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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

[Review] Taken 3

Ex-government operative Bryan Mills starting to show his age in this third installment of the Taken series - I can swear that I heard his panting almost every breath taking scene, which makes the acting by Liam Neeson real.

In this series, Bryan Mills is hoping to reconcile with his ex-wife, Lenore St. John who is said to be not happy with her current husband. The reconciliation however cut short when she was brutally murdered. Bryan Mills was frame for the murder of Lenore and consumed with rage, he go on hiding to evade the CIA, FBI and the police and he intended to track down the murderer on his own with his skills.

It doesn't take long before he realized that the murderer is from the group of Russians, which then leads him to his ex-wife husband - and he interrogates him until he told how he was forced to cooperate with the Russians which might target Bryan's daughter, Kim. So, in order to protect his daughter while he revenge, he gets help from his friends to bring his daughter to where he can protect her while doing all the "dirty" work. Only after he almost exact justice for his wife, Bryan Mills realized that he and the Russians were played by Stuart to get the insurance money

Overall, I would say that Taken 3 doesn't really share much similarity between the first two installment, but Taken 3 has something fresh although I'm not really surprise by the ending as it is clearly shown half way in the movie. With action packing from the beginning Bryan go into hiding till the end, I would say that this movie is entertaining - although some of the escape doesn't really make sense but well, it's a movie after all and it doesn't have to make sense.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb [Review]

You know a movie is bad when you can't wait for it to end....and that's how bad Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb is for me.

Night at the museum 3...same as before and it's boring

If you have watched the first two movies of Night at the Museum, expect yourselves to re-watch it again at The Secret of the Tomb, because it was the same....only worse off. 

And while it's a farewell to Robin Williams, this movie is a real flop and disappointing.

There is a lot of effort to create the sort of farewell effect that caught us all in Toy Story 3, but here, the Night at the Museum just failed 90 minutes, the movie is short yet I felt like I can't wait for the movie to end just as soon as it got started.

The opening of the movie bring us to Egypt....when the magical tablet was discovered for the first time, and a warning that "it will come to an end"...that the magical spell that will come to an end...which then bring us to the present, with Larry (Ben Stiller) as the security guard and the now directors of night time operations, in charge of some "special effects" for a fundraiser event, which turned wrong....because apparently, the tablet's magical spell is running out of juice....which then bring us to an adventure to London.

But the real problem here is this: different settings, same thing, all over again with more nuisance this time. Well, we got the magical tablet that still work to wake up everything in the museum at night and the characters running around in their new settings to find out the "secret" of the magical tablet...before sunrise. (another beat the clock model...sounds familiar? if you've watched the first 2 movies, you know what I mean)....we got Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt (what a farewell to the great comedian...this movie is definitely not one of his best)....Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan as the tiny guys....(honestly, I felt like Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan were in the movie for the sake of doing so...none of them really look interested in their characters....and their lines, besides the Pompei scene, I can't think of anything else). 

Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, looking dull in this movie

some Hun guy speaking in gibberish...big dinosaurs skeletons maybe? All of that are in it...with some addition that definitely bring some light to the movie but not enough: Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) was something new and bring some 
freshness to the movie...

Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot, something fresh in Night at the Museum but not enough

but Laa (also played by Stiller)...while occasionally it does create the sense of humor that made us laugh, it felt like a forced-comedy at times. And the scene between Laa and the British nightwatchwoman (Rebel Wilson)...gosh!! I'm not sure if it's meant for laughter or romance but none of it work for me....come on! Just cut that scene off! Gross!! 

Definitely one of the movie that I will say a big disappointment.... 

Well, maybe the biggest problem for me is that the movie feels and looks exactly the same, and I honestly won't miss it....and won't mind not watching it as well....I felt the movie was made just because the first 2 episodes helped them to earn some big money. 

Robin Williams, one last ride

Probably the only reason for you to watch it is because it's a tribute and farewell to Robin Williams...I love the scene between Teddy and Larry saying goodbye...because it does create that sort of closure to a great actor....but even that would not save Night at the Museum 3...perhaps sometimes, some movie should just stop at the second one.