Dragged across concrete or the story of a cop-out

I was pretty excited to see “Dragged across concrete” with Mel Gibson. I had it on my watch list for about a month and tonight I decided to see it along with “Red Joan”. I go in and when the warning screen greets me I giggle with enthusiasm not felt since The Purge first came out.

BBC preview

I was pretty disappointed about what came next. Crappy editing switching from scene to scene with no fades, no character introductions and low lighting more appropriate for brothels than a set. I kept on thinking that some people need to invest in some neon lights!

The story is quite simple: old cop nearing retirement and his partner are suspended for being overly aggressive with a perp. Yep, he was planning on selling drugs to kids in school but he was a Mexican and our hero shouldn’t have used his boot to crunch his face on the metal stairs.

So we get to see how these two white cops live. One is in the ghetto, his wife is disabled with MS and his daughter is aggressively bullied by black kids in the very black looking neighbourhoof. The other seems quite rich, has a posh car and can afford a fancy engagement ring for his long term gf he is planning on marrying once the waters settle.

Both of them suspended, they hatch up a plan to steal money from one of the robbers they normally put away. So they turn to crime.

In the background we see a dude walk in into a convenience store and shoot the clerk down and steal the cash. Very violent and with a machine gun…

We also see how a newly released black con-man is back on the streets in like three weeks after getting out of jail as he couldn’t support his family.

We get it. Everyone has it rough. Black-on-black crimes on the rise, police brutality going unchecked, rough neighbourhoods where girls could not walk safely back from school and poor cops whose salaries make them morally doubtful and corrupt.

The movie had a good premise and the acting was top notch. They even added cameos from famous actors and I was quite happy to see Debra from Dexter on the screen again (even though she was brutally shot down in a robbery)

The violence is over the top when it happens but fortunately that’s not that often. For a movie that had the over 18 stamp, we get about 20min of shooting and actual action (be it gory) out of a 2h 45min runtime.

Let me tell you the first thing that really, really annoyed me. The disposable material which was included in the final cut. This movie would still have been good without 105 minutes of pure boredom.

Cops doing a stake-out: 20min

Guy chewing noisily on a sandwich:3 min

Cops talking about their shitty career and the small rewards they get for all their effort: 15min

Cop talking to wife and daughter:15min

Two bros talking in the getaway car about their shared childhood: 15min

Bank teller who does not want to go to work and leave her baby behind: 15min

Speech at return from maternity inside said bank: 10min

All of this time adds up and could be shortened and not lose any of the essence. You could watch this movie at home, go outside for a BBQ, come back in and these two cops are still in the car chatting to each other.

The bank robbery is only shown partially and we only see one person maybe two shot down. In the news report there are 5 dead and 2 wounded. When did that happen? And the car chase was pretty bland. Mellow enough to show the scenery rolling outside.

We never really find out who the three baddies were. We know of one but the other two? Accomplice 1 &2 are generic whites with a taste for sadism. There’s a really gross scene where they disembow a guy they shot and while they are dragging out the large intestine and slashing the stomach, they make passing remarks showing that they’ve done it before. Racist remarks too: “don’t touch the liver as it will stink this whole place up”, “especially a black guy’s liver ” – did these three dudes go hunting for people in their spare time? They seem to recognize all the organs ok.

The movie offers little to no backstory.

Ps: 99% percent of the people involved die. The two corrupt cops, the hostage, the three white dudes, one black driver.

The surviving black guy somehow magically converts the gold he stole into cash (even though after a massive robbery there would have been an order to check any gold lingo sales) and manages to offer his kid a game room with a big ass TV and his mom a masseuse in a house with massive marble floors and a bay window overlooking a lake with massive mountains in the distance. Posh.

Umm, once ghetto, always ghetto. I would not have expected wise investment ideas from this guy and flaunting his wealth like this after a robbery but hey, maybe he was a hidden genius and smart enough to collect the dough and emigrate to Canada.

He does send a few gold bits to the widow of the cop but not the 40% he promised. Widow is happy with whatever money she gets and whispers a Thank you that could be directed at her dead husband or at anyone else.

They never mention what happened to the cop’s body. Was he declared missing? Did anyone find that shot hostage woman? Did they find the buried bodies?

All that we know is that one ex con got the hit of a lifetime.

End scene, roll credits.

Ps: in the credits the director is sucking his own d$%k by plastering his name everywhere.

Good movie to watch on fast forward.

The Aquaman Movie was good but not great

Spent some lovely time at the cinema this weekend. Armed with popcorn and a massive coke and having gone to the loo prior to entering the 2h and 20min movie, I was settled to see an action-packed adventure movie. And I was not disappointed! Tidal waves, underwater cities, plots to take over the throne by a brother, unworthy kings finds himself worthy due to power of humility, a massive kraken! I loved these parts of the movie!

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Robin Hoodie – Or the story of a guy with no Merry Men

I saw a mess of a movie last night and the trouble is – I was really looking forward to it. Having had a budget over $100 millions, I was expecting something pretty amazing but instead I got an action movie with a terrible script. And I wish the script was the only issue! The acting was filled with one-liners and the action around it was done only to set up those one-liners. he costumes looked like they’ve been made at Primark and not only were they really cheap looking, they weren’t even period appropriate.


Robin-Hood-Movie-Poster-2Quilted jackets, denim, hoodies by the truckload and what really, really pissed me off a little, they tried to make Robin Hood like Assassin’s Creed. I read afterwards that the costumes were designed like this on request. 1/3 period appropriate, 1/3 contemporary, 1/3 futuristic – to give the movie a “unique” vibe. It was “unique” – definitely “unique”. A mix between the costumes of The Capitol in Hunger Games (during the gala) and The Wastelands.

And Hoodies. By God, Robin Hood never had a Hoodie!! It would deter his side vision when shooting arrows!

Little John: You’re not Robin of Loxley anymore. You are the Hood.

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Guess IT’s back in town! And it’s hiding some disturbing facts from the books

Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of stories that Stephen King wrote, none captivated me as much as “IT”. I read the massive book in less than two days (which is a feat if you ask me!) and the reason why I couldn’t put it down had something to do with how well it blended in the Universe that Mr. King created.
I’ll assume you read the book if you are reading this. Or at least seen the very old IT movie from the 80’s which span in two parts (childhood and adulthood).
Do you remember Richie Tozier and Bev Marsh? They popped up in “11/22/63” and started talking about the Turtle and the Barrens and the clown.
Did you see the Dark Tower movie? There was a Pennywise section in the abandoned amusement park.
“It” is also referenced again in “Tommyknockers”, when a supporting character is driving through the town of Derry in a feverish haze caused by the alien- metamorphosis process, and sees a silver-eyed clown grinning at him from a sewer drain – he writes it off as a hallucination caused by his fever.
‘IT’ is also referanced to in ‘Dreamcatcher’; near the middle of the book, when Mr. Gray is trying to find Derry’s water supply, he sees graffitti proclaiming ‘Pennywise Lives!’; also, a bit further on, Jonsey tells Mr. Gray about the storm that washed out Derry and how many years ago around a half-dozen children were killed by a psycho masquerading as a clown.

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Why Atomic Blonde was not the Bomb

I wanted to see a chick John Wick and I was sooo disappointed! Charlize Theron does a mediocre accent in whatever language she is speaking in (German and British English too)!

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Charlize Theron
The movie is not the, “Hyper Retro 80’s Stylized Jane Wick” that the advertisement pitches. That’s about 10% of the movie.
That part was fun. The rest of it is a sloppy borderline incoherent storyline that tries to be clever with plot twist, even if it’s nonsense and predictable. It has a forced romance that you don’t feel. Boring one dimensional characters. It’s style over substance, with not much style. It confuses playing 20 different remixes of, “99 Red Luftballoons” as clever. Even if it doesn’t flow with the context with the scene. It just fits the vibe of the colour palette they shot with. (That’s, “The Style” that the movie is getting praised for. It’s all shot with darker blues and greens with bright greens and pinks as accent colours.) Continue reading “Why Atomic Blonde was not the Bomb”

The Dark Tower Movie * The Beams still stand, barely

I just got back from the 19:19 showing of The Dark Tower. Guess what, folks?

It didn’t suck. I loved it. (Even though it scored a meagre 19% on Rotten Tomatoes)

For those of you who are determined to not go for whatever reasons, I pity you. You are missing another turn of the wheel. This movie was fast paced, had great special effects, good casting, and it sets things up perfectly for the upcoming TV series.

Sure, like all fans, I would have loved to see them Peter Jackson the shit out of this. You know, six epic films. But, that isn’t what happened.

This is another turn of the wheel.

It’s NOT the books. It starts all over.

Roland has given up on saving the Tower and he’s only after revenge. Things are different for Jake too. In this turn, his father has died and his step father is trying to get him sent away. The dreams are driving him crazy. He’s having a tough time. I think that the movie does a good job of providing enough context that anyone unfamiliar with the Dark Tower series will understand what is going on. I found I followed all of the action perfectly. It all made sense. Continue reading “The Dark Tower Movie * The Beams still stand, barely”

The Mummy Reboot – What was Tom Cruise thinking?

That jumbled mess of a movie made no sense… I tried to explain it to a friend this weekend and it went like this:
Two US soldiers out on enemy territory go treasure hunting because they “found” a map that said “Haram” on it. (By definition it means “Forbidden or proscribed by Islamic law.”) How they got Treasure from this is beyond me.

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Kong is King around here! 10 Reasons why I loved this movie!

I loved Kong! Much more than “Logan”. Feel free to throw the rotten tomatoes at me but I didn’t feel any of the XMen excitement when watching the latest installment in the series. It was more like a family drama than like a proper action packed installment. I get it, Logan is not coming back, those stones at the grave will no longer move and that cheesy X sign will guard his body forever. And THANK YOU Marvel for not giving us a freaking end credit. Waited 3 minutes for it and nothing happened! Even Kong had some amazing end credits forshadowing the Godzilla movie coming 2020.

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Tarzan – The new Bruce Willis of Africa

OMG! OMG! OMG! The Legend of Tarzan managed to blow me away last night! I dreaded seeing this movie … it’s been done and done before and just while I was thinking that Hollywood should stop doing remakes and come up with something original, the movie starts and we don’t see that dreaded opening sequence with the shipwreck and the baby Tarzan crying in the hands of the gorilla but a short history of Congo and the battle for imperial domination in the 1880’s and a bunch of explorers getting attacked by natives.

Check out their feet! You can tell who the underpaid hired help are… And the guys does resemble Littlefinger a little.

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