It was an action fest at home what with four back-to-back movies thumping out heavy soundtracks with bullets, missiles and men whizzing around air, land and water, oh and there was a lady kicking ass too.
G.I. Joe Retaliation
Guns, guns and more guns and then there was The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). You can’t deny the fact that this guy has incredible screen presence and is the action star of our generation. Brute force and calculated risks are his forte as he takes on Cobra Commander in this much improved version of the film franchise. While Part 1 was disappointing, specially the Cobra Commander sequence with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I kind of like Part 2. There were quite few extravagant fight sequences but that was all that kept the movie going with its wafer thin plot. I didn’t mind this. A good fun ride with thespian Bruce Willis making a guest appearance and some very fine villains. This was a sort of a reboot fo the franchise with the old guard wiped out in the opening sequence. Lets see what more the new GI’s have on offer in the future. One thing – it’s gonna work only with Roadblock (The Rock).
Man of Steel
The only Superman movie not to have his name in the title, “Man of Steel” has Christopher Nolan‘s stamp as a producer and Zak Snyder‘s dark and brooding over-the-top atmosphere. The movie started off with a bit of a yawn, I nodded off in between, but caught up with some heavy duty fighting as General Zod began wringing earths defences like a rag doll. This movie has it’s moments and I am with the producers and writer’s on this one as they removed the campyness that I so despise in superhero movies. Overall, a good nod to this genre of movies.
World War Z
Brad Pitt fights zombies. That would have been the one line brief to the makers of this movie. The movie builds up with a standard hero-with-family-tries-to-save-world premise and somewhere in the middle when you have Brad Pitt’s UN investigator begin his search for a vaccine, then you have a fast paced narrative with interesting set-pieces. I now know why Israel builds its great barrier wall with Palestine. It’s to keep out the zombies. This scene where the zombies try to infiltrate Jerusalem was the most cinematically entertaining part of the movie. Otherwise I would relegate this one to standard action fare. Has it’s moments but a fair view.
Kick Ass 2
This movie didn’t need Jim Carrey’s poor sense of judgment and holier than thou attitude to denounce itself. There are some movies that do not need a sequel, where the sequel only waters down the character. This is one such. All the good work done with the first movie somehow comes undone here and looks over the top. I loved the first installment, this one just doesn’t work as it tries hard to be a continuation. Over-the-top can look good, as it did in the first installment, but here it just falls flat and seems contrived.
So there’s it an action weekend that threw up quite it’s share of entertainment.