We Review – The Equalizer “Denzel is a great equalizer. Fans of action/revenge movies will love this one!” – MR

The Equalizer 

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The Equalizer
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Todd Black
Jason Blumenthal
Denzel Washington
Alex Siskin
Steve Tisch
Mace Neufeld
Tony Eldridge
Michael Sloan
Screenplay by Richard Wenk
Based on The Equalizer
by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Starring Denzel Washington
Marton Csokas
Chloë Grace Moretz
David Harbour
Bill Pullman
Melissa Leo
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Mauro Fiore
Edited by John Refoua
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • September 7, 2014 (TIFF)
  • September 26, 2014(United States)
Running time 131 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55 million[2]
Box office $54.9 million[2]

The Equalizer is a 2014 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name. The film stars Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo.

Principal photography began in June 2013 on location and took place in different cities of Massachusetts. This was the first film to have Village Roadshow Pictures co-finance the deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment since Saving Silverman in 2001. The film was premiered at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014, and released worldwide on September 26.

Plot

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a retired black ops government operative who lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works at a Home Mart hardware store, where he befriends many of his co-workers and also tries to help a Mexican security trainee named Ralph pass his qualification exam. McCall has promised his recently-deceased wife that he’d leave his old life behind, but is compelled to act after his teenage friend Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz) whose real name is Alina, was seen being mistreated by her pimp. Alina’s life was destroyed at the age of five or six when she was a victim of sex trafficking by the Russian Mafia and then became their sex slave and forced into prostitution.

Robert vows to save her after she is hospitalized after being brutally beaten by her pimp, Slavi (David Meunier). McCall enters the Russian mob territory and tries to convince Slavi to release Alina by paying him $9800 (a price Slavi constantly remarks as being ‘nine thousand dollars’ instead), but Slavi refuses, taking this as an insult to him. McCall pretends to walk away, but turns back and takes out Slavi and his men with their own weapons all in under half a minute. He leaves Slavi to drown in his own blood, telling him that he should had accepted the money. Leaving the scene, McCall removes the footage of all security cameras that had recorded him.

In retaliation, Vladimir Pushkin (Vladimir Kulich), sends his enforcer, Teddy (Marton Csokas), from Moscow to Boston to find and eliminate the culprit. Meanwhile, Ralph withdrew his application for being a security guard at Home Mart to help out his mother at his family restaurant, which was set fire to the day earlier by corrupt policemen as an act of extortion, something Ralph tries to withhold from McCall. McCall apprehends the corrupt policemen and forces them to pay back all the money they have gotten through extortion. Ralph passes his qualification test and becomes a security guard at Home Mart.

Teddy manages to pinpoint the culprit to be McCall, and is surprised by his skills and tries to capture him to use his skills instead of killing him. McCall, however, outsmarts all of his pursuers and Teddy’s attempt to capture him, while completing more acts of vigilantism. After evading several assassination and capture attempts, McCall visits fellow retired operatives Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) and Brian Plummer (Bill Pullman) in Virginia, who help him acquire intelligence on Pushkin’s activities and Teddy, who is found to be ex-Spetnaz, and whose real name is Nikolai. After McCall left, Susan remarks to Brian that McCall was not actually looking for help, but was actually asking for permission.

Our Thoughts:

From start to finish, we know very little about Denzel’s character, which is how it was meant to be. Who trained him, who taught him, we never learn, but that he is a “Badass,” we never get to question. The fact that he goes after the men who hurt a young girl he didn’t even know makes him a hero, and all the senseless killing is of Russian Mobsters caught up in the sex trade so it is excusable. Hollywood got this remake right! Denzel is a great equalizer. Fans of action/revenge movies will love this one!” – MR


We Review – The Maze Runner “An interesting, well acted, film that failed to make me want to read the books.” – MR

The Maze Runner (film)

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The Maze Runner
Theatrical release poster

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wes Ball
Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Lee Stollman
Screenplay by Noah Oppenheim
Grant Pierce Myers
T.S. Nowlin
Based on The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
Starring Dylan O’Brien
Aml Ameen
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Kaya Scodelario
Will Poulter
Ki Hong Lee
Music by John Paesano
Cinematography Enrique Chediak
Edited by Dan Zimmerman
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • September 11, 2014(Mexico)
  • September 19, 2014(United States)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $34 million[1][2]
Box office $102,218,901[1]

The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner‘s 2009 book of the same name. The film is the first installment in The Maze Runner film series and was produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Lee Stollman with a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin. The film starsDylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Will Poulter.

The story follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, portrayed by O’Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he’s been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all while establishing a functioning society in what they call The Glade. Principal photographybegan in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 13, 2013 and officially concluded on July 12, 2013.

The Maze Runner was released on September 19, 2014 in the United States by 20th Century Fox. The film received mainly positive critical reviews, with praise aimed at the cast’s performances as well as the film’s intriguing premise and refreshingly dark tone. The film was also a commercial success, as it topped the box-office during its opening weekend with a $32.5 million debut, making it the sixth-highest grossing debut in September. A sequel, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, is set be released on September 18, 2015 in the United States.[3][4]

Plot

Sixteen-year old Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up inside a rusty elevator called The Box. When he arrives at the top, he is greeted by other boys in a grassy clearing called the Glade, which is surrounded by tall, gray walls. Thomas is unable to remember anything about himself, but Alby (Aml Ameen), the leader of the Glade, tells him that it’s happened to everyone and that his name will come to him soon. He shows him the Glade and how it is entirely run by the Gladers, as they call themselves. Thomas wonders what is beyond the opening in the wall adjacent to the Glade, but he is warned not to go through there, as it is a maze. Thomas meets Chuck (Blake Cooper), and the two become friends.

There is a party that night to welcome Thomas, the newest arrival. Every month The Box sends up a new person, along with supplies. Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), second in command and gardener, explains that the most able Gladers become Runners, who are the only ones allowed into the Maze. They search for an escape route during the day, but return before nightfall, as the Maze entrance closes at dusk, and no one has ever survived a night in the Maze. Thomas ends up in a fight with a boy named Gally (Will Poulter), during which he suddenly remembers his

Our Thoughts:

The Maze, itself, was interesting, and the acting was up to par, but the premise for this score of boys (and one girl) being left in the maze wasn’t fully explained and I suppose since there were a trilogy of novels, we will learn more as the story progresses.  The movie ends with very little resolution and throws us right into the sequel that is sure to come.  If you’re bored, and into teen based fantasy/sci-fi, go see it.  I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and give it 3.5 stars.  The maze, it’s half mechanical creatures, and effects alone are worth a look.

Overall I say this is an interesting, well acted, film that failed to make me want to read books two and three to see what happens next. – MR

Find The Maze Runner and see a preview at Amazon, here.

 

 


We Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. “Exactly what it is supposed to be; strong, artistic, escapism at its best. Highly recommended!” – M.R.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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This article is about the film. For the graphic novel on which it is partly based, see A Dame to Kill For.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Robert Rodriguez
  • Aaron Kaufman
  • Stephen L’Heureux
  • Sergei Bespalov
  • Alexander Rodnyansky
  • Mark Manuel
Written by Frank Miller
Based on Sin City
by Frank Miller
Starring
Music by Robert Rodriguez
Cinematography Robert Rodriguez
Edited by Robert Rodriguez
Production
company
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s)
Running time 102 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60–$70 million[2]
Box office $11,565,361[3]

Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For[3][4][5] is a 2014 American crime thriller film and sequel to the 2005 film Sin City. Co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the script is written by Miller, and is primarily based on thesecond book in the Sin City series by Miller.[6]

One of the smaller plots of the film is based on the short story “Just Another Saturday Night”, which is collected in Booze, Broads, & Bullets, the sixth book in the comic series. Two original stories (“The Long Bad Night” and “Nancy’s Last Dance”) were created exclusively for the film written by Miller. The film was released on August 22, 2014.[7][8][9]

The film stars an ensemble cast including returning cast members Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jude Ciccolella, Powers Boothe, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis. Newcomers to the series include Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Alexa Vega, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Piven and Crystal McCahill.

The film opened to mixed critical reviews and debuted at #8 at the box office.

 

Plot

“Just Another Saturday Night”

Marv (Mickey Rourke) regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by several dead young men and a crashed police car and with no memory of how he got there. He retraces his steps, recalling since it’s Saturday, he watched Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) dance at Kadie’s Saloon. Stepping outside, he encounters four rich frat boys burning a bum alive. When Marv intervenes, the leader of the frat boys shoots him in the arm, calling him “Bernini Boy”, which Marv mishears as “Bernie.” Continued at Wiki here…

“The Long Bad Night (Part I)”

Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt), a cocky young gambler, arrives in Sin City and heads to Kadie’s place, where he immediately hits the jackpot on multiple slot machines. Taking a young waitress, Marcie (Julia Garner) with him as a good luck charm, he buys into the backroom poker game lead by the all-powerful Senator Roarke (Powers Booth). Johnny repeatedly wins in the high-stakes game, and cleans the senator out. One other player, the corrupt police lieutenant Liebowitz (Jude Ciccolella) warns him to get out of town, but instead Johnny takes Marcie out for a night on the town. He walks her home when Roarke’s goons suddenly attack him. Continued at Wiki here…

“A Dame to Kill For”

Years before “The Big Fat Kill”, Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) attempts to put his violent past behind him, working as a private detective and leading a life of complete sobriety, struggling daily to refuse his inner demons. After saving the life of a young hooker (Juno Temple) who is nearly murdered by her businessman lover (Ray Liotta) he receives an unexpected phone call from his former lover Ava Lord (Eva Green), who left Dwight four years prior for a wealthy tycoon, Damian Lord (Marton Csokas). She begs him to meet her at Kadie’s saloon, and despite his embittered feelings, he agrees. Continued at Wiki here…

 

“The Long Bad Night (Part II)”

Johnny visits an unlicensed doctor, Kroenig (Christopher Lloyd) who shoots up heroin before trading his services for Johnny’s last forty dollars and his shoes. Realizing he left Marcie unprotected, Johnny flees to her hotel, but finds the Senator waiting for him along with Marcie’s dismembered head and hands. Again, the senator lets him go. Intent on taking down Roarke, Johnny scrounges a dollar from a sympathetic waitress (Lady Gaga) which he uses to regain enough money playing slots to buy his way into Roarke’s game the following night. Playing a card shark’s con, Johnny folds his first few hands, allowing Roarke to taunt him about his dead mother. Continued at Wiki here…

 

Our Thoughts:

This was as awesome as the first Sin City, but with the B&W effects only getting better and better. The “All-Star” cast and gritty feel make this exactly what it is supposed to be; strong, artistic, escapism at its best. Highly recommended! – M.R.

 

Find: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For at Amazon, and see a trailer here.


We Review “Guardians of the Galaxy” -I’ll just give it five shining stars and say we HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one! – M.R.

Guardians of the Galaxy 

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Guardians of the Galaxy
The five Guardians, sporting various weapons, arrayed in front of a backdrop of a planet in space.

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Gunn
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by
  • James Gunn
  • Nicole Perlman
Based on Guardians of the Galaxy
by Dan Abnett
Andy Lanning
Starring
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Ben Davis
Edited by
Production
company
Marvel Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 21, 2014 (Dolby Theatre)
  • August 1, 2014(United States)
Running time 122 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $170 million[2]
Box office $160,400,000[3]

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, and features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace,Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb.

Producer Kevin Feige first publicly mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy as a potential film in 2010, and Marvel Studios announced that the film was in active development at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012. Gunn was hired to write and direct the film that September. In February 2013, Pratt was hired to play Peter Quill / Star-Lord, and the supporting cast was filled out over the next several months. Filming began in July 2013 at Shepperton Studios, England with filming continuing in London before wrapping up in October 2013. Post-production completed on July 7, 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy premiered in Hollywood on July 21, 2014. It was released in theaters August 1, 2014 in the United States in 3D and IMAX 3D to considerable critical and financial success. A sequel has been announced and is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017.

Plot

In 1988, following his mother’s death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates led by Yondu. Twenty-six years later on the planet Morag, Quill steals a sphere-like artifact only to be intercepted by Korath, a subordinate to the fanatical Kree, Ronan. Although Quill escapes with the artifact, Yondu discovers his theft and issues a bounty for his capture while Ronan sends the assassin Gamora after the orb.

When Quill attempts to sell the orb on the Nova Corps homeworld Xandar, Gamora ambushes him and steals it. A fight ensues, drawing in a pair of bounty hunters; the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, and the tree-like humanoidGroot. The Nova Corps arrives and arrests the group, imprisoning them in the Kyln. A powerful inmate, Drax, attempts to kill Gamora due to her association with Ronan, who killed his family. Quill dissuades him by saying that Gamora can bring Ronan to him. Gamora reveals that she has betrayed Ronan, unwilling to let him use the orb’s power to destroy entire planets such as Xandar. Learning that Gamora has a buyer for the orb, Rocket, Quill, Groot, and Gamora work together to escape the Kyln.

Elsewhere, Ronan meets with the titan Thanos to discuss his daughter Gamora’s betrayal and the loss of the orb. Accompanied by Drax, Quill’s group escapes the Kyln in his ship—the Milano—and flee to Knowhere, a remote criminal outpost in space built in the giant severed-head of a celestial. A drunken Drax summons Ronan, while the rest of the group meet Gamora’s contact, Taneleer Tivan. Tivan opens the orb, revealing an Infinity Stone, an item of immeasurable power that destroys all but the most powerful beings who wield it. Suddenly, Tivan’s tormented assistant grabs the stone, triggering an explosion that engulfs his collection.

Ronan arrives and easily defeats Drax, while the others flee by ship, pursued by Ronan’s followers and Gamora’s sister Nebula. Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space, and Ronan’s forces leave with the sphere. Quill contacts Yondu before following Gamora into space, giving her his helmet to survive; Yondu arrives and retrieves the pair. Rocket, Drax, and Groot threaten to attack Yondu’s ship to rescue them, but Quill negotiates a truce by convincing Yondu that they can recover the orb. The group agrees that facing Ronan means certain death, but that they must stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy. On Ronan’s ship, the Dark Aster, Ronan embeds the stone in his warhammer, taking its power for himself. He contacts Thanos, threatening that after the destruction of Xandar, he will kill Thanos; hateful of her adopted father, Nebula allies with Ronan.

Our Thoughts:

 This is HANDS DOWN the best sci-fi movie I have seen in years. I could go on, and on, and on, and on, about the unique characters, BAD ASS special effects, vivid imagery, and super exciting, original, and often hilarious plot, but I’ll just give it five shining stars and say we HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one! – M. R.

We Review “Oblivion” Worth 3.5 stars and was a well acted, well plotted movie that I recommend – M.R.

Oblivion

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Oblivion
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Produced by
  • Joseph Kosinski
  • Peter Chernin
  • Dylan Clark
  • Barry Levine
  • Duncan Henderson
Screenplay by
Based on Oblivion
by Joseph Kosinski
Starring
Music by M83
Cinematography Claudio Miranda
Edited by Richard Francis-Bruce
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • March 26, 2013(Buenos Aires premiere)
  • April 19, 2013 (United States)
Running time 124 minutes[1]
Country United States[2][3]
Language English
Budget $120 million[4]
Box office $286,168,572[5]

Oblivion is a 2013 post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski‘s unpublished graphic novel of the same name. The film was co-written, produced and directed by Kosinski.[6][7][8] It stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman,Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurylenko.[9][10] The film was released in the U.S. on April 19, 2013.[11] According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s.[12]

The film received mixed reviews. The acting, visual effects, and originality were praised, while reception of the story was mixed. The film underperformed at the American box office, grossing only $89 million, but performed well overseas. It is Cruise’s twentieth film to gross more than $200 million worldwide.

Plot

In 2077, Earth has been ravaged from war sixty years prior with an extraterrestrial attacker. The Moon was destroyed, causing earthquakes and tsunamis, while humans allegedly used nuclear weapons for a costly victory. Humanity is now said to be relocating to Saturn’s moon Titan via the “Tet”, a large tetrahedron-shaped space station. On Earth, Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his partner and lover Victoria “Vika” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) are among the few humans left on Earth. Stationed at Tower 49 in former northeastern United States, they are instructed by mission controller Sally (Melissa Leo) to protect the gigantic offshore fusion energy generators that purportedly provide power to the colonists on Titan, from Scav attacks using a combination of Drones and Jack’s reconnaissance via his ship. Despite having had a memory wipe, Jack experiences visions of being on the observation deck of the Empire State Buildingbefore the war with an unknown woman. When not on patrol, Jack secretly spends time at a small lake-side house he has built.

Jack detects a Scav beacon signal emitted from the Empire State Building that is sending coordinates on Earth. Perplexed, he terminates the signal, only to witness a pre-invasion spacecraft, the Odyssey, fall to the earlier specified coordinates. Investigating the wreckage, Jack finds several working stasis chambers, including one containing Julia (Olga Kurylenko), the woman from his visions, as well as a flight recorder. Jack revives Julia and is surprised that she knows his name. The Scavs capture them, secure the recorder, and take them to their base at Raven Rock Mountain Complex. The Scavs are not aliens but human survivors, led by Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman). Beech wants Jack’s help to destroy the Tet by using unstable fuel cells they have collected and a captured drone. He says everything that Jack knows is a lie, but Jack disbelieves him; Beech releases them, saying the truth can be found in one of the forbidden radiation zones.

En route back to Tower 49, Jack and Julia go to the Empire State Building, where Jack proposed to Julia. They fly to the Tower, but Vika, monitoring their movements, refuses entry and reports to Sally that she and Jack are now an ineffective team. Sally activates a disabled drone that kills Vika, while Jack and Julia escape, chased by other drones Sally sends to capture Julia. Jack’s ship is damaged and crashes in the forbidden zone that lacks the forewarned radioactivity. They encounter Tech 52 Jack, an exact clone of Jack, and during a scuffle Julia is wounded. Seeing Julia, Tech 52 Jack falters and experiences the same visions Tech 49 Jack experienced. After incapacitating Jack 52, Tech 49 Jack races to Tower 52, finding a Vika clone there. He obtains medical supplies to heal Julia and leaves.

After an evening at the lake-house, the two return to the Scavs. Beech reveals that the Tet is the hostile alien force mining the Earth’s resources while eliminating humanity. The Scavs are not extraterrestrials that are still fighting humans, as Jack was told. After the Tet destroyed the Moon, it sent an army of Jack clones to invade Earth, and nukes were launched in the mayhem. He says Jack and Vika clones are primarily tasked with maintaining the drones that monitor and protect the generators from human survivors.

Our Thoughts:

Oblivion seemed to have gotten lost in the mix between Ender’s Game, Prometheus, and all the new fantasy flicks out there. I thought it was worth 3.5 stars. It was a well acted, well plotted, movie with great effects, that I recommend to all fans of the genre. – M.R.

 

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We Review: 47 Ronin – “Even though Keanu can’t act, It was still good!” MR

47 Ronin

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47 Ronin
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Teaser poster
Directed by Carl Erik Rinsch
Produced by Pamela Abdy
Eric McLeod
Screenplay by Chris Morgan
Hossein Amini
Story by Chris Morgan
Walter Hamada
Starring Keanu Reeves
Hiroyuki Sanada
Tadanobu Asano
Rinko Kikuchi
Kou Shibasaki
Jin Akanishi
Min Tanaka
Music by Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography John Mathieson
Editing by Craig Wood
Studio H2F Entertainment
Mid Atlantic Films
Moving Picture Company
Stuber Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 6, 2013 (Japan)
  • December 25, 2013(United States)
  • December 26, 2013(United Kingdom, Hungary)
Running time 119 minutes[1]
Country United States
United Kingdom
Hungary
Language English
Japanese
Budget $175 million[2]
Box office $84,525,695

47 Ronin is a 2013 American fantasy action film depicting a fictional account of the forty-seven Ronin, a real-life group of masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who avenged the murder of their master (stories, plays and other dramatic performances of the 47 Ronin story are commonly referred to as Chūshingura in Japan). Produced by Universal Studios, the film is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves. Filming started in Budapest in March 2011; it moved toShepperton Studios in London and was concluded in Japan.

Cast

Plot

The outcast Kai (Reeves), orphaned son of a British sailor and a Japanese peasant woman, joins a group of rōnin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Sanada), who seeks vengeance on Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), a ruthless rival daimyo who, aided by the sorceress Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi), engineers the shaming and execution of their master and the banishment of the group by the shōgun. (The historical Kira was a protocol officer of the shōgun, not a daimyo.) The rōnin embark on a journey to get their revenge, overcoming challenges that would defeat most warriors.

 

Our Thoughts:

So I went into this film having not seen, or paid any attention to the trailers.  I have to say it was quality entertainment with very vivid imagery and costumes.  Keanu Reeves never uses the accent the rest of the actors do, and he barely has a facial expression throughout the film, but the movie is well written and well portrayed, especially since I learned that the legend of the 47 Ronin is a true legend that is celebrated in Japan every year. I recommend this to Ninja, Samurai, and oriental action film fans, and anyone who likes a good fantasy tale with dragons and beasts. Even though Keanu can’t act, It was still good!  4 stars – MR


We Review Anchorman 2 – I laughed as hard as I did at “Hangover,” maybe harder – MR

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam McKay
Produced by Judd Apatow
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Written by Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Narrated by Bill Kurtis
Starring
Music by Andrew Feltenstein
John Nau
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Editing by Brent White
Melissa Bretherton
Studio Apatow Productions
Gary Sanchez Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 24, 2013(Sydney premiere)
  • December 18, 2013(United States)
Running time 119 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[2]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a 2013 American comedy film, and the sequel to the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. As with the original film, it is directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, written by McKay and Will Ferrell, and stars Ferrell, Steve CarellPaul RuddDavid Koechner, and Christina Applegate all reprising their roles from the first film. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on December 18, 2013 to positive reviews.

Plot

After the 1970s brought prosperity to the Channel 4 news team, the group disbands and hits rock bottom until a 24-hour news channel is being put together and the group is recruited to join the channel.[3]

Cast

Cameos:

Our Thoughts:

This was a real gut-buster. Will Ferrell is at his best and the rest of the crew is even better. There are scenes so stupidly funny that only these guys could pull them off. And then there are the cameos, which are listed above. While I didn’t really like the chaotic battle scene they were in, once again, the power of the acting made it work.

I will give this 4.5 stars and recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh, because I laughed as hard as I did at the original “Hangover,” maybe even harder – MR


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