Breaking In

What a way to start May at the movies…”Breaking In” is so bad you will want to “Break Out” of your theater seat and leave…

Gabrielle Union is Shaun Russell, she has to save her children when they are held hostage in their home that has been designed with impenetrable security. Shaun Russell will stop at nothing to save her children. The story unfolds from there…

No real context of the events is provided. There needed to be a back story to set the stage, but unfortunately it was non-existent.

The only positives are Gabrielle Union did what she could with what she was given and the events happened quickly. Gabrielle Union will remind you of John McClane (Bruce Willis) from the Die Hard franchise.

No Need to waste your money wait for “Breaking In” on Cable.

This is a 1 Star Movie!

A Quiet Place

The only reason you are receiving a review of “A Quiet Place” is because my husband went with me to see the movie. My husband loves horror movies. I no longer have a tolerance for them.

A family must navigate their daily lives around a mass of seemingly ghastly creatures that have taken over. As long as the creatures can’t or don’t hear you, you are safe, but make a loud sound or noise and they will come for you. The family’s survival depends on their silence. The story unfolds from there…

“A Quiet Place” is definitely fresh!! I personally have not seen anything like this before. The suspense and intrigue are heavy. The cinematography and camera angles are fantastic. The movie is not gory like some horror movies.

If you have even a mild likeness for mystery/horror/suspense, you should see “A Quiet Place”.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!

Death Wish (2018)

Bruce Willis is Dr. Paul Kersey. Dr. Kersey has a great life, he is a surgeon at a Chicago Hospital; Paul has a lovely wife and a daughter who has just been accepted to a New York University. Life is good!!

Dr. Kersey was called back to the hospital on the evening he had planned to celebrate his Birthday with his family, unbeknownst to the Kersey family a band of burglars had staked out their home for an invasion. The burglars broke in and a scuffle took place. Mother and daughter were both shot. When Dr. Kersey finds out what happened, he eventually puts a plan in place to deliver his own kind of justice and revenge. The story unfolds from there…

Charles Bronson will always be the best at the Death Wish movies, but this version with Bruce Willis is not bad!! There isn’t much in the way of new ground being covered, but the movie is still entertaining. You will find yourself rooting for the “Grim Reaper” Character that Dr. Kersey becomes.

There is plenty of suspense, action and intrigue. There is even some comic relief. My husband even found the movie enjoyable!!
Despite what the paid critics think, I say that this new installment of “Death Wish” is worth a look!

This is a 3 Star Movie!

The Commuter

“The Commuter” would be an awesome action-packed thriller if the story made sense and provided a foundation from the beginning, but it doesn’t do either of those things. You the viewer have to piece the story together yourself, it’s not an easy task.

Michael (Liam Neeson) an Insurance Salesman who rides a Commuter Train every day is approached by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) who seems to know him. This woman offers Michael a strange assignment that is lucrative, this has him intrigued, but cautious. Soon Michael finds out he is being blackmailed and his entire family is in danger if he does not complete the assignment that the mysterious woman offers him. The story unfolds from there…

I love Liam Neeson, but not in “The Commuter”. He does what he can with what he was given, but yet it’s not enough! The context of the story does not make sense. You are not given enough to fully understand the “What’s and the Why’s”. It does come together at the end, but at the end it’s too late!!

There are several excellent movies currently playing. “The Commuter” is worth a look, but only as a last resort.

This is a 2 ½ Star Movie!

All The Money in the World

“All the Money in the World” is the true story of the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s Grandson, John Paul Getty III. The story depicts the desperate pleas from John Paul Getty III’s Mother, Gail (Michelle Williams) as she begs the billionaire J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom.

J. Paul Getty believes the kidnapping is a ruse that will allow his grandson to gain access to his fortune, but as it turns out that is not the case. Precious time is wasted and the grandson is held for months. As time races on the kidnappers become desperate, volatile and decide to send the authorities a message. Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become allies in a race to save the grandson’s life. The story unfolds from there…

“All the Money in the World” is a thought provoking mystery with a philosophical punch that shows no mercy. There is plenty of Mystery, Suspense and Intrigue to keep you entertained.

Christopher Plummer is brilliant as J Paul Getty. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg bring a fresh perspective to the story.

“All the Money in the World” was not on my original “Watch List”, but the movie is definitely worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

Murder on the Orient Express

The remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” is loaded with heavy hitters. Too bad they did not hit it out of the park!

“Murder on the Orient Express” is a story of thirteen strangers aboard a stranded train where a murder has occurred. Everyone is considered a suspect. There is a detective (Kenneth Branagh) aboard the train and he races to investigate and try to solve the crime before the murderer strikes again. The story unfolds from there…

I had high hopes for the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express”. The trailers were awesome. The movie does contain some very nice scenic views of Istanbul. The movie would be passable if it weren’t for the second half which drags and goes on way too long. At the theater I was in there were people standing at the exit waiting to bolt.

The train does not run off the rails, but it’s a bumpy ride along the European Countryside.

Stick to the original. Peter Ustinov in the original cannot be replaced.

This is a 2 Star Movie!

IT

Normally I do not see/review Horror Movies, but “IT” is not just any “Horror Movie” it’s a Stephen King Horror Movie! During High School, College and the early part of my Technology career I was a Stephen King fan! I have read over 20 of his books all in Hard Back. I still have a few including “IT”.

In the little town called Derry, Maine there is a 7:00pm curfew for all children. It seems that the town of Derry is cursed and over 91 children have gone missing. No one seems to know how or why this happens. The local law enforcement doesn’t have a clue.

There are a bunch of young kids who are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. As they sift through information and hunt for clues, the kids ultimately figure out that they will have to face-off with the sadistic, evil clown known as Pennywise. Myth or legend Pennywise has been associated with murders that date back centuries. The kids figure out that they are better off together as opposed to being separate because Pennywise prefers one on one. The story unfolds from there…

This installment of “IT” is definitely better than the 1990 installment. The movie is terrifying, nerve-wracking and intensely suspenseful. This installment is closely in line with Stephen King’s novel showcasing anxiety and fears that young children often face. The best part of the movie is the group of young kids. They are the heroes, but they also stay true to themselves as young innocent children.

If you can stand to be terrified, “IT” is a must see, but this movie is not for Children.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!