Director: Gary Fleder
Writers: Sylvester Stallone (screenplay), Chuck Logan (based on the novel by)
Stars: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder
Jason Statham plays a DEA agent who leaves his job for a quiet country life with his daughter. It doesn’t take long for an assortment of bullies (including James Franco) to menace him constantly. Sylvester Stallone adopted a novel and his simplistic style is all over the script: relentless threats for the upstanding good guy met with steely calm and hard knocks for the arrogant bad guys. Unfortunately, much of the action is cut too fast and blurry to tell what’s happening, but Statham gets in a few good moves. Although it’s competently made, nothing about the story or the direction is special.
GAY ANGLE: Neither hunk (Statham or Franco) takes off any clothes.
Director: Ken Scott
Writers: Ken Scott (screenplay), Martin Petit (original screenplay “Starbuck”)
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
Vince Vaughn plays his typical character, short on accomplishments but big on charm. Twenty years earlier, he was an enthusiastic donor at a fertility clinic and now he finds out he’s the father of 533 children. From all signs this looks like a riotous comedy, but there aren’t many laughs. You can expect a heartwarming conclusion, but it’s pretty chilly instead. Without the heavy handed music to tell us when it’s funny and when it’s sweet, you might have miss it. Vaughn carries the film and it moves at a steady pace. It just never becomes special. The weird thing: none of these offspring look vaguely like him.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.