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December 13th, 2017 Movie – Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

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We have come to the last movie in the original series and boy, what a way to go out. Now I admit that I did have a chance to see this movie in theaters when it came out. However, when I was presented with the choice of a 4th movie in a franchise, I decided to go watch Jaws: The Revenge instead, and I honestly don’t feel the slightest regret in my choice. Well, I might as well get this over with and watch today’s movie, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.

The plot: On a Soviet space station orbiting the Earth, a cosmonaut is singing while doing maintenance on the outside of the station while his fellow cosmonauts joke with him about is singing. Suddenly, some space debris hits the station, causing the station to spin while knocking the cosmonaut off the station and sending him into space. Superman shows up and stabilizes the station, then retries the floating cosmonaut and takes him back to the station and helps him inside before flying back down to Earth. In Smallville, Clark is wandering around his family’s farm getting ready to sell it as his mom , Martha Kent, had recently died. Heading into the barn, he sees his old spaceship and sees a glowing crystal and hears his birth mother Lara’s voice, telling him that it is an energy module and it’s power can only be used once. After Clark grabs the crystal, the spaceship dissolves just as Mr. Hornsby, the real estate agent, shows up. Clark meets with him but tells him he refuses to sell the farm to a developer, as he wants to sell it to someone who wants to have a farm. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is working at a prison rock quarry when his nephew Lenny shows up and helps him escape. Back in Metropolis, Clark heads down to the subway but just misses the train that Lois is on. As the train heads down the track, the engineer suffers a heart attack, causing the train to go out of control, and Clark, hearing the trouble, quickly changes into Superman and stops the train, saving everyone aboard. When Clark arrives at the Daily Planet, he learns that the Planet has been taken over by David Warfield, a tabloid tycoon, and his daughter Lacy. During the course of the day as David starts making his changes to the Planet, they see a televised speech from the President, saying that he was going to be increasing the country’s nuclear arsenal in response to Soviet’s activities. When a classroom hears the speech, the teacher suggests writing to their congressman to tell them how they feel but one kid, Jeremy, writes a letter to Superman instead. Elsewhere, Luthor and Lenny head to the Metropolis museum and steal a strand of Superman’s hair that he had donated. After grabbing it, Luthor tells Lenny that he plans on using it to make a being that is stronger than Superman. Back at the Daily Planet, Lacy has taken a liking to Clark and attempts to seduce him and convinces him to help her with some stories about various clubs in the city. Lois interrupts them and brings the letter Jeremy wrote to Superman and gives it to Clark to read. Lacy gets excited about the idea of using the kids letter to boost their circulation, and David brings Jeremy to Metropolis to show him around the city while printing a front page story about Superman saying “Drop Dead” to the kid. After seeing the headline, Superman heads to the Fortress of Solitude to consult with the Kryptonian Elders about the situation, and they tell him to not interfere and he can always go to a new world where there are no wars. After Clark returns to Metropolis, Lois meets him at his apartment, as they were supposed to go to a press dinner together, and he reveals that he is Superman to her again. They fly off for a while and after returning to his apartment, he discusses Jeremy’s letter with her before wiping her memory again. The next day, Jimmy Olsen is taking pictures of Jeremy around the city when Superman shows up and they head to the U.N., joined by Lois and Lacy along the way. Inside, Superman speaks to the delegates and tells them he plans on ridding the world of every nuclear weapon, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. As Superman collects the various nuclear weapons and throws them into the sun, Luthor meets with an American and Soviet general and makes plans to attach his device onto one of their missiles so that when it is thrown into the sun, it will create a being that will kill Superman and allow them to renew their arms race. The generals agree and once the missile is thrown into the sun, the Nuclear Man is born and flies back to Earth. Arriving at Luthor’s hideout, Nuclear Man starts to turn on Luthor but Luthor has him walk out of the sunlight, causing the Nuclear Man to depower and Luthor tells Lenny that he derives his strength from the sun and that the lack of sunlight is his only weakness. Meanwhile, Lacy is still having Clark join her at various clubs and while they are working out in her gym, she says they should tag along with Lois while she interviews Superman and make it a double date. Clark arrives at Lacy’s apartment and constantly manufactures situations to disappear so that he can change into Superman and vice versa. Suddenly, Clark hears a piercing noise and sees Luthor appear on a view screen downtown, telling Superman that only he can hear or see him and tells him that he has a bomb placed on a nearby building. Superman leaves Lacy’s apartment, and flies to the building to find Luthor and Lenny waiting for him. Luthor then introduces Superman to the Nuclear Man, telling Superman that after Nuclear Man kills him, he plans to use Nuclear Man to help restart the arms race, where he will make millions. The Nuclear Man and Superman start to battle across the world, with the Nuclear Man causing several disasters during the course of their fight. When the Nuclear Man grabs the Statue of Liberty and drops it from the sky, Superman grabs it and flies it back to Liberty Island, but Nuclear Man scratches him and infects Superman with radiation sickness. As the weakened Superman falls to the ground, Nuclear Man kicks him into the sky, while Superman’s cape falls to the ground. Later, David makes Lacy the new publisher of the Daily Planet and shows her Superman’s cape, which he had bought from the person that grabbed it, laying on her desk. Lois enters the office upset over the paper’s headline, “Superman Dead?” and quits, then grabs the cape off of Lacy’s desk. Lacy apologizes to Lois, saying she knew nothing about it, and asks if Lois has heard from Clark, as he hasn’t called in and she is worried about him. Lois heads to Clark’s apartment and breaks in to find Clark still sick from the radiation sickness, though he passes it off as the flu. Lois talks with Clark about her feelings towards Superman and leaves Superman’s cape with him. After she leaves, Clark takes the energy module and uses it to heal himself. Meanwhile, the Nuclear Man sees a picture of Lacy and becomes attracted to her so he flies off to grab her but finds Superman standing in front of the Daily Planet. When Superman refuses to tell him where Lacy is, Nuclear Man begins attacking the nearby people until Superman relents and agrees to take him to her. Superman manages to trick Nuclear Man into an elevator, where he loses his powers, then grabs the elevator and takes it up to the moon. As Superman leaves, a crack in the elevator door allows sunlight in, powering up Nuclear Man and he renews his attack on Superman, eventually pounding him down into the ground on the moon. Nuclear Man then flies back to Metropolis, grabs Lacy, and flies off with her. Superman digs himself out of the moon’s surface, then pushes the moon in front of the sun to cause an eclipse, then rescues Lacy from the depowered Nuclear Man. Superman then grabs Nuclear Man and drops him into a nuclear reactor, causing the reactor to power up to super levels. Later, Perry White gets a loan from the banks to buy the majority shares of the Daily Planet, forcing David out as owner. Later, Superman gives a speech in front of the U.N., saying that he could not be the one to stop the wars on Earth and that they needed to make sure to do that themselves. Superman then captures Luthor and Lenny, placing Lenny in a boys home while taking Luthor back to prison before flying off to new adventures.

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace was completely panned by the critics, holding a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “The Superman series bottoms out here: the action is boring, the special effects look cheaper, and none of the actors appear interested in where the plot’s going.” The failure of this movie at the box office caused The Cannon Group Inc., who had produced the movie, to put their plans for a Spider-Man movie on hold. Technically, the movie was a box office success, as it earned $36.7 million off of a $17 million budget, but it was considered a critical and commercial failure and it would be almost 20 years before another Superman movie would hit the big screen.

Good lord, this movie was terrible. I honestly feel bad for DC comics to have to be associated with this one. The acting was ok but honestly, several of the actors just didn’t seem to have their hearts into this one. The story was a mess and felt like they just kind of threw a bunch of ideas together and see what sticks. The special effects were really the worst aspect of this movie. I know this movie suffered from a lack of budget compared to the other movies but there was still issues with these. The green screen effects, even something as benign as Superman flying around, were simply awful. I also still didn’t like the additional powers that Superman was given, such as telekinesis and special eye beams that were able to restore the Great Wall of China after Nuclear Man destoryed parts of it. Anyways, this is one of those movies that always winds up on a “Worst Movie Ever” lists and definitely earns it’s place there.

Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5

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December 12th, 2017 Movie – Superman III

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Continuing with the exploits of the Last Son of Krypton, we come to today’s somewhat infamous entry into the franchise. Now this is a movie that honestly left a lasting memory in me back when I was a kid, mainly because one scene really creeped me out. To date, this has been the only Superman movie I have seen in theaters, not that I haven’t had opportunities to see any of the more recent movies in theaters. Anyways, let’s get on with today’s movie, Superman III.

The plot: Gus Gorman, a chronically unemployed man, is at the unemployment office and learns that his benefits have run out after his being out of work for 36 months. When he asks a man in line for a light, he sees an ad for a computer programming school and decides to enroll, where he discovers he has a knack for computer programming. Meanwhile, Clark Kent arrives at the Daily Planet and as he speaks with Perry about going to his high school reunion and doing a story on it, he learns that Lois is going to Bermuda for a story. Meanwhile, after finishing the programming school, Gus gets employment at Webscoe but when he is disappointed in all of the taxes that are taken out of his paycheck, he decides to embezzle from the company by rerouting the fractions of cents from all transactions into his account. Elsewhere, Clark is on a bus to Smallville with Jimmy Olsen when the bus is stopped due to a nearby fire at a chemical plant. As Jimmy sneaks in to take pictures of what is going on, Clark changes into Superman and asks the fire fighters how he can help. After rescuing some workers from the roof, Superman heads inside to ensure everyone is out and finds one man staying behind to look after the canisters of Beltric acid, saying if they heat up they will release an acidic cloud that could eat through anything. As the fire continues to rage, Superman rescues Jimmy, who had broken his leg when the ladder he was on broke. When the water runs out from the fire trucks, Superman heads to a nearby lake, freezes it, then carries it back to the fire, where the heat from the fire melts the ice and turns it into rain, which puts out the fires. At the reunion, Clark sees his high school crush Lana Lang and goes to talk with her, and she takes him out to the dance floor to avoid dealing with her drunken ex-boyfriend Brad Wilson. Clark stays in Smallville for a few more days, continuing to hang out with Lana and her son Ricky. Meanwhile, Gus’ actions are discovered by company owner Ross Webster, who blackmails Gus into helping him destroy the coffee crops in Colombia, as the Colombian government refuses to do business with him in his bid to control the coffee market. Ross and his sister Vera want Gus to use the Vulcan weather satellite to create a storm that will take out the crops and when Gus suggests they access Vulcan through a low level computer so it won’t be traced back to them, Ross sends him to Smallville, where a Webscoe subsidiary Wheatking is based. When Gus gets there, he convinces Brad, who is the night security guard, to let him in by bribing him with liquor. After Brad passes out drunk, Gus heads to the main computer room and after a couple of attempts, accesses the Vulcan satellite and has it create a hurricane to attack Columbia. Ross, Vera, and Lorelei Ambrosia, Ross’s psychic nutritionist, see the news about the hurricane and Ross starts celebrating but Gus shows up and tells him that Superman had stopped the hurricane and saved Colombia. Ross is upset that Superman might interfere with his oil plan but Lorelei mentions Kryptonite and he comes up with a plan. Ross has Gus use the Vulcan satellite to analyze the remains of Krypton so he can discover what Kryptonite is made of so that their labs can manufacture some to use against Superman. When Gus analyzes Krypton, he finds one of the elements is an unknown substance so he substitutes tar as the substance in the report. Superman agrees to show up at Ricky’s birthday party but the town of Smallville decides to hold a festival in his honor. During the festival, Gus, disguised as an Army officer, shows up and awards Superman for saving the town from the chemical fire and hands him the synthetic Kryptonite but Superman suffers no effects from it. Later, at Lana’s house, Superman starts acting strangely, choosing to flirt with Lana and delaying going to help with a traffic accident. Superman then straightens out the Leaning Tower of Pisa and blows out the Olympic Flame, causing the nations of the world to censure his actions. With Superman no longer being complete good guy, Ross feels that he will no longer be a hindrance to his plan. Ross has Gus order all of the oil pumps to start working and reroute all of the oil tankers to a spot in the middle of the ocean. Gus refuses at first unless Ross agrees to build him a supercomputer based on his own designs. When Ross agrees to build it, Gus uses the computers to do as Ross asks but one of the tankers refuses to follow the new orders. Realizing this, Ross has Lorelei seduce Superman and convince him to turn the tanker around but when he stops the tanker from continuing towards Metropolis, he ends up causing an oil spill. Meanwhile, Lana gets tired of dealing with Brad and realizing she needs a change, decides to move to Metropolis with Ricky. When they get into town, they see Superman getting drunk at a bar and causing a commotion and Ricky pleads with Superman to go back to being a hero as he flies off. Superman ends up heading to a junkyard and screaming in frustration, scaring off the workers. Suddenly, Superman separates into his good self, in the form of Clark, and his current evil self. The two personas begin fighting in the junkyard, with Clark eventually winning as he strangles the evil self until it disappears. Clark then changes into Superman and flies off towards the ocean, where he returns the oil to the tanker and repairs it. Superman than heads to Lorelei’s apartment, where he sees a video message from Vera inviting him to come get them. Superman flies to Glen Canyon, where Ross had the super computer built, but comes under fire from the computer’s defenses. As Superman heads inside the cave where the computer is, the computer analyzes him and is able to create a Kryptonite beam to use against him. Not wanting to be known as the man who killed Superman, Gus manages to cut the power to the computer but the computer becomes self aware and begins absorbing power from the nearby power lines to continue attacking Superman. Gus uses a fire axe to disable the beam projector but the computer blasts him away, knocking him unconscious. Superman recovers and flies away while Ross, Lorelei, and Vera try to escape the computer but Vera is captured and transformed into a cyborg. Vera attacks Loelei and Ross when Superman returns, carrying a container of Butric acid, and saves them. The computer doesn’t register the acid as a threat as it attacks Superman but as it drags Superman inside it’s core to try and turn him into a cyborg, the heat from the super computer heats up the acid and it ends up destroying the computer. Superman frees Gus and takes him out of there to a nearby coal plant. Superman grabs a piece of coal and crushes it into a diamond, then tells the workers that Gus would be a good hire but Gus opts not to work there and decides to walk to the nearest bus stop. In Metropolis, Clark heads to Lana’s apartment, telling her Superman can’t meet her for dinner but asks if she would like to go to dinner with him instead, to which Lana happily agrees. Clark then gives Lana the new diamond ring, which he had made to replace the one she was forced to pawn, when Brad shows up, having followed Lana to Metropolis. Brad attacks Clark in a drunken, jealous rage but Clark is able to dodge him and Brad ends up falling onto a room service cart and rolling into the elevator. The next day, Perry is congratulating Lois on the story she wrote while on vacation and as Lois is talking with Clark about his story and offers to take him to lunch, Clark tells her he is going to lunch with Perry’s new secretary, Lana. Later, Superman flies back to Pisa and restores the Leaning Tower back to it’s original position then flies off to orbit the Earth to look for new adventures.

Superman III was panned by most of the critics, holding a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “When not overusing sight gags, slapstick, and Richard Pryor, Superman III resorts to plot points rehashed from the previous Superman flicks.” Both Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder expressed their disgust over the firing of Richard Donner, with Reeves considering not returning for the movie, but he was eventually convinced to return when he was offered the ability to make some rewrites to the script while Kidder’s role was reduced to only a few minutes of screen time. Despite the bad reviews, the movie was a mild hit at the box office, earning $80.2 million off of a $39 million budget.

I am 50/50 on my feelings towards this movie. On the one hand, there are a couple of good scenes that are in this movie but overall, it’s kind of a let down. The acting was ok, with Christopher Reeve (Clark), Annette O’Toole (Lana) and Richard Pryor (Gus) doing great jobs in their roles. The story was a bit of a mess, and I think part of that was that they tried to put too much slap stick elements in it in an attempt to lighten the mood some, but it hurt the overall story. That being said, there were some good elements in this movie. The synthetic Kryptonite angle, which mimicked aspects of Red and Black Kryptonite, and the fight between Superman’s good and evil personas was definitely the best part of the movie. Meanwhile, the scene where Vera was turned into a cyborg is still a little unnerving but I felt like childlike memories might have made it more vivid than it really was. The special effects actually seemed better than in the second one but there were a few aspects that could have been better. All in all, it has a bit of a bad rep but this can be entertaining to watch.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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December 11th, 2017 Movie – Superman II

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As successful as Superman was, I don’t think there was any doubt that a sequel would be made. The funny thing is, the sequel was actually being filmed at the same time as the first movie but was put on hold before it was finished, as the studio wanted to get the first movie finished and see how it did before they completed work on the sequel. Now I don’t remember if I saw this in theaters but I do remember watching it on TV with my dad years ago and the kid in me thought it was awesome to see Superman fighting some other Kryptonians who were just as strong as him. So let’s see if this feeling still holds up with today’s movie, Superman II.

The plot: On Krypton, General Zod, Ursa, and Non break into a facility, killing the guard and breaking one of the crystals inside, but they are quickly captured, where a trial is held and they are banished to the Phantom Zone. Years later, Clark Kent arrives at the Daily Planet only to learn that a terrorist group has taken hostages at the Eiffel Tower and threaten to blow up Paris with a hydrogen bomb if their demands aren’t met. When he learns that Lois Lane has been sent there to cover the story, Clark quickly leaves the building before changing into Superman and flies off towards Paris. In Paris, Lois arrives at the Eiffel Tower but when she hears about the bomb, she sneaks into the Eiffel Tower and climbs underneath one of the elevators so she can get closer to the terrorists for a better story but her purse strap gets snagged on one of the struts, trapping her underneath. The terrorists release the hostages and send them down in one of the elevators while sending the bomb up on one of the others, which happens to be the one Lois is trapped underneath. When the terrorists leave the elevator, the police detonate explosives the placed in the junction box, sending the elevator crashing down but accidentally causing the bomb to be activated. Superman arrives in Paris and quickly flies down and stops the elevator from crashing, rescuing Lois, then flies the elevator car up into space to let it explode safely. When the bomb explodes, it sends shockwaves out that knock Superman back but he quickly recovers and flies back to Earth. However, the shockwaves also strike the Phantom Zone prism as it flies by Earth, freeing Zod, Ursa, and Non. The three Kryptonian fly to the moon, where they proceed to attack and kill three astronauts before flying down to Earth. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor and his henchman Otis, make plans to break out of prison, with Eve Teschmacher’s help by piloting a hot air balloon, but Otis’ weight is too much for the balloon so Luthor kicks the ladder off, leaving Otis behind as he and Teschmacher fly off. Clark and Lois are sent on assignment to Niagara Falls, posing as newlyweds to expose a honeymoon scam. While they are walking by the falls, Lois starts to get suspicious about Clark when Superman shows up to save a boy who fell off the railing and Clark is nowhere to be seen. At the same time, Luthor and Teschmacher head north and eventually reach the Fortress of Solitude, where Luthor learns of the existence of Zod, Ursa, and Non. Learning that there was a chance the three could escape the Phantom Zone, Luthor realizes that the strange alpha waves he had been detecting were the criminals and makes plans to contact them. Back at Niagara Falls, Lois voices her suspicions to Clark about his being Superman and decides to jump in the falls to prove her theory. As she makes her way down the river, Clark rushes along the bank and tries to save Lois without revealing his secret identity, eventually using his heat vision to sever a tree branch for her to use to stay afloat before she is able to get to shore. As she is chastising herself back in their hotel room, Lois asks Clark to hand her a brush and as he moves towards her, he trips over a bear-skin rug and his hand falls into the nearby fire. When Lois checks his hand and realizes it is unharmed, Clark finally comes clean and Lois says that he probably did so subconsciously. Realizing that they need to talk, especially after Lois says that she loves him, so he takes her to the Fortress of Solitude so he can explain everything. Meanwhile, Zod, Ursa, and Non arrive in the small town of East Houston, Idaho and quickly take over the town. When the military arrives to deal with them, the three Kryptonians easily defeat the military and then head to Washington to force the President to surrender. Back in the Fortress, Superman speaks with the image of his mother and learns there is a way to remove his powers and make him mortal, so he can live his life with Lois, but she cautions him that the process is irreversible. Clark agrees to go with it and enters a chamber that is filled with red solar radiation, removing his powers from him. Lois is shocked that he gave up his powers for her as the two end up sleeping together before making the journey back to Metropolis. When they stop at a diner to eat, Clark gets into a fight with a man harassing Lois and ends up getting beat up. As Lois helps him to his feet and tends to him, they see a televised broadcast of the President surrendering to Zod before pleading for Superman to help them. As Zod comes on camera and calls out Superman, Clark realizes the danger that he has placed on the Earth by surrendering his powers and decides to head back to the Fortress to see if there is anyway to get them back. Making his way up North, he finds the Fortress apparently destroyed by the process that removed his powers and calls out to his father, only to notice the green crystal that built the Fortress glowing on the ground. Meanwhile, Luthor arrives at the White House and informs Zod that Superman is the son of Jor-El, which angers Zod and the three Kryptonians head to Metropolis and attack the Daily Planet to draw him out. As they threaten Lois and Perry, Superman, having regained his powers, appears outside and draws the three villains outside to fight. The three Kryptonians battle with Superman throughout the city, and Zod takes advantage of Superman’s weakness by constantly attacking the people in the city. Realizing the battle couldn’t continue without hurting someone, Superman flies away, drawing reproach from the crowd below. Zod returns to the Daily Planet to declare his victory and tells Non to kill Luthor but Luthor says he knows where Superman is going and so Zod tells Non to stop and they take Luthor and Lois to follow after Superman. When they arrive at the Fortress, they renew their attack on Superman, who manages to use several tricks in order to grab Zod but Non and Ursa grab Lois and threaten to rip her in half unless Superman releases Zod. Superman reluctantly does so and Luthor approaches the group, only for Zod to say that he has outlived his usefulness. Luthor approaches Superman to ask for his help and Superman tells him to get the Kryptonian into the chamber so they can steal their powers. Luthor immediately warns Zod of the trap and Zod forces Superman to go into the chamber and then tells Luthor to activate the chamber. The room is bathed in light and when Superman exits the chamber, Zod orders Superman to kneel before him and swear fealty to him. Superman kneels but when he grabs Zod’s hand, Superman easily crushes it before picking him up and tossing him into a wall, where Zod falls into a crevice. Non tries to attack Superman but when he tries to fly, he fails and falls into another crevice while Lois knocks Ursa into a third crevice. Luthor realizes that Superman had switched things so that he was protected in the chamber while Zod and the others were exposed outside and Superman admits he knew that Luthor would try to double cross him which is why he didn’t tell him the truth. Superman flies Lois back home, and supposedly takes Luthor back to prison, and the next day, Clark goes to talk with Lois at work. Lois admits how hard it is knowing that he will always be flying off to save people and she can’t react any differently to him at work or outside without accidentally revealing who he is or how she feels about him. Clark kisses her and uses the kiss to wipe her memory of the last few days so that she doesn’t remember that he is Superman. Clark then leaves to go get Lois a hamburger and ends up running into the man who beat him up, where he easily beats the man this time. Superman then flies an American flag back to the top of the White House, apologizing to the President for being late and promising he will be there they next time they need help, then flies off to orbit the Earth.

Superman II met with high praise from the critics, holding an 87% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor.” The movie was about 75% filmed at the same time that Superman was filmed but when the studio went to finish the movie, director Richard Donner was no longer directing it as he was fired over disagreements with the studio. However, there were roughly 24 minutes of unused footage that Donner shot which were incorporated into an alternate DVD release titled the Richard Donner cut. While not as successful as it’s predecessor, the movie was still a box office success, earning $190.4 million off of a $50 million budget.

Ok, child me kind of died a little inside because this didn’t really hold up over time. Still, it wasn’t that bad of a movie. The acting was good, with Christopher Reeve (Clark), Margot Kidder (Lois), and Gene Hackman (Luthor) doing great jobs reprising their roles. I also liked Terrence Stamp (Zod) and Sarah Douglas (Ursa) but my favorite was Jack O’Halloran (Non), as his child-like innocence mixed with the Kryptonian powers made for some great, and sometimes funny, scenes. The story was pretty good though, as I haven’t seen the Donner cut, I am curious to see how the two versions compare and differ. However, one thing I didn’t like is the additional powers they seemed to give Zod and the others, such as the finger beams or the somewhat telekinetic powers they had. Also, and I apologize if this upsets anyone, but what was up with the stupid expanding chest shield thing that Superman threw at Non? The special effects honestly didn’t stand up to the test of time, as they truly look dated when watching it now. Still, this is a fun movie to watch and honestly better than some of the more recent efforts.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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December 10th, 2017 Movie – Superman

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As the year comes to a close, I find myself coming up on a week full of superhero movies. And not just any superhero, but movies featuring the man many people consider to be the first superhero, Superman. Now I remember first seeing this movie as a kind on TV and enjoyed the hell out of it. I have watched it several more times over the years whenever it would come on TV but never thought about buying it on DVD. Turns out that was a good thing as my mom ended up buying me the box set of movies for me for Christmas one year. So now it is time to go up, up, and away with today’s movie, Superman.

The plot: On the planet Krypton, Jor-El presents the evidence to the Council against General Zod, Ursa, and Non, a trio of Krptonians who attempted to overthrow the Council and rule in their stead. After being pronounced guilty, Zod asks Jor-El to join him or else he will get his vengeance on him and his heirs but Jor-El condemns them to imprisonment in the Phantom Zone. Afterwards, Jor-El speaks with the council about his belief that the planet will be destroyed soon but they refuse to believe him and threaten to imprison him in the Phantom Zone if he causes a panic. Jor-El promises to keep quiet over the matters, then heads to his home, where he talks with his wife Lara about sending their son Kal-El to Earth so he will survive the planet’s destruction. Finishing construction of the crystalline life pod, Jor-El and Lara place Kal-El in the pod, as well as a crystal containing all of the known knowledge of Krypton, then sends the pod to Earth, just as the red sun expands and causes Krypton to explode. As Kal-El travels through space, Jor-El’s voice speaks to him, telling him about Earth and the differences he will face when he gets there. Kal-El’s ship crash lands in a field outside Smallville, Kansas, where a passing couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent, see the spaceship crash and think it is a meteorite. When they check the site, they found Kal-El, now a toddler, starting to climb out of the hole in the ground and Martha, who had always wanted a child of her own, pleads with Jonathan to keep the boy to raise. Jonathan starts to argue against it but as he is changing a flat tire on their truck, the jack slips and and the truck starts to fal on him but he is saved by Kal-El, who is easily lifting up the front of the truck. The Kents decide to keep the boy and raise him as their own, calling him Clark. As years pass, Clark is now a teenager and has a crush on his classmate Lana Lang, but it is an unrequited love as she is dating someone else. After racing home after school one day, he talks with Jonathan, who is working on some farm equipment, about the struggles he is facing fitting in with everyone while he has to hide all the things he can do. As the two head back up to the house, Jonathan has a heart attack and collapses to the ground, with Martha’s scream alerting Clark to what happened. After the funeral, Clark agonizes to Martha over the fact that he has all of these powers but couldn’t save Jonathan’s life. That night, Clark hears a voice calling out to him, guiding him out to the barn, where he finds a glowing green crystal in the remains of his spaceship. The next day, Clark says goodbye to Martha, telling her that he spoke with a neighbor to make sure she had someone helping her, and she tells him both her and Jonathan knew the day would come and tells him he always has a home there before the two embrace. Clark makes his way up to the North Pole, and after being guided to a particular spot, he throws the crystal out into the frozen land, where it sinks into the snow and causes a massive, crystal structure to appear. Heading inside, Clark activates some of the crystal banks and is greeted by a holographic image of Jor-El, who tells him of who he is and proceeds to teach him about his powers and responsibilities over the course of 12 years, after which Clark is shown to be wearing a blue and red suit with a red cape and the House of El family crest on his chest. Clark heads to Metropolis, where he gets a job at the Daily Planet as a reporter, meeting his editor Perry White, photographer Jimmy Olsen, and fellow reporter Lois Lane. Lois isn’t too happy about Clark being assigned to her beat, attempting to embarrass Clark in front of Perry, but Clark starts to win her over with his good natured ways. After leaving work, Clark is talking with Lois when a man attempts to mug them and Clark tries to talk the man out of it. When Lois drops her purse and kicks the man when he goes to pick it up, the mugger accidentally fires his gun and Clark quickly catches the bullet, then pretends to faint so Lois won’t think anything strange occurred. Meanwhile, two police detectives follow a man named Otis, hoping he will lead them to his boss, the notorious Lex Luthor. As they separate, one of the detectives follows Otis down to some subway tracks, where Otis heads into a secret doorway, but when the detective tries to follow, Luthor, who was watching from hidden cameras, activates the hideout’s defenses to push him away from the door and into the path of an oncoming subway car. Inside his lair, Luthor’s girlfriend, Eve Teschmacher, isn’t happy with Luthor killing the cop or their living underneath the subway but Luthor says it is all part of his plan. Some time later, Lois heads up to the roof to catch a ride via the Daily Planet’s helicopter to the airport for a story but a cable becomes ensnared in the landing struts, causing the helicopter to crash back onto the roof and dangle over the edge. Clark is leaving the building when he notices the commotion on the street as everyone is looking up at the helicopter and, seeing Lois in danger, he quickly heads into a building’s revolving door, spinning ti faster than the eye can see as he changes into his costume and flies off. As Lois falls out of the helicopter, Clark saves her, the grabs the helicopter when it falls and places them both back on the roof. As he starts to fly off, Lois asks him who he is and he tells her he is a friend, then he flies off while Lois faints on the rooftop. Clark then heads off and stops some other crimes, as well as helping get a little girl’s cat out of a tree, then rescues Air Force One when a bolt of lightning takes out one of the engines. Later, Clark heads back to the Fortress of Solitude in the arctic, where he speaks with Jor-El about what he did and Jor-El cautions him to keep his secret identity intact, otherwise people would be asking for his help 24/7 while his enemies would try to hurt him by going after his loved ones. The next day, everyone is talking about the flying stranger and Perry orders his reporters to get details on the mystery person. While Perry is talking, Lois opens a card she received, asking to meet at her place that night and she realizes it is from the stranger. That night, Lois dresses up for her interview and when Clark appears, she asks him some question while also flirting with him. During the course of the interview, Clark lets slip that he has a problem seeing through lead, and reveals that he is from the Krypton. Clark then takes Lois flying through the sky before returning her back to her apartment and flying off. After he leaves, Lois decides to call him Superman, and starts working out the idea for her story when Clark shows up, reminding her that they were supposed to go on a date. After Lois’ interview is printed, Luthor, Otis, and Teschmacher read the article and Luthor realizes he knows how to stop Superman. He shows them an article about some meteorites that were found and tells them the meteorites are from Krypton, which would be toxic to Superman now, and they could hide them in a lead cigar box so that he can’t see inside. Some time later, Luthor and Teschmacher cause a distraction in front of a military convoy carrying a nuclear missile, allowing Otis to sneak on board the truck and reprogram the missile but when he meets back up with Luthor and Teschmacher, Luthor realizes that Otis screwed up so they cause a distraction on another convoy so that Teschmacher can reprogram that missile correctly. The next day, Lois is out on assignment in the West, doing a story on a land fraud scheme as someone is buying up a lot of worthless land, with Jimmy going with her. Perry calls Clark into his office to talk to him when Clark hears a high pitched sound, followed by a message from Luthor, telling him that he will be releasing a gas that will wipe out half the population of the city. Clark quickly changes into Superman and leaves, then flies over the city and searches for Luthor’s hideout. He eventually locates it and burrows underground into the subway tunnels and heads towards Luthor’s base, easily making his way through his defenses. When he arrives at Luthor’s base, Luthor explains his plan to Superman, telling him how he bought up the land out west, then plans to detonate a 500 megaton bomb inside the fault, setting off an earthquake that would destroy the West Coast of California while making his property the new West Coast. Luthor then explains that he hijacked the military missiles and has one of them heading to the fault while the other is heading towards Hackensack, NJ. Superman looks for the device to detonate the missiles and thinks Luthor has it hidden in a lead chest but when he opens, he discovers contains a piece of Kryptonite that Luthor had stolen from a museum. Luthor then attaches the chain with the Kyptonite around Superman’s neck and throws him in his pool to drown. As he walks off, Teschmacher says her mother lives in Hackensack and asks Luthor to stop the missile but he refuses. Teschmacher goes to the pool and tells Superman she will save him if he saves her mother first before saving the West Coast and when he agrees, she dives into the pool and saves him, kissing him before removing the Kryptonite from around his neck. Superman flies off and manages to catch the missile heading for Hackensack, flying it up into space to detonate harmlessly, but while he is doing that, the second missile strikes the fault and activates an earthquake. Superman rushes there and works on repairing the damaged fault, then deals with the disasters that were caused, including fixing the Golden Gate Bridge, and stopping the flood caused by the broken Hoover Dam. While this is going on, Lois’ car falls into a crevice and she ends up suffocating from the dirt falling into her car. When Superman finds her car and drags it out, he pulls her lifeless body from the car and after holding it for a few minutes, cries out in grief and quickly flies into the air. As he is flying, he hears the voices of both Jor-El and Jonathan speaking in his head, giving him conflicting thoughts on what he should do, but Superman refuses to let someone he cares about die again. Superman begins flying around the Earth, causing it’s rotation to reverse, which causes the recent damage to the area to be as if it never happened. Once that happens, Superman flies around the Earth to restore it’s rotation back to normal then flies down to ensure that Lois is safe. After speaking with Lois and Jimmy for a few minutes, Superman flies back to grab Luthor and Otis and take them to prison, then flies off to orbit the Earth, looking for more people to help.

Superman was well received by the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.” This movie marked the first time that the “S” on Superman’s chest stood for a Kryptonian family crest, an idea, along with several other aspects, which has since been integrated into the comics and subsequent adaptations. The movie was a box office success, earning $300.2 million off of a $55 million budget.

I will admit that it has lost some of it’s appeal to me over the years but this is still a pretty good movie. The acting was good, with Christopher Reeve really turning in an iconic performance as the legendary character while Gene Hackman was almost as good as Luthor. Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Margot Kidder (Lois), and Jackie Cooper (Perry White) were also good. The story was good in regards to the origin story and Superman making his way to Metropolis, making the one change of having Superman never using his powers as Superboy and only using them when he gets to Metropolis as an adult. However, one aspect of the movie that I didn’t like, and even as a kid I knew didn’t make sense, was the whole Superman flying around the Earth and reversing it’s rotation. Even back then, I knew that what he was doing wasn’t going to be able to turn back time. That aspect aside, the rest of the story was good and very enjoyable. The special effects really were pretty good and they did a great job with the inside of the Krypton city, though the outside did look a little cheap. A good movie and one that really set the standard for all other films to follow.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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December 9th, 2017 Movie – Supercroc

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What a fun time yesterday was. It’s not often that we get a nice little snow storm in Atlanta, and wake up to find it is still going on. This just makes it the perfect weather to watch a movie from my favorite company, The Asylum. Now today’s movie is one that I first saw on Syfy years ago while I was doing some random channel surfing. I then ended up buying it on DVD during the Great Blockbuster Binge. So let’s kick back and enjoy today’s movie, Supercroc.

The plot: In the Los Padres National Forest outside of Los Angeles, four soldiers are on an assignment to locate an abject that was detected in the forest. While they are walking through the woods, Pvt. Celia Perez and Pvt. Jackson are discussing their upcoming wedding and how one of them will have to transfer to another unit after they get married. When they reach a lake, the group splits up, with Perez and Jackson heading in one direction while Pvt. Forney and Major Falk head off along the lake shore. Forney is killed by a giant crocodile, with Falk being killed shortly afterwards. Perez and Jackson look for their teammates briefly before they decide to leave when they stumble upon a cluster of large eggs. Perez tries to radio their command on the situation when she hears the mother growling close by and tells Jackson to run. Back at command, General McFadden is arguing with his staff about what is happening while Dr. Leah Perrot tells him to get his men out of there, as they are not able to handle what they are facing. Back in the forest, Jackson is killed by the crocodile but Perez manages to climb a tree and escape as the crocodile passes underneath before heading back into the lake. Perez contacts command to tell them what happened and about the eggs and a helicopter drops off a second team, led by Capt. Joe Lynch, to rescue Perez and recover the bodies of the fallen soldiers. Lynch and his team eventually locate Perez but when he asks her about the bodies, she tells him there aren’t any. Lynch wants to head to the lake to check for himself but before they can leave, they are attacked by the crocodile and Lynch’s men are killed while he and Perez manage to escape. Meanwhile, a team sent in by Perrot arrives at the nest site and proceeds to grab some of the eggs to bring back for study, then destroy the remaining eggs. Meanwhile, Perez and Lynch try to reach the evac helicopter but the crocodile, attracted by the noise, gets there and destroys it. Perez and Lynch try to make their way out of the forest and reach the nest site and discover that it has been destroyed. Back at command, Perrot tells McFadden what she knows about the creature, and they make plans to evacuate the National park before hitting it with an air strike. Perez and Lynch arrive just as the evacuation is leaving and are forced to take cover as the air strike hits the crocodile but it survives the attack and makes it’s way out of the park, going after it’s surviving eggs. Back at Command, Perrot and McFadden go over possibilities to handle the crocodile and keep it out of Los Angeles. Perrot suggest using a chemical attack to kill it, and McFadden reluctantly agrees and orders the outskirts of Los Angeles to be evacuated. The attack strikes the crocodile and seemingly works so Perrot leaves Command and radios her team to prepare to move the eggs. Meanwhile, Perez and Lynch are picked up and flown to Command, where they inform McFadden about the destroyed nest and McFadden realizes Perrot had people go take some of the eggs and orders his men to go to her lab and retrieve them so they can lure the crocodile away from Los Angeles. The crocodile recovers and from the chemical attack and continues towards Los Angeles, killing Perrot as she makes her way towards her lab. McFadden decides to use the eggs as bait to attack the crocodile and Perez and Lynch head out to the trap and build a bomb to attack the crocodile’s underbelly, where it is most vulnerable. They succeed in blowing up the crocodile, and McFadden has the eggs destroyed. Perez and Lynch head out, with them each offering to buy the other a drink, but as they pass by a dumpster, where a hidden egg is starting to hatch.

An early Asylum movie that was honestly a confusing mess of a movie. The acting was ok but nobody really stood out in this movie. The story was actually confusing, with the flipping between what was going on with the crocodile and the Command center not helping clear things up at time. The special effects were actually pretty bad this go around, which is actually to be expected as this was an early movie of theirs and they have since perfected their craft. Not their best movie, which is kind of a disappointment considering the number of their movies that I enjoy.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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December 7th, 2017 Movie – Super Shark

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It’s about time I got to my favorite type of movies. Now today’s movie is one of a batch of sci-fi B-movies that John Schneider made in 2011-2012. I had found out about these movies through various web sites and knew I had to buy them. Today’s movie has an even funnier memory for me as it was shown during the Friday Night Sci-Fi Drive-In panel at DragonCon a couple of years ago, which was super fun watching. After all, what could be more fun than a giant shark going on a killing spree. So it’s time for me to have some fun with today’s movie, Super Shark.

The plot: Out on the deep water oil rig Nautilus, two workers are complaining about things falling apart around the place when the radio suddenly bursts into static. On the ocean’s floor, a chasm suddenly opens up where they are drilling and a gigantic shark emerges and quickly attacks and sinks the Nautilus. The next day, Roger Wade, the head of Traymore Industries that owned the Nautilus, is interviewed about the incident and he says the rig was destroyed by a quake, as seismic activity was detected in the area, and that there would be little damage to the ecosystem. On the beach, head lifeguard Tyler is handing out assignments to Cali and Greg and after Greg heads out, Cali comments to Tyler how he is her type. Meanwhile, Rick and a friend are diving out by the reef while Rick’s girlfriend Jill is sunbathing on their boat. When Jill sees a giant shark fin circling them, she tries contacting Rick only to get static on the radio. She then spots blood in the water, from where Rick was killed, just before the shark leaps out and slams into the boat, sinking it. Dr. Catherine “Cat” Carmichael hires a local skipper named Chuck to take her out to the edge of the quarantine zone around the Nautilus. When they get there, Cat is surprised to see there is no sign of any oil in the water and she collects a water sample before telling Chuck they can head back. Cat then heads out to see Roger and ask him some questions but he is too busy to really talk so she agrees to meet him for drinks later that night. Cat then heads to the hospital to see the lone survivor of the wreck, who admits they were pumping chemicals down the shaft to help break up some hard rock that they encountered. He then tells her that a giant shark was what sunk the rig but when she appears skeptical and asks if he is sure, he laughs and says he made it up before leaving. Out in the ocean, a Navy sub is heading towards port when they encounter the shark and attempt to shoot it with torpedoes but the torpedoes miss and the shark ends up destroying the sub. Later, a plane is sent out to try and find the sub and finds no sign of it but does see the shark. Cat heads out to Roger’s house and confronts him about the chemical agent he used in his drilling, saying that it most likely caused the platform’s collapse. When she leaves, Roger contacts his lawyer and tells him what Cat had said and that she was right but his lawyer tells him to deny everything and see if he can find a chink in her armor. Elsewhere, Cali and Tyler head to a bar for an early birthday celebration for Cali and invite Greg to come. As they are drinking, local radio DJ Dynamite Stevens is holding a bikini contest and Cali decides to enter to attract Greg. As she is on stage, Greg admits to Tyler that he is interested in her and kisses her and when Cali sees this, she quickly runs off the stage. When Tyler goes looking for her to apologize for what happened, they are both attacked and killed by the shark. Cat hires Chuck to go out looking for fish but see no sign of anything in the water. Chuck gets on the radio to a friend to see if he is having any luck while Cat heads out on deck but he gets interference. Suddenly, Cat sees the shark circling them and calls Chuck out to see it, then tells him to turn off the radio. When Chuck does so, the shark swims away and Cat speculates that it is attracted to radio waves while emitting it’s own radio waves, which is what caused the interference. Meanwhile, Greg is killed by the shark when he goes looking for Tyler and Cali and some time later, the shark kills the photographer and the bikini contest winner and runner up while they are doing a photo shoot. Some time later, Cat goes back to Roger’s house and Roger, having found out that she was fired from her job, offers her a bribe to walk away, saying he wasn’t at fault. Catherine admits that he wasn’t responsible for destroying the rig, the giant shark he released was, and she takes the money and leaves. Cat heads to the bar and proceeds to get drunk when Chuck finds her and takes her out of there. When she wakes up, Chuck asks her about the money and she admits about the bribe and being fired. Chuck tells her that the National Guard has been called in to deal with the shark and they head out to the beach to inform them about the radio waves affect on the shark. While they are speaking with Captain Jackson, the shark shows up and begins attacking the soldiers on the beach. The soldiers eventually force it back into the water by use of flamethrowers but when Jackson orders an air strike to take out the shark, they are surprised to see that the shark can jump out of the water high enough to take out the planes. Cat and Chuck attend a meeting with the military to figure out how to kill the shark. Cat tells them that the sharks hide is too thick for normal weapons so their best bet is to destroy it from the inside. She also tells them about the shark either being attracted or angered by radio waves so they can use them to lure the shark to them. The military comes up with a plan to use a prototype tank to attack the shark and use a radio and large speakers to lure the shark to the beach. The shark is able to out maneuver the tank and destroy it and when Jackson tries to use the C4 charges attached to the radio but it fails to detonate, he orders his men to fall back. Cat grabs the radio and lures the shark towards some rocks, where it gets trapped while trying to reach her. With the shark trapped, Cat is able to throw the radio in it’s mouth then detonate it, killing the shark. When a gore covered Cat emerges from the rocks, Chuck rushes out to greet her and they walk off together. Meanwhile, Traymore Industries is given a steep fine for their use of chemicals in the water and Roger is interviewed, where he says they will accept the fine and continue to work towards drilling for more oil.

This is a ridiculous, yet fun movie to watch. The acting was good for the most part, with John Schneider (Roger), Sarah Lieving (Cat), and Tim Abell (Chuck) all did good jobs in their roles. I did think it was funny that they had Jimmie JJ Walker playing a character called Dynamite Stevens, just as an excuse to have him say his famed catchphrase over and over again. The story was ok, doing a decent job of explaining how the shark came about but only marginally handled the whole radio waves aspect of the movie. The special effects were laughably bad, especially the scenes that featured a close up of the shark killing someone on land. Meanwhile, the whole walking tank bit was absolutely ridiculous and still has me laughing every time I see it. So if you want some laughs on the utterly ridiculous side, then this movie is definitely worth watching.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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December 4th, 2017 Movie – Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li

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You know what needs to happen, a prequel story to Street Fighter that has no relation with the original movie. Ok, I am completely lying about that and yet that is exactly what we got with today’s movie. Now, as soon as I saw the trailers for this movie, I knew it was going to be a “steaming pile” and had no desire to see it in theaters or rent it. Then I got bored while wandering through Movie Stop one day and ended up buying it. To be honest, I think the only reason I bought it was because I was buying some video game based movies and decided to go full on terrible in my purchases. Well, let me get some antacid ready as I watch today’s movie, Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li.

The plot: As a young girl, Chun-Li is forced to travel a lot due to her father’s job but while they are at their home in Hong Kong, her father Xiang begins teaching her wushu. One night, when Xiang returns home, he is attacked by Balrog and some men and he manages to hold them off but when Chun-Li comes downstairs to find out what is happening, Balrog grabs her and Xiang surrenders so he will let her go. Bison enters the room and tells Chun-Li to listen to her father and head upstairs and she watches from her window as Xiang is forced into a car and her mother is struck by Balrog when she tries to stop them. Years later, Chun-Li has become a young woman and is performing a piano concert in Hong Kong and when she returns back stage, her friend says a gift came for her, an ancient scroll. As Chun-Li takes the subway home, she sees some men beating on someone before leaving him lying on the ground and as Chun-Li approaches him and asks someone to help, she notices the web tattoo on his hand. Meanwhile, Bison meets with the heads of the local branches of Shadaloo and says that he will be taking over control of all of them and when the men laugh and leave the building, Bison has Vega kill them all. He then receives a flash drive from Balrog and takes it to Xiang, whom he has been holding captive all this time, and tells him it is photos and a recording of Chun-Li’s concert, which he gives to him in exchange for his continued work for him. After Chun-Li’s mother dies, she decides to find out more about the scroll she received and as she is walking along the streets of Hong Kong, a street sweeper, bearing the same web tattoo, forces her into a shop. Inside, the owner examines the scroll and tells Chun-Li that she should go to Hong Kong and seek out a man named Gen, and Chun-Li realizes that Gen was the one she had helped and forced her into the shop. Meanwhile, Thailand police detective Maya Sunee is joined by Interpol Agent Charlie Nash and they discover the heads of the crime families and Nash tells her that Bison is the one behind it in order to consolidate power. Chun-Li travels to Bangkok, where she lives on the streets, and constantly searches for Gen but has no luck. One night, she sees some thugs beating someone and yells at them to stop, then proceeds to get in a fight with the men. Chun-Li beats them but passes out due to exhaustion and Gen shows up and carries her away. When she regains consciousness, Gen tells Chun-Li that they have been watching her and know where Xiang is being kept. Chun-Li is shocked to learn that Xiang is still alive and asks where he is but Gen tells her she is not ready to know. He then starts to explain about Bison and Shadaloo, saying he used to be part of the organization but now chooses to help those that Shadaloo hurts. He then offers to train Chun-Li in his style of martial arts, warning her that her anger will keep her from realizing her potential and Bison would easily capitalize on it. Meanwhile, Bison has kidnapped the families of various property owners of the slums around the waterfront in order to buy up the property for his own ends. Nash and Maya are keeping tabs on Bison’s operations and follow Bison’s secretary Cantana after she leaves the meeting. Unknown to them, Chun-Li was also watching Shadaloo and follows Balrog, where she overhears him discussing a shipment called the White Rose and asking for it to get into the city without going through customs. Chun-Li continues her training with Gen, who comments on her improvement. That night, Chun-Li heads to the night club where Cantana is and, given her fondness for women, manages to attract her attention and lead her into the bathroom. Once there, Chun-Li attacks her and manages to get the location of where the White Rose will be arriving and gives Cantana a message before she is forced to quickly leave when Cantana’s bodyguards start to break into the restroom. Chun-Li heads to another part of the club, where she ends up being attacked by the bodyguards and some other men, but she quickly defeats them and quickly runs when Nash and Maya, alerted to the commotion, head into the club and see what she did. The next day, Nash and Maya try to find Chun-Li but realize that the people in the area are protecting her. Meanwhile, Chun-Li asks Gen to tell her about Bison and he tells her how Bison had grown up an orphan and became a thief as the years passed. Seeking to get more power, he took his pregnant wife to a hidden temple and transferred all of the goodness in his soul into his unborn child, then kills his wife and cuts the child from her womb. Gen then sends Chun-Li out to get some groceries, wanting to get her out of the house as he knows Shadaloo men are coming. When the men get there, Gen is able to defeat them but Balrog fires an RPG at the house, blowing it up. Chun-Li had just returned and is knocked back by the blast and when she tries to find Gen, all she can find is his medallion and she weeps for the loss of her master. Meanwhile, Bison hires Vega to ensure the White Rose arrives untroubled and to kill Chun-Li. As Chun-Li is walking the streets, she senses someone following her and takes off running along the rooftops before quickly hiding. When Vega approaches where she is, Chun-Li fights with him and quickly beats him, leaving him tied up and hanging off the roof of a building. The next day, Chun-Li heads to the harbor and questions a dock worker as to when the White Rose is supposed to arrive. Meanwhile, Nash returns to his task force headquarters to find that it has been disbanded under orders from above and Maya tells him that he was right about Shadaloo’s influence. Chun-Li heads to the dock to intercept the shipment only to be captured by Bison and his men. Chun-Li is taken to a warehouse and tied to a chair, then Xiang is brought into the room and the two are left alone to talk for a few minutes before Bison enters and breaks Xiang’s neck before leaving. Balrog orders two men to kill Chun-Li but she is able to knock them out and escape. As she makes her way through the streets, Balrog and his men spot her and give chase and start firing at her but some of the crowd begin chasing after them. When Chun-Li is shot trying to prevent Balrog from shooting a kid, the crowd begins throwing things at Balrog and his men, forcing them to leave. Chun-Li ducks into an alley, where she is found by Gen and he takes her away to tend to her injuries. After she is healed, Chun-Li returns to the dock worker, who apologizes for leading her into a trap, and learns when the White Rose is really arriving. Chun-Li then heads to see Nash, telling him of the White Roses arrival and asking him to help her take down Bison. Nash arrives at the dock with his men and are soon joined by Maya and some of her men but as they see Bison arriving, Nash notices a bomb in the building and they quickly evacuate before it explodes. Bison’s men then begin firing on the cops, who are forced to defend themselves but Maya is injured during the fight. Elsewhere, Gen heads onto the boat and encounters Balrog, who reveals that the White Rose is a girl before Gen uses liquid nitrogen to kill him. Meanwhile, Chun-Li is on the boat looking for Gen when she spots a girl and tells her to stay where she is. When Chun-Li finds Gen, he tells her what Balrog said and Chun-Li realizes that the girl she saw is actually Bison’s daughter, Rose. The two go find Nash, who has a helicopter ready and they head off after Bison, who had managed to grab Rose and get away during the confusion. Chun-Li, Gen, Nash, and one of Maya’s SWAT team members head into Bison’s headquarters and attempt to find Bison and Rose, taking out the guards along the way. Gen encounters Bison, who easily defeats him, while Nash finds Rose and takes her out of the building. When Bison enters Rose’s room, he finds Gen waiting for him and the two fight again but when Bison throws Gen out the window, Gen’s leg is impaled on a piece of rebar. Before Bison can finish him off, Chun-Li attacks him and after a vicious battle, she summons a ki blast to knock him off the roof they are on, then jumps down onto him and breaks his neck. Nash approaches her and tells her to leave while he deals with the fallout with the authorities. Some time later, Chun-Li returns to her home in Hong Kong when Gen approaches her and shows her an article about an upcoming street fighter tournament. He says that they need to recruit some more fighters and mentions a prospect in the tournament named Ryu but Chun-Li says that she won’t join him as she is home now.

It may be hard to imagine, but Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li did even worse than it’s predecessor, only earning a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “The combination of a shallow plot and miscast performers renders Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li a perfectly forgettable video game adaptation.” The movie marks the third fighting video game franchise that Robin Shou has been a part of, as he had played Liu Kang in the Mortal Kombat movies and the pirate leader in D.O.A.: Dead Or Alive. The movie was a box office bomb, only earning $12.8 million off of an $18 million budget.

Oh yeh, this is definitely one of those movies that is famous for being terrible. The acting was ok at best, with Robin Shou (Gen) and Michael Clarke Duncan (Balrog) doing good jobs in their roles but the actual stars, Kristin Kreuk (Chun-Li) and Neal McDonough (Bison), actually being pretty boring with their roles. The story was a horrendous mess, only loosely following the story in the game, that being the fact that Chun-Li was after Bison for revenge for her father, but several of the major characters in the game, outside of Bison’s men Balrog and Vega, are not seen or mentioned, except for Ryu at the end. Some of the fight scenes were ok but a lot of the special effects looked cheap, which hurt the scenes they were used in. If you really want to watch this movie, do yourself a favor and smack your head against a brick wall a few times first, so you can be rendered unconscious before the movie starts.

Rating: 1 out of 5

 

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