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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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1. The Infinity Stones: Where Are They Now?

As of the release of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), five of the six Infinity Stones have surfaced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Space Stone (also known as the Tesseract) was first revealed in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and now resides with Loki. The Mind Stone, which was housed in Loki's staff until Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and now is in the possession of Vision. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is under control of the Nova Corps. The Reality Stone (also known as the Aether) was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), and was placed in the care of the Collector. With the destruction of the Collector's Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its whereabouts are unclear. The fifth and final known stone, the Time Stone (also known as the Eye of Agamotto), was revealed in Doctor Strange (2016) and is under his protection in Kamar-Taj. The whereabouts of the sixth stone, the Soul Stone, is unknown and may appear in this movie.

2. A Little Context Before You Watch the Movie 

It has been confirmed by the Russo brothers that what happened in Captain America: Civil War (2016) will still continue in this movie where the teams will still be divided. The film will conclude the Thanos and the Infinity Stones story arc, and the plot will follow the Avengers joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from destroying the universe with the six Infinity Stones.

3. The Dope New Shield: Made in Wakanda

Steve Rogers wields a new shield in this film, made from Wakandan Vibranium, that splits apart into two arm guards. This is based on two different shields Rogers wielded in the comics: one shield was provided by the Black Panther, and the other split apart into two guards. The tech reflects his surroundings, apparently made of vibranium — the same rare naturally occurring meteoric ore that Black Panther’s suit is made of — which derives from the African nation. And according to the recent reveal that Shuri is the tech genius behind her brother’s superhero gadgetry, it’s pretty safe to say that Cap’s new gauntlet shield was invented by the Princess of Wakanda herself.

4. Hey Thor! How About a New Hammer!?

Having lost his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor constructs a new hammer in this film, known as Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is named for the Asgardian hammer given to Thor's comrade Beta Ray Bill. It is a war hammer-ax, based on the Marvel Ultimate Mjolnir.

5. The White Wolf < The Winter Soldier

Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Bucky Barnes will go by the code name 'White Wolf' in Avengers: Infinity War, as he was referred to by the children of Wakanda in the after credit scene in Black Panther (2018). White Wolf in the comics was T'Challa's adopted brother Hunter who was the leader of Wakanda's secret police: The Hatut Zeraze.

Sources and Writing Credits - IMDB and Nerdist. (Thanks)

-A Top 5 List by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Movie Review

Verdict - "A staggering spy-action summer movie blocbuster."

Following the astonishing success of its predecessor "Ghost Protocol." "Rogue Nation" starring Tom Cruise in the lead role is the fifth film in the "Mission Impossible" franchise and customarily when you pick out a fifth movie from any franchise (except for Fast 5), it misses the mark unexceptionally. But, amazingly, MI 5 not only established the franchise remarkably for future its installments but it also made sure that the storytelling aspect of the movie was enhanced well, along with the action sequences. 

The storyline of the movie kicks off with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) trying to prove the existence of Syndicate (an anti-IMF), a group of trained and skillful assassins who are responsible for many tragic events happening around the world. With the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) now ceased from existence, will Hunt and his team succeed in their last operation?

The most noteworthy trait about MI 5 is that it joined all the good elements from the previous installments and assembled an incredible movie. Christopher McQuarrie's screenplay felt very reminiscent to the first Mission Impossible, where the uncertainty of the storyline was exceptionally done as it kept you guessing every time. In spite of few pacing issues from time to time, the movie made me engross into the situation really well and enthrall when needed. 

The action sequences in the movie were probably the best we've seen in any MI movie so far, as it all comes down about how well shot and choreographed the scene was. Thanks to McQuarrie, for the direction he chose to direct these scenes as they're plentiful of extraordinary spine-tingling action scenes that deserve an appreciation.

Tom Cruise never backs down when it comes to improving and topping himself in every single movie. The amount of hard work and effort that he put into his role was astounding and watching him ride a motorcycle or hanging on to the side of an Airbus A400M was incredible to watch. 

Simon Pegg is given a brief role and is allowed to show a much more emotional side of Benji, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames were decent in their supporting roles. But, Rebecca Ferguson's performance in the movie was a complete surprise for me. She was menacing and beautiful at the same time that helped her character connote more to the movie.

Nonetheless, "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" is a flawless example of a spy-action summer movie blocbuster with a well-developed plot, more gripping screenplay, and few staggering action sequences. Tom Cruise still proves that he is one of the best action movie star of our generation, MI 5 is a must watch!

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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American Hustle – Movie Review

Verdict – “A hilarious, exiting and intriguing movie with a spellbinding climax”

‘American Hustle’ is the story of two con artists Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser who, after getting caught for doing an illegal activity are forced to work for a FBI agent Richie DiMaso. With the help of these two con artists DiMaso tries to put some corrupted politicians and mafia behind the bars.

Irvings wife Rosalyn is crazy and unpredictable, she creates a lot of complications in DiMaso’s plan. The story is not so simple though, there are a lot of sub-plots in it which will keep you intrigued.

The movie has a splendid cast which includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The casting director did a great job of bringing such amazingly talented people into one movie. There is also a superb cameo by a legendary actor, which I will not spoil here, but you will definitely be surprised after watching it.

Every actor gave remarkable performances. Christian Bale completely disappears into his role, he is nearly unrecognizable. He stole the movie! Amy Adams gave her best performance yet. She is sexy, convincing and truthful to the role. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner did an amazing job as supporting actors. Each one of the characters had a moment to shine.

The direction by David O. Russell is stunning. The style and tone of this movie is quite different from the rest of the movie he has directed but the wittiness and humour stills remains the same.

The script diverges from its main story line during the second act, which gets a little boring. Nothing much happens during it. But the third act brings the story back on track. The dialogue coming out of each actor is relevant and precise for that particular moment. It is very well thought out and intelligent. A special mention to the soundtrack, which sets the 1970's tone perfectly.

All things considered, American Hustle is a great movie powered by amazing performances and writing. The movie has some low moments but the convincing and spellbinding climax makes up for it. David O. Russell’s American Hustle is worth watching at the theatre and it certainly deserves all its Academy Award nominations.

My Rating – 4/5
Grade – A (Best One Around)
-By Chinmay Chawade

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