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Rinzy Reviews: Logan

Release date: March 10, 2017

Production Studio: Fox

Budget: $97m

Box Office: $606.6m

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Peter Stewart, Dafne Keen, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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After 17 years, Hugh Jackman takes bow. And his swansong was worth it.

When the Xmen universe started in 2000, it was the redefinition that the comic book movies needed at that time. The franchise is very much relevant till this moment, with about 9 movies released, a TV show already aired and about 2 in the works, the Xmen don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Logan is set in the year 2029. The titular character, Logan, now goes by his birth name, James Howlett. A lot has changed, and the world seems like it’s living in the days of its former glories. Logan lives with an aged Professor Charles Xavier – appropriately referred to as the world’s most wanted nonagenarian. Charles’ powers are very much unstable now as a result of age. He lives on sedatives that numb the use of his powers; should they wear off the effect is a destablizing mind shattering feel, same thing that’s implied killed the other mutants.

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The storyline borders the fact that Logan (now a Chauffeur) discovers he has a daughter, Laura. She’s the product of a lab experimentation by an organization headed by a man called Xander Rice. Logan meets Laura through a woman who used to work at the lab. She took Laura with her when the Rice ordered the extermination of the young mutants.

The relationship between father and daughter is very much strained. Even though Logan is now an old version of the stubborn man he used to be, he sees a lot of his young self in Laura, a fact well pointed out by Charles. Logan shoes a lot of animosity towards Laura – a fact I believe is of two reasons:

  • because he felt threatened at the possiblity Laura was a better version of himself.
  • Or, the more tangible reason – he wasn’t ready for the responsiblity of being a father, and now he was one out of the blues.

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How did it go from here?

The producers of the movie did so well keeping the biggest part of the movie a secret until its release. The main villain of the movie was Logan. Or at least, a version of himself called, X-24.

The same experimentation that birth Laura was also modified to birth a younger, more brutal and effective version of Logan. At the point the movie began, most of the mutants of the world had been killed (as I said earlier), Logan is nothing but a wasted version of his old self. He isn’t healing as fast as he used to, his strength his failing him and it’s all because of the metal that made him special – the adamantium grafted on his skeleton is poisoning his blood.

X-24 has all the strength of the Logan we remember; he also uses less words, and is exceptionally brutal. I must say here that the R-rating of the story made him this movie better to watch.

The scene X-24 was revealed to us also doubles as the scene Professor Charles was killed. That heartbreaking scene, I had to rewatch again and again. Worse was when the camera tilted upwards and revealed the face of his killer as Logan. Scratch that, it revealed the face of his killer as a younger version of Logan; and I was like mehn!

That scene soon led to the first epic battle between Logan and X-24. This movies show how far Logan and Charles have come; the love between this two can be equated to the kind between a father and son – just as they claimed to be to that unfortunate family that died because of them.

Charles’ death was a big blow to Logan, and led to other scenes that culminated with Logan’s death. X-24 also died.

Logan’s death was inevitable, but I can’t help but feel Laura wasn’t given the best plain of existence as at the end of the movie. In fact, all those other kids weren’t left at a good place. With no notable mutant alive (to our knowledge) to provide them shelter, love, protection, I can’t help but wonder how life will be for them.

Rinzy Reviews: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S02

It’s the end of what has been a wonderful season – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been one of the most entertaining shows on air this season, and it didn’t disappoint with its season finale.

When the sophomore season of LoT premiered late 2016, many felt it was a waste of time mainly because of how messed up and all over the place its first season was. The only reason I continued with it was because of how awesome The Flash was: that was the reason I was willing to give it another shot, and I’m glad I did.

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The Legends in season two.

The Legends witnessed a lot of changes to effectively push the story forward. Rip had to vacate the position of captain, and Sarah became Captain Sarah; boy, did she make a good captain.

The villainous focus of the season was a band of men that made LoT’s mother shows awesome during their time there. We had the Legion of Doom – Malcom Merlyn, Damien Dahrk, and Eobard Thawne. All three men wanted something in common: to rewrite history; something only possible with the use of The Spear of Destiny. As expected, this mystery drags throughout the season, coming to a near halt towards the penultimate episode.

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The Legion of Doom.

When the penultimate episode of the season began, all hope happened to be lost because the Legion of Doom had successfully rewritten history. Along the line, most of The Legends regain their memories and someone had the (brilliant but not so brilliant) idea of breaking the number one rule of time travel just to save themselves (The Legends); to redeem reality at least back to what we know it, the Legends have to revisit a time period they already have, damning the consequences (which turned out damning at the end).

There were a lot of things I loved about this season’s finale; in fact, there were  lots of things I loved about the season. The Legends have turned out to be very entertaining to watch. Over their two years on air, things have been very intriguing.

After defeating the Legion of Doom, the Legends are faced with the new reality that their actions had borne – the whole of present day flooded with dinosaurs.

The cliffhanger of showing the repercussion of breaking time-travel’s number one rule as the infestation of dinosaurs in modern day is more than enough to keep we the viewers continuously anticipating the next season.

How will The Legends set things right? How will their actions affect the entire Arrowverse? These and many more are questions I can’t wait to see answered.

Prison Break returns with a BANG!

OK! I took my time before finally watching the premiere episode of Prison Break S05, but I must say – this show has been missed.

Rarely do we have a series continue after seven years hiatus; Prison Break defied those odds, and had Michael Scofield returned to us in all his glory. Thank you, Wentworth Millar.

The first minute and half reminds us of all that’s happened in past season (though mostly footage from season one) and wastes no time bringing us up to speed with the lives of our beloved characters.

In present day a lot has been happening:

Lincoln Burrows isn’t yet living a quiet life. He still goes about owing people money: the same kind of lifestyle that got him into the mess of season one.

Sara is married to someone else, and is living a quiet life with the son she had with Michael.

Other old characters make a return:

C-Note is now a religious man, working at a mosque and doing good things, though he still got the thug life in him. Sucre also makes a return. He wants to help out but Lincoln doesn’t allow him.

T-bag, just out of prison, discovers a parcel that indicates Michael’s alive. He visits and hands it over to Lincoln, who wastes no time in doing same to Sara. Sara plays the strong woman – the one who’s had seven years to difficultly move on from a perfect love.

Lincoln discovers a hidden message embedded in the parcel and discovers the where Michael is if truly he’s alive – Ogygia Prison in Yemen. Because of this, he digs open Michael’s grave and confirms he’s still alive: A dummy was buried in his stead.

The producers waste no time teasing us with the existence of a mysterious power player: One who sent T-bag the parcel and also arranged for a doctor to repair his damaged hand with prosthetic.

Someone (probably the mysterious player) is out to wipe off the squad. Lincoln was attacked: his car hacked into driving full speed till it crashed into a lake. Sarah was also attacked in her home, her new husband shot in the right leg. Two Agents (a man and a woman) mirror the duo agents of season one; they obviously would be working for a powerful player(s), which time will unveil.

Lincoln does a good job heading this premiere – putting the roles in reverse as at when the series first begun in 2006, when Michael was the one trying to get Lincoln out.

By the time Michael is finally revealed at the last few minutes of the episode, it’s obvious someone is trying to make him pay for someone else’s crime. In place of his pictorial credential someone else has his name, and he has someone else’s. Michael doesn’t even make it easier for Lincoln (and even we the viewers) to deal, by refuting the name Michael and ever knowing either Lincoln or C-Note, and requesting to be returned to his cell.

Rash decisions are made, laws broken, and the plot moves forward – just the kind of thing we love about prison break. The series does a good job returning to our screen, establishing a lot of new yet familiar stories to make us clamor and impatiently wait for the next episode.

Prison break airs Mondays on Fox.

TV Review: The Flash S03E16

Barry Allen battles the Black Flash!

OK! Ever since the idea Black Flash was introduced in the season two finale of The Flash, comic book lovers have been on a frenzy, and when he appeared on Legends of Tomorrow necks snapped with excitement.

Barry predictably goes into the Speed-force to save Wally West. If there’s one thing I’ve hated about The CW’s depiction of The Flash is his predictability, his self-righteous character, his nagging hypocritical attributes… and his action to go into the speed-force follows in the limelight of that predictability.

Jesse Quickls takes it upon herself to steal the piece of Savitar’s body metal with the belief she’s going to defeat Savitar. Presently, Savitar has been depeocted as an all-knowing powerful being; almost always one step ahead of the team. My concern here is that he’s taken an interest in Jesse and time will tell how he intends to enact his plans for her. I’m guessing her running away to Earth-3 would find a way to work into Savitar’s plans for her.

In the speed-force, Barry has to battle versions of the force with faces of familiar characters, Eddy Thawne, Ronnie, and Leonard Smart. This time, the force isn’t pleased with barry and has vowed to make his visit unpleasant unless he leaves. The force presented a Time-Wraith and The Black Flash to force Barry to leave. I know it may seem inconsequential now, but this plot his to come full circle; the next time Barry will need to have a direct dealing with the force I am certain it wouldn’t go so nice.

Team Flash did have some major wins in this episode – Jesse’s action going after Savitar proved that he can be hurt, and if he bleeds means he can be defeated. Also, Barry comes to realise he can’t keep changing the future and that the only way to defeat Savitar and save Iris’ life was for his to embrace the future as it comes and give himself space from Iris.

Things are about to get more interesting!

Overall, this was a decent episode, one that furthered all available storylines.

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.

How do we start?

Over the course of this holiday I’ve got a lot of movies on my laptop waiting for me to devour. Fresh ones, old ones I’ll like to re-watch, and old ones I haven’t watched before, all begging for my attention, and hoping I pick them first.

I’ve triumphed in watching a few already: Slum dog millionaire (HW, 2008), The Conjuring 2 (HW, 2016), The Visit (NW, 2015), and Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen (HW, 2009). I accomplished these feats all on Christmas day, that is to tell you how bored I am here.

Before the advent of the holidays I tried so hard to watch a lot of the miniseries I have been hoarding: Westworld s1, Stranger Things s1, American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson, Orphan Black s4, Narcos s1&2, Marvel’s Luke Cage s1, and a host of others I can’t seem to easily recall.

The sermon here is that I’ll start my reviews from the list of films I’ve recently watched, and as time goes on, even as the fall break of most series comes to an end, I’ll have a specific schedule for my programming. I promise to find an easy way to segment my posts so that movies and TV series posts don’t cluster.

I believe we’ll have a nice time here, as I’ll try as much as possible to breakdown the stories/plots using easily understandable languages.

Lest I forget, I’m a big fan of story telling; watching too many movies has caused my eyes and mind to be unholy to the point that they itch to create their own. So, I think i may be posting one stories I have come up with, with the hope that you find my story-lines captivating, and worthy to tune I’m regularly to continue reading.

My name is Rinzy Talius Dike, and I welcome you to Rinzy Reviews.

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NW: Hollywood
HW: Hollywood

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It’s been a few years since I became engrossed in the art of film-watching, a few years for story-writing, and approximately a year since I nursed the idea of  having a platform where I communicate my many theories and film ideas to a public as enthusiastic as I am about films (Movies and TV series). Here we are, Rinzy Reviews: A dream come true.

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