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“BROWSE” Searching for Love

July 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very compelling, the movie Browse takes you into the world of a guy who looks for love on an online dating site and ends up facing the fury of a woman and puts his job in doubt. Although it’s a nicely produced and directed film, the movie tends to give off the vibes of déjà vu. I did like the acting by Lukas Haas as the victim and Sara Rafferty of his office assistant who both find themselves involved with each other. The film does get out of hand a bit, tries to make some twists that are predicable, but recovers well from both flaws just in time for the finale.
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“21 Bridges” A Powerful Thriller

November 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A high energy movie, 21 Bridges opens with a bang and never stops until the final curtain. Leading the reasons for its appeal for crime action films is the acting by Chadwick Boseman and the direction by Brian Kirk. The film has a lot of potential to take the box office by storm and probably will this weekend. It may be a little predictable, but if you need something to distract you from the daily routine, then take this wild ride. Read more…

“Bad Times at the El Royale” Taking Sides

October 11th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Numerous filmmakers have shocked and hammered their audiences with unexpected vile acts, surprising twists, distasteful behaviors and contemptible desires, but they still can’t top the master Quentin Tarantino. Oh a few have come within a hair close like the Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, and Francis Ford Coppolo. They are the leaders that many have tried to emulate due to the offbeat style that provided thrillers like Fargo, The Shinning, The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Lost Highway. Read more…

“Get Out” (Written Review & Trailer)

February 22nd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Disturbing and provocative the movie Get Out turns up the volume on suspense and terror. One of the better scary films in a long time, the movie challenges you from the very start as to the motives of a family gathering with a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” impression that turns sour. If you like fright films like The Visit this is your cup of tea. Read more…

The Girl on the Train (Written Review & Trailer)

October 6th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more…

Nerve (Written Review & Trailer)

July 28th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Targeted at teens the movie Nerve sets up a very dangerous game that involves taking huge chances and cheating death. The film has adequate acting and able direction, but the storyline does have elements of the impossible. While it’s just a movie to create thrills and suspense, it’s kind of fun to watch, especially the risky scenes involving the dares. Read more…

’71, an IRA War Thriller (Film Review & Trailer)

March 26th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

One of the most brutal wars comes to the screen and it does not involve the United States. In this film we get to see one day during the Irish Revolution between the Protestants and the Catholics. Most of us watched the news as the war dragged on for years, but up until now I haven’t seen a movie about the war so compelling as ’71. Not knowing what side to take in this fight shouldn’t matter here, it’s just the inhumanity that counts and the eerie gut wrenching window to survival for one man. Read more…

The Raven, Review by John Delia

April 27th, 2012 No comments

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SUSPENSEFUL

MURDER

MYSTERY

THE RAVEN

By John Delia

Methodically delivered The Raven provides a suspense mystery that chills and thrills.  Set in the mid 1800’s the Edgar Allan Poe based story has all the earmarks of a winning box office weekend.  With excellent direction controlling fine actors and a sold script, the film moves to the top of my best of 2012. Read more…

SEEKING JUSTICE, Film Review by John Delia

March 15th, 2012 No comments

A THRILLER

FROM

START

TO FINISH!

 

SEEKING JUSTICE

By John Delia

High energy, good acting and a diabolical plot turn Seeking Justice into a winner.  Watching this film I found myself gasping for breath at times due to the impact that comes off the screen.  It’s a ‘what if?’ kind of movie that creates panic as much as it amazes. If you like an adult thriller that never lets up, then your choice is easy, Seeking Justice.

The plot centers on Will Gerard (Nicholas Cage) who finds himself emotionally upset when he gets word that his wife Laura (January Jones) has been brutally attacked.  Arriving at the hospital he sees Laura hanging on to her life by a thread; battered and bruised. Distraught and in Shock Will gets approached by Simon (Guy Pierce) who offers him a deal; revenge in exchange for a future favor.  At first Will declines, but seeing the damage to his wife once more and thinking about the man getting away with the crime, he takes Simon up on his deal.  Laura’s perpetrator is found dead, and a day later Will gets a call from Simon.

Nicholas Cage as Will in Seeking Justice

I could see the fire in Will’s eyes when he sees his wife in her deathly state having been violated and beaten.  Nice acting by Cage who does a terrific job with his grief-stricken character. He then puts himself in jeopardy repaying the debt and his grief turns into fear, madness then paranoia for the deadly outcome.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen some brilliance from Cage, and thankfully he shows it here.

Director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit) puts his skill behind the production and gets fine performances from his support cast, amazing work from the crew and an action packed thriller. Creating an intense film with momentum is no easy task, but with Seeking Justice, he succeeds.

Now, you may say that retribution, vigilante and revenge films are not new with the likes of Point Blank, The Brave One and others, but with Seeking Justice the ‘what if?’ factor makes this film different.  Being caught off guard and distraught at seeing your wife in a near death condition and being offered retribution does change the ballgame and turns up the intrigue meter.

Seeking Justice has been rated R by the MPAA for violence, language and brief sexuality with a very scary brutal scene that’s not for the meek.

 Additional Film Information:

  • Cast: Nicholas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pierce
  • Directed by: Roger Donaldson
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
  • Opening Date: March 16, 2012
  • Distributed by: Anchor Bay

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good suspense filled thriller.  (B)

 

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, review by John Delia

December 21st, 2011 No comments

THE NEWEST

MOVIE VERSION

OF THE BOOK

VERY GOOD

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

 

 

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård

Directed by: David Fincher

MPAA Rating: R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language

Genre: Crime, Drama, and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr 40 min

Opening Date: December 21st, 2011

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing

 

 

 

 

By John Delia

 

The mystery and suspense in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo gets menacing giving audiences an unsuspected thriller.  I liked this version over the foreign release of the movie in 2010 because it’s in English, has Daniel Craig and the story moves along as it should, unencumbered by faulty direction.  For those who like a good detective drama with a lot of action, see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

 

Mikael (Daniel Craig) and Lisbeth (Rooney Mara)

The movie finds reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), recently convicted of libel, being invited to the home of a multi-millionaire Henrik Vanager (Christopher Plummer). Offering him a chance to clear his name, Vanager enlists him to find what happened to his daughter Harriet who went missing some 40 years ago.  After running into difficulty, Vanager gets Mikael in touch with a computer hacker and rogue investigator Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) who teams with him.  She comes up with some clues he has missed leading to a number of suspects that may have murdered Harriet.  When they get too close to the fire, both Mikael and Lisbeth find themselves scrambling for their own lives.

 

Henrik Vanager (Christopher Plummer) offers Mikael and opportunity

Daniel Craig does a very good job of keeping his character interesting and vulnerable to the evidence he uncovers.  Mikael may be an investigative reporter, but he’s never been this close to murder and mayhem.  Craig may look a little James Bondish here, but it’s all in the name of a thrilling film with a lot of action.

 

Rooney Mara comes up equal to Noomi Rapace in their performances as Lisbeth Salander the cunning private eye who helps Mikael with his case.  The two are very scary at times and when they are brutally victimized, they each fight back with abandon. I would be hard pressed if I had to choose which one was best in their respective film appearances, but the edge would go to Rapace.

 

The big question here is whether the film gets good enough for audiences who have already seen the foreign version?  I say Yes!  Even though it follows the intricate storyline of the same book by Stieg Larsson, the brilliant acting here along with the English language presentation and the superb direction by David Fincher (The Social Network) make it all worthwhile.

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been rated R by the MPAA for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language.  The first-rate cinematography makes the film look very realistic. The close ups of some of the graphic violence may be very disturbing to the timid and the rape scene borders on an NC-17 rating in my estimation.

 

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: Better than the foreign version that was highly touted when it was released in 2010. (B+)