The Foreigner

The Foreigner is portrayed as a Death Wish style movie in its trailer. And there are many similar plot points, but it has more than that.

The emotions Jackie Chan brings to this movie are intense. There is political chicanery spread throughout as well.

Does he get his revenge? yes. Is it hollow? unfortunately. Nothing is going to bring back his family.

The choice for using the IRA versus religious terrorist organizations is fitting for this movie. As Jackie Chan’s journey of revenge for his daughter’s death, mirrors some of the facets of the IRA struggle.

You kill one of mine, I kill 2 of yours. You retaliate to that with 4, I retaliate with 8. So on and so forth. The cycle of revenge and retribution never truly ends.

It is nice to see that Jackie Chan still handles action scenes well. He may not be performing stunts as extreme as he used to, but everything fit well here.

Starring: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy, Orla Brady, Tao Liu

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Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day can be summed up with Groundhog Day with a slasher. This is not a bad thing.

Just like Groundhog Day, the protagonist, Tree – yes that is her name, is not sympathetic at first. But his changes as she goes through the day over and over.

The most annoying thing in the movie – her ringtone. And since the day is repeating, we hear the damn thing over and over.

The movie opens with Tree waking up hungover in some guy’s dorm room. She quickly leaves and returns to her sorority house. She interacts with her roommate and other members and goes to class. She is of course having an affair with a professor. All of this is basically setup to introduce us to the key characters in her life, the events we will be seeing variations of, and her crappy demeanor.

Then she gets killed. By someone in a Baby mask. Apparently, her college’s mascot is a baby. So there are a lot of people out and about in similar masks.

She wakes up and repeats the day. And she dies.

At this point, she begins working to figure out who is after her.

There is no real gore. It is a PG-13 rated movie, after all. But it was a nice fun movie. Not a sequel. Not a remake.

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Rachel Matthews

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle



Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun popcorn movie. While, I prefer the first movie, Golden Circle kept the over the top action and eccentric villains going.

We get some callbacks to characters from the first movie, A very fun role and performance from Elton John, and a fun (if sterotypical) turn on the American version of Kingsmen.

I think it is worth seeing in the theater.

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