When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. (c) FilmDistrict
Opinion: This was one of THEE best action films I have seen in awhile. With movies like this my critique is “Did it serve its purpose” YES. “Did it exceed expectations?” HELL YES. With movie tickets hovering around $12 in this economy, many people walk away from theaters wishing they had gotten their money back. I went to see this movie twice, on back to back nights. That’s how awesome this was. If you’re into the Jack Bauer (of “24” fame) type hero. You will love Mike Banning. By the way, Jack Bauer doesn’t have shit on Mike Banning. Go see it if you haven’t!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave.
I was privileged enough to work on this project and have received a few awards from it. Put that to the side. This is an amazingly written and executed film from Quentin Tarantino. A slave who had become a free man would walk hell or high water to rescue his wife. Its truly an action packed love story with humor to fill it out. For some it can be incendiary, understandably so. However, when you see how well all of the moving parts come together, you realize you’re watching a masterpiece.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars