June 2016 Entries - Falcon's Blog

A Good Day to Die Hard

Greetings, Die Hard: A Good Day to Die Hard is the fifth instalment in the Die Hard series and was directed by John Moore. It should be noted that Moore has not previously had a role in the other four movies. A Good Day to Die Hard was released to cinemas back in 2013 which means that 25 years had passed since the original film was launched in 1988 and the fifth film’s unveiling. Among the main actors are Bruce Willis as he returns to his iconic role as John McClane and Jai Courtney as Jack McClane, son of the protagonist. Other performers include Sebastian Koch as a Russian political prisoner called Yuri Komarov and Yuliya Snigir as Yuri’s daughter Irina. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, best known for her roles in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, briefly reprises her role from Die Hard 4.0 as Lucy McClane.

The film starts in Moscow with Yuri Komarov, a whistleblower on the Russian government, is going to stand in a rigged trial. The trial was set up by corrupt Russian official, Viktor Chagarin, as he believes that Yuri has incriminating evidence on him hidden in a secret file. Viktor is unaware of the location. Jack McClane, a CIA operative, has also been arrested after a failed assassination attempt and tries to get a shorter prison sentence by making a deal to testify against Komarov. In America, it is revealed that John McClane has a difficult relationship with his son and has not been in contact with Jack for several years. John learns that his son in is trapped in a troubling situation and he decides to travel to Russia to fix the problem.

A Good Day to Die Hard

Once McClane arrives in the country, he makes his way to the courthouse were Yuri is on trial and Jack is also being held. An explosion rocks the courthouse as part of an attack by an enforcer known as Alik shortly after John arrives at the scene. During the assault, Jack manages to free Komarov and escape the building at which point John is briskly reunited with his son. The three have to quickly escape Alik’s forces as they flee to Jack’s hideout. It is then revealed that Jack had been working undercover for the CIA to free Yuri and use the criminal evidence to bring down Chagarin. Komarov had agreed to the deal if he and his daughter Irina were given safe passage out of Russia in exchange for the document. John McClane is reluctantly pulled into the plan and placed into a dangerous situation once again.

Due to the success of the original trilogy and the first film in particular, A Good Day to Die Hard had a great reputation to live up to. It wasn’t able to do this in my opinion and the series continues to decline in quality. While some of this is to do with Jai’s somewhat wooden performance, the main problem in my opinion is that no villain in the series has been able to surpass or be on par with the character of Hans Gruber. The late Alan Rickman brought charisma to the character and all other foes seem to be a poor substitute for McClane to fight against. Overall, it is an okay but generic action film to watch which can stand on its own without the audience to needing to know about John’s previous escapades. There are also plans for a sixth film that will be a prequel set in 1979 when John McClane is still a young cop. I don’t place too much hope on Die Hard: Year One being able to recapture the feel of the first film but believe that it will be better than the last two instalments.



Special Effects=7/10


Quote of the Day

Most test subjects do experience some, uh, cognitive deterioration after a few months in suspension. Now, you've been under for … quite a bit longer, and it's not out of the question that you might have a very minor case of serious brain damage. But don't be alarmed, all right? Although, if you do feel alarm, try to hold onto that feeling, because that is the proper reaction to being told you have brain damage.


Portal 2

Written by Falcon, Thursday 30 June 2016

Brotherhood of the Wolf

Greetings, Brotherhood of the Wolf is a French film that was released in 2001 and was directed by Christophe Gans. Most of the stars would be relatively unknown to English speaking audiences due to the cast consisting of French or central European actors and actresses. The most recognisable celebrity would be Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci who plays the character of Sylvia, a courtesan from Italy working in a local French brothel. Bellucci would best be known for her role as Persephone in the Matrix franchise as well as playing Lucia Sciarra in Spectre. Her involvement in the latest 007 film made her the oldest Bond girl in the history of the series. Other performers in Brotherhood of the Wolf include Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Vincent Cassel and Emilie Dequenne. While the film is fictional it was inspired by events that occurred in the former province of Gevaudan. It is based on a mythical beast that was born from the local French population’s hysteria during 1764 and 1767 due to a series of violent deaths in the region. In reality, the savage attacks were likely to be an increase in wolf attacks on vulnerable humans.

The story begins in Gevaudan in 1764 where the protagonist, a man called Gregoire de Fronsac, has been sent by French monarch Louis XV to capture or kill the beast that has been terrorizing the local population. Gregoire is joined in the hunt by his friend named Mani, a Native American who is skilled at combat and hunting. Fronsac, a knight and royal naturalist for the king, is sceptical about the existence of the creature. His scepticism is fuelled when he talks to survivors and finds out that the monster would be bigger than any wolf he had ever come across. A large scale hunting force is formed to cull local wolves in the process of finding and killing the beast. Fronsac and Mani were a part of the aforementioned unit. They were also accompanied by Jean-Francois de Morangias, the son of a local count and a hunter who had put his skills to use in Africa until his arm was devoured by a lion.

Brotherhood of the Wolf

The cull appears to have been a failure as other victims of the predator are discovered after the hunt had been called to a halt. Gregoire’s doubts increase about the creature’s existence when he finds another victim of the supposed supernatural predator and discovers that one of the beast’s fangs is made of iron. At this point Fronsac theorizes that there are more rational explanations than a paranormal creature roaming the land and comes closer to understanding the nature of the beast. Additionally, the failure to capture the animal has caused a book named L’Edifiante or the Edifying in English to start making its way around France. The books claim that God had sent the beast to torment the French population as Louis XV had been embracing science over Christianity.

The film is an enjoyable mix of genres with a colourful and unique style even if the characterization wasn’t of the highest quality. The music was composed by Joseph LoDuca, who is perhaps best known for his work in the Evil Dead series. While Brotherhood of the Wolf does has its flaws, it is a movie that I would call an entertaining watch. In other news, my latest entry and sequel to Cogworld has now been published on Write Wise. I hope you like reading Cogworld: Tales of Peter Jepson as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Special Effects=7/10


Quote of the Day

Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie "The Empire Strikes Back"?


Captain America: Civil War

Written by Falcon, Tuesday 14 June 2016