Category Archives: Movie reviews

Unfriended: Dark Web, movie review

I wasn’t planning to see this movie, but the timing worked out so it was the one I saw. I am happy to say, I am glad I saw it.

The movie is told completely from the point of view of a laptop. The film starts with you seeing a person trying to log into a laptop by guessing the password, so you know something is fishy. You then get to watch the person log in, check his Facebook, and begin a Skype game night with his friends.

Not to give away too many spoilers, but since this is a horror, you can probably guess, the members of this game night are going to get picked off one by one. The laptop was left in an open place, with the intent of someone taking it, in a creative means of finding victims for a dark web betting game, where people pay to see people murdered in various gruesome ways, plus place bets on how they will react to various horrific events.

So basically, the movie audience is watching the movie, as if they are one of the rich folks watching events unfold. It would def be cool to watch this movie on your laptop, because then you really would feel like you were part of the game.

Not only is the means of story telling original, but the acting is some of the best I have seen in a while. These actors, which many seemed unknown, were giving it their all, crying, screaming, and truly making the story believable. You connect with the people in the short time you are exposed to them, and are quickly cheering along with them, even though, as most horror movies do, you are wishing they made better choices.

So yes, this is a horror movie worth seeing!! In whatever means you can.

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Skyscraper, movie review

This is pretty much a movie like most that the Dwayne Johnson is in these days. Action movie focused around family. The trailer pretty much shows you what you are getting. Dwayne Johnson‘s character is hired to give a security check on a super tall Skyscraper that is both mall, zoo, and apartments. Various betrayals occur, that the writers must have known were predictable because they didn’t keep them secret for very long. It all leads to the Skyscraper being on fire and Johnson’s character, apparently the only person capable of saving the day, using duct tape as his primary tool.

The movie gets a happy ending, go figure, all players or rather “good guys” get a role of empowerment, even the kids, showing that anyone can be a hero and there’s the usual, tons of action and special effects.

Its an okay movie to see, but there’s nothing special about it. If you watch the trailer and think it looks good, then go see it. But don’t expect more than what you see in the trailer.


The First Purge , movie review

The Purge movies have always been so-so. With the first very focused on one family and the rest spreading out to show the bigger picture. This movie went full scale and shows the origins of the purge. Oddly, its taken a very political angle now, focused on a group of upper class white folks opting to use the purge to kill off as many impoverished folks as possible, to ease the amount of government money they cost, or something like that.

So we see that in general people don’t want to murder each other, but then actual assassins are sent in to kill the poor. Its then left up to the gangs in the community to take on the assassins. Sadly, it turns into an unfair game, and the entire gang is slaughtered, so its a bit of a wash. It was a cool moment though, when the gang tried to stand up for their town, because if there’s one thing gangs are known for, its being protective of their turf and neighborhoods. I would have enjoyed going down this line of thinking a bit more, maybe even having rival gangs join together to protect innocent civilians, but no… the movie opted to keep up with the unfair horror slaughter rather than an attempt to have meaning.

Overall, it was just okay. Lots of horror, but more creepy and weird than anything.


Incredibles 2, movie review

So after a fourteen year wait, which the makers of this movie felt we needed to be reminded off (there’s a blurb before the movie starts) we have a sequel to the Incredibals movie. We are told, directly by the actors, that it was worth the wait.

I beg to differ. Some movies and stories are best left as stand alone films, despite their popularity.

The movie basically has two plots. The mom going back to work and the dad trying to contend with the kids. The positive thing I will say is that the dad story line is highly entertaining and something many will relate to as parents. They were able to do some very original story lines with the multi-skilled baby. The mom’s story tho… very predictable. And sadly, hers contains the main plot, the new villain and need for the superheroes to emerge from the shadows.

If you have kids, sure, take them, they’ll love it just because it has their favorite characters again. As an adult with no kids, I felt I wasted my time.


Adrift, Movie Review

The theme this year for summer blockbusters seems to be imaginary friends. First, “Tully” and the imagined night nanny, and now “Adift” where the surviving woman pretends her fiance is still alive on the boat with her. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert, but really, its not hard to figure out.

It reminded me a bit of “Life of Pi,” but really, all shows about surviving at sea are going to be similar.

The only thing that saves the movie from being unbearably boring is that its not told in order. You start with directly after the wreck, and jump between then and the moment she first meets her fiance. The story lines end with the boat crash and seeing the demise of her lover, and her finding shore. But the flashbacks are completely boring, and the after shipwreck story is only so-so. If it had been told in order, it would have been a complete thumbs down.

So… its an okay movie to see. Its based on true events, but I’ve seen better “left at sea” and survival stories based on true events. I would say skip it in theaters and maybe rent it for cheap.

On a positive note, the acting is good, which it should be, since the entire movie is hanging on one person’s performance.


Book Club, movie review

As is quite obvious, the target audience for this movie is people of the same age as the four main actresses. And although I don’t fall in that category, I think the movie does hit its mark, and people of that generation should enjoy the flick. Of course, in my opinion it wasn’t the smartest audience to aim for, since I doubt that generation makes up a large portion of the movie theater goers these days, but whatever.

The movie obviously aimed for being relatable. Each of the women is in a situation that any 60 something woman is likely to fall into. (Unless they are poor, that category was not touched on.) One is divorced and attempting to get back into the dating game after years of being single. One is a widow with adult children who are trying to smother her, and she finds new romance. One has forever been single and reconnects with the lost love of her past. And the last, is married and dealing with her husband’s lack of libido.

The four read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in their book club and it inspires them to seek new romance, despite their over-the-hill status. Simple plot, filled with things you could easily see in real life. I can’t say there was anything great about the movie, nor anything horrible. It was a so-so movie with a very specific demographic.

 


Isle of Dogs, movie review

Wow.

A lot of thought was put into this movie, and effort, considering most was done with stop-motion-animation. The one liners were what made it all work together, and the bickering between the dogs. It was just great.

The dogs spoke English, the humans Japanese. It gives the film a unique perspective and the audience, for the most part, views the film through the eyes of the dogs. The plot had several layers, the quest to find the dog Spot, and then the conspiracy back with the humans, regarding finding a cure for the ailments the dogs are suffering.

Overall, it was a delightful movie. The dialogue, plot, and detailed scenes, all worked together to tell the story well and keep the audience entertained. It was a bit dark, and had a bit more gore in it than I usually like in my animated movies, but the other aspects made up for it.