TL;DR – More of the same, so if you know how you feel about the first film, well, not much has changed
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene and something at the end.
Disclosure – I paid to watch this film
Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Review –
A few years ago, there was this small weird film that slipped into cinemas. The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a fairly average action film, with all the narrative beats that you would expect. However, with some good cinematography, action set pieces, and a cast that bought entirely into the premise, it turned out to be more than the sum of its parts. I wondered if they could capture that same energy twice, and the answer is both yes and no.
So to set the scene, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is no longer an AAA-rated executive protection agent, as the organisation took umbrage that he took a bullet for a known hitman. After some counselling from his therapist (Rebecca Front), he decides to instead of waiting for the review board he would take a sabbatical from bodyguarding and fly to Capri for a relaxing holiday. Which lasts about five seconds until Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) arrives guns blazing as the Mafia has captured Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), and only Michael can set him free.
TL;DR – A solid, if not very imaginative action flick
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
It has been a while since I have sat down and watched a solid action flick, the
kind where you can get out some popcorn, sit back and not think that hard about
what is going on. Well, today we have an example of just that with Point Blank which is a reimaging of À Bout Portant, a French film from a
couple of years ago.
So to set the scene, we open with Abe (Frank Grillo) smashing his way out of a
window leaving a dead District Attorney in his wake. On the run, with a gunshot
wound, he texts his brother Mateo (Christian Cooke) for a pickup, but just when
he arrives Abe is hit by a car. Later that night Paul (Anthony Mackie) is doing
his rounds as a nurse at the local hospital leaving his very pregnant wife
Taryn (Teyonah Parris) at home resting when he comes to examine the John Doe.
Only to be ambushed by a masked figure, dramatically changing his life.
TL;DR – Wolf Warriors 2 brings Chinese propaganda films into the 21st century, however, it fails in presenting a solid story and in the production of many of its effects.
Score – 2 out of 5
P.S. – There is a mid-credit scene
Well wasn’t this an interesting film, Wolf Warriors 2 is a film creating buzz across the world, and has broken box office records in its home China, so today we’re going to have a look to see if Wolf Warriors II holds up. Now before we start, I do have to make it clear that I have not seen the first film in the series, so I may have missed some of the nuances, however, the film does a good job of giving you all of the basic reminders of what happened, elite soldiers, one sacrificed themselves for the team, and there was a love interest. Which brings us to the start of the film, so let’s dive into the world of Wolf Warriors II. Now to do this we will be breaking down the production elements of the film, and then we will be looking at the story, and finally examining themes at play.
TL;DR – This is without a doubt the Marvel film so far, it gets the action right, the story right, the characters right, it is a fantastic film that I highly recommend.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
P.S. There is a mid and end credits sequence
Ok wow, what a film and so far the best film for 2016 and indeed the only one so far to get a 5/5 score. After the recent poor outing of Batman v Superman, I was wondering if Marvel could actually pull this off. Can they contrive a plausible reason these characters would be fighting, actually manage all the characters in a movie that is totally not Avengers 3, but let’s be honest, this is totally Avengers 3. However, I needn’t have been concerned, the Russo Brothers are masters of their craft and they show it here in spades. Ok to lay out how this review will go, the first part will just give a general spoiler-free analysis, and then in the second part we will be going full spoilers, there will be a warning so you can skip it if you have not seen the film.