Self/Less (2015)

Here’s one that just came out yesterday that I was able to check out. Billionaire Damian Hall (Ben Kingsley) is one of the most richest men on the planet. He seems to have the perfect life and not a worry in the world because of the fact that he has all this money. He does, hover, have a pretty bad relationship with his daughter, Claire (Michelle Dockery). Damian is currently suffering from something that will take his life very quickly: cancer. Because Damian has all this money, he finds someone who get give him “shedding,” which means that his consciousness will be transferred to another body. After the procedure is finished, Damian, who is now called Edward (Ryan Reynolds), is now walking the streets of New Orleans. It turns out that this new body is from someone who had a whole life before he donated the body and Damian starts to have flash backs and see what kind of life this guy actually had.

I do not really trust Ryan Reynolds movies. I never have and probably never will again after sitting through what felt like four hours of a boring movie with poor writing and bad directing. Self/Less is a movie that I never really want to watch again. I found myself bored throughout the entire film and nothing about it excited me or made me enthused in the least bit. I just thought that this would be a movie that turned out to be awesome because of the premise, but I was absolutely wrong again and I feel as if I wasted my time with this one. The first twenty minutes were pretty cool, but the movie went absolutely nowhere and even when it tried, it started to make no sense and just get completely over-the-top.

As I mentioned earlier, Ryan Reynolds is someone who I do not really trust in the acting world. He never really shows me he is capable of playing a big character in a serious drama or an action film. He was nothing but a disappointment in this film and I think it would have turned out a little better if someone else was casted. My biggest issue with Ben Kingsley is that he is only in this movie for about 10 minutes. They made him out to be this huge character and he is barely in it. With all the actors involved, I just think that there are way too many dull and bad performances. This movie should have been a lot smarter than it actually was and I couldn’t find one smart thing about it.

Self/Less is the type of movie that you can’t wait for it to come out because the idea behind it is so cool and fascinating, but it leaves you with complete disappointment because of poor writing and terrible acting. These are the two main issues I found with this movie. This could have been an awesome action/thriller, but it doesn’t know which one it wants to be and gets caught up taking the audience in all types of different directions that are hard to follow. There was just really nothing that was intelligent with this movie at all and there was nothing really enjoyable for me. This is one I do not recommend and if you want to check it out, then do so at your own risk, but prepared for boredom and disappointment.

Overall, Self/Less is a movie that could have been a lot better than it was. There is some poor acting and writing in this movie. Even though there is an interesting plot, the movie fails.

Grade= D (Bad)

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Jurassic World (2015)

Here’s something that I’ve been waiting fourteen years for! We fast forward twenty-two years after the incidents that occurred at Jurassic Park. Now we have, Jurassic World! Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the person who is in charge of making sure everything is running smoothly with the theme park. Jurassic World is not exactly creating the revenue Claire hoped for, so now the park needs something new. A new dinosaur is in the process of growing and it is called the Indominus Rex. It is around Christmas time and Claire has not seen her nephews in a very long time, so they come to pay her a visit on Isla Nublar. Gray and Zach (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) arrive at the park hoping to have a nice and fun time. After something goes horribly wrong with the Indominus Rex and it escapes out of captivity, the park needs to be evacuated, but Gray and Zach are left in the middle of an attraction not knowing anything is going on. Claire needs to go out in the middle of the park and find them. This is where things get extremely chaotic. Claire obviously can’t do this alone, so she does this with the help of Raptor trainer, Owen (Chris Pratt).

I absolutely could not wait to see this movie. Every since I found out that this was being made, this was the number one movie I wanted to see. Growing up I was and currently am a huge fan of Jurassic Park. I don’t even know how to start with this one. I tried to go into this with not all that high expectations and I am very glad I didn’t because I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Let’s face it, it was going to be damn-near impossible to beat the first one, but Jurassic World is definitely a movie that provides us with more than enough entertainment and is absolutely the summer blockbuster that everyone has been waiting for. If you are a Jurassic Park fan, then hold onto you seats and sit back and enjoy this ride.

The acting in this is pretty good for the most part. After the lovable and powerhouse performance from Chris Pratt in Guardians Of The Galaxy, it only makes sense that he would be one of the leads in this movie. As funny as he was in NBC’s sitcom, Parks And Recreation, I think Pratt really found his role in movies like this. Bryce Dallas Howard really didn’t impress me all that much, besides the fact that she is smoking hot. I don’t really think there was anything wrong with her performance, but I think that someone else would have fit the role a tad better. I haven’t really seen her in all that much, which isn’t really a problem, but with a big release like this one, I wish that someone else was the lead role.

I am not even gonna touch the CGI factor. Just know that there is a ton of it in this movie. Jurassic World is absolutely the movie that the entire world has been waiting for. The effects that you see in this movie are absolutely incredible. Something I really loved about this movie was that it often gave props to the original movie, which I found to be very cool. This is definitely a movie that you have to see in theaters because of the sound and effects. I think that any true Jurassic Park fan will definitely enjoy this to the fullest amount, but if you have never seen the original three, then you may not enjoy it as much. I think this was a really enjoyable movie that gives you all kinds of cool and awesome effects. Two thumbs up from me!

Overall, Jurassic World is the summer blockbuster that everyone has been waiting for. It provides us with entertainment, over-the-top awesomeness and is just simply an enjoyable movie that demands you see it in theaters. I definitely recommend going to see this one!

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)

Focus (2015)

Here’s a flick that’s been out for a few weeks that I was just able to watch. Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) is a very experienced man when it comes to conning people. Nicky has done this for many years and starts to feel like he should think about life more and maybe get out of this business. Things really start to change in Nicky’s life when a girl named Jess Barret (Margot Robbie) walks into his life. Jess wants Nicky to show her everything that he knows about being a con artist. Nicky decides that he will show her the ropes and help her out with this. Nicky thinks that Jess is capable to be in this kind of business. Things start to really change when Nicky is helping Jess because he starts to develop feelings for her. After a great weekend of conning, Nicky decides that he needs to let Jess go. We then fast forward three years into the future where the two somehow find themselves becoming reconnected.

Focus is the typical type of crime movie that is awesome, but starts to get a little over-the-top. I really enjoyed this movie and thought it was a lot of fun to watch. I was very surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this film. I have never been much of a Will Smith fan, but he made the me pretty entertained with this movie. I thought Will Smith and Margot Robbie were very enjoyable together and played a nice duo. I haven’t seen much of Margot Robbie in much besides The Wolf Of Wall Street, but I think she found the kind of role that she can really act in with Focus. 

Focus is directed by Glenn Ficarra. He is also the writer of this movie. I am not very familiar with the movies he has directed, but I am a little more familiar with some of the movies he has written. This was a nice change for him and I think this movie was directed very well. He gave us a fun movie with a couple solid actors that keep you entertained. This is a movie that is full of many twists and turns that you think are just awesome. Focus is a movie that can sometimes put you on the edge of your seat.

I wouldn’t say that this movie was excellent by any means, but it is a movie that I think many people will enjoy. Focus is the kind of movie that just provides you with a ton of entertainment and some smart conning ideas. If you are into that sort of thing, I think Focus is the movie that you will want to see. I’m honestly sorry I was unable to see this in theaters. I think this would make a really good movie going experience. It is an awesome crime/drama film that is just simply enjoyable.

Overall, Focus is a film that provides plenty of cool scenes and some pretty good acting. This is definitely a movie that I would check out at some point.

Grade= B (Good)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

Looking for a ridiculous comedy to watch? Here’s one you probably won’t like! After the events of the first movie, let’s see what our old pals are up to. Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (Clark Duke) are living the dream. After they traveled back in time in the first movie, they used their knowledge of the future to get ahead in life and make them very wealthy and powerful. Lou ripped off the future by becoming a technology fanatic and a rock star. He was the inventor of a huge search engine website and became the lead vocalist for a huge rock band. Nick stole songs from people of the future and released them years before they were supposed to come out. While a party is going on in Lou’s honor, someone who is at the party shoots him. Nick and Jacob decide they have to go back to the hot tub and travel back in time so they can stop the assassin from killing Lou. The thing is, they don’t end up back in time. They travel ten years into the future. Jacob realizes the assassin is from the future who traveled back in time to kill Lou. Now they must figure out how to find the person from the future who killed Lou.

First off, I think we have another Dumb And Dumber To on our hands. I was a huge fan of the first Hot Tub Time Machine. I thought it was something totally ridiculous that absolutely worked as a comedy. I thought that movie had a ton of laughs and cool scenes. This second film, sadly did not. I was very nervous going into this because I didn’t think they could make it as good as the first one, or even close to good for that matter.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was a movie that was just not very funny and rather boring. This was just a movie that was comically hollow. It had an occasional laughing scene, but for the most part I found myself waiting for this movie to end. Adam Scott was now a major character in this film. They needed to find someone to replace for the spot of Adam (John Cusack). I was very disappointed John Cusack decided not to be in this movie, but I absolutely understand what the reason for not wanting to do it was.

This was just a really boring and dull comedy. I can’t stand how people try to ruin a great comedy by making a bad sequel. This was a movie I was really excited and anxious to see because I loved the first one so much. This movie just did not work at all. It was very poorly written and is a huge disappointment to you if you enjoyed the first film.

Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a movie that is poorly written, rarely funny, and just flat-out bad. I don’t think you should take time out of your day to go see this.

Grade= D (Bad)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)