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Walking out (2017)

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An urban teenager journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.

Genre : Drama
Country : USA

Cast :
Matt Bomer : Cal
Josh Wiggins : David
Bill Pullman : Clyde

Director :
Alex Smith , Andrew Smith

My opinion on “Walking Out”

“I’ll put myself between you and any bear.
I promise.”

Walking out” is a story about a father and son who experience their annual get-together again and try to strengthen the wafer-thin bond that still exists between them. In addition, it’s also a story about survival in the wild nature. The well-known story of man against nature and defying all sorts of hardships. If you see a summary somewhere that mentions some fierce-looking bears and their behavior towards this moose chasing couple, then you shouldn’t get too excited. Because this section is just like the rest of the film. Fairly common. So don’t expect exciting images as in “Backcountry” or “The Revenant“.

Living like a Grizzly Adams has his charms.

Unfortunately, the rest of the film is as empty as the snowy plain of Paradise Valley in Montana where these two are looking for the colossal moose chosen by Father Cal (Matt Bomer) for his son David (JoshHellionWiggins). Besides the fact that this is a kind of tradition in his family where young men hunt their first big game at the age of 14. This is also a way for Cal to load up his meat stock for the winter to come (“Well, they make 600 pounds of delicious meat. A winter’s worth.“). The reason why Cal left his family and retired to live as a Grizzly Adams in the middle of nowhere, isn’t really clear. Maybe he made that decision during a nostalgic moment and there was this urge to return to the place where he and his father used to go hunting. Maybe he hopes to hang out with his son and teach him the art of hunting so maybe David also gets the taste of living in this primitive way. But the way David is attached to comfort and electronic gadgets, however, makes me suspect that this is just vain hope.

Ravishing images of this wild country.

What can you expect while watching this movie? First of all, a dozen beautiful images of nature images which are perfect for a postcard. Are you an avid nature lover? Or you hike through the woods at regular times? Or you joined the scouts and experienced a series of camps in the past? Well, in that case this film will get you into the mood with all its campfire moments. Furthermore, it’s a beautiful story about the faltering relationship of a father and son. A film about hunting and the art of hunting. Cal tries to make it clear that there is a big difference between hunting wild and simply killing it. And this on the basis of his own moose story. Cal’s youth experience is told throughout the film using flashbacks. A romanticized story in 8mm camera image quality.

A movie about perseverance and mutual trust.

And then there’s the incident after which the roles are reversed. Undoubtedly the most intense part of the entire film where perseverance plays an important role. The film also shows how the wide rift between the two slowly becomes narrower. David who secretly wished he wasn’t there at the beginning but rather would have been in his comfort zone in Texas. And he seems slightly annoyed during difficult conversations. And Cal believes that his son has become too soft. These impressions tilt as the journey progresses and give way to mutual trust and admiration. “Walking out” is a beautiful nature film and also shows how complex human feelings are. But I can’t really call it exciting.

My rating 5/10
Links : IMDB

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Cats | Official Trailer- HD

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Genre:

Fantasy/ Comedy-Drama

Release Date:

December 20, 2019

Director:

Tom Hooper

Cast:

Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Judi Dench

Plot Summary:

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

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Top Gun 2020 | Official Trailer -HD

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Genre:

Drama/ Action

Director:

Joseph Kosinski

Release Date:

June 26, 2020

Cast:

Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly

Plot Summary:

Pete “Maverick” Mitchell mentors a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots.

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Maria- It Was Like A Filipino “John Wick” Persiflage.

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MariaShe’s still alive.
Who’s she?
Lily. Lily’s still alive!

John Wick had a good reason to make things difficult for his former boss. They liquidated his cute dog and stole his car. In the movie “Polar“, Duncan Vizla’s retirement savings were compromised. In this Filipino revenge film, Maria (Christine Reyes) leaves a trail of death and destruction because her former employee has murdered her family. You’d start a killing spree for less. What does she have in common with Wick and Vizla? She’s also a retired assassin who has turned her back on the violent life she led. So expect action-rich and extremely violent scenes that are performed according to an excellent choreography.

 

Maria

 

Maria aka Lilly.

Maria (or Lilly in her previous life) didn’t just simply retire. She went off the grid in a devious way when she had a crisis of conscience at her last job and refused to butcher an innocent woman and her daughter. Instead, she shot Kaleb (Germaine de Leon), her lover back then, through his kneecap and disappeared forever. That is until the same Kaleb notices her when they are making preparations to kill some governor. From then on the hunt for her is opened. The result of this manhunt is the death of her current husband and her lovely little daughter.

 

Maria

 

The sweet taste of revenge.

Well, “Maria” isn’t really innovative. Countless revenge films have been made recent years (such as “I spit on your grave“, “Revenge“, “The Equalizer” and of course “John Wick“). Don’t expect a complicated and well-thought-out story in this Philippine action film. The film is actually fairly straightforward. And in the end, it’s only the tough confrontations what’s important in such action films. In “Maria” however, they tried to fill the voids with irrelevant sordid stuff. Every once in a while cheaters and inconvenient witnesses are tortured and massacred. So, the most positive thing you can say about this film is that the fight scenes look slick. The rest, on the other hand, was sometimes too bad for words.

 

Maria

 

Bilingual mess.

Let’s start with the part that annoyed me immensely. I didn’t mind it to be a Filipino film. Even though I didn’t understand a thing. And those who know me a little bit, know that I hate reading subtitles constantly. I’ve made peace with that. But why did these Filipino conversations have to be alternated with an English sentence? It was as if they had taken the dubbing into their own hands. And it wasn’t just this bilingual nonsense that was annoying. The sound of pronunciation was also toe-curling. It was as if all those Philippines suddenly sounded like Andy Kaufman from “Taxi”. Next, let’s talk about the male actors. Some of them are guilty of theatrical overacting (especially KC Montero masters in this). And I don’t know if this is a tradition among Filipino gangs, but I thought it was fairly bizarre that the male protagonists had female furies to do the dirty work. Although I have to admit those ladies could stand their ground without any problems.

 

Maria

 

Action flick clichés.

Furthermore, “Maria” is again filled with well-known clichés that are used over and over again in action flicks. The hard rock music. Again stupid gangsters rushing forward like sheep to the slaughter. Of course, a nightclub scene had to be included. Whistling blades. Cracking bones. And the sound effects of hard fist-punches reminded me nostalgically of the better Terence Hill & Bud Spencer films. It was like a Filipino “John Wick” persiflage. Only the charisma and the natural coolness of Keanu Reeves were missing. And finally, I found some scenes were overly stretched (such as the flashbacks).

 

Maria

 

Imagine Denzel Washington posing like that.

All in all, “Maria” is no more than a B-film with a simplistic storyline and moderate acting. Are you a fan of solid fists and footwork then you will certainly enjoy yourself here. And for those who appreciate exotic women, these exotic beauties look really pretty and are certainly no kittens to tackle without gloves. Why they have to walk around all the time in a kind of aerobic outfit is a mystery to me. And Maria’s posing like a model in the rain after the ultimate fight, I found hilarious. Fortunately, Denzel Washington didn’t do something similar in “The Equalizer“. That would look rather ridiculous!

 

My rating 4/10
Links: IMDB

 

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