#Geostorm, #OnlyTheBrave, and more – Movie Reviews

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Geostorm – Review

Geostorm – Budget of $81 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Geostorm
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After several horrific weather events, scientists from 17 different countries got together to bring Jake’s design to fruition.  That design is called Little Dutchboy.  Little Dutchboy puts a net of satellites around the world.  If any major weather event is detected, countermeasures are taken to stop that event.   Although the world loves Jake for his design, the government is not happy.  He turned on Little Dutchboy without government approval.  Jake feels that government red tape would have taken too long and lives were hanging in the balance.  So he took the initiative and started the program.  But since Jake refuses to play ball, he is fired and replaced with his brother Max.  Sadly, Max has to deliver the news.  Three years later, Jake has lost his job, home, wife, money, and daughter.  So he is surprised to walk outside and see Max talking to his daughter Hannah.  Max informs Jake of a malfunction in Little Dutchboy.  Somehow, it froze a small desert village in Afghanistan and killed over 300 people.  Jake has been asked to go up to the International Space Station and fix the satellites.  Once at the space station, Jake learns this anomaly was not a malfunction but a hack.  Jake, Max, and Max’s girlfriend Sarah (a secret service agent) must work together to save the planet.  If they fail, the satellites will make several murderous storms that will merge together to create a Geostorm.

This is a compelling story of Machine vs God.  Now be forewarned, this movie talks about global warming but doesn’t say the words.  While the story is a reminder of Armageddon, it is fun to watch (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The graphics are amazing as lightning strikes hit Florida, searing heat melts Russia, and tsunamis take out Dubai.   The storyline of machines controlling the weather and sabotage is compelling.
However, the “why” the hack is being done, is not new or special.  On the other hand, how the hack is done and how deep the sabotage goes is impressive.  Also, the subplot of Sarah and Max & Dina and Max is witty and smart.  So, see this movie in theaters at the matinee price. If you love graphics, watching things blow up, and an okay storyline, this is the movie for you.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Are you seriously asking that question – Hannah

Just roll over – Max

I will not be the president to hand over damaged goods. Not now. Not ever – President Palmer

I observe. We are trained to notice disturbing details – Sarah

I got you – Jake

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Only The Brave – Review

Only The Brave – Budget of $38 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

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Only The Brave
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Eric Marsh is the superintendent of the Prescott Fire Crew. They work on containing and stopping forest fires. While he loves his job, he hates the disrespect he receives from Hot Shots. Hot Shots are the top forest firefighters. They make the decision and the rules. And Marsh has seen their decisions cost people their homes and lives. He knows that he and his crew are the best and hopes they will be certified as Hot Shots. He has 17 great crew members but is looking for more. He gets 2 new men. He fills one spot with a Legacy and another with Brenden. Brenden is trying to trail a new path in his life since becoming a father. He has been sober for a few months and wants to provide a good living. Marsh’s men work hard and they get good news. The Wildland Division Chief, Duane Steinbrink, is going to fight to ensure that Prescott Fire Crew become the first municipal team to become a Hot Shot crew in the USA.

Based on Granite Mountain by Brendan McDonough, this ‘based on real events’ movie is a story of brotherhood, triumph, and pain (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). While you can’t get to know each person individually, you will see the real men at the end. It’s hard to see how much went wrong on the day of the Yarnell Hill Fire, but its great to see how one man honored so many. This movie has the same fight as The 33 but with a much different ending. You will leave with a heartfelt understanding of how firefighters view wildlands; not beautiful but as fuel. This should be seen on the big screen to appreciate the strength of the fire. It rolls through the forest like snow in an avalanche. It is awe strikingly disastrous. Be prepared to tear up dooming the end credits.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Cause you’re smarter than I am when we squabble and it pisses me off – Marsh

Can you get that can – Jesse

We’re a real family – Mac

If you give me a chance, I won’t let you down – Brendan

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The Snowman – Review

The Snowman – Budget of $35 million – 1 hours and 59 minute(s)

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The Snowman
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Detective Harry Hole wakes up from a drunken stupor in a shed during the dead of winter. He staggers into the Oslo Police Department with the hopes of getting work. His boss tells Harry he is lucky to have a job. He won’t give Harry a case until he cleans himself up. Harry tells his boss that having a case would force him to clean up his act. But his boss walks away. Later, Harry receives a letter. The writer states he will build a snowman for the next victim and how that person will be murdered. At first, Harry sees it as a prank but when he sees Detective Katrine Bratt confidential files, Harry concludes this the work of a serial killer. Henry and Katherine must work together to find the snowman before he kills another victim. But Katrina’s past will have a lasting effect on the case and herself.

Based on The Snowman by Jo NesbØ, this is a very slow, disjointed story with an unnecessary subplot about a man in the 2018 Olympic Bid (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You sit and hope someone will die just to get the story moving along. This thriller was better suited for the small screen. However, when you look closely, you will see this is book 7 of a series of 10 books. This was a horrible way to start a film series. Wait until this movie is on free TV.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

You gonna lecture me about drinking – Oleg

I’ll take it – Harry

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