Category Archives: Action

Revue of Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins

Release Date:  July 23, 2021 (Nigeria)

Genre: Action

Directed By: Robert Schwentke

Produced By: Brian Goldner, Erik Howsam and Lorenzo di Bonaventura Cast: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving and Iko Uwais

Awesome-o-metre : 4.5/10

Snake Eyes is the origin story of one of the GI Joe’s enigmatic characters called Snake Eyes played by Henry Goulding. The film revolves around the titular character who joins an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage. However, when secrets from Snake Eyes' past are revealed, his honor and allegiance get tested and he has to decide on which path to take- good or evil.


Snake Eyes is another origin story, literally nobody asked for…but here we are! If you ask me, the quality that most endears us to the Snake Eyes character is the mysteriousness and enigma about him, so doing an original story which seems to unveil such a puzzling character is a huge act of disservice to him. Speaking particularly to the events of this film, NOTHING about his back story is intriguing, if anything it is full of banalities and inconsequential stuff. Seriously, who wanted to know how he got his suit? The most amazing thing is that we never even got to know how he learnt to fight, we just met him with fighting skills!


Another thing about this film is how unmemorable it is. None of the characters struck a chord with us and for a film that is touted as an action film, none of the fight scenes are amazing and this is a film that touts the talent that is Iko Uwais. Most of the action sequences involved fights with faceless mercenaries taking place n the dark of night.
Again, the film is full with so much inconsistency, sometimes characters start fights at night and end in the day time. I don’t know if this is a continuity issue, or the producers used the cover of darkness to hide their subpar fight sequences. Also, the skill levels of some characters were just not conflicting as sometimes they are good, sometimes not so it was hard to really decipher their progress or otherwise.


If like me you are a huge fan if this Hasbro property, you might need to brace for a disappointing ride. But once you do get to see Snake Eyes, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below or on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook !

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Revue of F9

Release Date: June , 2021 (Nigeria)
Genre: Action
Directed By: Justin Lin
Produced By: Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron & Sung Kang

Awesome-o-metre : 6/10

F9 witnesses the return of most of main cast of the Fast & Furious franchise, with a couple of characters from its 3rd installment (Tokyo Drift) and continues in its absolute disregard of the laws of physics. The storyline is that Roman (Tyrese), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Emmanuel) approach Dom and Letty to ask for their help in retrieving an object which went down in a crash when Cipher (Theron) was extracted after having been apprehended by Mr. Nobody. The object turns out to be part of Aries, a device which can hack into any computer weapons system in the world. The object is retrieved, but taken by Jakob (Cena), Dom’s brother who leads a team of rogue agents.

So, we get a lot of flashbacks to explain the reason behind the enmity between Dom and Jakob, but most of the rest of the film is focused on getting the other part of Aries in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.


In truth, the storyline is just an excuse to get into what F9 is truly about – great car chases, fist fights, wanton destruction of property, and of course, impossible stunts. They really took it to another level this time. Haba!!! I’m certain even Tom Cruise would see some of the sequences and ask… “Una no dey fear God?”
From the use of magnets to going beyond earthly bounds and a certain portrayal of Dom as the biblical Samson (minus the hair, of course) F9 delivers all that is expected of the Fast & Furious Franchise. There are several laughs too (largely due to Roman), with a few cameo appearances from non-core cast members, as well as the return of Han (Kang) (I guess you would have seen him in the Trailer, so this does not count as a spoiler).


In all, F9 was quite entertaining, and will satisfy if all you want is what the franchise regularly delivers. Seen it yet? Please leave a comment below or on Twitter or Facebook !

Release Date: June , 2021 (Nigeria)
Genre: Action
Directed By: Justin Lin
Produced By: Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron & Sung Kang

Awesome-o-metre : 6/10

F9 witnesses the return of most of main cast of the Fast & Furious franchise, with a couple of characters from its 3rd installment (Tokyo Drift) and continues in its absolute disregard of the laws of physics. The storyline is that Roman (Tyrese), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Emmanuel) approach Dom and Letty to ask for their help in retrieving an object which went down in a crash when Cipher (Theron) was extracted after having been apprehended by Mr. Nobody. The object turns out to be part of Aries, a device which can hack into any computer weapons system in the world. The object is retrieved, but taken by Jakob (Cena), Dom’s brother who leads a team of rogue agents.

So, we get a lot of flashbacks to explain the reason behind the enmity between Dom and Jakob, but most of the rest of the film is focused on getting the other part of Aries in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.


In truth, the storyline is just an excuse to get into what F9 is truly about – great car chases, fist fights, wanton destruction of property, and of course, impossible stunts. They really took it to another level this time. Haba!!! I’m certain even Tom Cruise would see some of the sequences and ask… “Una no dey fear God?”
From the use of magnets to going beyond earthly bounds and a certain portrayal of Dom as the biblical Samson (minus the hair, of course) F9 delivers all that is expected of the Fast & Furious Franchise. There are several laughs too (largely due to Roman), with a few cameo appearances from non-core cast members, as well as the return of Han (Kang) (I guess you would have seen him in the Trailer, so this does not count as a spoiler).


In all, F9 was quite entertaining, and will satisfy if all you want is what the franchise regularly delivers. Seen it yet? Please leave a comment below or on Twitter or Facebook !

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Revue of WRATH OF MAN

Release Date:  April 22, 2021 (Nigeria) Genre: Action Directed By: Guy Ritchie Produced By: Guy Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson and Bill Block Cast: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso and Scott Eastwood Awesome-o-metre : 6/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFYEni2gsK0 Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham as Patrick Hargreaves, a mysterious bullion van escort, out to…
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Revue of ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE

Director :  Zack Snyder

Producer(s) : Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven

Starring  : Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher, Jason Mamoa, Julian Lewis Jones

Release Date: March, 18th 2021

Genre : Superhero/Action

Awesome-O-Metre : 8/10

I was totally skeptical about the Snyder Cut because I was thoroughly heartbroken from the Josstice League (Joss Whedon's Justice League). It's really heart wrenching for a superhero fan such as myself to see his face being shamefully represented on the big screen. I'm glad to say, the Snyder Cut was a massive win for me.

This 4 hour long movie was something of magnet to me. You get attracted to it and you don't even realise that 4 hours have gone by. It's scary when you hear how long the movie is but once you start, you get sucked in and you only get released at the end.

A lot of people say they don't see much difference in the plot, that it is just a longer version of the Josstice League but I call bullshit. Snyder's Cut took its time (some unnecessary though as I will soon point out) and ensured it developed it's characters to be relatable and understood. This made the plot infinitely richer and enjoyable. It's one thing to want to do a dark movie, it's another to explain to the audience why it is dark. And this movie did both.

One of the characters that greatly benefited from this movie was the Cyborg and in this case I mean both the actor and the character. Cyborg's back story showed exactly why he was moody and sad. It also gave motivation for why he didn't wanna be in the Justice League at first. It also showed he (Ray Fisher) was a great actor with a large range.
Steppenwolf was also shown as a disgraced general who was trying hard to get back to the good graces of his master, Darkseid.

While there are many positives in this movie, I still feel there were issues with it and the issues with the foundation were still glaring (afterall, it wasn't a new movie per se). One of the foundation issues is consistency with the comics. For example, when did Batman, master of logic and planning start to rely on "faith". Not that faith is a bad thing but that isn't the Batman we've known. Also, why are Wonder Woman and Aquaman so weak compared to Superman? We know Superman is the strongest but both of them couldn't even hold down Steppenwolf while Superman basically tosses him around like a rag doll. In the comics, Diana (Wonder Woman) isn't that far from Superman in base strength but in this movie, she doesn't even come close to his left hand.

Another issue I had are the overuse of slow motion effect and unnecessary scenes. It's almost like every 20minutes, there's slow motion somewhere. A typical case of this is with Aquaman. Everytime he is near water, slow motion. We get it, he's hot. No need to amplify it everytime. And the guy must have a boutique of vests because anytime he comes to the surface, he's wearing a vest which he promptly tosses aside once he wants to swim. I mean, is his supply of vests infinite?

More seriously are the unnecessary scenes. One of which is the Manhunter posing as Clark's mother to get Lois to go back to work. It does nothing for the plot and doesn't even make sense. Someone may argue that it was this that made her go out that day and save  Batman from being crushed by Superman but it was shown earlier in the movie that she does that every day. I also feel Wheddon's interpretation of the Lois saving Batman as Batman's contingency plan is way better than what happened in Snyder's Cut.
Another is Aquaman saving a man that was sure to sink with his boat. It wasn't necessary. We've already been told earlier that he helps and save the people.
Yet another is Alfred teaching Diana how to make tea. Why did we need to see this? I bet that if all the slow motion and unnecessary scenes were removed, an hour could have been shaved from the movie.

But after all that has been said and done, the movie was fun. There was alot of action (Batman really showed those para-demons), the flash added some nerdy humour and even though the movie is 4 hours long, I will definitely watch it again. It's that good. It's a solid 8/10 for me.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League has started streaming on HBO, so you can check it out  and let me know what you think by sounding off in the comment section below or on Twitter or Facebook !

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Revue of TENET

Tenet stars John David Washington as the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet. Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel. Inversion.

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Revue of THE OLD GUARD

The Old Guard is based on the comic by Greg Rucka and it follows a team of immortal warriors led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron) who have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.

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Revue of EXTRACTION

Extraction is set in Bangladesh and is about Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) a fearless black market mercenary who embarks on the deadliest mission of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue a drug lord's kidnapped son.

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Revue of BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself about Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis (Ewan McGregor) who targets a young girl named Cass. Consequently Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya – an unlikely foursome - team up to take Roman down and save Cass.

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Revue of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues a year after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again—while reckoning with the past and their own inner turmoil. Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its climax, altogether bringing the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.

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