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Geostorm (2017) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier

Geostorm Review

Director: Dean Devlin
Writers: Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot
Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

Plot:  When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Running Time: 1 hour 49 Minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 14%  Audience  37%

Why I Watched It: Why not, alright it was on sale on iTunes, only $2.99.  Also it looked like good old cheesy fun.

Random Thoughts: You might look at Geostorm and think this looks like a Roland Emmerich joint and you’d be close as the director Dean Deavlin is Emmerich’s producer on many of his films.

I want to say something that I usually not touch on and that’s the Rotten Tomatoes score or IMDB scores, I find the numbers useful but don’t swear by them but the scores here are really low it seems the critics are picking low hanging fruit, this is not an Oscar winner and for my money should be taken for what it is, a silly dumb popcorn movie, trust me I’ve sat through some dry and boring films that Rotten Tomatoes have rated three times higher, not saying the numbers are wrong but just saying this is far from a 14%movie.

What I Liked: I’ve already said it/wrote it but I’ll do it again this is a big old dumb, silly, cheesy movie and I enjoyed it for all of those reasons.  The main thing for me is this film is an easy watch, it’s run time is a tad bloated but the movie has very good pace and the film moves quicker than it’s run time. Geostorm is kind of a throwback to all those disaster mini series we used to get, an all-star cast and maybe the end of the world.

The thing that surprised me the most is that the film is not all CGI storms the film is more talk than action and more about character and plot than the storms coming to end the world.  The film is more of a who’s the bad guy, who’s doing this and it worked for me.  I liked the fact that we dealt with characters and not spent 2 hours looking at bad CGI, sure there’s some but again adds to the charm without going over the top.

Gerard Butler takes a lot of flake for making bad movies, and he does but he’s a likable actor and not a bad one at that, he has his charm and he’s a B-Type movie star.  I much prefer him in action movies than comedies.  Abbie Cornish is also good here, he has a lot of fun with the role and actually stays away from a lot of cliches and ends up not playing a stock girlfriend character, she gets a couple of nice beats here.

What I Didn’t Like:  Yup it’s a bit long, 10 minutes less and it’s a better film.

Lazy casting, look at who’s in this film and I bet you ten bucks you can figure out who the bad guy is.  The acting is a mixed bag here, I’m not a Jim Sturgess fan and here he’s bland, not bad but not very interesting either.  Also having him and Butler be brothers and American is a hoot and a half.  Also Andy Garica sleep walks through this film, a very listless and not engaged performance.

Yes it’s dumb, I’ll give you that and the whole space station thing is pretty funny, they travel in space super fast in this film.

Final Thoughts: I didn’t mind it and I had fun for the most part, I think for me it helped how bad the word of mouth was as I though it was a nice chill and relax popcorn movie.

Rating: 6/10

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6 Days (2017) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier

6 Days

Director: Toa Fraser
Writer: Glenn Standring
Stars: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish

Plot: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world had never seen.

Running Time: 94 Minutes
IMDB Score: 6.2

Why I Watched It: Didn’t really know much about it but the trailer and the cast made up my mind.

Random Thoughts: This is based on a true story and I honestly don’t remember even hearing about it. Now that’s a good bad thing, on the good side I don’t know how it turns out but on the bad side I don’t know if they’re staying true to the events.

On a side note here I think Mark Strong is such an underrated actor, he’s caught in that grey area of character actor but sometime leading man, granted in mostly British films, but he’s always good I’m just waiting for that breakout role where more people know his name.

What I Liked: Not knowing about this really did help me with the tension and also how this all happened so I wasn’t bored with it at all. This comes down to being a hostage movie but it has many different moving parts and I think that what I liked about the film, it doesn’t focus on one thing. We have the hostage takers, the police who are negotiating with them, the press outside not only reporting but waiting, the government behind close doors deciding what to do and the team of SAS soldiers waiting to get called on.

My favorite part is with the SAS, cause we’ve seen hostage movies before but to get a chance to see the SAS getting ready and then have to wait to see if and when they go in was very interesting and different. Jamie Bell shines in this part as one of the SAS waiting, he’s quiet intense and says a lot with just looks and facial expressions, he’s tough without having to go over the top macho about it. The parts where you see them wait and then go over different ways of going in is very interesting.

Mark Strong is the best part about the hostage negotiating. He’s mostly on the phone, he plays the main Cop on site and he shows compassion and also helplessness, there isn’t much he can do except bide time. The reporters are the weakness part as their not given much screen time but Abie Cornish is good here, I wish she had more to do.

The film is for the most part mostly talking but the end we do get some action and it’s filmed and acted very well, they show the speed and precision that these men trained for.

What I Didn’t Like: For the most part the film lacked energy, it’s well done but it seems very workman like, not a lot of energy and the film takes on almost a documentary type feel to it, we’re on the outside looking in and I didn’t feel connected at times.

The weakest part is the actual hostage situation it’s acted well and shot well but it’s cliches after cliches, we’ve seen this a hundred times, there’s the one man “terrorist” who is calm and wants everyone to get out alive and then the other more hotheaded one who you know is going to make things harder and it just seemed mailed in, we don’t really learn much about them and we don’t even get to know the hostages that well either.

This is a case where I think the film needed maybe 15 minutes added on so we could flesh out the characters better so we got the sense of who they were. At the end of the film we get of course titles telling us of what happened to these people and commenting on them, we the reporter played by Abbie Cornish became a household name because of her reporting but we don’t really get to see much of that or get a feel for her. I think we dealt with too many behind the door meetings with politicians that really didn’t add much we hadn’t seem a hundred times before. I’m glad they didn’t cast someone as Margaret Thatcher, that would have been distracting, we do hear what she wants though.

I think in the end what I liked about the film hurt it a bit, by showing us all the different moving parts we didn’t get the focus some of them needed to make it a better film.

Final Thoughts: A well made and a very well acted film, it’s worth the watch.

Rating: 6/10

Solace (2015) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

SOLACE

Director: Afonso Poyart
Writers: Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish

Plot: A psychic works with the FBI in order to hunt down a serial killer.
Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes
IMDB Score: 6.4

Why I watched it: Sounded like a good serial killer movie plus a very good cast.

Random thoughts: I had seen the trailer and at first this looked like it was going to be a throwback movie, remember when there were tons of serial killer movies out there and I thought this might be a fun B-Movie with A-Actors.  The other thing about this film with that cast I’m shocked this didn’t get a bigger release.

What I liked: First off I was wrong about tone, this isn’t a slick thriller this is a more grounded drama, sure the plot is about a psychic helping track down a serial killer but it’s not pulpy at all.  Now one thing to get out of the way, it’s brought up in the trailer and this might be a spoiler but the selling point of this film is that the killer is a psychic as well.  One thing I want to praise is that they don’t screw around with Hopkins character being a psychic, there’s no scene where they’re told they can’t go to him for help cause there’s no such thing as psychics, it’s a fact he is what he is and they move forward.

The film reminded me of the Dead Zone TV show they way they dealt with “the gift” of being psychic. The acting as you might suspect is very good here, Hopkins is very good, sad older, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is such an underrated actor, I have no idea why he’s not a star, sure he’s known but the guy just has such an easy charm about him, so charismatic.    He’s good here even though he’s stuck in the Cop role.  Abbie Cornish is playing against type but she’s also playing the one stock role, very under written.

Now let me warn you Colin Farrell is not in it that much, he’s got a key role and he has a couple of good scenes with Hopkins but as far as screen time goes you’ll be disappointed if you’re a fan of his.  Now this film is very tricky cause you think going in that this film is about tracking a serial killer using the gimmick of both the hunter and the hunted being psychic as it’s hook, and it is and isn’t.

The film has bigger fish to fry here and it turns out to also be a very heavy drama with a big social question it wants to pose.  Now I won’t spoil it but it could be a deal breaker for some viewers.  I will say this without spoilers it does ask the question of what it must be like to be a psychic to know things, to have that weight, to touch someone and know.  This is a film that asks some tough questions and it answers some and some they kind of leave open.  It’s a much smarter and deeper film than I thought it was going to be.

What I didn’t like:  Again no spoilers, so let me tap dance, I think the movie hit the tone they wanted but I don’t think this plays like a thriller, now if I order a pizza I don’t want it to taste like a hamburger, I want a pizza even though I like hamburgers, I was in the mood for a pizza.  With Solace I watched it late on Friday night, just wanted to relax and enjoy a popcorn movie, it’s not that type of film, and I agree not the movie’s fault but I do think the film gets hurt by trying to at least be like a thriller cause the first half is them tracking down this killer and it seems like a Manhunter type film, but it gets deep and some twists happen, major twists.

So I was kind of switch my expectations on the fly.  Now I’ve watched a zillion films and I can adapt I just wonder if this was the right direction to go in, it did kind of left me coldish at times.  The film also feels like a lot got cut, Marley Shelton plays Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s wife, and he has a son and it feels like they should have had a bigger part that in fact Morgan at one point had a bigger part.

Also Hopkins at one point describes Abbie Cornish’s character(she’s Morgan’s partner) as Morgan’s girlfriend, now Hopkins character is very straight forward about his ability and doesn’t joke around he’s sometimes can use it as a weapon to keep people off guard so it made me think they’re might have been some sub-plots cut.

The film does feel rushed at times and at times the film seems to be fighting itself, what it is and what it wants to be.

Final thoughts: This is a hard film to judge, I liked the acting and I was digging the serial killer plot and truth be told I liked the film for the most part but it’s one of those I liked it…but, after I watched it I wasn’t sure what I thought, did I like it?

Not sure I kind of respect the fact that they tried to make it deeper and about something human and not just a slick soulless Hollywood thriller but I’m not sure it was successful enough for my liking.

Rating: 6/10