American Assassin is a movie based off of a book, so this is an adapted story regarding a tragic event that catapulted Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O’Brian, to seek justice revenge on the people who caused it. During his quest, the C.I.A. is watching him get closer to his target as well as monitor him strengthening his skills in combat. Cause you know, that is what they do, watch us without consent. Next thing you know due to Rapp’s questioning sanity and a few MMA classes, he is perfect for being recruited to assist the C.I.A. in a mission against a guy who has a grudge against the world and needs there to be a global war to help him sleep at night. Sounds familiar, right?
The story unfortunately isn’t going to bring you anything new so now it’s up to the players to make this movie great. Dylan O’Brian is this very talented and versatile actor who is working on numerous projects with everything he’s got. He has done both TV and movies most of the time stealing the scenes he is in. Comedies and action has been his genre so far. This film shows him more front and center and showing his skills as a potential action star. This is a great chance to show what he is capable of and he delivers. I liked his performance quite a bit. Problem is, I HATED his character. This kid is going through some heavy heartache but apparently, it’s a license to basically do whatever you want without consequence. Of course, in movie style fashion, he is the lead, the one going through it so let’s give him a pass and endanger many lives around him. Rapp is a know-it-all spoiled brat with too much red in his eyes and very self-absorbed to root for.
Charlize Theron succeeds in bringing another strong female character to life in this action-packed adaptation of the graphic novel “The Coldest City” in Atomic Blonde. Theron, who says she performed all her own stunts, sports the blonde hair like a trophy just as good as Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde back in 2001. This movie packs a punch literally as her skills in combat are front and center in her mission to solve the murder of a fellow agent and stop from a list of double agents in the MI6 during The Cold War.
The story is told through flashbacks The Usual Suspects style interrogated about the days leading up to her briefing on what happened on her mission. Looking pretty beat up as she is being questioned gives the impression that this mission was not an easy one and that assumption is true. Director David Leitch provides amazing action sequences and fight scenes to keep your attention and leaves no room to call shenanigans. Each time you see a punch, a kick, a throw, a gunshot is clear to see and looks painful. You start to wonder if they did take a few punches during filming. Superb fighting choreography in my opinion.
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.
Back again with another recommendation for you followers. I trust that you already know of this amazing film but in case you don’t I want to introduce you to a smart clever and twisty movie called The Game. To this day, this is one of the first movies that I watched that made me feel like an adult. With the cast, the plot, the tone, this movie shouldn’t have been on my radar as interest given how young I was when I watched it. I walked out feeling very sophisticated watching such an adult movie that made you think, pay attention, and listen to dialogue more than watching things blow up in front of you to keep you engaged.
The Game (1997)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: John Brancato & Michael Ferris
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, and James Rebhorn
Plot: A wealthy banker on his 48th Birthday is set as an example as to test out what you give a man who has everything. That very gift is an opportunity to participate in a game. An interactive game involving mystery and adventure which turns his life upside down not knowing what is reality and what is the game.
The Circle is the latest adaptation from book to screen to be released over the weekend. From the trailer, this looked like a “Black Mirror” episode ready to happen where technology takes center stage and sneaks in from the backdoor takes over our lives without even realizing it.
When I see that a movie is based on a bestseller or a novel with a lot of buzz, I expect the story is innovative or at least different from the millions of stories that can be adapted. I admit that I was intrigued and curious to see how they were going to pull the story of a pseudo Google HQ called The Circle breaking out their new technology of marble size cameras all over the world for instant real time views to make sure that everyone, especially government officials, are transparent and not hiding everything to make sure that the American people are aware of their countries leaders.
We have the first catfight of 2017. Two women who will go through great lengths to make sure they come out in the end victorious with the family they have always wanted. Both trying to outwit and outsmart each other but only one will become Best Mom of the Year. Before the fight, let’s introduce you to the two leading ladies: