Ted 2

I enjoyed the first Ted movie so when I heard about a sequel I was on board. 

Ted 2 is fun but I agree with a lot of the critics that there’s not enough Mark Wahlberg to ground Ted a bit more. 

That being said the movie still as plenty of jokes spread through it even if some of them fall flat. The sequences at comic con where fun specially the big fight scene with cosplayers dressed as Super Saiyan Son Goku, Dalek and more.

The story itself as some interesting parts like Ted and Tammi-Lynn fight at the beginning and the whole court thing to decide wether Ted is a person or property is well played and the actors helped with Amanda Seyfried doing a good job playing a stoner/lawyer and Mark Wahlberg once again doing a great job playing a rather childish character. From the many guest actors that appeared in the movie I have to say Liam Neeson was the best even though I didn’t see the after credits bit but I thought that he would show up to save Ted at some point during the movie

Some parts are predictable (the big death sequence at the end) and others don’t make sense (how did the 3 of them leave the car while it was stuck in the barn) but if you shut down your brain a little Ted 2 is one of the funniest movies of the year. Sure it has a very particular kind of humour but I think most people will like. 

John Bennett is six months divorced from his wife due to their relationship not working out. Ted marries his girlfriend Tami-Lynn. One year later, their marriage suffers as Ted and Tami-Lynn fight constantly. In order to preserve their relationship, the two decide to have a child. However, since Ted is incapable of reproductive functions, he goes to John for help. At the same time, Ted is trying to encourage John to start dating again, but John is reluctant to repeat another failed relationship. However, when Ted discovers on John’s laptop that John has gotten increasingly addicted to incredibly disturbing pornography, John sees it as a wake-up call, and Ted encourages him to date the first woman whom he meets.

Ted and John attempt to get a sperm donor, asking Sam Jones and breaking into Tom Brady’s house, but ultimately Ted accepts John’s donation offer. Unfortunately, it is discovered that Tami-Lynn herself is infertile, having ruined her ovaries through excessive drug use. Tami-Lynn and Ted’s inquiries into adoption draw attention to his status as property, resulting in the loss of his job and financial accounts. Furthermore, Ted’s marriage to Tami-Lynn is annulled. John suggests that the two take the issue to court. As the two are unable to afford a good lawyer, their case is assigned to the novice Samantha Leslie Jackson. The two are initially reluctant to hire her as Ted’s lawyer, as they fear that she is too young, but they quickly change their minds when they discover that she shares their love of marijuana, although they are constantly frustrated by her lack of knowledge of popular culture. The three bond as they prepare to present the case in court.

Meanwhile, Donny, after his unsuccessful attempt to kidnap Ted in the first film, is now employed as a janitor at the Hasbro Toy Company headquarters. With Ted’s impending case making headlines, Donny convinces the company CEO to hire an expert attorney to ensure that Ted loses and maintains his status as property. Donny proposes that Hasbro then capture Ted and study him in hopes of discovering the secret to creating more living teddy bears.

Despite the trio’s high hopes and Samantha’s impassioned appeal for justice, the state rules against Ted. Dispirited but desperate, the three turn to one last hope: overturning the decision with the help of Patrick Meighan, a highly respected civil rights attorney. The three take a road trip to New York City to meet with him, but their car goes off road due to Ted’s irresponsible driving, and the group spends the night in a hidden marijuana patch. While sitting around a campfire, John and Samantha realize their attraction for each other and share a kiss.

The next morning, the group frees their stuck car and proceed to New York City. Meighan is sympathetic to Ted’s plight, but ultimately refuses that case, as he believes that Ted hasn’t significantly contributed to humanity due to his irresponsible and hedonistic lifestyle. Ted, frustrated over the injustice and jealous of John and Samantha’s new relationship, runs off to be left alone. Unbeknownst to him, he is being watched by Donny, who follows him as he wanders into the New York City Comic-Con. Once inside, Donny poses as a fan, dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and asks Ted for a picture, but Ted flees as soon as he reveals himself. He manages to steal a phone and contact John before Donny knocks him unconscious.

John and Samantha arrive at Comic-Con and search for Ted. They arrive as Donny is about to cut Ted open. John knocks Donny down and releases Ted. As the three cross the convention floor, however, a vengeful Donny cuts the cables holding up a model of the Starship Enterprise, which threatens to crush Ted. John throws Ted out of the way, causing the model to collide with him instead, and is knocked into a coma. Security takes Donny away.

Ted, Tami-Lynn, and Samantha are awaiting news of John’s condition when a doctor informs them that John did not make it. As the group sheds tears over John, however, he startles them by revealing that he is alive, wanting to get back at Ted for pretending that he was retarded when he came back to life during the events of the first film. As the group rejoices, Patrick Meighan enters and tells them that having seen how Ted impacted John in a way that he would be willing to give his life for him, he has been inspired to reconsider taking the case. Meighan gets the ruling overturned by pointing out that Ted is self-aware, feels complex emotions, and is capable of empathy. As Ted walks out of the court, a reporter asks if he has any words to say as a person for the first time, so Ted re-proposes to Tami-Lynn. After the two get re-married, Ted adopts the surname of “Clubber Lang,” and he and Tami-Lynn adopt a baby boy whom they name Apollo Creed Clubber Lang. John and Samantha happily pursue their own relationship.

After the credits, Liam Neeson re-enters the store with his box of Trix, having bought it earlier in the film and grilling Ted about it being ok for adults. He is stumbling, having apparently being beaten up. He sets the box on the counter and walks away after giving whoever is in the store a dirty look.


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San Andreas

San Andreas is a cliché riddle super hero movie where the villain is a non stopping earthquake that wasn’t defeated by the end of the movie to leave room for a sequel where The Rock will punch the crap out of it. 

I’m not even kidding on the super hero part. There was a classic moment where The Rock tries to save is daughter who’s drowning but can’t get the door to open until she actually drowns and The Rock goes Super Saiyan and finally opens the door. If he had hair it would have turn yellow at that moment. When the daughter dies at the end I thought they would make a sequel where the four survivors would go look for the 7 dragon balls to ressurect the daughter but then after about 2 minutes of not breathing she magically comes back from the death. I’m pretty sure she should at least have some sort of brain damage after that. 

The CGI in the movie could be better at moments. The first moment where a car goes down the road (I’ve seen better CGI sequences at CW shows) is a good indication of some of the quality of CGI in the movie. Maybe if they had done a better job on the CGI and kept the camera steady the movie would be more enjoyable. 

The acting is not great with many moments reminding the classic super hero movies in the way they talk, move or stand tall while looking at the distance. The best moments of the movie revolve around Alexandra Daddario while the worst have to be the ones involving Ioan Gruffudd who happens to be a talented actor but whose role as to be one of the stupidest characters I’ve seen in a while. 

In conclusion San Andreas is not a good movie but still manages to be entertaining if you shut down your brain and believe it’s normal that our heroes always manage to escape just in time. If you looking for a good super hero movie you probably better at looking through the Marvel catalogue. 

Raymond “Ray” Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) is a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter-rescue pilot. In the midst of a divorce from his estranged wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), he calls his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to discuss their upcoming trip to San Francisco. Meanwhile, Caltech seismologist Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) and his colleague Dr. Kim Park (Will Yun Lee) are at the Hoover Dam making a breakthrough in earthquake prediction when an unknown fault nearby ruptures, triggering a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that collapses the dam and kills Park in the process when he stays on the dam to save a little girl. When Ray is called into work, Blake reluctantly decides to go with her mother Emma’s new boyfriend, Daniel Riddick (Ioan Gruffudd), a wealthy real estate developer, to San Francisco where he is completing a downtown high-rise building.

Hayes discovers that the San Andreas Fault is starting to shift, causing a massive 9.1 earthquake that starts ripping apart major cities along the fault line. At the same time, Emma is having lunch with Daniel’s sister Susan (Kylie Minogue) when the quake hits Los Angeles, destroying much of the city with Susan among its heavy casualties. Ray is able to save Emma, and they barely escape the city onboard his helicopter. Much of Southern California becomes affected by the quake. In San Francisco, Daniel brings Blake to his office building. Blake waits for Daniel in the lobby, where she meets Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), an engineering student from the United Kingdom seeking employment at the office, and his little brother, Ollie (Art Parkinson). Daniel returns and attempts to leave the office with Blake, but the two become trapped in their car in the parking garage of the building after the string of earthquakes begin to strike the city, partially collapsing the garage. Daniel leaves the car in search of help, but flees in terror, leaving Blake behind. She is found by Ben and Ollie, who help free her from the car and escape the collapsing building. The trio find a working phone line and Blake calls Ray, who begins to fly toward San Francisco with Emma to save her.

While enroute, the engine in Ray’s helicopter suddenly fails, forcing him to make an emergency crash-landing into a mall below them in Bakersfield, where massive looting is taking place. Among the chaos, Ray steals a Ford F-150 from the parking lot, and the couple resume their journey on the road, but find they are trapped by the expanding fault line. The couple comes across an older couple broken down on the side of the road, whom they learn own an airplane. The older couple agrees to give them the keys to the plane in exchange for their vehicle, and the two continue to head north in the air. Meanwhile, Blake, Ben and Ollie try to find a spot in the city where Ray and Emma can save them; seeing that their planned rendezvous point, Coit Tower, is already engulfed by flames. With help from news reporter Serena (Archie Panjabi), Hayes is able to warn others of a much bigger earthquake in San Francisco, just in time before it hits; becoming the largest earthquake ever in history, recorded as a 9.6.

Ray and Emma eventually arrive in San Francisco, abandoning their aircraft and parachuting into AT&T Park just as the aftershocks continue to destroy the city. They commandeer a boat and hear a warning over the radio that a tsunami is approaching the city. Along with other evacuees with boats of their own, they are able to get over the incoming wave near the Golden Gate Bridge. Daniel, who is on the bridge, is killed when a cargo ship slices the bridge in half and a loose shipping container crushes him. The tsunami floods the city, causing massive casualties and knocking over several buildings. Blake, Ben, and Ollie manage to run into Daniel’s building moments before the water hits. They move up floors and manage to signal Ray and Emma, who are searching nearby for Blake. As they see the trio, the building starts sinking into the ground, causing water to flood the building. Ben and Ollie are able to escape, but Blake becomes trapped in the rising water, runs out of air, and drowns before Ray can get to her. Emma crashes the boat through the building’s thick window panes in an attempt to get everyone on board before escaping as the building completely collapses. Now aboard the small boat, Ray performs CPR on Blake and finally revives her after several minutes.

The five make it to a relief camp in Marin County. The now reconciled Ray and Emma, along with Blake, Ben, and Ollie, talk about their future as the sun slowly sets on the now destroyed Bay Area, now swarmed with different military organizations and rescue vehicles initiating the relief process. The camera pans out, revealing the quake has changed the geography of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Rick Ford: You really think you’re ready for the field? I once used defibrillators on myself. I put shards of glass in my fuckin’ eye. I’ve jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing; I still had to pretend I was in a fucking Cirque du Soleil show! I’ve swallowed enough microchips and shit them back out again to make a computer. This arm has been ripped off completely and re-attached with *this* fuckin’ arm.

Susan Cooper: I don’t know that that’s possible… I mean medically…

Rick Ford: During the threat of an assassination attempt, I appeared convincingly in front of congress as Barack Obama.

Susan Cooper: In black-face? That’s not appropriate.

Rick Ford: I watched the woman I love get tossed from a plane and hit by another plane mid-air. I drove a car off a freeway on top of a train while it was on fire. Not the car, *I* was on fire.

Susan Cooper: Jesus, you’re intense.

This conversation is just one example of why Spy is the best comedy of the year so far. 
Spy may not be perfect and not all the jokes work but I don’t remember the last time I laugh this much watching a movie. 

I expected a lot of jokes coming from Melissa McCarthy while Jason Statham as the serious guy but Statham had some of the best lines in the movie while acting intense. 

The movie as a good cast and while both McCarthy and Statham stole the show the other did a good job specially Peter Serafinowicz and Jude Law. 

The action works well in the movie and they play on most of the spy movie tropes with double agents, infiltrated agents and the fake identities. 

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, desk-bound CIA analyst guiding her partner Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) on a mission to Bulgaria from the CIA office in the US, using a radio connected to his earpiece. After witnessing Fine accidentally killing his target without finding the suitcase nuke bomb they are after, Susan guides him on his escape back to the United States. Meanwhile, the agency learns that the target’s daughter Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) might know the location of her father’s device, so they send Fine to infiltrate her home. However, Fine is apparently shot dead by Rayna, which enrages Susan, who also discovers that Rayna had known the identities of all the agency’s top agents, including Fine and Rick Ford (Jason Statham). After Fine’s funeral, Susan volunteers to become a field agent. Since she never was one before, her boss Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) agrees as long as she does not get close to either Rayna or her contact, Italian playboy Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale), as she could break her cover. Ford quits, disgusted with Susan being chosen over him for the assignment.

Susan is sent to Paris, where the agency places her to spy on De Luca. After unexpectedly finding Ford there also, she sees an assassin working for De Luca (Nargis Fakhri) exchanging his bag with a bomb; she is successful in warning him which leads to Ford throwing the bomb into the river where it explodes. Susan then follows the assassin, but he is killed during a fight with Susan when he falls off of a high rise building. Susan follows De Luca to Rome, where she meets her contact Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), a clumsy informant who makes inappropriate advances towards Susan. She soon decides to break her cover by going inside a casino just to retrieve more intelligence on De Luca. She instead meets Rayna, and quickly becomes part of Rayna’s inner circle after successfully preventing Rayna’s assassination. Gaining Rayna’s trust, the two use her private plane to go to Budapest. Along the way, the pilot tries to kill Rayna, but Susan is able to subdue him and take control of the plane in time before it crashes onto the Alps. When Rayna believes Susan to be an undercover spy, Susan convinces her that her father secretly hired Susan to be Rayna’s bodyguard. In Budapest, the two encounter Susan’s best friend Nancy (Miranda Hart), who is sent by Crocker to make sure of Susan’s condition, and Aldo. When a vehicle fires at them, Nancy tries to get Rayna to safety while Susan pursues the vehicle on a Vespa. Susan finds out that the shooter is CIA double agent Karen Walker (Morena Baccarin), who sold Rayna the names of the agents. As Walker is about to kill Susan, she is suddenly shot and killed by an unknown sniper.

That night, Susan and Nancy are set to witness Rayna meeting a contact who intends to purchase the nuclear device at a party. The contact turns out to be De Luca’s associate, who Susan pursues on foot while Nancy gets arrested for assaulting 50 Cent on stage to distract Rayna from seeing the associate. Susan fights the assassin in a kitchen, exposing her true identity as a spy just before Fine, revealed to be still alive, throws a knife at the assassin’s chest. He states he is working with Rayna and has become her lover. When Rayna has Susan and Aldo locked in a warehouse, Fine goes to Susan and reveals he shot Karen Walker and that he faked his death in order to gain intelligence on the device’s location by posing as Rayna’s lover. Eventually, Aldo and Susan cooperate to escape, with Susan joining Rayna and Fine at De Luca’s mansion by posing as a double agent who’s betraying her agency. A third party, led by Russian gangster Dudaev, arrives only to be shot dead by De Luca, who reveals his true motives of wanting to an even higher bidder. As De Luca tries to kill Rayna next, Ford spectacularly fails his rescue entrance, adistraction that allows Susan to save Rayna’s life yet again. De Luca escapes with the device on his helicopter, wounding Fine in the process. S usan and Ford jump onto De Luca’s helicopter, but Ford soon loses balance and falls down into the lake, leaving Susan to confront De Luca over the device. With the help of Nancy, Aldo, and 50 Cent (who appears to have a mutual sexual interest in Nancy) in another helicopter, Susan is able to kill De Luca as both he and the device fall down to the lake with less success than Ford.

In the aftermath of her successful mission, Crocker arrives to recover the device, as well as promoting Susan to field agent, which she happily accepts. 50 Cent gloats over his involvement in taking down the terrorists, going as far as mocking fellow rapper/rival Kanye West for never accomplishing such a thing. Fine is treated for his wounds, and Ford takes off on a speed boat to seaside destinations, unaware he’s on a lake. Rayna is arrested, but not before she and Susan jokingly exchange profane insults subtly implying that Rayna has grown to like Susan. Aldo re-introduces himself as Albert, an undercover British MI6 agent who invites Susan to dinner should she ever find herself in London, which Susan accepts. Fine then asks Susan to dinner but she declines, deciding to have a “girl’s night” with Nancy.

Before the closing credits roll, Susan is shown screaming after waking up and realizing that she has spent the night with Ford.


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Jurassic World

Welcome to Isla Nublar.

Jurassic Park came out in 1993. I was 6 at the time and I already rewatched the movie a few times since then. I love Jurassic Park but the sequels The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park 3 (2001) were nowhere as good as the first. 

Jurassic World is not perfect but it’s the best Jurassic movie since Jurassic Park. 

There’s plenty of moments in the movie where we revisit the classic either by talking about the incidents that happen on the island, one of the tech guys having a shirt with the original logo on it or the kids going to the original entrance hall where the T-Rex killed the Velociraptors in the first movie and riding the original jeeps from that movie. 

The main antagonist of the movie is the Indominous Rex a hybrid created in lab designed by a man that has ties to the army. The army intends on replacing soldiers with smaller versions of the Indominous or even the Velociraptors. It’s this army part of the movie that takes some of the magic away. I think this is mostly a way to justify making a new dinosaur that would be “better” than the T-Rex. 

Jurassic World while not perfect is very entertaining and as some dinosaur-on-dinosaur fighting sequences that are better than most monster movies. This movie does a better job at showing the dinosaurs and present the Indominous as a real threat than Godzilla did it’s monsters. 

Visually the movie is great and the CGI is very well done even if it seems to fail a little on faster sequences like when Zara is killed. 

For me the best moment of the movie as to be when Claire opens the T-Rex cage and leads her into the fight against the Indominous and then when it looks the Indominous has won and the Velociraptor shows up distracting the Indominous leading the T-Rex to win the fight. 

I want to end this post by saying that no amount of hybrid dinosaurs with whatever characteristics scientists can think of will ever be as cool as the Velociraptors and the best one of all the mighty T-Rex. 

22 years after the Isla Nublar incident, Zach and Gray Mitchell go to visit their aunt Claire Dearing, the park operations manager of Jurassic World, a fully functional dinosaur theme park located on Isla Nublar, an island off the coast of Costa Rica. Upon arriving on the island, they find that Claire is too busy to spend time with them and are left in the care of her assistant Zara. Simon Masrani, the park’s owner, arrives and takes Claire to see their new genetically modified dinosaur, the Indominus rex. Upon inspection, he tells her he wants Owen Grady, a Velociraptor expert and trainer, to make sure the enclosure is adequate.

Owen is approached by Vic Hoskins, the head of InGen security, who proposes to use the raptors as a weapon. However, one of the staff falls into the raptor enclosure and Owen rescues him before barely escaping, proving that the raptors are not tame. Gray and Zach leave Zara and explore the park before travelling on the monorail to the gyrosphere attraction. Claire arrives at Owen’s bungalow, having previously shared a relationship with him, and asks him to accompany her back to the Indominus enclosure; he reluctantly agrees. After arriving at the enclosure, they find that the Indominus has seemingly scaled the wall and escaped. After Owen and two staff enter the enclosure for further inspection, the Indominus ambushes them, having faked its escape, and kills both staff. Owen escapes by hiding under a vehicle and cutting the fuel hose to douse himself in gasoline to hide his scent.

Masrani sends an ACU team led by Hamada to capture the Indominus, but find that she has clawed out the tracking device they implanted in her. The entire team is then killed by the camouflaged Indominus. Claire closes off the northern part of the park but Gray and Zach take a gyrosphere off the road and are attacked by the Indominus, although they escape to the now-derelict Jurassic Park visitor’s center. There, they manage to repair a jeep and drive back to the park. Owen and Claire arrive at the visitor’s center soon afterwards but are attacked by the Indominus. Masrani flies after the Indominus in his helicopter, causing it to breach the Jurassic World Aviary. Pteranodons and Dimorphodons attack the helicopter and crash it into the aviary, killing Masrani and freeing the other animals inside.

Zach and Gray arrive back at the park as the pterosaurs begin attacking tourists. Zara finds them but is quickly picked up by a Pteranodon and dropped into the mosasaur lagoon, where she is eaten. Owen and Claire arrive and reunite with Gray and Zach. Hoskins takes command of Jurassic World and decides that they will use the raptors to find and kill the Indominus, with Owen reluctantly agreeing. However, the Indominus communicates with the raptors, revealing that it was made with raptor DNA. The raptors turn on the team and begin killing the soldiers while the Indominus escapes, with Owen escaping.

Hoskins and the InGen team evacuate via helicopter with dinosaur embryos. After entering the innovation center, Owen, Claire, Zach, and Gray find Hoskins packing up the laboratory and he discloses that they plan to turn the Indominus into a weapon to be used in wars before being killed by a raptor. Owen, Claire, Zach, and Gray escape but are cornered by the raptors outside, though Owen manages to reestablish his connection with them. When the Indominus arrives, Owen and the raptors attack it, but the raptors are all apparently killed. Realizing they do not have the power to defeat the Indominus, Claire opens up the Tyrannosaurus enclosure, luring it into a fight with the Indominus. The Tyrannosaurus is quickly overpowered, but one surviving raptor reappears and attacks the Indominus. The two fight the Indominus and defeat it, after which it is eaten by the mosasaur. The Tyrannosaurus and raptor then depart and the group is evacuated to Costa Rica. Zach and Gray are reunited with their parents, while Owen and Claire leave together. On Isla Nublar, the Tyrannosaurus surveys the destruction and roars.


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Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome

To some Beyond Thunderdome is the best movie in the Mad Max original trilogy but to others it’s the worst. To me they all pale in comparison to Fury Road and I can’t understand why people love these movies so much. 

Beyond Thunderdome is complicated to describe. I liked some parts like the fight at Thunderdome or the final chasing scene that reminded me a bit of Fury Road but there’s so many bad moments like every time Tina Turner shows up or the scenes that involved those annoying kids. 

The visuals remain as crazy as the Road Warrior and it’s clear where most of the inspiration to Fury Road comes from. 

Once again were talking about an old movie that came out before I was born (July 10th 1985) and to me it suffers from it. Fury Road takes full advantage of the technology we have today and clearly takes some inspiration from other movies that came out after the original trilogy ended while keeping several elements from the trilogy. 

Fifteen years after defeating Lord Humungus, Max Rockatansky crosses the Australian desert in a camel-drawn wagon when he is attacked by a pilot named Jedediah and his son in a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk, stealing his wagon and belongings. Continuing on foot, Max follows their trail to the seedy community of Bartertown. While refused entry at first, Max is brought before the founder and ruler of Bartertown, the ruthless Aunty Entity. She offers to resupply his vehicle and equipment if he completes a task for her.

Aunty explains that Bartertown depends on a crude methane refinery powered by pig feces, which is run by a dwarf called Master and his giant bodyguard Blaster. “Master Blaster” holds an uneasy truce with Aunty for control of Bartertown; however, Master has begun to challenge Aunty’s leadership. Aunty instructs Max to provoke a confrontation with Blaster in Thunderdome, a gladiatorial arena where conflicts are resolved by a duel to the death. Max enters the refinery to size up Master Blaster and befriends Pig Killer, a convict sentenced to work for slaughtering a pig to feed his family. Max finds his stolen vehicle in Master Blaster’s possession, and helps disarm his booby-trapped engine to converse with him. Here he discovers that Blaster is exceptionally strong but extremely sensitive to high-pitched noises.

Max then faces Blaster in the Thunderdome and uses his weakness to gain the upper hand. He refuses to kill him after discovering he is developmentally disabled and has the functional mentality of a child, telling Aunty it was not part of their deal, revealing her plot. Master is furious and vows to shut down the refinery and, by extension, Bartertown. An enraged Aunty has Blaster executed, Master imprisoned, and Max exiled, bound, masked, and sent on a horse in a random direction to the wasteland. As his horse perishes in a sinkhole, Max frees himself and presses on.

Near death, Max is found by a desert dweller named Savannah Nix, who hauls him back to her home, a primitive community of children and teenagers who live in an oasis. The children, survivors of a crashed Boeing 747, were left by their parents who went to find civilization. They believe Max to be the flight captain, returned to fix the plane and fly them to civilization. Max denies this and insists that they remain in the relative safety of the oasis, knowing that the only “civilization” within reach is Bartertown.

Some of the children, led by Savannah, leave anyway, determined to find the prophesied “Tomorrow-morrow Land”. Max stops them by force, but another tribe member known as Scrooloos, sets them free during the night and leaves with them. Their leader, Slake M’Thirst, asks Max to go after them, and he agrees, taking a few of the children with him to help. They find Savannah’s group in danger but are unable to save one of the children from a sand pit. With no supplies left, they are forced to head for Bartertown.

They sneak in and with Pig Killer’s help free Master and escape in a train-truck. Aunty leads the inhabitants in pursuit, catching up to the train. Max’s group slows them down while Scrooloos hijacks one of the pursuing vehicles. The group comes across Jedediah and his son, and Max coerces Jedediah into helping his group escape with their plane. Max uses his vehicle to clear a path through Aunty’s men, allowing the plane to take off and escape, leaving him at Aunty’s mercy. Aunty spares his life, having come to respect him; she says sardonically, “…Ain’t we a pair?”, and departs to presumably make good on her vow to restore Bartertown.

Jedediah flies the children to the coast, where they discover the ruins of Sydney. Years later, the children have established a small society of themselves and other lost wanderers in the ruins. Savannah, now leader of the group, recites a nightly story of their journey and the man who saved them. Still alive in the desert, Max wanders on to places unknown.


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Mad Max / Mad Max 2: Road Warrior

After watching Mad Max: Fury Road I decided it was about time to watch the original trilogy that made Fury Road possible but after watching the first 2 I’m not sure I want to see Beyond Thunderdome. 

Starting at the begining the original Mad Max came out in 1979 (I was born in 1987) and I’m sure at the time that was a great movie but the acting, the camera angles and specially the music editing are clearly outdated. I started the movie with great hope but as the movie went on I started to lose interest and I ended up playing Minecraft on my iPad until the final moments of the movie. 

This is not a problem that only Mad Max has since I’m not the bigest fan of old movies. 

A berserk motorcycle gang member named Crawford “Nightrider” Montazano (Vincent Gil), having killed a rookie officer of an Australian highway patrol called the Main Force Patrol (MFP) while escaping from police custody, is attempting to outrun the other MFP officers in a stolen Pursuit Special. Though he manages to elude his initial pursuers, the MFP’s top pursuit-man, Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson), then engages the less-skilled Nightrider in a high-speed chase. During a sudden game of “chicken”, the Nightrider breaks off first, his nerve suddenly broken in the confrontation with Max; he is unable to recover his wits, which leads to the Nightrider’s death in a fiery crash.

The next day, Goose gets Max’s attention, leading him to where the police mechanic reveals a Police Special under repair, but all in black. As Max looks on, Goose and the mechanic reveal the engine: a V-8 engine with a supercharger, which would make it the fastest car on the road. Max, almost hypnotized by the sight, agrees enthusiastically with Goose and the mechanic to get the car completed quickly for him to drive. Although the mechanic says he collected the parts to build the engine, a wiretap listening in on the exchange reveals that MFP Captain Fred “Fifi” Macaffee (Roger Ward) commissioned the car to be built to be Max’s own personal vehicle, to help convince him to stay on the force.

The Acolytes, Nightrider’s motorcycle gang, led by Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and Bubba Zanetti (Geoff Parry), are running roughshod over a town, vandalizing property, stealing fuel, and terrorizing the population. Max and fellow officer Jim “Goose” Rains (Steve Bisley) arrest Toecutter’s young protégé, Johnny “the Boy” Boyle (Tim Burns), who was too high to leave the scene of the gang’s rape of a young couple. When neither the rape victim nor any of the townspeople show for Johnny’s trial, the federal courts throw out the case. Goose, furious at Johnny’s release, must be restrained as he and Johnny exchange violent threats at the city police station. After Bubba drags Johnny away, Fifi tells his officers to do whatever it takes to combat the gangs, “so long as the paperwork’s clean”.

A short time later, Johnny sabotages Goose’s motorcycle while he attends a show at a nightclub in the city. The next day while out on patrol in the countryside, the motorcycle locks up at high speed, throwing Goose into a field. An uninjured Goose calls a towing service, also borrows a ute to haul his damaged bike back to the MFP HQ. However, Johnny and Toecutter are waiting in ambush, with the former throwing a brake drum at Goose’s windscreen, causing him to crash the ute. With Goose unable to get out of the ute, Johnny—under pressure from Toecutter—throws a match into the petrol leaking from the wreck, triggering an inferno that severely burns the helpless Goose. After seeing Goose’s charred body in a hospital intensive care unit, Max becomes disillusioned with the MFP, and the fear of losing his sanity convinces him to resign. His superior, Fifi, talks Max into taking a holiday before making his final decision about the resignation.

While vacationing, Max stops at a roadside garage to have a tire repaired while his wife, Jessie (Joanne Samuel), and their infant son, Sprog (Brendan Heath), go for ice cream. The two encounter Toecutter’s gang, who attempt to molest Jessie. Max and his family flee to a remote farm owned by an elderly friend named May (Shelia Florence), but the gang learns of their destination from the garage mechanic and follows them. Jessie is waylaid by the gang after a trip to the beach; May holds them off with a shotgun. May, Jessie, and Sprog manage to escape in the van. After the van breaks down on the road, Jessie attempts to flee with her son on foot, but they are run down by the pursuing gang on their motorcycles; Max arrives too late to intervene.

With Sprog having been killed instantly and Jessie near death, a rage-filled Max dons his police leathers, and takes the supercharged black Pursuit Special from the MFP garage to pursue the gang. After torturing the auto mechanic for information, and forcing several members of the gang off a bridge at high speed, Max methodically hunts down the gang’s leaders. He shoots Bubba Zanetti at point blank range with a shotgun (after sustaining a significant gunshot leg injury of his own), though Johnny escapes when he sees Bubba killed. As Toecutter flees on his motorcycle, tailed closely by Max, he veers into the path of an oncoming semi-trailer truck and is run over.

Max eventually locates Johnny, who is looting a car crash victim he presumably murdered. In a cold, suppressed rage, Max handcuffs Johnny’s ankle to the wrecked vehicle, and sets a crude time-delay fuse involving a slow fuel leak and Johnny’s lighter. Throwing Johnny a hacksaw, Max leaves him the choice of sawing through either the handcuffs (which will take ten minutes) or his ankle (which will take five minutes). As Max casually walks away, Johnny begins pleading, then laughs, telling Max “Yer mad!” as he fumbles with the hacksaw. As Max drives away from the bridge, the wrecked vehicle explodes, presumably killing the inept Johnny. Now a shell of his former self, Max drives on to points unknown, pushing deep into the Outback.

Mad Max 2: Road Warrior was a little closer to the kind of world dystopia I was looking for in the first one but the Gyro Captain and Feral Kid ruin the movie. Lord Humungus is awesome and reminds me of Imortan Joe from Fury Road. The action sequences are better than the ones from Mad Max once again reminding me of Fury Road but this is still a 1981 movie with some of the same problems I listed before but far more enjoyable than the first (I didn’t play Minecraft during this movie, I only checked Instagram for a little while). 

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is the end of the trilogy and I will probably end up watching it soon but I’m more cautious about it since I read a lot of people think of it as the lowest point of the franchise (some say it’s the highest). 

I should note that Mel Gibson actually impressed me in these movie and seems to improve a lot in the second. 

Supplies of petroleum have been nearly exhausted in the near future following a major energy crisis and a global war. Ex-Main Force Patrol officer “Mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) roams the now depopulated and desolate desert in his scarred, black supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special, scavenging for food, drink, and gas. His only companions are an Australian Cattle Dog and a rare functioning firearm–a sawn-off shotgun–for which ammunition is very scarce.

The film opens with Max trying to escape a group of gang members, led by a crazed motorcycle rider named Wez (Vernon Wells). Max manages to crash two of the gang member’s vehicles and injure Wez; recognizing his defeat, Wez flees. After collecting some fuel from the destroyed cars and checking a nearby Mack semi-truck, Max inspects a nearby autogyro for fuel. Its pilot, the Gyro Captain (Bruce Spence), ambushes Max and manages to capture him briefly before being overpowered. In exchange for his own life, the pilot guides Max to a small oil refinery nearby. Max arrives just as the facility is under siege by a gang of marauders riding a motley collection of cars and motorbikes. The gang leader, known as ‘Lord Humungus’ (Kjell Nilsson), tries to convince the refinery’s defenders to surrender the facility in exchange for safe passage out of the area.

A group of defenders attempts to break out of the compound, but the marauders capture, torture, and kill all but one of them, who is rescued by Max. Max makes a deal with the mortally-wounded sole survivor: he will bring him back to the compound in exchange for a tank of fuel. The man dies shortly after they enter the facility, and the facility leader, Pappagallo (Michael Preston), reneges on the deal, saying it died when the survivor died. His group is on the verge of killing Max when the marauders return, and Humungus repeats his offer. When the Feral Kid (Emil Minty) kills Wez’s male companion, Wez becomes enraged, urging his leader to take the compound; Humungus wrestles Wez into submission, but placates Wez by revealing he has no intention of letting any of the settlers leave. Max offers Pappagallo a different deal: he will retrieve the abandoned Mack semi-truck, which is capable of hauling the tanker trailer that the facility inhabitants use to store the fuel they refine, in exchange for freedom, his vehicle, and as much fuel as he can take with him. The group accepts, but keeps Max’s car to ensure his cooperation. Max sneaks out, joining forces with the Gyro Captain to return to the truck.

After finding the truck, Max drives it back to the compound, evading Humungus’ men. The defenders want Max to escape with the group, but Max opts to collect his petrol and leave. However, his attempt to break through the siege fails: Wez gives chase in Humungus’ nitrous oxide-equipped car and runs Max off of the road, wrecking his vehicle and severely injuring him. The marauders kill Max’s dog with a crossbow, then attempt to siphon the fuel from the Pursuit Special’s tanks, but trigger an explosive booby trap, which kills some of the attackers. Max, left for dead, is rescued by the Gyro Captain as he is trying to crawl back to the refinery.

With no other means of escape and with the refinery’s defenders preparing to make their escape, Max insists on driving the repaired truck. He leaves the compound in the heavily-armoured truck, accompanied by the Feral Child he has befriended and by other inhabitants aboard as defenders. Pappagallo escorts him out in a captured marauder vehicle. Humungus and most of his warriors pursue the tanker, leaving the remaining inhabitants free to flee the compound in a ramshackle caravan and buses, blowing up the refinery as they leave. Pappagallo and the other defenders of the tanker, as well as numerous marauders, are killed during the chase and the Gyro Captain is shot down. Max and the Feral Kid find themselves alone, pursued by the marauders. Wez manages to board the truck and attack Max, but a head-on collision with Humungus’ car kills both Wez and Humungus. Max loses control of the tanker and it rolls off the road. As the injured Max carries the Feral Kid from the wrecked tanker, he sees not gas, but sand, leaking from the tank.

The truck and its trailer are thus exposed as a decoy, allowing the other settlers to escape with the precious fuel in oil drums inside their vehicles. With Pappagallo dead, the Gyro Captain succeeds him as their chief and leads the settlers to the coast, where they establish the “Great Northern Tribe.” Max remains alone in the desert, once again becoming a drifter. Years later, the Feral Kid, now the Northern Tribe’s new leader (voice by Harold Baigent), reminisces about the legend of the mythical “Road Warrior” (Max) who now exists only in distant memory.


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24 hours after watching the movie I still can’t figure what it was about. 

The premise is interesting and the begining of the movie seems interesting but somewhere along the way things derailed and the movie stoped making sense. 

I though at some point that the idea for the movie was to get Casey to go help Frank and Athena to save Tomorrowland but it turns out that the real problem is on earth and everything will be destroyed anytime in a 58 days period. So our trio has to destroy a giant computer sphere thing that’s connected to a skyscraper because the sphere is sending negative thoughts to the people on earth. 

By the end of the movie the sphere is down, the “evil” emperor of Tomorrowland crushed beneath it and Casey gets her dad and brother into Tomorrowland to help repair things and they make a whole lot more pins to bring a lot more people in. 

My main problem with this whole thing is that we do have overpopulation, famine, the ice is melting and we have a lot of wars and weapons of mass destruction spread across the globe so how destroying a sphere in Tomorrowland stops all this. 

This are the things that ruined the movie for me but the movie still has some good moments specially at the begining when we get to see Tomorrowland for the first time and the movements between Casey and Athena are fun. 

The first few times we see Tomorrowland it looks fantastic with teenagers flying on Jetpacks to a cool set of hovering pools but the big robots by the end seem too cartoonish. 

It’s a shame that the movie didn’t lived up to its potential and wastes a great cast that includes good performances by two established actors George Clooney and Hugh Laurie as well as two newcomers Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy.

In a flashback to 1964, a young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) attended the New York World’s Fair. He meets David Nix (Hugh Laurie), who is unimpressed with Walker’s limited jetpack. He attracts the attention of a young girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who sees his potential, gives him a pin embossed with a “T” symbol and tells him to follow her aboard the fair’s “It’s a Small World” attraction. Frank sneaks onto the ride, his pin is scanned and he is transported into a futuristic cityscape known as Tomorrowland. He falls from a ledge, straps on his jetpack, and lands safely before Nix and Athena.

Years later, optimist and science enthusiast Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), sneaks into a former NASA launch site in Cape Canaveral, where her father Eddie (Tim McGraw) is an employed engineer. Her plan is to sabotage the machines that are dismantling the launch pad. She returns home where Athena sneaks another pin that is programmed to Casey’s DNA into Casey’s motorcycle helmet. The next night, Casey attempts to break into the NASA compound again, but is arrested. At the police station, she discovers the pin among her personal items. Casey discovers that upon contact, the pin instantly transports her to Tomorrowland. She briefly explores Tomorrowland, but when a timer on the pin expires, Casey returns to her world.

Online, Casey and her brother Nate (Pierce Gagnon) find a Houston memorabilia store that may have the same pin. Athena shows up at the house looking for Casey and Nate tells her about the store. At the shop, Casey meets the two owners, Hugo (Keegan-Michael Key) and Ursula (Kathryn Hahn). When Casey shows them the pin, they ask her where she found it and if she saw a girl. When Casey tells them that she does not know what they are talking about, they point plasma guns at her. Athena bursts in and fights Hugo and Ursula, who are both revealed to be robots. The two girls escape as the two robots self-destruct, destroying the store.

Athena steals a car, and reveals that she is an Audio-Animatronic robot, and that she gave Casey the pin. Athena gets hit by a truck and when the driver steps out to help Athena, Casey drives off in the truck. Athena chases down the truck with super speed and jumps in. Casey lets Athena take the wheel, and she drives to the New York home of the older Frank Walker (George Clooney), with Athena leaving Casey once they get there.

After being attacked by a hologram dog Casey knocks on the door, and Frank tells her to go away. She spends the night sitting outside his door. Casey sneaks into his house and confronts Frank in support of saving the world which results in a decrease in Frank’s catastrophe probability meter. They are approached by a group of robots disguised as United States Secret Service agents who threaten to attack Frank if he does not surrender Casey to them. The robots attack, but Frank and Casey manage to defeat them using some of Frank’s inventions and they escape from the house, which Frank blows up.

After reuniting with Athena, the trio go to a teleportation machine that Frank invented, which brings them to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They enter a room with mannequins of Gustave Eiffel, Jules Verne, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison. Frank explains that the four men were the founders of Plus Ultra, a group of inventors dedicated to finding other dreamers and inventors who shared the hope of shaping a better future, which eventually led them to discover a new dimension that would become Tomorrowland. The trio enter a rocket hidden underneath the tower, which launches into the sky and into Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland is now desolate, and Governor Nix shows up to greet them. He takes them to a building where Casey can see herself a few seconds into the future. Another device allows her to see any time in the past or the future, and she sees herself with Eddie and Nate a few days before. She looks further into the future and sees worldwide destruction. Nix tells her that Frank invented the device, and because he lost hope, he was banished. Casey does not accept that the world is destined to end, and the future changes as a result.

Casey realizes that the device can only show what could happen not what will happen. Nix opens a portal to a beach, inviting them to live out the last days there, but Frank resists. A fight ensues and Frank tries to use a bomb to blow up the machine. Mistakenly, the bomb goes off outside the portal and the explosion pins Nix’s leg under debris. Nix retrieves a plasma gun and aims at Frank. Athena, who was able to see it happening beforehand due to the tachyons, jumps in front of him and is shot.

Frank attempts to get Athena repaired. She is damaged and will soon self-destruct. She plays a recording of her history with Frank and her amorous feelings toward him. Athena tells Frank to use her self-destruct sequence to destroy the machine. Frank carries her with his jet pack up above the machine. They say goodbye as Athena shuts down completely. Frank drops her into the machine, causing it to explode, killing Nix.

The flashback returns to the present. Frank’s audience is revealed to be androids like Athena. Casey and Frank create new “Tomorrowland” pins and bring other “dreamers” to Tomorrowland.


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