Tenet in AMC Dolby

“Tenet” finally opens on the big screen. This has been a much-anticipated movie from Director Christopher Nolan.

In a world of International Espionage, an unnamed CIA Operative known as the Protagonist is recruited by an unknown organization called “Tenet”. On a global scale the assignment unfolds beyond real time. The mission is to stop a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities from World War III. The Protagonist soon learns to master the art of “Time Inversion” as it will be the only way to stop the threat that is coming. The story unfolds from there…

Some parts of “Tenet” reminded me of the 2010 box office hit “Inception”. Director Christopher Nolan loves to play with the concept of time. “Tenet” plays to that concept from start to finish. At times though, I found the movie a bit difficult to decipher and there was a lot of puzzlement. But there was also a lot of international intrigue, suspense and science fiction. The cinematography was crazy cool! The action was non-stop.

Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington makes his acting debut in “Tenet”. I think he will have a long acting career if he wants it. John David does have his dad’s signature walk…

If you are a fan of Director Christopher Nolan then “Tenet” should be on your “Must See” list.

This is a 3 1/2 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!

Dunkirk the IMAX Experience

Welcome to a Special Edition of “Thursday Night at the Movies with The Movie Warrior”

“Dunkirk” requires Empathy. If you don’t have “Empathy” you will have a hard time viewing this movie.

“Dunkirk” is a World War II movie about the evacuation of 400,000 soldiers who are trying to go home, but are trapped by the enemy at the French city of “Dunkirk”. When it’s plainly clear that the soldiers are not going to get home in the normal fashion. Home comes to get them. Fisherman with boats start arriving, risking their lives as fighter pilots swarm over-head. The story unfolds from there…

“Dunkirk” is executed brilliantly although the story is a bit detached, not allowing you to get too close. The movie is gritty and has non-stop war violence, suspense and intrigue. The Cinematography is wonderful.

Director Christopher Nolan wrote and directed “Dunkirk”. The movie is just long enough without overwhelming you. “Dunkirk should be seen in IMAX to get the full effect. You will feel like you are on the ships, on the beach and on the fighter planes. If you are a Christopher Nolan fan, “Dunkirk” should not be missed.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

It’s always fun to see a Tom Clancey character brought alive on the big screen. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” would be brilliant if the storyline weren’t so weak and the plot so “Been there before…”

To his friends and family, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is just another executive working to make a living. Little do they know Jack has been working for the CIA for years. He was originally brought in to handle Global data, but Jack soon uncovers a carefully planned scheme to crash the Global US Economy and create mass chaos.
When Jack flies to Russia to put a stop to the scheme, he soon finds himself caught between a Russian Leader, his clueless fiancée, and his secret handler. The story unfolds from there…

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is fast paced, non-stop action, a bit of intrigue and some nice cinematography. Unfortunately that’s where it ends. The story, the plot and the reasoning are all very weak. There are quite a few holes in the story at the beginning, so you are forced to draw your own conclusions.

The movie appears to end when things just seem to be heating up. If the movie had been made with a bit longer running time, the extra time would have served it well.