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I Am Wrath‬ (2016) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

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Director: Chuck Russell
Writers: Yvan Gauthier (story), Paul Sloan
Stars: John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Amanda Schull

Plot: A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife’s killer.
Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes
IMDB Score: 5.3

Why I watched it: I was a little nervous, but I read some good reviews from genre sites and it’s a good cast and a good director.

What I liked: First off I thought this was a very good Nic Cage movie without Nic Cage then I read he was offered it and it makes sense and he might have made it better.  This is a pure B-Movie with some good actors and a decent plot.  Travolta is fine here but for me it’s Chris Meloni who steals the movie, he’s a lot of fun and knows what kind of movie he’s in and he goes for it.

I like the back and forth with him and Travolta it gives the film some energy. Meloni also has a really cool fist fight that for me was the hi-light of the action.  The cast was good for a film like this Sam Trammell plays a sleazy cop pretty well.  I was surprised to see Rebecca De Mornay as I didn’t recognize her at first.  She plays the wife and sadly she doesn’t last long.  I like the couple of twists in the film, who Travolta is and was is good cause it starts like it’s going to be a Death Wish clone but it goes in a different direction.

What I didn’t like: They had a tone problem cause at times it plays like a buddy cop movie with banter between Travolta and Meloni and the action takes a back seat but then at times it goes heavy with Travolta battling his demons and of course going to a church to talk to a Priest, don’t think we needed that here.  It is slight and of course full of action cliches.  Also didn’t care for the finale has it pulls out the oldest cliched of going after the hero’s family.  The ending does go over the top and it would have been better if it went meaner and gritty.

Final thoughts: I liked the film, it was a fun time waster I’d like to see Meloni in his own film like this and I do wish Travolta went over the top Cage style it would have made it more fun.

Rating: ‪6/10‬

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In A Valley Of Violence (2016) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE

Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Stars: Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga

Plot:  A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge.
Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 76%   Audience 52%

Why I watched it: Mostly the cast and I do love westerns and we get very few nowadays.

Thoughts: First off this is John Wick as a western, say what you want, you can say this was written first, I don’t think it was, but this is John Wick through and through, a man trying to put his past behind him, a bunch of thugs kill his dog and leave him and then we also have the main thug is the son of a bigger more wise thug.

What I like: Ethan Hawke is one of my favourite actors working today, he shows up every movie, lead, supporting, big budget, low budget plus he’s good in genre.  Here is not great but he’s a presence, he’s a thinking man’s actor you see his watching and being true to his character.  For me Travolta gives the best performance of the film, he’s not over the top and there’s a sparkle of the old Travolta, he’s good here cause he’s smart and he’s trying to avoid unnecessary trouble. The film i shot well and I like the setting of this small town in the middle of nowhere, the sets are old school and are a nice throw back.

What I didn’t like: Ti West is mostly known as a horror director and here he branches out to westerns and I will say I’ve seen four of his films now and haven’t liked one of them, now I have nothing against him but his style bothers me and he he’s director, writer and editor and there’s three things that bug me about this film that I will put at his feet. the first one is the tone, sure I get it he’s trying to do a spaghetti western but there’s a couple of different styles in that sub-genre there’s the Man With No Name that intense and very violent and then there’s the goofier ones that rely more on comedy and a bit of a lighter tone here West tries to combo them both and it flat out doesn’t work, there’s nothing funny here but the characters go off and it feels like it’s another movie tone wise.

The second thing is that he has characters give there life stories when they speak I’ll give you an example and this happens about four times in this movie “sure I’m the Marshall and I have to do what needs to be done, sure he’s my son and he’s not too bright but he’s my son and he does things then I have to clean up after him.”  Then Taissa Farmiga tells us everything we need to know about her the first time she’s on screen.  The last thing is really Ti West’s fault as a director and editor scenes run too long, characters say the same thing over and over again, tension is milked to nothing by the end.

I will also add Gillian and Ransome give bad performances here, I like both actors but here not good and Ransome seems lost as his character bounces between different movies and he goes on and on and goes so over the top you begin to wonder if this is a comedy.

Now I liked the revenge story and I like the Travolta character being the voice of reason but the end is beyond silly, and Hawke’s character isn’t bad ass enough for this to work.  The violence is boring here if you want to give homage to the great Spaghetti Westerns then at least shoot it with flare and be vivid on the screen.

Final thoughts: There were stuff to like here, and it’s not a total wash but the film is so untidy and such a mix bag with tone that it left me being annoyed with it.
Rating: 4/10