Day 68 & Day 69 – Toy Story & The Hurricane Heist

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I didn’t have time to write a review yesterday because Mike, Keegan, and I went and saw Mac Sabbath and Galactic Empire at The Palladium. I didn’t go home, so I just hung around after work graded some stuff and watched Toy Story.

Movie Title: Toy Story

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 21 min.

Rated: G

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Work (After School)

Review:

First, I have seen Toy Story before, but not since I was a child. So, I am considering this a first viewing of sorts. Toy Story is a landmark movie in cinematic history. It changed the way animation was done in Hollywood. It put Pixar on the map. In short, it changed the scope of what an animated movie could be. From that point of view Toy Story is essential viewing.

But, Toy Story is also an excellent movie that really is for all ages. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen put in great voice performances as Woody and Buzz Lightyear respectively. There are also a couple of great smaller roles as Don Rickles voices Mr. Potato Head and R. Lee Ermey voices the Sergeant. The rivalry between Woody and Buzz is something that pretty much everyone can relate to. At some point, someone has stepped on your toes, and cut in where they were not wanted to steal some of your shine. It happens. Woody is the more realistic character and Buzz has his head in the clouds, but ultimately they come to a reconciliation along with the realization they are going to need each other to survive and find purpose in life. The movie is filled to the brim with iconic lines and scenes that I felt coming back to me as I watched it for the first time in at least twenty years.

Verdict:

Yes, this review is very short. But, frankly, what else is there to say about Toy Story. It is an iconic movie and essential viewing. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Hurricane Heist (2018)

 

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After the movie, we learned to drive in The Hurricane Heist style. Jerk the wheel up and down and look cool.

Movie Title: The Hurricane Heist

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 42 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Mike and Keegan

Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA

Review:

I’m not sure if the director of The Hurricane Heist has ever seen a hurricane before. I’d honestly feel better knowing that he hadn’t, so I will continue to operate under that assumption. I went into this hoping for an over the top 80s style action movie from the director of The Fast and the Furious. What was received was certainly over the top, but not exactly what was expected.

The Hurricane Heist stars Maggie Grace as an A.T.F. agent responsible for transporting money to a shredding facility in Gulfport, Alabama. Gulfport also happens to be bracing itself for the worst hurricane of all time. This is not a good combination. A group of thieves plan to steal six hundred million dollars in cash using the storm as a cover. Everything goes super smooth until the generator blows out and Casey (Maggie Grace) needs to go get the repairman. She senses something is up and buries her iPad in a container of shredded money and goes to get him. After realizing the codes have been changed and they need her the bad guys spend the rest of the movie attempting to reacquire her.

The acting by everyone involved in this production is wooden. Some of the things they say are complete nonsense and some of it is not actually attached to what is happening in the movie. This movie was green lit for a thirty five million dollar budget. I’m not sure the script was even read. Anyone that got any editing credit on this is just someone’s relative. It is a mess. The choices made by the characters are mind boggling. Characters in horror movies make bad decisions. Characters in this movie operate more like animals. Hmm…I really need to finish cracking these codes, but instead I’m going to make out with my lady friend while my prisoner escapes. It would be terrible if it happened once, but the entire plot is built on this type of interaction.

However, the worst part of the movie is the hurricane itself. There are points in the movie where the hurricane operates more like a nuclear blast than a weather pattern. I can’t imagine they asked anyone about how a hurricane works to make this movie. The hurricane is used to set up all the big action sequences in the movie. These actions sequences are entertaining because of how absurd they are. Hubcaps are used as throwing stars (with great accuracy I might add,) it gives Will (Toby Kebbell) temporary hulk strength to move cars, and barometric pressure is used as a weapon. Let me just repeat that. Barometric pressure is weaponized. There are also insane continuity problems. After a character is rescued, he is promptly abandoned, and then reappears in a boat. No explanation is given for anything. The characters change their clothes fairly regularly despite the whole story taking place over the course of a few hours. The movie’s singular attempt humor is a joke about the Oklahoma City bombing.

Verdict:

I felt genuinely dumber after leaving the movie theater and I can only hope the guys over at Rifftrax get their hands on this thing. Until then, don’t just skip it. Run.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Lobster (2015)

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