Taken 2 – While most who’ve seen it said it wasn’t nearly as good as the 2008 first installment, a lot of people wanted to see Liam Neeson (“The Grey“) reprise his role as a deadly CIA operative. This time, he and his wife are taken hostage. Odds of “Taken 3?” Pretty good. The film had a $45 million budget and earned $139.4 million. More
January 15, 2013
November 11, 2012
Box office roundup Argo, Ben Affleck, Casino Royale, Daniel Craig, Denzel Washington, Flight, James Bond, Liam Neeson, metro goldwyn mayer, Quantum of Solace, robert zuckerman, Skyfall, Taken 2, Wreck-It Ralph 5 Comments
November 4, 2012
Box office roundup Argo, Ben Affleck, Cloud Atlas, Denzel Washington, Flight, Liam Neeson, oscars, RZA, Taken 2, The Man With the Iron Fists, videogames, Walt Disney Pictures, Wreck-It Ralph, WWE Batista Leave a comment
1. Wreck-It Ralph - $49.1 million [debut week] Disney’s latest animated film gobbled plenty of quarters at the box office as families who wanted something new after flocking to “Hotel Transylvania” were happy to welcome a new option for family viewing. Have to figure this is a one-week stint on the top as the new James Bond film “Skyfall” opens Friday. More
October 28, 2012
Box office roundup action flick, Argo, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Cloud Atlas, Doona Bae, Hae-Joo Chang, Hotel Transylvania, international territories, Jim Sturgess, Liam Neeson, Paranormal Activity 4, Sonmi-451, Taken 2, The Matrix, The Wachowski siblings Leave a comment
1. Argo – $12.4 million [3rd week; $47.8 million] Ben Affleck’s heavily-buzzzed Oscar movie had been runner-up twice the last two weeks, but the third week proved the right week as it reached the #1 spot. This will be a short-lived stint though with the arrival of family-bait film “Wreck-It Ralph.” More
October 21, 2012
1. Paranormal Activity 4 – $33 million [debut week] This franchise has always seemed very limited to me and its appeal has totally escaped me. While the fourth installment took the box office crown, it may be losing some favor with audiences as this was down about $20 million from “Paranormal Activity 3′s” $52 million take. Don’t expect a long shelf life here.
2. Argo – $15 million [$40 million; 2nd week] – Ben Affleck’s drama wasn’t expected to leave the Top 5 anytime soon and it had a modest drop to retain second place. This is a genuine Oscar contender so word of mouth and buzz should only increase as more people see it. More
October 14, 2012
1. Taken 2 – $22.5 million [$90 million in total; second week] Despite an abysmal 21% fresh rating on rottentomatoes.com, Liam Neeson’s latest action film retained the box office crown despite some strong competition. More
October 7, 2012
1. Taken 2 – $50 million [debut week] Liam Neeson’s (“The Grey“) newfound career direction as an action star gained some major credibility with this surprising and near record-breaking opening for the “Taken” sequel. Neeson’s a likeable star and clearly audiences enjoy seeing him in these roles so expect a ton more of these action-oriented films in Neeson’s immediate future.
September 19, 2012
It Figures duel of the fates, Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, lightsaber duel, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sideshow Collectibles, Star Wars, star wars figures, star wars saga Leave a comment
Eventually I’ll have to post my super biased reviews of the “Star Wars” saga, but for now I’ll just be content posting interesting “Star Wars” items. My least favorite of the six and pretty much most people is “Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” Mind you, I don’t loathe it like some and feel like George Lucas murdered/vaporized/incinerated my childhood with the prequels More
July 16, 2012
Action/Adventure, Comic Book Batman Begins, Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Marvel's The Avengers, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises 2 Comments
In preparation/insane level of getting hyped up for “The Dark Knight Rises,” I’m re-watching Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. Very taxing work I assure you to force myself to sit through two amazing, genre-defying films that forever change audiences’ perception of a “comic book movie.”
May 18, 2012
The fancy trailers, cutaways to this massive battle between aliens and naval ships, an attractive cast that literally includes models in Brooklyn Decker and Taylor Kitsch and the ever-impressive presence of Liam Neeson might convince you to take “Battleship” for a spin this weekend.
That idea however, would be a waste of two quality hours you could spend taking in a second or third viewing of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” dusting off the old board game that inspired this wrecked ship or just taking a nap. Either way, it’s bound to be more fun than getting being hammered with mindless action and bored with a by-the-numbers summer popcorn flick that never gets out of the docks of being a remotely entertaining movie. (A7– Hit!)
File “Battleship” the movie under a bad idea that most people considered a bad idea, and it helpfully reaches new depths (D21- Hit!) for a film not even living up to the most meager expectations.
“Battleship” is a messy mishmash of action movie clichés lost at sea (J14-Hit!). We’re asked to care about Alex Hopper (Kitsch, “John Carter”), a goof-off who can’t get himself together. Kitsch makes for a believable slacker, but he deserves a better movie to be the headliner. Between this and the woefully underrated “John Carter’s” lackluster performance at the box office, 2012 has not been a good year for him.
Alex’s Navy captain older brother, Stone (“True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgard), pulled some strings to get him in the Navy and his girlfriend, Sam (Decker, “Just Go With You”) is crazy about him, but he’s still a screw-up.
And Admiral Shane (Neeson), the head of the Hawaiian naval base and Sam’s father, doesn’t care for him much either.
You’re probably wondering what does this have to do with an alien invasion forcing a big time naval battle where any and everything gets blown up. Turns out a few years ago, some scientists got the bright idea of trying to communicate with life forms beyond Earth. Clearly they’ve never watched any action movie as you know every alien life form wants to destroy humanity. Sigh. Once they arrive, the aliens don’t want to make any new friends and begin destroying anything that could be a potential threat.
Director Peter Berg (“Hancock”) can’t seem to decide if he’s making a serious tribute to the men and women in the Navy — complete with casting veterans in various supporting roles — or a loud, booming spectacle that reduces combat to exhausting scenes of cars, ships, etc. getting destroyed. His sincere tribute efforts are unintentionally laughable, which is unfortunate as he clearly means well, but trying to bring a somber dose of the reality of the price of real combat doesn’t blend well with an otherwise goofy summer movie. Berg does get points for actually incorporating some of the board game “strategy” into the movie. There’s just not much to keep “Battleship” afloat. (H3-Hit! Sorry.)
The real scalawags are screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber, who write an idiotic script with groan-inducing dialogue. It’s worse when the lines are delivered by pop star Rihanna, who makes her film debut as weapons specialist Raikes. She certainly proves that singing was definitely the right career choice for her.
There’s little suspense that Alex is ever in any danger, and worse, the Hoebers decide to keep changing the rules they spend so much time establishing to help him along the way.
Most mind-boggling is when the alien ships land in the ocean and set up a force field/dome of death that destroys anything that touches it, which is helpfully illustrated when a fighter jet crashes into it and promptly gets blown up. Alex’s ship is among three trapped in the dome, but late in the film when Alex and the gang need to send a missile to the aliens’ makeshift mountain communications base and find a new ship, the dome just conveniently gets written out. If only they could so easily make a good script out of this barnacle-ridden barge. And with that, I’ve just sunk “Battleship.”
Rating: 3 out of 10