SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO MOVIE REVIEW

Sicario: Day of the Soldado is directed by Stefano Sollima and stars Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Catherine Keener. The plot of the movie is the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the U.S. border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.    The first film was different it was very bleak it didn’t have a nice Hollywood ending. The most surprising thing in the first film was the character Alejandro played by Benicio del Toro.  Once again this character is fantastic and he is a character that even though he has a moral center he is certainly not a good guy. He will kill children if he needs to, he’ll torture people and he’ll go outside of the law.  Josh Brolin is a lot more intense in this film in one of the opening scenes he is interrogating someone and he threatens to bomb their family’s house.  The action is depicted in a way that makes you feel like you are there.    This film also focuses on what happens to children who are caught in the middle of terrorist acts. There is an early scene at a supermarket that is just horrific. A boy throughout the film is being groomed to be an assassin or be involved in the drug trade.  A young girl gets taken, but she is not just kidnapped she is used as a pawn.  Some may have a problem with this, but in my opinion, it is a realistic portrayal of terrible things that happen.  The film is trying to communicate what effect war, terrorism and drugs have on children. That message comes through in the end with a final scene that did not end up like I thought it would. One of the things I like about both of these movies is they are not predictable. My one flaw with the film is there is a 10 minute period in the middle where the film drags a bit, but it picks right back up.    4 out of 5 stars for Sicario: Day of the Soldado. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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SICARIO MOVIE REVIEW

Sicario is directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber. The plot of the movie is an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.    This movie is fantastic. Emily Blunt is great and this might be her best work. She plays a character who is being introduced to the grimmest dirtiest world she could imagine and the shock and bewilderment that is constantly on her face she handles very well.  I thought Benicio del Toro really surprised me. I am not the biggest fan of him, but he gave what I think is the best performance in the movie.  Josh Brolin is extremely likable as this cowboy like cop. He doesn’t really care what people think about him, but he is very good at his job and he is excellent as well.    The movie flows extremely well as a suspense film. Even a small scene where nothing remarkable happens you are constantly thinking something is about to happen.  There is no hope in this movie it is very dark and I loved every minute of it.   5 out of 5 stars for Sicario. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM MOVIE REVIEW

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, and Jeff Goldblum. The plot of the movie is when the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.    I loved Jurassic World I thought it was the best of the Jurassic Park sequels so I was excited to see this one. I ended up being extremely disappointed this film did a lot of things wrong and very little right.  This movie doesn’t have any memorable sequences like Jurassic Park or Jurassic World.  This film makes a choice about halfway through to become a different type of film which was spoiled for me because it was in the trailer, in fact, the majority of the movie is in the final trailer.   I’m going to give a mild spoiler warning if you do not know what happens after the volcano erupts that was in the first trailer. I’m about to talk about where the film goes after that and since the trailers have shown it I don’t really consider it a spoiler.   A rich older man is near death and he feels that he is responsible in a way and so he is founding this team that goes to the island to rescue the dinosaurs. In reality, they are going back to this mansion and there are some evil greedy corporate schemes that are happening and the rest of the film takes place in this mansion.    It basically becomes a monster movie in a big house.  This could have been good. The direction is far better than the screenplay which was very messy and had no interesting characters.  The things I remember most about Jurassic Park are the conversations the characters had, for example, the debate around the table about whether the dinosaurs should be brought back.  There’s so much character in that movie plus awesome dinosaurs. This movie is just dinosaurs creeping around and that’s it.    Chris Pratt’s character Owen is likable because it is Chris Pratt, but his character has no development. Bryce Dallas Howard is okay in the movie she didn’t do anything that memorable.  Jeff Goldblum is back as Ian Malcolm I was excited about that, but he is in two very quick scenes.  The villains are just some assholes who just want money like we have all seen a million times.    At the beginning of the film, there is a moral dilemma do we save these creatures from extinction do they have that right since they were created by man. The film basically talks about that for maybe two minutes and then forgets about it.  The action scenes are okay, but none of them are amazing.  The film feels like a placeholder just so they could make Jurassic World 3 which I have zero interest in.    2 out of 5 stars for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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JURASSIC WORLD MOVIE REVIEW

Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow and star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. The plot of the movie is a new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.  I love the original Jurassic Park movie it is one of my favorite movies of all time. The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 are complete garbage. So, in my opinion, we have not gotten a good Jurassic Park sequel yet.  I loved this movie.    The performances in the movie are fantastic. I am a huge fan of Chris Pratt and I definitely think he gives the best performance in this movie and he looks like he is having a lot of fun. He was badass, he was funny and he was likable. Bryce Dallas Howard who plays this uptight corporate woman who basically runs Jurassic World. She is one of the big reasons why this new dinosaur the Indominus Rex comes to fruition. She has amazing chemistry with Chris Pratt.  Vincent D’Onofrio also pops up I can’t exactly say why he is in the movie without spoiling anything, but he does a great job as well.  The two kids that are there are surprisingly good. Which I was happy to see especially after the bad kid actors that were in Lost World and Jurassic Park 3.    As for the movie itself I really just wanted to see dinosaurs just causing chaos, I wanted amazing action and I wanted to feel that sense of awe and wonder like I did with the original movie. Which I knew was a tall order, but I was hoping the movie would at least deliver that here and there and it really did.    Colin Trevorrow did a fantastic job directing this movie. The CGI dinosaurs look amazing and it really immerses you in this World. The way he handles the action is beautiful. There’s no shaky cam you see everything perfectly. The last 20 minutes of this movie is cinematic gold it is everything a Jurassic Park fan would want and it was the perfect conclusion to this movie.  There is also some great dinosaur action that takes place before that awesome climactic action sequence that really ramps up the tension and really establishes this Indominus rex as a very terrifying creature.    I was really happy that the indominus rex didn’t disappoint this thing is just horrifying and I loved how they played into that and how smart this dinosaur was. It was able to outsmart all these military men as they were trying to take it down and it was a lot of fun to watch.  I also loved every time Trevorrow paid homage to the original. I won’t tell you how he does, but it is very satisfying.    5 out of 5 stars for Jurassic World. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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JURASSIC PARK 3 MOVIE REVIEW

Jurassic Park 3 is directed by Joe Johnston and stars Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, and Michael Jeter.  This movie is somehow even worse than The Lost World. Just in case you haven’t seen Jurassic Park 3.  Check the movie out and then come back to this review, because in order for me to fully explain how awful this movie is I have to Spoil stuff.     So the story of this movie is basically we need to get Alan Grant back on the island. So we have a boy who crash lands while he is parasailing and this family lies to Alan to get him to the island by telling him we just need you to be our guide, but in reality, it is the boy’s parents.  They get Alan to agree by offering him money, just like in the first movie the motivation for going there is money.    Right from the start of this movie I couldn’t believe how painfully obvious the green-screen is. The characters who are parasailing in the foreground and then the background of the ocean and the mountains look like they are on a completely different color scheme.    For some strange reason director, Joe Johnston and the special effects team decided to use a lot of close-ups of CGI dinosaurs. Now if you go back and watch Jurassic Park and The Lost World close-up shots of dinosaurs were almost always animatronic. CGI was mostly used for wide shots because you’re not closely examining these computer details that Spielberg and his team knew just weren’t up to par for that type of filmmaking.  In Jurassic Park 3 there are tons of detailed close-ups of CGI dinosaurs and they don’t hold up anymore.    It’s great to see Sam Neill back he’s the best part of this movie I love him as the character of Alan Grant and it’s also nice to see Laura Dern back as Ellie, but they made them break up for some reason.   The scene with the plane going to the island has the dumbest scene in the entire series. We have Alan having his Raptor dream in which a Raptor looks at him and says his name.    Another very disappointing thing for me was the characters they’re not entertaining. They’re poorly written. The only interesting character is Alan Grant and a lot of that is because we love Sam Neil and he is so good as that character.  Easily the most annoying person in the film is the character played by Tea Leoni all she does is scream constantly. William H.Macy just makes terrible jokes none of it worked at all.  The character Billy well likable is such a boring and dull character.    Another big problem with the movie was the animatronics aren’t really that good. The Spinosaurus creature looks like something you would see on the Jurassic Park ride at Universal.  The T-Rex versus Spinosaurus fight we were all excited to see last about 20 seconds.    This movie doesn’t have a clear antagonist. Spinosaurus doesn’t count that thing just shows up every once in a while to chase them.  The antagonists should have been the Kirby’s they lied about everything got Alan and Billy to the most dangerous place on Earth just because they’re looking for their son.   This movie is just a series of scenes in which people run away from dinosaurs. I did read one thing on IMDB about this movie and that is that the film began shooting before the script was complete well that explains a lot.    1 out of 5 stars for Jurassic Park 3. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK MOVIE REVIEW

The Lost World: Jurassic Park is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Arliss Howard, Richard Attenborough, Vince Vaugh, Richard Schiff, and Vanessa Lee Chester. The plot of the movie is a research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.    I know this movie has its fans I am not one of them. I just find this movie to be dull and not very entertaining. It does have some good things about it, but overall it was a major disappointment.  One of the big problems is I don’t care about any of the new characters. Ian Malcolm played once again by Jeff Goldblum is the only returning character that has a lot of screentime, and he is just as entertaining as he was in the last movie.  Julianne Moore plays Ian Malcolm’s girlfriend and I felt that there wasn’t a lot to her character.  Malcolm’s daughter comes along with the group to the Island. They do the father bonding with his daughter story that we have seen a ton of times before. Compared to the characters in the first movie which were great they had great characteristics and you wanted to see them survive. I couldn’t care less if the characters in this movie survived.    This movie goes for a darker tone and that’s okay this movie is trying to be different. I appreciate that they tried to make a different type of film, but I feel that hurt it a little by making it darker and a lot less fun that made it a lot less engaging.   All the animatronic stuff in this movie is still fantastic as is the CGI.  Some of the shots during the day you can totally tell are fake, but the rest of it is fantastic.    There are some great action sequences spread throughout. The first one being when the two T-Rexs attack and the part where Julianne Moore’s character lands on the glass is pretty suspenseful.  Then you have the scene when the Raptors are in the field and they are slowly taking down the group that scene is awesome.   Easily is the worst scene in this movie is when the daughter takes out a Raptor by doing gymnastics it’s just plain stupid.    Spielberg still did a great job directing this film. I think if they had brought back more of the original cast the movie would have been a lot more engaging.    2 out of 5 stars for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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JURASSIC PARK MOVIE REVIEW

Jurassic Park is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, B.D. Wong, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards. The plot of the movie is During a tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.    From a visual effects standpoint, this movie was absolutely groundbreaking. Watching this movie 25 years later the CGI in this movie still is astounding. It is fantastic the realism they were able to create with the dinosaurs. Also, this film used an incredible amount of realistic props and that is a credit to Spielberg wanting to do it that way.    Each one of the characters wasn’t just somebody who could run away from dinosaurs. Each one of them had an interesting thing about them that made them human.  The children in this film are not annoying they actually had a huge part in this film. Usually, kids in movies suck at acting and are annoying in general, but these kids were good. Spielberg is a master at working with children in film.  Alan Grant played by Sam Neil starts off not wanting to have anything to do with children and by the end he has formed a relationship with the two kids.  Laura Durn’s character isn’t just some damsel in distress she’s actually a strong female role. She’s great in the film and she has good chemistry with Sam Neil you believe their relationship.  Jeff Goldblum in this movie is one of the most entertaining characters of the 90s. The character of Ian Malcolm is so much fun, but he’s not just some wacky goofy sidekick guy who pops jokes. He’s actually a ligament well-written character and he’s the guy who foreshadows what is going to happen. Richard Attenborough plays Hammond the creator of Jurassic Park and as the movie progresses you get to see so much about his character. You find out why he wanted to make a park like this and why it’s hurting him so much that it is not working out.    This movie takes its time to tell the story. It takes time so you get to know the characters and to get you to understand the story. Then dinosaurs are everywhere and it is absolutely riveting.  Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s one of the best movies that come out in the 90s.    5 out of 5 stars for Jurassic Park. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

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