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extractionWe are rolling right along with Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and this week we turn to Netflix to help us with some action packed cinema. For weeks and weeks people have been telling me that I had to check out the new film that was adapted by Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in 2020’s Extraction (based on the book Ciudad by Ande Parks) which was directed by Sam Hargrave in his feature length debut. Chris Hemsworth (Thor/Jay and Silent Bob Reboot) stars as Mercenary for hire Tyler Rake who has been hired to go in to Bangladesh to rescue a Mumbai drug lord’s son from a rival drug lord. The only problem is that when he successfully grabs the kid, all plans go haywire and now he has to try and navigate through a foreign country that was just placed on lockdown. The film also stars Rudhraksh Jaiswal (The Tenet) as Ovi, Pankaj Tripathi (Gangs of Wasseypur) as Ovi Sr., Randeep Hooda (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai) as Saju, Golshifteh Farahani (Body Of Lies) as Nik Khan, Priyanshu Painyuli (Bhavesh Joshi Superhero) as Amir Asif, David Harbour (Brokeback Mountain) as Gaspar, Suraj Rikame in his debut feature as Farhad, Rob Collins (The Wrong Girl) as Rata, and Adam Bessa (Of Sound Mind) as Yaz Kahn. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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extraction-movie-review-2020Alright, we know that Chris Hemsworth is a total bad ass as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but how did he do as a mercenary? Well he has about 64 kills/knockouts in this film (give or take) and he doesn’t really have an origin story other than he’s a drunk with nothing to lose and no family. We only find out that his kid died of cancer and his wife left him. Obviously since his wife left him, I think it’s easy to say that he has no love interest and no one really close to him was hurt at all. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to see how it is done for yourself if you want to know how it happens. This was an amazing film that is action packed from beginning all the way to the end and it should be no surprise with Russo adapting the film and Hemsworth producing it. The cinematography and the editing teams deserve some really credit for how amazing this film turned out because they did such an amazing job with it. The action scenes are exciting and they’ll keep you on the edge of your seat with all the explosions, kicks, broken bones, and more. Hemsworth is absolutely captivating as the mercenary who at first is just doing a job until he realizes that he is just a kid who hasn’t had a real chance because of the entire BS in his life so he makes it a personal mission. I do have to say that Randeep Hooa was also a bad ass in this film as a former Special Forces guy who used to protect the kid and also wants to bring him back. I wish I took down his stats, but I didn’t. Anyways, this was an awesome film that you need to check out as I give it five fists out of five for a final grade.

toxic avenger III thought for today that I would check out a film from Troma Now for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and I realized that I had never seen any of the The Toxic Avenger sequels and it was definitely time to start watching them. So for today’s film, we are checking out the 1989 sequel The Toxic Avenger Part II which was once again directed by Lloyd Kaufman (Class Of Nuke ‘Em High) and Michael Herz (Troma War). Things in Tromaville have definitely changed since the events of the first film and not just in the sense that things improved in Tromaville since the arrival of Toxie (Ron Fazio). The only problem is that a lot has changed for Toxie in the sense that he has no evil to fight so he feels like he has no purpose. so as an evil corporation starts to move in , they have his shrink trick him into going to Japan to find his dad while they take over. The film also stars Phoebe Legere (King Of New York) as Claire, Rick Collins (Class Of Nuke ‘Em High) as Apocalypse Inc. Chairman, Rikiya Yasuoka (Black Rain) as Big Mac Bunko, Mayako Katsuragi (Angel To Be Sacrificed) as Masami, Jessica Dublin (Fellini Satyricon) as Mrs. Junko, Erika Schickel (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ) as the Shrink, Joe Fleishaker (Tromeo & Juliet) as Apocalypse Inc. Employee, Michael Jai White (Spawn) as Apocalypse Inc. Thug, Dan Snow (Return To Nuke Em High Volume 1) as Cigar Face, Paul Borghese (The Family) as Lou Sipher, and Benny Nieves (The Devil’s Advocate) as Apocalypse Inc. Employee. Before we get into the review, let’s check out the stats:

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toxicIn the film, Toxie has 42 kills/knockouts and I put the Jai White situation and the assistance he got from another as one. If you want an origin story, go watch the first film cause it explains his origin and his love interest. Everyone he loves in Tromaville is attacked and hurt so that question is a yes and the big boss is definitely defeated in the film. One of the best sequences of the film is the opening fight scene which is just epic in my opinion because it’s literally one guy after another and each one is as interesting as the last. My only problem with it is that I wanted a full fight with Michael Jai White and we never got that through out the whole film. They teased us at the beginning of the film, but they never followed through because the rest of the return to America is spent with him chasing after the motorcyclist. The film has everything you would love about a Toxic Avenger film from the outrageous stunts, kills, and even all of the breasts, but this one kicks up a notch and takes us to Japan. One of the things I loved was seeing the Japanese people and their reactions to Fazio dressed up as Toxie because some of them seemed generally surprised and amused while others were told to act scared, but I feel that not everyone in Japan was aware of him. That was definitely a fun aspect of the film, but I have to be honest in saying that the parts in Japan were cool to have, but it doesn’t top the first film. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

 

36thchamberThe whole idea of starting Ass Whoopin Wednesdays was to view and review the types of films that I have checked out in the past and the very title that I have for you guys today. No the title above is not the Wu-Tang Clan album, but the very film that inspired it in Shao Lin san shi liu fang otherwise known to the rest of the world as The 36TH Chamber Of Shaolin. Things are not going very well in China especially in the area known as Guangdongas the Manchu clan has taken over and they are ruthless as they kill anyone they think will rebel against them. With no other choice, a man known as Liu Yude (Chia-Hui Liu) is forced to flee to the mountains where he is trained in the art of Kung Fu by the Shaoiln Monks. Now known as San Te, he enters the 35 chambers of training and is quickly one of the fastest rising pupils they have ever had and when asked what chamber he would like to rule, he asks to be able to teach commoners in the country the art of Kung Fu. He is then “banished” where he returns to his old village to try and save the day! The film also stars John Cheung (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) as Lord Cheng, Lieh Lo (Five Fingers Of Death) as General Tien Ta, Chia Yung Liu (The Legend Of The Drunken Master) as General Yin, Wilson Tong (Dirty Kung Fu) as Tang San-yao, Yue Wong (Dirty Ho) as Miller Six, and the film was directed by Chia-Liang Liu (Dirty Ho). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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7dd8e37d02d85da5f992Alright let’s go over the stats for San Te, most of the film is spent watching him train through adversity in every chamber to come out as the best student. When it finally gets to the village that is where he begins to kick ass and take names which he does as he defeats 20+ suckers in one fight scene. He doesn’t really have an origin story because we see what happens to him as the film progresses and he does not have a love interest at all. His father and friends are all killed and brutalized by the Manchu clan. The big boss is eventually defeated by San Te or at least the big boss of that area and he is off teaching the people Kung Fu. What is there not to love about this film and I can see why the members of the Wu-Tang Clan were obsessed with it because it truly is one of the best Kung Fu movies out there. The film would be made and released four years after Bruce Lee, but it packs quite the punch and I loved the process of the 35 chambers. I thought that was one of the strong points for the film in where we see someone so desperate to learn fail and then succeed to only let down those who thought would fail. So, it’s kind of inspirational in that sense where it’s telling you to never give up and be better than what you were that day. The action sequences and fight scenes were fantastic while a little over the top at the time especially with the blood splatter, but that is what we love about these films. The acting was great, the makeup department did a great job especially with the bruising and etc. That is why I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade and if you are curious then check it out on Netflix now!

095ea2927ebccf7d2898a78f1052d438It has been a while since the last time I did an actual Ass Whoopin Wednesday post and I was feeling a little bit inspired to do one. The film that I chose for today had been sitting on my Netflix queue for quite some time so I thought I would check it out and the film is 1991’s The Last Boy Scout. The film was directed by Tony Scott (Top Gun) and written by Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and it stars Bruce Willis (Die Hard) as disgraced former secret service agent turned private investigator Joe Hallenbeck. Joe is your prototypical PI in that he’s a slob who could use a shave and his home life is complete crap. One day that is all put to the test when Joe accepts a job to protect a stripper, but the only problem is that she is shot dead on his watch as well as anyone that gets involved in the case. Alongside her boyfriend, disgraced former football player Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) and together they’ll do what it takes to solve the case. The film also stars Danielle Harris (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) as Darian, Chelsea Field (Masters Of The Universe) as Sarah, Noble Willingham (The Howling) as Sheldon Marcone, Taylor Negron (Better Off Dead…) as Milo, Halle Berry (Gothika) as Cory, and Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy) as Chet. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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h8DmUzzhIfi0AJ0bzWkjsnPFE6iNow I did stats for the both of them technically cause they do try to solve this together, but Bruce has the better stats so we will start with him. Bruce has 18 1/2 Kills/Knock Outs in the film and the half is because the cops finish off one of his opponents. The only part of his origin story that we know is about his disgraced past and the same bodes true for Damon Wayans character too. He is married so check yes under love interest and his daughter is kidnapped at one point. I wrote yes for both of them for the big boss getting defeated because he gets his in the end. Now Damon Wayans character only has 2 1/2 kills in the film and that is because one of his gets completed by Bruce. He does have a love interest and she gets killed in the first part of the film. Now that we have gone over that, it’s time to get down to business and I’ll start by saying that the film was enjoyable to watch. It had a decent team behind it that were the whose who of Hollywood even to this day. This film came out in the height of the action star before it slowly started to slow down in the mid-90’s and I am thankful because the film gave us Kim Coates which I am thankful for. There are moments in the film where obviously Wayans was brought in to the be the comedic relief, but I honestly liked him in his least comedic moments. The film is full of action and Bruce is his typical bad ass self in this film. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

running manIt has been a very long time since we last did an Ass Whoopin Wednesdays and for this week, we wanted to check out a classic from the vast catalog of ass whoopin films from the former Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger so we chose his 1987 film The Running Man which believe it or not is an loose adaptation of the book written by Stephen King. it’s 2017 and the economy has crashed and the country was in utter turmoil (sounds familiar) and the government has stepped in and has taken control of everything. They control what you can watch, eat, and listen to and God forbid if you disobey an order which is what Ben Richards (Schwarzenegger) is about to learn when he is sent to prison for disobeying a direct order to kill innocent civilians. With the aide of a couple of guys, Richards manages to escape prison only to be caught again when his meal ticket to freedom Amber (Maria Conchita Alonso) turns him in. Now, he has to compete on a game show called The Running Man where he’ll literally fight for his life or it’s death. The film also stars Jim Brown (Mars Attacks!) as Fireball, Jesse Ventura (Predator) as Captain Freedom, Richard Dawson (Family Feud) as Killian, Yaphet Kotto (Alien) as Laughlin, Marvin J. McIntyre (Twins) as Weiss, Professor Toru Tanaka (Last Action Hero) as Sub Zero, Gus Rethwisch (Twins) as Buzzsaw, Mick Fleetwood as Mic, the late Erland van Lidth (Stir Crazy) as Dynamo, and the film was directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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running man 2Alright, let’s check out some of these stats before we review the film overall. Arnold is able to gobble up 14 knock out/kills with five of them being really important ones because one was the big boss while the others were the four stalkers sent to try and kill him during the game. We don’t know that Amber is going to end up his love interest until really the end of the film because a kiss confirms everything. A lot of people that he ends up looking after during the game get killed so getting a little bit of revenge on Dawson’s character Killian is right on the menu for Ben Richards. The movie is actually really good and a definite highlight of Arnold’s career. Richard Dawson with the experience he had as a game show host made him the absolute best and perfect choice for the host of The Running Man show. One thing that I will say is that the film is very Reagan era esque in that the world has been consumed by the government after the economy has crashed. Hmmm, where have I seen this idea before? Oh that is right, we have seen in in every post apocalyptic film that came out in the 80’s as well as in Escape From New York and even John Carpenter’s other classic They Live!. So, while the idea of the film is not very original, it was loosely based off of a book released in 1982. The action is very good and Arnold is on point with his swagger and catchy one liners that just keep coming including his signature, “I’ll Be Back”. Check out the film for yourselves, I am giving it four fists out of five for a final grade. 

El Chicano Fight CardIt has been almost one year since the very last one of these Fight Night cards with the last one being from the original Kickboxer film. This week, we are focusing on a film that was just released on to Redbox that kind of flew under the radar as we present the film El Chicano. The film stars Raúl Castillo (Special Correspondents) as LAPD Detective Diego who has just landed himself on a very high profile Mexican gang shooting that left a lot of victims. You see Diego finds a connection that is going to connect to his past when he discovers that the gang he thought was affiliated to Shotgun (David Castañeda) was actually loyal to his dead twin brother. What does this all mean to Diego and what is the connection between the gang slaughter and his brothers death. He soon discovers that a mythical figure from his past may be his key to bringing justice to not only East Los Angeles, but also to his family. Now as we go into this match, we know that Diego is heading into the fight dressed up as El Chicano, but he’s been pretty banged up considering he has already taken out 30 fools. The same could be said for Shotgun who may have been wounded in the gun fight, but just seems to be a snake that seems to run away when things go down. Unfortunately for him, they are about to meet one on one in the train yard for an epic showdown.

FIGHT NIGHT EC1Let us remind you that it is down pouring in this East LA, but Shotgun is ready and he is calling out El Chicano. He wants to throwdown with the Mexican Myth and El Chicano answers and calls out to him on top of one of the huge storage containers. Shotgun climbs up and the battle is about to begin as El Chicano patiently awaits him. They stare each other down as Shotgun keeps pumping himself up by thinking of his father who fell to a different El Chicano 20 years earlier, but right now he doesn’t know that this is a different El Chicano. Shotgun starts off the fight swinging with the metal pipe, but Diego is too good and is able to disarm him with some knees and kicks to the midsection. Diego is just too much for Shotgun as he blocks every attempt from shotgun and after so many punches and kicks sends Shotgun off the top of the storage container and to the ground which is at least a 10 foot or more fall. This was a smart move on Diego’s part because it’s able to buy him some valuable time so that he can regroup while Shotgun tries to recover from the fall.

FIGHT NIGHT EC2Diego makes his way to the ground and he surprises Shotgun with a shoulder tackle that sends him back to the ground. That is when Diego unveils the Mayan knife and as he throws it into the ground, Shotgun spews some noise at him and they resume their fight. Diego is mostly winning this fight as he seems to be able to measure all of Shotguns offense. Shotgun does temporarily stun Diego that sends him a little a back and even gets a couple of good shot sin before Diego shut it down with some impressive Muay Thai moves as he beats Shotgun into what he believes to be submission. As he turns his back to go and gran the knife, that is when Shotgun pulls a gun out of his boot and he shoots Diego right in the back. Diego has no choice, but to hit the ground as he has been injured enough in the past week. It’s a surprise that he was even able to get to the fight in the first place. Shotgun begins to demand that El Chicano take the mask off of his face, but Diego makes his move and even though a shot was fired, he was able to subdue him enough to be able to stab him with the Mayan knife.

FIGHT NIGHT EC3Diego begins talking to a stunned Shotgun who lays helpless on the ground and her reveals himself to be Diego and he tells Shotgun that he owed this to him for his twin brother Pedro and that is when he digs the knife deeper for the win. Diego collapses to the ground after all the punishment, but now he is worried that the cops are about to find out who El Chicano is as well, but he has nothing to worry about as you’ll see towards the end of the film. Diego is able to carry on the legacy that his brother Pedro was trying to do as in cleaning up and protecting their Barrio in East LA. The film overall was pretty good and you’ll see that some of the good action comes towards the last half of the film as he does some damage taking out 30 people (not including Shotgun). As I said before, the film is available to rent at Redbox and anywhere else you get your movies from so check it out. I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade.

fight night 1I don’t know if you guys know or not, but there is a huge fight tonight on Pay Per View between two of the best in the business right now that are not retired. I am talking about GGG (Genady Golovkin) versus Canelo Alvarez part two. It’s the biggest rematch of the year that was supposed to happen months earlier, but it’s here now and we want to celebrate that on the blog. So, we are taking our Tuesday Night Fights idea and we are changing it to Fight Night for tonight as we check out the film Kickboxer. The film stars Jean Claude Van Damme (Lionheart) as Kurt Sloane, an athletically gifted, but unpolished kickboxer who agrees to be in his brother Eric’s (Dennis Alexio) corner for his match against the mysterious and dangerous Tong Po (Michael Qissi). After paralyzing his brother, Kurt finds Xian Chow (Dennis Chan), a master of the Muay Thai and kickboxing to train him for a match against Tong Po. Now going into the match which is being held an ancient fighting ground which is not regulated by any Kickboxing committee, Jean seems to be way over his head. Michael at the time of filming had a two year age advantage to go along with his four inch height advantage as well. We are not sure what their weight’s or their reach advantage were for the fight, but it promised to be a good one.

Van damme vs qissi 1The crowd was ready for what promised to be an interesting match to say the least and they were waiting for their champion Tong Po who made quite the entrance. Tong Po certainly did not lack any confidence as came close to the ring and neither did his corner who were sure they had done all they could to ensure a victory. The fighters in the beginning were doing the traditional hand wrapping which consisted of rope being wrapped around the hand, dipped in a honey like substance, and then placed in a trey of broken glass which is not a regulated glove. While Kurt began to dip his gloves into the glass, Tong Po began the psychological warfare by licking his glove as to cut his tongue to show how much he enjoyed the pain. Then Tong Po’s manager and crime kingpin began to taunt Kurt with threats of killing his brother which you can imagine was weighing heavily in his head. Tong Po starts off the first round telling Sloane that he’s only using knees in this round and he begins to toy with him as he punishes him with knees to the midsection as well as several strikes to the head. Before the first round ended, he had hit Sloane with a ton of strikes to the midsection that was hurting the challenger.

Van Damme vs Qissi 2Tong Po started the second round much like he did in the first telling Sloane exactly what he planned to do and that was using only his elbows this time. Po started the round swinging, but Sloane was able to avoid the big strikes countering with a nice stuff kick to the midsection that Tong Po was impressed with. But before you knew it, Po was back in control as he began to punish Sloane with vicious elbows to the head and gut. Tong Po was in total control of the match and you wondered how much more punishment could Sloane take from him. The one thing I have to give him credit for is that he stood tall in the ring with Tong Po as the second round came to a close. One thing that was noticeable throughout the fight and that was Sloane’s coach Xian was missing for most of the match and for very good reasons as he was rescuing Kurt’s brother Eric who was being held captive by Freddie Lee’s men. The only logical question going into the third round of the fight was how much more punishment could Kurt take? There has to be a point when he says enough is enough and would it come sooner than later?

van damme vs qissi 3The third round began almost as the second round did and with Sloane in trouble as Tong Po was going all out using the glass as a weapon as he punched and backhanded Sloane repeatedly. Sloane was in trouble as Po just started laying him out with combo after combo to the head and midsection ending it with a double crossed back hand to the face as the third round ended. To make matters worse, Tong Po taunted him with, “You bleed like Mylee (played by Rochelle Ashana). Mylee good expletive” which angered the challenger immensely. As the third round began, Tong Po was signally to Kurt what he was going to do in the round, but it didn’t matter as a whistle from the crowd rang out through the arena. It was Kurt’s brother Eric ensuring him that he was OK. This event was about to change thew whole complexity of the match because now Kurt could be free to fight the way he wanted to without fear of consequences. Whether or not Tong Po knew, he was in trouble because Kurt meant business and business was about to pick up in round four.

van damme vs qissi 4As soon as he realized who was in the crowd, he ordered Mylee to cut the ropes off his hands. As soon as Po realized this, he began to attack, but was met with a nice kick to the face that stunned the champion. Then out of nowhere, Kurt hits him with a roundhouse kick that sends the champion into a daze as he was rocked. He then began demonstrating all the things that Po said he was going to do to him with kicks, elbows, and fists which were all connecting for the challenger. He then followed it up with a barrage of roundhouse kicks and back kicks that sent the champion out of the ring and into the crowd. As the time keeper was about to ring the bell, new friend Winston Taylor (played by Haskell V. Anderson III) prevented him from doing so. Out of pure frustration, Tong Po grabbed a torch and began to charge at Sloane, but he was ready with a roundhouse kick that delivered. From this point forward, Sloane was in complete control of the match as he decimated his opponent in the ring with vicious rights and lefts and tons of amazing kicks that left their mark. To add insult to injury, he even delivered a nice kick to Freddie Lee that sent him to the ground. Kurt Sloane was the winner of the match as he successfully avenged what had happened to his brother.

streetIt has been a very long time since the last Tuesday Night Fights was done and I have been itching to get back in the game. We didn’t want this one to be an every week ordeal just to keep it special when it does happen. So, needless to say this is a very special edition of TNF because for today only, it’s Thursday Night Fights. The film we are looking at is an independent film by the name of Street. Casper Smart (Dirty Dancing) plays our title character Remo Street, a kid who has been down on his luck. One day after saving a guy, it becomes a double edged sword where it sees him get mixed up with the wrong people, but it also helps find him an in at a gym where he’ll go from the maintenance guy to a fighter. After a mix up sends one of the star fighters to the hospital, Remo will step in to take on his greatest challenge in Donan Manta (Uriah Hall) with everything on the line for the gym. The film also stars John Hennigan (Sharknado 5) as Monstrovia, Kate Miner (Fired Up!) as Jasmine, Quincy Brown (Dope) as Dante, Shashawnee Hall (Friend Request) as Coach Oz, John Brickner (W.M.D.) as Greg, and the film was directed by Bradford May (Favorite Son).

Smart Vs HallNow Street has been involved in some serious brawls before entering the Commerce Casino Ballroom for his fight against Manta. Manta obviously being the more experienced man in the Octagon was going to be the favorite in the fight. That was deterring Street though from stepping in and giving it his all. In the opening round, Street was doing a decent job trying to evade the strikes from Manta, but Manta was too good and he was landing the shots that counted and you could tell with the bloody nose Street received. Coach Oz seemed confident in his fighter as he kept reinforcing that he had to remember everything they worked on in training. The second round featured a better effort from Street as he remained wise while also delivering some nice shots of his own that sent Manta to the canvas at one point. Both men were giving it all as if their life depended on it. You have to admire that kind of tenacity from these fighters. Nonetheless, there was definitely more work to be done cause this fight was far from over.

Smart Vs Hall 2The third round started in a very ferocious way as both men were just going at it. They were throwing everything they had at each other, but at some points it looked like Street had the advantage with his punches and knees to the gut. That was until he took a vicious straight right right to the face that sent him to the mat. Manta began to pounce on him throwing some vicious kicks until Street was able to create enough separation as he went back on the attack. He started throwing everything at Manta and for the most part Manta was taking every shot until Street connected with a superman punch. Manta hit the mat like a sack of wet noodles and Street took advantage placing Manta in a cross arm breaker. The whole venue watched as Street struggled to lock it in fully, but as soon as he was able to do it, Manta tapped out. That was all she wrote as Remo Street was your new champion! This was a pretty decent film that had everything that fighting movies have, but the final fight was too quick. The final fight should be the fight that we all get excited for, but it was just too quick. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

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American-Assassin-Poster-croppedI am always looking to spotlight new actors who either take a shot at an action film or are grinding their teeth in the genre a shot here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. That is definitely the case for Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) who recently released the action thriller American Assassin into theaters nation and world wide. O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a normal guy whose life is about to change when terrorists attack a vacation resort that he is staying at with his lovely fiance (Charlotte Vega). This has absolutely rocked and destroyed his world so he does what he thinks is best and he decides to retaliate. The CIA finds this to be unbelievable so they capture him and set him with a former Navy Seal in Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to train. Their training will be put to the test when a a man simply known as Ghost (Taylor Kitsch)  is trying to buy up stolen plutonium. The film also stars Sanaa Lathan (Blade) as Irene Kennedy, David Suchet (A Perfect Murder) as Director Stansfield, Scott Adkins (Hard Target 2) as Victor, Joseph Long (Dracula Untold) as General Rostami, Shiva Negar (The Art Of More) as Annika, Mohammad Bakri (Private) as Ashani, Navid Negahban (Homeland) as Minister Behurz, and the film was directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

American Assassin StatsAmerican-Assassin-00As far as the stats are concerned, he has about 16 total kills in the film and we find out about his origin little by little, but we don’t know a lot. We just know about his parents and the trouble he had with school. This next one is going to answer two questions right off the bat and that is that he does have a love interest and she is killed right off the bat. That is what motivates him to do what it is that he does. The big boss is defeated and it’s a pretty damn good fight by the way so check it out for yourself. Right away, I am going to tell you that if having Dylan O’Brien doesn’t motivate you enough to see this film then at least go see it for the brilliance of Michael Keaton who I think kind of steals the show. The man is simply on fire from the first shot that you see him all the way to the end of the film. Dylan does a pretty good job and it seems like he put in the work so if another film does happen, I’d go see it. There is plenty of action in the film to satisfy an action fan or at least some hand to hand combat as well as the typical CIA operative crap. I do question however if they really did film some scenes in Providence because the camera work makes me think that they didn’t. After all, most of the film was filmed in England. This is definitely one to check out and with that being said I am giving the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

 

7384_5379For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, I was looking for a film to watch that had some action and that was relatively new or recent. After some searching through Redbox, I decided that I was going to rent The Great Wall since I had earned a free rental for all the films that I watch. The Great Wall follows a couple of European Mercenaries and one in particular named William (Matt Damon) who has bounced from country to country with no allegiance to anyone. One day while on the run, they stumble upon the great wall of China and they discover the true reason behind the construction of the wall. Now William has a choice, he can either try to escape with some goodies or he can stay and help the Chinese with their extremely unusual problem. The film also stars Pedro Pascal (The Adjustment Bureau) as Tovar, Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) as Commander Lin Mae, Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints) as Ballard, Andy Lau (House Of Flying Daggers) as Strategist Wang, Hanyu Zhang (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain) as General Shao, Han Lu (See You Tomorrow) as Peng Yong, Kenny Lin (The Taking Of Tiger Mountain) as Commander Chen, Karry Wang (Pound Of Flesh) as Emperor, Eddie Peng (Rise Of The Legend) as Commander Wu, and the film was directed by Yimou Zhang (Hero). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

Great Wall StatsScreenshot-2017-02-17-at-5.31.59-PMNow as far as the stats above are concerned, he only has 11 1/2 kills because he helps Commander Lin Mae with one of the kills (he helps set it up). We don’t really know much about William other than the fact that he was a child sold into the army and that he has always fought for food and money. We do know that the chance for honor is what motivates him in the film, but is Commander Lin Mae the love interest? The only problem with answering that question is that we don’t really find out if she is or not. No one close to him is hurt in the film, but he does help defeat the big boss. The one thing that I loved about the film and in my opinion is the saving grace is the colors of the film. The film at times can have some dark tones, but it can be very colorful as well. Each branch of the army that protects the wall and the city have their own distinct colors to them. one of my favorite scenes in the film is when they walk into one of the buildings that could be a cathedral of sorts, but it’s color overload. There are so many bright colors that i just captures your eye and I loved it. I tried finding a picture of it, but the one to the left is the best I could find. The rest of the film is OK, the acting was pretty good, but the story and the execution left much to be desired. It’s not a bad film, it’s just not a great film if you catch my drift. I am going to give the film three fists out of five for a final grade.