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Hitman's Bodyguard: A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Hitman's Bodyguard: A Ms. H Movie Review

Hitman's Bodyguard is rated R so you must be 17 years or older to see this movie.  With Samuel L. Jackson starring in Hitman's Bodyguard, you can also expect a lot of profanity.  If you are not a fan of the language be ready to close your ears so you can sit through it without having the urge to get up and leave. You may think this movie will get a low rating from me; however, my review of Hitman's Bodyguard might surprise you.

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Hitman's Bodyguard - A Throwback to 1990’s Action Movies?

As I watched the dramatic actions unfold on the big screen, I could not help but compare Hitman's Bodyguard to some of the other buddy action movies I’ve seen in the past.  There was the wise-cracking jokes from Ryan Reynolds as well as Samuel L. Jackson along with all the usual car crashes and explosions.   Even though Hitman's Bodyguard had a 1990’s flair to me, this was not a problem since I enjoy watching these type movies, minor the language.  There is also  enough car racing, crashes, chases, explosions and other type actions to keep your interest should you decide to see Hitman's Bodyguard.

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Skilled Actors in Hitman's Bodyguard

The acting skills were up to par for some of the actors in Hitman's Bodyguard.  Most of the actors, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Salma Hayek are seasoned in their craft, so acting was not an issue for them. However, I was not impressed with Elodie Yung’s acting.  She played the estranged girlfriend of Ryan Reynolds as well as agent in the movie. For most of the movie, she looked as if she needed more sleep and she was not, in my opinion, as believable in her role as the other actors.  However, her unskilled acting did not negatively affect my rating for Hitman's Bodyguard since she was not prominently featured in the movie.

There were some humorous parts in this movie as well.  Spoiler Alert:  When the movie started, Ryan Reynolds tended to say his lines like he was in his Deadpool movie; however, as the movie went on, he talked more like the character he was playing.   Samuel L. Jackson played his part well; even though, I think the movie dialogue was awkward when they talked about relationships with him giving Ryan Reynolds advice.

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In my opinion, the director did a good job in directing Hitman's Bodyguard. Due to all the dangerous stunts, I’m sure body-doubles were used sometimes instead of the actual actors; however, the switchover was seamless to me.  One of my favorite scenes was when Ryan Reynolds’ character vowed to not help Samuel L. Jackson’s character anymore while standing at a food cart.  In the meantime, the director showed a lot of commotion going on behind him while he kept repeating that he would not help Samuel L. Jackson any more.  Of course, he eventually decides to help; however, I think it was creative how lots of actions were going on in the background as Ryan Reynolds initially kept insisting that he would not help Samuel L. Jackson.

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Assessment of Hitman's Bodyguard

If you like action-packed movies, I think Hitman's Bodyguard will keep your interest.  Just when you think the movie is winding down from all the foot and car chases, as well as the explosions, some other attention-grabbing actions occur.  Also, I think there is suspense due to the time element involved in their journey to get to the court in time to testify. However, once Samuel  L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds made the court deadline; one would think the movie would conclude.  But this was not the case.  Other actions happened afterwards, which may cause you to wonder why did they try to get to the court by the deadline in the first place.

I’m not rating Hitman's Bodyguard higher because it was not clear as to why a man of Samuel L. Jackson’s questionable character would somehow become friends with Ryan Reynolds who was once his arch enemy. The savings grace of Hitman's Bodyguard included the tie-in from what happened at the beginning of the movie, and the reveal of what actually occurred towards the end of the movie.  I think the writer/director artfully threw this twist in the movie.  You will know what I’m talking about if you watch Hitman's Bodyguard.

Rating of Hitman's Bodyguard

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Hitman's Bodyguard 3 stars.

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Kidnap: A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of http://www.allgames.com.

Introduction: From the title of the movie, you know someone is being kidnapped.  However, what surprised me about the movie was the manner in which the kidnapping was done.  I did not look at any previews of Kidnap, so there was an element of surprise when I found out just how this event happened. Without further ado, here's my movie review of Kidnap.Kidnap Halle Berry

Actors in the Movie Kidnap

I think casting did an excellent job of choosing Halle Berry to play the mother of the kidnapped small child in this movie.  It probably helped that Halle Berry is the producer of the movie as well.  That being said, the other actors were realistically depicted and they played their roles in a believable manner.   

Without a doubt, the standout actor in the movie Kidnap is the academy award-winning actor Halle Berry. From the moment her child was kidnapped to all the actions that transpired afterwards, Halle Berry delivered superb acting.  I particularly liked her facial expressions that showed how she was feeling without words. When the kidnapping first happened, due to Halle Berry’s acting skills, you could feel her sense of absolute terror and fright when she found out her son had been kidnapped.  Her acting was so on point, I don’t think it was necessary for her to voice some of her actions during the movie.  I guess this was done to make sure the audience knew the extent of her anxiety and determination to get her child back.  

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 Reason for Making the Movie Kidnap

Before seeing this movie, I thought the kidnapping took place without the mother knowing exactly what happened.  Since I did not see trailers or previews of Kidnap, I was under the impression the kidnapping happened at a bus stop, at home, etc. and the mother had no idea who did the kidnapping.  It was surprising to find out that not only did the mother see who kidnapped her child, but I was astonished at the extent of gross negligence she displayed in keeping up with him.  Of course, no one can be watched 24/7; however, I thought it was ludicrous for her to leave her child alone and to use a child monitor similar to a walkie-talkie for lack of a better term to keep up with him. To make matters worse, the child had a habit of playing hide and seek, which really set the stage for a kidnapping to occur if he was not being watched carefully and if there were unscrupulous people in the area.

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Spoiler Alert:  Before the kidnapping occurred, Halle Berry left her child alone on a bench in a crowded park to take a "private" phone call.  With her back turned to him, she would talk on the phone and periodically use the monitor to say “Marco.”  When her child heard her, he would respond “Polo.”  When he responded, she knew he was ok.  Of course the time came when the response of “Polo” did not come -- then the action and drama of the movie starts.

I know this is a movie, but I think the intelligence of the audience was insulted when the movie deliberately set up a situation where something like this kidnapping was bound to happen.  In other words, this kidnapping drama was forced and could have been avoided from the get go.  If the mother had simply kept her child beside her or kept her eyes on him, this kidnapping probably would not have happened.  If the kidnapping didn’t happen -- there would be no point in making the movie. 

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Other Ludicrous Actions in Kidnap

There were many instances where the mother played by Halle Berry performed actions that showed flawed judgment.  One of the biggest mistakes was letting the strange kidnapping woman in her car after believing what the woman told her. The direction from the woman to Halle Berry was to follow her husband in the car ahead of them.  To make matters worse, she allowed the woman to sit behind her as she drove the minivan, placing herself in a vulnerable position.  Spoiler Alert: Even towards the end of the movie when a “neighbor” came in the kidnappers' house to supposedly help Halle Berry, it was silly to me for him to pretend that he was a friend of the neighbors who he could not believe were kidnappers.  Realistically, he probably would have attacked Halle Berry in some way to help carry out the plans of the kidnappers and not stand in front of her while coaxing the kidnapped children down from a hole in the ceiling.  Again, this is an example in my opinion of forced drama.fullsizeoutput c5e

Assessment of Kidnap

After seeing Kidnap, it's no wonder there was a lack of hype and promo behind it.  Kidnap, due to its plot which has been used many times before, was destined to bring in low numbers, both in dollars and attendance at the box offices. I think the movie studios saw no need to take away from profits by promoting a movie that would probably not bring in a big return.  As discussed earlier, due to the way the kidnapping occurred, the movie should not have been made in the first place, except to show parents and others what not to do when out in the park, or any place else for that matter, with a child or children. I’m giving Kidnap a higher score than it deserves simply because of the acting abilities of Halle Berry.  

Rating of Kidnap 

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Kidnap 1 ½ stars.

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Atomic Blonde - A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of http://www.allgames.com.

Introduction:

Before I begin, I would like to caution you hat Atomic Blonde is a rated R movie with scenes in the movie that ties in with this rating.  You must be 17 years or older to watch this movie. To continue,  I was eagerly anticipating the Atomic Blonde movie, mainly because this action movie has a female lead who has been doing an outstanding job of late in other movies -- Charlize Theron. Find out how I rated this movie and whether or not you should watch it or just ignore Atomic Blonde completely.

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Main Character in Atomic Blonde

Before seeing Atomic Blonde, I did a cursory check on the character because she was new to me.  During my research, I found out there is actually a comic book or graphic novel that features a character by the title of Atomic Blonde.  I didn’t thoroughly check into the background of this character, so as not to spoil it for me when I saw Atomic Blonde in the movies. So it looks like the writer and director had existing material to draw from in establishing the Atomic Blonde character.

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True to form, the main character plays a blonde who seemed to be self-sufficient and do not mind showing villains just how self-sufficent she can be.  I watched this movie from a positive perspective; however, after awhile, I could not ignore some of the unfavorable connotations that will be explained further below. To be fair, I will list favorable connotations as well. Let’s start with the positives.

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Positive Connotations of Atomic Blonde

No one can deny the fact that Charlize Theron was the main protagonist in Atomic Blonde.  There were lots of bad guys she had to contend with -- but she held her own as the star of the movie.  In other words, she did not stay in the background in any of the scenes. In all the action scenes, she looked fairly capable of not only defending herself against the enemies, but protecting some other people as well.  In this movie, she seemed highly dedicated to her job as a spy and was diligent in carrying through any instructions, etc. that were given to her.

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Some of the action scenes were spectacular in execution.  For example the scene where she ties a rope to anchor herself, before hurling out of a window high on top of the building was worthy of a page in the stunt man’s or woman’s instruction book.  Finally, Charlize Theron showed quite a bit of confidence in doing her job. She was not only competent, but she was dedicated to get the job done -- whatever the cost.  She seemed to have a strong work ethic when it came to executing her job.

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Negative Connotations of Atomic Blonde

As I was watching this movie, I got the impression that I could just as well be watching a man perform actions in this movie instead of a woman.  For example, beginning with using her high heel to beat the villain to protecting the timid man during one of the scenes --  All you had to do was replace her high heel with a sturdy weapon of some sort and replace the timid man with a woman -- and you would have Atomic Man vice Atomic Blonde.  

Even though the setting was in the 1980’s, there was no need in my opinion to show her lighting up a cigarette at every turn.  Of course these could be props, but the idea of her smoking in a lot of the scenes was a turnoff for me.  Additionally, after a while the movie took on a repetitive stance with her meeting enemies, punching them out and doing various acrobatic moves to do so.

Plot of Atomic Blonde

The storyline of Atomic Blonde was told as a flashback with her talking about actions that preceded her being found in her present situation with a bloody face. I thought this was a creative way of telling the story; however, I got vibes of the movie The Usual Suspects where the main character is recounting events that happened -- that never did.  The difference in this case was the actions did take place.  

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Twists and Turns in Atomic Blonde

To me, it looked like the director wanted to take everybody on a roller coaster ride toward the end where in the space of a few minutes people’s identities started to change.  For example, when it looked like Charlize Theron had accomplished her mission of retrieving the watch that housed valuable intel, the movie continues on with an unexpected ending.  The problem with this is everything seemed to be rushed towards, like the director realized there needed to be an ending to this movie. 

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Assessment of Atomic Blonde

I think the Atomic Blonde movie set out to do what it wanted to do -- offer an action movie with a strong female lead. However, movies starring a strong female lead do not have to go over the deep end and have her acting overly masculine.  There is a slim boundary of having an action movie starring a female star and having a movie that all you have to do to change actions designed for a male --  to be played by a female. Somewhere there is a compromise, which I do not think was accomplished in this movie. I want to give kudos to the writer and director for offering up this move starring Charlize Theron, but would like to share with them that some of the action scenes were ok -- while others were a little over the top. 

Rating of Atomic Blonde

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate Atomic Blonde 2 stars.

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