Monday, October 27, 2014

John Wick: a no nonsense shoot 'em up thriller


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Who remembers Keanu Reeves? If you don't, he's the bad ass character from The Matrix series and he's back at it again in a action flick worth watching. This time, he plays a character names John Wick  a retired hit man they call the boogeyman.

John’s wife passes away from natural causes and he has a hard time recovering from her passing. Just when he’s about give up on life, he receives a dog  a last parting gift from his wife. Soon after, however, some thugs break into his house and kill the dog his wife left from him. The action unfolds when he finds out who the thugs are and goes after them.

John Wick isn't simply a pro at killing people, he just doesn't give a crap who he kills and how many times he shoots his gun. He brings fear into those that find out he's back while other hit men are excited he's back in business. Everyone in the underground and in the local police agencies know him and stay away. Rule number one is you don't screw around with John Wick. Rule number two: just relay back to rule number one. This time, however John’s only back at it for personal reasons and for a short time.

You'll enjoy this flick if you like action and guns and the mafia because it includes a lot of that. There is literally one scene where for 20 to 30 minutes, there is nothing but shooting and killing and if that's your style you'll enjoy it. The storyline doesn't wander and the acting is solid. 

The Verdict
  • SEE IT
  • Don't see it
  • Rent it 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fury: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and cast carry a weak storyline

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Brad Pitt does it again as U.S. staff sergeant Don "War Daddy" Collier commanding the Sherman Tank called Fury. It is April 1945 and that the Allies have entered Germany. The Nazis have reached a level of desperation and are making every man, woman, and child join the military.

Pitt's team consists of Boyd "Bible" Swan (Shia LaBeouf) who, as his name suggests, is a spiritual fellow. I wouldn't have expected him in the role but he was astounding. Trini "Gordo" Garcia (Michael Pena) plays a Mexican American and is the driver of the tank. Last but not least, Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis (Jon Bernthal, also Shane in the Walking Dead) is a crazy psycho whose job is to load and maintain the tank. 

The story begins when the fifth man, a rookie named Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) replaces one of Fury's fallen soldiers. At first, Norman has a hard time dealing with the war. Fury leads its audience on a roller coaster of emotions and we learn that happy moments are fleeting in war. Our heroes are outgunned and out manned and have nothing left but each other and the beliefs they fight for.

Each character in Fury did a terrific job but the individual performances were drug down by a weak storyline. Their only objective is to conquer town after town in the heart of Germany. The language, blood and gore and raw emotion was very realistic and Fury does a great job showing that war isn't pretty. If you're a war junkie you'll enjoy this show, but if you're bothered by violence and realism you might want to pass.

The Verdict
  • SEE IT
  • Don't see it 
  • Rent it

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dracula Untold: a solid flick, but not enough origin story

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Dracula Untold is not your typical vampire movie and by that I mean you don't get to see a lot of vampire action the whole time. What you do get to see is Vlad (Luke Evans) being pushed so far that he'll resort to just about anything to protect his family and kingdom. He finds his answer in a "master vampire" (Charles Dance) and takes the name of Dracula in order to protect his home from a Turk warlord with an immense army coming their way. Of course, there's a catch: the master vampire only gives Vlad a limited number of days with the supernatural powers at his disposal. If he gives into the thirst for human blood before those set days are up, he will becomes the Dracula vampire for eternity. Does Vlad have enough time to stop a whole army and save his own kingdom before his time is up? Or will he surrender to his thirst?

Dracula Untold had a good story and great acting, but I would have liked more origin story from the master vampire and how they first came to be. As far as good fun, the movie was still great and I would watch it again when it is released on Blu Ray and DVD. Luke Evans does a great job playing Dracula and you wish you could become his version of a vampire rather than those lame ones from Twilight that glow rather than burn in the sun. If you're a fan of the Underworld franchise, or if you just like action, fantasy, horror, drama, and war films then go watch this movie. If you're not a fan of vampire movies, you'll probably be fine waiting to rent Dracula Untold.  

The Verdict

  • SEE IT (if you're a vampire fan)
  • Don't see it
  • RENT IT (hold off if you're just looking for a movie this weekend)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Equalizer: Hardcore action meets a fantastic plot


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I'd originally planned to see The Equalizer as soon as it came out, but ended up putting it off until a few people recommended I watch it ASAP. After watching, I'm telling you the same thing: this is a flick you won't want to miss.

Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall a worker at a hardware store. He has a stable job and a seemingly normal life but underneath it all he has a hidden dark side he's promised a special person he won't bring out. Something happens and he meets with Alina (Chloe Grace Moretz) at a local diner, a place Robert regularly goes to late at night to read books. Her job isn't so nice and normal and when she doesn't do as she's told, she gets made an example of. This leads to her ending up in a pretty bad predicament.

Robert can't sit and watch anymore and then the action begins to unfold. He is a man of justice and when others aren't there to help, he takes matters into his own hands. His hidden side comes out to kick some trash.

The Equalizer has one of the greatest actors of all time playing a kick ass character and if you liked any of the Bourne series you'll love it. You root for him scene to scene and at its climax you wish there was more and more. I was seriously in awe. There is action, violence, and language, but without it, The Equalizer wouldn't be such a massive hit. 

Unlike The Expendables, which is just action and not really any acting or plot, The Equalizer is a movie worth watching more than once. A great storyline fits a great cast. Take your bros and, even though it's not chick flick, take your significant other as well because I bet they will love it too! It's Denzel freaking Washington at his action best what more do I need to say?

The Verdict
  • SEE IT
  • Don't see it
  • Rent it 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Annabelle is October's frightful flick


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October is meant for flicks that scare the crap out of you, and Annabelle is right up that road. My all time scariest movie (that I refuse to watch again) is The Conjuring. Even as a grown adult, the first couple of nights after watching it were sleepless. Annabelle has a slight part in the movie The Conjuring, so it makes it a prequel of some sorts. If you haven't seen The Conjuring, it follows two paranormal investigators who help those with supernatural problems. There's a scene in the movie that described Annabelle, hence the prequel.. 

Annabelle is a possessed doll and in the movie you get to see how the doll becomes possessed in the first place. The story follows a couple who is expecting a baby, Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and her husband John (Ward Horton) who at first live a happy life. Mia collects dolls so her husband gets her the Annabelle doll as a gift. Next thing the audience knows, the doll is possessed. Around the same time, John gets a promotion at his job and they end up moving away. Mia believes that the house was haunted but what she carries with her is the real problem. 

She gives birth to a beautiful little girl and all is happy for a bit but things get worse and worse. When you see the scary figure you will piss your pants. 

This movie is quite a horror spectacle. You fall in love with the family and see them fight off an evil you'll hope never finds you. To kick off October, I'd recommend seeing this movie with a date or friends. You'l jump out of your seats in a few scenes. If you're still in doubt, here's a quote from The Conjuring to change your mind: “Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The Devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.” 

The Verdict
  • SEE IT
  • Dont see it
  • Rent it