Kite (1998)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 
PROS –
1) High-powered gun action with the bullets that explode inside the victim’s body.
2) Sawa got shades of Gogo Yubari Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Mathilda from Léon: The Professional (1994)

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Even tomorrow may never come for us. All l can do for now is live life to the fullest.

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Mr. Majestyk (1974)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s a modern day Charles Bronson western with high-speed car chases and high-powered gun action. The simplicity of the story is the biggest strength of the movie.
2) The Hitman vs The Melon Picker. The movie is a treat for Bronson fanboys.
3) Soundtrack by Charles Bernstein. Unexpectedly awesome.
4) Al Lettieri as Frank Renda, the hulking hot-headed hitman.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Frank Renda: You know, we could be in LA tonight. Get in a couple of broads. Go to Mexico city in a few days. Cruise around, get a boat, anything you want!
Vince Majestyk: I’ve been to LA, and I’ve been to Mexico. And I’ve been laid.
Frank Renda: Well, what do you want?
Vince Majestyk: I want to get a melon crop in!

Cold Pursuit (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Cold snowy weather, tombstones, revenge plot – all the essential elements of a Liam Neeson film. He is now the Charles Bronson of our time.
2) The character development of the bad guys is the most fascinating aspect of this movie. Apart from the usual vengeance drama, there is a plot involving Indians with a great sense of humor, a gay enforcer, a black hitman known as The Eskimo, a drug lord who is also an over-protective father.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing extraordinary for Liam Neeson fanboys. A recycled storyline with zero memorable action sequences.

 
QUOTE –
I say make them all legal. Meth, ex, opium. An opium den in every mall, that’s my platform. Give the people what they want. Tax the shit out of it, then double our pay.

The Man from Nowhere (2010)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A Korean ex-secret service agent living a reclusive life, got John Wick-ed to save a little girl.
2) Treat for fans of movies like Taken (2009) and John Wick (2014).

 
CONS –
1) No extraordinary action sequences. One time watch.

 
QUOTE –
Tae-Sik Cha: How many cavities you have?
Man-seok: What?
Tae-Sik Cha: I have a pawn shop… and I take gold teeth. I take the gold teeth… and chew all the rest.

Petta (2019)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Rajinikanth returns to his roots with his favorite genre. This movie incorporates elements of Baasha (1995) with Main Hoon Na (2004).
2) Entertaining first-half with vintage Rajni action. Hostel hallway fight scene is an extraordinary treat for Rajni fans.
3) Scenic Darjeeling serving as the principal shooting location.

 
CONS –
1) Weird climactic plot twist.
2) The movie settles scores for Rajinikanth’s political future. The storyline is drenched with secularism and anti-North Indian sentiments.

 
QUOTE –
If we have truth on our side and if our enemy is evil and strong, then killing him is not wrong.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A high octane action packed movie from beginning to the end by Christopher McQuarrie.It’s a mediocre story riddled with back to back great action sequences.
2) Wolf Blitzer cold open cameo.
3) Men’s room hand-to-hand combat.
4) The bike chase sequence in Paris.
5) Plot-twist after plot-twists.
6) Great action sequences at the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Couldn’t care less about the cliched spy-story or Ethan Hunt‘s family past.

 

QUOTE –
Solomon Lane: There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.

Breakout (1975)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Flamboyant, funny, and talkative Charles Bronson – How often do we see that!
2) $500 check running gag.

 
CONS –
1) Plain and simple prison-escape plot without any thrills
2) Apart from Bronson, all other actors are acting like B-Grade actors including Robert Duvall and John Huston

 
QUOTE –
Jay Wagner: The day I’m reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.