I found this in my collection and thought it would be good to see a dumb action flick again.
It is pretty much as I remember it, full of preposterous but entertaining action sequences, slick cinematography, nasty villains (some French for some reason), and that nutty jet fighter scene.
This is not the kind of film one writes long posts for, no need to.
I am now considering what my final film for the year will be, a tough choice.
Date watched: December 30th
Film count 2018: 91
I knew going into this that it was going to be disappointing as I had read Paul’s review of it. And disappointing it was.
It was trying too hard to be funny but just used every cliche they could think of and the director asked John Malkovich to make funny faces every now and then, they seemed to think this was a recipe for success.
When things were blowing up and there were car chases it was entertaining, and the locations were good to look at. But it really needed to have Bruce Campbell in place of Bruce Willis, that would have improved this a lot.
Anthony Hopkins was the star of this though, he was having fun.
This is called Red Returns in Japan.
Date watched: January 24th
Film count 2015: 14
Here is the Italian trailer.
Perusing through my film collection I chanced apont his and thought it would be well worth another watch. And it was.
I think this is the third time I have seen it now, and it was still as good as ever. Brad Pitt was great in this, and Brucie was splendid too.
It is a pity Terry Gilliam can’t make films like this anymore.
Date watched: November 14th
Film count 2014: 125
Another film I chose on the basis that it had The Bruce, which it seems these-a-days is not a good idea.
This was even worse the Catch .44, at least that one made sense and had a decent story. This was badly directed, poorly written, and was quite action-less. There was a very annoying camera technique used where the camera would sort of snap-zoom in slighty when a character said something that was supposedly snappy or threatening. The story wasn’t tense at all although I think it was trying to be, and it was just plain horrible.
Some rapper by the name of 50 cents or something was in the main role, I guess he did an alright job of it, but he was not really main role material. The Bruce was in it occasionally and he was alright, but all I could think while watching this was why in heck did he do this film.
Date watched: April 11th
Film count 2013: 55
Watch this, it is basically the whole film wrapped up in two minutes.
Tonight, on my birthday I decided to watch either this, or Clockwork Orange. I decided to watch whatever was shorter as I was a bit tired, and that turned out to be Die Hard, but only by 5 minutes.
This film is 25 years old this year, and it shows a bit. The acting is either over the top, or just plain old over-acting. And some of the dialogue or situations are just really bad corny jokes or inappropriate.
But, Bruce saves the day, he was great throughout, and the plot is basically solid with some good action scenes.
Good to see it again, but I am convinced now that Die Hard 3 is the best of them all. I haven’t seen the latest one yet.
Date watched: March 25th
Film count 2013: 43
This is darn funny…
I am almost embarrassed to admit I got this out, but I felt like a stupid action flick again.
It had lots of pretty explosions, heads of bad guys blowing up or being chopped off, big guns, Jason Stratham, knife throwing, naughty dictators of a small but beautiful island country with oppressed people who like to sell things in markets on the streets so bad guys in cars can run over them during dramatic car chases, and so on.
Bruce and Arnie were in it but only for a few minutes each, just cameos. Arnie was asked to join the group to go and kick island dictator bottom, but he refused. Here is the snappy dialogue from that scene:
Trench (Arnie): Oh, like I said. I’m busy anyway, so give this job to my friend here. He loves playing in the jungle. Right?
Barney Ross (Stallones): [sarcastically] Right.
Mr. Church (Bruce): [Uncertain] That’s right.
Trench: [to Barney] Hey, why don’t we have dinner?
Barney Ross: Sure. When?
Trench: In a thousand years?
Barney Ross: Too soon.
[Trench walks off]
Mr. Church: [Confused; about Trench] What’s his fucking problem?
Barney Ross: He wants to be president.
All rather silly violent fun that I will never watch again. I do want to see the sequel though, it has the Chuckers in it.
Date watched: February 7th
Stuff blowing up score: 9/10
Inventive ways of killing bad guys: 4/10
One liners (except for the Arnie dialogue): 3/10
Jason Stratham score: 10/10
Mickey Rourkes mustache: 7/10
Film count 2013: 16
I got this out having no idea what it was about, just that it had Bruce Willis in it.
Good acting and well directed but if I had known at the beiginning on the movie that it was based on a real story I might have been more interested in it.
So good but nothing special.