“WHITE HOUSE DOWN” is one non-stop action thriller glossed over with all touches of explosive suspense.
Stay braced, because this film will harness you on edge of your seat.
It is surely one of the best flicks to be released this season.
The pacing is nothing short of stupendous, impressive and brilliant.
We watch CHANNING TATUM (John Cale) a D.C. cop whose dream job is to join the Secret Service as he scales and stomps the innards of the White House infested by terrorist killers.
Our hero Cale is making a desperate bid against time to rescue his 11 year-old daughter Emily (JOEY KING) from being exterminated.
Emily is being trapped in the colossal building whilst on a guided tour.
The US President James Sawyer is in danger, and he is admirably portrayed by JAMIE FOXX.
Will these principal characters escape unscathed?
JAMIE FOXX shines in his role as the US President, but it is CHANNING TATUM with his dare-devil hyperbolic heroics that’s guaranteed to take your breath away.
The film director is ROLAND EMMERICH, an established filmmaker backed by a strong folio of “die-hard” type blockbusters such as “Independence Day”, “Godzilla” and “2012″.
The plot bears a distant similarity to “Olympus Has Fallen” screened in March this year.
The cast and the plot may be different, but it’s essentially the same political action story: the White House has been seized by an outside force and one hero zooms in to defeat the bad guys, thus saving the President the American Way.
You can’t keep a good man down, can you?
Bless CHANNING TATUM, as he will be joining the grand league of A-list action stars as of now.
Now let the TRAILER breeze you through this motion picture:
There must be a valid marketing reason why the film maker called this movie “THE HEAT”.
It connotes all forms of sexual perversions.
Maybe the film director PAUL FEIG is taking a swipe at the idea of two breeding bitches in season.
SANDRA BULLOCK is a “seldom seen on the big screen” actress these days.
She’s lovely, but when the camera captures unflattering angles during her close-ups, she tends to look like a stalking version of the late Michael Jackson, larger than life.
Foul-mouthed MELISSA McCARTHY plays a disheveled blubber bag (don’t she always?) who lives by her trademark scowls and rants. Everybody thinks this overweight dame is cute.
“THE HEAT” is a COP COMEDY about an exasperated FBI Special Agent, Sarah Ashburn played by SANDRA BULLOCK and a vulgar Boston cop Shannon Mullin played by MELISSA McCARTHY. They squabble and fist fight over every unimportant issue. But when they join forces to track down a ruthless drug lord, they bond like glue, and as time goes by, they become inseparable sisters.
SANDRA BULLOCK is a fine award winning actress in whatever roles given to her.
Comedian MELISSA McCARTHY’s string of awards include an Emmy for CBS comedy “Mike and Molly” in 2011, received an Oscar nomination for box office hit “Bridesmaids” in 2012, and then her latest was “Identity Thief” alongside Jason Bateman in early 2013.
No spoilers here.
Go watch the movie if you fancy SANDRA BULLOCK or MELISSA McCARTHY.
“WORLD WAR Z” stars BRAD PITT as an United Nations genius battling to save mother Earth from extinction by a zombie apocalypse. It is a mad race against time to prevent the inexplicable spread of a deadly virus which threatens to wipe out the planet.
The ominous presence of BRAD PITT saves the movie from falling apart; and from being relegated to just another regular zombie flick.
BRAD is the reluctant action hero, more so since he’s a happily married family man. He brings the right amount of charisma that is required of him to stay cool in the face of this global walking-dead epidemic.
“WORLD WORLD Z” spills with thrills from the start, and promises non-stop action cum mayhem.
You’d better believe it.
To kick off, there is this huge traffic jam in Philadelphia. Crazy people suddenly start to abandon their cars, snarling ferociously for no apparent reason, as if they are embroiled in some nightmarish trance.
In another scene, a long chain of the undead scale a gigantic wall that was built to protect Israel, falling over one another like ants onto the unsuspecting civilians below.
Take this horrifying incident from a plane. A man emerges from the plane’s rear bathroom and starts chomping on unsuspecting victims, the dreaded disease propagating like wildfire, finding its way toward first-class in a matter of seconds.
The excitement mounts. It actually gets hotter all the time.
But BRAD PITT’s character as Gerry Lane is dubious. He displays no particular talent.
We may never know why the top brass at the United Nations think so highly of Gerry. It is a wonder why he is called upon to solve the mystery, and to fight the zombies.
BRAD PITT is Gerry Lane as he jets around the globe trying to help the authorities find a way to halt the global zombie pandemic that has transformed the majority of the Earth’s major settlements into desolate wastelands.
We are talking about a welcome blast from the past.
The latest MAN of STEEL alias SUPERMAN is portrayed by British actor HENRY CAVILL.
He is zooming back again, larger than life, into our hearts and minds, taking us through every detail the magical spendor of the gigantic 3D IMAX screen can ever capture.
For a fact, beefcake HENRY CAVILL is awesome.
But he ain’t any CHRISTOPHER REEVE.
REEVE is irreplaceable.
HENRY CAVILL now adorns the famous trademark suit and cape of the perennial super hero.
In a nutshell, you are treated to a prolonged “cat-and-mouse dance” from Earth to Outer Space, to witness all forms unspeakable destruction.
Non-stop action, fallen buildings and dead bodies are a dime a dozen, from start to end, but the movie storyline remains cliche and predictable.
Even the leading protagonists are struggling for depth of character, no thanks to an insipid script.
Superman is an established folk lore that everyone knows, people from all ages and walks of life.
We know, that as an infant, he was sent hurling through space from the dying planet Krypton heading for Earth in order to survive and save mankind in the near future. The baby was found bawling in a Kansas cornfield by Jonathan and Martha Kent who raised him as their very own, in the fictional town of Smallville.
In this latest version, the arch-enemy General Zod (MICHAEL SHANNON) pursues him to earth to try to regain the mysterious Codex, which Kal-El (the baby) has carried from Krypton. The Codex contains the key to power.
This is where our story begins (or ends).
“MAN OF STEEL” film director is ZACK SNYDER who glorifies us with his Spartan all-men line-up epic 300.
In the Producer’s chair is CHRISTOPER NOLAN, the man responsible for the Batman mythology as in the Dark Knight trilogy.
“MAN OF STEEL” takes us through a vivid retelling of an apocalyptic clash between the super beings fighting for the future of a fragile Earth.
It’s absolute hell and mayhem throughout.
In any case, our new Super Hero and his love interest Lois Lane played by AMY ADAMS do not seem to project any ounce of chemistry. The sparkless casting seemed mismatched.
If you can sieve through all the din and clutter and still utter “Holy Moses!”, then this one’s for you.
Naturally “MAN OF STEEL” is a commendably good film.
But it could have fared a lot better with a focused direction.
From an adoring father to his adolescent son in Hollywood, we are made to observe their bundles of love energized.
Nothing works like family, right?
Because famous daddy endeavors to make his son a household name, with the right vehicle, such as this one.
Aw, that’s sweet.
Not their first time collaboration, this one is, in fact, the second time around.
Actor WILL SMITH drums up an impressive storyline, or so it seems. Together with film director M.NIGHT SHYAMALAN and son JADEN SMITH, they all set out to ignite this futuristic science fiction called “AFTER EARTH” to wow the audiences worldwide.
Father willingly takes a back seat to relegate as the supporting actor, leaving son JADEN SMITH to take centerstage throughout the entire feature. This is inclusive of all publicity stills and overseas expeditions to promote the film. Whatever.
Our boy hero is JADEN and the film rests entirely upon his shoulders.
Brimming with over-confidence, both father and son were clearly unprepared for the rude jolts that came their way.
The critics in the West panned the film and gave it a “two thumbs down” for all kinds of funny reasons.
And of the East?
Here you can observe that what’s source for the goose ain’t sauce for the gander.
The Asian audiences are more acceptable, from reported accounts.
Tastes vary and public adulation knows no strict rules.
It’s the very same reason why the WEST takes interest in the huge CHINA market.
It is a question of dollars and cents and why you can’t pin your hopes just on one market in this fickle business of film making.
Hollywood is eyeing the huge ASIAN market to enhance its global box-office movie collections.
“AFTER EARTH” tracks a father and son stranded on an abandoned Earth after a crash landing.
Dad is wounded, so the son must overcome his fear and brave the planet’s horrible creatures and harsh conditions to get help.
The cinematography is impressive, projected in the cutting edge 4K Ultra HD technology.
The lonesome, sprawling landscapes and environments are stupendously amazing, the action sequences pop off the screen like real. Contrary to popular disdain, the CGI animation has its merits.
Given all it is worth, “AFTER EARTH” can be an entertaining movie, provided you are not looking to dig dirt.
I go with no expectations and came out enthralled.