Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Monaghan’

2017-sleepless-bannerIt’s Wednesday which can only mean one thing for all our readers out there and that is it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film I chose for today I had been putting off for a while, but I wanted to have a film that featured the amazing Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver). So, I decided that it was time to hit my local Redbox and I rented Sleepless which came out back in January of 2017. Jamie plays Vincent Downs, a cop who is undercover playing the game so that he can figure out the snake at the top of the mountain. The only problem is that he is now in some deep water because a job that he and his partner Sean (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) try to pull off is about to backfire. You see they rob some drugs from a very bad man in Nevada and they have kidnapped Vincent’s son. They won’t give him back until Vincent returns what is rightfully theirs. The film also stars Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) as Bryant, Scoot McNairy (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Novak, Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Rubino, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Dennison, Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) as Dena, Octavius J. Johnson (Ray Donovan) as Thomas, and the film was directed by Baran bo Odar (Who Am I). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

sleepless Statshero_Sleepless-2017As far as the stats are concerned, there very low, but I will explain all of that in a bit. Jamie Foxx had about nine kills in the film which is low, but he has to give an assist to his son and his wife who both killed a dude. I don’t want to give away too much about who he really is because that is part of the mystery which is why I put sorta as the answer to origin story. I mean other than the secret, we don’t know much about him or his past. I believe that his character is still married to his wife even though she is wearing an engagement ring and his son is kidnapped which answers the next one. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out how. The biggest misconception you can make when choosing to watch this film is believe that it’s just a Taken type action film where his son is taken and now he’s going after them. That is partly correct, but it’s much more than that as you’ll find out when watching the film. The film mixes in the whole dirty cop things so you’re trying to figure out f Jamie is dirty or if someone else is with it’s The Departed type ending. I think that David Harbour is awesome as is Jamie Foxx, but I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on Michelle Monaghan as a fierce, tougher than nails internal affairs cop who is a bad ass. You’ll have to judge that for yourself, but this is a pretty decent film. It’s got some cool action when it needs to and some cool characters, but it can go all over the place at times. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

MI3For most of us, Wednesdays only mean that its hump day, but it also means that it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. To continue on the same theme that we have been doing for the last couple of weeks, we are week three in to our countdown to Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation which hits theaters July 31ST. For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we are looking at the J.J. Abrams (Star Wars Episode VII) directed Mission: Impossible III which once again starred and was produced by Tom Cruise. In this one, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) has been out of the game for a very long time and he is looking to get married to his girlfriend Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The only problem is that she doesn’t know that Ethan used to be a spy and he is trying to keep it a secret, but after a mission that failed, Ethan has to come face to face with the sadistic and evil arms dealer┬ánamed Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who threatens to put Ethan’s secret at risk. The film also stars Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) as John Musgrave, Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) as Luther,┬áJonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point) as Declan Gormley, Keri Russell (The Americans) as Lindsey Farris, Maggie Q (Balls Of Fury) as Zhen Lei, Simon Pegg (Shaun Of The Dead) as Benji Dunn, Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) as Brownway, Laurence Fishburne (Boyz n The Hood), and many more. Let’s check out some stats before we get into the review of the film.

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MI3 1I really enjoyed the direction that J.J. Abrams went with this film because it brought it back to reality other than the kung fu version of number two and you can just tell from seeing past Abrams films that this had his signature all over it. In the film, Ethan Hunt has a total of 23 kills which is fewer than the second film, but still a hell of a lot more than the first film. He still has no origin story, but in this one he has a love interest who is his girlfriend and eventually his wife as the film goes along and she is the one that is hurt (she gets kidnapped). The big boss is definitely defeated and I just wanted to say that Philip Seymour Hoffman was masterful in this film as it’s villain. Tom Cruise is masterful of course as Ethan Hunt and by this point I am surprised that it’s taking them this long to come out with sequels to each film (MI in 1996, MI2 in 2000, and this one in 2006), but it makes sense considering it is the tenth anniversary to the first film. The film of course does a great job of throwing curveballs at you when you least expect it or if you suspect someone of being a mole, they’ll quickly change that. I love that some of the locations for the film were in Rome and Shanghai, it makes it fun to have the ability to form stories around different parts of the world for each film. I swear you’ll love some of the stunts for this film and the cinematography so check it out.You’ll also notice that ayoung Aaron Paul has a couple of scenes in the film too. I am giving the film 4.2 fists out of five for a final grade.