Monday, October 9, 2017

Movie Reviews: “American Made,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Victoria and Abdul” & “The Mountain Between Us”

American Made
Rated R

Pilot Barry Seal is recruited away from TWA by the CIA to take reconnaissance photos of the South American jungles. Soon, he’s running drugs for the Medellin cartel and arms smuggling for the CIA.

Perhaps because I’ve been watching Narcos, the story of the Medellin cartel and Pablo Escobar, I found American Made fascinating. Even more interesting, it’s loosely based on factual events and even touches on the Iran/Contra scandal. If you are looking for an entertaining movie and a bit of history, this is the movie for you!

Blade Runner 2049
Rated R

Officer K, a blade runner for the LAPD, unknowingly unearths a secret that could change society. His quest for the truth endangers him and Rick Deckard, a blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Because I hadn’t seen the original Blade Runner, we rented and watched it so we would understand the sequel’s plot. Though we enjoyed it, watching it was unnecessary because the first part of the movie explains everything. That said, Blade Runner 2049 is thrilling and unpredictable. It’s a sequel worth waiting 35 years for!

Abdul and Victoria
Rated PG-13

Toward the end of her reign, Queen Victoria is bored and cantankerous. She regains her zest for life after striking up an unlikely friendship with Indian Abdul Kareem after he presents her with a ceremonial coin. Soon, the servant becomes her “munchie” (teacher), and they enhance the others’ lives.

This uplifting film is based on actual events and is a gem! It has a good story, excellent acting and the right touch of humor! I can’t recommend this film more highly!

The Mountain Between Us
Rated PG-13

After a plane crash, Alex and Ben are stranded on a snowy mountain. After realizing they are not going to be rescued, they make their way down to find help. Will they survive this perilous journey?

The Mountain Between Us shows the best of the human spirit and the will to survive.

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