Rampage in 3D

A Space and Science project involving DNA goes all wrong. That is the premises for Rampage.

A gentle Silverback Gorilla named George who resides at a zoo, a wild Coyote in Wyoming and a Crocodile all become the unwilling recipients of a DNA sample that crash lands in various parts of the US from a Space Satellite Shuttle that was heading to Earth but exploded upon entry to Earth’s atmosphere.

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) has a bond with George and can communicate with him. Davis attempts to calm George when it’s obvious that something has gone terribly wrong. The Authorities sedate George and attempt to transport him to a secure facility. Davis is also brought along.

The company who is involved with the DNA project attempts to cover their tracks once it’s determined that the DNA samples have crash landed back on earth. They have their own military personnel at their disposal and dispatch them to find and kill the Coyote.
But things go terribly wrong. The story unfolds from there…

Every year these types of movies make their way to the big screen.
This one is actually pretty good. Dwayne Johnson always does well in action movies. “Rampage” will appeal to the younger set because there are large animals running wild in the big city and Dwayne Johnson and the military are coming to the rescue.
The cinematography is great. There was even some comic relief.

If you like these types of movies, check out “Rampage”.

This is a 3 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!

Tyler Perry’s Acrimony

You know that old phrase “Hell Hath No Fury like a Woman Scorned”. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony is all about that.

Taraji P. Henson is Melinda a loving faithful wife who stands by her devious husband through thick and thin until he proves unfaithful and untrustworthy.

“Acrimony” is a take on “Fatal Attraction” although the slow pace makes the movie a bit difficult to watch. There is no real suspense or intrigue. The story is complex and not truly explained. There is no real back story. The voice-over narrative could have been left out. Taraji P. Henson is the best element in the movie, unfortunately that’s not enough.

Sadly the movie ends on a bad note and that is the cherry on top of the bad Sundae!!

This is a 2 Star Movie!

Pacific Rim Uprising in 3D

It’s been 5 years since the 2013 Pacific Rim installment although the movie plays it as if it’s been 10 years.

Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) the son of the legendary Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) who gave his life in the first installment to save humanity from the monstrous “Kaiju” must find a way to move away from the criminal element after abandoning his Jaeger Pilot training.

A worst threat to humanity is about to make it’s self-known and Jake’s skills as well as current Jaeger Pilot Cadets in training must get ready to fight the battle of their lives. The story unfolds from there…

This is a classic case of the second installment is not as good as the first. There is action, special effects and some cool cinematography, but the back story to setup this installment is weak. It appears that the movie just wants to get to the dueling robots instead of providing an appropriate lead-in. The movie running time seemed longer than 111 minutes. John Boyega is the highlight of the movie.

“Pacific Rim Uprising” is a perfect movie for the “Bad Movie Club”. 😊

Wait for it to come out on DVD, Cable or Blue Ray.

This is a 2 Star Movie!

Tomb Raider (2018) In Real 3D

This re-booted version of Tomb Raider does not have the “WOW” factor that was present when Angelina Jolie starred in this adventure back in 2001.

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) must come to terms with the loss of her father. He has been missing for the past seven years. He is believed to be dead, but Lara won’t give up. Although Lara Croft is an heiress, she lives like a pauper, working as a bike courier, barely able to make ends meet.

After a meeting with the Croft legal-council, Lara discovers some cryptic messages inside a puzzle chamber. This leads to her father’s crypt where she finds a video recording of her father. The messages and the video lead Lara to follow what she believes is a lead to where her father may have last been. The wild adventures starts from there…

There is plenty of action, special effects and intrigue, but not enough entertainment to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story lacks foundation.

If you are a fan of the video game, you would be better suited playing the game or even watching the installments that were done by Angelina Jolie.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Oscar Recap 2018

Did you watch the 90th Academy Awards Show?

The 90th Academy Awards are over…I did not review the best picture winner…“The Shape of Water”. In fact I only saw 3 of the Best Picture Nominees (“The Post”, “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour”). This is a departure from the norm. Some of the best picture nominees did not open wide, some I was not interested in. I did want to see “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” I regret not being able to see that movie.

There were several surprises like Basketball great Kobe Bryant winning an Oscar for his Animated Short Film called “Dear Basketball”. I had no idea Kobe Bryant was into film making…

Female Vocalist great Mary J. Blige was nominated for a Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her part in the film “Mudbound”. I never heard of that movie. She did not win.

My Oscar Recap is short this Year.
I am very happy for Gary Oldman winning the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”
Other movies I saw in 2017 that actually took home a Gold Statue are:
“Blade Runner” won 2 Statues, Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects
“Dunkirk” won for Sound Editing, Film Editing and Sound Mixing
“Darkest Hour” won for Makeup and Styling

Both Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”) were nominated and again they both did not win.

So on with 2018, let’s hope it’s a better year for movies than 2017!!