Mini-Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians 2

Release: May 5, 2017

Story: The Guardians of the Galaxy (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Baustista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper) are on the run from a race of gold-skinned, uptight aliens; the Ravagers, led by the blue-skinned Yondu (Michael Rooker); and Gamora’s vengeful sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They bump into Peter’s long lost father, a powerful celestial being known as Ego (Kurt Russel). With Ego is his assistant Mantis, a childlike empath played by Pom Klementieff. Ego wants Peter (the leader of the Guardians, played by Pratt) to join him on the planet he created to help accomplish the immortal Ego’s life purpose, but Peter and Gamora (Saldana) are suspicious of Ego’s intentions.

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Mini-Review Monday: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad Poster Image

Release: August 5, 2016

Story: Devious government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has formed a team of the worst criminals and meta-humans to perform the government’s deadliest missions. The team consists of an expert marksman (Deadshot played by Will Smith), a former psychiatrist (Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie) driven insane by the Joker, a thief (played by Jai Courtney) with weaponized boomerangs,  a gang member and pyrokinetic (played by Jay Hernandez), and a half-man/half-crocodile (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The team is led by an army special forces officer (played by Joel Kinnaman) protected by a skilled, sword wielding martial artist (Karen Fukuhara). Our protagonists must save the fictional Midway City from an archeologist (played by Cara Delevingne) possessed by an ancient sorceress called Enchantress. The five squad members have had micro-bombs implanted in their brains if any of them step out of line. With Enchantress decimating Midway and the Joker (played by Jared Leto) on the loose and determined to set Harley Quinn free, it won’t be easy for our “heroes” to complete the mysterious mission goals set out by the untrustworthy Waller. Continue reading

Mini-Review Monday: Warcraft

Warcraft

Release: June 10, 2016

Story: Based on the hit Warcraft video game franchise (and novels) from Blizzard Entertainment, Warcraft takes place in a fantasy world full of dwarves, night-elves, mages and humans. The world of our heroes is turned upside down as invading orcs travel  from their homeworld to that of the humans through a magical portal. Led by a sinister orc warlock (played by Daniel Wu) who cares more about power than his own people, and a noble orc chieften (Toby Kebbell), the orcs are determined to take over the humans. Standing between the orcs and domination are the commander of the human military force (played by Travis Fimmel); a half-orc, half-human (Paula Patton), who few amongst the humans trust; a gifted young mage (Ben Schnetzer); and the most powerful magic user (played by Ben Foster) in the human world. But there are those who should not be trusted on both sides and warriors from both races may have to work together to stop the ultimate threat. Continue reading