Review : The Equalizer

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“A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.”

If you ever wondered with a combination between Training Day and Man on Fire would be, with a touch of not taking itself as serious, and some great classic action movie glory shots…you have The Equalizer. This movie is very much an Antoine Fuqua film, which is not a bad thing, just a very distinct thing. He does however do a very good job at the classic action movie shots. The walk away from explosion and such, don’t think however that that is all this movie is. Most of it is a very well paced look into the life of Robert, and the duality he faces on a daily bases of bringing out the best and truth in people while having to hide and suppress his own. Watching his decent back into the life he so masterfully eluded is really a lot of fun and makes you feel very invested in the character. Some of the side characters can be a bit forgettable, but all in the development of the characters your meant to care for is done well enough. Some parts of the movie ask you to suspend some belief which is a bit strange seeing how believable the other action pieces are meant and made to be. All in all though this is a thoroughly enjoyable and solid action/thriller, that will keep you if nothing else entertained until the very end.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : Sin City A Dame to Kill for

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“Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.”

So, some what like the first Sin City, A dame to kill for tells different, path crossing stories in the Sin City universe, but not necessarily in chronological order. Which in this movie could be a bit confusing, especially if you haven’t re-watched Sin City recently, or if you can’t remember it well enough. This movie does improve on some things, but takes a step back in others. For one, it does improve on the visuals. The stylizations here are really well done and are a definite welcome. The addition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt works really well (I also liked his character and story arc the best). However the film overall doesn’t work as well as the original. The pacing of some of the narratives are a bit slow and that can bog down the story at times. The difference in time lines also makes some of the stories a bit less compelling as they lack the punch they had in the first movie. And really and truly that’s what this movie is, a movie always trying to reach the heights of its predecessor, and it ultimately fails to do so. If this movie came out a few years ago, it probably would have been a lot more impactful, but as it stands it didn’t and as much as I love Sin City, A dame to kill for just isn’t at that level. Sidenote – Eva Green you vixen you…I see you girl.

Review Score : 6 out of 10 

Review : The Maze Runner

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“Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.”

Firstly I have to say, Minho, the asian Runner dude, is the real hero of this damn movie…but i digress. So the Maze Runner takes place in a time and place unknown to the viewer and the Gladers (they called themselves that not me) and every month they get a new guy and some supplies. Simple enough premise. So then of course as these things always go, the new guy has to effect some change and we follow them on this new adventure. The film itself is done pretty well, production is great, the acting is good (the kids can act man) and the characters that you’re meant to care for, do a good job of making that happen. Then we have the maze, which if you didn’t realise is a character in itself, and its a very good one. The scenes in the maze are by far the best in the movie, and they way the running is shot really gives you an appreciation of the terror and outright speed needed to escape. Its nice when a movie brings in a new character and he is not automatically better than everyone else. Minho could still cut his ass five ways form Sunday at running, and they gave you good reminders of that in simple ways like every time they were running from something he would keep shouting at Thomas to not look back (and he still did…way to come in second Thomas), which showed who the trained professional maze runner was here. The plot itself is going to be really hit or miss with a lot of viewers, in that the reveal at the end is either gonna be the coolest thing you’re seen or super “Meehhhhh”. Still a fun enjoyable movie, best experienced in the cinema. Oh before I forget, the little society they made was very Lord of the flies, except they got over it and started being a little more “for the good of the people”, “all we have is us” kind of vibe (you know at the start the leader dude had to buss some heads to keep that law and order).

Review Score : 7 out of 10