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Rampage, Movie Review

Movies with Dwayne Johnson are hit or miss. Usually, I only like them if he is paired with a good comedian. He was not paired with such a person in this film, so needless to say, I wasn’t a big fan.

So the positive thing I have to say is the movie’s special effects were very good. The monsters were great to look at, very creatively done. So if you are wanting to watch a movie that requires no brain power, and you just want to chill and watch monsters fight, then this is the movie to go see.

So the bad. The plot was very poor. The stereotypes were abundant and eye rolling. At times I felt like I was watching an animated kid’s cartoon, because everyone’s personalities and motives were so exaggerated beyond belief. And really, nothing made sense.

What drove me the most crazy was the fact the ape only got a little bigger. The wolf, got way bigger and got mutant powers, same with the alligator. Why did the ape not get mutant powers? Why did the ape stay so small compared to the others? In their original sizes he would have been bigger than them, so why was he not bigger than them in monster form?

The questions abound in this film, so trust me, the only way to enjoy it, is to turn your brain off and just watch the fun CGI animals attack things.

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Annihilation, movie review

This movie is a classic science fiction. It does a good job of providing enough facts to explain things, but not over complicate matters or do a massive information dump. This allows the audience to read as much or as little into the story as they want.

There is definitely some gore, and more than one scene which will leave you squirming a bit. Its interesting that its an all women team, but there isn’t any real reason behind it, which was disappointing. I was hoping for an explanation, because its a hard coincidence to believe, and I can’t imagine any organization thinking its smart to send an all women team into a deadly area–especially when most members of the team are inexperienced in weapons and combat. We also aren’t given a solid count of how many people they’ve sent in before this. And the logic that anyone who goes in, doesn’t come back, doesn’t make sense either. Wouldn’t you send someone in a few feet and have them come back? Go in a few yards, collect some samples, and come back? Who decided, everyone who goes in, must make it a goal to reach the center, no coming back early!

And people who do get out, are seemingly magically teleported out. No explanation given. I get it, such details would have slowed the movie down. There is a book the film is based on, so perhaps if I read it, I’ll get my answers.

There are subtle clues throughout the film that give you an indication of what is happening. Basically everyone inside is sharing DNA with everyone else inside, be that turning into plants, bears with human voices, or even getting each other’s tattoos.

The ending has a twist that will leave audiences shaking their heads and trying to figure out exactly what they saw happen. Its a good twist, not confusing, just makes you wonder what is real and what isn’t.

Overall, I’d recommend it if you enjoy classic science fiction movies. This one does the genre justice.


Gringo, movie review

Similar to Game Night, this movie did not want to play into the “I saw all the punch lines/best scenes in the trailer.”

Which makes it hard to review, because a good portion of what makes this movie good is that you aren’t expecting the main character to do what he does. So let’s just say there are several layers to the kidnapping. And more than one person wants to find Harold, the main character. This plays into an entertaining game of cat and mouse, with a great comedic factor.

In the end, the story tries to give the beaten underdog their happy ending, and the original people on top, their punishments. I would almost say this is a good revenge movie, but not really, because you never feel like Harold actually wants to punish someone. He just wants the world to be a bit more fair, and for those who work hard to get actually get rewarded for it.

This is one of the best comedies I’ve seen this year, so if you want some laughs, this is definitely one to see.


Game Night, movie review

It would seem comedies have listened to people’s common complaint of, “I saw all the best jokes/scenes in the trailer.” Because the trailer for this movie, does not give you a clear idea of what you are in store for.

The first thirty minutes or so set the stage, making it sure you understand how hum drum and normal the lives of the main characters are. And then the twists begin, one after another. Its like a real kidnapping mixed in a fake, on top of a fake, on top of a fake, with a real no wait, another fake, or is it? Its quite the tale of cat and mouse. Yes, some of the scenes are exaggerated, as is sometimes seen in comedies, but otherwise I have no real complaints.

The movie will keep you laughing, and the plot twists will keep you guessing. So if you are looking for a few good laughs, Game Night is work seeing.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, movie review

This movie didn’t make it into many theaters and I had to hunt a bit to find it. Of course, now that its nominated for awards, theaters are suddenly bringing it back–go figure.

So I saw this, because the trailer looked odd and it make me curious. It didn’t play out quite like I expected. Spoiler alert, the guy who did the murder is never found. But, that keeps the movie realistic. Because most of the time, in real life, the killer isn’t going to be found. At least not in the clean cut manner we usually see depicted in movies and tv shows. This film shows us what happens after the fact, years later, how the healing process isn’t always easy. From the mother, brother, to even the cops involved on the case, how each of them finds a way to cope with what happened. And yes, a few go to extremes, but it still feels real.

The movie does have a few slow moments, but it makes up for them in plot twists and the strong emotional acting of the cast.

In general, a good movie to see if you want a drama with some violence.

 


12 Strong, movie review

Not a lot to complain about in this film. You can tell the budget was big enough to not only hire good actors, but also do the special effects well. I was impressed by their ability to take the confusing tribal wars in Afghanistan and summarize it in a way that anyone can understand. So that alone, to me, makes this movie worthwhile–by this I mean the historical aspect.
There weren’t any dull moments. Those that could have been, were graced by entertaining banter, that gave the movie a very real feel. Overall this film does a great job of explaining what occurred, and keeps you engaged throughout. It should appeal to a wide audience. Those who enjoy historical and/or war movies, will be greatly pleased by this film.

Winchester, movie review

So, I normally don’t see movies about hauntings or that seem possibly based on cheap tactics to get a jump out of the audience. I usually don’t enjoy them, so keep in mind my bias as you read this.

The movie was a bit like “The Sixth Sense” in that it tricks you into thinking people are real and then you find out they were ghosts. Sadly, since “The Sixth Sense” was so popular, whenever another movie does it, they are going to be pegged as a copycater. This film did do it well, but it still falls in the “it’s been done” category. Most of the “surprises” can be predicted, at least if you go to the movie and put effort into trying to predict things.

Overall, to me the film was a 90 minute commercial to stir up interest in the historical house, which is a real house that does ghost tours. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good. The acting is sound, it has a plot, there are twists, and you even learn a bit about history. So if you like a good tale about ghosts, you shouldn’t be disappointed. Will you be jumping out of your seat in fright? Or squirming from the gore? Meh, unlikely. But you will want to go visit the house!!!