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Grade B-

It’s a rare thing to have the sequel of a movie to be equal to or better than its predecessor.  “28 Weeks Later” is one of those rarities.

28 weeks after the outbreak of the “rage” virus that turns people into rabid, maniacal killers, an American led NATO force begins the clean up and reconstruction of England.  Displaced survivors are now filtering in to a large district controlled by the military.  But two children, a brother and sister, will enter the district and set forth a chain of events that will bring back infection, death and destruction.  Two U.S. soldiers (played by Jeremy Renner and Rose Byrne) have the opportunity to minimize the effects of the new outbreak; but their chances are slim when they are going up against hundreds of infected and soldiers ordered to kill everyone on sight.

My most memorable, movie moment of “28 Weeks Later” is **SPOILER ALERT** the scene when Renner gets out of a stalled car to push it — and those inside the car (Byrne and the two children) — to safety, while soldiers behind Renner are getting their flamethrowers ready to burn him and the car.

A few glaring shenanigans destroyed the A grade I wanted to give this movie.  1) a woman who is a carrier of the virus doesn’t have armed guards posted at her door 24 hours a day; 2) the lead infected has thinking abilities that are not present in any other infected, and the movie never explains why; and 3) a glorified janitor has access to the most sensitive areas of the military compound.  Still, “28 Weeks Later” is an above average horror movie.  Very good acting, direction and editing; a fast pace, numerous tense and horrifying scenes keeps the viewer entertained all the way to the last second.

— M

Grade B

Twelve alien spacecraft hover over various parts of Earth, their intentions unknown, their language unknown.  An expert on language (played by Amy Adams) and a physicist (played by Jeremy Renner) are tasked by the U.S. military to interpret what the aliens inside one spacecraft are saying.  It is a monumental task, but it has to be done as fast as possible because the entire world is on edge.  Fear is quickly taking hold of many people, some of whom have the power to start a war with the alien visitors.  If the “Arrival” of the aliens is meant to bring peace and friendship to humans, then it must be quickly confirmed before itchy trigger fingers causes an intergalactic war.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Arrival” is the scene when the aliens are introduced.  Let’s just say if I was there, I’d either run screaming like a Wayans brother or start crying like Matt Damon.

“Arrival” moves slowly, methodically, allowing the audience to soak in everything they hear and see.  Although many characters are in this movie, almost all of the focus is on Adams and Renner, making “Arrival” feel more personal.  The flashback sequences of Adams and her daughter adds a dreamy but highly relevant layer to the story which gives a nice surprise twist near the end of  the movie.

— M

Grade B

“The Bourne Legacy” is the 4th “Bourne” movie and the first one that doesn’t have Matt Damon, unless you count pictures of the actor shown in a few scenes for reference.  Taking over the leading role in this movie is Jeremey Renner, playing a super-secret spy working for a super-secret agency within the CIA.  Unfortunately for Renner, he is part of a spy program that produced Jason Bourne (Matt Damon); and since Damon has turned rogue, the CIA fears other agents of the program might also flip out and turn against their handlers.  The super spy programs are torn down, and the super agents are killed off…except for Renner, who barely manages an assassination attempt on his life.

Renner must now evade CIA assassins, which he is very adept at.  His biggest problem are the meds that he has to take on a regular basis so his body doesn’t break down.  This leads him to Rachel Weisz, a doctor whom he has had frequent contact with within the spy program — a doctor who knows too much and is also a target for termination.   Alone, they have no hope of survival — Renner needs his meds and Weisz needs someone to protect her from the assassins and get her “off the grid.”  But together, they might be able to come out of this nightmare alive.

“Legacy” is a good offshoot of the “Bourne” movies, almost as good as the previous three movies.  Where this movie falls short of its predecessors are: 1) the Jason Bourne character is much more likeable; and 2) “Legacy” doesn’t really take off re: intensity and action until about 30 minutes into the movie.

My most memorable, movie moment of “The Bourne Legacy” is the **SPOILER ALERT** scene when Weisz reveals to Renner what his meds do: they enhance his body and mind, essentially making him a superhuman.  This explains how Damon (as Bourne) and Renner can do the amazing things we see them do in these four movies, like beating the hell out of multiple enemies within a matter of seconds.

Fans of the “Bourne” movies will, of course, be disappointed in not having Damon reprise his role.  But this movie is a must-see for “Bourne” fans because it gives more backstory to Jason Bourne and the overall programs that he was tied with; and “Legacy” in and of itself is an entertaining, action flick.

— M

Tom Cruise, my favorite Scientologist, stars in the 4th movie of the “Mission: Impossible” series.   It may as well be called “Mission: Possible” since the good guys always win.  I’ll even settle for “Mission: Probable.”  Here’s the plot: terrorists blame the Impossible Mission Force for a bombing in Russia the way a Guatemalan maid gets blamed for missing jewelry; and now the disavowed IMF has to get the bad guys before the bad guys start launching nukes at the U.S. in order to start World War III.

The movie is good — nothing special about it.   It seems to be your generic, action/adventure/spy movie that doesn’t get to you emotionally.  There were 3 parts in the movie where it did try to tug at my heartstrings, but I didn’t feel much from them.  Most of the action sequences are great, and we get to see places like Dubai, India, Russia, and Prague as the movie was shot in those locations; and there are funny parts involving Simon Pegg, but…it’s not enough.  This is most likely my first and last viewing of this movie.

My most memorable, movie moment of “…Ghost Protocol” was the sequence where Cruise is using special gloves to climb the glass walls of a very, very tall building in Dubai.   One of his gloves craps out like a cheaply made toy from a 99 cents store, and he has to use all of his might and skills to not only keep from falling, but to climb several floors.  I don’t like heights (maybe that’s why I was born short!), so seeing Cruise’s precarious situation at such distance from the ground gave me that nervous, dizzy, excited, scared, want to pee in your pants feeling that people get when they stand close to the edge of a cliff or building.

Coming in at second place for the memorable movie moment award is the lack of U.S. intervention when a Russian sub launches a nuke.  There is no mention of what the U.S. is doing (which most likely is launching nukes of our own to kill those Vodka-loving people).   Therefore, even if the IMF manages to keep the Russian nuke from hitting the U.S., our missile launches toward Russia would produce even more launches from Russia, and on and on.   Time to shave and clean your ass so you can kiss it goodbye.   What?  Maybe the U.S. failed to notice the launch of a Russian nuke from a submarine, you ask?   Buwahahahahaha!  If you believe that then you probably believe that you’ve never eaten cat or dog from a Chinese restaurant.


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