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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Jan. 23

Thor Diakow | posted Monday, Jan 22nd, 2018

The Foreigner

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SYNOPSIS: This taut thriller stars world-renowned action star Jackie Chan as a humble restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown. On a mission to track down the rogue Irish radicals responsible for his beloved daughter’s death, he’s forced to push his moral and physical boundaries beyond limits to overcome the mysterious foreign power (Pierce Brosnan) standing between him and the truth.

The Foreigner works best as a throwback procedural crime drama, with a healthy dose of action, that is reminiscent of the Tom Clancy flicks with Harrison Ford from the 90s. It contains a surprisingly well-crafted mystery, features some solid acting from Pierce Brosnan, and showcases veteran Jackie Chan’s action skills commendably. In short, this is a decent thriller and it’s refreshing to see Chan enter some more dramatic territory.

Geostorm

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SYNOPIS: After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe.  But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.

It’s big, loud, and rather dumb BUT this disaster spectacle boasts an impressive cast and enough wacky B-movie quality charm that it might just rank up there with a guilty pleasure.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

-Wreaking Havoc: Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm.
-Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.
-An International Event: A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm.

Brad’s Status

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SYNOPSIS: Brad has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban Sacramento where he lives with his sweetnatured wife, Melanie (Jenna Fischer), and their musical prodigy son, Troy (Austin Abrams), but it’s not quite what he imagined during his college glory days. Showing Troy around Boston, where Brad went to university, he can’t help comparing his life with those of his four best college friends: a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge-fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen). As he imagines their wealthy, glamorous lives, he wonders if cozy middle-class domesticity is the best he will ever achieve. But when circumstances force him to reconnect with his former friends, Brad begins to question whether he has really failed or if, in some essential ways, their lives are more flawed than they appear.

This is a delightfully quirky charmer that benefits from an excellent cast and plenty of snappy dialogue courtesy of writer-director Mike White. The plot may be somewhat formulaic but Brad’s Status keenly examines familial relations, grapples with the notion of hindsight, plus it’s legitimately funny and genuinely heartfelt.

Thank You for Your Service

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SYNOPSIS: For Sergeant Adam Schumann (Miles Teller)—and many soldiers like him—the process of leaving combat back in Iraq was as seemingly simple as getting on that plane. But standing on the tarmac again in the arms of loved ones would turn out to be merely a first step in the long and exacting journey of actually returning home. Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.

Although this movie may not break new ground when it comes to post-war dramas it does contain strong acting and examines some serious issues earnestly. Led by a commanding performance from Miles Teller, Thank You for Your Service takes a candid look at the effects of war on modern-day soldiers and how they adjust to civilian life once their fighting days are over. The film may have some narrative issues (and plenty of flag-waving) but there is no denying its powerful, timely message.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

-Staging a War – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Thank You for Your Service
-The Battle at Home – A look at the “after-war”, a battle fought at home by veterans of all ages, abilities, and rank

Goodbye Christopher Robin

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SYNOPSIS: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

 

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