Divergent (2014)

I have read all three books written by Veronica Roth. I came in with expectations of character profiles and I reviewed the characters on IMDb. I understand that all book-to-movie adaptations make it difficult to fit in all the elements and are not perfect. It’s impossible to portray the book word for word. Despite knowing all of this, I came in with a low expectation. … Continue reading Divergent (2014)

District B13 (2004)

The plot : The French government has erected giant walls around the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Inside these walls its a veritable jungle, with the strongest (and ofter most corrupt) ruling. This is the directorial debut of Pierre Morel. He has worked as the cinematographer on Danny the Dog (a.k.a. Unleashed) and the Transporter. If this movie gives you a sense of deja vu, … Continue reading District B13 (2004)

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Imagine a ménage à trois of Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino at the Overlook Hotel with a banging 60’s soundtrack. Got that unpleasant vision in your mind? Good! You’re halfway there to getting the feel of “Bad Times at the El Royale”. And they really are bad times! It’s 1969 and an oddball set of characters arrive at the faded glory of the … Continue reading Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Escape from Pretoria (2020)

Not two weeks after “Guns Akimbo” Daniel Radcliffe rewards us with yet another great performance, this time in a tightly made, old-school B-like jailbreak thriller set against a historically true background. Francis Annan’s “Escape from Pretoria”, while flawed in some areas, gives legitimate thrills and keeps you excited all throughout, as you follow the trio of men on the quest of freedom. “Escape from Pretoria” … Continue reading Escape from Pretoria (2020)