-stop and the movie as a whole was very very watchable - apart from the nonsense romantic BS backstory. The Jackson/Hayek romance story had a place in story line but the Ryan Reynolds/Elodie Yung story added nothing to the story and was little more than the usual Hollywood nonsense that they have ruined countless movies with. It seems to me that Hollywood has some sort of weird censorship type mentality where they put together a good story line and production then some 'overlord" comes along and says "dumb it down because the average movie watcher is a moron and won't follow a story unless we make it more cheesy". I enjoyed 90% of the movie, too bad Hollywood screwed up the balance.
An OK movie but far from a great movie.
Hard to understand the hype attached to this movie. As usual Director Christopher Nolan's penchant for the non-linear method of direction makes the usual shambles of the story line. Given the promotion for this movie I expected more and waited, unrewarded unfortunately, for the seminal moment that would lift the movie above the average to the epic magnitude of the actual event. The movie lacked .... scale. For example the RAF lost well over 100 aircraft during the evacuation but Nolon would have you believe only 3 RAF aircraft showed up. The Germans also lost well over 100 aircraft, some say closer to 200+. Same with the loss of equipment. Left on the beach at Dunkirk were enough weapons and equipment to equip 8-10 Divisions, and included 800+ field guns, 500 anti-aircraft guns, tanks, trucks etc etc None of that scale was represented. In fact the long lines of troops waiting on the beach in the opening scenes soon disappeared and the beaches were left empty in many scenes long before the movie reached its peak. The Seminal Moment in the actual event was that some 700+ small boats left England to help rescue the stranded troops. Nolan managed a "fleet" of about 10 or 12. Again, no sense of scale. Many are claiming this is one of the best war films ever. I don't think so. I felt short changed to be honest because it lacked the scale of, for argument sake, the opening scenes from Saving Private Ryan.
Wonder Woman (2017)
If you are going to see this movie take a cut lunch with you as it is LONG! And boring in parts. They spent way too much time on the back story and one assumes that was because they are planning sequels. The movie could lose 40 minutes without damaging the story line. With any of these block buster type Super hero movies I am left with the definite impression many of the "reviewers" on IMDb are either studio plants or have not seen the actual movie and base their votes on Trailers. Much of the final scenes was over bloated and unnecessary and did not add anything to the story. Gadot was outstanding in the title role. Chris Pine looks, as he always does, on the verge of tears or a breakdown or something. I don't rate him as an actor. Supporting cast were good. Over all the movie had good production values, a so so script and the CGI was good but over done in the final scenes. A good movie but not a great movie. Worth the admission price.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Painting by the numbers
I was not expecting a lot from this movie and in that respect was not disappointed - nice visuals but the story sucked! This is the Hollywood equivalent of painting by the numbers. Scott should pay more attention to the story line and a little less to the special effects. Hollywood seems to insist on having us believe that the astronauts corps is drawn from the moron class rather than the real life reality where only the very brightest make the grade. The ending was predictable, actually the bulk of the movie was predictable, and just appeared a set up for another "episode" to rip more $s off Joe public. The theme appeared to be "day trip for the kids from the Special School". Disappointing!
Poor Man's Alien
I assume that the rating of 7 in IMDb is for "comedy" content because the movie suffers from a major credibility deficit. Spoiler Alert Having been around aviation for decades and personally knowing an ISS Astronaut I can guarantee you that the agencies involved with the ISS would not send such a bunch of under-qualified, over-emotional, dumb asses like this crew anywhere near the ISS. Real life Astronauts are the brightest of the bright whereas the "crew" in this movie are anything but! So many holes and gaps in the plot I do not have enough room here to list them all. Suffice it to say this is a poorly put together movie. The Ryan Reynolds character Rory Adams would not have made it passed the first psych eval and obviously is not smart enough to follow protocols. Deserved to die! The character Hugh Derry played by Bakara was just not a clever man given he was supposed to be a crack biologist! Not professional in any way. Deserved to die! David Jordan/Jake Gyllenhaal is another emotional cripple and would have been weeded out of the Astronaut program in real life very early on. Neither of the women are strong characters which the exact opposite of real life women in the space program. In short the movie promised much but delivered very little, especially the ending - they telegraphed that one from a mile back. The movie equivalent of a paint by numbers piece. Those calling it a poor man's Alien are on the money.
Well worth the admission fee! And the 8.5 IMDb rating.
Not a big Potter fan and have not bothered with the last four HP movies but this is different. A lot different. Far more adult in content and presentation. The four main characters are first class and work very well together. The creatures of the title - fascinating. I am sure you could find something to moan about if you were to sit around and picked holes in it but if you want to be entertained GO SEE THIS MOVIE! Not often I say a movie is well worth the $25 ticket or an 8.5 rating on IMDb but this one certainly is worth both! An added bonus is that Katherine Waterston is an absolute Honey! And Alison Sudol ain't too shabby either!
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge not quite up to standard
Make no mistake, this movie tells the story of an ordinary man doing great deeds but unfortunately one cannot help but feel something was missing, or wrong, with the telling of that story. Hacksaw Ridge suffers from the same problem/s that made the mini-series The Pacific a loser. Both were made in Australia with a predominantly Aussie cast. The pretend American accents were so bad they were distracting and many of the settings seemed false, especially those around Hacksaw Ridge itself. Styrofoam rocks etc that just didn't quite cut it etc. The acting in the main was average and the direction only so so. To the reviewer saying this movie will scoop the Oscars, I say nonsense. Great story, not so well told.
Jason Bourne (2016)
Lack of intelligence in the intelligence community
Greengrass returns to the Bourne franchise and brings with him the same cameraman with Parkinsons that he has used all to often in the past. The shaky camera thing is so old that it ruins what is an already pretty average movie. As with all previous Bourne movies this one suffers from credibility gaps but even more so than in the past. Even the Jeremy Renner version was better than this effort. The biggest problem I have with this offering is that even though Bourne and Nicky Parsons are portrayed as sharp as tacks and well versed in all aspects of covert ops and computer surveillance, especially facial recognition capabilities, they still run around with faces uncovered and wonder why the bad guys keep catching up with them. They keep making rookie mistakes all through the move. The first half was agony to sit through. Unless you are an intellectual midget with no eye for detail I'd save my bucks and wait for the free to air TV showing if you must see it!