Angel Has Fallen (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) This time it’s a war-monger Vice President who got Agent Banning framed for the attempted assassination of the President. Its the routine high-octane action where Banning got to prove his innocence and meanwhile save the President too.
2) Nick Nolte joining the cast as Mike’s father. This John Rambo type Vietnam-vet Clay Banning is one interesting character. Him blowing the entire cavalcade of bad guys around his cabin was the best action sequence. His chemistry with Mike in the post-credit scene was equally funny.
3) The franchise is tediously formulaic but surely entertaining. The action is so engrossing that Piper Perabo replaced Radha Mitchell as Mike’s wife and we didn’t even notice.

 

 

CONS –
1) Jada Pinkett Smith as FBI Agent Thompson was extremely annoying. A meaty role was given to a bad actor.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Wade Jennings: War is about deception.

London Has Fallen (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Agent Banning again on the President’s rescue, this time in London, fighting Pakistani terrorists. A better story and better action sequences than the prequel.
2) The single-take shootout scene was straight out of an RPG game.

 

 
CONS –
1) The last movie wasted talents like Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster, and Melissa Leo in meaningless roles. This time they added Jackie Earle Haley to the list.

 

 
QUOTE –
Mike Banning: Why don’t you boys pack up your shit and head back to Fuckheadistan or wherever it is you’re from.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A secret service agent on a lone mission to evacuate US President held hostage in the White House bunker by North Korean terrorist.
2) A full-blown action pot-boiler.
3) Rick Yune as Kang was an apt choice for the role. No action movie is noteworthy without a memorable villain.

 

 

CONS –
1) Gerard Butler as the main protagonist is the biggest flaw of the movie. This level of movie in the 90s featured the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Any contemporary action star like Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or even Liam Neeson would have fitted the bill.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Lynn : Banning is ex-special forces. Ranger battalion. He will move mountains or die trying!”

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A 70-yrs old witty and talkative black chauffeur hired to drive around a reluctant old Jewish lady. It’s a feel-good comedy-drama exploring racism and prejudice in 1950/60s America through the eyes of an odd couple
2) The make-up of the lead actors is noteworthy.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Hoke: Did I ever tell you about the first time I ever been outside the state of Georgia?
Daisy: No, when was that?
Hoke: Oh, a few minutes ago.

The Bucket List (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Two Hollywood stalwarts in a light-hearted but heart touching adventure movie, on a journey of self-discovery.

 
CONS –
1) Not the best Rob Reiner movie. The writing is plain and predictable from beginning to end. We all know where it’s going.

 
QUOTE –
Edward Cole: 3 things to remember when you get older: never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart.

Lean on Me (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) From time to time, it falls to one man to lead his people out of the valley of shadows. This time, it landed on Morgan Freeman as Joe Louis Clark to resurrect a dying school. Way before Denzel got Remember the Titans (2000), Samuel L. Jackson got Coach Carter (2005), it was Morgan Freeman who did Lean on Me (1989).
2) This 30 years old movie is still relevant in today’s time of over political correctness.
3) Lynne Thigpen as Mrs. Barrett – the personification of loudmouthed wench.
4) Great one-liners and refreshing soundtrack
5) Two good dialogues scenes: “HEAD NIGGER IN CHARGE” scene between Dr. Napier and Joe, and the “They are sick of it, and so am I!” scene between Ms. Levias and Joe.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Joe Clark: You’ll be dead in a year, son. Hear what I’m saying? You’ll be dead in a year!

Lucy (2014)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A fast-paced action-packed sci-fi flick with a lasting effect on the audiences.
2) The comparison to Limitless (2011), Akira (1988), and 2001: A Space Odyssey is inevitable. However, this movie got a life of its own.
3) Presence of legends like Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik.
4) Astounding CGI – especially towards the end of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) The climax will make you ask the reason for making this movie. The ending is not ambiguous but reduces the entire movie to a science documentary with a Korean mob sub-plot.

 
QUOTE –
Lucy: Ignorance brings chaos, not knowledge.

Just Getting Started (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
N/A

 

 

Cons –
1) This movie qualifies for all criteria of a bad and boring movie.The makers of this movie should be charged with felony.
2) Watching an Asylum movie will be more entertaining than watching this stale so-called comedy film.
3) At this point of time, Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones are just signing movies for easy money.

 

 

Quote –
Duke: I’m just a country boy tryin’ to fade into the sunset with a smile on my face.

Going in Style (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) 3 stalwarts together having fun.

 

Cons –

1) Another one in the list of films with adventures of senior citizens.Similar to Last Vegas, Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match etc.
2) It’s up to the director if he wants to leave a mark or just make a comedy-caper.There are so many loop-holes in the heist plan that it’s best not to discuss it.

 

 

Quote –

“It’s a culture’s duty to take care of it’s elderly”.

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Small town thriller
2) Morgan Freeman & Ed Harris
3) Edi Gathegi as Cheese – Powerful character
4) Story questioning morality & righteousness. A crime solved but only future will decide whether it was for good.

 

Cons –
1) Too much like Mystic River

 

Quote –
Patrick Kenzie: Cheese, if you ever disrespect her again like that, I’m gonna pull your fuckin’ card, okay? So you’re saying you didn’t do it, fine. We’ll take your money, and we’ll be on our way. When it turns out you’re lying, I’m gonna spend every nickel of that money to fuck you up. I’m gonna bribe cops to go after you, I’m gonna pay guys to go after your weak fuckin’ crew, and I’m gonna tell all the guys I know that you’re a C.I. and a rat, and I know a lot of people. And after that, you’re gonna wish you listened to me, ’cause your shitty pool hall crime syndicate headquarters is gonna get raided, and your doped-up bitches are gonna get sent back to Laos, and this fuckin’ retard right here is gonna be testifying against you for a reduced sentence, while you’re gettin’ cornholed in your cell by a gang of crackers. ‘Cause from what I’ve heard, the guys that get sent up Concord for killing kids, life’s a motherfucker.