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The Foreigner. London. Busy day.
Dad takes daughter to dress shop so she can buy new dress for dance. All
hell breaks loose when the block explodes and starts a chain reaction of
events of double crosses, political expedience, revenge, retribution and
even redemption. At the core is the IRA and any deal they might
have with the Brits to maintain the shakey 20 year old peace. At
the periphery is a man whose daughter is killed in the blast and his
perceived inability of the police to find the bombers. What ensues
is a cat and mouse game that sees many people injured, killed , blown
up. Alliances are tested and the father kicks everyone's ass.
Highly entertaining and worth a watch.
Kingsmen: Golden Circle. Mostly harmless
tale of Poppy wanting to rule the world through her drug cartel.
Giving everyone who uses her drugs; pot, meth, heroin, and more, a blue
virus that kills in a few short days after torturous side effects she
demands legalization before she'll release an antidote. The Kingsmen are all but destroyed by her and the survivors go to Kentucky,
America to enlist the help of the Statesmen to save the world. The
movie itself is full of cliches and telegraphed intentions but it really
picks up when Sir Elton John shows up in his Captain Fantastic outfit,
including the platform shoes and uses every cinematic martial arts trick
to foil his captors. He is one hell of a good sport. The
movie is overly crass and tries to hard to be something. It seemed
unusual that one of the main characters is an actor from Netflix's
Narcos series. Halle Berry had dumb hair, Channing Tatum's role
was meaningless, and as of late, Jeff Bridges portrayed a curmudgeonly
unintelligible leader. Julianne Moore chewed so much scenery it
makes you wonder how she became a respected actress. Overall it
was nice to see Harry return, it was sad to see Merlin die such a noble
death and the cool new gadgets were fun. Overall a harmless way to
spend a couple of hours.
Atomic Blonde. Could have/should
have been kick-ass. Instead this was a lame melange of
Salt/Wanted/Lara Croft/ (anyone sensing a theme here?) It's 1989
just before the Berlin Wall comes down. Theron is said Atomic
Blonde thrust into a spy vs spy caper between East and West not knowing
who to trust/thrust//lust or just kill in this at time lame/stale/sorry
excuse for an action/spy movie. There are a few scenes of action
and some recognizable faces that take the sting out of the extraordinary
badness of it all. Was really hoping for something fun and all TA
got was rehash. So sad.
ASSASSIN. Never having read any Mitch Rapp
books Team Apeonaut went into this just hoping for action,
vengeance and assassinations. Yup, that's what we got.
A nicely made actioner with a massacre montage, a training
montage, a caper montage, an explosive final act montage.
Well played. Highly enjoyable if a little cliched.
Hopefully someone buys the rights to another book and gets
this young man a franchise. All thumbs up.
The Hitman's Bodyguard. Entertaining bit of
action fluff that is worth watching. A tidy if
predictable mix of Lethal Weapon, Two Guns, 48 Hours, Last
Boy Scout, Bulletproof, Loaded Weapon 1 to name a few.
A Triple A rated protection operative loses a high value
client and loses his job, rating, confidence. He is
given one last shot at redemption by former flame and
Interpol agent who wants him to protect an international
hitman and get him to the Hague in time to give proof
against a very bad president. Through a series of
mishaps they bond and grow on their journey to do the right
thing for whatever reason. Some genuine laugh out loud
funny moments. Some tiring Samuel L Jackson schtick.
Dunkirk. A depiction of the activation of the
British civilian fleet to cross the English Channel to
Dunkirk to evacuate the British Army that has been
surrounded and cut off by advancing German forces.
Christopher Nolan approached this with an "Inception" idea
so we can see what all players were seeing simultaneously.
The civilians are heading to Dunkirk, one in particular
picks up one survivor from a torpedoed ship and a downed
Spitfire pilot, the Germans are bombarding the British
warships and medical ships, the Spitfires are heading out to
shoot down German fighters and bombers that are taking a
heavy toll on the evacuees. We see the story from all
sides; the bravery, the cowardice, and everything in
between. Nearly 400,000 Allied troops are evacuated from
Dunkirk. Then the Empire regrouped and rallied to take
the fight to Germany.
KUNG FU YOGA. A China-India co-production. In
the beginning we have ancient Chinese and Indian warriors clashing in
battle. The two heroes head to China to drop off a vast treasure
to the Chinese ruler. It is lost. Thousands of years later
Archeologist Jack Chan and an Indian princess join forces to find the
treasure and get it to the rightful owners. A bad Indian tries to
thwart them at every turn. Wackiness, action, kung fu and yoga
ensue. This is quite a production. One might wonder how
would Jackie Chan inject Hindi style singing and dancing into one of his
movies. Easy. It is perhaps one of the most fun movie
endings in foreign movies since The Blind Warrior Zatoichi 2003.
All monkey thumbs up.
Wind River. A death on the reservation brings in the
FBI. The FBI in the form of a young, inexperienced lady agent who
asks for help from the fish and game hunter, the epitome of Cowboy.
Together they investigate the trail of death to the ultimate
perpetrators. Things go badly for the bad guys. No real
happy ending, but justice was served. Bargain Hour. Love
Jeremy Renner. Wish he could get real movies.
Spiderman: Homecoming. Sweet but overly nerdy, this version
of Peter Parker is by far the most likeable of the last 7 iterations.
Amped up by his appearance in Avengers: Civil War, Spiderman wants to do
more, be more, be an Avenger. His life conspires against him to
keep him a friendly neighborhood spiderman and when Tony Stark tells him
he's not an Avenger and not a superhero until he can learn to be one
without his suit, Pete has to learn some hard lessons when dealing with
family and friends. Nice effects, a little too much teen whining,
but enjoyable nonetheless. Nice to see Michael Keaton relish the
role of a bad guy.
Baby Driver. Hellaciously enjoyable movie about Baby, a
driver of getaway cars in the employ of an oddly powerful man how keeps
90% of Baby's share. As the movie progresses we learn most of
Baby's backstory and how he came to work for the bad guy. Filled
with great music, fast driving and the desire to do the right thing this
love story with a hint of tinnitus is marvelous fun and worth full
price. Monkey thumbs up.
October 15, 2017