I’ve been reading books and seeing a few movies in the past month or so. As always, I’m behind in talking about them because I never know how to talk about them (so much for trying to be a movie/book blogger, eh?) Anyway, I’m going to make an attempt to briefly talk about the movies I’ve seen below and maybe make a book talk later.
What I’ve Seen
Shadow in the Cloud features Chloe Grace Mortez and is set during WWII. She manages to get onto a warplane claiming she has a top secret mission. Along the way a dark force finds its way onto the plane in addition to Japanese warplanes and such. I didn’t like this film, as the story was poorly made and the music score was poorly mixed with the movie itself. If it left out the supernatural elements, this story could have been decently salvaged albeit with some fleshing out. Hollywood must have been desperate to create a movie since the pandemic if they were allowing this atrocity to come into existence.
The Marksman features Liam Neeson and it’s a typical Liam Neeson film. I’ve been watching a lot of his movies lately so now I’ve got a decent idea of what he usually plays in. A mom and her son are escaping the cartels and cross the border onto Neeson’s property and of course the cartels cross the border to hunt them both down. It’s up to Neeson to take the son to his family up in Chicago with these evil men on his tail. There was a particularly sad moment with the dog and the ending had a hopeful note in it, but if you’ve seen one Neeson movie, you’ve seen them all.
The Little Things was so promising as well, but I felt ripped off by the ending. Denzel Washington and Rami Malek are detectives on the hunt for a serial killer, who at the start is chasing down a woman in the middle of the night by a gas station. They narrow in on a weirdo man (Jared Leto) who likes following unsolved mysteries in the paper and true crime books. I’m not sure how people feel about endings being ruined even if the movie is bad, so I’m not going to say anything further, but believe me, this one was disappointing. I wanted things to be more resolved than what the movie did.
Raya and the Last Dragon is one of the new Disney movies and I found this one to be pretty good. 500 years ago, there had been dragons who protected the kingdom. An evil force came across the land, causing the dragons to sacrifice themselves for the humans. 500 years later, when the evil threatens to break apart the world again, it’s up to one girl, Raya, to find the last dragon to save the world. It had a good message, as Disney movies often do.
Mitchells vs. the Machines is a great family video about a girl heading off to college. Dad wants to make it into a road trip, only for the phone program to take over the world.
News of the World stars Tom Hanks after the American Civil War who goes from town to town telling the news. He takes charge of a young white girl who was raised by native Americans to take back to her extended family. Along the way they encounter many dangerous troubles and Hanks will do anything to keep her safe.
Other movies that I’ve watched (or re-watched after many years), that may not necessarily new:
- Alita: Battle Angel
- Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
- Taken 1-3
- The Shallows
- Deepwater Horizon
- The Kid Who Would Be King