Jaws it’s not :(

The Shallows – FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

 

Yes, I know.  This movie was never going to be JAWS but it at least could have been entertaining and it wasn’t.

Short review….So I downloaded this a few days ago and decided to watch it yesterday.  I got through the first ten minutes but then I was distracted by everything else in the world.  So I did what I shouldnt do and clicked in 5-10 intervals on the time bar to see if anything interesting was happening in the movie.  Sadly there wasn’t.  Girl gets her leg bitten into by shark and climbs onto a rock.  The shark with an agenda, circles the rock the entire time because there must be no other place to get food.  She checks out her modern surf watch which we can see but then the director decides to put a graphic up on the screen od said watch then telling us what the time meant.  How much longer until low tide.  Well low tide did not work so now the girl has to swim to a buoy to evade the high tide and the shark.  So I skip along more as she has already sewn up her wound (not even close to believable) and she finally is going to make a break for it.  In the mean time she has discovered an obstable, on the ocean floor that she will use as an obstacle which she does and it conveniently kills the shark in the process, similar in the way you kill a zombie in The Walking Dead.  She goes ashore and now its present day with her awesome looking shark bite scar and her on the beach again looking out on the water.  The final scene leaves you left wondering will she go back in…..well duh she brought all here gear again, so if she was unsure I doubt she would have gone all that way for all that trouble.

 

 

P.S.  starring Blake Lively

HBO On Demand – Everest

Everest – B

So last year a movie I had to admit, I saw the poster for this but saw no trailer or tv spots.  I already knew a little about the true story of those unfortunate events 20 years ago.  So in comes 2016 and Everest is released on home platforms and I decide to watch it.  It was a great two hours I lost that day.  This might be the best movie I have scene where the stars are all played by some of the best character actors we have today.  The biggest name on the billing, she subtly plays a small but emotional role.  From what I could tell most of the effects were practical and even when CGI was used, mainly for scenery purposes, it did not take me out of the movie.  That is good because a lot of times on home video, CGI can really become weak to the eye than it was in a theater.

It is 1996.  Everest in recent years has become busier than ever with guid companies offering an escort to the summit for upwards of $60k.  Most are experienced climbers and some are just amateur ones looking for the thrill.  Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) has become the go to guide company.  For this trek he will be taking Doug, a U.S. Postman, Beck (Josh Brolin), an arrogant Texan, Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelley) from Outside Magazine, and Yasuko Namba, one of the low number of women looking to climb all of the “Seven Summits”.

Also on the mountain will be a group from South Africa whose team leader is not a team player and a group led by American Scott Fischer ( Jake Gyllenhaal).  Fischer is a free caring, high-octane filled soul who looks more in place in the 60’s than he does in the 90’s.

As the teams spend the next few weeks at Base Camp adjusting to altitude, on one of their practice treks Hall and Fischer are seeing the potential dangers they are going to run into with mountain being so busy this year.  A meeting is called amongst the other team leaders as Hall and Fischer attempt to schedule the climbs to make it safer and not create a log jam in case of bad weather.  The South Africans walk out in protest, as they still believe that in this day, even after many have already scaled the top of Everest that they should be able to get there first.  With the money being spent by the climbers they feel obligated to get their clients up to the top.  Weather conditions don’t mean a thing because next year if you cannot guarantee a summit, new or returning climbers are going to go with another group and that hurts the bottom line.

Hall, Fischer, and a few other groups all agree to stagger their climbs. Hall and Fischer after a few more days have even agreed to team up to keep the traffic low.  Throughout the next few days, a few climbers will have to give up their dream as they are unable to acclimate to the conditions of high altitude.  Others have their fears and doubts set in after many days of treks to get to the next camp.

Helen, the base camp operator, has informed Rob of a potential storm that could come in on April 11th.  They day before they have already suffered through one nasty storm that came in out of nowhere.  Around midnight leading into the 11th, the skies are clear and the teams start their ascent to the summit, with the idea they will hit the 2pm turn around time, giving them time to spare in case of a new storm.

This is a true story, so it is not a spoiler if I say what happens, I know this.  That though is never the intention of this blog.  If you want a movie that will make you feel and cause a few tears, Everest offers this.  Right now this is featured on HBO GO.  I watched for the second time yesterday and thought I should post about it because it is an enjoyable film.  It isn’t over done as sometimes these true life stories can be.  It honored the climbers, especially those who lost their lives that day.  It does not demonize anyone for their choices because the one part of the movie where you think Hall makes a bad decision, those people don’t know or have the climbers mentality.  Also the storm that came in would have still affected the group regardless of any other actions Hall took.

 

 

Recently Released Review -The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys   A-

So sadly while In Paris, I never got around to see this movie and I always said once it was released I will watch it because everyone has great things to say about it.

They weren’t kidding.  From the 70’s era opening logos and music, you are immediately transported bag to that time of flared suits, greasy long hair and creepy mustaches that we use as the joke today, “porno stache.”

So long and short of it is, Porno actress is killed, her grandma thinks she is still alive so private detective Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is asked to look for her and is investigation leads him to the name Amelia.  At the same time, Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is hired b Amelia to intimidate March into stop looking for her.  After Healy beats up March in their first encounter Healy has come to realize that one, he forgets how awesome yoohoo is and two, after his encounter with the man with the blue face (which Healy gave) and his henchman, that March is a man he will need to help Amelia.

Tagging along, sometimes unknowingly to her father is March’s daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice).  When she isn’t being her father’s designated driver and hanging around the ruins of her old home that caught fire, she is helping with the investigation and every scene Rice is in, she pretty much steals them.  She says to her father that he is the worst detective ever but in her mind knows that when he has a sober moment he can be quite brilliant.

So, our heroes of course, find Amelia but she is clever at getting away from our clumsy detectives.  Her mother, Kim Basinger, is head of the justice department and is trying to keep her disappearance under wraps and hires March and Healy to find her and bring her home safely.  She knows her daughter has been involved in the porn industry and other groups that she feels will ruin her daughter’s life.

With all this said, any more will give away the movie, so listen.  The comedy is on point.  Shane Black has written and directed this fine film.  He captures the feel of the 70’s.  The violence while real still brings with it some humor.  The twist while not grand is interesting and brings for a fun and all so true ending regarding corporate and government systems here in America.

So go rent or download on your preferred service and enjoy a laugh with friends, a lover, family or just yourself.  You will all be laughing.