Remember the day when you saw a trailer and it seemed that Will Smith was starring in it. Action, Drama, Comedy, you name it he was in it. Then, you blink and all of a sudden every movie is starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. To quote a friend of mine, “Every time you go see a movie starring The Rock, there’s a preview for another movie starring The Rock.”
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I gotta say, that is exactly what happened to me over the past weekend when I went to go see the latest video game to film adaptation, Rampage, in theatres. While watching the trailers to this film, I witnessed another film starring The Rock called Skyscraper. I have mixed feelings about that one but it has Neve Campbell on the big screen again so take my money. We are not talking about Skyscraper, we are talking about Rampage, the latest action adventure popcorn movie loosely based on the video game about oversized animals demolishing a city in its path while trying to destroy each other. To bring it to the big screen, you need to have some humans involved to develop a story and The Rock stars as primatologist Davis, whose best friend is a rare albino gorilla named George who is infected with a toxin that causes him and two other animals into giant aggressive killing machines. With the help of a Geneticist Kate (Naomie Harris) they hope to find a cure and stop these animals from wreaking havoc.
One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 has finally arrived and I had the pleasure of seeing Steven Spielberg’s latest film. This film, based on a novel by Ernest Cline of the same name, is a geek’s dream. Everything from nostalgia, video games, Easter Eggs, action, comedy, wonders, and of course, escapism was the ingredients provided in this stew of blockbuster fun. I enjoyed just about every minute of this movie because I was given something visually to look at the whole time. The story we have seen before but it’s being paired with likable characters, light-hearted tone, and an execution that just allows you to watch and have fun for a while.
I know I have said this before and I feel I have to say it again just for transparency, that this review is coming from someone who hasn’t read the book yet. After seeing it, this is one film adaptation I wouldn’t mind reading the source material from. Spielberg definitely still has the mightiest touch to bring us a nice popcorn movie for all ages and I do mean that. Yes, the geek and the proud benefit more from this flick but I think anyone with a slight interest in this story may enjoy it. Especially parents with children will benefit from this film. Listening to a friend of mine say that his son thought it was the best movie he had seen to date, says a lot about the films that this latest generation of kids gets to witness.
Just like the scrambled species and plant life discovered in the movie Annihilation, my emotions and thoughts on this film are just as scrambled. I am torn about how I feel about this movie. From a PR perspective that is a good thing. Walking out of a movie with thoughts and opinions about it means that people are talking about this film and not forgetting about it once the credits roll up. While there is a lot that people can discuss at the water cooler, it still doesn’t scream “smash hit” following the impressive movie Ex Machina from Director and Writer Alex Garland. Judging from an entertainment stand point it missed the mark but with the right fan, this movie actually can be their contender for one of the best of 2018.
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This movie is brought to you by the novel of the same title written by Jeff VanderMeer, which teeters on the same sci-fi fantasy trip Garland took us on with Ex Machina. This movie stars Natalie Portman and reunites Oscar Isaacs (Ex Machina) as husband and wife whose lives are broken apart when Isaacs character Kane goes on an expedition into a part of a forest that has been surrounded by this fluorescent color shield and explore the inhabitants within. He returns not himself and very ill from his journey. To understand what happened to him, Lena (Portman) along with a crew of highly intelligent and skilled women go in to explore and collect data and discover what this new phenomenon is before it can potentially destroy the planet.
Three years later and an injured actor, we have the finishing product of the third and final movie in the Maze Runner trilogy. Based on the popular book series created by James Dashner, the first three books: Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and now The Death Cure; we come to the last and final chapter as Thomas and his friends once and for all stop the reign of WCKD and make sure the future of all the teens and kids used as lab rats can finally live in peace with what is left of the world.
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Dylan O’Brien is back as the title character, Thomas, along with his friends starting where they left off by completing a rescue mission for one of their own, Minho (Ki Hong Lee), one of the original runners from the first film, who was taken hostage by WCKD at the end of The Scorch Trials. That leads to a chain of events that leads to a final showdown between the runners and WCKD in the attempt to find a cure that is wiping out mankind and the freedom of those who are being killed from the failed experiments held by the organization.
In my opinion as a movie critic or just someone who shares their thoughts and views on movies to the world have the responsibility to keep an open mind. To be appreciative of the movies they watch and hopefully present an opinion without a bias. Having said that, I have expressed more than once that I am not a Star Wars fan. I am just not as hyped up for the franchise as most moviegoers out there. Do I really have a reason to post a review about a movie that I already have a bias opinion on?
For those who enjoy reading my reviews and just want a different perspective on the latest in the series, I will give my opinion just based on entertainment value alone. To be honest, you are either a Star Wars fan or you are not so the only reviews people really want to read are the ones where they either agree with your opinion of the movie themselves. This will be a spoiler free review as well. Hopefully I do a justice to my followers.
As far back as I can remember, I don’t think I have ever seen a monster movie that was an authentic love story as its main tone throughout the film. Well, now I can cross that off the list. While there is probably more out there with the same tone, Guillermo del Toro writes and directs a touching and social satire story surrounding the unique and different kind of people as they struggle to find their place in a world that looks at them different and navigate love along the way.
Out of all the famous iconic monsters or creatures Del Toro could have used, he chose the gil man. This is a very interesting choice because we don’t see much surrounding the monster as the vampire, Frankenstein’s monster, and the werewolf is more popular to use in a film. Synopsis provided by Imdb.com, In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature. That mute janitor is played by talented actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Godzilla 2014) and the aquatic creature is played by the infamous Doug Jones (Hocus Pocus, Hellboy) who is known to cover his face with makeup to make any fantastical creature come to life and he just brings that creation to life on screen so perfectly every time.
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