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June 16th, 2019 Movie – Ants

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I don’t know why there was such a resurgence of killer bug movies in the 70’s but my younger self certainly enjoyed watching them on the weekends. So continuing on with my reviews of some old TV movies I saw as a child, I came across this little gem; which once again showed me that my memory of events as a child was not always 100% accurate. Now I remember seeing this movie on TV one day when I was about 6-7 years old. and clearly recall the ants attacking people in the movie. However, there is one scene at the end of the movie that I honestly thought had occurred in a different movie, mainly one involving killer bees, not ants. My surprise at discovering my mistake didn’t really detract from my enjoying watching the movie so sit back and let me relive some nostalgia as I watch today’s movie, Ants.

The plot: As a construction crew is working next to Lakewood Manor, one of the workers is suddenly attacked by a swarm of ants while he was working in a covered ditch. Another worker hears him crying out for help and heads down to the ditch to help him, but they both end up being accidentally buried alive by a bulldozer. Meanwhile, Anthony Fleming, a real estate magnate, is heading to the manor with his partner/lover Gloria to try and buy the manor from Ethel Adams, the owner, and turn it into a casino. They arrive at the Manor, just as Mike Carr, the construction foreman, notices his missing workers and heads to the hotel to see if they are there. Inside the hotel, Valerie, Ethel’s daughter, apologizes to Fleming, as her grandmother is having second thoughts about selling, then she tells her frustrations to Mike, as they are dating. Mike leaves the hotel and after talking with his coworker Vince about the missing men, Mike decides to check the trench and notices a hardhat on the ground inside. Mike yells out for Vince to get help and the rest of the crew head over to help as they find and dig out the men. An ambulance is called to take the men to the hospital, where one died from asphyxiation and the other dies from some sort of toxic reaction. When Mike returns to the hotel, he looks around the ditch to see if he can figure out what happened to his men, just as Peggy Kenter, a Board of Health inspector, and her assistant White show up to find out what happened to the workers. Meanwhile, a boy that was collecting glass bottles to recycle had been attacked by some ants and goes screaming into the pool to attempt to get them off. Mike and Richard, a hotel employee, rushes into the pool to rescue the boy, who is taken to the hospital and dies from the same thing that killed Mike’s worker. As Mike continues to try and figure out what is going on, Vince is bitten by some ants and after Mike helps him, Vince finds that his leg has gone numb. Figuring that the ants are somehow responsible, Mike catches some in a jar to be tested, just as the manor’s cook dies in the kitchen. Peggy and White quarantine the kitchen and begin preparations to evacuate the manor’s guests, as White feels that this is the result of a virus and when Mike explains his theory to them, White scoffs at the notion that ants are the cause of it. As Mike gets pissed and storms off, Peggy takes the jar of ants to a friend of hers to ask if it is possible that they could be deadly, and her friend says it is possible due to all the toxins that have been put into the earth over the years. Back at the hotel, Mike has gotten into the bulldozer and begins digging up the ditch, and the drain pipe that leads into the hotel, causing the ant colony to begin swarming around the hotel. Mike, realizing what is happening, tells Vince to have the men dig a ditch around the hotel to contain the ants while he tries to make his way inside. At the hotel, several of the guest that had not evacuated have been killed by the ants, as well as White and Gloria, leaving Valerie, Ethel, Fleming, Richard, and his new girlfriend Linda left alive. Mike makes it inside and has everyone head upstairs to stall for time, as the ants are starting to swarm the downstairs. When the police and fire department show up, they use the engine’s ladder to try to rescue everyone in the hotel but are only able to get Linda out before the others are forced to move to the higher floors. A helicopter is brought in and they manage to load Ethel into the basket so she can be carried to safety but as the helicopter goes to leave, Richard ends up falling off the balcony and lands on a lower awning. Vince manages to rescue Richard, just as the helicopter begins to land nearby but the backwash from the helicopter’s props sends the nearby ants flying into the crowd of onlookers, forcing them to avoid using the helicopter for any more rescue attempts. The fire chief gets in touch with Mike to explain the situation, telling him that the Coast Guard is sending some special suits they can use to rescue them but they won’t be there for 30 minutes. Mike, Valerie, and Fleming try to barricade the room as best they can and as the ants start to seep through, and Peggy’s friend Tom tells them that they have to try and stay as still as possible, as the ants might not see them as threatening and attack them. Mike cuts some strips of wallpaper to use as breathing tubes, and has everyone sit down and stay calm, slowly using the tubes for when they need to take a breath. Mike and Valerie manage to stay calm and follow the plan but Fleming panics when the ants start crawling on him and he attempts to jump off the balcony into the pool below, but misses and falls onto the concrete. The suits finally arrive and Mike and Valerie are rescued from the ants and after reuniting with Ethel, Ethel tells them to go ahead and get married and not to worry about her, as she is going to move to Florida with her sister.

While this wasn’t a bad movie on the whole, it was quite a bit on the boring side. The acting was ok, with Robert Foxworth doing a good job in his role as Mike. The other actors were ok, though I was rather surprised by the amount of actors I was familiar with being in this movie, such as Suzanne Somers and Brian Dennehy. The plot was decent, if a little slow in building up to any real tension. The scene at the end with Mike, Valerie, and Fleming sitting in the room as the ants crawl all over them definitely provided the means to make ones skin crawl, especially when you had an ant crawling all around Valerie’s eye. The special effects weren’t much, as this was a made for TV movie, but they did a decent job showing the ants interacting with the people. All told, this isn’t the type of movie that would blow anyone away, but is worth a watch if you happen to come across it.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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June 9th, 2019 Movie – Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo

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So I decided to go ahead and continue watching/reviewing some old TV movies from the 70’s this month. Today’s movie is one that I remember watching once as a kid back in the 2nd/3rd grade. The problem is, I kind of mixed portions of this movie with Kingdom Of The Spiders, which came out in theaters the same year and I had seen about the same time. When I obtained my copy of Kingdom Of The Spiders, and realized that some of the scenes I remembered where not in that movie, I considered trying to locate the movie that had those scenes in it, but will admit that I didn’t put much effort into it. Then I came across a couple of old movies on YouTube and realized that one of them was the movie I remembered. That is how I came to find myself watching Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo today.

The plot: At a small airstrip in Ecuador, some farmers are loading sacks of coffee beans onto a plane, not noticing that some tarantulas are getting into the bags with the beans. The two pilots, Buddy and Fred, are discussing how much money they will make selling the coffee back in the states when some Federales show up, telling them that they owe $300 as an export tax. Having no money between them, Buddy and Fred try to bribe the officers with some of the coffee but when the men refuse, they get the money buy agreeing to smuggle some men into the US on their plane. After paying off the officials, they get their plane ready to take off, sneaking the men on board as they move the plane to the runway. As they fly through the night, the fly into a storm, where the turbulence causes the bags to fall over and the tarantulas escape and bite one of the men in the cargo hold. The next day, one of the engines goes out on their plane and Buddy and Fred attempt an emergency landing near the small town of Finleyville, CA, but some of the tarantulas had made it into the cockpit when Fred had gone to check on the men in the hold and begin attacking the two pilots, causing them to lose control of the plane and crash. Cindy Beck and Joe Harmon, who had been in contact with the plane when it crashed, call the town’s emergency services and then head out to see if they can help. As a crowd starts to form in the area, Joe talks with Bert Springer, one of the town leaders and head of the volunteer fire department, and when they notice fuel leaking from the wing, the work on getting a trench built around the plane to contain the fuel. As the trench is finished, a kid riding a dirt bike rides up but loses control of his bike, crashing into the trench and causing the fuel to ignite. The fire department works on getting the fire under control, not noticing that the tarantulas are escaping from the plane. Once the fire is contained, Joe and Bert head inside to check if anyone is inside, finding one survivor, while Doc Hodgins oversees getting Buddy and Fred out of the cockpit, with Fred being the only one still alive. As Mayor Douglas talks with Hodgins to ask what could have caused the crash and the mens deaths, worrying that any negative press or possible plague could have an impact on their orange harvest, a man that had been stealing some of the coffee from the plane is bitten by a spider and goes into convulsions, though nobody saw the spider. The next day, a teacher is bitten by a tarantula and dies and when another teacher finds the spider and takes it to Hodgins, he checks the teacher and compares it’s fangs to the wound he found on her leg. Hodgins contacts Joe, who was riding in the ambulance with the two survivors, and when they find bites on them as well, Joe tells Hodgins to have Cindy pick him up, then has the ambulance pull over so he can get out. Joe and Cindy head to the plane to see if they can find some more spiders there and after finding one, they take it to a friend of Joe’s in L.A., who identifies it as a Banana Spider, one of the most venomous and aggressive spiders in the world. As Hodgins talks with Bert about the spider, Cindy’s brother Matthew attempts to grab one that was in a truck full of oranges that was leaving the packaging plant, and ends up getting bitten and dies. Meanwhile, Mayor Chad Douglas is with an inspector, who approves of the plant’s oranges, and he makes plans to get them shipped out, unaware that all of the spiders have been drawn to the plant due to all of the oranges inside. When Joe and Cindy arrive back in town and learn about Matthew’s death, Joe heads to the plant with a container of strong pesticide so he can kill the spiders but Bert stops him, as it would ruin the crop. As the townsfolk gather at the plant and argue over what they should do, Chad says that they have only 16 hours to before the train arrives to pick up the oranges and if they don’t make it on the train, the town will be monetarily finished. Joe gets the book his friend loaned him about the spiders and learns that they will become paralyzed when they hear the droning of wasps, their mortal enemy, so the townsfolk come up with a plan to get rid of the spiders. Recording the droning of angry bees, they place speakers inside the warehouse, then place some fruit in the middle of an open area to lure in some insects, which will attract the spiders. When a large group of spiders converges on the fruit, they begin playing the recording, causing the spiders to freeze up. After they are sure the spiders are paralyzed, Bert, Joe, Cindy, and some other people head inside and begin grabbing the paralyzed spiders, dropping them in buckets of gasoline and alcohol to kill them. As the people outside watch their progress, Rich, who is part owner of the warehouse, attempts to burn the warehouse down to collect on the insurance money but trips on the roof and falls off, taking out the power lines as he falls. With the power out, the automatic doors close, trapping the people inside the warehouse just as the spiders start moving again. Steve, who had seen Rich head up to the roof, decides to head up the same way and enters the warehouse, then leads the trapped people back outside. As they make it outside, Chad manages to get some people to repair the lines so that they can continue getting rid of the spiders and save the oranges.

You know, sometimes you have to give props to the simplistic approach to movies, especially the made-for-TV variety. This was actually a pretty decent movie, because they went with a more simple, and somewhat realistic approach to it instead of going for a more flashy/showy style like with Kingdom Of The Spiders. The acting was pretty good, with Claude Akins (Bert), Charles Frank (Joe), Deborah Winters (Cindy), and Pat Hingle (Hodgins) doing good jobs in their roles. Even though they had smaller roles, I also liked Tom Atkins (Buddy) and Howard Hesseman (Fred), but I did wish they could have done more in the movie. The story was pretty simplistic in it’s scope, with the idea that the venomous spiders were accidentally scooped into the bags with the coffee, then got free after the crash being pretty believable. Since they had such a simple plot to follow, the actors really had to ramp up the tension and drama to help sell the movie. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects outside of the plane crash, as mostly you had people just interacting with the spiders, which honestly wasn’t too scary unless you suffer from arachnaphobia. A decent TV movie that is worth watching if you are in the mood for a “bug” movie, but not one that is an absolutely must see.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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June 2nd, 2019 Movie – Trilogy Of Terror

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So I currently find myself in the position of honestly not having a clue as to what movie I should watch for my blog. I literally spent an hour coming through Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and other streaming sites just to get an idea. Then, this movie popped into my head, or rather one part of this movie, and I knew that my choice had been made. Now I had honestly never heard of this movie until several years ago, when I saw a clip of this movie on YouTube. That clip, which was from the portion of the movie titled “Amelia” was one of the most crazy, insane things that I had seen in quite a while. Several of my friends had seen this clip as well and asked if I had seen, or owned, the movie and I said that I managed to see the full movie but did not own it, as the DVD is out of print and any copy I found was too expensive to warrant purchasing. Still, I found the movie online so I was able to watch today’s movie, Trilogy Of Terror.

The plot: Trilogy of Terror is made up of three short film segments so I will keep the plots of each segment separated.

Julie – Chad and his friend Eddie are sitting on a picnic table on their college campus talking about the various girls that they see walking by when Chad sees his English teacher, Julie Eldridge, and starts wondering about her. After being distracted by her thigh when she sits on her desk in class, Chad strikes up a conversation with Julie after class in an attempt to ask her out but she turns him down, and Eddie tries to warn him away from messing with a teacher. That night, a friend tries to convince Julie to go out with her but she refuses and gets ready to go to bed, unaware that Chad is outside and watching her undress. The next day, Chad invites Julie to see a movie at the drive-in and she ends up agreeing. While watching the movie, Chad gets her a drink but spikes it before handing it to her and after she falls asleep, he drives her to a motel. After getting a room for the night, Chad takes Julie inside and proceeds to take pictures of her in compromising positions, then redresses her and puts her back in the car Chad take Julie home, telling her that she had fallen asleep during the movie, and he tries to ask her out again but she refuses, saying it was a mistake to go out the first time. The next day, Chad calls Julie and tells her that he is picking her up for a drive, then shows her the photos that he took of her, blackmailing her into staying in a relationship with him. The relationship continues for a month, until Julie tells Chad one night that the game is over. She revels to him that she had manipulated him into becoming interested in her but has grown bored of him, like she has done with the other students she has seduced. Chad starts choking and realizes that Julie had poisoned his drink and after he dies, she takes him back to his apartment and drags him to his darkroom, where she starts a fire and leaves him there. Chad’s death is reported as an accident and Julie takes a newspaper clipping of the death and tapes it to her scrapbook of similar deaths. When someone knocks on her door, she answers it to find Arthur Moore there needing tutoring in English, and she invites him inside, saying they will be good friends.

Millicent And Therese – After the death of her father, Millicent is watching old home movies and writes in her diary about her belief that her sister Therese is evil. When a family friend, Thomas Amman, shows up at the house, Millicent tells him of her suspicions and how Therese had seduced their father and, even though it was ruled an accident, she believes that Therese killed their mother. The next day she contacts her doctor, Dr. Ramsey, and tells him that Therese is becoming more violent and Ramsey agrees to stop by the next day. When Ramsey gets there, Therese is the one that greets him and attempts to seduce him but he leaves, saying he will call Millicent later and Therese yells at him that they don’t need his help, The next day, Millicent sees a little girl crying because Therese broke her doll and Millicent gets the idea to make a voodoo coll so she could use it to kill Therese. Millicent calls Ramsey and tells him she no longer needs his help, as she has a way to deal with Therese, then puts her plan into motion. The next day, Ramsey tries calling the house and when he gets no answer, he heads over there. where he finds Therese lying dead on her bedroom floor, with the voodoo doll next to her, and no sign of Millicent. Ramsey calls the authorities to report the death and when an ambulance shows up to take the body away, he tells reveals that he had been the family physician for years and that Millicent and Therese were actually the same girl, with Millicent being another personality Therese had developed to handle the guilt of seducing their father and killing their mother.

Amelia – Amelia returns to her high-rise apartment carrying a large box and when she gets inside, she opens it to reveal a wooden doll in the form of a misshapen aboriginal warrior with razor sharp teeth. After reading the scroll that comes with the doll, which calls it “He Who Kills” and says not to remove the gold chain from the doll as it keeps the Zuni spirit inside the doll, Amelia calls her mother and ends up getting into an argument about her cancelling their plans and her lifestyle. After finishing her call, Amelia examines the doll for a bit before going to take a bath but as she puts the doll down, she doesn’t notice the chain coming loose and falling off. After her bath, Amelia heads into the kitchen to start cooking dinner and notices that the doll is not on her living room table where she left it. Amelia starts looking around to try and find the doll, finding it’s spear behind the couch, when she hears a noise in the kitchen and when she investigates, she finds the carving knife she was using is missing. Amelia heads back into the living room when the lights suddenly go out and she is attacked by the doll, wielding the knife and slashing at her feet and ankles. Amelia manages to get away and tries calling the police but the doll chases after her. Amelia locks herself in the bathroom, and the doll attempts to stab her from underneath the door, then manages to open the door and renew it’s attack. Amelia wraps the doll in a towel and tries drowning it but it has no effect and it chases her into a closet. When the doll goes after her, Amelia traps it inside a suitcase but the doll uses the knife to cut a hole in the suitcase. When the doll’s head burst free of the hole, Amelia starts stabbing at it with a knife, seemingly killing it but as she goes to check, it leaps out and bites her on the hand. Amelia stumbles into the kitchen, with the creature now biting her neck, and she manages to pull it off her and throws it into the oven, where the doll begins screaming in pain as it burns to ashes. When the screaming stops, Amelia opens the oven to check when something causes her to scream and fall back. Some time later, Amelia calls her mother and apologizes for her her call earlier and invites her over for dinner. After hanging up, Amelia rips the bolts off her front door, then crouches down and starts stabbing the floor with a knife while smiling with razor sharp teeth, revealing that the Zuni spirit has no possessed her.

As far as made for TV movies go this wasn’t too bad but the “Amelia” story simply outshined the other two parts. Karen Black was fantastic in her roles of the central characters of each part., making each character rather unique and not appear like it is the same person over and over in each story. The stories themselves were ok, with “Amelia” being my favorite and honestly fitting the theme of the movie best. The other two stories, “Julie” and “Millicent And Therese”, felt more dramatic than actual terror. I honestly didn’t care for “Millicent and Therese” that much, as I don’t particularly care for using mental illness as an explanation for a horror theme. Honestly, I would have been just happy with the “Amelia” story being longer, as the scenes with Amelia fighting off the doll were fantastic in a ridiculous sort of way. So the movie on a whole is ok but the last 26 minutes with “Amelia” is the crowning part with it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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March 10th, 2019 Movie – Lords Of The Deep

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There are times, that I hate Daylight Savings Time. Mainly it is in the spring, where we “jump forward an hour”, as it really tends to throw me off my day. Anyways, I have decided to continue reviewing some of the movies offered on Shout Factory TV that I do not own. I chose today’s movie because it happened to also be featured on the latest season of MST3K, so you know it is most likely to be ridiculously bad. In the late 80’s, there seemed to be a ton of movies that focused on alien life forms at the bottom of the ocean. I mean, we had The Abyss, Leviathan, and Deepstar Six to name a few. So it makes sense that Roger Corman would produce his own movie on the subject. So let’s see what is in store for us with today’s movie, Lords Of The Deep.

The plot: In the near future, large corporations have begun developing undersea habitats in the hope of conquering and developing a new frontier under the oceans. As a submersible vehicle heads towards a habitat, it’s crew discuss how one of the scientists at the habitat has discovered something that has frightened one of the company backers, who wants her dealt with. At the habitat, Claire, the biologist in question, is studying the strange gelatinous mass she discovered when she suddenly decides to touch it with her bare hands, resulting in her receiving strange, psychic visions. Meanwhile, Commander Dobler is talking with a corporate executive about the replacement sub’s failure to arrive yet and the crews’ mixed reactions to being replaced. Later, Dopler makes contact with the sub and is talking with the sub’s commander when a quake occurs and the sub loses contact with the habitat as it’s systems go down. Inside the habitat, Claire had been talking with her lover, Jack O’Neill, when the quake happened and as she heads back to her lab to protect her work, the beaker with the substance falls and breaks, cutting her arm in the process and the substance gets into her bloodstream, resulting in more visions. When the quake subsides, Dopler asks for a status report and after hearing of the damages to the station, has a repairman, Chadwick, head out to make repairs. Dobler then tells the rest of the crew about losing contact with the replacement sub and Fernandez goes out in a sub to see if he can find them. Fernandez locates the sub and tells Dobler that it’s hatches are blown open and there is no sign of the crew and Dobler orders him to come back. Meanwhile, Chadwick continues making repairs when he is attacked by something and he makes his way back into the dive pool. When medical officer Barbara goes to examine him, she discovers that he has mutated into something that resembles the sample that Claire had been studying. Claire and Barbara have the “body” taken to the lab so they can run some tests to try and figure out what has happened to Chadwick, overriding Dobler’s orders to destroy it, and Dobler tries to deal with the crews’ reactions to learning that the replacement crew has vanished. Dobler tells his second in command, Engel, to make sure Fernandez is ok before sending him back out to retrieve the other sub so they can all escape the station, then uses the intercom system to listen in to Claire and Barbara’s discussions on the creature. Later, Claire goes to speak with Dobler about the creature, which has changed shape into a stingray like appearance, and tells Dobler that the creature is intelligent but he is skeptical about it. That night, Claire has some more visions and hears a voice telling her that she has to trust them and she will understand. When another quake hits the station, Dobler checks to make sure everyone is ok and finds them all in the lab staring at the specimen tank, where the creature has changed into a more humanoid/ray appearance. Dobler orders Fernandez to retrieve the other sub so they can all leave but Fernandez finds himself attacked by more of the ray-like creatures and disappears. Back at the station, Dobler orders the computer, Trilby, to terminate the creature while he tries to get the rest of the crew to sign a non-disclosure agreement but Engel is the only one to sign the form, as Claire and the others say the discovery is too big to keep quiet. When they discover the creature has escaped the tank, Dobler has Trilby try and track the creature so they can destroy it, then heads to the control room so he can monitor the situation. As Claire and Seaver search the station, Trilby tells Claire to head to the specimen room, as movement was detected there, but Seaver chooses to go there in her place. When Seaver gets there, the doors shut behind him and he is unable to get them open; while inside the control room, Dobler watches the computer screen as the dot he believes is Claire expires. Meanwhile, Claire continues checking the washroom, where she discovers the creature hiding in the drains, and she begins having the visions again. Trilby orders the crew to head to the specimen room, where they all discover Seaver’s body inside while Claire is missing. Jack and Engel go to try and find Claire while Barbara moves to start an autopsy on Seaver’s body but Dobler tells her not to, as he doesn’t want her to discover the truth on how he died, and says they need to find Claire. Meanwhile, Jack finds Claire and the two lovers embrace before he tells her about Seaver’s death. Claire tells him that the creatures have established a colony on the ocean floor and she has to go there and asks for his help, with Jack agreeing so long as she comes back. Claire leaves, and Jack fakes being attacked by the creature to cause a distraction for her to leave unnoticed. Jack is carried to his room and Barbara watches over him, knowing he was faking, and once they are alone, she asks what is going on. Jack tells her to examine Seaver’s body, as they have to know what happened to him, then meet him in the computer annex, as he is going to try and unlock a secret file that he and Claire had discovered earlier. The two go their separate ways but Dobler, back in the control room, notices their movement on the monitor and gets suspicious. Meanwhile, Claire makes her way in the sub, escorted by the creatures that had attacked Fernandez, and discovers the alien colony, where she is shocked to find Chadwick is there and still alive. Chadwick explains that the aliens are all one being and are there to teach them balance but warns that a massive quake is about to occur which will destroy the lab, and Claire has to go back and get everyone out of there. Back at the station, Barbara discovers that Seaver died of asphyxiation and that Dobler had ordered the room to be sealed and the oxygen from the room removed, only to have Dobler to do the same thing to her. Meanwhile, Jack discovers the truth about what is going on there only to have Dobler confront him and as they struggle, Dobler knocks Jack out. Dobler then tells Engel to go out and locate Claire and Engel reluctantly does so but ends up being attacked by the creatures. Dobler then contacts the executive, who chastises Dobler for his actions and tells him that he is being replaced. Claire arrives back at the station and tells Dobler about the colony and how the quake will destroy the lab and they have to escape. Claire goes to look for the others, finding Barbara’s dead body and and injured Jack but as she tries to help Jack back to the sub, Dobler has the corridor sealed and begins removing the air. Jack manages to knock the cover off the air duct and goes to shut down Trilby but Claire passes out due to lack of oxygen and is saved by the creature. As the quake hits the lab, Jack and Claire reunite and make their way to the sub, but Dobler tries to stop them. Jack and Dobler struggle, with Dobler getting the upper hand over the injured Jack, but Claire helps Jack and they manage to escape, leaving Dobler to die in the lab. As they make their way back to the colony, they experience a vision that explains what happened to the alien’s planet and how it came to it’s end. The voice then tells about how they traveled to Earth, whose habitat was similar to theirs, and as they saw humans going down the same path they did, they said they want to help the humans avoid making the same mistake. Claire and Jack arrive at the colony and Jack is surprised to see not just Chadwick, but Fernandez, Engel, and the replacement crew their as well.

Ok, this wasn’t the greatest movie ever but it actually wasn’t that bad of a movie. The acting was fairly decent, with Priscilla Barnes doing a good job as Claire, while Bradford Dillman was equally good as Dobler. I also liked Mey Rayne (Barbara) but the rest of the cast really felt too wooden, especially Daryl Haney (Jack). As far as the plot goes, it really didn’t feel all that original. I mean, yes there were a lot of aspects that made it seem like nothing more than a ripoff of The Abyss, but then you throw in the whole social commentary about humanity destroying the world by over-exploiting the planet’s resources, which has also been done plenty of times before this movie came out. Adding those two aspects together did not exactly make a unique story telling experience. The special effects in the movie were honestly a mix of being good and bad. I did like the aliens design and at times they were done very well. However, some of the camera work felt extremely shaky at times which didn’t help with the movie any. All in all, it’s a decent time killer of a sci-fi movie but it is not one that will be especially memorable.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

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March 3rd, 2019 Movie – Beast From Haunted Cave

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With more and more streaming sites becoming the norm, it is always fun to see what titles are available on these sites. One of my favorite sites that I stumbled across is Shout Factory TV. My first experience with them was years ago when they were doing a Godzilla marathon, which most of you reading this should know is a great way to get my attention. Since then, I have gone on there and watched episodes of MST3K, Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and other movies that you don’t normally see on the bigger sites. So for the month of March, I decided to watch and review several movies that are on this site, and what a doozy did I pick for you guys. When I first watched today’s movie, I honestly thought that I was watching another Roger Corman movie, as it was similar to Corman’s Creature From The Haunted Sea. Imagine my surprise when I learned that it was actually produced by his brother Gene. So let’s have some fun with today’s movie, Beast From Haunted Cave.

The plot: In the mountains of Deadwood, South Dakota, businessman Alexander (Alex) Wolf and his secretary Gypsy Boulet are taking some ski lessons from local guide Gil Jackson. As Gypsy flirts with Gil, the group are joined by Alex’s two underlings, Marty Jones and Byron Smith, who tell Alex about the pictures they took while looking through the town. Saying he will look at them later, Alex leaves the two of them to take some lessons from Gil while he leaves with Gypsy, chastising her for he antics with Gil when they are away from the others. That night, Alex tells Marty and Byron that their plan is still on, telling Marty to go place a timed explosive in a nearby mine to lure the authorities away while they rob the nearby bank in the morning. They will then have Gil lead them to his cabin, where Alex has arranged for a plane to show up and pick them up. As they finish their plans, Gil shows up to get some money for the supplies they will need and tries to convince Alex and the others not to go on the cross country trek but Alex insists on going. A short time later, Alex and the others head to the local bar for some drinks, where Gypsy tells Alex that she is getting tired of his plans and is considering wanting out. Seeing Gil at the bar, Gypsy decides to go dance with him, making Alex jealous. Meanwhile, Marty hooks up with Natalie, the barmaid, and they drive off to the mine. Natalie has some reservations about being there, saying that there was a cougar around the area, but Marty pulls out a gun, telling her that Gil had warned him about the cougar, and convinces her to go with him. The two go inside and Marty leaves her alone for a few minutes so he can plant the bomb without her seeing it. As he rejoins her and they go to leave, they are attacked by a strange, spider-like creature, which grabs Natalie but Marty manages to get away. Marty makes his way back to the bar in a state of shock and when Alex asks him what happened, he is furious about Marty taking Natalie with him and getting her killed. The next morning, Gil meets Gypsy and Alex in the lobby of the lodge, with Alex feigning not being ready and Marty and Byron not showing up yet. Noticing the state patrol outside, Alex asks Gil about them and after Gil tells him about Natalie having disappeared last night, Alex tells Gil to go ahead and take Gypsy up the ski lift while he wakes up the others and says they will join them after they eat breakfast. At 9 a.m., the bomb goes off, killing a worker that was in the mine searching for Natalie, and as the police head off towards the mine, Alex, Marty, and Byron head to the bank and rob it, stealing 6 gold bars that were held inside the vault, as Alex says they wouldn’t be able to handle carrying more cross country. Alex, Marty, and Byron head up the ski lift and meet with Gil and Gypsy, and, after making sure they are ready, Gil leads them on the cross country trek. After making their way across the snow covered mountain, Gil finds a place for them to make camp that night. As Marty takes a turn at keeping watch, he hears some strange noises coming from the woods and goes to investigate, only to find Natalie tied up to a tree by some web. As Natalie opens her eyes, the creature appears and Marty fires at it before running back to camp, telling everyone that nothing is wrong when they ask what happened. In the morning, Gil sees some strange tracks in the snow and questions Marty on if he saw anything but Marty swears he didn’t see anything. The group finally arrive at Gil’s cabin and Gil wants to go ahead and head back but Alex convinces him that they should stay the night and leave in the morning. After introducing them to his housekeeper, a Native American woman named “Small Dog”(?), they get ready to stay the night in the cabin. As they listen to the radio during dinner, they hear a news report about the bank robbery and the watchman’s death and Alex and the others feign surprise about the events. When the weather mentions a snowstorm heading towards town, Alex asks Gil if it will hit the cabin and Gil says it probably will, causing Alex to worry about their plans. Later that night, Gypsy continues flirting with Gil and ends up kissing him, causing Alex to break them up and punch Gil. Gil ends up fighting with Alex and then Marty when he tries to stab him, but is forced to stop when Byron holds a gun on him. Alex apologizes for his temper, then slaps Gypsy for causing problems and after she storms off, Gil reminds Alex that they are guests in his cabin and tells Alex to leave Gypsy alone before he heads off after her. Later that night, Byron is fixing a late night snack when he hears a strange noise outside and goes to investigate, with Small Dog accompanying him. As they walk outside, they see Marty, who had also heard the noise, race outside and begin firing into the nearby woods, as he knows it is the creature. Racing into the woods, Marty is attacked by the creature but Byron manages to rescue him and get him back into the cabin, where Gypsy tends to his wounds. The next day, Marty decides to head out into the woods and search for the creature. Meanwhile, Gypsy is watching Gil chop some firewood and tells him that Alex and the others are planning to kill him. Gil doesn’t act surprised and as Gypsy explains what their plan was and how she wants out, he tells her that he plans on sending Small Dog back to her tribe while he goes back into town and says that if she is serious about staying with him, to meet him on the ridge. At the cabin, Alex is talking to Byron about killing Gil, Small Dog, and Marty, who he feels has become to unhinged and dangerous, when Marty returns and says that he found the beast’s lair. Early the next morning, Gypsy and Alex get into an argument and Gypsy decides to leave and go with Gil, who had already left under the pretense of going hunting. Alex tells Byron to follow her but he is held up by Small Dog and as he finally gets free from her, the creature appears and attacks them and Byron manages to chase it off by throwing a shovel full of hot coals at it but it takes Small Dog with it. Meanwhile, Gypsy meets up with Gil and after they share a kiss, they head towards town but as the storm starts to build up around them, they are forced to take shelter in a nearby cave. Back at the cabin, Byron tells Alex and Marty about what happened and Alex decides to wait out the storm, as the creature hasn’t tried to get into the cabin after them, but Byron decides to head out and try to save Small Dog. Byron makes his way to the cave and finds Small Dog and Natalie tied up in webs inside and tries to save Small Dog but he is captured by the creature, who proceeds to kill the three of them. Back at the cabin, Marty finds some very pistols and convinces Alex that they should go after the creature before it comes after them. Gil and Gypsy reach the cave and Gil tells Gypsy to stay back while he looks inside. He sees the creature killing Byron and the others and shoots at it but his bullets have no effect on the creature. When Gypsy tries to distract the creature, Gil yells at her to get away and she runs off, only to be grabbed by Alex and Marty. Alex tells Gypsy to lead them to where Gil is and she reluctantly does so but when Alex goes to shoot Gil, she warns him and Gil is able to avoid being shot. The creature attacks and kills Alex, then goes after Marty, who manages to shoot it with the flare gun before he dies and as the creature succumbs to the flames, Gil and Gypsy quickly move towards each other and make their way out of the cave.

I guess it doesn’t matter which brother it is, if your last name is Corman than you will have a certain style to your movie. Seriously, if you didn’t know it was Gene Corman, you would swear that this was a Roger Corman movie. With all that being said, this was a pretty entertaining movie all around. The acting was ok, with Michael Forest (Gil), Frank Wolff (Alex), and Sheila Noonan (Gypsy) doing good jobs in their roles. I also liked Wally Campo (Byron) as he made for some entertaining comedy relief at times. The basic plot of the story was kind of interesting, with the bank robbers accidentally waking a monster and it following after them when they destroyed it’s home. I also thought that the crime thriller aspect of the movie was a lot better than the horror aspect of the movie. However, there were several scenes that really didn’t seem to go with the movie and honestly felt like they were nothing more than some filler material to pad out the movie length, such as Marty’s talking to Gil’s sister Jill at the lodge or Marty and Gil’s conversation at the cabin. The special effects were practically non existent, while the monster itself looked rather cheap, somewhat transparent at times which did not add to the scare factor at all. Still, this was the type of B-movie that is great for killing time with some mindless vegging.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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October 30th, 2018 Movie – Paranormal Activity

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You know, this is a rather appropriate movie to be watching right now. Ever since The Blair Witch, the whole “found footage” style of movie took off, with a new one seemingly coming out every year. When today’s movie came out, I honestly didn’t think much of it because the whole “mockumentary/found footage” style of movie was getting a little stale (and it had only been about 8 years at this point). Still, apparently plenty of people did enjoy the movie because I remember hearing a lot of people talking about it. I finally rented it when it came out on video and was surprised to find that it was a pretty good movie, but I didn’t feel like buying it. Luckily, my ultraviolet accounts decided that I needed to own this movie. So let’s get our scare on with today’s movie, Paranormal Activity.

The plot: In San Diego, Micah is showing his girlfriend Katie the new camera he bought to record any paranormal activity that may occur while they are asleep. Micah is skeptical that anything will happen but Katie says that whatever happens has been happening since she was a kid. Micah films them throughout the day then sets it up for the night, figuring out where to place it and making sure there is enough light to see anything. As they are sleeping, strange noises can be heard in the video and the next morning, Katie finds her keys on the kitchen floor instead of the counter where she left them. Katie invites Dr. Frerichs, a famous psychic, to the house and as he asks her for more details about what is happening, Katie tells him that this has been happening since she was a kid. Both her and her sister saw a figure standing at the foot of her bed and their house had caught fire but there was no explanation for what caused it. As they explain about the camera and tell Frerich about the stuff that has happened in their house recently, he tells them that hauntings usually feed on negative energy then says that it sounds like she is dealing with a demon, as it has followed her around. Frerich says that he isn’t able to deal with it and suggests a colleague named Dr. Averies that can help them. Micah asks about getting a Ouija board to try and communicate with the demon and figure out what it wants and Frerich says it most likely wants Katie and if it senses them using a ouija board to try anfd communicate, it could make things worse. After Frerich leaves, Katie chastises Micah for being rude to him and says that she wants to call Averies in the morning but Micah convinces her not to, as he still doesn’t believe anything supernatural is going on. Micah sets up the camera for the night and as they are asleep, their bedroom door is shown to move and strange growling sounds can be heard. When Micah reviews the footage, he sees the door and shows it to Katie, who is shocked to see it happening. Micah wants to try to find a way to make money off of it but Katie just wants to figure out a way to get rid of it. As Micah taunts the entity, Katie says she wants to stop filming things but Micah continues with the camera, taunting the demon while moving the door back and forth. That night, Katie wakes up in the middle of the night from a nightmare and as Micah comforts her, they hear a loud noise downstairs  and Micah goes to check things out but finds nothing. The next day, Micah plays some audio that was recorded from the camera before they woke up and says that he wants to buy a Ouija board but Katie makes him promise not to. Several days pass where nothing happens and Micah taunts the demon before they go to bed but that night, they hear a loud screech before a massive thud is heard and when they check downstairs, they see that thud was enough to cause the chandelier to shake. As they head back upstairs, they continue hearing sounds throughout the night and Micah is excited about the situation. Deciding to do an experiment, Micah uses a microphone and starts trying to ask questions of the demon and as he listens to the recording, he hears a grunting sound when he asks if he would like to speak through a Ouija board. The next night, Katie gets up in the middle of the night and is shown to be standing at the side of the bed staring at Micah for 2 hours before she heads outside, where Micah finds her on the back porch swing. As Micah goes to get some blankets, he hears a noise upstairs and their TV suddenly turns on and starts playing static. As Micah looks around, he is surprised to see Katie at the doorway and she tells him that he woke her up as she gets back in bed. The next day, Micah shows the video to Katie, who has no recollection of anything that happened. That night, Micha borrows a Ouija board and tries to get Katie to help him use it but she gets pissed off that he broke his promise and leaves the house, as they were supposed to be going out. Micah follows after her but while they are gone, heavy footsteps are heard and a strange breeze is seen blowing the leaves of their plants as the needle on the Ouija board starts moving around, just before the board catches fire. When they return home, Micah is shocked by the Ouija board but Katie is upset and says she is done with everything and kicks him out of their bedroom. The next day, Katie makes Micah apologize on camera and he tries to show her the Ouija board but she tells him that she doesn’t care and he needs to get rid of it. As things continue happening, Micah decides to try an experiment and pour baby powder on the upstairs floor by their bedroom to see if whatever is making the noise leaves any tracks and Katie agrees to let him on the condition that she can call Dr. Averies if it doesn’t work or it makes things worse. That night, they are woken up by a noise and see footprints in their room and when Micah follows them, they discover the attic is open. Micah heads up to look around and sees something in the insulation and when he goes to get it, he discovers it is an old picture of Katie as a kid that has been burnt, which shocks Katie. Katie calls Dr. Averies, despite Micah objecting to it, only to learn that he is out of town so she calls Fredrichs and ask him to come back. That night, something turns on the downstairs light and heavy steps are heard coming up the stairs, waking Micah and Katie. As Micah goes to get out of bed, the bedroom door suddenly slams shut and they hear a banging noise on the door and Micah goes to look around, with Katie following behind him, when the bedroom door suddenly slams shut and more banging is heard and Katie refuses to go back in the bedroom but when they hear more noises coming downstairs, Micah convinces her to come back to the bedroom. The next morning, Micah finds her on the couch and Katie is exhausted from staying up all night and as they are eating, they hear the sound of breaking glass and they find a picture of them has been broken. Katie feels something breathing on her and runs downstairs and Micah searches the upstairs but find nobody there. When Fredrichs arrives he senses the presence and tells them he can’t help them as his presence is only making things worse and tells them to wait for Averies to return in a few days. As they go to sleep that night, something moves the sheet off of Katie’s foot and more lights turn on and off when Katie wakes up as she feels something breathing on her. The next day, they watch the footage from the camera, with Katie getting freaked out when she sees a shadow moving across the bedroom door. Micah finds a story online about a girl in the 60’s who went through the same thing that Katie is going through and her parents hired an exorcist but Katie doesn’t want to do it as the girl died. As the day progresses, Katie and Micah end up arguing over what is happening but as they go to bed, the demon drags Katie out of the bed and down the hall, with Micah struggling to get her back to the bedroom. The next day, Micah says they are going to go get a hotel room, as he doesn’t want to stay in the house another night and he uses the camera to record Katie’s wound on her back, which he says looks like something had bitten her. As Micah packs and goes to leave, Katie says that she doesn’t want to leave and that everything will be fine if they stay and Micah gets upset but refuses to leave Katie by herself. That night, Katie gets out of bed and stares at Micah for 2 hours, as the sheets are dragged off of his body, then heads downstairs to the kitchen. Katie suddenly starts screaming for Micah and he wakes up and rushes downstairs but after a minute he screams in pain while Katie suddenly goes quiet. Heavy footsteps are heard moving up the stairs and Micah’s body is suddenly thrown through the bedroom door, knocking over the camera. A blood covered Katie is shown in the doorway and she approaches Micah and crawls over to his body, then looks up at the camera and lunges towards it, with her face taking on a demonic appearance. In a written epilogue, police find Micah’s body on October 11th, 2006 but Katie’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Paranormal Activity met with mostly positive reviews from the critics, holding a certified fresh rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.” The movie was a box office phenomenon, earning $193.4 million off of a $15,000 budget, and would spawn 4 sequels and a spin off. While originally developed as an independent feature for film festival screenings, Paramount /Dream Works acquired the rights to distribute it for $350,000, making this one of the most profitable films ever made, though the exact amount is hard to determine.

As much as I didn’t initially care about this movie, this was a surprisingly good horror movie. The acting was good, with Katie Featherston (Katie) and Micah Sloat (Micah) doing great jobs in their roles. The basic premise was pretty interesting, as it seemed like a combination of Poltergeist and The Exorcist. This blend actually worked well with the camera format that was used, as this made for some really good tension and quite a few good scares out of the mix. The scenes with the footprints appearing in the baby powder, and where Katie is dragged out of the bed and down the hall, made for some incredible imagery, and really helped the increasing tension in the movie. The camera work was pretty good and really helped with the overall tone, as you could feel Katie’s increasing dread over what was going on, as well as Micah’s increasing frustration at not being able to figure out what was happening. A really good horror movie and one that would be worth watching tomorrow especially.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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October 11th, 2018 Movie – Jason Bourne

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you about the date for today’s movie. For the first time in over four years, I did not review a movie on the day I was supposed to. The reason for this is due to the fact that I found out I a class I signed up for for work started right after yesterday and by the time I was finished, I was pretty much exhausted and ended up going to bed almost as soon as I got home. I may try to double up on the weekend if I can in order to pre-write Wednesday’s reviews but if work continues like it has, then I might just have to deal with not doing a review on Wednesdays for the immediate future.

Now, on to today’s movie. The Bourne movies have been some pretty entertaining movies to watch and I enjoyed all of them, though was a little disappointed with The Bourne Legacy. However, when I heard that a new Bourne movie was coming out, with Matt Damon reprising the role of the title character, I will admit that I did have much interest in going to see it. I felt like the movies had pretty much run their course and, unlike the James Bond franchise, there was only so much you could do with the character. So if that was my feelings on the subject, why would I own today’s movie, Jason Bourne. Well, this was yet another one of those free movies that I received when I signed up for my ultraviolet accounts. So let’s see if this movie is any good.

The plot: 10 years after exposing Operation Blackbriar and disappearing off the grid after being shot, Jason Bourne has remembered everything about his past and has isolated himself from the world, spending his days earning money by bare-knuckle fighting on the Greece/Serbian border. Meanwhile, ex Treadstone handler Nicky Parsons heads to the headquarters of a hacktivist group in Reykjavik, Iceland, and uses an old CIA device to hack into the CIA files on their Black Operations. At CIA Headquarters in Langley, Heather Lee, the head of the CIA’s cybersecurity division, is alerted to the device trying to breach their firewall but when she heads down to check herself, she discovers that the device has actually found a back door into their system and has her team trace it while she attempts to upload a malware program onto the device. In Reykjavik, Nicky is looking through the Treadstone files and discovers that Bourne’s father was involved with Treadstone. After closing out the file, she notices that someone is attemptign to track her device, just as the CIA locate where she is hacking from and shut the power down and Nicky quickly burns the device and leaves. In Langley, Lee is able to track the device’s past uses to Christian Dassault, the leader of the hactivist group, and through him, is able to discover that Nicky was the one that was using the device. Lee informs Robert Dewey, the new Director of the CIA, and Edwin Russell, the head of National Intelligence, and tells them that Nicky was the one behind the hack and if they allow her to lead the team to catch her, she will get not only Nicky, but Jason Bourne as well if he is still alive. Dewey reluctantly agrees to let Lee lead the team but secretly contacts an Asset in Rome to tell him about Bourne’s possible involvement and sends him to Athens. In Athens, Bourne is involved in another bare knuckle fight when he spots Nicky in the crowd and after he wins, he finds a note with an address on it in his bag. In Langley, Lee and her team track Parson’s via CCTV and send in some CIA agents to capture Nicky and anyone she meets with, while the Asset also lands in Athens and makes his way to where Nicky is. Nicky meets with Bourne during a violent anti-government protest, using it as cover for their meeting. Nicky tells Bourne about hacking the CIA for Dassault and what she found and Bourne is annoyed, as he feels that this has nothing to do with him anymore. As Nicky tells him about what she saw concerning his father, Bourne sees the CIA team tracking her and tells her they need to move. Bourne allows himself to be spotted, figuring that they will follow him, then tells Nicky to meet him at the Statue of Athena. The two separate and Bourne is able to knock out the agents but another team tracks Nicky. Bourne knocks out a police motorcycle cop and steals his bike, then heads out to rescue Nicky, taking out the CIA team in the process. The two go to escape but the Asset shows up and chases after them and when they manage to cause him to crash, Lee tells the Asset where they are heading and he is able to shoot Nicky, causing Bourne to crash. Bourne recovers and tries to get Nicky to cover but she tells him no, then goes to throw something to him but the Asset shoots her again, finishing her off, while the key she was going to give to Bourne clatters to the ground. In Langley, Dewey tells Lee to track down Dassault, as he will possibly lead them to Bourne and when Lee asks him if the Asset knows Bourne, Dewey tells her that when Bourne exposed Blackbriar, the Asset was undercover in Syria and ended up being captured and tortured when he was exposed. Bourne takes the key Nicky had and uses it to open the locker where she stored a weapon and the USB drive with the files on it. Using Nicky’s notebook, Bourne is able to track down where Dassault is in Berlin and heads there. Meanwhile, Aaron Kalloor, the CEO of a social media company called Deep Dream, is giving a press conference in Washington D.C. and afterwards, he meets with Dewey, who had secretly funded Deep Dream and plans on using the company for mass surveillance in tangent with the CIA’s newest assassination operation, “Iron Hand”. Kalloor tells Dewey that Nicky’s hacking of their system has him worried and he no longer wants a part of Dewey’s program but Dewey attempts to calm him down and says he is already involved. In Berlin, Bourne meets up with Dassault and hands him the USB drive, telling him to open it, unknowingly activating the malware and alerting Lee to their location. Bourne starts going through the files and discovers that Nicky was right and his father was involved with Treadstone and that he was placed under surveillance for recruitment into the program. Dassault attacks Bourne but Bourne is able to knock him out, then looks up where to find Malcolm Smith, the Treadstone surveillance officer that was watching him. Suddenly, the files are deleted, as Lee was able to remotely access the computer and delete them, and Dewey tells her to call Bourne. Bourne picks up the phone and both Lee and Dewey try to convince Bourne to come in but while Dewey stalls him to allow their team to get there, Lee texts Bourne and warns him about the incoming team, allowing him to escape. Later, Dewey, his assistant Craig Jeffers, and Lee are meeting with Russell and Dewey says that Bourne seems to be going after Smith and he wants the Asset there to take Smith out, as well as Bourne. Lee argues against it and tells Russell that she believes she can get Bourne to come in peacefully if she meets with him face to face and Dewey tells her to go ahead and try, but then tells the Asset to kill Bourne when he gets the chance. Meanwhile, Kalloor is served with a federal injunction to prevent him from altering Deep Dream and he tells his aide to get all of the recordings regarding every meeting he had with Dewey, including the off the books meetings, but his aide calls Dewey and alerts him to Kalloor’s intentions. In London, Bourne calls Smith and tells him to meet him in Paddington Plaza but Lee and her team tail him, handing the Asset a tracker and comm device so they all stay in contact but the Asset leaves the tracker and comm device on the roof he is assigned and follows Smith without Lee’s knowing it. . As Bravo team follows Smith, the Asset, under Dewey’s orders, kills them in order to make it look like Bourne is killing them, then kills Alpha team as well and Dewey takes control of the operation from Lee. When Lee notices that the Asset isn’t moving on her screen, she realizes that she was played and tells her team to get to Paddington Plaza. Smith reaches the plaza and tells Dewey, who is in contact with him, but Dewey wants him to stay there in order to lure Bourne out, so the Asset can kill them both. Bourne creates a diversion and a panicked Smith attempts to leave but Bourne grabs him. The Asset is unable to get a clear shot just as Lee arrives and sees Bourne leaving with Smith. Bourne questions Smith about his father and Dewey tells Smith not to answer but Bourne injures him and continues questioning him. Smith finally admits that Bourne’s father did not want him in Treadstone and he was killed and it was made to look like a terrorist attack in order to get Bourne to join Treadstone. Suddenly, the Asset shows up and shoots at Smith and Bourne, killing Smith and knocking Bourne off the roof. The Asset goes to see if Bourne is dead or not and finds that Bourne has disappeared and wants to go after him. Dewey tells him no, that Bourne will be going after both of them, and that he should head to Vegas, as they have a problem with Iron Hand, not realizing that Bourne had grabbed Smith’s comm device and heard what Dewey said. Bourne hijacks Lee’s van and tells ehr to drive, then questions her about Dewey and Iron Hand. Lee tells him about them and says that she can help Bourne get to Dewey, as she wants him gone just as much as he does, and hands him a passport and phone. Bourne flies to Vegas and as he goes through customs, Lee hacks the servers and is able to get him through without flagging any security measures. Bourne arrives at the hotel where the conference is taking place and as Kalloor enters the area, Bourne looks around at some of the tech on display and grabs some samples. He texts Lee and tells her to meet him by the elevators but as she is waiting, Jeffers approaches her and tells her that Dewey wants to see her, and Bourne secretly slips a tracking device into her jacket. Following Lee, Bourne is able to record the conversation she has with Dewey and they head off backstage for the show, where they meet with Kalloor, while the Asset gets in position to take out Kalloor. As they get ready to go on stage, Jeffers tells Dewey he has a high priority message coming in and Dewey tells them that he will be on stage momentarily. As Kalloor begins talking, Jeffers tells Dewey that Bourne arrived in Vegas 2 hours ago and Dewey realizes that Lee is helping Bourne and decides to take her out as well. Lee, noticing Dewey’s change in demeanor, secretly texts Bourne that something is wrong and he rushes towards the conference room. On stage, Kalloor is about to tell everyone the deal he had made with Dewey and Dewey orders the Asset to kill him, then Lee. Bourne shows up and figures out where the Asset is and spoils his aim, causing him to only wound Kalloor, while Bourne fires at the Asset and wounds him. Panic ensues and Bourne flees from the security detail while Jeffers tries to escort Dewey out of there but Dewey tells him to take him to the penthouse. Dewey gets there and pulls out a gun before waiting for Bourne, who eventually shows up. Bourne says he knows about what happened in Beirut but Dewey tries to convince Bourne that he secretly wants to come back to work for him. Jeffers shows up and tries to kill Bourne but Bourne kills him, only to be shot by Dewey and when he moves to finish Bourne off, he is killed by Lee. Bourne helps Lee cover up her involvement in Dewey’s death, then goes to leave when he sees the Asset, who is making his own way out of the building. The Asset kills a police officer and steals a S.W.A.T. truck but Bourne steals a car and gives chase, After a dangerous car chase, Bourne and the Asset end up fighting in the basement of a hotel and Bourne eventually kills the Asset. Some time later, Lee meets with Russel and tells him that Dewey was living in the past and his methods suffered for it and when Russell names a new Director, she wants to be it. Russell asks about Bourne and she tells him that she has Bourne’s trust and she can bring him in and if not, then he will be put down. Lee leaves Russell and heads to a park, where she meets up with Bourne and asks him to come back in. Bourne tells her to let him think about it and walks off and Lee heads to her car. When she gets there, she finds a recording device on the passenger seat and when she plays it back, she hears the conversation she had with Russell regarding Bourne and realizes that any trust she had is gone now and she has no chance of bringing him in.

Jason Bourne met with mixed reviews from the critics, holding a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Jason Bourne delivers fans of the franchise more of what they’ve come to expect — which is this sequel’s biggest selling point as well as its greatest flaw.” Matt Damon and Julia Stiles were the only characters from the original trilogy to reprise their characters in the latest movie. While David Strathairn, Joan Allen, and Edward Norton’s characters are still alive at the end of The Bourne Legacy, they are never mentioned in this movie. The movie was a box office hit, earning $415.5 million off of a $135 million budget, making it the second highest grossing film in the series behind The Bourne Ultimatum.

This was a pretty decent movie but I still feel like it was rather unnecessary. The acting was good, with Matt Damon and Julia Stiles doing good jobs reprising their roles of Jason Bourne and Nicky Parsons respectively. I thought that Tommy Lee Jones did a good job as Dewey, as did Alicia Vikander (Lee) and Vincent Cassel (Asset). The story honestly felt pretty weak. I mean, I liked the idea that after so much time had passed, Bourne got his memory back but instead of offering something new for a plot device, they turn to the same old thing; something from Treadstone’s past that has a direct bearing on Bourne’s past and he gets dragged into the matter. The action scenes were pretty well choreographed and while the slow, methodical pace serve the previous movies pretty well, in this case it just made the movie boring as everyone knew how things were going to play out. It’s an enjoyable movie but does nothing to add anything new to the series.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

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