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Movie Review: 'Red 2'

Red 2

Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by Dean Parisot
Rated PG-13


Whether we want them to be or not, sequels are going to be in our lives until they literally stop making movies.  And with big films, particularly with summer films, anything with an original arc that is going to cost a studio a couple of bucks is an will continue to be, a dying breed.  I don’t mind sequels, for the most part.  Sure some of them make you scratch your head in confusion as to whey they are being made but some end up actually improving upon the original in some way.  Red, a film that came out in 2010 and carried with it the distinction of being that movie where Helen Mirren plays an assassin did better than anyone expected it to.  I liked Red.  I walked into it only because I wanted to kill a couple of hours and lets face it, it had a good quality cast.   I walked out pleasantly surprised.  So when I started seeing promotional stuff for Red 2, I thought, “Well, I can get on board with this”.  I walked out of Red 2 with a completely different reaction than Red.  That reaction you might ask…”f**k this”.

Yes, Red 2 squanders away any and all goodwill left by its predecessor.   Squander might be too lax of a word, it annihilates with hurricane level 5 forces, any and all goodwill left by its predecessor.  Is it the actors fault?  Yes.  Is it the director’s fault?  Yes.  Is it the scripts fault?  Yes.  I don’t know if I can find really anything good to say about Red 2.  Sure I’ll try as this reviews carries on, but I may be sitting at my computer for a while trying to find that positive spin. Oh wait…I found one.  I’m not sitting in a theater watching Red 2 anymore.  That’s positive right?

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'The Grey' Director Backs Out of The 'Death Wish' Remake 

Well, that didn’t take long.  It was only a few weeks ago that we reported how Joe Carnahan was set to climb the director’s chair to helm the Death Wish remake.  According to Deadline, Mr. Carnahan has already left the project with the excuse of “creative differences”.  MGM thought their long search was over when he agreed to tackle the dual chores of writing and directing. Oh well, back to the drawing board.  Death Wish was originally released in 1974 and spawned four sequels, all starring Charles Bronson as the bad-ass vigilante. 

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Movie Review: 'A Good Day to Die Hard'

A Good Day to Die Hard

Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
Directed by John Moore
Rated R

If you’ve been on Rotten Tomatoes or other movie related websites over the last 24 hours, then you may have noticed some not so kind words about A Good Day to Die Hard.  Soulless, tired, messy, unfocused, these are just some of the buzz words being used to describe John McClane’s 5th outing.  While I’m not going to dispute some of those claims, because A Good Day is far from perfect, but it’s also not the train wreck that some may make it out to be.  Before I go any further, I’ll just throw this out there right now; I like this movie more than Live Free or Die Hard. It still can’t touch the original trilogy of films, but at this point, sometimes its okay to just be entertained.

 Looking back on my thoughts about this movie, A Good Day to Die Hard jumps head first into the pit known as squandered potential.  Had 20th Century Fox and the producers of this movie gotten someone with a little bit more talent and knowledge of the Die Hard series to write this movie and had they gotten someone who is a little bit more old school in their directing (read not video game style); then  the reaction to this movie might have a different outcome.  Those are the two problem areas with the screenplay being the most problematic.  But Skip Woods, is no stranger to squandered potential (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team) so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised.

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In Case You Were Wondering: Bruce Willis is Good to Go for 'Die Hard' 6

I am cautiously optimistic about the prospects of A Good Day to Die HardDie Hard is without a doubt, one of the most perfect action movies ever.  But a problem arose with Live Free or Die Hard.  They turned John McClane into this indestructible character.  A complete 180 from what Die Hard was all about.  But I like what I’ve seen so far with A Good Day, hence my optimism. Bruce Willis apparently likes what he sees as well, because the man says he’s ready for Die Hard 6.

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'A Good Day To Die Hard' Gets A ****ing Rating

While Live Free Or Die Hard generally got pretty favorable opinions from both critics and audiences, one constant complaint was that the PG-13 rating made it distance itself from the gritty style that gave the first three so much personality.  I'm still not sure why they even bothered with the "Yipee-ki-aye-motherBLAM", since PG-13 movies are allowed one f bomb, anyways.  Nonetheless, Die Hard fans have been waiting with baited breath to find out just what rating the next film, A Good Day To Die Hard, would get...

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