Extraction: Could This Netflix Thriller Be The New John Wick?

“No matter how badass you think you are, there is always a badass bigger than you.” Amir, the main antagonist of this Netflix rescue thriller, says to one of his numerous henchmen during an early scene. It’s almost as if he knew I’d be comparing this movie to the likes of John Wick, Jason Bourne and all the other memorable characters with terrific stunt work before he made that statement.

In case the thought crossed your mind, no, this isn’t me hinting at ‘Extraction’ being a masterpiece or having a protagonist whose name would go on to strike fear whenever called upon, that’s not it at all. My praises, however, are unreserved for it having one of the most impressive choreography, camera work shot angles, and stunt work I’ve seen in a while.

Oh my! What’s not to love about Chris Hemsworth punching and killing people?

Everything the movie’s cliche rescue storyline lacks in originality, its impressive action sequences make up for it. And I think for this movie, that’s enough to love it.

Netflix leaves the ending ambiguous, probably to test the waters, see how viewers react and decide if a sequel should happen sometime in the future.

Do you want a sequel to Extraction?

Westworld: These Violent Delights Abound

This is a review-recap for Westworld s03e06

“These violent delights have violent ends”

When these words were first composed by Shakespeare, he probably never thought they’d have a lasting effect on an expensive production that’ll come to expertly craft violence for TV because, truly, these violent delights do have many violent endings.

There’s so much killing in this week’s episode of Westworld, and the (possible) permanent death of an old character we had hopes was going to make the jump to the real world. Way to raise our hopes, Westworld. RIP, Hector.

Ed Harris’ Man in Black (or White now) might finally be ready to join in the real fun this season, but it’s Maeve and Charlotte Hale who really get hit the most in this intense episode. For Maeve, she’s lost the love of her life and like most people who suffers this kind of love, she’ll want revenge. This story arc has set the stage for what’s sure to be an epic rematch between her and Dolores, maybe we’ll finally get that bridge scene from the trailers because, you know, these violent delights… bla, bla, bla!

We finally get an explanation into why Dolore’s copy inside Charlotte Hale’s slack kept behaving more like the latter than like the Dolores we’ve come to know. I think it was smart of Dolores to program her copies to imitate the emotions of the people she’s posing as. Although, that also served as her undoing, it was also why it she could pass as Charlotte for weeks and no one suspected her, until Serac did.

I probably don’t say this enough, but Tessa Thompson is a very talented actress. I really dig her performance as the conniving Charlotte Hale. Unfortunately, this episode might be the last we see of her because of that blast. A part of me did see it coming, but we can’t be sure who’s responsible for it. It’ll be easy to just assume Serac, but what if he wasn’t the one?

What’s your take: who blew up black Dolores (aka Charlotte Hale)?

(A) Serac
(B) White Dolores
(C) Maeve

We’ll get more answers next week, but until then… these violent delights will always have violent ends.

Mortal Kombat Makes A Return To Film With Scorpion’s Revenge (2020). Was It Worth It? – A Revenge

Release Date: April 14

I fondly remember the Mortal kombat movies from the ’90s, the animated series and games on consoles, but I never realized how much I missed this property until I saw ‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge’.

The story is the same one we’ve heard a thousand times now – it’s a war between Outworld and Earthrealm. The earth runs the risk of being taken over by the Outworld-ians if it loses one more Mortal Kombat tournament to make 10. It’s up to Team Raiden -Sonya Blade, Lui Kang and Johnny Cage- to ensure that never happens. The twist, this time, though, is that what I just described is the subplot of this movie.

‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge’, as you might’ve guess now, is actually about Scorpion, his tragic backstory, and his quest for revenge. The tournament is just a side attraction he attends to satisfy Quan Chi’s cravings, who (SPOILER alert!) was the one that a actually killed his wife and child.

Quan chi fights Scorpion

I know we’ve seen this twist many times, but I thought it worked well for this one. And there’s enough gore and brutality to keep fans of the material highly entertained.

The movie is fast-paced, the run time is roughly 80 minutes and it covers a lot.

Popular characters (like Reptile and Sub-Zero) from the property’s history are killed in a jiffy. Some others (like Jax) have a new origin story woven for them. And some others (like Johnny Cage) suddenly know karate when Push comes to shove. One other thing I didn’t like was that it didn’t feature the classic Mortal Kombat tune (I feel like I’m missing something, so if you know what it is help me out here).

Liu Kang, Sonya and Johnny Cage

We get a glimpse of this movie’s self-awareness, a nod to present-day, real-life movement, when Sonya hits Johnny Cage in the nut (twice) warning him not to touch her without her permission, a mistake he doesn’t make the third time ’cause , you know, third times a chance and he could lose his balls for good.

Seen this movie?
What did you think about it?
Are you excited to see Shao Kahn in action, in a possible sequel?

HTGAWM: WTF Is Wrong With Nate?

This is a recap-review of How to Get Away With Murder s06e12

Fans of TV Murder, we’re getting closer to the end, yet ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ isn’t pulling any of its punches. Episode after episode, the show keeps throwing new twists and swings our way, hoping we remain constantly awed by its marvelous storytelling. But I think it teased one too many in this week’s episode and I’m not so sure I like it. I’ll leave the judgement till after next episode.

Sam and Hannah? I don’t think TV is ready for another Lannister plot so soon, especially not one that feels like an afterthought.

My Hate for Nate Continues to Fester.

Can we all agree there’s no worthy redemption in sight for that guy? Even when presented with all the facts he still chooses to act on his emotions like a cry-man-baby and undermine Annalise every chance he gets.

Killing Xavier Castillo was a dumb move. Nate doesn’t know it yet, but his action may have just helped nudge the Governor one step forward to getting away with everything. He helped her take care of a big loose end, and I’m sure she’d thank him if she could. How could he not see that?!

Talking about loose ends. What do you think will happen to Agent Pollock now that the whole gang knows she killed Asher? Who’s more inclined to send her on a trip to meet her maker? I think she’ll survive the show, though.

I wish I could talk about Annalise’s survival with the same kind of certainty. Although the court had the death penalty thrown off her case, thanks to the badass combo she and Teagan make, we know there’s still a coffin hanging around somewhere in her (near) future. So, unless something miraculous happens soon to support the theory of that funeral scene being a ruse, I’d say AK hasn’t really changed the future.

Me: She’s still headed for 6-feet
My conscience:Ain’t we all?

Enough about Annalise. I want to gloat over the two characters that may not have any future left after the FBI is done with them. You guessed it, Michaela and Connor. In order to support her case challenging the death penalty, AK had to provide evidence. Shockingly, but exhilarating to watch, she choose to give up these two instead of Gabriel. And I liked it. It’s about time AK starts teaching them what it really means to bite the hands that fed you.

What did you like most about this episode? Do you think Annalise giving Michaela and Connor up was uncalled for? What is the Governor’s beef with AK? Share your thoughts in the comment box.

PS: I’d almost completely forgotten about Robert. Good thing his return in this episode was just to further Annalise and Teagan romance plot. He can go now and never return, no one would miss him.

Money Heist: 9 Things Bugging Me About Season Four – Not A review.

Netflix’s very popular telenovela makes a return for its fourth season. The show has come really far, and it seems just like yesterday when the rave first started. The badass Spanish heist everyone couldn’t stop talking about.

These days, Money Heist is mostly a shadow of its former glory. It keeps going in circles and repeating itself with slightly cooler tricks just to justify its continued existence. Think Raquel/Lisbon’s rescue paralleling Tokyo’s, and Alicia uncovering The Professor’s hideout just like Lisbon did when she was still a police inspector.

The show is excruciating to follow now, but I can’t stop. It hurts me to admit it, but I think I’m addicted.

So, instead of whining about all the things I didn’t like, but can’t change about this new season (4), I’ll instead talk about the questions I’ve still got ringing in my head, two weeks after its premiere on Netflix.

1) The best thing about this (4th) season is easily Gandia, The Head of Security at the Bank of Spain. He’s deadly, so why would the gang still keep him even after killing Nairobi? There’s almost nothing as dangerous as having him in the same space as the rest of the crew.

2) Talking about dangerous people. What is Palermo’s deal? I still don’t fully understand why The Professor would bring someone as unstable as him to this kind of delicate mission. But then, he brought Berlin and Tokyo (and even Denver), so I guess him agreeing him bringing Pallermo along isn’t so farfetched.
His actions led to Nairobi’s death. I don’t think that should be forgotten or forgiven.

3) Can this show please kill Arturo?

That. Man. Is. Annoying! And disgusting, too!

4) When it was shown that The Professor was behind the helicopter stunt, I legit thought the show was about to pull a crappy escape stunt on us. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but it left wondering… How will these guys escape with all that gold?

5) Money Heist has shown it isnt afraid to kill off its characters but why did it have to be Nairobi? For convenience, because she was already shot and the most likely to die from Gandia’s assault?

Nairobi was one of (if not the only) smartest characters on the show, after the professor, and now she’s gone. Who’d be able to lead the team efficiently now? Tokyo? Stockholm? Or, maybe that’s why Lisbon was brought in? Oh!

6) Why did The Professor have Lisbon brought into the bank? Could it be because it’s the safest place for the gang in the whole of Madrid (Spain), or that was a bad move on his part?

7) Since Arturo deserves to die, who deserves to kill him? Stockholm, Denver, Amanda, or the Governor of the Bank of Spain?

8) Does Nairobi’s death mean we’ll be seeing her backstory, just like Berlin? I think I’d like that.

9) When will Alicia give birth? I can almost swear that he tummy is a ripe as it can be, pushed to its very limit. But this fiesty Inspector/negotiator isn’t letting that slow her down. Last we saw her, she had a gun pointed at our dear professor. What if he labor starts in the middle of that confrontation? Is The Professor ready to become a daddy midwife? 😂

Westworld: There’s More To Be Worried About Than Dolores

This is a review-recap for Westworld s03e05

Liam: (to Dolores) You can’t be in two places at once.

We the viewers: 🤣🤣🤣

The big question we’ve been asking all season is, what’s Dolores BIG plan for humanity. But, after this week’s episode (5), I believe we’ve been asking the wrong question.

Are those sparks I see?

Looks like the show is actually on its way to making Dolores and Caleb an item. The only thing we’re not sure of is if those starry eyes and drool will continue after the drug in his system wears off.

(If you want CalDo/DoCal to be a thing, tell me in the comment below 👇)

When Westworld first came on the scene four years ago, it’s selling point was how complicated its plot was and the intense satisfaction its story climax gave. This third season has done quite the opposite. The plot is simple. Straightforward. IT FEELS LIKE A DIFFERENT SHOW (a story for another day). Dolores wants to take down humanity but, to do that, she first needs to take down Rehoboam owned by the enigmatic Serac.

But Serac isn’t so enigmatic now. Thanks to Dolores and her band of merry human friends (and copies) she’s brought down Rehoboam and has started learning ways to defeat Serac.

But Serac is not to be trifled with. Maeve will rise again, and a rematch between her (on Serac’s behalf) and Dolores is inevitable.

More questions for the show to answer before the season is over:

What did Liam Dempsey mean when he said Caleb doesn’t know who he is and that he’sthe “worst of them”?

What is Arnold’s role in Dolores’ plan?

And, what really is Dolores’ plan?

More questions, five episodes to go, Westworld, we need answers!

PS: Who caught those characters wearing face masks in the background?


Can Westworld see the future for real?

Does Rehoboam really exist? 😨

My head is blowing up here. 😱

HTGAWM: We Now Know Asher’s Killer – Was It Who You Expected?

This is a review-recap for How to Get Away With Murder s06e11

I knew those kids turned on Annalise for nothing. See how they’ve played themselves. Haq-haq-haq!!! 😂

‘How to Get Away with Murder’ continues to thrill with its twists and unexpected turns. Few episodes to go before the series finale and we already know who killed Asher. Shocking? I thought so too.

Some might call the reveal of Asher’s killer as cheap writing, but I think the show needed to quickly get that off their plate for more intriguing revelations, like whether Annalise survives the show or not, and if Wes is truly still alive.

What better way to depict desperation to achieve one’s goal and the thin line between good and evil than having indicting the FBI as Asher’s killer(just like I rightly guessed last week). The situation surrounding Asher’s death was perfect catalyst for them to get Michaela and Connor to turn on Annalise, and now it’s game on for them.

In the coming episodes it’ll become clearer:

  • If Agent Pollack, who actually clubbed Asher to death, works for both the FBI and Xavier Castillo. Which of the parties gave the order to off Asher? And,
  • How deep in bed is Solomon with the FBI?

This episode really needed to happen. Annalise needed someone to propel her to fight tooth and nail to save herself from her many enemies, old (the Governor, the Castillos and the FBI) new (Laurel, Connor, Oliver and Nate), and whoever may still be lurking in the shadows. Thanks to her mom, Ophelia, we get an Annalise that’s ready to burn both bridges and people, metaphorically speaking, to clear her name.

Now it’s Annalise, Bonnie, Frank and Teagan vs The rest of the world.

It felt good to see Bonnie and Frank choose to stick with Annalise.

This is the content I signed up for. 😎

Here’s another prediction. Nate broke Annalise mother’s heart by allegedly turning in those files to the FBI, I feel like she won’t let that slide just easy. Let’s just say another house fire might happen. Only time will tell, though.

How to Get Away With Murder returns next Thursday!

Westworld: Dolores Vs Maeve

This is a review-recap of Westworld s03e04

In this week’s episode of Westworld there’s so much callback to Shogun world that your head could literally explode watching it.

Nah! I’m kidding. There were only two by my count. 😂

But here’s something that should make your mind explode. For the past 3 + episodes, we’ve been watching one character prance about in multiple skin suits, doing many, many bad things. Can you imagine? What a reveal! Westworld’s showrunners, Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, might as well subtitle this season ‘The Revenge of Dolores Abernathy’ because she’s almost running the show singlehandingly.

I had high hope for a Dolores vs Maeve standoff, I thought it was something the show was going to gradually build up to. Alas, said hope got deflated like a balloon in this episode. My consolation, though, is that I know for a fact (judging by a scene from the trailers) that there’ll be a rematch. I think this is the show’s way of making Maeve walk the long road of defeat before making her triumph, just like most protagonists do.

Tessa Thompson in Westworld

Westworld continues to be visually stunning. I take great pride in that. Last season’s finale set the show up for new adventures and this season’s premiere saw the show change vastly in terms of locations and characters. And, while the story builds up to something massive as the episode counts pile up, the cinematography leaves very little to be desired, which is awesome.

Any day you see me cry out (post Covid-19) for a visit to Singapore, you best know who’s responsible.

PS: Tessa Thompson is a terrific actress. And so is Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Woods, and the host of others.

‘Vivarium’ Is An Episode Of ‘The Twilight Zone’ Stretched Into A Feature Film – A Review

Release Date: March, 2020

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Pott, Jonathan Aris, et al.

The premise is cool, intriguing even, but as soon as things get started it isn’t really sure what to do with itself.

Imogen Pott and Jesse Eisenberg are fun to watch as the stuck in a crazy loop couple (Gemma & Tom) forced to raise a psycho child_ alien freak or whatever it is that boy tossed upon them really is.

The major problem I had with this movie is how all its build-up lead to nothing and how we don’t even get crucial answers to certain important questions, like why Yonder (the weird estate) functions the way it does.

At the end of the movie, you’re left with one deep hole and a pool of unsatisfaction whirling up in it. What a waste!

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

Directed By: Lorcan Finnegan