Avengers – Super Heroes Are This Weekend’s Hit
Rated: PG-13 Time: 2:22
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson,
Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Sellan Skarsgard, Cobie Smulders,
Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Alexis Denisof, Tina Benko,
Jerzy Skolimowski, Kiril Nikiforov, Jeff Wolfe, Laah Singh, Rashmi Rustagi,
Powers Booth, Jenny Agutter, Arthur Barbinyan, and others
Final Grade: A-
I’m not sure what it is about New York City(NYC) that seems to attract every violent act, every crooked cop, mayor and politician, every violent theme and, yes, more violent aliens hell bent on destroying the world, starting with midtown Manhatten. Frankly, if the movies and TV were a proper indicator of a safe place to live, nobody would want to live in NYC!
I’m not sure why I started off this way, but after sitting through Safe and now Avengers, it just hit me as the obvious curiosity of the evening, actually morning since I took my kid to see the midnight showing of Avengers last night.
Frankly, I’ve never seen the parking lot of this theater or any other this totally packed at 3 in the morning! And, for good reason! This is a great flick!
Once again one our secret military installations is working with a piece of space junk they found and don’t fully understand. To them it’s potentially a supply of unlimited energy yet in reality it’s the control mechanism to a space portal through which an alien race, let by Loki(Hiddleston), the evil adopted brother of the Norse God Thor(Hemsworth), is going to take over and enslave humanity. Yeah, this is the typical stuff from the old Marvel comic strips, but then, that’s where the whole super heroes and Avengers concepts started from!
As you would expect, things get out of hand and it’s clear that humanity is in for a world of hurt.
Ah, but the secret agency (SHIELD) in the government has a few aces up their sleeves. They’re called The Avengers and they’re a rag tag team of mutants that really haven’t heard of the concepts of synergy, yet are fast learners.
So, it ends up being Captain America(Evans), Hulk(Ruffalo), Iron Man(Downey), Thor, Hawkeye(Renner) and Black Widow(Johansson) all led by Nick Fury(Jackson) as they fight the invading hordes of aliens who are in the middle of destroying, you guessed it, NYC and life as we know it.
The synergy between the actors is really cool and the way the comic book persona’s are brought to the screen is not only in keeping with the old comic books but does a nice job of bringing out their own individuality characters as well.
The action is non stop and some of the military gear is also really neat! Having an aircraft carrier that’s part ship, and part cloaked hovercraft is really interesting! Also, interesting that the navy has improved on their choices of ship captains as well! Ah, it’s a sailors life for sure.
The ending has you wondering if you’re watching a new flick or a remake of the end of Independence Day, but I’ll let you wait to figure that one out.
Avengers is clearly this weekend’s flick to see! Even though it’s been out since April, it’s finally making the way into the open theater market this weekend and in one near you. I suggest going easy on the Cokes before and during the movie. At 2 hours 22 minutes this is a longer flick and could have you needing to rush out at a time when you most least want to!
I’m Don Rima, and that’s the way I saw it, From Where I Stand.
Safe – Jason Statham brings the action back again!
Rated: R Time: 1:35
Stars: Jason Statham, Chris Sarandon, Anson Mount, James Hong, Reggie Lee,
Joseph Sikora, Danny Hoch, Matt O’Toole, Catherine Chan, Igor Jijikine
Final Grade: B+
Mei (Chan) is an incredibly bright little Chinese girl. She’s so bring that she’s correcting the errors of her math teacher in class over some rather complex calculations. Her acumen for numbers lands her being kidnapped by the Chinese mafia and shipped to New York to become a walking computer and accountant for the New York mob.
Someone that bright and obvious walking around doesn’t do so for long without garnering the attention of competing mobs and the car chases and gun fights start in full blaze.
Amid all this commotion, Mei escapes into the subway system where she catches the eye of a suicidal former cop turned cage fighter, Luke Wright (Statham) who’s on his way for a last ride on the center track. Feeling sympathy for a little girl now being chased by the Russian mob he rescues her and things really start to hit the fan.
It’s not long before a corrupt New York City mayor and police department (does there seems to be any other kind in the movies?) are also in the chase to find little Mei and make sure that Wright meets an immediate and quick demise from acute lead poisoning.
In typical Stratham manner, this flick is packed full of action, gun fights, street chases, and about most any other kind of violent act you could think of!
If you’re a guy, you’ll enjoy the non-stop action. If you’re a chick that thinks Statham’s a totally hot hunk, well, chances are you won’t be disappointed either.
This is definitely a great action flick and a flick for those that enjoy non-stop action, Statham style.
I’m Don Rima, and that’s the way I saw it, From Where I Stand.
Screw the “Early Bird”!
I’ve always been bothered by that early bird getting the worm phrase.
You know what I’m talking about. “Hurry up, the early bird gets the worm!”.
I mean, heck, think of it from the WORM’s perspective. Here you have a poor worm, probably with a family of 1000 baby worms, jobs are all hard to find, mostly underground, in the mines, in the dark, and to make things worse, he has to work the grave yard shift!
So, the poor bastard’s on his way home from working all night and what happens, some damn bird comes along and slurps him down for breakfast! Now, who’s gonna feed his family of 1000 baby worms?? 🙂
There’s no such thing as death benefits for worms!
Clearly, since the worm can’t vote (He’s left in the dark most of the time anyway), O’Bama’s not going to come running to his aid.
Yet, the world NEEDS worms! My garden needs worms! We can’t exist as a society without worms!
Now that I’ve punched a hole in that super sugared management phrase with a healthy dose of reality I’m off to work in my garden…to work with some worms…who I’m really hoping are digging around in the ground around my tomatoes making the soil nice and leaving worm droppings as they go to fertilize my tomatoes!
If I see any birds in my garden, I may get a cat….
And that’s the way the worm turns, From Where I Stand.