REVIEW: STRAW DOGS (2011)

CAST

James Marsden (Westworld)
Kate Bosworth (Superman returns)
Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan)
Dominic Purcell (Legends of Tomorrow)
Rhys Coiro (MacGruber)
Willa Holland (Arrow)
James Woods (Be Cool)
Billy Lush (The Black Donnellys)
Laz Alonso (Fast & Furious)
Walton Goggins (American Ultra)
Anson Mount (Inhumans)
Drew Powell (Gotham)

James Marsden and Kate Bosworth in Straw Dogs (2011)Scriptwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) and his wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) relocate to rural Mississippi where Amy grew up, to rebuild the house of Amy’s recently deceased father and to allow David to finish a script. While in town one afternoon, David meets Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård) and his three friends, Norman (Rhys Coiro), Chris (Billy Lush), and Bic (Drew Powell). David is intimidated by the men but hires them to fix their roof. He also meets Tom Heddon (James Woods), a former high school football coach whose 15-year-old daughter Janice (Willa Holland) is attracted to a local man with an intellectual disability, Jeremy Niles (Dominic Purcell). Heddon often bullies Jeremy and believes he is stalking his daughter.Kate Bosworth in Straw Dogs (2011)Charlie and his friends soon begin taunting David, which later escalates into harassment as they make crude remarks towards Amy and play their music loud to distract David while he writes, while taking longer than expected to fix the roof. One Sunday after church, Tom attacks Jeremy for talking to Janice, and Amy comes to his defence, but David warns her to not get involved. Later that night back at home, David discovers their cat strangled and hung up in the bedroom closet. Amy is positive Charlie and his friends are to blame as they disappeared from the church barbeque for a few hours earlier, but David is hesistant to confront them. When he does finally question them, the men deny everything.James Marsden in Straw Dogs (2011)Charlie invites David to go deer hunting. While David is out in the woods with two of the men, Charlie forces his way into the house and rapes Amy—believing that Amy’s resistance is fake and that Amy actually wants him. During the process, he inquires Amy, as to if she ever wanted him to have sex with her this way, and that is how David and her go through it. Afterwards, he realizes that Amy did not want this, and is stunned. Norman arrives and also rapes Amy while Charlie watches. When David returns, Amy does not to tell him, because she had led Charlie on earlier. David fires the men the next day for taking too long to fix the roof the and men leave, after David pays them $5000.Alexander Skarsgård, James Marsden, and Kate Bosworth in Straw Dogs (2011)David and Amy go to a local football game. Janice lures Jeremy to enter an empty locker room and attempts to give him oral sex, while Tom notices her absence and begins looking for her. As he approaches, Jeremy, scared of Heddon discovering them, holds his hand over Janice’s mouth to silence her, accidentally smothering her to death. He runs away just as Tom informs Charlie and his friends of Janice’s disappearance. They all suspect Jeremy has done something to her.James Marsden in Straw Dogs (2011)At the game, Amy has haunting flashbacks about the rapes and asks David to take her home. On the way, she tells him she wants to return to Los Angeles, surprising him and causing him to accidentally run over Jeremy who is standing in the road. David and Amy take him back to their home and call an ambulance. Charlie and Norman overhear the ambulance call on a police scanner, and inform Tom. They all drive to David and Amy’s house, and demand the couple hand Jeremy over, but David refuses. The Sheriff then arrives but Tom shoots him dead; then the men attempt to enter the house. David and Amy barricade the doors shut and take Jeremy upstairs to the bedroom and prepare to fight off the men. When Chris attempts to enter through a window, David nails his hands to the wall with a nail gun, his throat fatally exposed to broken glass. When Tom tries to follow, David burns his face with hot oil. Tom and Charlie ram down one of the house’s walls with Charlie’s pick-up truck, but Charlie is knocked unconscious. David fights Tom off and causes him to shoot himself in the foot. David then shoots Tom and beats Bic to death with a fireplace poker.Kate Bosworth in Straw Dogs (2011)Upstairs, Amy and Jeremy are attacked by Norman, who has climbed in through the window. Norman is attempting to rape Amy again when David and Charlie appear. Charlie and Norman draw on each other when Norman threatens to kill Amy. Amy shoots Norman, Charlie assaults and disarms her, then David jumps him. Charlie kicks David down the stairs and beats him up severely. While David lies prostrated on the floor, disarmed, Charlie prepares to shoot him in his head when Amy approaches from behind, pointing the gun at him. Turning to her, Charlie informs her the gun is empty, and says to her “I will always protect you, baby”, when David rises behind him and slams a bear trap down on his head, which shuts and ensnares him. Charlie slowly dies. As sirens are heard, with the adjacent barn in flames, David says “I got ’em all”.James Marsden and Kate Bosworth in Straw Dogs (2011)

It’s a testament to the power of Straw Dogs’ story (Sam Peckinpah’s adaptation of Gordon Williams’ novel) that the 2011 remake is still entertaining despite its numerous shortcomings in both complexity and artistry to its predecessor. Director Rod Lurie’s retelling trades conflicted characters and intricate ideals of bravery and cowardice with plain-dealing motives and basic revenge; Peckinpah’s flair for operatic visuals is sadly absent. So too is the contemplative nature of the whole affair – the ambiguity and subtleties within every character’s actions have been replaced with spoon-fed notions of right and wrong. It’s impossible to avoid comparison to the original film, and doing so would be a disservice to the discerning viewer. Those that loved Peckinpah’s creation will likely find little value in Lurie’s version, but for those who haven’t seen it, the remake does offer a humble taste of the brilliance you’re missing out on.
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REVIEW: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2

CAST

Tom Cruise (Rain Man)
Dougray Scott (Enigma)
Thandie Newton (Crash)
Ving Rhames (Entrapment)
Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing)
Brendan Gleeson (Troy)
Rade Serbedzija (Stigmata)
William Mapother (Swordfish)
Dominic Purcell (Legends of Tomorrow)
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)

 

Ethan Hunt is alerted by the IMF that someone has used his identity to assist bio-chemical expert Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich to enter the United States, only to kill him in a subsequent plane crash. Nekhorvich, an old friend of Ethan, had forewarned the IMF of his arrival, planning to deliver to them a new bioweapon, Chimera, and its cure, Bellerophon. He was forced to develop these by Biocyte Pharmaceuticals. IMF determines that rogue IMF agent Sean Ambrose is responsible. IMF assigns Ethan to recover the virus and its cure. It also insists that he recruits Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a professional thief presently operating in Seville, Spain. Later, Ethan finds out that she is Ambrose’s ex-girlfriend.After recruiting Nyah, Ethan assembles his team, computer expert Luther Stickell and pilot Billy Baird, in Sydney, Australia, where Biocyte laboratories are located and Ambrose is staying. As Ethan stakes out Biocyte, Nyah gets close to Ambrose and begins to learn about the Chimera virus. At a horse racing event, Ambrose meets with Biocyte’s CEO, John C. McCloy. He shows McCloy a video of Chimera affecting one of Nekhorvich’s colleagues. He then blackmails McCloy into cooperating with him. Nyah steals video footage and transfers it to Ethan. Ethan’s team learn that Chimera has a 20-hour dormant period before it causes death by mass destruction of the victim’s red blood cells. Bellerophon can only save the victim if used within that 20-hour window.The IMF team kidnaps McCloy to force him to give up Bellerophon. However, they learn that the only samples of Bellerophon were taken by Nekhorvich, and are now in Ambrose’s hands. Ambrose has the cure, but does not have the virus (which Nekhorvich injected himself with). As a result, Ambrose forced McCloy to exchange a sample of the virus for a sample of Bellerophon. The team break into Biocyte to destroy the virus. Ambrose, posing as Ethan, tricks Nyah into revealing his plan. Ambrose captures Nyah and raids Biocyte to secure the virus. Ethan is able to destroy all but one sample of the virus before Ambrose intervenes, and a firefight ensues. Ambrose orders Nyah to retrieve the last sample of Chimera. She injects herself with it, preventing Ambrose from simply killing her to get it. Ambrose takes Nyah away, and Ethan escapes from the laboratory.Ambrose lets Nyah wander the streets of Sydney in a daze, intending to start a pandemic. He offers to sell Bellerophon to McCloy in exchange for stock options, to make him the majority shareholder. He predicts that the price of Biocyte’s stock will skyrocket due to demand for Bellerophon after the Chimera outbreak. Ethan infiltrates the meeting and steals the remaining samples of Bellerophon. While Ethan is pursued by Ambrose, Luther and Billy locate Nyah, who has wandered to a cliff side, intent on killing herself to prevent Chimera from spreading. Ethan eventually gains the upper hand over Ambrose and kills him. With little time left on the 20-hour countdown, Luther reaches Ethan, takes Bellerophon and injects Nyah with it. IMF clears Nyah’s criminal record and Ethan starts his vacation with her in Sydney.If you like Mission Impossible then you’ll not be disappointed with this action packed film and if you have the others in this series then you’ll appreciate the efforts put in to improve plots, characters and special effects but each one for their time and budget stand on their own.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – BEEBO THE GOD OF WAR

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MAIN CAST

Brandon Routh (Chuck)
Caity Lotz (The Pact)
Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow)
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (The Originals)
Amy Louise Pemberton (Suspence)
Tala Ashe (Odyssey)
Nick Zano (2 Broke Girls)
Dominic Purcell (A Fighting Man)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Neal McDonough (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)
Wentworth Miller (Prison Break)
Courtney Ford (Supernatural)
Graeme McComb (UnReal)
John Noble (Sleepy Hollow)
Jes Macallan (Mistresses)
Thor Knai (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Katia Winter (Arena)
Emily Tennant (Mr. Young)
Hiro Kanagawa (Heores Reborn)
Matt Ryan (Constantine)

I’m sure most of us were expecting a very glum, downbeat midseason finale as the Legends mourned Professor Stein’s passing and struggled to get back into the time travel groove. So it comes as some surprise that this episode wound up being one of the most overtly silly and slapstick in Legends history. And this is the same season where the team reenacted the events of E.T. with a baby Dominator. It’s a real testament to the power of this show, the skill of the writing staff and the chemistry of the cast that such a goofy episode also managed to hit home in such a profound way.Granted, maybe I should have expected a goofy approach to this episode based on the title alone. “Beebo the God of War” certainly didn’t fail to live up to its name. The idea of a group of Vikings worshiping the Arrowverse version of Tickle Me Elmo and rewriting the course of North American history is just bizarre and stupid and wonderful in a way only Legends can really pull off. The Beebo doll and the Viking trappings proved to be an endless source of amusement here, while at the same time serving as a clever way to briefly bring Graeme McComb’s younger Martin Stein back into the picture.There were plenty of great character moments along the way as that conflict grew progressively more chaotic. Naturally, this was a big week for Jax, as he mourns the loss of his partner/father figure and wrestles with his guilt. Ultimately, this felt like a necessary coda to the rest of Season 3’s Stein material. It wrapped up the character’s journey on a happier, more uplifting note. It allowed McComb one last hurrah as a pitch-perfect stand-in for Garber. And it helped Jax move past his guilt and embrace the next phase of his own journey. Seeing Jax bid farewell to his team/family was extremely bittersweet.Above and beyond Jax’s struggles and young Stein’s Back to the Future dilemma, this episode really succeeded in celebrating the team’s status as a dysfunctional but close-knit family. Everyone mourned Stein’s death in their own way, resulting in a steady stream of hilarious and somber moments. Even Agent Sharpe was integrated into the conflict in a fun way. And if it wasn’t obvious that there’s a spark between Sharpe and Sara before, it definitely is now.Wentworth Miller’s return really helped speed things along this week. “Leo” Snart is a real blast – even more entertaining here than he was in “Crisis on Earth-X.” This episode reminded me how much the team dynamic lost when the original Snart was killed off in Season 1. Leo’s antics are a hoot, but the revamped Captain Cold/Heat Wave relationship proved very poignant as well. I’m thrilled that Miller, like Garber, is being given an opportunity to really have fun with his character before saying his final Arrowverse farewell.This episode proved very reminiscent of “Return of the Mack” in how an initially goofy storyline took a dark turn with the appearance of Damien Darhk. The fact that Grainne Godfree was a lead writer on both episodes is probably no coincidence. Fortunately, “Beebo the God of War” avoided falling victim to formula. The appearance of Darhk and his daughter merely served to add stakes to what would otherwise have been a fairly straightforward conflict. And it’s not like Darhk didn’t bring his own brand of hilarity to the table. His tacky Odin costume was simply divine (especially the wig). And you really have to appreciate those little stylistic flourishes, like the final showdown that played out more as a series of Rashomon-style daydreams than a straightforward battle.This episode was a perfect way to cap off 2017 and deliver the final word on Martin Stein.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – TURNCOAT

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MAIN CAST

Victor Garber (Alias)
Brandon Routh (Chuck)
Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who)
Caity Lotz (The Pact)
Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow)
Matt Letscher (Her)
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (The Originals)
Nick Zano (2 Broke Girls)
Dominic Purcell (A Fighting Man)
Amy Louise Pemberton (Suspence)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Randall Batinkoff (As Good As It Gets)

Legends of Tomorrow delivered a Christmas-themed episode in feburary 2017 , making it only about a month-and-a-half late to the party. But when time travel is involved, you can always argue that’s Christmas somewhere (or some-when). “Turncoat” allowed Legends to keep delivering the fun, frantic action it’s been doing so well in season 2, while also going to some pretty dark and dramatic places along the way.Granted, I had my concerns going into this episode. Legends has been particularly strong since returning from its midseason hiatus, and it didn’t seem like reverting to the familiar formula of “The Legends go back in time and protect a famous historical dead dude” didn’t see like the best way of keeping the hot streak alive. And if this episode had focused mainly on the fight to protect George Washington (played by Randall Batinkoff), it probably would have floundered. The show’s portrayal of Washington was about as bland and straightforward as its Ulysses S. Grant from earlier this season. With his penchant for flowery speeches and obsession with military decorum, it’s like he walked straight out of an elementary school history textbook.Fortunately, Washington himself was more or less an afterthought here. The real focus was on the painful reunion between the Legends and their old captain, now rebooted as a nihilistic villain who’d rather trample over history than safeguard it. As fun as it was watching Arthur Darvill play Rip as a cowardly American hippie in recent episodes, it’s even more entertaining watching this new version. Perhaps in part because he doesn’t just come across as a brainwashed tool of the Legion of Doom. There was a real weight to Rip’s words as he reflected on his past self’s willingness to be manipulated by others and his failure to save his own family. While the new Rip may be a product of brainwashing, there’s little denying that he already existed somewhere in the old Rip’s mind. Once again, it’s great to see the writers pushing the character in such new and dramatic directions rather than simply roll him back into the cast as if nothing had changed.Evil Rip helped keep the conflict grounded throughout the episode. There was certainly plenty of the familiar Legends charm to go around. Mick’s narration in the opening credits alone took care of that, to say nothing of Ray’s mad dash through the Waverider’s air ducts or Professor Stein’s hilarious Dr. McCoy homage. But despite the healthy dose of humor, “Turncoat” actually proved to be one of the darker episodes of the season. Sara very nearly died at Rip’s hand. Jax was forced to take over as captain and found himself on the brink of shooting Rip. Professor Stein nearly had a panic attack while trying to save Sara. And while everything generally worked out in the end, there’s no getting around the fact that once again, the Legends allowed another priceless artifact to fall into the Legion’s clutches. This is a team that loses even when they win, and that’s a major source of their appeal.That dark turn definitely worked in Jax’s favor. He’s a character who tends to be used for comic relief or as a foil to Stein, so it was nice to see Jax front-and-center and really dealing with some complicated emotional baggage as he confronted Rip. His game of cat-and-mouse with Rip was nothing if not suspenseful, and his struggle to stop himself from killing his old captain felt very genuine. By the end it was hard not to root for Jax to gun down Rip given the emotional gauntlet he had just been through. Luckily, the writers seemed to know when to ease off the gas and let the darkness recede in favor of some good, old-fashioned Christmas charm. That impromptu celebration helped balance out the otherwise glum conclusion to this week’s conflict, while also reminding us what a tight-knit group the Legend shave become since first banding together to hunt Vandal Savage.It really seems like Legends of Tomorrow can do no wrong lately. Even in an episode that ran the risk of retreating into simpler, more formulaic time travel fare, the show managed to deliver a wildly entertaining adventure that balanced dark character drama, sexual tension and wacky superheroics. The debut of dark Rip Hunter is just one more inspired addition to a show that already has so much working in its favor.

REVIEW: HIJACKED

CAST

Vinnie Jones (Arrow)
Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger)uio
Dominic Purcell (legends of Tomorrow)
Gina Philips (Jeepers Creepers)
Tiffany Dupont (Greek)
Randy Couture (Stretch)
Holt McCallany (Fight Club)
Rob Steinberg (12 Years A Slave)

A special agent’s plans to reconcile with his ex-fiancé are ruined when she boards a private jet that is targeted by hijackers working for the same crime lord that he is chasing.I wasn’t expecting much but this was okay. its a straight to DVD action movie so don’t go looking for Oscar winning acting or million dollar sets. but the action is good the story is pretty much expected but there are a few twists that keep it interesting. Vinnie is good, randy kicks some ass and i liked this movie. It’s just a film you can sit down to and not think too much about.

 

 

REVIEW: IN THE NAME OF THE KING 3: THE LAST MISSION

CAST

Dominic Purcell (Legends of Tomorrow)
Ralitsa Paskaleva (Jarhead 2)
Daria Simeonova  (XIa)
Bashar Rahal  (Whiteout)
Shelly Varod (Universal Soldier 3)

photo-au-nom-du-roi-3-in-the-name-of-the-king-3-the-last-mission-2014-14Hazen Kaine (Dominic Purcell) is a ruthless modern-day assassin, wanting out, and is hired for one final job, determined to quit the business after carrying out that one last job involving a European royal family, kidnapping the two daughters. Hazen easily completes this task, and locks the two girls in a connex box and discovers that one of the girls is wearing a necklace with a charm that looks similar to a tattoo he has and takes the charm from the young girl, which opens a portal to the Middle Ages.[3]
in-the-name-of-the-king-3-lb-1Once there Hazen soon gains his bearing and realizes quickly that a village before him is being attacked by a dragon. Hazen runs to the village when he see that the dragon has noticed him and now attacks him too. He uses his pistol to fire at the dragon, when two sisters Arabella (Ralitsa Paskaleva), and Emeline (Daria Simeonova) notice this, they call to him and bring him into their home for safety. The sisters soon take him to their shaman where he finds out he was chosen to return to the Middle Ages and bring back order to a kingdom in chaos. Hazen comes to realize that he must stand against the evil King Tervon (Marian Valev), who has seized the kingdom for himself. He and the sisters form an army and head for Tervon’s castle, but are ambushed by the king’s armies. After a serious battle Hazen faces and easily defeats Tervon in a duel. It is also revealed the dragon which attacked the village earlier is actually controlled by Tervon, who calls upon it to make his escape when he is defeated in the duel against Hazen. Now Hazen finds himself up against an evil king, his armies, and the dragon he controls as Hazen know now he must fight on the side of good. He and Arabella finally reach Tervon’s castle and Hazen defeats and kills him with ease.
MCDINTH FE003Arabella tells him he must save the girls he locked in the connex box. Hazen returns to his time, but the dragon now under no ones control follows him trying to kill him. The men who hired him are trying to kill him as well. He finds the man who hired him holding the girls at gunpoint. He fights the remaining henchmen and one of them is carried off by the dragon, which heads off some place unknown. Hazen returns the girls home, and their father allows him to leave unharmed; to which Hazen thanks him in return and walks off. In the final shot, the dragon is seen flying overhead in the background.fhd013tlj_ralitsa_paskaleva_038011047I wouldn’t go in expecting the original In the Name of the King, but I found this new film to be one the most enjoyable action movies I’ve seen in a while.

REVIEW: A FIGHTING MAN

CAST

Dominic Purcell (Legends of Tomorrow)
Kim Coates (Black Hawk Down)
Louis Gossett Jr. (Enemy Mine)
Adam Beach (Windtalkers)
Michael Ironside (Total Recall)
Jenessa Grant (Reign)
Famke Janssen (X-Men_
James Caan (Elf)
Emma Campbell (The Woods)
Sheila McCarthy (Die Hard 2)

Sailor O’Connor (Purcell) is a retired Irish boxer, who has not once been knocked down in the 63 matches he’s fought. O’Connor’s mother Rose (McCarthy) is dying of cancer and Sailor wants to take her to Ireland one last time before she passes. After negotiating with Fast Eddie (Beach), a local promoter, Sailor secures enough money whether or not he wins. Though a long way from his prime, Sailor convinces his old training team Brother Albright and Max (Caan and Ironside) to get into shape for the bout against a younger opponent. A local priest, Father Brennan (Coates), tries to convince Rose to have Sailor back out of the fight, to which she says it’s up to him to leave.King Solomon (Smith) is a young upcoming boxer, seeking to earn a way out of the life he’s currently in. His girlfriend Peg (Grant) tells him she’s pregnant and Solomon wants to live a life with her. Quitting his life as an adult film actor, Solomon comes back to his old boxing coach (Gossett Jr.) and promises to stick with it and begins his training for the fight with Sailor. Solomon’s mother, a drug user and alcoholic, cannot cope with her son’s wanting to leave, and like his father, believes he will be back. Leading up to the fight, Sailor, Rose, Solomon, Father Brennan, and Diane Scheuler (Janssen), a recovering alcoholic, all attempt to overcome their demons. Diane attempts to ask Sailor several times for forgiveness for what she did to Sailor, and each time he rebuffs her. As the fight commences, both fighters do not show signs of giving up out of either stubbornness or motivation. As the final round comes to open, Fast Eddie offers up a large sum of money for either man to call it quits right then and there. Neither take it up on the offer and continue the fight. When the final seconds and punches hit, Sailor remembers his tragedy in which Diane killed Sailor’s wife and children in a drunk driving accident. Never knocked down and refusing to give up, Sailor stays up as the last round closes, and the two boxers congratulate each other. King Solomon is declared the winner of the bout and each man heads to the locker room. As Diane passes by Sailor, he tells her that there may be a way that he may forgive her some time in the future.Acting-wise you get quite a lot of good people in this. James Caan, Kim Coates, Michael Ironside and Famke Janssen to name a couple. Mostly they don’t share the screen together, but you still get the gravitas a movie like this needs. It’s nice storytelling, with slowly revealing/uncovering its layers. Not really surprising in the end, but still a nice movie to watch