Movie Review: The Equalizer (2014)

An action movie starring Denzel? Where do I sign?

Ladies and gents… “The Equalizer”.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man with a dark and mysterious past that he has put behind himself. When we meet him he lives a quiet and happy life working at a hardware store. However, when a local girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) gets the shit beaten out of her by some Russian gangsters, McCall gets back into action to try to stop the assholes. And now we have a tale of an older man kicking the asses of bad dudes because of a young girl and holy shit, this is “Taken”. Okay fine, it’s not exactly like “Taken”, but you can’t deny the similarities. With that said, the plot here is not great. It’s not bad, but it’s also not the most compelling or interesting. There’s also a bunch of side stories to it. You have the main one which is McCall in trouble with the Russians, but then you also have various side plots featuring him helping people out. Combine all these side things with a main plot that is really average and you get a little bit of a mess. Again, not bad. It’s just… fine.

The characters in this movie are all pretty entertaining and surprisingly interesting. Robert McCall is a character that we don’t know a lot about in the movie, but he’s still interesting. You can tell that those eyes have seen some shit. And Denzel Washington is awesome in the role,but you knew that already… IT’S DENZEL! Chloë Grace Moretz isn’t in the movie for too long, but she does give a really good performance as this young and troubled woman. Marton Csokas (How the fuck do you pronounce his last name, send help) plays the main bad guy of the movie and this is a character that you can tell knows what the hell he’s doing. And Csokas (seriously, help) is great in the role even though he always seems like he’s two seconds away from letting out an evil cackle. David Harbour plays one of Csokas’ (please) helpers/allies, and he’s really good. We also get Haley Bennett as a prostitute and she gives a really good performance. Overall it’s a very well acted movie.

The score was composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and it was really good. It was dramatic, tense, exciting, and overall fit the movie very well. There were also a bunch of licensed tracks troughout the movie and they were used very well too.

This movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua and I think he did a really good job. Overall it is a really good looking movie that perfectly captures the uneasy and grimy feel of Boston’s underworld. And the action scenes in the movie are quite fun. What I especially like about them is that McCall doesn’t just a grab a gun and start some simple shooty-bang-bang against the bad guys, but he more often than not will figure out some creative/brutal way to dispatch of the assholes. He’s basically a more violent version of Kevin McCallister from “Home Alone”. By the way, the brutal thing I mentioned isn’t just a simple “oh, there’s a little bit of violence here”, oh no. This movie is really violent, which means there’s a good amount of blood being spilled in this movie. Just saying that if anyone out there is really squeamish. Me on the other hand… yeah, I had fun.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 60% postive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/10. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“The Equalizer” is a flawed but still really solid action-thriller. It has an okay plot, pretty good characters, great performances, great music, and really good directing. My main problem with the movie stems from the plot thing I mentioned earlier in the review. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “The Equalizer” is an 8,99/10. So even though it’s flawed I’d say that it’s worth buying.

My review of “The Equalizer” is now completed.

Based on an old TV-show… okay.

Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

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Do I really need to say something? My love of westerns has been proclaimed on this blog so many times that it should be burnt into your brains by now. So yeah… let’s review a western.

Ladies and gents… “The Magnificent Seven”!

The town of Rose Creek is being held under the boot of the villainous Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). So it’s up to a band of badasses led by Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) to get over there to save the town and stop Bogue. It’s a tale that’s been told a million times. The plot in this movie does nothing new in terms of drama, but I didn’t really mind. You can tell that the plot here wasn’t meant to be an epic masterpiece that would grip us with it’s impressive dramatic heft. It’s just aiming to retell a classic plot for a newer generation without pandering to a certain demographic. And I thought the plot here was realy fun and pretty well realized.

The characters in this movie are all so fun and entertaining. Denzel once again knocked it out of the park, but there was never any doubt about that… it’s Denzel, he’s awesome! Chris Pratt was very likable and fun in his role as this gunslinger who likes card tricks and also being a little bit of a jerk. Ethan Hawke was great as troubled sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (actual name, I love it). Byung-hun Lee played Ethan Hawke’s sidekick/friend and he was really cool in the movie. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo played the outlaw of the gang, Vazquez, and he was really fun. Martin Sensmeier played the native American man Red Harvest, and he was a badass. Then we have Vincent D’Onofrio as the human bear, Jack Horne… how do I put it? He was really over the top… and I fucking loved it. D’Onofrio is an actor who knows how to be over the top in a role in just the right way, and that is exactly what was shown here… and he was awesome. Peter Sarsgaard was just the right amount of slimeball as Bogue, and he did it very well. And Haley Bennett was great as this determined young woman that hires Chisolm to help the town out. Overall, the cast was really good.

The music in this movie went through some interesting developments. It was originally set to be composed by James Horner, who had begun working on it before filming even began. However he sadly passed away before it could be officially finished, so the task was given to Simon Franglen to finish it. And the score for this movie is great. Tense, exciting, fun… perfectly fitting for the movie, really elevating a lot of the scenes. What was also kind of fun was that they played the theme from the original “Magnificent Seven” during the end credits. So you could say that the music in this movie was quite… magnificent (*crickets*). Jokes aside, rest in peace Mr. Horner… you did great and you are missed.

This movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua, a director I’m a bit of a fan of. And he proved once again that he is a really good director. This movie looks terrific, some of the shots actually made me go “Wow!”. Also, the action here is pretty badass. When action is happening in this movie, it is fast-paced, intense, fun, and awesome! There are a few standout moments in this movie, and those moments are two pretty badass shootouts. This movie was also surprisingly violent for PG-13. I’m not saying that there was a ton of blood and gore, but it gets pretty violent for a PG-13 movie. I’m not saying it gets quite as brutal as “Casino Royale”, but it is still pretty violent.

This movie has gotten some pretty good reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 63% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 54/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“The Magnificent Seven” is an incredibly fun western movie. Is it a mindblowing and dramatically impressive film? No, but that was never the point of this film. It has a fun plot, great characters, great performances, great music, great directing, and great action. Time for my final score. *Quick draws envelope*. My final score for “The Magnificent Seven” is a 9,54/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “The Magnificent Seven” is now completed.

More movies like this, please.

The “Magnificent Seven” remake just got a trailer

Evenin’ to y’all, hope yer all enjoyin’ yerselves. I’m sorry, I can’t keep that going throughout this thing, would be much easier with my voice instead of my keyboard. But why did I go all southern and cowboy-y? Well if you couldn’t read the title of the post, we have finally gotten a trailer for Sony’s/MGM’s remake of the western classic “The Magnificent Seven”. Sinful cinematic confession… I haven’t actually seen the original 60’s film starring every big-name actor of that time. But with this movie coming out later this year, I just might have to finally check it out. Also the TV-show starring Michael Biehn, that might just finally be watched.
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So for anyone unfamiliar, the story of this is about a group of cowboys coming together to protect a village against savage thieves. Here’s the fun part though… the original “Magnificent Seven” is originally based on a Japanese movie by Akira Kurosawa about a group of samurai (yes, that’s the plural) who come together to help a village out. As you probably know by now, I absolutely love westerns, it’s practically my favorite genre of film. So of course I was interested in seeing this based on that fact, but then it also happens to feature some pretty cool things in it that makes it seem even more interesting. First off, it’s directed by Antoine Fuqua, a man who truly knows what the hell he’s doing behind that camera. Secondly, the cast is absolutely terrific, featuring people like Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard and many more. And third… the trailer is pretty fuckin’ awesome. It features some decent lines, some really cool action and a really badass cover of “House of the Rising Sun”. I was a bit skeptical before, but after seeing this I am totally on board.
While not having gotten an official release date here in Sweden yet, you US and UK people will get it on the 23rd of September of this year.
Are you guys excited to see this movie? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Have a good one!

Movie Review: Southpaw (2015)

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It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge
Of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the
Eye of the tiger

Ladies and gentlemen… “Southpaw”.

Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is boxer, and a damn good one at that. I mean the guy is the junior middleweight world champion. Well, he is that until something happens. Something that makes him lose everything. So now he has to find a way to work his as back up in life, and for that he takes help/training from Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker). And I have to say that rarely have the plot of a movie depressed me as much as “Southpaw”. Without spoiling anything, let me just say that Billy’s life goes from fine, to bad, to shit, to lowest low. And with his life falling down, so goes your emotional dominoes. That’s right, the plot made me feel like shit and I think that is a bit of a plus. I even have to admit that there were a few points where I almost teared up a bit. Sure, the story is cliché in a lot of ways, but the movie uses those clichés to it’s advantage and that is a good reason for me to like it.

I think it goes without saying that Jake Gyllenhaal is fucking phenomenal in the movie as boxer Billy Hope. Te guy has proven himself time and time again that he is one of the best actors working today and this is jsut another example of his talents. He commits to the role both physically and mentally and is perfect in the role. Forest Whitaker gives one of, if not the best performance of his in recent years. Rahcel McAdams is also really good as Gyllenhaal’s wife. 50 Cent is also in this movie, basically playing Jake Gyllenhaal’s manager and he is actually realld good in the role. In the movie we also have relative newcomer Oona Laurence playing Gyllenhaal’s daughter and I would say she gives a damn fine performance. I rarely like child performances, but she was really good in the movie. Everybody did a great job in the movie.

The score for the movie was provided by the late (and great) James Horner. It is emotional, it is a little thought-provoking and it is pretty damn good. And the use of all the licensed rap songs is perfect. Sure, if you’re not a fan of rap music then you might not enjoy them, but I liked the songs and I thought they fit perfectly.

This movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua and you notice that he was very passionate about this project. You can see how much effort he put down to make sure this movie was as well directed as possible. The overall direction is great, but where it excels is in the boxing scenes which are intense, fierce and brutal. I especially kind of love the first-person shots they sometimes do where you see the actor throw punches at the camera and you see it weave away and dodge, those shots were really cool. Here is a little fun fact for you: This movie was intended as a follow-up to “8 Mile”, this movie was even set to star Eminem. But since there were some scheduling conflicts, Eminem had to drop out and the part went to Gyllenhaal, which may or may not have been for the better.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 59% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

“Southpaw” is a movie that features a pretty cliché story that actually uses the clichés to it’s advantage while also having great emotion, great acting, great music and great directing. Time for my final score. AAAAAAAHHHHHH! My final score for “Southpaw” is a 9,84/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPOVAL!”.
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Review of “Southpaw” is now completed.

Did you see how much Gyllenhaal beefed up for this? Jesus Christ.

Movies left in 2015 I am looking forward to

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How are you doing, guys? Personally I am doing great with summer vacation going on. Anyway, I am here to just tell you what movies left in 2015 I am excited about. And to be completely clear, these are in no particular order, these are just movies in general I am looking forward to. So let’s stop standing around like a bunch of jackasses in a circle and get this going!

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
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Let’s get the obvious shit out of the way first with what I would assume will be the highest grossing movie of this year, “Star Wars episode VII: The Force Awakens”. Just like everyone else I am looking forward a lot to “Star Wars” because it is motherfucking “Star Wars”! Some people are skeptical because of J.J. Abrams directing, I however am excited to see what he brings to the table considering his “Star Trek” reboot was fucking awesome (in my opinion). So yeah… “Star Wars”.

Ant-Man.
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Again, getting the obvious stuff out of the way first. That’s right, I am really looking forward to seeing Marvel’s next movie “Ant-Man”. If you remember a long time ago, I did put it on my “Most Anticipated Movies of 2015” list. It was fairly high on that list. And even though Marvel can do no wrong these days I might be wrong about it. I mean, I was wrong about “Blackhat” which turned out to not be that great… but this is Marvel, not modern Michael Mann, so I think it will go well.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
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You guys all know that I love Tom Cruise, he’s a great actor and I have a lot of respect for him as well for doing all of his own stunts. And this time he has out-triumphed himself with his foolishness by climbing on a plane taking off. First the Burj Khalifa, now a plane. What’s next, riding on the outside of a real life rocket? Tom, if you’re reading this… DON’T, NO!

Spectre.
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IT is a new “James Bond” movie directed by Sam Mendes who did “Skyfall” (which I have not seen yet, I know, shame on me). But I did see Mendes’ movie “Road to Perdition” and that movie was awesome and I did see “Casino Royale” so I know Daniel Craig will be great as Bond. This will probably be a great movie as well.

The Martian.
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It is a sci-fi movie starring Matt Damon (who is awesome) and is directed by Ridley Scott (who is awesome). What is not to be excited for!? Okay fine, Ridley Scott has had some missteps these past few years, but remember that this is the same guy that gave us “American Gangster”, “Alien”, “Gladiator” and “Blade Runner: The Final Cut”. Trust me, I got hope in this project. Also, come on guys, “Prometheus” wasn’t THAT BAD!

Bridge of Spies.

Next up is a spy-drama with the always successful combination of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Now they are taking on the cold war and spies. This is what dreams are made of, all of these awesome details. This will probably be great based on the earlier collaborations of these two.

Southpaw.
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This movie has such a combination of factors that it is almost unbelievable. I will try to round them up as decently as I can because this movie over the past few months has earned my interest more and more to the point of it becoming one of my most anticipated of the year.
1: The plot is about a boxer’s life going from hit to shit… that sounds great.
2: It is directed by Antoine Fuqua who made “Training Day” and “Shooter”, both of which I haven’t seen in a long time. But I remember liking them, so that’s something!
3: It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, one of my favorite actors who has proven himself these past 10 years that he is one of the greatest actors living today.
4: It is written by Kurt Sutter, the creator of “Sons of Anarchy”, one of my favorite TV-shows of all time. And I remember that show having some great writing, so that is good.
5: The soundtrack was done by Eminem. If you don’t like his music, that’s fine but don’t scold me for liking it! I like his music and I do think it might fit in this movie. And that is the final nail in this coffin.

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This might be the movie I am looking forward to the most out of all ones left this year. I know, more than “Star Wars” which I am still looking forward to more than you’d believe. But there is a strange allure to this movie that just makes it more interesting to me than “Star Wars”. I guess it might be because of the excellent cast including Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. It might also be because of this movie being directed by Denis Villeneuve who made “Prisoners” which most likely will stay my favorite movie of 2013 because of how amazing that is.

So those are the movies I am most excited to see in the second half of 2015. What are some of yours? Comment below and let me know!

Have a good one!