Escape Plan 3: The Extractors – A Quick Capsule Review

Escape Plan 3: The Extractors – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Escape Plan didn’t need a sequel.  It certainly didn’t need TWO sequels.  That said I kinda didn’t hate Escape Plan 2 (most people did) and, for me at least, The Extractors (filmed back to back with Hades) was perfect train ride movie.   Literally – I watched it on a train journey!  It’s all bullshit machismo from start to end that you’ve seen a million times before and the story is so lean it could be vegan but Stallone delivers as always and the fights/action are just about up to scratch enough to enjoy.  Look most will hate it… for me it passed the time on a very boring day.  Make of that what you will….

Best Bit: Final assault

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Escape Plan, Escape Plan 2: Hades, The Expendables

 


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Backtrace (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Backtrace (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Backtrace is actually quite entertaining for what it is.  Just don’t expect this to be a full on Stallone action film. It’s not.  In fact save for the opening and the conclusion, little action actually happens – this is a thriller about a bank robber and missing money that Sly is actually only in a few scenes throughout.  At the core of the film is a great performance from Matthew Modine and the film never outstays it’s welcome.  It’s just missing that ‘Something special’ to push it over the top.  Good VOD offering…

Best Bit: Modine is ace

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Escape Plan, Bullet To The Head, Sabotage 

 


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Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Escape Plan 2: Hades is utter rubbish.  Yet in it’s own direct-to-DVD-with-a-decent-cast-and-some-nice-action way I kinda enjoyed it.  Just don’r expect to see too much of Dave Bautista or Stallone as their roles are little more than expended cameos.  That said it kinda doesn’t matter as the reins have been handed over to Xiaoming Huang who stars as a member of Tay’s team who ends up behind bars once again.  It’s total hokum but it is fun, with the action scenes featuring some great group fights.  It’s no Raid but check the brain and there’s enough here to enjoy! 

Best Bit: The Escape

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If You Liked this Try: The Escapist, Escape Plan, Lock Up 

 

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Will Strong’s Round Up of 2013

Will Strong’s Round Up of 2013

A Blog Grosse Point Geek Quick Review

Every year Phil and Will debate the years top (and bottom) films.  Here’s Will Strong’s Best & Worst for 2013.

Best Films

  1. The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug (awesome)
  2. Django Unchained (just brilliant)
  3. Rush (outstanding – couldn’t fault it)
  4. Olympus Has Fallen (awesome action film – took me totally by surprise at just how good this was)
  5. The Escape Plan (so much fun, great action and just fantastic entertainment)
  6. Captain Phillips (Hanks and Greengrass back on form)
  7. Thor-The Dark World (Not enough Hiddlestone but a very very good sequel with some top action)
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness (not as good as the 1st one but Cumberbach was brilliant and it was very well made and directed)
  9. World War Z (I really liked it)
  10. Gravity (Most amazing SFX in years – superbly made)

Honorary Mentions

  1. The Last Stand (great fun)
  2. White House Down ( extremely good fun)
  3. Fast and Furious 6 (glorious lunacy)
  4. Cloud Atlas (far better than expected)
  5. Les Miserables (too long but very good nonetheless)
  6. Man of Steel (should have been better but  I enjoyed it)
  7. The Dyatlov Pass Incident (surprisingly good)
  8. The Hunger Games –Catching Fire (almost made my top ten best list – very very good – if a little bit repetitive of the original)
  9. Prisoners (brilliantly acted and kept me guessing till the end)
  10. Gangster Squad (good fun and well made)

Not bad but could have been better

  1. The Wolverine (sounds odd I know but there was too much Wolverine  -it wasn’t exciting enough, too little supporting characters and was a tad too long)
  2. Iron Man 3 (yes you read that right – I said it! – just didn’t connect to this one – despite the very funny script and the hilarious Mandarin reveal)
  3. Jack Reacher (ok but too slow)
  4. Oblivion (wasted opportunity but not bad)

Worst

  1. Pacific Rim
  2. Bullet to The Head
  3. The Councillor
  4. GI Joe Retaliation
  5. A Good Day to Die Hard
  6. Mama
  7. The Evil Dead
  8. The Raven
  9. Texas Chainsaw 3D
  10. Now you see me