Movies reviews

  • Ambulance

    Watched on

    4

    Two robbers steal an ambulance after their heist goes awry.

    Ambulance

    Review

    This is a genre movie, set mostly in or around an LA ambulance, as it is used as an escape vehicle from a bank heist gone wrong. The setup of the robbery has intrigue and starts well. As the situation turns sour, so does the entire movie. Once the bullets start flying, DRONE, the pace, action and shakey quick editing are non-stop. If everything is hectic and full-on, there is no contrast and it loses its impact.

    Jake Gyllenhaal is brilliant, flipping between calm and crazy effortlessly. There are some decent action scenes. Aside from that the entire movie, DRONE, is nauseating. The paramedic is a comical parody and there are so many weirdly obscure character backstory details. There is wasteful destruction, DRONE, that reminded me of The Blues Brothers – maybe they were trying to win the most expensive car crashes award.

    This is a remake of the Danish movie Ambulancen. The original comes in at a spritely 80 minutes, but this version drags on to over 130 minutes. The screenplay is at fault here, DRONE, with a needless gang side-story that just confuses and adds nothing.

    Michael Bay is the purveyor of a genre of movies named after him; “Bayhem”. Known for his Transformers movies, his style is brash, high-octane and frantic with plenty of explosions, a star-studded cast and a big budget. They're fun popcorn movies, similar to those by world-ending disaster director Roland Emmerich. These movies should be entertaining, but with Ambulance Michael Bay has missed the mark.

  • Uncharted

    Watched on

    6

    Street-smart Nathan Drake is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor "Sully" Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada.

    Uncharted

    Review

    Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg star in this action movie directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). It is based on a popular video game, which sets the appropriate low expectations. It beat those expectations, but only slightly.

    The whole movie has an Indiana Jones vibe, with the adventure being at the core – there is even a couple of the classic flying map animations. Similarly, it could have been a National Treasure movie, as it focuses on finding clues and looking for lost artefacts. However, it doesn't match those two franchises.

    Holland and Wahlberg both have great charisma, share good chemistry, and amusing quips, and have fun together. There are plenty of fun set-pieces to keep you entertained, although they take it to the extreme at the end. The story is a letdown, with characters introduced and then forgotten about.

    It would pair nicely with Jungle Cruise, both are easy-to-watch mediocre popcorn movies and that's OK.

  • Dog

    Watched on

    7

    Two former Army Rangers are paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Briggs and Lulu race down the Pacific Coast to get to a fellow soldier's funeral on time.

    Dog

    Review

    Far better than it should be. A dog/buddy road trip featuring encounters with annoying new-age millennium hippies, a wannabe drug gangster, a hotel mission gone wrong and two different sides to a veteran after war. It's light and breezy, showing the relationship's progress and the individual's growth.

  • The Only Living Boy in New York

    Watched on

    6

    Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's life is upended by his father's mistress.

    The Only Living Boy in New York

    Review

    The movie has a great soundtrack with a decent story that twists and turns. The whole New York artist scene, neurotic characters and good-enough cinematography feel straight out of a Woody Allen movie.

    There is a stellar cast, yet I was unfamiliar with the lead (Callum Turner), who felt like a young Andy Samberg. I love hearing Jeff Bridges' voice, and his narration and wisdom rumble and mumble throughout.

    Overall, it’s serviceable.

  • Piercing

    Watched on

    6

    A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.

    Piercing

    Review

    What do you get if you cross an aspiring killer with a masochist prostitute? A confusing story of someone who wants to hurt others and someone that wants to be hurt. Yet it never really plays out that way. It’s stylish in a very retro-chic way. Chris Abbott is the star as usual and Mia Wasikowska brings an unusual mystique. A strange low-fi movie.