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Post  2write on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:25 am

Action-Entertainment Ranking:

1. The Last Stand

2. Bullet to the Head

3. A good day to Die Hard


Clearly the Die Hard franchise is down and out compared to Stallone's campaign with Rocky and Rambo.

Both Arnold and Sylvester shine in their new roles in new storylines. The Last Stand is simply brilliant and thrilling to watch. Arnold plays an old man who is the Sheriff of a broder town. People respect the Sheriff but don't respect the law because in that small town - no crime ever happens - other than someone parking in front of the fire-hydrant. LOL. So the story begins with the small-town life. Then intrigue as his deputy discovers murder and something more going on private property. Something big is going down. But what? Meanwhile Forest Whitaker is great as the FBI boss transferring a prisoner and death-row criminal from one location to another. The escape of this South American criminal is delightful. It is believable and smart. Then on there is a race between, FBI, time and the USA border.

The criminal has a hostage - a female FBI officer. He has a fast car. He has minions clearing the highway from police blockades by running trucks through barricades.

Meanwhile, Arnold the Sheriff is investigating the murder. Things get bloody. Big guns and big gangsters. The FBI boss calls him and tells him he might see action of a criminal trying to cross the border from his border town.

Too late - Sheriff's one deputy is dead. The other two think its two big for their department to handle. Arnold deputises an ex-Marine jailed for drunken-disorderly behaviour and a crazy gun-collector who has monster guns dating back to World War II.

Together the four deputies barricade thier empty town - most of the folks have gone out on official Mayor's picnic. Some oldies remain and they would rather drink beer than hide from possible gangsters.

Brilliant direction keeps the action and storyline unfold in seamless and entertaining fashion.

The climax is epic. The Nazi-killer gun is just the tip of the gun-warehouse. Nice acting also by Arnold who plays his age and a character who knows he is old and not the Commando or Terminator of yesteryears.

It is very old school Western if you think about it. A Sheriff standing alone for law and order against big opposition with little support or ammunition.

QUOTES:

Sheriff Ray Owens: You make us immigrants look bad.

[after Sheriff Owens jumps into the diner for cover]
Irv: How are you sheriff?
Sheriff Ray Owens: Old.

Dinkum (to Sheriff Owens): Do you work out?

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Post  2write on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:27 am

Bullet to the Head is based on a graphic novel. Sylvester Stallone plays an assassin who teams up with a Korean-American cop. Both have lost their partners to the same criminal. Jason Momoa shines as the cold-blooded mercenary turned hitman. He looks good and has lot of screen-command. His presence is felt even in the same frame as Stallone. Hope for great things for Momoa. After stepping into Arnold's shoes as Conan the Barbarian 3D, he is now battling Stallone.

Stallone's character has an uneasy relationship with his daughter. All actors are perfect in their roles. They are character actors and fit perfectly into the storyline. The African kingpin is also intriguing and well-played. Story is similar though to the recent Jack Reacher movie of Tom Cruise - because the villain is a foreigner who has escaped the law to become an honest businessman in USA. The business is also the same - getting city and State contracts for civil engineering and draining their economy through corrupt practices.

But the similarity ends there - at the villain's agenda. The movie is completely different. Stallone teaches the cop a few things about how to crack open a case. He investigates like a fifties Philip Marlowe. Really brilliant show here by the script-writer and director. Stallone doesn't play an old man. He just plays an experienced and seasoned professional - having to carry the cop along on this hell-ride to vengeance.

The cop does redeem himself toward the end. The climax is unpredictable. Momoa shines! The axe battle between Momoa and Stallone - a macho dare - a fight to the death - man-to-man. This is also similar to the unarmed combat between Tom Cruise and the mercenary villain of Jack Reacher. So yet another similarity there.

I guess Lee Child's novel came first and the graphic novel later. But there is plenty of differences to enjoy the two movies separately.

Stallone matches Arnold's new action movie but of course The Last Stand was simply a better overall movie than Bullet to the Head - story, acting, plotting, thrills, etc.


QUOTES:

James Bonomo: [upon meeting Taylor] I thought I smelled a cop.

James Bonomo: Are you a cop or shrink?

Taylor Kwon: [to James after he shot Marcus] You don't just kill a guy like that!
James Bonomo: I just did!

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Post  2write on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:28 am

Can't see much difference from Die Hard 4.0 and Die Hard 5. Both have action and guns and death from start to end. Both have epic scale action scenes with big trucks on civilian roads. This time in Russia. Bruce Willis finds out his son is charged with murder in Moscow court of law. He lands there only to bump into his son fleeing from the law.

The witty-quips are not as awesome as the first 3 Die Hard movies. Those are must-watch and perfect.

Bruce plays a father trying to help his son who hates his Dad because he was never around while growing up.

Meanwhile big guns, explosions and dead bodies continue. It becomes monotonous - all the non-stop action. Like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.

I watched it only in support of the Die Hard franchise and in support of Bruce Willis. I am hoping that Bruce Willis will shine in the new GI Joe movie alongside The Rock Dwayne Johnson.

Bruce hasn't aged as well physically as Arnold and Sylvester Stallone. Willis looks older and weaker. But his face does show determination and drama. He is an actor first and an action-hero later. So he does well with his limitations.

Not really a must-watch but the action is indeed in EPIC proportions.

QUOTES:

Jack McClane: Certain death.
John McClane: Like your mother's cooking.

John McClane: The shit we do for our kids. Yipee Ki-Yay motherfucker!

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