After a modest showing in the domestic release of Jack Reacher (2012), I was surprised to learn of a sequel. Tom Cruise reprises his role as the ex Army Military Police Corps Major, turned lone wolf. We catch up with Reacher in the aftermath of brawl in the scene from the trailers. Still drifting through the countryside with only the clothes on his back, Reacher makes his way to Washington, D.C., to visit his successor and only friend Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders). He arrives at his old office, only to find Major Turner has been relieved of command. On trial for espionage, stemming from the suspicious deaths of two Army investigators in Afghanistan. Assuming the worst, Reacher looks to help exonerate Major Turner, but has problems of his own, as his past threatens his future.
The bar was set extremely high in 2012 with The Avengers. My second thought, after that was awesome was whether or not the series had peaked. The third highest grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation); The Avengers was the culmination of five years of movies and the end of Phase one. The penultimate film of phase two is Avengers: Age of Ultron with Ant-Man to début in July. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has ridden an unprecedented wave of successes. So far the eleven films has a joint worldwide gross of over $7 billion. The MCU is long overdue for a dud, it could be devastating to the franchise if that dud was the Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
As improbable as it is that Age Of Ultron won’t be anything less than epic, it’s equally unlikely that the film will surpass its predecessors. The Avengers (2012) is the highest grossing superhero film of all time and three years later has a sequel that reaches a new, undiscovered level of awesome. Continue reading “Review – Avengers: Age Of Ultron”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier loses some of its charm that made the first movie so successful. The snappy banter has been turned up a notch in The Winter Soldier, but it is a very different movie. Superhero flicks like Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, tried too hard to be edgy and gritty. Others like Iron man 3 and The Wolverine were awash of pretty colours and high octane action, but little substance in the story.
For the first time since the Avengers in 2012, a superhero movie has seamlessly blended the frenetic pacing and over the top action that we’ve come to expect of these movies ; with a story that is fluid and dare I say relevant story of the morality of freedom.
Another Nicholas Sparks book has been adapted for the big screen in Safe Haven. The 8th film adaption continues to use the formula of cheaply producing films that tugs the heart strings of women, old and young alike. Lasse Hallström is back behind the camera, with an effort equaling his 2010 film Dear John. My biggest concern with Safe Haven isn’t with the movie itself. Maybe I lack the understanding of why Nicholas Sparks is so popular. Dear John, stumbled to an $80 million take at the box office. That’s second to The Notebook in 2004 by about a million dollars. With another young attractive cast that features the particularly spunky Julianne Hough and the dough-eyed Josh Duhamel; Safe Haven lazily lays the bait for women of all ages. The beach is set, the sand is warm and our main characters are ready to cry. Sorry guys, this Valentine’s Day you’ll just have to take one for the team. Continue reading “Movie Review – Safe Haven”
For well over a year now, fanboys of the Marvel comic book characters have been eagerly awaiting Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers film to hit theaters. The film brings together some of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe but the biggest question that has been on everyone’s mind is can expectations be lived up to with this huge tentpole release? The answer is a resounding yes!
Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk.
Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.
Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
To cull a quote from another Jon Favreau-scripted movie, “Everything that is past is prologue to this.”*
Well, “this” just happens to be the Joss Whedon-directed, gargantuan mother of all crossover movies involving all of the aforementioned Marvel superheroes – Marvel’sThe Avengers. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Marvel’s The Avengers”
As Marvel Studio’s Thor prepares to storm into theaters this Mother’s Day Weekend, the folks at Comingsoon.net had a chance to speak with some of the film’s cast to discuss their preparation for the next upcoming Marvel Studios outing, The Avengers. Continue reading “The Cast of Thor Gears Up For Avengers”
About a week and a half ago, Samuel J. Jackson revealed on NBC‘s Jimmy Fallon’s show that his character, Nick Fury (last seen in Iron Man 2), would indeed be appearing in both Thor and CaptainAmerica. While this news was to be expected (considering Marvel’s attempt to link all the Marvel characters together in preparation for their upcoming Avengers film releasing next summer), one additional detail he revealed has since sparked interest among fans. This detail being that Fury would have his own sidekick for The Avengers film. Since that interview, there has been much speculation as to who that character would be. Read on to find out who our mystery character is…. Continue reading “Nick Fury has a Sidekick”