Our first look at the Liam Neeson film, Cold Pursuit, just dropped and shows that he is out for revenge again, but this time, the bad guys will be put on ice.
Neeson plays Neel Coxman, a snow plow driver that finds out his son has died due to a drug overdose. However, it may be linked to a dangerous drug ring and Neeson plans on taking every one of them out. He will find them, and he will kill them.
Blue Oyster Cult’s (Don’t Fear) The Reaper plays over the trailer, giving this potentially dark film a little more of a fun vibe.
Cold Pursuit is set for a release date of February 8, 2019.
What did you think of this trailer? Is Liam Neeson getting too old for these types of roles, or is it still fun to watch him hunt down and kill bad guys? Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.
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Summer is not yet here, but this past weekend is already showing “summer blockbuster” type numbers. Beauty and the Beast was able to surpass expectations for its second weekend of release, and the newly released Power Rangers managed to blow past the estimated projections as well.
After just having been out for two weeks Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast managed to have an opening just exceeding $90 Million. Most movies would love to have that number as their opening weekend, not to mention its second. The fact that this movie could make this kind of money, with just less than a 50% drop from its opening weekend, goes to show why Disney will continue to release more live action movies based off their beloved animated properties. However, Disney is not the only studio to have an impressive show at the box office.
Lionsgate’s Power Rangers managed to beat expectations that predicted the film would only make $30 Million. But is was able to successfully make just over $40 Million, showing that the Power Ranger brand is still strong, and that fans will come out and support their beloved franchise. It was rumored that Lionsgate was planning on making six more Power Ranger films, and while these numbers support the ability to make a sequel, it may not be enough to justify a seven-film franchise.
Check out how the rest of the films faired in the top spots below!
No 1. Beauty and the Beast – $90,426,717. Bringing its total gross in its 2nd weekend to $319,032,604.
No 2. Power Rangers – $40,300,288 in its first weekend of release.
No 3. Kong: Skull Island – $14,670,653. Bringing its total gross in its 3rd weekend to $133,502,238.
No 4. Life – $12,501,936 in its first weekend of release.
When I first heard the prospect of making a Power Rangers movie based on the early 90’s TV show I was less than thrilled. The show is one of the cheesiest things I had ever seen as a kid. And a movie had already been made back when the show was at the peak of its popularity with 2005’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. The movie was panned by critics, and barely made enough at the box office to earn a profit. Yes, when I was six the TV show and the movie were entertaining, but watching them now I have to say they are really bad.
However, the first trailers came out for Power Rangers and I have to admit I was intrigued. And as the movie release date got closer I found myself looking forward to the new Power Rangers movie, however, I was still not expecting much. After finally seeing the film, I can honestly say I had a lot of fun with the movie. It surpassed my expectations! It is nowhere near a perfect film, it absolutely has flaws, however despite those flaws I was very entertained.
The first thing someone should know before going to see Power Rangers is that it is more of a character film, and less of an action movie. There are absolutely some action scenes in it, but they were just okay. What really drove the film was watching these five teenagers with different pasts come together and learn to trust each other and work as a team. Their on-screen chemistry is outstanding! And the acting is really good! I never thought I’d admit that there was good acting in a Power Rangers movie. The standouts are Dacre Montgomery (plays Jason – Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (plays Kimberly – Pink Ranger), and RJ Cyler (plays Billy (Blue Ranger). They were able to bring a level of emotion I did not think possible in a Power Rangers movie. I really cared about their characters, and their team because of their performances.
Power Rangers is surprisingly funny too. I laughed a lot throughout the movie watching these weird and awkward teenagers figuring out what it means to be a Power Ranger and the shenanigans that can go with giving that kind of power to high school students. Also, there are some scenes of product placement that I thought pretty funny as well. Normally in-your-face product placement gets on my nerves (looking at you Transformers: Age of Extinction). I hate it. However, for some reason I was not bothered by it in this movie. I won’t say what it is – you’ll know it when you see it. Just know it works in the context of the film.
Now, remember when I said there was some great acting in Power Rangers? While that is true and I stand by that, there is some terrible acting in it as well. Unfortunately given by Elizabeth Banks, who played the villain Rita Repulsa. It was like she was in a completely different movie. While I’m getting drama, and real life situations from these teenagers the movie switches to the villain and I’m reminded that I am watching a movie based off one of the cheesiest TV shows of all time. Her acting would have fit perfectly in an episode of Power Rangers from the 90’s. And that is not a good thing. When we finally get to the showdown between her and the rangers I feel like I’m watching a completely different movie. An hour and a half of great teenage drama/comedy/sort of action, followed by cheesy action movie with a side of extra cheese due to her performance.
And the action was just okay. There was not a whole lot of rangers using martial arts, and when it was shown it didn’t blow me away. When the Rangers used their Zords (giant robots) to fight it was, once again, just okay. The CGI during these actions scenes was part of the problem. The visuals would switch back and forth between impressively good to video-gamey bad. I realize that this being the first movie in a what is sure to be a franchise there was a very limited budget to work with. But I’ve seen smaller scale movies show better action scenes. Maybe next time don’t hire a big-time actor like Elizabeth Banks so you can afford good looking action set pieces and CGI. It’s not like her being in the movie payed off anyway.
Overall there was a lot of good to be had in Power Rangers, but some glaring negatives that need to be fixed if the franchise is to continue and be successful. Despite by negatives stated already, I did generally like the movie. It was entertaining and fun – something that a Power Rangers movie should be. There are going to be some people who hate this movie, and that’s fine. I have to admit that the movie is not for everyone. However, if you were or still are a fan of the Power Rangers then I recommend you go see the movie. You will like it. If you were never a fan then you might like. I think it is still probably still worth checking out if you are in the mood for some dumb fun at the theater while chowing down on a big tub of buttery popcorn. Or, if you have a theater that offers it, get some doughnuts – you’ll thank me latter.
I’m giving Power Rangers a score of 3/5. It’s entertaining, so go see it.
Have you seen Power Rangers yet and what did you think? Are you going to see Power Rangers? Leave a comment below, and we can make a discussion out of it!
Well, here is a bit of news a little more serious than what I normally write about. However, it’s interesting to see how this situation could completely change the way we, as movie fans, see newly released films.
In a report put out by Variety six of the seven biggest Hollywood studios are making a push to offer movies in homes on digital download only weeks after a movie is released into theaters.
Nothing is set in stone yet, but apparently when discussions first started it looked like the studios would make their digital downloads available 17 days after the film debuted in theaters for the low, low price of $50. However, some studios, particularly Fox and Universal, feel that $50 is too high of a price to ask consumers to pay for a digital rental. Therefore, they are trying to convince other studios to make movies available between 30 to 45 days after the theater launch and only charge $30 as the rental price.
The one studio not interested in these talks is Disney – due to not wanting to shorten the time window that a particular movie can stay in theaters. This is no surprise that Disney has zero interest in this deal due to owning the rights to Marvel, Star Wars, and all their animated movies. These properties tend to have runs in the theaters longer than any other property put out by any other studio. A deal like this could actually hurt profits for Disney.Continue reading “Studios Might Offer New Releases For Digital Download”
Lionsgate has debuted the newest, and final trailer for the Power Rangers!
This iteration of Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being destroyed by the evil Rita Repulsa. Chosen by destiny, the new heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
It was announced nearly a year ago that Lionsgate would be creating a live action, modern, version of the 90’s hit series, Power Rangers. And after a year of speculation, and small nuggets of news here and there we finally have a look at what the costumes of these teenage heroes will be.
The image was first reported by Entertainment Weekly Thursday morning and showcasing the five rangers – Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, singer Becky G. as the Yellow Ranger, RJ Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger – in their new costumes. Despite criticisms that are already happening, one thing is certain – the new costumes will definitely protect the rangers better than the 90’s spandex costumes. Check out the new costumes below!