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“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” High Energy

November 8th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

If you have seen the American made trilogy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then you will be familiar with the characters in the fourth release called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The actors may be different than in the previous three, but the names and their descriptions are the same. For newbies of the stories, they all take place in Sweden and the plots reach out into other countries as the crime drama plays out. It’s like watching Bourne Ultimatum with Jason Bourne, but with a women in the lead role. If you like high energy movies than this quick paced film is your Swedish cup of Filmjolk. Read more…

“GOOD TIME” (Written Review & Trailer)

August 23rd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

A powerful, captivating, thrilling, jaw dropper, the exciting film Good Time showcases a fine performance by Robert Pattinson and a creative script by Roland Bronstein and Josh Safdie. The crime story works its way into your head as Patterson’s protagonist finds himself caught up in a paradox created by wrong decisions. Decisions that will decide the fate of himself and his mentally challenged brother. It’s a hypnotic non-stop adrenaline rush from start to finish. Read more…

Hardcore Henry (Film Review & Trailer)

April 8th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Introducing a first person perspective cinematography non-stop action film that’s thoroughly mind-blowing. Hardcore Henry gets so staggering that you may want to take along a barf bag or at least take a Dramamine at least an hour before entering the theater. The film movies along so fast and furious that I found myself holding onto the arm rests of my seat. Read more…

“Lucy” A Non-stop Action-thriller (Film Review)

July 25th, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Out of nowhere comes Lucy a wild ride of mind over matter from Writer/Director Luc Besson. This cunning thriller opens with excitement and never stops the action to the very end. It’s my idea of a true Sci-Fi thriller that tantalizes your brain with possibilities beyond belief, and then takes you even further with the question, What If?

The film poses the following premise: “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what you could do with 100%”. Read more…

Getaway, High Action Thriller (Film Review)

August 30th, 2013 No comments

248144id1_Getaway_Final_Rated_27x40_1Sheet.inddReview By John Delia

Burning rubber for nearly 90 minutes the movie Getaway slams into theaters this weekend.  It’s not Fast and Furious or even a remake of The Getaway, but a script that emulates films like Bullet, Drive and a myriad of car chase films. It’s non-stop action from the word go, pushing the tachometer into the red allowing only a few times for the audience to catch their breath.  When I tell you it’s like watching the Daytona 500 in city traffic with a close-up lens you won’t have to be a race fan to get the idea real quick. Read more…

Fast & Furious 6, a High Octane Winner (Film Review)

May 23rd, 2013 No comments

FAST FUR postReview by John Delia

Flying off the line Fast & Furious 6, a high velocity crime thriller, starts in high gear and never slams on its brakes till mid final credits.  Stacked with a returning cast, their seasoned director and an amazing film crew the movie continues on its road to victory lane with yet another top sequel. Whether you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise or just like fast cars and unstoppable action, take this hot rod ride. Read more…

Looper, Film Review by John Delia

September 28th, 2012 No comments

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CREATIVE

ACTION

THRILLER

LOOPER

By John Delia

The future and the past collide in Looper, a creative action thriller directed by Rian Johnson.  This clever crime drama takes the audience to another level with a captivating enigma that holds your interest to the very last dialogue. The film hits the target male audience right on the box-office trigger looking for high rewards.

It’s the year 2044 and the young adult Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has the nasty but lucrative job called looping a special kind of hit man for a crime syndicate.  It’s no ordinary mob profession of getting an assignment from the boss, searching out the victim, eliminating him and stealthily walking away in the night.  As long as you have the mentality for it, looping turns out to be a fairly easy occupation as Joe never has to see the face of his victims. Using a specially devised blunder-bust shotgun, one shot to the body of a bound and hooded man on his knees, a short ride to a furnace for disposal and call it a day.  Even better, the victim cannot be traced because he has been transported 30 years back from the future for extermination. Payment for a day’s work, several bars of silver worth millions in future value.

Things have gotten bad for the mobsters in the future and their leader The Rainmaker has decided to shut down looping operations.  But because the loopers who are now 30 years older in the future know too much, he wants to eliminate them.  Not known to the present day loopers, some of them have been assigned to kill their older selves.  When Joe’s number comes up to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) things take an unexpected turn putting Joe and his future in mortal danger.

The brilliance here comes with the script, a futuristic quandary with a number of consequences that could alter the future like a pebble thrown into a pond that causes a ripple of change. With older Joe we find that his older self has a mission to do just that and this is where the story takes on a different look.  Intriguing and involving the science fiction film gets played out to a clever explosive finale.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Dano with director Rian Johnson on the set of Looper

Creating good characters takes a lot of control over a cast especially this one with high profile actors like Willis, Emily Blunt and Gordon Levitt, but director Rian Johnson does a great job of maintaining a tight ship.  Keeping the extensive action moving at a fast clip and making his actors work hard certainly shows on the screen.  I like the chemistry between Paul Dano and Gordon-Levitt as they really look like good friends that would do anything to help each other out, even if it means death.  I would have enjoyed a little more character history between the two, but it would have prolonged the nicely written film.

Since young Joe and older Joe ‘have’ to look similar, the make-up crew takes on a very big challenge of changing Gordon-Levitt to look like Willis at 30 years difference.  Mostly altering his lips, cheeks, nose, and putting a Bruce Willis cleft in the chin, the crew did a very worthy job.  Even in one scene where Gordon-Levitt gets his ear torn, you’ll find his older self has the scars. While I feel this is more distracting than necessary, I have to applaud Johnson for a ‘nice try’ with continuity.  I don’t know what the extra make-up may have cost, but they could have just kept it to a minimum like other films I’ve seen. After all, I think most of the audiences that will see Looper won’t care one way or the other about facial features, since they’ll be mostly adrenaline seekers anyway.  (While they were at it however, they should have raised Willis’s neck up a couple of inches.)

Although you have to wait nearly half way through the movie to see her, Emily Blunt plays Sara as a tough gal who lives a secluded life with her special abilities son Cid (Pierce Gagnon).  Strong and ornery, Sara won’t put up with intruders and finds herself being overly protective of Cid. When young Joe finds himself on the run from certain death and gets an important clue to older Joe’s mission, he searches out Emily to hide him.  The two actors are nicely matched and create a realistic romantic bond adding to the complexity to the story.

Looper has been rated R by the MPAA for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content. The violent death sentences are quite vile so be prepared when the executions begin.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A creative futuristic action thriller with some nice twists. (B)

Additional Film Information:

  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo and Jeff Daniels
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content.
  • Genre: Action Thriller
  • Running Time: 1 hr 58 min
  • Opening Date: September 28, 2012
  • Distributed by: TriStar Pictures

 

KILLER ELITE review by John Delia

September 22nd, 2011 No comments

STATHAM 

& DeNIRO

TEAM UP

 

KILLER ELITE

 

 

 

Cast: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski and Dominic Purcell

Directed by: Gary McKendry

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity

Genre: Action, Thriller

Running Time: 1hr 45min

Opening Date: September 23, 2011

Distributed by: Open Road Films

 

 

By John Delia

 

The film Killer Elite plays out like you are watching a video game, kill an assassin and move up to the next level.  Exciting, power packed and relatively predictable, the film tends to mirror other action movies that have been released this year. The thing that does play better than the rest involves the suspense that comes with trying to decide who really is the bad guy here?

 

Danny (Jason Statham) flees from an assassin

The script goes something like this; best friends and fellow assassins Danny (Jason Statham) and Hunter (Robert DeNiro) are finishing up a job in Mexico when Danny gets shot in the leg when he hesitates during his kill shot.  Torn by a near death moment, Danny decides to quit the business and retires to a secluded retreat. 

 

At least a year goes by with no contact from Hunter until he gets notified from his former mission advisor that Hunter’s been captured and being held by a subversive government. Danny hesitates at first then takes on the challenge of rescuing Hunter.  When the top assassins in the world get mobilized to stop the rescue and Spike (Clive Owen) a highly trained policeman thinks Danny’s a spy, Danny has to face impossible odds.

 

Hunter (DeNiro) and Danny (Statham) in KILLER ELITE

The film rolls out like an X-Box game with the hero getting several weapons to choose from, endless ammunition and several help stations along his journey to kill assassins and free the girl, except in Killer Elite it’s a DeNiro.  Actually I enjoy a good game and that’s a good thing here. Statham makes a great gamer role model with a lot of muscle and agility to face off against his foes.  Hey if someone’s developing a video game out there called ‘Killer Elite’, just remember you heard it here first.

 

Statham works well with Robert DeNiro, especially in the opening sequence where the two have to face off against Mexican government police.  DeNiro looks like his younger self and exhibits the kind of intensity that made him famous.  Good make-up and special CGI may have helped, but who’s caring when the extreme fighting looks real.

 

Spike (Clive Owen) points his gun at Danny

I am very happy to see Clive Owen in this action packed thriller and it’s he who makes Killer Elite suspenseful.  Thinking he’s got an easy job in tracking down a bungling assassin, especially since his men under him are highly trained, get him into a tight situation when he has to decide who’s the bad guy.

 

The direction by first timer Gary McKendry looks high quality.  He starts his film with a great firefight and doesn’t hold back right up to the blazing ending. He moves the story along at a fast clip and inserts his adversaries in piece meal so as to string out a lot of guts and gore. 

 

Killer Elite is rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.  McKendry inserts a lot of realistic killing for shock value so use extra caution when deciding to bring immature children. Although the film has a similar name as the 1975 spy thriller, the story is very different and so are the thrills.

 

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A strong action thriller to end the summer. (B)

 

 

 

 

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‘UNKNOWN’ Review by John Delia

February 17th, 2011 No comments

“UNKNOWN”

Cast: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella,  Bruno Ganz, Sebastian Koch and Mido Hamada

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content

Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller

Running Time: 1hr 53min

Release date: February 18th, 2011

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

By John Delia

A very good action mystery Unknown lives up to its compelling trailer. From the exciting opening the film springs to a suspenseful thriller with twists and turns to the final reveal. If you are big fan of Liam Neeson (Taken), and I am, then run to see Unknown.

January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Rainer Bock and Liam Neeson in 'Unknown'

Without giving most of the mystery away, here’s a thumbnail on the basic storyline provided by the filmmaker: Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally Gina (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

If you like movies like The Borne Identity or The International that have a lot of suspense and thrills, then Unknown should fill the bill. Although the plot gets a little far fetched, to enjoy the film you have to just go with it.  I enjoyed the film a lot trying to solve the mystery and was often stumped until more than three quarters of the way through.  Although there were clues along the way, when I finally realized the answers to the plot the revelation added to my enjoyment.  All I could do was sit back and say to myself ‘nice job’.

The acting by Neeson reminded me of his relentless trek in the action thriller Taken.  There he played an outraged father on a path to save his daughter who has been kidnapped by foreign slavers.  Here he’s on a different kind of rampage but with the same anger and determination.

Diane Kruger and Liam Neeson in 'Unknown'

In support, January Jones plays Dr. Harris’s enigmatic wife Elizabeth who languishes in her role as the vital link to his reality. With cold stares and dubious looks, Jones makes her character believable enough to carry the plot through.  Diane Kruger plays the feisty illegal immigrant cab driver that gets Dr. Harris into the accident then later helps him get back the reality lost from his head injury.  Her tough cookie persona for Gina keeps the story intriguing and often adds some comic relief.

Unknown is rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content.  The very realistic accident scene involving the car going into a river gets very tense.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A very good action mystery. (B)

THE MECHANIC review by John Delia

January 27th, 2011 No comments

“EXPLOSIVE THRILLER”

Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn and Mini Anden

Directed by: Simon West (Laura Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air)

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity

Genre: Action, thriller

Running Time: 1hr 32min

Release Date: January 28, 2011

Distributed by: CBS Films

By John Delia

Explosive, vicious and exhilarating, all the things that men like in a film are jammed into the 92 minutes of The Mechanic. The no-stop assassin drama kept me on the edge of my seat while bombs exploded, bullets flew, death defying stunts performed, knife fights, well you know what Crank was like, but count on double here. If you want to up your testosterone levels, then this is your kick-ass thriller.

Jason Statham as hit-man Arthur Bishop

The Mechanic’s plot surrounds Arthur Bishop (Statham), a hired assassin who makes a very good living knocking off drug lords and political dictators.  He lives a very dangerous life but the perks are great.  His hideaway in the New Orleans Bayou has all the amenities one could ask for and he manages to spend nights with some exciting girls.  One day he gets assigned a hit on his very close associate Harry (Donald Sutherland), a job he cannot refuse or put his own life in jeopardy.  At the funeral he runs into Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) who tells Arthur that he wants to get his dad’s killer.  Thus starts an unusual bond, one that takes them on a cringing death ride.

Statham plays his brilliantly usual tough guy who’s relentless on getting his score no matter what it takes.  I am a huge fan of his and he has never let me down on the screen.  Here he makes me even more devout. Ben Foster expels a nasty persona as Steve making a great sidekick to Arthur.  You can see in his face that every fight Steve gets into more fuel gets added to his hatred.

Simon West on the set of The Mechanic

That said how could the two stars go wrong under the direction Simon West (Con Air, Laura Croft: Tomb Raider).   The man has a mind of a maniac creating one brutal scene after the next.  I was amazed at how real the action looked, explosive the story rolled out and the intrigue that was woven within.

The Mechanic is rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity.  Although the target audience is males, I could see a lot of women in the audience getting thrilled by it as well.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A killer an action thriller. (B+)