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.

 

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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


We Review The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Smaug is AWESOME! – MR

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug
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Final theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Jackson
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Starring
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Editing by Jabez Olssen
Studio
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 2 December 2013(Los Angeles premiere)
  • 12 December 2013(New Zealand)
  • 13 December 2013(United Kingdom)
  • 13 December 2013(United States)
Running time 161 minutes[1][2]
Country
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Box office $8,500,000[3]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic fantasy adventure film co-written, produced and directed by Peter Jackson. It is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien‘s 1937 novel The Hobbit, beginning with An Unexpected Journey (2012) and set to conclude with There and Back Again (2014). The three films together act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film series.

The storyline continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through MirkwoodEsgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Jackson wrote the screenplay with his longtime collaborators and Lord of the Rings co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, originally chosen to direct the Hobbit films. The film also stars Evangeline LillyLee Pace,Luke EvansKen StottJames Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles, and was released internationally on 11 December 2013.[4] Like its predecessor, the film used a shooting and projection frame rate of 48 frames per second. The new projection rate was advertised as “High Frame Rate” to the public.

Plot

A flashback set in the human town of Bree reveals Gandalf the Grey persuading Thorin Oakenshield to obtain the Arkenstone so that the latter can become the King of Erebor. Gandalf mentions that a stealthy burgler – Bilbo Baggins – needs to be recruited to steal the item from the dragon-guarded mountain. Twelve months later, not long after the end of the previous film, Bilbo along with Gandalf, Thorin and the Dwarven company are chased by the Orcs down from the Carrock, where they encounter the bear form of a charging skin-changer, Beorn. Gandalf urges the company to seek refuge in a nearby house which happens to be the abode of the calm human-form of Beorn. After expressing his hatred of Orcs over that of Dwarves, Beorn loans his horses to the company so that they can outrun the pursuing Orcs.

Gandalf departs before the others enter Mirkwood, urging Bilbo and the dwarves to follow the forest path and to wait for him before entering the mountain. After losing their way in the forest, the dwarves are captured by giant spiders. Bilbo, with the help of his invisibility ring, manages to free them from the webs of the spiders. However, while figthing the attacking spiders, the dwarves are captured by the Wood-elves.

Tauriel, a female elf, becomes enamoured with Kili, one of the imprisoned dwarves. As a result, feelings of jealousy are evoked within Legolas, the son of the Elf King Thranduil, when he discovers it.

Under the cloak of his ring, Bilbo steals the keys and helps the dwarves to escape from the Elf Kingdom using empty wine barrels that float down the river. Along the way, they are attacked by the Orcs who had been lying in wait. While trying to open the river gate, Kili is injured by a poisoned orc arrow. Subsequently, Bilbo and the gang meet Bard, a bowman and descendant of the orginal Lord of Dale, who was waiting to collect the empty barrels in his river barge. Pooling their coins to bribe Bard to smuggle them inside Lake-town, the gang are eventually captured by the Master of the Town when they try to steal battle-worthy weaponry. After Thorin convinces the townfolk and Master that they will share the riches of the recaptured mountain, the adventurers receive a grand send-off.

Meanwhile, the Elf King learns from a captured orc that “The One” has returned, and so decides to seal off the Elf Kingdom to protect it from the impending evil. However, Tauriel leaves to help the injured Kili and a concerned Legolas gives chase.

At the mountain, Bilbo deciphers the Last Light of Durin’s Day clue and uses the moonlight to locate the hidden keyhole that opens the secret door into the mountain. After entering, Bilbo attempts to steal the Arkenstone by himself, but is discovered by the awakened dragon, Smaug. At the same time, Gandalf knowingly steps into the orc-ambushed Dol Guldur and engages the Necromancer in a fierce battle.

The elf pair arrives in the nick of time to fight off the attacking orcs in Lake-town before splitting up. Tauriel attends to the wounded Kili using her healing magic while Legolas chases after the retreating orcs. Sensing that something foreboding would happen, Bard, tries to affix a Black Arrow to the town’s launcher so that it can pierce the weakened spot of the dragon that was spotted by Bilbo earlier. However, he is captured by the Master’s men before he can do so.

Eventually, the dwarves enter the mountain to rescue Bilbo. Tricking the fire-breathing Smaug to rekindle the forge using his fiery flames, they attempt to kill the dragon by drowning him in molten gold. However, Smaug stumbles out of the mountain and takes to air, shaking off the gold-coating and heads toward Lake-Town to wreck havoc and to seek revenge.

Our Thoughts:

This was a great movie, with the excellent special effects we have come to expect from Peter Jackson and crew. The dragon, Smaug is just plain awesome. Even though our magnificent dragon does not appear until the last third of the film, it is he you will go home remembering. The romance between Tauriel and Kili is not necessary, but I suppose it is better with it there. All in all they are doing the book justice, even if you can read the whole book, “The Hobbit” faster than you can watch part one of the movies. I highly recommend this film, especially if you liked part one. Smaug is AWESOME! 5 Stars – MR


We Review: Elysium Amazon Streaming Version “A great and original movie idea done well.” – MR

Elysium

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Elysium
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Produced by Neill Blomkamp
Bill Block
Simon Kinberg
Written by Neill Blomkamp
Starring Matt Damon
Jodie Foster
Sharlto Copley
Alice Braga
Diego Luna
Wagner Moura
William Fichtner
Music by Ryan Amon
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Editing by Julian Clarke
Lee Smith
Studio Alphacore
Media Rights Capital
QED International
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • August 9, 2013 (US)
  • August 21, 2013 (UK)
Running time 109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Spanish
Afrikaans
Budget $115 million[2]
Box office $286,007,248[2]

Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.[3] It was released on August 9, 2013 in both conventional and IMAX DigitaltheatersElysium is a co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures.[4]

The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth and a luxurious space habitat called Elysium.[5] It explores political and sociological themes such as immigration, overpopulationtranshumanismhealth careexploitation and class issues.[6]

Plot

In 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a luxurious Stanford torus-style space station called Elysium, and the poor who live on an overpopulated, devastated Earth. While residents on Earth are policed by ruthless robots, Elysium’s citizens live in comfort and regularly use bed-sized medical devices called Med-Bays to keep them free of disease and injury.

Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), a former car thief and parolee, lives in the ruins of Los Angeles and works at an assembly line for Armadyne Corp, the military company that supplies arms and weapons to Elysium. An accident at the plant exposes Max to a lethal dose of radiation, giving him only five days to live. Meanwhile, when a caravan of illegal immigrants from Earth attempts to reach Elysium and its Med-Bays, Elysian Secretary of Defense Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) orders vicious mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to shoot down the shuttles. Disapproving of her methods, Elysian President Patel (Faran Tahir) reprimands her and dismisses Kruger from service. Delacourt, vowing to protect Elysium and her own power, bargains with Armadyne’s CEO John Carlyle (William Fichtner) to write a program that can override Elysium’s central computer and make her President. Carlyle creates the program in his office on Earth and uploads it to his brain for safekeeping, encrypting it with a lethal denial system.

Max, knowing his only chance for survival is a Med-Bay, seeks help from notorious smuggler Spider (Wagner Moura), with the assistance of his friend Julio (Diego Luna). Spider agrees to get Max to Elysium only if he helps him steal valuable financial information from Carlyle, who is preparing to leave Earth. Recognizing Max’s weakened condition, Spider has his doctors implant Max with a powered exoskeleton, giving him superhuman strength, as well as an implant in his brain that can store data. Max, Julio and a team of Spider’s men intercept Carlyle’s ship, and Max downloads the data (including the program) to his own brain. However, due to the encryption of Carlyle’s brain data the information appears unusable. Delacourt secretly deploys Kruger to rescue Carlyle and recover the program. In the ensuing firefight, all of Max’s allies are killed, Carlyle is mortally wounded, and an injured Max retreats to the house of Frey (Alice Braga), a childhood friend whose daughter, Matilda, has leukemia. After learning that Max intends to smuggle himself to Elysium, Frey begs him to take Matilda with him so that she can be cured, but Max refuses. With Max on the run, Delacourt orders an airspace lockdown over Los Angeles to buy her enough time to recover Carlyle’s program.

Our Thoughts:

This movie has an original plot, (I mean an un-worn out plot.) and the effects were great. The overwhelming parallel between modern wealthy society and poverty was spot on. The technology was a little on the miraculous side. Outside of a few cheesy characters that could have been played better it was a refreshing SciFi movie. I recommend it to all fans of Sci Fi Action Thrillers. “A great and original movie idea done well.”  MR


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