Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Review: Needed to stay in the past

The Hit:

If I could go back in time to not watch Hot Tub Time Machine 2, I would. Sure, some movies have great sequels and produce that extra oomph to make it just as good or even better than the first, but this was not one. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was disappointing and just not as good as the first.

There were a few laughs here and there, but in the big picture, the story wasn't catchy and had a few plot holes that the film really couldn't recover from. The movie tried too hard in certain areas where they shouldn't have. I give movies a chance no matter what other critics say: sometimes they're right, sometimes the genre they're bashing is actually great in my perspective and sometimes the movies they give the best ratings don't intrigue me. Well, the critics were right about this one and there's not much else to say. 

If you liked the first and need to see the second I'd just wait for the DVD/Blu Ray rental and save the movie ticket money. You'll laugh in spots, but if I could have changed the channel and watched something else I would have.

The Verdict:
Red Light (Don't see it) 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kingsman Review: A familiar spy story with a twist.

The Hit:
If you weren't into 50 Shades of Grey, giving Kingsman a try isn't a bad idea. Kingsman is a spy movie like James Bond. The kills are more gruesome, but the movie in and of itself doesn't break the mold. James Bond references are throughout Kingsman if you listen closely, even though they aren't set in the same world.

Kingsman follows a street kid named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who becomes a spy to protect the world from evil. Taron Egerton is an actor from Wales and an up-and-coming star who will be making it big in the near future. Samuel L. Jackson plays an evil villain with a lisp whose name is Valentine. His role is pretty funny and can never really be taken seriously but he is accompanied by a woman with blades that can be really lethal. Michael Caine is the spy leader and works to ensure there is always a new spy in training to take the place of those who fall.

Eggsy is taken into the organization under current agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Little does Eggsy know that Harry has a connection with him before all these tests take place and they form a bond of trust and friendship. Eggsy isn't alone in the spy tryouts and has to compete with others to reach the top. You might be surprised by the outcome.

Valentine's evil plan is pretty good and not at all what you'd expect. If you have some sort of anger built inside of you it could be unleashed by something you carry with you every day. The final action scene is pretty intense and Valentine's plan only works with cooperation of the world's leaders. Give Kingsman a chance, especially if you got dragged to 50 Shades of Grey last weekend.

The Verdict: 
Green Light (Go see it)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Project Almanac review: A surprise ride from an unknown cast

The Hit:
What happens when you attend an event or have a moment in your life where you make a mistake or say something you wish you could take back? Don't you think you could've or should've done the exact opposite in the situation? If you could go back in time for a couple hours, days, weeks or months would you do it and take that chance to make it better? Project Almanac does just that and turns into a wild ride. It's about a group of nerdy high schoolers who discover a time machine in the works of being finished. They complete it and decide to go for a test ride. They go back in time a couple of hours and soon find out that it works. In turn, each member of the group decides to go back to correct their mistakes either involving school and their grades, bullies, or correcting a simple mistake to score with the hot girl of the school. Everything works in their favor, but there's one catch: they all have to go back in time as a group.

When they break the rule, things get complicated and a series of incidents happen requiring them to go back to the beginning of it all and attempt to fix things. A friend who came along said it was going to suck but after the movie he couldn't stop talking about it and is hoping for a sequel. I always say that, just like books, you should never judge a movie by its trailer. Project Almanac was a perfect example of that and definitely worth seeing. If you liked the movie Chronicle and how it was different with an unknown cast, you'll have an idea what to expect. The cast was great. There were a few plot holes, but aside from that you'll be pulled in to the very end. I'm hoping for a sequel as well.

The Verdict:
Green light (Go see it)