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Wrongfully Accused (1998)

Wrongfully Accused (1998)

Ryan Harrison is framed for murder and must prove himself innocent by finding a mysterious one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged man after escaping from a bus accident on the way to jail.

Young(er) Leslie Nielsen, some parts had me rolling, the steep hill, the car chase, the hospital visit - though predictable, even the credits are an unexpected treat!

It's the typical formula! Typical Leslie, with the girl, the over the top villains, a simple plot but intricate and prop-heavy with detail and witticism.

Sometimes it's a bit much, but you smile anyway.

I miss slapstick comedy like this.

If you think this is a parody on the action classic The Fugitive with Harrison Ford btw, Leslie actually played part in the TV show with the same name from the sixties that inspired that movie, so is basically a parody on the movie inspired by his own show! I did not know...

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Shooter (2007)

Shooter (2007)

Never considered Mark Wahlberg the best actor, but he's been in some damn good movies, and this is one of them!

The showdown. The helicopters circling the city. The ruthless chase. The wounds. The bombs. The patsy. The arm. The cabin. The car in the snow... when it goes down it really goes down, and the script's intricate.

The premise is simpler. It's about justice. It's about vengeance. It's about overcoming loss, in a way. It's not overly complex - but it's real. And I'm surprised how much they dared veer into the realm of conspiracies when they made it. It's raw, it's real, it may not be entirely representative of reality but... it sure digs a bit.

Points at the portion of the iceberg you don't tend to see.

I love it. Would've liked Rhona Mitra to play a bigger role towards the end - her role feels like lost potential - could've joined in on the celebration at least, but otherwise this was amazing.

The bullets feel real too. The fire, the flames, the blood and everything. When they're burrowing into the cabin just inches from Mark's face. Look here. This is how you do it. Whether he was greenscreened into the scene or no that looks incredibly real, and it enhances the situation so much.

I don't think I fully appreciated this movie the last time I watched it.

Still don't feel like Mark Wahlberg's the most complex or suitably emotional man at all times - but he works for this.

Fine action. Ferocious. Worthwhile. Intricate. With motive and a great attention to detail if not depth.

Great movie. Title too. Works good.

The dog... gets me thinking a bit of John Wick...

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Peace Talks

Peace Talks

I think I need to go search up some more Rob Shauf. XD

Cruel Jaws (1995)

Cruel Jaws (1995)

Europe Communications and Production Group present... hadn't heard of that one before!

It's a clear Jaws spin-off, that looks and sounds like it was filmed at least ten years before its time (that includes sexy ladies and eighties rock/pop hell yeah), people that look good but can't necessarily all act, a man with a Hulk Hogan-like haircut, a guy who's obsessed with sharks to the point his girlfriend gets pissed off, a small town Sheriff and a shady mayor... remind you of Jaws, anyone?

At a glance it may seem like a badly acted Jaws spin-off movie, and it is! But fortunately it's also the kind of movie that's somehow so bad it becomes good. The characters have character and the underwater scenes have an artsy flare to them.

The soundtrack theme almost sounds like Star Wars sometimes. The action's gritty and fragmented. They do have a real shark prop (I think?) and real life shark footage mixed in - sometimes I'm impressed and sometimes I'm disappointed.

It's like one of those old Kung-Fu movies but with sharks. Just messy. Yet in a good way. Not realistic but still cool. So bad one moment that you're blown away when the next moment it's so much better.

It's full of mood swings and unnecessary dialog, actors that overact and red threads that don't go anywhere, but also potential! I enjoyed it maybe more than I should have; maybe more so for the differences in regard to this and the regular blockbuster than for it actually being something I really enjoyed watching.

If you're tired of the blockbusters, or the modern-day B-movies with depressingly fake CGI, maybe give this one a shot. Ain't like Jaws but for that same reason it ain't all bad.

Sometimes it may actually seem slightly more realistic.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Tomorrow War (2021)

The Tomorrow War (2021)

Dan's one stubborn man! And this movie's all about family.

Well, aliens too, but mostly family.

You'd think with Chris Pratt and that other guy (I wish I didn't wait so long with my review drafts - forget who I was thinking of here) there'd be more comedy, but it's really quite serious, which is strange considering there's Chris Pratt, so sometimes you just can't take him entirely serious after all. He just doesn't have that serious kind of look does he?

He does great here though, as does his in-movie daughter, and together they save the world from an impending alien threat in ways you wouldn't expect. First in the future; then back to the home world. Spoiler alert.

The alien nest at the end's a bit cliché. The time jumping thing's been done before too. The water fortress however - and alien vessel - and a lot of the visual elements feel new, and their running through the red smoke and throughout abandoned buildings in a dead city of future USA... it feels good. Looks good. The atmosphere's there.

For an action aficionado you can't not enjoy it, and I shan't spoil things like that moment when they fall through the sky but... whoops.

Yupp. There are some good scenes.

I really have no complaints, but for maybe the Transformer-like alien sound effects - re-used yet again in new ways, and the new but also familiar alien designs, and a lot of other familiar elements that seem to cycle through most sci-fi movies these days.

It's a bit like how pop songs keep hitting the same notes and melodies to make people like them. Because they feel familiar, and invoke a certain sense of nostalgia, or belonging, or whatever kind of sensation it is you're looking for when you watch a movie like this/listen to such music...

So in the end it's great, it is. Epic, you could say.

But just like that word now it lacks the packing punch. It feels old already. Even in this fresh future world.

I love it but... are blockbusters nearing the end of the line... or something? It's awesome always, but just doesn't have that special spark. I wonder why. Maybe it's too intense. Too much greatness. Too much of everything.

It does have a beautiful ending. A bit more scaled-down then.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Ice Road (2021)

The Ice Road (2021)

A bunch of miners are trapped in a mine, and a trucker (that's Liam Neeson) accompanied by his intellectually somewhat limited brother are tasked with the mission of transporting thirty tons worth of equipment to get the miners out, over a series of ice roads leading up to the mine.

There's the main premise.

It sounds a little simple, but they reaaally manage to milk it for all its worth, and I must admit the ice and special effects involved with it are pretty expressive. The truckers come across authentic too, especially Laurence Fishburne, an unexpected gem in this particular movie. Though unfortunately he doesn't last long.

It's a simple but good story, once again portraying Liam as the working man who overcomes odds and plays the hero, and once again he does a good job at it, though towards the end it really feels like they milk the fighting scenes a bit too much, and have too many pauses for the sense of desperation to carry all the way.

And the special effects sometimes just don't hold.

They tried though. Sometimes they do. Sometimes you can really feel the cold and depth of water. Sometimes it's dark.

I wonder if this might've been inspired by the Ice Truckers In Alaska series. Watched a few episodes of that years back and it was impressively captivating considering nothing much ever happened. But it could. All the time. Maybe that anticipation was actually a step beyond over-saturated violence in regard to sense of immersion; tension; the captivation you need for a good film...

I like the theme though. Trucks. It's a robust one. The girl's good too.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

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