Olympus Has Fallen starts off introducing the characters with a little bit of backstory. I won't go into detail but it seemed that it was designed just for the emotional kick in gut than something that contributed to the story. Once thats done we move to the present time and the movie kicks off.
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a Secret Service agent, is working across from the White House when the unthinkable (and unbelievable) happens. An attack compromises the Whitehouse and forces the President to seek shelter in an underground bunker with a foreign prime minister. Unbeknownst to everyone is that the foreign prime ministers guards are in on the attack. Mike takes it upon himself to wade into the battle and save the day.
Parts of the movie really stretch believability to it's limits. While other sequences are grounded in reality. Overall it makes Olympus Has Fallen really enjoyable. Once the action starts it doesn't stop. You will be on the edge of your seat until the end.
As far as action flicks go, this one is much better than the last. But there are some confusing and distracting elements in the plot that detracts from the overall movie. Another thing I expected was a bit more humor. Compared to the last movie Retaliation was all business.
For the action scenes alone I would have given this movie 4 stars, almost 5. But the side plots interrupted the flow of the movie without contributing in a meaningful way.
Jack the Giant Slayer is what happens when you take a great fable and turn it into a war movie. It's not a bad movie, but it's not your old story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Now there is an army of giants and the one ring.. ahem "crown" to rule them all. And Jack must save a princess as well. It's as if you were telling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and threw in some LOTR and Sleeping Beauty action scenes.
Overall though I liked it. It was well done and entertaining even with the action twist.
Kevin James plays one of his best parts so far as Scott Voss. A biology teacher who's forgotten why he wanted to teach in the first place. In the process of trying to save the schools music program he trys out MMA fighting to raise some money.
With some help from Marty Streb (Henry Winkler) he regains his passion for teaching while inspiring his students, coworkers, and boss with his passion to succeed in MMA.
This movie will have you laughing the whole way through and cheering for Scott by the end. Go see it.
First of all this is a much different movie than the original. Only the basic premise of the movie is the same. Thankfully it doesn't change the fact that It's still a good movie.
The action scenes are great, and well spaced. The new overreaching plot line worked, but had a few holes in it. The only thing that the new movie fell flat on was the ending. In the original a whole planet was changed. In the newest iteration the ending just didn't have the same epic finale. It seem like it was more like the end of one of many battles rather than ending the story's conflict for good.
If you liked the original, you'll like this one. If the original was one of your favorites, then you will probably be disappointed.
First let me preface my review with this. Overall I enjoyed Brave and it had some great moments. However I expected a lot more from this movie.
The movie starts off really well with a backstory of Merida and her family. We see the joy and strife that the family shares and we are really torn by the decisions Merida's mother Elinor must make for her daughter for whats best for the realm and Merida's desire for independence. Merida's archery is a symbolization of this strife between them. It's this clash that really drives the movie and sets a great tone all the way up to where Elinor throws Merida's bow into the fire.
And then the movie seems to take a nosedive. It splits off and instead of leading to a resolution of the strife between her and her mother, it becomes a disjointed trek to fix her mothers comical predicament where the resolution of their strife just happens. There are a couple of great moments, but we lost so much of what the first half of the movie led up to. Merida's archery skills are almost forgotten. The final confrontation in the movie isn't even resolved by Merida, but but Elinor, and it's really for a resolution of a briefly inserted backstory.
I really expected more from Pixar and Disney, but Brave is still a movie worth watching.
I'm a fan of all the marvel movies and The Avengers is one of the best.
The Avengers dispenses with backstory for all but Black Widow and Hawkeye. With whom we see just a glimpse into their past. For most movies this is usually the sign of a poorly written movie. The Avengers however, need no introduction. Even though it's the first in a series it is more like latest in a long sitcom. The downside is that you should really watch the previous movies (Ironman, Thor, Capt. America, and even the Hulk) to know the backstory and what is going on.
The bonus to relying so much on the previous movies is that you can get right into the action. The Avengers does an amazing job at just that. From beginning to end the action only stops to lead you into the next sequence. And did I say it's amazing? Easily one of the best Marvel movies to date.
Between all the fighting and lead up to fighting, we do get to see a small peek into what S.H.I.E.L.D. is really about. And they may not be as benevolent as they portray themselves.
Bottom line, see this movie!! But first do yourself a favor and watch the previous movies first, you'll enjoy it so much more.