Transformer 4: Age of Extinction Review

Mark Wahlberg stars in Transformers 4: Age of Extiction

Mark Wahlberg stars in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Not even Mark Wahlberg can save Transformers 4 from Michael Bay!

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg, Kesley Grammer, and Stanley Tucci. The cast list gives the audience hope that this movie could be good, right? Nope, Transformers 4 has the same problems like the other sequels in the series. They are: bad camera work, slow motion kissing and shots, horrible humorous dialogue during action sequences, bad action from the actress who plays daughter, horrible screen writing, and Michael Bay.  Michael Bay is the film’s main problem. The run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes for god sakes. Doesn’t he know how to edit a film?

Transformers 4 begins with the Autobots are being hunted down by Harold Attinger, Kesley Grammer, and the CIA. His black ops are supposed to hunt down only Decepticons.  Cade Yeagar is a single father  and struggling inventor who lives in Texas.  He finds and repairs Optimus Prime and becomes an ally to the Autobots. The CIA is also using a Transformer bounty hunter named Lockdown who wants to capture Optimus Prime and return him to the creators. Joshua Joyce, Stanley Tucci, is a leader of a company that can create human controlled Transformers and made one called Galvatron. The story is pretty decent.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’s story is actually best story among the sequels. Mark Walhberg, Kesley Grammer, and Stanley Tucci give pretty good acting performances. I felt emotionally invested in their characters. The Autobots being hunted down is a logically step in a realistic world. However, the best scenes are with the Autobots and the Dinobots because they drive the action and make the movie entertaining.  The main problem is Ehren Kruger, screenwriter, and Michael Bay, the director.

Kruger biggest screenwriting credit is The Ring. Bay has directed all four Transformer’s movies. His two best movies in his career are The Rock and the first Transformers movie. These two have teamed up to make the previous three Transformers film including this one. They have no oversight from Paramount to reign in their stylistic problems. Kruger’s fequently problem is horrible dialogue during action sequences. Yeager’s daughter has a boyfriend and the frequent back and front between Yeager and the boyfriend during action sequences made me squirm in the seat. However, their banter was funny with no nothing going on in the movie. He did write a decent story through. The film’s main problem is Michael Bay.

Michael Bay needs to never direct a Transformer’s movie again. He frequently uses so many slow motion shots with the Transformers but also with people showing affection in scenes that don’t need it. I don’t want see Yeager’s daughter slow motion kissing her boyfriend, so nasty.  He also finds female actress who are eye candy instead of female powerful leads. His frequent use of explosions and special effects instead of editing the film down to make a concise story really drags the movie down.  He also destroyed one of the most ironic voices in film, Frank Welker (played the Original Robocop).  Frank Welker is the voice of Galvatron, and I couldn’t even tell it was him. The voice was blended with high pitch metal grinding.

Overall Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is a fun film with deep problems. I liked it OK but isn’t as horrible as critics say. However, I think the critics want to see Michael Bay removed from the franchise. I want the same. I give Transformers 4 a 1.5 out 5.  I liked The Amazing Spider-man 2 better.  That’s how bad this movie was.

Dawn of the Planet of Apes Final Trailer (review)

Dawn of the Planet of Apes Final Trailer (review)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in 2011. I didn’t see the movie in theater because the trailers were not exciting. However, I watched the movie on HBO or Starz and fell in love with the movie. I am big Planet of the Apes fan. The Apes themselves are an allegory for contemporary human society throughout the films. Fox announced Dawn of the Planet of Apes, and I was excited.  They released the first teaser trailer which was about 1 min and a half. The second trailer showed more of Caesar and his apes living peacefully in their society. This final trailer is so fantastic.

The brief summary of the trailer. The trailer begins with Caesar and his Apes on horses outside of the compound where human survivors of Simian Flu are living. Caesar yells to the human survivors that “Apes don’t want war.” We finally get introduced to the the main bad guy. It’s not Gary Oldman. It’s Kobra, the other ape who was given the test serum that enhances cognitive and intellectual ability.  Kobra will be the character who starts a war between Humans and Apes. The trailer also indicates that Oldman’s character, Dreyfus, has made contracted a surviving US Navy ship. They ship will probably lunch missiles at Caesar’s home. I could see the movie ending with a depressing tone.

Andy Serkis, who played Golum, stars as Caesar. The director, Matt Reeves, motioned capture all of the actors playing the Apes. Motion captures the actor’s movements, expressions, and voice which is scanned into a computer. The special effects people use the recording for CGI characters such as Caesar and Kobra. Toby Kebbell plays Kobra and will be the new Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four Reboot. Gary Oldman, Dreyfus, plays the antagonistic Human leader who wants to kill the Apes.  Jason Clarke, Malcolm, and Keri Russell, Ellie, are the human couple who want to broker a peace between Ape and Human.

The trailer excited me for two reasons. First, Caesar is one of the best characters in all of film history. He’s such a stoic leader, intelligent, compassionate, and more human than most human beings are. Caesar values humanity as equals. The best part of this trailer is the human interaction between Caesar and Malcolm. Caesar calls him “friend, a good man.” However, my favorite part of the trailer is Kobra. Kobra has a voice in this trailer and he’s the asshole of the ape race who wants war. He thinks Apes are superior to humans. I loved in the scene in the trailer where he acts like a silly ape when approaching the human guards. He sneakily takes a gun from them and mercilessly kills the guards with a smile. He reminded me of the Joker.  He also has the best line of the trailer “Caesar loves Humans more than Apes.”  In the movie; we will see the conflict between Caesar and his Lt. Kobra. The new trailer show cased these two narrative story arcs and has increased my excitement for this movie.

Overall, I think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes could be the best summer blockbuster of this year. It will be released on July 11th, 2014.

I will go see Transformers 4: Age of Extinction on Wed and have my review for it on Thursday night.

22 Jump Street Review

22 Jump Street starting Johan Hill Channing Tatum.  Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

22 Jump Street starting Johan Hill Channing Tatum.
Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

How Hilarious is 22 Jump Street?

How hilarious is 22 Jump Street; you may ask?  It’s super hilarious. It is one of the best comedy sequels ever, and it will have you laugh so hard throughout the duration of the movie. Phil Lord & Chris Miller directed the first movie 21 Jump Street.  It was a box office success. They did a great job with the sequel, and it will be a box office success. The film stars Jonah Hill (Morton Schmidt), Channing Tatum (Greg Jecko), and Ice Cube (Capt. Dickerson).

Schmidt and Jecko after their success with the Jump Street division are moved to undercover division but not Jump Street Division. They fail to bring in a nation wide drug dealer, and the Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) moves the duo back the Jump Street Division. Capt. Dickerson, leader of Jump Street, sent Schmidt and Jecko off to college to find a new drug and it’s supplier. The new drug called WHYPHY kills kids after they take it. They start to investigate the case and the investigation changes their lives forever.

The success of this comedy can be contributed to three main actors.  Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube make a great comedic team. Hill and Tatum have perfect chemistry together. I enjoyed watching them work on screen together when they fought or were partners. The two character often remind me of update characterizations of  Riggs and Murtaugh from the Lethal Weapon movies.  Ice Cube is exceptional in every scene he is in.  I felt the audience paid more attention to him when he was on screen because of his charisma. He has one scene in particularly that made me bust out laughing.  Phil Lord and Chris Miller are two talented directors.

I didn’t see the first 21 Jump Street in theaters because I thought it would be stupid. I was wrong about it. The trailers for this movie didn’t excite me either. The sequel easily could have crash and burn to the ground but its directors are the reason it doesn’t. Lord and Miller make the story tangible and emotional. I felt like I was in college again. They capture the spirit and essence of college life and college academic life. People go to college to become individuals and the story blended that element and comedy to represent college life.  The two main characters do discover a lot about themselves while at college. They even played on simple truths of college that every major doesn’t gurantee a job.

Overall, 22 Jump Street is a hilarious movie. It’s a great time at the theater. It might be the best comedy of the year. It will rank up there with The Lego Movie, Grand Budapest Hotel, Chef, and Neighbors for comedy of the year. Hill, Tatum, and Ice Cube are brilliant in the movie. Ice Cube is a scene stealer because of his charisma. Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote a beautiful comedic story that detail the negatives and positives of college life. Schmidt and Jecko are given character development in this movie. The audience learns more about them and their motivations. I will give 22 Jump Street a 4/5. Some of the jokes did strike out with me.

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Edge of Tomorrow Review

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman Starts Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

Edge of Tomorrow directed by Doug Liman
Starts Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

 

I have seen about 5 to 10 different Warner Bros. films in the past year, and the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow would play during the previews. The two trailers for Edge of Tomorrow gave me zero excitement about the film, and honestly that was a good thing. Listen, I know the trailers might for this movie might suck but this a movie that is worth going to go see. The trailers does not adequately show how wonderful this film. It’s a great film because it combines Groundhog Day and Aliens into a compelling story.

Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise (Major  William Cage),  Emily Blunt (Rita Vrataski), and  Bill Paxton (Master Sergeant Farrell). The film is based off the book “All You Need Is Kill.”  The Earth is invaded by an alien force called Mimics. They control most of Europe within 5 years after their initial invasion. William Cage is an US Army Major and acts as publicist for United Defense Forces (UDF). He travels to London to meet with General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), the commander of the UDF. Cage is ordered promote an UDF invasion of Normandy. He will be sent to the front lines during the attack with a media crew. Cage refuses and is sent to base of the invasion force as a private and deserter. The base for the invasion force is at  Heathrow Airport where he meets the Sergeant in charge. Cage has no combat experience and dies during the failed invasion. He suddenly wakes up and sees it’s the day before the invasion and still remembers everything that happened from the previous day.

Edge of Tomorrow is film that combines: comedy, special effects, action, and storytelling into an one fantastic entertaining movie. Doug Liman (the director) did a great job of editing and shooting scenes that every day is a different perspective from Cage or any other character’s point of view. It is one of the reasons why this film is beautifully paced. The special effects are not violent with blood and guts. They were explosions, gun fire, and camera shots that make the audience feel like they are in a warzone. Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, and John-Henry Butterworth did an excellent job of screenwriting. Edge of Tomorrow has fantastic score by Christophe Beck.

The three main actors in Edge of Tomorrow are Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton. Tom Cruise is still a A list Hollywood star. I loved him in this film, and felt like I was watching him in Jerry Maguire, Top Gun, or A Few Good Men again. His acting energy and intensity was on the same level that he displayed in those movies. His chemistry with Emily Blunt was superb. Blunt is an actress that always delivers a great performance. Cruise and Paxton have also a great chemistry together. Paxton has the best Kentucky accent ever in this movie. I want to see him and Cruise star in another movie together.

Edge of Tomorrow is such a great film. I would say that I enjoyed this movie about as much as I enjoyed the Fault in Our Stars and X-Men: Days of Future Past if we are comparing summer movies. I didn’t walk out of the theater disappointed. My mom and I walked out of theater talking about how much we enjoyed it. Edge of Tomorrow is visually spectacular, with great acting, and great storytelling. The comedy was so fantastic in this action film. It reminded me of the Lethal Weapon films. I give the Edge of Tomorrow a 4/5.

I suggest anybody who reads this review to give this movie a chance because it does deserve success at the box office. What did you think about Edge of Tomorrow? Comment below and let me know. Click the subscribe button too.


this song appears during the credits one of my favorites.

The Fault in Our Stars

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August Waters played Ansel Elgot  Hazel Grace Lannicaster played Shailene Woodley August Waters played Ansel Elgot
Hazel Grace Lannicaster played Shailene Woodley

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars was adapted from a book which has same title. The film is directed by Josh Boone (from Virginia Beach, Virginia).   Hazel Grace Lannicaster’s (Shailene Woodley) is the main protagonist. She struggles with her cancer and feels isolated from the world. She is not only an intelligent person that is attending college despite her condition but also a very witty sarcastic person. Her parents (Lauren Dern and Sam Trammel) force her to attend a cancer support group. At her second meeting, she meets August Waters (Ansel Elgot). He also a cancer survivor who lost his leg and a typical nerdy suave teenage boy. The two instantly form a connection and start a magical romantic journey together.  In my opinion there are no negatives to this movie. The magic of…

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The Fault in Our Stars Review

August Waters played Ansel Elgot  Hazel Grace Lannicaster played Shailene Woodley

August Waters played Ansel Elgot
Hazel Grace Lannicaster played Shailene Woodley

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars was adapted from a book which has same title. The film is directed by Josh Boone (from Virginia Beach, Virginia).   Hazel Grace Lannicaster’s (Shailene Woodley) is the main protagonist. She struggles with her cancer and feels isolated from the world. She is not only an intelligent person that is attending college despite her condition but also a very witty sarcastic person. Her parents (Lauren Dern and Sam Trammel) force her to attend a cancer support group. At her second meeting, she meets August Waters (Ansel Elgot). He also a cancer survivor who lost his leg and a typical nerdy suave teenage boy. The two instantly form a connection and start a magical romantic journey together.  In my opinion there are no negatives to this movie. The magic of this movie was the chemistry between the two main actors.

The film  is remarkable funny and enjoyable because Woodley and Elgot have such great chemistry on the screen together. I felt like I was watching a real life couple in love at the movie theater. They  appreciated each others’ views, time, and corky differences that made them individuals. One of my favorite scenes of the movie is Grace and August on the plane to Amsterdam.  August on his Ipad is watching Aliens and Grace looks at him to say non-verbally “I can’t believe I’m watching this.” She also discovers in that moment that she is in love with him. This couple’s love felt tangible to me. Woodley has scenes when she cries, and she sheds real tears. She is one of hollywood’s young best actresses . Elgot looks to have a future in acting.  Elgot and Woodley should be considered to be nominated for best acting this year but we’re still half through the year  Their love is main protagonist and their cancer is the antagonist. The chemistry on screen so powerful between Elgot and Woodley that you will cry and funny with the actors when they do in the movie.  It doesn’t feel like 2 hours hasn’t flown by when the film ended.

Josh Boone looks to have a bright future in directing and storytelling. The movie is so paced well that because he focused on the two main characters.  The music for the film was great. The dialogue was sarcastic and witty banter between a couple.  The other actors were great too. The themes of the movie were spectacular. The themes are about living your life each day to the fullest and being able to share each day with someone special. The film is also shot beautifully. They travel to I really felt involved in this love story and like everybody else in the theater.

Overall, The Fault in Our Stars is better than a Nicholas Sparks movie. It makes you feel like you’re in a real life love story.  The two main actors, the screenwriters, and the director make you feel this way.  I would go see this movie with my female friends because I loved the movie so much.  I give this movie a 5/5 for being a perfect romantic comedy during the summer.