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Midway | Average Guy Movie Review

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese looked to eliminate America's aircraft carriers in order to cripple their fleet. The plan was to attack the US base on Midway Island, drawing the US carriers into a trap. It is the battle that saw the beginning of a massive shift in naval power in the Pacific.

Roland Emmerich's re-telling of the Battle of Midway isn't quite as epic as you'd expect it to be. But on the bright side it is better than "Pearl Harbor" - the Michael Bay movie, not the battle - not that that's a major accomplishment. Known for his epic disaster movies - Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow - Emmerich favours a slow build, allowing his audience to get to know the characters as he gradually positions them for the main event. With Midway, it's a brief history of the early days of the war in the Pacific. However, at times this can feel vague, like the movie is skipping over major details and lacking in context, leaving all but the…

Zombieland: Double Tap | Average Guy Movie Review

It has been ten years since the most fucked up family in Zombieland took us on a tour of their zombie infested world, and things have changed...a bit. The zombies have evolved, there are now different kinds, and the guys have given them appropriate nicknames. But even with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) moving into a fancy new house, all is not well in zombie paradise. And when Little Rock runs off with a boy, the gang are forced to head off on another dysfunctional road trip.




After the success of Zombieland, it was highly likely - inevitable almost - that the people at Sony would want to try and catch lightning in a bottle for a second time. There's no denying that it's great to see Eisenberg, Harrelson, Stone and Breslin together again. Especially under the guidance of Ruben Fleischer, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Much like "Shaun of the Dead", Zombieland took a very marmite subject …

Midway | Moustache Teaser Reaction

The Battle of Midway was one of the pivotal battles in the Pacific Theatre, during World War 2. In his first project since Independence Day: Resurgence, Roland Emmerich will tell the story of the men who fought on both sides - although he won't be the first. The teaser trailer is here (check it out below), here's what we thought.


This is a World War 2 movie on the scale of Independence Day, "epic" would be the word I'd use to describe it. I mean, does Roland Emmerich do anything small when it comes to making movies? It's definitely a style he has made work before, and it certainly seems appropriate for telling a story like this. Especially when he appears to be incorporating the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid into the story - both were factors in the Imperial Japanese Navy's decision to attack Midway. But I can't help wondering if he's bitten off more than he can chew. Midway will likely have a three hour-ish runtime, will that be e…

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Average Guy Movie Review

After a troubled development - which included hiring a new director and a lot of reshoots - the scruffy looking Nerf Herder's origin story is here. Starting with his early years on Corellia, the movie charts Han Solo's (Alden Ehrenreich) time with Imperial Fleet and the beginnings of his criminal career. Along the way he makes a few friends, some familiar, some not so much. At this point Han hasn't become the jaded cynic we see in A New Hope, he's young and more of an optimist. He's also introduced to the Millennium Falcon, after all, what would a Han Solo movie be without "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy"?



Disney's latest foray into a galaxy far, far away is a little lighter and more fun than the last two. Some have described Solo (the movie, not the man) as a box ticking exercise, and in a way they're right. But that is only a small part of the movie. There are certain events that had to happen and some that were fun to include. The Kasdan…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Average Guy Movie Review

When the murder of her daughter goes unsolved, Mildred (Frances McDormand) hires three billboards outside her home town to express her frustration. A move that polarises the town of Ebbing, Missouri and pits the entire police department against her - especially the infamous Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell). It's a story of pain that comes from a lack of closure, from being denied justice. Despite her good intentions, Mildred's actions start to have a detrimental effects on all those around her, including her son Robbie (Lucas Hedges) and Police Chief Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic tragedy from the man who brought us In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.



Writer/Director Martin McDonagh was inspired to write this story when - while travelling - he spotted three billboards reporting an unsolved crime. According to the director "the rage that put a bunch of billboards like that up was palpable and stayed with me." S…

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Synopsis Lands

We finally have a synopsis for the troubled Han Solo origin story: Board the Millenium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.There it is, but it doesn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know. There’s no mention of any of the new characters - including a villain - or what Han and Chewie are going up against. For now, it seems the smuggler’s origins remain shrouded in mystery!

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War for the Planet of the Apes | Average Guy Movie Review

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his clan are in the fight for their lives when a Colonel - in what's left of the US Military - takes it upon himself to wipe out all of the apes. Still struggling with the events that started the war and what happened to Koba, Caesar is just trying to protect his own. But after a devastating surprise attack by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), Caesar and his closest friends find themselves on a mission of vengeance. Along the way they will meet new friends 'Bad Ape' (Steve Zahn) and a mute human girl (Amiah Miller).


Director Matt Reeves second instalment in the reboot trilogy sees Andy Serkis back in the motion capture suit delivering yet another breath taking performance. It is incredible to see how far Weta Digital have come with the motion capture technology. Through Rise, Dawn and now War we've seen incredible leaps in the imagery and the look of the apes. Watching the apes travel from the forest up into the mountains through the snow is nothin…

Now You See Me 2: Average Guy Movie Review

Back in July 2013, I was on a ferry coming home from a holiday in Europe, the journey would last all night and I was on my own. After boarding I was relieved to find there was a cinema on board, that night's viewing was Now You See Me. I have to admit I was less than excited about this movie but with nothing better to do I thought: why not? As it turned out, Now You See Me was ridiculous, but it was light-hearted, ridiculous fun that I actually quite enjoyed. Skip ahead to present day and Now You See Me 2 has arrived, but has it captured the magic of the first movie?

Set a year later, the Horsemen are in hiding and are getting restless. When their next performance goes wrong, the Horsemen find themselves in Macau, where they are forced to work for the mysterious Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe). What does he want and what are his true motives for exposing them? In order to avoid the authorities and expose Mabry, the Horsemen have to pull off one more grand performance.

I think it'…

Triple 9: Average Guy Movie Review

Anyone who has seen Shawn Ryan's The Shield will have an idea of what to expect with Triple 9. Cops who do their job but are also out to take care of themselves. If you're looking for a nice movie, don't bother with this, it's a gritty view of crime, police work and life in Atlanta, but if you want an interesting movie grounded in reality with great characters you should definitely watch Triple 9.



The plot revolves around a heist crew made up of two ex-special forces operators (Ejiofor and Reedus), two cops (Mackie and Collins Jr) and an ex-cop (Paul) who work for the head of the Russian mob (Winslet). They are forced to take on a high risk job and in order to delay and diminish any Police response, plan to murder a cop (radio code for such an incident is 999 - urgent assistance), the cop they pick is Mackie's partner played by Casey Affleck. To complicate matters for the crew, Ejiofor has a child with Winslet's sister (Gadot), Winslet uses this to her advantage…