I Melt With You (2011)

logoDirector: Mark Pellington

Writer: Mark Pellington, Glenn Porter (Screenplay) Glenn Porter (Story)

Starring: Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino, Tom Bower, Arielle Kebbel, Zander Eckhouse

 

Plot: When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control, and a pact they made as young men is revisited.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bad, Silly and Terrible

 

Story: I Melt With You starts by introducing us to our four protagonists teacher Richard (Jane), Business man Ron (Piven), Doctor Jonathan (Lowe) and Tim (McKay), they are all 44 and at different stages of their lives. All four are friends that meet up once a year for a birthday bash. They get to throw out there everyday lives for one week of drink, drug and freedom.

Fifty minutes (yes that is 50) in nothing but four 44 year old men acting like teenagers before we actually have a point to the story here when we learn Tim is haunted by the death of his sister and his boyfriend. Tim then kills himself leaving the three friends are now left to deal with the consequences as he lives a suicide note that brings up something from their past.

I Melt With You story ends up focusing on an hour long worth of partying, followed by moping around feeling guilty about something these 44 year old men did as teenagers. I just don’t understand this film at all, we have four friends 2 doing well in careers one going to get punished and the other who is dealing with issues all come together to kill themselves because of a pact. Is this even worth making a full story about, isn’t this just slightly selfish? This was terrible I will give my only positive about this film is that once the pointless partying is over we could have a good drama but because you lost my interest early on you couldn’t pull me back. (2/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Thomas Jane: Richard the teacher who arranges the wild party week with his friends supplying the booze. Thomas does a solid job but really wastes his talent here. (5/10)

 

Jeremy Piven: Ron business man and family man who has gotten himself into trouble with his work, once the group look back he wants to not follow through leading him to learn the truth about what the people think about him. Jeremy gives a good performance showing how he can escape comedy. (6/10)piveb

 

Rob Lowe: Jonathan the doctor who supplies to party week with the drugs as well as being able to give any medical attention the friends might need. Rob gives a solid performance which is very much out of character for him. (6/10)

 

Christian McKay: Tim the most guilt ridden man on the trip and after it all catches up with him he takes his own life leading to the rest of the group struggling with the consequences. Christian does a good job for his screen time. (6/10)

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Support Cast: I Melt With You support cast is mainly the party and a police officer who want to know what is going on but has zero intelligence. They fill up small parts of the film but really for the point of what is happening nothing they do seems to make sense.

 

Director Review: Mark Pellington – Mark struggles to pull the audience in with this film as the story wastes too much time over nothing early on. (3/10)

 

Drama: I Melt With You does have a good idea to show the drama side of the story but fails to use it well enough. (3/10)

Settings: I Melt With You creates a setting that is away from the world for the group to look at what they had promised. (8/10)

Suggestion: I Melt With You is one to miss, it offers very little to an audience to enjoy even though there is an interesting storyline that doesn’t get looked at well enough. (Skip)

 

Best Part: The setting is good.

Worst Part: Pointless first hour.

What Could Have Been Better?

  • Look at the pact in more detail early on.
  • Cut the party scene down

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

Tagline: When life hammers you, get smashed

 

Overall: I wasted 2 hours of my life

Rating 10

The Drop (2014)

logoDirector: Michael R. Roskam

Writer: Dennis Lehane (Screenplay) Dennis Lehane (Short Story)

Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Michael Aronov, Morgan Spector, Michael Esper

 

Plot: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Atmospheric Thriller

 

Story: The Drop starts with Bob (Hardy) explaining how things work in Brooklyn where the dirty money can be put into a bar without any notice. Bob just works in one of those bars, he has his regulars and is still mourning the loss of a close friend ten years before. We learn that Bob is a good natured guy who goes to church and will give people a break along with saving an innocent dog from the trash. This leads Bob to meet Nadia (Rapace) who help look after the injured puppy.

When two robberies decide to hold up the bar owned by Cousin Marv (Gandolfini) leaving with money owed to the gangs that use the bar as a drop point. Chovka (Aronov) wants his money back and threatens Marv and Bob until they find the money. We soon learn that not everything is as it seems with the robbery and all the people involved have a personal agenda. Bob’s new puppy seems to getting the attention of the wrong people including Eddie Deeds (Schoenaerts) who could be the man who killed Bob’s old friend.

The Drop is a slow moving but very atmospheric thriller that really does keep you wondering what will happen next. The story manages to balance a couple of different stories together that also intertwine together works very nicely. I feel this holds back too much on the Bob character and through the film we are made to believe he is a simple man while he has a lot more to his character. The film manages to keep nearly every character looking shady without meeting the main villains as we only see they are part of a bigger event going on. I do think you will need to be a fan of the genre to enjoy this one though. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Hardy: Bob kind bar tender that ends up caught in the middle of the gang robbery along with his new puppy, he always tries to do right by people while trying to let the situation solve itself. Tom gives a good performance but you would expect that from him now days. (7/10)

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Noomi Rapace: Nadia is the lady that Bob meets when he finds the stranded puppy, overtime the two become friends and joint guardians of the puppy. Nadia does give a good supporting performance but we don’t see enough of the romantic angle. (7/10)

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James Gandolfini: Cousin Marv the man who runs the bar who has secretly been planning to rob his own bar when the gang’s money gets dropped off. James does a good job in his last film playing his traditional gangster role well. (7/10)

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Matthias Schoenaerts: Eric Deeds the estranged ex of Nadia’s who starts turning up too often in Bob’s life, he claims to have been involved in the murder of one of Bob’s friends many years earlier. Matthias would be the smallest name of the main four characters and he matches them on screen too. (7/10)

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Support Cast: The Drop has supporting cast that includes the people who want the money, the people who took the money and the cops looking for answers. They all keep you guessing to who is involved with what.

 

Director Review: Michael R. Roskam – Michael does a good job directing making us get pulled in from start to finish. (8/10)

 

Crime: The Drop enters us into a real crime world where nearly everyone is up to something they shouldn’t be. (9/10)

Thriller: The Drop really does keep you wondering about what will happen next. (9/10)

Settings: The Drop is set in Brooklyn giving it a rough around the edges feel all the way through. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Drop is one to watch it you enjoy the genre otherwise you may not enjoy it as much as you would. (Crime Thriller Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Rocco and Bob.

Worst Part: The fact Bob isn’t as strong as we think.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Most Crime gangster thrillers.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $18.5 Million

Budget: $12.6 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

 

Overall: The Drop is one of the best atmospheric thrillers that really keeps your attention from start to finish.

Rating 74

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

logoDirector: Brett Ratner

Writer: Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay) Ross LaManna (Characters)

Starring: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada

 

Plot: After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads’ secret leaders.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Decline Starts

 

Story: Rush Hour 3 starts with Carter (Tucker) back on traffic duty, while Lee (Chan) is now head of security for Ambassador Han (Ma). After the Ambassador is shot it becomes clear that the Triads are trying to keep their secret safe once and for all. Lee chases down the shooter Kenji (Sanada) who has a connection to his past. Lee and Carter promise to track down the people responsible for the shooting and have to team up after the altercation following a holiday away together.

Lee and Carter find out they have been marked for death and fly to Paris to find answers for who is after them. After arriving in Paris they try to figure out what is going on and the revelation that Kenji is actually Lee’s brother and the fight is on a new level of personal for Lee.

Rush Hour 3 follows very similar ideas from the first two with Carter always talking himself into trouble and Lee having to do most of the fighting to get them out. We have the personal side to the story on Lee’s side and Carter trying to make light of it again. We have the clearly simple location choice to let us know that we are in a certain country and the villain twist that has happened every film so far. If you don’t mind having much of the same this is a tried and tested formula but I would have liked to have seen something different potential on Carter’s side for once. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jackie Chan: Lee getting his promotion to head of security for Ambassador Han, he must go in search of his brother after he tries to kill Han. Jackie does what we expect from him and does so well. (7/10)

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Chris Tucker: Carter demoted to traffic cop he joins forces with his old partner to take down the criminals taking part of the Triads. Chris falls back into the annoying category after losing it the last one and this is the worst of the lot. (5/10)

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Max von Sydow: Reynard leader of the world criminal court who tries to push our heroes into locating the Triad leaders. Max gives a standard performance in a role with twists. (5/10)

 

Hiroyuki Sanada: Kenji Lee’s brother who is part of the Triads who have marked our heroes for death. Hiroyuki does make a good villain as he does poses  good mysterious side to him. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Rush Hour 3 has a supporting cast that is very similar to all of the ones we have seen before but this time we have a few more laughs from them.

 

Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a solid job a making the final part of a trilogy but doesn’t live up to the first two. (5/10)

 

Action: Rush Hour 3 has more over the top action scenes which takes away and real side to the story. (6/10)

Comedy: Rush Hour 3 has comedy mainly the same jokes, but the supporting characters do get a few laughs. (7/10)

Thriller: Rush Hour 3 loses all the thrills this time around. (3/10)

Chemistry: Rush Hour 3 doesn’t seem to have as such smooth chemistry as the previous two. (6/10)

Settings: Rush Hour 3 uses Paris as its primary setting this time around which is bringing in the French jokes. (7/10)

Suggestion: Rush Hour 3 is one for the fans of the franchise, if you haven’t seen the rest you will not be a fan of this. (Franchise Fans)

 

Best Part: Opening chase.

Worst Part: Same old story.

Funniest Scene: Waiting for the master.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is talk of a fourth but nothing confirmed as of yet.

Post Credits Scene: Credits with bloopers.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $258 Million

Budget: $140 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: They’re rushing through the hours quick

Trivia: Brett Ratner tried getting Tony Jaa to do the film, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with Ong-bak 2 (2008).

 

Overall: All Good Things Come to an End

Rating 55

Trailer Alert – Southpaw

Plot – A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

Release Date:  31st July 2015

Stars:

  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
  • Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers)
  • Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland)

Director: Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer)

Highlight of the Trailer: The fights look very realistic.

What Looks Good? Gyllenhaal’s performance.

What Looks Bad? We have seen this idea before.

Summary: As I am not a big fan of boxing I will be more interested in seeing how the serious side of the story is handled. I think it would be fair to believe the Oscar buzz around this film and is it possible for Gyllenhaal to give a better performance than Nightcrawler.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 90%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Rush Hour 2 (2001)

logoDirector: Brett Ratner

Writer: Jeff Nathanson (Screenplay) Ross LaManna (Characters)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang, Roselyn Sanchez

 

Plot: Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Sequel

 

Story: Rush Hour 2 starts by having a mysterious lady deliver a parcel to an US Embassy in Hong Kong leading to an explosion. Lee (Chan) & Carter (Tucker) are on vacation in Hong Kong this time and end up getting involved in the case. Turning the first film on his head Lee takes Carter around his city treating him like a tourist while trying to solve the case of the bombing believed to be committed by Ricky Tan (Lone). The two investigate at Ricky Tan’s club leading them to get caught up in a chase with his Hench lady Hu Li (Zhang) leading to the two to get fully involved in the case.

When the case turns out to be larger than first thought Lee is asked to back away and leave Ricky Tan out there as bait. After an explosion at the police station Lee believes that Carter was killed he goes after Tan on his own, while Carter exploring Hong Kong is completely oblivious of what is going on ends up following Tan to the same location as Lee. The two find out they are investigating the same thing and that not everything is what it seems in the Triads leading to the couple heading back to Los Angeles for the answers.

Rush Hour 2 I believe picks up right where the last one finished with the unlikely couple on the vacation. The added personal storyline for Lee’s character does help make this one feel a lot more intense, it also has a couple more twists that make sense and works towards uses a more mainstream known crime gang. On the down side we do get the same sort of incidents that leave our character getting into fights against large numbers of opponents. It feels a lot more well-rounded this, in a way that the first one worked well and they knew what worked and built on it more. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jackie Chan: Lee Hong Kong based detective whose past rivalry with the man who killed his father will lead to the true identity of the criminal mastermind, he also has to deal with Carter getting him in trouble with his mouth. Jackie does a good job mixing his action and comedy here again. (8/10)

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Chris Tucker: Carter who is on vacation with Lee in Hong Kong but ends up getting caught up in the middle of the investigation and constantly putting his foot in it. Chris does seem to dial down the annoying level this time but his mouth never stops working. (7/10)

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John Lone: Ricky Tan leader of the Triads and man responsible for Lee’s father’s death. He is suspect number one after the bombing but it becomes clear he isn’t involved as much as we thought. John makes for a solid villain and his personal touch adds to the story. (6/10)

 

Ziyi Zhang: Hu Li the main lady hench person whose martial arts skills get the upper hand on Carter, she is young ambitious and most importantly deadly. Ziyi makes for a good supporting villain and her battles with Carter make extra comedy. (7/10)

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Support Cast: Rush Hour 2 has a good supporting cast including an undercover agent who works with our heroes and plenty of henchmen for Lee to fight with.

 

Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a good job directing this improve on what we saw first time out. (8/10)

 

Action: Rush Hour 2 has plenty of action scenes with Lee getting into plenty of fights. (8/10)

Comedy: Rush Hour 2 uses the comedy very well starting with the rolls reversed at the start before Tucker pulling on the one man joke act during the second half against Chan’s much more serious side. (8/10)

Thriller: Rush Hour 2 uses a much more personal story for Lee giving us a much higher level of thrills than first time out. (7/10)

Chemistry: Rush Hour 2 Chan and Tucker show off their chemistry again here to good levels. (8/10)

Settings: Rush Hour 2 uses Hong Kong, LA and Las Vegas for its settings letting us know how iconic the location for the action really is. (9/10)

Suggestion: Rush Hour 2 is one to watch if you like the first one, I personally would recommend it but I do understand people not liking it. (If You Like The First Watch)

 

Best Part: Massage room fight.

Worst Part: Same jokes.

Action Scene Of The Film: Casino break in.

Funniest Scene: Massage Room fight.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 1 More sequel

Post Credits Scene: Bloopers in the credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $347 Million

Budget: $90 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Get Ready For A Second Rush!

Trivia: Ziyi Zhang could not speak English, so she had to take direction via the combination of an interpreter (often Jackie Chan himself) and Brett Ratner essentially performing “charades”. Her character only says three English words in the movie: “Some apple?” and, later, “Out!” In an interview, Roselyn Sanchez said that Ziyi Zhang tried learning English from her, but tried to discourage her as she would have ended up speaking it with a Puerto Rican accent.

 

Overall: Fun Filled Buddy Cop Film

Rating 78

Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)

logoDirector: Zach Lipovsky

Writer: Tim Carter (Screenplay)

Starring: Meghan Ory, Keegan Connor Tracy, Virginia Madsen, Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Rob Riggle, Julia Benson, Patrick Sabongui, Harley Morenstein, Aleks Paunovic

 

Plot: A group of people fight to survive in a zombie infested town.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Homage to The Video Games

 

Story: Dead Rising: Watchtower starts by explain all about Zomdrex a cure that stops you becoming a zombie if you take it once a day. We than meet Chase (Metcalfe) running for his life and showing the comedy kills we are used to seeing in the video game series. We then get a flashback to a few days early as we learn about the third zombie outbreak happening around the US.

Chase Carter is a reporter looking at the Zomdrex camp trying to find a story when Crystal O’Rourke (Ory) catches his eye who completely shoots him down. Chase dreams of becoming the next Frank West (Riggle) the true hero of the video games who risked his life to get the original story. It isn’t long before we get the zombie outbreak happening at the medical centre leading to Chase having to fight for his life and teaming up with Crystal. The unlikely duo team up with grieving mother Maggie (Madsen) as they find themselves trapped inside the quarantine zone.

Chase continues to try and follow the story which looks like the Zomdrex wasn’t working the way it was meant to be. It doesn’t take long before we see the idea of the build your own weapon which the game is famous for. Chase finds his way out when it becomes apparent that Crystal is on the Zomdrex and not showing any of the side affects others have been showing in the quarantine zone.

Jordan (Tracy) Chase’s camera lady gets out of the zone but continues to follow the story as the military turns up to clean up the situation with firebombing. We get constant commentary from Frank West telling everyone how they should survive and escape the situation in his own colourful way. We find out that zombies isn’t the only thing to be scared of in the quarantine zone as we see how certain twisted people are there and are enjoying the chaos. Chase must escape and uncover the truth about what is happening before his time runs out.

Dead Rising: Watchtower is based on the video game which is one of my favourite ones, so don’t expect to get a Walking Dead level story. This story ends up giving us everything you would expect to see from Dead Rising video game, it has all of the traits with the wacky over the top weapons and blood splatter around every corner. The most important word to describe this film world be fun but you could use enjoyable or easy to watch. I personally really enjoyed this because I am a fan but I could understand the non-fans thinking this is just another zombie film. As a fan I will rate this high because it could easily be put in the list of good video game adaptations. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Meghan Ory: Crystal O’Rourke is the infected woman who knows how to survive zombies but she is running low on Zomdrex, meaning she has to fight her way through the zombies to look for her next dose. Meghan does a good job as the kick ass heroine of the piece. (7/10)

 

Virginia Madsen: Maggie is a grieving mother who loses her daughter to the zombie outbreak and ends up teaming up with Crystal and Chase to try and survive. Virginia gives a solid supporting performance but it really here to show the human effect of the outbreak. (6/10)

 

Jesse Metcalfe: Chase Carter is an aspirating reporter who finds himself in the middle of a zombie outbreak where his dreams of a story go against his quest for survival. Jesse does a good job in the lead role playing a character that is very similar for Frank West from the original game. (7/10)

 

Dennis Haysbert: General Lyons is the man in charge of the quarantine and the plan to firebomb the town, he makes himself look like the hero of the situation even though he has an alternative motive. Dennis plays the traditional General role solid but never offers anything new to the idea but doesn’t need to. (7/10)

 

Rob Riggle: Frank West provides a running commentary from a newsroom on how to survive the situation and simply not holding back on his comments. Rob steals every scene he is in as the charismatic Frank West the survivor from the original game. (8/10)

 

Support Cast: Dead Rising: Watchtower has a large supporting cast that includes the other people trapped inside the walls be it the good or the twisted, as well as the military outside the wall with Chase’s plucky partner trying to uncover the story from the outside.

 

Director Review: Zach Lipovsky – Zach does a good job here which is surprising after his last outing. (7/10)

 

Action: Dead Rising: Watchtower is filled with plenty of blood coated action throughout. (9/10)

Horror: Dead Rising: Watchtower puts us into a zombie outbreak making it feel like we are trapped much like the games. (8/10)

Thriller: Dead Rising: Watchtower does keep you wanting to see what happens next and who will turn up around the next corner. (8/10)

Settings: Dead Rising: Watchtower creates the isolation for our survivors as they become trapped inside the town. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Dead Rising: Watchtower uses great special effects with the zombie kills throughout the film. (9/10)

Suggestion: Dead Rising: Watchtower is one for all the zombie fans to enjoy, it is really just fun and enjoyable to watch. (Zombie Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Frank West everything about him was great.

Worst Part: It won’t please the serious zombie fans.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.

Funniest Scene: Frank West interviews.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could easily have one, depends how popular it was.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dead Rising Video Game.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

Overall: Dead Rising: Watchtower is easily the best video game adaptation to date, fun filled, blood soaked entertainment.

Rating 85

Trailer Alert – The Chair

Plot – An innocent man on death row witnesses savage killings at the hands of the prison’s sadistic Warden. To survive, he must match the brutality in the prison and confront his own horrifying past.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Stars:

  • Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)
  • Noah Hathaway (NeverEnding Story)
  • Zach Galligan (Gremlins)
  • Roddy Piper (They Live)

Director: Chad Ferrin

Highlight of the Trailer: Not giving too much away.

What Looks Good? The idea looks like it will appeal to all the gore fans out there.

What Looks Bad? I don’t see any of the horror being anything outside horror.

Summary: The Chair looks like it will build of previous horror films that like  to see how far they can push the audience with tortuous scenes but will it have much more to it?

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 55%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

logoDirector: John Carpenter

Writer: Larry Sulkis, John Carpenter (Screenplay)

Starring: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall, Pam Grier, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Cetrone, Rosemary Forsyth, Liam Waite

 

Plot: Years in the future, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard Sci-fi Horror

 

Story: Ghosts of Mars starts by showing a ghost train returning from a mining community Lieutenant Melanie Ballard (Henstridge) is the only survivor from mission. Melanie is going to be telling us the story now, her story starts by showing us her team who are sent to pick up a prisoner. Her team comprises of Sgt Jericho Butler (Statham), Bashira Kincaid (DuVall), Commander Braddock (Grier) and Descanso (Waite), they have been sent to pick up Desolation Williams (Cube).

The small Martian community at Shinning Canyons is abandoned splitting up they look for answers. The teams both find remains of humans and the prisoners in their cells. Williams was arrested in suspicion of killing people the very same way the communities were found in. the community keeps throwing out surprises with people turning up out of nowhere and the Commander disappears.  It does appear the unit might not be completely alone but after Williams escapes they stay focused on trying to re-catch him, but they should be more worried about the other people that keep turning up out of nowhere, the very people who have become possessed by the ghosts of Mars.

The remaining people will have will have to team up with the prisoners to take on an army of possessed who will do horrific things to them if they get caught. We do end up learning of the origin of the possession.

Ghosts of Mars is a story be told which then has short stories being told which keeps happening over and over again, it turns into a giant game of Chinese whispers. Taking that point away we do end up with a very simple survival horror in space. We have the authority character who doesn’t always play by the rules teaming up with the criminal to survive and the old you can go this time moment. This is turning into a very generic sounding story and the truth is that is all it is. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Natasha Henstridge: Lieutenant Melanie Ballard who is the lone survivor on the abandoned train, who is telling the story to her superiors, she has to take control of the situation while dealing with her own problems with addiction and becomes the reluctant hero of the story. Natasha does a solid job still holding onto her sci-fi fame at the time. (6/10)

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Ice Cube: Desolation Williams a criminal who the team is transferring, but when the circumstances change he has to team up with those same people to make it out alive. Ice does a solid job but showed he isn’t the power force Jason was going to becoming. (6/10)

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Jason Statham: Sgt Jericho Butler new cocky member of the team who can unlock anything as well as thinking he is god’s gift to woman. Jason does a good job in this supporting role showing that he was always going to be more of the star. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Ghosts of Mars has a supporting cast that includes fellow soldiers, prisoners and a scientist who all help uncover what has happened, also let’s not forget about all the possessed people who are after them.

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Director Review: John Carpenter – John doesn’t reach the levels you would expect from one of his films, we would be used to seeing a lot higher standard. (5/10)

 

Action: Ghosts of Mars has plenty of fights, mixing up the combat as the film unfolds. (8/10)

Horror: Ghosts of Mars doesn’t reach any solid levels of horror through the film. (3/10)

Sci-Fi: Ghosts of Mars enters into the sci-fi world well taking us to Mars for the story. (8/10)

Settings: Ghosts of Mars is set on Mars which makes for a good setting it also gives us an isolated setting. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Ghosts of Mars doesn’t end up using the best special effects. (5/10)

Suggestion: Ghosts of Mars is one for the die hard Carpenter fans to watch it might also be enjoyed by the sci-fi fans. (Sci-Fi Try)

 

Best Part: The Battles are good.

Worst Part: The talking is boring.

Action Scene Of The Film: The escape.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for one, but it is unlikely to happen.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $14 Million

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: It’s their planet… we are the aliens.

Trivia: Jason Statham was originally hired to play James “Desolation” Williams, but was replaced by Ice Cube for star power.

 

Overall: Easy to watch, harder to enjoy

Rating 55

Rush Hour (1998)

logoDirector: Brett Ratner

Writer: Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna (Screenplay) Ross LaManna (Story)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma, Chris Penn, Ken Leung, Rex Linn, Elizabeth Pena, Philip Baker Hall, John Hawkes

 

Plot: Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Entertainment

 

Story: Rush Hour starts by showing Officer Lee (Chan) closing a big case for his boss Consul Han (Ma) who is leaving the city in the hands of Griffin (Wilkinson). Moving to Los Angeles we meet Carter (Tucker) an undercover officer who shows he is all talk but capable of completing the job. Consul Han starting his new job in Los Angeles when his daughter is kidnapped, with the FBI involved Han wants his own man involved. This brings Lee over but when the FBI want to leave him out the picture they call the LAPD leading to Carter being put on the assignment as a punishment.

Carter talks too much believing that Lee doesn’t speak any English leading to the comedy tension between the two starting early. Carter and Lee being pushed off the case decide to look into the case on their own free will. They couple find themselves in the middle of the battle after Lee loses Carter. When it becomes apparent that Lee is going to be up against an old enemy Sang (Leung) it becomes clear that the kidnapping is personal.

Carter and Lee have to put aside their differences and go against the orders of the FBI to save the girl from the infamous yet elusive Juntao.

Rush Hour is a style of film that put together correctly works to high levels, Rush Hour reaches those levels with the brilliant pairing of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. The story is simple to follow and relies on the twos action to keep us entertained. It will go down as one of the last great buddy cop films because certain parts wouldn’t be accepted in the cinema nowadays. We get to see Tucker’s wise cracking joking spitting character mix with Chan’s all action character to give us a great blend of comedy and action that really keeps us fully entertained. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jackie Chan: Lee brilliant detective from China who gets bought to America to help find the kidnapped daughter, but once there he gets treated like a tourist. He ends up teaming up with the unlikely Carter to make for a great team when it comes to solving the kidnapping. Jackie is always going to give us great action scenes but moving his style into comedy worked perfectly here. (8/10)

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Chris Tucker: Carter loud talking streetwise detective who’s against the books techniques lands him on babysitting duties with Lee. Carter’s connections do end up helping solve the kidnapping. Chris does a good job to create a character that you actually hate but love at the same time because when it comes down to business he always comes through. (8/10)

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Tom Wilkinson: Griffin/Juntao we do see Griffin as a friend of the Consul but we do also see that he is the infamous Juntao who is the evil businessman. Tom gives a solid performance as the typical generic evil business man. (6/10)

 

Ken Leung: Sang the main henchman for Juntao, he ends up going up against Lee on multiple occasions always seeming escaping the duel. Ken does a good job but we are waiting for a battle between him and Lee which never happens. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Rush Hour has a supporting cast that includes the FBI who are the typical stupid characters. The Consul and his family who play the victims well. We also have the typical henchman there to give Jackie Chan a chance to kick ass.

 

Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a good job directing this action comedy that still feels fresh today over 15 years later. (8/10)

 

Action: Rush Hour has plenty of fight scenes, chase scenes and a giant shoot out at the end which all work well for the genre. (9/10)

Comedy: Rush Hour has plenty of laughs through the clashes in culture between the two leads. (8/10)

Thriller: Rush Hour doesn’t have the thriller level that the story could have but this is more about the comedy anyway. (5/10)

Chemistry: Rush Hour uses Chan and Tucker’s chemistry to make this film a stand out 90s film. (9/10)

Settings: Rush Hour LA always makes for a good setting but we don’t see any landmarks that make the settings truly memorable. (5/10)

Suggestion: Rush Hour has to really be seen at least once by everyone it has a great blend of action and comedy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Restaurant fight scene.

Worst Part: Tucker can get annoying at times.

Action Scene Of The Film: Restaurant fight.

Funniest Scene: Lee breaks into the consul’s home.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 2

Post Credits Scene: Bloopers through the credits.

Similar Too: 48 Hours

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $244 Million

Budget: $33 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: Pals Forever. If they can get past today.

Trivia: According to director Brett Ratner, this film is the first one released in the U.S. featuring Jackie Chan in an English-speaking role without any kind of dubbing. According to Ratner, before this film Chan always had his voice dubbed over in his English-speaking roles because of his uncertainty in speaking the language. For this film, however, Ratner convinced him to forgo the dubbing as it would lend to the authenticity of his character.

 

Overall: Buddy Cop Comedy Entertainment

Rating 80