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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

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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.

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

Rinzy Reviews ‘Little’ (2019)

Release Date: April 12

Starring: Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, Luke James, Tone Bell

***

Imagine you go to bed one night only to wake up little the next morning? Not a pretty thought, I suppose; but that’s exactly what Jordan Sanders goes through. At its core, Little is a movie about reconciliation and forgiveness, two strong themes we see recur throughout its runtime. Little’s titular lead actresses –Marsai Martin and Reginal Hall– bring their A-game, making Jordan a very convincing character going through magical changes in two bodies.

Honestly, the only thing more beautiful than watching Regina Hall move about in expensive suits and cars is watching Marsai Martin walk in her shoes. Fans of ‘Grown.ish’ are already used to seeing the youngster do wonders on the small screen, Little pushes her a step forward towards a global audience, which was always bound to happen at some point in her career – better now than later.

For most people, high school was the worst period of their lives, and would give anything to selectively turn back the hands of time without having to return there. For Jordan, this option’s off the table when a girl calls her out on a meanness and curses her with literally walking in her 13-year-old self’s shoe all over again, so she’d reminded of what it’s like to feel small and powerless. Ever-loyal Personal Assistant April (Issa Rae) wouldn’t risk going to prison on her behalf and sends her back to school, where she’s forced to hang out with a bunch of fellow losers, and grow into a better person.

Issa Rae puts up a good performance, not far from what she’s come to be known for. Her role as April is distinct from Issa of ‘Insecure’, but they do share some of the quirky features known to stem from the real-life Issa. I think she really needs to diversify by taking-up roles across various genres to expand her acting range.

Tone Bell, Lakeith, and the rest of the supporting cast all do a good job. Justin Hartley even features, and I couldn’t be more excited. His teacher-student scenes with Martin are hilarious, and rank high among my favorite in the movie.

If ever you wanted a movie to inspire team spirit in your work place Little‘s a good enough recommendation because, in the end Jordan learns her lesson, the real-world picks up some morals, and we all lived happily ever after.

Directed by: Tina Gordon

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Shaft’ (2019)

Release Date: June 14

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Regina Hall, Alexander Shipp, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, et al.

**

John Shaft Jr. III (aka JJ) is on a mission to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s death. To succeed, he enlists the help of the best detective her knows, John Shaft Sr. (L. Jackson).

It’s a family business, always has been. Since the first Shaft (2000), the entire franchise has been riding on this principle, and this sequel/soft reboot follows through on delivering plenty awkward father-son bonding sessions, which are sure to erupt laughter here and there even from the most stoic viewer.

Samuel L. Jackson is arguably the biggest name attached to this movie (no offense Regina), probably why Netflix didn’t think twice once the opportunity to coup this under its banner presented itself. Though not his best work, he and Jessie Usher make an amazing pair enough to mildly forgive the familiarity of his rampant use of modafucker. Shaft is flushed with occasionally slouchy dialogues and jumpy pacing; luckily, they’re never prominent enough to distract you from the main adventure.

Shaft doesn’t have the best story out there, it doesn’t really try to be different from most other entry into black entertainment, but I thought it was entertaining. And having to watch three generation of Shafts fight crime was the best part for me. Thank you Richard Roundtree for been as prolific as mainstream L. Jackson.

The greatest offense of this movie is its underutilization of Regina Hall. I mean, who does that?

Favorite Quote

1. “He thinks he’s black James Bond.”

“If that modafucker was real, he’d think he was me.”

2. “It’s your duty to please that booty.”

3. “Lady syphilis, madam chlamydia.”

Directed by: Tim Story

Rinzy’s Review: 3/5