Before the events of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), we learn of Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the misunderstood evil sorceress who will become queen and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt). Freya had an affair with the Duke of Blackwood and is now with child. Unfortunately, the Duke committed filicide, sending Freya into a rage, unleashing her cryokinesis. The two sisters separated as Freya turned toward the Northern Lands and began her icy rule. Determined to rid the world of love; convinced that it is a weakness, kidnaps children to raise them as soldiers called The Huntsmen. Two particularly talented warriors are Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain). The secret couple, secretly wed and live relatively harmoniously, that is, until their discovered by Freya. There are only two laws in Freya’s Queendom: Love is forbidden, and Freya demands absolute loyalty. The penalty for breaking either law is death (of course). Both Eric and Sara resist, but Sara is apparently killed in the fight forcing Eric to flee, starting his story in Snow White and the Huntsman. As that story ended happily ever after, the peace didn’t last long. The infamous Magic Mirror has been stolen and in the wrong hands, its power could be used to rule the world. The only one trustworthy enough to retrieve the Mirror and place in a safe place, hiding it from all is (conveniently) our Huntsman and some friends made along the way.
Tense. In a word, the description of the situation on the border between Mexico and the United States. Thousands of people a year travel hundreds of miles through the arid Mexican wilderness, to reach the land of opportunity. Also smuggled illegally through the border are drugs, guns and gang related violent crime and most of the activity is run by the Mexican Cartels. Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) a FBI agent, apart of an anti-kidnapping division in Phoenix, Arizona; knows too well, the progress of Cartel activity in the US. It is her team that make a grisly discovery at a Cartel outpost in rural Arizona. Scores of suffocated bodies, victims of Cartel violence. Her resolve through this ordeal makes her superiors take notice. They recommend her in assistance of a mission from the Defense Department. Matt (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) plan on rattling a few cages of the Mexican Cartel. Continue reading “Movie Review – Sicario”
‘Tom Cruise Saves The World’ seems like a common theme in his movies since 2003’s The Last Samurai. Cruise always finds himself in an impossible situation where he is the only, and I mean ONLY person alive that can defeat the enemy. It happened in War of the Worlds, Oblivion, Jack Reacher, Valkyrie, The Last Samurai and all four Mission: Impossible movies. With the exception of Oblivion, the films mentioned before are pretty entertaining, despite Cruise’s infallibility. Edge of Tomorrow isn’t any different. Tom Cruise saves the world, because he’s Tom flippin’ Cruise. Luckily for Cruise, the marriage of ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Starship Troopers’ proves to be instering and engaging throughout. It’s the first time in a while where Tom Cruise saves the world; and I’d actually like to see him try.
It speaks volumes for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s agent that the actor has starred in the two best sci-fi action films of the past decade; first Christopher Nolan’s Inception in 2010 and now Rian Johnson’s Looper, which takes the concept of time travel into mind-bending new territory, to say the least. Though undoubtedly inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick, Gene Roddenberry and even Stephen King (more than one scene reminded me of Firestarter), Johnson transcends comparison to his forefathers by sticking to his creative guns. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Looper”
There are things I’d really like to write about Looper, yet I cannot, as I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Looper, as you may well know, is a time-travel movie having to do with criminal organizations from the future disappearing people by sending them back to the past, where they are shot dead upon arrival by assassins called Loopers. When the older version of one of these Loopers is sent back to be executed and escapes, that’s when all hell breaks loose and parties on all sides are up in arms trying to find both versions of the same person. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Looper”
It doesn’t take a big budget movie to deliver a big budget punch when it comes to quality at the box office during the summer movie season. Sometimes Hollywood makes a bold decision to release a low budget film right in the middle of their big-budget blockbuster season and gold is struck. Make no mistake, Your Sister’s Sister is this summer’s gold.
How in control of your life are you? Do you really make the decisions each day or is it pre-destined? It’s a question that many people ask themselves. They call it fate. If you believe in it then every decision from what you are going to eat today, to life altering moments has been pre-told and you truly have no choice. Basically it means no free will. But if you learned what they plan was for you, would you be able to change it?
Why is it that movie studios that have a decent product put out such horrible trailers that make their movie look like it’s going to be absolutely horrible? It’s a shame really. They have something that people will actually want to see and yet they fall terribly short of promoting it. That’s the case with this movie. It’s good. Is it great? No. But it’s not something you’ll regret shelling out the big bucks for in the movie theaters.