Samurai Cop (1991)

Samurai Cop. The Cop that knows how to chop. This movie seems a lot older than a 90’s film. It has a really dated feel to it, I’m not sure if it was purposeful or not or if it was just bad film equipment and editing that went into this project. One thing I will say about this movie is that it is pretty dang funny. It has some really dumb gory scenes that look really fake, hilarious editing like the guy getting run over by the car or falling down the stairs (you see that they just cut and had him roll down the last two stairs). Matt Hannon is a terrible actor with the most lustrous hair that Fabio would envy (it looks dumb on a cop though). Robert Z’dar was one of the few good actors in this film, but even he had a skeleton of a script to work with. Other than the (unintentional?) laughs and the beautiful actresses this movie is a joke. It also happens to be on Rifftrax which adds even more entertainment.

65/100

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Hot Fuzz (2007)

Fuzz never felt so good. I feel like with me, this movie is underrated. I hardly ever feel like watching it. I think I understand now. It’s not as fun as Shaun of the Dead, it has a slower build-up to its awesome climax… but once that fuse is lit, this movie explodes into some awesome action. I think I just need to remind myself that the wait is worth it and when the sea mine blows, this movie will blow you away. Timothy Dalton steals the show for sure, but I love Nick Frost. Simon Pegg is pretty unlikable, but I understand the need for his character. There are other good cameos too that build the movie up. It has a good sense of mystery and some action that will make you want to go to the pub for a pint afterwards! A must watch for Edgar Wright fans.

90/100

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

I’d rather just ride a train. This movie had one giant pitfall to overcome. Can it be translated from it’s wonderful book form to a workable movie? The answer is no. The main reason for that is that the Girl on the Train book by Paula Hawkins is about a hero with a faulty alcoholic memory that is trying to solve a missing person case. This part is hard to do because so much of it is internal. Her trying to work things out in her sloshed mind. I think all the acting was well done, especially by Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Haley Bennett. I just had little hope for this being a good movie, after I broke my rule and read the book first. Oh well, I hope this at least gets more people to try the book, because it was awesome.

60/100

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Chappie (2015)

I’m one happy chap. Imagine Short Circuit and District 9 had a movie baby and you have this film. Chappie is a police droid that is kidnapped and reprogrammed by a group of misfits. A lot of people didn’t like these characters, but they were just as fun as they were colorful. The writing is really funny (albeit crass) and the action and CGI are top notch. You’ll fall in love with Chappie way faster than you did with Wall-E, plus Chappie is a gangster number one. There were a lot of laughs to be had and even some moments where you feel truly sorry for the robot. I loved Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel. Yo-Landi and Ninja were also great additions to the cast. Sharlto Copley as Chappie’s voice was also really good. This isn’t your normal type of movie and that’s why I really liked it. Plus, those graphics… Neill Blomkamp is a genius with special effects.

96/100

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Let’s Be Cops (2014)

This movie didn’t have me under arrest, but I had fun on this ride-along. I thought there were maybe two scenes in the movie where I laughed really hard out loud, and then there were a lot of jokes that I didn’t find funny at all. I would say that this movie fails as a comedy, but has unexpected success as a cop drama. Even though Russian arms dealers aren’t a new concept, I liked when the two friends pretending to be cops get mixed up in this underground world of violence. Jake Johnson was a blast and was perfect for this role, I wasn’t as happy with Damon Wayans Jr. His character was way too whiny and I found it hard to connect with him. Nina Dobrev was a new actress to me and I found her very easy on the eyes, even though her part was pretty small in this film. So, in my final report I’d say that this movie isn’t worth interrogating as a comedy but it might be a movie of interest if you like cop movies. If you are looking for a great comedy, move along, nothing to see here.

72/100

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Mad Max (1979)

I wasn’t very mad about this film, but it took some stunts to the maximum. Mel Gibson (extremely young Mel Gibson) is great as Max, a cop in the near future who has to take on an evil biker gang that attacks his family. The movie doesn’t feel very futuristic but it is pretty fun just from a zany/stunt-filled perspective. I love when one biker loses his hand and his boss asks for it back and I love how George Miller uses a very Hitchcockian direction when it comes to the violent moments of the film. Some of the Australian accents are hard to understand and I felt like I missed a lot of lines, especially when there were engines revving or sirens wailing (which was about 90% of the movie). Still, I had a lot of fun in this near-future where Mel Gibson is running smelly bikers off the road for vengeance.

76/100

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Escapee

This has a pretty general slasher plot. A guy breaks out of a mental institute and goes around murdering people. There is a twist thrown in, but it is so inconsequential that you are left feeling confused why it was even put in there. The lead female Christine Evangelista was very good but sadly the cast was drug down with some horrible acting. I might even say that the Police Chief in this was one of the most poorly written characters in any movie I have ever seen. Not worth your time.

61/100

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Escapee (2011)