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Sean Hill Reviews TRIPLE 9

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Ex-Special Forces member Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor) leads a crew of corrupt police officers and former soldiers (Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus) in a daring bank robbery that ends in a frenzied freeway shootout. As Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Allen (Woody Harrelson) investigates the spectacular crime, he is unaware that his own nephew, straight-arrow cop Chris Allen (Casey Affleck) has unknowingly been partnered with one of the robbers on Atlanta’s gang task force. When ruthless Russian mob boss Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet) strong-arms the crew into attempting one last, seemingly impossible robbery, they decide their best hope is to divert the entire police force’s attention by staging a “999” incident — cop code for “officer down.”

The film gets off to a very good start with its opening bank robbery and ensuing freeway chase and shootout. From there it is a long slope downhill slope into mediocrity. . TRIPLE 9 makes the most crucial error of falling into the category of a being a thriller with no thrills. To say the film is unoriginal is an understatement. This film is very similar in plot as the 2012 Ah-Nuld film SABATOGE which is far superior to this film. Despite the good cast giving good performance, particularly Harrelson, channeling his inner Matthew McConaughey, and Affleck, the film goes nowhere. These are good characters trapped in a bad film. As much as I liked some of the characters the film did not seem to have time to properly develop them. Motives are unclear and some of the relationships are given superficial treatment.  My mind started to wonder during the film thinking these are smart actors; what was it that they saw in this lackluster script that attracted them to be involved in this film? Being shot in Atlanta it does not appear the travel to an exotic location was the attraction. This is no diss to my home state.

I kept waiting for something, anything to happen to make me sit up in my seat and take notice. Once the end credits starting rolling I still sat there waiting on something to happen. That moment never came. Skip this film and see SABATOGE or better yet TRAINING DAY instead. Even see television’s SHADES OF BLUE with Jennifer Lopez is better than this film. All TRIPLE 9 has to offer is an A-Level cast in a B-Level movie. A bit of insider information; typically at a screening I am asked to provide my initial thoughts on the film. My words to the studio rep were “this is a by-the-numbers run-of-mill cop thriller slightly elevated by good acting.” You will not see that in the ads for this film.

Sean Hill Reviews DEADPOOL

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Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool first appeared in Marvel Comics The New Mutants #98 in February 1991. Deadpool is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with the superhuman ability of accelerated healing. Deadpool, known as the “Merc with a Mouth”, is aware that he is a fictional comic book character and he breaks the fourth wall to humorous effect. He is known as the "Merc with a Mouth" because of his talkative nature and tendency to break the fourth wall, which is used by writers to create humorous effect. The character made his cinematic debut in X-MEN ORGINS: WOLVERINE in 2009 coincidently also played by Ryan Reynolds. Now the character is back on the big screen in all his R-Rated glory in a fun but uneven film.

Great Scenes in Cinema #3-NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN-Call It

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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a flawless film. Perfect in its writing, direction, and acting. In fact it is on my short list of the greatest films of all time. How does one go about choosing the best scene from a film full of best scenes? Very carefully. I chose this scene because the writing it’s simply superb. Its psychological warfare delivered by the films personification of evil, Anton Chigurh

Sean Hill’s Greatest Films of All Time #9-FARGO

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“THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.” And so begins FARGO, a tale of kidnapping and murder in the Midwest. This film is probably the most unusual film on my list as it is not heavy in themes or symbolism and it doesn’t have great directorial flair that I am normally attracted to. What it does have is humor and lots of it. Now when I say humor understand that I am not saying that kidnapping and murder is funny. Not at all. The humor in the film comes from the characters. The characters in the film are not funny people and do not act like there are in a comedy. They do not think they are funny and the movie does not treat them as if they are funny. The plot does not ask them to be funny as they are who they are. The film has two of the most unique movie characters to every grace the silver screen. Jerry Lundegaard, played by William H. Macy, and Marge Gunderson, played brilliantly by Frances McDormand.

Sean Hill Reviews CREED

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Previously on the ROCKY saga--- Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a small-time boxer who seems to be going nowhere in life, as he works day-in and day-out as a collector for a loan shark and fights in sleazy clubs for low pay. Because of this Rocky is labeled a bum by the neighborhood, especially by gym trainer Mickey Goldmill. At the same time, Rocky successfully courts Adrian Pennino, a painfully shy woman with an alcoholic brother, Paulie. Rocky’s future changes when heavyweight champion of the world Apollo Creed chooses Rocky at random as his opponent in a title fight. Rocky realizes he now has the chance to prove he is not a bum. Rocky fights for his self-respect but ends up losing the fight in a split decision.

Sean Hill Reviews THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2

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Previously on THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1---Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has been rescued from the Quarter Quell games while unconscious and awakens in the never-before-seen District 13, the underground location where a plot to take over the Capitol is forming.  Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is being held and forcibly indoctrinated by President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Under pressure from District 13’s leader, President Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss must embrace a role she never really wanted: to be the symbol of the Mockingjay, the symbol of hope.  Peeta is eventually rescued from Snow’s grip but is now in a hate-filled trance designed to kill Katniss.

MOCKINGJAY PART 2 picks a few days after the end of previous installment with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) still unable to connect with a brainwashed Peeta.  As the Mockingjay, she can see that it is going take more than symbolism to defeat the Capitol. Joining with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), an unpredictable Peeta, Finnick (Sam Claflin), and others, she sets out for the once-thriving Capitol now transformed into a city of mayhem under attack. Her mission is to stage an assassination on Snow. Meanwhile, Snow has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. And a showdown between the two is inevitable.

Sean Hill Reviews SPECTRE

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Previously on James Bond #23, SKYFALL—James Bond faced off with latest villain Raoul Silva at Skyfall, his family estate and childhood home in Scotland. Bond is there with M, the Head of the Secret Intelligence Service—also known as MI6, who is wounded by Silva and dies.

Sean Hill’s Greatest Films of All Time #10–JFK

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“Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up? Who?”-X

It’s hard to believe that my number 10 film features one of my least favorite actors of all time Kevin Costner. I won’t bore you with why I don’t like him. Unlike the other films on my all-time best list, this film is not about characters but centers around an event in our nation’s history.  Let’s deal with Costner first. He does have to carry the film to a certain extent but the film does not sink or swim based on his performance so in this case he gets a pass.

Sean Hill’s Greatest Films of All Time #10.5 ZODIAC

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“I need to know who he is. I need to stand there, I need to look him in the eye and I need to know that it's him.” Robert Graysmith

I have long debated about including this movie on my greatest list but after much deliberation I have decided it is so well made and expertly crafted it deserves a place on my list. Along with my #12 film BOUND, this film could possibly me the least seen and/or heard of on my list.

Great Scenes in Cinema #2-48HRS-REDNECK BAR

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Eddie Murphy’s made his feature film debut 1982’s 48HRS. This was an interesting choice for several reasons.  Murphy had of course made his name as a comedian and at the time he was the reason the watch Saturday Night Live. One would expect that his first film

QSTORM REVIEWS THE MARTIAN

"My God, the cast is full of stars!"
"My God, the cast is full of stars!"

I recall seeing Matt Damon in Interstellar and being blown away by his breakdown when his fellow astronauts revive him after being marooned and isolated from all human contact on a remote planet for years. Matthew McConaughey's character embraces him and he is reduced to a torrent of tears and sobs. The camera hangs motionless on this scene for what feels like an eternity and I was totally convinced that I was looking at a guy who had spent a lot of time alone.