Welcome to The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl

I consider myself a Fangirl. What does that mean, you ask? A "fanboy" in the most common understanding is a hardcore fan of 'genre' based entertainment in particular. In my case - science-fiction and comic book based movies and television. Because I'm a chick - it's fangirl, not fanboy. There you have it! I am a big movie fan, however, not necessarily a 'film' fan. And now - I have the forum to present my opinions to the public! These will mainly be movie reviews -that will always be my opinion - repeat OPINION. Just what I think, and in no way do I present my opinion as fact. I hope you enjoy and maybe it will help you decide what to see at the movie theater this weekend!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Movie Review: Godzilla vs. Kong (PG13 – 113 minutes)

 

We have hit the first big budget summer-type blockbuster of the year – Godzilla vs. Kong dropped on HBOMax the same day it debuted at theaters.  The two first met 58 years ago in King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1963. 


I watched this on HBOMax, but my second vaccine shot is scheduled in a week, so I hope to be able to see it in the theater too as it truly is a big-screen flick.

This is the fourth entry in the recent Monsterverse after Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).  After multiple teases in the previous movies, here we finally see Kong square off with Godzilla. The opening credit sequence summarizes all the previous movies in a literal tournament-style bracket until we are left with the two alpha titans, Kong and Godzilla.


Godzilla has been dominating his movies, emerging as an alpha titan that has defended most of humankind against worse titans, most notably, King Ghidorah and his three heads.  Kong was last seen wandering around his own island in the 70s after squishing Sam Jackson.  It was pointed out in that movie that he was still growing. This movie opens on Kong growing increasingly annoyed with the Monarch crew observing him on Skull Island Truman Show-style.  The observation team is growing increasingly concerned about relocating Kong as a storm has rendered the island nearly inhospitable, wiping out the native humans save one. Meanwhile, Godzilla has been growing increasingly aggressive against various locations of the tech company Apex. Apex has grown increasingly worried about humanity surviving titan attacks.   


The human folks in the movie include some from previous movies and some new ones.  Like the previous movies, there are far too many human characters.  Ilene Andrews has been leading up the Kong observation team with a little girl named Jia, the last of the humans from the island. Ren Serizawa is working at Apex for Walter Simmons on a project to defend against rogue titans and Simmons sends his daughter Maia to gather a new energy source with Dr. Nathan Lind from the 'hollow earth' hidden land in the center of the planet. They team up with Dr. Andrews hoping that Kong can not only lead them to hollow earth, but that he will be safe there instead of his crumbling island.


Conspiracy theory podcast host Bernie Hayes believes Apex is up to no good and has teamed up with Madison Russell and her friend Josh Valentine. Madison checks in briefly with her father Mark, who seems to still be working with Monarch after the whole situation with her mother creating the ‘orca’ in the last movie. All those various storylines culminate in a climax of epic proportions.


The movie is directed by Adam Wingard and comes in just under two hours, which is where it should be. The action is epic and intense, the Hollow Earth scenes are lovely – I particularly enjoyed the bit where Kong goes to the highest mountain point and jumps through the gravity inversion to the land above.  Most importantly, the movie definitely delivers on the Godzilla – Kong fights. There are three major fight sequences, all of which are fantastic.  There are far too many humans, and it is mystifying why so many of them are new that could have been characters from previous films recurring.

Rebecca Hall’s character of Ilene Andrews is one of the unnecessary additions. Why was that not Ziyi Zhang’s character from the previous movie? She apparently was supposed to be in this be was cut. I did enjoy Kaylee Hottle as Jia who is the little girl who humanizes Kong through her connection and communication.


Alexander Skarsgard’s Nathan Lind is equally puzzling as Bradley Whitford’s character from the previous movie was the one who brought up the Hollow Earth theory. 


Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler as the Russells provide a link to the previous movie, but both have very little to do here. Pairing Brown with Julian Dennison and Brian Tyree Henry does provide some comedy relief, but they storyline for those three is also unnecessary. They learn that Apex is up to no good, but any one of the other multiple characters could have discovered that too.  Dennison is the bright point of the movie and has a natural comedic sense.


In terms of the ‘villains’, Demian Bichir as Simmons is chewing all the scenery and chewing his moustache, which is on tone for this movie, but also could have been Charles Dance from the epilogue of the previous film, since the Ghidorah skull he was shown collecting is a key plot point for Simmons. His daughter Maia played by Eiza Gonzalez has nothing to do but go with the Hollow Earth expedition and be a jerk about everything. 


Shun Oguri playing Ren Serizawa is the son of Ken Watanabe’s character from the two previous Godzilla movies but that was not mentioned at all.  Honestly, you could have removed both Simmons’s and let Oguri’s Serizawa cover all of that ground.


Also – Lance Reddick and Chris Chalk are both in this, just enough to get you excited that they are there, but then disappear so quickly that you almost feel like you hallucinated both. And Jessica Henwick was apparently cast but then cut. 

Despite the disconnect with the majority of the human characters, the true stars are Kong and Godzilla, although I will say this felt like a Kong movie with Godzilla featuring.  Kong would have qualified for Best Actor nominations and Godzilla for Best Supporting, if that clarifies the roles. Appropriate, since Godzilla had two previous films in this franchise and Kong only one. Yes, of course they are both heroes, so they inevitably team up to tackle something worse. And while that is predictable, that is exactly what you want from this movie. Kong gets the most character development of any character – human or titan – in this movie. The animators do an incredible job of illustrating a full range of emotions across his face. His connection and communication with Jia enhances his ‘humanity’. Seeing him in chains is always painful and in this movie, particularly devastating since he could tell Jia how scared and upset he was. 


Godzilla, on the other hand, continues to be doing his best to save humanity from both themselves and everything else.  In this movie, he seems to have a Danny Glover quality – definitely too old for this shit but taking up the fight when needed.  He goes after Kong initially because there can be only one Alpha, and he’s it.  He keeps going after Apex bases because he knows what they are creating is bad news. Once he realizes he is in over his head, he reluctantly teams up with Kong save the day and quietly swims off into the sunset after acknowledging that maybe there can be two alphas at the same time. He is big and beautiful and will always be my favorite titan.


Overall, this movie is exactly what we needed at this point. Big, loud, splashy, and over the top. It delivers what it promises and despite having too many humans (my standard complaint for titan-based Monsterverse movies) it is a swift and enjoyable watch. If you are able to safely see it in a theater – do it.

8 out of 10

#TeamGodzilla





Friday, April 2, 2021

Movie Review: Moxie (PG13 – 111 minutes)

 

Continuing to find movies from home, I watched Moxie, a new Netflix release. 



Moxie is based on the YA book from 2015. The movie tells the story of a high schooler named Vivian who has coasted through high school to date with her best friend Claudia, ignoring the cloud of sexism and misogyny that hangs over the school.  She meets a new student, Lucy, who is determined to not ignore what is happening and instead call attention to it and get it corrected.  Vivian is inspired by her other’s old memorabilia to create a ‘zine’ called Moxie and distributed it in the school. Along the way, she collects a group of new friends, gets friendly with the right guy, and starts a rebellion.


Amy Poehler directed the movie and manages to find a perfect balance between fun entertainment and powerful heart. I certainly can relate to the star of the football team getting away with anything, and I am sure most people in this country have similar high school memories. The group that Vivian accidentally pulls together include a variety of girls, all upset for various justifiable reasons. The movie tackles dress code issues, privilege issues, and the frustration of wanting to change a system that prefers to be ignored.

Hadley Robinson gives Vivian the all-in emotional instability of a high school girl and the friendship between her and Lauren Tsai’s Claudia feels genuine and lasting, even when encountering serious bumps. 


I really appreciated Nico Hiraga as Seth, a kid Vivian has known forever but just recently had the growth spurt into hotness.  His character is important because he completely supports what the girls are doing and the necessity of the message, without any ulterior motive. He is an ally and for some reason that felt pleasantly unusual to see in a movie like this. It would have been easy to portray all the guys as sexist idiots, but this helps point out that the sexists are actually the smaller group, just louder and more privileged.  He also gets to call Vivian out on some of her teen girl angst and misplaced anger. 


Alycia Pascual-Pena plays Lucy and is really key as the girl who will not simply accept the status quo – calling out the injustice when she sees it. She is the actual hero of the story.


Patrick Schwarzenegger plays the head football idiot very well.


The rest of the cast, including Sabrina Haskett, Sydney Park, Joshua Walker, Anjelika Washington, Josie Totah, and Emily Hopper are really well-rounded and provide more depth than your average high-school movie. Each one get just enough development to enhance the story.


Overall, the movie is very good and was definitely a surprise for me. This movie was smarter and funnier than I was expected. It is certainly worth watching and recommending to any high schoolers you know.  Now, I will say that I did find it problematic to have a white lead suddenly become a hero when watching the plight of a woman of color and not making any obvious choices to support that classmate – instead choosing to publish an anonymous zine. Vivian has been quietly ignoring all this behavior for years, and it takes Lucy standing up to it to spur her to action. Lucy does get to be a leader, but because the movie focuses on Vivian, it can feel uncomfortable in some scenes. There is a moment when Claudia points out to Vivian that her white privilege allows her to start this rebellion without having to think about the consequences as much as some of her non-white classmates. That could have been explored a bit more but gets glossed over. I still really enjoyed the movie – but that did add an interesting layer that left a little to be desired.

7 out of 10 – Leaves you feeling hopeful.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Movie Review: Boss Level (R – 94 minutes)

 

We are all familiar with the time-loop film at this point. Groundhog Day is such a prime example that it has become a descriptor of the situation. If you feel like things are repeating you would probably call it a Groundhog Day situation.  Palm Springs used the method to great success last year and now Hulu has a second time-loop movie, this one an action flick rather than a rom-com. 



Boss Level immediately drops you into the action with Roy Pulver who is repeating a day where multiple assassins are after him.  We join as he is already more than 100 days into the loop. Each time he is killed, the day restarts. He has begun to work out how to avoid each of the assassins and is starting to make progress on who or what caused this situation to come up with a plan on how to get it to stop. Each time he makes it a little further through the day, comparing it to working through a video game, restarting with each death hoping to eventually make it through to the final stage, meeting and beating the boss – hence the Boss Level, very clever. And relatable, if you’ve ever been stuck on a boss level for what feels like forever.   



Roy eventually realizes it has something to do with his ex, Dr. Jemma Wells. She is working on a top-secret project for Colonel Clive Ventor who seems to be private security company executive?  Jemma, knowing things were about to go very bad (end of the world bad), met with Roy yesterday (which for Roy feels like several months ago) and set him up for this loop. Now, Roy needs to figure out how, why, and what to do to stop it, all while learning the patterns and tactics of each one of the many killers after him and finding time to bond with his son.


The movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team) who first worked with Frank Grillo in The Grey in 2011. He wanted to make this movie with Grillo then, but studios had no interest in making the movie with a relative unknown in the lead.  Now, after Grillo is best known as the MCU’s Crossbones (despite multiple other credits) the movie finally came to be and thank goodness Carnahan waited until he could do it with Grillo.  Grillo is a fantastic lead in a picture like this, custom made for him – he feels completely genuine and at ease as Roy. He is tough and brutal, while still managing to be charming and engaging. Casting his real-life son, Rio, as his son in the movie gives added chemistry to the scenes of them reconnecting.  Grillo and his 3% body fat carry the movie, nearly every other actor in it is a cameo-level appearance.


Naomi Watts gets to rattle off the science mumbo-jumbo as Jemma and does a fine job. It’s not worth spending too much time thinking about the science here, just trust that it is sound and focus on the action.


Seeing Will Sasso as Brett, Ventor’s head of security, was an absolute delight. And since small doses of Mel Gibson are all I can handle, he was fine as Ventor. Honestly, he’s exceptional as a villain and should really only be playing bad guys. Although, I do spend time wondering who could have replaced him and I think Carl Weathers would have been a good choice.

Sheaun McKinney, Michelle Yeoh, and Ken Jeong all briefly appear as allies Roy meets along the way.  Michelle Yeoh (always incredible) was perfectly placed as the sword expert that Roy takes lessons from in an interesting parallel of the piano lessons from Groundhog Day.


The group of assassins range from insane to hilarious including Annabelle Wallis, Meadow Williams, Armida Lopez, Buster Reeves, Eric Etebari, Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans, and a very random Rob Gronkowski appearance. 


The standout was Selina Lo as Guan Yin, mostly because she kills Roy multiple times and states her name each time. This seems like a sound operating mentality and makes me wonder if I should be doing that more often – it is certainly memorable.


Overall, the movie is a fast-paced fun action movie that is perfect for popcorn-fueled couch viewing. Be forewarned that it is a hard R – the assassins do kill Frank brutally and graphically over and over (falling, exploding, shot, beheading, etc.) so make sure the kids are in bed before you start streaming this one.

9 out of 10 – so much fun. I am Jeanette Ward and Jeanette Ward has written this. Maybe Guan Yin was on to something!



 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Movie Review; Coming 2 America (PG13 – 110 minutes)

 

In the dead of winter, it is really nice to have a movie that is fun for fun’s sake.  Coming 2 America was released on Amazon Prime. It is the perfect palate cleanser if, like me, you are making an attempt on the Oscar movies.


The original Coming to America was released in 1988 and featured Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem from Zamunda – a fictional wealthy country in Africa.  Akeem rebels against the traditional arranged marriage process in his country and his father gives him a month or so to head to America and ‘sow his royal seed’ then come back and get married.  Akeem heads to America with his trusty sidekick Semmi - hijinks ensue. Eventually he meets Lisa, a woman in a similar situation as her father is conspiring to have her marry the heir to the Soul Glo empire. They end up married in Zamunda.


Coming 2 America picks up 30 years later, Akeem and Lisa have three daughters. His father, King Jaffe Joffer has decided he is ready to die and demands his funeral be held so that he can enjoy it – Side note, this seems like an ideal plan to be able to enjoy your own party.  He reminds Akeem that only a male heir can take over the kingdom and then reveals to Akeem that he fathered a child while in America years ago.  Akeem takes Semmi and heads back to America to collect this child and bring him home to prepare to be ready to rule the country someday – much to his eldest daughter’s chagrin. He has to go through several prince-making challenges all while dealing with the time crunch of an impending invasion from the country next door.


The premise is thin, but you are not watching for the story. This movie is fun, sweet, lighthearted, and features great performances from Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall again as multiple characters.  The sets are incredible – incidentally, the movie was shot in Atlanta, and the Zamundan palace is actually Rick Ross’s house, which is why he is standing in the background for a couple of shots. The costumes are by Ruth E. Carter (who won the Oscar for Black Panther) and they are incredible. The majority of the cast from the first movie returns – James Earl Jones and John Amos being the standouts.  Louis Anderson and Paul Bates return and Garcelle Bauvais’s rose petal priestess seems to have gotten a promotion.


Eddie and Arsenio are fantastic again as all the characters they played in the first movie, with a couple of additional folks this time around.


Jermaine Fowler plays Lavelle, the long-lost son. He is an American perplexed by this sudden reveal of wealth and possibilities. At first skeptical, he then commits to trying his best, just before falling for a local hairdresser. That of course causes him to want to stray from tradition.  Leslie Jones plays his mom and she is funny and just the right level. As much as I enjoy Leslie Jones – she can exist at a big level but manages to tone down enough to fit the rest of the cast. Tracy Morgan was originally going to play the son when the movie was first conceived but now plays Lavelle’s uncle.


Shari Headley is once again lovely as Lisa, and the three girls playing the daughters are great (the middle one is Murphy’s daughter Bella).  I do wish they had a little more to do. The story of them feeling passed over because of the inherent patriarchy is briefly covered but could have been even more of the story.  For a straightforward comedy, that Is not really the focus, so they do a good job of including it in the story and resolving it in the end.

I feel like one of the best parts of this movie is Wesley Snipes. Back in 1988, he auditioned for the role that went to Eriq LaSalle. Here, he plays General Izzi, the son of the general in the first movie who presented his daughter for Akeem to marry from Nextdooria.  Izzi is upset at the slight to his sister and demands that Akeem’s oldest daughter marry his son.  Wesley seems to be the one having the most fun in the movie, entering every room in a different dance sequence.


Overall, the movie is charming and fun. Like the original, it does feel like loosely assembled set pieces and ‘bits’. The majority of those bits are all pretty funny, so they work when strung together with a through-story. As I mentioned, benefits from coming out while I was trying to watch some of the award-season flicks. Those are all quality movies but can be so incredibly depressing. It is wonderful to watch a comedy that is just fun. I also wish there were piles of outtakes over the end credits. Just give me piles of footage of the barbershop guys.


Sure, it is not quite as good as the first movie, and yes, there are some plot holes and missed opportunities. But it is very entertaining, and the perfect thing for a chilly movie night at home. Ironically, it could work for a family movie night. While the first in 1988 at the height of Eddie Murphy as the R-rated comedian was rated R, this one is a more family-friendly PG13. I suppose everyone mellows a bit as they age!

8 out of 10

Bonus points for all the cameos during the funeral, what a party!





Monday, February 15, 2021

Movie Review: Malcolm & Marie (R – 106 minutes)

 

Continuing safe pandemic movie-viewing, I watched Malcolm & Marie on Netflix.


Malcolm & Marie is unique because it was made entirely in the pandemic, with minimal crew, and only two actors doing their own hair and makeup while shooting entirely in the “Caterpillar House” in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


The movie covers an argument between movie director Malcolm and actress Marie after they arrive home after the premiere of his movie. We learn he forgot to thank her during his speech.  She is upset, not just because he did not thank her, but because she feels the movie is based on her life. He claims it is not. Things get heated and cool down, then get excruciating from there. They manage to seem to both truly hate each other and passionately love each other. 


The movie feels like it is a play, and perhaps writer-director Sam Levinson would have made it a play, but with no possible audiences or theaters during a pandemic, shifted it to a movie instead.  After shooting on HBO’s Euphoria shut down, he conferred with Zendaya for another project to tackle, and developed this story. Shooting it in black and white removes all distractions from the background and allows the focus to be the two actors as they proceed to act their assess off.  They both do a fantastic job, and the movie has a fascinating quality.  As with many other Oscar-y movies – I can tell you that the craftmanship is excellent, but that I did not care for it at all.


Both Washington and Zendaya are incredibly charismatic and watchable, but personally I do not want to watch a two-hour argument between two characters I cannot stand. Honestly, I thought the movie was two and a half hours long – I am shocked to learn it is just over an hour and a half.  It feels like it goes on forever, and while it raises some interesting questions (should Malcolm’s movies be considered political because he is a black director, even if that wasn’t his intent?), I found myself tuning out as they got more and more at each other’s throats. They both do an incredible job of bringing depth and soul to the viewpoints of each character.


I am incredibly curious if it was direction by Levinson or a choice by JDW to eat the mac-and-cheese the way he did. When they return home, he does laps around the living room ranting about the responses to the movie while Marie makes mac-and-cheese. After round one in their fight, he sits and eats the mac-and-cheese in the loudest, angriest way I have ever seen anyone eat. And while that is in no way key to the story (I don’t think? It is a metaphor? Representational?), it was so incredibly off-putting that I had a hard time moving past it! And then, of course, I wanted a bowl of mac-and-cheese.


3 out of 10 – again, grading on my taste, not the quality. It is very well made, and if you love character-study plays, you will probably love this. It is beautifully shot and expertly acted, but not at all my cup of tea.



Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Movie Review: Finding ‘Ohana (PG - 123 minutes)

 

Enjoying the year of Netflix weekly new releases, I found Finding ‘Ohana. 


If you do not remember from Lilo and Stitch, ‘Ohana means family.  In this fun family adventure flick, Pili and her older brother Ioane are siblings raised in Brooklyn.  Pili spends most of her time in geocaching competitions, something she really loves. She has just won a competition and is about to have the best summer of her life at a geocaching camp (which I did not know was a thing) when her mother, Leilani, learns that her grandfather Kimo has had a heart attack.  Leilani takes the family to Oahu for the summer where they get to connect with their Hawaiian heritage even if they were not planning to.


Pili finds a journal in her grandfather’s things that may or may not lead to buried treasure.  She connects with a neighbor kid, Casper, and together they head out to find the treasure.  Ioane and his new crush Hana go after them, and together, the four explore, bond, and search throughout some gorgeous landscapes and sets. Meanwhile, Leilani reconnects with Kimo and everyone gains a greater appreciation for their family.


This is the directorial debut of Jude Weng and the movie looks amazing. Now, filming in Oahu may be cheating, because there is not really a bad shot available, but besides the outdoor scenes, the bits inside caves and homes are also well put-together. The movie is predictable – you know Pili is going to learn to appreciate her family by the end – but that is never an issue with a family film.  The kids do a fine job through an adventure that feels very Goonies (on purpose), so much so that Ke Huy Quan cameos.


All four of the lead kid actors are perfectly find for kid actors – this is the debut of Kea Peahu as Pili and she goes from irritating to lead adventurer. Alex Aiono is apparently a huge singing sensation on the YouTube, and both Owen Vaccaro as Casper and Lindsay Watson as Hana help the siblings appreciate Hawaii. 

Kelly Hu is always fantastic and brings a grounding realism to Leilani as she struggles to get her father to understand how close he is to losing his home.


Seeing Branscombe Richmond as Kimo was a treat for me – I used to love the TV show Renegade. He pays the stereotypical grandfather here but fits the role perfectly as he eventually realizes his contribution to his strained relationship with his daughter.


Overall, the movie is plenty of fun and certainly a great option for a family Netflix evening.  I particularly enjoyed the intercut re-enactments of the pirates who found and hid the treasure as Pili reads the journal with some pure silliness by Chris Parnell and Marc Evan Jackson. Also – cast fun over the closing credits will always leave a smile on my face!


6 out of 10 – perfectly pleasant.

Also – the fact that this movie includes a trip to the ‘film tour’ area of Oahu where you can see where they filmed Lost and Jurassic Park has now moved a trip to that park to my bucket list. They make fun of it in the movie, but hey – I would enjoy that!



Monday, January 25, 2021

Movie Review: Outside the Wire (R – 114 minutes)

 

Netflix has stated they are going to release a new movie every week this year, a process that kicked off with Outside the Wire.


Set in the not-too-distant future on the edge of a warzone in eastern Europe, Outside the Wire follows the story of military drone pilot Harp who makes a judgement call and uses his drone to blow up a threatening truck, which may or may not have saved 38 marines, but definitely killed two.  Because he defied a direct order, he is sent to report to Captain Leo. Leo is on a mission to deliver supplies to refugees ‘outside the wire’ of the zone between the factions and Harp is going to see his first ‘real’ action amongst the soldiers he is used to seeing only on camera. 


It is swiftly revealed that Leo is not human, but an advanced AI in a human shape. He and Harp set out on their mission and Harp begins to realize that Leo has some ulterior motives. It turns out that just because you put an AI in an Anthony Mackie-shaped form does not mean it will not come to the same conclusion that all movie AIs come to – humans are the issue. 

Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the movie begins well and brings up some really interesting points. Do drone pilots have a disconnect from the soldiers they are protecting? Should ground forces be replaced with robots?  Is this particular AI too chit-chatty – I mean, why is he so interested in Harp’s girlfriend?  Setting the story in the near future makes it somewhat relatable, but the ambiguous ‘war zone’ has the opposite effect.  Harp’s actions in the beginning make it a little tough to cheer for him, and Leo is entirely too likeable for his inevitable swing to standard AI villainy. The action sequences are pretty great, especially the hand-to-hand bits where Mackie gets to pummel band guys very quickly.

Anthony Mackie is incredibly charming and watchable, even as a robot. It is interesting that his artificial person here is similar to his Altered Carbon season 2 sleeve.  He turns Leo into someone you want to root for, which is what makes his turn a little difficult to buy.


Damson Idris plays Harp and seems fairly one-note for a guy who should be a bit shaken having made the decision that killed two soldiers and a wife-to-be to get back to.  He seems perplexed by Leo’s operations outside the wire negotiating with locals. I found myself wondering if that was the direction or the choice.


I was happy to see Emily Beecham in this, having been a fan of hers from Into the Badlands. Here, she plays rebel leader Sofiya, who works with Leo to get what she needs to accomplish her goals. I am not entirely sure what those are.


Michael Kelly plays Col. Eckhart, the no-nonsense boss on the base who has no time for Harp, or his nonsense, or Leo, or Leo’s nonsense. 


Pilou Asbaek plays Victor Koval, who is set up as a near-mythical villain orchestrating the entire conflict, with followers so devoted they spray paint his initials in various locations.


Overall the movie was entertaining enough in the first two-thirds, but really fell apart in the last third. I can not tell if I stopped paying attention or if it stopped making sense. This is always going to be an issue with a streaming movie. I would have paid more attention had I seen it in the theater, but then, I would be less satisfied with the movie itself.

5 out of 10.

This is another one that is just fine for a streaming movie – but definitely feels like a January-theater dump action flick.  Since I never really mind those movies, I do not have a problem with this one, there were enough parts to keep me entertained as I enjoyed my popcorn.