The Bourne Legacy – A Movie Review

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Sep 062012
 
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An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. To become an elite government operative, a man hands himself over to the same agency that birthed the likes of Jason Bourne, but he’s eventually forced to go on the run.

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sequel/Thriller; Running Time: 135mins; MPAA Rating: PG-13

Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

I am kind of trying to take some time off this week, but did have some work to do Tuesday. Lay was off. Once I was done, we went to the Britton 8 to watch The Bourne Legacy.

We weren’t rushing to see this one, as the reviews have been mixed and a little on the low side. I felt it kept to the spirit Of the Bourne series and kept me interested. It ended kind of abruptly after an unnecessarily long chase scene, but I am still glad I went to see it. If you’re a Bourne fan enjoy, you’ll most likely find it acceptable. Continue reading »

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – A Movie Review

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Jan 022010
 

theboondocksaints2_smallposterWhen a priest is murdered in Boston, the MacManus brothers abandon their secluded life in Ireland to look into the case. Don’t let the lack of promotion for “Boondock Saints 2” fool you. The plot picks up in Ireland where brothers Connor (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) McManus are hiding out after the events of the last movie. A priest shot in Boston, in the same style the brothers are known for, makes them the prime suspects. Writer/ director Troy Duffy is going for the old-school Charles Bronson-style vigilante movie, and achieves something pretty close to that.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Sequel;  Running Time: 1 hr 27 min.; Release Date: October 30th, 2009 (limited); MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence, language and some nudity.

Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz

Directed by: Troy Duffy

For those of us who have been cult fans of the original,  it’s a film that should entertain most, if not all fans. While not perfect, it’s a very well done sequel. We watched this a couple of weeks ago.

The gun play here is even more stylized, and it makes for some very entertaining action packed scenes that should please everyone who loved the first film. Most of the old cast has returned, and then there is the new cast, who bring some entertaining acting chops with them, mostly in the form of comic relief.

Unfortunately, All Saints Day isn’t quite up to par with that first film. Where the first film had a natural flow to it, the sequel is somewhat disjointed, and the cast seems to try too hard.  Julie Benz and Clifton Collins Jr. try to make up for their first films counterparts, that being Wilem Defoe and David Della Rocco respectively, but are poor substitutes. Where these characters from the first one seemed to be very natural and perfect in their element, the new cast members seem to be trying to make up for a lack of said characters, and it shows. There are also several silly and useless scenes that, while creative, are out of place and could have very well been left out of the film.

Fortunately, the end of the film is saved by a fantastic climax headed by Billy Connely and Peter Fonda. Their scene at the end is some of the best written stuff in either of the films and these veteran actors bring all their chops to this film. Adding to this is a very pleasant bit part from a Boondock Saints favorite that should leave fans smiling as they leave the theater.

Saints II is a film for the fans, that’s for sure. It may even encourage some to go see the first if they haven’t seen it already, though this isn’t all that likely. But, this is a very entertaining and decently written film that continues this great vigilante tale and may even lead to more. As fans, we can only hope to see more of the Saints in the future.

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Quantum of Solace – A Movie Review

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Dec 272008
 

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization.

On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano. Using his associates in the organization, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.

In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organization.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Sequel; Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.; Release Date: November 14th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Mathieu Amalric

Directed by: Marc Forster

Boy, I am way behind on blogging and reviewing movies. We saw this movie probably a month ago. More on my lack of blogging in another post, but let’s get on with the movie review now.

I admit to sharing the disappointment of some reviewers in the lack of a Q and all the gadgets of old. This film lacked most of the humor and double-entendre’s of the other bond films. In this movie, Bond was portrayed as a dark character driven by a sense of vengeance. As a Bond fan, I missed the older style.

However, it must be noted that the film is of an early Bond, not yet “matured” into the Bond of the later books (already done as films). So while I missed some of the traditional Bond flare, I still found this movie well done. The characters all played their parts well, and the action scenes (mostly fight scenes) were reasonable and well choreographed.

This movie is definitely worth a viewing, but be prepared for a very different experience than most of the previous Bond movies.

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