Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

iceDirector: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T Chu

Writer: Michael J Wilson, Michael Berg, Yoni Brenner (Screenplay) Aubrey Solomon (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Devine, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, Josh Peck, Seann William Scott

 

Plot: Manny, Diego, and Sid join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thank God it Ends Now

 

Story: Ice Age: Collision Course starts with the adventures of Scrat and his acorn because the main story clearly isn’t enough for the film, this time he ends up in space because all franchise go to space when they run out of ideas and he causes a meteor to head towards Earth because science.

Meanwhile on Earth Manny and his daughter Peaches are playing ice hockey because why not this film has jump to ridiculous a few films ago. Manny, Sid and Diego are all still best friends having their own problems with their mates so we get a bar for them all to go too because this is an animated nonsense film I guess.

Why am I watching this film? We have you forgot the anniversary between Manny (typical Ray Romano character) and Ellie. Parenting issues between Diego and Shira while Sid just can’t get a sloth of his own.

The story actually starts happening when the first signs of the meteor start impacting Earth bring back Buck rom the underground to lead the family to safety giving the animals a chance to deal with their personal issues and family problems.

Ice Age: Collision Course has only one good feature and that is the look of the animation which is always flawless. The story is beyond ridiculous this time around that puts horrendous science into the film that makes you forget what should be an easy subject to understand. The family issues all come off tiresome as we have seen Manny deal with his issues for 5 films now.

The voice acting is also becoming questionable here with each character almost now written to be stand up routine for the additional characters with Adam Levine doing his thing, Wanda Sykes doing her thing and Ray Romano bring back his Everybody Loves Raymond character. Thankfully this is the end of the franchise because this is just not acceptable from them anymore.

 

Overall: Awful addition to the franchise.

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Demolition Man (1993)

logoDirector: Marco Brambilla

Writer: Peter M Lenkov, Robert Reneau Daniel Waters (Screenplay) Peter M Lenkov, Robert Reneau (Story)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt, Bob Gunton, Glenn Shadix, Denis Leary

 

Plot: Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a crime free society, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about.

 

Verdict: Vintage 90s

 

Story: What happens when a crazed mad man get frozen only to escape in a new time with a new way of life? That’s right you get the man who caught him first out of his frozen state to capture him because murder is no longer a crime. We get the basic cop chasing bad guy storyline, but more importantly we get the idea of being taken to a world unknown and the struggle to adapt to the new world. In conclusion we get what could be just a comedy that is actually turned into a fun over the top action film that really is designed to switch off your brain and enjoy. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Sylvester Stallone: John Spartan the no nonsense cop who will go against orders to make sure he gets his man, but when his style leads to the deaths of a group of hostages he gets sentenced to be frozen. He gets awakened to stop the very man who left him there and with his still up to date detective skills he helps solve the problems on the new ‘perfect’ world. Good performance from Sly who does what he does best. (8/10)

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Wesley Snipes: Simon Phoenix a mad man criminal who will not stop even when he is against all odds. He escapes from his prison and starts causing chaos in the world that is not used to crime, waiting for one final fight with his old nemesis Spartan. Good performance from Snipes who takes to the villain role well. (8/10)

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Sandra Bullock: Lenina a young cop in the future who longs for something to happen in a world with no crime. When John turns up she turns into his partner who she has studied and learns how to do real police work. Good performance offering a good partner for John Spartan. (8/10)

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Nigel Hawthorne: Dr Cocteau the leader of the new peaceful world, he is also the man behind helping release Simon Phoenix to get rid of the underground population of the city. Good performance showing how a person in power can do what they want. (7/10)

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Benjamin Bratt: Alfredo a rookie cop who gets drawn into the investigation working with John and Lenina as they try to uncover the truth, he offers a lot of comic relief through the film. Good supporting performance saying everything wrong. (7/10)

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Bob Gunton: Chief Earle the man who reluctantly lets Spartan out to stop the mad man but only under strict rules which he fails to follow. Good authority performance. (7/10)

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Director Review: Marco Brambilla – Creates a fun over the top action film that is good fun to watch. (7/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action used throughout the film. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Good look at how the future world might be. (9/10)

Thriller: Not the most thrilling but does up the level when the action starts. (7/10)

Settings: Great vision of a peaceful future with this setting. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects to create the future look. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the action film fans, it fills all the boxes for a relaxaction film, sit back and enjoy. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Swear Alarm is funny.

Worst Part: It’s dated a bit like most future looking films.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Funniest Scene: Sex scene is funny.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $58 Million

Budget: $57 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Tagline:  In the 21st Century, the police aren’t equipped to handle this kind of violence. John Spartan isn’t equipped to handle this kind of peace and harmony.

 

Overall: Relaxaction Film At its Best

Rating 74

Judgment Night (1993)

logoDirector: Stephen Hopkins

Writer: Lewis Colick (Screenplay) Lewis Colick, Jere Cunningham (Story)

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr, Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff, Jeremiy Piven, Peter Greene, Erik Schrody, Michael Wiseman

 

Plot: Four pals are on their way to a boxing match, but gets stuck in heavy traffic. To get to the boxing match in time they take the first exit they find to find another way to the venue. As they are driving around lost in gang-land they get stuck and witness a brutal murder. The killer wants no witnesses and tries to kill them too. The four pals get away the first time, but the killer is soon back on their tail again while they are trying to find help in the middle of nowhere.

 

Verdict: Wrong Turn Boys

 

Story: The old cat and mouse action gets another go here. This time we get the well-off group of friends who end up on the wrong side of the tracks being chased down by a ruthless criminal and his gang. The basic rules are followed and the relationship between both parties is very traditional. Don’t expect too much different to what you would have seen, but it does keep you wanting more. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Emilio Estevez: Frank the married with a kid mature one of the group, who just wants a night out with his friends. He tries to keep everything together through the situation they get stuck in. good performance in the unlikely leader role. (7/10)

 

Cuba Gooding Jr: Mike the muscle of the group who will always have the guys back whenever they get into trouble. Good cocky performance from Cuba. (7/10)

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Denis Leary: Fallon the criminal who is trying to clean up any loose ends by tracking down the four friends with his gang, he is smart, ruthless and will not be pushed around. Good performance from Denis in a villainous role that takes no excuses. (8/10)

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Stephen Dorff: John the younger brother of Frank who was a last minute replacement on the night out who has a temper that can lead to unnecessary confrontation. Good supporting role that doesn’t get too involved. (6/10)

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Jeremy Piven: Ray the smart talker of the group who could literally sale ice to an Eskimo. He arranges the transport for the night as well as suggests taking the back road leading to the trouble. Good supporting performance getting the annoying friend tag. (7/10)

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Director Review: Stephen Hopkins – Good direction to create a basic action cat and mouse chase film. (7/10)

 

Action: Good action mostly chasing and random gun firing though. (7/10)

Thriller: Good at keeping your attention. (7/10)

Settings: The setting makes everything more interesting as the guys from the right side of track end up on the wrong. (9/10)

Suggestion: This could be tried by the thriller fans, it isn’t anything special but could keep you entertained. (Try)

 

Best Part: The roof negotiations scene.

Worst Part: The good guys are plain characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $12.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: They had a choice, kill or be killed.

 

Overall: Wrong Turn Without the Creatures

Rating 66