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12 Rounds 3 - Lockdown (2015)

12 Rounds 3 - Lockdown (2015)

No rest for the wicked, huh? Cop killer John Shaw (Dean Ambrose) is back at the station... his first day of the work after a long session of therapy, and suddenly evidence lands in his hand that'll flip his whole world around. At least they used to call him a cop killer, because his partner was killed in action and they all blame him. That's about to change now...

In a cat and mouse chase through police HQ he confronts a whole gang of corrupt cops, all the while SWAT prepare to storm the place.

It's pretty tense, but the loose ends and action choreography inconsistencies are a bit much. Too much focus on the rounds too. 12. 9. 6. 2...

Is using his own gun really more important than having enough bullets? More than once he could have picked up one of the others. It does look bad-ass at the end, but until that point it just looks like flawed reasoning. Incompetence. Overconfidence if nothing else.

Then there's his vague comments - on the phone, to the junior officer - that really don't make it easier for him. And when he spins around to attack the one guy, or manages to escape Burke in the hallway the first time, or is backing up with the shield with his feet clearly visible - he could've been hurt so easily. Also when he hands over the evidence... it doesn't really feel compelling enough. Not enough to suddenly make everyone aim their artillery at the other guy and let him walk out of there without question. It's little things like that, that ruin this a bit for me.

But overall he is one tough cop! And this is one tough movie. If you can avoid stressing the details it's definitely worth a watch. Solid action, tough characters and a suitable soundtrack. But not flawless.

I did like the John Cena round a bit better.

 rated 2/5: decent

The Commuter (2018)

The Commuter (2018)

Liam Neeson is at it again! Playing the working class hero - this time a commuter with a story, stuck on a train which just so happens to hold a witness who a certain someone wants him to find. He doesn't know this at first, but as the train rolls on you wouldn't believe the things he uncovers. You start to wonder where this ride is really going to go.

Apart from some hazy fast-pace special effects (laziness seems like the latest trend here) this was not bad! The final twist's a predictable one, but it's all presented in such a great way. I love the tension; the weight of the mission, and all in a refreshingly new milieu too. It's fun to see what American commuter trains look like for one, though that initial point of interest soon turns to the passengers, and who might be that one mystery witness.

It's a bit like Murder on the Orient Express but... a little different. Both are great in their own way. Also props on stylish train-line ending credits! They've got style. This movie's well-stocked on grit and finesse both. Somber, sometimes beautiful sceneries mix with dead officers hidden under the floorboards, punchline tickets and card games where the stakes are high.

If you like the Liam Neeson type of movies you'll probably like this! Good cast. Good setting. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Den Of Thieves (2018)

Den Of Thieves (2018)

If only they'd gotten the special effects right from the start of this movie it could've been awesome! The ending scene: pure awesome. This'll be the one that goes down in history as that one with the line of cars. So brutal.

It's a gritty cops and robbers movies similar to Takers or even more so the classic Heat (1995), but the lack of destructive force notable on objects and scenery when they wield their weaponry... it brings the score down a bit. It looks fake. Otherwise everything from the chases, to the action exchange, to the coupe itself in all its meticulous planning is impressive. Some moments come off as impossibly and improbably successful close calls, but when it's done... woah.

Gerard Butler puts on a great tough guy role, and the bad guys aren't bad either (there's 50 Cent too!). I was going to say it needed a little more, that it tried to match up to the ___ classic and didn't quite cut it, but when it's over... so close to a five! The key element being authentic toughness. No mercy. No compromise. The only thing that bugs me, apart from some lacking special effects, is how some characters come off as a bit naive when it's all over, as in: where's there contingency plan?! They really went into that bank looking like they had nothing to lose.

Might be the best action thriller this year.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Coco (2017)

Coco (2017)

Here's a movie about a Mexican boy (Miguel) who loves music, yet whose family want to do nothing but shoes. He traces the steps of his ancestors back to the famous Ernesto de la Cruz, who ventured off into the world to become a musician, shunned by the family as he abandoned them in favor of his fame and fortune.

As Miguel's parents refuse to understand him he becomes all the more determined to follow in his footsteps, so he steals his ancestor's guitar on the Day of the Dead to participate in a music contest and prove his worth, but little does he know stealing from the dead on this day brings him to the world of the dead, where he needs one of his ancestor's blessings to get back. The dead side of his family also does not share his passion for music, and so he's putted against time in a raffling adventure of music, and family, and a search for the famous Ernesto de la Cruz to give him his blessing to he can return to the land of the living again... before the sunrise when the bridge between their worlds is closed.

It's a beautiful movie! Wonderfully animated. Uplifting. Emotional. It's everything a Disney movie should be, complete with colorful settings, characters full of life (doesn't seem to matter so much that they're dead) and overall just great vibes all the way through.

The last moments too... there's so much feeling. It keeps the pace all the way, and though certain moments are a bit predictable that doesn't make it any less worthy.

The title might not make much sense at first, but it all ties to one particularly important person, and the fading memories she holds within her heart. I don't know about the two Oscars, but it definately deserves the high score IMDB gives it! Pixar done did it again.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

The Assassin's Code (2018)

The Assassin's Code (2018)

For a B-movie this one really wasn't bad! It grows on you the further it goes, has some jazzy Noir music, a true Max-Payne like flashback, and even a few characters that remind me of that old cast. The official movie-version Max Payne may have looked like Max Payne, but ten years later: this is the movie that really feels as close to that game as it gets.

Peter Stormare plays the Assassin, the mob family feels pretty authentic and the cops and robbers intrigue is spot on. There's not too much action, but good suspense, atmosphere, and some scenes that really build things up before they tear it down. It started a B-movie but ended up... all G. Close to a 4 but...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take? (2011)

Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take? (2011)

An unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream...

And yes, it's the banks. It makes sense too. It really gives you the whole pyramid scheme, in a good way, even if the Thorax, questionable quotes and a somewhat flimsy visual background journey weaves you through the facts... it's an ambient setting though, so if you focus on the problems at hand: it really does lift the veil.

It really does. How far you're willing to believe is up to you, but that the Rockefellers, Rothschilds and Morgans are at the top of the food chain; controlling the financial climate, and large parts of the resources of the world in turn - that part is clear. How involved they really are is another matter.

How money's really made is explained too. How banks work. How and why the economy really benefits the rich. How even the government is just a puppet - all this primarily from a US perspective.

Maybe you have to be edged in to these ideas over time to really grasp them, but I definitely have been before this movie, so this... it put it all into place for me. The movie's a long lecture and series of interviews detailing the financial truth of the New World Order - sometimes a bit too long, yet with some pretty interesting guests and hosts handing out this information along the way.

That free energy bit... there may be some truth there too, but I feel like it distracts you from the main issue a bit. They could have cut that bit out and saved in on that extra length. Maybe split the whole saga into two individual movies. One with that, and one with the money.

My money's on this one. It's an enlightening documentary. Foster Gamble's a good host, and Kimberly Carter Gamble with him. Seems she's not in either of the sequels though. I'm hoping to watch those eventually too.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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