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The Movie of the Summer: ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Movie Review

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

Tom Cruise and company have returned for a sixth installment of the long running (6 films, 22 years) ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise. Who would’ve thought they’d save their best stuff for the sixth film? Here is my review of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout.’

In the sixth film in the series we are reunited with Tom Cruise and his infamous ‘Ethan Hunt’ character, as well as the rest of the gang, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. This film is directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie. This is the second ‘Mission: Impossible’ he has directed, the first being ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ (2015). Following all the hype mustered up by this film I found myself surprisingly excited to see it. I was able to see the opening day viewing and I was not disappointed. Christopher McQuarrie is the perfect director for these films as proven by two back-to-back successful films as well as this being, in my opinion, the best film in the franchise to date. ‘Fallout’ is a sheer epic. It has everything you want in an action film and it does it all perfectly. While giving the audience some intense and top-notch barrages of action, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie balanced in a very strong and clear pointed plot. This perfect balance made for a perfect action film.

Tom Cruise yet again delivers a strong performance and his stunts continue to be jaw-dropping. McQuarrie’s direction with these action sequences are perfect and some stunning and edge-of-the-seat scenes do happen rather frequently in this film. Henry Cavill is also in this movie and it was great to finally see the now infamous-stache on the big screen. I had my slight doubts in him at times during the movie but continuously with each and every passing scene Cavill seemed to just get better and better. He brought a lot to the film and definitely served a strong purpose. Simon Pegg is entertaining as always, as is Ving Rhames. Sean Harris is also in the film and he brings a good strong presence as the films mysterious villainous character. Harris owns the role and brings genuine darkness to the film.

What puts Mission: Impossible – Fallout head and shoulders above other action flicks is the insane and pristine camera work. Some of the shots that were taken during this film are absolutely stunning and I found myself turning to the person beside me admiring these shots on several occasions. This all made for rather grand and certainly epic scenes. The moment I left the theatre I was ready to turn back around and head back in for more.

While the story isn’t necessarily fresh, Christopher McQuarrie does a good job at telling this story and unfolding a very picture-perfect spy film. There are some characters I definitely would have liked to have seen developed more. As previously stated, the brilliance in balance within the film is truly unmatched and story is not compromised at the hands of over usage of CGI or cheap jokes. This is the quintessential action movie of 2018 and the summer blockbuster we needed oh so badly.

The big plus: Stunning visuals and camera work enhance this movie and take it to the next level in every way possible.

Where it lacks: The overall story isn’t the most original but the movie makers do a good job at telling it.

Score: 89/100

‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ is my favourite movie of 2018, so far. It is the perfect action movie and it proves that you can make a good, engaging and entertaining blockbuster without all the crazy CGI. The stunts and major action sequences are top of their class and the performances are overall very well done. This film has the twists that will stun you and the intensity that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is the perfect action movie and definitely one of the better made overall films in a while.

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Upgrade: Movie Review

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R 

‘Upgrade’ was released here in Canada this past weekend, so I decided to go check it out. I’ve heard good things about this lower budget sci-fi flick so I was somewhat excited for the lights to go down and the movie to begin rolling. Safe to say, ‘Upgrade’ was a treat and I definitely had a pretty good time with this film. Here is my review of ‘Upgrade.’

This film stars Tom Hardy doppelganger Logan-Marshall Green, Betty Gabriel, Benedict Hardie and Simon Maiden. This is a low budget sci-fi feature that is about a man on a path to seek revenge after his life has been flipped upside down. He gets a chip inserted in him that is able to enhance his abilities to do many things. This essentially makes him an upgraded human. Here we have our movie. I found ‘Upgrade’ took a little bit to pick up, but when it did, it truly was a fun ride. The film offers a unique take on futuristic science fiction and opens a world that I truly want to see more of.

The film’s acting was mainly good, but dialogue at times was somewhat cheesy. There were times early on in this film where I found things happened a little too conveniently, and dialogue just didn’t go well with the overall flow of the film. The story was sweet and simple, but executed really well, making for an effective movie. The unique camera angles and truly entertaining action sequences are the greatest glow of this film. Fight scenes put me at the edge of my seat, as the choreography and strong camera work elevated them in all the right ways. ‘Upgrade’ had quality build up for the majority of the movie as it was able to wind up the intensity as the film progresses. The payoff for me was one of the weakest spots of the film.

‘Upgrade’ also featured some overall weak antagonists that didn’t add a ton to the story. A stronger antagonist would benefit the movie, but I did not find that this detracted from it much at all. Despite being a low budget film, the visuals and special effects satisfied me. Director Leigh Whannell ensured this film had solid pace and it did flow quite well after a slow start. Sure, it’s not the perfect film, but it is a fun and enjoyable time for sure.

The big plus: Superb fight sequences and a pretty simple yet solid premise makes for a really entertaining time.

Where it lacks: Poor dialogue and pacing early on may give you a hard time getting into this movie, and when you finally do get into it… the overall payoff lacks impact.

Score: 77/100

I will say that this movie thoroughly entertained me and I hope to see it again. ‘Upgrade’ introduced me to a premise and a world that I would love to see more of in the future. Definitely see this movie if you haven’t as it really is a good alternative to the norm these days. ‘Upgrade’ was cool like I wanted ‘Hotel Artemis’ to be. I truly did have fun with this movie and props to the filmmakers for crafting a good low budget summer film.

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The Bottom Five: Each of These Movies was a Box Office Bust

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

2018 has been a year that has provided us with several hits at the box office so far, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some absolute duds as well. Here is a rundown of the top 5 box office busts of 2018… so far. For this list, I have compiled how bad films did in comparison to what they were expected to earn as well as how poor of an intake it had at the box office in comparison to its budget. Here we go!

5. Sherlock Gnomes

The animated feature, ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ was not as much of a high stakes release as some of the others on this list budget wise, but is still costed $59 million dollars to make. That’s a lot of money to be messing around with. This movie came out on March 23rdand was expected to bring in a less than stellar $13-18 million for its opening weekend, it did not even reach that standard. ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ opened to $10.6 million in its opening weekend and went on to gross $42.3 million domestically. The movie grossed a worldwide total of $78 million dollars, when considering that its budget was nearly $60 million pre-marketing, it’s hard to mathematically find ways that ‘Gnomes’ and Paramount Pictures made much of a profit from this movie.

4. Pacific Rim: Uprising

When Warner Bros. released the first ‘Pacific Rim’ in 2013 and it turned out to be a hidden gem, it grossed over $400 million globally and was no box office bust in China. This success sparked a sequel, ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ came out in March and it did not nearly garner as much success as its predecessor. ‘Uprising’ had a production budget of $150-175 million dollars, on top of that marketing expenditures reached up to $140 million. This hefty spending meant that the sequel to the surprise 2013 success film, would need to smash $300 million dollars to break even and reach upwards of $350 million to turn a noticeable profit. It is safe to say, ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ was a box office bust as it managed to only make $290 million dollars globally when all was said and done. This result leaves studios with almost no hope at a third ‘Pacific Rim’ installment.

3. Hurricane Heist

‘Hurricane Heist’ hit the big screen on March 9th. This movie carried a budget of $35 million dollars but was expected to be a box office bust. Initially experts and the movie execs themselves eyed a $7 million dollar opening weekend at the domestic box office, but with an opening day total of just $950,000 it ended up just grossing $3 million for its opening weekend. ‘Hurricane Heist’ ended up grossing just $6.1 million domestically and less than $7 million internationally for a global gross of just $12.5 million. After factoring in marketing and the fact that it barley grossed a third of its budget, there were over $30 million dollars in losses for the studio.

2. Solo: A Star Wars Story

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is the moment Disney and ‘Star Wars’ finally looked vulnerable. After the billion dollar releases of ‘The Force Awakens’ (2015), ‘Rogue One’ (2016) and ‘The Last Jedi’ (2017), we get ‘Solo.’ Now there are tons of theories as to why this movie flopped, but let me just give you the numbers first. With a budget of around $250 million plus $200 million in marketing costs, the studios stated that ‘Solo’ would need to make $500 million to turn a respectable profit. $500 million, no big deal! Back-to-back-to-back billion dollar movies… ‘Solo’ will be just fine right? Not a chance. In the weeks leading up the projections had this movie set to open with $135-150 million in its first weekend. As we got closer and closer that number dropped to around $115 million. Finally, the weekend of May 25thcame and ‘Solo’ opened… to a shocking $84 million dollars. The poor domestic showings along with bad numbers globally have put this film on pace to gross less than $400 million when all is said and done. Studio officials have stated that the losses will be around $50-80 million dollars, making it a considerable box office bust.

1. A Wrinkle in Time

Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ was perceived by many to be a potential hit in 2018, then it finally hit the big screens. Dampened by poor marketing schemes and absolutely awful reviews by critics, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ lost all hype heading into its release and was not able to generate the motivation and hype of usual Disney films. The budget for this movie was listed at a whopping $100 million dollars, and on top of that another $100 million plus was spent on advertising and marketing. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ opened to a dismal $33.3 million at the domestic box office. It went on to gross a global total of $130 million during its time in theaters. Many reports list that this movie has lost its studio anywhere from $85-185 million dollars. Definitely a well-deserved number one on this list. ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ will go down not only as a major box office bust of 2018, but also one of the biggest of all time.


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With Infinity War Behind Us, What Film Will Next Take the Box Office by Storm?

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

2018 could be the biggest year at the box office ever, and I for one am not betting against that. Already we’ve seen two movies make mega splashes and gross some insanely high numbers (thanks, Disney and Marvel) and we are just getting started. For starters, none could’ve predicted the buzz that ‘Black Panther’ was going to create here in North America, but it was enough to send it on quite the box office run. As a result, in has become the third highest grossing film in North America, behind 2nd place ‘Avatar’ and ahead of 4th place ‘Titanic’, both James Cameron films. In addition to that, Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of ‘Ready Player One’ has gone on to gross over $500 Million Worldwide. Then there is Marvel’s Holy Grail, ‘Infinity War’, which has seemingly smashed all records and will continue to be strong in the box office as it creeps closer and closer to that sacred $2 Billion Worldwide marker that only three films have ever graced.

So yes, this year has been a hit at the box office, but we aren’t even close to done. It starts this weekend with the release of Fox’s highly anticipated ‘Deadpool 2.’ The weekend after, we will have ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ land in theatres, and then after that the big summer flicks just keep on coming. On June 8th we will have the all-female lead cast version of ‘Ocean’s 8’ hit theatres, then following that on June 15th we’ll see Disney and Pixar’s extremely anticipated ‘Incredibles 2’. The latter will surely be a strong candidate for $1 Billion. On the 25th Universal’s ‘Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom’ will hit theatres with a roar.

After the 25th we will see a slight decline in mega blockbusters but there are still surely some other films that will make noise in theatres as the summer progresses. For one, on July 6th Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ will hit theatres and will definitely make some big money as it rides the hype of ‘Infinity War.’ The rest of the summer movie season will offer other movies that have a good potential to gross some good coin such as ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’, ‘Skyscraper’ starring Dwayne Johnson and yet another ‘Mission Impossible’.

The dog days of August will offer moviegoers Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ and Jason Statham’s Shark flick, ‘The Meg’ which both appeal to vastly different audiences but are still expected to do somewhat well. Also in August, The Spike Lee directed ‘BlacKkKlansman’ will be released as well as the comedy ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ starring Mila Kunis. August will also be a big time for thriller films with the releases of ‘Mile 22’ which will feature Mark Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey and the horror-thriller picture ‘Slender Man.’

Expect this summer to be one for the ages, with film after film drawing moviegoers into the theatres. Money will be made. This year we could definitely see for the first time since 2015, five films hit $1 Billion in the box office. Do not count out 2018 for being the most money-making box office year of all time Worldwide. Judging by what’s to come, don’t bet against it.


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Infinity War Movie Review (SPOILERS)

By Isaiah Minter | United States

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the new Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. With the movie already shattering box office records in just its opening weekend, I figured I would offer a spoiler review. Thus, for anyone reading this who has not seen the film, do proceed at your own risk.

To begin, I would rate this movie a solid four out of five stars. Seeing as my list of cons with the film is shorter than the pros, I will start with what I did not like.

As a serious Bruce Banner fan, I had an issue with Hulk appearing for just the intro scene in the movie. I understand the importance of the intro scene where Thanos hands Hulk the worst on-screen beating he’s ever seen, as it established a very dark tone early on. However, preventing the green hero from being seen for the next two hours as a result bugged me. I entrust he’ll have a larger role to play in Avengers 4, therefore I can live with his absence in this movie.

Moving on, the usage of the Dark Order in the movie represented another area of dislike for me. By the end of the movie, all four of Thanos‘s children are dead, each of them killed relatively easily. All four of them are warriors, and I wish their role was not similar to the Decepticons in Transformers: The Last Knight. While the Dark Order’s role is to some degree more elaborate, both groups offered little more than a handful of action scenes before they are defeated with ease.

Lastly, some of the comedy scenes could have been removed. Some bits stuck, others didn’t. The humor on the Milano was well-placed, but other examples, such as Star-Lord’s comedy on Titan, I could have done without. Nevertheless, I am grateful the directors don’t go so far overboard with the comedy that it displaces potential action scenes. Such was the case with Justice League. 

No movie is perfect, however, I acknowledge Marvel fans who don’t take issue with any of the cons I have outlined.

Moving on to the pros, perhaps my favorite element of the movie is Thor. His entrance into Wakanda with Stormbreaker is one of my favorite parts of the movie, if not my favorite. His stint with Groot and Rocket on Knowhere I enjoyed as well. 

Next, the plot was very enjoyable. Infinity War is over two hours long, and not once was I bored of the movie. I was either thoroughly enjoying an action scene, or on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. The distribution of time among the characters is well-managed, and Thanos‘s on-screen time is utilized well. By the end, he is more than just a hulking purple mass hellbent on genocide, which certainly made both his character and the movie more enjoyable. 

Although it was difficult to watch Vision be pummeled throughout the film, I did enjoy his first fight scene. The entrance of Captain America and company gave me the most hope of any scene in the movie. Similarly, the major fight scenes on Titan and in Wakanda were very thrilling. 

Lastly, the ending of the movie was both unexpected and spectacular. Going into this movie, I expected several members of the Avengers to die, Tony and Steve in particular. Of course, that isn’t what happened at all, as the original Avengers team remains intact at the end of the movie. 

Of all the characters killed by Thanos at the end, Spider-man’s death was the most emotional for me. His final conversation with Tony wet my eyes in the theater. 

For the next Avengers film, it will be interesting to see which deaths remain permanent. With sequels coming up for Black Panther and Spider-Man, it’s unlikely that those two heroes will remain dead. 

All in all, this movie was a smash hit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I look forward to Avengers 4.


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