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Godzilla VS. Kong

By Paul Anthony

Well folks the wait is finally over and now the entire world gets to watch Godzilla vs. Kong. I have to admit that this series as a whole gave a little of everything to its fanbase and because of that, it become such a fun ride and I love this series. Now When this film was first announced and was going to be released just a year later, I thought that would be the biggest mistake because the hype was real and these two monsters needed the right build up to get us pumped for this film. I am glad this movie was delayed but also sad that this film couldn’t be released in all theaters to see what type of box office draw this film really is. Now with that being said, it still had the highest opening total during this pandemic which it came in at 123 million plus another 9 million in America, now the budget was between 160 and 200 million which sounds like it would be a flop but this is a different times so for now its a hit. The good news is that this film is still killing it in the pandemic box office with a worldwide gross of 285 million, crazy to say this but this film is only 100 million away from the previous film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Even though the previous film wasn’t a big hit, Fans have been dying for this film and I know I have and of course the question did it live up to expectations of the fan base since you had two fan favorites duking it out.

the King

Now the film takes place five years after the events of Godzilla: King of Monsters and everything seems to be fine, except Godzilla starts to randomly attack cities, though Madison Russel believes there is something going on below the surface. At the same time we learn that Kong who is still on Skull island but it is revealed that he lives in giant dome as Monarch watches over him which is explain to keep himself from Godzilla. Apex Cybernetics CEO Walter Simmons wants to find a new power source which is located in Hollow Earth and he recruits Nathan Lind to lead a team there. Nathan knows that he needs Kong’s help to lead the way because he believes its the titans home and where Kong family or species ruled there, he finally convinces Dr. IIrene Andrews who is basically Kong’s handler that Kong would safe from Godzilla because they would use a path that Godzilla wouldn’t use and then we get round 1 and it was pretty epic basically Godzilla won with a knockout by dragging him deep in the water to drown him and if it wasn’t for the navy Kong would have died but they play dead and Godzilla goes back into the sea so they agree to fly him to the Antarctica where there is a path to hollow earth which they hope Kong can lead them to hollow earth and to this power source which he does but we quickly learn that Apex had other plans with the power source which we learn from Madison and her friends who agree clear Godzilla and learn that Apex has built MechaGodzilla which is telepathically controlled by Ren who is the son of Ishiro who died in the previous film to help Godzilla but in order to control Mecha they way they are doing it, they needed one of King Ghidorah’s head which basically means Mechagodzilla is King Ghidorah second coming. Back In Hollow Earth Kong found his battle axe that his family once used which was a bone and Fin from another Godzilla. Once again the two titans meet up in Hong Kong and for a split second or say round 2 Kong one using the battle axe on Godzilla which absorbed his atomic breath but then Godzilla went into range mode and just had his way with Kong nearly killing him again but didn’t because Kong basically tapped out. However MechaGodzilla kills everyone at Apex and escapes meeting beating both titans until the two work together to defeat him. Afterwards Godzilla approves of Kong and returns to the sea and Kong goes home into Hollow Earth which he now rules and godzilla rules earth as his kingdom making them both kings.

This was a good movie but could have been great, some of the things I really enjoyed was the visual effects and the battle scenes. Seeing Godzilla only felt right but keeping Kong a live was smart move as well. They found the middle ground which was important to do if you wanted to keep both characters alive, though there is no film planned yet. The plot with human side was weak at best with the main characters we had no real back story or good enough details the only two characters we had history is Madison and Mark and Mark was basically reduced to a cameo which was disappointing. in the end I am giving this a hit and a grade of a A or 90 percent and will say its must watch. I loved the rage Godzilla!!

Doppelgänger presents The legend of Hercules and Hercules!!

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to a new monthly series we recently just created and this month is the first blog of its kind. Now we know what Doppelgänger means but how much do we really see it in Hollywood? The answer may surprise when we say a lot. Now in this series we will review two films that are a lot alike but are not the same, so if it is a remake or reboot, then they do not account. It is no secret that I am big into Greek mythology and of course one of my favorite heroes is Hercules, now though the name is more associated with Greek mythology that name is actually the Roman hero rather than the Greek hero Herakles, however they are the same person but for now we will continue to refer to him as Hercules. Over the years there have been plenty of movies that aren’t reboots regarding this character however for today we are taking a look at the Legend of Hercules and Hercules both came out in 2014 and honestly only 6 month apart and by two different studios, nevertheless even back then I thought this was crazy and weird all at the same time. This must have been an actually case of who can do it better, so who did it better? Let’s first talk about the Legend of Hercules.

The Legend of Hercules or also Known as Hercules: The Legend begins, was released in January of 2014 and film had a budget of 70 million and only made around 61 million. The film starred Kellan Lutz as Hercules. Though the film was a box office bomb the audience still gave it a B-. In this film, the story starts at 1200 BC where we meet a young King Amphitryon who invades Argos and takes over the kingdom after a battle, the queen Alcmene who truly hates her husbands prays to Hera to have son whose doesn’t belong to her husband, Hera grants this request and soon after gives birth to two sons Iphicles and Hercules though he is given the fake name of Alcides. Twenty years go by and both boys grow up into different men though Iphicles becomes a cold hearted coward and Alcides grow to be a warrior and respectable person, But they are both interested in HeBe who is the princess of Crete but she only wants Hercules. The King though has set up an arrange Marriage between Iphicles and Hebe and too make sure this happens the King sends Hercules off to battle, to get him out of the picture, turns out this was nothing more than set up to kill Hercules. When it is believed that Hercules did in fact die, the king believed that the plan has worked. Hercules becomes a slave and must battle for his freedom which he does and sets his sights on returning home to stop this wedding. One night the king finds out the truth regarding Hercules’s true father which he then decides to kill his wife. When Hercules returns home and begins to free people from the King and even has some of the army behind him, he decides to take on his step dad and brother with a little help from his real dad in a form of lightening strikes from a sword. In the end it is Hercules and Hebe who marry and become king and queen even have a son together. The Movie ends with Hercules watching over his Kingdom.

Now Lets jump to the one that came out 6 months later and starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules, the film had a budget of 100 million and mange to gross 244 million, making it an box office success. Even the reviews turned out to be better than the other film, so all seems to be well but was it truly better? Let’s look at the plot. The film is based on the comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

In This film we meet Hercules who is a leader of a band of mercenaries which include Amphiaraus, Autolycus, Tydeus, Atalanta and his nephew Iolaus. In this film people do not believe that he is the son of Zeus even though he’s very strong. Overall the film still doesn’t make it clear if he truly is or isn’t and some even dispute his 12 labors though in the end credits we learn that his team did help him with the 12 labors. one day in 358 BC, after a mission they are approached by a princess who wants them to come to Thrace and help train their army to defeat the evil warlord Rhesus. Of Course Hercules agrees. Soon he begins to train them but the King of Thrace informs them that the army must be ready now because Rhesus is close in central Thrace where the king claims that Rhesus has used magic and turn the tribe there against them. Though Hercules and the army defeats the local tribe they also lose half the army, which once they return home Hercules and his team continue to train the army, then the war starts and Hercules does manage to defeat Rhesus and they take him a prisoner, there Hercules sees the princess show pity to Rhesus and wants to know why and there Hercules learns he has been fighting on the wrong side and demands answers from the king who does admit it and tries to have Hercules killed but fails and Hercules pretty much saves the day in the end.

Okay I will have to say both of these movies were basically on par with each other. The use of CGI for the places were cheap and honestly both would have greatly benefitted from filming on location type of thing. The stories were both wrong in their own ways with certain elements being true to the mythology and I’ll give a few examples. In The Legend Hercules is a prince and doesn’t have a good relationship with Iphicles or the king. That incorrect Though Amphitryon was once a king , he didnt die as a king nor did Hercules ever become a king in fact Hercules had a great relationship with his stepdad and half brother. Hercules did marry Hebe but not until he descended to Mount Olympus to be by his father’s side, they did have kids together, though Hercules wasn’t born in 1200 BC more like 800 years later. The Rock’s film overall story wasn’t correct but more parts were correct, They did explain that he killed his first wife and children in a fit of rage that Hera caused him thus doing the 12 labors. traveling with his nephew was another correct thing but him having his own team wasn’t true though he was a part of the Argonauts. Though in 358 Bc he would have truly been dead as a human because he would be 100 plus years old, though they did get his outfit and Weapons right. In The end its the Rock’s film that wins this mostly because of the Rock’s performance, he to me saved this film! SO the winner would be Hercules (2014) though both films were basically average.

Box Office Rundown 3/21/21

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to a new week where we look at the numbers at the box office and see who took the top spot in this pandemic world that we live in right now. This week we had four new films that came out. We had the Courier, City of lies, Last Call and Dark State. Of the four new films only 1 managed to crack the top ten which came in at number 3, so let’s see the other top 9 films of this past weekend.

  1. Raya and the Last dragon, which took in 5,150,000 and bringing it’s total of 23,432,606 in it’s 3 week run.
  2. Tom and Jerry, which took in 3,800,000 and bringing it’s total to 33,700,000 in its 4 week run.
  3. newcomer The Courier, brought their first week total to 2,012,582.
  4. Chaos Walking in its third week brought in 1,925,000 and bringing it’s total to 9,693,633
  5. The Croods: A New Age, in it’s 17th week made 620,000 bringing it’s total to 55,244,578
  6. Boogie, in it’s third week made 600,000 and bringing its total to 3,262,475
  7. The Marksman, in it’s 10th week it brought in 480,000 dollars, bringing it’s total to 14,268,447.
  8. Wonder Woman 1984, in it’s 13th week brought in 460,000 and bringing it’s total to 45,560,000
  9. The Little Things, in its 8 week brought in 340,00 dollars and bringing it’s total to 14,708,000
  10. The father in it’s 4th week brought in 321,701 dollars bringing it’s total to just 969,640

We will see who takes the top spot next week because we do have five films entering the crowded field, until next week!!!

Saturday Sequel presents Coming 2 America

By Paul Anthony

As we continue our Journey through this franchise, it is now time to take a look at this long awaited sequel which the title doesn’t make any sense because for the most part they aren’t in America. Right off the bat after seeing this title before I knew the plot or even watched the film I had ask myself is this an omen to come regarding this film. I have stated I am not a fan sequels that have been delayed forever or not needed. It may seem like I am bashing this film before I even review it but trust me I am not but the problem is that this film was just too late. This film takes place thirty year after the first one. Now I am sure if this was 1993 or something we would all be curious of what the princess and prince was up to but not thirty years later. Now prime claims this was the number 1 film in America nd though its hard to say if that was true or not. We know the budget was 60 million and Amazon bought the rights 125 million so in so many ways I guess that means the film made money. The film brings back nearly all of the cast from the first film and adds Tracey Morgan and the ever annoying Leslie Jones and also adds Wesley Snipes as well, but let’s check out the plot shall we?

Akeem and Lisa now have been married for thirty years and have three daughters who seemed to be more of a badass than their own father who has seemed to be grown into a soft hearted person. Akeem gets summon to see his dying father who breaks the news to him that he has son and that’s important because only a son can take throne. Akeem must explain this to Lisa because this takes places days before they truly meet, though she accepts, his daughter does not because she has been training to be queen all her entire life. Nevertheless Akeem travels to New York to meet his son Lavelle whos is a smart mouth but nothing more and his mother is played by Leslie Jones. We get the back story and basically this was a quickie gone wrong. They return to Zamunda where Lavelle and his mom learns the ways of the royal family but once again Lavelle must be in arranged marriage which he doesn’t like because he is falling for the woman who baths him basically. Lavelle over hears his father making a deal though he just showed up at the wrong part of the conversation . Lavelle leaves with his mother and returns back to New York. Though Akeem finds him and gives him his blessing and they return home and there Akeem changes the laws and makes his eldest daughter heir to the throne.

So this film was a let down on a few fronts. 1 the plot seemed to be basically the plot from the first film. Which meant the jokes fell flat because they were all the same. Not too mention it had Leslie Jones in it and we had less of James Earl Jones. I guess the omen of title basically Jinxed it. Honestly it seemed to ride the back of the first film and that was about it. Now Overall this movie gets a A for effort but for a review I am giving it a D for a grade, let ‘s hope there won’t be a third one in my life time.

Coming to America Review

By Paul Anthony

I guess we can call this Eddie Murphy weekend here at SmashWriting and I say that because today I am reviewing his film and on Saturday I am reviewing the sequel to this film as well which is titled Coming 2 America, creative huh? In the 1980’s Murphy was as hot as anyone with having a good stand up career and being in hit after hit, basically for the new age people he was Kevin Hart of the 80’s. The movie stars Eddie Murphy but the cast was actually stacked with talent, you had of course Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. The film also had Louie Anderson and a younger Samuel L Jackson. Though this film didn’t need Anderson, it should be noted that the studio which is Paramount requested that there needed to be a white person in this film, and truly no there was no need for that. The film was released in the summer of 1988, the film had a budget of just 36 million and managed to make 350 million, now this is the part where I say sequel would happen but we know that is truly the case. I have to admit its been awhile since I watched the film so I needed to watch it over again. Well let’s waste no time and check out the plot.

The plot is simple Eddie Murphy plays the prince of an African country who must get married to a princess which his father has already arranged but this is not what the prince wants and during announcement he decides that he wants to find his own bride though he does not exactly say that. He basically tells his father he wants to go to America to basically have sex. So him and his servant travel to New York to begin the process though they agree that no one should know their true identity. Instead they act like they goat keepers. After failed attempts to meet the queen to be at clubs the two attend a fundraiser where the prince finds the perfect woman for him and her name is Lisa however he must fight for her love because she is already and though he managed to win her heart, he must reveal the truth to her and tell her he is a prince. At this point his father has come to America to find him and bring back home and is shocked to find out what he has been up. Once the prince tells Lisa the truth she runs away and basically he becomes sad and returns home with his family to marry his arranged bride though he is shocked to see that it is Lisa and everything ends well.

Okay now this film is suppose to be a comedy and to be honest I did catch myself laughing at few jokes. “The royal penis is clean” was funny line as well as the good morning neighbors, I never been a fan of Murphy being different characters though they had their moments. With it being a comedy I didn’t expect much of anything else regarding the plot. In the end honestly it was a hit but I am giving it a B but still enjoyed watching it!!

Saturday Sequel Presents Dumb and Dumber to Review

By Paul Anthony

This week we are taking a look at Dumb and Dumber to which would come out twenty years after the first film and 11 years after the horrible film that would be the prequel called Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Het Lloyd. Which was just awful, the fact that, that film made any type of money blows my mind. In any case we finally got a Jim Carrey’s first sequel since Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Well, I was watching this film I began to wonder how I was going to rate this film because of the timeline. Twenty years waiting for a sequel is a long time and styles have changed as well. What was fun in the early 90’s when the first film came out may not the hit thing to do twenty years later. For this film the reviews were more towards the negative side but the film still manage to bring 169.8 million from a budget of 50 million which was higher than the first film, which was only 17 million but given how Carrey wasn’t a big star yet the budget made sense. Now did this film live up to the first film, however it was way better than the Prequel.

The plot pretty much follows the twenty year gap in real life and the film starts with Lloyd being in a mental institution since he found out that Mary Swanson was married, she was the woman from the first film that Lloyd wanted to be with. It is revealed that Harry has been visiting every week for the last twenty years but he reveals that he can’t do it anymore and that is when Lloyd reveals he has been pranking him for twenty years and they head back home together. However it’s not all fun and games because Harry reveals that he needs a Kidney transplant and Lloyd bright idea would be to ask Harry’s parents which would be a good idea except Harry was adopted , however they do give him his mail and there he finds a old letter from 1991 from a girlfriend that reveals she is pregnant, though its not told to them that Harry isn’t the father but the two take the hint that he is and could get a new kidney from his daughter. So they meet up with his ex and the road trip begins. We basically get them screwing up things and pretty much doing the same things they did in the first film to proved the laughs. In the end They learn that Harry doesn’t have a daughter and Lloyd wants to date her, Harry is then rushed to the hospital but reveals to Lloyd that he to has been pranking him and doesn’t actually needs a new kidney. In a post credit scene, they are heading home and throw their milkshakes at a truck belonging to none other than Sea Bass who then decides ram them.

Here is the thing the more I watched this film the more I realized that this film would have been so much better in the 90’s or early 2,000’s when this style of comedy was a big hit and when this film series was still big to us. Doing this film just felt like they were doing this to owe it us. In the end the laughs didn’t hit me as well as the first film did. In Fact the film didn’t do anything wrong and stayed true to the first film but clearly this film was just 15 years late for it to be a good film. In the end I am giving this film a D for a rating. But it was still better than When Harry Met Lloyd.

Tom and Jerry Movie Review

By Paul Anthony

Tom and Jerry the film now has been out for almost a week now and I managed to find time to review it. Like always I take time to see how the audience loves it and how critics love it and every so often we come across a film that critics hate but the audience loved and this film is one of those cases. The film so far has made nearly 40 million off of a budget of 79 million which as of right now is pretty good. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney and Ken Jeong. Like Many other Warner brothers films, this film was released on HBO Max as well as in theaters. Now which side will I decide to side with will it be the audience or will it be the critics, like always lets take a look at the plot first.

The film stays true to Tom and jerry where we have the two enemies and at times friends. Tom is in central park trying to make money from playing the piano however the crowd seems to be more amazed at the fact that he is blind and playing the piano and just not being a cat that can play the piano. At this point Jerry is looking for a new place to live and learns that New York isn’t cheap and needs money or something to live in a better area, soon he stumbles across Tom and pretty much ruins his plans and the two wacky animals get into it as always. Here we meet Kayla (Moretz) who just doesn’t have any luck with jobs and decides to con her way into a job working for the Royal Gate Hotel, which she will serve as a wedding planner for this big wedding. Jerry soon finds his way to the hotel to live as well but when the staff realizes they have a mouse problem, she gets Tom’s help to get Jerry out of there. First nothing goes as plan because Jerry always finds a way to escape Tom and the two always leaves a mess behind them. Which also ruins the wedding causing a bigger mess then ever before but Tom and Jerry works together with Kayla to correct everything for the sake of the couple but the truce barely last and Tom and jerry go right back at it but just after the wedding.

Now the story was basic which in this case wasn’t a problem, the biggest problem to me was that they didn’t let Michael Pena and Ken Jeong be as funny as they could have been. Chloe Grace Moretz acting was stiff and yes it’s mostly because she had to pretend something was there when it wasn’t but nevertheless she could have been better. If people say the story was weak and predictable then they aren’t wrong but the movie does pay a great deal of respect to the franchise that is Tom and Jerry, the rest of the story was basically to serve as a filler. Now the part that I did enjoy was all the animals were computer animated instead of just Tom and jerry and even Butch. This was a great way to avoid explaining why Tom and Jerry was only animated. In the end I am giving it a good B or 80 percent because it stayed true to the source but could have been funnier with Pena and Jeong.

Box Office Rundown 2/22/21

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to box office Monday where we run down the numbers from the weekend and see who took the top spot!! Now it has been awhile since we did this and a lot has changed with the world. We know we are in a pandemic which basically shut down Hollywood for several months and theaters closed as while. Now Hollywood started back and came up with the idea that some films might have to go to streaming as while but they will still be out in theaters as while. Usually I would give an opinion if the moving going to be a flop based on the numbers regardless if we have reviewed it or not, well this time for the moment at least that will be harder to decide until life goes back to normal with everything being at full capacity but I will try my best!! This week we had two new films join the current set of films that are out but only 1 manage to crack the top ten. Nomadland came in at number 7, well Blithe Spirit came in at number 13 now here are the rest of the top ten films over the weekend!!

  1. The Croods: A New Age which made $1,700,000 and has been out for 13 weeks now making 50 plus million so far
  2. The Little Things which made 1,200,000 and has been out for 4 weeks and made a total of 11,800,000 so far
  3. Judas and the Black Messiah which made 905,000 this week and has been out for 2 weeks which a gross 3,390,000 so far
  4. WonderWoman 1984 made 805,000 this week and has been out for for 9 weeks making 42,692,000 so far
  5. The Marksman which made 775,000 this week and has been out for 6 weeks making 11,450,000 so far
  6. Monster Hunter which made 510,000 this week and has been out for 10 weeks making a total of 13,407, 385 so far
  7. Nomadland which is in its opening weekend made 503,000
  8. Land which made 500,000 this week and has been out for two weeks making a gross of 1,626,205 so far
  9. News of the World which made 245,000 and has been out for 9 weeks and total gross so far is 11,706,560
    1. the War with grandpa which made 224,188 and has been out for 20 weeks making a gross of 20,329,117

Now we shall see next week who can stay in the top ten or join the top 10!!

Saturday Sequel presents The Equalizer 2

By Paul Anthony

Here we are still in the first week of black history month and this week I have been doing some work on Denzel Washington this week, honestly it was more than timing then anything because his latest movie was just released called The little things which please check out and Justin’s reviews regarding that, then I did a actor profile o him during our podcast episode, as I was doing my research on him I came across something that I never notice before and that out of all his films, he has never done a sequel for except one film. Out of 49 films that he has been only one had a sequel in it and that film was none other than this film. With that being said you would have to guess that this film had to be a success if Washington only pick this role to come back to. The first film was released in 2014 and 7 months before that release Sony had already greenlighted a sequel. The film had a 73 million dollar budget but than grossed 192 million so Sony made the right choice, this film was released four years after the film. The budget was pretty much just a few more million dollars and basically grossed the same amount as the first film making it another hit under Washington’s belt. Washington wasn’t the only star in this film others return as well such as Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman but than you had the newcomer Pedro Pascal as well, Now did this film live up to the previous film?

The film starts with McCall (Washington) on a train traveling to Istanbul, basically he is on a mission to rescue a girl that was taken from her mother but the guy is her father nevertheless he completes his mission and returns the girl back to her mom though it appears her mom doesn’t realize this. At the same time Susan and McCall’s former partner Dave York investigates a murder. When Susan returns to her hotel she is then attacked and killed, After some time Dave is greeted by McCall who is shocked to see him since McCall faked his own death. McCall shares information to Dave that he has found and soon after that McCall who works as a Lyft Driver is attacked by assassin who pretends to be an passenger and there McCall learns the truth that Dave is the true one that killed Susan and he opens up on why he did it. McCall sees the rest of his former team is at Dave’s house as well and he tells them he is going to kill them all and the only sad thing is that he only gets to do it once. Never the less McCall keeps his word and in a epic battle kills everyone, including Dave and film ends With McCall returning to his old house.

I did enjoy this film and I did ask in the beginning of this blog if it lived up to the first film. I have to say yes it but it didn’t improve anything, we basically got the same thing and doing it twice is very risky. Don’t get me wrong Washington was great and Pedro carried his weight. The action was on par as the first however the story was lacking. The plot tries be something better than what it really was. The movie seemed like it was leading to bigger things but never did. In the end I am giving it a good B plus for a grade.

The Little Things Review

By Paul Anthony

First review of the month for me and going with black history month, I decided to review this film because it starred Denzel Washington, who is one of my favorite actors, then you also had the film star Rami Malek, who is also a great talent as well. Last when it comes to stars you also had Jared Leto, who some might think he is a great actor as well, so this film had a lot going for it. Then you had the writer and director John lee Hancock and if you haven’t heard of this name before let me refresh your memory on who this guy is, he’s the director of such films as The Rookie (2002), The Blind Side (2009), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), The Founder (2016) and The Alamo (2004). Just with those four names alone this movie should be great right? Well that’s just it, this might be the case where just maybe all the stars didn’t line up. Though there is some good news and that is Leto did receive nominations for Best supporting Actor from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. Now, the film was made with a 30 million dollar budget and so far grossed 7.6 million, which was good enough to make the number 1 spot in it’s opening weekend, of course we don’t know what HBO Max’s numbers are so can’t call these films that come out during the pandemic a flop but how did this film really do?

Well let’s look at the plot, the film starts in 1990 when we see a female traveling on an highway when another vehicle starts to taunt her, she pulls over at a gas station which is closed and the driver begins to chase her which she escapes when a trucker stops for her. When then pick a few years later which I am guessing because everything seems to still be in the early 90’s though they don’t make it clear, at this point you just have to assume. Here at this point we meet Kerns County deputy Sheriff Joe Deacon (Washington) who must head to L.A County to get evidence that pertains to a murder case in his county, at this point we meet a young L.A. County homicide detective Jimmy Baxter (Malek) whose working a murder case that reminds Deacon of a case he was once working on that he never got to solve. The two strike up a partnership to solve the case. Deacon is positive that the suspect is Albert Sparma (Leto). Though very little evidence proves this, they still try to prove this guy is the killer but have no such like, until Sparma leads them on a wild goose chase and finally admits he never killed anyone in his life and turns out, he is just obsessed with crime scenes and stories, this makes Baxter mad and kills him with a shovel and Deacon collects everything in Sharma apartments and burns it and to make it seem like they had the right guy afterwards Deacon buys a red barrette and sends it to Baxter, the red barrette was an item that was worn by a murder victim.

Most critics are comparing this film to the hit film seven but basically calling it a knock off. Now I wouldn’t go that far but they do try to make this film seem like its more twisted then it really is but shows us nothing to prove that this film had a lot of twist, basically it tried to be something it’s not. Now I did enjoy the performances of the main stars and I could see why Leto was nominated for best supporting Actor. In the end the film wasn’t horrible but it felt average so I am giving it a C for a rating.

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