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DEN OF THIEVES (2018)

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A film by Christian Gudegast

Cast: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. are after the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws who are closing on taking down  the Federal reserved which seems to be the final heist.

An armoured truck pulls up for a coffee stop and the guards are taken by surprise when a gang steals their vehicle, resulting in a battle that is both bloody and hard boil. Cops arrived and the big shoot out is about to start. They get away with the armoured truck. An Elite unit from the sheriff department is at the scene and try to figure out who did that and why they stole an armoured truck that is empty.

Thie is a heist film but not like any other with a twist in there somewhere. It is not the great film here but it is entertaining. Gerard Butler assumes the role of the sheriff which is after this gang who is going to do one more heist; Taking down the federal reserved, so they can retire at least for a while. You see how it is plan and the sheriff that is closing on them. The game of the cat and the mouse is on. The film is for the young demographic you know those who has testosterone pumping into their veins. It is not a total bust like I said it is easy to watch and a no brainer. Have fun.

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REVENGE (2018)

REVENGE (2018)

A film by Coralie Fargeat

Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Three wealthy men  in their forties’ married go to their annual hunting party in a desert area of canyons. A way for them to reconnect with their manhood and decompressed  arms in hand. But this time, one of them came with his young mistress, an ultra sexy lolita that quickly stirs up the lust of the other two … Things go wrong … the young woman left for dead ,comes back to life … And the hunting party turns into a  manhunt …

At the time that Harvey Weinstein, is accused of harassing 30 women or so here is a film that comes out a revenge film of this woman who gets rape and left for dead. A bold move from director Fargeat on her first film. It is hard to do a film like this one because of the subject matter rape and I think because the director here is a woman she gets it; She navigate thought it just right. Very few has done so. She gets into the heads of the characters and even has a few surprises along the way. Yes it is bloody in fact they run out of blood so they recycle some of it in order to finish the film. The terrain is the desert cool location for this film and brutal as well. This grindhouse tradition of the rape-revenge thriller is going where it is supposed to be going and has vivid colours. Here the director  evokes the look and spirit of classic exploitation cinema, and Quentin Tarantino should be proud. This film is not going to be for everybody due to the subject matter. After seeing the desert with the hot scorching sun and the blood flying in my face through the screen I needed a couple of beers to refresh myself from this bloody film.

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BLACK PANTHER (2018)

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

A film by Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

After the events that took place in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa returns home to take his place on the throne of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. But when an old enemy re-emerges, T’Challa’s courage is put to the test, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world …

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Here is to my surprise  (I resisted a bit seeing this film) a great story telling with a positive message of Africa. So it is to my surprise that this film has a positive message and an other view of Africa which by far is a beautiful country with their own set of problems that they are dealing with. There is no shortage of talent, including Forest Whitaker as the Black Panther’s mentor, Lupita Nyong’o as a free-spirited beauty, Andy Serkis as a nasty arms dealer, Martin Freeman as a CIA agent, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright as the mother and sister. Wakanda is a Black universe, a world with a tapestry of the richest, sharpest colors and textures. Rachel Morrison’s beautiful cinematography and Ruth Carter’s costumes pop so vividly that they become almost tactile. The villain here wants to rule the world what else and the good guy, the king wants to be low-key but a women in his life thinks that Wakanda can help others and she has a plan of action. Here is a bit a change this comic super hero has women that are his body guards you will see here strong women that will actually fights. The suit of the black panther is actually cool with the gadget that his sister made and updated will keep him fighting while being safe. The film is like James bond into a Sci-fi Adventure , thriller combine with action sequences nor that they are anything wrong with that. Here is a film that will surprise you.

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12 STRONG (2018)

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A film by Nicolai Fuglsig

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña

The story of 12 men from the special forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. They team up with an afghan war lord and under a new captain to taken down the Taliban .

Chris Hemsworth Capt. Mitch Nelson, never been in a war, but did his training is going to lead 12 men to Afgannistan . They  were the first American troops to set foot in Afghanistan after 9/11. Hal Spencer (Michael Shannon) the most experience, Sam Diller (Michael Pena) the joker, plus a weapon expert Ben Milo (Trevante Rhodes) and the rest of the gang. Nelson gets his orders from the Colonel Mulholland (William Fichtner) and Lt. Col. Bowers ( Rob Riggle). Their mission is to invade northern Afghanistan through Uzbekistan with the help of the Uzbek warlord General Dostum (Navid Negahban), who has his own reasons for taking on the Taliban. Dostum and his men, Nelson and his team must capture the Afghan city of Mazar-Sharif. well despite their training the American is going to ride horses in oder to get where they are going because of the rough terrain. 

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Director Fuglsig here has shown what war can be a dark place where a blood bath is going to take place. Here is 12 men who are on horses against tank and heavy artillery survived this ordeal. Amazing or pure luck. Everybody underestimate Nelson is the dynamic here and he had little experience in the field. Not only he made a promise he will come back to his wife but tells the colonel he can do it in 21 days before the snow comes otherwise they are going to be stuck there. Not the big film here but the purpose of it is entertaining and surprising that those 12 men has survived this ordeal on horses. The film here is design to make you feel good.

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THE COMMUTER (2018)

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A film by Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Like every day after work, Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson) takes the suburban train back home. But today, his daily journey will take a different turn. After receiving a call from a mysterious stranger, he is forced to identify a passenger hidden on the train before the last stop. As he struggles against the clock to solve this riddle, he finds himself caught in a spiral conspiracy . A conspiracy that becomes a matter of life and death, for him and for all other passengers.

If you have guessed it by now just by reading the introduction above this film is coming across Agatha Christy and Alfred Hitchcock. Michael MacCauley, is a 60-year-old ex-cop turned insurance salesman who works in midtown Manhattan. His boss tells him that he’s being let go. But he has trouble to tell his wife (Elizabeth McGovern), when he gets a call from her. After drinking with his buddy a cop from the force, Michael goes home and does on the train but gets his phone stolen by a pickpocket. Then meets a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga) who tells him he has to locate a certain passenger on the commuter train before it arrives at its final stop. If he takes the money which it is located  this means that he accept. After thinking about it Michael takes the money.

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This is one of those moral equation  that really only generates suspense but there it seems that it looses it effect due to lack of imagination to me the music was the same always and it is a bit predictable. It seems to me that I already saw this film I am not saying it is not good it is entertaining with spectacular stunts. It is clear that for Collet-sierra his biggest influence is Alfred Hitchcock and in his previous films it shows, but here he almost missed it. The movie never gets close to generating the political framework it would have needed to to be taken seriously, but there are no scene more extravagant as in this film so that makes up for that well sort of. All I am saying don’t rush to the movie theatre to see this one.

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SWEETWATER (2013)

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A film by Logan Miller, Noah Miller

Cast: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs

Jones is a former prostitute named Sarah in the late 1800s. She has moved on from that life, and married a Mexican man named Miguel (Noriega), which a local preacher does not like them much.. One day Sarah is looking for Miguel who has not come home. Suddenly as the days goes by the preacher wants her land and all hell breaks loose soon after.

Here is this little western who slipped under the radar a revenge tale. You have this crazy  sheriff who is not crazy about the preacher and a preacher well who is evil. Sarah who is this woman who owns land with her husband is already getting shafted at the bank that is stealing their money to top it all off the preacher wants their land. Here is a slow pressure cooker western that is solid but this time it is a woman who is getting revenge. The preacher here has his way of doing thing saying that is god way and most of the time it is violent. The sheriff however knows that the preacher is up to no good and is pissing him off. The sheriff plays by Ed Harris who plays this eccentric sheriff is the best character her in the film. The cast is terrific here plus I like the fact that Sarah has a purple dress on a horse looking for a prey and what she does with the peeping tom that’s got to hurt. Like I said I think this one has slipped under the radar give a try.

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THE FOREIGNER (2017)

 

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A film by Martin Campbell

Cast: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Pierce Brosnan

A  businessman seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A conflict takes place with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities. But this business owner has a buried past.

Yes Jackie Chan is back with a thriller that works here. The Foreigner, based on the novel The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, feature Jacky Chan and Pierce Brosnan an unlikely pair for a film.The stories of Hennessy and Quan soon crosses each other. Quan (Jackie Chan) is forcing the hand of the authorities so they can find and tell them the killer’s names the one who killed his daughter. He  has a buried past and lost every thing even his last daughter. Of course, now Hennessy (Pierce Bronan) is forced  to turn against Quan and Hennessy bring more Irish men to protect his family which is going to bring me with some hand to hand combat. well you want to see Jackie do his thing but he is getting a little older now at age 64 he is doing fine. Hennessy here has a buried passed as well and some things will surfaced as the story goes on. The Foreigner here is not the great film but it is entertaining and has a few twist and turn. It is nice to see Jackie still doing his thing but a little more on the realistic side no spectacular stunt here.

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THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)

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A film by Taika Waititi

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself into a little jam. Gets capture again by a woman and gets imprisoned again and Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

Ok then most of the time the third one falls apart but here Chris Hemsworth does a terrific job at delivering punch line. It a is a break out comedy performance that he throws in and thank god that they cast Chris for the part of Thor because he fits perfectly the bill and with a haft way decent script he hold the Franchise together.

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Thor is trapped on the planet Sakaar, where he’s forced to fight the planet’s reigning champion. What? Ok then without further due you know what is going to happen. It is a little predictable but shit it is fun to watch. There are familiar character popping here and there. Goldblum  here plays the part so well, well like the genius that he is and nails it right on the money which it is a joy to watch. It is going to feel like a buddy movie. it seems to me that Marvel is using more and more humor in the comics film now days one started it and now the other follows and it seems to work so far. A real style, humor to spare, a thunderous soundtrack, and action will throw at least the audience to the movie theater. Do not sulk your pleasure.

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THE HITMAN’S BODY GUARD (2017)

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A film by Patrick Hughes

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman

The best bodyguard in the world is committed to protecting a hitman. Together, they have 24 hours to reach The Hague before being caught by an Eastern European dictator and his minions.

Ok here is just an other action film that is funny with some cruel jokes at times and a lot of profanity. Not too bad here it is funny as hell at times. The comic duo Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, works well here. It is a cross of a lot of film like Lethal weapon, 48 hours, Mr. and Ms Smith well you get the point. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds)  is forced to keep reckless Darius Kincaid  ( Sam Jackson) safe while transporting him from London to the Hague so he can testify against a genocidal Belarusian tyrant (Gary Oldman) . It is the race against the clock as we already saw many times before. Oldman does a daily nice job here but let’s give him something with more substance. The duo however does fine here but at the end it is getting a bit old. In an other word have fun if you want to see this one it is just an other guilty pleasure film. I do love the chase scene through out Amsterdam.

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ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)

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A film by David Leitch

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman 

Constable Lorraine Broughton is one of the best spies of Her Majesty’s Intelligence Service; At once sensual and wild and ready to deploy all her skills to stay alive during her impossible mission …

This stylish and impressively choreographed action sequences, Atomic Blonde is surreal entertainment, although the spy narrative is a bit disorganised. And yes it does not matters here is the latest action film by Leitch is full of action and Charlize demonstrate that the action film are not just for guys anymore. Beautiful choreograph action scene and shot on location in Berlin and Budapest Charlize who can kick ass in high fashion to not and it based on the graphic novel this high kicking high octane film  is its November 89 Berlin setting, just before the wall came down. In this film so I have noticed there are al lot of smoking and drinking Vodka and kick ass. The stunt coordinator who has done many films like for John Woo demonstrate here that he is capable of some cool kick ass action. I lost count of the colourful characters, there are Eddie Marsan as Spyglass, Toby Jones as the MI head, John Goodman as the CIA chief and Sofia Boutella  as the French spy Delphine with whom Lorraine has a relationship. The violence is graphic and brutal as all forms of weapons  come into play including corkscrew, lampshade, rope and a red stiletto. Cars pirouette on land and water in a barrage of stunts, But here Charlize incarnate the character beautifully well as always a pleasure to watch. Well she can kick my ass anytime plus a little spanking at the end would be nice. Yes I know I am dreaming. C’est la vie.

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