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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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CONJURING 2 (2016)

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A film James Wan

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe

Based on the historic cases of Lorraine and Ed Warren, in particular the Enfield case. The most documented case in this life time from the paranormal files. Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Furious 7) proves that he is becoming a master of his craft, especially in regards to horror as he almost flawlessly filmed the first film he has done it again as perfect as you would expect. Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren) and Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren)  their chemistry reaches higher, and the level of terror is raised a notch higher.

After a brief introduction sequence summarizing details of the Warren’s infamous Amityville case, something is going on in London a demonic entity took possession of a girl as they open the gateway of hell with a widgy board. The mother Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) and daughter, Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe,)  gave an  unbelievably s performances, executing every scene with highly intense emotions. And yes the audience can expect the flickering visuals and frights that come along with the horror films. The tension will build up with some serious music to the point it will hit you in the face. To me it looks like the exorcism but in a different point of view a different case. The beaty of it is that wan surrounded himself the some great and strong writers as well as actors and that my friends that make all the difference in the world to make a great film.

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THE JUDGE (2014)

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A film by David Dobkin

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr) is an  successful lawyer. He’s completely unethical, a liar, egotistic, and can generally talk his way out of and into anything, He is really good at what he does. He gets a voice mail that his mother has passed away. He leaves The big city and goes back home in Indiana. Not only he has to deal with his older brother  Glen (Vincent D’Onofrio) and home movie obsessed younger brother Dale (Jeremy Strong), but his father Joseph (Robert Duvall) who has been a judge for the past 42 years and is the one man  more stubborn than Hank. Hank gets pissed at his dad and get on the first plane home the plane gets ready to take off when he gets a call from Glen and learn that his dad has been arrested for murder.

Here is a terrific little film By Dobkin and I don’t care what the critics says it is a terrific film. Robert Downey Jr. Has become the highest paid actor in hollywood and he has come back from hell (the days where he was doing drug).  He is probably one of those actor that are gifted and it does come easy for him he sees it and does it. Robert Duvall an other great actor who is still going at his age is doing a terrific job to keep up the tension between his son and him. Duvall and Downey has great chemistry that is incredibly  emotional. One man who has a stubborn ego, the other has a hard head who wants to preserves his legacy. A little predictable but fun to watch Dow doing a movie other than Iron man or Sherlock Holmes.  It is a little bit long but I didn’t really care. It is still good to me.

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THE CONJURING (2013)

A film by James Wan.
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston.
This is going to be a classic, James woo went back to the basics when they were making them back in the 70’s. Set in 1971, The Conjuring focuses on the married paranormal researchers Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, who lecture at colleges across the US on all the interesting cases they come across. After having one of their conference they were approach by Madame Peron who told them theat her house is haunted. It doesn’t take long for the Warrens to discover that the Perron’s are being tormented by something supernatural, but what is it, and what does it want? Like the Exorcist and The Amityville Horror, the Conjuring is based from real case files from the Warren’s, which is still their most famous case to date and the worst case they have seen. Wan builds up the climax do he can scare the jesus out of you. Madame Peron will not go back to the house ever. After the ordeal for a week she din’t not go outside nor eat. For about 2 years she din’t go outside. The cast is outstanding. Nice little horror film. Also check those website out: the warrens. History vs Hollywood.

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