Before I Wake Review

Before I Wake

After watching a super sappy movie last weekend, you can read all about it here, I decided that this weekend, since HBO was showing Wonder Woman, that I would head over to Netflix and pick out a horror movie. First on my list was Before I Wake. I liked the Nightmare on Elm Street kind of premise this movie had so I figured why not. Keep reading to see if this movie delivered.

After losing a child of their own in a freak drowning accident, Jessie, played by Kate Bosworth, and Mark, played by an unrecognizable Thomas Jane, decide that it’s time to not only open their home but their hearts and foster a child. Approved to be foster parents by Natalie, played by Annabeth Gish, the couple of given Cody, played by Jacob Tremblay. What the couple soon finds out is that Cody forces himself to stay awake at night by using any means necessary. He’s a kid so don’t think I’m writing like he’s a junkie. For him it means a lot of sugar and caffeine. Why does he want to deprive himself of sleep so much though? Maybe it’s because his dreams come to life. While he’s in a happy dreaming place it’s perfect and beautiful, but when his nightmares come so does the Canker Man which is not a good thing. Will this family be able to help Cody or will they just become another one the victims of his terrible nightmares?

While an interesting movie, this movie is in no way a horror movie. Yes, it has some cheap jump scares, but honestly I cried during this movie more than I was scared. Cody has some issues of his own and just needs some help, it’s basically a movie about a child’s manifestation of something scary because he doesn’t understand it. Don’t get me wrong, this was a good movie, but it just wasn’t the horror movie that I was looking for. I wanted something to be scary, but it wasn’t. For a horror movie it had a kind of happy ending that really didn’t clear things up and it seriously wasn’t a horror movie. I have to say that I really hate this things when movies are pegged wrong. I would have called this movie a mystery / suspense movie and not a horror movie. Having a scary creature doesn’t make this movie a horror movie. Sorry, but that’s not the way it works.

Saying all of that though, the cast works great together and it really makes this movie work. Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane are really believable as parents who are trying to get over their son’s death, but still placing the blame on each other and still have other issues to work out. The acting done by the talented Jacob Tremblay brings this story together and having Annabeth Gish in there as a small part helps as well. The cast is something that gave this movie a little more credit than it probably deserved.

Overall I give this movie a 3 out of 5.

Even though this is a good movie, it’s still not a horror movie and that kind of ruined the experience for me just a little. When you go into one movie expecting one thing and come out with something completely different it’s just annoying. I did enjoy the plot and the overall outcome of the movie though so I would recommend it, but just don’t go in thinking it’s a horror movie and if you’re looking for a horror movie then look somewhere else.

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Gifted Review

Gifted

I haven’t been watching as many movies as I once was as of late. This is mostly because of time restrictions and trying really hard to catch up on some TV that I’ve been missing, but I was able to find a decent HBO movie that was on this past Saturday night, so I decided to give it a chance since the trailer looked good. Was it as good as the trailer showed or was it one of those deceiving trailers for a really horrible movie? Keep reading to find out.

Gifted is about Frank, played by Chris Evans, who is left to care for his niece Mary, played by Mckenna Grace, after her super smart mathematician of a mother commits suicide. Knowing that Mary, like her mother is just as smart and gifted, Frank tries to make her live a normal life. His sister didn’t have that normal life mostly because she was pushed around by her mother Evelyn, played by Lindsay Duncan, to reach her maximum potential. Frank doesn’t want his niece to be lead down the same path so with the help of his neighbor Roberta, played by Octavia Spencer, he makes her do kid things. This leads to her going to school, which then leads to her talent being discovered, and leads into a custody battle between Frank and Evelyn. This all turns into a move that is both heartbreaking and touching all at the same time.

I have to say that I really loved this movie. Frank has basically been tasked with taking care of Mary which of course did not fit his plans. He had planned on dropping her off at child services time after time but just couldn’t do it. His main thing though is that he wants her to have a normal life so that she doesn’t end up like her mother. Mary is only seven and she deserves to be seven. She deserves to have friends her own age and do normal girl things, not spend her time solving math equations 24/7. This is what Frank knows his sister would have wanted for her. That is until the grandmother, Evelyn, becomes involved. I wouldn’t call her the bad guy of this film as she has her own problems. She pushed her daughter so hard because she lost her own chance of becoming a brilliant mathematician because she did what was expected of her which was get married and had kids. She didn’t want to see her daughter head down the same path but also didn’t understand what she was doing to her daughter and what she wanted to do to her granddaughter was just plain wrong. One might say she was blinded in this way and trying to live vicariously through her daughter and then seen that she could do the same through her granddaughter. This leads to a long custody battle which takes up about half of the movie and it’s heartbreaking. Who really has the best interests in mind for Mary? This leads to some touching moments between Frank and Mary and an overall feel good ending.

The cast is really what makes this movie work so well. Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace just play off of each other so well that you can really believe they’re this makeshift family who are trying to make the best out of a not so great situation. Octavia Spencer who has a short part in this movie also stands out, as she does in every other role that she plays, as the caring neighbor who will do anything possible to help Frank because she knows about Mary and wants her to be protected. Even Lindsay Duncan plays a stellar role in this movie and the cast as a whole makes this movie even better.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

I can’t say enough how much I really loved this movie. It was the perfect movie for my Saturday night movie watching as it just had the right amount of heartbreaking moments and touching moments. The cast worked perfectly together and made the movie even more believable. I would say that if you’re looking for a feel good movie that will probably make you cry, just a little or a hell of a lot in my situation, then you shouldn’t pass this one up. This movie shows that even the smartest people need to just be regular people every once in a while.

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6 Souls Review

6 Souls

This is one of those movies on my Netflix list that has been there so long, that it’s come off, gone back on, come off again, and then has finally returned. Not being able to find anything to watch, which isn’t really true because there are a bunch of movies, documentary’s, and shows on my Netflix list that I could watch for a month straight and still not be finished, I decided on this movie. Without any rhyme or reason, it was just one of those movies I seen, shrugged and pressed play. Keep reading to see if it turned out to be worth the wait.

Originally known as Shelter, 6 Souls is about psychiatrist Cara Harding, played by Julianne Moore, who is extremely skeptical about certain disorders that can’t be fully proven, such as multiple personality disorder. She’s in for a surprise though when her father, also a psychiatrist, played by Jeffrey DeMunn, introduces her to one of his patients. When introduced to David, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, she doesn’t see anything wrong with him, until he gets a phone call. On the phone Cara’s father tells David to put Adam on. David is then transformed into Adam, but skeptic Cara still isn’t convinced that he has multiple personality disorder. Throughout the movie both her faith and her knowledge will be tested in this horror / thriller.

I feel like the little brief description about this movie was very misleading because I usually stay away from these faith based horror movies for my own personal reasons. Yes, I’ve watched The Conjuring and similar movies, but there are some that I want to say away from. I think it’s because as a child I watched part of The Exorcist and it totally freaked me out. Anyway, I was thinking about shutting this movie off, but got to a point where I wanted to see where it was going. I have to say that after watching it I found the movie to be extremely interesting. The movie is more than what it seems and it shows the darker side of both religion and this little town that the film is located within. There’s a deep story to this movie which kind of reminds me of The Conjuring, not the second one which wasn’t as good, but the first one which wasn’t there to scare you but instead intrigue you. This movie by no means was a horror movie even though it was pegged as such and was more than that. I would say that it was a psychological thriller because throughout the movie, until the very end and then after, it’ll still have you guessing. Does Adam really have multiple personality disorder and why does his alters take on people who are dead? All is revealed in the movie and it’ll end in such a twist that makes the whole movie worth it.

The cast for this movie really makes it work and makes it worth the watch. Julianne Moore is up there within my top ten favorite actresses, and this role, like every other role she’s taken on, she really owns it. That’s what I think is so great about her is that she really owns her role. She doesn’t play the same role over and over again. Each role that she plays is different and every time she owns it. Jonathan Rhys Meyers does an amazing job taking on all of these different personalities and playing them to absolute perfection. It almost rivals the amazing job that James McAvoy does in Split. The cast in this movie works really well together and just makes the movie as a whole work and pulls you in deeper to the actual plot of the movie.

Overall I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.

A little misleading at first, it can be forgiven because this movie was really good. It’s not something I would watch again, it’s one of those one and done movies, but it is something that I would recommend if you’re looking a good psychological thriller movie. I would call this movie a mash up of The Conjuring and Split which takes the best parts out of both movies and basically turns it into one movie. It’s a good watch and if it’s on your Netflix list, my suggestion would be to watch it soon before it gets removed again.

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Bright Review

Bright

I have to say that while I thought this movie looked pretty interesting I was going to skip it all together until my tattoo artist said how amazing it was and did this really amazing artwork based off of it. Because of that I decided to give this movie a shot because when it comes to my tattoo artist, he really only does original artwork on stuff that he really likes and it’s usually his best work. Also, I figured if it was bad I could bitch about it to him during out next tattoo session which is coming up soon. Keep reading to see what I thought about Bright.

A Netflix original movie, Bright is about LAPD officer Scott Ward, played by Will Smith, and his partner Nick Jakoby, who just happens to be an Orc, played by Joel Edgerton. In this mixture of fantasy / thriller of a movie, you have all of your typical fantasy type characters, there are humans, orcs, elves, and fairies. All of them are separated by a class system where the Elves are on top and are the richest of them while the humans are barely making it work and the Orcs are at the bottom of the food chain and get the least amount of respect. Having and Orc as a police officer is basically unheard of and of course Ward basically gets stuck with Jakoby. Ward and Jakoby will have their own drama, but while they do they’ll also come across a Bright. Now a Bright is someone who can wield this magical wand that can be used for bad things like summoning this dark prince. There are only three wands and three Brights who are able to do this. Most of them are elves, of course, but once in a rare while a human can also be a Bright. Anyway, it’ll be up to Ward and Jakoby to protect an innocent Bright, Tikka, played by Lucy Fry, from a pretty badass evil Bright who’s looking to bring back the dark prince, played by Noomi Rapace. Will Ward and Jakoby be able to put aside their differences to do this or will this start the events that could basically end the world as they know it?

I thought this movie was awesome, so thank you to my tattoo artist, as it combined two genres that I love and made this badass movie. There is a bunch of lore in the movie that you could dig into and just analyze over and over again as well as some over the top action and adventure sequences that made me kind of wish this was a video game. I know if they made a video game from this it would be horrible, so I’m not hoping for one, but I’m just saying that the concept would make for a good video game. Moving on though I thoroughly enjoyed the movie from start to finish and couldn’t believe how good it actually was. There wasn’t a time during the movie where I checked to see how much time was left or any part that actually made me so bored that I had to grab my phone. This was one of those movies where it had your full attention and it was great.

The cast for this movie really makes it work and if it wasn’t for them I don’t think this movie would be as successful as it was. The banter between Will Smith and Joel Edgerton was hilarious at times and they just work well together as a team and really play off one another which was pretty amazing. Not to mention that Noomi Rapace takes on another Netflix original movie role that just proves how great of an actress that she is. The cast together for this movie really makes it and without the same casting it wouldn’t be the same movie.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

For being the first movie that I watched this year, I have pretty high expectations for the rest of the year especially after giving this movie a 5 out of 5. I know I’m in for some disappointment, but hopefully not too much. Anyway, I would say that if you want to watch a movie that mixes the fantasy genre with the thriller / action adventure genre then this is the movie for you. If you’re into those cop movies and want to watch one with a twist then this is also for you. If you’re just bored and you’ve scrolled through your Netflix list like five times and still can’t find give this one a try because it won’t disappoint.

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Going in Style Review

Going in Style

It seems like the last few weeks, HBO has been kind of lackluster when it comes to the movies for me. This is only because I rented most of the movies and have already seen them without the desire to see them again for my Saturday movie. Anyway, this past week they finally had something that I was interested in watching, so let’s see if it was actually worth it.

Going in Style is about these three life long friends / co-workers who worked at a local steel mill. You have the lifelong bachelor Albert, played by Alan Arkin, Willie, who’s hiding that he has a failing kidney problem to his friends, played by Morgan Freeman, and Joe who is trying to help out his daughter and granddaughter by having them come live with him, played by Michael Caine. Everything is going as good as it can for these guys that is until their pension fund is cut off by the steel mill. Without their pension, they basically can’t live because they have no money coming in. After dedicating 30 years of their live to this company only to have it deny them of their benefits they decide to rob the bank that’s helping the steel mill rob them of their pension. Will they be able to pull off this bank heist of will they get caught and spend their last years in prison?

I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie. It was one of those movies that you could just sit back and get lost in for an hour and a half. I liked the whole plot of it and the funny antics that the guys go through as they try to plan this heist. Wanting to start off small, they start with a local super market and it goes horribly wrong and this has to be one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie. After that they basically plan out their heist. It was a fun and easy watch that wasn’t too short and wasn’t too long.

I don’t think they could have picked a more perfect cast for this movie because Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine just worked perfectly together. You could really believe that these three guys were lifelong friends who worked together and were all getting screwed together so they decide to do something about it. The on-screen chemistry was great and there were also some really great little roles thrown in the movie for good measure by Christopher Lloyd and Anne Margret. One of the main reasons why this movie worked was because of the cast.

Overall I give this movie a 4 out of 5.

This was a great kick back and relax type of movies as you get to see some of acting’s great actors team up for one movie that’s about taking back what belongs to them because they’re tired of being screwed over. I would recommend this movie for the star power alone, but also if you want a light hearted comedy that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy by the end of the movie.

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Wonder Woman Review

Wonder Woman

Yet another movie that I was just dying to see. I didn’t get a chance to see it in the movie theater and I didn’t even get chance to rent it or anything. When I noticed it on sale for $8.99 during a black Friday sale, I figured what the hell I might as well pick it up and if I liked it great, if not then at least I didn’t spend more than $10.00 on it. Keep reading to see what I thought of Wonder Woman.

Princess of the amazon, Diana (Wonder Woman), played by Gal Gadot, has been training all of her life because the women of the amazon have been tasked with keeping the God of War, Aries, at bay if ever he should arise again. Only one woman can do this though and this movie gives an introduction to how Diana becomes Wonder Woman. After a particularly intense training session, Diana unleashes a power that lets the real world come into the amazon world. Dina will risk her life to save spy Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, when his plane crashes into the water before learning about what’s going on in the world. There’s a huge war going on that is supposed to be the war that ends all wars and Diana knows that this is Ares work. Knowing that its her duty to stop Ares, she’ll stop at nothing to do so and even risk her own life.

I really loved how this movie was basically just a huge flashback into Wonder Woman’s life. It all starts with her receiving an old photograph from Bruce Wayne and that’s when she goes back to remember her life. From growing up in the amazon and training with her Aunt Antiope to leaving the amazon and stopping the war, this movie was action packed and full of some amazing sequences. There were also the lighter moments that included dress shopping because unfortunately she just can’t wear that Wonder Woman outfit all the time, along with just some innocent moments from Diana because she’s lived in the amazon all of her life and really doesn’t know how to act in society. She’ll eventually learn about this new world and find out that Ares really isn’t who she thinks he is. Not only that but she’ll learn quite a few things about herself along the way.

I have to say that I thought Gal Gadot was an amazing pick to play Wonder Woman. She did it with such grace and made the character totally believable. From all of the action sequences, to the light hearted moments, and some comedy moments she owns that part and makes it her own. Also a big shout out to Robin Wright who played Antiope. She was just amazing in that role and also totally owned it. Chris Pine on the other hand had some cringe worthy moments and I thought this movie could have done without him and I’ll get to that in a moment. Other than that the rest of the cast shined and really made this into an epic movie.

Forced Chemistry It was pretty clear to see that as much as the movie wanted to push Diana and Steve together that the two actors just had absolutely no chemistry together. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This lead to some awkward moments that I thought could have been cut from the movie. I really don’t care in the next movie if they make Diana straight or if they make her bi-sexual, which would be pretty awesome (just saying), I just want her to have some chemistry with her next screen partner.

Overall I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.

I thought this movie was great and action packed. Gal Gadot is an amazing Wonder Woman and I can’t wait for the sequel. The only thing that bothered me about this movie was the forced chemistry between Diana and Steve. Other than that I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a DC fan and a Wonder Woman fan. I will say that this movie is a long one so be prepared for that, but even though it’s long, the movie is so intense you don’t even realize the time going by as this movie sucks up all of your attention.

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Maleficent Review

Maleficent

I’ve been waiting to see this movie for a while now because all of the trailers looked really good, not to mention it had Angelina Jolie in it, and as you can probably already guess I’m a fan. Anyway, I never did get the chance and I finally did this past week when a co-worker rented it and then graciously let me borrow it. It was one of those nice rare moments when a co-worker is actually nice when I’m not being bossed around. Getting off the subject though, anyway I watched this movie immediately and here’s what I thought about it.

Maleficent, is about Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie. Everyone knows that Maleficent places a curse on Sleeping Beauty and that only true loves kiss can wake her up. What everyone doesn’t know is the reason why Maleficent does this and this is basically her story. She was just a simple fairy living in a forest kingdom when the forest is invaded by a nasty king. Lied to by the one man she thought was her true love, she loses her wings and turns from an innocent fairy to a powerful fairy who wants revenge on the man who wronged her. Little did she know that she would actually come to care about Sleeping Beauty, Aurora, played by Elle Fanning as she watches her grow up and wait for her curse to take place. Once it does take place and Aurora is sleeping, Maleficent will do all she can to stop it, but will it be too late?

I absolutely loved this movie and I love when the villains side of the story is told because people generally aren’t villains. There’s usually a reason why they’re the way they are and this told the story of why a young and innocent Maleficent became a bitter and evil Maleficent. She learns to love and trust again though and the story has a touching ending that I didn’t even see coming. It was also pretty action packed which was surprising and the CGI was done really well. There was also some light hearted comedy thrown in there every once in a while which was nice. Everything about the movie was enjoyable and it totally made up for the last movie that I watched which was Zipper. You can read my review of that horrible movie here.

While there’s more than just Angelina Jolie in this movie, she is Maleficent and the movie is about her. She does a superb job of playing the role and going from innocent to evil and then back to how she originally was before she became corrupt. Her acting really projects the different stages of Maleficent’s life and it makes the movie that much more better. The supporting cast also did a great job throughout this movie from Elle Fanning as Aurora to the three little hair-brained fairies that are supposed to be taking care of her.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

I loved this movie and I can’t believe I waited that long to actually see it. It’s definitely worth the watch if you haven’t already seen it as it gives you that different perspective to the tale of Sleeping Beauty that you don’t see in the cartoon. While the cartoon focuses on the evil fairy that did this horrible thing to Sleeping Beauty and now she has to wait for some man to save her, this movie focuses on why Maleficent became the evil fairy and how she even changes over time. It’s a great movie and it’s also kid friendly. I think that if I had any kids, I would want them to watch this rather than the cartoon version, but that’s just me.

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Zipper Review

Zipper

With TV shows basically on break for the holiday season, there’s nothing I have to catch up on so it’s back to movie time. What to watch though was the problem because it feels like I haven’t turned on Netflix or checked out HBO in months. Anyway, it was time to go through my list and see what was gone, like I really know because there’s so many titles, and what was added back on. That’s how I came across this title. I had added it into my list a while back and it was removed. I remember this because I added it because Lena Headey was in it. Seeing it re-appear in my list made me say why not and watch. Keep reading to see if it was a worthy watch for my Saturday night movie.

Zipper is about Sam, played by Patrick Wilson, who basically has it all. He has an amazing job as a federal prosecutor with a great political future, a loving wife and mother to his child, Jennifer, played by Lena Headey, and a beautiful house to go along with it. There’s something basically missing in Sam’s life though since all he can do is jerk-off when he comes home from the office to some good old fashioned internet porn. The jerking-off to porn can only go so far though when he’s tempted at every corner by these beautiful women, so what’s a guy like that to do? Hire an escort service and basically put your job and political future in jeopardy as well as your marriage and maybe get an STD thrown in there for good measure.

When I read the small description Netflix gave for this movie, I thought maybe he had an affair at the office that turned bad especially since he had this flirtation with an intern, but this was not what I was expecting. It was a movie full of Sam just being with, because I don’t want to be crude in my review, escort after escort because it becomes an addiction. A really expensive addiction because apparently the going price for an escort is $1,000 an hour and up. For the first half of this movie his wife is basically clueless because she has her sights on this huge political future for her husband who she’s sacrificed so much for. The movie goes into how they both went to law school and she’s basically better than him but doesn’t have the political future that he would, which was a little insulting in a way because there are a lot of strong women in politics. Anyway, this isn’t the place for political debates, just a movie review. I found the movie to be over-gratuitous at times with the sex scenes and it made me debate turning the movie off more than once because I didn’t think they were tastefully done.

The cast for this movie was just OK. I hate saying that with a movie that has Lena Headey in it because I’m such a huge fan, but seriously this movie couldn’t be saved by the acting. The people playing the characters just didn’t fit the roles and it made the movie that much more worse as the movie just trudged along as it became a montage of random sex scenes.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

I was expecting a lot more for my first normal Saturday night movie and it just didn’t deliver. The movie was filled with an over the top amount of sex scenes, jerking-off scenes, and just bland characters. Could this movie turned out differently and actually been good? Yes, I think if they went the more Fatal Attraction way of movies then yes. This movie was just disturbing in a way and not a good watch. I really wouldn’t recommend it, but if you’re one of those people that have to see for yourself then feel free, but prepare to be disappointed.

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Jigsaw Review

Jigsaw

As many of you know, I usually wait for movies to either become available to rent or watch them for free thanks to HBO. The last time I went to the movie theater was to go and see The Big Sick (you can read my review here) and had a pretty bad time. After that experience, there are only a very few amount of movies that I would venture out to see when they’re released in the movie theater. Jigsaw is one of them because I am a huge fan of Saw. Huge fan. The franchise has had its ups and downs like any horror movie franchise, but I’ve stuck by it and this one I knew I had to see. I was so hyped up to see this movie, I knew that if it disappointed I would be crushed. Keep reading to see what I thought of Jigsaw.

Taking place 10 years after the death of John Krammer, AKA Jigsaw, played by Tobin Bell, the games have started yet again and there are another string of “Jigsaw” murders. How could this be though because Jigsaw is dead. Or is he? Anyway, 5 new people will be set up in a string of traps that gives them a chance to win, if they play the game correctly. Try to cheat and it could be the death of them or someone else. Playing Jigsaw’s game is one unknown person, unknown because he gets what’s coming to him in the first trap before you get to know the 4 survivors. Jigsaw wants them to confess, but what have they done? You have Carly, played by Brittany Allen, who is a purse snatcher. She’s had to do more than that though to end up in one of Jigsaw’s traps right? Then there’s Mitch, played by Mandela Van Peebles, who sold a faulty motorcycle to someone. What’s his real reason for being in this trap? Then there’s Ryan, played by Paul Braunstein, who is just an all around douche bag. He’s not only in Jigsaw’s trap because he’s a douce bag though. There has to be an underlying reason to why he’s there. Then you have Anna, played by Laura Vandervoort, who’s child died by accident. How did she end up in there? All will be answered by the end of the movie and you’ll see these people for what they really are and the things that they did. All while this game is going on, you’ll have a good cop bad cop routine going on between Detective Keith Hunt, played by Cle Bennett and Detective Halloran, played by Callum Keith Rennie, and now some medical examiners, Logan Nelson, played by Matt Passmore, and Eleanor Bonneville, played by Hannah Emily Anderson, trying to figure how and where this is taking place to try and save these people before it’s all over. Each of them will become paranoid in their own way and start to blame on another for being a copy cat killer. This will all lead to a twisted ending with lots of blood and gore that fans of the series can come to expect along with some new traps that have never been seen before.

That OMG moment. If you’ve seen the movie then you know what I’m talking about. There’s this total OMG moment in the movie where it all comes together and you’re mind is blown. This has happened in the good Saw movies and it happens in this movie as well. It’s pretty amazing and I keep these reviews spoiler free, but damn I did not see this one coming. It was a huge twist that was risky but totally paid off.

This movie was everything I could have ever wanted from a Saw movie. It was gory, it had its usual twisted plot, and had that shocker of an ending that I could have never seen coming. Out of all the Saw movies, this was definitely one of my favorites from the franchise. It took a new spin on something that has been dead for years and it paid off big time. It still had the same franchise staple points with the traps and the people that Jigsaw has deemed horrible people because of what they’ve done but it also added a new time bending twist which was pure genius. If I went into why this movie was so great even more, I would totally spoil the whole thing and I have no intention of doing that.

The cast has never been a big part of the franchise. The people in the traps have wronged other people or Jigsaw himself in some way and are just there to be a part of the game. You really aren’t supposed to become invested in them because there really isn’t a reason to route for them once you find out why they’re set up in these traps. Anyway, the Jigsaw prisoners all play their role of the victim well, but the real star of the show, only has a ten minute cameo, and it’s Tobin Bell. There can’t be a Saw movie without him because he’s the whole reason for the movie. As always he plays Jigsaw to perfection and seeing him in another movie was the highlight of this movie.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

If you are a Saw fan and have stuck with the franchise through good movies and bad movies, then you have to see this movie because it will restore your faith in the franchise. It shows that these past Halloween’s have sorely been missing a decent, no great, Saw movie and you’ll be in for a treat with this one. If you’re not a Saw fan, then you’ll want to skip this movie because no matter what anyone says you’re either a Saw fan or you aren’t. If you’re on the fence and are a partial Saw fan, you have to go and see this movie. It’s seriously worth it and the payoff at the end is one of the best in the franchise.

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Why Him? Review

Why Him?

I had seen the previews for this movie over and over again during the holiday time in 2016, but as usual missed my opportunity to go and see this in the movie theater. Not for my lack of trying, but because for me, it seems like previews that are super funny on TV usually end up being not so funny movies when you actually sit down and watch the whole thing. When this movie premiered on HBO, I figured now was a good time to give it a try and see if I was missing anything.

Why Him? is about Stephanie, played by Zoey Deutch, who has just informed her family that she’s been seeing tech mogul Larid Mayhew, played by James Franco, and invites them to San Diego for the Christmas Holiday to spend time with her boyfriend and get to know him. This results in the whole family, Ned Fleming, played by Bryan Cranston, Barb Fleming, played by Megan Mullally, and Scotty Fleming, played by Griffin Gluck, to leave their Michigan home and head to San Diego for the holiday. They are in for the surprise of their life as Larid is just completely over the top. This leads to some funny antics, a few uncomfortable moments, and a somewhat heartwarming movie experience.

I’m just going to come out and say that I’m really not a fan of Christmas movies. It’s just not my thing and I can barely tolerate them during the holiday time. So why in the hell would I bother watching one before the holiday time? I really have no idea other than I thought this movie was going to be super funny. Unfortunately, this movie misses that super funny mark on many occasions. What starts off as funny with Larid’s over the top persona and the constant dropping of an f-bomb every other word soon gets stale and over played. The story itself is also a little cliched in the fact that the Ned hates Larid while everyone else in the family is coming to love him for who he is and the way he wins them over. This all builds up into an all out fight between Larid and Ned, but then results into a super happy ending. While this was great and I dig the super happy ending thing, I mean it was kind of a given because it is a Christmas movie, I just wasn’t feeling this movie half way through as it became boring and the antics between Larid and Ned became tiresome. The comedy aspect of this movie died out about halfway through the movie as it was just basically the same thing over and over again.

The cast for this movie is one of the highlights because James Franco does what he does best when it comes to this role. He’s a great character actor and he really shines in this movie as the over the top persona that he’s supposed to play. I have to give credit to Bryan Cranston as well as he played the perfect straight edge guy who disapproved of his daughters relationship with an older man. The rest of the cast also made the movie as the ensemble just worked.

Overall I give this movie a 3 out of 5.

While this wasn’t the greatest movie out there, it wasn’t the worst either. While it was funny in the beginning, it soon became way too over the top and just not funny anymore about halfway through. The ending pulled everything together though and was the real payoff for this movie. I would say that if you’re into Christmas movies, the funny ones, then give this one a try but don’t go in expecting too much. If you’re looking for a Christmas movie, but this one may just be over the top for you, I would recommend Surviving Christmas which is kind of similar to this movie, but much more funnier and actually one of my favorites. Don’t tell anyone though that I have an actual favorite Christmas movie that I kind of watch every year.

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