Blade Runner (1982)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples (Screenplay) Philip K Dick (Novel)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hanna, William Sanderson

 

Plot: A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.


Tagline – A chilling, bold, mesmerizing, futuristic detective thriller.

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

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Verdict: True Iconic Classic

 

Story: Blade Runner starts in the 21st century where humans have created replicants to work off world in hazardous condition, but when a mutiny makes them free they become illegal on Earth where Blade Runners hunt them down killing them on sight in a process known as retirement not execution.

When four replicants Roy Batty (Hauer), Pris (Hannah), Leon (James) and Zhora (Cassidy) return to Earth Bryant (Walsh) brings Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Ford) into track them down. With newer models being developed like Rachael (Young) tracking down the replicants is becoming harder for Deckard but with him being the best in the business he must use all his experience to stop them causing anymore problems in the world.

 

Thoughts on Blade Runner

 

Characters – Rick Deckard is the Blade Runner, well one of them, the best of them, he keeps to himself for the most part but when a job becomes too serious, Deckard is the man to clean up by hunting down the replicants. He does have a moral compass when it comes to dealing with the upgraded Rachael who doesn’t seem to be a threat but when dealing with the others it will be his hardest test. Roy Batty is the leader of the escaped replicants, he only wants to find a way for his replicants to extended their lives and is filled with philosophical ideas. Racheal is the upgraded replicant that is being kept secret until she goes on the run with on Deckard to protect her from retirement. We also have the other replicants looking for freedom in their own way as well as the people who want Deckard to hunt them down.

PerformancesHarrison Ford gives us a performance that does against everything we were expecting from his Han Solo and Indiana Jones days where he plays the serious character in the bleak look at the future. Rutger Hauer gives us one of the best villainous performance of any film, he is haunting with his lines and deadly with his fights. Sean Young is good in the film too as the learning replicant. There isn’t a single weak performance in this movie which is always good to see.

StoryThe story shows how the androids created known as replicants only want to survive and be treated equal in a world that will not accept them. We watch the one man try to hunt down the escaped replicants before they hurt anymore innocent people. This is a noir thriller that keeps us guessing the in bleak sci-fi world that has a story without many twists which keeps the story flowing in the one direction needed.

Sci-FiWhen this was released sci-fi was all aliens and space travel but this showed us a future, a bleak future reliant on technology for the people, it showed us how the world could look in the future.

SettingsThis is a visual treat for the settings, it takes us into the future where we see the world we could one day be living in.

Special EffectsThe effects still stand the test of time because of the visual look at the world we are finding out characters in with the technology designed for the film.


Scene of the Movie –
I always like the final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Deciding which cut to watch.

Chances of Sequel: We have one now.

Budget: $28 Million

Final ThoughtsThis is a sci-fi film that inspired a generation of film makers, it broke boundaries and became one of the all-time classics in cinema.

 

Overall: Classic we can never get bored off.

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2 Guns (2013)

2 gunsDirector: Baltasar Kormakur

Writer: Blake Masters (Screenplay) Steven Grant (Novel)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, Robert John Burke, James Marsden, Greg Sproles, Fred Ward

 

Plot: Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Easy to Watch Action Film

 

Story: 2 Guns starts as we see Bobby (Washington) & Stig (Wahlberg) planning their latest bank robbery before flashing back to one week earlier. We learn that Bobby has been undercover working for his handler Deb (Patton) in the DEA who are trying to take down Papi Greco (Olmos). We also find out Stig’s real motives as he is also undercover but with the military.

When the two find themselves being betrayed they must re-team up to take out the people that framed them making everything right with all the people they have stolen from.

2 Guns is an action comedy that is a real jumper because we start in the middle before going to beginning before getting to the end which automatically doesn’t help pull us in. We never really get the idea of how the two first meet and then when everything happens it all become overly complicated. If you want a simple action film this isn’t going to be for you but in the end this will need you to keep attention. Having too many people involved works for a flat out comedy but the overly serious side of certain moments pulls it all down.

 

Actor Review

 

Denzel Washington: Bobby is the undercover DEA agent that is trying to take down a drug cartel with his young partner Stig. When he gets betrayed by Stig he finds himself needing to make up for the crime only to find out he is involved in a bigger picture and having to work with Stig once more. Denzel is good in this role but it won’t be one you will remember.denzel

Mark Wahlberg: Stig is the young partner of Bobby, but he is secretly undercover for the military. When the money is stolen he learns the truth that only puts his own life at risk. He must re-team with Bobby to stop the people out to kill the both of them. Mark is good in this role which is what you would expect him to be in.stuif

Paula Patton: Deb is the former lover and connection with the DEA for Bobby, she has to supporting him whenever he gets the next part of the information. Paula is a solid supporting performance without doing too much.

Edward James Olmos: Papi Greco is the drug lord that both men are trying to take down. He has a reputation of being deadly that makes him one of the deadliest men after our leading men. Edward is solid but is just one of the main villains.

Support Cast: 2 Guns has a big supporting cast that all help with the final outcome of the film without being overly memorable or original.

Director Review: Baltasar KormakurBaltasar gives us a solid action film that could be enjoyed through the eyes of the audience.

 

Action: 2 Guns has a mix of action sequence which involves car chase, fights and fire fights.

Comedy: 2 Guns has good laughs between the two leads but otherwise doesn’t have much.

Crime: 2 Guns puts us through a crime world where we have a group of different men after the money.

Thriller: 2 Guns tries to keep us on the edge throughout but isn’t enough to pull us in.

Settings: 2 Guns has small town settings which are hard to keep on top of where we actually are.
Special Effects
: 2 Guns has a couple of needs to effects but not the best when used.

Suggestion: 2 Guns is one for the action fans to try but otherwise you can miss it. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Car chase between Bobby and Stig.

Worst Part: Too many characters.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Maybe.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $61 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: 2 Guns, 1 Bank.

 

Overall: Overly complicated action film that doesn’t have enough to pull us in.

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The Green Hornet (2011)

loggoDirector: Michel Gondry

Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay) George W. Trendle (Radio Series)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos

 

Plot: Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles’ “The Daily Sentinel” after the sudden death of his father. Britt’s party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero “The Green Hornet”.

 

Verdict: TV Show Returns

 

Story: With all the action superhero films out there, this actually comes of refreshing in the world where one man tries to fight back against crime. Mixing elements of a Batman type action film into not taking itself too serious and adding a hint of comedy. Granted the overall story is not original, it is just fun, it plays to every stars strength and is often over criticised unfairly. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Britt Reid/ The Green Hornet the playboy son who decides to go and start fighting crime with his new friend Kato, while using his family’s newspaper to make his Hornet’s reputation rise. This is bread and butter for Rogen you know what you will get and he enters the action world with his comedy well. (7/10)

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Jay Chou:  Kato the family mechanic who also makes a great cup of coffee, he uses his combat skills to help fight crime but is only ever considered the sidekick to the loud mouth Britt. Good performance who usually steals all the scenes he is in. (8/10)

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Cameron Diaz: Lenore the new secretary for Britt at the paper who has the skills that knows how to do the reporting and research Britt is too lazy to do. Good supporting performance and works well in the anti-romantic interest role. (7/10)

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Christoph Waltz: Chudnofsky the ruthless criminal boss who has control on the city but no one considers him scary, which gets on his nerves leading to his trigger finger to start killing. Good villain performance making the criminal question his motives and change to adapt to a new opponent.(8/10)

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Director Review: Michel Gondry – Creates a fun non–serious comic book film that entertains. (7/10)

 

Action: The action scenes are all well put together given Kato some great fight sequences. (8/10)

Comedy: Light comedy throughout making fun at how other comic partnerships always seem to work so smoothly. (6/10)

Settings: Simple settings for the genre with nothing really adding too much to the story. (4/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects for the slow motion fighting scenes, but otherwise not need. (6/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, if you are a fan of Rogen you will enjoy it but otherwise this may be too silly for you. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Kato first fight.

Worst Part: Too much Rogen comedy.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Showdown.

Funniest Scene: Kato and Britt fight.

Kill Of The Film: Chudnofsky

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Not with the box office and it got bad reviews.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Super

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $227,817,248

Budget: $120 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

Tagline: Protect the law by breaking it.

 

Overall: Fun Comic book film

Rating 70