Kill the Messenger (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An educational movie for the audiences to understand the CIA-Contra deal to traffic cocaine into the US.
2) Andy García as Norwin Meneses. The flamboyant drug-lord in a Nicaraguan prison.

 

CONS –
1) The biographical tone of the movie is it’s the biggest problem. A story from a different point of view would’ve been more interesting. A TV Series like Narcos explaining how the drug trafficking actually started would be worth watching.

 

QUOTE –
Some stories are just too true to tell.

Identity (2003)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie. The final twist came when the audiences thought the movie is already over.
2) The whodunit premise – a convict, a patient, adverse weather, and 10 strangers.

 

Cons –
1) I lost interest when 20 minutes before the climax, it’s revealed that the entire action is taking place inside the fat man’s head. A major flaw in the screenplay.

 

Quote –
As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish I wish he’d go away.

Wanderlust (2012)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A movie exploring absurdism ( and coming back to point zero)
2) Jordan Peele as Rodney

 

Cons –
1) Weak 3rd act
2) Forgettable one-time watch comedy

 

Quote –
Sherm: I’ll be one of those guys who’s just old and ugly, rich, has a hot wife. Like… ah
George: Gollum.

Observe and Report (2009)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It started like “40 Year Old Virgin” and ends like “Taxi Driver”
2) Very dark themed at some time
3) Soundtrack : “Brain” by The Action : best scene of the movie
4) Anna Faris as Brandi

 
Cons –

 

1) The story is trying to run 2 personalities of Seth Rogen at the same time.
2) Aziz Ansari : subplot wasted

 
Quote –

“Ronnie Barnhardt: The world has no use for another scared man. Right now, the world needs a fucking hero.”

Cop Land (1997)

Cop Land

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Best Stallone (non-action) film
2) NY Confidential
3) No unnecessary subplot

 

CONS –
1) Too little screen time for De Niro

 

QUOTE –
“Bein’ right is not a bulletproof vest, Freddy.”