Sunday, September 27, 2015

Everest Review: A thriller not for the faint of heart

The Hit:

Everest is a story about a guide leading a daring group up to the mountain and back down. The key thing mentioned in the film is that going up is not really the hard part but after your body is drained of its energy, the adventure back down is more brutal and exhausting and quite scary.

Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the guide paid to take them up and bring them back down safely. This story depicts real events that happened on May 10, 1996 and the tragedy that befell them. Two crews make it up and suddenly a huge storm that wasn't supposed to hit caused heavy snow storms and icy cold temperatures. The battle for survival starts.

Everest starts out with the guides and the climbers — you get to learn each of their back stories and connect with those characters. Not only do they have to climb Everest but the journey to the base of the mountain is a hike in it of itself .

The movie made you want to take the challenge of going up Everest's peak or stay home, warm, and out of harm's way. My point of view was stay home and if you choose the same after watching this film I wouldn't blame you — Everest was gut wrenching and sad. There are gleams of hope but don't rely on that too much.

I would suggest seeing Everest in Imax because a bigger screen was meant for a film like this. Also get some hot water for hot chocolate going when you get home just in case you leave feeling cold. Snowfall is just around the corner and Everest reminded me of that. You'll enjoy it and the characters. Now go and find out if everyone makes it out alive or if some perish. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See it)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Black Mass Review: A can't miss, thanks to a great cast

The Hit:

Black Mass was a different movie I wasn't planning on seeing but it turned out to be a good flick. Johnny Depp plays notorious South Boston criminal James "Whitey" Bulgar who's committed pretty much every crime in the books and his true story comes to life. Black Mass starts in the late 1970's and the story slowly takes place from there. Black Mass depicts a crime boss who was ruthless and if loyalty was broken, that was it for you. 

Whitey didn't get where he was by himself — connections he made during childhood helped him reach the top. He gets a leg up from his brother Billy (Benedict Cumberbatch) — a big time senator — and then befriends an old ally, John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), who is now an FBI agent.

With the help of John, Whitey makes a deal he cannot refuse: helping the FBI catch another crime boss above him by being an informant. In exchange, John gives Whitey information and other favors to help him climb to the top of the local crime ladder. John's loyalty to Whitey is his number one priority.

Black Mass shows scenes not meant for kids that might make adults cringe too. Johnny Depp takes Whitey from a semi-criminal to one to be feared. But those loyal to him have a limit and you will find out what I mean in the climax of the story. Great acting brought the real story to life and made Black Mass a crime/drama/biography you won't want to miss.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See it)

Maze Runner — The Scorch Trials Review: Shaping up to be a better series than Hunger Games

The Hit:

Maze Runner was all about a group of kids trying to escape "the Maze". After achieving the unthinkable, they now face their next challenge, the Scorch. The Scorch Trials is basically going through the desert and the heat it comes with. The Gladers also face who they thought were the good guys at the end of the first, but were revealed to be the same people who put them in the maze, the organization called WCKD.

Knowing this, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) escapes with Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden), Winston (Alexander Flores) and a few new comers into the Scorch to find out what WCKD is all about. They also question what to do should they survive the Scorch and wonder about those infected with the Flare Virus who are just as dangerous as WCKD.

Throughout the film, Thomas gets flashbacks of his early work with the WCKD and the reasons why he was sent into the Maze in the first place. Another key person also gets their memory back but when said person does, it effects the rest of the group in a negative way. Action and mystery are what grabbed me in the first movie and this flick does the same. If you had any questions of what was gonna happen next and the whole story with WCKD, Scorch Trials answers them and more. You will see more characters who are key figures in coming sequels (so far there are four books and from what I read a fifth is coming in 2016). The story must be great enough to have so many books and the actors bringing these characters and world to life are fun to watch.

Don't go to Scorch Trials if you haven't seen Maze Runner. A friend of mine didn't and was confused with the story so watch the first before you go. Scorch Trials was fun, entertaining and one that you will enjoy! 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See it)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Visit Review: Not quite what you'd expect

The Hit:
Grandparents are a blessing in our lives and they are always there for you, through the good and the bad. In The Visit, two grandkids are about to see their Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) for their first time. The reason for it being the first time is that mother (Kathryn Hahn) and her parents got in a fight resulting in years of not speaking to each other, but when the grandparents reach out to see their grandchildren, the mother relents. The daughter, Becca (Olivia Dejonge), films the whole trip including the before, during, and after. Her younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) doesn't really cooperate and ends up filming with another camera as well.

The Visit starts out with some comedy and  family moments but when the kids are out on the farm with the grandparents, they slowly notice something is not right. Nana and Pop Pop are really weird, not only during the day but at night as well. Of course all things weird and scary happen when it gets dark and The Visit has moments that make you jump out of your seat too and make you glad you have normal grandparents.

If any of you know the works of the director M. Night Shyamalan then be prepared for a twist at the end of the film where all is revealed in the climax.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

No Escape Review: Owen Wilson surprises in a new role

The Hit:

No Escape was a shocker of a movie. Sure, Owen Wilson and Lake Bell play mostly in comedy flicks and I thought they couldn't really play in something serious like an action/thriller, but trust me when I say that they nailed the part. I wasn't so sure Owen was the same Owen I know when I walked out. 

Wilson plays the father named Jack Dwyer and Bell plays his wife, Annie Dwyer. They have two daughters who are very very talented actresses, Lucy (Sterling Jerins) and Beeze (Claire Geare). All four do a great job. 

Another key figure was Hammond (Pierce Brosnan). Although he is shown in an early stage of the movie, he later becomes a great help to the family. He and his partner Kenny Rogers (Sahajak Boonthanakit) team up to battle the rebels that would have been tough for Jack and his girls to faceon their own. Their combined skills are a force to be reckoned with.  

No Escape is about a country undergoing a coup that starts when Jack gets a new job overseas. Little does he know the company he now works for is partly to blame. The movie hits the ground running with action and keeps on getting better and better. The whole time Jack and his family try to get away and stay ten steps of their enemies. Their hope diminishes by the hour and is even taken away just when you think they've made it.  No Escape kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

No Escape is rated R for a reason: torture, blood, intense scenes and strong violence. If you want to see a family go through it all and if you want to see IF they make it out alive, I would suggest you go watch No Escape. Owen Wilson shocked in this role and I really hope he plays more roles like this. I walked in with low expectations and came out amazed. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)