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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD review

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His New Client: His Worst Enemy

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” opens as a flawless, AAA-rated executive protection agent named Michael Bryce is completing one of his jobs.  Having never lost a client, he plans-ahead and prepares for everything.  Unfortunately, this time he can’t plan for the unexpected and his client is assassinated.  Two years later, his life is in shambles.  After a leak in Interpol allows for sabotage on a hitman’s transportation to the International Court of Justice (to put-away the former president of Belarus), our protection agent’s ex-girlfriend is left on-the-run with the most notorious hitman of all time: Darius Kincaid.  With no one to trust, she calls Michael and as he arrives, we see an old rivalry reignited.  With the prospect of ending the reign of Vladislav Dukhovich, Michael and Darius must come-together to take down their enemy and get to the International Court of Justice before it’s too late or Dukhovich will walk away as a free man.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the former AAA-rated executive protection agent, Michael Bryce.  Samuel L. Jackson stars as Darius Kincaid, the most notorious hitman of all time.  Gary Oldman plays the evil former-President of Belarus on-trial for his crimes, Vladislav Dukhovich.  Élodie Yung plays Interpol agent and Michael’s ex, Amelia Roussel.  Salma Hayek plays Darius’ wife, Sonia Kincaid.  Michael Gor plays Dukhovich’s lawyer, Livitin.  Tine Joustra and Joaquim de Almeida plays two top Interpol officials, Renata Casoria and Jean Foucher.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” struggles with action movie clichés, but it’s a fun, explosive throwback to the action buddy comedies of the ‘80s that provides plenty of laughs and entertainment!  It is abundantly clear that Ryan and Sam are having the time of their lives here.  The two form an excellent team, bouncing jokes and one-liners off each other with ease and the payoffs are great!  Reynolds is obviously trying to walk that fine line without falling into “Deadpool” territory, but keeping up with Jackson at the same time.  While only two characters, the stars that play them steal the show and carry the movie for much of its run time.  The supporting cast is strong as well, with Hayek stealing the show in her few scenes as Kincaid’s loving, but just-as-crazy wife.  The film uses its story to film some beautiful locales as well, such as Amsterdam and London that appear-beautifully on the screen.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has plenty of action sequences for all to enjoy, each of them inventive and incredibly entertaining.  While the car and boat chases are extremely entertaining, it does showcase one of the film’s glaring problems.  The visual effects certainly leave more to be desired; there is a bright-hue throughout the film (which may have just been our projector) and so many of the fast-paced sequences are clearly fake.  I’m not sure if they just ran-out of money or if it’s intended for the ‘80s “feel, but it is a bit distracting at times.  The film also has some very predictable plot elements, but as the film never takes itself too seriously, it doesn’t take anything away from the story.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has a run time of 118 minutes, moving at a swift pace and remaining explosive from start to finish.  The film does have a few missteps, but you can’t help but to have a great time as the two main characters badger one another through each adrenaline-fueled sequence.  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a filled with plenty of fun and hilarity, making it thoroughly-entertaining and a great late-summer surprise!

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” follows a former AAA-rated executive protection agent as he takes-on his first client in years: the World’s most notorious hitman.  The film features plenty of hilarious jokes and one-liners, a handful of fun, inventive action sequences, and a story that is a beautiful throwback to the ‘80s.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, make sure “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is on your radar!!

4/5

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, in theaters AUGUST 18TH!

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Legend of Tarzan- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatic”

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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

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Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie swing into theaters this weekend with a new take on the classic tale of Tarzan in “The Legend of Tarzan”.

John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) the Lord of Greystoke, after being orphaned in the jungles of Africa and raised by apes, he has finally become acclimated to life as an aristocrat in England. His wife Jane (Margot Robbie), missing her friends back in the Congo spends her time teaching children about animals. An offer for John to return to the Congo arrives to see what King Leopold of Belgium has done with his old homeland, inspecting railroads, housing and see how the natives are being treated. Clayton will be accompanied by Jane and American war veteran George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson).

Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), Leopold’s liaison to the Congo and leader of a mercenary army ready to strip the region of its diamonds and enslave its population. Rom makes a deal with local Chief Mbonga (Djimon Hounsou) to deliver Tarzan to him in exchange for a case of diamonds that King Leopold needs to pay the army and bail out Belgium. Mbonga’s son killed an ape as a right of passage, unknowingly it was the same ape that raised Tarzan from a baby. Tarzan retaliated and killed the boy. Now Mbonga wants revenge.

Rom lays a trap for the returning hero of Africa only to be out smarted by Tarzan. John, Jane and George jumped ship early to make their way to the old village where Jane grew up and first met the boy from the jungle. Greeted by their friends and welcomed back into the tribe that Jane taught to speak English, they are informed all is not well in the Congo. Clayton and Williams learn about natives abducted into slavery to build bridges for the railroad and others murdered.  Rom and a group of soldiers invade the village, setting fire to the huts and murdering the Chief. He captures John/Tarzan and takes Jane as well. George, a crack shot is able to get the soldiers dragging Tarzan to the boat, but Rom escapes with Jane. Rom confronts Jane with a carefree attitude explaining, “He is Tarzan, you’re Jane…He’ll come for you.”

Tarzan goes native and decides to cross through the Congo to intercept the boat carrying Jane and will take him through the mountains we he lived with the apes. Tarzan is confronted by his “brother” now leader of the apes and ready to fight for dominance. Tarzan is beaten and bloody, but survives to continue tracking Rom. Next Williams and Tarzan come face to face with Mbonga and a hundred tribesmen ready to kill Tarzan. Rom takes the Diamonds and Jane down the river to meet his mercenary army and take over Africa. Tarzan beats half the tribe single handed with George covering with a rifle. Mbonga knows he is beaten when Tarzan’s apes show up as reinforcements. Tarzan explains that Rom is the enemy to all of Africa and he will kill Mbonga’s tribe and take your land and diamonds.

Will Tarzan stop Rom from paying the army and conquering the Congo? Will Jane survive? You will have to go to the theater this weekend to find out!

I enjoyed this version of Tarzan. It was nice to tell the back story in flashbacks during the film and starting Clayton in England. This is like the Tarzan Homecoming. The other aspect of the film I really enjoyed was using two characters out of history that were actually part of the Belgium expansion into the Congo (Rom and George Washington Williams). The movie is breathtaking and features some great fights and animal scenes. The amazing thing is that it is almost completely done with special effects, green screen with the African village filmed off the sound stage. You can see that it is set up to be seen in 3D, we were treated to the 2D version and it was great. The only thing I can say negatively about The Legend of Tarzan is it is a bit too long and would be perfect with about 15 mins trimmed from it. That being said, The Legend of Tarzan is still a great film and should be seen on the big screen.

Swing into theater this weekend and go ape over this latest version of Tarzan!!!

Rated PG-13 Violence

Running Time 109 mins

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RATING 5/6

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Hateful Eight by Karl “The Flick Fanatic”

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Tarantino brings us a western classic for Christmas in the “Hateful Eight”

John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is a bounty hunter riding on a stage through snowy Wyoming transporting a killer named Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) when they come across a traveler in the road. Maj. Marques Warren (Samuel L Jackson) fellow bounty hunter and acquaintance of Ruth, manages to talk his way on the stage a get a ride to town.
Warren and Ruth have a difference in philosophy; Warren brings all his bounties in dead while Ruth likes to see them hang. A few miles down the road our group is joined by the new town sheriff Chris Mannix (Walter Goggins) and are hit by a blizzard.

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