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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.

Renegades

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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Crawl: A Nerve-Racking Horror In Which The Perfectly Computer-Generated Alligators Scare You

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You’re not my coach anymore, dad.
That top predator crap doesn’t help.

Did you think the last “Lake Placid” episode from the eponymous franchise was downright worthless, stupid and nonsensical (like I did)? Well, let me put your mind at ease. Despite some laughable facts, this reptile-horror “Crawl” isn’t bad at all. You can even call it exciting at times. And compared to “Lake Placide“, the bite-sized animals are frequently in the picture and the CGI ensures that they look frighteningly realistic. You just have to use the same ritual as with “Hobbs & Shaw“. Namely, give your brain for safekeeping when entering the movie theater. It’s not of the same absurd level as “Sharknado“, but if you don’t do that, you will be annoyed about multiple idiocies.

 

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How stupid can you be?

There are of course many “How stupid can you be?“-moments. For example. You can’t blame the day-trippers in “Jaws“. They were just enjoying the summer sun on the beach and the refreshing water. Did they know that this giant white shark was planning to consume a few splashing bathers? It’s a pity they ended up as lunch. But, you can’t say the same about Haley (Kaya Scodelario), who, after a disappointing swimming performance, comes up with the grandiose idea to see if everything is okay with her father Dave (Barry Pepper). Nothing earth-shattering, were it not for her to enter a restricted area controlled by the authorities because of a destructive hurricane of category 5. Even a roadblock by the local police didn’t stop her.

 

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It doesn’t take long before the suspense begins.

The advantage of “Crawl” is the short playing time (87 minutes). Nowadays it’s perfectly normal for decent films to exceed the 2-hour limit. It seems that quality nowadays depends on the total duration of a film. Fortunately, there are exceptions to that rule. Not that “Crawl” is of high quality, but an advantage is they don’t spend too much time to bring the necessary suspense. After around 20 minutes, Haley and her father are already in a difficult situation in the basement of the parental home. Dave is badly injured. And three giant alligators are impatiently waiting for their feeding-time. Time for the second “How stupid can you be?” moment. What would you do if you had to leave your safe hiding place to recover a lost item? In any case, after getting hold of the trinket, I would return to that safe place again. Logical reasoning is certainly not Haley’s strongest characteristic. She does the opposite, with all its consequences.

 

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Not a complicated film.

Let’s not make it too complicated!“. That’s what the creators of “Crawl” thought apparently. Everything takes place at one claustrophobic location. And the entire film is carried by just two main characters. Occasionally, a few additional characters appear. But their function is limited to playing live fish food. In other words, they usually do not remain intact for long. And for the lessons “Logical reasoning”, these good-for-nothings didn’t get high grades either. And the way in which they involved the alligators in the story is also simple. A hurricane that causes rising water and you are stuck with a whole swarm of those bloodthirsty monsters in your backyard. Only the discovery that Haley made in the basement wasn’t 100% correct in my opinion. Coincidentally there was a pregnant alligator who used the flood to shamelessly dump her eggs in Dave’s basement at lightning speed. Well, in this way there was also an explanation for the aggressive attitude of the nest of primitive reptiles.

 

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A nerve-racking horror.

There were a few things in the movie that really annoyed me. First, there was the contrived and corny father-daughter relationship. They are both sitting there with torn limbs and shattered bones, and still, they need to philosophize about what went wrong in the past. I also thought it was a bit unbelievable how they endured the brutal attacks (with the necessary injuries) and apparently afterward had absolutely no problems with this. Even after a heart massage and mouth-to-mouth breathing, one jumps back into action in a short time. And I will never bet my money on a swimming competition between an alligator and a trained swimmer. I’m sure that the streamlined body of the reptile will ensure that it wins effortlessly. Even without a swim cap and aerodynamic Speedo swimming trunks. But still, “Crawl” is a nerve-racking horror in which the perfectly computer-generated alligators scare you. Most original in the film I found the bathroom scene. Believe me, after this film, hearing the song “See you later Alligator” by Bill Haley will scare the hell out of you.

 

My rating 6/10
Links: IMDB

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Netflix | 6 Underground | Official Trailer – HD

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Genre:

Action, Thriller

Release Date:

December 2019 (Netflix)

Director:

Michael Bay

Cast:

Ryan Reynolds, Ben Hardy, Mélanie Laurent, Adria Arjona, Dave Franco, Corey Hawkins

Plot Summary:

‘6 Underground’ is an upcoming American vigilante action thriller film directed by Michael Bay and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.

Six billionaires fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to take down notorious criminals.

 

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn | Official Trailer- HD

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Genre:

Action, Adventure, Crime

Release Date:

February 7, 2020 (Post Production)

Director:

Cathy Yan

Cast:

Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez

Plot Summary:

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

 

 

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