Lee Byung-Hun

The Magnificent Seven

A tale as old as time. Seven Samuri, Battle beyond the Stars, and the 1960 version, Antoine Fuqua is bringing his take on it, it is The Magnificent 7. A film that I have been anticipating sine the very first trailer released. Hell the first frame, the first sound I was hooked and ready. And now it is finally here and I went the first showing I could make it to! And man o man was I not let down. Such an awesome and fun film!

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960’s Magnificent Seven, which is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. This go around the film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard.

The Story follows Emma Cullen (Bennett) enlist the help of seven outlaws, a bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Washington), a gambler Josh Faraday (Pratt), a sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Hawke), a tracker Jack Horne (D’Onofrio), an assassin Billy Rocks (Byung-hun), a Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Garcia-Rulfo), and a Comanche warrior Red Harvest (Sensmeier), to protect them while they prepare for the anticipated violent confrontation. The Seven bands together to protect the town of Rose Creek from Industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Sarsgaard)

This movie is incredible! I had so much fun watching it. Look the story is not anything new. You’ve seen it. Not just in Seven Samurai, not just in the original Magnificent Seven, but in almost every sing western made. It’s the same basic western, but what is so good is the execution! Antoine Fuqua has such a way of delivering this film, like he has so many times before. Bet he brings such an awesome feel to the film, it is epic in size, and hooks you right from the beginning. Fuqua has done so many different films with so many different types of feels to them. This one is a classic western, with the big blockbuster take to it.

The cast is absolutely incredible. I am not going to talk about Denzel Washington, he is Denzel. Has he ever made a bad film? Or has been bad in a film? You know he is phenomenal. As always. Pratt is still Chris Pratt in this one. There are times that he feels a little out of time doing his normal Prattisms. But it still worked. I can honestly say I think Pratt is my new favorite Movie Star. That’s right, a movie star. I know the day of the star is gone, but Pratt is one of those guys I will go see whatever he is in no matter what.

Haley Bennett is amazing as well. And incredibly hot. A matter of fact, I think I am in love! Ethan Hawke is decent for what he does, I would have liked a little more on his character. He had such a cool backstory but they barely went in to it, it was really just hinted at. His running mate, Billy, played by Storm Shadow AKA Byung-Hun Lee is so cool. He really needs to be in more films because he has such a presence you just want to see me off. Sarsgaard does his normal creepy bad guy routine and it is possibly slimier and creepier then normal. He is crazy

The breakouts however are Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier. Sensmier and Garcia I do not know of their work, but they were really cool, and the most intriguing characters in the film. They really kept you wanting them on screen more and more, and when they were on screen they really keep you invested. But of these breaks outs, it is D’Onofrio that steals the show. I found myself really connecting and enjoying his character the absolute most. And weather he is playing a bug like alien in MIB, or the Kingpin of Crime in DareDevil, or the Tracker of the Magnificent Seven he is absolutely incredible!

Another major plus is the score of this film. It is so good. One of the last films done by James Honer, along with Simon Franglen. Absolutely incredible, every scene every image was perfectly framed with the music, had an old school feel to it, being brought into this new era. All film long I kept telling myself I have to make sure to talk about it because it was that good, and that beautiful! And speaking on the films beauty it filmed so perfectly. Every scene is amazing and feels like a classic western.

All in all the Magnificent Seven did not disappoint. It was on my most anticipated for the rest of the year, in fact it was my number 1 and with good reasoning. Fuqua knocks it out of the park again, and the cast is incredible. From the always great Denzel, the hilarious Pratt, and beautiful Bennet. Especially D’Onofrio, so good. The score is beautiful, the images are epic, and this is one you need to go see. Hopefully it brings back a little light on the western and we can get some more.

The Magnificent Seven is getting a pretty high score Jackass Nation. We are going 3.6 guys, with a full .5 bonus for both the awesome shoot outs, and D’Onofrio! Giving us a Jeebus Score of 4.1! What say you Jackass Nation? Are you running out to see The Magnificent Seven? What is your favorite version of this story? Sound off in the comments below! And remember, It Is What It Is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.


Terminator Genisys

“The future is not set, there is no fate, but what we make for ourselves” as said by John Connor, leader of the resistance. Problem is, if that really is that can’t be true. Because we can never seem to stop Skynet. Skynet has become self-aware and will continue to create Terminator films.

Terminator: Genisys is a film I have been both excited for, and worried about. Early rumors about a twist that dumb as hell had me worried initially. Then the trailer came out and spoiled that twist of John Connor being a Terminator. Which I thought was stupid. SO I went into Genisys with a lot of fear that this would be complete garbage, yet I was hopeful that maybe it would surprise me. The fifth installment of the Terminator franchise stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Lee Byung-Hun, Matt Smith, and J. Jonah Jameson, I mean J.K. Simmons. Directed by Thor The Dark World director Alan Taylor, Genisys tells the story of John Connor (J. Clarke) finally sending Kyle Reese (Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (E. Clarke). However now that Reese has arrived, an alternate timeline has taken place, and nothing is as it seemed. Will they once again be able to protect the legacy of John Connor, or are we, the human race, due for Termination.

Honestly, like I said, I was really worried about this film, but I try to do my best to check my emotions at the door and just judge the film on its own merit. Maybe this was my low expectations, maybe it was me falling in love with Emilia Clarke, but I actually enjoyed this film quite a bit. It definitely had its problems, but for the most part, I had fun watching it. It does not live up to T2 or TERMINATOR, but I will say it is better than Rise of the Machines and Salvation.

The positives start with Arnold. He is awesome. He takes you back to the Terminator you knew and loved. The explanation for his aging, which is exactly how most thought it would be, is viable and believable. His one liners are back in full force and fun as ever. I thought some of the through back ones would of felt jammed in there, but they weren’t. This film does a good job paying homage to original films. It has a lot of shot for shot remakes from the first film, and I really enjoyed it. Also, Emilia Clarke. After rewatching Terminator the other day, I bought into her appearance as Sarah Connor. And after watching the film, I found her acting to be perfect for the role as well. We finally get the explanations on how the whole time travel started, why Kyle Reese had such a bad entrance to 1984 while the T-800 had an epic entrance. It makes sense. The action was over the top and fun, and I think there was really only one moment that I thought to myself “wow Cinema Sins is going to love that one”. While most people are hating on Jai Courtney, I actually didn’t mind him. He was pretty functional in my opinion.

But that’s not to say it does not have its problems. It legitimately rips holes in the plots of ever Terminator film to date. Completely screwing up the time line, and an effort, I think, just to put Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese in today’s age. Not cool. It also never fully explains where the Old Terminator comes from. There is a little through away dialog but never follow ups. I guess you can chalk that up to the soon to be sequels? But still, lazy writing. The John Connor is a Terminator angle isn’t terrible, but was pretty confusing to me. It felt like the writers just said hey, we don’t have an idea for the next model, let’s just make up some science crap and hide Dr. Who in the back ground. Yes, you have Dr. Who Matt Smith and barely even use him. While the original films were fun because they were well written, horror/action/thrillers, this one takes the approach of T3 and is nothing more than a popcorn action flick. Not what you want. From Terminator. I was also not a fan of Jason Clarke’s portrayal, it was bland and boring. J.K. Simmons character, while cool in concept, also needed a lot more fleshing out. Also. PG-13. Come on Hollywood. Couldn’t you give us the R version of this? I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but it is to my understanding that Emilia Clarke is always naked on there, you couldn’t give us that scene here?! I’m taking off .2 of my final score for that crap.

All in all, Terminator Genisys is not the return to fame that we all want. I want to compare it to Jurassic World, but at the same time, I feel I can’t. While Jurassic World to me was not the Jurassic Park level I wanted, and Genisys is not the Terminator/T2 level I wanted, but still enjoyed both films, something is still off on Genisys that wasn’t with Jurassic World. I can see that most people are already bashing this film, and I can understand why, but I can’t tell you it’s terrible, because I honestly had a good time watching it. I’m giving it a score of 3.4, with a .3 bonus for Arnolds performance, but -.2 for no R rating and nothing but teasing us with Emilia Clarke nakedness. That gives us a final Jeebus Score of 3.5. Not terrible. But look, like I’ve always said, I love 90% of films I see. I even loved Super Mario Bros. So don’t take my word, go see it yourself, see what you think, come back and let’s talk about it. In the comments below or you can always find me on Twitter. Until next time, I’ll be back.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.