Fury – A Movie Review

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Feb 212015
 

Fury Movie PosterApril, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña
Runtime: 134 min; Rated: R; Genre: Action, Drama, War; Released: 17 Oct 2014

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Eagle Eye – A Movie Review

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Jan 042009
 

Eagle Eye Movie PosterJerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations–using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country’s most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening–and more importantly, why.

Genres: Drama and Thriller; Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.; Release Date: September 26th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and for language.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Azizi, Billy Bob Thornton

Directed by: D.J. Caruso

We watched this movie last night after we came home from trying to watch “The Spirit” at the movie theater. I had hoped I’d like this movie, but I was very disappointed. It was an updated HAL from 2001. He had fancier effects, control beyond just a spaceship and a female voice, but it was the same concept exactly. Much of the story did not make a lot of sense, and the assasination attempts were like Rube Goldberg machines that made no sense.  The actors did as well as they could with a poor story. This movie was a waste of time.

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Transformers

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Oct 312007
 

TransformersHigh-school student Sam Witwicky buys his first car, who is actually the Autobot Bumblebee. Bumblebee defends Sam and his girlfriend Mikaela Banes from the Decepticon Barricade, before the other Autobots arrive on Earth. They are searching for the Allspark, and the war on Earth heats up as the Decepticons attack a United States military base in Qatar. Sam and Mikaela are taken by the top-secret agency Sector 7 to help stop the Decepticons, but when they learn the agency also intends to destroy the Autobots, they formulate their own plan to save the world.

Director:
Michael Bay

Genre:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Cast:
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Michael O’Neill, Kevin Dunn, Peter Cullen, Julie White, Amaury Nolasco, Mark Ryan, Zack Ward

Despite the advancements in today’s special effects, it being inspired from the highly popular 1980’s Hasbro toys and cartoon, with Steven Spielberg overseeing the production as an Executive producer, Michael Bay and his writers were still guilty of making this a disappointment of a movie.

The story was about a teenager name Sam (Shia LaBeouf) who purchases a car that happens to be a robot in disguise from another world. Sam is then caught in the middle of an ancient battle between two groups of these alien robots, the heroic Autobots and the Evil Decepticons. Both are seeking a mysterious cube known as the “Allspark” that contains their “life source.” This central plot intertwines with the story of a special ops team being attacked by one of the Decepticons in the beginning, the pentagon enlisting teams of computer hackers to decode a signal they detected that ultimately came from the Decepticons and a hokey love story between Sam and Mikaela, the gorgeous bombshell in his class.

As intriguing as all of this may sound, besides the many battle scenes, car chases, attempts on Sam’s life and Decepticon attacks, nothing happens to move the story along. Whatever layers of stories that were suppose to be happening beneath the unimpressive action sequences were uneventful and slow. So, all you’re left with is the action, which by the end was boring and tedious to watch. I was really wanting to see this movie, and I never watched the cartoon, so I came with no baggage…but it just didn’t make the grade for me.

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