I wasn’t quite sure what to make about White House Down at first, it’s directed by Roland Emmerich, a guy that is super hit or miss. It’s got Channing Tatum but it also has Jamie Foxx, and finally it really looked like a movie that was trying to be Die Hard. So I finally went to see it and it was what I expected on the good end of things. It was a fun, over the top, Die Hard rip-off. Jamie Foxx is the president, some dudes break into the white house to do bad guy things and Channing Tatum is a dude that was trying to get a job on the president’s security team, now he’s the dude trying to save the day. A lot of people are going to be down on this movie because of Emmerich, Channing Tatum and just in general how the movie looks. But give it a chance because the movie is really fun. It’s just a dumb action movie in the best possible way, it doesn’t have John McClane but it is a decent substitute. If you like mindless action movies then check this one out; it’s a pretty good use of your time.
The simple version of this is, there are giant robots fighting giant monsters, go see it. But if you want the longer version of Guillermo del Toro’s new film we can do that. Charlie Hunnam (the dude from Sons of Anarchy) is a Jaegers pilot (Jaegers are the giant robots). They go out and fight the Kaiju that appear from the ocean. On a run he loses his co-pilot and shortly after the government decides to shut down the Jaeger program because they think building a giant wall will stop Kaiju. Years later the Jaeger program still operates underground and they scrape together the last of the Jeagers and pilots that they can in an effort to launch a plan that will stop the Kaiju for good. It’s pretty simple to decide if you should see this (A. you should, B. I assume you’ve already decided), if you like Kaiju movies Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, Power Rangers, you should stop what you’re doing right now and go see Pacific Rim, then see it again once you’re done.
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a second attempt at a G.I. Joe movie, I say attempt instead of just calling it a sequel because I think they know they failed with the first movie. It’s clear that they know they failed because a lot of this movie seems to attempt to wipe the slate clean and start over, they don’t pretend the first one never happened but they pretty quickly kill it off. We’ve got a fair number of Joe’s from the show in this movie but let’s face it, it’s a Rock movie. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Roadblock and despite Roadblock never being a Joe that led the time this is 100% a movie that’s centered on him. The president has been replaced by an imposter (Zartan) and the Joe’s are double crossed by him on a mission. Only a few survive, they regroup and try to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile Snake Eyes is on another mission looking for Storm Shadow. There are a couple things that you’ll recognize as G.I. Joe things in this movie but they’re very few and far between. The vehicles are pretty spot on, and Cobra Commander doesn’t look bad, but there isn’t one Cobra battle cry or a “Yo Joe” to be heard in the entire movie. When it comes down to it G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an action movie. Pretty generic, but not too bad. You could really call it anything and it’d work. As a movie it’s ok, pretty decent, worth seeing in manatee, however as a G.I. Joe movie I’ll say they failed again, though they got closer this time it’s still just not there.
The Last Stand is Arnold Schwarzenegger real return to movies after having a try at politics. We’ve also got Forest Whitaker and Luis Guzmán, both serviced their purpose but let’s get real, the movie was about Arnold (though I did enjoy Luis coming from the smoke with a Tommy gun a lot). A good chunk of the movie is people shooting at each other, there’s some other fighting and some shit blowing up, and packed on top of all of that it’s kind of cheesy, basically it’s your standard Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you’ve seen the trailers then you know what to expect because this is a case of the trailer showing exactly what you’re going to get out of the movie, that doesn’t happen a lot but it happens here. Arnold is a retired sheriff in a town where nothing at all happens, Forest Whitaker is an FBI man that just let a big time dangerous fugitive escape. The man running from the law has a modified corvette and he’s making a drive for the border, to get there he’s gotta pass through Arnold’s town. It’s pretty simple, if you like Schwarzenegger movies you’ll at least enjoy this. It’s not amazing, it’s not even his best, but it’s a good comeback movie.
Quentin Tarantino jumps genre’s very well, I think he’s proved that with his past few movies and now he takes on westerns with his remake, or yet another sequel of Django. There are so many things I loved about this movie and so few things I didn’t like. Actually I’d say there were only two things I was dissatisfied with, it did drag for a little bit in a couple parts but this is just minutes we’re talking so it’s no giant deal, I just felt like fifteen minutes could have been cut. The other thing was that there was no machine gun in a coffin. But with a movie like this and those being my only two complaints I’d say that’s a giant success. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson were all ready. Walton Goggins also popped up, I’ve been seeing him in more things since Justified has become a hit and that’s always great because the guy is real good. And Leonardio DiCaprio has once again proven the me of a few years ago wrong because he was also extremely good in this. Everybody did a great job. Franco Nero even had a cameo which is probably my favorite movie cameo since Bill Murray in Zombieland. The violence was of course at an extreme level because that’s just how Quentin Tarantino does things, I was having flashbacks to Robocop it was so nutty. Django Unchained is a very late entry into 2012 but it’s clearly one of the best movies of the year.
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