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Draft Day (2014)

Draft Day

Draft Day (2014)

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Starring:

Kevin Costner

Chadwick Boseman

Jennifer Garner

Plot:

At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

Review:

I don’t like to watch sports. For some reason people think it’s because I don’t understand them. That’s not the case. I’ve played my share of sports and spent a lot of time watching them while growing up. There are just other things I’d rather be doing with my time. Like watching sports movies.

Draft Day is a side of football that I’m not too familiar with and I loved all the strategy, planning, and relationships behind everything. I really felt for Kevin Costner’s character. Finds out his woman is pregnant while he’s having to deal with everyone screaming at him because they don’t trust his decisions. Poor guy.

Jennifer Garner seemed a bit young to be in a relationship with Kevin Costner but oh well. Her character was a nice strong female. The only female character pretty much, except for his overbearing mother.

I liked this side of sports. I would recommend this movie.

4/5

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3 Days to Kill (2014)

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3 Days to Kill (2014)

Director:

McG

Starring:

Kevin Costner

Hailee Steinfield

Connie Nielsen

Plot:

A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

Review:

I hate scarves on men. It makes them look like douche bags. That’s just my personal opinion, though.

Not a very good spy. He talks too much about his daughter, it’s like he’s asking for her to get kidnapped. Dude have you not seen Taken?

The movie tries to be funny with Ethan, Kevin Costner, trying to spend more time with his daughter while also trying to find some dude and kill him. It just ends up being said and pathetic. It’s an action movie that’s trying to be funny, but it’s too serious to be able to pull it off.

The “albino” wasn’t scary, and he was supposed to be. The women in the film were the only good part. He doesn’t kill the bad guy with the dirty bomb because he told his wife he’d quit. Seriously?

2/5

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Starring:

Chris Pine

Kevin Costner

Keira Knightly

Plot:

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Review:

Jack Ryan is not an action star. He’s an analyst. He’s smart, he uses is brain, he’s not jumping off of cars and all that other crap. At least in the books.

If you go into this movie and know nothing about Jack Ryan you’ll probably enjoy it. If I think of it as not a Jack Ryan movie I enjoyed it. But the facts are Jack Ryan is the name and there is just enough there to make me remember what it’s supposed to be.

2/5 for Jack Ryan book fans

3/5 for everyone else

Man of Steel (2013)

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Directed By:

Zack Snyder

Starring:

Henry Cavill

Amy Adams

Russell Crowe

Kevin Costner

Plot:

A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race.

***Disclaimer***

The minute I saw the first trailer for this movie I was apprehensive. With all the grey I knew they were going to make Superman gritty and realistic, as realistic as possible anyway. That works fine with Batman, he has no superpowers, but I didn’t think they’d be able to do it with Superman. I still planned on seeing it in theaters, until Entertainment Weekly spoiled the ending for me. It infuriated me that they had Superman kill. Superman does not kill any more than Batman uses a gun.

I am not a Superman expert. All I know about him is what I’ve seen in the movies and what I read in a year of buying comics (I had to quit because it became an incredibly expensive addiction). I do have certain ideas that I think Superman should live up to though. This movie did not live up to those ideas.

Review:

My first reaction to the movie was Superman had some very obvious manscaping going on. Things just went downhill from there. The constant flash backs were annoying. The grey filter was overused. The fight scenes looked like video game cut scenes. Lois Lane kept popping up, sometimes with no reason. How the hell did she wind up with him there at the end? Superman, at least the Superman I know, is not vindictive. Also, gaping plot holes.

The movie wanted you to believe that he was just learning how to control his powers. That he was raised on a farm and then traveled the world doing odd jobs. Yet he was somehow able to defeat General Zod? Someone who had literally been bred to be a warrior. Even with his slight advantage of being more familiar with his powers Zod should have still been able to wipe the floor with him. They were over ambitious using Zod in the first movie and because of it he went out like a bitch. You’re telling me that a man bred to fight can’t get out of a choke hold? He has the same powers as Superman but with decades more fighting experience.

Maybe it’s not fair of me to review this movie since I went into it with such hatred. Whether it is or not I’ve done it.

1/5