Tag Archives: Jason Statham

The Meg (2018) Review

BIGGIER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER


 

There seems to be a fascination of sharks in theatrical / cinematic endeavors. Over the years, these underwater sea predators, mostly the apex predator ones (i.e. great white shark, tiger shark, mako shark, blue shark, thresher shark, and hammerhead shark) have graced the silver screen with their intent to terrify viewers (and the characters in the feature) and usually act as a catalyst for a movie’s narrative path. Perhaps the most famous of all would be director Stephen Spielberg’s 1975 Jaws, which has become a hallmark feature in the history of filmmaking (even considered to be one of the greatest films of all time). Given its success by both critics and moviegoers, Jaws went on to spawn three sequels films (i.e. 1978’s Jaws 2, 1983’s Jaws 3-D, and 1987’s Jaws: The Revenge). However, none of these sequels movies ever surpassed nor matched the success to what the original Jaws film was able to achieve. Beyond the Jaws franchise, other films that feature sharks as primary antagonist includes 1999’s Deep Blue Sea, 2003’s Open Water, 2004’s Shark’s Tale, 2010’s The Reef, 2016’s The Shallow, and 2017’s 47 Meters Down. Now, Warner Bros. Pictures and director Jon Turteltaub head back into the depth of the ocean to unleash an enormous ancient predator in the movie The Meg. Does this movie sink its teeth in campy overtones or does it bite off more than it can chew? Read more

The Fate of the Furious (2017) Review

ANOTHER WILD AND ENTERTAINING RIDE


 

Back in 2015, Furious 7 raced into theaters and brought with it new level of box office success to the long running Fast and the Furious franchise. While the franchise has grown, evolving into an interesting dynamic aspect beyond the earlier entries of merely street racing, one of the main interest in viewers seeing Furious 7 was due to the untimely death of the franchise’s co-star Paul Walker, with many curious to see how the film (as well as the series) would handle such a hard and devastating blow. Many even began to ask the question if that the Fast and the Furious franchise would end after this movie due to Walker’s death. Believe it or not, despite Walker’s death during the middle of production, Furious 7 was a rousing success, both in global box office success (raking in over $1.5 billion) as well as sending off Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner (driving off into the sunset) in a touching tribute. With the success of Furious 7, it was clear that the series still had its mojo “racing” energy, which prompted the studio execs at Paramount Pictures to greenlight the eighth installment. Now, in a way to try to reinvent the franchise without Walker’s O’Connor, Paramount Pictures and director F. Gary Gray present the newest entry in the Fast and the Furious series with The Fate of the Furious. Does this latest installment stand tall and proud to its recent successors or has this long-running film saga burned out of energy and fresh ideas? Read more

Mechanic Resurrection Review

A FAILED RESURRECTION


 

Actor Jason Statham has proven to be a solid lead role in action movies or least in a large ensemble type action feature. From Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, The Italian Job and to his most popular films in The Transporter franchise (films 1, 2, and 3), the now 49-year-old actor has become an iconic action star of the modern age, mostly performing his own stage combat and stunts. Back in 2011, Statham starred in the action movie The Mechanic, a film that was loosely based off of the 1972 flick of the same name. While it was intended to be a remake and new way for viewers to the get their new “Statham” kicks, 2011 version of The Mechanic was received with mixed thoughts from both critics and moviegoers. Many thought it was a “one and done” movie. However, Summit Entertainment and director Dennis Gansel resurrect the film once again in the year of 2016 with the film Mechanic Resurrection. Does this sequel rise to the challenge or is it a mindless and bland action movie? Read more

Spy Review

THE SPY THAT MADE ME LAUGH


Paul Feig has done the Hollywood circle of acting, directing, writing, and producing. Appearing first in 1987’s Zombie High, Feig continued to appear movies, making directorial debut occurred with 2003’s I am David. In world of TV, Feig directed from shows like The Office, Parks & Recreations, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Mad Men, and many others. He also created the short lived, but critically acclaimed television show Freaks & Geeks. Feig’s directorial work on recent comedy features includes the actress Melissa McCarthy, appearing alongside Kristen Wig in 2011’s Bridemaids and Sandra Bullock in 2013’s The Heat. It would seem that a third time’s a charm as Feig reunites with McCarthy for 20th Century Fox’s newest comedy Spy. Does this film aspire to be the best comedy of 2015 (so far) or is it one too many spy nuances for audience to care about? Read more

Furious 7 Review

ONE LAST RIDE

AND A BITTERSWEET GOODBYE


The Fast & the Furious movie franchise has truly made a name for itself. Debuting back in 2001 with original The Fast & the Furious, viewers were introduced to the world of underground street racing with Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner and Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto as the series main leads. After several additional movies, the series was starting losing its edge, until director Justin Lin came along with 2011’s Fast Five (the fifth entry in The Fast & the Furious franchise), placing a more emphasis on story / plot rather than just the aspect of illegal street racing. With the success of Fast Five sort of refreshing the series with interest, this was then followed up in a similar fashion with 2013’s Fast & the Furious 6. Now, after much hype, anticipation, and sadness, the seventh entry in the series races into theaters with Furious 7 (or Fast & the Furious 7 to some). Does this latest installment quench a viewer’s adrenaline rush or as the excitement of the franchise spurt out?

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