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 The president has been replaced by an imposter (Zartan) and the Joe’s are double crossed by him on a mission.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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Say what you want about Tom Cruise but the guy is good at what he does and Jack Reacher just helps to prove that point. I never read any of the books involving Jack Reacher, and I’ve heard mixed things about the movie from the people that have but personally I fucking loved this movie. It’s a great action move that has a pretty decent mystery in it too, there’s also a pretty good car chase and even pretty much a complete three stooges scene. The movie really has it all. The one thing you really have to do to enjoy this movie though is just suspend your disbelief and remember it’s just a movie, because there is a lot of ridiculous stuff that goes down here. Basically this ex-millitary nut job gets framed for shooting a bunch of people. Jack Reacher is the one guy that he thinks can clear his name; Jack comes to town and starts digging. While he’s doing this digging not only do the people who set this up not like it but the cops have their problems too. Soon Jack is running from everybody while trying to investigate the case. This movie is over two hours and I loved every second of it, the time really flew by. If you’re an action/mystery/conspiracy type of person you’ll enjoy the hell out of this one.
First off I’d like to say Brad Pitt’s name may be top billing but in my mind the real star of this is director Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) this is one of the best directed movies I’ve seen this year and t here are some shots in here that are just beautiful. This movie didn’t have a large cast, it had a fair amount of people in it but the whole thing just seemed very close quarters, I can only think of one scene where there were really more than 3 people in it and even that the others were mostly just filler. This gives the movie a bit of a claustrophobic feel to it, one that I liked a lot. Brad Pitt is a total badass in this movie; he’s a hitman that’s called in the take care of a few people that pulled a job on a big backroom poker game. He’s one of the ultimate cool guy hitmen of movies in this role; it may be my favorite roll of his sense Tyler Durden. There was one thing that took a bit of getting use to, the sheer volume of political stuff in this movie, there’s very few parts where a speech or a video isn’t playing somewhere at first it’s hard to swallow but eventually you get use to it. There’s also a ton of dialogue in the movie, at times it felt like a Tarantino film, it’s pretty staggering but pretty great. One thing I can see a lot of people not digging is the ending, I won’t give it away but I’m guessing a lot of people will be pissy about it, but personally I loved it, I’ll even go as far as to say it was my favorite movie ending of the year. Really the whole movie was great, a simple but compelling story, the right amount of violence too, everything was pretty fucking great. If you’re not squeamish when it comes to a bit of violence to check out Killing Them Softly.