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The Courier (2019)

The Courier (2019)

Olga Kurylenko's one bad-ass woman! And courier. And life-saving gal all around. And this could've been a thoroughly bad-ass movie too if it wasn't for all the waiting, the wading, the wasting time, the lacking witty conversations and surplus suffering - as if that's why we watch these movies. And a hit man who doesn't count his bullets? Twice?!

The fireball scene was bad-ass, the cunt punt looked painful, the view was enjoyable - albeit short-lived, and the violence gritty beyond expectation sometimes. They just could've used a better script, a bit more basement variation and a little more finite a conclusion.

Realistic blood and all btw but lacking a punch sometimes with the firepower and effects.

Hope I see you in more action movies though Olga. Great performance here. Remindin' me a bit of Kate Beckinsale too.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Soundwave (2018)

Soundwave (2018)

Been a while since a movie hyped me up like this one! When the credits start rolling yeaaaah. I'm inspired! I feel higher. I'm enlightened. It's in my blood. It's all around. The world is sound. The plot seems shallow but still profound. Treading the new waves, looking to new days, you done made me proud. Dylan K. Narang.

It's the story of a young inventor with a troubled past, played by Hunter Doohan, who invents a machine that can hear sound waves of our past. And then he meets a girl. Katie Owsley.

Of course there's a bad guy too - nobody I recognize but they're all good. There's loss. There's a build. It feels a little simple sometimes - I wasn't a fan of the photographic way they interpreted the sound visually, slowed down as if photos instead of film - but at the same time that's a piece of the newness here. It stands out. The fights might've been anticlimactically non-existent, and the chases never involved cars or any other elaborate form of vehicle, but they did capture the desperation. Sometimes.

It's got that dystopian-like sci-fi synthy soundtrack too, but no soundtrack that takes over, which is almost odd considering the premise.

It's maybe not all compelling, not all entrancing - the stop by the police station seemed a little stupid, but I'm pretty close to being blown away by this one overall.

What a blast. A new one. An audial one at that.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

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Vanguard (2020)

Vanguard (2020)

Covert security company Vanguard is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world's deadliest mercenary organization.

Though it's a bit more of a love story between an environmentalist (female) and Vanguard employee (male). Jackie Chan's there on the side throughout, along with various other Vanguard employees (don't know who the girl was but props! Favorite one) and other collaborators and/or adversaries.

But Special effect car chases? Not a fan. Not of special effect animals either. Special effect cyborg bees...? A little more acceptable.

This movie really reminded me of Kung Fu Yoga, which was fun, but unfortunately all the CGI just brings it down so much for me. I love the views, and some of the setups are spectacular - the fortress firefight in particular was awesome - I wish I could rate it higher!!!

I love that Jackie's still making stuff, but he just ain't in his heyday anymore. The budget's there. The young talent is there. I just wish the authenticity was too. The after credit scenes feel like what I wish the movie felt like, like hew knew Jackie really almost drowned when he was pinned under that jet ski?!

Wish they'd spent this budget a bit differently.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Marksman (2021)

The Marksman (2021)

A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who've pursued him into the U.S.

First one where Neeson dies at the end?

Reminds me a little of Clint Eastwood's last action movie. Hope this doesn't mean Neeson's hanging up his hat for good now too.

It's a simple but solid action movie. Typical Neeson - though new sceneries. More countryside. Ranches, and motels, and cartels, and one damn good showdown that starts on the road.

Going by the description I was expecting it'd all take place by the border, but it wasn't like that. There was no being holed up in the one cabin and keeping waves of cartel soldiers away - like I thought it'd be. It's a bit more realistic. Though that might have been way cooler.

The Mexican kid looked a bit like an old man btw. His way of walking a,d expressing himself. Corroded by the hardships of life. Good charisma too. Nice work Jacob Perez. But dammmmn all that money...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Stormy Monday (1988)

Stormy Monday (1988)

Tommy Lee Jones, Sting, Sean Bean, Melanie Griffith! Wasn't expecting to see a single name I recognized at the start of this, but it turned out to be a somewhat star-sudden older counterpart to Nightcrawler or... something like that.

The world was alive in the eighties. And the details here. The crash. The funnel of flame behind the policemen. The bridge at the back of the street still under construction - towering like an alien vessel above the brick and concrete. The 'do you take credit cards' intro... times were different then. It's a jazzy, noire-like intimate romance/club type of film, a few eventful nights, a few heavy players, the lovebirds a couple of involuntary participants in their game... that's it.

The girl here really looked like Kristen Stewart btw. In her prime.

And just so you know The Krakow Jazz Ensemble - main soundtrack here - are/were an actual band. A chaotic kind of jazzy. They helped build up the atmosphere too. I loved the tone. I loved the romantic focus. This movie really sucked me in unexpectedly, but ended the same way as these movies usually do. A little inconclusive.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Island (1980)

The Island (1980)

A journalist takes his son with him to investigate pirate activity off the coast of Florida. But he gets stranded on a mysterious island - where he might not be alone.

Wonder where that broken down ferry really is. Wonder if islands like this really exist...

The beginning gives you glimpses, but then you move to the city, and when suddenly Blair Maynard and his son Justin are in the grips of a group of pirates living on a remote island in The Bahamas you really aren't prepared for it.

Some bits remind me of The Clockwork Orange. I've been thinking modern thrillers are getting a bit overly fucked up recently, but that's really only on the graphical side. On the psychological one the eighties were waaay ahead of their time. Pitting son and father against each other as reality becomes fiction - as if it's all a dream - and it seems all they can do is abide by the new style of life they're provided...

It's a pretty different movie. Savage. And Michael Caine's great as always, though I'm not used to seeing him not old yet. Seems he's been in a bundle of classics, but I didn't recognize him earlier.

Critic's should've scored this one higher. It stands apart.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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