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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Movie Review Red Sparrow (2018)

Movie Review - Red Sparrow            Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Red Sparrow
Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow
Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to join Sparrow School, a secret government program that transforms her into an agent who can manipulate, seduce and kill.


In the spirit of the novel, “Red Sparrow” the movie adaptation would probably be Borscht with Seasoned Ham: Combine a Tom Clancy thriller with an early James Bond picture, season liberally with last year’s “Atomic Blonde,” add a cup of the old Mad Magazine panel "Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy" and a pinch of both the 1942 film “Casablanca” and 1946’s “Notorious,” a puree in a blender, and serve chilled with vodka and vermouth on the side shaken, not stirred.

In “Red Sparrow,” prima ballerina Dominika Egorova suffers a grotesque injury during a performance and must say adios to the Bolshoi. As an alternative to losing her modest government-provided apartment and the health insurance she needs to care for her ailing mother, Dominika accepts a proposal from her creepy Uncle Ivan that she enroll in “Sparrow School,” a training program operated by Russian Intelligence.
Jason Matthews' original novel “Red Sparrow” employs an unusual literary device: Each chapter of the book includes a reference to a specific gourmet food and ends with a recipe for its preparation.
Derisively referred to by Dominika as “whore school,” the Sparrow program instructs female recruits in seduction techniques, for use on foreign operatives as a means of gaining secret information. “Red Sparrow” essentially details Dominika’s enrollment and vigorous training in the program, and her first secret assignment.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also guided the last three installments of the “Hunger Games” film series, “Red Sparrow” boasts first-class production values, including beautiful photography, music, and a supporting cast of professional actors riding on a sort of merry-go-round of international accents and inflections Brits and Americans using Russian inflections, an Australian affecting American cadences, and Mary-Louise Parker reciting her lines in her signature distracted southwestern drawl.

Unfortunately, “Red Sparrow” is plump and ponderous at 140 minutes, and filled with unnecessary characters, details, and plot twists and turns which will either keep viewers on their toes or hopelessly confuse them. There’s not a single subplot or peripheral character this picture couldn’t jettison as ballast to reduce “Red Sparrow” to a less-punishing running time of under two hours.

Among the players, Jeremy Irons with each new performance grows to resemble legendary horror star Boris Karloff so closely that aficionados of classic films of have taken to examining the actor’s neck for Frankenstein’s electrode bolts. Irons delivers a characteristically exacting and riveting performance as a highly-placed Russian spy with motives that will keep viewers surprised until the very end.

Charlotte Rampling as the matron of the Sparrow School is essentially playing a reheated version of the Lotte Lenya character from 1962’s “From Russia with Love” the scary, bad-tempered, uniform-clad spymaster. Rampling’s performance is also strongly reminiscent of her breakout performance in 1974’s “The Night Porter” which is to say that her character has more than a few kinks in her cable.

The Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts appears as creepy Uncle Ivan, Dominika’s sponsor in Sparrow School. Schoenaerts’ resemblance to Vladimir Putin is so eerily pronounced that it’s impossible to not imagine his character is based on the Russian president, if not actually played by him. And Mary-Louise Parker contributes a cameo performance as a US government employee who might have secrets for sale. Parker’s appearance is a breath of fresh air in a sometimes-repressive movie, but her hasty departure will leave viewers gasping.

The primary assets of “Red Sparrow” are the wonderfully seductive Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika, and Joel Edgerton as the CIA operative she’s sent to seduce. Essentially, Edgerton distracts the girls in the audience while Lawrence steals the picture. As anyone knows who’s seen Lawrence’s appearances as the villain Mystique in the “X-Men” film series, even covered in blue paint and without dialogue the Academy Award-winning actress finds a means of endearing herself to audiences of all ages and genders.

Although the teaming of Lawrence and Edgerton fails to generate the sparks necessary to ignite “Red Sparrow” into the grand romantic entertainment plainly intended by the filmmakers, both actors deliver persuasive and ingratiating performances. Lawrence’s role requires such physical punishment that viewers might wonder if the actress is performing penance for her appearance in the execrable “Mother!” a few months ago, a film so fatally pretentious that even the traditionally easygoing audiences polled by CinemaScore assigned it a grade of F.
“Red Sparrow” is receiving decidedly mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, although as usual Lawrence’s performance is being praised across the board. The picture has received an MPAA rating of R for nudity and violence, surprisingly little of which is gun-related.
This movie marks the reunion of director Francis Lawrence and actress Jennifer Lawrence, who made 3 of the 4 Hunger Games movies before. Here they go a very different direction, namely an ol' fashioned spy thriller drama, as if we're back in the Cold War (and maybe we actually are). The movie is very plot-driven and, I must admit, quite convoluted, so pay attention! even then, there's a good chance you'll get lost during some parts along the way. 
Lawrence truly takes the movie on her shoulders, appearing in virtually all scenes, and no-one is going to out-tough Jennifer Lawrence! Speaking of Jennifer which there are several extended torture scenes that are just brutal (I had to look away more than once). Besides Jennifer Lawrence, the movie also benefits from the performance of Belgium's Matthias Schoenaerts, in the role of the sinister no-good uncle. 
Charlotte Rampling equally delights in her small role as the sparrows teacher/trainer. The movie's production set is first class all the way, with Hungary standing in for Russia, and extended scenes in London and Vienna as well. Last but certainly not least, there is a warm orchestral score that plays prominently in the movie, courtesy of veteran composer James Newton Howard.

"Red Sparrow" opened wide this weekend, and I couldn't wait to see it. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was pretty much sold out, which is of course normal for a movie of this stature just opening. Whether it will have staying power, only time will tell. If you are a fan of a good spy story (even it it's a bit convoluted), or a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, you'll want to check this out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.
Author Jason Matthews is contracted by his publisher to write a sequel. If Jennifer Lawrence is going to appear in the film version, we should get in line now.
"Red Sparrow" (2018 release; 139 min.) brings the story of Dominika. As the movie opens, Dominika cares for her ailing mother, and then, while dancing ballet at the Bolshoi suffers a brutal leg injury (accident? or not?). We then go the "3 Months Later", when Dominika is forced by her uncle, the Vice Deputy of Security, to go to training school for sparrows (in return for which her ailing mom receives medical care). 
Sparrows are used by Russia to compromise enemies of the state in any way possible. "Every person is a human puzzle of need", they are taught. Dominika is tasked with finding a mole high up in the Russian government. To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Movie Review Kill The Messenger

Movie Review - Kill The Messenger          #Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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Kill The Messenger 2014

Kill The Messenger - Movie 2014
An investigative reporter (Jeremy Renner) attempts to prove the CIA used cocaine profits to fund the Contra rebels in this compelling political drama, based on a true story.


A powerful movie. can't believe it wasn't promoted or distributed more by Focus! It is a true story about Gary Webb, a Pulitzer prize investigative journalist, and his amazing family. Jeremy Renner did a fantastic job portraying Gary and deserved at least a nomination for best actor. Rosemarie Dewitt does a great job as Gary's wife Sue and their children -Ian, Eric & Christine- are also portrayed well. Gary's life met a tragic end and this movie certainly deserves more recognition.

A true story that is all about how illegal drugs were used strategically to fuel war in Nicaragua. This was described convincingly to be done in an attempt to finish off the Cold War. The United States government is soberly presented despite the content and lies. It is sad to know the war on drugs began around the same time the same government was covertly allowing drug cartel's corruptions to run free in Central and North America. 
The reality was not clear then, but that this did in fact occur to help boost the fight against the revolution across Central America. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is clearly defined when a news story is released describing what occurred and that the U.S. Government was aware of the import of Cocaine into the United States. The movie then shows a following cover up to suppress and eliminate the reporters story, witnesses, leads, and value. The movie shows a twisted reality with the news agencies themselves that are seemingly filled with fabrications, discrediting one or their own. 
The original news story is scary, foggy, and filled with the so called grey areas. This movie shows a side of the First Amendment and when it is manipulated to suppress the truth. This movie also shows a reality rarely presented to the United States public when it comes to government transparency. The same energy in the movie that created this story that could help the public in KILL THE MESSENGER, shows the reality of the First Amendment later being abused. Cover ups exist even with free speech, and is something that affected U.S. Citizens throughout history. 
There is a huge positive, and negative reality about the United States' war on drugs in KILL THE MESSENGER. Anyone interested in United States foreign policy, C.I.A. Central Intelligence Agency, Color of Law violations, F.B.I. Federal Bureau of Investigation, and United States history will find this movie to be very historical. If you like nonfiction this seems close to that genre. There is also a book the movie is mentioned to be based on which may be more direct, and to the point, discussing the exact details as to what started, and ended, the search for the truth. Reporting about the United States government is always risky if on the wrong end of the power surge. 
The lead character which is the reporter that discovered the controversial story ends up without any supporters, which is possibly why the title is KILL THE MESSENGER. The movie is definitely worth watching. If you ever watched the news, or believe in the importance of the freedom of speech this is a good movie for you.
It’s a story told well, it moves along quickly and the cast is excellent. Stay with the closing credits to find out how the story really ends. If you’re not a fan of Ronald Regan or the CIA you should like this movie. the movie also makes it pretty clear as to why the drug trade will probably never go away and why you’ll never win a war against it when so many are making so much off of it… and it’s rather an eye opening experience.
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Kill The Messenger 2014

  • Genres : Drama, Thriller, Mystery
  • Director : Michael Cuesta
  • Starring  : Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick
  • Supporting actors  : Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo, Hajji Golightly, Ted Huckabee, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lucas Hedges, Rosemarie DeWitt, Matt Lintz, Parker Douglas, Kai Schmoll, Joshua Close, Paz Vega, Aaron Farb, Barry Pepper, Tom Jordan, Clay Edmund Kraski, Yul Vazquez, Tim Blake Nelson
  • Studio : Focus Features
  • Subtitles : English
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Movie Review XXX: Return Of Xander Cage

Movie Review - XXX: Return Of Xander Cage

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XXX: Return Of Xander Cage

XXX: Return Of Xander Cage Movies 2018
When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs Super Spy Xander Cage. Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to save the world.


This movie follows in suit, with the not-quite-good guys fighting for the world. It opens up with a much wider array of X operatives, and brings in an entirely new crop of desirable "undesirables." Ruby Rose and Rory McCann liven up any bunch, and Donnie Yen is simply amazing with his acting and choreography/fight skills.

That said, there were a few ways that the film simply fell short of the franchise, and didn't live up to the original. By introducing so many new characters, it was impossible to develop each of them, so we were left with a token introduction to each one and one or two scenes that built off that introduction. It felt a bit glossed over and might have actually been better if fewer characters had been used. For instance, in the original XXX, the main team consisted of Xander, Gibbons, and Shavers, with Yelena trapped in the middle. The main antagonists were Yorgi, Kirill and Kolya. That's only six characters to really need to know anything about. This movie has Xander, Gibbons, Becky, Marke, Nicks, Adele, and Tennyson. Then there's the second team of Xiang, Serena, Talon, and Hawk. That's already eleven characters, and that's not counting the two different love interests they bring up for Xander.

It just seemed like they tried to cram a bit too much into this movie. I can appreciate the fact that they are trying to stick with the fact that Xander has always been a man who lives life to the fullest, but the addition of a current love interest for no apparent reason other than a 5 second long PG-13 sex scene didn't make much sense. It didn't enhance his reputation, nor did it really last long enough or show enough to be of any real entertainment. In my opinion, the entire scene could have been removed, and it wouldn't have detracted from the movie at all. In fact, removing it, and giving a bit more detail as to why he was visiting Ainsley specifically would have been much better. That scene, followed with his classic "the things I do for my country" line, are much more in line with his character.

I was also a bit sad to find out that Agent Shavers was not going to be in this movie, after the actor's, Micheal Roof, tragic death. He was one of the fundamentals of what made the series so good, and I caught myself wishing that he would pop up in scenes with some lame attempt at being cool. He will definitely be missed.

All in all, it was a decent movie. The action scenes were good. The comedic one-liners were good, and it had just enough moments of cheeky humor that we've come to expect from a XXX movie. It may not be as good as the original, but it's still a good action movie, and one that I would watch again. And I will be buying it to add to my Vin Diesel movie collection.
I liked the crazy action that drove the plot. Loved the crazy stunts too. I thought it was fun, adrenaline pumping, don't take it that seriously. Not intended to win an Oscar but doesn't mean it's any less entertaining. Oh the two chicks who doing their own rendition of Mr. and Mrs. Smith just knocking them out with the choreography and bullets was hot too.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Movie Review Get Out

Movie Review - Get Out

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Get Out

A young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.


This movie effortlessly addresses several forms of racism and discrimination of people of color through the horror genre. But, what makes this movie special, is that it stays pretty close to reality. Yes, some situations are exaggerated for the effect, but the conversations and body language are, to me, close to what happens between benevolent racists and people of color. If you look at this movie with more than just a scare in mind, you will probably walk away with a better understanding of what people of color live through each day (as I did), your eyes will be opened to the extent of the effects of racism, or you will applaud Peele for pushing the boundaries in Hollywood to bring the racism conversation more to center stage (as it damn well needs to be). Overall, 10/10, would watch and love and learn from again.
This is a kind of weird take on the horror movie theme, where racism is the monster/bad guy. It has kind of a Stepford Wives, pod-people feel to it. I will not go into the plot in much detail to avoid spoiling it, but the basics are that a black guy and his white girlfriend are going to her parent's house for the weekend. A situation he is uneasy about to begin with, but he discovers that her parents and the people in the town are more than what they seem to be. It is written and directed by Jordan Peele, of Key and Peele fame, and stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in the main roles with a strong supporting cast including Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, Catherine Keener, and Lil Rel Howery.

For those who get the blu-ray, the film looks and sounds very good. Especially for a non-special effects laden movie. For extras there is an alternate ending, about 23 minutes worth of deleted scenes, a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie, and a short Q and A with Peele and some of the cast members. There is also a commentary track on the movie with Peele. Good for what is there.

It is definitely not a movie that will appeal to everyone. Yes, there is a message about race relations, but it is not white-people bad, black-people good. It goes beyond that and tries to tell more of a "we are not in a post-racial division America" story. It wraps it in the horror movie/thriller genre where you want to yell at the characters "Get out of the house!" hence the name of the film. That said the main story being told is not overly complex, but is not meant to be. I think it is well written and acted, and can definitely be a topic of conversation.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Movie Review IT

Movie Review - IT

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IT
The horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids is faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.


I have never been a huge Stephen King fan, or a even a consumer of horror films. But, when I heard that a new movie was coming out based on the book by Stephen King, I decided to read the book itself. I found that I really enjoyed it and got into the story to the point that it was hard to put down! At over 1,000 pages, it took me a couple of weeks to finish it. I rarely go to the theater to see a movie anymore, but wait until the movie is available to stream before I watch it. 
I watched it a couple of days ago and I am very pleased with the adaptation. Of course due to the length of the book, not everything can be put into a movie like this, thus some things are missing like the Losers Club House in the Barrens, and the dam that Ben helped the kids rebuild after the bullies destroyed the first one, and the incident with Stan Uris at the Standpipe where the door opens, he enters and Stan hears voices claiming that they were "The Dead Ones", the children that had drowned there, etc. 
But these are less important parts of the story compared to the more powerful horror of confronting IT. Most of the scenes in the movie were as I had visualized them myself while reading the book. All in all I really enjoyed this movie and will likely watch it again very soon as there is so much detail. This version of IT definitely deserves a five star rating from me.

IT is a supernatural horror is almost always cheesy by definition but usually acceptable when rooted in something we can relate to, like going crazy in isolation (The Shining) or what happens when we dream (Nightmare on Elm Street). 'It' doesn't have the same element for us to relate to and is initially off-putting by the barely connected series of gory vignettes that strike individual characters one by one for the first 50 minutes. 
These set pieces, while random and nonsensical, are however generally well done enough to keep our interest - in addition to our interest being held by the underlying mystery provided by master story teller Stephen King. Indeed, what ultimately wins us over is the way in which this remake is done. 
The recreation of the period, the casting, the thoughtful background (and foreground) details and just the way the story moves - this is the kind of homage to 1980s movies that Netflix's 'Stranger Things' wish it was. Somehow ST gets a lot of accolades but 'It' shows you how you to reference Gremlins, Spielberg, Freddy Krueger et al while also telling a thumping good yarn of your own. Stick with 'It' through the first half ... There's a reason why this is the highest grossing horror movie of all time (dethroning 'The Exorcist' which was #1 with inflation-adjusted numbers).
Depending on your horror/thriller movie expectations, I give this a definite thumbs up!! And I have never liked clowns so it gets my senses on edge instantly!
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Movie Review Arrival

Movie Review - Arrival


When mysterious spacecraft land across the globe, expert translator Louise Banks is sent to decipher their intent. As tensions mount, Banks discovers the aliens' true purpose and, to avert global war, takes a chance that could threaten humanity.


This is a divisive film. You will love it or hate it, but you will have an opinion. Why are there such strong feelings? I think it results from the way the film was marketed. Critics came out raving about a new Sci-Fi film and called it wildly unpredictable. The public's interest was piqued. After all, it stars Jeremy Renner so it must be a Sci-Fi action movie, right? Maybe it's like a good Independence Day. Wrong! There is only one explosion in this film and I don't think there was a single gun fired. Whoa! What a letdown, right? No.

This is not a Sci-Fi action film. This is Sci-Fi in the same vein as Contact, Solaris, and 2001. Actually, it is very similar to 2001 in many ways and themes. If you thought 2001 was boring, you will hate this film. This is not a film about aliens. This is a film about how we react to adversity and uncertainty. You may have heard that this is a film about time travel. It's not. No one "travels" through time. This film is about supposing that time is relative (which we know it is) and perhaps even malleable if you understand it well enough. The key to understanding time in this film is language. One aspect I think the film got wrong is contrasting science and language. Science is a language. Science is a way to explain the phenomena around you in formulas that can be shared and duplicated with others i.e., a language. They are not adversarial, but the same.

One thing that surprised me greatly was the portrayal of the military. I think this is probably the truest representation of how military personnel would react. These aren't mindless soldiers. They are thinking human beings with human emotions thrust into a situation of unbelievable significance. Some handle it with fear and trepidation while others approach it with care and concern. If we are ever visited by an alien race, the event will transcend the military. It will transcend the government and even nations. The government does not own or have a right to police our access to foreign visitors. This film portrays very well the moral dilemmas between duty and human emotion.

Are there some problems with the film? Undoubtedly it could have added more steps of suspense along the way--just a few morsels to keep the suspense building even more. I think that would have eliminated some of the "boring" complaints. I also think Jeremy Renner did not belong in the film. He is an excellent actor and it's not like he doesn't act his role well, it's just that he brings too much "Jeremy Renner" baggage to the role for me to accept him completely. Amy Adams was perfect for this role, however.

You absolutely should watch this film if you like thinking about it afterwards. Nothing is spoon-fed to you in this film and you will NOT receive all the answers. Much is left open to your interpretation. It will leave you guessing to the very end. What would you do in the same situation?

If you thought 2001 was a masterpiece (it was) then you will love this film in much the same way. If you thought Independence Day was a masterpiece, don't waste your time watching this.
Having purchase the Blu-ray, I can now speak to it separately from the film. The picture is stunning and one of the best films I have seen. The colors are slightly muted, but I'm sure it's intentional. I just don't remember it being overly dark in the theater.

There are over 80 minutes of extras, although I am slightly apprehensive about watching them. They basically explain the whole point of the film which I feel is better left to your own interpretation. Those who don't like the film won't ever get a chance to see what it was about since they surely won't buy this, but the answers are there if you want them.
 
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Arrival

  • Genres : Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
  • Director : Denis Villeneuve
  • Starring  : Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
  • Supporting actors  : Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien, Tzi Ma, Abigail Pniowsky, Julia Scarlett Dan, Jadyn Malone, Frank Schorpion, Lucas Chartier-Dessert, Christian Jadah, Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld, Andrew Shaver, Pat Kiely, Sonia Vigneault, Mark Camacho, Sabrina Reeves, Julian Casey, Tony Robinow
  • Studio : Paramount Pictures
  • Format : Prime Video (Streaming Online Video)
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Movie Review Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Movie Review - Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back


When Army Major Susan Turner is framed for treason, Jack Reacher discovers she's the target of a massive government conspiracy. Together, they will risk everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.


A pretty good movie though not accurate to the books. However, author Lee Childs has given his approval. I have not read many of Mr. Childs' books, but my memory is that they have better and more believable plots. In this movie, Reacher is a highly decorated near legend but he has no "old boy or girl" network to call upon in times of trouble? Instead, he asks for help from a relatively new and low ranking NCO with whom he renewed his acquaintance by chance.

The military aspects of the movie do not seem correct. When I was a military police investigator in the Mississippi National Guard, military policemen (women too) were enlisted personnel. CID were NCO'S and warrant officers. Commissioned officers commanded, lead and supervised. They did not perform police duties. They certainly did not escort and guard prisoners. I streamed this movie via Amazon Prime.
This film finds Reacher with something more to protect than the first one. Plenty of action and pay back. The addition of a resourceful, smart teenage girl adds a welcome new dynamic to Reacher's world. This film delivers what fans would expect with a bit of a surprise. This ends up being something of a buddy movie as Jack helps his friend clear her name from some very nasty rouge elements. Recommended for fans of the series.
 
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

  • Genres : Thriller, Adventure, Action, Mystery
  • Director : Edward Zwick
  • Starring  : Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
  • Supporting actors  : Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper, Judd Lormand, Christopher Berry, Hunter Burke, Jason Douglas, Lizeth Hutchings, Marisela Zumbado, Alexandra Lucchesi, Madalyn Horcher, Robert Catrini, Anthony Molinari, Theo Kypri, Talbott Lin, M. Serrano
  • Studio  : Paramount Pictures
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Movie Review 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Movie Review 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

From director Michael Bay, 13 HOURS is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012.
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini
Runtime: 2 hours, 24 minutes 
 
13 Hours does a phenomenal job of recounting the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. Regardless of the politics surrounding the Benghazi attacks, the film does an excellent job of examining the events that led up to the attack, as well as showcasing the heroism of the men that fought to defend American citizens. It gives a moving glimpse into the experiences of U.S. military personnel and the realities of combat.

I was worried that the film would be diluted by political commentary, but it isn't. The politics surrounding the event are touched on briefly, but are by no means a prominent theme in the film. It keeps the focus on the men that fought bravely to defend the U.S. compounds and save lives. Wonderful film.
 
Fantastic movie. I can stream this free thanks to Prime, but I'm picking up the blu-ray cause I like voting with my wallet. And this movie deserves all the positive votes it can receive.

Many would classify me as a hardcore conservative. Maybe I am. I believe in the Bible front-to-back, God first, family second, country third. I support our troops. Doesn't mean I condone every military action our nation is involved in, but the men and women on the front line- I support them. I want them all to accomplish their mission and then return home safe and sound.

This is a movie about those men. It shows their sacrifice, their courage, even their weakness (soldiers get scared too).

Love this movie. I don't consider it biased in anyway. Be that pro-conservative, anti-us-military, etc. It's a movie that focuses on the soldiers, tells their story. That's it. No political BS thrown in.

So freaking awesome. Watch this movie. It is amazing.
 
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Michael Bay
Starring John Krasinski, James Badge Dale
Supporting actors Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier, David Costabile, Payman Maadi, Matt Letscher, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, David Giuntoli, Kevin Kent, David Furr, Mike Moriarty, Freddie Stroma, Kenny Sheard, Andrew Arrabito, Christopher Dingli
Studio Paramount Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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