John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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Dwayne Johnson stars in the Die Hard rip-off Skyscraper. When his family gets trapped in a newly built skyscraper that's under attack by mercenaries, ex-FBI agent Will Sawyer tries desperately to get into the building and save them. Unfortunately, Johnson is miscast and just doesn't work as an average joe family man. Still, the action scenes are incredibly exciting and dynamic. And the special effects work is really good, creating some amazing disaster sequences. Yet while it's entertaining and fun at times, Skyscraper is a pretty rote, by-the-numbers action film.
Mile 22 is an action-packed, if somewhat rote, espionage thriller. When an informant with information about the location of dirty bomb materials makes a deal for extradition to the United States a highly skilled CIA team has to get him 22 miles a to covert pick-up sight. Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, and John Malkovich lead the cast and give pretty decent performances. And director Peter Berg does a good job at bringing the action and at making it intense and exciting. However, the script is kind of weak; as there are several loose plot threats and the "who's doing what and why" can be hard to follow at times. Yet despite its problems, Mile 22 is an entertaining and provocative film.
An intense and gritty crime drama, Sicario: Day of the Soldado tackles some very topical and complicated issues. When the Mexican cartels are suspected of smuggling several terrorists over the US-Mexico borer a paramilitary group is assembled to start a cartel war by kidnapping one of the leader's daughters, but when the op goes bad everything changes. Starring Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Catherine Keener, and Jeffery Donavan, the film has solid cast. And, the fight choreography is quite impressive and action-packed. Additionally, the script does a good job at showing the complexities and moral grayness involved in the border war: cartels, terrorism, human trafficking. Sicario: Day of the Soldado is little different than the original, but it's still incredibly compelling and provocative.
Yvonne Strahovski stars in the indie horror film He's Out There. The story follows a family that heads out to their lake house for a relaxing weekend, but they soon find themselves being stalked by a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows. Strahovski gives a fairly strong performance and the two child actors are pretty good as well (and being real life sisters helps). Also, director Quinn Lasher does an impressive job at building suspense and at creating an atmospheric tone. But there's not much of a plot or character development; particularly in regards to the killer, whose identity and motives are left largely unexplained. However, there is a clever use of a storybook motif that gives the film a dark fairy tale like mystique. While it's kind of a by-the-numbers home invasion film, He's Out There is well-made and delivers some chilling scares.
Natalie Dormer co-writes and stars in the gritty crime thriller In Darkness. When a blind pianist with a dark secret witnesses the death of the daughter of an exiled Serbian war criminal she gets caught-up in a deadly power struggle. Dormer gives an incredible performance, and the supporting cast is pretty strong as well. Additionally, the film does a good job at building intrigue and suspense. However, the plot can be a little hard to follow and some of it doesn't make a lot of sense. Still, script issues aside, In Darkness is a compelling and intense drama.