Category Archives: Action

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS (2021): New Trailer Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michelle Yeoh…

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Awkwafina, Marvel Entertainment
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Awkwafina, Marvel Entertainment

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest offering from Marvel Entertainment isn’t something I was expecting. But I sure am glad it’s here.

Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung; director Destin Daniel Cretton’s action/adventure/fantasy movie is based on a Marvel comic book, of course, and it focuses on a character named Shang-Chi who’s forced to deal with his past and the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.

So many reasons to be excited about this one. Firstly, I used to watch comedy series Kim’s Convenience. And it’s so great to see one of its stars (Liu) as the lead in a Marvel movie.

Second, I personally had zero prior knowledge of this story. befor ethis trailer. I therefore can’t wait to find out and enjoy all the ways Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is both similar to, and different from other Marvel movies.

Lastly, who could possibly resist the combination of a troubled father/son relationship, exciting fight choreography and all the usual ‘Marvel cool,’ and more? Not me!

Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, Dallas Liu, Meng’er Zhang and Kelli Bailey also star.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Release Dates: September 3rd, 2021 (US & UK)…

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NOBODY (2021): The Things I Liked…

Nobody (2021), Bob Odenkirk, Universal Pictures
Nobody (2021), Bob Odenkirk, Universal Pictures

From the writer of John Wick (2014), Derek Kolstad; action/crime/thriller Nobody is a movie that has some notable scenes. Yet, overall… unpopular opinion warning… I didn’t find it as good/fun as John Wick. Instead, Nobody felt more like a John Wick ‘spinoff.’ Only it’s less cool, less stylish, less fun, and unfortunately a lesser story.

Even with the moments I felt stood out most, specifically the opening song, the brief but cool scene involving Bob Odenkirk’s character’s seated father, and the dialogue plus set-up during the all-important meeting at the Russian club, Nobody still had me feeling far from satisfied.

Director Ilya Naishuller’s vengeance story about a man who is forced to return to his past dangerous activities isn’t exactly new. Furthermore, the way the story is written/delivered didn’t leave me feeling emotionally connected enough to all that was happening. I’d hoped that once the fight sequences began, at least they would be so cool and fun – the way much of John Wick is. I was wrong.

Watch Nobody if you’re curious. It looks like a lot of people enjoyed it. Just don’t be surprised if you like John Wick more. I consider Keanu Reeves’s movie to be more impressive in every way that matters… to me. 

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ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021): nEW trailer From Zack Snyder, Starring Garret Dillahunt, Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick…

Army of the Dead (2021), Dave Bautista, Netflix
Army of the Dead (2021), Dave Bautista, Netflix

The new trailer for Zack Snyder’s zombie outbreak in Las Vegas movie, Army of the Dead has landed, and it’s looking like a lot of fun.

Omari Hardwick, Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell and Garret Dillahunt are among the key cast.

I find myself far more excited than I expected to be. Unsurprising with such a good trailer edit and well-chosen music. I particularly can’t wait to see the ways that this new age of zombies are smarter, faster, etc.

I’m also very interested in the unexpected cast. There are so many faces I hadn’t pictured together, but suddenly it all seems to make sense. 

Lastly, doesn’t it feel just right that the movie title is about the smart zombies and not the other guys? I guess it’s about time we had a smart, extra capable bunch of the undead. Full disclosure, I’m speaking as someone whose experience of zombie films largely starts and ends with the rather impressive Train to Busan (2016). So, feel free to correct me. 

Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Nora Arnezeder, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Samantha Win, Matthias Schweighöfer, Lyon Beckwith, Theo Rossi, Michael Cassidy and Raúl Castillo also star.

Army of the Dead Release Dates: May 21st, 2021 (US)…

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THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD (2021): New trailer From Salma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson…

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021), Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021), Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies

A sequel to Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek’s action/comedy/adventure The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) is here.

Directed once again by Patrick Hughes; bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is, against hi swill, reunited with assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson), And the two of them must work together to save Darius’s wife Sonia (Hayek).

In addition to being ready for The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘s very special brand of ‘definitely not realistic‘ but fun action sequences, plus great dialogue, I can’t wait to see Hayek as an action star in this sequel.

The three leads, Reynolds, Hayek and Jackson are some of the most fun talk show guests you could ever wish to see. Especially if the host in question is my absolute favourite, Graham Norton. As such and for several other reasons, there’s just got to be no way that the three of them on screen together won’t result in plenty of fun for all involved; particularly the audience.

Morgan Freeman, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, Richard E. Grant, Caroline Goodall, Giulio Berruti, Blake Ritson, Gabriella Wright, Tomi May, Dragan Micanovic and Hiten Patel also star.

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Release Dates: June 16th, 2021 (US); June 23rd, 2021 (UK)…

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F9 (2021): New Fast & Furious 9 Trailer Starring John Cena, Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Helen Mirren…

F9 (2021), Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson
F9 (2021), Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson

F9, the latest instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise finally has a release date that looks as though it’s going to stick. And to celebrate, a new trailer starring John Cena, Vin Diesel, Charlize THeron, Helen Mirren and many more has been released.

I’m mostly curious about the Cena/Diesel dynamic, and maybe a little of the far from realistic action and stunt sequences.

Also, it only just occurred to me how much the Fast and Furious movies seem to feature the kind of action you might expect when two four/five year old boys are playing together with all their toy cars. I’m not saying the stunts are terrible, mind you. Just that the sort of vehicular activity in this trailer is very reminiscent of my brothers and cousins happily playing when they were five.

Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michael Rooker, Finn Cole, Cardi B, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Jim Parrack, Tyrese Gibson and Anna Sawai also star.

Fast & Furious 9 Release Dates: June 25th, 2021 (US); July 8th, 2021 (UK)…

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LOKI (2021): New Trailer Starring Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino…

Loki (2021), Tom Hiddleston, Marvel Entertainment
Loki (2021), Tom Hiddleston, Marvel Entertainment

Is Loki the Marvel Studios/Avengers spin-off series I’m most excited about? Yes! And full disclosure, as a non-reader of comic books, I have no idea about what the synopsis could be, since Marvel hasn’t revealed much and I recall nothing of the last one or two Thor movies. Because I haven’t seen them… yet.

Still, who needs a synopsis anyway, when Tom Hiddleston is reprising his role as the favourite villain of many movie fans?

The excellent cast includes Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Owen Wilson.

How much fun is this trailer? So much fun that it has me ready to place Loki at the currently short list of recent Avengers spin-off shows. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is in second place and unfortunately, last has to be WandaVision, for reasons outlined in the linked post

Richard E. Grant, Lucius Baston, Chris Brewster, Cailey Fleming, Isabelle Fretheim, Michael Rose, Aaron Beelner and Reese Giles also star.

Loki Release Dates: June 11th, 2021 (US), Disney+

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THUNDER FORCE (2021): It’s…

Thunder Force (2021), Melissa McCarthy, Netflix
Thunder Force (2021), Melissa McCarthy, Netflix

Bridesmaids (2011), This Is 40 (2012) and Spy (2015) are my three favourite Melissa McCarthy movies. The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014) and The Boss (2016) are the ones I found most disappointing. 

The not so great news is that McCarthy’s latest Ben Falcone written/directed comedy/action/adventure Thunder Force falls firmly at the bottom of the latter category.  

I honestly tried my very best to give Thunder Force, the story of estranged childhood best friends reuniting and ending up with superpowers a fair chance. It’s just unfortunate that the writing and pacing left me desperately wanting. 

What makes it worse is that I wasn’t even tired when I hit play to watch a hopefully fun comedy in the afternoon. Yet, twenty minutes in, I awoke from a rather pleasant impromptu nap. A situation I feared might occur, especially after an unnecessarily long and unfunny bit of dialogue about salmon and a rock near the start of the movie. Nevertheless, I held on in desperate hope that things might turn around at any moment.

Things did not get better, not even a little bit. As such, after giving the movie one very last try, only to find myself waking up from my second nap in half an hour, I had to put an end to the madness.

Looking back, the most memorable parts of Thunder Force include the one brief moment involving rabbit-like teeth. And the other is the presence of Pom Klementieff as Laser. 

Thunder Force is a film you watch, only if you absolutely must because you’re much better off revisiting the first three movies I mentioned at the start of this post.

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THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD (2021): New tRAILER fROM Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry, Nicholas Hoult…

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Angelina Jolie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Angelina Jolie, Warner Bros. Pictures

Set in the Montana wilderness, Those Who Wish Me Dead is an action/thriller that stars Angelina Jolie as a survival expert tasked with protecting a teenage murder witness. one who’s being pursued by twin assassins.

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan; additional key cast includes Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Jake Weber, Tyler Perry and Tory Kittles.

Such a pleasant surprise to see Jolie starring in a movie again. Jolie and the fact that I’m generally partial to productions about first responders is the reason I’m watching.

Lora Martinez-Cunningham, James Jordan, Laura Niemi, Finn Little, Alma Sisneros, Dylan Kenin, Matt Medrano and Medina Senghore also star.

Those Who Wish Me Dead Release Dates: May 13th, 2021 (UK); May 14th, 2021 (US)…

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