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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.
The Snowman. A dull-witted adaptation of Jo
Nesbo's book of the same name. Major parts of the book
are left out or rewritten entirely so much so that the
entire narrative of the events that created the serial
killer are totally gone and you have no idea why any of
these people are victims. The story as portrayed is
disjointed, irony intended, and nonsensical. No one is
likable and you truly wish after 10-15 minutes that the
whole of the community is missing and presumed dead.
Team Apeonaut nearly walked out of this boring mess.
So disappointing. The book, though not original by any
means at least had a logic to its beginning, middle and end.
Is this truly the franchise Michael Fassbender is looking
for? He should stick with Magneto. BORING!
Poor Val Kilmer is dubbed horribly and looks like a mutant,
though he has lost tons of weight. JK Simmons uses a
wretched accent. It is nice to see the young beheaded
henchman from In Order of Disappearance make an appearance
as a policeman. Most everyone is ill used and ill
cast. So bad.
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.
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.
November 23, 2017