Review: Riddick [2013]

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Riddick is the third chapter in a franchise that started with Pitch Black back in 2000. Followed up by The Chronicles of Riddick in 2004. I’ve seen Pitch Black but missed Chronicles. Turns out you really don’t need to see part two to understand part three, but that’s mainly because Riddick doesn’t have a very strong story.

After being betrayed by Vaako, played by Karl Urban (his only scene), and left for dead on a strange planet, Riddick must figure out a way to survive against the elements and leave the planet. That’s basically the whole plot. He finds a futuristic rest stop and activates an emergency beacon which brings two sets of bounty hunting teams to the planet to try and capture/kill Riddick.

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RoboCop [2014] first trailer officially released!

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The first trailer for the 2014 RoboCop reboot is officially up! There has been some criticism about protagonist, Alex Murphy’s, suit, many comparing it to Nolan’s Batman. Another concern for some fans is the PG-13 rating. Here’s the trailer:

I, personally, think it looks pretty promising. We have a well-rounded cast (Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson) and it just feels like they might’ve nailed it. Then again, I thought the Green Lantern trailer looked good too, and we all know how that turned out. I also hope the cause of his disfigurement is not the explosion that the trailer leads you to believe.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? RoboCop is due for release on Feb. 7, 2014.

Review: Kick-Ass 2

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The original Kick-Ass was a darkly funny, charming take on regular folks who decide to don costumes and fight crime. It was over the top and ridiculous and, with the help of Nicolas Cage, it was a lot of fun. Kick-Ass 2 doesn’t quite reach the bar that was set with the original film. It has its funny moments but overall it feels like it’s trying a little too hard to recreate the magic of the first film.

The first half of the movie could be called “The Adventures of Hit-Girl.” It follows Chloe Grace Moretz’s character much more than Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Dave, the alter ego of our titular character. Dave is on a bit of a hiatus and growing increasingly bored so he persuades Mindy (Hit-Girl) to train him so he can get back in the game as Kick-Ass. He’s constantly reminded of his “glory days” watching tv and seeing all sorts of costumed vigilantes who have been inspired by his costumed persona.

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