A new operation is starting in the CIA named Iron Fist. Nicky (Julia Stiles) hacks into the CIA database and downloads information on all the past programs, including Treadstone. Jason Bourne resurfaces when he learns from Nicky that his father was involved as an analyst on these projects which caused Bourne to enter the Treadstone program, but when Bourne learns of the truth behind his father’s death, he is out for revenge!
Jason Bourne (the film) is pretty much more of the same that we knew from the original 3 movies. It is full of action, espionage and cryptic characters. Tommy Lee Jones is now heading the CIA and trying to chase down Bourne, but Vincent Cassel is also hot on Bourne’s trail as “The Asset.” Yup, that is his title. It was kinda confusing for a while until I realized that “The Asset” was a person and not an actual asset. Who knew?!?
The problem lies that after a 9 year absence since Ultimatum, this is the movie they give us. They don’t explain where Bourne has been nor give us something spectacular to welcome him back. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is designed to please its fans, but they could have done something big to bring us back into this world and have us begging for more. What they do give us is plenty of action (sometimes too much) and a story that is thin but involved enough to feel Bourne-like. At the end of the day, Jason Bourne is a good movie that will please Bourne fans, but ultimately, this movie offers nothing “new” and I’m not sure where the franchise will go from here. Co-starring Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Ato Essandoh, and Riz Ahmed.
7/10 Stars – Might not have made the splash we all expected, Jason Bourne is a solid installment into a franchise we all know and enjoy.
In order to make a big splash, new comer to the FBI Nate Thomas (Daniel Radcliffe) goes undercover to flush out a terrorist threat in a White Supremacist community. I would have never guessed that a movie starring Harry Potter about Nazis and the KKK would have been as gripping and tense as it was, but Imperium is so effective that grabs hold and doesn’t let go. From the acting to the shock of the situations discussed, it is hard not to recommend this movie to people who like a good drama that invokes plenty of nail-biting moments.
For those of you that find it hard to watch movies about this topic, I can assure you that there is very little violence in this movie. The effects are felt through the dialogue and the paraphernalia and less through action and force. This movie is really all about a dorky undercover agent and how he manipulates trust to make his way through the ranks of bigots and racists.
As far as a movie goes, Daniel Radcliffe delivers a performance that is pretty damn good. I would have not guessed that he would have fit into this kind of movie, but it works. My only gripe with this movie is that as the story moves along, certain characters disappear and never come back. I always had a fear in the back of my mind that if/when word go out that Nate is FBI, these men would come looking for him, but they don’t and the fear of repercussion is pointless because those characters don’t return. It is a small complaint, but it is something that could have added more to the tension.
At the end of the day, Daniel Radcliffe breaks into a new type of role for him and delivers an effective and well made drama that will make audiences uncomfortable and uneasy. It is tense from beginning to end and something I would recommend for anyone who likes American History X. Co-starring Toni Collette, Sam Trammell, Burn Gorman, Chris Sullivan, Devin Druid, Nestor Carbonell, Pawel Szajda, Tracy Letts, and Seth Numrich.
7/10 Stars – What appears to be a disaster on paper turns out to be a well developed and tense performance by Daniel Radcliffe.
Set in the 1930s, Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) travels from New York to Hollywood to find work with his uncle (Steve Carell) who works in movies. Here, Bobby falls in love with Vonnie (Kristen Stuart) but she is torn because she is in love with someone else, who just so happens to be older and married.
Written and directed by Woody Allen, Café Society is all about the setting, costumes and character interactions. The story here is somewhat interesting but it essentially is a love story that is tragic and typical. Jesse Eisenberg feels out of place in this kind of movie. I never bought him as someone who would become a big-shot night club owner. Steve Carell also feels out of place as a sleazy Hollywood business man and don’t even get me started on Kristen Stuart! I just didn’t understand the casting choices. I would have gone with completely other actors.
Another aspect I didn’t like was the typical blah story. This movie is basically a love story gone bad by adding a love triangle into the mix and then fast-forwarding years later just to drag it all up again. I felt like something was missing to make this movie interesting because it was simply a “love story.” Not to mention, what is Woody Allen’s obsession with people cheating on one another? What was the point of the scene with the Hooker?
The good things here are the flamboyant characters, the setting and the costumes. This movie feels like something from the 1930s and the characters are anything but dull. However, when you put these characters into a dull script, you can’t help but expect more. Woody Allen has been putting out these love stories as of late (Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love, Magic in the Moonlight) and I can’t see what puts this one apart from the others. Plenty of people are eating this one up for award season, but I just didn’t get it. I guess if you use the early 1900s as a setting over and over, it is easy to have people love it. Unless you like most of Woody Allen’s other works, this is a pass. Co-starring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Anna Camp, Corey Stoll, Douglas McGrath, Gregg Binkley, Jeannie Berlin, Ken Stott, Lev Gorn, Paul Schneider, and Sheryl Lee.
4/10 Stars – Even though the setting and characters hold water, the casting choices are strange and the story is dull and unoriginal.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is the story of Indian native Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who travels to England to study with Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) before World War I. Ramanujan was a mathematical genius who could see and solve equations without calculators, but it was his ability to create formulas that made him famous. Out of his element in England, Ramanujan had to overcome many obstacles, but through his friendship and collaboration with Hardy, he became one of the best mathematicians of his time.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is a biopic that is more about the characters than the story. Sure, Ramanujan was a genius, but it is hard to showcase that in a 2 hour movie, but what they can showcase was who he was as a person and how hard working he was. Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel carry this movie and allow the audience to relate and feel connected to these men. The movie is very touching and heartfelt and by the time I was done watching, I felt happy and sad all at the same time. I was surprised to feel the emotions I did.
As someone who enjoys mathematics, I was able to understand and follow the movie a little easier than most, but the movie is “dumbed down” enough for the lay person to keep up. This is actually my biggest complaint of the movie. As you watch it, you realize they can only go so deep into the mathematics before they will lose their audience. They have to keep it simple, but that makes the movie feel soft and light. There are only so many times that Jeremy Irons can tell Dev Patel that they need “proofs” to the formulas.
At the end of the day, I felt this movie shed light on a person that not many know about and did it in a way that will leave some people wanting to know more. The acting and personal connections are what keep this movie fresh and special and I would recommend this to anyone who likes biopics, mathematical history or the movie A Beautiful Mind. Co-starring Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Padraic Delaney, Richard Johnson, and Enzo Cilenti.
7/10 Stars – Touching true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (English/Indian Mathematician) that is brought to life with solid performances by Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel.
Seok-Woo (Yoo Gong) is too wrapped up in his white-collar business to pay attention to his young daughter. On her birthday, it is her only wish that he take her on a train to Busan where her mother lives, however, while on the train, a deadly outbreak occurs, causing everyone to run for their lives.
In what I can only call the Korean Dawn of the Dead, Train to Busan is a zombie movie that stands above the rest and by that I mean it is definitely better than Resident Evil. Now, understand this, although this movie has well developed characters and well scripted action sequences, this is still a zombie movie that pretty much is about people running and hiding from zombies on a train. For me, I found it over-done and boring for that reason. I have never been a huge fan of zombies because, let’s face it, they are people that just want to run at you and bite you. I just don’t find them very scary so when I have to watch a 2 hour movie about zombies running around, I got bored quick.
I do believe that many people will watch this movie and enjoy it if they like the whole zombie thing because the style of the movie is sleek and classy. The story is simple so don’t expect much from that, but the characters are quirky and funny to keep it fresh. Train to Busan really comes down to liking straight-up zombie films or not. For comparison, I don’t consider World War Z a true zombie film as it has plenty of travel and intelligent moments, but this movie is basically “don’t get bit!” I’m giving it a pass because of my personal preferences, but many will see this and enjoy the clever nature of the entire thing. Co-starring So-hee Ahn, Yumi Jung, Kim Eui-Sung, Dong-seok Ma, Kim Chang-hwan, Kim Soo-ahn, Chio Woo-shik, and Jang Hyeok-jim.
5/10 Stars – I can see the quality in how sleek and clever this movie is, but when it comes to straight zombie movies, I’m bored with the repetition.
His Review: A new operation is starting in the CIA named Iron Fist. Nicky (Julia Stiles) hacks into the CIA database and downloads information on all the past…
His Review: In order to make a big splash, new comer to the FBI Nate Thomas (Daniel Radcliffe) goes undercover to flush out a terrorist threat in a…
His Review: Set in the 1930s, Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) travels from New York to Hollywood to find work with his uncle (Steve Carell) who works in movies. …
His Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity is the story of Indian native Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who travels to England to study with Professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy…