Triple Frontier (2019)

Santiago 'Pope' Garcia (Oscar Isaac) gets a team together to head over to South America. Tom 'Redfly' Davis (Ben Affleck), William 'Ironhead' Miller (Charlie Hunnam), Ben Miller (Garrett Hedlund), and Francisco 'Catfish' Morales (Pedro Pascal).

The former Delta force team is after Lorea (Reynaldo Gallegos) a drug lord that has over 75 million stashed somewhere in his home in the jungle. Garcia working for the Colombian government as an adviser befriend a young woman who wants out of the country. Now the team must take Yovanna (Adria Arjona) to a safe haven away from Lorea. But she must first give the team the very house that he lives in. An exchange, pure and simple.

Let me tell you that the original actors for this Netflix film are ok at best. The actors they have here are really good, they stay on point to the story. Not saying that Tom Hardy or Channing Tatum would've been awful. This particular story is very different and these guys did justice to their roles.

I especially loved the way they charcters came together as a very difficult situation went from bad to worse. The house was empty, yet when they searched again they noticed inside the walls the money had been placed throughout accordingly. They had taken 250 million from the drug-lord. A feat that would not come with a price. Ben Affleck's character had a plan, it went bad because of greed. They wanted more from the pot of gold. The timing would've been perfect. The escape would be clean, no encounters except the drug lord himself.

The problems weren't the guards like a typical action film. It was the ride back home. The jungle, mountains and the people from that region that really don't understand why Americans would occupy their lands and kill innocent people without reason or cause. It sounds like a simple plot but it really isn't because it brings out so many emotions about soldiers after their service with the good old USA. The lack of money, drinking, drugs, all of those things. In the film, it was brought up in small clips. You really understand the problems, at least I did. One of the characters brought up drugs, he mentioned it was pretty hard to move on after being a soldier. A small scene, it was taken in, moved forward story-wise.

The lack of intense action wasn't needed. A simple to the point story, it didn't need an explosion that killed thousands of bad guys. That's not what the story was about. It wasn't Peppermint or Diehard; Triple Frontier was former soldiers all going through life. Each had taken a different turn, yet the 75 million going five ways does it every time. No matter what the cost, these guys still went on the mission to South America where dangers are not the guys with the guns but the terrain and dense jungles.

Triple Frontier was a great film, it had some problems, but they're minor enough to oversee. The characters were engaging enough to keep you glued to the events of the story. Folks I've talked to said that Netflix films are B-movie at best. I would have to say they're very wrong and don't complain until you've seen the film. It's engaging enough to entertain you from start to finish.


Captain Marvel (2019)

Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) past is shrouded by mystery; Fragments of memory haunt her as she fights an alien race that could alter the fate of the human planet, Earth.

A mysterious superweapon constructed on planet Earth. The alien race known as the Skrull tracked the coordinates to the human planet; along with Kree warriors not so far behind. Can Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) stop the aliens from taking the weapon? Or is there something deeper than what it seems.

The main characters in the next phase of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) are very different. The cosmic hero Captain Marvel has incredible power. But her power is complicated, to say the least; She becomes a pilot in the Airforce, to transforming into a Kree warrior. Her evolution from start to finish is truly amazing. Jude Law (Yon-Rogg) is the team leader for the Kree team; A mentor somewhat. Law's character is a real pain in the ass. Their relationship is professional at best. He pushes her which to me is a very good character archetype. Almost like a Yoda, You know the little 900 yr old prune face Jedi master. The connection here was good because it established something more than plot devices or points. An emotional tie that is opened like a can of worms later on in the film.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is the younger version of Fury. Fury has a wonderful connection with Danvers in the film. Both characters work well in the story, it brings a fresh look at what Fury was like before the Avengers. Danvers just adds to Nick Fury. The balance of a very powerful superhero and a guy, an S.H.I.E.LD. agent rising above every occasion. Danvers just give Fury that extra push. A great team, that someday I would like to see on film again. Both characters are just wonderful to see work off of each other. Just another reason to love this film even more.

The film is set in the 90s. So the technology isn't just there yet. Earth was the battleground, an unlikely place, especially in that time period. In fact Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) a Kree warrior makes it a point to call Earth a piece of "Sh*t!"

The Kree team consists of Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Bron-Char (Rune Temte), Att-Lass (Algenis Perez Soto), and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan). The team feel is great, a badass special forces team from outer space. They really did the research in technology, tactics, which made you think you're in a first person shooter. The comlinks, controls, movements, on the ground extraction which was done early on in the film. The team had a mission, which went badly. The team was separated and came upon an ambush.

Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) a Skrull leader that will stop at nothing to complete his mission. Yet that mission is shrouded in mystery. Carol Danvers, a weapon wanted by the Skrulls. And finally, the Kree warriors wanting to stop the shapeshifting alien race from killing, and destroying. Hands down Ben Mendelsohn is an awesome actor. He played so many epic parts which really made him rise to new heights. The acting is done to perfection in this film. He really hits the mark. So if you want to see a well-versed actor in a huge part then check out Captain Marvel.

The story, the plot is very good all around. That being said let's not forget this movie is the beginning of phase four. The complication will arise in Avengers: End Game. The writers from Infinity War will have to explain so much, hopefully, they won't disappoint. Getting back to the story in Captain Marvel. Her origin was done throughout the film, balanced, keeping the first Act to the final Act in position. The film was steady, it followed a path and a good for the most part. Storyline wise it managed to keep with them. The writers knew what to do with balancing action, story, origin, and comedy which was done nicely.

Finally, I will address the feminism aspect of the film that other reviews mentioned and killed the movie because of it. First off the film was about a woman lost between two worlds. One a warrior who must focus on the mission. The other is a human girl struggling throughout her life. memories fading from what is real and fabricated. In the film, she evolves from weak to real strength, which is complicated. You're just going to have to see the film. To me, it was a girl transforming to become someone powerful, a hero, bigger than life. The other sites gave those moments a low rating. They rated the film because it pointed out that woman can be just as strong as men.

The film was just about struggle. A human woman becoming something more. A hero is developed the best by describing the challenges they must overcome throughout their lives. She was able to overcome the extreme situations, which to me fits her character nicely. The film is just that a superhero film. The one that will ultimately take out the big-bad in Avengers: Endgame. If you're interested in a quality superhero film go see Captain Marvel. Forget the feminism, political garbage and watch the film. Sometimes, actors, Hollywood types like to spew their opinions which is fine. That's their right as a citizen of this country. I'm not going to hate on them for that. Remember when your voice is silenced then that's when you have to worry about things. Now just sit back and enjoy the show.


Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a female cyborg in a junkyard. Afterward, he begins to put it together using parts that were supposed to be for his late daughter. The female cyborg is significant because she is a core cyborg; Which has a brain and a heart. He calls her Alita after his daughter.

The film dives into the vast world of Alita. The floating city Zalem, and the city beneath called Iron City. Both have a degree of danger. Tubes connecting both locations.

Technology has advanced like no other; After all, it's 2563. Alita (Rosa Salazar) has a unique past; Her memories return and a number 99 is the main focus. I really like the way the story moved to a hidden subplot. The girl has a strong warrior past. She rose out of the ashes to become something bigger, stronger. In the memory scene, Alita remembers running with a group on the connection tube.

I specifically liked the way the film moved. It was something beautiful. The cities surrounding, technology, characters, fighting sequences that was enough to enjoy not hate like most Hollywood films today.

Jennifer Connelly plays Chiren who once was married to Dyson but and there is a but. Their daughter Alita died. The complicated world of marriage, even in the future you'd think separation would stop. Chiren works for Vector (Mahershala Ali) the head of the Motorball competition. The actors did a wonderful job playing their parts. The live version is a very good adaption to the animation and Manga.

The story and special effects are really good, so why? does the movie do 45 million opening day.

Reason number one, and probably the one that fits the cog. Alita like unlike most Hollywood movies isn't SJW (Social Justice Warrior). Alita is a warrior, she is pure, innocent like no other. The film touches on a simplistic storyline. Maybe too simple for some audiences. Either way, it had a solid story. The breaks happened when they did and not because of being forced, it was just written as is. The film doesn't pat you on the butt. It's straight forward, period.

See the film for what it is, a pure action film based off a manga called Battle Angel Alita. Oh and James Cameron wrote the film and added plus to the film's rating. Directed by Robert Rodriguez the guy who did Spy Kids, and Dusk Till Dawn the series. The film was more than good, so get off your butt and check it out.


Polar (2019)

Duncan Vizla (Mads Mikkelsen) the only thing he wants is retirement. His finesse, old ways are high on the market for assassins.

Blut (Matt Lucas) targets his former employee with a group of younger assassins. The stakes are high in this game of cat and mouse.

The film begins with a group of assassins targeting a known accomplice. Sheer brutality coming from a much younger team, hunting retired, deadly assassins. I love the way one of the female team members takes advantage of the target, knowing that she has complete control. The guy doesn't see Sindy (Ruby O. Fee) using him just in the nick of time. The sniper fires hit the guy square in the chest, But the final blow was the rest of the team, shooting him straight in the chest, and killing him.

Mads Mikkelsen delivers a stunning performance in this John Wick like kinda film. He played the good guy really well. The way he managed to look the part of a retired assassin is amazing in everyway. He moved to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. He befriended a young woman next to his place. He was almost a ghost until his age finally caught up to him. Too many mistakes. The character really understood the circumstances on which the end was near.

I do love the extreme characterizations that the filmmakers wanted, which was straight out of the comic. Blut was over the top enough to really establish him as a villain. The way he interacted with the other characters was top notch. He really hit the mark as a smart-ass disgusting, rude big-bad. The guy wanted nothing more than to demoralize is opponent which in this case was Duncan.

The story yes has so many similarities to many films out today. But to give it the credit it deserves the characters were really extreme and written well. The style of filming was different which made the film hardcore.

Polar (2019) isn't a John Wick but the character elements it delivers on film makes this Netflix original a must see. The story is very straight forward, but it's the other points I mentioned that really makes this film shine above it all.

A good overall film that delivers a wonderful cast making this assassin film a must watch.

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Glass (2019)

Unbreakable (2000), Split (2016), and finally Glass (2019). Three films with only one intent. The modern take on the superhero life. What if a real-life superhero walks our streets.

It began with David Dunn (Bruce Willis) surviving a train crash that gave him a gift. The ability to touch people and somehow get a glimpse of their true self. Dunn also is strong like a certain caped hero from the comics. The villain Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) aka Mr. Glass which was involved in the train accident that created Dunn, and killed 131 people.

Split (2016) is the story of one bad guy, a true evil that believes he has some horde that will one day take over if not careful. Dennis Hedwig (James McAvoy) and his 20 plus personalities mixed in with his dominant alpha called the beast. His strength is of 100 men; able to jump, climb, without harm. His story is complicated enough to intrigue the investigator if you survive. Later his true name is revealed as Kevin Wendell Crumb; The personality deep within him.

Glass (2019) the final piece to the very unique story crafted by M. Night Shyamalan.

David Dunn (Bruce Willis) continues his hero work on the streets at night. With the help of his son, Joseph Dunn (Spencer Treat Clark). Together they track the true evil Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) who is the antagonist in the story. But as his trail gets closer to the truth, and his target, a woman by the name of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) has her own agendas and captures both Dunn and Crumb. Her intentions are to help those who believe they're superheroes.

The film is by far the best modern take on the superhero idealism. Strength is depicted in a realistic way. Intelligence down to twists turns big reveals that lead up to a very good Act 3.

This film is a slow burn into something bigger, better. The dialog is wonderful, it's not the usual humdrum superhero story. The complex well-crafted story unfolds slow but the beauty of it all is the reveal at the end. Not going into spoilers with Glass because it's too good to pass on. Acting is spot on; All the actors deliver in a big way. Nice to see a real hero film coming from a real perspective.

Film making can be a bit of a nuisance sometimes and for M. Knight he had some problems while filming which is why this film took a bit to hit the silver screen. Doesn't matter because the film is doing very well in the box off.

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Overlord (2018)

A small group of American paratroopers ready to drop behind enemy lines. The mission is to destroy the communication tower before the American land on the beaches of Normandy.

The plane flies over its destination near a French town. The Nazi soldiers have occupied the town; by the church where the communications are located. As the plane continues above its target, just before drop the plane gets pummeled by Nazi firepower from below. The wings, right and left engines have exploded. When the situation seems grime, the troopers jump. Some get caught in the crosswind which pulls them to the hell in the sky.

Boyce (Jovan Adepo), Ford (Wyatt Russell), Tibbet (John Magaro), Chase (Iain De Caestecker), Dawson (Jacob Anderson), Rosenfeld (Dominic Applewhite). The small group had lost Rensin (Bokeem Woodbine) and some of the troopers from the hellfire in the sky. The mission is still the same. Destroy enemy communications so that the soldiers have an open path to the beaches.

The concept alone is done well. From the amazing intro to the explosive trooper landing in a small town in France. The guys befriend Chloe (Mathilde Ollivier) who lives in a town which is occupied by the Nazi enforcers. The men and woman are taken to a Church where strange experiments are enacted.

Horror below the Church; scientific atrocities are found by Boyce (Jovan Adepo). The gut of the story begins here. Will not continue any further just because this film is too good to spoil the whole thing. Anyway, my favorite part is the scene with Boyce (Adepo) and Ford (Wyatt Russell). Ford is brutally interrogating Wafner (Pilou Asbaek) the Nazi officer. Boyce tries to stop Ford, but nothing changes. Just sheer hate, aggravation, disgust. The emotions are expressed in a very good way. So good that as part of the audience you could feel everything the characters felt in this particular part.

Overlord is not for everyone, it has something very different than most horror films. The emotions are tapped from the characters like never before seen. Maybe it's because it's a Nazi vs humanity theme. The feel is so good in this film. It really knows how to pull you in.

Wonderful screenplay by Billy Ray, and Mark L. Smith. Both writers have great A list films on their resume. So credit to this two geniuses; Without them, the film would be very empty.

The direction of Julius Avery put the topping on the cake. He did a wonderful job of creating a place for the actors. The amazing backdrop of 1944. War, explosions, all the right pieces together made this movie fun, and creepy. It almost felt like a well-played roleplaying game on the screen. Especially Boyce going all Rambo inside the Church made it more than it was.


Punisher Season 2

Jon Bernthal returns as Frank Castle / Punisher the iconic Marvel character hit streaming this past Friday.

Returning characters Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah), Billy Russo (Ben Barnes), and Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore) continue to make big impacts in this upcoming season. The characters are just another piece of Frank's past, present, and future.

This season Castle saves a young girl that has gotten into big-time trouble; Amy Bendix (Giogia Whigham). She enters a bar looking for her contact, only to find a group of people searching for her. Castle watches from close by. The group closes in on the girl. Castle follows behind, taking a chance on saving the girl, he then stops some of the group which had followed her into the ladies room.

This season the characters get involved with a radical group. The headmaster is a man by the name of John Pilgrim (Josh Stewart). In pursuit of the girl, and the mystery man that saved her.

The action is paced, not as fast as the comic went but what is really good is the story. Frank Castle is trying to just be normal; As far as normality is concerned this season, Frank Castle doesn't want trouble, until the bad guys stepped on the wrong side of the line.

The feel is established throughout the episodes, it reminds me of a one-man war with himself. His past, present, the reality of life. He wants to love, but can't because of who he has become. The man, Marine, Father, Husband, will ultimately continue his rage within. The writers have finally delivered some good characters on screen. From the guns to the action, down to the emotional experiences throughout the solid story.


Aquaman (2018)

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) ever since he was a child he knew he was different. Maybe it was the aquarium. That day he had taken a trip with his fellow classmates and just when he thought he was normal. The fish within the water, beyond the glass, spoke to him.

Ever since he was a little boy he knew that he is not just human, but Atlantean. His father Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison) a Lighthouse Keeper found a woman in the water by the Lighthouse. She was unconscious, but later awoke and as she introduced herself as Atlanna (Nicole Kidman); His father the Lighthouse Keeper fell for her, and so their story became legend.

The film without going into spoilers, but I will warn you this review will have spoilers. It will happen unless you want a short and snappy review with absolutely zero spoilers.

Anyway, the story of Curry's parents is pretty good storytelling all around. It didn't drag some hero films do. It develops supporting characters nicely. Something that is missing in some not all Hollywood blockbusters. I say that lightly because I could make a comparison to the Marvel film Black Panther. Both had a beautiful new environment; One was called Wakanda while the other was Atlantis. Both are very good films, I'm clearly just making a slight comparison between the two iconic films.

Atlantis storyline went into different parameters. Their story was below the ocean. A place where nobody goes, except unnatural beings that are misunderstood by humans and many surfaces. The story has the brother of Arthur, Orm (Patrick Wilson)as a very bad antagonist. Yet one lives above the ocean with the humans, a distasteful lifestyle only depicted by a cruel brother and King, Orm.

The mysterious vanishing of the beautiful city of Atlantis became a myth because of power, plain and simple. The story went into the dynamics and structure of the people in power. Almost like rise and fall from grace.

The only complaint I really have is the effects in the film. They're good but some scenes were kinda odd looking. Not attacking James Wan but the film did have problems, very little but it did.

The story of the Aquaman is done to perfection. Don't forget that Justice League had gotten a pretty bad rap so all the fanboys will either love it or hate it. Fanboys are like your nosey neighbor; They always come back for more. And the case for Aquaman that was not the case. In fact, it separated itself from the Justice League film. It had a small scene where the news anchor mentioned a metahuman saving people, it continued about the lasting effects metahumans had on people, and cities.

Aquaman is just a fresh take on the DC comic hero. From the underwater beautiful city to the fantastic lore of the Atlantean people. This film has a motion like a train speeding to its destination. The force this film has with connections, places, is amazingly beautiful.

A word to the haters out there in the world of film. Don't hate the film that will become a valid powerful opponent. Remember some Marvel films weren't giants, they bombed at the box office. Don't make me remind you of the Fantastic Four Franchise or the bad Spider-Man films, and let's not forget the Hulk.

People, please make your own decisions on what's good and bad. Read reviews, but remember you're the deciding factor.