Thursday, March 23, 2017

Movie Reviews for March 24, 2017 "Power Rangers" and "Life"

Although there were 4 films released this weekend, 3 of them were scheduled on the same Wednesday night by the studios to insure film critics would have to 'make a choice.'

I opted to see "Life" and then saw "Power Rangers" Thursday night to make sure I could review it for you.

Power Rangers
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, Ludi Lin and Elizabeth Banks
Rated PG-13
High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the “Power Rangers.” 

Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vengeance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

“Power Rangers” is a 'not-so-bad' reboot of the film franchise which is based on the 1993 TV series.

In this new relaunch, the Rangers are pitted against Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, who is trying to take over the world.

Over all, “Power Rangers” is a high energy, special-effects film with some pretty well placed humor. I liked the film even though the last 30 minutes was muddled and choppy.

“Power Rangers” gets a B and is rated PG-13.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds
Rated R

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

“Life” producers have stated that the film is an homage to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic “Alien.” The film follows “Alien's” plot so closely that the word 'homage' could be replaced with the word 'remake.'

“Life' is well paced but not inspired or inventive. The film follows the formula where six people are being hunted one by one, as they are eliminated the remaining crew keeps shutting doors and closing themselves off and finally the remaining characters are in very confined spaces.

Again “life” doesn't offer anything new, but what it does do is remind us that some formulas still work really well.

“Life” gets a B and is rated R.

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