Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nerve Review: A so-so truth or dare extravaganza

The Hit: 

Nerve is a flick about dare and courage, but with a reward at the end if you complete the dare itself. The prizes get bigger and bigger up to the final round of 2.

In this story we follow Vee (Emma Roberts), a girl who has never done anything crazy in her life.She's the type of person who is just there and would never do anything out of the ordinary. But after her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade) points out these things, Vee decides to join this game of watcher or player. 

She starts out slow and has to kiss a stranger for 5 seconds. This stranger so happens to be another player called Ian (Dave Franco). Soon they both do crazy and life threatening stunts and eventually get to the top of the leader blocks. However, when it starts to get really dangerous, Vee wants out and the only two ways out are either to fail or bail a dare.

A third choice presents itself and Vee finds herself in the game for life until she wins it. The creators of this game have access to everything you own, from your social life to your financial belongings. After taking the third choice she gets a call from her mom, Nancy (Juliette Lewis), who tells her all of their money is gone and to get it all back she now has to win. So now it's up to Vee and Ian to win it all. There's just one catch: only one of them can take home the prize.

What I liked about Nerve is that it had a lot of creativity with what different dares they had each contestant try to do. The story at some parts was cheesy but still pretty fun. You follow a girl who was once really a nobody become someone that surprised her friends and even herself. It may not be a flick I recommend seeing urgently but makes a good date movie.

The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Review: Justin Lin a worthy success to JJ Abrams

The Hit:

Star Trek Beyond is the third installment in the rebooted franchise and lets just say it lived up to being a positive sequel. Not only did J.J. Abrams let another person take the director's chair, that person did a marvelous job. Justin Lin is known for his Fast and Furious movies and one friend was skeptical fearing it would be something like cars racing but we were both surprised on how well the film came out.

We follow the same crew; Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto), Doctor McCoy (Karl Urban), Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). This time around they stop at a new Federation colony built in space and a lone ship asks for help to rescue its crew from a planet who took them hostage. 

This is when we meet the new antagonist of the film named Krall (Idris Elba) who has major beef against the Federation and will stop at nothing to destroy everything the Federation has done in the universe. He certainly has his reasons, though. The Enterprise is utterly destroyed by Krall's power and aside from the Captain Kirk and a few other crew mates the ship crash lands on the planet and the rest of the crew are taken hostage. Kirk realizes this was all a trap and with the help of a planet native by the name of Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) he must save his crew and stop Krall.

The plot of Star Trek Beyond is the same as the last two movies: there is always that one person who wants to take over the universe and James and the Enterprise have to save the day. Even so, Justin Lin did an amazing job. I left Star Trek Beyond in awe of the music, the musical score, the visuals themselves and how great the cast performed and the story behind it all. J.J. is busy doing Star Wars but he left Star Trek in good hands. If you are a lover of this series or genre I'm sure you won't leave disappointed. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates review: Another comedy hit for Zac Efron

The Hit:

In Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are two bothers who always make the party go wild. It can be either at reunions or birthdays or any sort of party but they are the show. Because they get wild, they tend to turn a party upside down and make things a disaster.

Little sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) is set on getting married to Eric (Sam Richardson) but then asks Mike and Dave to bring dates, hoping things will not go haywire. Because it's their little sister's wish, Mike and Dave agree to her terms and post an ad on Craig's List for dates. It goes viral and thousands of girls respond and because the wedding is in Hawaii, two girls who notice this on a TV show, plan to look nice and sophisticated and hopefully get picked. Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) are two roommates who at the moment lost their jobs and are at a low in life. They get picked and the girls end up causing just as much havoc as the guys. It turns into a competition and that's when things get messy.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is in the vein of ,Neighbors, This is the End and Pineapple Express. Zac Efron to me in the comedy genre is golden, and if he has talented actors and actresses around him, he shines even more. Anna, Aubrey, and Adam were great and the chemistry between all of them made this movie quite enjoyable to laugh countless times throughout.

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

The Secret Life of Pets Review: Solid family fun

The Hit:

From the creators of Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets is a family treat worth the watch. 

This is the story of animals when their owners leave the home for reasons like school, or work or whatever comes to mind. So what do the pets do? This sort of reminded me of Toy Story when the toys moved and talked but the animals take that role in this flick. We follow the story of Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) who loves his owner very much but one day gets a new brother named Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet). Duke becomes the alpha and this has Max infuriated. 

Max goes to talk to his cat friend Chloe (voiced by Lake Bell) who suggests he does something to turn the alpha tables on Duke. It works but then Duke takes Max on a walk and decides to ditch him. That's when the adventure of getting back home to Katie (voiced by Ellie Kemper), their owner, begins.

Along the way they meet all sorts of animals, other pets and other pets who were once pets but were thrown out or simply hate humans. One such evil ex-pet is Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart), a little furry bunny. One neighbor pet who is in love with Max is Gidget (voiced by Jenny Slate). She, along with Chloe, Mel (Voice by Bobby Moynihan), Buddy (Voice by Hannibal Buress), and Tiberius (Albert Brooks), set out on their own adventure to rescue Max and Duke. On their way back home, Max and Dukes side of the story they get closer and closer to working together.

Secret Life of Pets had adventure and comedy all mixed in. Kids will love it and I'm sure adults will get a kick out of it too. I laughed at some scenes and with the animation these days getting better and better it was really catching. I left enjoying the movie and if you ever ask yourself what your pets do after you leave, maybe, just maybe you'll get a glimpse of what they really do. ;) 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan Review: Great spin on an old tale

The Hit:

The Legend of Tarzan is not your average "Tarzan" movie. What I mean is that, it is not an origin story but one where John Clayton/Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) who has left that part of his life behind him and is now in London where his family is originally from. 

Certain events come up where a King Leopold of Belgium is using Tarzan's previous home for mining of diamonds vai illegal slavery. To find proof of this and end his reign, George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) convinces Tarzan to head back to his home to help them out. Jane Clayton (Margot Robbie) is ecstatic about the news, because she loved the people there and wants to go back to visit. John of course doesn't want her to go because it is not safe, but she knows the dangers and fears nothing. She is not the Jane in Disney's Tarzan where she is a damsel in distress but is much more courageous. 

The Antagonist of the film is Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), he is the mastermind behind everything and provides to be a worthy adversary. He takes Jane as a hostage and though he thinks it's a way to lure out Tarzan, she knows very well it is not a great idea.

This movie was different and sometimes different works. Sure I wanted an origin story type of movie but the film showed flashbacks of John's childhood, so it wasn't too bad at all. I would have to say the CGI was okay. Compared to the Jungle Book which was great this was good. But knowing that detail the movie still didn't falter. The story was good and the whole cast did superb. The Legend of Tarzan is a movie not to miss out on and if you are a fan of Disney's Tarzan, I'm sure you'll walk out liking this one, even if it's a little different. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)