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ANOTHER CAUTIONARY TALE, FROM US & BY US, THAT WE OURSELVES WONT LISTEN TO

ANOTHER CAUTIONARY TALE, FROM US & BY US, THAT WE OURSELVES WONT LISTEN TO

man. this movie is heavy. not DOC BROWN heavy, but MARTY MCFLY heavy. and the crazy thing is, its nothing we dont know or havent heard before. as far back as 1968 with HAL, TRON in ’82, WARGAMES in ’83, TERMINATOR in ’84, D.A.R.Y.L. in ’85 we have been forewarning ourselves of the inherent dangers of making computers smarter than us. but it seems it goes in one ear and out the other.

we will be the makers of our own undoing. through technology. its up there with death and taxes as certainties of existence. we human being will undoubtedly destroy ourselves or at least get ourselves in a heap of near insurmountable trouble….by our insatiable need to be lazy and have computers do things for us. for now, its just “entertainment”. we better wake up. as i have always said (and always will, even as naysayers “naysay” me), movies are just an exaggerated reflection of reality.

the monolithic presence of Apple and Google should be an eye opening harbinger but were just too busy enjoying all the toys. SIRI, GOOGLE GLASS and AMAZON drones will lay waste to us before we even look up from scrolling FACEBOOK.

The movie tugs on all these threads and of course by the 3rd act, it all falls apart because the center cannot hold. In our altruistic need to solve and cure everything, morals and integrity frequently get lost in the stew. those scientists are a pesky nuisance (hey lets bring back a healthy alien embryo in Ripley and Newt) and they got the God complex going on and they get blinders on to the world.

and thats basically what it all boils down to. we get tunnel vision in whatever we want. and we gotta stop just for a second and consider the good with the bad. in our quest for AI, we will allow our inventions to outthink us and surpass and maybe even adopt our ways of doing what it feels is best. its really kinda lose/lose. a machine has a program construct of right and wrong, no gray, so it wont empathize with us and do what it deems necessary, protocol wise. and if it happens to think like us, whose to say that wont clash with logic based parameters. damn thing would go nuts…..on us.

it seems that after taking too many trips to the funny farm, depp is much more believable being a low key human being. rebecca hall is just annoying as the woman who cant see the forest for the trees, paul bettany needs to go do something off color again like his albino assassin psycho in THE DAVINCI CODE, cuz he’s sleepwalking through these kinds of roles now.
morgan freeman as well. he’s stagnated in this wise professorial roles with ties to the govt (CHAIN REACTION anyone?) kate mara just seems like she’s still playing Zoe Barnes from HOUSE OF CARDS, she’s kinda boring. the score is good and so is the cinematography. speaking of which, chris nolan’s go to DP acquits himself nicely in this prescient cyberthriller.

SKYNET is coming. and of course it will be an app we downloaded because we are the stupidest smart people ever to surf the web.

THE RAID 2 KICKS ASS LIKE YOU NEVER SEEN (UNLESS U SAW THE 1ST ONE)

THE RAID 2 KICKS ASS LIKE YOU NEVER SEEN (UNLESS U SAW THE 1ST ONE)

This movie was brutal as hell. On par with the first as far as carnage and mayhem, but all the different types of blades that were used made this one bloodier. A lot bloodier. This is honestly one of the most violent movies in my recent movie watching history. Nothing in American cinema comes close. QT’s KILL BILL, but that was cartoonish, over the top hyperbole and meant to be so. The BOURNE franchise’s fights were about as close as we come, but the blood was minimal, just bone crunching.

I’m talking man a mano, hand to hand, close quarters fisticuffs. This thing is bonkers with the stuff. The kind of fights and moves and finishes that make you physically jump in your seat and yell out in phantom pain are rampant. and awesome. and disturbing. I guess only in Asian film market can you get this gnarly, cuz i cant remember a US movie this dizzying in its realistic bloodletting outside of our boxing movies. and those are staged, so….

a friend of mine said if THE RAID was DIE HARD 1, then this is DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE cuz its more open and they go more places. I find that analogy very apt. Even though the protagonist is a badass, this one had him being more superhuman than I would have liked. He seemed to be able endure more and more with no real downtime for healing in between fights. That stretched credulity just a smidgen. Even hard cases need a reboot and refresh, even if its nothing more than a combat nap. The human body has a limit, but i digress.

I just get worried the savagery is so original and exhausting that i fear that if they do a third (which they prob wont cuz the B.O. is pretty bad) then they will run out of ways to make me grab my own neck and make sure its still securely there. I would hate for series star, Iko Uweis to flame out like Tony Jaa did. Maybe those two should get together and fight each other with their respective styles of team up and fight some US heavy. That would be a way to breath new life into their careers.

Just a thought.

RAID 2 gets a SHIBBY (4 stars) for what it knows it is and for not pretending to be anything it isnt; just hardcore knuckle busting, no holds barred action.

THE EX GOVERNATOR STILL GOT THE GOODS….BUT IT SEEMS NO ONE CARES ANYMORE

THE EX GOVERNATOR STILL GOT THE GOODS....BUT IT SEEMS NO ONE CARES ANYMORE

a 5 mil opening weekend from the Austrian Oak. who would ever thought the day would come?

i mean, i guess every star’s luster begins to fade. and arnie had that scandal a few years back. but i think its more than that. he started his solo comeback last year with THE LAST STAND. it was pretty violent and it made very little money. ESCAPE PLAN was more Stallone’s movie, a revamped, souped up, half assed, slapped together, techno modern TANGO&CASH. but that movie as well, was pretty brutal in its prison culture sadism. now this fails too?

and this is the best out of all his comeback movies thus far due to the awesome direction of David Ayers. his movies are mean (TRAINING DAY, END OF WATCH) harsh and full of gritty bloodlust. and i like that. but it seems, with the exception of the EXPENDABLES, which runs on the memory lane nostalgia of 80 and early 90s action icons and their movies, its like America has had her fill of testosterone fueled, adrenaline junkie madness. for awhile we had the thinking man’s action hero in JASON BOURNE, but since his absence, all we really have left is Jason Statham in generic dreck and Liam Neeson as the as the poseter boy (MAN) of “old dude action” .

speaking of testosterone, i must give mireille enos a standing ovation for stealing the show, the movie and nearly every scene she was in. after the mousey, bland wife she played in WORLD WAR Z, i almost forget she was the same person. she is electric in this movie, a live wire. she is a key component of the third act finale of the movie, a car chase that is one of the best i’ve seen in years. because of the over the top, balls to the wall action, SABOTAGE gets a 4 star SHIBBY just on general principle.

if AHNULD wants that old thing back, to get back the thrill, which is seems is clearly gone from the fans, may i suggest something much simpler to please us. reach back down into that well of movies that need a sequel and dont have one and give us TRUE LIES 2. i’d be there with bells on.

how bout you?

SABOTAGE, for me, goes extremely raw, hard and uncut.

makes me wanna hit the range, like right now. where’s my gun?