Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Last Witch Hunter Review: Nothing new from Vin Diesel

The Hit:
The Last Witch Hunter is more than just a hunter who protects humans from those who use magic in evil ways, he is one to be feared and as an immortal, he's learned all the tricks to come out on top while facing any opponent. Vin Diesel brings Kaulder, the Last Witch Hunter to life and just like all Vin Diesel movies, he has the same acting persona. I'm a Vin fan,and enjoyed him and this character. His sidekick is a previous Hobbit from the Shire (Elijah Wood) who works for the church as the 37th Dolan and is equal parts useless and a great help. His character does a surprise turn toward the end that might shock you. 

Both Diesel and Woods are in a secret organization that governs those who use magic strictly to follow the laws. If you don't follow them they send their weapon, the Witch Hunter, to track you down and if it's a major crime they are imprisoned for a long period of time.

One witch who befriends the witch hunter is Chloe (Rose Leslie), and without her their main foe would be too hard for Kaulder. Another iconic actor who makes an appearance is Michael Caine as the 36th Dolan, You don't see him too much but when he's on screen he's always a treat and reminds me of the times he played Alfred in Batman with a similar role here.

I liked The Last Witch Hunter but I can see where some might not enjoy it — some scenes were cheesy and Vin's acting doesn't bring anything new. The storyline was pretty fun, especially with magic in the air. The Last Witch Hunter faces an evil he has faced before and without the help of his current and new comrades it would be all but impossible to triumph. Does he save the world entirely or is there something even more evil out there?

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pan Review: Completely misses the mark

The Hit:
I don't dislike too many movies but Pan was a movie that should not have been made, at the very least until they could get it right. The story was rushed and characters were smashed into our faces with little to no backstory. Pan also had too much CGI and should have backed off. Some scenes looked faker than fake and even the actor who played Peter (Levi Miller) looked  computer animated when he didn't need to be. 

Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) was hard to follow. Hugh has roles where he dominated: X-Men, Les Miserables, Prisoners...but this was one I didn't enjoy him in. Other main characters like the iconic Hook (Garrett Hedland) and his sidekick Smie (Adeel Akhtar) made this a little better to watch with the comedy they brought forth, especially Smie. A love interest between Hook and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) was also forced. No chemistry was really there to begin with except some cheesy smiles.

I put Pan on the pedestal and went in with high hopes and that was my downfall. Movie trailers made this movie better than it was. I wouldn't suggest seeing this movie.

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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Martian review: An out of this world home run

The Hit:
The Martian was indeed a movie out of this world. The  movie is two hours of suspense. Martian, unlike Everest, not only kept me on the edge of my seat, but had me rooting for the protagonist to survive.

This cast was full of stars but the one that stands out is Matt Damon who plays "The Martian" Mark Watney. We follow his journey to stay alive for help to come back to retrieve him, which takes a long period of time. Other big name stars are Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and many others.You'll probably recognize many of these names (a handful were also in Interstellar) and they all did an amazing job.

The Martian begins with the crew on Mars. When a sudden storm hits their home base, they are tasked to wait it out or leave. But their space shuttle is slowly being tipped by the wind and if they don't leave they'll be trapped on the planet. All is going as planned when Mark gets hit by debris and missing and presumed dead so the rest of the crew has to make the tough decision of leaving before it's too late. 

After the storm we find out he somehow survived and on his own. The instant Mark realizes he is alone, he doesn't go crazy but goes into survival mode and plans out how much water and food he has left and rations that to live out for a rescue. Luckily he's a botanist and growing food on a planet that can't sustain life is not hard for him.

As Mark says, "I'm going to have to science the shit out of this." Not only do we see his side of the story but also experience his crew and NASA back on earth as they plan a rescue operation. The whole world is involved in his rescue.

The Martian is a movie not to miss and will be one to own when it comes out. Don't leave as soon as the movie is over because there is a little scene that brings it all to a close before the main credits start rolling. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go see it)