Category Archives: Action

BLACK AND BLUE (2019): THE THING I LIKED…

Black And Blue (2019), Naomie Harris, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Black And Blue (2019), Naomie Harris, Sony Pictures Entertainment

In Black and Blue, the latest action / drama starring Naomie Harris, Harris plays a rookie police officer whose body camera captures a corrupt cop shooting a drug dealer. What I hoped would have followed is a truly engrossing, gritty and desperate race against time to get the footage in the right hands.

The race and subsequent pursuit does happen. It’s just that the end result isn’t as gripping as I’d hoped. The acting isn’t bad, but the story and execution certainly could have been stronger. Especially since soon after the film started and throughout, it felt as though something important was missing, and nothing refreshingly clever and / or new happened.

I really wanted Black and Blue to join Training Day (2001) on my list of favourite cop movies. However, even though both films share commonalities in theme / story, the gap between the two movies is simply too large – because Training Day is far more engrossing, cleverly written and well executed. Plus, Ethan Hawke’s character didn’t make any decisions that had me mad. Whereas Harris’s character did some thing’s that could hardly be excused by her rookie status. Or maybe I’ve simply watched too many cop movies.

I did actually like aspects of the way Black ad Blue handled Harris’s character’s ‘identity crisis,’ which really says more about her acting than anything else. Also, there were moments within Black and Blue that had me thinking, ‘Yes! This is when things really get good‘. But the movie never went to the point of having a scene that I could choose as my favourite moment.

Watch it if you’re super curious. Otherwise, maybe just rewatch Training Day.

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GUNS AKIMBO (2020): New Trailer From Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby…

Guns Akimbo (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films
Guns Akimbo (2020), Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films

In new action / comedy Guns Akimbo, Daniel Radcliffe is Miles, a nerdy video game developer. Things suddenly change for Miles when he gets caught up as the next contestant in an underground gang live-streaming real-life death match.

From writer / director  Jason Lei Howden; additional key cast includes Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby, Ned Dennehy…

First Free Guy (2020), now Gus Akimbo. I wonder how many more video game themed movies are coming this year.

I’m interested because it’s different and it’s crazy. I also just want to see Radcliffe in a memorable movie that’s very different from the ones that made him famous.

Mark Rowley, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Hanako Footman, Set Sjöstrand, Racheal Ofori, Colin Moy, Jacqueline Lee Geurts and Jack Riddiford also star.

Guns Akimbo Release Dates: February 28th, 2020 (US)…

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MORBIUS (2020: New Trailer From Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton…

Morbius (2020), Jared Leto, Sony Pictures Entertainment

In new action / adventure Morbius, Jared Leto is Biochemist Michael Morbius. As he tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism.

From director Daniel Espinosa, additional key cast includes Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton…

I am intrigued by this trailer and I want the end result to be good.bHowever, I can’t quite say that this trailer gives me plenty of confidence. I’d love to be completely wrong, of course.

J.K. Simmons, Tyrese Gibson, Ria Fend, Charlie Shotwell, Corey Johnson, Tom Forbes, Archie Renaux, Adam Collins, Al Madrigal and Ruth Horrocks also star.

Morbius Release Dates: July 31st, (US & UK)…

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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019): The Things I Liked…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Warner Bros. Pictures
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Warner Bros. Pictures

I enjoyed Pikachu’s cuteness, his red cheeks and the vibrant yellow of his fur. I remember being relieved when 20 minutes in, I finally heard Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu. Nevertheless, it’s unfortunate that I can’t say I had a good time while watching Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

From director Rob Letterman and set in  a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle,  Pokémon Detective Pikachu focuses on  an intelligent monster (Pikachu) who wants to be a detective, and his new lonely friend Tim (Justice Smith).

I must first admit that I never really got into Pokémon as a child and I’m sure this has a little something to do with why I didn’t enjoy Letterman’s film – but only a little something.

In all honesty, I really thought the film would have been funnier. But instead, the main focus is on a troubled father / son relationship resulting in some rather emotional scenes, most of which felt awkward and somehow out of place. Certainly out of place with my expectations at least, but also I feel, out of place with the tone that was set in the trailer.

There’s even a moment where it seemed obvious that the simple removal of a certain item of headgear towards the end, could have prevented a lot of mayhem, but I guess to keep the story moving, the obviousness of that solution seemed to be deliberately ignored.

Overall, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a movie very likely most enjoyed by long time fans of Pokémon. As a non-superfan, I unfortunately think that the script / story needed more work.

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BIRDS OF PREY (2020): New official Trailer Starring margot Robbie, Mary elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Chris messina…

Birds Of Prey (2020), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Birds Of Prey (2020), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

The latest trailer for Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in DC Universe’s Birds Of Prey just arrived…

It’s a good looking trailer that certainly has me excited to experience the entirety of Robbie’s performance; emotional and physical.

Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Derek Wilson, Rosie Perez, Matthew Willig, Charlene Amoia, Isabel Pakzad and Ali Wong Also star.

Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn Release Dates: February 7th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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THE NEW MUTANTS (2020): New Trailer Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga, Antonio Banderas…

The New Mutants (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, 20th Century Fox
The New Mutants (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, 20th Century Fox

The New Mutants is an action / thriller about five young mutants held in a secret facility against their will.

Directed by Josh Boone; starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga and Antonio Banderas, the young mutants must  fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

If you’re thinking, ‘wait, didn’t this get released two years ago?‘ Well, the original trailer was released in 2018 and since then the release date has been pushed to this year. If you’re also wondering what this trailer has to do with X-MEN, the new mutant are a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s (Professor X) school for young mutants; so the answer is really everything.

I’m interested because of Taylor-Joy and the X-men link. Perhaps what the X-Men franchise has been needing outside of a break is some fresh young faces.

Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Happy Anderson, Henry Zaga, Sarah Bennani, Colbi Gannett, Max Schochet, Tony Saquett, Thomas Kee and ickey Gilmore also star.

The New Mutants Release Dates: April 3rd, 2020 (US); April 8th, (UK)…

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PROXIMA (2020): New Trailer From Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Zélie Boulant…

Proxima (2020), Eva Green, Madman Films
Proxima (2020), Eva Green, Madman Films

Starring Eva green, Matt Dillon and Zélie Boulant, Proxima is a new action / drama about a female astronaut’s struggle with having to leave her seven year-old daughter after being chosen as the only female on a year long space mission.

Written / directed by  Alice Winocour, Proxima focuses on the chaos that ensues in the mother / daughter relationship…

I’m interested in the struggle with knowing that not going isn’t an option while also knowing that saying no is completely out of the question.

Aleksey Fateev, Igor Filippov, Vitaly Jay, Anna Sherbinina, Grégoire Colin, Nancy Tate, Trond-Erik Vassal, Sandra Hüller and Lars Eidinger also star.

Proxima Release Dates: April 17th, 2020 (UK)…

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6 UNDERGROUND (2019): The Things I Liked…

6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix
6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Corey Hawkins and Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, the latest action / thriller from Michael Bay only kind of found its way after the first hour.

I say ‘found its way’ when what I really mean is, things became most fun to watch past the hour mark. Before then, I was simply left desperate for the character background detail of the six off-the-grid agents focused on eliminating notorious criminals. I was also eagerly waiting to be gripped by everything that was happening.

Eventually, some of the character backstory did come but it certainly wasn’t soon enough or executed in the most satisfying way. The good news is that I did finally stop wanting for things and just got engrossed in all the fun past the hour point; thanks to all the action sequences in Hong Kong, plus everything else that happens after.

Other notable highlights include the opening visuals at the very beginning . I’m quite the sucker for good opening visuals. I also really enjoyed the few seconds later on when Reynolds’s character speaks in a British accent. 

Overall, even with one, two or more fairly obvious continuation errors, luckily for me, I don’t find Bay’s movie to be a total waste of time but it definitely did need at least one more story draft.

Should you decide to watch it, maybe hold out for the scenes in Hong Kong, which start at around one hour into the movie.

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