When an ex-extreme sport athlete, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), points out to the FBI that a group of bank robbers are attempting to pull off the biggest feat in extreme sports history, they put him undercover to find out what the robber’s plan and purpose is for stealing the money. Johnny must stop the leader, Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), before he kills himself and those around him.
For those of you that don’t know, this is a remake of the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow’s movie of the same name and boy does it suck. I haven’t seen the original for some time (and I plan to rewatch it after I write this), but this movie is ALL about the action and “extreme sports.” We see people surf, skydive, climb waterfalls, ride motorcycles, crash cars and eventually die from the things they are doing. The story about the 8 challenges is semi-interesting but let’s be real, this movie is about people doing stunts and a cop trying to stop them. That is it. If you want to see extreme sports than just watch the X-games on ESPN. This movie isn’t about the story and for that it makes it a boring watch, especially for a movie that is almost 2 hours long. Yawn. Co-starring Max Thieroit, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer and Tobias Santelmann.
4/10 Stars – Sure it is watchable, but when the story is just about extreme sports and the stunts people can pull off, it doesn’t make for a good movie.
When a young interracial couple make plans to meet her parents, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a little nervous because he is black and her parents don’t know. When they arrive, Chris notices that the help is all black people and that everyone is acting really strange to the point that he can’t even remember what happened the first night he was there. Things slowly begin to freak Chris out based on the conversations and interactions with people he meets, but it isn’t until he sees a friend of his that has been missing for months that he decides to take action.
Get Out is surprising written and directed by Jordan Peele who is famous for his comedy duo Key and Peele. Some might wonder why he is making a horror film when he does comedy for a living, but I assure you that his comedic nature is felt in this film. One of the characters feels just like him and probably would have been played by him if he probably wasn’t too old for the part. However, don’t let the comedy fool you, Get Out is a suspense horror film that delivers quite well.
If you read my horror reviews, you know that I’m very picky because most horror films today suck. They are made for a teenage audience and they rely on jump scares. The first thing I always judge a horror film is the opening scene and I can honestly say that wasn’t a disappointment, but it wasn’t memorable either. It set the tone decently but was too short to really create any tension. From here on out, the movie takes baby steps into the crazy and confusing. Every scene along the way creates a sense of weirdness that even has the characters saying “What the hell?” The movie sure does a good job at setting up a decent story, but I never felt a sense of dread because Chris never seems defenseless. Because the movie moves slower than I would have liked, the impending doom never fully set in causing me to “bite my nails.”
Another aspect that didn’t sit quite well with me was the fact that the “big reveal” didn’t happen until about 20 minutes was left in the movie. I think there was too much emphasis on the build up that it left little time for the action and resolution of the ending. There is a movie that comes to mind called You’re Next that felt a lot like Get Out mainly due to the comedic, action, horror nature, but I think that movie was 50/50 on set-up and resolution and didn’t feel as restricted at the end. Maybe it was because I knew Get Out had a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time, but I was expecting something out of a Purge movie to creep me out and I didn’t get it. I don’t think the people in this movie were shocking enough. They still felt like they could be trusted most of the time. That isn’t to say that Get Out is a bad movie, I just was hoping for something more elaborate and unsettling.
At the end of the day, Get Out is a decent and good horror flick that tells a good story and will have people talking. I think that M. Night Shyamalan tells better stories in this genre, and the twists were ones I was able to guess before they happened, but Get Out will surely entertain. My criticism might feel like I didn’t like Get Out, and there are reasons that will keep me from saying this is a great horror film, but I highly recommend Get Out and will tell people that enjoyed You’re Next to give this a shot. Co-starring Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, LiRel Howery, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Marcus Henderson.
7/10 Stars – Creepy, funny and well-told, Get Out might be tame on the craziness, but it delivers for Jordan Peele’s first attempt at directing.
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One of the things I noticed with the best picture selections this year was the overall negative tones to most of the movies. Lion and Arrival are the only 2 movies that truly have no negative undertones. Even Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures and La La Land, movies that have positive messages, give negative vibes at times. Compared to other years, 2016 was a down year for movies and films like Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and Fences showed us sad and depressing movies that we never want to see again. According to my rankings of the year, the best movie on this list is La La Land and it will win. By the way, Sully should have been the 10th nomination.
Out of the 5 nominations, Damien Chazelle for La La Land would be my pick and will probably win. However, if Clint Eastwood had made it in, his job with Sully was quite amazing.
The award season darling is Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, and I really like Casey and if he wins, I’ll be happy for him, but let’s face it, Denzel Washington owned Fences and should win. Oh, and Andrew Garfield should have been nominated for Silence over Hacksaw Ridge… just saying. Where was Tom Hank’s and Joel Edgerton’s nominations?
Best Supporting Actor:
Only 2 people from this category deserved the nomination in my opinion. Michael Shannon, although I love him, shouldn’t have gotten the nod over his counterpart Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Lucas Hedges did a fine job but there were others more deserving, and Mahershala Ali, although I thought he was the best part of Moonlight, he was in the movie about 20 minutes. Dev Patel does a fine job in Lion, and if he wins, I’ll be very happy, but Jeff Bridges‘s character in Hell or High Water is funny, series and cunning all at the same time and for that he should win.
I know Emma Stone is the darling this award season, but when you go up against Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep, I have to give the award to a veteren who did a much better job. Portman in my opinion submersed herself in the role of Jackie O to the point of being unrecognized. She should win. By the way, Ruth Negga shouldn’t have gotten the nod over several Amy Adam’s roles. Huge snub!
Best Supporting Actress:
Another one of those categories that has nominations from people who are in the movie for a few scenes. Nichole Kidman and Michelle Williams are hardly in their movies and Octavia Spencer wasn’t even the most important of the 3 ladies in her movie. The landslide winner here is Viola Davis. No question. She is a force in Fences and is what makes Denzel so great!
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Out of these 5 nominations, the best and most interesting story is Arrival. Lion is a close 2nd.
Best Original Screenplay:
La La Land has a loveable and special story that only gets better as it goes along.
Best Animated Feature:
ZOOTOPIA! This was my #1 movie of the year and it will win! Kubo and the Two Strings was my #4 of the year, so it could have a chance.
The ending of La La Land tells me that this award will go here, but unfortunately since we don’t get to see all the footage, it’s a shot in the dark.
With only minor nominations, Silence has the best shot at winning here with it’s set pieces and visuals.
Best Original Song:
Justin Timerlake’s music isn’t my favorite, but ever since I heard “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” I can’t get it out of my head. My 2nd choice would be the song from Moana.
Best Make-up and Hair:
It will be Star Trek Beyond. Look at it’s competition.
This one was very hard as several could win but my gut says La La Land.
Best Production Design:
Again, another category that many could win, but I though Passengers was awesome (as many did not) and the visuals surrounding that spaceship were awesome.
Best Visual Effects:
I’m pretty sure a Star Wars movie is going to win this category. Rogue One for the win.
When a portal opens between the Orc and Human worlds, a war is started that confuses the few that are in power. Why did these 2 worlds come together and why are they fighting? There is a superior evil among both groups that neither can understand, but if these two races can’t find peace, then the planet of Azeroth is doomed.
Warcraft is based off the popular computer game (that I never played but play games similar) and I can’t for the life of me understand what the hell is going on in this movie. Nothing is truly explained to the audience and if you don’t know the game than you won’t understand the movie. The generic fantasy setting is bland and boring as we have seen the type of movie many times before (with the best being the Lord of the Rings.) The CGI is mediocre at best, and the costume for the woman playing the half orc half human was poorly created. I will give it props for feeling like a video game, however. Just like in many video games, the acting is horrible and the characters have such weird names that no one can follow who is who. You can spot the traitors a mile away, and the giant stone golem at the end is rather pathetic. I usually would advise anyone watching this movie to give it a 2nd viewing because you almost are guaranteed to need it, but I would recommend that no one watch this. This is just another failure in the world of video game movies. My brain hurt after watching this. Starring Anduin Lothar, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebball, Clancy Brown, Robert Kazinsky, Ruth Negga, Anna Galvin and Ben Schnetzer.
4/10 Stars – Hard to follow generic fantasy movie about humans fighting orcs with poor CGI effects. I’ll pass.
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