Film Reviews by JM

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The Commuter

OK...but just OK

(Edit) 07/02/2019

Saw THE COMMUTER with the great Liam Neeson and, as some have said, it's NON-STOP on a train indeed, but nowhere near as good. It's very technically impressive, but the direction and pace is more ponderous with a big splashy scene at the end that slows everything to a crawl, plus there's also plot holes big enough to drive the whole fleet of Coca-Cola Christmas Trucks through. And yet, in spite of that, Liam Neeson's magnetic screen presence kept me watching - he could read the phone book and I'd listen to it. But, of all his collaborations with Jaume Collet-Serra, this is the one I like least...

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Tomb Raider

The Quest Goes On....(yawn)

(Edit) 02/01/2019

Honestly, it was par for the course with videogame movies. In other words, it was drivel.

It certainly looked the part. Man, did it look like a billion dollars and did it ever get that part of the games right. I liked all the references to the more recent TOMB RAIDERS game-wise. It only had one problem, and alas it's a killer, in that Alicia Vikander was a blandola as Lady Croft. Pity, considering how superb she's been up to now. Though there's plenty to say about the Angelina Jolie versions, she nonetheless had the fire and charisma that Maestra Vikander sorely lacked. Shame, you coulda been a contender!

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Below-Par Besson...

(Edit) 12/06/2018

Hmmm, VALERIAN is certainly ample proof that the one and only Luc Besson has outstanding visual sense that's all his own and has style to burn, plus I appreciated that it had a sense of grandeur and ambition to it. However, the plot seemed to meander and piss about a helluva lot - when I could keep track of it - and I don't like obvious plot holes, like the desert bazaar sequence. Hate it when filmmakers do that…

Plus I thought De Haan and Delevigne had their moments, but they were ultimately miscast, more so the former. And yet, for all that, Maestro Besson’s potent sense of style kept me going with it, and nobody quite orchestrates an action scene like he can. And, hey, a film with Herbie Hancock in the cast can't be all bad! But, as a diehard Besson fan, it's definitely one of his lesser efforts. And, with a track record like his (NIKITA, LEON, THE FIFTH ELEMENT), I had hoped for more…no, strike that, I EXPECTED more.

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