TL;DR – A film full of everything I should love in cinema, but it felt hollow and more than a bit mean.
Rating: 2 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
The Comeback Trail Review –
There are times when you watch a film, there are certain aspects of cinema that start to stand out, and one of them is that Hollywood loves stories about Hollywood. They love films about films being made like in Dolemite Is My Name, films about washed-up actors like in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, even better films about Hollywood coming into rescue everyone like in Argo. Today we get a film that falls into this category but unfortunately fails at nearly every point.
So to set the scene, uncle Max Barber (Robert De Niro) and nephew Walter Creason (Zach Braff) are movie producers … and not very good ones at that. With their latest film about sexy mob Nuns being protested by the Catholic Church. The issue is that Walter borrowed $350,000 from local mobster Reggie Fontaine (Morgan Freeman) who is now VERY concerned that he is not going to see his money back. On a short timeframe to get all the money back, Walter gets the idea for a scam after tragedy strikes the production of fellow producer James ‘Jimmy’ Moore (Emile Hirsch). He hires a washed-up Western actor Duke Montana (Tommy Lee Jones) in his next film, dumps a lot of insurance on him, and then waits for the money to come rolling in.
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 – I’m sorry to be blunt, but this film is just boring, only the chariot race redeems it slightly
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Arg, I’m going, to be honest with you, I went into Ben-Hur with very low expectations, this year of remake/re-interpreting/sequels galore is really starting to grate on me (see Ghostbusters, The Legend of Tarzan etc), as well as this, of all the films that did not need to be remade, the original Ben-Hur is up there with movies like Gone with the Wind, timeless classics, and nothing in the pre-release media blitz caught my attention. But I am a long suffering optimist, and I really wanted to be proven wrong here, unfortunately even my low expectations were sadly left wanting, the final product does itself, and its legacy, a real disservice for being just as bad as it is.
TL;DR – One of the better action films I have seen in a while, grab your popcorn and sit back, just don’t expect it to have a nuanced view on world politics.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
London Has Fallen is a good little action film, it’s not the greatest I have seen, but given the poor showing so far this year, bar Deadpool, it was refreshing to see something done really quite well. So it should be no surprise that London is falling is about stuff blowing up in London, and since the film knows that you know, then it is able to really push the tension.
TL;DR – There are some interesting ideas here, but the sum of its parts don’t quite add up.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Well this is a difficult film to review because there truly are a couple of really remarkable things that the movie does which really stand out, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh, but ultimately I just left feeling that it’s just a bit meh.