Doom Patrol: Complete 2nd Season – Blu-Ray Review

Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season

Synopsis:
DC’s strangest group of heroes are back again to save the world – that is if they can find a way to grow up…both figuratively and literally. Following the defeat of Mr. Nobody, the DOOM PATROL now find themselves mini-sized and stranded on Cliff’s toy race car track. Here they begin to deal with their feelings of betrayal with Niles Caulder aka The Chief, while confronting their own personal baggage.

Review:
The first season of Doom Patrol was more of an origin story for everyone and the team itself, though there was still a foe to overcome. But this season focuses mainly on Nile’s daughter Dorothy, a girl who has been forced to stay young – in order to keep a monstrous evil at bay. Though the season is only 9 episodes, there is a lot of complex stories interwoven in this fantastic new installment. Full of humor, interpersonal drama, intense suspense – this sophomore season doesn’t disappoint. We get a deeper look at Jane’s past, Larry’s family, and Cyborg finds love. But this is the Doom Patrol, so no one seems to have happiness that lasts very long. Dorothy is a wonderfully complex girl. She emotes such sweet innocence, so it’s easy to feel for her. But soon the creepiness factor comes along. I enjoyed this season almost as much as the first. This season gets a bit darker than before, and even more heart-wrenching. And the climactic ending leaves off in a major cliffhanger that made me impatient for the next season!

Love and Monsters – Movie Review

Love and Monsters (UHD + Blu-ray + Digital)
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Synopsis:
Dylan O’Brien stars in this thrilling adventure delivering epic action and laughs. After monsters take over the world, Joel (O’Brien, The Maze Runner) and the rest of humanity are forced to live underground. Believing he’s lost everyone he has ever loved, Joel finds his high school sweetheart Aimee (Jessica Henwick, “Game of Thrones”) living just 80 miles away. Facing unknown dangers that stand in his way, Joel must discover his inner hero as he makes the impossible journey across a monster-infested land to be with the girl of his dreams. Also starring Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ariana Greenblatt (Avengers: Infinity War).

Review:
Joel is a young man with a good heart. But he freezes when he sees a monster, making him less than ideal in fighting them. But when he discovers his former girlfriend is still alive, 80 miles away, Joel doesn’t think twice and embarks on a journey across a post-apocalyptic Earth swarming with killer monsters.

I loved Dylan O’Brien in the Teen Wolf tv show, as well as the Maze Runner films. He has a sweet, innocent quality that makes him perfect for this role as well. He’s naive but determined. And his drive to reach Aimee outweighs his own self-preservation. Though, of course he grows a lot throughout the film, becoming braver and wiser.

It’s an incredibly suspenseful, often funny, and sometimes poignant coming-of-age film. The duo of Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt are a highlight of the movie. And I thoroughly enjoyed Joel’s journey – both physical and personal. If you enjoyed Warm Bodies, I think you’d like this as well as it has a similar feel with it’s suspenseful, dark humor and a bit of romance. It’s even heartwarming and inspirational. There aren’t many movies with mutated, killer monsters that can say that. I loved this movie. And I wasn’t expecting it.

Blu-Ray/Movie Review: 2067

2067 [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
By the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. An illness caused by the synthetic O2 is killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: “Send Ethan Whyte”. Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is suddenly thrust into a terrifying new world full of unknown danger as he must fight to save the human race.

Review:
Kodi Smit-McPhee plays the hapless Ethan Whyte. He seems like the last person the future would be asking for. But a possible cure to the world’s oxygen shortage means a possible cure for his dying wife, so Ethan has no choice but to go. And Ryan Kwanten plays his best friend and confidant.

Some of the casting choices seemed a bit odd to me, as a couple were cringe-worthy in their acting. And the main character cried WAY too much. But thankfully, there was character growth for both of the main characters.

This is a lower-budget scifi film than what I’m used to, but it was more impressive than I expected. The special effects were solid. In fact, the future world had some beautiful scenes. The premise had me hooked – a post-apocalyptic tale with time travel. However, there were some major paradoxes and things that didn’t make any sense – even suspending disbelief, with the time travel aspect. But I tried to ignore those and focus on the story – which was very dramatic and filled with suspense and intrigue. I actually enjoyed the mystery more than the big scifi elements. With several exciting surprises/plot twists, the finale was satisfying and quite fun.

Titans: The Complete Second Season – Blu-Ray Review

Titans: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray + Digital)

Synopsis:
In season two, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar, and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface, everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

Review:
Season 1 of Titans introduced all of the characters and gave us the main villain of Trigon. This season, the main villain is Deathstroke, the seemingly unkillable assassin. I enjoyed this season a lot more, and not just because the Deathstroke was more than just one-dimensional. There was a lot going on. It actually felt like more than 13 episodes. There was a lot of story told in the past, when we get to meet Aqualad, however briefly. And we learn about Dick’s sins of the past as they come back to haunt the current team of Titans. And we’re introduced to a couple of new Titans (who happen to be favorites of mine) – Rose and Conner, who both have some deep-seeded daddy issues.

The strength of this season is definitely the character development, as the story can be a little convoluted and hard to follow at times. There is definitely some adult content, though it could easily be cut out and not necessary to the story. As a team this new group of Titans have yet to really come together except for a couple scenes. I hope that season 3 will continue the strong character writing and give the team a foe that can handle them all teaming up. I’m enjoying the direction this team is going.

Blu-Ray Review: Gemini Man

Gemini Man [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Will Smith stars as retired hitman Henry Brogan, forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative who will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Now on a race around the globe, Henry must outsmart the mysterious assassin at every step – but how far will he go once they finally come face to face?

Review:
Will Smith plays the two main characters in this action film. However, the CGI of his younger clone is as cringe-worthy as Superman’s CGI’s mustache removal in Justice League. It’s so bad that it’s detracts from every scene he’s in. It would have been better to get a younger actor who resembles him and just do some minor tweaks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper to look like a young version of Bruce Willis.

As for the story, it’s fun and fast-paced. And it’s a lot like Bruce Willis in RED, though this movie isn’t as well-rounded. The characters are mostly one-dimensional, except for Brogan. The fight scenes are a lot of fun though. And there is plenty of suspense that builds to an exciting finale. I just wish the CGI’d Junior wasn’t so distracting.

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Blu-Ray Review: Terminator Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Decades after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) prevented Judgment Day, a lethal new Terminator is sent to eliminate the future leader of the resistance. In a fight to save mankind, battle-hardened Sarah Connor teams up with an unexpected ally (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and an enhanced super soldier to stop the deadliest Terminator yet. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance in this action-packed thrill ride from Tim Miller, the Director of Deadpool, and Producer James Cameron.

Review:
This is the Terminator sequel I’ve been waiting for. Linda Hamilton has been missing in all the films since Terminator 2, so it’s only fitting that we ignore all the previous sequels for this storyline. And it works. It’s heart-pounding suspense with heartbreaking drama that only these leading ladies can supply. Arnold is back as well, as Terminator “Carl” who has moved on with life and sees the error of his ways. As a Terminator fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment. Certainly more than the previous several installments. There is plenty of fan service, and that’s okay. The action is non-stop and intense. The CGI is fantastic. And there is plenty of heart that keeps viewers invested.

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