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New Bourne Legacy Trailer

Bourne Legacy looks action packed and epic.  A new trailer dropped today; enjoy!


The Bourne Legacy: Trailer

Well, after all the rumors and drama the trailer for the Bourne Legacy is finally here!  Matt Damon was busy making stupid zoo movies, so Hurt Locker took the job.  It looks pretty good, and I'm quite happy Paul Greengrass is not directing this film!  Greengrass directed Bourne Ultimatum and Supremacy, which were good movies, but his hand held shaky over zoomed camera drove me crazy.  Enjoy, the trailer!


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (trailer)

Hot damn, I love me some Mission Impossible!  My fervor is also equalled in my utter hatred for the crap that John Woo passes off as entertainment.  Alas, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is Woo free!  Woo Who?  Yay!  Tom is back with some new faces: Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton.  Ving Rhames is also very excited to be working again, because this is pretty much the only franchise he really makes money on! 

JJ will not be directing this film, but famed Pixar director (Incredibles, Ratatouille, Iron Giant) Brad Bird is at the helm.  MIGP (Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol) has lots of promise folks!


You need to see the Town!

One of my all time favorite movies is Heat.  "Why" might you ask?  Michael Mann is an epic director and actors trained by British SAS soldiers to wield weapons on the streets of downtown LA makes for quality entertainment.  

I was privileged enough to catch a screener of the Town a few weeks back.  Most of the screeners are complete crap the studio is not confident will prosper.  The Town was the exception to the rule.  The film feels a lot like Heat but takes place in Boston.  It starts with a bank robbery and crescendos into a massive heist with lots of epic firearms work.  I know Ben Affleck is the star and normally speaking that is a death sentence for a film's quality.  This is not the case.  When Ben plays himself a bad actor, a local Bostonian, the film does not suffer! 

Anyway enjoy this clip of the Town and go see it when it hits theaters!

The Town - Get The Plunger!
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Hurt Locker Reviewed

I recently trekked out to the local art house theater to free my mind from the horrors of Transformers 2.  I had heard a few reviews about the new film Hurt Locker, and I my curiosity was peaked.  Hurt Locker had some unique features that were quite surprising.

Hurt Locker is about an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Team disarming bombs in Iraq.  Despite what you may have learned via Couterstrike, a booming voice does not state "Bomb Diffused" and "Counter Terrorist Win" after each successful disarming.  The film follows Jeremy Renner who is an adrenaline junkie looking for any chance to flirt with death to the tune of a 155 shell.  He often dons the protective explosives suit and looks an olive drab Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. 

The film follows the EOD unit as they go to a variety of scenarios that require bombs to be "handled." Despite the fact that each scenario is basically the same (a different wrapper for each IED), it held my attention quite well and had some great action sequences.  I'm not really familiar at all with the ins and outs of EOD, so I can't tell you how "real" it looks.  The firearms sequences were good, with one small exception; a terrorist shoulders an AK47 from about 150+ yards away and takes a single shot into a gas tank of a car.  The car burst into flames and has a giant IED in the trunk.  AK's aren't that accurate, and shooting into a gas tank (despite what Hollywood will tell you) won't set a car on fire.  In fact (besides the engine block) it is one of the safer places to stand as the bullet's energy will disperse in the liquid.  Anywho, the other action scenes were great, and the explosions in the film are top notch.

My biggest complaint about Hurt Locker was it really dragged out in through the mid second act to the end of the film.  I'm not sure if this is because the action scenes take the film up to "11" and if falls back to normal speeds after that, or it is a writing/story issue.  The ending also felt a little lack luster, and for "freedom of spoiler" sake I'll spare you the details.  All that being said, the first half of the film is much tighter and entertaining than the latter half.

What I really enjoyed about this film is how refreshingly different it felt.  The lack of big name actors (although there is some familiar cameos, like Evangeline Lilly), the independent feel(still with good explosions), and creative subject matter contributed to my enjoyment.  Despite every other Iraq war film I've seen in the past few years, there is no political agenda or heavy hearted liberal message in Hurt Locker.  Odd as it may sound, it is 100% truth.  Regardless of your opinions on the war in Iraq, a politically neutral story that is simply about the soldiers is really what makes this film stand out.

In closing, I recommended that you see Hurt Locker.  It is different, refreshing, and entertaining.  I would say the film is not cinema gold but when it comes down it to, I give it a 7.5 out of 10.  Much more than I can say for Transformers 2 :(