When crime and unemployment met an all time high, the government instituted an event called the Purge. Every year on March 21, from 7 pm to 7 am, all crimes, including murder, is legal for 12 hours. All police, fire and medical services are suspended during this time. With the same idea and premise as the first Purge movie, Anarchy takes place the following year and revolves around all new characters.
I could go into detail about the people and the story, but in reality it is about the ruthless people patrolling the streets killing everyone in sight and the innocent who are trying to survive the night. Just as in most horror films, there are no big name stars here (like Ethan Hawke who was in the first movie). Usually that doesn’t bother me, but I think if the main hero was someone we knew, it might have made this movie better. Having said that, Anarchy is definitely better than the first movie. There are more characters, events and things to fear.
Where the first movie took place in 1 house, this movie takes place in the downtown area of a major city which opens up the possibilities, but in a way that isn’t a good thing. Anarchy loves the fact that it has many options to scare us, but I think it adds too much. Situations are short, thin and quick to move to the next “problem.” I wish this movie could have taken 2-3 of these situations and expended on the chills they create. With over 10 different situations in the plot, nothing is touched on very long. It’s like going to a food tasting. “Here try this… ok now try this… didn’t like that? Try this. You did like that! Good! Ok now here is something else.” It was overload on too many moving parts and it backfired. There were a couple of situations that were pretty chilling but were over before you knew it.
The Purge Anarchy could have easily been a bone-chilling and unique film that would give us nightmares for weeks, but instead, they took the “been there, done that” approach and it suffers. Having said that, Anarchy is full of chaos, crime and killing. As the movie goes along, it gets more jacked up with makes it a decent film, but because it starts out thin to begin with, by the time it gets to the good stuff, I was disinterested. Would I recommend this, maybe not, but if you ask me if I liked this over the first Purge, than I’d say yes. It will please the casual horror fan for sure, but for people looking for something chilling, this won’t do it. Starring (no one famous)… Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul.
7/10 Stars – Better than the first Purge, Anarchy runs thin with too many situations and becomes typical in the horror world.
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first met they couldn’t keep their hands off one another. Like so many couples though after ten years and two kids that spark has faded a bit. One night when the kids are at grandmas Jay and Annie decide to kick things up a notch in their sex life. They agree to make a video of themselves trying every position in The Joy of Sex. What seemed like a great idea at the time back fires on them when the video gets uploaded to the cloud and sent out to all their friends and family. Jay and Annie panic and spend the whole night trying to prevent everyone from seeing their sex tape. Starring Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nat Faxon, Nancy Lenehan, Giselle Eisenberg, Harrison Holzer, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Timothy Brennen, Krisztina Koltai, Randall Park, Joe Stapleton, James Wilcox.
Advertised as a rip-roaring comedy, Sex Tape doesn’t contain many less and even less chemistry between it’s too main stars. On the upside it is a great commercial for iPads though perhaps not quite the image Apple was going for.
I am a fan of both Segel and Diaz. Separately they have done some great films and Segel was fabulous in How I Met Your Mother. Together in this film they don’t really shine. Maybe it was the script or the story in general but they lack any true chemistry and they don’t seem to play off one another well at all. Now because the whole film relies on the likability of the two leads it ends up being the downfall of the film.
If all that weren’t bad enough the story line is super weak. Not so much funny as extremely embarrassing you just want to tell the character Jay that he is a complete idiot for not knowing that he could remote wipe the video from online. Its the 21st century who doesn’t know that sort of thing? It is shameful especially because they are a young couple not someone’s grandma who might not be familiar with that sort of thing.
Seeing Sex Tape was a true waste of my time. Despite the all-star cast I can’t recommend that you see this in the theater and you might even consider skipping it when it hits the rental market.
4/10 Stars – Don’t bother it isn’t funny and it isn’t fun!
Dusty Crophooper is now a world-famous air racer and a huge star. Life isn’t all shiny and perfect though. While practicing one day he experiences engine damage that unfortunately can’t be fixed because the part is so old it isn’t available any more. Dusty is more than a little depressed about not being able to race but he decides to change gears and enter the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins the fire and rescue team of Blade Ranger to learn what it takes to be a true fire and rescue plane. Together they battle out of control wildfires and Dusty learns there is more to life than racing.
Planes: Fire and Rescue is a mild kid friendly animated film that if you saw the first one and liked it you will enjoy this one too. If you are a regular reader of our blog you might remember I wasn’t exactly a fan of the first Planes movie. It wasn’t bad by any means but it lacked the wow that so many of the new animated films possess. This sequel film inspired the same reaction from me. Planes: Fire and Rescue is meant for the younger generation and it will surely entertain them but there isn’t anything in it to entertain the adult forced to take them. The animation is fine but not wow. The voice acting is as expected so its nothing to get excited about as far as that is concerned.
If there is anything to note about the film its that the morals and the lessons are great for the kiddos. That is definitely something that Disney has always gotten right and shines through in this film. I wish there was there was more to say about the film but for me the whole thing is pretty middle of the road, seen it all before and just not very impressive. I doubt I will ever watch this again not even with my kids because there are far better Disney movies out there to show them.
6/10 Stars – Pretty much identical to the first one just a different story and a few new characters.
In a future where the Earth is covered in snow and ice, the super train known as the Snowpiercer travels around the globe on a track that takes 1 year to travel. This train is no ordinary train, but the only place left on Earth where humans can survive. Just as any other civilization did on Earth, the Snowpiercer developes a social class system where the “poor” are hoarded in the rear cars of the 20-30 car train and the “upper class” sustain privileged lives near the front. Mr. Wilford, the creator of the Snowpiercer, lives in the engine where the entire train is controlled by him alone. When the people in the rear of the train become fed up with maltreatment and are tired of fearing for their lives, they stage a revolution in hopes they can make it to the front and dethrone Mr. Wilford as King of the World.
Directed by South Korean native Joon-ho Bong (The Host), Snowpiercer felt like a cross between Battle Royale (think Japanese version of Hunger Games) and The Raid (think Japanese version of Dredd). No, this movie does not have subtitles as most of the actors are American, but the whole feel of the movie is like the Japanese style I’ve seen lately, which is a huge plus.
Snowpiercer could have easily been made into one big action flick with little thought involved, but what makes this movie so good is the depth it adds with creating the social classes and the obstacles the lower class people must overcome. These people, who have been beaten and killed for many years, have a true emotional reason to revolt. They feel like they have nothing left to lose and will stop at nothing until they receive freedom from their “captors,” and that’s only the half of the story. We learn as the movie goes on the individual hardships of each character and what brought them to that point in time. They tell us what they are fighting for and what emotional ties they have with the train and their lives there. This movie is dingy, dirty and full of sci-fi grit. It’s almost like watching a horror movie without even realizing it. The upper class is basically a cult that has been brainwashed by the leader and the lower class is the dog that has been backed into a corner.
Don’t worry though, this movie has plenty of action! It has shootouts and stabbings. It has clever tactical strategies used to gain the upper hand. It has creepy and eerie situations at every turn that will make you uneasy in your seat. Sure, Snowpiercer isn’t for everyone, but for fans of jacked-up action films with a twist of humanity, you can’t go wrong with Snowpiercer! Did I mention it stars Captain America?? Starring Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ah-sung Ko, Ewen Bremner and Allison Pill.
8/10 Stars – It wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked to give it a 9, but the ideas and the way they are carried out makes Snowpiercer a multidimensional sci-fi action film.
When a group of soldiers stumble upon an ancient evil burial ground during the Iraq war in 2010, the people closest to them when they return home begin to go crazy. One woman throws her child into a lions den at the zoo while another man ends up dead when he begins a painting company with one of the soldiers. Investigator Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is in charge of these isolated incidences but quickly begins to tie them together as a lone painter is targeted as the culprit. It doesn’t take long before Sarchie and a fellow priest Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) realize that this man isn’t acting under his own control.
Deliever Us from Evil is by no means the most original horror movie nor does it generate a whole lot of scares, but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in atmosphere and tension. In what feels like Sinister meets the Exorcist, Deliver Us from Evil keeps your attention, offers enough disturbing images and keeps the story simple enough that the audience is engaged throughout. Recently I have gotten sick of the amount of “found footage” crap and horror films that want you to jump at practical jokes or slamming doors, but in this movie, you get freaked out at appropriate times. There are several scenes towards the beginning of the movie that take place in a Zoo, at night, while the power is out and I just felt like that was an awesome way to portray “creepy” because of all the animal noises and the canopy of plants and trees. From then on I was hooked due to the disturbing events and the way the victims transformed into withering soulless versions of their former selves. In my opinion, the ending is the weakest part because we are sooooooo engaged and paying attention for the twist or the demons to finally take over, but it ends, well… I won’t spoil it, but it is bittersweet for sure. I wanted something more unique and memorable. All in all, I was surprised with how much I liked Deliver Us from Evil after all the horror crap I saw this year already. I was expecting more of the same and when it was better, I was glad. For the horror fans out there, I recommend this for sure! Co-starring Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick and Daniel Sauli.
7/10 Stars – Not the most original of horrors, the atmosphere and story keep it engaging and moving along quite well!
His Review: When crime and unemployment met an all time high, the government instituted an event called the Purge. Every year on March 21, from 7 pm to 7 am, all crimes,…
Her Review: When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first met they couldn’t keep their hands off one another. Like so many couples though after ten years…
Her Review: Dusty Crophooper is now a world-famous air racer and a huge star. Life isn’t all shiny and perfect though. While practicing one day he experiences engine…
His Review: In a future where the Earth is covered in snow and ice, the super train known as the Snowpiercer travels around the globe on a track that takes…