ABC Film Challenge – Action – Y – You Only Live Twice

ABC Film Challenge Non-Review Selection

I won’t be doing reviews for everything letter, so here are my pick for today.

ABC Film Challenge

Action

Y

You Only Live Twice

Why I’ve Picked this choiceOk, there is no review for this movie, yet, I have been teasing the James Bond movies for a couple of years, now. I can finally announce they will be happening through November, you will get the tease of the final rating in the poster though.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – F – Firewalker (1986) Movie Rob’s selection

This is Movie Rob’s selection, head over to his site to read his thousands of reviews

“FRUITCAKE? FRUITCAKE? Listen Bucko, I happen to be a highly educated, intelligent girl with an I.Q. that would put you pea-brain in the cellar. So remember, If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be here. Call me for dinner.” – Patricia

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two adventurers are hired to try and find a long treasure hidden deep in South America.

My Take on it – AS my second choice for this challenge, I decided to go with a film that I had never seen before and after watching it, I can safely say that this will probably be the sole time that I ever watch this film because it is so bad.

To call this film an action film is a huge overstatement and it feels as if they were just trying to cash in on the success of the Indiana Jones films and wanted to give us a similarly themed film, but unfortunately, this doesn’t work on any level.

The fact that Chuck Norris and Louis Gosset Jr. star in this film gave me some hope that this might have some fun martial arts sequences, but the best we could get here are a few bar room brawls where Gosset is able to do more damage than Norris who is a martial arts expert.

They never manage to develop the characters to more than a superficial level and that hurts this film so much.

I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Sonny Landham especially his roles in 48 Hrs (1982) and in Predator (1987), but he is an atrocious villain here and doesn’t do much more than grunt his way through the film.

To top it all off, they try to make this movie feel even more like and Indiana Jones movie by adding John Rhys-Davies as a sidekick, but even that ploy can’t help save this disaster.

Bottom Line – Terrible action film that feels like a cheap imitation of an Indiana Jones film that doesn’t work on any level. The characters are developed quite poorly and even with the likes of Norris and Gosset Jr. nothing could help save this horrendous film. The story plays out in a very silly way and the only real action in this film is a few brawls in bars where surprisingly Gosset does more damage than the martial arts expert Norris. I’ve always been a big fan of Sonny Landham who was great in both 48 Hrs (1982) and in Predator (1987), but he is an atrocious villain in this film and even his grunting is annoying the whole way through.  In order to make it seem like another Indy film, they even recruited Rhys-Davies as a sidekick but he also doesn’t manage to be of any real help here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett, Jr. have their stars back to back on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Action – D – Die Hard (1988) Movie Rob’s Selection

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You want money? What kind of terrorists are you? ” – Joseph Takagi

Number of Times Seen – Seriously too many to count (Video, Cable, DVD, 4 May 2000, Jan 2012, 24 Nov 2013, 30 Nov 2014, 4 Nov 2015, 11 Nov 2015, 13 Jul 2017, 3 Dec 2017, 30 Jul 2018 and 2 Apr 2019)

Link to original review – Here Here Here Here HereHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A NYC detective visiting his family in LA gets trapped in an office building after it is taken over by terrorists.

My Take on it – When Darren first told me about this month’s theme, I didn’t hesitate for even a second before choosing this film as one of my picks.

Darren claims that I would use any excuse to rewatch this film and he’s partially right; since I never need an excuse to see this movie, cause I love watching it so much.

This is an amazing action film that actually changed the way people looked and perceived what action movies are ever since it came out.

They were able to create a sub genre of action films that is still in high demand even after 30 years; the idea of an every-man facing off against a group of terrorists in a perceived unwinnable situation.

Bruce Willis was superbly cast in the lead and with this performance, he showed everyone that even without the physique of Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s still possible to play the role of action hero and in some ways even make things seem more plausible and realistic.

Alan Rickman also is excellent here because he was able to create a villain who doesn’t feel like a stereotype or caricature and yet still holds an amazing screen presence without the need to over do things while still staying devious, cunning and even soft spoken throughout.

The story has a great mixture of action and suspense while giving us vulnerable characters who are able to even pepper in a bit of humorous lines of dialogue along the way.

This is truly an iconic action film that despite the hundreds (???) of doppelgangers created over the years, has yet to be surpassed in the way it presents thing so near perfectly.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that was able to change the way action films are perceived especially since it’s able to create a sub genre dealing with an every-man against terrorists. Willis is superb in this film and was able to show that he can play the role of action hero despite not having the physique normally associated with these kind of films. Rickman also helped create a new archetype of villain who is soft spoken and devious and doesn’t feel like a caricature or stereotype at all. The story is able to mix action, suspense and vulnerability of the hero while also peppering in some humorous lines along the way. Such an iconic action film that has yet to be surpassed by any of its doppelgangers over the 3 decades plus since it came out. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director John McTiernan found it necessary to smash cut away from Hans Gruber’s face whenever he fired a gun, because of Alan Rickman’s uncontrollable habit of flinching from the noise and muzzle flash. If you look at Rickman’s face when he shoots Takagi, you can see him wincing. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)