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Valkyrie (2008)

Valkyrie (2008)

This one tells a different tale of the second World War. The tale of Germans who fought Germans. A plot to assassinate Hitler... well, one of many. How it started, how it stalled, and how it ended, and Tom Cruise plays the main Colonel. Or at least the movie portrays him as the main one.

As always there's just something about WW2 movies! This one's no different. It may be more. It may be more realistic. It may be less. It may be more explosive. It may be more focused on the intrigue than the trenches - the finer parts of the country, like the Wolf's Lair, but what a brooding they build! And what an aura around the one and only. Say what evil you may say about him but he had a special kind of stature. He commended fear, and respect, and loyalty... and kindness, to those he held close. To those who did his bidding. To those who shared his dream.

I don't mean to sound supremacist here, but they conveyed that bit so well in the movie. Each meeting made you really sit at the edge of your seat, and it wasn't only because there was a plot to kill him involved with each. The irony that he commanded his assassin... that's the one part I wonder about. Was it true? Was it just a little bit of mockery they decided to sneak into the movie, despite the authenticity overall?

It was a great one otherwise. One that really takes the war from another angle. From the heart of Germany. From behind the drawing board. From a segregated nation that refused to stay idle even before they lost their war.

Maybe I should rate this higher...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Parker (2013)

Parker (2013)

A thug gets betrayed by his partners, is left for dead, and seeks revenge. That's Parker. AKA Jason Statham.

He stumbles upon a real-estate agent, Leslie Rodgers, played by Jennifer Lopez. Things don't all go the way they're planned, they get messy, but it's about principle, because that's just the kind of man that Parker is.

Prepare for a somewhat different kind of heist movie! If you've read the books you'll know what this is all about. It's not perfect, but that's part of the charm, and it's messy in a good way. The order of chaos - what's that called? Also has the best ending line ever.

It's the mailman - nothing but bills!

RIP Donald E. Westlake! And may Parker live forever. I didn't like this movie this much the first time I watched it, but now, damn. He really got it right.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Key (2008)

The Key (2008)

This one starts a B-movie but.. yeah, it stays a B-movie too.

I was hoping for more. They've got something going with the blood and that so very vague premise of it all, but lack of scenery, bad recording quality, not the best actors (bot not the worst either)... it all boils down to a somewhat exciting but-not-all-the-way-through horror movie about five friends who attempt to shoot a documentary in a haunted house... when things start to go horribly wrong.

There's also a key, and a lot of cleavage, but unfortunately the sound suffers similar consequence, as does the quality of the film.

I don't want to rate this too low since it had some strong points, but it definitely isn't one I'll watch again.

 rated 2/5: decent

Undisputed 3 - Redemption (2010)

Undisputed 3 - Redemption (2010)

Bad knee, good knee, no knee... you can rely on Boyka to put up a good fight either way! Though it certainly hasn't been easy, it seems he did recover from the fatal injury in his last round, and when talk of a nationwide prison tournament comes up: he wants in. Enter Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Lateef Crowder, Esteban Cueto and quite a few new fighters too! Gone is the Iceman, it's all Boyka now.

And oddly enough he's suddenly become a somewhat sympathetic main character. You could say the shift is for the worse, in that the previous movie loses a bit of its former edge, but at the same time it also shows that everything isn't all black and white. It depends on how you're looking at the picture.

It's another good fight movie too. Another tough ride to the ultimate victory. I'm starting to feel like parts of these soundtracks are pretty out of place, but overall there's little to complain about. The choreography stays strong, and once again it's a tough ride to victory, with quite a few people trying to get in the way of the one and only. And that's all, that's Undisputed. For now.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Undisputed 2 - Last Man Standing (2006)

Undisputed 2 - Last Man Standing (2006)

Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers is sent to a Russian Jail on trumped-up drug charges.

Only the Iceman is a new Iceman this time, played by Michael Jai White, who's coincidentally also played the character this character's based on in another movie (Mike Tyson).

It's time for Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins to meet, too! And for this series to get a whole lot more vicious. The fights are no longer strictly boxing, and noticeably sped up, but in terms of general choreography and energy this is on a whole new level. Not as authentic but a lot more bad-ass. Neither of the lead characters disappoint. They're made for their roles, though here the adversary comes across as more as the villain, and the Iceman as the (sort of) good guy. It's basically a new version of the first movie with a few elements turned around.

The acting's not all on top, but it is a solid movie, both a prison and fight one. There's not much more to say really. It's in Russia. It's savage. It's not bad.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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