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Man of Tai Chi (2013)


The Man of Tai Chi Poster

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

 

Keanu Reeves returns ruthlessly with a vengeance.  Not only is he a star in this film, but he also made his directorial debut.

The fact that this is a martial arts movie was intriguing to me because after watching Keanu’s fighting skills in The Matrix (1999), I was thirsty for a little bit more of his flying jump kicks and karate chops.  It’s just a bit of a shame that he waited so long after The Matrix Trilogy to showcase his combat expertise.  He is probably a little more known for his slow-motion bullet dodge than his actual fighting skills, but he has proved that either one can be sufficiently entertaining.  The bottom line is, Man of Tai Chi is Reeves in a fighting movie.

The Man of Tai Chi Chen Donaka

The film is about wealthy businessman Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves), who discovers uniquely talented fighters who he then convinces to fight for him in underground and illegal fighting matches in China.  His most recent fighter, Tiger Chen (Chen Lin-Hu), has a special and virtually one-of-a-kind style of hand-to-hand combat with a Tai Chi base.  Tiger Chen needs the money, and the fights pay, but once he is in the game, Donaka Mark makes it difficult to stop.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Iko Uwais, Simon Yam, Karen Mok, Silvio Simac, and Jeremy Marinas.

The movie goes back and forth between spoken English and Chinese with subtitles.  It’s a foreign film with American and Chinese actors.  I believe that the joining of the two cultures in the film works to successfully portray the mix of each cultures’ fighting style.

The martial arts in Man of Tai Chi is depicted gracefully and eloquently.  The choreography is amazing.  The movie has some of the best fighting scenes that I have seen since The Raid: Redemption (2011).  Each move seemed so intentional that it almost felt like the fighters were dancing, but the dance was a work of art.

The  Man of Tai Chi Fighting

The film’s soundtrack helped to give what was happening on screen a deeper, more intense feel.

The movie started off impressively and this continued until probably the last quarter of the film.  It certainly had potential to be better, but I felt like the ending fell short.  This was pretty disappointing because it was so good up until that point.

Iko Uwais, who became famous for his role in The Raid: Redemption, was way underused in the movie.  If his character was given the chance to show what he was made of, the film could have reached the same caliber as The Raid: Redemption.  Instead, his part was cut far too short.

Man of Tai Chi was certainly crammed with action-packed goodness.  If it weren’t for the ending, I would give the movie a higher rating.  Even though the film was a bit of a letdown towards the end, it was still fun to watch.  Keanu did his job well, but his martial arts skill unfortunately didn’t add up to the rest of the fighters in the movie.

The Man of Tai Chi Reeves Fighting

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

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Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews January 2014


Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews January 2014

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Netflix Watch Instantly has drastically improved its movie selection over the last few years.  They still have more movies that are available to rent on disc than they do to stream, but if you do a little bit of searching then you will be able to find plenty of good movies that are worth streaming.

I have seen literally hundreds of movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly and literally thousands of movies that are currently available to rent on disc.

I have been writing movie reviews for a year now, but I have been mainly focusing on reviewing newer movies.  Because of this fact, I have not reviewed very many movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  I plan on fixing this problem soon.

I will continue to update and add to the list below throughout the month of January, and make a new list each month.  My lists will hopefully help you find good movies to watch and bad movies to stay away from.  I will hopefully be able to help save you time searching for a good movie to stream on Netflix Watch Instantly.  My reviews will tell you what are some of the best movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly and what are some of the worst movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

The Netflix Watch Instantly movie library changes periodically as their contracts with different movie companies run out or are renewed.  Here is a list of movies that I have reviewed that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  Click on each title below for my full review of that movie, my rating, the movie’s trailer, the movie’s poster, and pictures from that movie:

6 Souls (2009)

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Brubaker (1980)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Cop Land (1997)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Dredd (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Fire with Fire (2012)

Flight (2012)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

Happy Gilmore (1996)

A Haunted House (2013)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Leave (2011)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stolen (2012)

Stuck in Love (2012)

Wrecked (2010)

Yes, the list is short now, but as the days and weeks and months go by, I will have plenty of more reviews for you to read and I will help you find the hidden gems within the Netflix Watch Instantly movie library.

www.brockingmovies.com  Movies are what I do.

Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014


Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014

redbox box

I have seen 94 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 94 films, I have written a review for 61 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of January.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

2 Guns (2013)

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

Getaway (2013)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Prisoners (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.

The Raid: Redemption (2011)


The Raid Redemption poster

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

The Raid: Redemption is an absolute explosion.  The movie kicks like an energy drink.

the raid redemption kick

I had heard that the movie was really good, but I did not know what it was about before watching it.  The only thing that I did know was that Mike Shinoda of LinkinPark and Joseph Trapanese developed the soundtrack for the movie.  They collaborated with Chino Moreno the lead singer of Deftones (one of my favorite singers and one of my favorite bands) and he contributes his awesome vocals to the first song in the ending credits called “Razors.Out”.  Being the big Chino Moreno fan that I am, I had downloaded the song off of iTunes before I had even heard of The Raid: Redemption.  The song meshes the sound of Linkin Park with Deftones.  I was bummed that they didn’t make a whole album together because it was pretty sweet.

The movie was filmed in Indonesia and the entire thing is subtitled, or you can choose to watch it dubbed over in English.  There is not much to the story, but with this type of action movie that makes no difference at all.  If you are the type of person that does not enjoy watching foreign films because of subtitles or for any other reason, I strongly suggest that you give this film a chance.  You will quickly forget that you are reading subtitles or that the words you hear don’t match the lips on screen.  I cannot think of a movie that has more action throughout than this one.  I was very pleasantly surprised when I watched this movie.  So much so, that I actually watched it twice in the last couple of months.  This film came out of nowhere.  It snuck up on me and punched my mind in the face.

the raid redemption face punch

The film is about a squad of 20 heavily armed cops who raid a 30 floor apartment building that is home to a drug kingpin and his ruthless gang.  The apartment building has security surveillance cameras and the tenants have plenty of firepower of their own.  When the bullets start running out, that is when the real action begins.

the raid redemption gun squad

There are many similarities between this movie and Dredd (2012).  To read my review of Dredd (2012) click on this link.  The biggest difference between the two films is that The Raid: Redemption is a far superior film.

The fighting sequences and action in the film were nothing less than amazing.  There is a little overuse of swearing, but the stress that these people are facing justifies it all.    There are martial arts like I have never seen.  There is blood, guts, violence, guns, weapons, fighting, fighting, and more fighting.  The story is not as solid as it otherwise could be.  They took out all of the stops and made this a full-fledged action movie, so really the story does not matter too much.  On the other hand, if the writing had been a little bit better the movie could have easily been a 10.

the raid redemption knife gun fight

Being that it is a foreign film, the cast and filmmakers will be a bunch of people that you probably have never heard of, but I’m going to list them anyway.

It was written and directed by Gareth Evans.  The main stars of the film are Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy, Tegar Satrya, Iang Darmawan, Eka ‘Piranha’ Rahmadia, and Verdi Solaiman.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Click on the link below to check out the teaser trailer to the sequel to The Raid: Redemption, it’s called The Raid 2: Berandal (2014).

If you liked The Raid: Redemption, then you will probably enjoy:

Man of Tai Chi (2013)