The Green Hornet (2011)

loggoDirector: Michel Gondry

Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay) George W. Trendle (Radio Series)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos

 

Plot: Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles’ “The Daily Sentinel” after the sudden death of his father. Britt’s party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero “The Green Hornet”.

 

Verdict: TV Show Returns

 

Story: With all the action superhero films out there, this actually comes of refreshing in the world where one man tries to fight back against crime. Mixing elements of a Batman type action film into not taking itself too serious and adding a hint of comedy. Granted the overall story is not original, it is just fun, it plays to every stars strength and is often over criticised unfairly. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Britt Reid/ The Green Hornet the playboy son who decides to go and start fighting crime with his new friend Kato, while using his family’s newspaper to make his Hornet’s reputation rise. This is bread and butter for Rogen you know what you will get and he enters the action world with his comedy well. (7/10)

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Jay Chou:  Kato the family mechanic who also makes a great cup of coffee, he uses his combat skills to help fight crime but is only ever considered the sidekick to the loud mouth Britt. Good performance who usually steals all the scenes he is in. (8/10)

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Cameron Diaz: Lenore the new secretary for Britt at the paper who has the skills that knows how to do the reporting and research Britt is too lazy to do. Good supporting performance and works well in the anti-romantic interest role. (7/10)

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Christoph Waltz: Chudnofsky the ruthless criminal boss who has control on the city but no one considers him scary, which gets on his nerves leading to his trigger finger to start killing. Good villain performance making the criminal question his motives and change to adapt to a new opponent.(8/10)

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Director Review: Michel Gondry – Creates a fun non–serious comic book film that entertains. (7/10)

 

Action: The action scenes are all well put together given Kato some great fight sequences. (8/10)

Comedy: Light comedy throughout making fun at how other comic partnerships always seem to work so smoothly. (6/10)

Settings: Simple settings for the genre with nothing really adding too much to the story. (4/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects for the slow motion fighting scenes, but otherwise not need. (6/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, if you are a fan of Rogen you will enjoy it but otherwise this may be too silly for you. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Kato first fight.

Worst Part: Too much Rogen comedy.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Showdown.

Funniest Scene: Kato and Britt fight.

Kill Of The Film: Chudnofsky

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Not with the box office and it got bad reviews.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Super

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $227,817,248

Budget: $120 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Protect the law by breaking it.

 

Overall: Fun Comic book film

Rating 70

Trailer Alert – The Devil’s Incarnate

Newlyweds Holly and Trevor Davidson are on a road trip to celebrate their honeymoon in Miami when their new life together takes a surreal turn. A whimsical pit stop in a tourist trap goes horribly wrong and they find themselves forced to face an ominous new presence in their lives and an ambiguous threat. But is that threat coming from Trevor’s family, Holly’s dark past, or something far more sinister and otherworldly, such as the ancient curse of the Copiii Pierdere?


Release Date: No Date Set for UK

Questions:

Possession based film, will it offer some good new scares?

How much will be shaky cameras?

Will I Be Watching? Maybe

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

By Darren Lucas Posted in Preview

The Box (2009)

logoDirector: Richard Kelly

Writer: Richard Kelly (Screenplay) Richard Matheson (Short Story ‘Button, Button’)

Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn, Holmes Osborne, Celia Weston

 

Plot: Norma (Diaz) and Arthur Lewis (Marsden), a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

 

Verdict: Thought Provoking Thriller

 

Story: What looks like it will just test you on whether you would press the button, turns into a conspiracy thriller mixed with alien invasion or testing. This all comes off very clever but also outsmarts itself at times. You really have to see this a couple of times to really understand everything that is going on, but if you go in knowing this is from the Donnie Darko and Southland Tales director you will know it will try to confuse you but also give you the answers. If you are trying to find a smart thriller this is a story that really puts some of the over the top films to shame. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Cameron Diaz: Norma the wife in the situation to change her life forever with the money and that would help her have the surgery on her disfigured foot. Good performance from the actress who is most well known for her glamourize roles, turns in to a regular house wife well. (8/10)

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James Marsden: Arthur astronaut hopeful who dreams are dashed but with the chance to get some money things start to change. Good performance but at times he looks a bit lost in what the character should be doing. (7/10)

 

Frank Langella: Arlington the mysterious disfigured man who offers the family a chance to make a million dollars at the push of a button, but is there something out of this world about him. Good performance showing how the power of mystery. (8/10)

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Director Review: Richard Kelly – As a big fan of both his other films I found this a perfect fit for his abilities to make you really think about what is happening. (9/10)

 

Mystery: You will be questioning every action the characters take during the film. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Looking into the idea that something is trying to check up on us rather than taking over. (9/10)

Thriller: Really keeps you thinking from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: All very planned settings to add something to each scene and each moment of the story. (9/10)
Special Effects
: With few uses of effects rather focusing on mind set the few moments that are used all look very good. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this really needs to be given a chance, but you will have to give the film your full concentration to enjoy it. (Try It)

 

Best Part: A simple idea turned into something very smart.

Worst Part: Blink you might miss something.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $33,333,531

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

Tagline: You are the experiment.

Trivia:Norma and Arthur are based on Richard Kelly’s real parents

 

Overall: Smart Thriller

Rating 85

Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

logoDirector: Zach Lipovsky

Writer: Harris Wilkinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Stephanie Bennett, Andrew Dunbar, Melissa Roxburgh, Brendan Fletcher, Garry Chalk, Teach Grant, Dylan Postl

 

Plot: Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennett), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

 

Verdict: What Was That?

 

Story: Leprechaun was one of the funniest horror films in the 90s filled with plenty of comical horror. Warwick Davis created a horror icon that you loved and one that could make you laugh even when he was chopping up bodies. This will shock you because all of the comedy is gone. The four friends are all generic gap year students who pretend they know stuff and are very disrespectful to the locals. The only good thing I found in this was that I liked the idea of having village lure people in to sacrifice them to the leprechaun. It turns into a bog standard race to survive against a leprechaun that looks more like a goblin. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Stephanie Bennett: Sophie the lead who because she is a history buff she agrees to go to the location thinking she could find a real historical find. She is the one who reads into what is going on but he plans work as well as a chocolate teapot. She does well with what little she has to work with. (5/10)

 

Andrew Dunbar: Ben the only reluctant member of the group but goes because Sophie wants to and agrees to go. He shows some signs of his real nature while in the chase. Plays the cowardly leading male well but doesn’t have much to work with. (4/10)

 

Melissa Roxburgh: Jeni the standard support character that goes through the most while trying to escape the creature. Does what she needed to do and screams and cries a lot. (4/10)

 

Brendan Fletcher: David the remaining member of the friends who goes through the most but shows signs of loyalty to the people in his group. Does what he can with the script that doesn’t really offer anyone anything. (4/10)

 

Dylan Postl: Leprechaun the creature after them. I was expecting him to be the reborn Warwick Davis style leprechaun, I was very wrong. (3/10)

 

Director Review: Zach Lipovsky – You had one job, and this is what you give us. (2/10)

 

Horror: Has few scares but the creature would be frightening to meet. (3/10)

Settings: Setting works a little bit but doesn’t get the full effect it should. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Solid creature creation and kills. (5/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother with this waste of time for a horror film. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: There isn’t one.

Worst Part: Leprechaun is now a goblin.

Kill Of The Film: Ben

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could, I hope not though.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

Overall: Terrible Horror Reboot

Rating 5

 

New Releases – August 29th

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

sin cityMy Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Million Dollar Arm – A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

million dollar armMy Guess for Rating – 50%
My Anticipation Rating – 20%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

If I Stay – Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

if i stayMy Guess for Rating – 85%
My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Grand Seduction – The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.

grand seductionMy Guess for Rating – 30%
My Anticipation Rating – 10%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Night Moves – Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

night movesMy Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 60%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Mystery Road – An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Newguy’s Pick of the Week – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Locke (2013)

logoDirector: Steven Knight

Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Hardy

 

Plot: Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.

 

Verdict: Engrossing Film

 

Story: Such a simple story unfolding watching Locke try and make up for one mistake in his life but ends up losing everything in the process. Nothing that unfolds is unbelievable which creates a very real feel to everything and watching it through the eyes of only Locke pulls you in to each problem he is facing. There really isn’t anything else to talk about, it is just one man’s problems and how he is facing them. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Hardy: Ivan Locke high ranking successful foreman on a construction site, family man who has made a mistake by having a one night stand with a lady who decided to keep the baby. He has to walk away from the biggest moment of his career, tell his wife the truth, all while trying to get to the hospital to see his new baby be born. Great performance from Hardy who is the only person on screen and keeps your attention from start to finish talking about such simple life matters. (9/10)

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Director Review: Steven Knight – Great direction to create a simple story that pulls you in from start to finish. (8/10)

 

Drama: One man dealing with such real problems works perfectly. (9/10)

Settings: All set within Locke’s car as he is making his journey. (10/10)

Suggestion: When I suggest this I am not going to lie, I was expecting a thriller like he had committed some sort of crime, I was hugely surprised with what we got but also impressed with it too. I would suggest trying it as I feel it won’t be for everyone. (Try it)

 

Best Part: Hardy’s performance

Worst Part: You could nit-pick on length.

Believability: Could easily be a real situation. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline: No Turning Back

 

Overall: Brilliant Drama

Rating 87

Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006)

logoDirector: Chuck Sheetz

Writer: Margaret M. Dean, Jed Elinoff, Scott Thomas (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Ron Perlman, Freddy Rodriguez, Tim Conway, Edie McClurg, Kathy Najimy, Arsenio Hall, Dan Castellaneta

 

Plot: Scooby and the gang take a mystery-themed cruise through the Bermuda Triangle, but what starts out as staged hi-jinks soon turns into the real thing. Ghost pirates are prowling the legendary waters of the Triangle, searching for a priceless treasure and someone on board the cruise ship may hold the secret to it’s location. Now Scooby and the rest of gang will have to solve the real mystery behind the mysterious treasure or they may end up walking the plank to sink to the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker!

 

Verdict: Fun Filled Family Adventure

 

Story: We only watch these films to see where the gang end up, as they always end up in a position where there is a mystery to solve. Putting the gang on a mystery cruise only for them to ruin the trip for everyone before the real mystery begins. The case is always larger than the TV series mysteries and usually has a few more twists and turns. It really does what it needs to do and will keep the fans entertained. (7/10)

 

Character Review

 

Scooby Doo: The most famous Great Dane gets up to his usual here, with his stomach taking over, but unlike other films he knows when things get personal he will step up instead of waiting for a Scooby Snack. (7/10)

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Fred: With his parents inviting the gang on the cruise, he gets all embarrassed by them, but his plan as always goes slightly wrong before he takes full control to save his parents. (7/10)

 

Shaggy: Typical Shaggy performance whose stomach always comes first, but his nose helps the gang get to safety when the gang is in danger. (7/10)

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Velma: The brains of the gang who puts together the mystery and as always she knows who did it. (7/10)

 

Daphne: Always comes over as a bit of a diva but always ends up being a lot smarter than she is given credit for, she uses her resources to get the gang free.(7/10)

 

Captain Skunkbeard: The captain who is after a buried treasure in the Bermuda Triangle, he is capturing any ship that comes close and building an army of ghost pirates. (7/10)

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Rupert Garcia: The man that Captain Skunkbeard is after as he has the answer to where the treasure is. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Chuck Sheetz – Good direction to create everything you want in a Scooby Doo film. (7/10)

 

Animation: Good animation showing you don’t need all the best animation for a good film. (7/10)

Comedy: Normal level of comedy for a Scooby film that gives enough laughs without it being a full blown comedy. (7/10)

Family: Good for the whole family to watch. (9/10)

Mystery: Always good for a ‘who done it’ without being too confusing. (8/10)

Settings: Good setting using the Bermuda Triangle and its history to add to the mystery. (9/10)

Suggestion: These films will always be good for the family to watch as they have enough entertainment to keep everyone happy. (Kids And Family Watch)

 

Best Part: Bermuda Triangle idea works well.

Worst Part: Not enough potential suspects.

Funniest Scene: Costume pick.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: This is a franchise that will go on and on.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 minutes

 

Overall: Fun Family Film

Rating 70

Trailer Alert – The Pyramid

A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

Release Date: 5th of December 2014

Questions:

Has the trailer given too much away?

Will all the Inbetweeners fans be able to take James Buckley seriously?

I think this looks like it might be good, do you agree?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

By Darren Lucas Posted in Preview

Top 10 Favourite Action Films of The 90s Versus

This is the first in a line of versus top 5 or 10, I have been part of some through other sites but now I am introducing it to my site. Today we are looking at top 10 action films of the 90s, against my friend Lewis, Simon, Daniel

Simon’s Top 10

10. Goldeneye (1995)s 10

James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research centre to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent believed to be dead.

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)s 9

A quartet of mutated humanoid turtles clash with an uprising criminal gang of ninjas.

8. Batman Forever (1995)s 8

Batman must battle Two-Face and The Riddler with help of an amourous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

7. The Matrix (1999)d 8

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

6. Street Fighter (1994)s 6

Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.

5. Rumble In the Bronx (1995)s 5

A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills.

4. Independence Day (1996)d 1

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.

3. Passenger 57 (1992)s 3

An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.

2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)s 2

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (1991)s 1

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.

Daniel’s Top 10

10. Die Hard 2 (1990)j 10

John McClane, officer of the N.Y.P.D. and hero of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis, attempts to avert disaster as rogue military officials seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

9. Predator 2 (1990)j 9

Amidst a territorial gang war, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.

8. Blade (1998)j 8

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

7. Rush Hour (1998)j 7

wo cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.

6. Bad Boys (1995)j 6

Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.

5. Beverly Hills Cop 3j 5

Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

4. Independence Day (1996)d 1

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.

3. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)j 3

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.

2. Con Air (1997)d 4

A newly released ex-con and former US Ranger finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

1. Armageddon (1998)j 1

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

Lewis’ Top 10

10. Ronin (1997)l 10

A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.

9. The Matrix (1999)d 8

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

8. Blade (1998)j 8

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

7. Rush Hour (1998)j 7

Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.

6. Die Hard 3 With A Vengeance (1995)l 6

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

5. Out For Justice (1991)l 5

Brooklyn cop Gino Felino is about to go outside and play catch with his son Tony when he receives a phone call alerting him that his best friend Bobby Lupo has been shot dead in broad daylight on 18th Avenue in front of his wife Laurie Lupo and his two kids by drug kingpin Richie Madano, who has been Gino and Bobby’s enemy since childhood. As Gino is hunting Madano down, Gino discovers the motive behind Bobby’s murder. This is when Gino’s hunt for Madano leads to the showdown of a lifetime.

4. Hard Target (1993)l 4

A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

3. The Jackal (1997)l 3

An imprisoned IRA sniper is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly “faceless” assassin from completing his next job.

2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)s 2

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.

1. Heat (1995)l 1

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

My Top 10

10. Starship Troopers (1997)d 10

Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.

9. The Fugitive (1993)d 9

Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt.

8. The Matrix (1999)d 8

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

7. Face/Off (1997)d 7

To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.

6. Total Recall (1990)d 6

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?

5. Air Force One (1997)d 5

Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he – an ex-soldier – works from hiding to defeat them.

4. Con Air (1997)d 4

A newly released ex-con and former US Ranger finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

3. Speed (1994)d 3

A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

2. The Rock (1996)d 2

A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.

1. Independence Day (1996)d 1

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.