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We Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back “4.1 stars 100% as expected. No Surprises, but still entertaining” – MR

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Jack Reacher Never Go Back poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Zwick
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Never Go Back
by Lee Child
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Billy Weber
Production
companies
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 16, 2016(New Orleans)
  • October 21, 2016(United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[2][3]
Box office $60.2 million[2]

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a 2016 American actionthriller film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Zwick, Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz. A sequel to 2012 film Jack Reacher, the film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Holt McCallany. The plot follows Reacher going on-the-run with an Army Major who has been wrongly framed for espionage.

Principal photography began on October 20, 2015 in New Orleans and the film was released on October 21, 2016 in IMAX[4] and conventional formats. It received mixed reviews and has grossed $60 million.

Plot

After dismantling a human trafficking ring, former military investigator turned vigilante drifter Jack Reacher returns to his old military headquarters to meet Major Susan Turner, who has been assisting him in his investigations, only to learn from his old rival, Colonel Sam Morgan, that Turner has been accused of espionage and detained.

Turner’s attorney, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, reveals that there is evidence that Turner is involved in the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan, but Reacher believes she is being framed. Moorcroft also reveals an old acquaintance of Reacher’s, Candice Dayton, has filed a paternity suit against him, claiming he’s the biological father of her 15-year-old daughter, Samantha Dayton. Moorcroft is later killed by an assassin known as “The Hunter”.

Reacher reaches out to Samantha, but she rebuffs him, believing he’s after her biological mother due to her past as a drug addict. Reacher is later framed for Moorcroft’s murder and detained alongside Turner. Assassins arrive to kill them, but Reacher neutralizes them, rescues Turner and they escape to Morgan’s house, having deduced he’s involved in the conspiracy, to extract information. After they leave, the Hunter kills Morgan and frames Reacher.

Reacher and Turner uncover surveillance pictures of Samantha and surmise she’s in danger, arriving at her home to find her foster parents dead and a Samantha hiding in the kitchen. Upon learning from a friend, Sergeant Leach, that he’s also been framed for Morgan’s death, Reacher decides to escort Samantha to a private school for protection, but discover that she has her mobile phone with her and the enemy probably knows exactly where they are. They discard the phone and make a quick exit, during which Samantha steals a backpack from one of the students to use the credit cards.

Reacher, Turner and Samantha travel to New Orleans in search of Daniel Prudhomme, the only eyewitness to the murders that Turner has been framed for. They find him in a derelict warehouse filled with drug addicts and learn that Prudhomme is connected to Parasource, a private military organization that is trying to cover up the murders. Reacher contacts Turner’s friend, Captain Anthony Espin, to move Prudhomme into custody, but they are ambushed by assassins and Prudhomme is killed, while Reacher rescues Espin and finds out that the assassins are Parasource contractors. Parasource’s CEO, General James Harkness, then sends his enforcer, the Hunter, to capture Samantha after she uses a credit card to order room service.

Reacher and Turner, along with Espin, acting on information provided by Prudhomme, intercept a flight of weapons due to leave the country, where they confront Harkness and his men and accuse them of corruption. Upon opening the crates, however, Espin find weapons as declared in the flight manifest. Before Turner can be re-arrested, Reacher opens up one of the weapons crates and discovers that they are filled with opium. They learn that Harkness framed Turner, who had been investigating his activities, for the murders of two soldiers who discovered that Harkness was selling weapons to insurgents and smuggling drugs into the United States. Espin and his men then arrest Harkness, clearing Reacher’s and Turner’s names.

The Hunter and his men locate and chase Samantha through the streets to lure Reacher into a confrontation. Turner kills one of the assassins, whilst Reacher takes out another one on the rooftop. The Hunter captures Samantha and threatens to kill her, but she manages to escape and steal his gun. Reacher then tackles the Hunter and they have a vicious fight that culminates with Reacher breaking the Hunter’s neck. Reacher then admits to Samantha he might be her father.

Following Harkness’ arrest, Turner is reinstated in her old position and goes back to her office, where her collegues and Captain Espin all welcome her back. Reacher promises to keep in touch before meeting Samantha at a diner to meet Candice, whom he surmises he will recognize as he remembers everyone he has slept with. Samantha reveals that the waitress that had been serving him is in fact Candice and that Reacher can’t be her father as they didn’t recognize each other. Reacher and Samantha then reluctantly part.

While preparing to leave, a phone rings in Reacher’s pocket and finds Samantha’s phone, which she had slipped on his pocket, with a final goodbye. Reacher smiles as he hitches a ride to the nearest town.

Cast

Our Thoughts

Was it good? Yes.

Did I like it? Yes.

Is it as good as the first Reacher movie? No

Will I go see a third Reacher flick? Absolutely

BUT, I still found myself a little dissapointed. The acting and characters are superb, it was just too predictable. 4.1 stars 100% as expected. No Surprises, but still entertaining. – MR

 

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We review the FireTV version of: Maleficent “Does not disappoint. 5 Stars” – MR

Maleficent (2014 film)

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Maleficent
Maleficent poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Stromberg
Produced by Joe Roth
Screenplay by Linda Woolverton
Based on
Starring
Narrated by Janet McTeer
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 28, 2014(United Kingdom)
  • May 30, 2014 (United States)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $180 million[2]
Box office $757.8 million[2]

Maleficent (/məˈlɛfɪsənt/ or /məˈlɪfɪsənt/) is a 2014 American dark fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton. Starring Angelina Jolie as the eponymous Disney villainess character, the film is a live-action re-imagining of Walt Disney‘s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, and portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, Maleficent.[3]

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, with Angelina Jolie as an executive producer, principal photography took place between June and October 2012. Maleficent premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on May 28, 2014, and was released in the United Kingdom that same day. The film was released in the U.S. on May 30, 2014 in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats, as well as in conventional theaters. The film was met with mixed reviews from critics, but was a commercial success, having grossed over $757 million worldwide and is the fourth highest-grossing film of 2014.

Plot

An elderly narrator tells the story of Maleficent, a powerful fairy living in the Moors, a magical forest realm bordering a corrupt human kingdom. As a young girl, she meets and falls in love with a human peasant boy named Stefan, whose love for Maleficent is overshadowed by his ambition to become king. As they grow older, Stefan and Maleficent grown apart, and she grows into the role of protector of the Moors. When King Henry tries to conquer the Moors, he is thwarted by a mature Maleficent, forcing him to retreat. Fatally wounded in the battle, he declares that whoever kills Maleficent would be named his successor and marry his daughter Leila. An older Stefan hears this, then goes to see Maleficent in the Moors. Stefan drugs Maleficent but cannot bring himself to kill her, so instead he cuts her wings off with iron – a lethal substance to fairies – and presents them to the king as proof of her death. Maleficent awakens to find herself wingless. She rescues a raven named Diaval, whom she gives a human form, to serve as her confidant.  Maleficent, deeply saddened by Stefan’s betrayal, declares herself Queen of the Moors, forming a dark oppressive kingdom with Diaval as her only companion..

Some time later, Diaval informs Maleficent that Stefan, who is now king, is hosting a christening for his newborn daughter, Aurora. Bent on revenge, Maleficent arrives uninvited and curses the infant princess: on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, which will cause her to fall into a deep sleep from which she will never awaken. When Stefan begs for mercy, she offers an antidote: the curse can be broken by true love’s kiss. A paranoid Stefan sends Aurora to live a trio of pixies until the day after her sixteenth birthday, while he destroys and burns all the spinning wheels in the kingdom and hides them in the deepest dungeon in the castle. He sends out his armies to find and kill Maleficent, but she surrounds the Moors with an impenetrable wall of thorns.

Despite her initial dislike for Aurora, Maleficent begins to care for the girl when the incompetent pixies fail to do so. After a brief meeting with the young Aurora, Maleficent watches over her from afar. When Aurora is 15, she meets Maleficent for the first time and she calls Maleficent her “fairy godmother”, as Aurora recalls being watched over by her all of her life. Realizing she has grown fond of the princess, Maleficent attempts to revoke the curse, but she cannot. Aurora later meets Prince Philip, and the two are smitten with each other. On the day before Aurora’s 16th birthday, Maleficent, hoping to avoid the curse, allows her to move to the Moors. When the pixies inadvertently tell Aurora of her parentage and of Maleficent’s true identity, a furious Aurora runs away to her father’s castle.

Meanwhile King Stefan, mad with paranoia, sits in his castle talking to Maleficent’s wings, and even refuses to see Queen Leila on her deathbed.

 

Cast

Angelina Jolie (left), Sharlto Copley (center) and Sam Riley (right)

Our Thoughts

This is a well portrayed movie, with superb acting and stellar effects. I was expecting more of a kids/chick flick type of story, but this was actually a great twist on the old Cinderella tale; dark enough to keep an old Conan the Barbarian fan interested from start to finish. This one does not disappoint.  – MR

 

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Review of ‘Mirror Mirror’ Amazon Streaming Version: “Easily as dark as Snow White and the Huntsman!” – M.R.

Review of ‘Mirror Mirror’ Amazon Streaming Version

From Wiki:

Mirror Mirror is a 2012 comedy fantasy film based on the fairy tale “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm. It is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean. It is unrelated to the Gregory Maguire novel Mirror, Mirror.

Our Take: This version of Snow White is easily as dark as Snow White and the Huntsman. And just as visually stunning, (in parts.) Julia Roberts plays a good evil step mother. Snow White is played well too, as are the seven dwarves. It is the male characters here that were lacking. Again, Amazon streaming delivers hi quality.

I recommend this for fantasy loving guys to pick as a sofa date movie. Enough romance for the gals, enough dark twisted fun for everyone else, especially the kids.

3.5 stars.

 

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The Deed of Paksenarrion – Reviewed “Long, slow, but if you stick with it, a very rewarding epic masterpiece.” – M.R.

From Wiki:

The Deed of Paksenarrion is an epic fantasy saga by the American author Elizabeth Moon. The Deed of Paksenarrion was originally published in three volumes in 1988 and 1989 and as a single trade edition of that name in 1992 by Baen. The three books included are Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Divided Allegiance and Oath of Gold. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter was awarded the Compton Crook Award by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the author’s first fantasy novel.

A single volume prequel about the life of Paksenarrion’s guiding saint was published in 1990, and followed by a sequel tying characters from both works together.

Our Thoughts:  I read this in jail of all places. The full “three-book-in-one” volume we had was held together with rubber-bands. All of the pages were there, though, save for one corner of page 735.  I remember the soldiering scenes from these stories. Paksenarrion spent long trudging months training to be the warrior depicted on the cover, or did she?  She is one tough woman, and I tell you what. She has inspired many a fantasy female character.  (Zena, Sheena, maybe even Brienne of Tarth? I think very much so on the latter. )

Props to Elizabeth Moon. When in an open jail tank (with 30-some-odd people running around) if I could read my way out of the moment, the author was one I considered great. Moon did that. I can still remember the dark elf scenes and the wild way the story twists, toward the end, even now.

4  stars – Highly Recommended.  –  M.R.

Sadly you cannot find The Deed of Paksenarrion for Kindle or Nook.

Please visit this Amazon page    In the box under the cover image click that you would like to see this novel for Kindle.


John Carter (Amazon Streaming Version) Reviewed. “Solid Sci-Fi entertainment. Loved it!” – M.R.

I watch movies on my Kindle Fire a lot. A LOT! So I will be reviewing some streaming movies in the future. I also have an HD projector that I can hook my Kindle Fire up to and watch on my wall on an 8ft wide perfectly clear screen. I saw John Carter in IMAX 3D, but when I saw it on my wall, played from my Kindle through my – not so expensive – projector, I was amazed at the perfect clarity, even with the screen opened up to 8ft wide. For sound, I just ran an 1/8 stereo cord from the Kindle’s headphone jack to my bands sound system.

OK… I’m pleased with my system, and I am not trying to brag, but its pertinent to reviewing a streaming product that you know what sort of system I watched on.  I would consider mine just a touch above average, including my high speed internet connection.

Now to the review.

 

John Carter was like watching Starwars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, and Sherlock Holmes all twisted into one great fantastical story. I was especially surprised by the clever twists at the end. This movie is great. The reviewers who dashed it early on have questionable judgment in my eyes. Even more than the previously mentioned movie greats, John Carter managed to be different than all of those films, and more original than most of the newer Sci-Fi movies I’ve seen.

Great for all ages, with enough, romance, action, and battle to keep adults intrigued, this will be a DVD/BlueRay classic that everyone will at one time own. Buy it in digital format and you’ll only have to buy it once.

Highly Recommended – M. R.

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