The Commuter (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Entertaining one-time watch as expected from the duo of Liam Neeson & Jaume Collet-Serra
2) Hand to hand combat scenes

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary shaky camera
2) Mediocre primary motive
3) Too many loose ends in the screenplay including the epilogue.

 

Quote –
“You want proof you’re a good man, take a look at your family”

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The Foreigner (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) An Irish political thriller with lots of Irish sing-songy accent

 

Cons –

1) While the movie is projected as “Taken-With-Jackie-Chan” – it’s a political thriller where Chan is the third wheel
2) Hardly any memorable action scenes

 

 

Quote –

 

“I say jump, you say where”.

The Professional (1981)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
2) It’s a neo-western in Paris completed with a gun-dual.
3) The climactic slow walk from the palace to the helicopter – unseen badassery
4) Cyrielle Clair as Alice – femme fatale !

 

Cons –

 

1) The climax is sad as it makes the entire plan of Beaumont appear like a suicide mission.

 

 

Quote –

 

“The croissant is on my friend there.”

Timecop (1994)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Van Damme in his prime
2) Opening Civil War sequence – very promising plot but not exploited

 

Cons –

 

1) A JCVD films but hardly any good action sequence – one time watch
2) Ron Silver as Sen. Aaron McComb – discount Hans Gruber

 

 

 

Quote –

 

McComb: Elections are won with television. You don’t need the press, you don’t need endorsements, you don’t even need the truth. You need money.

Baby Driver (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The character of a music-obsessed driven criminal.One scene in particular where he can’t get the stolen car started mid-way a police chase without getting the right song from radio-station.
2) Jamie Foxx as Bats – one step away from Anton Chigurh.
3) There are few Tarantino-esque moments of intense uncertainty and anticipation
4) Gunsmiths massacre scene where gunshots sync with music.

 

Cons –

 

1) 4 Years wait for an Edgar Wright movie and not worth it. Frustrating to see a director with huge potential wasting his talent on such story. While James Cameron is already wasting rest of his life in Avatar sequels it’s sad to see Edgar Wright do something similar.
2) Ansel Elgort as Baby … Why ?
3) The climax … Dream or reality ?

 

 

Quote –

 

Baby: You and I are a team.
Doc: Don’t feed me any more lines from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ It pisses me off!

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) BEST.MONSTER.MOVIE.EVER.MADE.
2) Even better than Pacific Rim (2013) which followed similar action sequences of giant monster fighting.
3)Full body view of the fight, unlike the disaster Godzilla (2014) which was only showing glimpses of the fight with silly subplots.
4) 70s set up with 70s music
5) Kong in action within 30 minutes into the movie without wasting any time on built up.
6) The movie is not just about Kong but also includes other giants monster on the island.End credits with Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Preston Packard: And remember the story of Icarus, whose father gave him wings of wax. Warned him not to fly too close to the sun. But the exhilaration was too great. So he flew higher and higher, until the sun melted his wings, and he fell into the sea. The US Army is not an irresponsible father. So they gave us wings of hot Pennsylvania steel, guaranteed not to melt.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) In the universe of Ethan Hunt, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, James Bond etc. the aura of John Wick prevails thanks to blade-sharp quotes and long shot action sequences without cut.
2) The movie in the second half gave enough easter-eggs for conspiracy theorists to consider John Wick to be a secret sequel to The Matrix. And why not – Sleek organisation like The Continental, Winston stopping everyone in the park as it was a simulation, and of course Morpheus.
3) 3 super gun-action sequences – Catacombs, Subway and Mirror-Room
4) Presence of Franco Nero

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

John Wick: Do you want a war or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowery King: Somebody please get this man a gun!