Movie Reviews

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (2021)

without-remorse-clancy-movie-review-2021Director: Stefano Sollima

Genre: Action, Thriller

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Main Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, Brett Gelman, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Colman Domingo, Guy Pearce, Todd Lasance

Plot: John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan), an elite Navy SEAL, embarks on a mission to uncover an international conspiracy after his wife is murdered in an act of revenge.

My Thoughts: Apologies in advance, I’m not well versed in Tom Clancy’s work. I haven’t read his books, I’ve seen the occasional movie based on his characters and I’ve seen my husband play the games inspired by his works. That’s enough, right? Probably not. Anyway! I wasn’t originally planning on watching Without Remorse, but last month was a Michael B. Jordan month for me and so it seemed kind of perfect timing, so I gave it a go. It was…alright. I guess it’s not a good sign when you feel like you need to use Tom Clancy’s name in the movie title just to sell it.

There are a lot of things the movie does well, it isn’t all bad. The action scenes are sublime, and full of tension. It’sin those moments that the movie really shines. What’s lacking is the emotion. Not from the characters themselves, but just in the story itself. None of us can forget the moment John Wick’s puppy was killed 7 years ago. More recently, we were all on Bob Oodenkirk’s side when his character went on a violent rampage in the name of his daughter’s kitty cat bracelet. But John Kelly’s pregnant wife being murdered should have made Without Remorse an emotionally-charged revenge flick, and it was lacking.

It did however set up what could be a promising sequel. In a post-credits scene the word ‘rainbow’ is mentioned, and gamers will instantly relate this to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Honestly, I’m just looking forward to seeing which characters will make it onto the big screen and who will play them! If that movie is done right it should be an absolute blast and have us all on the edge of our seats.

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Best Bit: Michael B. Jordan in that uniform. Ahem! Erm. Nope, sorry, I’ve got nothing sensible to say here. I stuck it out just to drool over Michael B. Jordan. Sorry not sorry.

Worst Bit: I’ve nothing against Jamie Bell, I think he’s a great actor, but he seems so badly miscast in this role! It was so hard to take him seriously as a leader when his vibe is much more suited to a junior role. It was really quite distracting.

Fun Trivia: The film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s 1993 novel ‘Without Remorse’ had been in development since the 1990s. In 1994, Keanu Reeves was offered $7 million for the role of John Clark but turned it down.

My Rating: 3 tubs of popcorn, for no other reason that I’m ridiculously excited to be back in the cinema next week!

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Movie Reviews

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

sicario-2-day-of-the-soldado-movie-reviewDirector: Stefano Sollima

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Main Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Catherine Keener

Plot: The war on the US – Mexico border continues to escalate as the cartels have now begun trafficking terrorists across the border. Matt Graver teams up once again with Alejandro with a plan to start the cartels warring against each other, involving kidnapping the youngest child of the head of the biggest and most powerful cartel.

My Thoughts: I was late to the game when Sicario (2015) came out, but it was well worth catching up with – it’s one of the darkest movies I’ve seen with so much tension. I was expecting more of the same with the sequel, even though I still don’t feel like it needs one. Thankfully as a sequel, it’s a great movie, but still fell a bit short of the mark for me.

Firstly, I didn’t think I would see a more grim opening to a movie than the original Sicario, and now I have. This one is definitely darker, and grittier than the first, mainly due to the subject matter. It doesn’t hold back at all. There’s also a side story running parallel to the main mission about a young boy being recruited by the cartels that’s desperately sad, because I guess even though it’s a fictional movie, this stuff happens in the real world, too.

The only thing that I can complain about is the scale of it all. For me, it felt like the movie started with a huge, wide-spreading story, and as the time went on it ended up becoming more and more about a very small segment of the wider picture.

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Best Bit: It’s a spoiler so I’ll type it really faintly and you can highlight if you want to read it! I was shocked when Alejandro was killed off but when you realise the bullet went straight through his cheeks…it was so gnarly but a really cool moment!

Worst Bit: That opening scene in the supermarket. The moment it dawned on me what I was about to watch. Each time made me jump out my seat and I genuinely felt sick for a while afterwards.

Fun Trivia: Emily Blunt was originally attached to reprise her role in Sicario as FBI Agent Kate Macer. However, director Stefano Sollima ultimately decided not to use Blunt or her character in the film, noting that Macer represented the moral compass in Sicario, whereas he did not want any character to serve as moral guidance in the sequel.

My Rating: 4 school buses out of 5, driving through the dead of night.

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