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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

I used to like X-men comics, however, I found that the stories contain too much negative energy, hatred between men and mutants. I realize that there a lot of similarities in reality. Anyway, I still went to watch this movie.

The movie starts in ancient Egypt, where En Sabah Nur (aka Apocalypse) was revered as a god on the way to transferring to a new body. As the process started, a group of people tried to kill him by bringing down the pyramid and killing the new body before the process completed. They were partially successful in their attempt - he was protected by some of his powerful followers who died protecting him.

His revival in 1983 appears to be due to the action of Moira, who was following some worshippers of Apocalypse - she left the entrance open and allowed the sunlight into the cavern and activated the device used by En Sabah Nur and woke him up.

We are then introduced to Angel and Nightcrawler - forced to fight with each other in an underground fight club within an electrified cage but was rescued by Raven. In this movie, Angel’s wings had talon used to tear the flesh of his opponents.

Scott Summers discovered his power while attempting to seek relief from the irritation in his eyes.

Apocalypse easily recruited his four horsemen due to the suffering each of them suffered. Ororo living in poverty with other abandoned children, Psylocke working with Caliban to provide safe passage to victimized mutants, Magneto whose family was killed by the action of the people he saved, Angel who was forced to kill others to survive.

It was not all doom and gloom in the movie. The part where Quicksilver rescued the residents in the Xavier Institute was funny.

Wolverine appeared in the movie as Weapon X and looks like part of the origin story which appeared in one of the earlier movies.

The movie tried to tie back to the stories in the earlier movies, but I found it rather confusing with inconsistencies. Captain America: Civil War did a much better job. Psylocke costume is one that is closest to what is found in the comic books.

The movie contains a lot of action with some comedy mixed in. Still too much negative energy to truly enjoy.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Movie Review: Eddie the Eagle

This movie was recommended to me by my brother. In a way, it is inspiring to see how Eddie dedicated his life (from the age of 10) to one goal - participate in the Olympics.

Parents are supposed to support their children and help them achieve their dream, however, looking at what Eddie, that dream was clearly impossible. At first it was cute, dressing up and going out in the middle of the night heading towards the “Olympics”. I guess it is not that bad then, but if my children were to do that I would go crazy and immediately ground them. The world is not safe for a 10 year old to go out into the street on his own.

As he grew up, he started trying different kinds of sports and it was obvious that he is not your typical sportsman - he was bad in almost everything he tried.

At the end, he settled upon ski jumping - a sport that no one from his country participates (but used to). This is something I can relate to - join an activity where there is little interest and you can be a leader with very little effort. The officials in his country did not see it that way and was afraid that he will make them a laughing stock of the games.

Needless to say, he succeeded in going into the Olympics. It also highlights how the Olympics Creed is forgotten by most: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

Once in awhile we get a feel good movie and this is one of them.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Movie Review: Term Life

Term Life is a story of Nick Barrow, who plans heist, but does not participate in them.

A failed heist resulted in the death of the son of a cartel leader, Victor Fuente. Victor believed his kid was killed by Nick and wanted to kill Nick for it. The movie was slow in the beginning, but as the movie progressed I started enjoying it.

Nick kept away from his daughter, Hailee because he did not want her to be involved in his world of crime. However, he had to went Victor sent his men after her. Hailee did not want anything to do with him either slowly grew to understand and love him.

It was interesting to see how Nick uses his understanding of human behavior to plan out his work and how he uses it to hide in plain sight - especially when he told his daughter using wigs and sunglasses will make her stand out instead of helping her hide her identity. Later she asked him to show her how she plans out his heists. He did that by describing how to knock off a bakery - number one knowing how to get out before getting in, number two you look, you wait and you think - security. This is the best part of the movie.

I enjoyed how the movie made me feel - the bond between the father and daughter.

Disclaimer, I was not paid to write this review.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Movie Review: Captain America Civil War

The movie started in 1991 where Hydra being brought from a cryogenic chamber, his captors had a book that contains instructions on how to make him obedient to their command. He was then dispatched to steal a briefcase and leave no witnesses. This is later tied to the main storyline of the movie - similar to the Iron Man 3 where the something that happened in the past comes back to haunt us.

As for the what led to the civil war, the destructions and bystanders killed in the earlier movies - Avengers, Captain America 2, Avengers 2 placed pressure on the government to control the Avengers. However, Peggy Carter reminded Captain America that sometimes it is necessary to stand up for what is right even if everybody else disagrees.

The Sokovia Accord was proposed to place the Avengers under the jurisdiction of the United Nations. Tony Stark immediately supported the proposal because of of the guilt he felt after he was confronted by one of the mothers of victims in Sokovia. Steve on the other hand, disagreed because initiatives that were started with the right intend often ends up corrupted by politicians with their own agenda. The confrontation was then triggered by the bombing during the meeting to discuss the Sokovia Accord.

Iron Man’s team recruited Black Panther and Spider Man while Captain America’s team recruited Ant Man and Wanda.

Seem strange that Black Panther was able to hold his own during his fight against the Winter Soldier without his suit and that his suit provides him similar protection as the Iron Man armor. Each of the characters in the movie was almost equally matched with another. I guess this makes the movie more interesting rather than have one vastly stronger than the others.

I cannot not get used to seeing such a young Aunt May. In the comics and earlier movies, she is either much older or had white hair.

The main villain is Captain Zemo, who used to be the Sokovia army. It is impressive how one person could have manipulated the events that caused the civil war.

Throughout the movie, Captain America is reminded that the shield does not belong to him. As in other Marvel movies, this movie was fun to watch with action combined with some humor.

At the end of the movie, Avengers no longer exist as a formal organization, but Steve Rogers left a message to Tony Stark that his team will be available if Avengers is needed again.

The mid credit scene had Barnes (Winter Soldier) agreed to put back into a cryogenic state until a cure is found (for his mind control) in Wakanda.  The post credit scene focused on Peter Parker discovering a feature in the web shooter from Tony Stark.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review.