Summer recap #1


It has to be said, I was somewhat of a slacker this summer when it came to reviewing movies. I did saw most of the happening movies and did planned to review them. But while I do enjoy writing stuff, it is not yet my second nature. I can’t quite summon it on demand. So, I have quite the backlog in terms of review. Now, not all of the movies this summer were successful, and some were outright awful. As such, I might not have all that much to say about them and instead of torturing myself to come up with enough material to fill in a regular sized review for each and every bomb, I rather just collect them into one article, were I can deal with them swiftly. So let us begin!

The Meg – The second coming of Jaws this is not. It has been stated by Jason Statham, who is in the lead, that this is not the movie he had signed up for. Indeed, it is rather tame. The story is pretty by the numbers and on multiple occasions there are plot holes. But if you did not had big expectations from the movie, you could still enjoy it as is. And the visuals weren’t all that bad either. It is clear that this movie was made with the Chinese market in mind, as the location is set in China and a good portion of the cast is also Chinese. Not to mention the extras.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – It made serious money, so there will be a 3rd one. The first part of the movie, that happens on the island was pretty good. It was fast paced, focused and thrilling. It also had some dramatic weight to it as well. Once the story moves to the mansion however, it becomes a different movie. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are good together and I have enjoyed the new faces as well, but I do not think that they will be kept around for the next movie. Again, don’t expect something on the same level as the original one, although many people said that save for the original, this is the best entry in the franchise.
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Hurricane Heist – What do you get if you cross Die Hard with Twister, on a budget? Hurricane Heist. Two brothers from Alabama try to stop a gang looting the US treasury facility that is located in their home town. Except, the actor for one of the brothers is British, the other is from Australia and the movie was shot in Bulgaria. And the villain is Irish. (in the movie that is, otherwise also a brit). The only true American in this entire stuff is Maggie Grace, the third lead. She looks great on screen, can’t really understand how she, or Toby Kebbell (one of the brothers) have ended up in this shit storm. Also, one of the brother has a road legal batmobile and we find out that in high winds hubcaps can be used as lethal weapons (that was actually very creative and I buy that). Other than that, this is so bad it might be good.
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Rampage – The Rock is a zoologist that previously was special forces. A space laboratory gets destroyed and some crazy stuff is released on earth that makes a couple of animals huge, like building size big. One of them is George, a white gorilla that the Rock is caring for. The people responsible for the entire thing, the “villains” are behaving in a rather stupid way. The army is behaving in a rather stupid way. The Rock can do everything here, even if he did not do it before, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan has some serious swag. Just watch the trailer and you are good.
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Skyscraper – again The Rock, again ex special forces turned civilian, this time a private security consultant. And again a movie made mostly for the Chinese market. The biggest skyscraper ever is built in Hong Kong and The Rock is there for a security audit. Some goons try to take over the tower because the mega rich Asian guy that build it apparently was bullied by the local mob for protection money and he made some recordings that they really want to destroy. And given that The Rocks family is also in the building, he is really motivated to go full Die Hard. Quality wise it is on the same level as Hurricane Heist but the effects are better and The Rock is still a big selling point. Although, for how long, that’s a different story….. Watch the trailer and you are fine.
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Sicario: Day Of The Soldado – The first Sicario was one of the best movies in the year it has come out. The sequel only retains the name and part of the cast, namely Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. Everybody else is gone, which is quite palpable in terms of this movies quality. They try to mix Islamic terrorists with the drug cartels, which doesn’t really goes well. Due to some suicide bombing the US government orders Brolin to go full medieval on the drug cartels, but to keep it quiet. Of course, once things are no longer quiet, the US government suddenly orders that everything must shut down and to be erased. This knee-jerk reaction was the only thing that I have bought in the entire movie. Also because of this, del Toro and Brolin are set on a collision course. But the story is so weak. It feels like a build up for a 3rd movie where the actual action will happen, if they ever get to it, which I hope they don’t.
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Slice – This one is a video-on-demand type of movie. And its Scooby-Doo on crack, but in the bad way. Avoid it at all costs.
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Super Troopers 2 – Finally a fun dumb comedy! I really enjoyed this one. Some good one-liners, some situational humor, a pretty decent plot line that doesn’t take itself seriously. I don’t really enjoy comedies, especially where everybody is a bloody imbecile (see almost every Will Ferrell movie), but this one has won me over. Because most of these characters aren’t complete imbeciles, just somewhat off the rails, which is a big difference. This you need to watch, and not just the trailer.
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Ant-Man And The Wasp – the last proper marvel film for this year (Venom is made by Sony), is a low stake movie and a perfect pallet cleanser after Avengers Infinity War. Its fun, its charming, its a nice breather for the franchise. In true Marvel fashion the villains are not that threatening, not even that evil really, but this movie was never about that. The effects looks good though and the chemistry between Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly is charming. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) on IMDb(function(d,s,id){var js,stags=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id)){return;}js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”https://ia.media-imdb.com/images/G/01/imdb/plugins/rating/js/rating.js”;stags.parentNode.insertBefore(js,stags);})(document,”script”,”imdb-rating-api”);

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