REVIEW: FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW

Starring

Dwayne Johnson (Fighting With My Family)
Jason Statham (Spy)
Idris Elba (Prometheus)
Vanessa Kirby (Kill Command)
Eiza González (Baby Driver)
Cliff Curtis (The Meg)
Helen Mirren (Red)
Eddie Marsan (Deadpool 2)
Eliana Sua (Simmer)
John Tui (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
Ryan Reynolds (Just Friends)
Kevin Hart (Ride Along)

In London, Hattie Shaw and her team of MI6 agents attempt to retrieve a programmable supervirus dubbed “Snowflake” from terrorist organization Eteon. Brixton Lore, an Eteon operative with cybernetic implants that allow him to perform superhuman feats, arrives and kills all the agents except Hattie, who injects Snowflake into herself before escaping. Brixton frames Hattie for killing her team and stealing Snowflake, forcing her to go on the run.Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, Hattie’s brother, are both informed of the missing virus and are reluctantly assigned to work together to track it down. After a brief meeting at a CIA black site at the Cheesegrater, Deckard goes to Hattie’s house for information, while Hobbs manages to find Hattie; after a brief scuffle, he brings her to the CIA office, as Deckard then returns. The office is attacked, and Hattie is taken by Brixton, whom Deckard recognizes as an old colleague-turned-enemy he’d previously shot and supposedly killed. Hobbs and Deckard pursue and rescue Hattie during an ensuing car chase, managing to escape from Brixton, who falls off his motorcycle and crashes through the second level of a double-decker bus. However, Brixton frames all three as traitors via Eteon’s control of global news media.Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)The three locate Professor Andreiko, Snowflake’s creator, who informs them that to prevent Snowflake from eradicating humanity, Hattie has to, while the virus is still dormant, either be killed or have the virus removed with a specialized extraction device, located within Eteon’s headquarters in Ukraine. After flying undercover to Moscow and rendezvousing with Deckard’s girlfriend Margarita to rearm, the three infiltrate the facility. They manage to retrieve the extraction device before escaping and destroying the facility; however, Andreiko is killed, and the device is damaged during their escape.Jason Statham, Idris Elba, and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)Hobbs decides to take the trio to his childhood home in Samoa to visit his estranged brother Jonah, a talented mechanic, to repair the device and lay low before confronting Brixton again. Hobbs has a tense reunion with his family, but Jonah is eventually persuaded to help them by their mother. The makeshift battalion prepares for Eteon’s arrival, setting up a variety of traps around the island. Jonah successfully repairs the device and starts the virus extraction, just as Brixton and his army arrive at daybreak. In the ensuing battle, all of Brixton’s soldiers are defeated. Brixton retakes Hattie via helicopter; however, Hobbs, Deckard, and the Samoans bring the aircraft down. Working together, Hobbs and Deckard defeat Brixton, who is remotely terminated afterward by Eteon’s director. Hobbs and Deckard send a message to the director, promising to find him. The group celebrates their victory.In mid and post-credits scenes, Hobbs brings his daughter to meet their extended family in Samoa; Deckard and Hattie are implied to bust their mother out of prison; and Hobbs receives a call from his partner, Locke, informs that he had broken into a facility and discovered another virus worse than the Snowflake virus. Hobbs also secretly has the police set on Deckard in London.This spin off is enjoyable ride and alike from previous Fast & Furious franchise. Casting is perfect all main four characters are well fitted in their roles. Recommended to watch for every action lovers and F&F fan that will get a new taste of this franchise.

REVIEW: KILL COMMAND

 

CAST

Thure Lindhardt (Fast & Furious 6)
Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible 6)
David Ajala (Jupiter Ascending)
Mike Noble (World War Z)
Sam Huntington (Superman Returns)

In a technologically advanced near future, Katherine Mills, a cyborg working for Harbinger Corporation, discovers a reprogramming anomaly regarding a warfare A.I. system located at Harbinger I Training Facility, an undisclosed military training island. She meets with Captain Damien Bukes and his team consisting of Drifter, Robinson, Cutbill, Goodwin, Hackett, and Loftus – all of whom have been assigned to a two-day training mission at Harbinger I.Upon their arrival, the team notices global communications have been disabled, limiting them to local access only. They discover autonomously operating surveillance drones monitoring them. The team begins their mission of eliminating A.I. threats. The first encounter proves easy for the team as they eliminate A.I. drones from a vantage point. During the battle, Mills discovers an advanced S.A.R. (Study Analyze Reprogram) unit, S.A.R.-003, but is unable to access it.That night, Drifter and Mills discuss their pasts and Bukes’ disdain for her. Later that night, Loftus is killed by the S.A.R. unit. The next day, they discover Loftus’s body at the location of the first encounter. The drones take the team’s original vantage point and kill Hackett. They discover the A.I. is adapting and learning from them. Bukes flanks two drones, which immediately disperse. Later, the S.A.R. unit captures Cutbill and has him shot and killed by another drone. The drones attack the group again and Bukes and Mills are separated from Drifter, Robinson and Goodwin. That night, the S.A.R. unit discovers Bukes and an unconscious Mills; it “connects” with Mills and leaves.The next day the team attempts to exit the training area, but they are attacked by smoke and gunfire. Drifter is shot and pinned down by the S.A.R. unit. Bukes kills Drifter as a coup de grace before the S.A.R. unit is able to. The team escapes into the barrier complex and discovers that the A.I. has killed all of the employees. Mills activates another S.A.R. unit to learn that S.A.R-003 reprogrammed the A.I. to use lethal force in order to improve soldier motivation and has ordered the soldiers to Harbinger I on its own. S.A.R-003 and other units break through the barrier door as the remaining team escapes through the back. Mills discovers an EMP device which can be used to stop the original S.A.R. unit but could also kill her or wipe her mind clean.Bukes, Mills, Robinson, and Goodwin place explosives to prepare for a siege. The following day, A.I. drones attack the facility. The team wipes out more than half of the drones, but Robinson is killed in the ensuing gunfight. As S.A.R-003 approaches the team, Mills detonates the EMP, incapacitating herself and the drone. The S.A.R. unit reawakens and attacks Bukes and Mills. Mills controls a drone gun in the building to destroy the S.A.R. unit; S.A.R. however uploads its program into Mills before it shuts down and Mills loses consciousness. Hours later, a tiltrotor arrives to rescue the survivors. As Bukes and Goodwin approaches the aircraft, Mills reawakens with S.A.R-003’s mission protocol.Now I did not expect great things from this but was really surprised. It is played with a straight bat by all the players and because of the nature of what is happening it has to be, I had flashbacks to ‘Aliens’ on a couple of occasions but this is not a creature feature. That said the CGI kill bots were excellent, believable, well designed and thoroughly dislikeable. It is a Brit indie affair too and one that shows that with a great idea and some well chosen talent you can do great things with not very much.

 

REVIEW: THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

Starring

Shia LaBeouf (Transformers)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal)
Til Schweiger (King Arthur)
Rupert Grint (Harry Potter)
James Buckley (Everywhere and Nowhere)
Ion Caramitru (Citizen X)
Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil)
Melissa Leo (Red State)
Andrei Finti (War Dogs)
Aubrey Plaza (Child’s Play)
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)

Shia LaBeouf in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)Charlie Countryman, a man living in Chicago, is distraught after the death of his mother Kate. At the hospital, he sees her as a spirit and asks her what he should do with his life. She replies by telling him to go to Bucharest because she believes it seems right to do. On the flight, he meets Victor, an elderly man sitting next to him, who is returning home to Bucharest after seeing a Cubbies game, with a silly hat as a gift for his daughter. Partway through the plane ride, Victor dies, and Charlie sees him too as a spirit, who asks him to deliver his gift to his daughter, which he promises to do.Shia LaBeouf in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)Arriving at the airport, he is hassled over the hat by the authorities, but eventually meets Victor’s daughter, Gabi, whom he falls instantly in love with. After he gives her Victor’s gift, they part. While in a taxi, he finds Gabi in her car on the side of the road. She tells him she can’t keep up with the ambulance containing her father’s body, and he offers to help catch up to them. While engrossed in playful banter they collide with the speeding ambulance truck, crashing and flipping over, with Victor’s body flying out of it. Gabi and Victor’s body are taken to the hospital by another ambulance, leaving her car with Charlie.Mads Mikkelsen and Evan Rachel Wood in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)Gabi’s car does not start immediately and Charlie is unable to follow the ambulance. After neighborhood kids help jump start the car Charlie decides to take the car to the Bucharest opera house where Gabi performs as a cellist. In the car Charlie finds a revolver in Gabi’s purse, inscribed ‘For my darling Gabi, Love forever Nigel’. Gabi soon calls her cell phone and instructs Charlie to look for a man name Bela. Bela puts Charlie in an empty opera box. Charlie falls asleep and wakes up to an opera performance. He also sees Gabi emotionally playing her cello in the orchestra pit. Following the performance, Gabi is confronted by her estranged and unstable husband, Nigel. Gabi suddenly spots Charlie walking by, and Nigel notices and questions him aggressively. Gabi lies that Charlie is a gay tuba player, after which Nigel leaves.Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)Charlie arrives at a hostel and meets his roommates, Karl and Luc. After partying for a while, Charlie enters the bathroom and encounters Nigel, who was waiting inside to apologize for his earlier behavior and mildly threatens Charlie. After departing, Charlie then sees Gabi leaving the hostel after dropping off his belongings left in her car. They spend the night out, sharing fond memories of each others’ parents. Later, they part ways, Gabi telling him that, if he finds her the next day, she will kiss him. Exhilarated, Charlie begins running down the street and is suddenly hit by a cab. The cab driver takes him to the hospital.Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman (2013)Hours later, back at the hostel, Charlie wakes up to find out that Karl has taken too much Viagra, and they go to a club seeking to ease Karl’s discomfort. When the aroused Karl has a sexual climax in front of the strippers, they call the bouncers to have the offending guests taken to the manager’s office. The trio are shocked to find that Karl’s transgression has caused the manager, Darko, to overcharge them deliberately. Darko notices that Charlie is staring nervously at a picture of Nigel and Gabi on the wall, and aggressively questions Charlie about Nigel. Charlie offers Darko the deal that, in exchange for providing information on Nigel, they need not pay the bill. Darko gives Charlie his phone number and the guests leave. Realizing that it’s morning, Charlie goes to the Bucharest opera house in the hopes of seeing Gabi.Later on that evening Bela notices Charlie sleeping on the opera house steps and wakes him up. After being begged, Bela reluctantly takes Charlie to Gabi’s house, were a memorial party is being held for Victor. Gabi takes Charlie to the attic to kiss him. Charlie tells Gabi about his encounter with Darko. Later on, Nigel unexpectedly shows up. He spots Charlie and while holding a piece of broken glass to his neck, aggressively confronts him on not being a gay tuba player and being attracted to Gabi all along. Gabi forces Nigel to leave by firing a warning shot at him. After the party, Gabi tells Charlie how she met Nigel. Although Gabi loved Nigel it was a mistake marrying him. Gabi realized too late that Nigel was an active criminal. At some point Victor found an incriminating tape to use against Nigel to force him to leave the country. It worked until Victor’s death; now Nigel wants the tape. Charlie then confesses that he is in love with Gabi, and they make love.The next morning, Charlie finds Gabi gone and a note telling him to not leave the house. Charlie explores the house and discovers a room filled with tapes, specifically one that’s labeled “Cubbies”. The tape turns out to be the blackmail footage Victor found. It shows Nigel and Darko killing a group of people at a restaurant. A disturbed Charlie leaves the house and finds Gabi and Nigel at a nearby restaurant. He approaches them and explains that he “saw the tape.” Nigel violently interrogates Charlie until the police arrive and take Charlie away. At the station Bela bribes the police to not press charges but instead take Charlie to Budapest. Upon arrival at the hostel to get his belongings, he is alerted by the presence of Nigel’s associates. They chase Charlie to a subway, where he escapes and runs back to Gabi’s home to find the tape missing. He finds Darko and his men waiting for him, showing Karl and Luc’s backs glued together outside. Gabi calls Darko regarding the tape, prompting Darko to leave the house.Charlie waits for Gabi at the Opera House, where she tells him that she doesn’t want to see him again and says goodbye. She goes to her car with Nigel, who has the tape and intends to destroy it so that life with Gabi can continue. A saddened Charlie once again speaks to the ghost of his mother, who says that she is proud of him and hopes he doesn’t die. After she disappears, he runs to Gabi’s car and attempts to stop Nigel, only to be knocked unconscious. He wakes, hanging from a rope by his ankle above a boat dock. Nigel burns the tape and prepares to shoot Charlie, but decides to let Gabi do it. She ends up sparing Charlie just as the cops arrive. Charlie is dropped into the lake and survives, and Nigel commits suicide by cop. The film ends with Karl and Luc finally being separated from the super glue, and Charlie and Gabi finally together.This film is hard to categorize. At times it is a drama. Then in an instant it has small comedic elements. Then suddenly it becomes a action film. Take all of these and combine them and set the movie in a beautiful city like Bucharest, and you have a great film. Of course, there are some plot holes, but it never gets to the point of confusion. At no point in the film did I feel like I missed something. I have no idea what these critics watched, but it definitely wasn’t the same movie I just watched. What I saw was an A list film that deserves great praise. I still cannot get over how beautiful the movie looked. Even if you don’t love the story, you cannot deny how gorgeous each scene is without any use of CGI. True eye candy. If you need something interesting and different to watch, then I highly recommend this movie.