The effects driven retelling of the largest man made environmental disaster in U.S. history; Deepwater Horizon is more akin to ‘Snakes on a Plane’ than the human interest story it tries to be. Minimalist in its storytelling, Deepwater Horizon is a bit confusing at times yet, it still is an effect no-nonsense thriller. That could be good or bad, depending on your expectations of the film. This isn’t an emotional docu-drama, nor is it a bloated CGI fest. (OK, maybe a little) Deepwater Horizon, like so many other calamity films places a bunch of likable characters on the precipice of sudden disaster. Though the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson, the real star of the show is the ill-fated semi-submersible oil rig.
The affable Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) trying to make the best of a tough situation. Due to a mishap of great improbability, Brad is impotent and thus, unable to start a family of his own. So, if Brad can’t be the best dad ever; he’ll strive to be the best step-dad ever and that’ll take winning over Megan (Scarlett Estevez) and Dylan (Owen Vaccaro), the children of Sara (Linda Cardinelli) from a previous marriage and Brad’s current wife. As Brad makes small gains with the kids, his progress is grounded as Sara’s ex-husband Dusty Mayron, (Mark Wahlberg) announces his return. The polar opposite of Brad, a mild-mannered radio executive for a smooth jazz station; Dusty breezes in with a John Wayne swagger, turning Brad’s childish insecurities into an inferiority complex, in the time it takes Dusty to reach the bottom of the airport’s escalator. Since Brad can’t compete physically with Dusty, he’ll have to work smart to stop Dusty from taking over his marriage and kids’ affection.
Where we last left Ted (Voiced by Seth MacFarlane), he and Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) were going to live happily every after. Now married, the couple wants have a baby. There’s an obvious problem as Ted doesn’t have means to procreate. Remember, he’s a teddy bear. So, without being able to naturally have kids, the couple could adopt, or use a surrogate. But, when Ted’s legal status as a person is challenged; Ted, best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) and newly retained lawyer Samantha (Amanda Seyfried) will go to court and argue the civil rights case of the century.
Mark Wahlberg has a knack for making a role where “Joe Everyman” has to make the tough choices for himself or his family. We’ve seen this before. In Contraband (2012), Shooter (2007) and in Four Brothers (2005) among others. It’s in these roles where Wahlberg is at his best. That injection of humanity into another story of “David vs. Goliath” might not be the most original idea; it’s fun to watch anyway. In this variant, Wahlberg is Billy Taggart. A New York Cop who is disgraced into retirement after being acquitted of police brutality seven years ago. His private investigation business is in the red, and trying to collect back pay from negligent clients isn’t paying the bills. When Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) presents Billy with an offer that he could, but shouldn’t refuse, the plot thickens. $50,000 for evidence comfirming the affair that Mayor Hostetler’s current but estranged wife Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is allegedly having. But in the Broken City, nothing is what it seems. Russell Crowe’s Mayor Hostetler comse of as affable in the public eye yet, some moral if not actual corruption lies just under the surface. Gregarious but omniscient with a cutthroat ruthlessness, Mayor Hostetler is the mob boss Sean Penn should’ve been in Gangster Squad.
How many of you out there have held that one special toy in your life and looked hard into its eyes and wished upon that one special star for it to be alive? Probably just about every single little boy and girl out there has done that. The connection we have with our toys is immeasurable, and something that no one can tell us isn’t as real as the connection we have with the family and friends around us as children. So what if when you made that wish one night it actually came true? What if your special toy came to life the very next day?
When we were children, we all dreamed and wished that one day, our stuffed animals or dolls would be able to talk and actually interact with us. More often than not, we would say, “Oh, ____ (insert object of childhood desire here), I wish you were real.” And, of course, it never happened. With Ted, writer/director/voice actor Seth MacFarlane takes it to the next level, using his usual overblown, sight gag-filled comedic style that he has honed on his television show, “Family Guy”. And much like “Family Guy”, some of it will make you laugh until it hurts; other parts will make you stare at the screen blankly, wondering where the funny is. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Ted”
Some days you need to see a film with some tough dude action. Pulling off heists, shooting guns, car chases and getting back at people. You know a movie with some solid punches to the face in them, hard stuff. This movie Contraband has all that in spades. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster and some other great actors all having a great time on screen. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW – Contraband”
You heard right! It looks like director David O. Russell intends to continue the story. Click after the break to read what he said when he sat down in an interview with MTV News. Continue reading “The Fighter 2?!”