Dwayne Johnson is the hottest action star in Hollywood, and with good reason. His good looks, out of this works physique, and his captivating personality has made him a hot commodity in Hollywood. All those attributes are on display in the Summer action fare Hercules.
The Brett Ratner directed film may not please mythological purists, but it’s a hell of an action film. While Hercules was known for his 12 labours, it’s apparent that Ratner didn’t find then important enough to focus on in the film. I admit, I was looking forward to seeing Johnson fight a lion, but if you have seen the trailer for the film, you’ve seen most of that battle. Instead, Ratner focuses on Hercules mission to protect Lord Cotys and the land of Thraces. Due to that focus, the audience gets an actionpacked, violent ride featuring Johnson destroying everything in his path. Throw in a little comedic humor from Ian McShane, who plays Amphiaurus, and you get a fun, summer popcornflick.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy. One of my big problems with the film is that we are introduced to Lucy at the beginning of the film when her douschebag boyfriend handcuffs a briefcase to her wrist, forcing her to deliver it to a group if Chinese drug dealers. Lucy winds up getting knocked out by the drug dealers, waking up to find they have surgically implanted a bag of synthetic drugs in her abdomen.
The action scenes are nothing to write home about, as Johansson’s character is so unlikable, some of the audience was actually rooting for her demise. Besson drops the ball, as there is no emotional connection between Lucy and the audience. I couldn’t have cared less what happened to her. In fact, she comes across as more of a sociopath than anything.
It’s Episode #51… again. Our Dawn of the Planet Apes, which was actually #50, was called #51. This is what happens when Tom & Joe are left to their own devices. So this is really, truly, honest-to-gosh episode #51. Or, if you’d prefer, #51a.
And it’s a history making episode at that. We’ve been forced to flee the bunker! The Brackett Compound is no more. A new recording location has been acquired. And, if that’s not enough history-making for you, a guest returns for the first time ever. Jim Hill was brave enough to venture into the…well, the not-a-bunker anymore in order to discuss Planes: Fire & Rescue.
Also, we talk about a Sex Tape and The Purge: Anarchy.
It’s a jam packed, extra-long, history making Reel Spoilers: Episode 51 or 52 or 51a.
You’ve been warned…and confused.
Starring: Jim Hill, Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 22min
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Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.
Cast: James Gunn
Director: James Gunn
Ever since the “Marvel Now” initiative went into effect, The House of Ideas has been taking risk after risk with some of their most popular characters. They “killed” Peter Parker and replaced him with Otto Octavius, stripped Wolverine of his healing factor, brought the original 1960’s X-Men into the present time, and even did a Battle Royal style book featuring “C” and “D” list characters (Avengers Arena). Keeping with the recent tradition, Marvel has made some pretty massive announcements over the last week.