Tom Cruise seems to have found himself a new action franchise. These movies may not be in league with Mission: Impossible films, but for trashy B-movie action flicks you could do worse than Jack Reacher and it’s sequel. Returning as former Military Police Officer turned hermit Jack Reacher, Cruise is pulled back to Washington when his phone-friend Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) gets herself arrested.
Based on the novel by Dan Brown, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code code takes Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) to Vatican City where a secret conspiracy threatens the future of Catholicism. Once again teaming him up with another European brunette (Ayelet Zurer), Langdon will race to solve clues, outrun killers and mad men, and expose the truth before it’s too late.
The sequel has many of the same faults as the first film as many of Brown’s twist and reveals (some of which may have worked on the printed page) come of as ridiculous when seen on film. Angels & Demons also lacks the allure of the Grail quest from the first film replacing it with the far-less enthralling layers of papal conspiracy (doesn’t that sound exciting). Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård also star.
This five-disc collection of action films contains three enjoyable action flicks and a pair of clunkers for a fairly reasonable price. The Last Boy Scout (an enjoyable collaboration between writer Shane Black and director Tony Scott) teams seedy private eye (Bruce Willis) and former football star (Damon Wayans) in a murder investigation. Under Siege is one of Steven Seagal‘s better films casting him as a former Navy SEAL demoted to a cook in the right place at the right time when terrorists (led by Tommy Lee Jones) attack his ship. Tango & Cash is the ridiculous, but fun, pairing of Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell as rival super cops forced to work together after they are framed for murder.
Written by and starring comedic duo Key & Peele, Keanu feels like most movies based on sketch comedy. More a collection of gags than a truly engaging story, the film offers the basic set-up of two regular guy thrown into desperate circumstances through no fault of their own when a gangster’s kitten shows up on Rell’s (Jordan Peele) door. When the cat is stolen the pair will struggle to play the roles of drug dealing killers to get little Keanu back.
Like most sketch comedy films, the results are mixed at best. Although several of the movie’s jokes work there are just as many that don’t hit their mark. Despite the undeniable cuteness of the kitten, the film’s weak premise may offer plenty of opportunities for the pair to act like fools but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a coherent or entertaining film.
Adapted from Ransom Riggs‘ novel of the same name, Tim Burton‘s latest tells the story of high school outcast named Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) who is drawn into a mystical and macabre world following his grandfather’s (Terence Stamp) death as he discovers all the childhood bedtimes stories told to him are actually based on real people and real events just waiting for Jake to find them.