Yeah, You Got That Right! 

Yeah, You Got That Right!   

No Escape, 2015

This is yet another example of a movie review being written with a delay from time of viewing to writing – which typically results in a not-so-stellar review, but my hope is that I am able to convey at least something small of value to perhaps be the equivalent of either a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down.

And so, right off the bat, I must say that I must give this one a thumbs-up without reservation.  Which was a surprise to me.  Because Owen Wilson is more than a funny guy; he’s quite the convincing American in a foreign land trying to protect his family at all costs.  Granted, his point of view is somewhat a myopic Western-eye view of the locals, but it is the film’s narrow focus on the panicked and bewildered Americans that makes it so breathtakingly gripping.  And I might go a step further to say it even does a great job in serving as a scare tactic to the viewers in perhaps dissuading them on any immediate impending international travel!

This is a high-drama political action thriller that is literally one long chase.  Interesting to see Pierce Brosnan in his role of loud-mouthed Brit doubling as savior.

Worth more than the price of admission, no question about it.



Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, 2015

This is what happens when I wait too long to write a movie-review: I kinda-sorta forget three-fourths of the movie which is not very  conducive to writing a reasonably intelligent, honest, and engaging review.

Which is where I find myself even as I try to recall more than the one obvious fact about this movie, viz., that Tom Cruise was awesome. 

And if you think that says it all, well then, you’ll understand when I say that this little fact eclipses the movie altogether to the point that even the plot and the impressive James Bond-style action thriller scenes that included Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames – although I can’t say I remember clearly how exactly they contributed to the story – is trumped by Tom Cruise’s awesomeness.

Bottom line:  it was fine entertainment, if only mildly robotic and senseless at times.  Oh, but nothing that threatened Tom Cruise’s awesomeness factor .  Did I mention that already?  :)

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 2015

This is a stylish 1960s-style spy picture with no pretense to anything but entertainment.  Never having had the pleasure of catching the television series by the same name, I must admit I have no benchmark to offer, but I certainly have a glowing opinion of it and a matching recommendation for it.

First things first:  the two guys, i.e., the CIA agent and the KGB operative are eye-candy.  But they’re more than strong jawlines and mesmerizing voices; they’re as dapper as they come in their Italian tailored suits and impeccable manicures, and know what they want and where they’re going.  The plot itself might have been a bit more convoluted than necessary but the super-snazzy and elaborately retro-looking period sets keep your attention span alive.  

Overall, well worth the price of admission.  If you have fun company, it definitely gets even better.




Mission Impossible 3: Impossibly Good 

Mission Impossible 3: Impossibly Good   

Jurassic World, 2015

Twenty-two years later, we’re all set for another reboot, and dare I say it, we are not disappointed.  Only, everything’s slicker and faster and more spectacular.  There’s just enough of a mix of references and nostalgia and still some new ideas to make it work.  That very first shot of the park set to John Williams’ classic theme music is worth the price of admission, but thankfully, isn’t the only thing that puts a smile on your face.

There’s plenty of scares and chase scenes and creatures of every imaginable dinosaur-like species paired with the human Alpha, Chris Pratt, himself.  Despite the somewhat lengthy prelude to the action, I wish the suspense had been built up just a tad more.  But oh, well, we must survive as best we can, all things considered.  

But the most spectacular of all impossibilities is that the female lead played by an actress named Bryce Dallas Howard (I had to look her up and learned she is the daughter of the director Ron Howard), rescues the world — all two hours and three minutes long — in high heels.  If that doesn’t impress, I don’t know what will.  Because, when you see the chases on foot through swampy jungles and all sorts of impossible topography that she covers, you will know just what I mean!

Yet another summer blockbuster, and one that will most likely spawn a sequel in the near future — at least, as far as one can infer from the ending.  Although, I doubt fans will be made to wait another twenty-two years.  Just a guess, but I’d still bet good money on that.

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San Andreas, 2015

You really can’t be faulted for being surprisingly shaken-up with a spectacular disaster of a high magnitude even as you may or may not be moved with the shaky plot line.  

Well, there’s probably more puns where all those came from, but the fact is that this is what summer blockbusters are made of.  One must temporarily throw all logic and meaning to the winds, and enter a world of ‘what-if’ knowing fully well that this is what an indulgence of the mind would look like.  It would be rife with preposterous spectacles of mayhem and disaster; with over-the-top pandemonium; and with ridiculous complications of natural disasters counter-balanced with complications of relationships.

This is why we go to the movies, wouldn’t you say?!  

To get our adrenaline pumping even as we munch on that over-sized bucket of popcorn, and contemplate how love survives even the most horrendous of earthquakes.  Because in the final analysis, that’s the one thing that remains intact despite all else crumbling around you: love of family and the hope for new love in the aftermath of the earthquake.  If that doesn’t grab you, you are hopeless, indeed!