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.

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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.

 

Vikings – TV Series (2013– ) – Season 5 in November?

Vikings

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The HISTORY® original series Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.

But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.

Vikings was created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).

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