I would never have watched this but my little niece was over and she is a fan of it. We put it on while eating and then doing some things around the house. Its a cute enough idea: orphan boy gets some magic sneakers that allow him to play hoop at a star level. But even if you are able to get past that ridiculousness, the rest of the film plays out in an absurdly predictable fashion. There aren't many genuinely funny moments, and the whole thing just feels like a ripoff of 80's feel good cornball flicks. Big thumbs down.
Life takes a thoroughly worked over theme of man fiddling with nature to disastrous results. There is nothing new to offer here to a the history of that idea on film but one thing Life does is sure make it look pretty.
The space station on which this adventure is set is gorgeous. The space and imagery outside the station is in par with that of Gravity-of which in style Life borrows heavily.
It also borrows from the Alien series as well, but if you can get past the idea biting, there is a decent movie here. Not every film needs to reinvent the wheel. If you are gonna do a lot of stuff we have seem before, at least make it look cool and make sure the audience is invested in your characters. Life hits on both those fronts and that is what keeps it afloat throughout.
The original Magnificent 7 is up there in the top five when discussing best westerns of all time. The 2016 remake, despite being outfitted with an all star cast, is merely adequate. The characters are likable with juuuuuuust enough back story and the action scenes are a grade above passing. The players here lay out their best cowboy accents, led by Vincent D'Onofrio who gets the ribbon for eccentric but likable big fella. The rest do fine as well but fine doesn't make memories. Fine is just....fine.
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Taylor Sheridan, screenwriter hot off the critical darlings Sicario and Hell or High Water, also takes the helm here and shows he has what it takes to run the show.
Wind River is a whodunit with an excellent cast led by Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. But even with all the great players who contribute (including the always stellar Graham Greene), the setting should also receive high marks when discussing Wind River's excellence.
Sheridan knows that his deadly cold Wyoming is a critical part of this piece's plot and he makes sure to capture it on lens. The icy grip the conditions lend is felt in the entirety of the movie and adds to the feeling of isolation and helplessness of the reservation, such a critical factor in the events of Wind River.
Sheridan is on a hot streak. He is definitely a surging talent who will be on my radar from here forward.
Headshot looked so golden off the trailer. I was a huge fan of The Raid and thus it's star Iko Uwais. Uwais also stars here as a stranger who awakens from a coma with a case of amnesia and a bullet hole in his forehead. Just who is he and how was he shot? And how is he connected to a brutal gang leader who has just escaped execution? These are the questions at the core of the plot of Headshot.
Headshot has some great fight scenes for sure. WhIle not nearly as polished in that department as The Raid, it still swings a big enough stick to showcase that Indonesia continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the action arena. There is also a key factor surrounding the background of the gang and how it recruits that adds a compelling aspect to the otherwise clichéd storyline.
But that factor and the good fight scenes are hindered by terrible dialogue and the aforementioned clichés. Uwais is fine here and shows he has the chops to be an A list international star. He also is helped by a terrific Sunny Pang as the vicious gang leader Lee. But they are not nearly enough to save Headshot. The Raid was top shelf stuff. Headshot is Monarch mixed with good juice.