In London the Prime Minister has mysteriously passed away, making his funeral a can’t miss event for Western leaders. U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) along with Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) and super-agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) lead the protection detail on the sudden trip to London. Such a high-profile gathering of most of the Western World’s leaders, would make London the safest place to be in the world. However, as Lynne so eloquently proclaims “It’s a TRAP” and terrorists unleash a wave of bombs throughout the city, unsurprisingly at London’s landmarks. President Asher and Banning survive the attack (R.I.P. Lynne) and are on the run in London. U.S. forces are hours away and terrorists are on the loose, hunting for the President. For Mike Banning, his mission is pretty simple: keep the President alive.
“…the world of Gods of Egypt never really existed. It is inspired by Egyptian mythology, but it makes no attempt at historical accuracy because that would be pointless — none of the events in the movie ever really happened. It is about as reality-based as Star Wars — which is not real at all …Maybe one day if I get to make further chapters I will reveal the context of the when and where of the story. But one thing is for sure — it is not set in Ancient Egypt at all.”Director Alex Proyas, Forbes Magazine, December 2015
With that said, I believe there are two schools of thought about Gods of Egypt. You can expect some level of authenticity to the mythology of Ancient Egypt, with some leeway for creative license or, it’s another mindless popcorn flick; whose sole purpose is to kill a few hours with wave after wave of visual effects. Story be damned, things need to go boom. Other that the fact that Egypt is spelled correctly, Gods of Egypt is devoid of a competent plot, character development or historical accuracy. However, what else could I expect from an all white, non-African cast (also there’s Chadwick Boseman)? Continue reading “Movie Review – Gods of Egypt”
After the events of the first film; the small Viking enclave of Berk is full of life, commerce and dragons. With dragons being faster than boats, the townsfolk of Berk can explore new lands at a blistering speed. Our heroes Hiccup and Toothless, while out exploring, run across dragon trappers who tell rumours of Drago Bludvist. Drago is a maniacal pirate that is trying to raise a dragon army. Hiccup, the reluctant heir apparent to become the next chief, tries desperately to escape his destiny; with Drago and possibly war on the horizon, Hiccup’s decisions will save or condemn his village.
With a title like Olympus Has Fallen, the premise should be as clear as the scope on a sniper’s rifle. I’ll do my best to cover the basics of the movie but, I promise you that Olympus Has Fallen isn’t one of those ‘thinking’ movies. Continue reading “Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen”
In my opinion, criticizing a movie just for being clichéd has become something of a copout, even though it’s increasingly difficult to resist doing so, kind of like condemning the plot of an action flick for being implausible. Still, I swore I’d stop, or at least cut back, on using the ‘c’ word. Usually there’s a subtext of some sort that deserves a little more examination when writing a review, otherwise we’re just being lazy, right? And we’re pretentious if we harp too much on realism, aren’t we? Not in this case. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Olympus Has Fallen”
‘A place calling itself Rome’ looks a lot more like war-torn Serbia in Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes’ version of the politically charged Shakespeare tragedy. Not as much an update of the play as an application of the script to a more relatable era (with a treatment by Gladiator and Hugo screenwriter John Logan), the film replaces the archaic battle implements of ancient Rome with the automatic weapons and Kevlar of modern warfare. Initially bearing a visual resemblance to something like Green Zone, with which it shares cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker), Coriolanus is a film altogether different in its mixture of elements. But the politics and language, for all intents and purposes, remain the same. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Coriolanus”