REVIEW: BAD MOMS 2: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS

CAST

Mila Kunis (Ted)
Kristen Bell (The Boss)
Kathryn Hahn (Free Agents)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Susan Sarandon (That’s My Boy)
Cheryl Hines (Waitress)
Jay Hernandez (Hostel)
Justin Hartley (Smallville)
Peter Gallagher (American Beauty)
Oona Laurence (Southpaw)
Emjay Anthony (Chef)
Wanda Sykes (Clerks 2)
Christina Applegate (Anchorman)

Mila Kunis and Jay Hernandez in A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)Amy (Mila Kunis) is now in a happy relationship with Jesse (Jay Hernandez) and is looking forward to having a simple Christmas. Her plans are derailed when her overly critical mother, Ruth (Christine Baranski), texts her to say she is coming for Christmas. Meanwhile, Kiki (Kristen Bell) is still overworked with her four kids but now her husband Kent is much more helpful. Kiki is surprised when her mother Sandy (Cheryl Hines) shows up three days earlier than expected and is planning to spend the next three weeks with Kiki. Sandy’s love for Kiki is overwhelming, and smothering Kiki.Susan Sarandon and Kathryn Hahn in A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)When Carla (Kathryn Hahn) gets home, her mother, Isis (Susan Sarandon), has arrived, telling her she intends to spend time with her for the first time in years. Surprised by this turn of events Carla is excited to spend time with her. Eventually, Amy, Kiki and Carla go to the mall where they express their misery over the holidays. But while commiserating about the pressures of the holidays they make a pact to “take Christmas back”. Ruth tries to create a spectacle out of Christmas, rather than keeping it simple like Amy wanted. In an effort to tamp down those plans Amy takes the family to Sky Zone to meet up with Kiki and Carla and their families. Ruth, Sandy and Isis all meet and chat while their daughters have fun with their kids.Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn in A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)At work, Carla meets an erotic dancer named Ty (Justin Hartley), who says he is competing in a Sexy Santa competition and he asks Carla to be his date, which she enthusiastically accepts. Kiki continues to have issues with her mother’s overbearing ways and decides to bring Sandy to Dr. Karl (Wanda Sykes) to discuss these issues. This leads to a breakdown in communication leading to Kiki scolding Sandy and causing her to leave the session. Amy and Kiki join Carla as they attend the Sexy Santa show. All the ladies in the room are impressed with Ty’s dancing. To everyone’s surprise, Isis gets up on the bar and starts dancing with Ty. Carla runs up to get Ty back, leading to a fight. When Carla brings Isis home, Isis tells her she needs money for a new investment, but Carla knows she’s just going to gamble it all away and then disappear from Carla’s life like it’s been for years. Nonetheless, Carla relents and loans Isis the money.Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Phil Pierce in A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)On Christmas Eve, Sandy tells Kiki that she put up a cash offer for the house next door so that she can live right next to Kiki. Finally, Kiki lashes out and tells Sandy she cannot live next door and that she wants some space. Sandy leaves the room crying. Amy gets angry with Ruth when she discovers Ruth has invited a bunch of strangers over to her home to throw an elaborate Christmas party, exactly what Amy did not want. Amy loses her temper and demands everyone leave her home and tells Ruth to leave and get out of her life forever. Her kids, Jane and Dylan, witness this outburst and become upset with Amy. Meanwhile, Carla finds a note from Isis indicating she has just taken off with the money she lent her. Kiki is all alone as well.ac00-FILM-Bad-Mom-s-Xmas-reviewRuth goes to church for Midnight Mass and is, surprisingly, joined by Sandy and Isis. All the ladies criticize each other for their efforts as mothers, with each of them realizing their flaws. Amy’s father goes to her to talk about Ruth and the horrible fight they had, but acknowledging that while Ruth can be difficult to deal with, she has always been insecure over her work as a mom toward Amy, always worried whether or not she was doing a good job as a mother, but she always had the right intentions and loved Amy unconditionally. Amy goes to the church to try and repair her relationship with her mother. They apologize to each other and express their love. Once the clock strikes midnight, Amy and Ruth rush home to fix Christmas.badmomsOn Christmas morning, Jane and Dylan go downstairs to see that Ruth has returned, the relationship has been repaired and the house looking wonderful with decorations and gifts. Kiki makes up with Sandy, who tells her she put the neighboring house on the market and admits that she’s just always felt lonely on Christmas since Kiki’s father died. Carla is then visited by Isis, who is serious about turning her life around and has a new job at Sky Zone. All the families get together and Ruth, Sandy and Isis announce that they have become friends and are now planning to take a trip to Las Vegas.7A Bad Moms Christmas is a hilarious film. Directors Jon Lucas & Scott Moore make sure that, the protagonists repeat all their shenanigans that made Bad Moms a surprise hit. The viewer is guffawing throughout. However, the humor felt a little bit more fresh, in the original. The performances are what make this movie, so hysterical. Mila Kunis is spectacular as Amy. Kristen Bell is outstanding as Kiki. Kathryn Hahn is mind blowing as Carla. Christine Baranski is brilliant as Ruth. Susan Sarandon is fantastic as Isis. Cheryl Hines is awesome as Sandy. The supporting cast is great. A Bad Moms Christmas is a must watch for fans of Bad Moms.

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REVIEW: BAD MOMS

CAST

Mila Kunis (Ted)
Kristen Bell (The Boss)
Kathryn Hahn (Tomorrowland)
Christina Applegate (Anchorman)
Jada Pinket Smith (Gotham)
Annie Mumolo (This Is 40)
Oona Laurenc (Southpaw)
David Walton (New Girl)
Clark Duke (Two and a Half Men)
Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad)
Wanda Sykes (Evan Almighty)
Martha Stewart (2 Broke Girls)

Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is a married woman with two children, Jane (Oona Laurence) and Dylan (Emjay Anthony), who feels overworked and overcommitted. She works as a sales rep for a “hip” coffee company, prepares healthful, handpacked lunches for her children, does much of their homework, goes to all of their extracurricular activities, and is active in her school’s PTA, run by the domineering Gwendolyn James (Christina Applegate) and her cronies, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo). When she catches her husband Mike (David Walton) cheating on her with a nude dairy farmer via the internet, Amy kicks him out and attempts to keep everything together.
After a particularly stressful day, Amy publicly quits the PTA in response to Gwendolyn’s overzealous bake sale plans. At a nearby bar, Amy meets Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a laid back, sexually-active single mom, and Kiki (Kristen Bell), a stay-at-home mom of four who adores Amy’s dissent from Gwendolyn. Amy and Carla are irritated to discover that Kiki’s husband is domineering and expects her to take care of all the kids and the house with no assistance whatsoever, while Amy and Kiki are disturbed at Carla’s very hands-off approach to parenting. The trio embark on an all-night bender that inspires Amy to loosen up with her kids: she takes them for rides in Mike’s classic car, gets them lunch from Arby’s, forces Dylan to fend for himself to prevent him from being lazy and entitled, and takes the overachieving and constantly stressed Jane for a spa day. Amy herself decides to start dating, but finds herself inexperienced due to her early marriage and motherhood. She ultimately ends up striking a connection with Jessie (Jay Hernandez), a handsome widower at the school who’s had a crush on her.
After Amy brings store-bought donut holes to the bake sale, she draws the ire of Gwendolyn, who uses her PTA authority to get Jane terminated from the soccer team. Amy is angered, and decides to run for PTA president in opposition to Gwendolyn. A meet-and-greet at Amy’s home draws only one visitor, who informs them that Gwendolyn has launched a rival party at her own house, catered by Martha Stewart. In spite of this, the other moms, and Martha, swiftly abandon Gwendolyn’s party when it becomes clear that she intends to lecture them all evening, leading to a successful alcoholic house party at Amy’s.
Gwendolyn responds by putting drugs in Jane’s locker, framing her, getting her kicked out of every extracurricular activities. Jane and Dylan both go to stay with Mike (who has agreed to an amicable divorce) in response to what they see as Amy’s failure as a mom. At the worst possible moment, Amy loses her job because her younger, “hip” boss refuses to understand her reasons for taking time off.
A despondent Amy stays home during the PTA election, but is roused to action by Carla and by Kiki, who finally stands up to her husband and orders him to deal with everything alone until the meeting is over. At the event, Amy gives an inspiring speech about how all the moms are overworked, and that they need to take time off, do fewer and less stressful events, and most importantly, allow themselves to make mistakes. Amy wins by a landslide, and eventually winds up comforting a devastated Gwendolyn, who reveals being in charge of the PTA was her only way to take out her anger at her husband’s arrest for embezzling from a charity.
Some weeks later, Amy’s approach has led to positive changes: Jane is stressing out less, Dylan is actually applying himself, Kiki now makes her husband help out with taking care of their kids, Carla is now more responsible and hands-on, and all of the other moms, including Stacy and Vicky, are feeling more energized. Amy herself has gotten her job back with much better compensation after her boss sees how much he had taken her for granted, and continues to see Jessie. Gwendolyn has admitted that Amy’s way has merit, and as the film closes, invites Amy, Carla and Kiki for a day of fun on her husband’s private jet. The ending credits play over the cast interviewing their real-life moms.asa-butterfield-and-ella-purnell-in-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-1This is a good movie if you just want a bit of a laugh. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously and ignore most reviews on here about it trying to send a sexist message. Yeah the males in it all have minor roles but that’s because it’s a comedy about women. It is a decent comedy with quite a funny funny moments.

REVIEW: BRIGHT

CAST

Will Smith (Suicide Squad)
Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings)
Noomi Rapace (Prometheus)_
Édgar Ramírez (Joy)
Lucy Fry (Wolf Creek)
Ngô Thanh Vân (Star Wars: The Last jedi)
Alex Meraz (The Glades)
Happy Anderson (The New Mutants)
Ike Barinholtz (Bad Neighbours)
Dawn Olivieri (American Hustle)
Matt Gerald (San Andreas)
Margaret Cho (17 Again)
Brad William Henke (Fury)
Jay Hernandez (Bad Moms)

The film takes place in an alternate present where fantasy creatures exist in the modern world together with humans. Humans live in uneasy peace with orcs and elves after the three races fought for thousands of years. In Los Angeles, veteran police officer Daryl Ward (Will Smith) has been involuntarily partnered with Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), the city’s first orc police officer. Jakoby is ostracized by humans and orcs alike for wanting to become a police officer. In addition to the pushback from other officers, Ward is personally ambivalent towards him following an incident where it seems he might have let a fellow orc who shot Ward escape. During their patrol, Ward forces his partner to watch an orc being beaten during arrest by a group of fellow cops in order to make a point about where Jakoby’s loyalties need to be, before they are called to arrest an unkempt man with a sword. During the trip back to the station, the man tells Jakoby in Orkish that both officers have become involved in a prophecy and that Ward is blessed. When pressed what the conversation was about, Jakoby lies and says the man was talking nonsense. While Jakoby is booking the prisoner, Ward is approached by Internal Affairs who say they also believe Jakoby put his ethnic loyalties before his partner. Ward, faced with significant financial burdens, is then pressured to agree to getting his partner to confess on tape so they will have a politically acceptable excuse to fire Jakoby.It later turns out during an interrogation conducted by Kandomere (Edgar Ramirez), the elf working in the FBI’s magic division, that the man on the street is part of a fringe militant group named Shield of Light that is preparing against the return of the Dark Lord. The group believe that all the guns in the world will ultimately be useless and it is only through the use of magic that such a victory will be won. That night, Ward and Jakoby respond to a disturbance at what turns out to be a Shield safehouse; inside are a number of corpses clearly killed in unnatural fashion, including the torso of an elf woman embedded in a wall. They apprehend the lone survivor, a young elf named Tikka (Lucy Fry) in possession of a wand. When backup arrives, the officers — who have all previous expressed hatred for Jakoby — declare they are stealing the wand for themselves and it’s up to Ward whether one or two officers will die ‘heroically’ to cover up the theft. Although Ward agrees under duress to murder Jakoby, when he leaves to carry it out, they decide to kill Ward anyway. Outside, Ward pulls his gun on Jakoby to force him to confess to letting the orc escape, and is surprised when Jakoby admits to letting the suspect escape but only because he mistakenly cornered the wrong person and realised the imminently arriving backup would most likely execute any orc suspect even if they weren’t the shooter. Faced with the moment of truth by the arrival of their colleagues, Ward instead manages to gun all four of them down before convincing the shocked Jakoby about the truth of the matter. The incident, however, attracts the attention of a local gang, and the two officers and Tikka flee with the wand while under fire. Inferni member and owner of the wand, Leilah (Noomi Rapace), then arrives at the safehouse to find the wand and the Shield-protected traitor, Tikka, both absent. She slits the throat of the elf embedded in the wall, who was tasked with killing Tikka with the wand. After fatally extracting an eyewitness account of what happened from a nearby family, she and her minions also give chase.A binding ward on the wand prevents it from travelling a certain distance from its owner, forcing the trio to head back into the sprawl on foot. After the gang members flush them from their initial hiding place, they make the mistake of fleeing through the territory of the Fogteeth Orc clan, causing a violent confrontation between the gang and the clan. Abandoning their uniforms and entering a strip club isn’t enough to escape pursuit, but before the gang’s leader can carry out his threat to lock the doors and burn the building to the ground, the Inferni apppear and slaughter them all, giving the trio the opportunity to escape again. Going to ground in a service station, Ward contacts Sherrif’s Deputy Rodriguez (Jay Hernandez), who as a friend from outside the LAPD he hopes will be unlikely to want to kill them. Rodriguez contacts Kandomere, who tells Ward that he will be safe from prosecution for killing police officers if they can keep the wand out of the wrong hands. As Rodriguez prepares to bring them in, he and the station attendant are killed by Leilah’s minions, forcing the trio to flee again as the exploding station draws Kandomere closer to them.The three again run into the Frogteeth Orc clan and are dragged before its leader Dorghu (Brad William Henke), who is both enraged at the chaos they as police officers caused in his neutral territory, and aware of the possibility they have a wand. Dorghu orders his son to kill them after failing to find the wand. However, as his son was the one Jakoby allowed to escape, their honor code won’t let him do it so Dorghu regretfully kills Jakoby himself. After a brief struggle, Tikka reveals herself to be a Bright by removing the wand from inside her sleeve and using it to resurrect Jakoby, but injuring herself. As this is in accordance with the prophecy Jakoby had been told about earlier in the day, in awe the clan allow the trio to go free. Realising that the two officers can now be trusted, Tikka speaks to them in English for the first time, explaining about the Inferni plan to resurrect the Dark Lord and that she is a traitor to that order whom the Shield of Light had been protecting.The only way to save Tikka’s life is to place her in one of the magic pools that are found in Shield safehouses but Leilah has anticipated this. There are enough large calibre weapons lying around to defeat the ambush and kill all three Inferni; Leilah is, however, powerful enough to heal herself. She incapacitates the two officers and attempts to first seduce, then kill Tikka. Ward opts to sacrifice the trio to end Leilah, only to discover that he is a Bright. Tikka shouts an incantation which he repeats to cause the wand to disintegrate Leilah with Tikka disappearing as the building rapidly catches fire. Outside, the Fogteeth and the Feds arrive at the inferno to see Jakoby emerge on his own only to then plunge back inside and emerge carrying Ward: all orcs present unanimously declare him blooded for his acts of bravery.The next day in an isolation room, Ward awakens to find Jakoby at his bedside and himself restrained as being the more dangerous of the two. When Kandomere appears, Jakoby volunteers the truth before Ward delivers a statement emphatically denying any involvement of magic activity or police corruption, seeing Kandomere wants to contain the incident. The Inferni are publicly labeled as simply an extremist group causing terror and Ward and Jakoby are honored by the city for their actions. At the ceremony, Ward smiles as he spots Tikka walking through the crowd.Is it great, no, but its definitely worth a watch.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: SUICIDE SQUAD

CAST

Will Smith (Men In Black)
Jared Leto (Urban Legend)
Margot Robbie (the Legend of of Tarzan)
Joel Kinnaman (Robocop)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Jai Courtney (Divergent)
Jay Hernandez (Hostel)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost)
Cara Delevingne (London Fields)
Karen Fukuhara (Stray)
Ike Barinholtz (Bad Neighbors 1 & 2)
Scott Eastwood (The Forger)
Adam Beach (Ice Soldiers)
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Ezra Miller (Trainwreck)
Ted Whittall (Smallville)
David Harbour (The Green Hornet)
Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5)
Jim Parrack (Fury)
James McGowan (Bitten)
Common (Wanted)
Kenneth Choi (The Terminal)
In the aftermath of Superman’s death, intelligence officer Amanda Waller assembles Task Force X, a team of dangerous criminals imprisoned at Belle Reve Prison consisting of elite hitman Deadshot, former psychiatrist Harley Quinn, pyrokinetic ex-gangster El Diablo, opportunistic thief Captain Boomerang, genetic mutation Killer Croc, and specialized assassin Slipknot. They are placed under command of Colonel Rick Flag to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. Each member has a nano bomb implanted in their neck, designed to detonate should any member rebel or try to escape.

One of Waller’s intended recruits is Flag’s girlfriend Dr. June Moone, an archaeologist possessed by a witch-goddess known as the “Enchantress”. Enchantress quickly turns on Waller, deciding to eradicate humankind with a mystical weapon for imprisoning her. She besieges Midway City by transforming its populace into a horde of monsters, and summons her brother to assist her. Waller then deploys the squad to extract a high-profile mark from Midway, which is reported to be under a terrorist attack.

Harley’s homicidal lover, the Joker, finds out about her predicament and tortures Belle Reve Security Officer Griggs into leading him to the facility where the nano bombs are made. There, he blackmails one of the program’s scientists into disabling Harley’s bomb. On approach, the squad’s helicopter is shot down, forcing them to proceed on foot to their target. Boomerang inaccurately convinces Slipknot that the bombs are a ruse to keep them in check; Slipknot attempts to escape and Flag kills him via his nano bomb, while the squad is attacked by Enchantress’ minions. They eventually manage to fight their way through to a safe room, where they learn that their mark is Waller herself, who is attempting to cover up her involvement in Enchantress’ siege.

The squad escorts Waller to a rooftop for extraction, but the arriving helicopter has been hijacked by the Joker and his men, who open fire on the squad while Harley climbs aboard. However, Waller’s men shoot down the helicopter, and Harley falls out while the Joker is presumed dead, after which Harley rejoins the squad. Alerted to Waller’s whereabouts, Enchantress’ minions arrive and kidnap her. Deadshot finds Waller’s confidential files and learns the truth about Enchantress. Flag is then forced to confess the truth, causing the squad members to abandon him. With Waller compromised, Flag relieves the squad of the mission, but chooses to continue. Realizing they have an opportunity to prove themselves, they soon rejoin him and locate Enchantress at a partially-flooded subway station. Killer Croc and a group of Navy SEALs, led by Lieutenant GQ Edwards, go underwater to plant a bomb underneath her brother. El Diablo embraces his abilities and manages to distract Incubus long enough for the bomb to detonate underneath, killing them both as well as Edwards.

The remaining squad members battle Enchantress together, but are ultimately defeated. Enchantress offers to fulfill their deepest desires in exchange for their allegiance, and Harley feigns interest in order to get close enough to cut out Enchantress’s heart. Killer Croc then throws explosives into Enchantress’ weapon and Deadshot shoots them, destroying the device. Flag takes Enchantress’s heart and crushes it, finally freeing June from the curse. Waller, still alive, emerges, and the squad members are returned to Belle Reve with ten years off their sentences. All but Captain Boomerang are allowed special privileges. The Joker, alive and unscathed, breaks into the penitentiary and rescues Harley. In a mid-credits scene, Waller meets with Bruce Wayne, who agrees to protect her from the backlash of Enchantress’s rampage in exchange for access to the government’s files on the expanding metahuman community.Love this film. Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto play there parts amazingly well and the other characters in the film were brilliant too ( but i really wanted to see this film for Harley and Joker and i was not disappointed). A Great introduction for Harley Quinn to the DC Cinematic Universe, with more to come Margot Robbie will  quickly become the definition of Harley Quinn.

REVIEW: ROADKILL

CAST

Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious)
Steve Zahn (Sahara)
Leelee Sobieski (Eyes Wide Shut)
Jessica Bowman (Remote)
Stuart Stone (Donnie Darko)
Jim Beaver (Mike & Molly)
Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad)
Ted Levine (The Silence of The Lambs)

Joy-RideUniversity students Lewis Thomas (Paul Walker) and Venna Wilcox (Leelee Sobieski), Lewis’s childhood friend and crush, prepare to go home for the summer holiday. Lewis offers to come by Venna’s campus (they go to different universities) to drive her home instead of both of them flying back; Venna happily agrees. After refunding his plane ticket to buy a 1971 Chrysler Newport, Lewis calls his parents to announce the change of plan and learns that his older brother Fuller (Steve Zahn), the family’s black sheep, has been arrested once again. Lewis drives to Salt Lake City and bails out Fuller, who then tags along for the trip.Joy-Ride-3At a gas station, Fuller has a CB radio installed on Lewis’s car for $40, and the two begin listening in on truckers’ chatter. Fuller coaxes Lewis into playing a prank on a truck driver nicknamed ‘Rusty Nail’ (voiced by Ted Levine (uncredited)). Lewis pretends to be a woman named Candy Cane and sets up a meeting with Rusty Nail in the motel where Lewis and Fuller will be spending the night. Lewis tells Rusty that “she” is in room 17, the room of an irritable businessman with whom Fuller had earlier argued, but the guys are actually in room 18. When Rusty Nail arrives at the man’s room, an argument and sounds of a scuffle are briefly heard. The next morning, Sheriff Ritter announces to Lewis and Fuller that they found the businessman on the highway, still alive with his lower jaw ripped off. Ritter figures out the two are involved in the incident, but lets them go, as he already has his hands full, and they do not know anything other than the man’s nickname. However, he orders them to leave the state by sundown.

maxresdefaultOn the road, Rusty Nail is heard again on the CB radio looking for Candy Cane. Lewis talks to him and reveals that he is Candy Cane. Rusty Nail demands an apology, but Fuller insults him, instead. Rusty Nail simply notes that they should get their taillight fixed, indicating that he is right behind them, causing the duo to panic and speed up. At the next gas station, they unsuccessfully attempt to contact Ritter. Seeing an ice truck pulling into the gas station, the already paranoid pair drives away. The ice truck driver chases them down. However, the driver turns out to be merely trying to return Lewis’s credit card, which he left behind in panic. The real Rusty Nail then shows up in his truck and crushes the ice truck and its driver. He then slowly pins Lewis’s car against a tree. The two hysterically apologize, and Rusty Nail drives away, declaring his actions to be simply a retaliatory joke.Believing themselves safe, the brothers arrive at the University of Colorado and pick up Venna. They stop at a motel and drink at a bar. Lewis goes to sleep, but Rusty Nail calls him, revealing he knows of Venna. The three flee the motel. Rusty Nail contacts them, announcing that he has kidnapped Charlotte, Venna’s friend. He directs them to a cornfield, where he gets them to split up, and kidnaps Venna. Rusty Nail sets up a meeting at another motel in room 17, mirroring the false date with which he was pranked. He sets up a trap that will kill Venna if the room door is opened. Fuller attempts to get in the room by a window, but is injured by Rusty Nail and stuck outside the room. Rusty Nail’s truck appears uphill and begins rolling down toward Venna’s room. Lewis frees Fuller, and the brothers save Venna just in time. As the police investigate Rusty Nail’s truck, they see a dead body in the driver’s seat and Charlotte, still alive, on the floor. Lewis, Fuller, and Venna are treated for their injuries at an ambulance. At this point, the dead man turns out to be the ice truck driver. A CB in the ambulance is on, and the group hear Rusty Nail’s voice, learning that he is still alive and free.The script is excellent too combining and balancing humour and horror in equal measures, often hinting at violence that is not actually seen and providing nervous moments of humour whilst avoiding corniness. As for the three leads they are perfectly cast with Paul Walker, minus the blonde beach boy locks he sported in The Fast and the Furious, making a good fist of the part of the boy from the wrong side of the tracks in love with the girl from the right side of the tracks played by the equally impressive Leelee Sobieski (Deep Impact). Steve Zahn (Out of Sight) as the misfit brother Fuller is also excellent and he steals many of the scenes with witty one-liners but ultimately this is a movie whose strength lies in the sum of all its parts.

REVIEW: TAKERS

CAST

Matt Dillon (Crash)
Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious)
Idris Elba (Prometheus)
Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad)
Michael Ealy (Flashforward)
T.I. (Identity Thief)
Chris Brown (Stomp The Yard)
Hayden Christensen (Star Wars – Episode 2 & 3)
Zoe Saldana (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste (The Cell)
Glynn Turman (Gremlins)
Steve Harris (12 Rounds)
Johnathon Schaech (8mm 2)

Two detectives, Jack Welles (Matt Dillon) and Eddie Hatcher (Jay Hernandez), investigate a daring heist by a group of well-organized bank robbers. The crew, led by Gordon Cozier (Idris Elba), consists of John (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica. The crew is without a former member, Ghost (T.I.), who was caught during a previous robbery 5 years ago. In his absence, Jake has begun a relationship with his former girlfriend Lilly (Zoe Saldana), who has accepted his marriage proposal. After Ghost gets released from prison, he meets up with the crew to plan a heist, in which it is discovered that two trucks will travel together but that all the money is kept in the lead truck, which holds $12 million.The crew, dressed as construction workers, hide out underground while Ghost poses as a police officer so he can keep an eye out for the trucks. Meanwhile, in order to cover themselves in case Ghost is setting them up, John heads to the top of a nearby garage to take out Ghost with a sniper rifle in case things go sour. The blast, having been perfectly timed to the time the trucks had turned the last corner, occurs too far forward because the lead driver had stopped short to avoid the bicyclist, and the ruse is up. The lead driver radios the police while armed guards pile out of the rear truck. A gunfight ensued between the robbers in the crater and the guards on the street until John, commandeers the rear truck, and rams the lead truck into the crater. John and the other robbers pack the cash into bags and flee by heading down a variety of different tunnels with the plan of connecting into various subway lines to make their escape.Welles and Hatcher show up on the scene and, after learning of the robber’s escape through the sewer system, remembers a map of the city subway system from the Russian gang hideout, and deduces that they must be escaping through the stations marked on the map where the sewers intersect the subway. They rush to the nearest station where they find Jesse, and a chase ensues, during which Jesse hides his bag of money and is cornered and is forced to shoot Detective Hatcher in his escape. Jesse escapes, while Welles stops to aid his partner, who dies from his wound.Jesse reconvenes with the rest of the crew at a hotel room and admits to the shooting of Hatcher. It is now revealed that Ghost had previously cut a deal with the Russian gangsters to kill his former crewmates in exchange for half of the heist’s take. Ghost gives the Russians the hotel room number, then escapes out the bathroom window, just before the Russians storm the room and attempt to kill the crew. A.J. dies in the ensuing firefight, but the rest of the crew is able to kill the Russians and flee the building before the police arrive. Jake and Jesse return home where, to their horror, Jake finds Lilly’s lifeless body and Jesse finds the safe where they kept their secret stash of money opened and cleaned out. The police surround their home and shoot the two when they make a suicide charge outside.Gordon and John separate to make their escape but realize Ghost intends to take all of their money, which is being held by Scott (Johnathon Schaech), a well-connected fence. Ghost sneaks onto Scott’s private plane and kills him, taking their laundered money in two large suitcases. Gordon and Detective Welles arrive and a three-way Mexican standoff results in which Ghost hits both Gordon and Welles. As Ghost prepares to finish off Gordon, John arrives and shoots him dead. John recognizes Welles as the same cop, who was with the little girl. John and Gordon refuse to kill Welles. John and an injured Gordon take the money and drive off, with Gordon’s sister Naomi (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) in tow. A gravely-wounded Welles manages to call 911 for help on his cell phone. The film ends without revealing whether either Cozier or Welles survive their injuries.This is an entertaining movie. It’s not “The Godfather” or “Shawshank Redemption”, but it’s a good old fashioned action movie that keeps your attention.

 

REVIEW: CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL

CAST

Kirsten Dunst (All Good Things)
Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad)
Bruce Davison (X-Men)
Rolando Molina (Bruce Almighty)
Lucinda Jenney (Rain Man)
Taryn Manning (8 Mile)

Nicole Oakley, the out-of-control daughter of congressman Tom Oakley, meets a working class Mexican-American straight-A student, Carlos Nuñez. Nicole’s mother committed suicide when she was very young, and feels unwanted by her father, who is now married to another woman and has another young daughter with his new wife. Carlos, on the other hand, is from a poor background and is working hard towards becoming a Navy pilot.

They fall in love, and Carlos spends so much time with her that he stops performing well in school. Carlos is applying to the U.S. Naval Academy and Nicole’s father suggests Carlos talk to him about gaining his Congressional sponsorship to the Academy. During their meeting, Nicole’s father tells Carlos that he needs to end his relationship with Nicole, or she will destroy his life. Carlos breaks up with her, which leads Nicole into depression and back into wild, drunken partying. One night, Carlos calls her and finds out she is getting drunk at a high school party. He saves Nicole from a boy trying to take advantage of her. Carlos drives her home, but they get stopped by the police. As a result of this incident, Nicole’s father and stepmother decide that she needs to go to a boarding school far away from home; Carlos rescues her and they run away together. While they are away, Nicole realizes she is getting in the way of Carlos’ dreams, so she decides to sober up. They go back home and she makes up with her father. Her father thanks Carlos for not listening to his advice to abandon Nicole. In the end credits, we see that Carlos has become a pilot with the Navy.

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Overall I believe this work to be an exceptional and very under-appreciated movie. Both Hernandez and Dunst are exceptional and the direction and storyline leave little to be desired.