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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Starring

Michael Fassbender – David/Walter
Katherine Waterston – Daniels
Billy Crudup – Oram
Danny McBride – Tennessee

Summary

“The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

I’ve been anticipating this movie since I watched Prometheus, and was so excited when I saw the trailers for it. And was quite literally counting down the days until its release. So my dad and I went the day after it came out, as we’re the two in the family who love the series. Boy was it good.

First off, visually it was stunning. The CGI was really very good and the shots on the planet were incredible as well. The entire movie had a blue/grey tinge to it, like the first movie as well, which just added this air to the entire movie. It also kept harping back to the original Alien series with a chest bursting scene, there was an around the table scene, but it didn’t involve food (there was no eating scenes in the movie which was so different!) and there was an airlock scene. It was kind of like paying homage to the original series which was really nice.

As for the Aliens, which is what the movie was about, wowwwwww. There were so many genetic evolution of the Alien in this movie and it was quite incredible to see them all and how they came about. I can’t tell you how as that’s part of the movie. But you’ll find out. And finding out how the Alien, from the original series, came about was like a smack to the face.

Of course, there was a lot of violence within the movie, as the Alien loved to pop out of people in such wonderful ways and of course eat people alive. Unlike the original series, where it was done off screen, you got to see the full glory of an Alien eating a person. So yummy and wonderful. So there was no shortage of blood and carnage. And a few jump scares. The one that got me was just a gun going off, and you knew it was coming too, but it was so quiet the scene and then suddenly, BANG. Everything else, you saw it all coming, but it was just yucky.

As for the crew, it was interesting to see how dumb they were. Unlike when Ripley was the main character, and she was smart and bad-ass. Daniels in this movie did harp back to her quite well, but the rest of the crew was just so dumb and made such bad decisions. Like, let me look into this egg-like thing, and I see something move so let me put my face closer. And then get shocked when a face-hugger shows up (there are always some and there were quite a few in this one).

Overall it was fantastic. The soundtrack was amazing and went back to the original soundtrack a bit, as well as the theme from Prometheus. It was a great movie and I will be buying it to watch again, especially since I missed a few parts and need to re-view scenes to understand how they connected to later scenes. It was a long movie, over 2 hours, but it didn’t feel like it because it kept you guessing what would happen. Even up until the last minute.

Boy I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens!

Happy watching!

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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) [Review!!!]

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Starring

Keanu Reeves – John Wick
Riccardo Scamarcio – Santino D’Antonio
Ian McShane – Winston
Ruby Rose – Ares
Common – Cassian

John Wick: Chapter 2
From comingsoon.net

Summary

“Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement, and this time, he must face off against a shadowy international assassins’ guild and more of the world’s deadliest killers.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Holy. Cow.

Okay, so Keanu Reeves is probably one of my favorite actors, just because how much he dedicates to his movies (more coming on that), so this has replaced my all time favorite movie, 47 Ronin. Don’t worry, it’s still in my top 5, but this movie, and probably the first John Wick are now my favorite movies.

One of the first things that gets me in the series is the music. It fits so well as to what the scenes are, they remove all forms of music during an intense fight scene so it doesn’t distract you from the pure talent of the actors, and it all a little different the music. Since this movie had bits based in Rome, some of the fight music had an Italian kind of chord structure, one example being the track La Vendetta. It really has an old Italian feel. However, when you go to club scenes, they’re avant-guard kind of club music, which then transitions into the fight scene club music, as seen in the track John Wick Mode (all of which I love to listen to as it’s great music to have as background music, or workout to even.)

Now on to the movie itself. Visually, it was absolutely stunning and outdid the first John Wick in every way possible. There was more action (if that is even possible) and even though it was a 2 hour movie, I wasn’t bored during a single moment of it. There were explosions from start to finish and it kept you guessing as to who was going to turn against who and who was next to die. Also, I really do like how Mr. Wick isn’t invincible. There were times that he was shot, and had the life beaten out of him, and came close to death. However, he always just survived. So he didn’t always get away without injuries which is nice to see. Makes it more realistic. I was quite impressed with the pencil scene, where you were able to see Mr. Wicks skills with a pencil, and see the talent of those choreographing the fight scene. That brings me to my other point.

The choreographing of the entire movie was completely out of this world. One of the reasons I like Keanu Reeves so much is his dedication to his movies. He doesn’t just fake it ’til he makes it. He really learns everything and all of those fight styles. He doesn’t do his own stunts, like falling out of buildings or being hit by cars, but all of those hand-to-hand combat scenes are really him, and that impresses the hell out of me. According to one source, The Seattle Times, he went into 3 months of “John Wick boot camp” which included “intensive training in martial arts, gun work, fight choreography and stunt driving.” His fighting styles are extensive and he becomes the best at them, in all the movies he’s been in, and this one was no exception. He went through months of gun training so all of that action that you see in the movie with him using dozens of types of weapons, un-clipping the mag and reloading it in about 2 or 3 seconds is really him. Now that’s skill and part of the reason I respect him, and his movies, so much. And hats off to the choreographing team. They were incredibly impressive and choreographed some beautiful fight scenes.

And there was a large amount of weapons in this movie for you weapon buff people. It was another thing which really impressed me because the amount of weapons which Keanu Reeves can use is extensive. From his traditional array of Glocks, to dessert (knives), to something with a little more flare (Benelli M4) and beyond, he is able to anything in his reach from non-ballistic to explosive. That shows talent and ability to improvise.

John Wick: Chapter 2
From indiewire.com

 

As for the movie itself, it did have a lot of similarities to the first movie in story, so while it may have been slightly lacking in the story (lacking I’m using loosely as I know some people look for a unique story), it most certainly made it up in action. And stunt driving. So I personally don’t see the lack of new and original story as a big issue. It had it’s own uniqueness and wasn’t too similar to the first movie, especially with some of the events happening through the movie.

As for the violence, it was through the roof. I mean, it was R, so there was a LOT of blood. With the shooting, it wasn’t people just going down. There was realistic splatter which was impressive as well. It all looked realistic. Not like Expendables 2 where it was clear that it was fake blood. This looked 100% genuine and it was quite impressive. Of course, there was language as well however that’s really the least of your concerns.

I’ve seen this movie twice in theatres, once the day after it came out and again a few days later. I generally never do that as most movies, I feel, don’t deserve paying twice to see. However, this movie I wanted to support and really did truly want to see again in a threatre and was willing to pay for.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is, by far, the best action movie out there that has ever been created. If you enjoyed the first movie, then you will definitely love this one more. As for those who haven’t even become part of this series, if you love ass-kicking, good driving (his baby 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 >cries at what happens to it<), and a bad-ass story, then this is for you.

I do recommend seeing this movie in theatres and not waiting…because this contract may just run out.

Today is “a new day to kill”, so you might as well start it off well.

Happy Watching!

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The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

Starring

Sacha Baron Cohen – Nobby
Rebel Wilson – Dawn Grobham
Mark Strong – Sebastian

The Brothers GimsbySummary

Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, has everything a man from the poor fishing town of Grimsby could want, including nine children and the most attractive girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

– From Amazon.com

Review

In all honesty, I really disliked this movie for only one reason.

It was absolutely way too inappropriate for what it was. There were bad words flying left right and center, there was sex up the wazoo, there was strange stuff with animals, there were disgusting references all over. I mean half of the gratuitous sexual stuff was completely unnecessary and brought the movie down big time.

I felt like it was a mixture with like Kingsman and some frat-boy kinda movie with a mixture of porn in there.

Like it was completely unnecessary. The movie could have been quite funny if NONE of that stuff was in there and if half of the stuff they used to make the movie funny was just plain rude.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude at all and I don’t mind some sexual content in movies as well as language, but this was light really really excessive. Like The Interview, but worse in my opinion.

I don’t really have much to say about this movie except it’s honestly a miss in my opinion and not something that I would recommend watching, unless that kind of really whacky stuff is something you’re into, then go for it.

But if it’s not, please just avoid this movie. And spend 2 hours doing something else or watching some other good movie.

If you’d like to purchase this movie, click here.

Other than that, don’t.

Happy viewing!

 

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John Wick (2014)

Starring

Keanu Reeves – John Wick
Michael Nyqvist – Viggo Tarasov
Alfie Allen – Iosef Tarasov
Willem Dafoe – Markus

John Wick movie trailer

Summary

“An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

This movie was SO good! And like it may be one of my new favorite movies. It had a fantastic story, great acting, amazing fight sequences and overall was badass as hell.

First off, it was a mafia movie and those movies aren’t terribly popular anymore. If they are they are usually unrealistic and all hollywoodized. And while this was of course like that, there was a lot to it which was similar to what happens in mobs in real life with the whole you can never get out and if you ever somehow do get out, if you touch the old life, you will be dragged back in.

I also really liked how in the action sequences, even though John Wick was really good, he would never come out unscathed as he wasn’t perfect and sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes he was shot, something he had the absolute shit beaten out of him, which sucks, but makes the movie a little more realistic. The action sequences were also beyond epic. An example is the scene just below this, but a warning it is very violent.

It was also interesting how the entire movie was about a dog. I won’t say how as it’s an important part of the story, but watch it and you’ll find out.

The cinematography was also amazing as well. The entire movie was done with this blue/green tinge which kind of added an aspect to the movie. So there were no sunny scenes. The only pop of color which you got was red as the mafia was known as the Red Circle. Kinda cool.

Overall I do recommend this movie. It is for 18 and older as it is an R because of the violence and there was a lot of it. Also a lot of heavy swearing. F-words were used left, right and center. Of course it wasn’t stupid placement as what was going on did warrant the words, but still, viewer discretion is advised.

Purchase it here.

Happy watching!

 

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Prometheus (2012)

Starring

Noomi Rapace ~ Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender ~ David
Charlize Theron ~ Meredith Vikers
Idris Elba ~ Janek

Summary

“Legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to his sci-fi origins in this epic adventure bursting with spectacular action and mind-blowing visual effects. A team of scientists and explorers travels to the darkest corners of the universe searching for the origins of human life. Instead they find a dark, twisted world that hides a terrifying threat capable of destroying them…and all mankind!”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Now, this was definitely an interesting movie. I will start off by saying that I haven’t seen the Alien series so I cannot say whether any questions and such were answered from how Alien was set up, so I have quite a blank slate to work off of. Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien series so it sets up what happened before it and how the actual alien creature came to be: some serious rapid evolution.

Now the locations in which this was filmed was fabulous. I mean the settings were absolutely beautiful.

From first 10 minutes

And the graphics? Don’t even get me started. They were flawless. I mean, in some movies you can tell, such as like Godzilla (2014) because Godzilla is clearly a CGI, you can just tell. With this kind of movie, the placement of CGI was flawless and honestly it was beautiful. The makeup was also incredible as well.


Probably one of the most beautiful scenes to me personally.


Absolutely incredible makeup

Now the sets followed the traditional Alien concept done by H.G. Giger. Giger did help make the sets for Prometheus and passed away 2 years later (1940-2014).

I mean, I was just in love with the visual effects. It was absolutely amazing and I personally couldn’t get over it. The music as well. As a musician I love music and I LOVE soundtrack music and this soundtrack is so nice. It’s simple but it builds and works the suspense in certain areas as well.

The story line was also intriguing. There were quite a few tense moments in the movie and it was a little…gruesome I guess you could say, but overall it wasn’t terrible. For a R movie, there was only one F-bomb and it was beautifully placed, actually making you burst into laughter: it lightened the mood.

This movie definitely was for an older and more mature audience (probably 16 or older (by modern standards but personally 18 or older)) but it was very enjoyable, never the less. I do recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet and you don’t have to have seen the Alien serious, or follow-up with it (as far as I know), as according to my mother, when she did some reading, it can be viewed as just a stand alone movie so just watch that one and enjoy.

I’m still praying for a second movie to come out, but doubt that it will as I’m not sure how well it did in the Box-Office. I’m just hoping that there will be one…HOPE WITH ME xD.

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Warning: Trailer is a little bit dark but approved for all audiences.