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Reviews of every film I watch. The Good, The Bad and The Mothman Prophecies.

Tag: Bruce Willis

Twelve Monkeys – 8.5/10

“I want the future to be unknown. I want to become a whole person…”

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RANKED: Kevin Smith

As much as I love Star Wars (and I love Star Wars a whole fucking lot), nobody has influenced my affection for all things film more than Kevin Smith. I have seen all his movies numerous times, read his books, watched every interview I can get my hands on and in many ways I consider him my hero. Here are all 11 of Kevin Smith’s films from worst to best: Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas Films 2015

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – 7.5/10.

Same characters. Different faces.

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Nine (!) years after the original Sin City, director Robert Rodriguez finally gets round to releasing a sequel and it is mostly worth the wait.

Right off the bat it is pleasing to see Rodriguez and Miller are not resting on their laurels visually. Sin City: A Dame to Kill for not only matches the original in terms of looks it easily surpasses it adding a number of visual flourishes that work better than anything Rodriguez has previously attempted.

New additions Josh Brolin and particularly Joseph Gordon Levitt impress, the former stepping into Clive Owen’s shoes ably and the latter providing the best storyline of either film. Jessica Alba is also a big positive given more to do than just erotic dancing this time round and Mickey Rourke is on top and worryingly comfortable playing psychopath Marv.

The problem here is just how long it took to get this film made. In that time Michael Clarke Duncan and Brittany Murphy have tragically passed away, Clive Owen has lost interest and Devon Aoki who was so great as Miho in the first instalment has all but quit acting to start a family. This leaves A Dame to Kill For feeling disjointed and frustrating. This could have been every bit as good as Sin City but nine years is a long time in Hollywood.

RED 2 – 6.5/10.

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Various Retired and Extremely Dangerous former agents are once again tempted out of retirement to recover a devastating weapon of mass destruction.

 

The great thing about RED is that it was more comedy than action flick. More mature than it’s uncouth teenage cousin The Expendables but still more fun. Unfortunately RED 2 is not as refreshing in as much as it gets bogged down too often in lengthy action sequences and complicated plot. There is one sequence featuring Byung-hun Lee and a glass fridge door that is pretty damn cool though. It is always a joy to see Helen Mirren and welcome addition Anthony Hopkins having such fun but I’m sad to say Bruce Willis’ performances are becoming more phoned in with every film. A nice easy watch but the ending is flat and predictable and not one you would want to watch more than once. Obviously the door is left open to complete the trilogy but it is difficult to imagine anyone caring enough to make that happen?

Expendables 2 – N/A

Takes the phrase ‘a parody of itself’ to previously unheard of levels…

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Expendables 2 is possibly the most ridiculous film I have ever seen. Much more fun than the first one though.

If I had seen this as a fifteen year old boy it would have been the greatest moment of my life. Full of cheesy one liners and packed with knowing winks and nods to the audience. Every action movie star of the 80’s and 90’s pretty much is here. All the big names are feature. I wont ruin it by telling you who exactly, watch it and see.

It is nigh on impossible to give Expendables 2 a rating, 0/10 and 10/10 would both be accurate. If you grew up watching action movies and Expendables was a bit of a let down for you, give this one a try instead.

Looper – 8/10

Bruce Willis over and over again but don’t worry, it’s not another Die Hard

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I could never give an accurate synopsis for a film so complicated without my head exploding so here is IMDB: ‘In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.’

Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the lead role and while this isn’t a stretch for him, he plays it very well. Same story for Bruce Willis. He could play this role standing on his head but he brings necessary star power to the film. Emily Blunt gives the stand out performance, showcasing something different to what we have seen from her before. I saw this described as the new matrix, for me that is premature but there is still loads to enjoy in this flick.

The ending ties the film together brilliantly, so much so that I was thinking 7/10 until the last five minutes. Looper feels like a film that would definitely stand up to and even benefit from repeated viewings.

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