KURST (2018)

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A film by Thomas Vinterberg

Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth, Mathias Shoenaerts

August 2000, The Russians Navy engages in exercise with the unsinkable submarine called the Kurst (K-141). But before performing this exercise, they celebrated the wedding of one of their comrade.

Mitkhail Kalekov (Mathias Shoenaerts) says goodbye to his wife who is played by Léa Seydoux and son. Shortly after departure the explosion occur due to the fact they could have prevented it but the orders are the orders. Another explosion followed and more violent than the other which force the crew to be in a small compartment with water freezing to death. The soviet government was trying to save them but their equipment was defective and did not want to admit to the English who themselves offer to help.

Government especially the soviet government are this bunch of liars who would admit that it was their fault and too proud to ask for help because they suppose to have the equipment to rescue them. Plus they lied to the families to top it all off, and why is that  not surprising me. We all know what happen it was news back then in 2000 august 12. Luc Besson who produced the film decided to go with what happen in the sub and the rescue attempt than showing more of the politics with the soviet government. Keep in mind that Norway wanted to help too but the soviet turn them down. The director tried to shoot the film in the soviet but the soviets would not have it, so it was film in France and Belgium. Also he was trying to get documents for his research but the soviets refused because those documents are classified. It is a sad thing to see that the government does not care about its people, especially those crew members that had families.

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JOHN WICK (2014)

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A film by David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a hit man who lost everything and retired due to his wife illness. She dies , he buries her and later that evening he receive a dog gift from his wife. A few hours later John is beaten and his car is stolen by the son of the Russian mafia king pin named Iosef (Alfie Allen), the son of mafia kingpin Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), and he kills the dog named Daisy. Now John has revenge on his mind and pumping through his veins.

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If you are a die hard action fan like I am than you should go see this film it is well filmed and the action / fighting sequences are outstanding plus the film moves along just fine and you are going to have a good time. The gun fight scene are amazing without cutting away what he does with a gun is unbelievable, this took a lot of practice actually months of practice to get this right. Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who work as a team, although Leitch are both veteran stuntmen who  know what they’re doing when it comes to this kind of  action.  Here is the thing you have Korean cinema who are experimenting  with action like the raid and the raid 2 (I think that the raid 2 is reviewed in my section guilty pleasure) I think they decided to copy a little bit the action sequence but they put in play guns and it is like seeing Keanu doing a ballet of action sequence. Nothing wrong with that everybody copy on everybody. But the Korean are a like crazier in the action picture plus the story telling is great. Anyway Stahelski started 20 years ago when he served as a stunt double for Brandon Lee Matt Damon even Bratt Pitt they have been on so may sets that that is not surprising that they plan this terrific action picture for their first movie.The cinematographer Jonathan Sela has done a great job the beginning of the movie is grayish silver light even the slick silver gray mustang and as it progresses it becomes a bit dark greenish feel to it even with some red with the shirt of the Russian mafia leader which mean he is the leader and blood will be spill that is why he wears the red shirt. There is the continental hotel where you can relax but every killing has to be outside the hotel plus you pay with gold coins. I like that part I though I would be mentioning it. On the top go that Keanu turn 50 and he still in great shape and returning to action film.

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