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In The Shadow Of The Moon : Review

In The Shadow Of The Moon : Review

The film starts with a burning street next to an abandoned office in Philadelphia in 2024. And goes back to 1988 where a pianist at his concert, a lady bus driver while driving and a cook while cooking die with bleeding from nose, eyes and mouth at the same time but miles apart. Officer Lockhart and Maddox got an emergency call at 10 pm as the bus crashed on a busy street injuring others badly. So they started to look around the bodies and found that All these victims are having three circular puncture wounds behind their neck and melted brain.

To know more about the victims these two officers went to the hospital and asked the in-charge doctor. He said that this information is put on hold by Detective Holt. When Officer Lockhart asked about the puncture wounds that the doctor confirmed and said he had no idea about the injection. So they left the hospital for dinner.

While police officers are eating their dinner they got a message via scanner that there is a woman in a pub with the puncture wounds and still alive. All the force Including their superior detective Holt rushed to the pub. While enquiring about the situation a female victim said that a muscular black American woman in her late 20's in a blue jacket knocked her to the floor and poked her behind the neck. She started to bleed during the enquiry and she died in a few minutes.



Another officer saw her on a bridge and informed to control room while she trying to break into a car. She slips from the officer on the bridge. Both officer Lockhart and Maddox saw her on an Intersection with an injured left hand. While chasing her both officers reach the subway, on the way Lockhart finds a device used by her to inject the victims. To where Lockhart turns off his walkie to avoid detection of him. At the same time, other officer informed randomly via a scanner that his wife is going through labour.

Officer Maddox Informed in the scanner that he found the lady in the subway and tries to stop her but he fails and broke his leg. Lockhart listens fighting on the platform rushes and points the gun to her and tell her to kneel. But she turns back with her hands on her hand and congratulates him for his daughter and says see you soon. He felt that she is stalling to getaway. So he moves forward to cuff her. Instead, she broke loose and cuffs him to a chair. To stop her Lockhart injects her with the device found by him on the way. She falls on to the coming train and disappears.

In 1997, After 9 years the plot opens with a protest against the blacks supporting to the lady in the blue hoodie. This time Detective Lockhart gets a call from the prescient about a case that he investigated in 1988. This time, a professor at the university, a lady passenger was dead from bleeding his nose, eyes, ears and a melted brain the same as last time. All the other officers think that this is the work of a copy cat. But Detective Lockhart thinks that she is returned and started to dig old files for the clues to identify her, but Maddox denies that she is alive.

While digging old files he came across a set of keys confiscated back in 1988. Lockhart requested a lady police officer to find more about the keys. She finds that the keys start an engine for a plane that is manufactured in 1996, only air-strip this plane can be found in a 100-mile radius. While Maddox and Lockhart are leaving the building to go to the airstrip; a senior physicist named Naveen Rao introduces himself and explains that with the help of the moon power there can be a chance to go to an entirely to a new place.

when they went to the airfield they found that there is a man still working. So detective Lockhart asks a few questions about the girl in the blue hood. Then a small fight sequence happens where the girl kills Maddox and robs an aeroplane with Lockhart as a hostage. After a while, she tells him not to look for her and pushes him down in a lake. He comes out of the lake and finds the plane crash site.

Then again in 2006, Lockhart finds a clue about a man that the girl in blue hood may try to kill. So Lockhart goes to his house to check on him. By the time Lockhart is gone there, he is dead. He sees the black girl in the blue hood and starts to chase her to an abandoned building leading to the beach. Then she went to a sewage tunnel which leads to a cave. Lockhart followed her and saw her disappeared to the future. As he comes out he was arrested by the police.

As he now knows the place where she can be found he camps on the beach before the sewage tunnel to find her. Naveen Rao kidnaps him to avoid contact with her and try to move him to another place in a van. Lockhart tries to escape and causes an accident to the van they are travelling. She came back to where she disappeared. Meanwhile, Lockhart is waiting for her on the beach. The Black girl in the blue hood tells that Lockhart is her grandfather.

This movie breaks the Avengers movie time travel theory and goes back to the same old time-travel theory. Where actions in the past change the present.

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Rambo Last Blood : Review

Rambo Last Blood : Review

The plot is very simple Yvette Monreal (Gabrielle) searches for her abandoned father. She learns that her father is living in Mexico with the help of her childhood friend Sheila Shah (Alejandra). Gabrielle goes to Mexico in search of her abandoned father and confronts Marco de la O. He rejects her and it upsets her. To get the mood right both the girls decided hit the pub. Alejandra sells Gabrielle to a woman trafficking cartel.


Gabrielle Uncle Sylvester Stallone (Jhon Rambo) realizes that his niece went to Mexico to see her father. He then quickly rushes to Mexico and starts to enquire about his niece starting from her father. Her father replies that Gabrielle was not with her. Then Jhon Rambo goes to Sheila Shah and asks about her niece with a sharp double edge knife on the table.

Sheila shows the person to Jhon Rambo who she sold her friend out. Stallone breaks his ribs with a bare hand by punching a hole with his fingers to get answers from the cartel guy. I can't watch this scene. The white bone-cracking from his ribs are clearly shown in this scene. I don't know whether a regular-sized human being can break a bone with his bare hands and fingers. But you will be convinced that Sylvester Stallone can do with ease.

He found that the cartel is run by Hugo and Victor Martinez. The Martinez brothers traffic woman to the United States. Jhon Rambo asks for her niece by showing her photo. The Martinez brothers and another 25 guys beat up Rambo like hell. You would normally expect Sylverstone to fight and win that fight scene by kicking all of them, but he loses.

From now on the story makes you feel some kind of pain that is hard. You don't want your hero in the to feel helpless. Rambo lies in a coma for four days. Meanwhile, the cartel guys inject a regular overdose of drugs to Gabrielle. The next short fight scene to save his niece. Sylvester knocks with claw hammer makes you so uneasy and suffocate in your seat. Only the strong-hearted can actually see it with eyes open.

When Sylvester bangs a cartel guy in the head with claw hammer you can actually see the skull crushers and actual brain of that guy. Even though all that stuff is computer graphics you can feel the pain of the bad guy and the painful emotion that was carried by the Sylvester is amazing during the scene. Rambo eventually rescues her and takes to home.
But it happens and Rambo's niece dies in halfway to home due to overdose drugs.

Rambo couldn't take that. He seeks for revenge. With the help of an investigative journalist, he took one of the Martinez brothers head off. The other brother tries to kill Rambo. Rambo being Rambo he prepares his house for war against a Mexican cartel. Rambo fills his hand dig tunnels with the booby traps and waits for bad guys.

The Mexican Cartel guys fell in the booby traps set by Rambo and die one by one. At Last finally, Rambo uses his signature bow and arrow to hold the other brother and kills by slicing his heart out his chest. To watch action scenes you need a good brave heart. The computer graphics are way more violent to watch. The exact pain experienced when the man is suffering was perfectly captured by the director. If you are a human being who can't watch chicken die in front of you in the butcher's shop before cutting into pieces. You shouldn't watch the movie at all.

This movie is just produced just to end the Rambo series. If you are a fan of Rambo and you are expecting something like previous Rambo movies its better watch old movies than this one. No rememberable action sequence, Same old revenge storyline, and same old climax fight.

I expected from this movie is a good thrilling action experience, but I came out of fear of slicing my heart out of my chest.

Just Hakuna Matata: The Lion King


Recently Disney is recreating it's all-time iconic animation movies from the '90s. What I don't understand is why they can't find new stories that are as interesting as the old movies. In the remake also they are not improving much. Few of them are Alladin, Beauty and the Beast and now The Lion King these movies are pretty much same.

The Lion King is directed by Tony Stark’s driver, Jon Favreau, who was the director for Iron Man 1, 2 and the Jungle Book remake, which is the only live-action Disney remake I really liked so far.

So everyone knows the story of the 1994 Disney animation right? It’s basically about a pack of lions that rule an animal kingdom they call the Pride Lands. And somehow there are only three male lions in the whole place. One of them named Mufasa is the leader of the pack and the king of Pride Lands. His evil jealous brother, Scar, wants to take his place but the next in line is Mufasa’s son, Simba.

Scar attempts to murder them both with the help of a pack of hyenas who’re basically outsiders and at war against the lions. And there begins the journey of little Simba who must survive and grow up to be the king he’s born to be. In case any of you young ones have never seen the 1994 animation or Kimba, I shall not spoil it.

Is it better than the 1994 classic? Apart from the visuals, no.

Although I wouldn’t call this a “live-action” remake per se, the visuals are truly photo-realistic. The animals look very real and some of the animals even move like the real thing. They’re adorable. Baby Simba is extremely cute. But they are not expressive enough. There’s a lack of facial expression.


And when the characters talk and sing, their mouths don’t really move accordingly. And I don’t really feel like dialogue is coming from them. It’s just like watching the animals on the National Geographic channel.

Without the voice acting, we wouldn’t know what they’re thinking, feeling and even doing at times. Most of the vocal performances are good but still nowhere as great as the original.

Not sure why they could get the original voice of Mufasa, James Earl Jones, back but not the others such as Jeremy Irons who definitely sounded far more menacing and compelling as Scar than Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The new renditions of the music are good too but the new song Spirit by Beyonce, I’m not sure. Sounds like a weird version of Circle of Life to me. Her voice as the adult Nala is meh. Almost anyone else could’ve done the same. Donald Glover and JD McCrary are pretty good as an adult and young Simba.

But the ones I really enjoyed were Pumbaa and Timon, voiced by Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner respectively. They are genuinely hilarious and I laughed the loudest during that one scene where they referenced another Disney film’s character and song. They are like the best thing about this remake.

Only minor changes were made to the characters like the hyenas being less annoyingly stupid now. The rest of the characters and the story are pretty much identical to the original but without substance.

The development of the main characters and their relationships are much, much weaker. Maybe it’s due to the lack of facial expression from the photorealistic characters or perhaps the execution of the interactions are rushed. I can’t quite pinpoint the reason.


Even the iconic emotional scenes are nowhere near as powerful as the original. And I haven’t rewatched the original again since I was a kid so this remake had fresh bullets to hit me with the heartbreak but it failed. The only feeling I got was a bit of nostalgia perhaps.

In overall, this remake is not as good as the original and again, like I always say, what’s the point of a remake if it’s not going to improve much from the original apart from showing off the current visual effect capabilities?

Nonetheless, I did like that they address a few things well like why other animals agree to be ruled by lions even though they do eat them. I like that the lions are thinner for a reason. Keeping the balance and not overhunting are the responsibilities of the ruler. But Scar still looks skinny years after he’s overfed. And the hyenas towards the end… some things just didn’t make sense to me.

But anyway, just Hakuna Matata while watching it and you’ll probably still enjoy it.


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Spider-Man Far From Home live blog from the theater


Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the twenty-third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Parker is recruited by Nick Fury and Mysterio to face elemental threats from another dimension while he is on a school trip to Europe.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix review


X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the 12th installment in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. It is sort of a remake of the 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand.

Phoenix = Bird raises from its own ashes.

The story takes place after X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) where mutants are now accepted by the public and X-Men are on good terms with the government. The movie doesn’t recap much and trusts its viewers to have seen the previous films so if you haven’t seen them, you might be confused with a few things here and there.

The plot fully revolves around Jean Grey, who gets a major boost of power after an X-Men mission in space. She loses control to that power and people start to get hurt. Charles Xavier and his team of X-Men have to decide if it is worth it to risk everyone’s life to try to save her from herself.


The film is directed and the screen was written by Simon Kinberg, who wrote X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse and 2015 Fantastic Four.

The biggest issue about the film is the rushed progression of the story. Just like the final season of Game of Thrones and Jean Grey here is basically Daenerys Targaryen who turns into this mad powerful biatch without proper character development. Coincidentally, Sophie Turner, who played the role of Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, is playing Jean Grey.

But even with the rushed development, Kinberg didn’t have enough time in one movie so Jean Grey doesn’t get to become the full Dark Phoenix here. She doesn’t go totally crazy evil. She doesn’t kill too many people. You know the part in the trailer where she says, “When I lose control, bad things happen. But it feels good,” I don’t remember her saying that in the movie itself.

Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not even sure what exactly is making her lose control. I guess it’s just her, deciding to do all the bad things after her power is amplified. Which doesn’t make sense without the proper character development that this story needs?

Some of the other characters’ decisions and thinking are like dumbed down to progress the plot faster. Without Wolverine, it can feel like a strong, iconic presence is missing.



The ending of the film most definitely feels like a rushed job. It doesn’t give us the full aftermath. One of the characters gets injured halfway through the movie and I don’t remember seeing him again after that.

There are two really good action sequences. The space rescue mission at the beginning shows how the X-Men work together with their individual abilities to save a group of astronauts. I actually don’t remember seeing the X-Men being normal superheroes and saving people without fighting a supervillain. I really liked that.

At the start car accident in slow motion, the windscreen glass pieces flying in the air and the entire car crash shot is amazing.

Then there’s this long battle sequence in a train towards the end which I thought was really cool. The mutants really kick ass with their powers and the visual effects are fantastic as well. It’s really fun to watch as a fan.

The performances of the actors are really good.

In overall, despite its flaws, Dark Phoenix is still an entertaining superhero film.

I give it 3.5 out of 5.



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Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review

Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review

The story takes place 5 years after the first film and not too long after Kong: Skull Island (2017) where 17 more of these gigantic monsters are discovered by this agency of scientists called Monarch led by Dr. Serizawa from the first film. The monsters are called Titans by the scientists here and most of them are kept in hibernation at different outposts.

The people, government and military are of course afraid to co-exist with Godzilla and all the other discovered Titans but Monarch believes some of these Titans are the rightful rulers and are here to protect planet Earth. Then comes a group of eco-terrorists who hijack a Monarch outpost and awaken King Ghidorah, the three-headed thunder dragon and ultimate rival to Godzilla, along with many of the other Titans.

One of the main complaints about the first installment was that it’s too slow-paced and Godzilla does not appear enough in it. But a movie can’t do without a proper story and character development. So this sequel tries to offer somewhat of a balance of both.


Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review


Godzilla and King Ghidorah do appear a lot and there are more than a couple of fight scenes between them. Not all of the 17 Titans are shown. Mothra and Rodan are quite involved but the other three or four more featured only make cameo appearances.

As a fan, it’s fun to watch the action of the Titans battling out, crashing hard, biting and killing one another. We get to see them fight in different types of locations as well. Some sequences are even shot in wide angle to show the humans running away or doing whatever while the Titans are fighting in the background.

Godzilla the king of all monsters: Review


The big monster Royal Rumble at the end is quite entertaining. The Titans fight in a city and causing destruction on the skyscrapers and whatnot. And the setting of the final battle felt quite similar to the first film’s. I would’ve preferred a battleground in broad daylight that’s not fully evacuated.

To prolong the final battle, the film cuts to the human characters a lot in between the action but I never felt like I wanted to see what happens to them. Which brings me to the main issue I had with the film.

The performances by all the actors are faultless but the film fails to make me care about the human characters. The Brody family which the first film took a lot of time to develop is not in this sequel.



Only Dr. Serizawa, played by Ken Watanabe, and a couple of the minor characters are back from the first movie. So this sequel has to rush to introduce and develop a new family by starting the film off like how Batman v Superman (2016) does.

Dr. Mark Russell, played by Kyle Chandler, hates all the Titans because his son was killed during the destruction at the end of the first film. His ex-wife Emma, played by Vera Farmiga, and daughter Madison, played by Millie Bobby Brown, are taken by the eco-terrorists and he must work with Monarch to save them. Basically, Mark is just animal behavior and communication expert but he can do pretty much everything in this film.

The film tries hard to be thrilling by putting the family in the dangerous set pieces but never once was I engaged or cared about them and it’s predictable. The eco-terrorist leader Alan Jonah, played by Charles Dance who’s most known for his role as Tywin Lannister in the Game of Thrones series, is even more underdeveloped.


Dr. Serizawa, who bears the same surname as the scientist in that 1954 film, is actually given more important stuff to do that in the first movie. He's so biased towards Godzilla, he mentions and asks about Godzilla in the whole movie as though he’s really Godzilla’s pet.

The script definitely could’ve been better. The movie has a lot of exposition to fill the 5-year gap between the first film and this one, which I’m okay with, but there are times that the characters are just stating the obvious or just being cheesy.

The original 1954 Godzilla film and 2016’s Shin Godzilla both explore themes of nuclear bombings and disasters. And in those films, Godzilla is the metaphor of those destructions. This sequel’s story, however, is more similar to Netflix’s recent three-part Godzilla anime feature (2017 – 2018) where it is pro-environment and sees some of the Titans as nature’s defensive system. Problem is that the film just blatantly calls it out with slideshows that the characters seem to have conveniently prepared, instead of conveying any of it through the experiences of the characters. The religious symbolism is very obvious as well. This version of Godzilla is basically like Jesus.

Anyway, despite the issues I had with this sequel, I think King of the Monsters is the Godzilla movie that both kaiju fans and general audiences can be happy with.

Rating: 2/5

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