Posts Tagged ‘Jürgen Prochnow’

3165965Last week we took a break when it came to having an Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film because we were busy watching another film for our 365 movies in 36 days challenge blog. So this week, we decided to pick a film Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) that we’ve always wanted to watch in The Replacement Killers. John Lee (Yun-Fat) is one of the best assassins that money can buy. After a drug lord’s (Kenneth Tsang) son gets killed, John is tasked with doing a revenge job for him, but John’s conscience gets in the way and he fails to do the job. Knowing that he failed to do it, he will seek the help of a documents forger (Mira Sorvino) to get papers to go back to China. The only problem is that the drug lord has already hired replacement killers to not only finish the job, but to take you out as well. The film also stars Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Det. Zedkov, Jürgen Prochnow (Das Boot) as Michael Kogan, Til Schweiger (Inglorious Basterds) as Ryker, Danny Trejo (The Devil’s Rejects) as Collins, Clifton Collins Jr. (Triple 9) as Loco, Carlos Gomez (Desperado) as Hunt, Patrick Kilpatrick (Last Man Standing) as Pryce, and the film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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replacement_killers_mira_sorvino_washWe decided to do this one as a tag team scenario just because he actually does team with her on she kind of gets in on the fun. As Far as Chow Yun-Fat’s stats are concerned, he has about 24 ko’s/kills, but no origin story other than the fact that he is an assassin. He really doesn’t have a love interest because he’s too busy trying to get home to save his family. Some friends of his do end up getting killed in the film which adds more fuel to the fire for him to finish the job. The big boss is defeated and of course watch the film to see how it happens.Most of her stats are the same except for the fact that I believe she only has three kills in the film total (it could be four). This film must have been very different for Yun-Fat because there is little to no martial arts in the film at all, it is a straight up fire fight with tons of guns. The 90’s was such a funny time because films were always trying to be hip especially with the imagery  like the clothing or the attitudes. I mean who dresses like the replacement killers in reality? This was a decent film, but there was just way too many times where certain actors were just trying too hard like Sorvino when she was being questioned by the cops. It was like ok, we get it you’re rebellious. The action however in the film is actually pretty cool and worth checking out and it’s the selling point of the film. I am going to give the film 3.3 fists out of five for a final grade.

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The summer is dwindling down which means that the summer of blockbusters is almost over and it’s time to look forward to the fall. I recently watched three films and I have a small little review of all three which are Sinister 2, American Ultra, and Hitman: Agent 47. The films were released today so choose wisely and enjoy!

sinister 2Sinister 2– Back in 2012, we were introduced to an evil demon known as Bughuul who gets children to commit unthinkable acts to their parents. In the first film Ethan Hawk was an author who was researching all of the weird crimes for a book that he was writing with the help of Sheriff Deputy So & So (James Ransone). As we all know, Ethan Hawke’s character dies and now the ex- deputy So & So is back and this time he is obsessed with solving the mystery. While on the journey, he runs into a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin sons who are living in an old house that has been marked for death. I truly believe that the first Sinister was just brilliant and spooky while this one just tries to spook you with the cheap scares and some gruesome kill scenes. The film isn’t terrible, but it definitely wasn’t better than the first despite the fact we get to see Bughuul a little bit more. The film also stars Lea Coco, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Nicholas King as Bughuul. I am giving the film a C- for a final grade

american ultraAmerican Ultra– There was quite some hype heading into this film as some were saying that if Pineapple Express (a personal favorite of mine) and all The Bourne Films had a baby this would be their child. The film stars Lex Luthor himself Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who has no idea that he is a Government secret weapon until he is activated by his creator while at work. Along with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), they’ll go one heck of an adventure as they try to avoid ultimate extinction. I have to be honest with all of you and say that I really enjoyed watching this film even though I had no expectations heading into it. It’s fun and it’s a different kind of way to handle secret agent films to make it more hip to the younger crowd. The film also stars Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman to name a few. I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade.

agent 47Hitman: Agent 47– I honestly didn’t know what in the world was wrong with the Original Hitman movie that starred Timothy Olyphant, but then again I am not in charge of these things. Well, Agent 47 returns to the big screen in Hitman: Agent 47, but the role is played by Rupert Friend (Pride & Prejudice) who is a man on a mission. This time he is looking for a woman by the name of Katia (Hannah Ware) who is just as special as him and can lead him directly to his target, but he has to get her before Syndicate agent John Smith (Zachary Quinto) does. If you’re looking for a very high body count then you’ll want to check this out, but some of the interactions are a little awkward at times during the film. Look for a full review coming next week in Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film also stars Jürgen Prochnow, Ciaran Hinds, Angelababy, and Dan Bakkedahl to name a few. If you want to know what grade I gave this film, then you’ll have to wait for the full review coming on Wednesday.

220px-Judge_Dredd_promo_posterFor today’s comic book/superhero movie of the week for Super Sunday, we are travelling overseas to England for the 1995 film adaptation of Judge Dredd by Rebellion Developments. The 1995 film stars Sylvester Stalone (Cobra) as the title character Judge Dredd in this film that takes us to a future time where the police are the judge, jury, and executioners. You see by 2080, too much of the Earth has become inhabitable with most of the citizens living in these mega cities that have populations over 500 million in capacity. To control these cities, they created a law enforcement called Judges and they controlled how things are done. Unfortunately for Dredd, someone on the council decides to frame the officer with the help of a ghost named Rico (Armand Assante) in order to further his master plan. You see Rico isn’t a literal ghost, just someone that is off the grid and he has plans of his own once he was set free and now it’s up to Dredd to correct all the wrongs. The film also stars Diane Lane (Man Of Steel) as Judge Hershey, Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as Fergee, Jürgen Prochnow (Beverly Hills Cop 2) as Judge Griffin, Max von Sydow (Shutter Island) as Chief Justice Fargo, Joan Chen (On Deadly Ground) as Dr. Ilsa, Balthazar Getty (Lord Of The Flies) as Cadet Olmeyer, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Mean Machine, James Remar (The Warriors) as Block Warlord, and the film was directed by Danny Cannon (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer).

diane lane Judge DreddThis version of Judge Dredd was typical looking of any film from the 90’s where the sets were out of this world and quite frankly a little campy. Its amazing when you watch this film and Demolition Man, the sets are almost identical to each other where the future looks dark, and the buildings of the future are a little out of this world along with the costumes. What can be said about Sylvester Stallone’s performance in this film other than the fact that it was a typical performance from the 80’s action hero. One thing is for sure and that is that Armand Assante played the perfect villain in this film as he was everything that our hero was not, but no one knows our hero better than Rico. You’re probably wondering which film was better? The 1995 version of Judge Dredd or the 2012 version Dredd with Karl Urban? Each version served it’s purpose, but Stallone’s is a more humanized version where he actually takes his helmet off in the film and the acting was good. The 2012 version obviously has the better special effects because technology is more updated, but I did enjoy this film a lot especially since I thought Rob Schneider being the comedic relief wasn’t necessarily needed in the film and Diane Lane was terrific as usual. I am going to give the film a B- for a final grade.