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We Review: Geostorm “Not worth the price of the premium ticket. 3 stars” – MR

Geostorm

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Geostorm
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dean Devlin[1]
Produced by
Written by
  • Dean Devlin
  • Paul Guyot
Starring
Music by Lorne Balfe
Cinematography Roberto Schaefer
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures[2]
Release date
  • October 20, 2017(United States)
Running time
109 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million[4]
Box office $158.7 million[4]

Geostorm is a 2017 American science fictiondisaster film[1] co-written, produced, and directed by Dean Devlin as his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Gerard ButlerJim SturgessAbbie CornishAlexandra Maria LaraRichard SchiffRobert SheehanDaniel WuEugenio DerbezEd Harris, and Andy García. The plot follows a satellite designer who tries to save the world from a storm of epic proportions caused by malfunctioning climate-controlling satellites.

Principal photography began on October 20, 2014, in New OrleansLouisiana. After poor test screenings, re-shoots took place in December 2016 under executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writer Laeta Kalogridis and new director Danny Cannon.[5] The film is the first co-production between Skydance Media and Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was released by Warner Bros. in the United States on October 20, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. It has grossed $158 million worldwide and received negative reviews, with critics praising the special effects but calling the film as a whole “uninspired”.[6]

Plot

Jake arrives to ICSS to examine the satellite that decimated Hong Kong with station commander Ute Fassbinder and her crew, however, a sudden malfunction causes it to become severely damaged and erase its data. Back on Earth, as a hailstorm levels Tokyo, Cheng discovers he’s lost login access and calls Max, telling him that, if the malfunction continues, the world will suffer from a chain reaction of extreme weather patterns known as “Geostorm”. Max discovers he cannot access the satellites and discovers his login access has been deliberately revoked while Cheng flies to the United States after evading a team of armed mercenaries. Jake and Ute fly outside the ICSS to retrieve a hard drive which had been ejected along with the satellite engineer. They keep the hard drive secret from the crew, suspecting a traitor. Jake and Ute look for the source of the error but are blocked. Jake reports the findings to Max. The ICSS staff attempt to neutralize malfunctioning satellites by deliberately knocking them offline via collisions with replacement satellites. After Cheng tells Max of Project Zeus, an assailant intentionally causes Cheng’s death in a traffic accident. Max and Dana discover Project Zeus simulates extreme weather patterns to create the biggest Geostorm.

Jake, Ute, and fellow crew member Dussette recover the copied log data from the dead engineer and discover a virus has systematically wiped out everyone’s login access to that satellite.

Following a series of extreme natural disasters, an international coalition commissions “Dutch Boy”, a system of satellites designed to control climate on a global scale. After Dutch Boy neutralizes a massive typhoon before it can hit Shanghai, a Senate sub-committee reprimands the system’s chief architect Jake Lawson for activating the satellites without prior approval and replaces him with his brother Max, who works under Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. Three years later, a United Nations field team stationed in Afghanistan comes across a village that has been frozen over, with its citizens frozen in place. At the same time, an engineer working on the International Climate Space Station (ICSS) stores data from the Afghanistan satellite moments before being ejected into space. U.S. President Andrew Palma calls an emergency meeting of his Cabinet after learning about the Afghanistan incident and, after Max demands they conduct a proper investigation, agrees with Dekkom’s suggestion to send Jake. Max then travels to Cocoa Beach, Florida, where Jake has been living with his daughter Hannah, and successfully convinces him to investigate. Meanwhile, another one of the satellites causes temperatures in Hong Kong to increase, resulting in a firestorm that levels a section of the city and nearly kills Max’s college friend Cheng, who serves as head of Dutch Boy’s Hong Kong department.

Our Thoughts

Geostorm was a great concept, and Gerard Butler carries his role, and the movie out of the “B” ranks, but it just wasn’t up to par. The effects were okay, and even cool at times, and the movie is not terrible. It just isn’t good. Wait on the home version, and rent it.  This wasn’t worth the price of the premium ticket, and I left feeling a bit cheated. 3 stars – MR

 

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We Review: Blade Runner 2049 “Well done. Highly recommended.” – MR

Blade Runner 2049

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Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 poster.png

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by Hampton Fancher
Based on Characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
byPhilip K. Dick
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Edited by Joe Walker
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 3, 2017(Dolby Theatre)
  • October 6, 2017(United States)
Running time
163 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $150–185 million[3][4][5][6]
Box office $158 million[6]

Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo-noirscience fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green.[7] A sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner, the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de ArmasSylvia HoeksRobin WrightMackenzie DavisCarla JuriLennie JamesDave Bautista and Jared Leto in supporting roles. Set thirty years after the original film, the story depicts a bioengineered human named K, who discovers the remains of a once-pregnant replicant. To prevent a possible war between replicants and humans, K is secretly tasked with finding the child and destroying all evidence related to it.

Principal photography took place in Budapest, Hungary between July and November 2016. Blade Runner 2049premiered in Los Angeles on October 3, 2017 and was released in the United States on October 6, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX. The film received acclaim from critics, with some regarding it as one of the best sequels ever made, and has grossed $158 million worldwide.[8][9][10][11]

Plot

In 2049, bioengineered humans called replicants have been integrated into society as servants and slaves. K, a newer replicant model created to obey, works as a “blade runner” for the LAPD, hunting down and “retiring” rogue older model replicants. His home life is spent with his holographic girlfriend Joi, an artificial intelligenceproduct of Wallace Corporation.

K’s investigation into a growing replicant freedom movement leads him to a farm, where he retires rogue replicant Sapper Morton and finds a buried box. A forensic analysis reveals the box contains the remains of a female replicant who died as the result of complications from an emergency caesarean section. K finds this unsettling as pregnancy in replicants was originally thought to be impossible.

K is ordered to destroy all evidence related to the case and to retire the child by his superior, Lieutenant Joshi, who believes the knowledge that replicants are able to reproduce to be dangerous and could lead to war. K, disturbed by his orders to kill a born individual, visits the headquarters of Wallace Corporation founder Niander Wallace, who identifies the body as Rachael, an experimental replicant. In the process, he learns of her romantic ties with former veteran blade runner Rick Deckard. Believing that reproduction in replicants can expand his off-world operations, but lacking this technology himself, Wallace sends his replicant enforcer Luv to steal Rachael’s remains from LAPD headquarters and follow K to find Rachael’s child.

Returning to Morton’s farm to destroy it, K finds a hidden date that matches one of his own childhood memories about hiding a toy horse. Joi insists that this coincidence is evidence that K is, in fact, a real person. While searching birth records for that year, he discovers that twins were born on that day with identical DNA except for the sex chromosome; only the boy is listed as alive. Tracking the child to an orphanage in ruined San Diego, K discovers its records from the relevant year have been stolen. K also recognises the orphanage from his memories, and finds the hidden toy horse, suggesting that these memories — which he thought were merely implants — are real.

K seeks out Dr. Ana Stelline, a memory designer who informs him that it is illegal to program replicants with humans’ real memories, leading K to believe he might be Rachael’s son. After failing a test of his replicant behavior, K is suspended by Joshi, but he explains that he failed the test because he completed his mission in killing the child. Joshi gives him 48 hours to disappear. K transfers Joi to a mobile emitter despite knowing that if it is damaged she will be erased. Undeterred, K has the toy horse analyzed and finds traces of radiation that lead him to the ruins of Las Vegas, where he finds Deckard. Deckard reveals that he scrambled the birth records to cover his tracks and was forced to leave a pregnant Rachael with the replicant freedom movement to protect her.

Luv and her men murder Joshi, track K’s location and arrive to kidnap Deckard.

Our Thoughts

Having watched the original a few hours before BR2049, things were fresh in my mind. I liked the new film for several reasons, one of them is they didn’t venture too far from the original storyline, even though a lot of time had passed and the technology has evolved. The new Blade Runners are replicants, though, which was sort of disappointing.  The plot is semi-confusing, if you are not into sci-fi, but as things come together toward the end, it all becomes clearer. The end, is left open for another installment, and by the amount of money this film has made there will definitely be a part three to the franchise.  All in all, I give this one 5 stars. The acting is superb, the effects well done, and I highly recommend seeing this one in a premium seating or IMAX environment. – MR

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We Review, American Made “Good violent fun. Worth seeing, but not as ‘great’ as advertised. 4 stars” -MR

American Made

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American Made
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Doug Liman
Produced by
Written by Gary Spinelli
Starring Tom Cruise
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography César Charlone
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 23, 2017 (Europe)
  • September 29, 2017(United States)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[2]
Box office $59.5 million[2]

American Made is a 2017 American biographical crime film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli and starring Tom CruiseDomhnall GleesonSarah Wright, Alejandro Edda, Mauricio Mejía, Caleb Landry Jonesand Jesse Plemons.[3] The plot focuses on Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler for the Medellín Cartel in the 1980s.[4] In order to avoid jail time, Seal approached United States government officials and served as an informant for the DEA.[4]

The film was first released in Europe on August 23, 2017, and then in the United States on September 29, 2017. It is the first film directed by Liman to be released by Universal Pictures since The Bourne Identity in 2002, and was played in 2D and IMAX in select theaters.[5] It has grossed $59 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Cruise’s performance.[6]

Plot

In the late 1970s, Barry Seal, a pilot for commercial airline TWA, is contacted by CIA agent, Monty Schafer. He asks Seal to fly clandestine reconnaissance missions for the CIA over South America using a small plane with cameras installed.

Later in the 1970s, Schafer asks Seal to start acting as a courier between the CIA and General Noriega in Panama. During a mission, the Medellín Cartel picks Seal up and asks him to fly cocaine on his return flights to the USA. Seal accepts and starts flying the cartel’s cocaine to Louisiana. The CIA turns a blind eye to the drug smuggling, but the DEA tracks Seal down. To avoid the authorities, Schafer moves Seal and his family to a remote town in Arkansas called Mena.

Later, Schafer asks Seal to run guns to the Contras. Seal soon realizes that the Contras are not serious about the war and starts trading the guns to the cartel. The CIA set up a Contra training base in Mena and Seal flies the Contras in, but most of them escape as soon as they arrive.

Lucy’s brother JB moves in, needing a job from Barry. Eventually he starts stealing money from the Seals and is caught by Sherriff Downing with a briefcase full of laundered cash and is arrested. When Barry exiles him for good, it is implied Jorge Ochoa had JB’s car rigged with explosives, killing him so that he wouldn’t snitch.

Eventually, the CIA shuts the program down and abandons Seal to be arrested by the FBI, DEA and other law enforcement agencies. Seal escapes prosecution by making a deal with the White House, which wants evidence the Sandinistas are drug traffickers. They ask Seal to get photos that tie the Medelin Cartel to the Sandinistas. Seal manages to get the pictures but the White House releases them as propaganda against the Sandinistas, leading to Seal’s arrest and the Cartel placing a bounty on his head.

Our Thoughts

American made, is a wild, non-stop, action packed portrayal of the true tale about the trade of money, guns, and drugs. I enjoyed it, and do recommend seeing it. But it lacked something. There was no sense of urgency, no shocking surprises, and the ending was just as I expected. The acting was perfect, and all the characters were well portrayed. It was good violent fun, but not as ‘great’ as advertised. 4 stars” – MR

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We Review, IT (2017) “Pennywise will kill you if you don’t go see it. 4.5 stars” – MR

It (2017 film)

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It
It (2017) poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andy Muschietti
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on It
by Stephen King
Starring
Music by Benjamin Wallfisch
Cinematography Chung-hoon Chung
Edited by Jason Ballantine
Production
companies
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
Running time
135 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[2][3]
Box office $500.7 million[4]

It (titled onscreen as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film[5] directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The screenplay is by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman.[6][7] The first of a planned duology, the film tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by the eponymous being, only to face their own personal demons in the process. The novel was previously adapted into a 1990 miniseries.[8][9][10]

The film stars Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Skarsgård as Bill Denbrough and Pennywise the Dancing Clown, respectively, with Jeremy Ray TaylorSophia LillisFinn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen JacobsJack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton and Jackson Robert Scott in supporting roles.[11][6]Principal photography began in the Riverdale neighborhood of Toronto on June 27, 2016, and ended on September 21, 2016.[12][13] Other Ontariolocations included Port Hope and Oshawa.[14][15][16]

It premiered in Los Angeles on September 5, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on September 8, 2017.[17][18] Upon release, the film set numerous box office records and has grossed over $500 million worldwide.[19] It received positive reviews, with critics praising the performances, direction, cinematography, and musical score, and many calling it one of the best Stephen King adaptations.[20] A sequel is set to be released on September 6, 2019.[21]

Plot

In October 1988, teenager Bill Denbrough gives his seven-year-old brother, Georgie, a paper sailboat. Georgie sails the boat along the rainy streets of small town Derry, and is disappointed when it falls down a storm drain. As he attempts to retrieve it Georgie sees a clown in the sewer, who introduces himself as “Pennywise the Dancing Clown“. The clown entices Georgie to come closer, then severs his arm and drags him into the sewer.

The following summer, Bill and his friends (loudmouth Richie Tozier, hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak, and timid Stan Uris) run afoul of bully Henry Bowers and his gang. Bill, still haunted by Georgie’s disappearance and the resulting neglect from his grief-stricken parents, discovers that his brother’s body may have washed up in a marshy wasteland called the Barrens. He recruits his friends to check it out, believing his brother may still be alive.

“New kid” Ben Hanscom learns that the town has been plagued by unexplained tragedies and child disappearances for centuries. He is targeted by Bowers’ gang for being fat, after which he flees into the Barrens and meets Bill’s group. They find the sneaker of a missing girl, while a member of the pursuing Bowers Gang, Patrick Hockstetter, is killed by Pennywise.

Beverly Marsh is also incorporated into the group; both Bill and Ben develop feelings for her. Later, the group befriends African American homeschool student Mike Hanlon after defending him from Bowers. All the while each member of the group has encountered terrifying phenomena in various forms; these include a menacing clown, a headless boy, a fountain of blood, a diseased and rotting man, a creepy painting come to life, people burning alive, and a phantom Georgie.

Now calling themselves “The Losers Club”, they realize they are all being terrorized by the same entity. They determine that Pennywise (or “It”) assumes the appearance of what they fear, awakens every 27 years to feed on the children of Derry before returning to hibernation, and moves about by using sewer lines – which all lead to a well currently under the creepy, abandoned house at 29 Neibolt Street. After an attack by Pennywise, the group ventures to the house to confront him, only to be separated and terrorized. Eddie breaks his arm, while Pennywise gloats to Bill about Georgie. As they regroup Beverly impales Pennywise through the head, forcing the clown to retreat. However, after the encounter the group begins to splinter, with only Bill and Beverly resolute in fighting It.

Weeks later, after Beverly confronts and incapacitates her sexually abusive father, she is abducted by Pennywise. The Losers Club reassembles and travels back to the Neibolt house to rescue her. Henry Bowers, who has killed his father after being compelled into madness by It, attacks the group. Mike fights back and pushes Bowers down the well to his apparent death. The Losers descend into the sewers and find It’s underground lair, which contains a mountain of decayed circus props and children’s belongings, around which the bodies of missing children float in mid-air. Beverly, now catatonic after being exposed to It’s true form, is restored to consciousness as Ben kisses her. Bill encounters Georgie, but recognizes that he’s Pennywise in disguise. Pennywise attacks the group and takes Bill hostage, offering to spare the others if they let It keep Bill.

Our Thoughts

This was the first half of the book, or no, the half of the book about the gang of heroes in their youth. The adult part of the story when they come back, will be part two.  I was not disappointed that they separated the two parts of the novel. In fact it made it a lot easier to take in. I have read IT the 1400 page novel twice, and this rendition sticks to the book fairly well. I really enjoyed this film and I am looking forward to part two. It was creepy and spooky and all the things it needed to be, and I am sure the younger generation who read 140 character texts not 1400 page novels, will love it and think it is all new. King is a master, and this version is great. Well worth the price of a premium ticket. Pennywise will kill you if you don’t go see it. 4.5 stars – MR

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Announcing FANTASTICA a Brand New Series by Award Winning, M. R. Mathias

The Reviews are coming in for  FANTASTICA books one and two!

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Taerak’s Void
Book One of FANTASTICA a Brand New #1 Bestselling Series

After finding a strange medallion and some maps with markings that no one in his village can understand, Braxton Bray decides to take it all to the Hall of Scholars in the kingdom’s capital.

But greed is everywhere.

Braxton and a tough young female caravan guard named Nixy are forced to run for their lives, for someone else wants what Braxton found and is willing to go to great lengths to take it.

With a hefty, kingdom wide, bounty on their heads, not even the great wizards of the Sorcerious can help them. Left with nothing but each other, Braxton and Nixy have no choice but to get on a ship and go on an adventure that will take them places they would have otherwise never imagined. Elves, dwarves, giant gothicans, and trolls, treacherous forests on distant shores, love, death, terror, and magic all await anyone brave enough to go along.

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FANTASTICA, Book Two:
Sapphire of Souls

Ragged and weary from their previous ordeals, Braxton and his motley crew of elves, dwarves, and humans, set off into the Wilderkind Forest in search of the Sapphire of Souls. The problem is, the last time anyone saw the powerful gem was over a hundred years ago when a wood dragon ate the elf who was carrying it.

With the necromancer Reaton-Stav forcing his animated corpses to wreak havoc at every turn, and the demon Pharark using the giant gothicans and trolls to invade Narvoza,
the future of the realm hangs in the balance.

Can our heroes find and destroy the sapphire before Pharark can use its power to bring the kingdom to its knees? Will the necromancer who covets Braxton’s medallion find a way to stop them? Does the love Nixy and Braxton share for each other even stand a chance in the brutal world they’ve found themselves in? There is only one way to find out.

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We Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard “A laugh out loud, bullet ridden thrill ride.” -MR

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard
HitmansBodyguard.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Patrick Hughes
Produced by
  • David Ellison
  • Mark Gill
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Matthew O’Toole
  • John Thompson
  • Les Weldon
Written by Tom O’Connor
Starring
Music by Atli Örvarsson
Cinematography Jules O’Loughlin
Edited by Jake Roberts
Production
company
Distributed by Lionsgate Films[1]
Release date
  • August 18, 2017
Running time
118 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[3]

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a 2017 American actioncomedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor, whose script was on the 2011 Black List. The film stars Ryan ReynoldsSamuel L. JacksonGary Oldman and Salma Hayek, and follows a bodyguard who is hired to protect a hitman who has to testify at the International Court of Justice.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was released in the United States on August 18, 2017 and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Reynolds and Jackson’s chemistry but criticized the clichéd plot and execution.[4]

Plot

Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is hired to protect a Japanese arms dealer. All apparently goes well, but the dealer is shot in the head at the last minute. Two years later, Bryce has fallen into disgrace and ekes out a living protecting drug-addicted corporate executives. Meanwhile, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), the ruthless and bloodthirsty dictator of Belarus, is put on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Court of Justice. The prosecution is unable to make headway against him, as they cannot substantiate their allegations with physical evidence and Dukhovich assassinates any witnesses who could do so. The prosecution’s last hope is notorious hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), who agrees to testify against Dukhovich in exchange for the exoneration of his wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), who is currently incarcerated.[5]

Interpol Assistant Director Jean Foucher (Joaquim de Almeida) assigns Amelia Roussel (Élodie Yung), a greenhorn agent who is Bryce’s estranged ex-girlfriend, to lead a squad of Interpol agents tasked with escorting Kincaid to The Hague to testify. However, the convoy is ambushed and everyone except Kincaid and Roussel is killed. The two retreat to a safehouse, where they deduce someone in Interpol must have betrayed them to Dukhovich. Realizing that they need someone who is completely unaffiliated with Interpol and can remain trustworthy, Roussel contacts Bryce. Bryce is reluctant to help, as he has had multiple conflicts with Kincaid in the past and believes that Roussel was responsible for the death of his client two years ago, but ultimately agrees to aid them in exchange for the restoration of his good name. Roussel returns to Interpol to update them on the situation while Bryce and Kincaid escape an attack by Dukhovich’s men.

Foucher approaches Dukhovich, revealing himself to be the traitor, and demands his payment for selling out Kincaid; Dukhovich stabs him in the hand and informs him he will only be paid when Kincaid is dead. Dukhovich’s men track Kincaid’s location through his cellphone and ambush him and Bryce. While they are able to fight them off, their vehicle is destroyed. The two hitchhike to a ferry terminal and take a ferry to Amsterdam, where Sonia is being held. Kincaid escapes from Bryce to send flowers to Sonia, and Bryce tracks him down and kills several more hitmen. Kincaid reveals that he chanced upon the arms dealer during an unrelated contract and killed him in order to collect the bounty on his head. Enraged, Bryce abandons him.

As Bryce bemoans his failures, an army of hitmen attack. Bryce changes his mind and helps Kincaid escape, but is captured.

Cast

Our Thoughts

This is a high-octane, bullet-ridden thrill ride. I laughed so hard at one scene my drink came up through my nose. The character interaction is great, and there is edge-of-your-seat violence from start to finish. As far as action thrillers go, this is top notch, and it is as funny as most modern comedies. There is even a dual romance element, that isn’t as cheesy as you would think. I have to give it 5 stars and it is definitely worth the cost of a premium ticket. A laugh out loud, bullet ridden thrill ride. Highly Recommended -MR

 

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We Review: The Dark Tower “4.5 stars and Highly Recommended” – MR

The Dark Tower

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The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower teaser poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Dark Tower
by Stephen King
Starring
Music by Tom Holkenborg
Cinematography Rasmus Videbæk
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
Running time
95 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[2]
Box office $33.4 million[3]

The Dark Tower is a 2017 American science fantasywestern film[4] directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. A continuation of Stephen King‘s novel series of the same name, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower – a mythical structure which supports all realities – and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, Walter o’Dim, the Man in Black.[5]

Intended to launch a film and television franchise, the first installment combines elements from several novels in the eight-volume series, and takes place in both modern-day New York City and in Mid-World, Roland’s Old West-style parallel universe. The film also serves as a canonical sequel to the novel series, which concludes with the revelation that Roland’s quest is a cyclical time loop; the presence of the Horn of Eld, which Roland carries in the film, indicates that this is the next cycle.[6][7][8]

The Dark Tower premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on July 31, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on August 4, 2017 by Columbia Pictures.[9] It has grossed $33 million worldwide against production budget of $60 million, and received generally negative reviews, with critics calling it “a dull disappointment without any set audience: incomprehensible to newbies, and wildly unfaithful and simplistic to fans of King’s books”,[10][11] though Elba’s performance received some praise.

Plot

Eleven-year-old Jake Chambers experiences visions involving a Man in Black who seeks to destroy a Tower and bring ruin to the world, and a Gunslinger who opposes him. Jake’s mother, stepfather, and psychiatrists dismiss these as dreams resulting from the trauma of his father’s death the previous year.

At his apartment home in New York City, a group of workers from an alleged psychiatric facility offer to rehabilitate Jake; recognizing them from his visions as monsters wearing human skin, he flees. Jake tracks down an abandoned house from one of his visions, discovers a high-tech portal, and travels to a post-apocalyptic world called Mid-World.

In Mid-World, Jake encounters the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain who emerged in his visions. Roland is pursuing Walter Padick, the Man in Black who had also appeared in his dreams across a desert, seeking to kill him in revenge for the murder of his father, Steven. He explains that Walter has been abducting psychic children, and is attempting to use their powers to destroy the Dark Tower, a fabled structure located at the center of the universe; this will allow monsters from the darkness outside to invade and destroy reality.

Roland takes Jake to a village to have his visions interpreted by a seer. Learning of Jake’s escape and journey to Mid-World, Walter investigates, and realizes that Jake has enough psychic potential to destroy the Tower single-handedly. He kills Jake’s stepfather, then interrogates his mother about his visions and kills her. In Mid-World, the seer explains that Roland can find Walter’s base of operations in New York.

Our Thoughts

Okay book fans, I get it. The movie is really nothing like the book. Hand(s) full of history and scenes were absent, and key injuries to Roland forgotten…  But that said –and I liked the books a lot, and recommend them– making that slow, over worded, drag along series into a movie would have been an epic mistake. What we ended up with, is a pretty cool minimalistic version of the story that captures the spirit and highlights of the tale within the books. I found it quite entertaining, action packed, and well paced, with a pretty thrilling climax.

Iris Elba, and Matthew McConaughey play their parts well, and young Tom Taylor is destined for greatness. I’m not going to give this one 5 stars, simply because of how far it meandered from the books, but it was still a bad ass movie, and well worth the price of a premium ticket. Don’t listen to the haters. 4.5 stars and Highly Recommended – MR

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We Review: Atomic Blonde “An entertaining 4 star femme fatale flick” -MR

Atomic Blonde

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Atomic Blonde
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Leitch
Produced by
  • Charlize Theron
  • Beth Kono
  • A. J. Dix
  • Kelly McCormick
  • Eric Gitter
  • Peter Schwerin
Screenplay by Kurt Johnstad
Based on
The Coldest City
by

Starring
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Jonathan Sela
Edited by Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Production
company
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date
  • March 12, 2017 (SXSW)
  • July 28, 2017 (United States)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $46.8 million[2]

Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action spy thriller film directed by David Leitch, in his first solo directorial credit, and written by Kurt Johnstad. It is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, published by Oni Press, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The film stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy, with John GoodmanTil SchweigerEddie MarsanSofia Boutella and Toby Jones in supporting roles.

Atomic Blonde had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 28, 2017, by Focus Features. It has grossed $46 million worldwide, and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its action sequences, Theron’s performance, and the musical score by Tyler Bates, although some criticized the writing and pacing; many have compared the film to John Wick.

Plot

In 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin WallMI6 agent James Gasciogne is shot and killed by KGB agent Yuri Bakhtin, who steals the List, a piece of microfilm concealed in a wristwatch that contains the names of every active field agent in the Soviet Union. Ten days later, Lorraine Broughton, a top-level spy for MI6, is brought in to be interrogated by MI6 executive Eric Gray and CIA agent Emmett Kurzfeld about her mission to Berlin.

The day after Gasciogne’s death, Lorraine is dispatched to Berlin to recover the List and assassinate Satchel, a double agent who has sold intelligence to the Soviets for years and who betrayed Gasciogne. When she arrives in Berlin, she is immediately ambushed by KGB agents working for arms dealer and KGB associate Aleksander Bremovych. Lorraine then meets with her main contact, agent David Percival. After failing to find any immediate leads, Lorraine investigates Gasciogne’s apartment and discovers a picture of him and Percival, and is then ambushed by the Volkspolizei. She realizes only Percival knew she was going to the apartment, and begins to suspect him of being Satchel. Lorraine also encounters Delphine Lasalle, a naive French agent, and enters into a relationship with her.

Bakhtin declares his intention to sell the List to the highest bidder. Percival, having been tipped off, kills him and takes the List for himself. He then meets with Bremovych to arrange the transfer of the List to him, which Lasalle photographs. Percival offers to escort the defector who stole and memorized the List, a Stasi officer codenamed Spyglass, and his family across the border to West Berlin.

Cast

  • Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, a top-level MI6 field agent.
  • James McAvoy as David Percival, an eccentric Berlin station chief who becomes an ally of Broughton.
  • John Goodman as Emmett Kurzfeld, a CIA agent working with MI6.
  • Til Schweiger as The Watchmaker, a mysterious ally of MI6 who creates and crafts clocks and watches.
  • Eddie Marsan as Spyglass, a Stasi defector who stole the List.
  • Sofia Boutella as Delphine Lasalle, an undercover French agent who becomes Lorraine’s lover.
  • Toby Jones as Eric Gray, Broughton’s MI6 superior.
  • Bill Skarsgård as Merkel, Broughton’s MI6 mission assistant.
  • Sam Hargrave as James Gasciogne, a deceased MI6 agent who was close to Lorraine.
  • James Faulkner as Chief C, head of MI6.
  • Roland Møller[5] as Aleksander Bremovych, a ruthless Russian-German billionaire arms dealer who leads an espionage ring.

Our Thoughts

Atomic Blonde was a pretty solid movie. It has been compared to James Bond, and John Wick. To me those comparisons are a stretch, not saying that it wasn’t as entertaining as an old Bond flick, or John Wick, but this movie had noticeable lags in the flow, and no great super villain. It takes place before (or as) the Berlin Wall is coming down, and that in itself costs the movie some of its intensity. There is no “end of the world” impending doom to drive the plot. If our girl fails, the wall is still going to fall, and the agents who were working around it would be obsolete to the world anyway. That being said, the action sequences were pretty good, save for the fact that the goons our girl was kicking around out weighed her by three times or more, and the physics just wasn’t realistic. The plot twist, or should I say double plot twist at the end was brilliant, and after the movie half the people in the theater were scratching their heads, but I got it, and I can see a sequel or two coming. All in all I’d say this movie is worth the price of a premium ticket. An entertaining 4 star femme fatale flick. -MR

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