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Re: Movies you watched recently and felt strongly about
« Reply #480 on: August 19, 2018, 12:49 »
Den of Thieves:
I can't recall which bro recommended this, but thank you. It was a good call.

This is like a Heat lite... taking the heist element of that movie, then milking some emotion part out of it. There are also Now You See Me surprise twist parts in it, just so it does not appear to be a straight up heist movie. Does it work?
Well I chose to focus on what it does well: The action. There's plenty of surround, good fight scenes and that for me, makes up for the wooden acting and the rather unnecessary relationship angle thrown in to make the lead more 'human'. A whole chunk could have been cut out without missing a beat.

So is it a buy, rental or a skip it? I would say it's a rental at least and if it comes cheap, worth a leap of faith for action aficionados. 
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« Reply #481 on: January 07, 2019, 23:13 »
Been kind of busy, so the reviews have been sparse and few in between..

But here are two that struck me:

Mr Big (no, not the song, but a Chinese title 老炮儿)
Feng Xiao Gang won a best actor award for this small production made in 2015, and it's David vs Goliath, old vs new, poor vs rich show, that reflects the current situation in Beijing, China, and also in many parts of the world, where the obscenity of too much money has created a new and arrogant class of scions of society who have little patience, respect and morals in life.
There is also a nice song in it, and it's quite touching, with many hard moments. You have to either enable the subtitles or better still, understand Beijing speak, and it will reward you with a hard hitting story.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_68FfP7QvEE&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/_68FfP7QvEE&fs=1</a>
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« Reply #482 on: January 07, 2019, 23:21 »
Escape Plan 2

The first instalment was a novel idea, with a decent plot and it was also a treat for nostalgic fans, hoping to see two megastars of the 80s action movies slugging it out once more on the silver screen.

This one was made with a lot of Chinese money, which in itself isn't a bad thing. But it was a case of money throw to hire an impressive international cast, and then ask for a bit more money to hire the Chinese stars and finally, use what's left to pay for the CGI and the writer.

Careless writing and a loose plot are the result. But it has one major redeeming factor: a very solid soundtrack, which makes this an interesting proposition for the HT fan. The surrounds and subwoofers are in constant use, and there are plenty of fight scenes to showoff a boisterous soundtrack and also a claustrophobia prison environment.

A rental or buy for the HT fan.
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« Reply #483 on: February 06, 2019, 12:25 »
Trash - movie review
Just watched and it's one heck of a ride.
It's a Brazilian / US production, with two Hollywood stars throw in, plus some fine actors from Brazil. But the stars are the kids. They exhibit a great deal of maturity, depth and range of emotions and should have been awarded Oscars IMO.

A man steals evidence of crime from his employer who is a corrupt politician and the wallet containing the evidence lands in the hands of these kids, who could have taken the simple route, take  the loose change in the wallet, then return the wallet for a reward. Instead they do what's right, and that sets the cops and one particularly sinister one after them.

Through the chase, you see the range of emotions, from fear, to doubt and then resolve and courage to do what's right, even in the face of such imminent danger and odds. You also see a vignette of the poor in Brazil, the lives and surroundings of where they live. It makes for an even greater contrast to what they are up against and the dialogue which is part Portuguese and part English is snappy and realistic.

Not a "French Connection" or "No Country For Old Men", the performances are sterling and deserve recognition.

Highly recommended.
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