Franchise Weekend – Another 48 Hrs (1990)

Director: Walter Hill

Writer: John Fasano, Jeb Stuart, Larry Gross (Screenplay) Roger Spottiswoode, Walter Hill, Larry Gross, Steven E de Souza (Characters)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe, Ed O’Ross, David Anthony Marshall, Andrew Divoff, Bernie Caser

 

Plot: Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond–this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.


Tagline – Here they go again. Only faster. And tougher.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lacks the Humour

 

Story: Another 48 Hrs starts as Jack (Nolte) is desperately trying to track down the Iceman, a drug dealer roaming San Francisco, but his latest bust goes wrong leaving him up for man-slaughter charges, with only one clue, a picture of Reggie (Murphy) who is about to be released from jail who now has a bounty on his head, placed by the Iceman.

When the Iceman’s hitmen including Ganz’s brother Cherry (Divoff) come after the pair, they must reunite to bring down the deadliest drug lord in San Francisco area.

 

Thoughts on Another 48 Hrs

 

Characters – Jake Cates has continued his grizzled ways, now he has focused on capturing a drug lord known as the Iceman, but finds the Internal Affairs on his back for his reckless behaviour turning to the only person he can trust Reggie. Reggie is fresh out of jail after being framed into a longer stint, but now he is free, he finds himself being targeted by the drug lord forcing him to work with Jack once again. Cherry is the brother of Ganz who is know being paid to kill Reggie for the Iceman, he turns this into a personal vendetta against Jack too. Blake Wilson is the Internal Affairs agent that is searching for a way to put Jack in jail for his reckless behaviour.

PerformancesNick Nolte is solid in this role, he makes us feel like we are watching a man on edge too. Eddie Murphy tries to bring more energy to this performance which only leaves him not reaching the marks we know he could. Divoff makes for a good villain on the same sort of level of Remar as the next level of psychotic. The actors playing the cops are what you expect through the film.

StoryThe story does continue to build from the last film, it shows the consequences from the previous action to build a bigger world, while also falling into more of the same because we are expecting to see something bigger, but it is just odd couple team up to take down criminals. We do have the story about how the two could swap places with Jack facing criminal charges and Reggie becoming free. The final outcome of the film does see strange when you take into account of the original film too.

Action/Crime/ComedyThe action does feel bigger, we get a lot more shoot-ups and moments of chases too, the crime does feel bigger too with criminals coming from different corners of the world. The comedy is the biggest disappointment here, we have fleeting moments of humour, but nothing comes off with any true effect.

SettingsWe stay in San Francisco for the film which makes for a good choice for a crime story to take place in.


Scene of the Movie –
Basketball.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Lacks any strong moments of humour.

Final ThoughtsThis is a weak sequel to an enjoyable first outing, it does feel rushed and loses the humour the first one had. The crime side of the film does try to world build which is good, but we lose out with a strange ending.

 

Overall: Disappointing sequel that doesn’t hit the marks.

Rating

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Darkness Falls (2003)

logoDirector: Jonathan Liebesman

Writer: John Fasano, James Vanderbilt, Joe Harris (Screenplay) Joe Harris (Story)

Starring: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Grant Piro, Sullivan Stapleton, Steve Mouzakis, Peter Curtin, Kestie Morassi, Jenny Lovell, Joshua Anderson, Emily Browning

 

Plot: A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Short but Sweet

 

Story: Darkness Falls starts by explaining the legend of Matilda Dixon who was a loved member of the town who used to give coins to the children of the town after they lose their teeth gaining her the nickname ‘The Tooth Fairy’. After a fire she became disfigured but the town burns her when two children don’t come home, she puts curses on the town and after the children are found safe the town of Darkness Falls buries the secret. Matilda curse reads ‘What I took before in kindness, I will take forever in revenge’.

We see young Kyle (Anderson) lose his final baby tooth he does what every kid does and puts it under his pillow but when he gets suddenly awaken by the noise of the Tooth Fairy he catches a glimpse at her. Kyle’s life is going to change forever when the Tooth Fairy kills his mother but can’t get to him because of the light.

12 years later we get to meet a grown up version of Kyle’s school sweetheart Caitlin (Caulfield) whose own little brother Michael (Cormie) is struggling with the same problem hiding in the light. Caitlin reaches out to Kyle (Kley) who she hasn’t seen since the night out his mother’s death trying to find answers. Kyle decides to return to Darkness Falls to help even if he hasn’t got over the problem. When a local gets killed by the Tooth Fairy the town turns on Kyle framing him for the murder. Caitlin must team up with Kyle to save her brother and end the curse once and for all.

Darkness Falls is a horror film that builds on legend that children are led to believe and turns it dark, we all know the idea of the tooth fairy coming to take teeth in exchange for money and we all know it is all fake, but add in an urban legend you do actually get a frightening idea. I can’t help but want to compare this to ‘The Boogeyman’ having very similar storyline and yes I know this came out first. I feel this has good moments but I don’t quite understand how the Tooth Fairy suddenly went on a murderous rampage because she starts out slowly stalking the prey but suddenly just bursts into room to kill as many people as possible. I also feel the film is too short but then again because it is short it never seems to want to let you take a breath. This is one the horror fans will enjoy but don’t expect too much from it. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Chaney Kley: Kyle Walsh is the traumatised young man who has been frightened of the dark for most of his life after seeing the Tooth Fairy at a young age. He returns to the town to help his childhood sweethearts little brother and to face his demon ending the curse once and for all. Chaney does a solid job but I can’t help but think he is a cheaper Ryan Reynolds. (6/10)

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Emma Caulfield: Caitlin Greene is the former sweetheart of Kyle whose younger brother is now being haunted by the Tooth Fairy, she reconnects with Kyle hoping to get the answers. Emma does a solid job but never really gets enough time to do much in the film. (5/10)

 

Lee Cormie: Michael Greene is the one boy being haunted by the Tooth Fairy that Kyle has returned to town to help. Lee does gives us a terrified child performance which works very well in the film. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Darkness Falls has a supporting cast that really is all disposable characters that don’t really do much for the film.

 

Director Review: Jonathan Liebesman – Jonathan does give us a very standard horror that doesn’t give too much new to the genre. (6/10)

 

Horror: Darkness Falls has plenty of easy jump scares but doesn’t build the tension is needed. (5/10)

Thriller: Darkness Falls doesn’t let you go from the first return and keeps things going at a steady pace throughout. (7/10)

Settings: Darkness Falls uses the small isolated town for the story which works to make the urban legend become more realistic. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Darkness Falls has good effects for the tooth fairy creation. (8/10)

Suggestion: Darkness Falls is one for the horror fans to enjoy but just enjoy don’t expect too much. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Urban legend turned dark is nice touch.

Worst Part: Too short.

Scariest Scene: Opening sequence.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Boogeyman

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $47.5 Million

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: Stay In The Light!

Trivia: The closing credits run for 11 minutes. This is because without the extra time, the movie would have been considered too short to release theatrically.

 

Overall: Darkness Falls is a solid horror that has good jump scares that will keep the popcorn fans happy but won’t satisfy the true horror fans.

Rating 60

Universal Soldiers: The Return (1999)

lgogDirector: Mic Rodgers

Writer: William Malone, John Fasano (Screenplay) Richard Rothstein, Christopher Leitch, Dean Devlin (Characters)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz, Xander Berkeley, Justin Lazard, Bill Goldberg, Kiana Tom, David von Bargen, James Black

 

Plot: Luc Devereaux, the only surviving member of the original Universal Soldier Team. He now works with Dylan Cotner, on a project to create and improve a new Universal Soldier. Their plan is for the Universal soldier or UNISOLS to be controlled by a computer they call SETH. When the government decides to terminate the project, which includes shutting down SETH. SETH, not wanting this to happen, takes steps to prevent this. He first kills Dylan. He then has himself transferred into a body. He then seeks out Luc Devereaux, who is the only person who knows the code that will stop his program from being deleted. So he sends out all the UNISOLS to get him. Luc must try and stay away until SETH program is deleted. But SETH has targeted his daughter as possible leverage.

 

Verdict: Not as Good

 

Story: With a story that seems like it was rushed together we don’t really have anything to work with here. The attack inside the base by the soldiers works fine, but would the military really just send wave after wave of soldiers in against the odds. I think not. Moving away from that part of the story the computer trying to take over is good side to the story, it only wants to be free, it only turns hostel once it gets threatened, showing it to be more of a human creation. We never really find out why some of the soldiers started to break down before the switch which is a bit disappointing to say the least. In the end it turns out a bit messy just with some decent scenes with Jean-Claude and Bill Goldberg or Michael Jai White. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jean-Claude Van Damme: Luc now human again he works to help test the new batch of upgraded soldiers, but when they take over he is the only hope as he holds the code to keep the main threat alive. When his daughter is kidnapped he has to fight through the soldiers to save her before it is too late. Good performance from Jean but he doesn’t have as much screen time as you would like. (7/10)

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Michael Jai White: S.E.T.H. the computer who finds himself a body to help keep the program alive after it gets closed down. He must find or crack the code within eight hours or he will be closed down for good. The body he takes over is the next level of upgrade meaning he is the deadliest killing machine Luc has faced. Good performance when he eventually turns up. (7/10)

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Heidi Schanz: Erin a reporter who ends up in the thick of it all when she comes to the base for a general story, she ends up getting front row seats to the action with Luc trying to keep her out of harm’s way. Average performance that really doesn’t live up to the previous performance from the leading lady last time out. (5/10)

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Xander Berkeley: Dr Dylan the brains behind the new program, but he doesn’t last long as SETH ends up making him one of his first victims in his quest to survive. Only a small part in the generic doctor role. (5/10)

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Kiana Tom: Maggie the training partner of Luc who helps put the soldiers to the test, she ends up having to keep Luc’s daughter safe but doesn’t do a very good job as she ends up in hospital. Simple supporting performance. (5/10)

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Daniel von Bargen: General Radford the man who pulls the plug on the program leading to the consequences that happen. If you have seen any war films this General is most likely in it such a standard typical generic performance. (4/10)

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Bill Goldberg: Romeo the lead soldier in Luc’s new program who really doesn’t like him, he tries to kill Luc on numerous occasions through the film and always fails, offering plenty of comical moments. It would be fair to say he steals the film as you want to see him fail again. (8/10)

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Director Review: Mic Rodgers – Doesn’t bring us the best sequel gives us some good action but as for the actual story it is very poor. (5/10)

 

Action: Good action throughout plenty of fight scenes to show off Van Damme’s skills. (8/10)

Settings: The setting works ok showing how the Homebase of the military could become the place they need to attack to stop an attack. (6/10)

Suggestion: I would only suggest for the action fans to try this, it is not the most entertaining film but the action does keep things interesting. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Surfing Goldberg.

Worst Part: Short

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight against SETH

Funniest Scene: Romeo jumps and misses.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 2 more sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $10 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Prepare to become obsolete

 

Overall: Sequel Lacking In Story

Rating59