Action/Adventure

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true identity.

My review: Despite the initial uproar with Gal Gadot playing the iconic super hero; after viewing the movie I’ve determined she was perfect for the role. While helping to solidify the opening to the DC cinematic universe; this was a much needed basic origin story. Growing up with Lynda Carter’s version of the character; I went into this viewing with an open mind, and this modern day version didn’t disappoint. Even though the movie itself was loaded with CGI effects, it had a darker tone to it much like the previous DC movies that will tie together with the Justice League movie. It will be interesting to see how well the different character personalities will mesh onscreen once together.

The scores:
Action/Violence: 5/10
Language: 0/10
CGI effects blending well into the movie: 3/10
Appealing to comic book fans and not straying too far from source material: 8/10
Should you watch?: 8/10

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Action/Adventure · Horror

Don’t Breathe (2016)

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Synopsis: Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn’t as helpless as he seems.

The review: the quote on the art poster claims this is the best American horror movie of the last 20 years. That’s not really saying much about the American film industry. The synopsis alone pretty much tells the whole story.
3 thieves break into a blind mans house, blind man dishes out visually impaired justice. Somehow the story takes a turn though and the thieves end up being the sympathetic character. Personally I would’ve rather watched a movie about 50 thieves breaking into the home and Stephen Lang (The blind man) brutally massacres the entire lot of them. There are some tense moments during the film where Lang is walking around trying to find the thieves’ but other than that it’s just a movie about a blind guy with a gun shooting at every noise he hears. The end

I read this was a pretty successful movie financially speaking’ and there’s talk of a sequel; so maybe part 2 will have my 50 theive slaughterfest.

The score:
Language: 2/10
Nudity: 0/10
Blood/gore: 1/10
Thinking Stephen Lang is still a badass at the end of the movie: 6/10
Should you watch? 5/10

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Action/Adventure · Horror

The Belko Experiment (2017)

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In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high rise corporate office in Begota, Columbia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

I love these movies. It’s not that there is an original story here, or that I’m just a sucker for senseless killing on film’ but watching how this experiment plays out with all of the characters, and how they eventually devolve into self preservation; that’s what I enjoyed watching. there were a few characters I wished would have lingered around longer than they did, but on a small budget of only 5 million dollars I can understand the need to eliminate a few so soon. No spoilers given but of course they set it up for a possible sequel in the future. The practical effects i the film are also one of the highlights. No animated blood spraying, no fake flash of gunfire’ just good old makeup and fake blood.

The scores:
Language 3/10
Nudity 0/10
Blood/gore 4/10
Dolls on tricycles asking to play a game: 0/10
Should you watch?: 6/10

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Action/Adventure · Horror

The Supernaturals (1986)

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Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek) is an army sergeant who leads her platoon into the woods of the Deep South on a training exercise. Unfortunately, it is the site where a bunch of yankee soldiers murdered a town of confederates. The corpses of the dead soldiers rise up to wreak revenge.

If you watched the first 10 minutes and then skipped to around the 45 minute mark; you really wouldn’t miss much of the movie. If you’re looking for a good zombie movie this isn’t it’ the corpses are all ghost. If you’re looking for a good ghost movie….this isn’t it either. Now, if you’re looking for a good movie…..ok, this still isn’t it. I, honestly was expecting a little more when I started this flick. It’s a pretty slow burn, and what little action scenes there are felt pretty flat.

The score:
Violence/murder/mayhem/ anything to get this above a 0 score: 2/10
Annoying background music that has an upbeat tone to it when it’s supposed to be serious: 5/10
Nichelle Nichols giving some younger soldiers some sassy lip: 5/10
Should you watch this movie?: 1/10.

Just skip out on this movie, but if you do decide to view it; here’s the full length movie

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Action/Adventure · Sci-fi

Dreamscape (1984)

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A government funded project looks into using psychics to enter people’s dreams, with some mechanical help. When a subject dies in his sleep from a heart attack Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid) becomes suspicious that another of the psychics is killing people in the dreams somehow and that is causing them to die in real life.

So, it’s not Freddy Krueger butchering teens in their sleep, but this movie adds a touch of action and sci-fi to the myth of dying in a dream causing death in reality. The special effects are dated, but it really doesn’t take much away from the film. George Wendt of cheers fame makes a few appearances throughout the movie as well.

Movie score:
Language: 1/10
High tech applications being run on old green screen monitors 5/10
The urge to shout out NORRRMMM during every Wendt appearance 10/10
Should you watch?: 5/10

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Action/Adventure · Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Synopsis: in the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

I’m not familiar with the Manga in which the movie is based off of, so I cannot attest to how accurate or how far it strays from the source material.
The movie itself seemed to fall pretty flat; the CGI effects often felt cartoonish; and I know Hollywood can do better; other times it was visually entertaining. With that being said the film seemed to drag on despite the numerous action scenes, and honestly I couldn’t wait for it to end. I’m not one to get into the whole “White Washing” topic with films, but I felt Scarlett Johansson was possibly the wrong pick for the lead character.

The scores:
Language: 1/10
Action scenes: 4/10
Plot: 3/10
Nudity: 1/10 (ScarJo in a flesh suit counts right?)
Should you watch?: 2/10. The few times that the CGI didn’t look painfully obvious, it was visually appealing

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Action/Adventure · Sci-fi

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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One of my favorite modern sci-fi films; Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and the late great Bill Paxton; is essentially Groundhog’s day (The movie that set the standard for repeating a day over and over), and every other alien invasion story. Cruise’s character gets thrown onto the battlefield against his will and ends up sacrificing himself to kill an alien attacker which in turn coats him in blood enabling him to relive the day again. Upon awakening at the start of the day (Again) he must figure out a way to stop the alien invasion and save the planet; the downside being he has to die each and every day in order for the day to reset. The ending may or may not leave the viewer confused as to what’s going on; but rest assured a sequel is coming that I’m sure will tidy everything up sooner or later

The scores:
Language: 1/10
Nudity: 0/10
The joy of watching Tom Cruise’s character die repeatedly 10/10
Should you watch?: 8/10

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