Review of Movie Titles
By: Jason Bechard

Hey, I Watched This!

Reviewing Movies I've watched recently.

Welcome back folks! I'm glad you stopped by. I've watched a couple of really good flicks this time around, and can't wait to share them with you!

First up, Kin (2018), written and directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker. Starring, newcomer Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid (Yes, that Dennis Quaid), and James Franco (YES, that James Franco), with a brief cameo by "Hollywood hot commodity" Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed).

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex–con, and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection."

Heralded as, "From the Producers of Stranger Things", and billed as an action sci–fi flick, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. Well, what we got was really cool, slightly different, and a HUGE tease! Allow me to explain.

The pacing is somewhat slower than expected, which works. This film builds up as a dramatic piece for the first 2/3rds of the film, and then the action/sci–fi kicks into high gear! We follow this young boy, and his adopted family, learning their struggles, their conflicts, and their desperate decisions. Decisions that lead to bad people doing bad things! The mysterious "weapon" the boy finds only brings questions, until they are cornered, and the boy finally "pulls the trigger". A slow build, that leads to violent climax, that then spins in a different direction, answering some questions, but leaving behind SO many more!

Myles Truitt really shines as Eli. His portrayal really feels natural. His innocence, his feeling of not quite belonging, his trepidation in following his brother, all of it just felt real. Jack Reynor as Jimmy, Eli's adoptive brother, was really good as well. A young man, fresh out of prison, desperately trying to do right, but falling short because of his previous bad decisions, was really well–done. You dislike him for the what his decision lead to, but you can't help but empathize with him, because he's trying so hard. Dennis Quaid as Hal, the adoptive father figure, was a great choice. Quaid has been doing this a long time, and really brings a nice depth to the character, who only wants his boys to understand, life is hard, but you have to live by a strict moral code. Jame Franco, no surprise, is stellar in the role of Taylor. A gang leader, who protected Jimmy in prison, protection which didn't come cheap, and when Taylor's brother is killed because of Jimmy's mistake, who becomes scarily sociopathic.

All in all, it's a slow and steady ride, that builds perfectly, and the climax, which includes the Michael B. Jordan cameo, leaves you achingly wanting more. This is, obviously, the first chapter in a much larger story, and I, for one, can't wait for more.

I give Kin (2018) 4 1/2 Stars!

Next up, Mile 22 (2018) written by Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland, and directed by Peter Berg. Starring Mark Wahlberg (YUP!), Lauren Cohan (Walking Dead's Maggie), Iko Uwais (The Raid, The Raid 2), John Malkovich (Uh Yup!), and Ronda Rousey (UFC and WWE badass!) .

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "An elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top–secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of Indonesia."

Fast paced, action packed, violent, and explosive, with a nice blend espionage, intrigue, and a splash of humanism. This flick is the quintessential, roller coaster thrill ride, with characters that genuinely stand out, in a genre that tends to be very stereotypical. This flick is INTENSE!

This may be my new favorite role for Mark Wahlberg, and he's had some great roles. James Silva, a VERY high functioning autistic, who has become a top intelligence agent. His brain is always working, he constantly struggles to keep focus, and as such, is unfiltered, and very direct. His interactions with everyone around him, truly is spellbinding. Lauren Cohan's Alice is both heart–breaking, for the sacrifices she has made for her country and career, and extremely badass, as one of very few people who can keep up with Wahlberg's James. A very well–done balancing act for Cohan. When you see Iko Uwais' name in a flick, you know you're going to get some amazing martial arts action, and in this flick, he does not disappoint. In my opinion, Uwais may be this generation's Bruce Lee, with a great screen presence, and mind–blowing kick–assery (?) skills! Malkovich is a little more subdued in this role of Bishop, the head of the Overwatch team. But, there are splashes of eccentricity that really fit in Malkovich's wheelhouse. Rousey gets to flex more acting muscles than previously seen from her. We know she can kick anybody's ass, at any time, but she pulled back from that, in this role, and really gives a good performance, that, I think, will help her get more dramatic opportunities in the future. Good on you, Ronda Rousey!

Strap yourself in, and hold on tight. This roller coaster has highs and lows, twists and turns, with break–neck speeds and sudden stops, and a "loop–de–loop" climax, that really comes out of nowhere!

Looking back on my experience with this flick, I really can't find any glaring flaws!

I give Mile 22(2018) 5 stars! Quite possibly, my favorite, NON–MARVEL movie, this year!

Please, don't forget to head on over to the Hey, I Watched This! thread in The World of Myth Forums, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions. I'd really like to hear from you!

See you next month, Folks!