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Renegades (2017)

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RenegadesA team of Navy SEALs discover an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.

Genre : Action/Adventure
Country : USA/France/Belgium/Germany

Cast :
J.K. Simmons : Levin
Sullivan Stapleton : Matt
Sylvia Hoeks : Lara

Director :
Steven Quale

My opinion on “Renegades”

“Can you imagine what that gold could do to help my people?
Will you help me get it?”

There are films you can compare with a richly filled five-course dinner. First they spoil you with a tasty opener. After which a well-filled middle piece is offered. And then as an enjoyment afterwards, you’re offered a delicious dessert. Satisfied you’ll leave the establishment and you’ll remember this treat with great pleasure. Other films are like a cozy family picnic. It’s relaxed and pleasant. No extensive preparations are necessary. And when you look back on it, you think of the cosiness and life values. “Renegades” is like the McDonald’s. You are served very quickly. You’re eating it as quickly as possible (it’s fast food, remember). And before you know it you’ve already forgotten what you have eaten and hungry again.

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J.K. Simmons steals no gold, but the show.

There’s also something positive to say about this film. The short performance of J.K. Simmons, acting in the same way as when he scolded his students as a music teacher in “Whiplash“, is magnificent. And the underwater footage in the second half of the film, looks beautiful. And finally, the Bosnian girl (in real life the Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks) is a pleasure to watch. If I had to choose between her and a nice dish filled with cevapcici, I knew what I would take. Quite obvious that she can convince a group of American Navy Seals to dive for a Nazi treasure in a lake in Bosnia. Or was it the gold bar that did it?

Renegades

This is what I call popcorn fodder.

Although this film is of the same level as that of an average television film, it’s entertaining enough full of action-packed scenes and with a feel-good ending. The fragment with the tank is pure enjoyment. It looked like a modern episode of “The A-Team” with MacGyver in it for some assistance. I’m sure nobody would even know this movie if they had left out the well-known actors. But at least it would have been a little less expensive and the turnover would have been more positive. If you have a package of popcorn laying around and a little time to kill, this film is definitely worth it. But just like with the MacDonald menu, the next day you can’t even remember what it was about anyway.

My rating 5/10
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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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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