Franchise Weekend – Bad Boys (1995) Movie Review

Director: Michael Bay

Writer: Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson (Screenplay) George Gallo (Story)

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Lisa Boyle, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo

Plot: Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.


Tagline – Whatcha gonna do?

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Wildly Entertaining

Story: Bad Boys starts as Fouchet (Karyo) and his crew pull of a heist that sees them rob the police lock up of all the seized drugs, Captain Howard (Pantoliano) turns to the two men that got the drugs in the first place Marcus (Lawrence) and Mike (Smith) to get them back before Internal Affairs look to put the blame on the force themselves.

After a second shooting, witness Julie Mott (Leoni) escapes turning to Mike for help, which sees her putting her life in the hands of the two cops, knowing she can’t trust anybody else, even though the men have to swap lives.

Thoughts on Bad Boys

Characters – Mike and Marcus are excellent cops they always get their suspects and are given the biggest case in the force, off duty, Marcus is married with kids, struggling to keep his marriage alive, while Mike has money, making him a womaniser who has women all around town waiting for his call. Even though the two must swap lives, they get to have fun living and understanding the complaints they are both suffering through. Julie is a witness to the thieve and murderer job that killer her friend, she doesn’t know who to trust except Mike, who isn’t around when they need to do the pickup, so she ends up meeting Marcus pretending to be Mike. Fouchet is the criminal that has arrange the heist, he has a perfect plan which only the problems being the people he has selected to help him, where he could have gotten away with everything smoothly if it wasn’t for their mistakes, he will do anything to clean up the mess left behind him.

PerformancesWill Smith and Martin Lawrence are perfectly cast in the leading roles, they play into Will Smith’s smooth style and Martin Lawrence constant panic filled comedy. Tea Leoni works well as the witness, while Tcheky Karyo as the villain is generic, but does fill the typical 90’s style of villain well.

StoryThe story here follows two Miami Cops that must protect a witness who can help them take down one of the biggest crimes against the police after the drugs from their lock up are stolen. When it came to the 90’s we knew how the action stories would unfold, we have one villain that does seem deadly that makes things very personal and the cops being conflicted at times, but needing to work together to solve the case. We do have elements of comedy in the story, with the whole life swapping, which does make things different to watch, taking away from certain moments of action too, which does keep everything feeling nice a fresh.

Action/Comedy/CrimeThe action in the film is held back, which is surprising for a Michael Bay film, we save most of the action until the later parts of the film, being full Bay, though it does work, the comedy comes from the partnership between the two cops and the lives they must swap to get the job done, all in a crime heavy world.

SettingsThe film uses the Miami setting to show us the fast paced lifestyles, the drugs culture around the nightclub scene and the different lives the two cops live.


Scene of the Movie – Final chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not as much action as I thought we would have.

Final Thoughts This is a wildly entertaining action comedy with two of the best leading performances in the genre, we have everything the 90’s would have given us showing the early signs of Michael Bay as an action director too.

Overall: Entertaining.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – I – Iceman (2017)

Director: Felix Randau

Writer: Felix Randau (Screenplay)

Starring: Jurgen Vogel, Andre Hennicke, Susanne Wuest, Sabin Tambrea, Martin Augustin Schneider, Violetta Schurawlow

 

Plot: The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled near a creek. It is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Visually Wonderful

 

Story: Iceman starts when Kelab (Vogel) the head of a Neolithic clan welcomes a new baby to his clan, but while hunting his clan is attacked and murdered, leaving Kelab alone with the baby, he goes in search for the clan responsible, while discovering a new clan lead by Ditob (Nero) that welcomes him in.

Kelab must search the mountain terrain for the people which will see him kill them in search for closer for taking his whole clan.

 

Thoughts on Iceman

 

Characters – Kelab is the leader of a clan in Neolithic times, he is the hunter, the father and the guardian of the all, he has just welcomed in a new baby member, but when he goes hunting another clan takes everybody from him, leaving him with just a baby, that he simply can’t take care off, he finds a new clan for his baby as he goes in search for the clan that took everything from him. We meet the different people that Kelab meets on his search for revenge, nobody gets proper names, because this film has little dialogue.

PerformancesJurgen Vogel is the highlight of the acting, he is the only one that does get the main time on camera, he carries his character wonderfully through the film. the rest of the actors do a solid job without getting too much time to make an impact.

StoryThe story follows one man that sees his clan wiped out by another that does in search for revenge on the clan that took his away from him. The story does keep everything very basic, we see how the man goes out for revenge taking out different people along the way even though we know his fate because he is the frozen man found in the ice and this is his story. with limited dialogue we find ourselves needing to focus on actions and emotions shown through the film which will see them needing to help us understand the characters actions through the film.

SettingsThe settings involved are beautiful to see as we see how the mountain range makes everything unfold for Kelab.


Scene of the Movie –
Ice climb.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not enough going on.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautiful looking movie that tries to tell the story of the mysterious iceman found in the ice after over 5000 years.

 

Overall: Slow movie revenge film.

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Prolonged Exposure (2019) Movie Review (On Amazon Prime US)

Director: Travis Thoms

Writer: Travis Thoms (Screenplay)

Starring: Dean Cain, Addison Foskey, Jenelle Baptiste, Travis Relyea, Martin Palmer, Megan Elisabeth Kelly, Michelle Roe, Ciro Vela, Julie Lee Romero

Plot: A therapist with a wounded past works with survivors of an industrial accident. Unfortunately for them, it was no accident, and someone is eliminating the witnesses.


Tagline – Someone is watching you.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Aftermath Effect

Story: Prolonged Exposure starts as we meet trauma therapist Murdoch Lane (Foskey) who has her own troubles from his past too. Murdoch gets a new list of clients after a building explosion, with each client having a different story about what happened on that day.

As Murdoch starts his sessions, Detective Jaime Montenegro (Cain) arrives asking questions, only to be circling around the incident, with Murdoch starting to notice somebody around his neighbourhood and soon the patients start dying, with Murdoch wanting to learning the truth about what really happened on that day.

Thoughts on Prolonged Exposure

Characters – Murdoch Lane is a trauma therapist who is still dealing with his own problems with loss, he gets given survivors of a building explosion, each with their own story, only not everything adds up the way he had hoped and when he gets pushed by a cop for information, he starts to look into the case himself. Detective Jaime Montenegro is trying to get answers out of Murdoch about what happened, with his desire for the truth, showing him to become desperate, he wants the truth and will do whatever it takes to get it. We do get to meet a host of survivors from the explosion who all have different stories about the day, each one has their own tragic story about what happened.

PerformancesAddison Foskey in the leading role is great, he brings us a grounded therapist who shows that he has his own pain behind his words. Dean Cain in the supporting role is great too, showing us a character that could look both shady and desperate along the way.

StoryThe story here follows a therapist that gets a new list of clients that were survivors of a building explosion, only for certain stories not always adding up and an over eager detective who is sniffing around for clues about the truth. This story takes a very different approach to an aftermath of a disaster, by showing us how the survivors would be looking to get back on their feet, with survivors guilt haunting them, add in the mystery about really happened, a therapist with his own problems and a detective that is desperate for the truth, we get a story that will show the real side effects or surviving, while also offering a mystery we want to see solved.

ThrillerThe thriller side of this film looks to focus on how the mystery about what really happened coming through strong the deeper we get into the story.

SettingsThe film keeps the setting in the office of Murdoch, which sees most of the film being in the memories of story, letting us imagine the bigger picture of what happened.


Scene of the Movie – Murdoch visiting his own therapist, great scenes, reminds me a lot like ‘In Treatment’

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The poster is very misleading, it almost seems like it is an action film, rather than a thoughtful thriller.

Final Thoughts Nice spin on the thriller that truly does make us imagined what happened and shows just how difficult it could be to recover a disaster in life.

Overall: Thoughtful Thriller.

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