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JackRyan2014

Cinema Addict - 1000 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 17, 2014

Bio: 'When science shits the bed I'm the guy they call to change the sheets' - Rampage (2018)
'You're always sorry, Charles. And there's always a speech. And nobody cares' - Dark Phoenix (2019)

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Under 50 - Not worth watching, to varying degrees

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35 20% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Mar 26, 2016
"ULTIMATE EDITION. Slightly improved but worse than Man of Steel. Some plot holes were resolved. Clark Kent has multiple scenes added which provides some depth. Longer running time improves the pacing however it is still too long. Doomsday looked like a cross between a Cave Troll and The Abomination, another generic CG creation, and the ending was a sea of pixels. Gadot and Affleck were fine. THEATRICAL. Poorly paced, at times incoherent. Very little Superman. (Original review linked) [Read Full Review]"
51 50% Ghost in the Shell (2017) - Mar 31, 2017
"Amazing visual effects and a great soundtrack along with impressive costumes and world design mesh to create a striking aesthetic. It had some interesting ideas which weren't fully fleshed out and the Hanka bad guy was pretty rubbish. The arguments levelled about whitewashing/race-bending ended up addressed as a quite distasteful plot point. I liked the build up of the first 2/3rds but as the plot unfolded I started losing interest up to the meh ending. Overall however it was fairly enjoyable. "
51 50% Jason Bourne (2016) - Jul 28, 2016
"Well made film with some fantastic action sequences. Not as good as 1/2/3 but better than Legacy. For a film titled Jason Bourne there were too many scenes that don't feature Jason Bourne. My main problem is that when it finished I had no desire to rush back in and watch the movie again like I had with Supremacy and Ultimatum. Worth watching but keep expectations reasonable. Also the storyline of the first third with Bourne and Nicky Parsons really reminded me of parts of 24: Live Another Day"
90 95% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - Oct 12, 2017
"One of the rare decades-later sequel that is a success, BR2049 expands upon the original but also works as a standalone movie. It is uniformly well acted, looks fantastic and has an in-your-face overbearing soundtrack that I liked. The overall story is ambiguous and thought provoking and doesn't give all the answers you want, but it does have a satisfying ending. Minimal but effective use of Harrison Ford as Deckard. My main criticisms are that the pacing is languid and it feels bloated at times"
30 13% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) - Feb 09, 2018
"A great cast, good score and intriguing setup are all wasted by the end. The first half is tense with some effective body horror moments but the second half is a mess. The Cloverfield additions are vaguely interesting as a connection to earlier films but they're just shoehorned in, poorly integrated into the story and harmful to the movie as a whole. The entire plotline on Earth often looks cheap, clearly tacked on and could be entirely cut out leaving a better film. Chris O'Dowd's pretty funny"
60 60% Hobbs and Shaw (2019) - Aug 02, 2019
"Buddy cop movie where the narrative is a mixture of James Bond and Mission Impossible and the bad guy is a super soldier with Terminator vision, enhanced strength and a cool self-driving motorbike. Feels like a true Fast & Furious feature where family is the driving force and as a theme is actually stronger here than most of the franchise. Is over the top and fairly cartoonish, runs a bit too long with multiple storylines setting up the future but overall its a well done fun action flick"
80 88% Logan (2017) - Mar 02, 2017
"Brutal and emotional, Logan is the best film in the X-men series. It poses the question what happens to Professor X and Wolverine as they grow old and provides a lived-in believeable near future setting to explore the answer. All three main characters were great but special mention to Patrick Stewart who was fantastic. It's a fitting send off to Hugh Jackman's last performance as Wolverine. "
80 88% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Jul 14, 2017
"The Great Escape: Apes style. Slower and more introspective than expected. Caesar was the standout; lifelike and completely believable, created by layering photoreal CGI onto the motion captured performance of Andy Serkis. The main story was Caesar and his trusted Ape allies journeying but a surprising amount of time was set in a POW camp. Newcomer Bad Ape was great and brought some welcome levity. 'War' doesn't quite match the best parts of 'Dawn' but was more consistently engaging throughout"
40 30% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) - Mar 17, 2014
"Good effects and action scenes but it's all style with little substance. I did like Benedict Cumberbatch who had presence onscreen but his eventually character reveal was poor. It felt like part Star Wars and part remake of the Wrath of Khan. Also plot issues everywhere. Why use starships when you can beam between planets. No need to fear death as a small blood transfusion can bring you back to life with dozens of potential blood donors available. "
40 30% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) - Jun 08, 2018
"Competently made, fairly enjoyable but unremarkable. Even more so than The Force Awakens or Rogue One this feels like big budget fan fiction. A Wookieepedia article made for the big screen, designed to satisfy old school Star Wars fans by answering every single question you have about Han Solo. Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos is good, effectively menacing but didn't have enough screen time. Although the weakest entry of the new Star Wars movies it's still watchable but in the end quite forgettable. "