The movie Iron Man 3 3D: Extremis is a new age classic. The actors (Pearce, Favreau, Paltrow, Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr.) have never looked better. If there are any loopholes in the screenplay please do not blame Drew Pearce or Shane Black. The script for the movie is derivative of the various comics and graphic novels similarly titled. Iron Man the character does not live in a vacuum. His likeness is virtually everywhere and his popularity is multiplying exponentially. The movie Iron Man 3 3D: Extremis is, dare I utter the words, the best Iron Man movie yet.
Tomorrow You're Gone is a great movie for those that love sex, drugs, violence and haphazard camera work. For the rest of us it is a yeoman's Momento. Starring Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monoghan, Tomorrow You're Gone is pyrite at its finest. First you see your rental film budget and now you don't. Today movie lovers will spend $6.99 on this movie and tomorrow it will be gone, which is not mandatorily a bad thing.
G.I. Joe Retaliation is a pyrotechnical and technological extravaganza. Whether viewed in 2D or in 3D,, the depth of the clarity and cinematography is maximized by Director John Cho to its fullest potential. The franchise has improved light years since its first lackluster installment. Although G.I. Joe Retaliation, a.k.a. G.I. Joe 2 is visually stimulating, there is little beyond sightseeing that is worth the price of admission. The character of Duke (a cartoon series mainstay for years) is written off in short order leaving fans to wonder why the face of the franchise (Channing Tatum) pulled a David Copperfield on us. Is there some other pressing engagement for the young up-and-comer to attend to that is possibly more important than G.I. Joe Retaliation? In order to a movie to be successful, the heavy action and death-defying stunts must mean something; they must be paired with a legitimate storyline undergirding them for substantiation. Without having a reason to care, viewers will ooh and ahh at the effects and leave the theater wondering why they bothered caring so much in the first place.
Olympus Has Fallen is a non-stop action-packed thrill ride. The excitement is unrelenting from bell-to-bell. Even better is the fact that the cast is chock full of veteran actors that could have succeeded in their respective roles while blindfolded. Fortunately for viewers, nobody lost sight of their roles. The film’s three primary stars include Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and the true star of the show, Gerard Butler. Butler delivers the performance of a lifetime in Olympus Has Fallen. As Agent Mike Banning, Butler makes James Bond look positively vanilla. He channels his inner 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger and mixes in genuine acting talent to make this movie the year’s best to date.
Red Dawn (DVD review) has been universally panned by ferocious pundits chomping at the bit to criticize anything even remotely political (conservatively political). The film stars Thor, son of Odin (Chris Hemsworth to be more literal and less immersed in lore). This Hemsworth brother is not quite as sharply handsome and dashing as his brother Liam is, but that is not his forte anyway. Chris Hemsworth is the rugged frontiersman that wield an axe and not his sword (if you know what I mean). In Red Dawn (DVD review), as the leader of the band of shell-shocked youngsters thrust into a warzone, Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) is a pillar of toughness and fortitude. His experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan have readied him for safeguarding and commanding a makeshift team of frightened kids in an all-out effort to pinprick the North Korean invasion force into abandoning ship.
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