Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) A modern reinterpretation of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. A dying man clinging to his last breath imagining an entire lifetime in his last minutes.
2) Gripping direction and tight screenplay.
3) The movie got few surreal scenes which are the stuff nightmares are made of. Jacob stuck in a locked subway station; Jacob in a gurney cruising through human body parts in a ramshackle mental hospital.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won’t let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they’re not punishing you. They’re freeing your soul. So the way he sees it, if you’re frightened of dying and… and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth. It’s just a matter of how you look at it, that’s all.”

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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.

Surrogates (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.

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.”