REVIEW – Funny Story

I will be honest, I am a huge fan of the actress Emily Bett Rickards and it was a big reason that I went to the Los Angeles premiere of the film Funny Story. I really had no idea what I was walking into with the plotline, though what I got was an amazing story that is both tragically funny and deeply saddening.

Overview;

Directed by Michael J. Gallagher, the film is a tragic comedy about a well-intentioned father Walter, played by actor Mathew Glave,  who inadvertently wreaks havoc on the life of his estranged daughter Nic, played by actress Jana Winternitz and her partner Kim, played by Emily Bett Rickards.

The basic story is that Walter is looking to rekindle his relationship with his daughter Nic by spending the weekend with her. She tells him that she can’t visit him because she’s going with a group of friends to a resort in Big Sur. Walter asks if he can join them. She reluctantly agrees. On the way, she asks him to pick up her friend Kim to bring with him. What he doesn’t know and finds out when arriving is that his daughter and all of her friends are lesbians and that Nic and Kim are a couple who are planning to get married that same weekend

Through a laundry list of questionable actions and decisions made by Walter, the overall question asked from the story is if you knew a secret that would ruin somebody’s life, would you tell them? This becomes his conflict through a series of hilarious and awkward encounters he has with his daughter, partner, and group of friends that he comes to know for the weekend.

What I Liked About It;

I really didn’t know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Director Michael J. Gallagher did a brilliant job at making you feel as is you were a part of the film in such a way as if you were overhearing someone else’s story or conversation. Which is why it was both funny, sad, and sometimes awkward to watch as if maybe you shouldn’t be watching this deep and very personal story about this group of people. The last movie that had that feeling for me was Director David O. Russell’s movie Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Actor Mathew Glave brought this amazing fine line between humor and tragic figure throughout the entire movie. His work was absolutely amazing in this role. Though it’s not surprising as he’s a seasoned actor who’s been on shows like ER, Stargate SG-1,  Army Wives, and Angie Tribeca. Looking at his IMDB page, he has a wide range of roles that are all across the spectrum. I firmly believe if it was anyone else in the role, the movie would not have been as good as it is.

After seeing Emily Bett Rickards in this movie I can honestly say she is underused on the CW’s Arrow. If she and her team are about to make some business moves then I can see why she jumped ship for next season.  I think Hollywood is about to see how truly talented she is. Her performance in this movie wasn’t just brilliant, it was real. You could feel the emotions she put into every scene.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

If anything it left you with questions at the end. But maybe that’s a good thing? It forces you to use your imagination and create a whole new story in your head in how you think the story ended.

Overall;

If are looking for something completely different when it comes to your movie preference, then I would highly recommend Funny Story. Great acting, great story, it’s well worth checking out. Learn more about the movie at it’s website here www.funnystorymovie.com and check out a click from the movie below.

REVIEW – Ant-Man And The Wasp

Marvel Studios has delivered another amazing film with Ant-Man And The Wasp. In its first weekend alone the movie has made $161 million worldwide and $76 million domestically. Some would say that isn’t a great number but this is the 9th first place Marvel Studios has seen. So I will be the first to say this movie will have legs with moviegoers for the next month. Please note I will write spoilers below. You’ve been warned.

Overview;

The story goes that in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices. He struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted once again by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent mission they need his help with. Scott again puts on the suit to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past to save Dr.Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) the original Wasp.

What I Liked About It;

After the crazy that was Avengers: Infinity War, MCU fans and moviegoers alike need a movie to cleanse the palette from the intensity of Thanos. So it was nice to see that Director Peyton Reed, who directed the first Ant-Man, was able to deliver with Ant-Man And The Wasp.

Right off the back the movie explains what happen with both the original story and what happen in the first movie. But Reed did it in such a way that it flowed quickly and to the point that it fits right into the movie. So if you haven’t seen the original Ant-Man or any of the Marvel movies you could catch on to what was happening pretty quick.

Once again actor Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang/Ant-Man with a lovable personality that you just want to always root for the character. If you really break it down he’s just a normal guy trying to fix his past mistakes and is thrown into a world that is much larger than him. Really both Scott Lang and Ant-Man are the same person when it comes to the personalities and what I mean is that he’s not a Captain America type or have an Iron Man ego. He’s just a guy, who has empathy and witty humor who want’s to do right by his daughter and the ones he loves. Who just happens to be a superhero. Rudd’s portrayal of that is flawless in every scene.

Also in the movie is both Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer who play the original Ant-Man and Wasp. These seasoned actors bring their A games to their respective roles. While Pfeiffer is not in the whole movie, her scenes are very memorable. It’s been a while since moviegoers have seen Pfeiffer in a superhero movie. The last one we saw her in was Batman Returns in 1992.

The breakout star of the movie is Hannah John-Kamen who plays villain/anti-hero Ghost. Best known for role in the SyFy tv show Killjoys and her supporting role in Ready Player One. This movie is going to put her on Hollywood’s radar. Marvel has a huge opportunity with her in that role as Ghost can go in so many directions by the end of the movie, superhero or villain, time will tell. Personally, I am happy they gender-swapped the character as the original was a male and his overall story arc was pretty corny. So kudos to Marvel for doing it right by the character.

As far as the supporting cast, once again Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian bring brilliant their humor helps round out the movie. While the roles are somewhat small they are important and needed. They are like the sprinkles to a birthday cake. They just make it that much better. Also in the supporting cast was Laurence Fishburne who plays Dr. Bill Foster who at one time worked at S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked on important projects that have affected the MCU apparently. I will be interested to see if he pop back up in the MCU in some other movie.

For me, Evangeline Lilly absolutely steals the movie as The Wasp. Her ability to personify a strong female lead was refreshing. Everything from compassion to all out kicking ass and taking names, it’s almost a shame that Marvel didn’t introduce her in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel was very smart in knowing what they have with Lilly as she basically a co-lead of this film. Because as much as Paul Rudd is technically the lead, she really does show her ability to steal a scene throughout the entire movie. Plus she did more of her own stunts than Rudd. I look forward to her interacting with the rest of the heroes in the next untitled Avengers movies next year.

What I think Didn’t Work;

I really can’t nit-pick at anything in this movie. There is a good reason why it got an A- from CinemaScore and an 86% from Rotten Tomatoes.

Overall;

Hands down this movie made it into my top five favorite Marvel movies of all time. It’s full of great acting from brilliant actors, amazing action scenes, and a story that sets the standard for a fun summer movie. Definitely check this movie out in theaters if you get the chance.

Check out the trailer below.

REVIEW – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Like many of us who grew up watching the original Jurassic Park on the big screen back in 1993 and the two others that followed it, it was a no-brainer to go see the sequel to 2015 movie Jurassic World. Before I go any further, spoilers will be written. So continue at your own risk.

Overview;

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom jumps forward in time three years after the park was closed down after all the dinosaurs escaped and caused havoc on park goers.  The park has been abandoned and the world has found out that the island, Isla Nublar, where are the animals live, has an active volcano that is going to erupt any moment that will destroy all life on the island. The question on the mainland has been brought to the US Government if they should or should not save the animals. The short answer is no, with a little convincing from Dr. Ian Malcolm who gives a spectacular speech in testifying before Congress.  Owen (Chris Pratt) and Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island through private funding of a company that wants to save the animals, in particular, “Blue” the raptor that Owen raise since birth. But not all is what it seems. Cue the running, screaming and jumping for their lives and all heck breaks loose until the end of the movie.

What I Liked About It;

Once again the Jurassic Park franchise delivers the one thing everyone wants to see, people running away from dinosaurs. The franchise has come along way since the first one but the constant has been being able to see these huge creatures on the big screen and being blown away by their movie magic. What is great is that they raise the bar with each movie that is created. So while you get the same idea, you walk into the theater knowing that you’ll see something amazingly new.

Reprising their roles is both Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. Both once again bring their A game to the big screen. Between their banter back and forth to the running away from the dinosaurs, you can not argue that they are both amazing at their craft. I mean you have to be good at convincing people that you are actually screaming bloody murder at a dinosaur that is trying to eat you.

The supporting cast was just as brilliant. Actors Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda, while not household names yet, they went toe to toe with both Pratt and Howard and were just as good. Also in the supporting cast was Toby Jones and Ted Levine who both can and have played great villain roles. The movie also had acting royalty with a supporting role from Academy Award Nominees James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum. While their parts were fairly short both were memorable. But the breakout star I think was Isabella Sermon who played Maisie Lockwood. It takes a certain type person, heck even a kid at her age, to be able to act off that many incredible actors and not be forgotten. What’s more interesting, from her IMDB page, this seems to be her first acting role.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

I liked everything about the movie except the script and overall story. The action and acting was great but the story didn’t feel natural to what we have seen in the past from the franchise.  I mean really, I get cloned dinosaurs, but a cloned human with possible dino DNA? Really it’s when they get off the island and back to the mainland and the second part of the movie starts that felt extremely rushed with the pacing, even though the dinos were loose and chasing everyone.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a horrible movie, just not my favorite within the Jurassic Park franchise. Which makes question are we getting desensitized to awesome movies? The bar keeps getting raised with bigger special effects, bigger explosions, over the top action sequences.

Overall;

While I enjoyed it a whole lot, you aren’t missing out on anything if you don’t see it on the big screen. Really check it out when it comes to VOD or cable.

REVIEW – Riddick

I have to admit I had low expectations walking into this movie. This franchise has been very hit or miss. The first movie Pitch Black was an amazing story that brought both scifi and horror into the same film. Directed by David Twohy, the movie made $53 million worldwide and came in third its opening weekend. Not only did it have Vin Diesel before he became a huge action star, it had actors like Keith David and Radha Mitchell bring amazing performances to the screen. The sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, while did better in its first weekend with second place and $115 million worldwide, critics destroyed it with a 29% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Overview;

Riddick is the third movie in the franchise with Vin Diesel once again as Riddick, who finds himself stranded on an untamed planet crawling with aliens that want to kill him. Eventually, he finds himself against not one but two groups of bounty hunters. This is where the fun begins as Riddick does what he does best and starts taking them down one by one. Though after the situation turns, he finds himself having to team up with them to fight a bigger foe.

What I Liked About It;

Vin Diesel once again is in top form with the Riddick character. The tough guy factor is an A+ for him again as he brings his deadly viciousness to the bounty hunters that come looking for him. Which of course sees solid performances from actress Katee Sackhoff and pro wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista, who I expect great things in his future.

Also an awesome performance from Matt Nable, leader of the bounty hunters. Watching his “by the books” and good guy attitude makes you want to watch a movie following that character. Like Bautista, I expect he will go on to do some brilliant work in the future.

Though who steals the show is actor Jordi Molla, the leader of the other bounty hunter group. He’s one of those actors who play bad guys brilliantly and does it so well that you enjoy hating him. Which I think is the testament to how good he really is.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

Really it felt like two different movies. The first half of the movie is beyond slow and really sets a terrible pacing for the overall story. I get it, you need to set up the story of how barren the planet is and how Riddick is going to survive, but they could have cut it in half and it would have been just as good. By the time Riddick gets to interact with the bounty hunters, you find yourself saying it’s about time.

Overall;

If you are a fan of the franchise, then you actually might like it. It answers a bunch of questions as to what happens after The Chronicles of Riddick. You even see Karl Urban make a quick appearance. But If you don’t anything about the movie or character, I would stay away from seeing it in the theaters and just Redbox it when it comes to DVD. All in all, I  say rent it, it’s worth checking out, just not in a movie theater.

Check out the movie trailer below.

REVIEW – Iron Man 3

Once again Marvel brings another epic tale of everyone’s favorite superhero with Iron Man 3. Being the third and possibly final movie of the franchise with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark at the helm, if true, Marvel wraps up the Iron Man series nicely in a fun, family-friendly, and full of action storyline. There are high expectations for this film to do well as the first Iron Man movie, directed by Jon Favreau made over $585 million worldwide and the sequel made over $623 million worldwide, to say the pressure is on for this movie to win the box office is an understatement.

Overview;

Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a terrorist called the Mandarin. He is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and gut instinct to protect his loved ones. Stark starts a journey of rebuilding and retribution and looks to answer the internal question, does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

What I Liked About It;

I have to admit I loved the opening sequence with going all the way back to 1999 and watching Robert Downey Jr. play a drunk Tony Stark with the cheesy 90’s pop playing in the background. It almost felt like Y2K all over again. His ability to transform into Tony Stark is seamless as he truly embodies the character. This the first movie in the trilogy where we really see this character with internal turmoil. Sure you could argue the first movie was filled with internal turmoil but in this movie, Downey flawlessly shows Stark struggling to answer if he or the suit more important and that is evident through most of the movie.

It was also great to see Gwyneth Paltrow take a bigger role in this one. Marvel did a nice job of setting her character up in the past movies that she has been in. Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley also gave an amazing performance as the Mandarin. Let’s just say you won’t forget it.

I will give Shane Black the credit where credit is due with this being his first real mainstream blockbuster movie as a director. His past work as a screenwriter for movies like Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and the Lethal Weapon trilogy was always solid if not amazing work with story and character.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

I wasn’t impressed with the glow in the dark fire villains as they came across as just throwaway characters and while I love Guy Pearce as an actor, I didn’t like his performance in this movie. His portrayal as Aldrich Killian came off as more goofy than villainous. Also adding the kid element with Stark befriending a kid, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It came more off like the studio wanted to be able to market the movie towards kids.

Overall;

This movie is well worth your time and money. I would highly recommend you see Iron Man 3 in theaters. While not as great as the first movie, if you loved the first two movies, you’ll still enjoy this one as well.

Check out the trailer below.

REVIEW – Oblivion

As much as I love a good “end of the world” movie, Oblivion needs to just die off. I really wanted to like this movie and the little things I did like didn’t help the movie overall.

Overview;

Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. He and a partner are part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a threat known as the Scavs. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Their arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows.

What I Liked About It;

The only saving graces of this movie were seeing actor Morgan Freeman and everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones bad guy “Jamie Lannister” Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau, both complete with battle armor and really big guns. Sure the storyline was somewhat cool and Tom Cruise isn’t horrible in his role. I will say the ending twist is the part I think most people won’t see coming and honestly I think it’s pretty clever compared to other sci-fi, end of the world movies.

Also, any time I get to see the actress and stuntwoman Zoe Bell on the big screen is a solid thumbs up in my book.

What I think Didn’t Work;

My biggest issue with the movie lies with the music score. The more movies I watch, I find the music in it can either make or break it. This time the music didn’t help the movie. If anything is made it distracting as I found the score confusing and overdramatic in places that really didn’t seem to fit. It felt like a movie that wanted to be both mainstream and independent at the same time.

Also, I get that Tom Cruise is a huge action star but I find his movies can be a hit or miss. For example, I loved his last movie Jack Reacher and his work in the Mission: Impossible franchise is brilliant because he knows how to embodies those types of characters.

Though Box Office Mojo said it best “At the beginning of the new century, Tom Cruise was arguably the biggest movie star in the U.S.: from Mission: Impossible II in 2000 to Mission: Impossible III in 2006, Cruise starred in seven-straight movies that earned at least $100 million at the domestic box office. Towards the end of that run, though, Cruise’s public image took a hit due to some of his more eccentric behavior and his strong association with the controversial Church of Scientology.”

Overall;

Now it definitely has a few twists and turns that are uncommon in movies like this. I won’t give it away but the twists are the only good reasons why I say rent it when it comes to DVD. All in all, don’t waste your money at the box-office, just wait to watch it at home.

Check out the trailer below.

REVIEW – A Journey with Purpose

Directed by Gail Becker, this documentary film about a former prisoner of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2 is as heartbreaking as it is informative. This is one of those films that everyone should see in high school or just in general.

Overview;

As an official selection for the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival, A Journey With Purpose is a short documentary about Martin Becker who survived four terrible years as a child prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In 2007, he returned to the death camp for the first time since his imprisonment. He traveled there with his only daughter, Gail, and his grandson, Joshua, who was then age nine, the same age Martin was when he was imprisoned at Auschwitz.

What I Liked About It;

While it’s only about 15 minutes long, the impact and seriousness of what the documentary is about comes across effectively. You feel as if you become a part of the family while watching the movie. While none of us could feel what Becker went through, you feel and see his pain and agree with the things he says and he did what he had to do to survive. While I love Hollywood and all things pop culture, I am glad I got a chance to see this documentary. This movie is beyond well worth your time in checking out and if you get the chance to go see it at the Hollywood Film Festival, do so. You will not be disappointed.

What I think Didn’t Work;

Seriously, nothing was wrong with this film.

Overall;

This documentary is worth your time. A Journey with Purpose premieres Saturday, October 22 at 9pm at the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles.

For more information visit www.ajourneywithpurpose.com and check out the trailer here.

REVIEW – Archie’s Final Project

As I sit here, I am trying to count how movies I have seen in the past 10 years and sadly I lost count. What I can remember is how many movies where I enjoyed the story so much that I forgot about the outside world. Archie’s Final Project does exactly that and more.

Overview;

The movie is about Archibald Holden Buster Williams or Archie for short who is a 17-year old media geek that has suddenly found himself the most talked about person in his high school. He announced that he’s going to kill himself on camera for a class project. His classmates, parents, the most beautiful girl in school, and a bunch of shrinks, doctors, pill-pushers, and counselors descend on Archie to help him in some way. Some are hoping to save him, some want to imitate him, others try to push him over the brink. Archie films every moment of his high school experience, hiding nothing from his audience: realities of life, death, violence, sex, drugs, and the intense media overload and hypocrisy that bombard all teenagers.

What I Liked About It;

Actor Gabriel Sunday probably is best known for a small stint on The Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody hits this character out of the park with a brilliant performance. His realism of a teenager trying to find himself is beyond memorable, which will remind you of your own past in growing up during high school.  His intensity of the role truly makes both his performance and the movie what it is, which is unforgettable.

Though While Sunday was amazing lead, I would say his co-lead actress Brooke Nevin brings a whole extra layer of amazingness to the story. Known for her work on The 4400, Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, and Animorphs, her ability to bring a character that is two-faced, popular at school and internally empty at home is beyond amazing.

What makes the movie is the acting between Gabriel Sunday and Brooke Nevin. The range of emotions they bring to the story is simply superb. You find yourself emotionally attached to them because everyone at one point has gone through what they are experiencing. These two are top notch actors that you should keep an eye out for in the future.

What is also interesting is that the movie is one of actor David Carradine’s last movies before he died. Which eerily passed away from suicide. His performance is memorable and is top notch.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

This was one of the most intense movies I have seen in a long time. Shot beautifully, written amazingly with a cast that brought their A game to the table. I mean for once I can’t find anything that I didn’t like.

Overall;

If you are looking for something intense and completely different than from what out in theaters, then go check this movie out. The movie premieres in Los Angeles this Thursday and is opening up in selected theaters on Frida,y September 23. It’s also going to run at select AMC Theaters starting September 30.

Check out the trailer below.

REVIEW – Green Lantern

This movie has such potential and Warner Bros. blew it! Sure the movie made $219 million worldwide but their budget was $200 million, so that is considered a failure in Hollywood’s eyes. I mean let’s be honest with a Rotten Tomato score of 26%, things can’t go well at the box office.

Overview:

The Green Lantern Corps, a defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries in the universe and reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by one of the Green Lanter Rings. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur who passed the ring to him. Spurred on by his sense of duty and love the beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe’s last chance.

What I Liked About It:

The visuals were well done, you can clearly tell that they knew they better do it right since half the movie is in space and numerous people are flying around. Second, while the storyline line lacked that “Iron Man” luster that fanboys seem to crave, Ryan Reynolds did a pretty good job for what he was given. It may have been a horrible movie, but I enjoyed watching him take on the character of Hal Jordan.

Mark Strong as Sinestro is the best thing about the movie. Strong has this unique ability to really showcase was Sinestro is all about when it comes to being a villain. While he comes off as evil, in his mind the character believes he is doing what is right for the universe.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

While Reynolds is pretty to look at on the big screen, he really doesn’t help the newest DC Comic Universe character come to life as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Though the downfall is if you are a Green Lantern fan, you won’t enjoy it as much as you would like. The storyline is very basic and full of cheesy dialog that was written poorly. Not to mention you only get a brief look at the other Lanterns you so love.

What gets me the most is that you had actors like Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett, and Peter Sarsgaard and they all are wasted talent in supporting characters that have no depth whatsoever. t was a disappointing movie that really needed a “Marvel” touch. They need to figure out a shared universe plan for these movies, not just some one-off flick for the fanboys to enjoy.

Overall;

All in all, this isn’t worth your time to go out and spend money on a movie ticket. Wait for Green Lantern to come out on DVD and OnDemand.

Check out the trailer below.

REVIEW – Priest

This is one of those films where the trailer was better than a movie. Don’t get me wrong there was fun over the top scenes that were well done and the selling points for me were Paul Bettany, Maggie Q, and Karl Urban. But after watching the movie I understand why it has a Rotten Tomotatto score of 15% and a Cinemascore of a C+. This movie was doomed to begin with.

Overview;

Loosely based on the Korean comic of the same name by Hyung Min-woo, Preist is about a post-apocalyptic alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a Warrior Priest from the last war who now lives in obscurity among the other inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. It’s when his niece is abducted by a pack of vampires, he breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her.

What I Liked About It;

Priest is one of those summer movies that are over the top, popcorn eating flicks that you get what you pay for. My expectations were low on this being an awesome summer blockbuster. That being said I did enjoy the overall story about humans v.s. vampires. I mean there is nothing really new with this formula. For example, we see the same basic idea in the 2003 movie Underworld. But this us v.s. them template is always fun to watch, even if it’s over the top.

Actress Maggie Q, best known for her work in Mission: Impossible III and Balls of Fury,  shows off her amazing martial arts skills in her supporting role as Priestess. Every role, whether serious or funny, brings a grace to each of the roles she plays that always makes her memorable in anything she does.

But if you want to talk about who stole the film was actor Karl Urban, best known for his work in Lord of The Rings. His ability to play an antagonist vampire gave the movie more credibility because he was over the top with his performance. I mean we have seen him play a good guy enough that it was refreshing to see him do something again the normal typecasting that he gets.

Also, for you “True Blood” and “Twilight” fans you’ll get a kick out of seeing Bill (Stephen Moyer) and James (Cam Gigandet) having supporting roles in this vampire flick.

What I Think Didn’t Work;

Poor Paul Bettany, Hollywood is really trying to turn him into an action star and they aren’t having a ton of success with it. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant actor and I love his performances in the movies he’s in. I just think he’s picking the wrong projects to work on.

I must be getting spoiled with visual effects as I felt they were something to be desired. I mean sure we are talking about a sci-fi story of humans fighting vampires so there is nothing normal about that, but the overall look and feel of the movie probably could have been scaled back a bit. I like when I can watch a movie and forget that I am watching a movie. Priest doesn’t do that.

Overall;

All in all, this is one of those movies best left for Sunday afternoon cable TV.

Check out the trailer below.