Movie Review – Headhunters (Norwegian: Hodejegerne)

Movie Review

Headhunters (Norwegian: Hodejegerne)

This is a thriller-action movie based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø. Even though produced in 2011, I’d read that this was one highly-rated film that is virtually unknown.

The beginning is a bit slow and if I didn’t know Headhunters had such widely positive reviews, I’d have lost interest. However, a little over a quarter of the way through the movie, things pick up.

Roger is a headhunter, but also an art thief. His friend, Ove, works in security and disables alarms and cameras for Roger to steal art and replace with forgeries. However, Clas (played by Hollywood actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) wants Roger to recommend him for a position with Pathfinder, the company Roger is working with. He refuses. Clas uses a GPS tracking gel that he invented to hunt Roger down.

This is where the movie gets exciting. Unfortunately, I can’t say much more, or I’ll give away the plot. If you like thrillers, action, and don’t mind foreign films, give Headhunters a try.

My rating 4.8 out of 5

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review: The Gods of Egypt

Gods_of_Egypt_posterMovie Review: The Gods of Egypt

 

The Gods of Egypt has a lot of big name stars like Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and more.

Because of movie reviewers talking down this movie and complaining that there were no Egyptians in it, I didn’t think I’d like it. True, it’s not a master piece and majority of the main characters are played by Caucasian actors, but overall I did enjoy it. Maybe it was because of already having lowered expectations.

I liked the action and the fact the Gods had different blood than humans and were taller—though they had some issues with this like a walking through a lake scene—the water hit the mortal and the gods on their shins equally. It should’ve been higher on the mortal due to his lack of height compared with Horus and Hathor.

The costumes were excellent and the black moment struck at heart-strings. Maybe it’s because I love history and Ancient Egypt, but I liked this movie. It’s not on my top list with The Mummy or The Mummy Returns, but it was a good story.

My rating 3.7 out of 5 stars

There were a few plot holes: like how does Ra survive? Or why does Bec not become blinded by Horus’ eye when he escapes with his love while everyone else around them is?

So if you can ignore critics and enjoy anything to do with Ancient Egypt, give this movie a try.

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review-The Hunger Games 2

Mockingjay_Part_2_Poster Movie Review – The Hunger Games Part 2

The movie picks up where part one left off. Peeta is in the hospital and still wants to kill Katniss. His mind is still warped from what Snow did to him during torture, etc.

Soon, the cast shift to the intense action and drama. My favorite scene is when Katniss kisses Peeta and his instant reaction. However, then last half-hour of the movie was pale by comparison. Yes, she got together with who I wanted her to, but there was no passion. No hunger. Just acceptance at best. Yet, the ending in the movie was more satisfying than the book that seemed to leave only a paragraph or two with Karniss and her love.

 

My rating 4.3 out of 5 stars

 

 

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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Movie Review – Suicide Squad

Suicide_Squad_(film)_Poster.pngMovie Review – Suicide Squad

This movie isn’t about the good guys or heroes, its about the bad guys saving the world. Wait..what? Yup. Gathering villains such asHarley Quinn (favorite character for me in the movie) to Dead Shot (played by Will Smith) and a few others take on The Enchantress a witch from another time/dimension set to destroy earth.

Many of the characters could have used more fleshing out. But  Margot Robbie as Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn steals the show. She’s witty, crazy, and addictive.

Another thing I was miffed about was Waller tells about how the Joker and Harley Quinn were the King and Queen and lo to anyone who rebuts the Queen. Then the scene changes to that incident she’s talking about, but all the Joker does (which is off-camera) is shot the guy. Really? The Joker doesn’t like how the guy treats his woman and just shoots him? No, the Joker is more sadistic and sinister than that.

The ending/final battl e scene was a little too quick, in my opinion. I’d like to have seen Katana’s soultaking blade work against them…like The Enchantress bring out all the souls trapped in it to fight the squad. Maybe even have Katana possessed for a time.

Overall, I really liked this movie and would go to a Suicide Squad II or III. Margo Robbie was fabulous as Harley Quinn.

My rating: 4.3 / 5 stars

PS – Stay after the closing credits for a small scene with ‘Bruce Wayne’ and Waller.

Another tidbit: “At the end of the movie, Harley Quinn’s reading a book by Molly O’Keefe – romance/erotica offer. O’Keefe specializes in “contemporary romance” (where the farm boy milks the cows and then the lady of the Manor milks him), publishes most of her books under the Harlequin publishing imprint.”1

Bibliography:

  1. http://whatculture.com/film/suicide-squad-trailer-breakdown-45-things-you-need-to-see?page=3
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_Squad_(film)

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Andrea R. Cooper writes fantasy, paranormal, historical and romantic suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.

www.andreaRcooper.com

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