Jack Reacher : Never Go Back may not have originality on it’s side and it may not contain loads of superhero CGI but what it does have is Tom Cruise a guy who oozes passion over his craft and knows how to deliver an action movie, create an entertaining vibe and make you clap after the end credits – Never Go Back is a movie based on the 18th book in the series of Reacher novels written by Lee Child and see’s Tom Cruise return as Jack Reacher an army vet come drifter looking for an easy life but find trouble at every turn – Cruise reunites with his Last Samurai director Edward Zwick for this sequel a film that follows in the same vein as it’s 2012 predecessor, a reasonably small budget of $60 Million, gritty realistic action scenes, a well oiled script and an exciting young cast that includes two fabulous ladies Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh who not only match Cruise in the running stakes but hold their own kicking ass in the action scenes, and along with the ladies Patrick Heusinger who plays The Hunter a mercenary who will stop at nothing to kill Reacher and anyone who stands in his way – the fight scene with him, Turner and Reacher in the kitchen is bone crunching and so epic I just wanted it to go on a bit longer – Overall: it’s not always the case that movie sequels work but Jack Reacher : Never Go Back delivers, it’s not quite as good as the first but it’s damn close, it’s wildly entertaining and whets the appetite for a third in the series….
Who else loves a good old fashioned alien invasion romp? Well this guy does and Roland Emmerich’s INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE does not disappoint, it’s a flash of 90’s nostalgia, a total blast from start to finish and a devilishly fun movie ride that I wasn’t expecting – from Jeff Goldblum’s one liners, Liam Hemsworth’s dashing leading rogue & the Emmerich blueprint of breathtaking action, earthly destruction & patriotic ass kicking, this is a fine example of why I love the movies, not all films need to have a complex narrative, actors in search of that golden statue or film-makers attempting to baffle you with science, sometimes we the viewer just need to unwind take in some popcorn and be entertained and it’s my view that Roland Emmerich is one of the best out there in feeding me that cinematic treat – Overall: Resurgence is a real visual gem, jam packed with fist pumping action scenes and a young emerging cast that keeps the film’s pace moving faster than my heart beat – Resurgence is right up there alongside it’s ’96 original, Will Smith was not missed one bit and overall a hugely fun night at the movies was had by all ★★★★
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS – (2013) – Movie Review ★★★
Cast – Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin & Nathan Fillion – Percy (Lerman) the son of Poseidon & his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters where he hopes to find the Golden Fleece that can restore the ailing magical tree that protects their home from evil foes VERDICT being a big fan of all things fantasy and enjoying Chris Columbus’s first movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief I was hoping for more of the same from Thor Freundenthal’s sequel – the real trouble with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is that the whole film is too effects driven, I almost felt a CG overload and a lot of the effects were cheesy & made the production look cheap – I’m always one for effects as long as the storyline is good and that the characters in that particular world have some emotion, but to be honest I felt nothing for any of the characters in the movie, it appears that the team behind Sea of Monsters concentrated on the CG work rather that the story and characterization – the premise for the story centered around the mythical Golden Fleece was a promising but ultimately wasted one, even the villain Kronos was a huge let down – overall Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters gets the big thumbs down here, which is a shame as I loved the first film – my advice for the third outing would be to hire some director of note who can re-establish this franchise as worthwhile and get somebody better than Green Lantern’s Marc Guggenheim to write the script….