Love and Monsters – Movie Review

Love and Monsters (UHD + Blu-ray + Digital)
Own it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, & DVD January 5, 2021! Available now with on-demand streaming.

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.

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.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL**
• Alternate Opening
• Deleted Scenes
• The Genesis of Gemini Man
• Facing Your Younger Self
• The Future Is Now
• Setting the Action
• Next Level Detail
• The Vision of Ang Lee

ONLY AVAILABLE ON 4K ULTRA HD DISC
• Visual Effects Progression presented by WETA—In 60FPS, Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range

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.

Blu Ray Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Synopsis:
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species (thought to be mere myths) rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Review:
I haven’t seen the 2014 Godzilla film, but there was a nice recap at the beginning to catch us up. I actually only watched this one because I heard there will be a crossover with King Kong (from Kong: Skull Island) in the next installment of these monster movies. I loved Kong: Skull Island, but this had a much different feel.

I’m not a particular fan of Godzilla, but I enjoyed this film. Where Skull Island was full of suspense and humor, this installment is much more dramatic and intense. These monsters are on a completely different scale. The cinematography and CGI is impressive. And there is a good story beyond just the monster fighting, as well as interesting characters. Millie Bobby Brown was fantastic, of course. The big showdown is over-the-top and a lot of fun. And the post-credit scene made me excited for the next film.

4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
• Commentary by Director
• Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian
• Mothra: Queen of the Monsters
• King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine
• Rodan: Airborne God of Fire
• Godzilla 2.0
• Making Morthra
• Creating Ghidorah
• Reimagining Rodan
• The Yunnan Temple
• Castle Bravo
• The Antarctic Base
• The Isla de Mara Volcano
• The Undersea Lair
• Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature
• Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight
• Monsters Are Real
• Welcome to the Monsterverse
• Deleted Scenes

Blu-Ray Review: Avengers Endgame

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Avengers Endgame [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos – the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

Review:
Marvel films, especially the Avengers, have culminated to this film. Infinity War left off in possibly the biggest cliffhanger ever – with half of the universe turned to dust. Now, the original Avengers, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Rocket, and Nebula decide to go after Thanos and use the Infinity Stones to bring everyone back. But things (obviously) don’t go as planned.

While this film has an insanely large cast of characters, the main story predominantly focuses on the original Avengers – their lives post-snap and their search for a way to undo what Thanos did. Some stay the course, some lose themselves, and some just decide to move on. It’s intriguing and heartbreaking. At 3 hours long, it seems like there would be slow times. But it actually felt crammed full of action, suspense, drama, and still plenty of humor. The surprising timeline builds to an epic final battle and a sweet, heartwarming tribute with a wonderful send-off to some beloved characters. This is a superhero movie worth watching over and over.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Digital Exclusive:
• Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Blu-ray & Digital:
• Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
• Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
• A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
• Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
• The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
• The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
• Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
• Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
• Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
• Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
• Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

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