Acts of Vengeance (2017)
A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge.
Genre : Action/Drama
Country : USA
Antonio Banderas : Frank Valera
Lillian Blankenship : Sue Valera
Clive Owen : Olivia Valera
My opinion on “Acts of vengeance”
“Do I look crazy to you? Unhinged?
Maybe I am.
But before you rush to judgment, let’s rewind a bit.”
Antonio Banderas will never succeed in emulating the role he played in “Desperado“. There was a flare-up in “Automata” and “The 33” a while back, but for the most part he only plays in standard films which deserve the label “B-Film” most of the times. Usually the acting isn’t the cause, because that remains of the same level in every film. It’s always a different facet what makes the film to fail. In “Black Butterfly” the end was disappointing. And “Security” was no more than an adult version of “Home Alone” in a mall. I was hoping after seeing “Black Butterfly” that Banderas wouldn’t be showing up in an endless series of crappy B-Films. Well, I’m not hoping that anymore because this movie is surely a textbook example of a B-Film. No, again it’s not the acting that causes annoyance, but it’s the content this time.
Before you know it, he acts like John Wick.
I can understand that a person can’t forgive himself because he gave priority to his work as an excellent lawyer, who managed to keep criminals out of prison thanks to his smooth tongue (80,000 words a day according to him. That’s one word per second in 24 Hours. Amazing!), instead of spending time with his family. The fact that this ends up in a period of self-punishment and joining an illegal fighting circuit where his face and body are heavily rearranged by others, after his lovely wife and daughter were killed while he was signing legal papers, is also understandable. But when that same person, who usually just argues in a courtroom, turned out to be expert in the field of martial arts after a few private lessons and thanks to some stretch exercises and feints around a boxing ball, it starts to feel a bit exaggerated. Before you know it, he’s driving through the city in a Ford Mustang in search of the perpetrators and starts beating up every person who gets in his way like a full-fledged John Wick.
What a wondrous change after discovering an old book.
Every conceivable cliché from an 80s action film with a vengeance theme was used in this film. Perhaps the vow of silence Banderas made here is an added value. To be honest, this was no added value for me. I like that English with a Spanish accent that Banderas uses. That your hearing will improve when another sense is not being used, can be true. But, the fact that Frank Valera suddenly can hear as well as Daredevil after such a short period of time, was a bit over the top. And before you know it, he’s joined by a German shepherd and a devoted nurse (Paz Vega) after a collision with a gang. Then there’s also a policeman (Karl Urban) who makes it clear that the investigation is a dead end. And finally Frank tumbles through the display case of a bookshop where he discovers a copy of “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, stained with his blood. A devilish move of destiny, because this book teaches him to control his spiritual ability, resulting in him observing things better and getting his body and mind in a balance. Brilliant, not?
A plain average revenge movie.
Nope, this movie wasn’t really impressive. The most impressive part of this film is the scene at the cemetery. The conversation between Frank and his father-in-law is the highlight of the entire film. An intense conversation in which the old man makes it clear to him that those responsible for the death of his daughter are at the same time the crooks Frank’s defending his whole life already. The rest of the movie is just average film material. I had a hunch about the perpetrator already at the beginning of the movie. Sorry, Banderas. You have to choose a more original script to impress me again!
My rating 4/10
Links : IMDB
Five Reasons To Love ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’
Back in 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened into theaters with a mixed reception from critics and audiences and has been deemed as the least desirable of the Spidey movies. In the film, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) must face off against another villain who has been given the name Electro. Moreover, our brave hero uncovers some bizarre mysteries surrounding his parents.
Many fans of the series view the film as an overcrowded mess, but I think it might be the most entertaining of all the Spidey films, until No Way Home arrived, and here are five reasons why that remains true.
First and foremost, Garfield is always a delight to have in the Spidey outfit. His charisma and witty banter is almost what makes the film truly great. I have always said that he was the best Spider-Man and this movie proves it with his ability to elevate any scene from dull slog to a comedic venture.
Spidey, in this particular movie, embodies the hero in the original comics with his incessant need to make a fast-talking quip to one of his enemies. There is nothing better than a comic-book character sticking true to his essence and spirit of its source material.
Despite what many people say about the villains, Jamie Foxx as the supercharged baddie Electro proves to be a formidable opponent for the web-head, with his omnipotent powers and overly-powered nature. More than that, Max Dillon is depicted as a quiet, shy loner who is invisible to other people. He is essentially a nobody, until he falls into a vat of electrically-charged eels and becomes the sinister villain Electro.
To better understand a villain, you must understand their plight and Electro’s plight is that of a rags-to-riches success story and the visual effects are certainly something to marvel at.
This article wouldn’t be complete if I decided not to talk about the exhilarating action that embodied the film. Whether we see Spidey chasing down a truck with Oscorp’s product or a massive fight inside a grid that seems like a colossal feat for any Marvel film, the film can take a lot of pride in its action sequences.
One can also never forget the massive and iconic battle sequence between Electro and Spidey in Time Square that seems impossible to be made.
While he remains a secondary villain, Dane Dehaan’s Green Goblin is still noteworthy. Dehaan portrays Harry Osborne who is left with his dead father Norman’s life work and stumbles upon a Goblin serum that enhances his speed, strength, and intelligence.
His little spat with Spider-Man is certainly befitting for the dark, moody tone of the film and entertaining for plenty of comic fans with zippy action and certified intensity. In the end, he is also responsible for the death of Spidey’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy.
Gwen Stacy Death
Speaking of Gwen Stacy, this is the only Spidey film that features his love interest dying. As he battles the Green Goblin, Spidey attempts to hold on to Stacy, literally, by a thread in the clocktower. However, when the thread snaps, Spidey is able to snag her in mid-air but the whiplash of the fall snaps her neck, killing her.
What might be the saddest moment in any Spider-Man film, was brought to life in this extraordinary scene that silenced an entire generation of Spider-Man fans.
Anthony Hopkins to Lead Peacock Gladiator Drama ‘Those About to Die’
Peacock is one of the streamers that has yet to break through in terms of their original content getting recognized for awards contention. One such series that might change that fate for the streaming service is Those About to Die and it’s starting to build out its cast. According to Variety, 2-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, The Father) is the first to join the drama series which comes from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat will script the series.
Hopkins will play the character known as Emperor Vespasian in the series which is set in the world of gladiatorial battle. It will be an ensemble drama following many different Roman characters that will set forth for violent affairs in the arena among other complexities such as political power and corruption so expect a starry cast for this Peacock drama. Hopkins’ character is described as “despised by the Patricians jockeying for position in the Empire and looking to supplant his heirs to the throne the first chance they get. Vespasian became the Roman emperor after a ten-year civil war. We expect to get more casting news soon as the show will begin filming in Rome in March.
Anthony Hopkins is coming off a terrific performance in James Gray’s Armageddon Time in 2022 after winning his second Academy Award for his role in The Father the year prior. He’ll next voice a character in Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon for Netflix and also will star in British drama One Life alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce. Emmerich is coming off directing the sci-fi disaster film, Moonfall in 2022.
‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Adds Oscar-Nominee William H. Macy
The Planet of the Apes trilogy headlined by Andy Serkis from the 2010s can be argued as one of the best trilogies of all-time. The technological advances made from motion capture helped actors completely transform into the apes with their interactions with human characters making the story rawer and more emotional. Now, 20th Century Studios will jump back into the world of apes with their latest, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Deadline reports that William H. Macy (Shameless, Fargo) will round out the cast for the newest chapter of the franchise.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes takes place many years after the conclusion of War for the Planet of the Apes being led by an entirely new cast that includes Owen Teague, Freya Allan and Peter Macon. Details are currently unknown on whether Macy will be playing a human character or an ape. The film series has grossed almost $2 billion dollars for the studio so it’s no surprise that they’re aiming to make more Apes fims.
Macy is coming off his biggest role ever in Showtime’s series, Shameless for which he played Frank Gallagher and was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards for his performance over 11 seasons. Macy is also a former Oscar-nominee for his lead role in the Coen Brothers classic, Fargo. Since then, he’s amassed tons of parts including most recently in Hulu’s The Dropout and a guest spot on the ABC sitcom, The Conners. Macy will next appear in the film, Maybe I Do with Emma Roberts, Diane Keaton, Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.
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