I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Stronger right on opening day because of a specific circumstance I will bring up later in this post. The movie told the story based on true events of a specific individual who was caught in the crossfire of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened on April 15th 2013. That person is Jeff Bauman and his journey of rehabilitation after losing both of his legs during the tragic event.
If anyone is unfamiliar with his personal story, this movie will do a justice to give you an insight of how he was able to pick up and keep fighting and in the sense of the word get stronger mentally and physically. Turns out he was involved in helping the law catch the bombers involved during the attack. Including the close and unlimited amount of support from his family friends and on/off girlfriend at the time, he still has a long way to go to become the man he knows himself to be and build a life for himself after this random change in his life.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.
Now when I say, “original ideas” I mean a movie that isn’t a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation. Logan Lucky is a heist movie and a funny one at that. Even though the movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean Eleven Trilogy) who is no stranger to making heist movies provided a fresh take on the type of movie which is also different from what he is use to from his previous heist films. I also love the fact that the tagline of this film speaks more on the history of his filmmaking vs. the movie itself which reads, “See how the other half steals”.
That is exactly what you are going to get. The film involves two brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan who are both “ride or die” for one another who decides that they want to pull a job during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Instead of the highly skilled members of Ocean’s team we are used to seeing from Soderbergh, we see the two brothers along with a mismatch crew making this journey not something to miss.
Katherine Bigelow brings the true events of the 1967 Detroit riots to the screen and tells the story about the monstrous and terrible act that took place at the Algiers Motel. Whether you know or not what happened during this horrible time in history, Bigelow shows the seriousness and disadvantage black people had during that time and place. It is intense to see the riots escalate and also difficult to witness on screen the point of no return that will probably stick with me for a long time.
I wrote a post on this movie’s trailer a while back very excited to watch this film and just see how far the film was going to go to give us suspense, action, and entertaining satisfaction. I got to say that for me I was pleasantly surprised with how much went on through this film that took place in a span of one day. Aside from an awkward beginning of the movie, The Call pt.2 Kidnap got started once they arrived at the park and never stopped until the very end.
Here is a trailer to remind you what I saw and what you can expect.
Based on a true story of an experiment executed by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his team, a group of college kids volunteered themselves for a two-week project to remove themselves from civilization and play the one of two roles. Half played prisoners while the other half played the guards who controlled and watched them in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. This was a study to analyze and collect data on the human psyche and find out how people deal with power whether given to them or taken away.
The study took on a life of its own not only on the participants but on the doctors and team behind the scenes.
The study only lasted six days.
47 Meters Down is the latest of shark movies hitting the theatres leading up to the upcoming shark week in July. The anticipated Jason Statham shark movie Meg sounds like an interesting movie to look forward to but until then there are the Sharknado movies on SYFY, The Shallows (2016), and now 47 Meters Down starring Mandy Moore (This is Us) and Clair Holt (CW’s The Originals) who I am a fan of both in their acting careers but sadly their characters weren’t given a good backstory or much to care about. Since they were basically the only two people on screen for the majority of the film, that is a big problem.
Let’s see if you can get through this more detailed synopsis without cringing maybe just maybe this movie could be somewhat entertaining for you.