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Daylight (1996) Movie Review By Steve Wilkins

Daylight Review

Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Leslie Bohem
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Sage Stallone

Stallone stars as Kit Latura, a former rescuer turned taxi driver.  During a casual night everything goes unexpectedly wrong in the New Jersey tunnels  thanks to fleeing criminals causing an explosion within. He finds himself playing heroics to help trapped civilians escape due to prior career knowledge.

This movie initially bombed in its theatrical release but upon personal viewing, the movie is much better than what it ever lead to believe.  Possibly one of Stallone’s best performances, Daylight is an edge of the seat action/thrill ride that really never lets up.

Tasked with the care of multiple civilians, you genuinely feel the burden put on Latura as he does everything in his power to get everyone to safety. He finds strength in character within Madelyne Thompson (Brenneman), a young woman that was  essentially leaving Jersey for a better life before events unfolded.

I was only 14 when this movie dropped and not yet heavily immersed into film to even begin to understand the logistics of it all but even now no matter how many times I watch this title, I  can’t believe how poorly received it was.  Clearly,  no movie is without flaw but overall, Daylight still holds up well today and really could deliver a sequel.

Always suggested,  Daylight is a great popcorn flick well worth the time.   Enjoy

Hurricane Heist (2018) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier 

Hurricane Heist

Director: Rob Cohen
Writers: Scott Windhauser (screenplay by), Jeff Dixon (screenplay by)
Stars: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten 

Plot:  Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities.

Running Time: 1 hour 43 Minutes

IMDB Score: 5.0

Why I Watched It: Well it was on sale at itunes and it looked like goofy cheesy fun.  Just for the record I paid $2.99 for it.

Random Thoughts: Rob Cohen takes a lot of crap from critics and to be fair he’s not a great director but he directs usually fun action genre films, nothing amazing but he sticks to what he knows and the man still works after some very bad films so let’s give him some credit.

What I Liked: This is not a good film but I will say it has it’s charm and most of it comes from the fact that man this is not a good movie but good golly they try.  Everyone is game for sure and you get the sense that Grace and  Kebbell are enjoying playing against type or at least playing something playing something they’re not known for.

Hurricane Heist is one of those films that are hard to review cause really I didn’t love or even like most of it but it means well and you don’t have the heart to pick on it.

I like most of the actors and it was good to see Maggie Grace play a strong and kickass character, she’s trying to get away from the Taken, victim role.  Ryan Kwanteen is good almost playing his True Blood character here.  It’s always nice to see Ben Cross, just saying.

The film moves pretty well, it’s shot well enough, see I told you it’s a tough film to review.

What I Didn’t Like: I swear this is a remake of Hard Rain, right down to the character Ben Cross plays, honestly it is. By the way go look up Hard Rain, a solid and fun action storm/heist movie.

This film is so baldy miscast you swear they did it on purpose, only Grace is American yet everyone is playing Southern, poor Toby Kebbell, good actor but his accent is from Hee Haw,  even Kwanteen,he’s Australian but at least he has done a southern accent, but no one is southern here either don’t make them southern or hire southern actors.  Kwateen is wasted here he should have been the lead.

Alright the heist is boring and that is coming from someone who loves heist movies even bad ones but at least make the actually heist fun and it’s also a bad storm movie, the hurricane is out of Sharknado I swear.  Except for the talent involved this could have been a Sci-Fi channel movie.

It kind of comes back to Rob Cohen, he doesn’t do anything interesting with the premise either make this a kick ass action movie or a fun B-Movie romp and because he plays it down the middle it’s neither fish or fowl it’s just a kind of fun bad movie.

It’s too bad cause with either a little style or a bit of craziness this could have been a hoot, I look at something like Deep Rising and because of the writing and the tone the film worked Hurricane Heist could have been a good popcorn movie instead it’s more of a guilty pleasure, well kind of.

Final Thoughts: I almost kind of liked it, but it’s not that good and I won’t defend it but it means well.

Rating: 5/10

The Boy Next Door (2015) Movie Review By Darrin Gauthier ‬

The Boy Next Door Review

Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Barbara Curry
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth

‪Plot:  A woman, separated from her unfaithful husband, falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.‬
‪Running Time: 91 Minutes‬
‪Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 10%   Audience 33%‬

‪Why I Watched It: For whatever reason I’m on a streak of watching bad movies or at least movies the critics hated, not sure why.‬

‪Random Thoughts: The sexual thriller genre is pretty well dead for whatever reason, sure we get some straight to video but back in the 90′s it was a strong sub-genre and don’t forget that’s pretty much Fatal Attraction was and Basic Instinct but Hollywood has really lost the art of being sexual and steamy Hollywood is more comfortable with serial killers than sex.  Here’s the thing The Boy Next Door is rated R on IMDB and it’s pretty tame and not steamy at all.‬

‪What I liked: Well this is tough go look at that Critics %  10 so it tells you something.  Sadly there’s nothing I really liked except the cheese factor and the unintentional comedy and I can’t give the film credit for that cause they weren’t going for it.  I will say it does fail at just about everything it tries.  I try to be positive but I’m pulling at straws here.‬

‪What I didn’t like: This could have been a decent bad/good thriller but we needed it to either be smarter or go over the top and the film does neither.  Let’s start with the casting Ryan Guzman is playing someone in high school the dude is 30 years old, now let’s move to Jennifer Lopez, when I describe the character as a high school English teacher who has a teenage son, who has a cheating husband, has one friend and who might has her friend says needs to get laid, does Jennifer Lopez jump to you as someone who would be good casting, not she is not.  Jennifer Lopez is limited as an actress but she’s attractive and has charisma and that’s it.  This film fails at giving her something she could do that she is good at.  She has no chemistry with The Boy Next Door or her cheating husband.  ‬

‪The major flaw with this film is that it’s boring, really boring and man it drags at only 91 minutes, this is just lazy storytelling, honestly this embarrasses cliches.  The story honestly is just the plot, they do nothing with it, it turns Fatal Attraction on us on a dime, just flick a switch, no build up at all, Boy Next Door goes nuts real quick and it’s not believable, I think they would have been smart to have the affair go on and let Lopez’s character see something was up.  The ending is beyond bad and really if the film embraced the cheese and had fun with it then maybe the film good have been a guilty pleasure.  Now I will say this, the critics killed it and really it’s not super bad it’s just got made for video quality that happened to be released on the big screen and that meant critics had to review it.‬

‪Final Thoughts: It’s a bad bad movie, I didn’t hate it and really it’s a fun movie to make fun of while you’re watching.  The need to embrace the cheese factor it didn’t to be more fun.‬

‪Rating: 2/10‬