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Acts of Vengeance (2017)

Acts of Vengeance (2017)

Director:

Isaac Florentine

Starring:

Antonio Banderas

Christina Serafini

Karl Urban

Atanas Srebrev

Plot:

A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.

Review:

I watched this movie, then literally completely forgot I had. It’s been an effort to remember enough to write this review.

Antonio Banderas character is a hot shot lawyer that talks his clients problems away. He’s a criminal defense attorney, something that pays well if you’re good and is required, but also comes with the price of knowing that you’re potentially getting bad guys back on the street. As long as the money is coming in he doesn’t care, but when his wife and child are murdered things change.

Karl Urban was jacked in this movie and I kept hoping for more, sadly I did not like his character and felt like he was wasted.

The action was alright, but this was not an action movie despite what the trailer seems to say. Yet another misleading trailer.

The idea is unoriginal, the acting is fine, the payoff is eh. Would not recommend.

2/5

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Cliffhanger (1993)

Cliffhanger (1993)

Director:

Renny Harlin

Starring:

Sylvester Stallone

John Lithgow

Michael Rooker

Janine Turner

Caroline Goodall

Michelle Joyner

Plot:

A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Review:

This movie was filmed at the height of Stallone’s career. His accent is almost nonexistent and acting wise it’s pretty good. It’s an older movie and not filled with the normal action I’ve come to expect from his films, but it makes sense considering his filmography, and there’s still certainly a number of butts kicked.

I liked the fact that he got his ass handed to him a time or two, even though he did come back and win, just because it made sense for his character. He was a mountain climber, not someone who fights for a living.

The opening scene is pretty intense and my fear of falling from great heights really had this scene freaking me out. I literally knew exactly what was going to happen but was still almost driven to tears while watching it.

After what happened Stallone’s character was understandably shaken and second guessed himself for a little bit, but he didn’t let it drag him down too long once shit started happening.

There were three female characters in the movie. One died immediately. Two were pilots, one was killed by the bad guy, her lover, to prove that he’d do anything. The third was Stallone’s love interest and other than flying the helicopter was fairly useless. She was sort of just there as his romantic partner. In fact all of the women were romantic partners. Interesting.

The movie was entertaining and Stallone was great.

3.5/5

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Director:

David Leitch

Starring:

Charlize Theron

James McAvoy

John Goodman

Plot:

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Review:

Charlize Theron is gorgeous and this movie showed that off even as it beat the crap out of her. The movie was a spy thriller with more than your usual action moments for that genre, which I appreciated. Theron took on the KGB, MI6, random Germans, pretty much anyone you can think of she beat the crap out of them. I really liked that even with all that going on it showed her getting tired and slowing down. She wasn’t just a machine that kept going.

I also really liked that while she used her sexuality she didn’t rely on it and it wasn’t the main weapon in her arsenal. She was smart and methodical and she trusted no one.

I was surprised by the ending and enjoyed it. A few people have said they thought it cheapened the deeper lesson that the movie was trying to teach, but if there was a deeper lesson it was lost on me so I didn’t feel that way.

I liked the movie a lot and I hope that we get to continue to see Charlize Theron in action type roles.

4/5

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Director:

Patrick Hughes

Starring:

Ryan Reynolds

Samuel L. Jackson

Gary Oldman

Salma Hayek

Elodie Yung

Plot:

The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Criminal Court. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Review:

Alright this review is under maintenance. I watched over Christmas while I was wrapping presents so I wasn’t able to give it my full attention. I watched most, but I want to see it again because what I did see was really good. Planning on purchasing it based on what I saw.

Loved the action. I thought the little bits of comedy really set a good tone for the film. It was serious, but not too serious, it was funny, but not too funny. A hard balance to achieve.

I liked the women in the movie too, they were capable and kicked butt.

Until I watch it more I’m not going to go into anymore.

4/5 *subject to change after another viewing

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Starring:

Taron Egerton

Colin Firth

Mark Strong

Julianne Moore

Plot:

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Review:

Now this was an excellent, in your face over the top action movie. I loved it! The world that is created is rich and amusing, the characters are fleshed out and enjoyable to watch, and the way it’s shot highlights all the right things. Honestly, I’m so glad that the first one did so well that we got a sequel and I can only hope that we have more to come.

I will say there was one scene that bothered me. It wasn’t the brief moment of canabilism or the head shots or even Elton John kicking butt, it was the scene were Taron Egerton’s character had to finger a mark. My issue wasn’t so much as that he had to do it, but was in the way it was shot. Did we really need to see his hand skim across her abdomen and disappear into her panties? Really? I could have done without that, but since the nature of the movie is to push further and further across the line I guess I understand, even if I didn’t like it.

All in all, I loved the movie and can’t wait to be able to buy it and watch it again.

4.5/5 

Side Note:

OMG the president in this is spot on, love him!