Venom

You know the old phrase “Better Late than Never”; I finally saw “Venom”. When it opened I was seriously under the weather and could not venture out to see it, so a month later here is my review…

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is an investigative reporter. He is tasked with getting a story from a seemingly untouchable Scientist. When Eddie pisses off the Scientist and the story is killed, Eddie loses his job. Eddie knows that the Scientist is involved in something very shady. After some time passes an opportunity presents it’s self for Eddie to get back inside the institution where the Scientist is involved with testing Alien Hosting. The story unfolds from there…

I disagree with the majority of the paid critics who thrashed “Venom”. I thought it was pretty good. It would have been great if not for the outrageously sloppy script. There are a few pieces missing from the back story. Over all it was pretty good. The special effects are decent. The cinematography is nice.

The movie should have been rated “R” because there are several really gross moments involving decapitations.
I absolutely love the voice of “Venom”. I do not know who it is, but the voice is awesome!!

Although I saw this a month after it opened, the theater was packed. People are still going out to see “Venom”.

If you are a Marvel Universe Fan, “Venom” is worth a look.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

Hunter Killer

“Hunter Killer” is a fresh take on “The Hunt for Red October”. Unfortunately the plot is weak and the back story virtually non-existent.

Deep under the Arctic Ocean lies a US Submarine in distress. American Submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) has been requested to take on the mission of locating the distressed Submarine.
While on this mission Captain Joe Glass and his crew must deal with being fired upon by Russian ships and Submarines, a booby-trapped Ocean and a possible coupe taking place in the Russian Government involving the Russian President. In addition to the undersea mission an elite team of Seals are formed to help out. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is intriguing and very suspenseful, but the plot is lite and the back-story non-existent. The movie is still entertaining and worth a look. It is not as bad as the paid critics made it out to be.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

Halloween (2018)

Finally!! I am back on the Movie Review Train. I do not usually see/review horror movies, but my husband is a HUGH Michael Myers fan, so I treated him to the latest installment in the franchise.

It’s been 40 years since Michael Myers first killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode who narrowly escaped being killed by Michael Myers in the first installment back in 1978. Laurie has had time to prepare. She has expected Michael to one day return and pick up where he left off.
During a transport Michael Myers and a number of his Institution mates escape. The story unfolds from there…

This is hands down the best installment since the franchise started. There are a lot of characters, the back story is well laid out and Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode 40 years later is genius. You get a chance to see how badly Michael Myers affected Laurie and what she did to cope with the situation all these years.
It’s edge of your seat suspenseful during the last 35 minutes.

If you saw the 1978 installment of Halloween, then you should definitely see the 2018 installment.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!

A Simple Favor

“A Simple Favor” was not on my original watch list but, its Alfred Hitchcock meets “Gone Girl”.

Two women become unlikely friends when their young sons attend school and play together. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a Mom/Blogger and “June Cleaver” without a husband. The other woman Emily (Blake Lively) is a Public Relations professional and a wife.
Stephanie and Emily start spending a lot of time together and during these times their share information and stories about themselves and things that have happened in their past.
One day Emily reaches out to Stephanie asking her if she could do a “Simple Favor” for her. Stephanie agrees to do the favor, but then Emily’s sudden disappearance causes Stephanie and Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) to come together to try and figure out what exactly is going on. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is full of twists and the movie itself is very twisted. This is a thriller of epic per-portion. There is a cloud of mystery throughout the movie.
Alfred Hitchcock would be pleased.

I was surprised at how well the movie was executed. “A Simple Favor” is definitely worth a look.

This is a 4 Star Movie!!

Peppermint

Riley (Jennifer Garner) leads what seems to be a normal life. She has a young daughter and a husband who loves her. Riley’s husband appears to be on the edge of doing something that is on the wrong side of the law. At the last minute he backs out.
The family decide to celebrate their young daughter’s birthday at the amusement park. After riding a few rides, they get ice cream. Riley goes back to get a few napkins, Father and daughter head toward the car. A dark sedan cruises by and opens fire on the Father and daughter, Riley runs to them and also gets shot. The story unfolds from there…

“Peppermint” is filled with intrigue, drama and suspense. There are a few holes and the back story on the husband is missing, but the move is very entertaining and you are riveted to your seat. I personally love seeing Jennifer Garner in action/drama roles. She appeared in “Peppermint” as I remember her in the ABC hit “Alias”.

I am not sure why the “Paid Critics” were so hard on “Peppermint”. It’s not as dismal as they make it seem. It is Vigilante at its finest!!

If you enjoy “Action/Drama/Suspense, “Peppermint” is worth a look.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!

Operation Finale

Fifteen years after the end of WWII the Israel Intelligence agency launched a secret mission to capture the notorious Eichmann (Ben Kingsley). Eichmann had been reported dead following the Nazi Germany’s collapse but was, in fact living and had a wife, 2 sons and was working in a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina under an assumed identity. Once he was discovered, the agency put together a team and started watching Eichmann’s every move and planning when they could actually grab him. The story unfolds from there…

Based on a true story, Compelling, Suspenseful, Slow and Intriguing are the best ways to describe “Operation Finale”. The title of the movie is very fitting. Capturing Eichmann was a “Finale” for a lot of people who survived WWII.

Ben Kingsley was stellar in his performance. If you can stand seeing the events of WWII Nazi unfold in front of you check out “Operation Finale”.

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Mile 22

“Mile 22” is an intense thriller, but the story does not gel. There are many moving parts that don’t make sense. Nothing comes together, not even at the end.

A CIA Operative, James Silva and his unit go on a top-secret mission with a highly-skilled tactical team. They are tasked with retrieving an asset who holds life-threatening information. The asset needs to be transported to Mile 22 for extraction before the enemy closes in. The story unfold from there…

The story starts off strange and gets stranger as the movie moves along. There is no real back story to lend perspective as to what the CIA unit is about. There are several side-stories that don’t get enough air time to make any sense.

There is plenty of intense violence, action and some military special ops type of action. Those are the best parts in the movie.

I feel that “Mile 22” is a waste of some very talented actors. I had high expectations, but I am truly disappointed.

“Mile 22” is best watched on Cable. I would not purchase the movie on DVD or Blue Ray.

This movie gets no Stars!!