#MemoryMovie and #TheNorthman – Movie Reviews

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Memory – Review

Memory – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 54 minutes

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After finishing his last contract early, Alex goes to Mauricio with plans to retire.  Mauricio laughs and reminds Alex that contract killers like them don’t stop.  Like his older brother, Alex has Alzheimer’s, causing him to make detrimental mistakes on the job.  But Mauricio doesn’t know and signs Alex up for another hit.  Alex meets with the connection and gets the hit list, and it’s for Mr. Van Camp and his flash drive.  After completing the job, Alex looks at the list and sees someone added a young woman, Beatriz.  When he goes to kill her, Alex sees she is a young girl and leaves the room.  Alex’s number one rule is don’t hurt kids.  He tells the contractor to call it off, but it’s too late.

FBI agents Vincent and Linda work in tandem with a Mexican police officer, Hugo.  They save exploited children at the border.  Vincent kills Papa, Beatriz’s father and trafficker, in a sting operation.  Their boss, Gerald, can’t hide his fury because Papa was their only lead to the crime syndicate running the trafficking ring.  They put Beatriz in a border detention center.  Vincent believes Beatriz knows more than she’s telling them and wants to put her into witness protection.  Gerald agrees, but only if she cooperates with the investigation.

Within 24 hours, a newscaster reports Beatriz’s murder.  Alex worries he could be the killer, but his date confirms he spent the night with her.  Alex decides to go after Beatriz’s killer.  Vincent, Linda, and Hugo feel betrayed by their governments and choose to find the person or persons in charge of killing Beatriz.  These four people are on a collision course of justice.

This movie highlights corruption at the highest level of both governments and the dark side of a mother’s love.  The story is hard to follow during Alex’s episodes, but it helps the viewer understand his confusion.  The film highlights political issues without forcing the viewer to pick.  The only side is that of justice.  The violence is typical for this genre and doesn’t expand on it.  If this is your cup of tea, see it at the matinee price.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

If I’m here, it’s gone too far – Alex

I draw deserts – Beatriz

I’d give you 5 million if it’s 135 – Davana

Put some clothes on – Linda

You gave me an alibi – Vincent

I had him – Hugo


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The Northman – Review

The Northman – Budget of $70 – 90 million – 2 hours and 17 minutes

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King Aurvandill returned from war and walked into the arms of his wife, Queen Gudrún, and son, Prince Amleth.  Aurvandill worries about his wounds and thinks it’s time to prepare Amleth to take the throne.  Gudrún thinks Amleth is too young, and Aurvandill’s brother, Fjölnir, should take it.  But Aurvandill disagrees and goes through with the ceremony.  Afterward, a group of masked men attacks Aurvandill.  He tells Amleth to run before they kill him.  Amleth watches as Fjölnir takes off his hood, declares the throne his, and kills Aurvandill.  Fjölnir tells his men to find and kill Amleth.  Amleth cuts the nose off one of the men and flees.  Amleth runs to find Gudrún, but he is too late.  He sees Gudrún flung over Fjölnir’s shoulder, screaming and kicking.  He runs to the river, gets in a boat, and paddles away. He declares that he will avenge his father, save his mother, and kill Fjölnir.

Years later, Vikings saved and raised Amleth.  They made Amleth a berserker to prepare him for battle.  After a brutal win, the Vikings take the women and men hostage for enslavement and kill the children.  Amleth learns the Vikings will take the slaves to Fjölnir to enrich his kingdom.  Over the years, Fjölnir lost his kingdom to Harald of Norway and now resides in Iceland.  So, Fjölnir killed Aurvandill for nothing.  Amleth has a vision that his revenge nears.  He gives himself the mark of a slave and sneaks onto the boat heading for Iceland.  Olga, an enslaved woman, knows Amleth is a Viking.  He tells her his noble origin, and she tells him she is a sorceress.  She will use her gifts to aid Amleth if he frees her.  Amleth is on a path to revenge served bloody.

Based on the legend of Amleth, this film depicts the horrific events that inspired Hamlet (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Amleth learns that one’s legacy isn’t always linear.  It hides ugly truths and generational pain, and the plot foreshadows Amleth’s dark legacy but through the eyes of a witch.  The set designers’ and customers’ meticulous attention to detail is noticeable.  From the food to the clothes to the ingenuity, it left the viewer engrossed in the film.  However, with that level of attention, the disgusting horrors of war are painfully accurate.  Skip this film if depictions of torture, assault, and child abuse trigger you.  

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Never enter my chambers without permission – Queen Gudrún

Strike brother strike – King Aurvandill

I am no one’s brother – Prince Amleth

Your strength breaks their bones. I have the strength to break their minds – Olga

We will fight at the Gates of Hel – Fjölnir

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