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Zone 414 (2021)

Zone 414 (2021)

Human meets AI. Human falls in love. It's the same old New Age story, though a bit more empathic than Ex Machina, and a bit more savage, too. Also more detective fiction than futuristic sci-fi action.

It feels a bit like Blade Runner, with a girl like Motoko from Ghost In The Shell, and a man the embodiment of her power... sort of.

Dystopian soundtrack, cyberpunk zone, not that much violence, heavy dialog... it's atmospheric, this one.

Not the brightest, not the happiest; not one I'm sure I'll watch again, but if I do and I like it as much as I did this time I just might give it a five next time around

Travis Fimmel's God speech went a little overboard maybe, but everything else is great. The main characters played by Guy Pearce and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz were masterful. Olwen Fouéré was like a female Anthony Hopkins too. Powerful characters all around.

And I really like that girl in particular.

Ironic both David and his employer lose their girls... and replace them with synthetics. Cure for a lonely world indeed.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Every Last One Of Them (2021)

Every Last One Of Them (2021)

You know what this is about by the title right? Vengeance. All the way. Though as to for whom and why that'll reveal itself if you see the film.

It was gray, gritty, and great... the showcase of emotion in their screams, the sleaziness' of the strip joint in the beginning, the setting they set of a small town owned by one man, and one man out to throw sticks in his spokes...

It's a shame the joint was such a short-lived movement, I felt like this movie was at it's highest there, introducing the protagonist before it all came tumbling down.

The actors had potential, the premise was good, the isolation perceptible, but it just didn't turn out as spectacular as the intro seemed to promise. Apart from unfortunately somewhat sub-par directing though it was great. Nothing wrong with the action; nothing wrong with the emotion either when those moments do come, it just seems the tension doesn't hold, the script's not great, and the overall experience ultimately comes across a little underwhelming.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Multiverse (2019)

Multiverse (2019)

AKA Entangled

Four brilliant university students are forced to confront themselves in terrifying ways when their Quantum Physics experiment leads to an entangled parallel existence that leaves them questioning who they are and what is real.

This movie had such a beautiful intro. Liquid and particle effects. Perfection. Better than Bond. The typography on point too. It had me real hyped for the actual movie to come and then...

It's that kind of movie too huh! Flawless in all but the car crash, with a little twist at the end that you might think might have been a twist, to distract you from the real one.

Mix in either a little multiple timeline or verse theory and it gets magical huh? Or murderous. Or both. At least in the movies. And there is an infinite number of multiverses...

Moral of the story: Don't drive in the dark, or while tired and out of focus.

The ending's both chilling and cathartic innit.

Great movie.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Tarzan In Manhattan (1989)

Tarzan In Manhattan (1989)

Who would've thought they could turn Tarzan into a typical eighties action movie?! It's legit. He's running barefoot in the jungle and everything in the beginning. Manages the typical Tarzan call. There are animals. It's a pretty thorough intro. And then he flies off to Manhattan, you see the Statue of Liberty at a distance from the main land - rare viewpoint, and he climbs up a bridge pillar and rides into the city atop of a commuter bus, all the while an ominous synthy soundtrack plays in the background...

The reason he's there isn't as positive though. His chimp mom's been killed, and his little ape brethren's kidnapped, but he runs into a charming young female taxi driver, gives her a gold ring as payment, meets her crazy cop father and so the adventure commences!

And what a feelgood film this was. The action scenes are typical eighties/nineties ones - not the most authentic, but with character. And so too the characters. And there's an element of humanity to the premise itself, and appreciative contrasts between the real jungle and the concrete one - though mayhaps they didn't highlight those bits as much as they could've.

There's a lot of bonding too. Tarzan and girl (Jane). Y'all know how it goes.

The only thing that throws me off during the movie is Joe Lara's constantly so very preoccupied-looking expression. He's not an idiot, nor usually very nervous, so for the most part the facial expression just feels totally off.

He knows English from the start of the movie too.

It may be a spin-off take on his first meeting Jane, in the big city more so than the bush, but they could've portrayed him a little differently.

They did her perfectly though. Bright smiles all the time. Easy-going and easy to grow a liking too. And despite Joe's bad facial mimicry he's not bad either. He definitely has a personality, and the looks, and seem a little reminiscent of Arnold's during his take on Hercules - a similar icon of the ancients in strange new places - albeit of course a little less muscular.

Joe definitely handled this one way better than Arnold did that one too.

It's classic eighties-on-the-verge-of-nineties action with a refreshing twist.

Good movie.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Mile High Escorts (2020)

Mile High Escorts (2020)

AKA Secrets in the Air

Following the death of a co-worker, a young woman working for a private airline learns the owner's secret and becomes the next target.

Looks like a young Sylvester Stallone in the lead role... almost? Though turns out he didn't have no lead role after all.

The scenes are good in this movie. The places look good, and the people look out, and the quality feels proper.

The transitions move like they would with a TV movie though, and instead of becoming the gritty; psychological and potentially sexy softcore thriller I expected it to be it turns into a moral one. Escorting not the way to go. Do things your way. No temptation. It's not all about money. I thought there'd be more to the 'not all about money', though...

It feels disappointingly much like a religious propaganda movie when it's over, even if it looked good. And the actors aren't bad. They don't have the most desperate scenes but they really could've been worse, some are pretty convincing...

High flying business idea though. No doubt. Starts good.

 rated 2.5/5: almost not bad

Noah's Shark (2021)

Noah's Shark (2021)

It's another one of those crazy shark movies!

Or so you'd think. I would've thought, at least. That's why I sought this out.

Turns out it was more so about a priest exorcising a wooden plank, and wandering into the mountains in search of a cursed ark built by Noah's fourth son together with an adept intent on making a documentary that shall maybe never see the light of day...

Crappy. Crap special effects. Crap acting. Crap everything. Even the grand speech before they head to the ark was hesitant and disappointing.

They had some good waves going on in the intro but the rest? There's barely even a shark in here at all.

 rated 1.5/5: almost decent

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