Watch Dogs Legion E3 2019 Trailer

I promise, some day soon, I’ll stop writing E3 posts. But for now… MORE E3 BULLSHIT, WEEEEEE!

So through E3, legendary video game developer Ubisoft has revealed “Watch Dogs Legion”, which is the third game in the action franchise. The first one was about a lonely hacker seeking revenge. The second one I never played, but looks to be about some hackerific street gang. And this one is apparently about a near-future London that is under a totalitarian rule, and you have to use your hacking skills in combination with a sense of resistance to unfuck Great Britain. Two things:
1. I’m excited to see a major open world title set in a British environment for once… no reason, just fun to get away from the states or wastelands a bit.
2. Did Guy Ritchie write this fucking trailer? Because I’m getting very “Snatch”-seque vibes from it.
Either way, this looks to be interesting. I enjoyed the first “Watch Dogs”, even though I recognize that it has a fair bit of flaws. And people tell me that the sequel is even better. So who know, maybe third time’s the charm? “Watch Dogs Legion” is set to be released March 6th 2020.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “Watch Dogs Legion”? And fuck it… what’s your favorite Guy Ritchie movie? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy.

Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

Keanu fucking Reeves. Started out promisingly in comedies, dramas, and various action flicks. Then around 2008 he kind of dropped off the mainstream map after a few… less than critically well received movies. Then in 2014 he starred in “John Wick”, which gave his career the adrenaline boost it needed. And now he seems to be back on top. And I say, good for him. So let’s talk about his latest flick. Oh, and spoilers for the end of “John Wick: Chapter 2”, because that ties into this… sorry.

Ladies and gentlemen… “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”.

After killing a member of the High Table, the ever tenacious John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is rendered excommunicado, with a 14 million dollar bounty on his head, and must fight for survival as he encounters trouble at every corner. So now we have our constantly moving action story. From a storytelling perspective, these movies aren’t what you’d call “high art”. But I don’t need that. It’s just our hero being relentlessly pursued in an interesting, very comic book-esque world. And that makes for a fun bit of garnish in-between all the shooty-bang-bangs and fisticuffs. The story is present enough that it adds something to the experience, but not so up its own ass that it distracts from everything else. It’s fun.

The characters in this are colorful and pretty interesting. Just like I mentioned with the plot, they feel very much like they’re ripped right out of a comic book. Keanu Reeves of course returns as title character John Wick. A man who lost everything, then is given a new chance, and then shit hits the fan again. He’s endured a lot, and I find him to be a strong and engaging action protagonist that I care about a fair bit. He even gets some decent development here too. And Reeves is really good in the role. And the supporting cast, which includes people like Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, and many more, is pretty fucking good.

As with the previous two movies, the score for “Parabellum” was composed by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard. And like the previous two movies, this score is awesome. It once again takes the approach of mixing very electronic stuff with some sick rock beats and occasional guitar screeching to make a sound that is distinctly “John Wick”. And it’s just as tense, exciting, badass, and pleasing to my ears as the last two times.

Chad Stahelski returned to direct this third entry in the franchise he helped create. And dude’s direction just gets better with each iteration. A clear focus, wonderful long takes, and a great sense of energy. The cinematography by Dan Laustsen is absolutely breathtaking, with some beautiful use of colors. And let’s talk about the thing we all watch these movies for: The action. Fuck me, it is amazing. It’s real, it’s visceral, it’s fun, it’s violent, it’s clear… it just comes together beautifully. You can see everything that happens, which also let’s you see just how much work has gone into the fucking choreography. There are also some rather creative kills throughout the movie too, and they add even more to it. It’s very well crafted, this movie.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10.

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is one of the most impressive action movies of this decade, and I absolutely loved it. It has a good plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing/cinematography/action. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is a 9,89/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is now completed.

You’d think the people constantly coming after John would take a hint that you don’t fuck with the Baba Yaga.

Movie Review: Mission Impossible 3 (2006)

Holy shit, we’re already at the third part in my “Mission Impossible” review series. Time sure flies. Well, I guess we should jump into it like a Tom Cruise stunt.

Ladies and gents… “Mission Impossible 3”.

We once again follow IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he gets dragged into another mission. And this time his mission is to find and capture a very elusive and dangerous arms dealer (Philip Seymour Hoffman, R.I.P). So now we have our twisty-turny spy thriller plot. What’s fun is that it takes the MacGuffin, single villain plot of the second movie and mixes it with some of the deeper conspiracy/twist-based stuff of the first. It’s a good, fast-paced, and entertaining spy thriller plot. But there is also where we find the main flaw/draw of the plot: It’s fast-paced. Like, “almost give you whiplash with how fast-paced it is” fast. It’s good because it keeps stuff from getting boring or too slow (a la the first half of “MI2”), but it also makes some scenes feel a bit too rushed. So overall this plot is really good, if a little too fast at times.

The characters in this are flawed, layered, and quite interesting. Tom Cruise of course returns as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, and I really mean it. This is not the wannabe James Bond from “MI2”, this is the Ethan of the first movie, but with some added details. He’s trying to settle down, but he’s also active in operations, trying to keep that side of his life secret. And Cruise is great in the role. Next we have Philip Seymour Hoffman (may he rest in peace) a Davian, the villainous arms dealer antagonist of this film. He’s a sinister, matter-of-fact, menacing motherfucker who proves a truly formidable foe for Ethan and his team. And Hoffman is fantastic in the role, taking lines that would be shit in lesser hands, and turning them into some of the most menacing things I’ve heard in movies. Next we have Michelle Monaghan as Julia, Ethan’s fiancée. Not gonna say too much as her development and such is kind of spoiler territory, but let’s just say that she’s a more interesting character than one would assume at first. And Monaghan is really good in the role. Then we get supporting work from Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Keri Russell, Jonathan Meyers, Maggie Q, Billy Crudup, Eddie Marsan, Simon Pegg, and more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Michael Giacchino and it was pretty damn good. What he did here is that he gave us an orchestral score that featured both big, bombastic action tracks and smaller, tension-building tracks for some of the smaller scenes. It’s really a damn solid score that works very well for this movie.

This movie was the feature film debut of J.J. Abrams, and I think he did a really good job with it. As some of you might know, he has a penchant for making his movies very fast-paced, and while that can be a little bit of a detriment to the plot here (as mentioned in a previous section), it does nothing but help the action scenes here. The action here is fucking great, giving us fighting, shooting, swinging, running (so much running), and more, blending it into some damn entertaining stuff.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 70& positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 66/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

“Mission Impossible 3” is a return to form after the disappointing second installment. It has a really good plot, good characters, great performances, really good music, and really good direction. As I mentioned earlier, the relentless pace of this movie makes a few moments throughout feel a little bit rushed (but not enough to ruin the movie). Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Mission Impossible 3” is an 8,87/10. So while flawed, it’s still definitely worth buying.

My review of “Mission Impossible 3” is now completed.

Only one more to go.

Movie Review: Inferno (2016)

I have a bit of a soft spot for this franchise. I thoroughly enjoy the novels and I do enjoy the other movies. So let’s see if the newest one is any good.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Inferno”.

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself waking up in a hospital in Florence, not remembering anything that happened in the last 48 hours. And soon he finds himself on the run with his nurse (Felicity Jones), trying to follow clues to stop a plague from being unleashed. And all of this is somehow related to “The Divine Comedy” (AKA “Dante’s Inferno”). And to be completely honest, I found the plot here pretty dull. Now, none of the previous movies had particularly amazing plots, but at least there was something that could be held on to. But this is just dull and not very interesting. Which is sad because there are some clever ideas in this that could make for a really interesting plot. However they are not used cleverly at all in here. It’s dull. And the twists in this movie are not that great. They’re there, and I didn’t exactly predict all of them… but they weren’t really that good.

The characters in this movie are for the most part pretty uninteresting. Robert Langodn is somewhat interesting, but that’s mainly becaue he’s played by Tom Hanks who does a good job with what he’s given. Felicity Jones in the movie gives a good performance even though her character for msot of the movie is kind of bland and uninteresting. Irrfan Khan plays a kind of shady dude in the movie and he’s probably the best thing in it. His character is actually a little interesting and even has a few fun lines. And Khan gives a solid performance. We also get Ben Foster as a rich dude that more or less pops up every now and then in the movie, and he was… okay. And saying that makes me kind of sad because Ben Foster is one of those actors who usually gives excellent performances that are also kind of over-the-top (in just the right way), but here he is rather dull. Here’s what I have to say about the cast: The actors are trying, and for the most part they give good performances… but the characters are not really that interesting.

The score for the movie was composed by Hans Zimmer and it was pretty good. While this isn’t one of his best scores, it was still good and it almost worked to make certain scenes more exciting… almost.

This movie was (just like the previous ones) directed by Ron Howard and he did an okay job. The biggest problem here is that the movie looks like it was made on a TV budget. The things that made me remember “Oh right, this is a theatrically released movie!” was the cast and the locations they featured in it. Speaking of which, the places featured in the movie… beautiful, an absolute treat for a culture nerd like me. But the camera work doesn’t look bad at all, but it also doesn’t have any real style to it.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 19% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 42/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

“Inferno” is a very dull movie in an otherwise okay franchise. It has a dull plot, dull characters, good performances, pretty good music, and okay directing. However, it is brought down quite a bit because of the plot being as dull as it is, with characters being really uninteresting, and because of the bland directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Inferno” is a 5,55/10. So I’d say that you should skip it.

My review of “Inferno” is now completed.

This movie clearly didn’t know how to use it’s Ben Foster.

 

 

Movie Review: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

As some of you may or may not remember, last year around July I reviewed the first two movies in the “Purge” series in “honor” of this movie coming out. You guys seemed to enjoy those reviews, so here we go… wrapping this shit up.

Ladies and gents… “The Purge: Election Year”.

Motherfucking badass Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) is back! Only this time he isn’t out for revenge, but he’s instead acting as security for a Senator (Elizabeth Mitchell) that is running for president. And her first act as president? Stop the “Purge”, just shut it down forever. And as you might predict, a lot of people are not too happy about that idea. And now we have an action-thriller where Barnes has to go on the run with the Senator while they encounter all kinds of strange of people. But it’s not just aiming to be a fun action-thriller, because it is also trying to have relevant social commentary and depth. And how does that turn out? Eh. I honestly think that they don’t mix too well. I was going along for the ride and I had fun with the silly plot and then it tried to be smart and deep and it kind of took me out of it. This isn’t exactly smart satire, so it couldn’t pull off having both the action-thriller stuff and the “deeper” stuff. So overall the plot is… meh. However, there was a brief moment in it that actually answered a question I had about this stupid franchise… so there’s that. But the plot overall like I said is kind of meh.

The characters in this movie… yeah, I don’t really like them. For the most part they are bland, forgettable, and not very interesting. Frank Grillo as Leo Barnes is pretty much the exception to this, because he’s awesome. He was great in “Purge: Anarchy” and he’s great here… he’s a motherfucking badass! Elizabeth Mitchell is also a character that I thought was kind of interesting. For one, her character was very adamant about shutting down the “Purge”, which is good because it’s like the stupidest idea ever. And she also worked because Mitchell gave a really good performance. She and Grillo actually had a little bit of chemistry in the movie, so that’s fun. We also got Mykelti Williamson as a store owner that gets fucked over by the insurance company and he was really good in the movie. The rest of that cast… who gives a shit? Most of them are bland, but there are also some that are INCREDIBLY annoying! Specifically, a couple of young woman harassing Williamson’s character. Seriously, I wanted to slam my face into a god damn wall every time they were in a shot. So yeah… the cast is a mixed bag.

The score for the movie was composed by Nathan Whitehead (just like in the previous movies!) and I think that he did a pretty good job. Now, his score here is nothing that I would listen to on a daily basis, but I do think that it was pretty well composed and it fit the movie very well.

This movie was (just like the previous ones) directed by James DeMonaco and he did a pretty good job with it. Now, I’m not gonna say that what he did was great, but for what it is… it’s not bad. Visually speaking, this movie actually looks pretty good. And the action in the movie was really fun. It’s not groundbreaking or even great, but it was really fun to watch. I also have to mention the writing… Jesus Christ, it’s bad. As I was watching the movie, characters continuously delivered really bad dialogue. At a few times it was fun, like when Mr. Badass (Grillo) delivered them or when Mykelti Williamson said them. So yeah… the writing wasn’t really that good (not that I expected it to be good).

This movie has not been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 54% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 55/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,0/10.

“The Purge: Elecetion Year” is a really dumb but also kind of fun action-thriller. It has a meh plot, okay characters, good performances, good music, and pretty good directing/action. However it is brought down quite a bit by the plot trying to be deeper than it is, a bunch of annoying characters/performances, and some really bad lines. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Purge: Election Year” is a 6,21/10. So it might actually be worth a rental.

My review of “The Purge: Election Year” is now completed.

It’s finally over! *Checks imdb*. Wait… “The Purge 4”? Coming 2018!? God damn it…