Brick Mansions (2014)

Brick Mansions
Director: Camille Delamarre
Writer: Luc Besson
Remake of: Banlieu 13
Cast: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay

Plot:
As crime has been rising in Detroit, it was decided that the best way tohandle it was to built a giant wall around the worst area and seal it off, thus creating a ghetto called Brick Mansions, which is ruled by Tremaine Alexander (RZA) who controls drugs and firearms without much involvement from the police or anybody else. But when a bomb gets stolen, undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) teams up with convict Lino Dupree (David Belle) – whose (ex?-)girlfriend Lola (Catalina Denis) was kidnapped by Tremaine – to take him down and save the city.

Brick Mansions has some excellent action scenes that live off their parkour aesthetic. Unfortunately it also has one of the stupidest plot that ever existed and even worse dialogues.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Director: Jon M. Chu
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Sequel to: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Based on: the toys
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Adrienne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Elodie Yung, Walton Goggins, RZA, Arnold Vosloo, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis

Plot:
Since the last movie, Duke (Channing Tatum) has taken over the leadership of the G.I. Joes, with Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) as his second in command. Both Cobra Commander and Destro have been imprisoned and there should be an end to them. But it isn’t so. While on a mission that all the Joes (save Snake Eyes [Ray Park]) are on, they are attacked and nobody but Roadblock, Lady Jaye (Adrienne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) survive. The Cobras have not only killed the Joes, but also completely destroyed their reputation. And now it is the job of the three survivors [plus Snake Eyes] to set things right again.

Since I’m one of the few people who enjoyed the hell out of the first G.I. Joe movie, I expected grand things from this one. And it fully delivered. It doesn’t make much sense or is smart at all, but it is so. much. fun.

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Repo Men (2010)

Repo Men is Miguel Sapochnik‘s adaptation of Eric Garcia‘s novel Repossession Mambo, starring Jude Law, Alice Braga, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Carice van Houten, RZA and John Leguizamo. [And for the Community folks out there: Yvette Nicole Brown in a mini role.]

Plot:
Remy (Jude Law) has been working as a repo man for the Union (a medical company) with his best friend Jake (Forest Whitaker) for quite a while now, even though his wife Carol (Carice van Houten) repeatedly asked him to stop, since what he’s repossessing is organs. But Remy can’t find the courage to ask his boss Frank (Liev Schreiber) for a transfer into sales. After an accident, Remy wakes up in the hospital to find himself with an artificial heart. And that changes everything for him.

Repo Men tanked, as you probably know. It didn’t get good reviews and in Austria, it didn’t even get a cinematic release. So, my expectations were low, but I honestly have to tell you: Repo Men is not that bad. The premise is good (and better dealt with than in Repo! The Genetic Opera), the cast is excellent and the soundtrack is really interesting. Is it a perfect film? No. But it doesn’t deserve the bashing it’s gotten.

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Due Date (2010)

Due Date is the newest film by Todd Phillips, starring Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride and RZA.

Plot:
Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) is on his way home from a business trip to witness the birth of his son, scheduled for the end of the week. Unfortunately, at the airport he meets the obnoxious Ethan (Zach Galifianakis), who immediately gets him into all kinds of troubles and finally booted off the plane and on the No-Fly-List. Unfortunately, Peter’s luggage, including his wallet and ID stay on plane. And so he finds himself on a cross-country-trip with Ethan (who at least had the decency to get kicked off the plane as well).

I should have known. After The Hangover I just should have known better than to go ahead and watch this movie, let alone pay good money for it. But then along comes Robert Downey Jr. and has to be in the film. And I let myself be swayed. Boy, do I ever regret it.

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