Power Rangers (2017)

Director: Dean Israelite

Writer: John Gatins (Screenplay) Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney, Haim Saban, Shuki Levy (Story/Creators)

Starring: Darce Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston

 

Plot: A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Filled Actioner

 

Story: Power Rangers starts as we meet our unlikely High School group of misfits, we have disgraced football star Jason (Montgomery), forgotten cheerleader Kimberly (Scott) social awkward genius Billy (Cyler), rebel without a cause Zack (Lin) and mysterious Trini (G), all five are serving weekend classes and detention, but one night will change everything when Billy help Jason unlock his ankle brace locator, the five discover something strange in a gold mine. The next day the five learn they have got new powers, increased strength.

As the five learn more about their powers they find Zordon (Cranston) teaches them that they are the new Power Rangers, chosen to protect Earth from enemies with Rita Repulsa (Banks) being the threat who wants to take all life from Earth. The Power Rangers must learn to work as a team to defeat her and learn their true destiny.

 

Thoughts on Power Rangers

 

Characters/PerformanceJason is the disgraced football star who could easily have walked into any college football team but his rebellious side leaves him in trouble but now he must take the leadership role of the Rangers. Kimberly is the former cheerleader who was pushed out of the team after being involved in a scandal, now she wants a new image and this will give her a chance. Billy is the smartest member of the team but he is also social awkward and makes the discover of the coins which give them power. Zack is a rebel who enjoys taking risks but at home he has his own responsibilities. Trini is the outcast, she keeps to herself because of her family moving a lot. Rita is the villain looking to end life on Earth by taking the life force from the planet, she is very creepy throughout and fits what we know in the Power Rangers universe. Zordon is the mentor of the rangers, once a former leader looking to continue to protect Earth.

Performance wise, all five of the ranger’s performers are good throughout the film show we have 5 young actors with plenty of potential. Elizabeth Banks looks like she enjoyed the villainous role through the film with Cranston always being a good choice for a mentor like role.

StoryThe story is the origin of the Power Rangers which needed fresh life away from the cheesy 90s show a lot of us grew up watching. We have characters that need to learn responsibility and this gives them that chance, we do have the generic training montage, singular villain that wants to end the world but this is everything we want from this film, we don’t need Shakespeare from a movie like this, just a fun story.

Action/Adventure/Sci-FiThe action is big but not done with the comic production value we are used too, with the adventure being used as our characters go into a world they could never imagine and the sci-fi side of the story coming from the idea of monsters needing defeating from space.

SettingsThe small-town setting plays into the environment the original had as we only have the first villain for them to face here.

Special EffectsWe have a lot of special effects to make this work and they click for what we need the film to work.

Final ThoughtsThis is fun movie, you can truly sit back and enjoy this one without needing to think too much.

 

Overall: Sit back relax

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Writer: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) John Gatins (Story)

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John C Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell

 

Plot: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mindless Monster Mayhem

 

Story: Kong: Skull Island starts as we see an instant introduction to Kong during World War II, move forward to 1973 Bill Randa (Goodman) want to lead an expedition to the mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean, one that has only just been discovered by satellite images. Joined by his assistant Brooks (Hawkins) and a mapping team Randa puts together a unit to cover him if the stories are true.

The team includes tracker James Conrad (Hiddleston), photographer Mason Weaver (Larson), San (Jing) and army unit led by Preston Packard (Jackson). Upon arrive on the island Kong destroys all the helicopter killing half the unit, with the scientists looking for a way off the island and Packard out for revenge the two battle within as they face enemies they had never imagined including the monstrous Kong.

 

Thoughts on Kong: Skull Island

 

Characters/PerformanceConrad is a British tracker who we rarely see track, Weaver is a photographer who clashes with Packard a lot on the morale side of her job post-Vietnam, she isn’t just the damsel in distress though. Packard is a war-hero who I believe wasn’t a hero in war, he wants one more chance to go into a battle before returning home, as the film unfolds he does feel very similar to Pete Postlethwaite character in Jurassic Park 2. Bill knows more than he lets on but could be considered a businessman villain. Hank steals most of the scenes here, he is the former WWII pilot who has been stuck on the island for 28 years. Kong is a character all to his own, destroying anything that gets in his way while also showing the most emotion of any character in the film. we also have scientists who are forgettable, and soldiers who are giving basic banter to work with.

Performance wise, Hiddleston does struggling to make much of the poorly written character, Larson starts well but again her character is written weakly, Jackson does what Jackson does well without being his best, Goodman also doesn’t reach his potential while Reilly knows how to steal a movie with limited scenes. Most of the stars all struggle with the same problem, their characters are written very weakly.

StoryThe story here is fine, I liked that is wasn’t the same as the 30’s era trying to bring Kong back to New York, this is just a surveillance job turned race against time to survive. So, this is The Lost World with King Kong in the end. There isn’t too much to say good about the story because I found myself confused a lot, we had ONE ship with about SIX helicopters on it and sudden when they reach Skull Island there is about TWENTY helicopters, the same goes for the number of soldiers, one minute we have the FOUR we know and then when we need people to die there suddenly seems to be another group of disposable ones. These inconsistent annoyed me most.

Action/Adventure/FantasyThe action is very big and sure you can switch off and enjoy it all, the adventure is in the new world unseen and comes off fine throughout, the fantasy comes from battle what should be the impossible.

SettingsI did like that we kept all the action upon Skull Island, I feel this is important to creating the bigger universe they want to.

Special EffectsI also think the special effects are brilliant through the whole film and could barely tell the different between what is real or not.

Final ThoughtsThis is big bad and fun but I feel the character development comes off pointless in places because all we get is a sudden death to a character that doesn’t make sense or it is an unknown character killed to save ones we have got to know.

 

Overall: This will go down in the fun but not great action set piece.

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Need For Speed (2014)

logoDirector: Scott Waugh

Writer: George Gatins (Screenplay) George Gatins, John Gatins (Story)

Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton

 

Plot: Framed by an ex-partner for a murder he did not commit, Tobey Marshall, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street-racer, spends two years in jail thinking about one moment. Fresh out of prison he reacquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sold, and seeks to enter a secretive and extremely high-stakes race known as The DeLeon. His purpose; redemption, recognition from the world of racing and to solve his problems. Yet all this fades in comparison to his driving reason. Revenge. Above all, revenge.

 

Verdict: Fast & Furious For Gamers

 

Story: When you look at the story on paper you can see it is very simple, revenge mixed with justice. It has plenty of action to gloss of the lack of real story and supporting characters to make everything seem lighter entertainment, while the main character and villain have an intense rivalry which you do get invested in. it is hard to really decide how I feel about this film as I am very invested in my only car fix being the Furious franchise and this tries to create something similar but I don’t see it reaching that level yet. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Aaron Paul: Tobey the small time mechanic who also happens to be a world class street race driver. When an old enemy turns up with a job offer, he can’t refuse due to financial difficulties. Once the job is complete he gets a chase to gamble for more money which leads to the death of a friend and himself being found guilty and landing in jail. Two years later he is out and ready to revenge by winning the DeLeon the race for the best of the best racers. Good performance after stepping away from Breaking Bad, but he doesn’t really get a chance to show off any acting skills here. (8/10)

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Dominic Cooper: Dino the old enemy who offers the job, before pushing Tobey into a race for all the money and killing another driver and hiding the evidence that he was there. He has gone onto win the DeLeon and with the fear that Tobey could beat him he puts a bounty on his head before he gets to the race. Good performance in the villain performance, who thinks he is better than the other people around him. (8/10)

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Imogen Poots: Julia the employee of a dealer who buys the car that Tobey does up off Dino. She goes on the road trip to the Deleon with Tobey to make sure the car stays safe. She isn’t an open book and is filled with plenty of secrets behind her British accent. Good performance, but I did find it a bit annoying and a nag after a while. (7/10)

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Scott Mescudi: Benny a pilot who helps from the air during the race and pursuits, he always turns up in a different vehicle much to the team’s surprise. Good performance in the role that gets the most laughs. (7/10)

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Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez: Finn, Joe the engineers who help keep the cars together and the streets clean during the races. It is only fair to treat them as one as they are always together and work perfectly together. (7/10)

 

Michael Keaton: Monarch the man the voice behind the DeLeon, he selects the drivers he thinks are worthiest to be in his secret race, and with the backstory between Tobey and Dino he has no choice to pick them. Good supporting character who offers plenty of good lines. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Scott Waugh – Puts together a very good action film with plenty of car chasing/racing scenes that really do put you at the edge of your seat. (8/10)

 

Action: The races are brilliant the chases are brilliant. (9/10)

Thriller: With the whole will he won’t he make it for the race out there this works well. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting makes the race/chase all that little bit more interesting. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the action fans out there, they will enjoy most of the film. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Rivalry between Toney and Dino

Worst Part: Dino’s girlfriend, Pete’s brother who stays with Dino after the crash and never once believes Tobey till he is out of prison TWO YEARS LATER!

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Chase

Funniest Scene: Finn quits his job.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could have one

Post Credits Scene: Scene in the credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $203 Million

Budget: $66 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

Overall: Solid Video Game Adaptation

Rating 73