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THE EQUALIZER 2 (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Equalizer 2 (2018), Denzel Washington
The Equalizer 2 (2018), Denzel Washington

In The Equaliser 2, Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall is, as aways more than ready to serve up an unflinching justice in the name of the exploited and oppressed. Since in director Antoine Fuqua’s sequel, one of the oppressed happens to be someone McCall loves dearly, he wastes no time in setting up a series of smart manoeuvres that prove arguably as thrilling and unexpected as in the first movie, The Equalizer (2014).

With a well-chosen supporting cast that includes Ashton Sanders (Moonlight 2016), Pedro Pascal and Melissa Leo, I particularly enjoyed the dynamic and chemistry between Denzel and Pascal’s characters. My favourite of the most thrilling moments involves the ‘panic room’ scene. A scene that was almost too intense and suspenseful for my little thriller loving heart to bear.

What unfortunately ensures that The Equaliser 2 is not quite as memorable as the first movie includes the fact that it’s a sequel and therefore has the element of familiarity strongly fighting against it. The other reason for me personally is how the beginning portion of the film felt a little disconnected from the rest of it. 

Overall, I say there’s still enough good stuff going on to make The Equaliser 2 a worthy movie. You will certainly be thrilled, moved and possibly find yourself feeling lucky and grateful, especially for all the good, helpful people you’re knowingly and unknowingly connected to.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

Happy Film Loving 

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NOVITIATE (2017): New Trailer From Margaret Betts Starring Liana Liberato, Dianna Agron, Melissa Leo, Margaret Qualley…

Novitiate (2017), Margaret Qualley
Novitiate (2017), Margaret Qualley

From writer / director Margaret Betts, Novitiate is a story set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II. Margaret Qualley plays a young woman in training to become a nun but she’s struggling with her  faith, the changing church and sexuality. Liana Liberato, Dianna Agron and Melissa Leo also star…

I’m intrigued because the life of a nun isn’t one I could ever see for myself. I do admire those who choose it and therefore, I’m curious  about how one comes to select such a path.

Novitiate Release Dates: October 27th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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THE BIG SHORT (2016): New Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale & Brad Pitt

The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling
The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling

Set just before the most recent financial crisis, director Adam McKay’s latest film features some very reliable Hollywood leading actors…

The brilliant cast includes Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling, and Karen Gillan.

Release Date (s): 2016, full dates to be confirmed.

Happy The Big Short 🙂

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LONDON HAS FALLEN (2016): Gerard Butler & Aaron Eckhart Return To Save The Day

London Has Fallen (2016), Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart
London Has Fallen (2016), Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart

As unsettling as the idea behind London Has Fallen (2016) may be, the new movie directed by Babak Najafi and starring Gerard ButlerMorgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart and Charlotte Riley looks like it’s going to be quite the spectacle.

The imagery of London actually falling is certainly horrific, but I still couldn’t help yelping with joy at the excellent execution of this teaser trailer…

Talk about haunting trailer music…

Trailer 1…

I guess it’s time to plan the viewing of the first instalment, Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Probably.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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