Movie Review: Inferno *****


Inferno is a Dan Brown book turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks. Previously, we have seen Tom Hanks play Robert Langdon in the DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. This time, he uses his knowledge of literature, history, architecture, and science to solve puzzles that lead to the location of a horrific plan to “cull the herd” known as mankind. A virus is developed where the end plan is to reduce the population of the Earth to a sustainable number. Clues put several parties in a race to find where in the world the virus will be released. Who are these groups? What are their motives? Why do they need Langdon? The chase is on to save the world from people who may or may not be friends.

This is an edge-of-your-seat chase scene that moves from place to place revealing clue after clue to solve the mystery. Outstanding scenes shot in Italy and other countries give new perspective to historic places. The puzzles are impossible to solve without the help of Langdon, but he makes it look easy–even with a head wound. The locations were exceptional, the characters were relatable, and the threat is real. The acting was good and the drama was intense. If you liked the first two movies, you’ll like this one. I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on October 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Movie Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ****


Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the second time we’ve seen Tom Cruise as this ex-military justice seeker. Reacher is arrested and accused of being part of a conspiracy against the U.S. government that involves weapons dealing in the Middle East. His contact with a female officer he has never met puts him in the hot seat as mysterious operations try to eliminate loose ends in an apparent arms deal. They escape and try to clear their names while an unknown teenager becomes involved in the action.

Tom Cruise and both the female leads are believable in their well-developed roles. The bad guys are sinister and well-played, too. The story is easy to follow and involves a cat-and-mouse game though Washington, DC, and New Orleans. Halloween in the Big Easy looks like it is as much fun as Mardi Gras. The chase scenes were good, the fight scenes were well choreographed. The loose ends were tied up nicely. Not as good as the first Jack Reacher movie, but still worth the price of admission. I liked it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on October 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Movie Review: The Accountant *****


Ben Affleck is The Accountant. An autistic kid grows up as a military brat whose officer father wants him to function in the real world instead of living a recluse life in a safe place with his medical condition. He grows up to be an accountant with an incredible level of independence, focus, and proficiency. He helps regular folks relieve some of their tax burden, while he contracts to find discrepancies in high level bookkeeping worldwide for legitimate and criminal enterprises. He has other skills that he is able to perform with great efficiency and competency. He is immature in personal relationships but trusted in professional relationships. The accountant is hired to find the problem with a company that puts his life in danger.

This thriller displays the degree one man with autism went to in order to live a “normal” and productive life. He is joined by 2 of my favorite actors, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons. The story is set up very well. The characters and situations are believable. The acting and direction are outstanding. There is a lot of action. The R rating came from the violence–lots of execution style killing. There were no loose ends at the end. I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on October 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon *****


Deepwater Horizon is a true story about a guy who was on the oil rig when disaster struck and caused the largest oil spill in American history. Mark Wahlberg is an engineer who takes a helicopter for a 6 week stint on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He and his coworkers are shocked that inspections that take a lot of time were done when they arrive for their shift. They fear that corners were cut regarding safety features. These short cuts could keep the project from being behind schedule. These short cuts could make the project even more profitable. A problem arises and everything goes bad. Then it gets worse. A community of workers try to evacuate amidst fire, explosions, and structural chaos.

This movie is about the decisions that were made that caused the disaster. It does not chronicle the efforts to stop the flow of oil or cap the fire. It ends with the survivor toll. There are facts and figures about the recovery during the credits. The special effects are extremely well done. The graphics are incredibly real at at an intense level. I enjoyed the background of the lead actor. I liked the us vs. them conflict that led to the decisions that were made. I was on the edge of my seat for the 2nd half of the movie. This was as real a disaster movie as I have ever seen, and it is a true story. I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on October 7, 2016 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Movie Review: Chappie *****

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Chappie is a robot movie about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) starring Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, and Sigourney Weaver. South Africa decides to use A.I. SCOUT Robots as their new police force. Crime is dramatically reduced in a short period of time and criminals are growing restless. One of the developers writes a new program that tries to provide the A.I. robots with consciousness. His boss has other priorities and tells him to scrap the project. Instead, he steals a robot reject and tests his program. It works. But Chappie, the robot with the mind of a child, needs to learn… everything. He falls into the wrong hands and is raised by hoodlums. He learns to be a gangsta and is tricked into a life of crime. A rival programmer sabotages the SCOUT program to get his more menacing MOOSE robot online as an alternative, and paints Chappie as the problem that needs to be eliminated. Chappie’s creator attempts a rescue. A major conflict with a certain result occurs that sets up a sequel.

This is not a kid’s movie–lots of F-bombs, and a few disturbingly graphic scenes. Good vs. evil is the main theme. Friendship, trust, and loyalty are additional topics that are presented. You will feel empathy for Chappie. I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

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