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Okay, it’s not a must see action cop movie, but it doesn’t bore at all. And the story is set in Brazil, rather than LA or New York. So that’s a plus. It’s about a woman, who does a career switch by getting out of the tourism sector and into the police department. Before she knows it, she needs to participate in a special assignment. In a small town several miles from Rio De Janeiro, two kids get killed during a shoot out between rivaling gangs. The Rio special police force is sent over there to help find the criminals and bring back peace. However, the longer the elite team is there, the more they realize that those rivaling gangs are not the only criminal town and corruption is everywhere. But once they start investigating into it, they get a lot of opposition. The story isn’t original and it’s all very predictable. The presence of the woman (pretty, confident, a bit high maintenance) is first frowned upon by the macho police force, but of course she gets credit at the end. There are few surprises. You see it coming from miles ahead. But it’s entertaining. The acting is good though. That Cleo Pires is a joy to watch !

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4058210

 

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It starts off really good, this crime thriller set in Cairo. The plot is intriguing. The introduction to the story and its characters is told by images rather than by words. The mood is dark. The setting is, well not really exotic, but different and thus exciting. But somewhere halfway through the story it becomes less appealing. There’s repetition. There’s no suspense. The direction is less inspiring. The acting is still good though. And there’s anticipation until the end about how the revolution of 2011 will be presented.

That Fares Fares is doing a fine job as the troubled good cop/bad cop who needs to solve a murder committed in a hotel room. A starlet is killed and there’s a housemaid who’s seen the killer. But instead of looking for the housemaid, the detective has a different trace that leads him to a network of prostitutes who seduce rich men, frame them and then blackmail them…

It’s heralded as a film noir. Which is understandable. The cops are depicted as a bunch of corrupt, cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, territory claiming gang of scumbags. They’re not roaming the streets of LA, but of Cairo. And the housemaids aren’t poor Mexican immigrants, but poor Sudanese immigrants. They all talk (shout) in Arab instead of English and the events occur during a rising revolution against the corrupt powers that be. It’s not the LA riots for a change. At one point the movie feels like an episode of a Scandinavian detective series. And guess what? The director happens to be from Sweden. Okay, he has Egyptian roots. But still.

The movie has a lot of potential, but the story is weak and unoriginal. Too bad. I’m sure it won’t be shown in Egypt.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5540188

Damn. The expectations were too high. The anticipation too great. Episode VIII disappoints. Bummer. It’s still a great movie though. Entertaining and funny. A few new creatures and settings that look generally good. But there’s just so much going on (it never bores) that it doesn’t really focus on anything in particular. Apart from the ‘new’ connecting force between Kylo Ren and Rey, which intrigues, but not quite captivates as much as you want. It’s all pretty superficial.

Go see it anyways. It’s fun. And don’t listen to all the negativity.

Great trailer by the way.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336

 

Much needed re-watch in anticipation of The Last Jedi. Because… Kylo Ren, Poe, Finn, Rey, BB8…. aren’t quite as memorable as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princes Leia, R2D2, etc… It’s been two years now. And the overall impression of Episode VII is one of great joy. But what was it about again?

Rey is some orphaned scavenger on a planet somewhere. She stumbles upon a robot called BB8 who has the whereabouts information of Luke Skywalker. This data needs to be delivered to the Rebel base, but that’s easier said than done. In the meantime somewhere else in the galaxy a young Kylo Ren is getting ready to follow the footsteps of his grand-father Darth Vader. Yep. Kylo Ren used to be Ben Solo at one time, the estranged son of Han Solo and Prinses Leia, who has turned to the Dark Side.

Oh. Finn is a stormtrooper traitor, joining the rebel cause. Poe is one of the best rebel fighters. And that’s all you need to know really.

Episode is still very entertaining. This second time around the surprises are gone and you do find yourself realising the story isn’t quite that original. But the action is great, the acting is good, the settings are fun, the special effects are great! Can’t wait for The Last Jedi, out for a few days now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496

The Dark Tower – *(*)

Posted: December 13, 2017 in 2017, Action, Fantasy, USA, X1/2

Saw this on a flight twelve days ago. Finished it, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. It’s intriguing. To some extent. Idris Elba is in it. He doesn’t look like he’s having a good time. Blame it on his character. He’s a ‘gunslinger’ out for revenge, trying to kill the most evil of all evil beings, the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey.  But it’s really about a kid who’s trapped between several worlds and whose powerful mind is disturbing for the parents, but of much interest to the Man in Black.

Watch it when you’re on a plane and there’s nothing else on.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1648190

Now this is a fun and entertaining superhero movie! It’s not set in the future nor in an American metropolis for a change, which is great. This Gal Gadot is quite the performer. She looks good ánd she can kick ass. Not sure if there’s much acting, but hey, The action scenes are impressive. It’s directed really well… Bring on the sequel! Finally a box office hit that is worthy of being a box office hit.

The movie introduces Wonder Woman, a demi-goddess raised by the Amazones, who considers it her destiny to destroy Ares, the God of War. When she hears from an American pilot who entered their world (via a weird time warp wall) that The Great War is going on, she decides to leave her protected, women-only resort and face the real world of humans. As she’s never a) hung out with men before and b) has never visited the world where humans live, she’s in for a real treat! The humor is good. The set designs are great. And there are several surprises, one of which is Said Taghmaoui in a very small supporting role.

Another surprise is the Flemish dialogue from locals. The scene and soundbite do not make any sense, but it’s just fun to hear. It’s just bizarre. According to the plot, an evil German officer is stationed in Belgium and Wonder Woman needs to get to him. So, according to the script and the dialogue, they go to ‘Belgium’. But later in the movie, they talk about a village called ‘Veld’. They show an actual map where the village is mentioned on. However, it’s a map of Northern France. So NOT Belgium, but French-Flanders (the part from Flanders that Louis XIV claimed for France). I checked on google maps. There’s no ‘village’ called Veld (which means field) in between Hazebrouck, Moerbeke en Oud-Berkijn (as seen on the map in the movie). The only village there is De Walle. There is a village called Veld in Belgium, but it’s close to Torhout and Brugge. Anyways. Whatever. Then somehow the locals talk Flemish and French. The café where they dance advertises in Flemish (Bier & Tabak), but the photographer speaks with a French accent. The one scene where Wonder Woman kills a sniper by blowing up a church tower, is followed with locals saying What happened? Did you see what she did? in Flemish. BUT, it’s said with an Antwerp accent, and that’s a total different dialect. Regardless if it’s Hazebrouck or Brugge, the locals would speak West-Flemish. Anyways. It’s the linguistic nerd writing right now. How do these scenes come about at the production table? It’s all filmed in the UK anyways. Nothing is filmed in France or Belgium.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451279

 

Hancock – *

Posted: November 6, 2017 in 2008, Action, Uncategorized, USA, X

The idea is kind of cool. There’s a superhero in LA, who lives like a bum, is an alcoholic and reluctantly saves lives if someone asks him too. However in his attempts to get the bad guys, he damages a lot of roads and buildings and that costs a lot of money to society.  He’s also far from pleasant to the people he rescues and the passers-by. In short: he needs a PR guy and guess what? He just happens to save the life of a PR- man who wants to give something back in return. Little does the PR-man know that his new girlfriend has the same superhero powers like the guy he’s trying to help.

The good thing about this action movie is that it’s short. 80 minutes or so. That’s still more than an average viewer can take. If you like seeing roads and buildings being destroyed during superhero battles, than this one’s for you! If you don’t, skip it. Even when you’re a Will Smith or Charlize Theron fan. This just isn’t worth the watch.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448157