Glass (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) M. Night Shyamalan saga of believers and non-believers. The comic-book aficionado among the audiences wants Mr. Glass to be correct like a believer waiting for the second coming of Jesus Christ to be true.
2) James McAvoy did most of the leg-work in this movie. Just like in the prequel, his transformation from one personality to the other was remarkable

 

 
CONS –
1) The aura of the entire trilogy was diminished by some “deep-state” kind of organization trying to discourage and suppress any super-hero activities.
2) Less screen-time for David Dunn.
3) M. Night Shyamalan became too cautious to exhibit the super-power showdown of The Overseer and The Beast. While this strategy worked in Unbreakable (2000), this time, however, audiences were waiting for a grand boss fight. This movie also lacks the grand climactic plot-twist which is now a trademark to any Shyamalan movie.

 

QUOTE –
Mrs. Price: Didn’t you tell me there was a showdown at the end of a limited edition? How come you didn’t know how it was gonna end?
Mr. Glass: Oh, Mama. This is not a limited edition. This was an origin story the whole time.

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Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The movie negates “Ripple Effect” – Past cannot be altered
2) A similar theme to Blade Runner
3) Movie references and homages : Vertigo, Woody Woodpecker, Monkey Business

 

Cons –

 

1) Brad Pitt as Jeffrey – too much overacting
2) Madeleine Stowe as Kathryn Railly – miscast

 

 

Quote –

 

Jeffrey Goines: There’s no right, there’s no wrong, there’s only popular opinion.

Surrogates (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.

Split (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

 

 

1) An ordinary movie catapulted by the final scene.The concept of Split personalities is known and explored numerous times.However the character of “The Beast” with superpower strength and bulletproof skin separates this movie from a psychological thriller.The final scene with David Dunn vindicates the entire plot.
2) The courage of M. Night Shyamalan returning to make the sequel and hiding it all along.
3) This mainly serves as an anthology film in the MNS universe and the sequel will be a real treat for all Unbreakable fans.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 
The Beast: The broken are the more evolved.

Die Hard (1988)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An era-defining action movie from John McTiernan; one of the most under-appreciated director of our time.
2) One man against all odds theme.Possibly the greatest Christmas action movie.
3) Nakatomi Plaza
4) Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber: an Iconic villain.
5) Iconic explosions sequences

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?
John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.

The Fifth Element (1997)

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

 

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Gary Oldman and Ian Holm: Great supporting cast.
2) The opening sequence in Egypt.
3) The comedy (ruined by Chris Tucker).
4) Fast-paced and entertaining.

 

Cons –
1) Cliched story a stereotyped hero (with unknown “Mondoshawans ” and “evil”)
2) Diva Plavalaguna

 

Quote –
“Mondoshawan: Time not important. Only life important.”

RED 2 (2013)

Red 2

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Byung-Hun Lee
2) John Malkovich

 

Cons –
1) Same Old Action film
2) No Bruce Willis Action

 

Quote –
What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin!