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The Wall (2017)

IO-pinion

How many Hunger Games movies are produced to date? Is it 3? Oh I looked it up, it’s 4. I watched the first one, it gained a little bit of momentum from the media before it hit the theaters here being a movie where teenagers are killing one-other in a game. I didn’t find it that great or shocking afterwards. The idea is the same as The Running Man (1987) and after discovering they were milking it like there’s no tomorrow with a story that somehow evolved from a survival game broadcasted on tv to a civil war I didn’t even bother to watch the other 3 movies. Hate it when they try to milk it out like there’s no tomorrow.

The Wall is keeping it simple. The story is about two marines, a crappy wall between them and an enemy. It’s a slow-paced story about a mission that should be easy but goes wrong due an enemy sniper. Yes, perhaps it’s a bit boring in the middle section but man… this ending… superb! I won’t spoil anything but this I love unpredictable movies and this ending is great for multiple reasons. I can’t image that they will do a sequel and they shouldn’t. Not everything has to be presented on a platter to finish a movie.

The movie didn’t do exceptionally well at the box office. They made about $3.9 million of a $3 million budget (Well it’s still more than you and I make but compared to other movies today it’s not that much). The movie is directed by Doug Liman who also directed movies like Edge of Tomorrow, Mr & Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity.

Shot Caller (2017)

IO-pinion

A movie about a regular family and businessman going in the prison system after a traffic accident and gets caught up in the prison life and becomes a bad person.

No, this movie is not a happy cheerful one where the guy gets the girl in the end and they life happily ever after. It’s a dark one with a slight statement about the prison system in many countries. It was interesting to watch this one and I’m overall positive about it but it’s not flawless.

The music (or should i say sound tones) are excellent matched with the gritty type that the movie should be. The film shows you two time periods of the Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) but it was a bit unclear that you were looking at the same guy in different times in his prison life. I thought in the first quarter of the movie that those two prisoners would meet somehow during the movie or the fresh fish would take place of the longer incarcerated one. Maybe it was not my finest moment, maybe a bit confusing display…

The scenes inside the prison in the movie are a bit different from most other movies. I guess it’s a bit clean compared with what you are used too but the clichés are there. Race-wars, fighting, killing and riots.

The movie has a well thought out ending which made me forget about the little flaws and if you can handle jumping between two time periods you should be fine with this one. If you hate switching between past and present time you might end up a bit annoyed but the movie ending will still keep it afloat bad movies.

Going in Style (2017)

IO-pinion

When is it safe to do a remake? 10 years? No, not for me. 20 years? Perhaps. This movie is a remake of the 1979 movie. I never seen the original but the story-line is straightforward. As you can see in the poster it’s about 3 old guys with a gun and a lot of money.

In the beginning of the film you meet the 3 old guys, one witness a bank robbing. The bank is foreclosing the house of him, later they learn that their pension fund gets frozen from their old employer and the same bank is dealing with creditors of that company. So they decide to rob the bank for the money that they should have gotten for their pension.

This is a nice light movie to watch. No one gets hurt in this movie and you will like all 3 main characters. Love the last part of the movie when their reveal how they created alibi’s for them and their plan worked out. I didn’t know Zach Braff (Dr. Dorian from Scrubs) also is a movie director. Michael Caine sets the best performance on the set and is really great in this movie.

Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

IO-pinion

Can you watch this movie without knowing the ins and outs of the game? I did play Warcraft III back in 2002 (when RTS games were cool) but I stayed a mile away from World of Warcraft so I really know nothing about the story except I wasn’t surprised to see a orc, dwarf or knight.

To answer the above question: Yes, it’s watchable but not that great. It’s not that its a terrible movie but there is also not much very good about it. As much as I loved the role Travis Fimmel brought to Vikings this was a let down. I did not expect him to do the same character in this movie (or is this just how he is?) It felt off. There is a moral in the story but the main focus was all about the visuals and orcs. Not having seen an orc for a decade I found them acceptable, the CGI was smooth in this film.

If you’re not a fan of Warcraft you should be fine without this movie.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

IO-pinion

Normally I tend to stay away from military movies because they somehow always want to fit in the message that their army / country is the best and will always overcome a worse country / regime. I was pleased to see that the war scenes are about half the movie and these are truly amazing captured on film.

Since Fargo I distrust every filmmaker with true story or even based on true on a true story taglines. A little bit of googling on Desmond Doss and the second line i read is that Doss joined the army in 1942. The movie focused on Desmonds last shipment to Okinawa and skips the other regions he went before that. His girlfriend/wife wasn’t a nurse during the war but became a nurse some years after the war. But I’m glad that the core of the story seems to be true.

Would the movie have been better with another main character? Perhaps, Andrew Garfield playing the role of Desmond should never ever take a film role where he does come climbing. I found Vince Vaughn was amazing in this movie. I’m so glad he pulled of a completely different role than being the funny guy.

Even if you’re not that keen on war movies these 139 minutes probably won’t disappoint.

 

The Great Wall (2016)

IO-pinion

Okay the movie gets only a 6.0 on IMDB and a 42 on Metacritic. But man, did I see a refreshing original movie. Watching this movie yesterday and thinking back about it I still would rate it a bit higher than that people have done.

In the beginning you see two rough bearded guys, knowing Matt Damon is starring in this movie you can make the match. Such a shame that they didn’t go ‘undercover’ the whole movie.

Great work in the makeup department.

The Great Wall. Okay, it must take place in China. It’s a big wall. There will be something with an emperor. The rest of the story is highly likely total different from what you had imagined. Liked that part.

I found the story original, I can’t think of a predecessor with the same story. The visuals are pretty good, it didn’t have that constant CGI feel that some movies have. (And almost everything is CGI, Photo)

The final part of the movie is the weakest part, not much unexpected going on there but it’s okay. It only could go one way.

Entertaining nonsense and totally okay with it. Really glad I didn’t watch a trailer and only have seen the poster.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

IO-pinion

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a western. (Oh forgot about West World but that wasn’t a movie). The last one has been The Hateful Eight (2015) because of the Quentin Tarantino hype but the one before that has several years ago.

It’s a western, how not to expect cowboys & indians, colt and dynamite and gold.

  • Cowboy – √
  • Bad guy – √
  • gunfight – √
  • Damsel in distress – √
  • Showdown – √
  • Indians – √
  • Escape from jail – ×

The movie is over 2 hours but that didn’t bother me at all. Scenery is very nice throughout the whole movie. It felt like the script rushed the part where the seven gunslingers are brought together. It would be nice to know a little bit more about some of them but the movie is already lasting over two hours so I guess you can’t really blame someone for that.

If it would have been a Marvel movie we would have 16 origin movies, 4 origin reboots and 9 movies with all the people together to tell the same story.

Being a remake you might know how the plot will unveil itself but I haven’t seen the original and was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t an all good, hero gets the girl, everybody happy movie in the end.

Ethan Hawke and Byung-hun Lee played their parts very good and were given an interesting character.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes the western setting or just a good action movie in up-to-date traditional style.

Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

IO-pinion

Know what? I had a good time with this movie. Yes it isn’t the best script on the world but there are enough funny moments in the movie to make time fly. I’m not a great fan of Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and tend to skip his movies but his performance in this film is worth to mention. Lets hope his playing a 30-year-old guy with shorts on films are over.

If I had to compare this movie against another one I would pick something like Leslie Nielsen’s Spy Hard (1996) meets …. maybe Get Smart (2008). But this one probably is one of the better spy couple comedy movie genre. It has its funny moments, some can be seen coming from a distance but none the less funny, others are just small and simple but it’s not over the top. Okay not that over the top.

They could have messed it up by transforming the ‘regular couple’ into a new spy couple at the end or during mid movie but luckely they did not do that.

Fun movie, comedy with a little bit of action packed spy stuff keeping it PG-12 all the way.