Monday, January 19, 2015

American Sniper Review: Eastwood and Cooper give us the man behind the legend of Chris Kyle

The Hit:

If you're into modern war movies, American Sniper takes the cake. Concerning the rating, I always like to start reviews of these kinds of movies by saying that war isn't PG-13. I have a couple friends who always say to me, "why include so much swearing in war movies?" My response is this: war isn't PG-13. It is blood, gore, language and scenes not meant for young or sensitive eyes and ears. In that sense, Clint Eastwood did an amazing job directing the movie based on the real life story of the legendary sniper Chris Kyle. 

Bradley Cooper portrays Kyle and does an amazing job to say the least. It's like when Heath Ledger was criticized for getting the role of Joker but then did a bad ass job. This is a defining role for Bradley Cooper. He grows on you and tugs at your heart strings. 

Sienna Miller is equally powerful as Taya, Chris's wife. Although Chris goes through some crazy shit in Iraq, she is equally strong back home taking care of their kids. When Chris is home between tours she does everything in her power to keep their relationship going. Men and women who have spouses fighting for our rights and freedoms and sticking with them after long months of deployment have my respect.

Chris Kyle is just an ordinary guy from Texas who decides to go to war to protecting this land and people from terrorists and other evils in the world. Although you see a lot of Chris Kyle's kills and heroic moments, you also get to see the down side of it all and how war changes soldiers. More than just the legendary kills, you see how Chris deals with PTSD and works to get better with the help of his family. I'm sure American Sniper will leave you speechless.

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go see it)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Unbroken Review: Angelina Jolie directs another smash

The Hit:
It took a couple of weeks but I finally was able to see the Angelina Jolie-directed and let me just say straight off the bat that is was pretty good.I didn't know she had it in her to do such a heartfelt movie, so props to her. 

Unbroken is about a soldier who gets captured in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp and you get to see all the hardships he goes through. With a strong heart and tough situations surrounding him, he makes it out alive and chooses to forgive his captors in the end after the war is over. Unbroken is based on the life of Olympian Louis Zamperini, an Italian American who, as a child, was a little trouble maker and used his legs to avoid getting caught. His older brother notices he's got a talent and has him try out for his local school track team. Several years pass, he's so good to attend the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. It didn't show if he placed well or not in the Olympics, but I found he placed 8th in the 5000 meters and had the fastest lap time of 56 seconds. This caught the attention of Adolf Hitler, who would later shake hands with Louis just years before the beginning of the second World War, in which Louis fights the Japanese.

The theme throughout the movie is about not worrying or panicking and looking at the situation you're in and making the best of it. While flying over the Pacific, Louis and his comrades survive a plane crash and are stranded in the middle of the ocean with few supplies. Louis is smart and rations what they have. When they finally run out after a few days, his crew does something crazy to survive. Guys will think it's cool and girls will probably be grossed out. 

The hardships continue, however, when Louis is capture by the Japanese. You see his whole life story and what a tough life it was during the war. I enjoyed this movie and the strong characters introduced. Angelina does a great job and I'd go see the next movie she directs for sure.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Taken 3 Review: A needed end to a prolonged series

The Hit:

Most of you know the famous lines: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want...But what I do have are a very particular set of skills...skills that make me a nightmare for people like you." 

Liam Neeson turned into a bad ass action star in the first Taken movies and found a younger, wider audience who didn't know him (except maybe from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). Now Neeson's character, Bryan Mills, uses those skills to finally bring the vengeance to an end in Taken 3. If you liked the series and Liam Neeson, of course I recommend you go see it and enjoy the last ride. In my opinion, it was time for the ride to end anyway, though. Yeah, some franchises grown stronger through sequels (the Fast and Furious franchise is a good example), but after awhile some should come to a sweet end. It was that time for the Taken series. The storyline was so-so but it was still a decent wrap-up. Liam Neeson faces the regular cast of foreign and domestic thugs while being chased by the FBI, CIA, and LAPD, but in the end, as usual, he gets the job done. 

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with caution)