Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) John Woo redefined stylized action movies 30 years ago. David Leitch is adding a new chapter in this genre. Neon lightings, retro wave music, hand-to-hand combat, single sequence shot are key elements of his direction.
2) End Credits : Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
3) James McAvoy as Percival – his hungover, show-up-late, don’t-know-which-way-is-up act.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre cold-war spy-thriller. Style over substance.

 

Quote –
“It’s a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

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Wayward Pines (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) “Truman Show” meets “Lost” in “The Twilight Zone”
2) Solid execution of a perfect sci-fi script.
3) The ensemble cast.
4) The final cliffhanger twist.
5) Absolved M. Night Shyamalan from his first major disaster: “The Village”

 

CONS–
1) Season 2 might be in progress.

 

QUOTE –
“Peter McCall: “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.” That’s Robert Frost. Which is it? Is it keeping us in? Or something else out?”