REVIEW: TERMINATOR GENISYS

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CAST

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan The Barbarian)
Jason Clarke (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Jai Courtney (Spartacus)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games)
Matt Smith (Doctor Who)
Courtney B. Vance (Flashforward)
Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe)
Sandrine Holt (House of Cards)

In 2029, Human Resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) launches a massive final offensive against Skynet, an artificial general intelligence system seeking to eliminate the human race. Before the Resistance wins the offensive, Skynet activates a time machine and sends back a T-800 Terminator to 1984 to kill John’s mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). John’s right-hand man, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), volunteers to travel back in time to protect her. As Kyle floats in the machine’s magnetic field, he witnesses John being attacked by another Resistance soldier (Matt Smith). He then has visions from his childhood about events in 2017.
Upon arrival in 1984, Skynet’s T-800 is disabled by Sarah and the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a reprogrammed T-800 sent to protect her when she was nine years old. Kyle arrives a short time later and is immediately attacked by a T-1000 (Lee Byung-hun). Sarah and the Guardian join Kyle and destroy the T-1000 using acid. Sarah and the Guardian reveal they have constructed a makeshift time machine similar to Skynet’s, and that Sarah plans to travel to 1997 – the year Skynet becomes self-aware. Realizing the timeline has been altered, Kyle is convinced that the future has changed due to the warning he received in his childhood vision. He persuades Sarah to travel to 2017 instead to stop Skynet.
In 2017, Kyle and Sarah materialize in the middle of a busy San Francisco highway and are apprehended by city police. While being treated for injuries, Sarah and Kyle learn that Skynet is called “Genisys”, a soon-to-be-unveiled global operating system that is being embraced by the public. John Connor appears and rescues Sarah and Kyle, but the Guardian appears and immediately shoots John, revealing that John is an advanced T-3000 Terminator. While Kyle was being sent back through time, a T-5000 (Smith), the physical embodiment of Skynet disguised as a member of the Resistance, attacked John and transformed him into a Terminator. John was tasked with ensuring Cyberdyne Systems’ survival and traveled back in time to assist them with the development of Genisys.
Able to escape to a safe house, Sarah, Kyle, and the Guardian make final preparations to destroy Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe. They head toward Cyberdyne’s headquarters with the T-3000 in close pursuit. During an airborne chase, the Guardian divebombs into the T-3000’s helicopter, causing it to crash. The T-3000 survives the crash and enters the Cyberdyne complex, where it advances the countdown from 13 hours to 15 minutes. Kyle, Sarah and the Guardian plant bombs at key points in the facility while holding off the T-3000.
In a final battle, the Guardian traps the T-3000 in the magnetic field of a prototype time machine. Both are destroyed, but just prior to the explosion, the T-3000 throws the remains of the Guardian into an experimental vat of mimetic polyalloy located nearby. Kyle and Sarah reach a bunker beneath the facility, and the explosion sets off the bombs, successfully preventing Genisys from coming online. The Guardian appears, upgraded with mimetic polyalloy components similar to that of the T-1000, and helps them find a way out of the debris.
The trio travels to Kyle’s childhood home, where Kyle tells his younger self about Genisys and instructs him to repeat the warning in a mirror – critical insurance that the events lead to their arrival in 2017. Sarah, Kyle and the Guardian drive off into the country. A mid-credits scene reveals that the system core of Genisys was located in a protected subterranean chamber and has survived the explosion.
The film is well paced and like the first two films, it is basically one long chase. There is a nice balance between action scenes and character scenes. The action also serves the plot instead of the plot serves the action which is the case far to often with mainstream films these days. The film has the spirit of Cameron’s two films and it is easy to see why he approved of the film.  The film feels like the sort of direction Cameron would have taken had he continued on with the franchise.
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REVIEW: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

CAST

Dwayne Johnson (Hercules)
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
Byung-hun Lee (Red 2)
Elodie Yung (Daredevil TV)
Ray Stevenson (Punisher: Warzone)
D.J. Cotrona (Dear John)
Adrianne Palicki (Agents of Shield)
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)
Luke Bracey (The November Man)
Arnold Vosloo (Blood Diamond)
Bruce Willis (Die Hard)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)
Ilia Volok (Power Rangers Wild Force)

So once we’re all caught up (the big plot point being that the President of the United States (Jonathan Pryce) has been replaced by Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), the Cobra master of disguise) the movie can get down to business kicking sand in the face of the Joes. A Cobra conspiracy decimates the team and positions them as enemies of the state, which is just the first stage of a plan for world domination by Cobra Commander.With no allies, a trio of Joes, led by Roadblock (The Rock), have to stop Cobra’s plan to destroy the world. Honestly, it’s not a lot different than your average episode of the cartoon, just a lot darker and grittier. In fact, the film is loaded with fan-service thanks to Jon Chu’s enthusiasm for the old toys, cartoon and comics, with great vehicles like the H.I.S.S. brought to life, and an extensive wordless homage to one of the best-loved issues of the Marvel comic, “Silent Interlude.”Though the movie doesn’t exactly break new ground, it doesn’t mean Retaliation doesn’t have its moments, because it certainly does. A side mission by Snake-Eyes (and obscure fellow ninja Jinx) to a mountain-top monastery sets up some impressive fight scenes and a somewhat ridiculous zip-line chase through the mountains, while Pryce is fantastic as Zartan, leading the world’s leaders into a game of nuclear chicken (with touches of Dr. Strangelove), projecting such incredibly darkness.The bad guys seem to have all the fun, especially newcomer Firefly, an explosives expert played with creepy glee by Ray Stevenson. If you ever find yourself cheering for the wrong team, these two gentleman get all the blame, for making it look like so much fun. This movie is packed with great action, adventure, with a great cast  Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-Hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Elodie Yung, Luke Bracey, and Arnold Vesloo, with an extended cameo from Bruce Willis.

REVIEW: G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

 

CAST

Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Christoper Eccelston (Thor: The Dark World)
Arnold Vosloo (Blood Diamond)
Marlon Wyaans (Scary Movie)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Sucide Squad)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises)
Byung-hun Lee (Red 2)
Sienna Miller (Stardust)
Rachel Nichols (Alex Ross)
Kevin J.O’ Connor (The Mummy)
Ray Park (Star Wars – Episode I)
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point)
Said Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman)
Brendan Fraser (Bedazzled)

G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra images G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - New Promo Pics  HD wallpaper and background photosG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will leap and bound like a solider in an accelerator suit to the hearts of anyone who’s ever owned an action figure. At one point, the bad guys’ resident ninja assassin Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) is trying to escape the top-secret G.I. Joe underground training facility, and he runs over to an unidentified machine and climbs inside. I can’t think of anything more fitting than what happens next: it turns into a jetpack and Storm Shadow flies across the room.After a prologue in the 1600s , we skip ahead to the near future, where a weapons manufacturing company run by James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) has just finished their latest invention. Using nanobot technology, their missiles will literally consume their targets, whether that means tanks, planes, or entire cities. The first four are packaged and given to the U.S. Military, who sends an entire convoy to deliver them. En route, the deliverymen are attacked by a ship carrying Baroness (Sienna Miller), who attempts to kill everyone and steal the missiles. Soliders Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) fight back and are prepared to die protecting the payload when General Hawk (Dennis Quaid) and his elite team step in to save them. Duke and Ripcord are taken to the Joes’ base, and they join to try and stop the missiles from being stolen again.The movie’s ludicrous imagination kicks in almost immediately. At first, Duke and Ripcord train on fairly standard, if unrealistically advanced courses, like a shooting gallery with holographic targets and in hand-to-hand combat using big, futuristic-looking sticks. Then the movie just cuts to a short clip of Duke piloting an underwater spaceship-looking thing in a miles-long tank filled with giant rings, and my brain was happy to shut off and enjoy the spectacle. Other critics will say it’s just like a video game, but it’s so unabashedly, gleefully, purposefully like a video game that I kind of think that’s the idea. In the accelerator suit chase through the streets of Paris, Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) flies after Duke and Ripcord on a commandeered civilian motorcycle that magically moves about 300 miles an hour.G.I Joe : Rise of Cobra - gi-joe-the-rise-of-cobra WallpaperSpeaking of that chase sequence, it’s a jaw-dropping tidal wave of awesomeness, with Duke, Ripcord and Scarlett aided by the silent good-guy ninja Snake Eyes (Ray Park), clinging to the underside of the villains’ Hummer as the group causes untold amounts of damage. Cars fly through the air like they’re made of paper and buildings are reduced to craters, all at a dizzying, breakneck speed. It even changes method of transport, switching from a car chase to a foot chase without missing a beat.The Joes are all well-cast. Personally, I liked Rachel Nichols and Marlon Wayans, who are both charismatic and have an entirely playful chemistry with each other. I didn’t even mind Wayans’ cheesy comic relief. His jokes aren’t particularly funny, but he doesn’t scream for attention the way he has in other movies.The good guys are complemented by a solid roster of villains. Christopher Eccleston, ise the main bad guy, and he’s good at standing around in fine suits, sneering and being slimy (and when given the chance, he wisely refuses to reveal his evil plot), but for all intents and purposes, I’d say his evildoing in the movie is equal to that of Sienna Miller’s Baroness. The shared history she has with Duke is worked in to varying degrees of success over the course of the film, but even without it, she’s got more personality than any of the other action-movie villains.There’s also a psychotic doctor, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and he really dredges up some entertaining evil, covered with creepy makeup and practically cackling some of his lines. The only letdown is he spends most of the movie with his voice altered, which takes away from the experience of seeing him play the role. It’s all about tone, and director Stephen Sommers has it down.