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Thursday, April 20, 2017

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS REVIEW



When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris

Directed by: F. Gary Gary

Written by: Chris Morgan

  Topping the opening record and beating the recent Star Wars movie is definitely shocking. Yes, the Fast and the Furious franchise does well in the U.S., but it’s also driven by success overseas. With these kind of numbers, there may never be an end to them. However, did these huge numbers mean that “The Fate of the Furious” is any good?


  Well if you have a formula that’s working why change it right? First and foremost, it’s about the cars and the action, and there’s plenty of it. It must be a challenge at this point to find a new way to flip a car, or cause some destruction. The movie starts with the usual race, and this is definitely a fun one. The destruction hits big time with the good use of a wrecking ball. Later, they introduce autonomous cars to make an even bigger mess in a very creative way! To finish it off, they put the cars on ice, and throw in a submarine, which will be hard to beat next time around.


  The family is back driving these cars with each having their usual contributions to the group. Hercules, or rather Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is clearly the brawn of the group, as he manhandles everyone in his way. There’s great tension between him and the ninja Deckard (Jason Statham), before and after they take on an entire prison. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) continue to provide the humor, and still are waiting for a date with Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). Not family, but they add a newcomer, Owen (Luke Evans), who quickly becomes a target for many of their jokes. And back only to be a love interest is unfortunately Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). 


   Of course the leader of this family, Don (Vin Diesel), is the center of the story. Watching trailer after trailer the curiosity really set in. What could motivate him enough to turn his back on family? Without giving it away, lets say it makes plenty of sense, and is a good driver of the story. Cipher (Charlize Theron) turns out to be a pretty good villain, who pushes Dom to the limit.

  
Maybe not worthy of the record, but “The Fate of the Furious” does enough to make it worth movie goers money. As usually there’s a lot of unrealistic, but really awesome car tricks. The family is back, some funny and others way over the top. Turning Dom against the family becomes a very good way to go with the story. It sets up some interesting twists and turns all leading to another crazy finish. With that, I give it 3 stars, and look forward to more car chases in the future!

HorrO

Thursday, March 9, 2017

LOGAN REVIEW



In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursed by dark forces.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Directed by: James Mangold

Written by: James Mangold and Scott Frank

  There are many elements to the usual superhero movie. Of course there’s plenty of action with some well timed humor. The villains hatch an evil plan, and the heroes eventually put an end to it. Sometimes there’s a little romance thrown in, and maybe even some tragedy. Then along comes a superhero movie with some of those same elements, but with a whole different feel to it. And that movie is “Logan.”


   Logan has generally been an intense character, and that might be one of the best ways to describe this movie. The intensity starts right from the beginning with Logan (Hugh Jackman), who’s now a limo driver, being waken by some thugs trying to steal the limo’s rims. He wants to give them a chance to get away, but they push him too far. Out come his claws, and he brutally puts an end to them.


  Brutal is another great word to describe the movie, Logan, and a new character, Laura (Dafne Keen). Laura is a young mutant, who happens to have the same abilities as Logan. To no surprise, he didn’t want anything to do with her before finding out what she’s capable of. With the urging of Professor X (Patrick Stewart), they do their best to protect her from the people who created, and want to put an end to her.


  However, she doesn’t need as much protection as you might think. She makes good use of her claws just like Logan. Both of them stab people in the head, chest, arms, and legs all movie long. Blood splatters everywhere in vicious action scene after vicious action scene. The group trying to recover Laura has a secret weapon that they unleash on Logan and Laura providing some more terrific fighting.


  With all the intensity and brutality, there’s also plenty of seriousness to the story. Two of the audience’s favorite X-Men characters aren't their true selves this time around. Professor X is constantly on medication to help him control what’s left of his power. He still provides his wisdom when he’s not drugged up. Logan is also sick, and the audience is left guessing at what’s wrong with him the entire time. He continues to put up a good fight, but also has his struggles.


  The Avenger and X-Men movies put together a good mix story, action, and humor. The previous Wolverine movies did some of the same. “Logan,” on the other hand, has some of the same elements, but feels a whole lot different. The story is so serious, and intense from beginning to end. The fights end in many brutal deaths. And two X-Men favorites are seen in a much lesser state, and have audiences worrying about them the entire time. They still manage to create a terrific new character Laura, who definitely isn’t a sweet little girl. With that, I give this movie 4 stars!


  HorrO

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE BATMAN LEGO MOVIE REVIEW



Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Chris McKay

Written by: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, & John Whittington

  Not expecting much, “The LEGO Movie” quickly turned into one of my favorite animated movies. They created a lot of great characters, and while Batman (Will Arnett) wasn’t an original character, they certainly added a lot of originality to this version of Batman. With that, it wasn’t totally surprising to see why they decided to make “The LEGO Batman Movie.” However, could it be better than “The LEGO Movie?” 


  This movie wastes no time getting into the silliness with Batman commenting on the opening credits. After the credits pass, the audience sees the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) in the middle of his latest evil plan. Of course Batman eventually steps in to foil it. To celebrate, Batman gets some quality alone time. Yes, one theme in this movie is how he struggles with wanting to do everything by himself.


  Too bad he gets plenty of help whether he likes it or not. Without realizing it, he ends up adopting Robin (Michael Cera), a very curious young boy. While Robin just wants to be his son, he starts off almost being his trained pet, as he does everything Batman tells him to. However, he doesn’t get help from the Justice League. He isn’t even invited to their anniversary party. It’s pretty funny how they play off the whole Batman vs Superman thing.


  The Joker also gets some help in his ultimate sinister plan, as he brings all of the evil creatures and bad guys stuck in the Phantom Zone to Gotham City. This creates a huge LEGO style battle with the odds against Batman, Robin, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), and Barbra (Rosario Dawson). The battle has plenty of action and funny moments, but also too many stops in the action to focus on Batman’s issue. It’s an important storyline, but just gets a little old in the middle of the action.


  So did “The Batman LEGO Movie” top “The LEGO Movie”… not really. However it has a lot of similarities that make it an enjoyable movie. It has a lot of the same Batman humor they started in the previous movie. There’s some LEGO building, but it isn’t the focus. Even though it’s a major theme, Batman’s struggle to let others help him becomes a little tiresome. Still it’s definitely a unique Batman movie worthy of 3.5 stars!


  HorrO