“Guardians of the
Chris Pratt delivers an amazing performance as anti-hero Peter Quill in this outer space adventure centered in the Marvel Universe. The film is centered on Quill and his companions, Gamora (Zoe Saldina), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista). The group is tasked with saving the universe from other, more dastardly aliens. Guardians fires on all cylinders, as it is full of action but funny when it needs to be. This film has garnered a 97 percent recommendation on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of the few movies I thought was truly worth the price of admission. Chris Pratt is dynamite and the supporting cast does not disappoint. This is arguably the best Marvel movie ever.
The best part about this movie is the special effects. Other than that, you will not find this movie worth anything more than a quick glance while channel surfing. The acting is subpar, the story is not overly compelling and there are many plot holes. It is like watching tie-dye paint dry; it looks kind of cool, but it gets boring after a while. After viewing this film, I felt unhappy, unsatisfied and upset. Perhaps the biggest bright spot of the motion picture is the inclusion of decorated “Breaking Bad” actor Brian Cranston. This film is not worth the money unless you have a thing for Japanese monster movies.
The plot of “Lucy” revolves around a 25-year-old girl, played by Scarlett Johansson getting tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend. After being captured, Lucy is injected with a rare drug that allows her access to all of her brain power. With her new powers, Lucy turns into a ruthless warrior while trying to get even with her captors. It is a good movie through and through, but it is not great. However, the unique, albeit rather absurd, plot line seems like a breath of fresh air compared to other repetitive and predictable movies. Johansson is good, per usual, and the addition of Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman is great. I would say it is worth consideration.
“Edge of Tomorrow”
“Edge of Tomorrow” takes a war movie and adds a unique twist that makes this movie great. After aliens attack earth, it seems like no military force can contend with the space creatures. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) gets placed into battle and dies instantly. Instead of being sent to the afterlife, he is thrown into a time loop that allows him to relive the combat again and again. Although awful at first, Cage gets stronger with each death. The concept of this movie is perplexing and perhaps a bit too far-fetched at first. However, Cruise does an amazing job, as usual. Much like the aforementioned “Guardians,” the film is full of action, but it knows when to be funny. It is not for everyone, but if you enjoy sci-fi action movies and you like Cruise, then this movie is surely worth seeing.
By Ryan Disdier
Arts & Life Correspondent