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Okay, but not Great
Pretty cliched bad guys. I know it can't be Islamic terrorists or drug smugglers all the time, but it would be nice to come up with something ingenious.
One ridiculous element is having someone with a delicate constitution working undercover.
I hope that the Man in Red ultimately turns out to be someone interesting.
Touching Finish for a Fine Show!
Joe and the producers did a great job illustrating the pressures that finally induced him to retire. It was also informative hearing from his wife and children. It was clear that throughout his career as a police officer, he successfully shielded his children from the unpleasantness, and even evil, that he confronted on the job, on a regular basis.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Kenda had worked as a school bus driver, for a while.
The only thing the finale omitted was an explanation as to how Jupiter Entertainment found out about Lt. Kenda.
Criminal Minds: Ghost (2020)
Please Don't Phone It In!
Writers, even though this is the final season of criminal minds, please make an effort to write plausible scripts. It's ludicrous that two FBI agents could be abducted right out of a column of agents and local police. Especially, not by using an incredibly loud flash grenade and cutting off their vehicle. Even though the abducted agents were in the last car, police cars and SUVs do have rear view mirrors!
The characterization of the primary villain wasn't terrible, but it was somewhat cliched. Also, the get-the-leader-to-turn-against-his-chief-lieutenant tactic, has been done to death.
It would be nice for this series to march to its finale with solid stories, maybe even with original ideas, rather than weak ones.
Ji zhi zhui ji (2017)
There a lot going on, but too much of it is silly
The plot is both convoluted and dumb. That's it's biggest flaw. The characters regularly make ridiculous decisions. And even though a security firm is featured, its absurdly small for the assignments it takes on.
It's an action movie, but as it is set in contemporary China, no firearms are involved. This detail needn't have had a negative impact, however, if it featured decent martial arts. But while there is plenty of hand to hand combat, it's pretty generic in style. It's not particularly entertaining, and doesn't involve the kinds of martial arts maneuvers fans of martial arts themed films would expect to see.
Almost the entire cast is Chinese. Also, a large percentage of them appear to be quite young. In addition, the entire movie takes place in China. Yet the director and screenwriter are both Westerners. So it's unclear who the target audience is supposed to be. Chinese, or more specifically, Chinese youth? If so, the film might have been more effective if the screenwriter were either Chinese, or deeply familiar with the tastes of that country. Then again, Orlando Bloom is a Brit, so maybe the intended audience is British or Western?
Perhaps the best thing about the film is that many of the actors are quite good looking.
Not bad, but one glaring cliche
First off, I'm surprised there are no other reviews yet. Anyway, the plot is entertaining, and quite action packed. More so than many Hawaii 5-0 episodes, and far more than the rebooted Magnum PI series. My main gripe is the silly way the CIA are presented in the story. They are depicted raiding a spy's presumed hideout. However, the CIA is barred by law from conducting operations on US soil. The FBI is responsible for counterintelligence within US borders. That may be, but portraying the CIA in the way they were undermines the logic of the episode.
Great Action, Fine Animation, Decent Plot
Both "Starship Troopers" the book, and the 1997 movie, are classics. The present movie in no way measures up to them. But it's a decent sequel. It has great action, good graphics, and despite what many others reviewers have said, the plot is not bad. It highlights important themes in the Starship Troopers universe, and sets up possibilities for future sequels.
It is great seeing Casper Van Dien back in action as the heroic Johnny Rico, even as an animated avatar. It's also nice to have Dina Meyer return as "Dizzy" Flores, in a significant role.
As strange as it may seem to say this, I actually prefer the two most recent animated offerings in the Starship Troopers franchise to live-action sequels 2 and 3. With animation, extraordinary sci-fi action scenes don't seem as unrealistic as they can in some live-action films. It's also easier to accept them as fun. Since it is unlikely that any further sequels will be able to come close to the success of the original film, animation may be the way forward for the franchise.
The Flash (2014)
Waaah! I'm Hurting!
I don't know why the writers have taken the direction they have this season. They've taken an action oriented superhero show and turned it into a soap opera. And a dreary one at that. The major part of this episode was taken up with the characters grieving over the anticipated death of the Flash. (This shouldn't be a spoiler as all the previous episodes this seasons have been centered on this expectation.)
I guess some viewers enjoy all the emoting, but I find it boring.
Contrast this season of the The Flash with its sister show, Arrow. Arrow has been pulling out all stops in its final season, and is really exciting!
I sure wish Eric Wallace would go back to what made The Flash a great show in the past and make it a a superhero adventure again.
Assassins Revenge (2018)
This is the first one star review I've ever given. That's because "Assassin's Revenge" is so bad it can barely be called a movie. It starts off with a series of confusing, juxtaposed windows. Unfortunately, it goes down from there. The following "scenes" consist of faux color cityscapes and and comic book panels, accompanied by a continuous, tiresome, narration.
I don't know if real dialogue and live action ever begins because I bailed after 15 minutes of the nonsense described above.
I suppose Richard Driscoll was attempting experimental cinema. If so, the experiment was a failure.
Elementary: Their Last Bow (2019)
Instead of continuing where the second to last episode left off, the finale brushes it off as something that concluded three years ago. The entire final season was focused on a major villain, Odin Reichenbach, but the finale barely deals with him. "Reichenbach Falls" ended with a cliffhanger, with Holmes having assumed a new identity, while Reichenbach was on the hook for Holmes' murder. Yet instead of depicting a tense legal battle with Reichenbach claiming self defense, or having the good guys dramatically come up with new evidence against him, always under threat of possible assassination, the story leapfrogs ahead in time, treating all the drama of the final season as old news.
Another criticism is that for some reason, Rob Doherty thought it would be a good idea to have "Their Last Bow" include, out of nowhere, a subplot where Joan is diagnosed with cancer. This seemed completely unnecessary to me as she had never had such an issue over the past seven seasons.
Possibly the best element of the finale was the dangling of the possibility that Moriarty is still alive. This could be the focus of one or more Elementary made-for-TV movies if CBS decides to go that route.
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)
Somewhat Deceptive Casting
50¢ was in the movie for only about five minutes. But other than that, it has plenty of action. Some gunfights, but a lot of martial arts. The plot isn't realistic at all, but it's fine as dumb fun.
Possible Small Budget Results in Unrealistic Plot
I don't actually know if this show has a small budget, but I infer that it does from the fact that so few characters are employed when doing a raid/rescue. It's obviously desirable to use a full tactical team. Instead, in the Pilot they use one agent and one amateur out in the field. To make matters worse, the two split up instead of covering each other. (This last fact wouldn't be a matter of budget; just poor writing.)
Another disappointment is that Chris Noth's character is relegated to the background.
I'll watch the second episode before deciding whether to give up on the show.
The Condemned (2007)
The best thing about this movie would have been the fight scenes. I say "would have" because this possibility was ruined by herky jerky camera work. It prevents the viewer from being able to clearly see the fights. As a result I bailed on the film after about 50 minutes.
I Am Wrath (2016)
Solid Action Flick
It is what it is: a solid action flick. It's totally unrealistic, but entertaining. If you liked the Death Wish franchise, then you'll like this.
The reluctance of the Atlantis team to use the vaccine was very stupid considering the dangers faced by the Hoffans, as well as Atlantis and Earth itself. When faced by an unstoppable enemy bent on mass murder, biological weapons are prudent.
Justice League (2017)
Not as bad as its reputation
The movie had decent action and passable CGI. It was nice seeing Wonder Woman again, as well as getting first look at Aquaman. The villain was appropriately dangerous. And Batman was, well, Batman.
But as a fan of The Flash on TV, I didn't quite like the movie version, especially the dysfunctional way he was depicted.
The movie also fulfilled its important role of bringing Superman back to life.