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John Wick Chapter 2 not so good of a movie! Reeves is a great physical actor. Reeves, walks, moves and looks like the John Wick character. A few exciting action sequences. Regrettably, not enough to save Chapter 2. The thin story-line makes Chapter 2 labor-some to watch. Thin like a sliced serving of roast beef from a cheap relative. The characters are so 2 dimensional the viewer would find better character development in an adult movie! Even worse, a few of the action sequences are so elongated I found being at the dentist more enjoyable. Skip Chapter 2. One and half stars.
The forbidden Fruit story (my wife's movie pick!) of pushing the limits with an erotic twist! Peeling away the forbidden fruit story-line Fifty Shades Darker is about Anastasia and Christian's relationship. Christian is trying to win Anastasia back. The character development of Anastasia as an independent woman who does not want to be dominated and objectified. Anastasia's independent character leads to an editing with Anastasia's new boss Jack; Jack is pure, unrepentant evil, and sexual harasses Anastasia. Guilt ridden Christian rescues Anastasia from Jack. Then, Anastasia tries to save Christian from himself. Christian needs Anastasia who will give Christian a real sharing relationship. The viewer learns of Christian's abuse and the Elena character which warped a young Christian. Christian must face the results of his selfish actions when meeting a former submissive! Half way through the viewer learns the Fifty Shades Darker is Character driven movie. The many layers of Fifty shades Darker dives into deeper character development. The sub-characters come into light at Fifty Shades Darker's ending with the jealous Jack and Elena lurking in the shadows wait to strike at the romantic couple. The maturing relationship will run into challenges for part 3. The director and actors, chained, restrained and executed Fifty Shades Darker for a 7 out of 10. Funny how young good-looking billionaires seem to be less creepy and savable!
A 70's Bronson classic! The remake was great and stands alone. Startham plays a quiet, in better shape killer, but Bronson is different. Bronson's Arthur Bishop character is different because Bishop suffers from an anxiety disorder, probably from the evil lifestyle, and Bishop's disorder creates a need for an apprentice. Bronson's character is much colder. The plot line of 72 an 11 is similar with Bishop training an apprentice. Both have incredible action scenes! However, there is a slightly different but memorable endings. 4 stars. The Mechanic ages well.
Blah! Sicario has a story-line which keeps the viewer captive. BUT! Regrettably, the characters are 2 dimensional and flat. Emily Blunt is the Jodi Foster Silence of the Lambs disjointed/filled with doubt female character. Been there! Done it before character. Benicio Del Toro is the cold South of the border hit man. So so un-inspired! Josh Brolin is just another evil C I A guy. Sicario's characters do not resonate with the viewers. The character development and character driven stories are so old/predictable the viewer languishes and hopes for a plot twist which never comes. 1 and half stars.
Usually when I see a 2 beside a movie title I think of a name like Ninja Revenge part 2 The new beginning, and I think ugh! God's Not Dead 2 is an exception to the part 2 rule! Part 2 has a strong court room story line with the freedom of religion vs the separation of church legal arguments. I believe the premise of God's Not Dead part 2 the argument that separation of church from state is the public does not pay a religious tax while the public can freely practice religious beliefs. The protagonist/teacher answers a question about religious faith an activism in society which results in the teacher facing being fired, bankruptancy and her life destroyed. God's Not Dead 2 brilliantly argues how can someone live their faith/beliefs (basically who they are) and not be labelled vile and oppressive? Other sub stories are: How does society function without values? Other characters represent the argument of whose oppressive? Where some characters argue tolerance out of cruelty/self gain. The thought provoking ending asks the viewer to judge the above mentioned questions. (I will not give away the ending) 3 and half stars out of 5! Worth watching.