Director: John Moore
Writers: Skip Woods, Roderick Thorp (certain original characters)
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
Bruce Willis is back for the 5th time traveling to Russia, where ends up with him in a mighty battle over nuclear weapons with his son. It goes like this: a few lines of throwaway dialogue, then a flashy fight. Repeat for 97 minutes. The first chase sequence is spectacularly over the top. And it gets bigger from there. The father/son thing provides almost as much conflict as the humdrum villains and Jai Courtney’s performance (as the son) is as flat as Willis’. Otherwise, there’s lots of firepower with no time for it to drag. Don’t expect anything other than big action and you’ll be mindlessly entertained.
GAY ANGLE: Jai takes peels his shirt to reveal his massive muscles, but it’s back on before we get a peek.
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writers: Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Kami Garcia (novel), 1 more credit »
Stars: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson
It’s opposite day in teen romance world: Instead of vampires, it’s witches (or Casters, as they call them). Instead of Portland, the deep South. Instead of a mortal girl, it’s a boy, He (Alden Ehrenreich) isn’t a pretty boy, but has charm and personality. She (Alice Englert) isn’t typical pretty either, but can act OK. Much of the screen time is spent with the two of them talking. Not much real drama is generated. There are some decent special effect sequences, but nothing dazzling. The supporting stars (Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis) add most of the movie’s character. It’s never outright bad and may appeal to young fans of the novel, but if you’re looking for a mismatched romance see “Warm Bodies” instead.
GAY ANGLE: As usual with high school flix, the actors are all in their 20s, so feel free to lust.