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The Banker: Another Movie Highlighting The Racism In America’s Past – A Review

Release: Apple TV

Starring:Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, Nicholas Hoult, et al.

Whenever I’m done watching a movie about racial injustice in America, I’m a little more broken than before I started.

‘The Banker’ tells the story of two black entrepreneurs and how their actions helped change the rigged game that favoured whites over their kind. How? By circumventing the law and exploiting loopholes to help negroes in their community access loans for their business.

It is a cool story to watch unfold. It’s also based on a true-life story. This means that, sometime in history, two black men actually outsmarted a bunch of naively racist white folks and owned not one, but two banks.

In some ways, this is a rags-to-riches story, and in some others, it’s a story about financial decline and having your whole world implode in your face, but I liked how it didn’t dwell on the latter.

Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nia Long, and Nicholas Hoult all do good jobs carrying this story. Mackie’s role as Bernard Garrett doesn’t really challenge his range, but it doesn’t diminish it either. It’s a good entry in his rapidly growing list of leading man role.

Directed by: George Nolfi

Rinzy’ Rating: 3/5

Altered Carbon’s Second Season Feels Like A New Show Existing In An Old One – Review

I’m not sure if the title of this article makes sense, but that’s exactly how I felt after binging all eight (8) episodes of the long-awaited sequel.

After the climatic events of the first season, it’s taken Taekeshi Kovacs (now played by the more-handsome-a-little-less-brooding Anthony Mackie) 30 years before he’s faced with a worthy new another adventure.

It’s not like time really matters in Tak’s world, a generation that has found a way to defy death, the concept of time is very much different than it is in today’s real world.

The first season of Altered Carbon will probably go down in history as one of the best cyberpunk storytelling of all time. And while this new season does its best to live up to that high standard, it marginally fails to.

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Altered Carbon had a rocky trip to a second season, at a point we weren’t sure it was ever going to happen (which puts a third season up for more serious contention, all things considered).

One of the blows, when it finally got greenlit, was that Joel Kinnaman wasn’t going to be returning as Taekeshi Kovacs. Although that news felt like a knife through my heart, storywise it made sense. Taekeshi was simply going to jump into another meat sac same way he did into Kinnaman’s. The problem was, Kinnaman had come to make the character his own in ways even the original Tak couldn’t.

This isn’t me taking a swipe at the man who’s played Falcon for six years and is about to take up the mantle of Captain America, no. On the contrary, I think Mackie is very talented, but his Taekeshi Kovacs felt very different from the one we all fell in love with last season.

IN FACT, THE ENTIRE SHOW FELT DIFFERENT.

Different isn’t a bad thing, I like different. I like the story this season sort to tell – about family, love and honor – I liked the new characters -Trepp, Denica Harlan, et al.- I liked the old ones, too, given new depths -Poe, QuellChrist Falcona. But overall, I loved the first season more, by a margin.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

If you’ve seen both seasons, tell me which one you prefer.

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