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Year Two of WordsofWisTIM

May 13th was the two-year anniversary of WordsofWisTIM and I’m proud of how far we’ve come. Now 7,277 views, 272 posts, 109 followers and 2,345 tags later, WordsofWisTIM continues to entertain and inspire both me and all of my readers.

Most Views

In a day: 113, February 5, 2015

In a week: 203, week of May 5, 2014

In a month: 596, May 2014

You, just as much as me, are a part of WordsofWisTIM. Yes, I am the writer, the creator of these pieces, but you are part of the equation, too.

WordsofWisTIM is the name of my blog, but it’s also an ideal and a philosophy.

It is a world of thought that asks how to make people laugh, smile, giggle, think, question, discover, live, love and transcend.

A friend asked me, “Do you have a goal for views/followers?”

In my opinion, that is a narrow goal. It is a goal of numbers. It’s quantifiable.

My ultimate goal is not one of numbers, but one of betterment and contribution.

I want to do something that can’t be measured.

I want to be a reason for change and make a difference.

I want to make an impact, make my mark.

I’ve already started scratching my name in the wall of life.

Here’s to making it grow.

Here’s to the third year of WordsofWisTIM!

Here were the beauties and bottom dwellers from Year Two!

Top Ten

1. American Beauty: 98

2. Guardians of the Galaxy: 98

3. Gone Girl: 98

4. The Avengers 96

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron: 95

6. Transformers: Age of Extinction: 95

7. The Babadook: 93

8. Godzilla: 93

9. Jack Reacher: 92

10. Mulan: 92

 

Worst of the Worst

10. The Grey: 25

9. Sabotage: 22

8. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale: 21

7. Safe: 19

6. Clash of the Titans: 18

5. Outcast: 18

4. A Haunted House 2: 18

3. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil: 16

2. Gallowwalkers: 13

1. Watchmen: 11

 

And finally, the final standings after two years. Peter Jackson’s Best Picture winner defends its spot at number one while last year’s number two, Miracle, falls to the sixth spot. Alien 3 remains the cancerous carcass at the bottom of the cellar, followed by my 2014 Worst Film of the Year winner, Open Grave.

Top Ten

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: 98

2. American Beauty: 98

3. Guardians of the Galaxy: 98

4. Gone Girl: 98

5. Miracle: 97

6. The Avengers: 96

7. Spider-Man 2: 96

8. The Green Mile: 96

9. Prisoners: 96

10. 42: 96

 

Worst of the Worst

10. Clash of the Titans: 18

9. Outcast: 18

8. A Haunted House 2: 18

7. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil: 16

6. Midnight Cowboy: 15

5. Gallowwalkers: 13

4. Dark Fury: 13

3. Watchmen: 11

2. Open Grave: 10

1. Alien 3: 5

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Winners And Losers: Round 1

I’m starting up a new series called Winners And Losers.

It’s actually a pretty simple idea. For every film I see that I enjoyed or was good from a critical standpoint even if I hated it, I consider that a win. It can also be a win if the actor/actress/director delivered a memorable performance even if the overall material was garbage.

It’s a loss if the movie was bad or if the movie was good but the actor/actress/director delivered a “don’t care” or “this is my stupid day” performance. Depending on an actor/actress/director’s win/loss record, I may be more likely to see their films or do my best to avoid them entirely.

Not all the films included in Winners And Losers have been reviewed by me yet, but I have seen them. There are also some films that I haven’t seen in a long time and I don’t feel comfortable grading a win or a loss, so they’ve been excluded from the list. There are also some films that actors have been in but did not play a substantial enough role to be considered for Winners & Losers.

There will be a tab on the homepage for Winners And Losers that I’ll update on a regular basis. Enjoy!

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I’m a huge fan of action films so I thought I’d start this series with the three best action stars of the last 30 years: Arnie, Stallone and Willis.

I haven’t explored Arnie’s filmography even close to as much as I’d like to but so far I’ve amassed eleven titles.

Commando 

This film is way too much fun. It’s got the corny one-liners, the preposterous action sequences that are taken so seriously by Arnie and overall, is just too entertaining a film to forget. Verdict: Win

Predator 

I don’t feel like I should have to explain this choice, but I will anyway. Predator is one of if not the best action film of the 80’s and Arnie’s forever iconic phrase “Get to the Choppa!” has stood and will continue to stand the test of time. Verdict: Win

The Running Man

This film was perhaps over-hyped for me because while I loved the dystopian angles and themes in this film, some of the acting in this film was not there. Thankfully, Arnie didn’t lose his corny catchphrases and while I was certainly disappointed, I wasn’t so disappointed that I didn’t like it. Verdict: Win

Kindergarten Cop

Arnie took a different route with Kindergarten Cop, with it being a family film and yet, it still managed to be a laughfest and have enough catchphrases to want to keep coming back to it again and again. Despite his reputation as an action star, Kindergarten Cop continues to stand today as one of my favorite Schwarzenegger films. Verdict: Win

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

I think the Terminator saga is one of the more popular film series of today, but I’ll admit I feel the idea is more gripping than how it all plays out. If asked today to name films that I think are overrated, my default answer is usually Remember the Titans and the Terminator films. I still haven’t seen the first one, which is why you don’t see it on this list, but Terminator 2: Judgement Day, in my opinion, is the best of the bunch, with a fantastic antagonist role from Robert Patrick to coincide with Arnie. Verdict: Win

True Lies

I had fun with this despite the absurd plot holes and unbelievable events that happened on the silver screen during an inflated run time. James Cameron is one of the best directors of all time, but he also doesn’t seem to know when enough is enough. Verdict: Win

Collateral Damage

This breaks Arnie’s perfect streak because Collateral Damage is just a bad film. It was trying to go with an 80’s formula, but there’s no humor to cause us to overlook the absurd plot points. There’s wasted talent left on the screen and the acting demonstrates a passionless product. Verdict: Your record takes collateral damage.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

This Terminator sequel didn’t hold the same cinematic grip that Judgment Day did, but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines still had enough bang and boom, aided by some updated special effects, to keep this series going. Verdict: Win

The Last Stand

Up to this point, Arnie’s 7-1, but he drops a huge goose egg with this travesty of a product. Poorly-written catchphrases, stunt choreography and an overall impossible story, the fact that Arnie doesn’t even appear to be trying in this  Verdict: Die in a cowboy shootout. It was your last stand.

Escape Plan

Schwarzenegger tries but his famous voice travels through deaf ears as this film failed to capture any real grasp on my attention. My roommate says he went with me to see this but I don’t even remember that. Shows how memorable this was. Verdict: You failed. You didn’t escape. Two weeks in the hot box.

Sabotage

David Ayer’s spring venture was the exact opposite of Fury. Character writing, acting and theme were all terrible and it rightfully earned a suckage label. Verdict: You tried to sabotage my mind. Go die in a hole.

Terminator: Genisys

The fifth installment proved to be a huge boost to Schwarzenegger’s post-governor career. It’s the first time Arnold seemed comfortable in a roll and truly entertained. The movie wasn’t very good, but the effort and enthusiasm from Arnold was there. Verdict: Win.

Final Record: 8-4, 66.7% WINNER!

Arnie’s dropped the ball on the last few but his prior accomplishments make up for it. For now. While Terminator: Genisys does provide a spark to what was once a dormant actor, you got to wonder whether it will stick.

Wins: 8 (Commando, Predator, The Running Man, Kindergarten Cop, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator: Genisys)

Losses: 4 (Collateral Damage, The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Sabotage)

Image result for sylvester stallone rocky free useSylvester Stallone

Rocky

When you google Rocky, this is what you get:

“The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million and shot in 28 days, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976 and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. The film received many positive reviews and turned Stallone into a major star.

I had no idea this film was shot in 28 days and that only makes me respect this film so much more. A film this successful and this acclaimed is an obvious win. Verdict: Duh, winning

Rocky II

The original sequel with Carl Weathers was just as good. Verdict: Win

Rocky III

Bringing Mr. T on the ride was a great casting choice and gave Rocky yet another formidable opponent. Verdict: Win

First Blood

After creating one of the most popular characters of all-time in Rocky, Sylvester Stallone ascribed to go higher and went for another golden character and succeeded in doing so. The only actor I can think of that has played two such prominent and critically-acclaimed characters is Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Indiana Jones. However, Stallone contributed to the writing of these characters, which in my opinion makes his accomplishment the greater of the two. First Blood became a cult sensation and spawned a few sequels of its own. Verdict: Win

Rambo: First Blood: Part 2

My favorite Rambo, Stallone seemed more comfortable in the role and the plot was more story-based then thought-provoking like it’s predecessor. I approved of the change of pace while not striving too far from its previous theme. Verdict: Win

Rocky IV

My favorite Rocky installment at the time of this writing, Dolph Lundgren’s best role and a fantastic score always stir my will to win and believe by the film’s conclusion. Verdict: Win.

Rambo III

Another successful Rambo installment. Haven’t it seen it in a while, but what I remember is good. Verdict: Win

Demolition Man

Demolition Man is one of the best corny films I’ve ever seen. Original scripting along with character portrayals from Stallone, Sandra Bullock and Wesley Snipes, Demolition Man is an 80’s film made in the 90’s. Verdict: Win

Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd doesn’t have as stable a plot as I would have liked but it’s still got this beauty. Some laughable dialogue and perhaps a film that takes itself too seriously, Judge Dredd maintains some entertainment value as well as Stallone bringing some vivacity to the character. Verdict: Win

D-Tox/Eye See You

A horror drama isn’t Stallone’s neck of the woods, but Sly showed some acting depth and the story arc was pretty good. Verdict: Win

Rambo

This 2008 installment didn’t hold the same dramatic punch as its older siblings, but Rambo‘s action sequences were top-notch and still made you want to root for the old Vietnam vet one more time. Verdict: Win

The Expendables

This was a film that should have been made years before it was finally taped, but just because this film didn’t offer us the one-two-hook of Arnie, Stallone and Willis doesn’t mean this film wasn’t great. The plot wasn’t revolutionary but it didn’t need to be. All I wanted was to see a bunch of action stars get together for a film and blow stuff up and The Expendables gave me that. Verdict: Win

The Expendables 2

The sequel may have been better than the original. Not going to say it was or wasn’t at this time, but it was up there. Verdict: Win

Escape Plan

Arnie didn’t get a win for this and Stallone isn’t getting a win for this either. The story leaned on character writing that was sub-par at best, giving it no real stilts to rest on. It was okay for a watch, but definitely no reason to watch this again. Verdict: Not even you escaped this, Sly.

Grudge Match

A boxing film wasn’t in the cards for Stallone and I’m still unsure why he decided to try this. He’ll never be able to separate himself from Rocky and to try and put himself in a boxing film removed from the character we all grew up loving just wasn’t a good move. Robert De Niro was given a shoddy role with a wasted subplot and the film overall hit few keys in tune. Verdict: You got knocked out in this one.

The Expendables 3

I read a few reviews prior to seeing this and they didn’t turn me away or discourage me. How could they? The Expendables was such a blast of a saga. They were every film-goer’s dream. Then I saw it and I think inside I was crying because I knew Stallone had thrown my dream down the gutter. He brought in some desolate actors to drive a film forward and it stalled like a Prius. Verdict: Dreams die hard, my friend.

Creed

The newest Rocky addition left Stallone on the sidelines in a dramatic narrative that really added to the film. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Verdict: Win.

Image result for sylvester stallone free useFinal Record: 14-3, 82.4% WINNER!

If you can please me 80 percent of the time, I feel confident in engaging myself in your life. Keep it up, Sly. Don’t make another Expendables unless you’re planning to kill my dreams again.

Wins: 14 (Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, First Blood, Rambo: First Blood: Part 2, Rocky IV, Rambo III, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Eye See You/ D-Tox, Rambo,The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Creed)

Losses: 3 (Escape Plan, Grudge Match, The Expendables 3)

Bruce Willis

Die Hard

Willis’ breakout flick also included the best character of his career. Verdict: Win

Die Hard 2

Probably the least of the original three, it’s still John McClane and his forever iconic catchphrase stopping terrorism. By the way, never watch a Die Hard film on TV because they always censor it out and it ruins the experience, at least for me. Verdict: Win

Pulp Fiction

One of if not the best work from the pen of Quentin Tarantino, Bruce Willis had a major role in this classic, which is known today as one of the best films of all time. Verdict: Win

Die Hard with a Vengeance

My personal favorite in the Die Hard series combined the acting prowess of Samuel L. Jackson and Mr. Willis and it worked wonders, making me scratch my head and wonder why Hollywood doesn’t try to put big name actors together more often. Verdict: Win

Mercury Rising

One of his lesser known films, Willis stars opposite Alec Baldwin in a film about government corruption and national security. I would go so far as to say it’s a memorable film but it’s one that you know Willis worked at even though as a whole the film was average in execution. Verdict: Win

The Sixth Sense

M. Night Shyamalan’s crowning achievement and a threshold he’s been unable to surpass since the making of this thriller, The Sixth Sense has one of the best plot twists ever. Bruce Willis stands across from a young but overly talented Haley Joel Osment in a film that was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor. Once again, Willis shines.

Hart’s War

Willis has had plenty of shining moments but this film was not one of them. Void of tone and impact, Willis’ suffers his first defeat. Verdict: You lost the war.

Tears of the Sun

Antoine Fuqua’s themes stand strong but not as strong as its pawns. Willis remained at the top of the pact in a film reliant on ideals rather than characters. Verdict: Win

Hostage

Ben Foster blows minds in his supporting role and overshadows Willis’ performance but that doesn’t lessen Hostage‘s hope-crushing tone and dark motifs. If all hostage films were like Hostage, I’d watch more of them. Verdict: Win

16 Blocks

Each time I watch this the more I enjoy it. Willis showed he still had what it took to make a big budget film and Mos Def surprised me with his supporting role. A good redemption story, which obviously are the best kinds of stories. Am I right? Verdict: Win

Live Free or Die Hard

The wheels could have fallen off of this real quick. I can’t tell you how apprehensive I was to see this. Die Hard is one of the best action empires ever built and to see it being drug through the ground would have been heartbreaking and enraging at the same time, a disservice to the character and the legacy the crew had spent some much time putting together. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Willis still had it. The action was fantastic, some more witty catchphrases and comebacks from our hero McClane and a great wingman in Justin Long really put Live Free or Die Hard up with the rest of them. Verdict: Win

A Good Day to Die Hard

Read the above Live Free or Die Hard explanation. This is that worst fear realized. I don’t think Willis could have made it any more obvious that he was in it for the money. His lack of caring was desensitizing. Willis and Jai Courtney managed to nosedive one of the greatest action phenomena in the history of film. They slapped me a couple times in the face while they were at it because I guess they felt overly courteous during the day I watched this travesty. Verdict: This was not a good day. At all.

Image result for bruce willis free useFinal Record: 9-2, 81.8% WINNER!

Bruce Willis has fallen off the face of the Earth as of late, which makes me sad because I miss this guy’s hey day. Also found out that Willis has never been nominated for Best Actor, something I was genuinely surprised by. However, it’s okay if the Academy doesn’t appreciate his talents. All his fans do and you can mark me down as one of them.

Wins: 9 (Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Mercury Rising, The Sixth Sense, Tears of the Sun, Hostage, 16 Blocks, Live Free or Die Hard)

Losses: 2 (Hart’s War, A Good Day to Die Hard)

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Movie Review: Sabotage

David Ayer’s Fury was an impressive war schematic for cinema, demonstrating some substantial character curves and atmospheric tension.

David Ayer’s Sabotage is the opposite.

Our film starts with a drug bust, which is to be expected. A couple of guys get shot and we get a couple of one-liners from our cast members, a cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Terrence Howard, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello and Lost‘s Josh Holloway.

There are enough familiar names here that some drug-busting, gun-toting crime-fighting characters should be molded and utilized, yet Ayer spends no time in the creative process. The conflict is set up immediately following the drug bust, which was a mere ten minutes in.

Some films are meant to step on the gas straight out of the gate. You see this with a lot of Jason Statham films and other films that don’t have a lot of familiar names in them. This is partially due to script writing and partially due to not having the talent on-screen to exude character confidence. Films that have only one experienced actor will usually take this route.

However, with all the names I’ve listed above, it seems unnecessary to speed this process up. It feels like a misuse of the talent you’ve assembled. It also seems to be common to build apprehension in a crime-based film but when you press forward with such fervor it’s nearly impossible to accomplish any.

The introduction of a film is the most important because that is when audiences will decide to stay with the film or leave. If I wasn’t writing this review, I would have left. There’s no clincher, no hook to my interest. They run into a drug dealer’s place, shoot a couple guys, bag some money and leave. The fact that I talk like nothing happened is a testament to how unengaging the material is. A DEA task force should provide more lively content than this as well as more enticing characters.

Just like that, we’re already involved in an investigation of the squad. Where did the money go? Who stole it?

Nothing noteworthy is established about any of these characters before they’re being investigated, leaving audiences with little if any interest in subsequent events.

Yet there was still hope here if the film began its character writing in the midst of this investigation, similar to what writer James Vanderbilt did in John McTiernan’s Basic.

Director David Ayer, who aided Skip Woods in the film’s screenplay, passed on that avenue also. The investigation is instead skipped over entirely and serves only as a blight on the characters’ reputations.

The writing worsens from there and looking at Skip Woods’ past work, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The A-Team was the only film that I felt he found success with. Aside from that, his last three have been X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard and this garbage.

There are quite a couple of things that don’t make any sense during Sabotage‘s near-two hour running time, as well as some truly malignant dialogue. To reveal an example, John “Breacher” Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and investigator Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) are arguing about why people from his unit start showing up dead:

Wharton: “You spend enough time on the job, the job fights back.”

Brentwood: “That’s bull****.”

That is but one example of a plethora of decrepit combinations of words that will barely satisfy the term “writing”.

The level of writing in their scripts forces the film’s performance onto the shoulders of the actors, who have name recognition but not the talent to make a poor film breach the bearable barrier. Olivia Williams is especially cancerous here, both in acting and in the character she plays.

Which leads me to Schwarzenegger. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnie were the top-notch stars of the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and starting in the late 2000’s, have slowly begun to fall off the horse.

If you exclude the Expendables films, it’s difficult to find the last good film these guys have done where they had a substantial role. Bruce Willis’ would be Live Free or Die Hard in 2007. Since then, he’s starred in both Red installments, which I admit I haven’t seen; Surrogates, which was okay but not great; Looper, which I haven’t seen but apparently no one likes; and A Good Day to Die Hard, one of the worst movies of 2013.

Stallone’s Rambo in 2008 had the dark sentiment war films today are missing. It was a successful installment of the series, an example of what Willis’ A Good Day to Die Hard should have been instead of the butchering of the famous John McClane that it was.

Stallone’s other films haven’t been great but they’ve been far better than Willis’ and Schwarzenegger’s have been recently. The Escape Plan and Grudge Match were at least satisfactory. Not worth revisiting, but they weren’t a waste of my time. Stallone’s still got some hidden gems to work with and aside from the third Expendables film, hasn’t been too far off the mark.

Schwarzenegger has gone the longest without a hit film, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. A large portion of that is because he was serving as governor of California, but his re-entry into Hollywood has been abysmal. The Last Stand, Escape Plan and Sabotage have been his newest three and if this is the best that Arnie can do, he needs to hang up the cleats for good. Truthfully, Willis needs to hang ’em up, too. Stallone is the only one really trying to produce quality films these days.

Arnie will always be famous for his great action flicks filled with corny one-liners that we all loved back then, but these films he’s starring in now just don’t work and only succeed in dragging what’s left of his reputation further into the mud. Just stop, Arnie, please?

The characters are hard to tolerate to top it all off, something I’ll elaborate it on in the spoiler’s edition.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.  

90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (Gone GirlMulanGuardians of the GalaxyDawn of the Planet of the ApesTransformers: Age of Extinction)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Cabin in the WoodsTears of the SunEdge of TomorrowThe Amazing Spider-Man 2Young Guns)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too.(SnowpiercerThe FamilyWhen the Game Stands TallBlack Hawk DownRed Dawn(2012))

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (House at the End of the StreetThe RavenDead SnowRubberHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (ZoolanderThe Expendables 3HomefrontG.I. Joe: RetaliationVantage Point)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesBilly MadisonA Haunted House300: Rise of an EmpireCowboys and Aliens)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30′s ironically define the 1930′s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (CenturionPlanet of the ApesStonadosRedemptionPride and Prejudice)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The GreyX-Men: Days of Future PastThor: The Dark WorldThe Sum of All Fears)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (GallowwalkersTucker & Dale vs. EvilSafeWatchmenClash of the Titans)

My score for Sabotage: 19.

I found myself reading through some of the reviews posted on Netflix. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. “Minus 10 rating. Worst I’ve seen here. Shut off after 1/3 through. It’s disturbing to read positive reviews about this for many reasons. I don’t know how Schwarzenegger could let himself be associated with it except for trying to keep a public image and to make a little money. See for yourself.”

I agreed with everything this guy/girl said except that last part. Don’t do that.

2. “Terrible movie. The ‘acting’ is flat. Characters are one-dimensional. Disgusting unimaginative dialogue and consists entirely of swears. I turned it off after 21 minutes. The movie deserves zero stars but one needs to assign a rating in order to submit a review.”

Did I write this one? I don’t think so but I almost thought I did. The amount of excessive profanity was needless.

3. “Gads, what low-brow, low-rent, trite trash. Cheap cliché after cheap cliché. Gave it 29 minutes. What a total waste. Watching this movie is like staring at an un-flushed toilet. On second thought, the toilet would be a better time. I like Arnold a lot, but this movie is a disgrace.”

I loved the toilet bit, sir.

4. “What a let down. Good people in it, but the script failed them (and us). Arnold’s acting was abysmal. This movie had more clichés than ANY I have ever seen, a 10-year-old could have written it (and perhaps did). Skip it and save two hours of your life.”

Man, these guys are making my life really easy. I should do this more often.

5. “This movie is god-awful. It’s a prime example of why Schwarzenegger needs to end his career. Despite the success Ayer had in the recent war film, Fury, he dropped a fat goose egg with this loser. There’s a fair amount of clichés and despite a formidable cast, the acting is tasteless and almost at a high school level at some points. The dialogue is shuttered, the action is bland and it tries to make it more gross than it needed to be and yet that’s not even done well. This was stupid. Don’t watch this.”

That one is me. Take my advice. Don’t. Watch. This.

*SPOILER ALERT* IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE SPOILED, STOP READING!!!

*SPOILER’S EDITION

These DEA agents don’t seem to care about much of anything, including each other. When one of them dies in a train accident, they have a drinking party. It’s not one of those mournful ones that you would expect either. It’s a raucous, bring-in-the-stripper sort of ordeal. Truly disgraceful and a real way to get the audience to like you. Oh, wait…

The ending’s very anti-climatic and when we learn from our culprit why they started killing all of their former friends, they say, “Because they stole my money.”

I understand money can be a very powerful influence, but this person cut out their friend’s intestines and nailed their body to a ceiling. Like, what is going on here? Was this character always this crazy? There are so many questions about the motivations here that are glossed over.

Our main character, played by Arnie, when the group starts getting paranoid that one of their own is doing the killing, says that all we have is trust. We have to trust each other.

At the end of the movie, Arnie admits to stealing the money, so he can pay off the Mexican police to tell him where the man who killed his wife and son is. What happened to we have to trust each other? He is at least partly responsible for all of his friends’ deaths because if he wouldn’t have stolen the money for himself, the poco locos wouldn’t have come out and started killing everyone. Maybe it would have happened down the road but at least he wouldn’t have been responsible for it and we wouldn’t feel like the main character was a phony the entire movie.

 

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