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47 METERS DOWN- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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47 METERS DOWN

Mandy Moore is human chum in the new shark movie, “47 Meters Down”!

Mandy Moore (Lisa) stars with Clair Holt (Kate) as a pair of sisters that vacation in Mexico to help Lisa get over a break up. After a few drinks and fun on the beach, the girls meet Benjamin and Javier (Santiago Segura, Chris Johnson), a couple of local boys who offer to give the girls an experience of a lifetime……swim with Great White Sharks!

Lisa is apprehensive about the idea, but Kate talks her into it. The girls meet up with Ben and Javier on the dock the next morning. The Boys introduce the girls to the boat’s captain, Taylor (Matthew Modine). Taylor briefs the girls on diving protocol and shows them the rusted shark cage they will go down in. Finally, he tells them it is safe.

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Wonder Woman- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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WONDER WOMAN

Gal Gadot is back as the Amazonian Princess and is ready to lasso the bad guys in “Wonder Woman”!

Gal Gadot stars in the new “Wonder Woman” film that picks up where last years “Batman vs. Superman” left off. Diana, an Amazon princess, is working in Paris at the Luv when a shipment from Wayne Enterprises arrives. Bruce located the original picture of Wonder Woman and the soldiers in WW1 and sent it to her with a note “You’ll have to tell me about this”. This was a fantastic way to transition to the Wonder Woman origin story.

Diana, daughter of Queen Hyppolyta (Connie Nielsen) was a gift from Zeus for her to raise on the island of Themiscyra. Themiscyra is an island in the Atlantic Ocean but is hidden from site to keep intruders away and keep the Amazons hidden from Aries, the god of war who is bent on their destruction. The Amazons are charged by Zeus to protect the world from evil. Diana is eager to learn to fight as her sisters do, but her mother forbids it. Diana’s aunt Antiope (Robin Wright), the general of the Amazon army, agrees to secretly train the girl to protect her if Aries does return. The Princess becomes the best fighter on the island as she gets older.

 

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is shot down by the Germans as he was escaping with a notebook that can end WW1 quickly. Trevor is just off the coast of Themiscyra and is trapped in his plane as it sinks. Diana dives from a cliff and rescues the soldier. She is amazed as he is the first man she has seen. The German ships are close behind him looking for the plane and find the island. The Germans land on the island and battle with the Amazons. The women are victorious with Trevor’s help. Queen Hyppolyta agrees to help Steve return to London with the information to stop the war, but is saddened to find that Diana has chosen to go with him.

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Kong : Skull Island- Karl Sides (the Flick Fanatic.com)

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KONG :SKULL ISLAND

Kong is forced to defend his turf in the new action flick Kong : Skull Island.

John Goodman and Corey Hawkins lead an all star cast on a journey to explore an uncharted island only to find that monsters are real! Kong : Skull Island also stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John C Reilly in this latest entry into the giant gorilla tale.

Bill Randa (Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Hawkins) work for Monarch, a company that explores areas in search of the unexplained and to prove the existence of monsters. Rand convinces the US government to fund an exploration to an uncharted island known as Skull Island, an island in the south pacific that is surrounded by a perpetual hurricane. Randa and Hawkins hire Mason Weaver (Larson) a wartime photographer, James Conrad (Hiddleston) a tracker and requisitioned a military escort led by Sgt. Preston Packard (Jackson).

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Deepwater Horizon- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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DEEPWATER HORIZON

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Wahlberg and Russell bring the greatest oil disasters in US history to the big screen in “Deepwater Horizon”

Peter Berg directs this tale of the crew of the BP oil drilling platform “Deepwater Horizon” with corporate cost cutting, accelerating timelines and faulty/failing equipment as the platform fails. Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, the crewmember that is responsible for patching the equipment and keeping the station working. The captain referred to as “Mr. Jimmy” is Jimmy Harrell played by Kurt Russell, who calls the BP officials on their negligence and insists on test before the DWH moves on to a new drilling location.

April 2010, Mike Williams (Wahlberg), Mr. Jimmy (Russell) and Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) are aboard a helicopter in route to their job, a crew on the BP Oil drilling platform Deepwater Horizon. The Deepwater Horizon is located about 10 mile of the Louisiana coast and is in the final stages of drilling out the mud from the ocean floor before it moves on to a new location. Jimmy finds out the BP executives cancelled a concrete test, a test crucial to the stability of the station, and he is furious. Jimmy insists on a negative pressure test to see if the concrete base on the ocean floor is going to hold. Mike Williams (Wahlberg) agrees and begins to rifle off all the things broken at the station when asked by Vidrine (John Malkovich) as the BP folks thinks the crew were just dragging their feet. There is cautious and then there is careless.

The crew does the negative test and the results show pressure, but no mud is coming up the pipe. So Vidrine is satisfied, but Jimmy is not. Vidrine agrees to run another pressure test on the auxiliary line. As the test is being done, there are ripples on the ocean floor and the pressure red lines and mud is spewed out of the pipe all over the DWH. The crew tried to shut down the pipes and normalize the pressure, but there are gas alarms everywhere just as the plat form explodes.

Now the crew is on a Oil rig, 10 miles into the ocean and it’s on fire. Jimmy, who was in the shower at the time of the explosion, trying to feel his way to the command center with glass in his face and one eye swollen shut. Mike and the surviving crew try to get to the lifeboats. Mike gets an injured crewmate on the boat and goes back for Jimmy and Andrea. When he returns to the launch area, he sees that the boats have left him and Andrea on the burning rig.

Deepwater Horizon is an exciting thrill ride and should be seen on the big screen, I even recommend spending the big bucks for the IMAX version. Deepwater Horizon also stars Kate Hudson as Williams wife (in a film with her step-father for the first time). All the monitors and equipment in the film are accurate and Mike Williams and Jimmy Harrell themselves were on set to consult.

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I am Karl the Flick Fanatic, and I am telling you to catch the adrenaline rush that is Deepwater Horizon this weekend!

5.5/6

 

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Jason Bourne- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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JASON BOURNE

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Bourne is back to clean up the CIA again!

Matt Damon is back in the role he made famous as the soldier turned black ops assassin, Jason Bourne. After ridding the CIA of their latest super secret assassin program “Blackbriar” with the help of Pamela Landy and Nikki Parsons (Julia Stiles), Bourne disappeared of the grid. Parsons left the agency as well and turned computer hacker with the aim of taking down the rest of the agency assassin programs.

Bourne surfaced in the beginning of the film in Greece in a sort of “fight club” making money and self punishment for all those he killed for Treadstone/Blackbriar. He was keeping a low profile until Parsons shows up at one of Jason’s fight with agency operatives right behind her.

The CIA is headed up by new director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and his prodigy, a cyber expert named Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander)who planted a virus in the files Nikki stole and manage to track her to the meeting with Jason Bourne. Dewey is lit up and calls out his “asset” (Vincent Cassel) to go after Parsons and Bourne.

Nikki explains to Jason he is still missing things in his past including his father being the one that started Treadstone. The Asset kills Parsons during a Greek protest riot as her and Jason tried to escape. Jason grabbed a locker key that held the drive with the stolen CIA files.  Jason digs into them and begins to remember his past and discovers that he was recruited for the program and his father was killed when he opposed his son being brought in. Dewey was the one responsible and now the target for Bourne.

“Jason Bourne” is a very good ending for the franchise, really how many evil CIA directors are there? Bourne features one of the best hand to hand fights in any of the films between Damon and Cassel. There is a side story featuring an app launch that the CIA wants to use to spy on people that is just a distraction to all the action that is Jason Bourne!

If you are a fan of the franchise, go see Jason Bourne this weekend and have a fun thrill ride that Damon and director Paul Greengrass planned for everyone! I hope this is where the story ends….all his past is revealed and he is vanishing for good. Bourne goes out on top!

Running time 134 mins.

Rated R (Violence, Language)

Rating: 4.5/6

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