Rinzy Reviews ‘Money Heist’ Season 3 (2019)

Release Date: July 19

Network: Netflix

Starring: Alvaro Morte, Miguel Herran, Ursula Corbero, et al.

***

‘Money Heist‘ has taken the world by storm! At least that’s what social media would make us believe. I do miss the days when we that followed it were just a small community.

In a perfect world, a group of criminals bold enough to declare a robbery revolution on the system sounds like an interesting material, one that’s strong enough to hold viewer’s spellbound for a long time. But watching this third part, I couldn’t help but feel like Money Heist’s outlived its welcome.

Don’t get me wrong, this season isn’t a bore, it’s just doesn’t start out like the rollercoaster, suspense-filled ride of the first two seasons.

After the fairy tale ending that was the second season finale, I hoped Money Heist wouldn’t fall into the temptation of some of the most popular ones before it (remember TVD?) But it did. Netflix just had to commission another season because for the streaming giants, a two season run is a failure. What Netflix didn’t factor in is that the entire premise of the show packs it into a tight corner, making it difficult to hold strong the moment the premiere heist ended without feeling monotonous.

It’s obvious Netflix’s all about milking this cow for what it’s worth.

We see this in multiple facets throughout the season, particularly through Andrea/Berlin’s return through past encounters with Sergio/The Professor. But then, it feels like a loss for fans because this version is less appealing than the misogynistic bastard who gave his life to save his crew.

The season gets off to a mostly boring start, by the last two seasons’ standard. For the first four episodes, it struggles to justify its existence, and in so doing relegates its signature move of suspense to an afterthought. But that mistake is fully rectified going into the last lap of the season, when we see Alicia (the new inspector-in-charge) go head-to-head with The Professor’s plans.

Feminism continues to play a big role in the show. With fierce characters like Nairobi, Tokyo, Lisbon, and Stockholm at the center of the action, demanding to be accorded as much respect as their male counterparts. teammates, the show’s clearly preaching the gospel the best way it knows how to.

New additions to the team – Bogota and Palermo – add new dynamics to the show, and for the most part they’re cool. But for Alicia the story’s different. She’s a beast. If you’ve ever thought about what pregnancy would look like on someone without being termed a disability, try Alicia. I hate to admit this, but I think this woman might just be the end of Heist crew.

With that explosive season finale, we pray by some miracle season four arrives earlier than planned.

If you can, do watch this show in the original Spanish with English subtitle — it’s more beautiful that way.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Batman: Hush’ (2019)

Release Date: July 20

Starring: Jason O’Mara, Jennifer Morrison, Geoffrey Arend, Maury Sterling, et al.

***

Batman: Hushintroduces a villain that might not be well know to non-comic enthusiasts. One well-versed at manipulation, not just of the Dark Knight, but of some of his most infamous rogues as well.

If you’ve been following the DC animated movie universe for as long as I have no doubt you’d be pumped for this one too.

Lurking in the dark and pulling the strings of infamous DC villains like Bane, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Catwoman, Hush’s supremacy in villainy is quickly established when he causes Batman to fall hundreds of feet from the ground. And if there’s still any doubt about him, it’s cleared by the time he captures The Joker to ransom Harley Quinn into doing his bidding.

The movie which starts out as a tale of money for Hush is soon revealed to be all fun and mind-game for him. It’s all a means to an end, to prove that there’s evil in everyone. Hush’s able to do something even The Joker’s struggled with for a long time – breaking Batman.

Bruce Wayne’s (Batman) on-and-off relationship with Selina Kyle (Catwoman) takes center stage in Hush. Their love is the pedestal on which every part of this movie flows. It’s the real reason Batsie’s alter-ego is ousted to Hush, and why there’s death and carnage all over Gotham.

If you ask me, Hush turned out to be a worthy adversary. The face behind the mummy cloth wasn’t one I was expecting, and I thought the reveal was impressive.

At the end, it was sad to not see Bats and Cats relationship work out. It was expected, but that didn’t make it any less sadder.

Batman: Hush follows the long time tradition fans are now better accustomed to, of the DCAU having better story quality than their DCEU counterpart.

Directed by: Justin Copeland

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Money Heist’ Parts 1 & 2 (2017-2018)

Thankfully, I managed to avoid watching the trailer for the third part of ‘Money Heist’ after its was released to avoid spoiling the first two parts for myself. I’m successfully caught up, and really grateful for that decision.

Money Heist‘ is exhilarating. Very few shows triumphantly achieve what this one does to your blood pressure. It is suspense personified.

Although there are few lapses in logic and choices certain characters make, like a police inspector falling in love with an odd guy while on a life-altering mission, it’s really nothing distracting, and can be chalked down to pacing for the purpose of dramatization.

I’ve never really been a fan of non-English based contents, but this show got me intrigued enough to consider other contents Spain and the rest of the world have to offer. The top-notch acting coupled with how interesting the major (and some minor) characters are makes the show quite addictive. If I were asked to pick my top three, it’d be – Berlin, Tokyo, and The Professor. I couldn’t get enough of their personal arcs and backstories; they were really fun to follow. The cinematography, set pieces, and props (particularly those heavy machineries) were beautiful sights to behold too.

The ending of the second part leaves a bit to be desired; the fairly happy ending came across as cliche, and if we’re being honest didn’t justify another season. From what I see in this trailer, for the next adventure we’re going from money heist to prison break, and that’s a clear sign that the show’s fulfilled destiny and should call it quits. Considering its recent popularity it’d be hard for #Netflix to cut it lose, but if they do I believe it’ll help preserve fond memories, which is certainly for the best.

PS: Arturito should be crowned the king of annoyance; man’s so annoying I wanted the heist-men to shoot him multiple times. Argh!

The third part of Money Heist arrives today on Netflix

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Five Feet Apart’ (2019)

Release Date: March 15

Starring: Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias, Kimberly Herbert Gregory, et al.

***

Will (Cole Sprouse) and Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) fall in love even though they’re hospitalized and battling cystic fibrosis (CF). Having CF requires they stay six feet apart at all time to avoid cross-infection. The title refers to the one foot they take back from life so they can be closer.

Will and Stella aren’t supposed to touch much less kiss (saliva exchange would be deadly), but that eventually happens when CPR is the only way to save Stella’s life.

This is one sad love story in a long line of heart-wretching entries. Like the many before it, Five Feet Apart also preys on the fizzy hearts of its audience as much as it depends on the ability of its heavyweights -Haley and Sprouse- to pull through, which they do.

Five Feet Apart is a romantic, inspiring tear-jerker, so much it kind of comes across as also romanticizing CF, which happens explicitly for the sake of drama. Every illness, especially one as severe as CF, deserves to be taken seriously. So, also should love. And realizing the movie’s partly based on a real life couple lends credence to the Rihanna song, we found love in a hopeless place.

Love, after all, is the greatest gift of life, and EVERYONE deserves a chance at it.

Directed by: Justin Baldoni

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘HellBoy’ (2019)

Release Date: April 12

Starring: David Harbor, Ian McShane, Daniel Kae Kim, Milla Jovovich, et al.

***

If you thought all David Harbour was good for was posing as Chief Hopper of Hawkins then think again. As the titular Hellboy in this reboot desperately in need of proving its existence, Harbour does more than excel, he actually gives Ron Perlman (Hellboy of the original movies) a run for his money.

In all the many ways David Harbour aids Hellboy, the movie in return doesn’t do much to justify its existence, and looks like something desperately in need of a reboot itself. The off tone, poor cinematography, and cheap CGI are the least of this movie’s worries, its main villain -Nimue- is. Played by veteran Milla Jovovich, yet Nimue looks like something much like an afterthought. Not even the sword in the throne subplot could save it.

How does this reboot compare to the original?

To put it mildly, it’s like comparing a 10-year-old’s ability to fully comprehend money maths with a middle-aged with responsibilities and expectations. It’s a disaster!

Directed by: Neil Marshall

Rinzy’s Ratings: 1.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’ (2019)

Release Date: May 17

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Asia Kate Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, et al.

***

In this age very few movies deliver on the promise of high octane action, blood, and gore like the John Wick movies. Just like its predecessors, John Wick 3: Parabellum, too, doesn’t disappoint.
At this point in the franchise, a John Wick entry can almost do no wrong. Keanu Reeves is living his best life yet, on screen; best to follow in silence to see where it’s all headed – the drama at the continental.

Keanu Reeves is John Wick, no doubt. He perfectly embodies the character, dare I say more than he did Neo in The Matrix. And with that major piece set, all others easily falls into place.

The John Wick movies have always had a distinctive visual style to accompany their insane action scenes. Parabellum ensures these factors are still well accentuate throughout the movie. So, whether its John shooting at multiple enemies or Halle Berry’s Sofia’s dogs biting off people’s genitalia at her command, every action scene is perfectly choreographed, and that ensures there’s no shortage of good time.

The subtitle Parabellum is obviously a nod to the insane amount of guns and gore the franchise delivers, yet I can’t help but feel Consequences would’ve been a better fit for this one since everyone seems to be paying for their past sins one way or the other.

The John Wick movies have mostly suffered from shortage of compelling villains, but that plot twist in the final act made up for all that; it should have damning consequences for the series moving forward. Also, the cliffhanger lays the groundwork for the next entry in the franchise, and how we expect John to make all his enemies pay.

If you ever were a fan of movies where one man goes through multiple foes seemingly unscathed to get to his destination, then you have no excuse not to see this movie (and the two before it). As at where we left things, Babayaga is pissed, and will return soon to rain more blood and gore.

Directed by: Charles Stahelski

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Point Blank’ (2019)

Release Date: July 12

Starring: Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Adam G. Simon, et al.

***

Two of the MCU’s finest headline this casual Netflix movie. They’re the best thing about it; but that doesn’t mean Point Blank‘s great.

If you were expecting a game-changing thriller from Point Blank, you’d be disappointed. But if what you craved going into this Netflix chill time was good, old, cliche pass time, then you made the right choice. Point Blank doesn’t offer anything new; its jokes don’t really stick and its plot twists can be seen coming a mile away. To be put it plainly, it’s just another addition to the popular buddy-cop formula, one where Frank Grillo’s Abe is the guy with the fist and temper, and Anthonio Mackie’s Paul provides the heart to see the movie through.

Imagine showing up to work one day only to be caught in the crossfire of conspiracies and having the rest of your life potentially fucked up? That’s what Paul contends with at few minutes into this action flick, but just before the end credits start to roll the movie jumps one year into the future and everything’s as bright and beautiful as they were ab initio.

The search for a drive with enough exposé to clean up the American justice system is the main conflict of Point Blank. We see this infamous drive pique the interest of an ostensibly deadly crime boss, and also drive Paul into engaging in one of life’s oldest rules – kill or be killed. But for Abe and his brother Mateo, it’s another episode inside life contending against bad cops and deadly gangsters like Big D.

If you’re into buddy cop movies Point Blank might get you excited, but expect to forget all about it as soon as you’re done watching.

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5