The Firm (1993)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A young lawyer, stuck in a shady law-firm, trying to regain his life while also ensuring not getting disbarred.
2) Watching a John Grisham movie guarantees getting a lot of free legal information.
3) Good supporting cast.

 
CONS –
1) 30 minutes too long.
2) Complex legal plot for the average moviegoers.

 
QUOTE –
Avery Tolar: Being a tax lawyer’s got nothing to do with the law. It’s a game. We teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich. The IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is divided into 2 parts – sports drama and rom-com. While the sports drama part was entertaining, the romantic plot was meh.
2) Good chemistry between Cuba Gooding Jr. & Regina King
3) Decent soundtrack with songs like “Secret Garden”
4) Dicky Fox‘s quotes.

 

CONS –
1) While the first half is fast and promising, the second half is equally dull. This movie is terribly over-rated.
2) 45 minutes too long.

 
QUOTE –
Dorothy: You had me at “hello”.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A high octane action packed movie from beginning to the end by Christopher McQuarrie.It’s a mediocre story riddled with back to back great action sequences.
2) Wolf Blitzer cold open cameo.
3) Men’s room hand-to-hand combat.
4) The bike chase sequence in Paris.
5) Plot-twist after plot-twists.
6) Great action sequences at the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Couldn’t care less about the cliched spy-story or Ethan Hunt‘s family past.

 

QUOTE –
Solomon Lane: There cannot be peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.

Risky Business (1983)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Refreshing direction with smart editing and great sound mixing.
2) Home Alone: Teenage edition
3) Subway scene – one of the greatest erotic scene on screen with “Love on a Real Train” by Tangerine Dream
4) A satire on capitalism.”Human fulfillment” is just a sugar-coated word for pimping.
5) Great soundtrack where apart from the original score songs like “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Every Breath You Take”, and “In the Air Tonight” are added at the right time.
6) Rebecca De Mornay as Lana – breathtaking beauty

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Joel Goodson: My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

1) Generic 90s action film to be watched on a Sunday afternoon.

 
Cons –

1) Unwanted sequel.We already got James Bond / Jack Ryan / Jason Bourne / Ethan Hunt. Unless you can’t make something like John Wick, please don’t sweat.
2) Cliched character, predictable plot, tedious direction , routine action.

 

Quote –

 

Samantha: Strong guys don’t hurt you, the weak guys do that. Strong guys always have little sisters, or they want one.

Top Gun (1986)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Tom Cruise as LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell
2) Excellent supporting cast
3) Bare chest volleyball match
4) Cinematography
5) Textbook romantic angle

 

Cons –
1) Style over substance
2) Cliched characters and predictable storyline
3) Terrible editing of flight sequences
4) 1 time watch

 

Quote –
Charlie: I love that song! How long have you two been doing this act?
Maverick: Oh, since uh…
Charlie: Puberty?
Maverick: Right, puberty.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt: Still alive and kicking
2) Simon Pegg & Rebecca Ferguson
3) Opening credit: Plane stunt

 

Cons –
1) Most cliched spy thriller plot
2) No boss fight
3) Alec Baldwin & Jeremy Renner : Wasted

 

Quote –
“Benji Dunn: Join the IMF. See the world, on a monitor, in a closet.”