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Hunter Killer (2018) Review

A ENTERTAINING AND LARGER-THAN-

LIFE SUBMARINE THRILLER


 

Military action movies have been a prime staple within the action film genre. Exploring various branches of the military (army, navy, air force, SEALS, etc.), these movies are primarily focused (much like the genre itself) on action premise, relying on tried and true aesthetics of military action / violence to showcase the film’s narrative. While some are a bit nonsensical (i.e. going with the flow of the film’s premise), stories of war, secret missions, occupation, and tension between nations are these movies “bread and buttered”, making the effort to show the grizzled action (on all forms of the military branches) as well the espionage side of opposing government / nations on matters of military strength (i.e. to defend, to invade, or to hold their ground) against warring enemies or rival team members. Additionally, military action features have also weaved into other genres (drama and sci-fi) in order to expand upon its storytelling. Some of the best and recognizable military action movies includes 1978’s Apocalypse Now, 1986’s Top Gun, 1987’s Full Metal Jacket, 1995’s Crimson Tide, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, 2002’s Black Hawk Down, 2002’s The Sum of All Fears, 2017’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and 2018’s 12 Strong. Now, Summit Entertainment (along with Original Film and Millennium Entertainment) and director Donovan Marsh present the latest military action thriller endeavor with the film Hunter Killer. Does the movie swim gracefully or does it sink laboriously fast? Read more

Gods of Egypt Review

A DEPLORABLE EYGPTIAN FANTASY


 

When it comes to mythology, the world’s diverse cultures share their own distinct mythos within their respective time periods. Gods and goddesses, monsters and magic, benevolent rulers and ferocious beasts play host to these fantastical myths and legends, offering plenty of explanations (to the people of those eras) of the “hows” and “whys” of the world as well as cautionary distractions. From Europe’s bountiful stories of English, Norse, and Greek myths to the tales from the far eastern provinces of Chinese and Japanese legends, these folklore tales have transcended the span the breath of time, with a multitude of various stories still being told in today’s world (being retold from grade school to all the way to the collegiate / academic level). Even the moviemaking world of Hollywood has been captivated by these imaginative tales, producing many movies that are based on a variety of myths from around the globe. Now, director Alex Proyas and Summit Entertainment, take viewers into the ancient world of Egyptian mythology with the movie Gods of Egypt. Does this feature breathe new life into Eygptians myths or is it just another heavy CG visual fantasy flop? Read more