“The Accountant”, Killing by the Numbers

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The most electrifying and suspense-filled film this year, The Accountant has opened nationwide and it’s a thriller. From opening act to the closing credits it keeps you glued to your seat waiting for the exciting scene. Under the keen direction of Gavin O’Connor who brought Miracle and Warrior to the screen, the cast makes The Accountant a winner. If you thought that Ben Affleck was good in movies like Gone Girl, Argo or The Town, witness the actor at his level best. Read more

No Escape, a Gripping Tale of Madness in the Streets

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Relentlessly exciting the movie No Escape, now on Blu-ray and DVD, puts its audience into a nonstop survival film as a family runs for their life. Just as violent and all-consuming as the tsunami film The Impossible, the only difference comes with humans killing humans instead of nature. The momentum builds so quickly that you’ll find yourself glued to the electrifying film till the credits roll. Even in your home theater you will become so shocked at times by the brutal extremists no matter how big the screen. Get your goodies ready, take potty breaks before you press play and let the ride begin.

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Chappie, Electrifying Thrills

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Turning what could have been just another I, Robot Director Neill Blomkamp makes his film Chappie a winning sci-fi thriller. The film opens with exciting action and continues on a rollercoaster ride only slowing down to create new characters. It’s the first livewire of the year and opening during a spring break weekend should bolster the box-office. While males 17 and over including a large college crowd will fill theaters this weekend, the movie is not for kids with its display of strong violence and language. However, what Chappie gains in electrifying thrills, it lacks in emotion and charm. Read more

THE GREY, FEROCIOUSLY GOOD

Exciting, terrifying, intriguing and thrilling The Grey provides a stunning entry in the erratic first month of the year.  Good acting all around, electrifying cinematography and able direction keeps the film moving and entertaining.  If you like a white-knuckle panic film that challenges your worst fears, The Grey will have you in its snarling teeth.

John Ottway (Liam Neeson) has been working as sentry over an oilrig in Alaska killing ravenous wolves that attack the crews.  It’s been a long and arduous job, but he and several crewmembers have earned some vacation from their pervasive jobs. Boarding an airplane with snow-crusted wings would worry Ottway, but he just wants to get out of the God forsaking place.

Unfortunately the airplane gets hit by an ice storm and crashes into a sub-arctic field.  With a group of survivors, a blinding snowstorm, a small amount of rations and unsubstantial cover, the small band decides to walk out of the certain death tundra. Battling injury, freezing temperatures and a vicious pack of wolves. Ottway leads the men in a possible chance at life.  When the Alfa male wolf figures out the extent of the pack’s prey, Ottway’s chances look bleak.

A group lead by Ottway (Neeson) attempt to walk out of the tundra

In a usual good performance Neeson makes his character strong but vulnerable to the elements. In the very beginning of the film we see Ottway shoot a wolf in full gallop just in time before it can do harm to the workers.  He goes over to the dieing animal and places his hand on it’s slowing rising chest and feels the death of the wolf to its last breath.  It’s an omen, a reaching out from his past and a warning of things to come.  His Ottway knows the danger, has reason to fear it, but looses no time in facing his most fearless enemy.

Ottway at the crash site

I like the way director Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces) takes control of the group making them feel the elements and showing how each step affects their ability to cope.  The weather, terrain and the physical abilities of the survivors play a big part of the film.  And Carnahan shows that with danger at every turn you can see the group slowly failing. The fight for survival gets so intense in the movie that I found myself looking to the sides of the screen checking to see if an attack by wolves was their next challenge.  When the ferocious animals do strike, Carnahan makes sure you not only see the carnage taking place, but also the sounds of ripping and tearing of teeth in flesh.

The Grey has been rated R by the MPAA for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.  The film could have a strong effect on the meek and timed.  Please make sure you understand the reason for the R rating and use this caution wisely. VERY IMPORTANT: Stay past the credits to see a final clip that gives resolve to the ordeal.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A totally encompassing visual and audio experience of uncontrollable peril. (A)