AMERICAN MADE

 

Do not expect a happy ending to this movie. “American Made” is a story of how the CIA managed to conduct operations in Nicaragua and Colombia without oversight and used Tom Cruise’s character to smuggle guns to the Contras and cocaine for the Cartel, who made him an offer he could not refuse. Sarah Wright, who plays his wife, took my eyes away from Cruise in every scene they were in together. No Oscar nods here, but memorable.

Jon Haas, Orange Park

BLADE RUNNER 2049

Despite a plot that is hard to follow, the film is a masterpiece of special effects and incredible stage setting that convey the image of a bleak future. Like the original, Ryan Gosling’s character is hunting down and terminating “bad” replicants. Something at the beginning was amiss, however, that sets him on a covert search to discover who he is in reality. The ending was a bit of a letdown with his fate not certain.

Jon Haas. Orange Park

BLADE RUNNER 2049

As a huge fan of the original, I had heightened expectations for this sequel, and I was amazed to find them exceeded. Yes, it’s dark, and slow in places, but the existential questions that permeate it are intelligently handled, and Ryan Gosling remarkably underplays a character that could have easily become a caricature. Harrison Ford, reprising his original role, also acquits himself well. There’s lots to ponder here, and that’s the chief attraction.

Pat Crandall, West Beaches

AMERICAN ASSASSIN

The film uses a combination of tragedy and justice to portray a story of espionage and events that we can relate to in contemporary America. This film hits home due to its similarity to the tragedies and terror of Sandy Hook and Las Vegas. Through struggle and a sense of utter sadness, this movie pulls on our inner most emotions. If you’re looking for an emotionally challenging and action-packed story this one’s for you.

Curtis Pajcic, Jacksonville

BLADE RUNNER 2049

Set in a dystopia where robots and humans are indistinguishable, this movie features big-name stars like Harrison Ford, and Ryan Gosling. The theater resonated with a loud dramatic background score (noise), making you feel even more desperate as you watch the dark plot unfold. It is also darkly lit, making it feel the suspense. Though the movie starts slowly, the effort that the director puts into each scene makes it very engaging.

Colin Andrews, Atlantic Beach

FLATLINERS

Having not seen the original, I had no idea what to expect from this recreation of the 1990 film. Although some aspects of the movie are certainly creepy, overall the acting is not credible, which leaves the movie merely boring. It takes what could have been a compelling plot line and makes the audience not even care. It ends up being exasperating; an interesting concept unfulfilled.

Isabella Upchurch, Ortega

AMERICAN MADE

The only incentive to see “American Made” is Tom Cruise. His character has a charming personality that was almost worth sitting through the whole movie. The film is beautifully true to the time period, from the cars to the music, but to a fault — it looks like it was shot with a 1980s video camcorder. The framing and awkward camera movement took away from what could have been an aesthetically pleasing film.

Emily Hosea, Intercoastal