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Triple 9: Average Guy Movie Review

Anyone who has seen Shawn Ryan's The Shield will have an idea of what to expect with Triple 9. Cops who do their job but are also out to take care of themselves. If you're looking for a nice movie, don't bother with this, it's a gritty view of crime, police work and life in Atlanta, but if you want an interesting movie grounded in reality with great characters you should definitely watch Triple 9.



The plot revolves around a heist crew made up of two ex-special forces operators (Ejiofor and Reedus), two cops (Mackie and Collins Jr) and an ex-cop (Paul) who work for the head of the Russian mob (Winslet). They are forced to take on a high risk job and in order to delay and diminish any Police response, plan to murder a cop (radio code for such an incident is 999 - urgent assistance), the cop they pick is Mackie's partner played by Casey Affleck. To complicate matters for the crew, Ejiofor has a child with Winslet's sister (Gadot), Winslet uses this to her advantage…

What if Daniel Craig is done with 007?

After ten years and four movies Daniel Craig is apparently done with 007. What will this mean for the franchise? Are we going to get another reboot or will the next actor pick up where Craig left off? I never thought I'd say this because I have been a fan of Bond for as long as I can remember, but if Craig doesn't return I think they should put the super spy to bed, at least for a few years. If you haven't seen Spectre there are spoilers ahead.


Spectre was a disappointment, I hate to say it but it was. Skyfall would have made a much better exit for Craig but that's the wonder of 20-20 hindsight. That's not to say Spectre didn't have a lot going for it; great cast, Director and crew, even the new look Blofeld was a good idea, Christolph Waltz was excellent. The idea that Blofeld was behind everyone responsible for everything in all four Daniel Craig movies was a bit of a stretch, that and his Daddy issues. It worked with Quantum because Bond wanted to tear down t…

Spotlight: Average Guy Movie Review

Every now and then a movie is made that should be added to a mandatory list, everything on this list should be viewed by every human being in their lifetime...Spotlight would be on that list. In 2001 the Spotlight team of The Boston Globe was assigned by their new Editor - Marty Baron - to investigate the allegations that Catholic Priests in the Boston area had molested young children and that senior members of the church not only knew about it but had gone to great lengths to cover it up.



Now I am in no way a religious man, never have been and never will be, but I respect the beliefs of others and their rights as free human beings so the last thing I wanted to see was two hours of church bashing. I am very pleased to say that in this movie there is none of that, the story focuses more on the victims and the Journalists who worked to bring this story to light. That's not to say that the church doesn't take any flack, it does, a lot, but given the nature of the story you would e…

Deadpool: Average Guy Movie Review

Deadpool has arrived! After a very long wait and a very intense marketing campaign he is here and he has not disappointed! Normally I would write an opening paragraph to introduce the movie, show you the poster and get on with telling you what I thought but it all seems pointless. You know exactly what I'm going to say...it was awesome, in fact I've seen it twice inside a week!



The movie has already broken records:

Highest grossing February releaseHighest grossing 'R' rated comic book movieBiggest 'R' rated opening weekendBiggest opening weekend for Twentieth Century FoxBiggest opening of any previous X-Men movieAnd it's on its way to becoming the highest grossing 'R' rated movie of all time. I know I've said it before; just because a movie makes lots of money doesn't mean it's a good movie but Deadpool really is! Tim Miller delivers a very funny movie with a good story, great actors who give great performances and considering the low budg…

The Gambler: Average Guy Movie Review

"The only way out is all in." Once you start watching The Gambler you feel compelled to see how it ends. Will he pay what he owes? Will he lose it all? Is this the story of a man's end or his salvation?


Now you may be wondering why I'm suggesting you watch a film about a degenerate gambler (Mark Wahlberg) digging himself a hole that he may or may not be able to get out of. But it's more about a man who feels life is empty and meaningless, looking for a reason to live. Now I never said this was a movie without cliche! The reason he finds is a woman; Brie Larson plays a student in Wahlberg's English class. The class is a source of his misery, it's full of talentless students who don't want to be there including two promising sportsmen who he's basically being forced to pass by the University. Brie Larson's character shows real talent and at first Wahlberg tries to keep his distance but when she shows interest in him he  finds it harder to resist g…

Is the DC Extended Universe in trouble? Probably not!

2016 is a big year for DC and Warner Brothers, it's the year where they begin to roll out what's being called the "DC Extended Universe", DC's answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU. But is there a problem with Batman v Superman?



It's been three years since Man of Steel hit cinemas, compared to Marvel who get movies out every year and plan to every year up to 2019 this is slow. Granted where Marvel made several origin stories first and then brought the Avengers together DC are usingBatman v Superman to unite the Justice League and open up the DCEU. Now, everything I've seen so far suggests that Batman v Superman is going to be a great movie, hopefully the first of many. However, since its announcement there have been a few issues. First there was the negative reaction to Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, something I covered in a previous post. The second trailer didn't go down well with fans either, many believed it gave away too much with the …

Daredevil Returns

In a year where we get to see Batman v Superman and Captain America v Iron Man, Netflix is also giving us Daredevil v The Punisher.




This week saw the release of the first proper trailer for Daredevil Season 2 which will be available on Netflix from 18th March. Daredevil it seems is still fighting to save Hell's Kitchen and its residents from the criminals that emerged in the wake of the Battle of New York. Only there's a new player in the game, Frank Castle A.K.A. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). The problem is they don't exactly see eye to eye, The Punisher sees Daredevil as weak because he doesn't kill the criminals he hunts.


Frank Castle, a military veteran, is the victim of a brutal crime; his family has been murdered and he wants to 'punish' those responsible. It appears in the trailer that Castle is leaving a trail of destruction across the city in an effort to accomplish his mission. This obviously draws the attention of well...everybody. From law enforcement …

The Death of an Avenger

One of the many rumours surrounding Captain America: Civil War is that an Avenger will die. Obviously the major question is who? But I have two follow up questions; why and why now?




You could argue that given all the battles that the Avengers have fought, it's unrealistic for the team to not suffer casualties, especially when you consider that some members are mere mortals. But before now Marvel have gone out of their way to make death irrelevant. Both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes survive their icy ends in The First Avenger, granted they were subjects of similar
experimentation to make them superhuman. Phil Coulson was killed by Loki in The Avengers and resurrected for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Iron Man survived his trip through the portal created by the Tesseract despite his suit losing power and his fall back to Earth (thanks to the Hulk). Loki faked his death in Thor: The Dark World, the predictability of which was demonstrated by the HISHE team in How Thor: The Dark World Should …

The Bourne Reappearance

In a year full of superhero movies:

DeadpoolBatman v SupermanCaptain America: Civil WarX-MEN: ApocalypseSuicide Squadit's nice to see the return of a super human of a more normal kind. This summer Jason Bourne returns to the big screen in (oddly enough) Jason Bourne. The plot is currently unknown. Our first glimpse comes in the form of a 31 second superbowl spot. However, with a 28th July release date I don't think it'll be long before we see another longer trailer.

In terms of plot we know very little. Bourne is still on the move, living in the shadows. In the trailer he says "I remember everything" to which Nicky (Julia Stiles) replies "remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything". But it appears he's still on the run, apparently surviving by competing in underground bare knuckle boxing. When a surveillance photo of him appears on a screen in a government control centre one of the agents (Ato Essandoh) says "that's Jason Bo…

The Walk: Average Guy Movie Review

Think of the most insane thing you’ve ever done. Now multiply it by 1000, fire it out of a cannon, load it on to a space ship and send it to Mars. You still haven’t come close to walking a high wire between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre!

Robert Zemeckis brings to life the story of Philippe Petit and his journey to become the only man to ever walk the gap between the Twin Towers, quarter of a mile up. The journey begins in France, revealing how Petit became interested in the high wire and his days as a street performer. The movie feels like a heist movie, Petit assembles his team of "accomplices" and develops his skills to pull off his "artistic coup", all to a jazz soundtrack similar to heist movies of old. Anyone who is aware of history knows Petit achieved his goal, but watching the movie, you can’t help wondering if he’ll succeed.



The film was made using as many practical effects as possible. If George Lucas had taken a leaf out of Zemeckis’ book when …

Ghostbusters Reloaded

This week Movie Web released cast photos of the new Ghostbusters movie.

Images courtesy of Google Images
Please leave classic movies alone!!!


Now I'm not saying the movie won't be any good. Paul Feig's last couple of films; Spy and the Heat are quite good and successful. But if he can come up with successful, original material, why remake a classic? Granted, if Feig doesn't Sony will get someone else and not necessarily someone as good. Remakes are real money makers. Even with a new script you haven't had to develop and idea and you already have an established fan base who will go and see it. So the movie will generate a new fan base as well as drawing in fans of the original. The new fans will probably also want to see the originals which means more sales and rentals on top of the new films profits. Just because a movie makes money, doesn't make it a good movie! That being said, Feig is sticking to his usual formula: Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig in a comedy.…

Dirty Grandpa: Average Guy Movie Review

Before we start I don't want to hear a load of crap about how this will never live up to De Niro's classics. This is not a review of Robert De Niro or his career, it's a review of his latest film Dirty Grandpa.


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The film is about a widower (De Niro) who convinces his grandson (Efron) to drive him to Florida in an attempt to regain his youth (have sex) and show his grandson how to have fun. De Niro and Efron work well as grandfather and grandson, watching De Niro misbehave and humiliate Efron is hilarious. Watch out for Efron doing the Macarena! It's no Oscar winner but it is a fun film about remembering to enjoy life and not to let others make your choices for you! That said, if you watch Dirty Grandpa expecting Oscar material you're clearly an idiot...watch the trailer. The goal of this movie is to make people laugh, and maybe cringe. Both of which this movie achieves. 


Told you you'd cringe!
I went to the cinema expecting to laugh …