Matthew Fox Weekend – Alex Cross (2012)

Director: Rob Cohen

Writer: Marc Moss, Kerry Williamson (Screenplay) James Patterson (Novel)

Starring: Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Matthew Fox, Jean Reno, Carmen Ejogo, Cicely Tyson, Rachel Nichols

 

Plot: A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.


Tagline – Don’t Ever Cross Alex Cross

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fox Shines

 

Story: Alex Cross starts with homicide detective Alex Cross (Perry) and his team Thomas (Burns) and Monica (Nichols) needing to show their skills when a new hired killer nicknamed Picasso (Fox) uses his torture and pain techniques while eliminating people.

When the team learns of the targets they must work with who they think is the main target Giles Mercier (Reno), but this has made his team the newest targets for Picasso, who makes the killings personal.

 

Thoughts on Alex Cross

 

Characters – Dr Alex Cross is a homicide detective, we have seen this character before, but this time we meet a younger version of him, before he becomes the FBI agent we know. Alex has a family and is on the way to making his big career decision, when Picasso comes into his life, Alex will need to balance his skills and rage to stop him. Picasso is a hired gun, he is one of the very best in the world, he enjoys the pain he gives and receives, he makes his mission personal and drives Alex to limits he has never been pushed before. Thomas is the partner of Alex, he is shorter tempered, but loyal to Alex. Giles Mercier seems to be the main target of Picasso mission, he is the rich man that gets what he wants.

PerformancesTyler Perry was considered a strange choice for the leading role in this movie, known mostly for comedy and taking over from Morgan Freeman, he just doesn’t reach his levels, but is good through the film. it is Matthew Fox that shines the most as the cold calculated killer that enjoys the pain. The commitment Fox showed to this role needs to be praised because of the physical change he put his body through makes him an unlikely looking threat. Edward Burn is good as the partner while not being anything special and Jean Reno will always be good in the role he takes.

StoryTo step into another Alex Cross story is always going to be interesting, picking up before he became an FBI agent helps us understand what drove him to be the determined man we know. Making the story personal for Cross shows how he can balance the law and revenge in his attempts to solve the crime. The story might not reach the level of intensity is could have for a personal story, it does everything we need for an entertaining crime mystery thriller.

Action/Crime/MysteryThe action involved in the film is good, even if moments of the effects used are weak. The crime is an interesting one to watch unfold, but it takes away from the mystery because we are always on the same level of the cops, we are not feed anything to solve.

SettingsDetroit makes for a good setting, it always feels like it is a place known for the crime rates.


Scene of the Movie –
Picasso introduction fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Rocket effects.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to watch crime thriller, it does everything it needs to do and is carried by a wonderful villain performance from Fox.

 

Overall: Crime fans watch.

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Matthew Fox Weekend – Vantage Point (2008)

Director: Pete Travis

Writer:  Barry L Levy (Screenplay)

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Said Tahgmaoui, Zoe Saldana, Edgar Ramirez, Bruce McGill

 

Plot: The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.


Tagline –  If you think you’ve seen it all…Look Again

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Relentless Action Packed Film

 

Story: Vantage Point starts in Salamanca, Spain where the world leaders are meeting for President Ashton (Hurt) anti-terrorist agreement which would bring nations from around the world together. Rex Brooks (Weaver) is controlling the media side of the story, with Angie Jones (Saldana) on the grounds.

President Ashton surrounded by secret service agents including Thomas Barnes (Quaid) who has saved the President in the past and flanked by Kent Taylor (Fox). When the President in shot a bomb is set off outside the plaza leave many dead including our reporter Angie.

We rewind to follow the events from Thomas’s perspective, his struggle to suit up and put his life on the line for the President. We continue to follow different vantage points we learn the bigger picture of the events of this day.

 

Thoughts on Vantage Point

 

Characters – Thomas Barnes is a secret service agent, he has saved the President before and his mindset has been questioned before, but he is excellent at his job, he must act quickly to learn the truth about who tried to assassinate the President. Kent Taylor is a fellow secret service agent, the one that supports Barnes’ return to duty, he goes in pursuit off the suspect doing his duty for the President. Howard Lewis is a tourist that is having a difficult personal life and was using this trip as a break from his family, he is filming the events becoming a crucial witness to the events. Rex Brooks is the television news director, controlling her reporter on the stage, the cameras in the arena, she has a history with trying to get Barnes to talk about his lifesaving moment in the past. President Ashton is about to agree on the biggest counter-terrorist agreement in world history, he will be making history at this event. We continue to follow other people too including the mysterious woman Veronica that becomes one of the prime suspects.

PerformancesThe performances here are good throughout the whole cast, not a single person truly becomes the main character of the film so, no one takes centre stage. Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt to name the biggest names are able to show how to make an impact with limited time.

StoryThe story follows the panic which follows an attempted assassination attempt of the President, we follow the different viewpoints, we flashback to different points where each vantage point does take us to the next stage of the story, keeping us guessing on each moment of the events of the day. This story does show the pure panic that would follow an assassination attempt and bombs going of at such a public event. The real-time feeling gives us an extra dimension to this film which makes this a real edge of your seat story which keeps us guessing.

Action/CrimeThe action comes thick and fast in this film, we have a car chase through the tight streets and plenty of foot pursuits the drive the movie as we are left to figure out who committed the crime.

SettingsThe settings give us the opening feeling of hope for the world, this setting then shows us how perfect it would be for creating the chaos required for the terrorist actions.


Scene of the Movie –
Car chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Forest Whitaker’s jump, it doesn’t suit the running rescue.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most underrated action films if you want something that doesn’t make you think to much but does keep you guessing this is one for you. It is a relentless film that doesn’t give you too much time to breath.

 

Overall: Action fans just go and watch this.

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Extinction (2015)

extinctionDirector: Miguel Angel Vivas

Writer: Miguel Angel Vivas, Alberto Marini (Screenplay) Juan de Dios Garduno (Novel)

Starring: Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan, Valeria Vereau, Clara Lago, Eduardo Fedriani

 

Plot: And suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth… until now.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Impressive Horror

 

Story: Extinction starts as we follow two buses with military personal moving civilians before a sudden stop shows the enemy they are against, a blood thirsty creature almost vampire mixed with zombie. The attack leaves on Patrick (Fox), Jack (Donovan) and baby Lu belonging to one of them left alive.

Nine years later we find Patrick living opposite Jack on a none speaking terms while Jack is trying to raise his daughter Lu (McColgan) in a world with just the three of them alive. We don’t know what has happened between Jack and Patrick but that is the reason why they don’t talk. When Lu sees one of the creatures trying to get into the safety house the three learn they may not be alone anymore but the danger has returned and the two men have to put their difference behind them to protect Lu from the evil in the world.survirs

Extinction is a film that could have gone down as something very routine but does something very different. We skip most of the aftermath of the attack and see something has happened between the men but only as the film unfolds we learn the truth. We also are left guessing which one is actually the father of Lu. The drama between the men does really help the story get driven because the horror is almost forgotten at times showing that the time the film is set person issue will need to be put aside when surviving is most important. I do think we have a few issues with character decisions but otherwise this is very engaging.

 

Actor Review

 

Matthew Fox: Patrick is one of the two me that have survived all these years and what seemed like they were friends soon shows they are actually enemies now. He lives in isolation but opposite Jack & Lu as we see him being the guy trying to communicate with anybody while being more adventures with his hunting. Matthew is good in this role where he almost plays three different characters through his character’s development in the film.

Jeffrey Donovan: Jack was once friends with Patrick but no enemies while Jack is trying to raise Lu in this empty world. He has a much more cautious approach compared to Patrick but not listening to Lu could be the downside of all of their safety. Jeffrey is good in this role where he does create a real tension between his character and Matthew’s.

Quinn McColgan: Lu is the daughter of Patrick who was only a baby when the attack happened where her mother died trying to save her. She is getting increasingly frustrated about not being allowed to leave the house but has to protectors in the world. Quinn is great in this role even if the character makes some bad decisions.

Support Cast: Extinction doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast but the few we do meet do a good job.

Director Review: Miguel Angel VivasMiguel does a great job with this film with a story that keeps us on edge for the whole journey.

 

Horror: Extinction uses the creatures to create the horror along with the idea that our world is gone from where we once knew it to be.

Sci-Fi: Extinction puts us into a post-apocalyptic world where we never fully know what caused it.

Settings: Extinction puts us into the setting where snow has taken over the world making everything look very bleak.
Special Effects
: Extinction does have a few issues with the special effects as you could see the CGI very easily but I do think it will be to keep it in the comic book tone.

Suggestion: Extinction is one film that really surprised me so I will be suggesting it to everyone. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The Conflict between Patrick and Jack.

Worst Part: Certain moments make you wonder how they survived this long.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: Maybe in a couple of places.

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: They are the last

Trivia: They filmed in Budapest due to its snowy winter, but it turned out to be the first winter in over a decade with no snow at all.

 

Overall: Surprisingly emotional filled horror thriller.

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Bone Tomahawk (2015)

boneDirector: S. Craig Zahler

Writer: S. Craig Zahler (Screenplay)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Sid Haig

 

Plot: Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Throwback Horror

 

Story: Bone Tomahawk starts with two scavengers Buddy (Haig) and Purvis (Arquette) dealing with their kills before trying to escape through an ancient burial ground before coming under attack. 11 days later we meet Sheriff Hunt (Russell) where Purvis has turned up in his town.

After Purvis gets shot Samantha (Simmons) has to treat him but during the night Indians attack and kidnap everyone from the Sheriff’s office. The morning after Sheriff Hunt, Samantha’s husband Arthur (Wilson), Brooder (Fox) and Chicory (Jenkins) set out to get their people back against a group of Troglodyte an inbred group of cannibals.

Bone Tomahawk gives us a horror western that gives each genre the right amount of time with the first half being mostly a western adventure and the final act being all about the cannibal horror. Giving each part of the story works well because it makes us care about the characters involved. It could be fair to say it could give us a few ideas from previous ideas The Hills Have Eyes is one, but a cannibal western really does come off original.

 

Actor Review

 

Kurt Russell: Sheriff Hunt is leading the mission to get the people back, he is strict but fair to anyone who crosses his path. He uses all his knowledge even if he clashes with Arthur and Brooder on different matters along their journey. Kurt is good in this role showing he still has the leading man mentality.the law

Patrick Wilson: Arthur is the injured cowboy who goes to get his wife back from the Indians that have taken her. He shouldn’t be on the mission and will not stop even with his healing broken leg to save her. Patrick is good but sometimes comes off very annoying out of the four leads.cowboy

Matthew Fox: Brooder is a well-dressed gunslinger who knows how to get the job done, he boasts about the number of Indians he has killed and uses his skills to deal with any threats that could come towards the men. Matthew is great in this role showing that he likes to become different characters with ease.armed gentlemen

Richard Jenkins: Chicory is the old deputy that has nothing left in the town forcing the Sheriff to let him go on the mission, he has medical training which comes in handy while dealing with Arthur’s injuries. Richard is good in this supporting role.bac p

Support Cast: Bone Tomahawk doesn’t have too much of a supporting cast with the villains not being seen until late on and the rest of the town only in the opening scenes.

Director Review: S. Craig ZahlerS. Craig gives us a good horror western that is rare in the world in the horror.

 

Adventure: Bone Tomahawk gives our four men an adventure across the open world looking for the cannibals.

Horror: Bone Tomahawk saves the horror until late in the film where it all gets let out.

Thriller: Bone Tomahawk keeps us wondering what will happen and what the enemy is really capable off.

Western: Bone Tomahawk gives us a feel of an old school western for our four unlikely men travelling in search for an unknown enemy.

Settings: Bone Tomahawk uses the settings to make you feel like you are part of the classic western.
Special Effects
: Bone Tomahawk has great effects when it comes to the death scenes not wanting to ever hold back on brutality.

Suggestion: Bone Tomahawk is one for all the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Horse stolen but one and not knowing what has happened to it.

Worst Part: Being picky I would say I would have like to have seen kidnapping happen to show what the cannibals are really capable off.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1.8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes

Tagline: John Brooder: An armed gentleman
Franklin Hunt: The law
Samantha O’Dwyer: The town doctor
Chicory: The back-up deputy
Arthur O’Dwyer: The cowboy (injured)

Overall: Horror for the fans to enjoy filled with blood, gore and suspense

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Emperor (2012)

logoDirector: Peter Webber

Writer: Vera Blasi, David Klass (Screenplay) Shiro Okamoto (Book ’His Majesty’s Salvation’)

Starring: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida, Masayoshi Haneda, Kaori Momoi, Colin Moy, Takataro Kataoka

 

Plot: As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

 

Verdict: History Lesson

 

Story: We start by looking at horrors of the atomic bomb attack on Japan and seeing how Japan surrendered and how they left Emperor Hirohito on the protection list until they figure out what to do with him. We follow our General as he arranges the arrests with limited resources before the Japanese General complete their honour suicide. We see how General Fellers has to discover how involved the Emperor was in the war and whether he should be tried as a war criminal. While he looks for a lost love in the remains of a destroyed Japan. He has a ten day deadline; we have to see how much information he can uncover by the deadline and figure out the truth before the judgement is rushed.

If you were to take away the redundant romantic story this could actually turn into an interest history lesson. Saying that if you took that out it would end up being an hour special made for TV. After only learning the very basic story behind the truth of the World War II it is always good to see a film that helps uncover more about what happened and this does tell the audience about the aftermath of the Japanese surrender. It does show that the Americans were the heroes and how one man whose idea of respecting the traditions changed the outcome. In the end it really is just a history lesson that could have been a television special instead of an attempted big film. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Matthew Fox: General Bonner Fellers the man given the task to figure out whether the Emperor can be tried as a war criminal. He is also trying to find a lost love who might have been a victim of the war. He has to come over odds which seem to put him in a situation he can only struggle to get through to uncover the truth. Matthew gives a solid performance but never does anything that will give you Goosebumps which is essential for real life dramas. (6/10)

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Tommy Lee Jones: General Douglas MacArthur he gives General Fellers the task and expects nothing but the best from his very best General. Tommy Lee only seems to be a supporting character demanding the best from the lead, he doesn’t have much to work with but does a solid job when he does. (6/10)

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Eriko Hatsune: Aya Shimada the student General Fellers falls for before the war and tries to keep in contact with during the war, we are left to wonder if she is still alive as the film unfolds. Eriko does a good job but really doesn’t have much to work with or any real outcome on the main story. (6/10)

 

Masayoshi Haneda: Takahashi hired to become General Fellers personal drive he is tasked with helping uncover the location of Aya. He does a good job in a supporting role where he becomes almost a friend for General Fellers, he doesn’t have much to work with and even when we get the emotional moment it is almost skipped over. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Filled with Generals and other suspected war criminals we get to meet a mix of supporting characters who have helped with the flashbacks guiding our hero and now time also help the hero uncover the truth.

 

Director Review: Peter Webber – Does a solid job, but lacks the emotional levels required for certain scenes. (5/10)

 

Drama: Solid use of drama but lacks the emotional scenes which could have made the film very powerful. (7/10)

History: The look at the post war, war criminal investigation is very good but the romantic storyline ruins it all. (8/10)

Settings: Brilliant re-created settings of the destroyed Japan. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the history fans out there the casual fan will not enjoy this at all. (Try It)

 

Best Part: History lesson

Worst Part: Romantic Angle

Believability: Based on what is meant to have happened after Japan surrendered, but the romantic angle is made up. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $3.3 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: Japan 1945: General Douglas MacArthur was given a mission to decide the fate of a nation, the guilt of a leader, and the true price of peace.

Trivia: The romantic story between Fellers and Aya was entirely fictional for the film. Fellers was married in 1925 to Dorothy Dysart who accompanied him twice on his posting the Philippines, and she also went with him to China and Japan.

 

Overall: Interesting Lesson

Rating 60