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COPSHOP
Rated: R
Release Date: September 17, 2021
Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Frank Grillo, Gerard Butler, Alexis Louder
Plot: A scammer uses a local police station to hide out, but a hitman works his way into the situation
 
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
 

 

Sometimes you have to own up to your mistakes. The mistake I made was judging this movie off of the trailer. I try hard not to do that. I try to give every movie every opportunity to be the best movie of the year and then wait until I see it to prove to me that it is or isn't. 
 
But the trailer was so bad. I mean colossally bad. 
 
Then I went to see the movie, and for the first 20 minutes I was sure that my suspicions were correct. But then the movie actually started to build and become interesting. 45 minutes in I was actually emotionally invested in a couple of the characters and was rooting for a specific outcome. With 15 minutes to go, I was thrilled with an amazing twist on one of the the typical action flick tropes. 
 
Now, I'm not saying this movie is the next Die Hard or anywhere near it. It's a decent movie at best, but it isn't the complete disaster that I feared it would be. Grillo and Butler and fine, Alexis Louder does a good job, but kudos to Toby Huss for stealing the entire movie. His character is one of the best I've seen all Summer. 
 
If you like action flicks, you'll most likely enjoy this one. It's not one that will stick with you forever, or one that you'll want to see again, but it is worth seeing once in the theater. If you aren't a fan of action movies go ahead and skip this one. It has a few good moments, but nothing that would make it worth your while. 
 
 

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GREENLAND
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: December 18, 2020
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Stars: Gerrard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd
Plot: When a comet threatens to destroy most of the earth, panic ensues as people try to flee to safety
 
Clint Says: Stream this movie as soon as you can
 
 
This is one of those movies that you really need to see on the big screen, but it's 2020 so it skipped the theaters and went straight to VOD. So what you need to do is find a friend with the biggest entertainment system and watch it at their house. 
 
These apocalypse flicks tend to go one way or another, very rarely are they just okay. They are either completely stupid and eye-rollingly bad, or they are filled with a ton of suspense and edge-of-your-seat action. Thankfully, this one is the latter. 
 
They did a good job about helping the audience care for the characters, and making us feel like they were constantly on the verge of losing it all. They also didn't have the characters do anything stupid to get themselves in bad situations. Everything they do is something we all would try to do in their situation, and sometimes it just doesn't work out the way we plan.
 
The effects are great, the sound is amazing, and the pacing will keep your heart pounding for nearly two hours. 
 
If you like action flicks or end of the world tales, then you will really enjoy this movie. Just don't watch it on your phone or laptop, you are doing yourself and the movie a disservice if you do. 

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ANGEL HAS FALLEN

Rated: R

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Stars: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Danny Huston

Plot: When the President is attacked his top security detail is framed and must fight to clear his name

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

This is the third film in the "FALLEN" franchise. You would think by now that the President would realize that his number one security guy is incredibly terrible at his job, because people have almost killed him in massive plots three different times. 

 

Just fire the guy already!

 

As for the movie, it's the same stuff as before, just a different setting. Lot's of explosions, lots of gunfire, and about a thousand laws broken, but none of that matters in the end, because the good guy finally gets his man. 

 

The best part of this movie is Nick Nolte. He completely steals the show. He is hilarious and heartwarming. And he adds a much-needed element of humanity to the story. Without him this film would be stiff and unbearable. 

 

As with most movies of this ilk, it is full of plot holes and moments of convenience. Just ignore those and go with it if you want to enjoy the film.

 

If you like high-stakes action flicks then you'll probably enjoy seeing this. You might as well see it in the theaters, just so you can get the full, body-shaking effect of stuff blowing up. If you are hoping for a smart, political thriller you should keep your money in your pocket and wait for something else to come along.

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HUNTER KILLER

Rated: R

Release Date: October 26, 2018

Director: Donovan Marsh

Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini

Plot: A US submarine crew is tasked with rescuing the Russian President after a coup, but they have to do it without starting a world war

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

It's been a long time since a great submarine movie has come along. CRIMSON TIDE was almost 25 years ago, and THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER came out in 1990. While HUNTER KILLER isn't quite in the same league as those other films, it is close.

 

The action and suspense start immediately and they don't let up for the full two hours. There were several moments where I was holding my breath as the scenes unfolded. 

 

The only downside to this film is that it gets a little far-fetched near the end, and there are a couple of minor plot holes and moments of convenience scattered about, but they aren't so big that they take away from the overall experience. Also, some of the conflict between some of the characters seems to be a bit contrived.

 

If you like action/suspense/war films this one is a must-see. It is compelling and exciting from the opening scene on. You should also try to see it in the biggest theater possible to get the most out of the effects and sounds.

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DEN OF THIEVES

Rated: R

Release Date: January 19, 2018

Director: Christian Gudegast

Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Plot: A gang tries to take down the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

I'm a big fan of heist movies. THE ITALIAN JOB, any of the OCEAN'S flicks, THE USUAL SUSPECTS are all some of my favorites. When a heist movie is on TV it's pretty much guaranteed I'm going to watch at least some of it.

 

This one isn't going to make the cut though.

 

DEN OF THIEVES is dreadfully long, slow-moving, and filled with plot holes and moments of convenience. 

 

I will say the actual heist scenes are great. They are really suspenseful and well done. Unfortunately, they only make up about 30 minutes of a 140 minute film. The rest of the movie is made up of a bunch of guys trying to show each other how tough they are.

 

While the film tries to have a good twist, we never get enough information to make the twist satisfying. It would have been better if we could have played along in some way.

 

If you need a good heist flick, just turn on your TV. One is bound to pop up at any moment.

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GEOSTORM

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: October 20, 2017

Director: Dean Devlin

Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

Plot: Someone has turned a weather-controlling device into a weapon that threatens to destroy the world

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD and make someone else rent it

 

 

You know how some movies are so bad they are good? Well, this one is almost that bad. Which means that it is just bad. 

 

This is the kind of movie with moments where the world is literally crashing down around people and they are having long drawn-out conversations or moments of dramatic pause before they do the thing they need to do to stop the world from falling apart. 

 

It is the kind of stuff that makes movies like this eye-rollingly stupid. 

 

When you thrown on top of that a super-flimsy plot with massive plot holes you basically have a two-hour waste of time. 

 

GEOSTORM is about three bad puns away from being a parody film. If you are into films with a high cheese factor, by all means, check this one out. Just do it quick because this will be out of theaters in about 3 weeks. 

 

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LONDON HAS FALLEN

Rated: R

Release Date: March 4, 2016

Director: Babak Najafi

Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett

Plot: The President's most trusted security guard must save his boss from a massive terrorist attack during a State funeral in London

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

Okay, first let's talk about the elephant in the room in regards to this movie. It is a sequel to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. This means that either this President is the unluckiest world leader ever, or the guy who is saving his bacon all the time really isn't that good at his job, but he is good at getting out of a jam once he's in it.

 

Now, as long as you don't think about that or focus too hard on the obvious plot holes and moments of convenience scattered throughout this 90-minute movie, you will really enjoy LONDON HAS FALLEN.

 

It is full of great action, witty dialogue. high suspense and a fun, if not over the top, plot. It's the kind of movie you will make fun of while you are totally engrossed in it.

 

LONDON HAS FALLEN is a great popcorn flick. Check your brain at the door and enjoy.

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GODS OF EGYPT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: February 26, 2016

Director: Alex Proyas

Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung

Plot: A mortal helps the rightful heir to the throne of Egypt fight against the god that usurped the throne and sent Egypt into chaos

Trailer


Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

I know we are early in the year, but I have a feeling that this film will still hold a place in my 10 Worst Films of 2016 when the year comes to a close.

 

This movie gives us a whole new level of horrible. Everything about this movie is terrible. The plot is boring, the story is jumpy, the dialogue is embarrassingly bad, the effects are low-budget, good grief even the music is wrong for the kind of movie it is.

 

All of that said, the worst part of this film may be the fact that it is over two hours long. If you are unlucky enough to have to see this, you'll realize just how bad it is a few minutes into the movie, you'll look at your clock and be utterly dismayed that you still have another hour and 45 minutes to endure.

 

As seen in the trailer, the main god in this movie gets his eyes ripped out of his head early in the story. About 20 minutes into the screening I was wishing for the same thing to happen to me.