Tag Archives: Action

Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

ALL YOU NEED IS ONE KILLER TRACK.  Director Edgar Wright had been thinking about making this movie for two decades before it finally happened. Those who know their Wright oeuvre might recognize the basic idea from a music video he made in 2003, ”Blue Song” for Mint Royale, featuring the British comedian Noel Fielding as … Continue reading Baby Driver: Delivering for Doc

Atomic Blonde

As the Berlin Wall is about to fall in 1989, MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to the city to cooperate with the station chief (James McAvoy) after the murder of an agent. Former stuntman turned director David Leitch worked on John Wick (2014) and this action thriller has similar ingredients. It is … Continue reading Atomic Blonde

War for the Planet of the Apes

FOR FREEDOM. FOR FAMILY. FOR THE PLANET.  A few years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the war between apes and humans is growing bloodier and Caesar finds a personal enemy in the ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). The third film in this series borrows from Westerns and POW movies … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: The Last Knight

RETHINK YOUR HEROES. Optimus Prime and Megatron are long gone, but new Transformers keep coming back to Earth; Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) finds new allies in his quest to learn why. The fifth and worst of the franchise (so far) relies on a lot of comedy that falls flat (including a butler bot voiced by … Continue reading Transformers: The Last Knight

John Wick: Chapter 2

NEVER STAB THE DEVIL IN THE BACK.  Italian crime lord Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) comes to John Wick (Keanu Reeves) to collect a favor, but he refuses… until he’s persuaded to honor his commitments and do a job in Rome. A sequel that offers fans of the first movie exactly what they want – Reeves … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2

Lucy

SHE HAS THE POWER. American student Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), who’s living in Taiwan, is tricked into delivering a mysterious briefcase to a mob boss; after being subjected to a drug, her physical and mental capabilities increase in unimaginable ways… In this silly (but popular) sci-fi-actioner, Luc Besson plays around with the old idea that we’re … Continue reading Lucy

Wonder Woman

POWER. GRACE. WISDOM. WONDER.  Finally, after the failures of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, DC Comics delivered a superhero adventure able to rival the Marvel movies. Directing her first feature film in 14 years, Patty Jenkins and her team craft a handsome and robust equivalent to the Captain America movies, set … Continue reading Wonder Woman

Baywatch

BEACHES AIN’T READY.  This big-screen take on the corny 1989-2001 TV series goes for raunchy gags and waterlogged action, failing to impress in both instances. Dwayne Johnson inherits the old David Hasselhoff part as Mitch, the veteran among a crew of Florida lifeguards; when a poorly motivated former Olympic swimmer (Zac Efron) shows up for … Continue reading Baywatch

The Fate of the Furious

NEW ROADS AHEAD.  The old team is rounded up one more time for a top secret government mission, but they’re all seemingly betrayed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who’s working with a new dangerous foe (Charlize Theron)… The eighth chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga has a razor-thin story for a movie as … Continue reading The Fate of the Furious

Ghost in the Shell

In the future, Mira (Scarlett Johansson) wakes up with only her mind intact after an accident; using a cybernetic body, she is now part of a task force that’s trying to find out who’s hacking a powerful corporation. This live-action take in 3D on the original manga and the 1995 animated movie changes a few … Continue reading Ghost in the Shell