Category Archives: action

Godzilla (2014)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I’m speechless, because I’m a big fan of Godzilla yesterday, today and forever.”

The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it’s his birthday.

Godzilla

Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He’s right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues.

Godzilla

Fifteen years later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He’s just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone.

Godzilla

Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a “MUTO” is unleashed.

Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind’s only hope for restoring the balance of nature.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Not a big fan of Chris Pine, but this flick is worth watching.”

Young Jack Ryan may impress people by being a bright young economics student who’s adept at spotting subtle shifts in numerical statistics and market trends. But he’s also a guy who knows himself pretty well. And so after watching the events of 9/11 on TV while studying in London, Jack quickly decides his life needs to head in a new direction. He immediately joins the Marines and ships off to Afghanistan to fight for his country. It’s not until he’s badly injured in a helicopter crash and struggling through a difficult physical recovery that his chain of command realizes the role this heroic statistician might best play.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack is approached by a Navy commander named Thomas Harper who offers him an opportunity the patriotic guy can’t pass up: the CIA. It’s sure a lot better than just flirting with his pretty med student therapist and wondering what to do with the rest of his life! With a little strategic maneuvering he soon becomes a covert agent on Wall Street. His mission? Keep an eye on the world’s supplies of cash so he can spot any possible terrorist money movements.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The sharp-eyed Jack does his job well and with time notices something suspicious going on with a Russian company. There’s this businessman named Viktor Cherevin who seems to be secreting away some sizable accounts and buying up huge caches of American currency. Could it be a plot to destabilize the dollar?

Jack brings his findings to his CIA handlers—who want to take immediate action. Of course, the best person to check out this possible plot up-close is Jack himself. And so Harper prompts the newbie agent to pick up a gun and move from number-crunching analyst to head-cracking spy guy.

 

Chinese Zodiac (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Jackie Chan boldly proves that age is just a number with this amazing action adventure.”

A globe-trotting adventurer uses high-tech gadgets to seek out priceless relics in this action-packed thrill ride starring the one and only Jackie Chan. Centuries ago, a collection of zodiac busts were the pride of China.

Chinese Zodiac

Flash forward to today, and the bronze heads of those busts are missing. When powerful entrepreneur Lawrence (Oliver Platt) offers a sizable reward for their recovery, the intrepid Asian Fox (Chan) races to find them, and ensure that China’s history is preserved.

Chinese Zodiac

Meanwhile, Asian Fox will rely on a stunning array of cutting-edge devises to survive his treacherous mission, and ensure the relics don’t fall into the wrong hands.

3 Days to Kill (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Watching a Kevin Costner movie after decades. A must watch, TAKEN style flick, just the style.”

A terminally ill Secret Service agent is coaxed out of retirement for one last job in exchange for an experimental drug that could save his life, and give him more time with his estranged family.

3 Days to Kill

For decades Ethan Runner (Kevin Costner) has kept his dangerous career a carefully guarded secret — not even his wife and daughter know what he really does for a living. Shortly after receiving a grim medical diagnosis, Ethan decides to give up his dangerous career for one last shot at being a decent husband and father. Meanwhile, Ethan has been tasked with watching his daughter while his wife goes out of town for a few days.

3 Days to Kill

But when the agency offers Ethan a life-saving cure in exchange for capturing a notorious terrorist, he reluctantly accepts. Now, with his daughter’s safety in his hands for the first time in a decade and the powerful drug’s debilitating side effects taking hold, the hunt begins. Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, and Connie Nielsen co-star.

47 Ronin (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Great sword fights and VFX, a perfect mixture without fading off the importance of either.”

Based on a true-life 18th century tale, this fantasy epic tells a dramatic tale of clan warfare and revenge surrounding a band of 47 loyal samurai seeking vengeance after their master is murdered. Keanu Reeves stars in the Universal Pictures production, written by Hossein Amini and Wanted‘s Chris Morgan

47 Ronin

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

47 Ronin

As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

My Rating : 2/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Keanu Reeve’s directorial debut takes a plunge! ”

China’s last remaining tai chi student gets lured into the deadly world of underground fighting in this martial arts film that marks the feature directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, who also co-stars. An apparent relic in the world of martial arts, Tiger Chen (played by the actor of the same name) is the last living student of tai chi.

Man of Tai Chi

Despite the obvious mastery on display as he quickly defeats his hulking rival in Beijing’s Wu Lin Wing Championships, he seems to have a particularly difficult time harnessing his chi, and that lack of control serves him well when he decides to earn some extra money fighting for the mysterious Donaka Mark (Reeves) in a lucrative underground fighting tournament. Chen needs the cash to support his parents and to save his temple from being demolished by an eager squad of real-estate developers.

Man of Tai Chi

At first the money comes easy: Even the larger opponents are no match for Chen, whose formidable fighting style seems to evolve with each successive match. Later, when he discovers that his efforts to save the temple may have been in vain, his uncontrollable rage plunges him deeper into the dangerous competition than ever before. Meanwhile, the elusive Mark has already slipped away from Hong Kong police inspector Suen Jing-Si (Karen Mok) once, and she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Ride Along (2014)

My Rating : 2.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Kevin Hart’s comedy and crazy funny expressions will take you till the end of the flick without giving up so easily.”

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother-a hot-tempered cop-to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case.

Ride Along (2014)

Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life. For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.

Ride Along (2014)

Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.

John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne join the cast of the action-comedy directed by Tim Story. Ride Along is produced by Will Packer (Think Like a Man), alongside Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez (Barbershop) and Larry Brezner (Good Morning, Vietnam).

Escape Plan (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Waited a lifetime for a movie starring Stallone and Schwarzenegger, and here it comes out with a lot of bugs in the script.”

A structural security expert must escape from a prison that was built based on his own designs in order to track down the person who framed him in this gritty action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. B&C Security founder Ray Breslin (Stallone) wrote the book on structural security.

Escape Plan

His encyclopedic knowledge of the subject has transformed the prison industry, and he’s been known to test his theories by allowing himself to be incarcerated just to examine his work from the inside. Along with his business partner Lester Clark (Vincent D’Onofrio), trusted associate Abigail Ross (Amy Ryan), and resourceful technology expert Hush (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson), Breslin makes a good living escaping from the world’s toughest prisons. When Breslin’s team is approached by a CIA lawyer (Caitriona Balfe) with a proposal to test an off-the-grid penitentiary, the challenge (and the sizable paycheck) is impossible to resist.

Escape Plan

From the moment Breslin is picked up by a team of murderous private contractors, however, it’s obvious something has gone horribly wrong. Later, when Breslin regains consciousness in The Tomb — a highly fortified prison based on his own design — it quickly becomes apparent he’s been set up. Warden Hobbs (Jim Caviezel) runs The Tomb with ruthless efficiency, and his team of masked guards is quick to make an example of unruly inmates.

Escape Plan

At first it looks as if Breslin has finally been beaten at his own game, but then he meets Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) — a convict who’s equally tough, and equally determined to regain his freedom. If Breslin and Rottmayer can just survive long enough to formulate a plan, they’ve got a fighting chance. But should they fail, they will both perish in a hell that was constructed as a place where people go to disappear forever.

 

Homefront (2013)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Jason Statham delivers a real-life-ex-DEA performance, I can just picture the same role suited for Dwayne Johnson. James Franco also delivers a perfect punch.”

Homefront

A former DEA agent (Jason Statham) moves to a small town with his daughter to get away from the dangers of the job, only to be terrorized by a meth-head gang leader (James Franco) in this action thriller written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder co-star.

The World’s End (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I don’t know why, but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost undoubtedly make a good pair in each and every alien movie they act. I love the dialogues, the delivery and every stupid comedy they come up with.” #beinghonest

Five lifelong friends reunite to complete a historic pub crawl from their youth, and find that reaching the fabled World’s End tavern will be no simple undertaking while they also fight for the future of all mankind.

The World's End

Twenty years ago, Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his pals embarked on the ultimate drinking marathon. But the beer got the best of them, and they failed to drink their final pint at the World’s End pub. Now, as die-hard rebel Gary approaches middle age, he summons his old friends back to their hometown for another round.

The World's End

With each pint down, Gary and the gang take another step toward reconciling with the past. Yet just when it starts to look like their goal is in sight, the pals realize that a much larger struggle is currently taking place, and that the future seems particularly grim — not only for them, but for the entire human race. Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike co-star in the final chapter of Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy,” which began with 2004′s Shaun of the Dead and continued in 2007′s Hot Fuzz.

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