Archive for the ‘Action’ Category

Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance

2011Spirit of Vengeance

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, they make a part 2. I’d call it a sequel but I have a uncomfortable feeling that with the way they ended this movie there just might be a third train wreck coming to a theater near you.

Spirit of Vengeance takes place in Eastern Europe. Johnny Blaze (Cage) is called upon help protect a boy from the devil.

This movie is crap. Pure and simple. I am not sure why any fool even put money on this script, unless is was Cage and he had the cash just lying around gathering dust.

Cage did, yet again, prove that he can be the best whacked out dude on fire with his Tasmanian devil-like wails and screams as he rides his flaming bike. His acting was on par with the last ghastly Ghost Rider movie. Should we have expected anything different?

Seriously Nic, pull your head out.. you can do so much better!! Sweet Jeebus!

The boy, Danny (Fergus Riordan), he was alright. I haven’t seen him in anything else that I can think of so that’s all I can say.

Roark, (Ciarán Hinds), the devil is the devil…

As for the rest of the actors.. BLECH. I could have done without them… all of them.

I would not recommend this movie unless you are a die hard Cage fan. And seeing how I am, I took one for the team and watched this nightmare. As I am sure I will if there is another one.. ugh.

Two great big steaming piles of poo for this flick.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

2011On Stranger Tides

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

I wasn’t at all impressed with this Pirates movie. There wasn’t as much action or adventure or anything really as the last three movies.

The action was somewhat lame. The kings men just shooting at Sparrow and trying to capture him. Pffft! The only real adventure was the lot of them tromping through the jungle in search of… see now I forget. That is how boring it was.

Seems like are they’re starting to beat that dead horse. And Penelope Cruz, what was that all about? GADS! Talk about annoying. The movie is limping along as it is and then *BAM* there she is to sink the ship, so to speak.

For shame, the lot of you that signed on to do this film. Perhaps you should have signed on for a little more creativity too.

And for the love of all that’s gonna keep me from going postal, if there is a Pirates 5… Please, please, please let’s make it interesting, adventurous and action packed!

I’ll be handing this one (and Rob Marshall) and great big steaming pile of poo.

Faster

2010Faster

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino and Maggie Grace

I have mixed feelings about Faster. It’s a good movie if you’re into an ex-con running around doing revenge killings. It’s a not-so-fantastic movie if you’re not.

Johnson plays an ex-con fresh out of jail from a 10-year stint. His one and only goal, avenge his brothers death. Hooked up with a fast car, a gun and the list of men to find he sets out to even the score.

Thornton plays an old rundown low-life cop with a drug habit who is just weeks from retirement. Everybody on the force knows he’s crap, so when he’s assigned to the case with Cicero (Carla Gugino) she is less than pleased.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen plays the hit man. He’s hired to track and kill the ex-con before he gets to the man who hired him.

Pretty women, fast cars, guns, God, forgiveness… This movie has a lot and it’s all crammed into 98 minutes.

I can’t say that I’d ever watch it again because once was clearly enough.

Hanna

2011Hanna

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana

I’m not sure how I feel about Hanna. The movie had a lot of action but the storyline wasn’t that good. The directing of Hanna was great which made up for what the storyline lacked.

Hanna (Ronan), trained as an assassin by her father (Bana), is sent on a mission by her father that leads her to trek across Europe. All the while having to elude agents sent out after her by one intelligence agent with an agenda of her own (Blanchett).

As Hanna nears her missions end she starts finding out who she really is…

I have to say, Hanna can really kick some tail.

I’m a little confused about the DNA part, considering all they really showed was images of a rat/mouse. I can’t see how a human would get super powers from a rodent.  Can anyone explain this? Did I miss something?

All in all, I found myself indifferent to this movie. Hanna maybe to great to some, but to me… Meh.

I’ll give it one thumb up for directing.

Thor

2011Thor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman

Thor (Hemsworth), the most powerful of Odin’s (Hopkins) two sons, is stripped of his powers and cast out of Asgard because of his foolish arrogance and sent to Earth to live with the humans.

Scientist Jane Foster (Portman) collides with  Thor while driving her motor home/mobile lab as he falls out of dust cloud.

“The Man” caught wind of Thor’s hammer creating a crater on someone’s property. Of course being “the man” they took over at once.

This is where Thor, still being his arrogant self, causes just a wee bit of havoc for everyone around while trying to find his hammer.

Seems Thor has some lessons to learn and Jane is the one to teach him.

Thor is a great movie. All the characters were fantastic and I have got to get me one of those hammers!

OH! I love how Thor puts the smack-down on that tin man. Yeehaw!

FYI… I can’t remember if it’s this movie or another but after the credits if you keep watching there’s a trailer for another movie.. MUST SEE!

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

written in collaboration with The Saint

2011Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was fantastic!

I’d been waiting like a kid at Christmas for the DVD to come out and just about wet myself when it showed up in my mailbox. I could hardly wait for it to get dark so I could shut off the lights and turn the TV up really loud and watch. Popcorn anyone?

As with Transformers 1 & 2 there was tons of action–big explosive action! Then there’s the scene’s that make you hold your breath until they’re over… I hate those.  If you really need me to prime (pun: intended) you for this movie, shame on you.  Watch the first two movies and get back to me.

Shia LaBeouf is back as Sam, friend of the Autobots, with his new girlfriend, Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley).  From what I can gather, Carly works for Dylan (Patrick Dempsey) and most of what she does is walk around, looking perfect.  She really is just background scenery.   Meanwhile, the good Autobots and evil Decepticons race each other to the moon to claim an ancient ship, originally from their home planet, Cybertron.  Apparently, the US Government has kept this ship under wraps for decades.  The Autobots discover the previous leader of the Transformers, named Sentinel Prime, who created the technology to transport matter between worlds.

Once Sentinel is reactivated, all hell breaks loose.

Needless to say, the rest of the movie is relentless action.  NON.  STOP.  The CGI is so incredible that you are just staring at the screen in awe, mouth wide open.  There are casualties of  war, betrayers, heroes and drama–plot devices usually implemented in more “mature” films (without robots).  I didn’t have to invest in the plot of military secrecy or the fate of the planet.  The frenzied energy of the movie is a blast and now I, sooooo, wish I caught this in 3D on the big screen.  Everyone has seen the Bumble Bee trailer but you have to understand the scene within the context of the film to truly appreciate it.  I was cheering all the way to the credits.  Just go see it.

Two paws WAY up!
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Super

2010Super

Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Super was recommended to me by a friend. Needless to say, I won’t be taking their recommendations again.

The first 20 min. of Super seemed like some B-rated home movie that I had to slog through in order to get to the real movie. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie was only a might bit better.

Drama? Yes. Action? Well, at the end yes. Comedy? I couldn’t find any. Oh wait, there was one little part that I slightly giggled at with Libby/Boltie (Ellen Page) but that’s it.

Super is 96 min. of utter crap. Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon), so he decides to make himself into a super hero. That’s just what every guy should do when they get dumped, yes? NO!

I’m thinking he turned himself into more of a vigilante than a super hero. The violence in this movie is unbelievable. The last time I checked, super heroes weren’t like that.

This was a big time fail in the Super Hero department. I think this is one movie we could have done without and I can see why it didn’t last long in theaters.

I’m giving Super a rating of ‘C’ for Crap and two big steaming piles of poo.

P.S. Ellen, baby… pick you’re movies more carefully, you’re a wonderful actress.