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Extraction

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When a terrorist group kidnaps retired CIA field operative Leonard Turner, his son Harry Turner, a government analyst who has been repeatedly turned down for field service, launches his own unsanctioned rescue operation. While evading highly skilled operatives, deadly assassins, and international terrorists, Harry finally puts his combat training to the test in a high stakes mission to find his father and to stop a terrorist plot.

What people are saying:

“It’s a rare movie that can’t be saved by Bruce Willis single-handedly killing all the bad guys. And yet, here it is: Extraction.” 1 star

“It takes confidence to put out a movie whose single-word title is also the procedure by which a dentist gets rid of a rotten tooth.” 1 1/2 stars

“It took me a little bit to get into this movie. The thing that was slowing me down was the acting. Once I quit worrying about the sub-par acting, mainly from Carano and started to pay attention to the positives from this movie like the fight sequences and the cinematography I was able to enjoy it more than I thought I would have after the first 15-20 minutes in. It also had a couples of good twists and turns which increased my viewing pleasure. I’m a big fan of director Steven C. Miller’s work and I think this isn’t his best effort and most importantly not his worst either. I would recommend it for action fans or for anyone wanting to support independent filmmaking.” 3 1/2 stars

“Ehnn… Not horrible, but not great either. Predictable. I saw the “twist” coming a mile away. Willis really needs to catch a good script” 1 1/2 star

“You may be tempted to watch this because (like a lot of less critically acclaimed films) it still looks fun. It isn’t. It is the epitome of cringeworthy; I’m not sure they knew what they were trying to achieve. It doesn’t work as a spy film, action film or revenge film. They try to chuck in some comedy (possibly to distract from the massive plot holes and nauseating script) which also fails. Watch anything else.” 1/2 star

Deadpool

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Wade Wilson is a former special forces operative who works as a mercenary in New York City. He meets escort Vanessa Carlysle at a local bar and they become romantically attached. One year later, Wade proposes to her and she accepts, but he suddenly collapses. Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and though Vanessa remains by his side, he fears losing her.

A recruiter from a secret program approaches Wade and offers him an experimental cure for his cancer. Although Wade initially refuses, he later decides to leave Vanessa and undergo the procedure. At a laboratory, Wade meets Ajax and Angel Dust, whom he instantly resents. Ajax injects Wade with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes, then have him subjected to weeks of torture to trigger the mutation without success. Wade discovers Ajax’s real name, Francis Freeman, and mocks him. In response, Ajax straps Wade into an airtight chamber which raises and lowers the oxygen level to keep Wade constantly on the verge of asphyxiation. Ajax reveals to Wade their true purpose: to make super-powered slaves to be sold to wealthy customers. Several days later, Wade develops a healing factor which cures his cancer, but severely disfigures his face and skin. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax, but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wade, impales him with a rebar and leaves him in the burning laboratory.

Wade attempts to reconnect with Vanessa, but is unable to come to terms with his appearance, and keeps himself away from her. After consulting his best friend Weasel, Wade decides to hunt down Ajax and have his disfigurement cured. He becomes a masked vigilante, takes the alias “Deadpool”, and moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al. Following a string of leads, Deadpool tracks down Ajax to a convoy of cars on an expressway. He kills all the escorts, corners Ajax and demands a cure to his disfigurement. The confrontation is interrupted by two X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who have been trying to recruit Deadpool. Taking advantage of the distraction, Ajax escapes. Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool and begins dragging him away. Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes. His hand regenerates overnight.

Now knowing Wade is alive, Ajax goes to Weasel’s bar and learns of Vanessa. Weasel calls Wade and tells him Vanessa is in danger. Wade goes to the strip club she works at but, unable to face her, psyches himself up in the bathroom first. However, when he comes out, she is already kidnapped. Ajax and Angel Dust tell Deadpool to meet up with them on a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard.

Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him, and the trio take a cab to the scrapyard. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel Dust, Deadpool fights his way through Ajax’s henchmen, and eventually engages him in close combat. After Angel Dust knocks out Colossus, Negasonic uses her power to repel her, but accidentally destroys the equipment holding the helicarrier upright. As the helicarrier tips over, Colossus wakes up and takes Negasonic and Angel Dust to safety, while Deadpool successfully saves Vanessa. Ajax, still alive, attacks Deadpool, but is subdued and reveals there is no cure for Wade’s disfigurement.

Colossus begins urging Deadpool to be a true hero and spare his enemy, but Deadpool kills Ajax. Wade turns to Vanessa, who removes his mask revealing his face. Vanessa is angered that Wade left her, but still loves him. She accepts him, and they reconcile by kissing.

In a post-credits scene parodying Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Wade teases a sequel featuring Cable and tells the audience to clean up their trash.

REVIEW:

One of the most highly anticipated films of this young year has got to be Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds is in desperate need of a hit and the superhero genre is in need of something different. Could this be the film to do all of those things? Let’s find out, shall we?

What is this about?

The origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

What did I like?

Humor. Recently, I’ve been watching Daredevil and Jessica Jones on Netflix, two Marvel superhero shows that are about as devoid of humor as they come, save for a couple of wisecracks by the comic relief here and there. In contrast, films such as Ant-Man, The Avengers, and the like have some humor in them, but audiences are lukewarm in response to them for some reason. Enter Deadpool, a character known for his wisecracks and pointing out things as he sees them. The filmmakers did a great job translating thing, including his breaking the 4th wall, to the big screen. Not only that, but they poke fun at any and everything in the superhero genre and then some. I haven’t laughed this hard at some actual comedies!!!!

Rated R superstar. What was the last rated R comic book/superhero movie? I want to say it was Punisher: War Zone, bu don’t quote me on that. Everything else has been either PG or PG-13, including some properties that shouldn’t have been. Hopefully this, combined with the success of the Netflix shows, will open up the R rating for superhero film. Now, this R rating is not to be taken lightly. Deadpool constantly drops the F-bomb, decapitates heads, blows brains out, goes to a strip club, and there is even a scene of male nudity (I’ll touch on this in little bit). Some feminazi on Youtube actually tried to start a petition to get the studio to release a PG-13 version because some little boy cried to her about wanting to see it. Whatever! There are more than enough PG-13 superheroes out there, kid. Get over it! Chances are he’ll but a ticket for Kung Fu Panda 3 and sneak in, anyway.

Marketing. I have to believe that the biggest chunk of this film’s budget went to marketing, and with good reason. From just after Halloween, I believe, up until the film’s release, we were treated to vignettes, videos, and other various clips and whatnot that gave us an idea of the kind of humor and the tone this film would have. For a character as niche and cult as Deadpool, this was a smart move, as it brought him to the mainstream conscious before the film came out. Had they not done this, I fear this film would have gone the way of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a hit only to fans of the book and forgotten by everyone else (even though it is a really good movie!)

Damsel. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Morena Baccarin’s character, Vanessa, better known as Copycat in the comics. What I mostly like about her is that the filmmakers didn’t make her some strong female character just to please the femists out there. For the most part, she is just short of a damsel in distress, as it were. With all this girl power all over the place and unrelenting string of feminists taking over the world, it was nice change of pace to get a character that could go toe to toe with Wade Wilson, but also could use a rescue.

Reynolds. As we know, Ryan Reynolds is an extremely likable and charismatic guy, but he has been on a bit of a cold streak when it comes to these big budget films. Green Lantern was meant to be the next big superhero franchise, but it did so bad that DC was forced to go back to Superman. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is constantly ripped to shreds by fans, but I actually liked it, mainly because of what they did to Reynolds and “Deadpool”. How do you take a character known as “the merc with the mouth” and sew his mouth shut?!? Still, if not for that, we wouldn’t have gotten this film, so in a way, we should be grateful! It cannot be said enough, Ryan Reynolds was born to play this character. Not only that, but he stayed fairly true to the source material and threw out a few jabs at his former attempts at superhero glory. “Don’t make the supersuit green…or animated!” I’m wondering now that I’ve been speaking of Reynolds’ flops, what was his last hit, excluding The Croods.

What didn’t I like?

Colossus. When it was announced Colossus would be included in this picture, I didn’t know what to think. I am somewhat a fan of the character, but when you consider the way he’s been shown, or not shown, in the movies so far, it is hard to get excited. My main issue with this version of Colossus is that he was in his metal form the whole time, even when we first see him and he is sitting down for breakfast, eating a bowl of cereal. I find it extremely hard to believe that Colossus would not be in his “human” state when doing something like that. Of course, I also find it hard to believe that we only see 2 people in the X-mansion. As Deadpool said, “it’s like they couldn’t afford anymore…[sic]” The CG on the big guy wasn’t too bad. I found it to be very similar to the Hulk, I just wish he didn’t look as CG and fake, though.

Naked Wade. Is Ryan Reynolds a nudist and we just don’t know about it? In Green Lantern, he gets naked and in this one he gets even more nude! I guess if I had that body, I’d want to show it off, too. I doubt the ladies (and some men) don’t mind. For the scene he gets naked in, it sort of fits, though, I don’t really think he needed to take off the gown. Now, did we need to see his penis? No, but I guess he felt the need to show the audience what he was packing.

Masked man. The problem with getting a big name actor to play a superhero that wears a mask is that they always want to show their face. Toby Maguire was always ripping his mask off in the Spider-Man franchise, even though Spider-Man never takes his off. The studio was creative with Robert Downey, Jr. and we were instead of him always taking it off, we just go inside the suit with him. On the flip side, there are actors like Karl Urban in Dredd want to stay true to the character and don’t take the mask off. I feel as if Reynolds would fall more into the latter category, but the studio and the story wanted more of his face (even if it was what they called disfigured).

Was Deadpool worth the wait and all the hype? Yes, and then some! Everything that you think this film is going to do, as far as what we’ve seen from its contemporaries, it does something totally different. We are introduced to a niche character that could very well be the spark that ignites a genre that is starting to get a little stale. There really isn’t much else to say about this film, other than make sure you pay attention to the opening credits. You’ll thank me later! So, do I recommend this film? If you need to ask me that, I seriously wonder about your mental well-being. Of course I recommend this, very highly! So stop reading my ramblings and go see this film…multiple times!!!

5 out of 5 stars

Fast & Furious 6

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Following their successful Rio heist, Dominic Toretto and his crew of professional criminals have retired around the world: Dominic lives with Elena; his sister Mia lives with Brian O’Conner and their son, Jack; Gisele and Han have moved to Hong Kong; and Roman and Tej live in luxury.

Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs and his partner Riley investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy by former British Special Forces soldier Owen Shaw and his crew. Hobbs tracks down Dominic and persuades him to help take down Shaw after showing him a recent photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz, Dominic’s former girlfriend. Dominic gathers his crew together and they accept the mission in exchange for full amnesty for their past crimes, allowing them to return home to the United States; Mia and Elena remain with Jack.

The crew travels to London where one of Shaw’s henchmen leads them to Shaw’s hideout, but it is revealed to be a trap intended to distract the crew and police while Shaw’s crew performs a heist elsewhere. Shaw flees by car, detonating his hideout behind him and disabling most of the police, leaving Dominic, Brian, Tej, Han, Gisele, Hobbs and Riley to pursue him. Letty arrives to help Shaw, and shoots Dominic without hesitation before escaping. Back at their headquarters, Hobbs tells Dominic’s crew that Shaw is stealing components to create a Nightshade device which can disable power in an entire region; he intends to sell it to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw’s investigation into the opposing crew reveals Letty’s relationship with Dominic, but she is revealed to be suffering from amnesia.

Dominic’s crew investigates a Shaw subordinate who reveals Shaw’s connection to Arturo Braga, a drug lord imprisoned by Brian. Brian returns to the United States as a prisoner to gain access to Braga, who discloses how Letty survived the explosion that was thought to have killed her; Shaw attempted to finish her off but after learning of her amnesia, he took her in. Aided by a former ally in the FBI, Brian is released from prison. In London, Dominic challenges Letty in a street racing competition, and afterwards returns her necklace he had kept.

Tej tracks Shaw’s next attack to a NATO base in Spain. His crew assaults a military convoy carrying a computer chip to complete the Nightshade device. Dominic’s crew interferes, destroying the convoy while Shaw, accompanied by Letty, commandeers a tank and begins destroying cars along the highway. Brian and Roman manage to flip the tank; Letty is thrown from the tank and Dominic risks his life to save her from falling to her death. Shaw and his men are captured, but he reveals that he has kidnapped Mia. The crew is forced to release Shaw, and Riley (revealed to be working for Shaw) leaves with him; Letty chooses to remain with Dom. Shaw’s group board a large aircraft in motion on a runway as Dominic’s crew gives chase. Dominic, Letty, Brian, and Hobbs board the craft; Brian rescues Mia and they escape using a car onboard. The plane attempts to take off but is held down by excess weight as Han, Gisele, Roman, Tej, Brian, and Mia tether the plane to their vehicles. Gisele sacrifices herself to save Han from one of Shaw’s henchmen. Letty kills Riley and escapes with Hobbs to safety, but Dominic pursues Shaw and the computer chip. Shaw is thrown from the plane as it crashes into the ground; Dom drives one of the remaining cars through the nose of the exploding plane and reunites with his crew, giving the chip to Hobbs to secure their amnesty.

In the aftermath, Dominic and his team return to the United States. Hobbs and Elena (now working with Hobbs) arrive to confirm the crew are free; Elena accepts Dominic has chosen Letty over her. As Dominic’s crew gather to share a meal, Dominic asks Letty if the gathering feels familiar; she answers no, but that it feels like home. In a post-credits scene, while Han is in a car chase, he is hit by an oncoming car; Han’s car explodes, killing him. The other car’s driver walks away from the scene and calls Dominic, leaving him a message: “You don’t know me, you’re about to…”

REVIEW:

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Fast & Furious 6. I really wanted to go see it in theaters, but, had it not been for a friend needing to get out for a night, I probably would have had to wait to see it on DVD. A bit of a disclaimer, I’ve only seen the first two films in the franchise, but I will be getting to the rest of the franchise shortly.

What is this about?

Street racer Dominic Toretto and his crew again call on their mad driving skills for a big heist that sends them zooming through European streets. If a traitor in their midst doesn’t slam the brakes on their plan, federal agent Luke Hobbs just might.

What did I like?

Action. I’ve been dying for a real action flick and it looks like I finally got it. Not only is the action in this over the top, but it is filmed in such a way that you want to see what is going to happen next. Explosions, car chases, fighting…it is all there if you’re a fan of action. Let’s face it, chances are if you’re watching this, then you’re not looking for the same thing you would in something like Citizen Kane.

Plot. The plot involving anther crew of car thieves really drew me in, especially when it was pointed out that each of them had a sort of doppelganger on the other team. The whole time, from that pint on, I was just waiting for the big payoff where they each got to square off against their counterpart, and boy was it worth the wait!

Fight. The fight scenes were great, highlighted by the slobber knocker that took place in the cargo plane. However, the single fight that grabbed my attention the most was when Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez went at it. I’m sure everyone that saw Haywire was wishing Carano would have been a little more personable like this character, but hey, we get what can get and when you see these two touch babes go at it, you’ll be more than satisfied.

What didn’t I like?

Comic relief. Please don’t take this statement as an inference that I don’t care for comedy or that I think this film was blatantly racist. However, I found it rather odd that the comic moments were between the two African-American characters played by Tyrese and Ludacris. Hell, there was even one comic scene involving Dwayne Johnson (who is part African-American). I’m not saying that the comedy was bad, just that it seemed to be almost a negative throwback to the minstrel days of the 20s and 30s. I don’t doubt that this was on accident, plus from what I gathered in the two films in this franchise that I’ve seen, the personalities of these two are that of more comic oriented, as opposed to straight laced like Vin Diesel.

Too much. With all the characters from the previous films coming back, Luke Evans’ villainous Shaw didn’t really have a chance to shine the way he could have. As one critic put it, “Shaw is unable to make an impression.” Looking back at it all, this makes perfect sense.  The guy is clearly a more than competent villain, but other than his entrance, we don’t really get the feeling of what he is capable of, which really hurts the pre-climax. Sure, he was terrorizing the interstates of, I believe it was Spain at this time, with a tanks and running over everyone with no regard for life could have been more effective if they would have just taken a second or two to develop his character a bit more.

When all the smoke clears, it is obvious that Fast & Furious 6 is not a film for everyone. As I mentioned earlier, this is strictly an action flick. While there is a bit of a plot, it isn’t much of one. It exists clearly to justify the action, if that is even possible. This is a film that is over the top and enjoyable. The true definition of a summer blockbuster popcorn flick. If this is your genre of movie, then I highly recommend you check it out!

4 3/4 out of 5 stars

Haywire

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) enters a diner in Upstate New York and waits. A car arrives and Aaron (Channing Tatum) joins her. After a short conversation Aaron orders Mallory to get in his car. She refuses, and they fight, with Aaron nearly capturing Mallory before the intervention of Scott (Michael Angarano), a young customer in the diner, allows Mallory to break Aaron’s arm and escape with Scott in Scott’s car. As they flee, Mallory tells Scott who she is and what she’s experienced in the last week, and these sequences are intermixed with scenes of their flight as flashbacks.

Mallory tells Scott that she and Aaron work for a private firm employed by the American government for covert operations. One week before, the firm’s director (and Mallory’s ex-boyfriend) Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) attended a meeting in Washington DC arranged by government agent Coblenz (Michael Douglas). Kenneth’s firm was hired to rescue Jiang (Anthony Brandon Wong), who is being held hostage in an apartment in Barcelona. Also present at the meeting was Coblenz’ Spanish contact, Rodrigo (Antonio Banderas).

Mallory and her team, which includes Aaron, travel to Barcelona and despite difficulties succeed in rescuing Jiang and delivering him to Rodrigo.

Back in the USA, Mallory is approached by Kenneth, who insists she undertake what he claims is an easy assignment: pose as the wife of British MI6 agent Paul (Michael Fassbender) during a mission in Dublin. Mallory agrees and accompanies Paul to a party at Russborough House, where they meet with his contact, Studer (Mathieu Kassovitz). Paul meets with Studer again as Mallory watches from afar. She sees Paul go into a barn, and after he leaves she enters it to find Jiang dead, clutching in his hand a brooch which Kenneth had insisted she wear as a recognition signal for her initial contact with Paul. Mallory realizes she has been set up.

After returning to their hotel room Paul attacks Mallory, and they fight; Mallory gets the upper hand and shoots Paul dead. Mallory calls Kenneth from Paul’s phone and Kenneth reveals that he’s aware of the set-up before realizing it’s Mallory he’s speaking to. As Mallory leaves the hotel, she evades what are presumably Kenneth’s agents tailing her, but heavily armed police appear and try to arrest her. She escapes after a chase, and manages to sneak onto a ferry to England.

Mallory calls Rodrigo from the ferry and asks him whether it was he or Kenneth who set her up, and then hangs up. This prompts Rodrigo to call Coblenz, who then calls Mallory. Coblenz tells Mallory that he has had suspicions about Kenneth for some time. Coblenz then contacts Kenneth and tells him to inform Mallory’s father, John Kane (Bill Paxton), (who already knows of his daughter’s occupation), of her purported crimes.

Meanwhile, Mallory manages to enter the United States via Canada and reach the diner, where she expected to meet Kenneth. Now on the road with Scott, Mallory and Scott are chased by the police and hit a tree after a deer runs into Scott’s car. They are both taken into custody, but soon the police are ambushed by Kenneth’s assassins posing as federal agents. Mallory manages to kill one of the assassins and they flee in one of the police cars. She releases Scott and gives him a number to call for protection and leaves to meet with her father.

Mallory reaches her father’s house in New Mexico before Kenneth, Aaron, and two other men arrive, posing as the police, to interrogate John on his daughter’s whereabouts. Aaron starts to realize, after receiving a photograph on his phone of Jiang lying dead, that Mallory might have been set up. He tries to press Kenneth for the truth, but Kenneth shoots him in the abdomen and escapes as Mallory takes out his other men. Aaron apologizes to Mallory, and dies in her arms due to blood loss.

The following day Mallory meets with Coblenz, who reveals that he told Kenneth to contact Mallory’s father with the expectation that she would kill him there. Mallory asks Coblenz to fix things with Scott, which he promises to do. Coblenz also informs Mallory of Kenneth’s location. Before Mallory leaves, Coblenz offers her a government job but she replies only that she’ll let him know, after she finds Kenneth.

In Mexico, Mallory confronts Kenneth on the beach and they fight. Kenneth tries to escape, but gets his foot twisted and jammed between two rocks. Kenneth reveals that Jiang was a journalist who had written a series of articles exposing Studer’s crimes. Knowing that Mallory planned to leave his firm, Kenneth arranged for her to rescue Jiang and deliver him to Rodrigo, who then delivered him to Studer, who killed him. Kenneth then framed Mallory, planning to cut all ties that could lead to him by convincing Paul that Mallory was a double agent whom he should kill. With all crimes being blamed on Mallory, Paul could claim to have killed her in self-defense. Mallory leaves Kenneth to drown in the incoming tide for his betrayal.

A few days later, Mallory locates Rodrigo, who is enjoying a vacation in Majorca. The film ends just as she confronts Rodrigo, presumably intending to eliminate him as the last remaining link in the conspiracy against her.

REVIEW:

It is so awesome to see a film that uses a woman with a real body and not some stick with an allegedly pretty face. Yes, I’m talking about Angelina Jolie in stuff like Wanted and Salt being the stick and comparing her to Gina Carano here in Haywire. When this film was released, there was quite a hefty amount of hype surrounding Gina and how she was the perfect action heroine, especially seeing as how she is a former women’s MMA champ. However, the question on everyone’s mind is, could she prove what a real woman can do and stop us from having to endure overhyped toothpicks with lip injections?

So, what did I like about this film?

Gina Carano. She has the looks, can take a punch, and there seems to be some acting talent there. I’ll give her a break on it, though. This is her first picture, after all. Someone said that she should be the one they cast as Wonder Woman when/if they ever get around to making that movie. With Lucy Lawless getting on up there in age and not really in her Xena shape anymore (not saying she’s let herself go, just making a general statement) and Chyna a shadow of her WWE self, then I have to agree. She proves she can hang with the boys here. She’s quite the intimidating presence. Can you imagine getting your head squeezed by those powerful legs of hers?!?

The action. This film lives up to the hype when it comes to kick-ass action scenes. Not only does Carano lay the smackdown on everyone that gets in her way, but there are also some pretty awesome chase scenes that are worth watching, as well.

The spy scenes. I didn’t really care for the flashback way they did things, but when they got going I must say that I was impressed with the way they pulled it off.

What didn’t I like?

The story. The flashbacks were a bit confusing, but they way this whole thing was filmed was more like an independent film. Everything about this film screams big budget blockbuster, but that’s not what we got. Instead, it just came off as an action flick that could have used more excitement. I guess that is why it was released in the dead of winter, as opposed to the summer.

Changing Gina Carano’s voice. It turns out that in post-production, someone got the brilliant idea that Gina Carano’s voice was, I think the term was, “too feminine” for this character. Now, if you’ve heard her talk, she doesn’t exactly have a high pitched voice, but she’s not going to be mistaken for a man. I personally think this is insulting to Gina for them to change her voice like that, and what kind of signal does it send to young girls out there. If you have a high voice, you can’t be kick-ass, but if you have a deep one, you can? WTF?!? Top top all this off, they “justify” it by saying it is to draw a distinction between Mallory Kane and Gina Carano. What a load of B.S.!!!!

Supporting cast. These are some all star names. Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, and yet, they don’t really make any kind of impact on the film’s proceedings. Well, McGregor does, but only in his final scene which is a fight with Carano. They just seemed to have been wasted in these small roles that are beneath them.

In the end, Haywire, delivers on the action front and gives us a new action heroine. Hopefully we’ll see more from her in the future and less of the wannabe Mother Theresa toothpick who thinks she’s an action star. The film itself doesn’t live up to the hype, but is worth watching once or twice. I don’t highly recommend it, but you should give it a shot sometime.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Blood and Bone

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When ex-con Isaiah Bone (Michael Jai White) gets out of prison, he immediately seeks out a room to rent and gets involved in LA’s underground fight scene. Along the way, he destroys the area’s best fighter, who is under the control of a local mob boss named James (Eamonn Walker). When Bone refuses the mob boss’s request to fight on the international circuit, it sets off a powerful battle between the two, amidst some surprising revelations about what drove Bone to get involved with James in the first place.

REVIEW:

In a film I watched a few weeks, ago, Blood and Bone was one of the trailers. I had heard nothing about before or since, but after watching it this evening, I have to say this film should get much more publicity.

The underground fighting scene can be a brutal..er…scene. This picture doesn’t tackle it head on or glorify it, but rather uses it as a plot device.

The fighting here is top-notch. It is not very often that you get actual fighter doing fighting scenes instead of actors and stunt doubles. It is quite obvious that the fighters knew what they were doing, as these scenes were 100% believable and didn’t look like some badly staged WWE event.

I think I would have liked a bit more of the final fight involving the swords or the confrontation with the top international fighter, but hey, beggars can’t be choosy, right?

As far as the plot goes, I would have liked to have a bit more info on Bone, such as why was he in prison, how did he know where Danny’s wife and son were, etc.

Michael Jai White again proves he is not someone you want to mess with. I find him to be underrated, both as an actor and action star. He seems superhuman at times with his kicks and punches and the lack of emotion given to this character actually works.

Eamonn Walker made a good villain. He has the look of a wealthy mob boss-type, but given his body type, the audience was led to think we’d get to see him in the “ring” with Bone. True, they do finally battle, but it is a bit of a letdown from what one would expect.

When all the smoke clears, Blood and Bone is a good action flick, especially for a straight to DVD release, but it does lose the audience’s interest at times, which is probably why it wasn’t released in theaters. Having said that, it was still fun to watch, if for nothing else but the superb fight scenes and touching story. I can highly recommend this to everyone, especially those of you that are into fight flick and UFC/MMA type stuff.

4 out of 5 stars