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Skyscraper – Review

Skyscraper – Budget of $125 million – 1 hour and 42 minutes

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Zhao has created The Pearl.  The largest, self-sustaining structure in the world.  It is 3200 feet tall, with 2 helix turbines for power, and an observation deck that will become the 8th wonder of the world.  The lower levels are open but soon he hopes to open the residential section.  In order to do that, he wants a third party opinion of the building’s security.  Zhao’s security member Ben recommends Will Sawyer.  Ben and Will were on the same hostage negotiation team when both men were injured 10 years ago.  Now, Will has a wife Sarah and twins, Georgia and Henry, and a small business.  While he is nervous about his presentation, Sarah reassures him that he is prepared.   Will informs Zhao that the building is sound but he can not give a full review until he inspects the offsite facility.  Zhao gives him a tablet with facial recognition. With the tablet, he will be the only person who can access the facility.  Zhao instructs Ben and Will to visit the facility immediately for the final assessment.  On the way, someone tries to steal Will’s tablet but fail.  Will calls to check on his family and finds out that Henry got sick so they came home early.  Then Will looks at the TV and sees The Pearl on fire below his family’s floor.  He has to get to them but the terrorists need his tablet to get what they truly want.  When the terrorist stop the fire suppression system, Will must do anything and everything to save his family.

This high action drama gives a 3-minute overview of Sara and Will love story and then jumps to the present day.  Then the specs for The Pearl are given in a flash.  These details are 100% important for the rest of the movie, so don’t be late.  Once the movie is set up, every moment has action and cliffhangers.  You will be shocked with every obstacle that stands in Will’s way.  In one scene, each member of his family is stuck in a state of peril while be surrounded by fire.  And Will has to get to each of them.  But Sarah sets this movie apart.  As a military sergeant with 3 tours of duty, she doesn’t hide in a corner with her kids and waits to be saved.  She fights, shots, and thinks her way out of every situation.  And when she sees Will is being fingered as a possible terrorist, she is there to set the record straight.  See this movie in Dolby or IMAX to get the full effect of the height and visual effects.  Unless you are scared of heights or get motion sick.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Light a man’s house on fire and see what he loves the most – Kores

Got any duct tape – Will

You need a shower – Sara

I’m a King – Georgia

It sucks – Henry

Welcome to Heaven – Zhao

Ready to meet the Wizard – Ben

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Searching – Review

Searching – Budget Unknown – 1 hours and 42 minutes

Searching
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David Kim sits at home and watches videos of his daughter Margot and his late wife Pam throughout the years.  Later he calls Margot to find out when she is coming home and chastises her for not taking out the trash.  Then he gets a call from his brother Peter to ask about Pam’s recipe.  During the night, Margot attempts to call him twice and FaceTime him once.  He misses all 3 calls.  The next morning he attempts calling and texting all day long but to no avail.  He finds some relief when he learns that Margot was invited on a camping trip with little to no cell reception with Isaac and friends.  However, that relief is short-lived when Isaac calls and says Margot never went on the trip.  Now David is faced with the horrific reality that Margot is missing.  He files a missing person report and Det. Rosemary Vicks is assigned to the case.  She says they can handle the groundwork but he can help by talking to all of Margot friends and looking at her online presence.  David remembers Margot left her laptop at home and starts a search that will lead him to wonder: what is the definition of “friend” today, can anyone be trusted, and did he really know Margot?

This story is told through the everyday screens we use like Unfriended (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, Searching drives its viewer to have more emotional responses.    You will laugh, be genuinely concerned, and fill a pit in your stomach throughout this entire movie.  With so many screens in front of us, this movie proves we never really see each other.   Searching uses old technology to show Margot growing up and losing her mother.  And as you watch Margot grow up, the technology changes and gets better.  Within the first 5 minutes, you have an emotional connection to Margot through pictures, videos, and calendar posts.  So when she goes missing, you are worried for her safety.  You see the hurt, confusion, and panic on her father’s face as he looks through her contacts and calls the people she “friended” on Facebook.  You get pulled in and want to know what happened to her.  And like life, there are a lot of close calls that lead to more unanswered questions.  These unanswered questions provide the twist and turns that make this movie a thrilling mystery.  You won’t see this coming.  Searching is a great summer thriller that will gain a cult following.

4.5 out of 5 stars

You don’t always know your kids. And that’s not your fault – Det. Rosemary

Where is my daughter – David

I’m about to get in trouble, aren’t I – Margot

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Den of Thieves – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Los Angeles is the banking capital of the world and has 9 bank robberies a day.  So after an armored truck is stolen, Big Nick and his fellow officers are ready to go.  They look through their list of usual suspects to narrow the potential perpetrators down.  However, when Nick learns the thieves knew how to strike and where to strike but the truck was empty, he concludes there is more to the robbery.  The only known robber with this much expertise is Merriman.  Merriman is ex-military, ex-football player gone bad and paroled 8 months ago.  After surveillance, they find the Den of Thieves backing Merriman.  Big Nick learns Merriman’s thieves were either in jail with him, in the military with him, or on his football team.  Nick knows the thieves are trained and ready at a moments notice.  But what Nick doesn’t know is the robbers are preparing for the biggest score ever.  The one bank that has never been robbed, The Federal Reserve.  The team wants to break in and steal the bills marked for shredding.  They know the serial number will be taken out of the system and no one will be looking for the money.  To get this information, Nick will go after the newest and weakest member of the team, Donnie, the driver.

Talk about a roller coaster ride.  This movie hits the gas and never let’s go.  You are given a thrilling cat and mouse game with an Ocean’s Eleven-style bank robbery with a Set It Off shootout (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now pay close attention to everything you see and hear, it will become important.  And you have no idea how this will end.  While uncovering the mystery, it does go own the path of Nick’s marriage.  This was completely unnecessary.  With several scenes, you got to see that he is self-destructive.  So the fallout of his marriage was not needed.  See this movie before someone ruins the ending.  And you will want to watch it again.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You pausing for dramatic effect? – Big Nick

I told you so – Merriman

So, you work across the street? – Donnie

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12 Strong – Review

12 Strong – Budget of $35 million – 2 hours and 9 minutes

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After seeing the 9/11 attacks on TV, Capt. Nelson wants to rescind his retirement paperwork and go to Afghanistan with his men.  Lt. Bowers says no but when Cheif Warrant Officer Spencer learns the papers have not been filed, he rips them up and Nelson’s men will be the first strike against the Taliban.  Once they arrive in the war zone, Col.Mulholland gives the team of 12 men the code name Task Force Dagger.  Dagger must meet with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northan Alliance and join forces.  They will use his intel and Dagger’s training & air strikes to release the Taliban’s stronghold on the area.  They have a few problems.  First, winter is near and the weather will hinder the air strikes.  Second, there is a turf war between the different factions of the Northern Alliance.  And last, the terrain is better accessible by horseback.  With little horse riding experience and only 6 horses, the Dagger splits off into 2 teams.  Alpha Team will meet up with Dostum while Bravo Team will stay at the base and relay messages to HQ until they get more horses.  This is a bloody and complicated battle that will have a lasting impact on both sides.

Based on Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, this movie gives you a small window into the first battle against the Taliban (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s frustrating to see Task Force Dagger face language barriers and infighting within the Northern Alliance.  When Nelson learns that Dostum is in contact with the Taliban, he is in total shock.  They consistently have pissing matches over the walkie-talkies.  While this is the first blow of a major war, it left its mark on American and Taliban history.  This movie does not hold back on any battle scene.  You will see blood, guts, dismemberment, and the after-effects of a suicide bomber.  So if you suffer from PTSD or shell shock, this movie can be skipped.  On the other side, it does show that the Taliban’s beliefs are not widely held among the Afghan people but it is deadly forced upon them.  This is just one more war on their soil.  And that’s the truly sad part about this movie.  Also, there is no need to see it in IMAX.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I told him I wanted back in and he said no – Nelson

You are cutting the head off your most venomous snake – Spencer

No, he is showing us off. He is saying here’s the Americans. They are with me – Diller

Those are killer’s eyes – Dostum

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Den of Thieves – Review

Den of Thieves – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Den of Thieves
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Los Angeles is the banking capital of the world and has 9 bank robberies a day.  So after an armored truck is stolen, Big Nick and his fellow officers are ready to go.  They look through their list of usual suspects to narrow the potential perpetrators down.  However, when Nick learns the thieves knew how to strike and where to strike but the truck was empty, he concludes there is more to the robbery.  The only known robber with this much expertise is Merriman.  Merriman is ex-military, ex-football player gone bad and paroled 8 months ago.  After surveillance, they find the Den of Thieves backing Merriman.  Big Nick learns Merriman’s thieves were either in jail with him, in the military with him, or on his football team.  Nick knows the thieves are trained and ready at a moments notice.  But what Nick doesn’t know is the robbers are preparing for the biggest score ever.  The one bank that has never been robbed, The Federal Reserve.  The team wants to break in and steal the bills marked for shredding.  They know the serial number will be taken out of the system and no one will be looking for the money.  To get this information, Nick will go after the newest and weakest member of the team, Donnie, the driver.

Talk about a roller coaster ride.  This movie hits the gas and never let’s go.  You are given a thrilling cat and mouse game with an Ocean’s Eleven-style bank robbery with a Set It Off shootout (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now pay close attention to everything you see and hear, it will become important.  And you have no idea how this will end.  While uncovering the mystery, it does go own the path of Nick’s marriage.  This was completely unnecessary.  With several scenes, you got to see that he is self-destructive.  So the fallout of his marriage was not needed.  See this movie before someone ruins the ending.  And you will want to watch it again.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You pausing for dramatic effect? – Big Nick

I told you so – Merriman

So, you work across the street? – Donnie

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