A time-honoured tradition for outgoing high school students is the senior prank. Usually the senior prank is a banal bit of mischief that is memorable yet largely innocuous. That wasn’t the case at Central High School, class of 1996. Robbie Weirdicht (a CG Dwayne Johnson) a portly, but affable fan of En Vogue was the victim in Central High’s senior prank. A cruel victim of bullying Weirdicht, was never seen or heard from, since that fateful day. The only one to console Robbie in moment of shame was Calvin “The Golden Jet” Joyner (Kevin Hart). Voted most like to win at everything, Joyner was destined for greatness. 20 years later and now an accountant, The Golden Jet has been grounded by the dream killing mediocrity of adulthood. With his 20 year High School reunion looming and unable to live up to the lore that is “The Golden Jet”, Calvin contemplates skipping the reunion; that is, until he receives a random Facebook message from the unknown “Bob Stone”, who claims to be of Calvin’s graduating class.
Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is Ex-Special Forces and indebted to Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), the wife of a Jewish Russian Mob Boss who’s imprisoned back home. Irina promises to pay handsomely if, Michael and his team of corrupt Atlanta detectives can recover items from a bank’s vault. Irina’s sister, Elena (Gal Gadot) has a son with Michael but, Irina has the boy in custody, as an extra incentive for Michael to complete his tasks. With a window of 5 minutes to acquire the package, the team moves quickly; but the apparently their mission isn’t complete in Irina’s eyes. There’s still one major item to be acquired before Michael’s debts are settled. The package sits somewhere inside of a Homeland Security compound. If everything went well, the crew could be in and out in about 15 minutes. Several minutes longer than the average response time for cops to arrive, the only chance of success is to draw all cops to an event, big enough to draw every cop in the city. A triple 9 call. Continue reading “Movie Review – Triple 9”
The movie “Exodus: Gods & Kings” was swimming in controversy, well before its release. #BoycottExodusMovie has been trending online for months, though it’s unclear what impact it could have at the box office. The outcry is just. How can a big budget production, set in ancient Egypt, not give a single speaking role to a person of color. Used as background filler or lowly servants and slaves; the diversity in the cast, rivals that of “Birth of a Nation”. The old-school Jim Crow era casting aside, “Exodus” gets a lot of things wrong with the story. I’ll acknowledge the attempt to stray from the holy source material of the 1956 DeMille epic. I will not forgive the omissions of key plot points in the story. To say that “Exodus” takes liberties with the story is a bit of an understatement; after the revisionist history route instead, the movie sells you on the idea of the second greatest story ever told. This time in 3-D. Continue reading “Movie Review – Exodus”