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.

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.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Meal Ticket – Liam Neeson as the cold-hearted impresario and Harry Melling as the limbless artist stole the show in this wintry tale.
2) The Gal Who Got Rattled – The sorrowful end of a budding love story.
3) All Gold Canyon – An uplifting climax of a Gold Miner.

 

CONS –
1) Anthology movies are destined to be doomed. Coen Bros being great writers themselves used a small collection of their short-stories and developed this project for Netflix. Interestingly, the story of a dybbuk which was already used in a prologue of their 2009 released A Serious Man belongs to this project.
2) Buster Scruggs – The most lifeless story.

 
QUOTE –
Trapper: Well, I’m not an enemy of betterment, but I’m kept very busy with my traps.