Vin Diesel Weekend – The Pacifier (2005)

Director: Adam Shankman

Writer: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant (Screenplay)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham, Faith Ford, Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot, Chris Potter, Carol Kane, Brad Garrett

 

Plot: Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father — a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids’ house.


Tagline – This Navy S.E.A.L. Meets His Match.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Family Film

 

Story: The Pacifier starts as Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe (Diesel) has his latest mission go wrong, leading to the man they were saving to be killed and himself injured. His latest assignment involves him needing to care for children of the scientist he failed to save. Shane arrives when the mother Julie (Ford) is leaving, with the children including Seth (Thieriot), Zoe (Snow), Lulu (York), Peter and baby Tyler.

Shane must learn to earn the trust of the children to work together as they see him as a new babysitter, while his mission is to locate the missing program created by their father and protect them from the danger that is coming their way.

 

Thoughts on The Pacifier

 

Characters – Shane Wolfe is a trained Navy SEAL who has led teams around the world on covert mission. His latest mission will be a new test, babysitting five children who don’t follow any instructions. Shane will use his military training to put the children in line, while learning helping them with their problems in the growing up process. Principal Claire Fletcher is the one connection Shane has in the school, she sees the change in the children’s behaviour under Shane’s leadership. Julie is the wife and mother that must leave Shane with her children to get the final piece to the puzzle in her husband’s life. The children each have their own problems in school, ones that Shane will help them overcome.

PerformancesVin Diesel is surprisingly impressive in this role where he does hit the funny parts, while not being afraid to have a laugh at his own expense. Lauren Graham and Faith Ford are both solid in the supporting roles. the children actors including Brittany Snow and Max Thieriot both hit the growing roles needed for the film.

StoryThe story here follows a Navy SEAL that must protect a young family after their father is killed and his secret device is wanted by different countries from around the world. we get the fish out of water situation with how Shane must deal with the world he has been thrown into. We do have what feels like a backburner story in the government needing information, which works well enough, but we do end up focusing more on the way Shane helps the children deal with life after their father. The school issues are real and show just how people can achieve with the right support and otherwise this does check all the boxes for an easy to watch family story.

Action/ComedyThe action side of this film mostly uses the known action scenes, only covers them in comedy, with only moments of the final act having any real peril in. The comedy doesn’t stop there are we also get to see how the everyday family man life is difficult for the military person.

SettingsThe film takes us through the everyday settings, this is to help make sure that Shane can keep the children safe, while their mother is away on business, he learns the layout of the house, the school and the neighbourhood to make sure they remain safe.


Scene of the Movie –
Training the kids.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It isn’t as good as Kindergarten Cop.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple fun family film, it will get laughs when it needs to and will handle the serious situations when it needs, it doesn’t reach the levels of excellent, but you can enjoy the ride.

 

Overall: Fun and enjoyable.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – R – Time Traveller (2015) Movie Review

This is under R because of the director Roland Joffe.

Director: Roland Joffe

Writer: Roland Joffe (Screenplay) Ajey Jhankar (Story)

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Bipasha Basu, Tamsin Egerton, James Mackay, Alice Englert, Simone Kessell, Abhay Deol

Plot: An epic, sweeping and riveting tale of an impossible love set across two time periods and continents.


Tagline – Love is longer than life.
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Painfully Boring

Story: Time Traveller starts in modern time at Jay (Hartnett) and his partner Laura (Egerton) are diving in search of unseen history when an accident happens, we transport back to the 1700’s where Scottish soldier James (Hartnett) has been operating in the British army operating in India in the middle of an attempt to take the throne.

James must help the Queen Tulaja (Basu) find safety, while her husband continues to hold back the threat, James must use his skills to stay ahead of the threat, using his knowledge of the land to stay alive.

Thoughts on Time Traveller

Characters – Jay is a driver that will do anything to save his love, risking everything free diving to save her, that is about it for his story. James is a Scottish soldier that has mapped India for years and now is charged with escorting a queen across the land in an attempt to get her to safety from a rising enemy. Tulaja is the queen that James must escort who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty along the way. Laura is the love of Jay who dives with him, finding herself trapped. The characters aren’t written very well in this film at all, consider some are meant to show the strength to lead armies.

PerformancesJosh Hartnett does struggle here, he doesn’t hit the accent well either, which seems to let his talent fall, Bipasha Basu does well enough, though the script doesn’t help the performance for anybody in this film.

StoryThe story here follows one man risk his life for love, before jumping back in time to see him again fighting for love in the middle of the British India battle, where he tries to save a queen. Well that is what the story looks like, it is put together very weakly, with most of the story just being bland and uninspiring, with little connection to how anything involving actual time travel, it wants to look more into reincarnation, only doesn’t get properly involved with that either and ends up being a dull experience.

Action/RomanceThe action is most based on the battles between the British and Indians, while not being anything edge of the seat or anything, while showing that the romance is what one person would do for love.

SettingsThe film does use two very different settings, the modern world where the divers would operate and the Indian landscape for the battle between the two nations, it all works for the film.


Scene of the Movie – Free Diving.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Dull story.

Final Thoughts This is a disappointingly dull film that wastes the talent to give us a story that just doesn’t get going and ends up fall flat.

Overall: Dull.