Hollywood has its own share of good, bad & worse movie remakes. This Friday we have ‘Death Wish’ starring Bruce Willis, which is a remake of 1974 cult vigilante action film of the same name. Let’s see where this film stands.
Paul Kersey is a surgeon and is living happily with his wife and daughter. One night when he is at work his wife Lucy, played by Elisabeth Shue, and daughter Jordan, played by Camila Morone, are attacked by a gang of burglars. Lucy is killed while Jordan is left in a coma. The police not being able to deliver any justice, Paul takes the matters into his own hands.
The transformation of the character of Paul from a mild-mannered surgeon to a bad ass vigilante is flawed. It lacks authenticity and the emotional punch. Bruce Willis mostly has one expression throughout the film, which kind off makes it dry and unwatchable. Unfortunately, this is maybe Bruce Willis’s worst movie till date.
Director Eli Roth fails completely to make even a decent revenge action thriller. Most of the action scenes are very average and could have been more brutal considering the theme of the movie. We also have Vincent D’Onofrio (the villain from Daredevil) playing the role of Paul’s ex-con brother. A good actor like him is given nothing much to do and has no impact on the story.
Death Wish takes the serious topic of vigilante violence and reduces it to a forgettable revenge drama. To save your precious time & money kindly skip this movie.
Rating: 💋 & 1/2
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, Camila Morrone
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes
The audience is aware of the type of films Marvel makes. This Friday we have Black Panther, which is the 18th film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Will this be a typical superhero flick or maybe something different? Let’s find out.
After the death of his father during the attack on the United Nations in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa takes over as the new king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, the most powerful and technologically advanced country in the world. T’Challa has to defend his throne and protect the people of Wakanda from any external threats.
Chadwick Boseman brings conviction and sincerity to the character of Black Panther. Also look out for Letitia Wright, who plays T’Challa’s techie and fun sister, Shuri. The character of Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, is one of the best villains in the Marvel Universe because of his realistic and relatable motivations. At some point in the story, you even feel sympathetic for him. So the question arises is he the real villain?
This film brings a freshness to the whole Marvel franchise because of the world of Wakanda which balances tradition and modernity with style. Also, an all-black cast is a pretty rare sight in the Marvel Universe! The background score is good with some foot tapping rap elements blended in. There are some great action sequences too, which are a visual treat.
The CGI looks unfinished at many places which you can easily point out. The story is predictable, but that never is the focus of any Marvel movie, is it?
Overall, Black Panther is an entertaining adventure film with many laughable moments. Grab a popcorn and enjoy the film.
Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
Duration: 134 minutes
The trailer of 15:17 to Paris wasn’t that exciting and did not reveal much about the story. But being a Clint Eastwood film, everyone had high expectations from it. Let’s find out whether this film delivers that or not?
Based on a true story of three American friends, who took down a terrorist on a speeding train from Amsterdam to Paris and avoided a massacre from happening. With no real actors casted for the lead roles, we have Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone playing themselves.
Clint Eastwood, the veteran director who has many good and classic films under his name, turns this headline-grabbing true story into a boring film. The theme of the story is about ordinary people showing extraordinary courage and saving people’s lives, which is nothing new to look for.
Emotionally it’s a flat film. There are no high points in the film at all. The terrorist attack event comes only in the last 10 minutes of the film. The remaining 90 minutes or so focus on how the three characters meet, many things happen in their lives and they end up together on the train to Paris. The style of direction is kind of similar to the film ‘Sully’ where the facts are kept real with no theatrics.
The 15:17 to Paris clearly shows that a single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but may not necessarily make for a transformative film.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasani
Duration: 94 minutes
Maze Runner: The Death Cure hit theatres after almost 3 years of the second instalment of the Maze Runner Franchise. With such a long gap, many may have even forgotten the series by now. Let’s see whether this film was worth the wait or not.
The story takes off right after where the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ended. After escaping from the evil Wicked Corporation, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and his friends now want to save their friend Minho and others who are still imprisoned and used as lab rats. But Wicked Corporation will do anything to find the cure for the virus and save the human race.
The movie starts with a good action sequence which really sets up high expectations. Unfortunately, they are not met as the movie moves forward. The focus of the story is mostly on Thomas’s mission to save other people from Wicked Corp. Finding the cure for the deadly virus takes a back seat and only comes forward in the end. Being the final film of the trilogy the climax of the story could have been better.
We see fewer zombies this time and more neatly designed action sequences. The story is quite predictable and doesn’t have many twist and turns. The obstacles seemed a little easy for Thomas & team which kind of brings down the fun. We also see Nathalie Emmanuel from Fast & Furious just for 2 frames in the whole movie. Why was she even there?
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is another average action thriller film. Fans may enjoy it but we’d suggest you give this one a skip.
Rating: 💋💋& 1/2
Genre: Action, Thriller
Directed by: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen
Duration: 141 minutes
Netflix has already changed the way tv shows are made by giving us gems like House of Cards, Stranger Things, Narcos and many others. It’s latest attempt to replicate the same magic with movies is the fantasy-action-drama Bright.
The story takes place in what seems like modern-day Los Angeles, where Fairies are common like insects, Orcs are lower caste minorities, Elves are the elite people and humans are between both of them. One day two reluctantly paired police officers: Daryl Ward (played by Will Smith) and Nick Jakoby ( played by Joel Edgerton) stumble upon a rare magic wand, which has the power to destroy mankind.
Bright’s high concept certainly grabs the attention but takes around 20 minutes to get into the groove. The movie also attempts to address issues of racism and the social caste system. Writer Max Landis successfully manages to mix up multiple themes into the story but fails to explore the full potential of the concept. Maybe the recently announced sequel will do the justice to the concept.
The chemistry between the lead pair is the highlight of the film. Director David Ayer adds a lot of style and detailing to create this new world. Also, the action sequences are a good mix of heavy weaponry and magic.
Bright has all the elements of a typical Hollywood blockbuster i.e comedy, hard-hitting action, fantasy, sci-fi and an interesting concept. Give it a try and you won’t regret it.
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Drama
Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Édgar Ramírez, Ike Barinholtz
Duration: 118 minutes
Winston Churchill has been portrayed in many Movies & TV shows. In the Darkest Hour, he is played by Gary Oldman who won many awards for his portrayal of the iconic leader and it may be one of his best performances yet. Let’s find out if the movie lives up to its expectation.
The story begins during the second world war when Hitler is aggressively taking over Europe and advancing towards England. The opposition wants a new prime minister to lead the country in the time of crisis and Winston Churchill is elected to take over the reigns of Britain. It is his turn to make a mark in history.
The movie tells us a lot about Churchill as a person, which includes his positives and as well as negatives. The struggle of Churchill to do the right thing when almost everyone and everything is against him, forms the crux of the movie. Director Joe Wright smartly uses the camera and background score to make even monotonous scenes, very enjoyable.
However, If you have already seen Nolan’s Dunkirk and The Crown by Netflix, there is nothing new in terms of story. The narrative gets sluggish in the middle, but picks up at the end. What keeps you engaged is the performance by Gary Oldman, who successfully brings alive Winston Churchill and makes us feel sorry and also proud of him.
If you enjoy watching pure dramas with good performances, you can definitely go for Darkest Hour.
Directed by: Joe Wright
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn
Duration: 125 minutes