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Die Trying

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2012-12-23 23:08

Lee Child's second Jack Reacher book, Die Trying has a worse plot than the first albeit with better writing. I bet US soldiers really lap this up.

I'm going to give a "pass" rating to this entire series. It really isn't very good. But I have a few more of these Jack Reacher books and I'm going to go through the lot of 'em, I reckon :)

Killing Floor

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2012-12-21 20:39

A very "pulpy" action novel by author, Lee Child, The Killing Floor does not really throw any surprises your way. The hero is a Jack Reacher and is an army man who now wanders aimlessly around the US thereby allowing the author to create an entire series around his persona. The classic masterless Samurai/Ronin cliché :)

Passable read.

Taken 2

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2012-12-21 20:29

Too many plot holes and the bad guys are simply not good enough. Some scenes are enjoyable though.

Passable entertainment. The first part was better.

Man with the iron fists, The

Submitted by Druss on Fri, 2012-12-14 00:01

A rapper named RZA, a couple of professional wrestlers, a semi-professional boxer, Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe. This was never going to be good and why Crowe, who's metamorphosed into a tub of lard, wanted to act in it beats me. The action is interesting in some parts. But on the whole, and even assuming that this is supposed to be some kind of a parody, this is simply a travesty.

Avoid unless you while away most of your nights in self-flagellation.

Odd man out

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-12-13 23:43

A good movie from 1947 starring James Mason and Robert Newton (in a supporting role) which is set in Ireland. It has unfortunately not aged as well as it could have. But it is nevertheless worth the watch.

No way out

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-12-13 00:29

A Kevin Costner spy flick which seems ridiculously clichéd until the very end. It could have been done a lot better with a tighter screenplay and better direction.

Premium Rush

Submitted by Druss on Thu, 2012-12-06 08:55

This is pure action entertainment which can hit the spot when done well and Premium Rush does an above par job on that. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a nice fit in these types of roles and the whole delivery boy + bike with no brakes + Zen dialogue kind of works.

Recommended if you like fast-paced action, racing, tricks, and plots built around these three and nothing else.

Bourne Legacy, The

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2012-12-03 20:12

This is a spin-off from the excellent Bourne series with Matt Damon. This one has Jeremy Renner starring as a Bourne-like character albeit in a different project similar to Treadstone and Blackbriar. Thanks to the Bourne exposé, the CIA decides to shut down all other similar projects. This process involves liquidating all "samples" which includes Renner's character, Aaron Cross.


Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2012-11-28 00:43

While it has a number of positives, they are overwhelmed by the negatives. One of the former is the presence of Tom Hardy who is one cool fscker. One of the latter is the plot which is a little wishy-washy. The script is also not really all that great with the characters coming across as too hollow. However, what I really did not like about this movie was the presence of Shia LaBeouf who is probably the most annoying actor on the planet.

I would have given it one more star if it wasn't for Shiat.


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