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Review: Greenland

Greenland may not be the type of movie we need right now, but it may be the type of apocalyptic thriller some fans want. It won’t displace anything from any critic’s ‘top 10 list’ of 2020 movies. Or top 20. Or 30. Or maybe even 40. But hey, in a time when our lives are consumed by a killer virus circulating in the air, what’s the harm in taking two hours to watch a somewhat normal family fight for survival as a catastrophic comet comes racing towards Earth? (That’s a rhetorical question).

Quickie Review: Angel Has Fallen

This one’s easy: If you saw and liked Olympus Has Fallen and/or London Has Fallen, then there’s absolutely no harm in catching Angel Has Fallen. For the trifecta! The characters, tempo, plot, action, and carnage are predictable and familiar, except this time you get the added bonus of Nick Nolte coming out of the woodwork – or the woods- as the absentee dad of Secret Service Agent extraordinaire Mike Banning (Gerard Butler).

Gods of Egypt

Gods of Egypt is full of pretty people, decent-enough acting, and CGI spectacle. But it’s also pretty boring. Like, epically boring. I don’t expect it to live the immortal life enjoyed by some of the gods in the movie, but it may get a second lease on life as a mediocre rental. Here’s the gist: Gods of Egypt is about a mortal named Bek (Brendon Thwaites) who calls on the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones) to emerge from a self-imposed exile to help Bek rescue his true love. First, they must wrest control of Egypt back from Horus’s evil brother, the merciless god of darkness Set (Gerard Butler, who basically recycled his wardrobe from The 300). It’s sort of like the Disney classic Aladdin meets the 2014 dud Exodus: Gods and Kings. There’s romantic drama, action, epic battle scenes, gods that sprout wings and travel across the heavens, sibling rivalry, and – ultimately – the heartfelt message that with the right mix of courage and sacrifice, mortals and gods can work together to return Egypt to a land of peace and prosperity!

Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus has Fallen is the movie that the producers of 24 probably wanted to make, eventually, and that a Die Hard 6 may aspire to be, someday. But Jack Bauer and John McClane may want to pack up and go home, ‘cause there’s a new anti-terrorism badass in town. And his name is Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). Olympus Has Fallen is a superficial but satisfying thriller that I really liked when I wasn’t averting my eyes. So, I guess that means I really liked about two-thirds of the movie. Or maybe it was one-third. I’m not really sure. Seriously, I haven’t looked away from a screen so much – and for so long – since the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan. The carnage is that intense. But strip away the mass amount of destruction, bodies, bullets, bombs and bloodshed, and you’ve got a good ol’ fashioned entertaining action flick. Maybe even a good date movie! Yup, here’s why:

The Ugly Truth