Sabotage

The biggest problem with this movie is that it tries too hard to be something else that what it is. The movie changes so drastically in a short amount of time. There are far too many sub plots and hidden agendas for a movie that is predicated as an Action movie.

Sabotage is about a semi-corrupt DEA unit lead by Arnold Swartzenager. The movie stats off with Swartzenager’s unit taking down a major drug cartel. In the cartel’s home, they discover a huge stack of millions of dollars. The unit takes a share of the money for themselves every mission it seems. The problem is the cartel is part of a bigger group and wants revenge on Swartzenager’s unit. Members of the group start getting picked off one by one.

Seems like a good plot so far, right? Then the problems start coming up. We are shown far too much backstory with these characters. There is a “hidden mystery” going on with a member betraying their fellow comrades. There is an FBI investigation going on into the murders and the movie becomes a “whodunit” type of movie that is so out of place.

Swartzenager has his own storyline of revenge that comes out throughout the movie. Personal events that happened to his family months ago now becomes the main storyline at times and that’s all we talk about.

I didn’t go into this movie thinking it was going to be a 5/5. I pictured it to be a relatively average movie that would be entertaining at times. But there were too many other things going on that it was a very below average movie that was boring at times.

I give it a 2/5. There were a few good gun battles and the cast was great. The movie missed the mark and was too complicated towards the midway point. I think it was odd to see Swartzenager back in movies that try too hard to not be action flicks.

With the cast that was assembled and storyline in the beginning, this movie could’ve been Expendables-esk. Probably even better than the Expendables because the cast of characters we much better actors. Sam Worthington is a way better actor than Jason Statham. Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Josh Holloway (Lost) and Mireille Enos (The Killing) were on some of the top rated shows of their years.

Quite simply, they dropped the ball with this movie.

Joe Reyes

Why “Avengers: Infinity War” Could Go Horribly Wrong

It mainly depends on how closely the writers will follow to series The Infinity Gauntlet. The Marvel franchise has been building up to the Infinity Wars after the first Avengers movie showed the villain Thanos at the end.

Thanos is a superpower villain who wants to acquire a gauntlet filled with the Infinity Stones. Each one has immense powers and when combined the wielder is unbeatable. That is the problem right there. I said the wielder is “unbeatable”.

In the comic book series, Thanos wasn’t defeated and he annihilated every hero that challenged him. Thor got turned into glass and was shattered. Wolverine had his bones turned into rubber. Iron Man got his head ripped off. The Hulk only survived because Thanos shot him somewhere else. I think Marvel screwed themselves by creating a gauntlet that can give a single person so much power.

In the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, we see “1” stone in action. There was a flashback that explained how powerful a single stone can be…..it blew up a planet. In the series The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos made half the people on Earth disappear with a snap of his fingers. Later he yelled and a nearby sun exploded.

So my problem is, there is no way to beat Thanos when he has the gauntlet. In the series they had to try to snatch it from him. The plan to assemble these heroes together wasn’t to beat Thanos; it was to survive long enough to snatch the gauntlet.

But there is more to my complaints than the gauntlet that has literally “infinite” power. The story itself I found to like a therapy session you are witnessing. Thanos, even though he is so powerful, came off as sad in the series.

Thanos was in love with Death herself and did things to try to impress her. He tortured people in front of Death and made half the world vanish just for her approval. Thanos even went as far to build a shrine to her out of a moon.

Death didn’t even speak a word in his direction. It just got sadder and sadder as the story went on because there was nothing he could do to make her happy. It was depressing at times and I wanted to scream “just love him you bitch!” but it didn’t happen.

Most of the series was about Thanos and his failed attempts with Death. Not really the action packed drama that you would hope to see in a Marvel movie, any movie that is about superheroes for that matter.

There is a final 3rd reason why I don’t think this movie will be great if they follow the book series. Thanos didn’t have an army. It was just him battling the heroes, mainly because he didn’t need an army. You’re just watching Thanos get bum rushed by the heroes and then die with little effort on the part of Thanos. In the Avengers movie, Loki brought an army with him that kept the Avengers that were not fighting Loki busy.

I don’t think the writers could follow most of the Infinity Gauntlet series. There is just too much boring dribble that will clutter the bulk of the movie. I would say ways to make the story better, but the fact that the gauntlet is that powerful is too much of a plot point to gloss over. They can’t make the gauntlet less powerful all of a sudden to make it an even playing field, so I think Marvel screwed themselves too early.

Joe Reyes

 

 

Snowpiercer

 

This movie was a complete and utter disaster. From the plotline all the way down to the ending, Snowpiercer is a fiasco on all fronts. The movie takes place primarily on a moving train. The world is frozen over and humanity’s last hope is a self-sustaining invincible train that houses around a thousand people. The front of the train houses the rich while the tail end houses the poor.

The train travels across the world. Literally bridges are built across the water connecting to the other continents. What I don’t understand is if you built this impervious train that can withstand the frozen wasteland…..why just build a building that does the same thing? But that’s the least of this movie’s many faults.

The movie starts off in a prison break style. Curtis, the leader of this rebellion, gathers the tail end passengers to take the front of the train. This was actually interesting. Curtis had to plan out how to get through the heavily armored guards and giant metal doors.

Eventually this movie turns into a videogame-esk, in the sense that Curtis and his people fight wave after wave of enemies. Because since it’s a train, thus it is a direct path from point A to point B. In one scene the rebellion opens a door and an army of ax wielding fishermen all dressed in black are just there waiting for them.

After a medieval style battle, the train goes into a long tunnel, but thankfully the fishermen have their handy night vision goggles ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Somehow Curtis isn’t killed in this scene even though he is in the front line and the fishermen are just chopping through the rebellion. But Curtis luckily is able to shout to the other end (literally the other end of the train) to a boy who has the last pack of matches in existence to lite a series of torches to combat the night vision wearing fishermen. This scene could’ve been easily corrected by simply letting Curtis have the matches in his pocket and he lights the rags on fire.

Then it’s just train car after train car of gauntlet style choices and fight sequences. You see schools, an aquarium, dance clubs, saunas, until eventually reaching the front of the train to meet the conductor, a man named Wilford.

I don’t know what the plan was at this point. Was it to overthrown Wilford, was Curtis supposed to take over and then what? It’s a self-sustaining train on an endless loop around the world. There isn’t much need for a regime change. From the looks of it, the poor are…well poor, and the rich are richer obviously.

Was the plan to stop the train and venture out? Maybe get some more resources in a destroyed city. That would be my plan. Actually, my plan would be to have made a building and not a train. I know it’s an invincible train, but you are going on frozen tracks, sometimes high above the ocean. Sometimes the train has to barrel through ice pillars on the tracks.

And how does, arguably the worst movie of the year, end you ask? Remember, the world is frozen over. Most of the human race is destroyed. So humanities best hope to go on resides in this train. They blow up the @#$%ing train.

I don’t think a rating is necessary for this movie. I would’ve give it a 1 on action and the first 10 minutes of the movie. The planning was pretty cool, but when you learn the plan of Wilford…its just a disaster.

Joe Reyes

 

 

How I Think The Big Bang Theory Will End

I think realistically the Big Bang Theory has about 3 season left. But maybe a handful of episodes with actual significance. I can already see the show on the downswing and now it’s time to start planning for the ending. I had an idea of where this show is going and I think it’s a pretty solid ending that will bring the show full circle.

Raj is the only character that has a simple ending. He finds a woman who he is happy with, but his storyline isn’t the make or break of the final seasons. The same for Howard and Bernadette. The only thing for these three characters is to continue on their paths.

Howard’s mother may die just to give him some extra screen moments and make his character carry a few episodes. Maybe Bernadette gets pregnant, but I hope not.

Penny needs to get a movie role. The writers need to get her back to acting and auditioning for parts. Right now Penny is working at a job with Bernadette and it’s not really making the story move. It looks to be a more settling role for her character and they need to start spicing it up. When Penny gets a movie role, I can see Leonard going with her for the filming of it.

The KEY is Sheldon and Amy. I can see Amy getting pregnant the first time they have sex. From the emergence of Amy’s character, Sheldon has been making changes in his life. Now they are a couple and making progress.

Eventually they will have sex and when they do it will be a perfect scenario for Sheldon to move in with Amy. Leonard has to move out with Penny when they get married. So what better way to make sure that Leonard and Sheldon have to stop becoming roommates than a child.

Maybe a tearful ending where Leonard and Sheldon are in the delivery room. Sheldon’s of course freaking out as usual because he’s in a hospital and Leonard is trying to keep him calm. They talk a bit before the nurse asks Sheldon to come see his child and he gives Leonard a big hug and says “Thank you,”.

This is an idea that can work. The writers are wasting too much time with no important storylines like the guys buying a dinner table. Just a waste of time. The show is starting to go stale quickly and they need to find some way to make things better. Yes it will still be a hit, but a hit that is mostly a few funny parts an episode and that’s it.

Joe Reyes

 

 

 

 

Filth

A very below average somewhat comedy cop drama with a good cast that nowhere lives up to an enjoyable movie. Filth tries entirely too hard to be something more. The jokes are way too disturbing and only come across as “shock value”.

The storyline isn’t even worth talking about, just boring and bland. The characters make you question why they are even police officers in the first place. James McAvoy was why I put on this movie. He rarely does a bad movie, but “rarely” means that once in a while he does a bust…this was that bust.

In short, this movie is bad. It tries to be something more than it is and takes a very odd approach to comedy. I guess the title sums it up perfectly. Filth gets a well-deserved 1/5.

Joe Reyes

 

 

Ray Rice Let Go?

After a new video surfaced with Ray Rice seen knocking out his now fiancé, the Ravens have released Rice from the team. I completely and utterly….disagree with their decision to do so. In no means am I defending Rice’s actions. In fact I believe that those who commit domestic violence should be kicked out of the league entirely.

I disagree that this video changes anything in my mind about the whole situation. This is a new video that was released of the incident. Before we only had the video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancé out of the elevator. He was suspended for “domestic violence” charges brought up against him. So……he did hit her. That much we already knew. Don’t see the point of making a further penalty for reasons that we already knew to be clear.

We all know the act was bad….so why does a video apparently open our eyes to it more? I think this was an overreaction to the new released video. This should’ve been done AT THE START of this whole story and not simply because we now see what happened.

I mean it’s not shocking at all of what this video was. He knocked his wife out. How he did it was irrelevant to me and it should be irrelevant to the Ravens organization. I believe Rice should’ve been let go when he was suspended. They had evidence that he hit his wife at the beginning of the investigation and now they have even more proof. So?

Joe Reyes

 

 

Anything But Amazing

The Amazing Spiderman 2 was nothing more than a plot fiasco. This movie was just coincidence after coincidence. I saw this from the last movie and wasn’t surprised that the trend continued into the highly anticipated sequel. The concept of rebooting the series sounded like a great idea, but I have a good feeling that this series will become nothing more than an over hyped disappointment and would make us miss the Tobey Maguire series even more.

For starters this series tries to do entirely too much in a short amount of time. One of the major problems with Spiderman 3, was that the movie tried to do too much. From the storyline of how Sandman killed Peter’s parents, to the creation on Venom, to the symbiote suit affecting Peter’s decisions. Too much to add into one movie.

The reboot sequel adds almost the same amount of plot lines going on, but just like Spiderman 3, this movie does too much. I almost feel the story was too rushed. More importantly, key details were left out. The original comics have Peter as a photojournalist for the Daily Bugle. In the Amazing Spiderman 2, Peter sells photos to the newspaper, but we are giving no more information than a tiny footnote on the bottom page that reads “Photo taken by Peter Parker”.

Peter starts to understand the dangers of his hidden identity to those around him. He fears that his crime fighting days might get his girlfriend Gwen Stacy killed in the crossfire. In the first movie, Peter makes a promise to Gwen’s dying father to stay away from Gwen, because he also fears Peter’s secret life will get her killed.

So at the end of the first movie he breaks up with Gwen, only to get back together with her in the final scenes, then breaking up with her in the beginning of the sequel, then to only confess his love for her and want to be with her. Yes…..confusing. All Peter had to do was let Gwen go. Yes, he loved her, but if his fears are justified then maybe it’s best to do the right thing and let Gwen go forever. That’s a lot better than “Oh Gwen I love you”, then “I’m sorry I can’t be with you”, then “Oh Gwen please don’t go” and then finally “What the hell are you doing here Gwen?”.

I like the direction the movie took with Oscorp. The story alludes to the start of the Sinister 6, a team up of Spiderman’s most dangerous villains. In a scene we get a sneak peek into the inner working of Oscorp and see a Dr. Octopus suit and a flight suit used by the Vulture. I was surprised that the movie used the Green Goblin storyline this early.

Harry Osborn, son of Oscorp founder Norman Osborn, is Peter’s best friend….apparently. I don’t like how Harry wasn’t in the first movie, but seemed to have this strong connection to Peter in the second. A smart idea would’ve been to put flashback sequences into the movie, a few scenes showing Harry and Peter as kids. The Osborn’s have a hereditary illness that slowly each of the members. Harry needs Spiderman’s blood because he thinks it’ll save his life. So Peter does what any good friend would do. He shows up to Harry’s room and tells him to his face that he won’t be giving any of his blood and leaves out the window.

Spiderman is just annoying to listen to in this movie. There are too many one liners the script is trying put in at one time. I understand that he has a joking personality, but this was too over the top. In one of the first scenes a truck is barreling through the streets of New York. Inside are armed robbers that are shooting at police. Spiderman pokes his head though the window and just says joke after joke as the truck obliterates every vehicle in front of it. Pretty sure a lot of people died in the first few scenes.

I thought Aunt May knew that Peter was Spiderman. I remember in the first movie that she was watching Spiderman on television and then when Peter returned home with eggs that she put two and two together. Yes, eggs aren’t a tell tailed sign of Peter being Spiderman, but she seemed to suspect something when he got home.

I had no problem at all with Electro. I thought they did a great job at creating his character and turning him into a super villain. I do think they made him too powerful when he was killing guards with machine guns and not powerful at all when he was fighting Spiderman. I do like to see the villains be consistent in their abilities. At one point Electro engulfed all the electricity in New York City, but that isn’t enough to kill Spiderman.

The movie should’ve ended a half hour before it did. Spiderman defeated Electro, the day was saved, the Harry/Green Goblin storyline was perfectly set up for the next movie, but they got too anxious and added a final act that felt too rushed.

The last movie spent the whole time defying science, but in one of the last scenes accepted it. I don’t want to give it away, but someone dies and I was shocked that the movie didn’t create a loophole or a miracle to keep that person alive. You gotta watch it for yourself because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

In the end, I give it a 1/5. There was just too much going on and created a jumbled mess of a plotline. I don’t like the shadowy organization that is led by a faceless man, but I do like the direction Oscorp plays. The Sinister 6 storyline looks to be the most plausible. The subtle introductions of Alistair Smythe and Felicia Hardy may tie into the following storyline of the franchise. Hardy eventually becomes Black Cat and Smythe becomes a future enemy of Spiderman.

I don’t like how the story perfectly placed Peter in a family who is involved with Oscorp. It’s nice to see some backstory on Peter’s parents, but you can’t have the father be involved in the spider gene splicing that turns Peter into Spiderman years later. I can go on and dissect the whole story and all its perfectly placed coincidences, but I would be just ranting….save that one for when I make a video about this movie.

P.S Oh I forgot! Rhino was in the movie for a brief moment. They should’ve just saved him for the next movie rather than making it just a disappointing ending scene.

Joe Reyes