Jack Reacher “Scores On Doors”

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 SCORES ON DOORS

If your looking for movie with no special effects, pure entertainment
and a fine story to boot then look no further Jack Reacher is a thriller of the highest order,
well executed by a wonderful cast and kept brutally real throughout. 8/10

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Rampart “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
Oren Moverman
CAST
Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty
Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Robin Wright
Sigourney Weaver, Brie Larson

RAMPART follows Dave Brown an
LAPD cop, struggling to face up to the
consequences of a wayward career as
his life spirals out of control.

James Ellroy’s writing credits include
the superb L.A Confidential & putting
it mildly Rampart is no Confidential it’s an
average drama with a good (but not his best)
performance from Woody Harrelson.

OVERALL
Apart from the solid acting from a very
good cast, Rampage failed on so many
levels, from the weak direction to the run
of the mill story, I just didn’t feel anything
for the characters in the movie and the last
quarter of the film fizzled out without really
giving the viewer any conclusion, disappointing!
6/10

This Means War “Mini-Review”

DIRECTOR
McG
CAST
Tom Hardy, Chris Pine
Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler
Abigail Spencer

Two CIA Agents Foster (Pine) & Henson (Hardy)
who are also best friends begin dating the same
woman Scott (Witherspoon), to win the girl both
break protocol and use the agencies technology
to sabotage each others dates, all this whilst
trying to bring the bad guys to justice.

I like McG as a movies director his movies
always have lots of action, high on thrills
and usually have a great soundtrack, take
CHARLIE ANGELS for example – a good
quality movie that has the lot – so I must ask
the question WHAT WAS HE THINKING
when taking on this pile of movie rubbish?

Reese Witherspoon I can accept in this type
of movie but why TOM “RocknRolla” HARDY the
guys who’s appeared in Bronson, Inception and
Warrior would want to appear in this juvenile,
predictable & pointless rom-com is beyond me.

OVERALL
I would highly recommend anyone who reads
this mini-review TO AVOID this movie.
The action scenes are dreadful, McG’s direction
is down right lazy and the dialogue is some of
the worst I have witnessed in a movie for a
long time – & also Chelsea Handler is in it!
4.5/10 

Haywire “Mini-Review”

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Cast Gina Carano, Antonio Banderas,
Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor,
Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender,
Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano

Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a sexy, kick ass
operative for the government sent on dangerous
covert assignments.

On her latest mission Mallory realises she has
been set up and that her employers have put a
bounty on her head – before they get to her she
must discover who’s behind the hit & eliminate
them first.


HAYWIRE has it’s crititc’s but i’m not one of
them – Steven Soderbergh does brilliant in this
Bourne-style action thriller starring the unknown
Gina Carano with a host of big name actors in
support – it’s a thrill ride from the opening 5mins.

Don’t go into the movie expecting anything, try
not to read any reviews & distance yourself from
anything previously directed by Steven Soderbergh
& you will get so much more out of the experience
from watching Haywire.
7.5/10 

 

Magic Mike “Trailer”

Magic Mike – Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer,
Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey,
Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello
Release Date: June 29 (US) July (UK/AUS)

Movie Summary
Discover the world of male strippers.

Battleship “Mini-Review”

Directed by Peter Berg
Cast Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård,
Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Liam Neeson,
Tadanobu Asano, Peter MacNicol

The movie centres on a fleet of Naval Ships
that are forced into battle with an unknown
species in the Hawaiian Islands.

Peter Berg’s movie is based on the Hasbro Naval
combat game Battleship & certain elements of
the game are evident in this sci-fi action flick.

Interestingly Jeremy Renner was originally cast
as Alex Hopper but dropped out, personally that
was good thing as Taylor Kitsch comes across
perfect for the role, that confident, loveable
swagger a touch of Maverick from Top Gun is
what the role required and Kitsch nailed it.

Battleship is one of them movies that must
be seen in the movie theatre, it’s a Naval sci-fi
movie that echoes Scott’s Top Gun and Bay’s
Transformers.

This is what the big screen was made for – high
octain action that is two hours of cinematic,
popcorn munching fun.
8/10

The Grey

Directed by Joe Carnahan
Cast Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo,
Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts,
Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale

Ottway (Liam Neeson) is hired in Alaska
to kill wolves that threaten an oil drilling
crew. After completion of his work their,
Ottway and the drilling team board an
aircraft home, during the flight and in severe
weather conditions the plane descends
crashing into the snowy, Alaskan wilderness.

The survivors lead by Ottway must not only
contend with the conditions, but also a pack
of killer wolves led by the alpha male, who is
tracking & killing them one by one.


Neeson gives one of his finest performances
as Ottway in THE GREY and is well supported
by the underrated Frank Grillo who plays Diaz
and Dallas Roberts as Hendrick. To think the
original casting of Bradley Cooper as Ottway
nearly happened… can you imagine?

Joe Carnahan is one my favorite directors, his
gritty thriller NARC and 2007s action fest
SMOKIN ACES put him in my movie radar, I
have to say THE GREY is his best movie to date.

If your looking for an edge of the seat thriller, with
wolves that make Freddy Krueger look like an
amateur in the Serial Killing department then get
yourself off to the theatre, this does not disappoint.
8/10 

 

One for the Money

Directed by Julie Anne Robinson
Cast Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara,
Daniel Sunjata, Debbie Reynolds,
John Leguizamo, Patrick Fischler

The first novel by Janet Evanovich featuring
recently axed Macey employee come bounty
hunter Stephanie Plum.

Out of desperation, short on cash, Plum turns
to her cousin who runs a bail bond service for
work. Plum’s first assignment and the answer to
her money troubles is the capture of Joe Morelli,
ex cop & ex boyfriend, who’s wanted for murder.


I’m a big fan of Katherine Heigl, I find the actress
a breath of fresh air on our screens, she’s not
only extremely good looking but is naturally
funny & charming. But this movie is her worst
to date and has very few funny moments.

I’m not saying for one minute the movie was
a complete disaster, the small screen time
given to the lovely Debbie Reynolds should
have been doubled, for me she was one of
the plus points.

Overall One for the Money was a very
average action comedy, very few laughs,
zero chemistry and although we are treated
once more to the Heigl charm even that was
not enough to save this from being a
snoozefest.
6/10 


The Three Musketeers

Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Cast Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans,
Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich,
Christoph Waltz

Oh how I loathe movie reboots/remakes!

Paul WS Anderson should be ashamed of this
retelling of Alexandre Dumas famous novel.

The Three Musketeers are betrayed by Athos’
longtime lover Milady de Winter, who is
in cahoots with the Duke of Buckingham.
After being betrayed they are forced to disband
by Cardinal Richelieu & live on the streets.
One year later they come across D’Artagnan
and the Three Musketeers (now four) ride
once more – to seek revenge against Milady.

This movie stinks so badly, it’s virtually
unbearable. How Anderson managed to
convince stars such as Christoph Waltz
to be in this movie is beyond me, I felt
embarrassed for all who took part.

The comedy elements in the movie are
not even funny, Milla Jovovich
obviously doing her husband a turn in
appearing in this garbage is horrendous,
the movie tries to be something for
everybody but ends up being nothing to
nobody, a complete & utter waste of 2hrs.
4/10 

The Double

Directed by Michael Brandt
Cast Richard Gere, Odette Annable,
Topher Grace, Martin Sheen, Stana Katic

Richard Gere still looking fantastic for his age, stars
as Paul Shepherdson a CIA operative brought back
into the agency when what looks like an old case
returns. He is partnered with Ben Geary (Topher
Grace) a young hotshot at the FBI to solve
the murders.


The case revolves around the mysterious Cassius,
a professional killer, who’s despatches his victims
by slitting their throats, thought to have been dead
it appears that the infamous Cassius is back and at
large in the United States.

Even with the twists and turns in the plot, and it’s
good cast, THE DOUBLE is at best an average
thriller with a disappointing finale & lacks any
real tension.
6.5/10