Posts Tagged ‘action movie’

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Criminally Overlooked: “He Never Died”

January 30, 2016

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When you come across a movie with a title like He Never Died, which stars Henry Rollins, and features a poster with Rollins bellowing like a Trump supporter at a feminist poetry-slam, well, you gotta start sharpening the knives. I mean…you read that last sentence, right? Okay, so I don’t have to explain the tremendous potential for mockery. Except, holy shit, He Never Died—clunky title aside—is actually a really good little movie. And what makes it so enjoyable is a perfectly modulated action-comic performance by Rollins, who shows off some fairly sophisticated acting chops. Throw in some moody direction by first time-ish director Jason Krawczyk, and you got precisely the kind of under-the-radar gem that gives B-movies a good name.
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It’s like “Children of Men,” only stupider: “Babylon A.D.”

September 7, 2008

Well, the summer blockbuster season has slouched to an end once more, not with a bang but a whimper. And this year that whimper belongs to Babylon A.D. a post-apocalyptic thriller, which strains desperately for lyricism and prescience and, well, fails miserably. This is a movie that desperately wants to say something profound, but also wants to be a big, dumb action-thriller, and in the end the latter instincts win out. Imagine Children of Men remade as a Red Bull commercial. That’s pretty much Babylon A.D. in a nutshell.

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