Category Hollywood

Review: Dangerous Lies

Dangerous Lies Poster

Dangerous Lies Poster

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Language: English
Online Release Date: 30-APR-2020
Platform: Netflix
PDF & WMR Rating: 2.5 on 5

About the Film – Performances and Technical Review:
New Netflix thriller, Dangerous Lies (a.k.a Windfall), is directed by Michael M. Scott and stars Camila Mendes (of Riverdale fame). This classic 90-minute thriller focuses on a a broke caregiver who unexpectedly inherits her patient’s estate, but dark secrets swirl around her newfound wealth, tangling her in deceit and danger. Camila Mendes delivers an empathetic and layered performance as Katie. Supporting cast includes: Jessie T. Usher, Cam Gigandet and the wonderful face of Jamie Chung...

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Review: Extraction

Extraction

Extraction

Genre: Action, Thriller
Runtime: 116 Minutes
Language: English, Bangla and Hindi (in some parts)
Online Release Date: 24-APR-2020
Platform: Netflix
PDF & WMR Rating: 4 on 5

About the Series – Performances and Technical Review:
From the house of Russo brothers (Joe Russo & Anthony Russo), Extraction stars Chris Hemsworth, best known as Thor in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The film is a directed by former stuntmen Sam Hargrave and is based on the graphic novel Ciudad. Hemsworth plays Tyler Rake, a damaged mercenary who is contracted to rescue the kidnapped son of an Indian crime lord from the dangerous streets of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. With minimal dialogue in 116 minute runtime, Hemsworth has emerged as new rambo with this gruelling action flick...

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Review: Alita – Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Duration: 122 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 08-FEB-2019
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Story:
An action-packed story of one young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world.

Overall Review:
Based on a series of Manga graphic novels by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez with visionary James Cameron keeping a watchful eye on proceedings. Visually stunning, Alita: Battle Angel is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and it requires the control of a filmmaker who can manage the bigness of action and the intimacy of character...

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Review: VENOM

Venom

Venom

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Duration: 105 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 05-OCT-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

Story:
When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.

Overall Review:
VENOM, directed by Ruben Fleischer (of Zombieland), is based on a character from Marvel comics but, apparently, a standalone film separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Film is lead by Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who becomes the host of a powerful, symbiotic alien that gives him superhuman abilities. The movie’s supporting cast members include Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, and Woody Harrelson...

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Review: The Predator (2018)

The Predator

The Predator

Genre: Action, Adventure
Duration: 108 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 14-SEP-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

Plot:
When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.

Overall Review:
The Predator, the fourth feature film, comes from the sleeve of the man who breathed new life into the genre of the action film in the eighties. Shane Black, known for his action-comedies, comes back after 30 years in Direction / Script co-writing seat with 2018’s version of THE PREDATOR which is not a reboot of the original...

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Review: Alpha

Alpha

Alpha

Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family
Duration: 96 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 24-AUG-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Story:
In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion, and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

Overall Review:
Alpha, directed by Albert Hughes, tells the story of Boy and Canine relationship, set 20,000 years ago in the tundra of Europe. The subject matter is handled really well, and there are plenty of ‘WOW’ moments. The plot of the film is simple yet effective: Young Keda tries to survive alone in the wilderness after he’s left for dead during his first hunt with his Cro-Magnon tribe...

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Review: The MEG

The Meg

The Meg

Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Duration: 114 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 10-AUG-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

Story:
After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

Overall Review:
Based on Steve Alten’s novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, “The MEG” is an action thriller starring Jason Statham. This is the first movie in a long time where Jason Statham is not an action hero type and he proves that he is more than that. The film is about a group of explorers and scientists who submerge deep into the hidden layer of the ocean where their submersible is attacked by a giant, 75-foot prehistoric shark called Megalodon...

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Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

Mission Impossible - Fallout

Mission Impossible – Fallout

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Duration: 147 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 27-JUL-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5

Plot:
Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Overall Review:
Ethan Hunt is back to save the world once again with Mission Impossible Franchise, 6th in Series named “Mission Impossible – Fallout”, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. As like other series, this franchise too sets the high standards right from SCENE 1 (Opening Sequence). ‘Mission Impossible’ series have never really been about plots and characters. It’s all about the big set pieces, the unbelievable stunt work and Tom Cruise...

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Review: Skyscraper

Skyscraper

Skyscraper

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 102 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 20-JUL-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.5 on 5

Plot:
A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.

Overall Review:
Skycraper is Old Wine in A New Bottle (80’s Action film with 21st-century Visual Effects), written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Skyscraper is a family-bonding adventure film starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Story of the film is like a decade ago, Will (Dwayne Johnson) was caught in a suicide bomb blast as an FBI agent, scarring his psyche and taking one of his legs...

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Review: Sicario – Day of the Saldado

Sicario 2

Sicario 2

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 122 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 06-JUL-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Story:
The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.

Overall Review:
“Sicario,” which means “assassin” and “Soldado” = “soldier”, is a sequel to the Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 “Sicario”. Sequel has lost four of the original’s key creative contributors — director Denis Villeneuve, star Emily Blunt, cinematographer Roger Deakins and the late composer Johann Johannson, hence it emerges as a dynamic action drama in its own...

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