2019

John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum

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Super-assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is ex-communicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn. The 3rd Installment of the John Wick Series is directed by Chad Stahelski under Lionsgate Films.

CASTS: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, Jerome Flynn, Tobias Segal & Anjelica Huston.

GENRE: Action

Check out my previous Review for Chapter 2: John Wick: Chapter 2

WHAT I LIKE?

John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum never disappoints to be a worthy and even better installment than its predecessors of this action-fueled franchise about the super assassin, John Wick. I really couldn’t imagine that it could even get better for the 3rd time around. What I like about John Wick 3 is still the consistent formula the audiences craved – PURE VIOLENCE, GORE & CRUELTY. John Wick’s brand of film goes beyond violence as it became a masterpiece and a breakthrough Hollywood film that could survive with pure man-to-man action sequences from beginning to end without those cringe-worthy moments and editing. I am really impressed on how they were able to sustain brilliantly-executed fight scenes even without musical scoring in the background. There were times that all we hear are punches, heaving breathing, splash of blood and the raw sounds of real fighting scenes. Story-wise, the 3rd Chapter was able to pick up the pieces from John Wick’s miserable journey under the radar of the High Tables after his betrayal. Fight Scenes are still commendable and I love how some of the chasing scenes were done too. Keanu Reeves still got this. He was just pure joy to watch on-screen. Cinematography was superb. Musical Scoring is also good. Visual Editing is as raw as the fight scenes. This movie is bot suitable for 16 years and below. For me, this the best in the FRANCHISE.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

This might be the best in the FRANCHISE but somehow all the fight scenes are too cliche already. There is a certain boredom on pure action scenes considering its their 3rd installment. For the record, I fell asleep during the Climax.

RATINGS:

7.5/10 POPCORN

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2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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When the Kingsman headquarters was destroyed, the team was lead into the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. In this new adventure, their agents were put into test that determined their strengths and wits to the limit. These two elite secret organizations must work together to defeat a ruthless common enemy. This movie is directed by Matthew Vaughn under 20th Century Fox.

Casts: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Edward Holcroft, Michael Gambon & Poppy Delevingne.

Genre: Action, Adventure

WHAT I LIKE?

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is generally worthy to be a follow-up of its classic predecessor. What I like about this 2nd installment is the workaround of Eggsy’s spy life after they have defeated Valentine and saved the world from doomsday. Plot-wise, the movie consistently followed through the premise of the 1st film by adding new and interesting characters and a much more meaningful characterization and personal approach especially Eggsy’s. The good thing also is the comeback of Galahad. The movie maintained its entertainment formula and wicked fun feels through visually-impressive action sequences and very impressive Production design. The dynamism of every scenes are still there. As usual, camera angles are still the best. For the conflict material, I really like the premise of the 2nd movie. The War on Drugs theme is really very relatable especially to Filipino audience. Generally, I find the conflict material more realistic than the first. For new characters, I really love the addition of Julianne Moore, Elton John, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum. Among them, I personally love the scenes with Elton John. Julianne Moore was a good villain as a whole. The movie is a right mix of action, humor and drama. There were lots of shocking and unexpected scenes too for the 2nd film. As a whole, the movie’s flaws are forgivable and Kingsman: The Golden Circle is still a fun ride.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not as classic and as explosive as the first movie in terms of action sequences. Given that the first film was a surprise hit, the expectations on the 2nd one were elevated as well. At some point, the movie has lees to offer in terms of the wicked fun we enjoyed during the first film’s action scenes. For character build up, I felt that Channing, Halle and Jeff should have been fully maximized in the course of the film. Julianne Moore was a good villain but I still prefer the angst of Valentine played by Samuel L. Jackson. The movie might offend some viewers because of its violence, profanity and controversial scenes. Not minding the comparative greatness of The Secret Service, The Golden Circle is a decent follow-up that is generally entertaining and worth a round of popcorn and soda.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Kidnap (2017)

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A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla when her son suddenly disappears. Desperate to find her son, Karla went off in pursuit of the kidnappers in a heroic attempt to save her son at all cost. KIDNAP is directed by Luis Prieto under Aviron Pictures.

Casts: Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, Lew Temple, Dana Gourrier & Christopher Berry

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

WHAT I LIKE?

If you are in for some popcorn fun flick over the weekend, Kidnap might be one of your choices in the cinema. As a slick thriller, Kidnap successfully maintained action sequences that is mostly attributed to a realistic setting and a powerful performance from Halle Berry. Plot-wise, the story evolves around the unfortunate event wherein Karla’s son was kidnapped at the park. The next events unfolding that main premise were a series of well-crafted car chases and crashes and a very mid-octane thriller that is closer to a realistic scene we encounter everyday. It is realistic in the sense that the car chases were not so pumped out like those in the Fast and Furious scenes. I like the way the director played safe during these scenes showing a small amount but a solid production design and cinematography especially on moving scenes. Camera angles were on-point and were utilized well especially on suspense moments. Also, the kidnappers were not a highly-organized group at all giving a taste of realism in the story wherein audiences could really feel that it could happen anywhere in the world. For me, the sequences were just right and the road scenes were impressive enough. What I like the most is that the character of Karla is not a professional fighter and this limitation of her’s bring us to the idea of how far can a mother go to fight for her son. It was just pure maternal instinct and guts. The climax was good. More than its slick formula, Kidnap’s star is Halle Berry herself. She was just so amazing and impressive. I can see her full commitment in the character. Kidnap may lack intensity but the movie is truly a wonderful thrill ride.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Kidnap may invest more on the realistic formula but it somehow lacks intensity. It is obviously predictable. I expected much more investment on the struggle. Nevertheless, its a decent B-movie after all.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns.

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