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Prey (2022)

Prey (2022)

8/10

 


Starring

Amber Midthunder

Dakota Beavers

Michelle Thrush

Stormee Kipp

 

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg

 

I enjoyed this movie very much. I love when movies are not long and go straight to the point. 100 minutes is enough to make your point and tell your story. This movie does not do those two-hours nonsense, where half the time is for us – watching her being born and growing to have this hunter mentality which in the movie it showed she needs to work on it badly. The rate of mess up the lead was able to rack up in this movie makes you enjoy it more. She did not become the girl-power kind of character you would expect. In fact, she was scared most of the times and the fear froze her and she made a lot of mistakes which cost her.

The movie has some of the next level beautiful settings, and the visual effects are amazing. The animals are well designed to give a feel that you can reach out and touch them. Then the effects of the Predator add to that its unique characterization all through the film makes you love it more. Then the lead Naru (Amber Midthunder) was just fantastic in her acting.

This is the fifth movie in the Predator franchise, and it serves as a prequel to the first Predator movie.

This movie is set in the 1700s when a Comanche tribe comes across the Alien this franchise calls, Predator. Now, they felt they were chasing after a bear and only Naru who is an excellent tracker knew this was no bear, from the foot tracks. Their issues started when one of their tribes’ men was attacked by a mountain lion. They go after it to save him and Naru who so badly wanted to be a hunter went with them. They found the man, but he was badly wounded. They laid a trap for the lion and in the end the killed it, but Naru was badly injured when she went up against the mountain lion and almost got killed. Her brother tells her she is not ready to be a hunter, but the next day Naru goes out to hunt again and comes across tracks of the Predator and continues her hunt of it, she trains and prepares her weapons (which were of no use in the end) and goes hunting. As you would expect when she comes face to face with the creature along with her other tribes’ men, they were sacred, and many got slaughtered by the Alien Creature. She now gave herself a target, learn how to face this creature and somehow kill it.

Amazing movie and should have had some Box Office time, but I can understand the fear of bringing back a character that only people born in the 80s will really appreciate. You can catch this movie on Hulu.

Luck (2022)

Luck (2022)


5/10

 


Starring the voices of

Eva Noblezada

Simon Pegg

Jane Fonda

Whoopi Goldberg

 

Directed by Peggy Holmes

 

The movie for me ended up being two times better than the waste of space DC League of Super Pets even though I feel the animation lacked some needed excitement draw. The animation will play well with children a little bit older than the Paw Patrol gang that will like DC League of Super Pets but it is a little bit far off the ones that will crave Disney’s type of Encanto. The animation tried in its fantasy-based story and brings us into another side of the world where good luck and bad luck are made. We see how they get dispersed randomly all over the world.

The animation graphics is not so jump at you great – as a matter of fact I believe they could have done way better. When you consider the production cost of $140 million, you wonder how they can make a dance sequence look like something from those B-movie animated Barbie shows.

Also, the story was tamed down to a level where you can lose interest so easily, I do think it beats some of the trash we get thrown at us too often, but for such a budget I expected better. What works for this movie will be the voice acting and the way they show how good luck can make you jump of a cliff knowing something will happen before you hit the ground flat. Then you will like when bad luck tries it and breaks his neck.

The movie shows us a home for girls where we see Sam and Hazel making a dance video. Sam and Hazel are close with Sam now 18-years-old and needs to leave the home as she is now an adult. A social worker was there to give her an apartment and a job as she is now going to be on her own. Sam is sad to leave the home and Hazel behind. Hazel is only like 8-year-old and Sam doesn’t want her to be alone.

Sam siting down on the sidewalk someday after another day of bad luck at work, and almost getting killed, saw a hungry cat. The cat seems to be craving food and sat next to Sam who shared her food with it. The cat runs off and Sam saw undeath where the cat sat a penny. She took it and behold! Her days changed that night and even the next morning. She was amazing at work and went through like a whole day with no mishap or bad luck. She wanted to give the penny to her friend Hazel, so that she can get lucky and be adopted by a great family. But Sam’s bad luck found a way of finding her and she flushed the coin down the toilet. In her beating herself up on her way home she ran into the cat. While talking to herself about what happened the cat gasped and spoke in outrage that Sam flushed the coin down the toilet. The cat runs off when he discovered his mess up for speaking and Sam chased it, soon they were both in the world were good luck and bad luck is being made. They both now come to an understanding, Bob (the cat) will help Sam find a coin so she can take it to Hazel and Sam will leave his world and never come back.

In the end, I enjoyed the movie a bit, but still felt if I had something else to do I will not be watching this on Apple TV+.

 

DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

DC League of Super-Pets (2022)


 3/10


 

Starring

Dwayne Johnson

Kevin Hart

Kate McKinnon

John Krasinski

Vanessa Bayer

 

Directed by Jared Stern

 

The movie felt like Paw Patrol on speed. I have seen many people rate this movie well and I watched it knowing it was for kids, but I did not know it was for the Paw Patrol kind of children. I was bored out of my mind and at one time almost gave up. There is nothing impressive about the voice work, it was the same duo of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, doing what felt more like a routine than actual voice work. Nothing spectacular about the graphics, it was half better than Paw Patrol and the story was just poor. I expected too much from the writers, but if you watch this and think of how easy those children show is, you will understand why it felt lame.

In those shows the bad guys carry a face with bad almost pasted on it. And the good guys seem to mature daily on learning new ways to be better. This movie had all those weak writing work drooling all over the screen.

It starts with a visit to Krypton where we see Kal-El (Clark Kent/Superman) playing with a puppy. Krypton is about to be destroyed so he was sent to earth with this puppy. They grow up together and become a superhero duo known everywhere, Superman and Krypto.

Krypto has the same powers as Superman and he struggles mixing with the other dogs, only close to Superman. When Superman and Lois Lane started to get close and wanting to spend more time together, Krypto became jealous, and Superman wanted to do all he can to make him feel better.

It is here (when Superman tries to adopt another pet) we meet a group of animals at the shelter led by Ace a dog who promises the other animals there (a pig, squirrel, tortoise, and guinea pig) that when he breaks out (as he is always trying) he will break the others out and take them to a farm.

One of the animals used to work with Lex Luther and the time he spent in captivity he built something which he used to steal a fragment of Orange Kryptonite which gave the creature and the others super-powers. This animal has a grudge of Krypto and he decided to hurt Krypto by kidnapping Superman and all the Justice League. Now, Krypto must work with the other animals to come up with a plan to save the superheroes.

Nothing spectacular about this animation other than it was made for children and not for anyone who can think for themselves.