Monday, December 17, 2012

Quick Shots 18

Title: Horrible Bosses.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Lindsay Sloane, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx.

Brief Synopsis: A trio of friends, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Burt (Sudeikis), all believe that their lives would be better off without their bosses. Together they try to hire a hitman, but instead come across MF Jones (Foxx) who agrees to consult them on how to take out their bosses. They all agree to each kill each other's bosses by making it look like an accident.

Opinion: I found the film to be pretty funny. I have never watched the show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia so this was my first glimpse of Day - and with Bateman and Sudeikis, he actually fit in very nicely. Aniston looked great in her role and played it very well - Farrell was way over the top and looked nothing like himself. Finally, Spacey continues to play the insane asshole very well.


Title: Fast Five.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Dwayne Johnson.

Brief Synopsis: Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O'Connor (Walker) and Mia Toretto (Brewster) are blamed for the death of DEA agents and are being chased by both DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and a crime lord Hernan Reyes. They decide to steal Reyes' money in order to start a new life and bring in some former running mates that we have seen in previous movies.

Opinion: I have loved all of the Fast and the Furious films, obviously the ones with Diesel and Walker together are the best, but I have enjoyed some of the other characters that we have been introduced to in the other films. Tokyo Drift can't really hold a candle to any of the other films, but it did give us Han (Kang), who I really enjoy. This film was more Ocean's Eleven than it was Fast and the Furious though. It needed a few more car chases and races, but I still really enjoyed it..


Title: X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston Will i Am, Kevin Durand, Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Monaghan.

Brief Synopsis: This film follows the birth and creation of Wolverine (Jackman), whose real name turns out to be James Howlett. He was born with a mutation, bone claws coming out of his hands. He joins his brother Victor (Schrieber), who is known as Sabretooth, and a bunch of other 'special' recruits in the Team X, led by William Stryker (Huston).

Opinion: I have heard that people don't enjoy this film, but I really am not sure why. I am not a comic book reader, so there could be a ton of plot holes and things from the comics, but as a movie watcher alone I thought it was pretty fun to watch. I am also really hoping they continue with the Deadpool (Reynolds) movie - that could be fun.


Title: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Starring: Andy Serkis, James Franco, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris.

Brief Synopsis: Will Rodman (Franco) works at a laboratory trying to create a drug that will help with Alzheimer's. Rodman and Robert Franklin (Labine) are using chimpanzees as lab rats, and may have hit pay dirt. Caesar (Serkis) was born in the cages from one of the chimpanzees that has been dosed - and he becomes extraordinarily smart. He lives with Rodman and his father Charles (Lithgow), who has advanced Alzheimer's. One afternoon as Charles attempts to drive, he gets into a confrontation with a neighbor, and Caesar tries to protect him. Caesar is then sent to a sanctuary, where he is mistreated, and eventually becomes the leader of the apes.

Opinion: The only Planet of the Apes film I have seen before is the remake with Mark Wahlberg. This film was apparently a prequel to the original films - and it was amazing to see, especially after seeing how it was all made. Serkis has really taken this craft to a whole new level.


Title: 21 Jump Street.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Nick Offerman, Jake Johnson, Chris Parnell.

Brief Synopsis: Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are total opposites and have been ever since high school. Jenko was a popular jock who struggled with his grades, while Schmidt was the nerd that got good grades and had no friends. Both happen to join the police academy - Schmidt helps Jenko with his studying, while Jenko helps Schmidt with the athletics - and become best friends. Once they're police they are assigned to Jump Street an put undercover in a high school to track down the dealers and the supplier of a new drug. Once there, they confuse their names and Schmidt is put in the easy courses while Jenko is put in AP classes. The two end up switching places from where they were in high school and they see how the other half lived.

Opinion: I either like or hate Jonah Hill, I don't think there is a middle ground. Here I liked him, and Tatum was downright hilarious. Ice Cube played their captain in a great way as well. The movie also poked fun at itself throughout, which made it even funnier. Would have liked some more Nick Offerman, but he had a nice little cameo.


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