TL;DR – I don’t think anything here will surprise you, but it was still a solid action flick, touching on all the big buzzword fears of the moment.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
A couple of years ago I popped and on a whim caught a showing of London
Has Fallen. It was a perfectly fine if boilerplate action film and
overall I did quite enjoy it. Though my mileage was a lot further than a lot of
people as I had not seen the first film, so the fact that they hit almost the
same plot beats was not as much of an issue. Well the third film in the series
is out today and overall it’s pretty much the same as last time, with maybe a
little something extra.
So to set the scene, we open with United States Secret Service agent Mike
Banning (Gerard Butler) holding off a bunch of goons while under attack only
for it to be just a paintball exercise. His old Army buddy Wade Jennings (Danny
Huston) runs a training outfit and with Mike probably about to take over has
head of the Secret Service he’s hoping he can send some training contracts his
way. It is not likely as President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) has but a
ban on contract armies. Well one day after visiting a doctor’s to discover how
bad his back really is Mike is out protecting the President when they come under
attack by drones. When he wakes up all of his team is dead, the President is in
a coma and he is under arrest because they think he was the one who set it all
TL;DR – There are some interesting character and filmmaking choices, but none of that really helps this film do anything more than mediocre-ing its way through to its ending.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit sequence and an end credit stinger
Game Night is really an odd duck of a film, it has some good character moments, and it is clear that the directors know what they are doing. However, as I walked out of the cinemas I kind of felt it was all a bit meh. So today we are going to unpack what happened by looking at the characters and the story.
TL;DR – While not revolutionary per se, DC finally found a formula that works, and realised that there is no point moving a universe ahead if the individual movies don’t work.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
P.S. – There is NO mid/post credit sequence
So if you have read my reviews for Suicide Squad or Batman v Superman you would probably know that unfortunately, I have not had the best time with the DC Expanded Universe so far. Now when it comes to DC v Marvel I have no skin in the game, I want both to succeed, and I only care about if the movie is good or not, and so far DC just has not made a compelling entry into this expanded universe of theirs. Well, that is until now. Is Wonder Woman a perfect film, no of course not, but it is logically structured, emotionally resonant, and filled with fascinating characters, which is a huge step in the right direction. Now as we go one we will keep this as spoiler free as possible, however, we do need to discuss the ending, but we will clearly mark them so that you can avoid them it if you want.