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Acts of Violence (2018)

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When his fiancee is kidnapped by hActs of Violenceuman traffickers, Roman and his ex-military brothers set out to track her down and save her before it is too late. Along the way, Roman teams up with Avery , a cop investigating human trafficking and fighting the corrupted bureaucracy that has harmful intentions.

Genre : Action
Country : USA/UK

Cast :
Bruce Willis : James Avery
Cole hauser : Deklan
Shawn Ashmore : Brandon
Ashton Holmes : Roman

Director :
Brett Donowho

My opinion on “Acts of Violence”

“Mia, you shouldn’t have done that!
You have no idea who they are!”

Acts of violence” is nothing more than a retarded, boring and totally implausible crime film in which serious topics such as PTSD and odious human trafficking are used as fait divers. In addition to the brainless content, I was constantly annoyed about, you can see for the umpteenth time the downfall of a former action hero. Bruce Willis manages to pick out one inferior, meaningless B-movie after the other. I guess these films only have to meet one requirement. And that is that he only needs to show up on the set for a few days. Again, his presence on the screen is limited to a mere ten minutes.

Acts of Violence

Not accepting a drink is equal to being kidnapped apparently.

The reason for the outburst of excessive violence is the abduction of Mia (Melissa Bolona) who, during her bachelor’s night, opened her big mouth when a couple of hooligan-looking loudmouths wanted to buy her a drink. She had better kept her mouth shut, because these two hotheads kidnap not submisive girls and deliver them nicely to their cruel gang leader Max Livingstone (Mike Epps), who earns his daily living by exploiting innocent girls and dealing drugs. Drugs in which a specific sedative is processed. A sedative that’s being used to knock out elephants. In reality, this is also a nuisance and a difficult challenge to tackle in the global opioid epidemic.

Acts of Violence

They are ready to rumble.

What these criminals failed to take in account were the MacGregor brothers Deklan (Cole Hauser) and Brandon (Shawn Ashmore). Especially Deklan who seems to be in combat mode all the time. Both are ex-military and I guess they’ve gained a lot of experience from foreign missions. And Deklan is still suffering from that. He’s a walking time bomb with a short fuse. The benjamin of the family is Roman (Ashton Holmes), whose militaristic knowledge is being refined at record speed. I also wonder if it’s normal for ex-soldiers to have a weapons arsenal of that size so they can start a small one-man war.

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Those brothers succeed in taking down those criminals over one night.

Bruce Willis is the frustrated police detective James Avery, who hasn’t managed to gather hard evidence after all those years to put the criminal Max behind bars for a long time. Or is his research counteracted from the top? No idea. But no worries James. The brothers MacGregor are perfectly successful in finding out most of the facts in a very short time. How the gang works. Where they usually strike. And the fact that those who try to escape, end up at the bottom of a lake. They may also count on the goodwill of James. He turns a blind eye so they can deal with the gang like outright avengers. As pure G.I. Joe’s they start mowing down their moronic opponents.

Acts of Violence

This was a pure waste of time. Luckily it didn’t take long.

Biggest plus is the duration of the movie. This waste of time doesn’t even take an hour and a half. Many times I’ve regretted to see the end credits of a film. With “Acts of Violence” the only thing I did was breathe a sigh of relief. And to be honest, in the end I had trouble remembering the opening scene. Trust me. You won’t miss anything if you don’t watch this crappy movie.

My rating 2/10
Links : IMDB

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Marvel / Disney + Release – WandaVision | Official Trailer 2

TV-Series Spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Containing the characters Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff and The Vision. Plot is unknown at the time.

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Genre:

Action, Adventure, Drama

Release Date:

2020

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Marvel | Disney

Cast:

Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn, Randall Park, Teyonah Parris, Shane Berengue

Plot Summary:

TV-Series Spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Containing the characters Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff and The Vision. Plot is unknown at the time.

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Final Fantasy XVI | Official Reveal Trailer – HD | PS5

Check out the debut trailer for FF16 (Final Fantasy XVI), revealed during the PS5 showcase in September 2020.

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RPG

Producer:

Naoki Yoshida

Console:

PS5, PC

Release Date:

2021

Plot Summary:

“The legacy of the crystals has shaped our history for long enough,”

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The Silencing | Great Cinematography From A Low Budget Film

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I need to see that girl.
She could be my daughter.

 

It’s always nice to see how actors from a successful television series cope in a feature film. And especially if the genre is quite different from what they played in that series. Here Nikolaj Coster-Waldau makes a decent attempt to show that he has more to offer than playing a king’s son who prefers to perform gymnastic exercises with his sister between the sheets. His performance here is on a similar level to that of Jaime Lannister in “Game of Thrones”. Convincing enough, but not exactly of exceptional quality. A role that doesn’t annoy you. But every time you see his face somewhere, you have to think for a moment where you know that face from. This is also the case here in “The Silencing”. I was like, “Damn, where do I know this guy from?”. Only after fifteen minutes or so, I could figure it out.

 

 

Where there’s grief, there’s booze.

The Silencing” itself is of the same level. Certainly not a bad movie. But also not a movie that’ll blow you away. The story felt a bit incomplete to me. There were some improbabilities (not to say completely nonsensical decisions). And the denouement with the disclosure of the perpetrator and his motivation, I personally found a bit far-fetched. The film had something “Silence of the Lambs“-ish but then set in an extensive, forest-like nature reserve. An area managed by Rayborn Swanson (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that has been given the name “Gwen Swanson sanctuary”. A reference to his daughter who has been missing for 5 years. It’s a place where animals can live undisturbed and protected, far from hunters and poachers. Rayborn lives an isolated life far from the civilized world. A way to silently grief about the loss of his daughter. Usually by consuming liters of alcohol. A bit strange because that’s exactly what caused that disappearance.

 

 

There’s a serial killer on the loose.

The story gets a little bit more exciting the moment a serial killer comes into the picture. Someone who probably watched “The Hunt” too much. What follows, is a cat-and-mouse game with the participation of the local female sheriff Alice Gustafson (Annabelle Wallis, series-loving fans will recognize her from “Peaky Blinders”) who herself has her hands full with the stupidities her little brother Brooks (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a drug addict with a traumatic past.

 

 

Ridiculous things.

Without a doubt, this could have been a much better, coherent movie, provided the script was changed a bit. It’s linked together with hooks and eyes. Full of coincidences and ridiculous twists. Decisions are made that are too ridiculous for words. Alice’s surprising action at one point is understandable on the one hand. But on the other hand completely unreal. And the indifference that those involved show afterward as if nothing had ever happened, made me frown for a moment. Rayborn’s paint pot trick seemed so absurd and stupid that I spontaneously burst out laughing. Not exactly applicable to a serious thriller about a serial killer.

 

Mediocrity rules.

The Silencing” isn’t so great. A mediocre piece of movie. Actually, you could say that you’ve seen it all before in other movies. And much better movies too. Cinematographically it looks professional (despite the low budget) and the general mood is also good. But, when you love watching exciting flicks with nerve-racking suspense, you’ll be disappointed. The only thing I can’t say anything wrong about is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s acting. Solid and constant. Just like in “Game of Thrones“. Again a pitiful persona. But I’m sure I won’t recognize him in his next feature. Once again.

 

 

My rating 5/10
Links: IMDB

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