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Nobody | A Slick, Stylish, Fun, Action Film

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Who’d have thought that Bob Odenkirk had it in him to be a great action star? Nobody proves that Odenkirk can do action really well and with absolute ease despite being almost 60 years old and he can make it great fun whilst doing so.

Nobody follows Hutch Mansell (Odenkirk) a nobody- he’s an overlooked, suburban dad but one night two thieves break into his home and his rage is ignited and he embarks on a brutal path of death and destruction and secrets about his past start to get uncovered. Along the way we see Odenkirk beat up a gang of thugs on a bus to protect a girl, as well as taking on the Russian mob in what’s the best action film of the year.

The whole film is really stylish, with lots of the big set-pieces taking place against well-known and recognisable music which really adds a bit of flare to the film. There’s lots of gory kills, slo-mo and so much that makes the film really entertaining and fun to watch. There’s plenty of action scattered throughout the 92-minute runtime, and whether this was intentional or not, the action seems to escalate as the film goes on so by the time you reach the film’s climax, the action is of such a high quality, and it really gets your heart racing, adding a sense of the increasing scale and stakes as the film progresses.

That being said, all of the action in the film is superb and so well-choreographed. It feels gritty and it’s intense with lots of blood, but the film also manages to maintain this really clear energy and sense of fun and entertainment to the action. Whilst there is strong violence and blood, the action never feels like it’s too heavy or too much. It’s at just the right level that Nobody is so much fun and so entertaining that it’s impossible to watch it and not have an absolute blast of a time.

One thing that immediately sticks out with Nobody however is that it feels slightly derivative and a bit of a copy of John Wick. Seeing the film’s trailer and poster when they were first released a few months ago immediately had people saying that it looks like a John Wick rip-off. And after watching the film, it’s clear that John Wick must’ve been quite key in the creation and production of this film. In fact, the John Wick trilogy and Nobody were both written by the same person. But despite the similarities- and there are lots, e.g Russian gangster villains and a home invasion leading to a killing spree to name a few- the reason why Nobody works and is so good without feeling like a poor man’s John Wick is because of Bob Odenkirk. He’s so great and brings so much character and charisma to Hutch that Nobody is wholly compelling and manages to recreate the success and excitement of the John Wick films.

Whilst the tone and the feel of Nobody does differ quite a bit from the John Wick franchise, with the latter being much more intense and focussed on the fantastic world-building at play, the main problem you get when watching Nobody is that it does just feel that bit too familiar. It’s a fairly simple film and it’s not meant to be too much more than an entertaining popcorn flick but its familiarity is what gets in the way and stops Nobody from being an outstanding film. It’s great fun and thoroughly entertaining, it just can’t escape the familiarity of other, similar action films.

Nobody is a slick, stylish, fun action film that isn’t afraid to go down the route of gritty and tense action scenes and it’s a blast to watch. It’s action-packed and so entertaining making it one of the best films of the year so far.

★★★★☆

Nobody is released in UK cinemas on Wednesday June 9th.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom | Official Trailer

Arthur must enlist the help of his half-brother Orm in order to protect Atlantis against Black Manta, who has unleashed a devastating weapon in his obsessive quest to avenge his father’s death.

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom [credit: Warner Bros. / DC]

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Release Date:

December 20,  2023

Director:

James Wan

Cast:

Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Plot Summary:

Arthur must enlist the help of his half-brother Orm in order to protect Atlantis against Black Manta, who has unleashed a devastating weapon in his obsessive quest to avenge his father’s death.

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Retribution Movie Review: Mildly Explosive 

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Lionsgate Films

The following piece was written during the 2023 Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie, Retribution, being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Plot

When a mysterious caller puts a bomb under Matt Turner’s car seat, he begins a high-speed chase across the city to complete a specific series of tasks. With his kids trapped in the back seat and a bomb that will explode if they get out of the car, a normal commute becomes a twisted game of life or death as Matt follows the stranger’s increasingly dangerous instructions in a race against time to save his family.

Liam Neeson as Matt Turner (Lionsgate Films)

Did You Know?

This movie is the third remake of the movie titled Retribution.

In 2015, a Spanish-language adaptation, The Stranger (El desconocido) was released. This was the first Retribution movie. A dishonest banker pays the ultimate price for his wrongdoings when he is held hostage in his own speeding car by a bomb-making extortionist.

In 2018, a German-language adaptation, Don’t. Get. Out! (Steig. Nicht. Aus!) was released in Germany. A loving father and husband is extorted by an unknown guy and he is about to lose his life, his money and his family

In 2021, a Korean version, Hard Hit (Balsinjehan) was released. On his way to work, a bank manager receives an anonymous call claiming there’s a bomb under his car seat, and if anyone exits the car, it will explode unless he can pay a ransom.

The Turner Family (Lionsgate Films)

Movie Review

Liam Neeson plays the role of Matt Turner, and is literally in the ‘hot seat’ throughout most of the movie. The movie eases you into the drama and the suspense keeps building as the time passes. No time is wasted to bring A small cast brought an intense situation to life in Retribution, and I need to compliment, especially Liam Neeson, Jack Champion and Lilly Aspell, who played the parts of Matt Turner, Zach Turner and Emily Turner respectively for playing the part in the car to perfection. A plot twist is delivered at the end, but the ending is not as explosive as the bomb in the car.

Overall my rating is 3 out of 5 for the Retribution. There is no post-credits scene, so no need to wait till the end. The trailer doesn’t spoil too much of the movie and serves as a great appetizer for Retribution.

Catch the trailer, and watch Retribution at a cinema near you.

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Sound of Freedom Movie Review: A Movie That Moves

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Sound of Freedom (Angel Studios)

The following piece was written during the 2023 Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie, Sound of Freedom, being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Plot

Based on the gripping true story of a man’s mission to rescue children from the darkest corners of the world. This action-packed drama shines a light on the harrowing reality of sex trafficking and the valiant efforts of those who work tirelessly to combat it. After rescuing a boy from ruthless child traffickers, a federal agent, Tim Ballard, learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a fate worse than death.

More About Tim Ballard

Tim Ballard spent more than a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, where he was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team.

He has worked in that role and has seen every type of case in the fight to dismantle child trafficking rings. He’s worked in the United States and in multiple foreign countries to infiltrate child trafficking organizations. He has successfully dismantled dozens of these organizations and rescued children from slavery and exploitation.

While working for the government, Ballard saw how much more is needed in the fight against child trafficking and exploitation across the world. In 2013, he and a team of former government operatives left the security of their careers to accomplish the work of rescuing children as a private foundation – Operation Underground Railroad.

Read more about the work Operation Underground Railroad is doing in the fight against sex trafficking.

Movie Review

The movie starts off immediately with a scene depicting a potential scenario in how human traffickers lure unsuspecting victims into their hold, through job interviews and modelling auditions. The first savior moment is short-lived as the protagonist learns there are more victims, with the focus being on the sister. The story keeps you glued to the screen. Just as you think that the big moment is now, you realize there are so more hurdles, making this more than just a movie, but making it real for so many viewers. A special message was shared in the mid-credits as well as a photo of Tim Ballard.

The movie really hits home with the message of child trafficking. You could feel every emotion in this movie, every tear was felt, the fear and anxiety shared amongst fellow moviegoers and the message was delivered in a way to inspire and give hope to others to join the fight against a crime that is taking place worldwide.

Jim Caviezel plays the part of Tim Ballard and his performance was truly spectacular. I really want to applaud the cast of Sound of Freedom and Angel Studios for bringing this masterpiece to life.

I rate this movie a 5 out of 5. The movie delivers a message that is powerful, eye-opening and a life-changer. I left the cinemas in tears, not just of sadness but of hope as well. I hope this movie reaches everyone and touches the hearts of many. I also want to thank the donors who are making it possible for others to watch this movie. Share the link of Angel Studios with your family and friends and invite them to access a movie ticket or to pay it forward so that more people can watch Sound of Freedom.

In closing, I hope you get to experience Sound of Freedom on the big screen. God’s children are not for sale, and I encourage you to join the fight to end child trafficking.

Catch the trailer, and watch Sound of Freedom at a cinema near you.

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