Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately. Been very busy creating a new comic for Aces Weekly with Val Mayerik and some other projects. But I wanted to talk about two films I saw this weekend, both of which I enjoyed.
Taken 2 is getting a pounding by critics with only a 19% positive and a 76% positive by moviegoers. Why do critics hate it so much? I don’t know other than the bad guys are Muslims though its not ground into your face. They’re white Muslims, though I’m sure that doesn’t matter to them. The story is pretty basic but what do you expect from a Taken sequel? It does its job very well. Some implausibilities exist but nothing so bad it ruins the film. Anyway, 60 year old Liam Neeson is as lethal as any Expendables actor tries to be but with much more acting chops.
Looper sounds like a low budget sci-fi thriller with a twist, which is kind of what it is, however the writing, acting and story is way better than I expected. Its kind of a twist on the Terminator except with assassins. Criminals in the future send the people they want to kill back into the bast (our future) where they are killed by these assassins called Loopers. Since its hard to get rid of bodies in the future they use this twist in time travel. The problem is some crime boss in the future is killing a lot of people and sending them back to their younger selves to be killed as some kind of sick joke. The nominal; hero of the story, a drug addicted looper has to kill himself but he’s a bad ass in the future played by Bruce Willis and that’s no easy task. The film takes some very interesting turns I did not see coming. Time travel movies are often twisty and sometimes absurd but this one has a very clever couple of turns and some great character actors pop in here and there. Check it out.