Month: February 2014

3 Days to Kill

So on the surface, 3 Days to Kill looks like your average Hitman/Federal Agent wants to retire home with this family but gets pulled back for one more job type of flick. However it is much much more! It’s a feel good family film, a rom-com, an action film, and psychological thriller mixed with Bruce Banner syndrome. all jumbled together in the way that only McG could bring it to us! Good news, despite the jumpy and shaky story, er stories, its actual not terrible!

I know “not terrible” doesn’t make it sound good, but to be honest its a fun film. The film opens with a very well done action sequence setting up Costner’s character Ethan(no not Hunt). Here we meet the generic bad guys that you look at and say, “yep, that’s the bad guy’. From here the film goes on to about 30 different stories that jump around in the most eccentric way. First he learns he is dyeing of cancer, and then that he has a random family living in his Paris home. He has to take the time he has left to reconnect with his estranged wife and daughter. But oh wait, the CIA wants him back for one last job, and they have the cure for his cancer. However he has to keep his heart rate down, and to do that what’s his trick? Learned from Bruce Banner and is always angry? No! Its vodka! Vodka calms him!And then, comedy, randomness, heartfelt moments, and action ensues.

Kevin Costner seems to be on the comeback trail, even if Hollywood wants to put hurdles like McG and Jack Ryan in his way. Costner plays the role with right amount of Badass mixed with subtle comedy. He is undeniably the best part of the film. Hailed Seinfeld plays Costner daughter and where you would expect a lackluster father/daughter bonding situation, is actually a well written, and very loving sub plot. There is also a sub plot involving a family of, squatters, living in Costner’s apartment that for some reason in Paris it is illegal to kick intruders out of you home until spring…… however this sub plot makes for some good comedy.

Amber Heard plays the most random character in the film. Is she good, is she bad, is she crazy? Who cares, she’s hot. Amber Heard is Costner’s CIA boss, for lack of a better word. And she is 6 ways of crazy, and honestly I dig it. However I’ll buy Amber Heard in any role, even this poorly written and completely out-of-place character.

There are some moments in the film that you sit back and go “who the hell wrote this and whats wrong with them” then you realize, oh yes, McG put this together…… All in all tho, I have to give 3 Days to Kill a 3.3, with .2 bonus for Amber Heard being hot, bringing the total Jeebus score to 3.5, Check Out the Matinee!

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IT’S A RACOON WITH MACHINE GUNS!

THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TRAILER IS HERE! I can’t tell you How excited I was for the GOTG trailer to be débuted! And James Gunn did not disappoint! The film looks like amazing! Action packed and filled with the comedy we have come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

I was worried about the casting of Chris Pratt but over the last year or so I have become a fan of Pratt. He was the best thing that Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man had going for it, and was phenomenal in The Lego Movie. As well I was defiantly confused at why Marvel would cast Dave Bautista as a lead in the film that will in turn, lead us into Avengers 2. But after Riddick, and this trailer, it makes a little more sense.

I get the feeling we are going to be introduced to a whole new world in the MCU. Thor started it opening up the cosmos, and now GOTG will continue on that path, which could lead us to Planet Hulk one day! All I can say, is that I am very excited, and ready for August 1!

Everything is Awesome!

A few days late to the party, I have been witness to the awesomeness that is, The Lego Movie. The film stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The Lego movie tells the tale of the extremely average Emmett(Pratt) who gets thrown into the middle of President Business'(Ferrell) plot to destroy the world. Chaos ensues, and we a treated to a jam-packed story filled with childhood memories!

I am a believer that when it comes to animated films, big names are not needed to voice your characters. However, Chris Pratt, who is becoming quite the Hollywood commodity, and Will Ferrell bring these characters to life and drive this film forward. As well it is fun to see another side of Liam Neeson as he voices Good Cop/Bad Cop. The cameos of Lego characters are many, and none more pleasant than Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Superman and Green Lantern respectively. The banter and relationship between the two is hilarious. And to top it all off, Morgan Freeman could be reading you the classifieds and it would be one of the most entertaining things you’ve ever seen or heard.

The story has its moments that you feel like there is too much bundled together, however not to the point that it takes you out of the film. The jokes and punch lines come so fast that you almost want to see the movie over and over just to make sure you catch-all the little quips. The plot seems to bear resemblance to The Matrix, and the films prologue shows you that right off the bat. But its a fun story filled with entertainment for the whole family, and by the end, you can feel a heartfelt message that leaves you feeling like you just watched a Toy Story film. Bold words, I know.

All in all, The Lego Movie is a fantastic film that everyone will enjoy, and will have you laughing for hours and singing “Everything is Awesome” for years to come. I gave it an original Jeebus score of 4.5 with a .1 bonus for Superman and Green Lantern, and a .2 bonus for “Everything is awesome” bringing the Jeebus score to a 4.8, Multiple Viewings Required!

Robocop Review

So as a child I was a huge fan of the Robocop franchise. I own all three films, yes even the sequel and the even worse threequel. I watched the live action show, had the action figures. Loved it. When I heard about the reboot I was very excited. I felt that this franchise was primed for a modern telling. That it could really benefit from today’s graphics and technology.  But then the casting rumors and announcements came, then the production problems, then the set photos, then the pushbacks, it all looked to point in one direction, GARBAGE! So when we were finally treated to a trailer, I had thought maybe this will renew my faith. Nope. I was wrong, I was even more let down. So when I sat down in the theater I wasn’t expecting much, but I promised I would give it a shot with an open mind. Whelp. Let me tell you, how wrong I was! Robocop is the year’s first blockbuster! Jose Padilha brings us an amazing retelling of the Robocop origin then blends action and questions of where our technology can take us with a little dash of human drama.  Now the purist will probably say “Oh My God, that’s not exactly how it originally happened, this movie loses its credibility!” and yes the story is a big departure from its 1987 counterpart. I would call it a true REBOOT rather than a REMAKE! The film makes a few changes to the  original story that in my opinion definatly work. Due to the PG-13 rating Detective Alex Murphy brutal death that we all remember is swapped out for a critical condition after a car bomb. While the film lacks in the blood and gore that the original gave us, it didn’t really miss it. Detective Murphy is aware that he is who he is after the accident, and has to come to terms with what his life has become. Then due to tinkering he eventually becomes the Robocop that we know with his humanity being wiped and begins the struggle to find himself. The cast is strong, Joel Kinnaman is our title character, and he plays the part well. He has charisma as Alex Murphy and a strong presence as Robocop. Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton steal the show as par normal. The two when on screen together are phenomenal in their banter and dialog. Keaton plays the sleazy owner of OmniCorp and pulls off the sleazy business man well, and Oldman adds heart to the company and compassion. Samuel L Jackson is always commanding when on screen. Jay Baruchel has a small part that is fun, and Aimee Garcia from George Lopez shows up! That made me smile. However the film wasn’t all amazing.  The use of shaky came during the action scenes always lets me down, and Abbie Cornish and John Paul Ruttan as Alex Murphy’s wife and son respectively, are about as charismatic as a blade of grass. The special Effect are strong at times, but then there is times you say to yourself, “Hey look, a green screen shot”. However when it’s all said and done, Robocop is a fun film, that I’m going to give a Jeebus of 4, A Good Time at the Theater!