L.A, 2022-01-28 07:00:00. Movie reviews: “The Adventures of Buck Wilde in the Ice Age” and more
Buck Wild Ice Age Adventures: 3 stars
For better and for worse, it appears that the “Ice Age” franchise has been around for longer than the actual Ice Age. With the latest entry, “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild,” which ranks sixth in the series and leads the voice of Simon Pegg on Disney+, the movies are beginning to show their age. The characters and voice work are still fun, but the animation doesn’t have the same pop as the previous movies.
Action begins in Snow Valley, the home of wild brothers Crash (Vincent Tong) and Eddie (Aaron Harris). The opossum is restless, bored with life in the sleepy icy valley. They want to experience the world, far from the eyes of the woolly mammoth Ellie and Manny, far from the protective eyes of their changing family. “It’s time for us to go out and make our mark on the world.” By chance, they end up in the Lost World – “we came here to live a life of adventure” – a huge underground cave and a land full of dangers that might be too extreme, even for them.
As she commands Ellie and Manny – “If we don’t find them, I’ll kill them,” says Manny – an unexpected “superhero” comes to the rescue of Crash and Eddie, a one-eyed weasel named Buck Wilde (Big). Together, they form a team to defeat the dinosaurs living in the Lost World. “It’s time to get wild.”
“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” has a distinct feel to the live stream. The title sound above has disappeared from the other films – Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary, Queen Latifah – and has been replaced by similar voices. Not that young children will mind, or even notice. But older kids who grew up watching these movies—they’ve been around for 20 years—may feel that this movie isn’t so much a movie as an inexpensive, extended version of the TV series separated from the movies.
Like all ‘Ice Age’ films, this one contains good messages for children about the importance of family – ‘The only thing that remains the same is the love we have for one another. This is the thing about the flock, you are part of it, even when you are apart.’ – and embrace change – “Change is scary but it’s the way of the world. It can help us grow into the people we are meant to be even if we take that to places.”
There is nothing new, just well-established morals from a story that will appeal to children who have not already heard these cliched ideas a hundred times.
Single shot: 3 stars
The title of “One Shot,” a new action movie starring Scott Adkins, Ryan Phillippe, and Ashley Greene Khoury, and now available on VOD, is kind of a double meaning. The action-packed protagonists are at the heart of the film with a one-shot suppression attack, and director James Nunn cleverly filmed all the action in “real time”, using camera tricks to make it look as if it was shot in one continuous picture for the long takes.
The story begins with a squad of Navy SEALs led by Lieutenant Blake Harris (Adkins) airlifting young CIA analyst Zoe Anderson (Khoury) to a remote prison in Guantanamo Bay that houses UN Terror suspects. Anderson’s mission is to rescue Amin Mansur (Walid Al Jadi), a British citizen who claims his innocence but is suspected of being the mastermind of a September 11-style dirty bomb attack on all three branches of the US government.
Deputy Site Administrator Tom Shields (Philip) halts the prisoner’s release, inadvertently allowing time for a violent terrorist (Jesse Lowden) and his rebels to overrun the place, freeing the captives and attempting to kill Mansur before he can pour the beans on the plot to bring down the government.
“One Shot” is not related to the characters, the political content, or even the story of the siege. It’s all about the “one shot” gimmick, video game style fireworks, and a sense of urgency.
For the most part, the trick works, although if you’re like me, you’ll be taken out of the story as you try to figure out where the subconscious adjustments are. It’s a distraction that fades with time as director Nunn expertly crafts the movement, creating a sense of unexpected immediacy. You don’t really know who’s close to you or hiding behind a pile of sandbags. It’s the thriller filmmaking, with the help of cinematographer Jonathan Ailes, that makes the overall story and stereotypical characters somewhat interesting.
However, the relentless violence becomes tiring after a while. The first shot occurs around the 19-minute mark and the lead ballet continues largely non-stop for the rest of the run time. There are breaks at work, usually when someone comes into contact with an infected person, but they are few and far between.
“One Shot” is a second-rate movie with effective brutality and some flawless scenes, but the script is full of clichés — “sometimes it’s harder to save a life than saving one,” Anderson says when the going gets tough — because the characters have bullet holes in them. .
Henry Becker: 2 stars
A study of toxic masculinity, greed, and the sins of the father, “Two Deaths to Henry Baker,” a new thriller starring Jill Bellows now on VOD, is a pale imitation of new Westerners like “Hell or High Water.”
The events begin in the year 1958 when young Henry Baker and his father were hiding a fortune in stolen gold coins. 30 years later, Henry, now played by Jill Bellows, is old and ready for a cash back. With his young son Hank (Gunnar Burke), things go sideways. Henry kills his brother (also Bellows) and is captured.
Decades pass. As Henry is about to get out of prison, his son Hank, now played by Sebastian Pigott, and his nephew Sam (Joe Denicole), the nephew of the murdered Henry, wait anxiously. Everyone wants a taste of gold, but Sam wants revenge while corrupt Sheriff Ron Capman (Tony Curran) wants everything.
“The Death of Henry Baker” is an ambitious movie that falls slightly short of its goal.
There are some well-received action pieces and moments of tension, but these are cues through the slack pacing from director Felipe Mucci. The movie’s intrigue creeps in, making some of the story’s logical leaps more evident than they might in a movie at a faster pace.
Having said that, the story of toxicity across generations resonates. Violence begets violence is not a new idea, but handing the wand from fathers to sons is well illuminated here with the help of Bellows and Denicole’s performances.
“The Death of Henry Baker” might be the worst feeling movie of the year so far. Heavy on nihilism, it’s a gritty portrayal of intergenerational violence, but it doesn’t delve enough into the psyche of the story for the characters to resonate.
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