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Upgrade & Tag - Double Header Review

In this week's edition of the Double-Header Review, we're reviewing two movies which are not a gigantic success, but, they're on my watchlist for a long time, and I had the chance to check them out in the past ten days cause it's very much significant to relax and watch these under-the-radar movies once in a while.

Upgrade made 12.5 million worldwide with a production budget of 3-5 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%. Tag made 77.3 million worldwide from its 28 million dollar production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 55%.

"Upgrade" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade is one of those movies where a majority of fans cheered for it online when it initially released to the public, but it didn't go on to become a surprise hit, unlike every other Blumhouse film. Starring Logan Marshall-Green in the lead role, the story takes place in a futuristic world where Grey, a vintage car mechanic finds himself paralysed in a hopeless situation and receives indecisive help from his friend, who promises to make him ordinary by injecting an experimental A.I stem into his body.

Like I tweeted on the day I saw this film, I'm very much confident that this movie will remain as the Best Action Movie of the Year by the end of 2018 cause the action scenes in Upgrade were one of the most stylishly shot and remarkably choreographed ones I've ever seen. The approach that director Leigh Whannell took to shoot the disturbing and equally entertaining action
sequences with a steady cam and on a wide angle were exceptional, and the entire vibe felt very analogous to films like John Wick, Robocop, and the latest Dredd.

The predictable storyline wears down the movie a bit, but, the unexpected twists and the crisp screenplay keep it engaging, and overall Upgrade is by far one of the best movies I've seen in 2018.

"Tag" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring an incredible ensemble cast of  Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner in the lead roles, Tag is surprisingly enough, based on a true story and the storyline involves a game of Tag and group of middle-aged men who are devotedly playing it for the past thirty years. 

As stupid as it sounds, this movie had a wide range of emotions from the beginning till the end, it started off on the right note, the jokes were funny, the characters were charming and likeable, and the complete cast was appealing enough for me to sit through and enjoy the film. Isla Fisher with her standout performance, Jeremy Renner with his slick action sequences, and Ed Helms play the same driven dorky character as we've seen in The Hangover films. 

Overall, aside from being funny and entertaining, Tag also struck the right chords when it comes to emotion, especially during the end credits when they showcase the real-life 'Tag Gang' who played the game for 23 years. Watch this movie, and I'm sure it will remind you why it's essential to have a goof-gang around you.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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The Mummy - Movie Review

Verdict - "Dark Universe off to a terrible start! "

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Russell Crowe in the lead roles is the first chapter in the Dark Universe (orchestrated by Universal Studios) and is used as a launching pad to acquaint with more classic monster films in the upcoming years. Primarily, the established plot circles around an Ancient Egyptian Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who's been mummified alive for her sinful practices in the past. Cut back to the present day, when Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) unknowingly unlocks her (Ahmanet's) mercury filled grave, she resurrects herself back from the dead, congregates a large legion of zombies and creates havoc in the city seeking for supremacy.

As a big fan of the 1999 Brendan Fraser's Mummy film, I was really looking forward to this new incarnation of the Mummy franchise and plus Tom Cruise has consistently been acting in few great films in the recent years. So, I've went into the film with an open mind, wanting to like it and get entertained by it for two hours. Indeed, within the first half hour or so, I thought that the film was decently set up. We get a good back story of Ahmanet's past in Ancient Egypt, the introductions of the new characters (although generic) was handled properly and I anticipated the film to be on the exact pace till it's conclusion.

But, the film took an improper path by explaining things that are not entertaining, interesting or complex and as a result, the (limited) action sequences were not compelling enough to be remembered. Even the lifeless characters of Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis were not appealing enough to care about their love relationship throughout the film.

Nevertheless, The Mummy is an over exemplified action-adventure-romantic-comedy film that takes a straightforward plot and embarrasses itself by making it complicated. The seeds for an upcoming Monster Universe were planted all throughout the film, but the first part itself in the Dark Universe was underwhelming and forgettable on the whole.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)  

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Annabelle - Movie Review

Verdict - "Stay away from this creepy looking doll. It's stale and insipid!"

Yet another spin-off movie which was obviously disappointing! That's how Hollywood works people, and I don't blame any studio executive for making these movies. Why should I? If majority of theaudience (including me) are interested to watch these movies, why not make them.

The fact that this movie made domestically thirty eight million in it's opening weekend proves the fact that people are paying to go watch these movies even though they're aware about the fact that the movie was terrible.

Let me put in plain words about what went wrong with this movie. Intially, the storyline! It was completely indolent, contemplating that by tossing up few random things like a happy married couple or a scary looking demon would make a superior movie is complete absurdity.

I'l be supportive here, I can see a great potential in narrating a good story in this movie, but it just doesn't use the opportunity to use it.

Even with a basic storyline, there's always a good possibility to build interesting characters add in some good dialogue and deliver an exhilarating movie and Annabelle does'nt even stand out in this category too. The characters are stale, anticipated and uninteresting in every approach. Why? Because the writers made them look in that fashion and beyond doubt we don't actually care about any of these characters being hurted, tortured and murdered.

John R. Leonetti's direction should be appreciated in few memorable scenes in the movie that were quite disturbing and petirfying. I genuinely enjoyed those sequences but Leonetti didn't uphold that hope throughout the whole movie. It felt like a small bunch of random people doing the most ridiculous thing possible.

And I also want to share my thoughts on the climax of the movie. It just felt unsettling and we did missed something from it. Or maybe my anticipation levels are just too high? Also I just want to plug-in that it's the worst possible climax of a movie I've seen in a while.

Nevertheless, Annabelle kept me on the edge of my seat for a good five minutes. Excluding that it was indeed a very disappointing movie which was loud and insipid and completely took me out of the experience. Not even worth a rental!

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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