Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
An Excellent film! Possibly as good as the original. Cruise returns as Reacher, the loner and former Army major who uncovers a collusion between local police officials and individuals at the local military base to steal and covertly distribute weaponry. Tom Cruise's performance of Jack Reacher, especially in this sequel, is "Spot On." Cruise nailed the nuances, demeanor, attitude and presence of Jack Reacher in every way. While "Never Go Back" seemed to require a bit more dialogue and character development, the action and storyline carried it.
Like any action adventure Hollywood cranks out, you do have to "suspend belief" just a bit, but the action and fight scenes in "Never Go Back" are incredibly realistic compared to what Hollywood usually offers up. They were nothing short of awesome!
Sure, it's a sequel, but I challenge the viewers to go into this film with an open mind; I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
A Sci-Fi action film? That depends on your expectations. this is not a film about aliens, nor is there a lot of action. This is a science fiction film, perhaps in the same vein as 2001 or Contact. This is a film about how we react to shock, adversity and uncertainty. The scientific weight of the plot rests perfectly on introspective observations about our species, rather than on solving technical puzzles or encountering the cosmic environment. Nothing is spoon-fed to you in this film and you will NOT receive all the answers. Much is left open to your interpretation.
The premise of Arrival is of an extraterrestrial race that has landed 12 large craft in seemingly unconnected locations around the planet. An American research team is quickly formed to try to communicate with the visitors. As the team starts to decipher the aliens' language, panic begins to spread around the globe as they start to question "why are the aliens here?" With international tensions mounting, fear gives way to the threat of violence, and discovering the motives of the aliens is the only way to save humanity from its own worst instincts.
A cerebral film, very deep. Your teenagers wont like it much!
The Girl on the Train:
A "whodunit" thriller, based on a book of the same name, centering around the lives of three women. The story employs an intriguing technique of using an unreliable narrator and shifting chronology, flashbacks, time-hops, recovered memory, and fleeting conversations.
In the film, Emily Blunt plays Rachel Watson, a woman who has turned to alcohol as her life collapses around her. Each morning, she rides the train to and from work and passes the neighborhood where she and her ex husband used to live.
During her morning commute, two stops on the commuter line afford her a view into the house where she and her ex use to live, and also the home of a young couple she begins to imagine as the "perfect couple." Each day, her imaginative story unfolds, allowing her to escape her own reality. As a black-out-drunk, however, the confused images reveal a startling reality, when the young women in the "perfect" setting, mysteriously disappears.
A bit slow in spots however, the film captures the dark tone of the novel.
The astonishing story of Desomomd T. Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist and conscientious objector who's strong religious beliefs led him to avoid any possibilities of taking a human life, thus refusing to take up arms in battle. Yet to serve his country in World War II, he became a U.S. Army Medic. During the battle of Okinawa Desmond became first and only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the war.
From the citation for his award of the Congressional Medal of Honor......." As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machine gun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Pfc. Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying all 75 casualties one-by-one to the edge of the escarpment..
The film depicts the horrors of war quite graphically, dropping you into the center of a World War II battle. Like the movie Saving Private Ryan, it also presents the awful realities of horrific war injuries. The combat scenes are brutal and chilling. In one scene in particular a Japanese counter-attack adds to the stark terror, and strongly illustrates the violence US troops faced in the Pacific battles.
A great but sobering war movie.