Gilbert Speaks on Hitmen and Power Grids

9 Dec

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Insomnia allows me more opportunities to see films that I’d normally miss with my busy schedule. My insomnia is not that I can’t fall asleep or stay asleep…my insomnia happens because the dead like to visit me at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Luckily for me, the dead tried to keep their visits short, but once awake, I seldom fall back to sleep and thus the latest recap of films.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a 2017 action thriller with enough comedy to make this film a candidate for my Granny’s Insomnia Theatre Collection. The film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Salma Hayek.

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Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is considered the top of his field in protecting people, which is no surprise since he is a former CIA agent. When he fails to keep a Japanese arms dealer alive, his career and his love life come crashing down. Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is one of the world’s most dangerous hitmen, but he has made a deal with Interpol to testify against a murderous dictator, Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), in exchange for his wife, Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek), release from prison. Bryce is asked by his ex-lover/Interpol agent to protect Kincaid after the bad guys try to keep Kincaid from reaching the International Criminal Court where Dukhovich is being tried.

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As expected, there is plenty of action and high-speed car chases to keep you on the edge of your seat, but it wasn’t the action that helped this film make it to Granny’s collection; it was the spot-on humor between Reynolds and Jackson. Reynold channeled his Deadpool character’s sarcastic comments, which played perfectly off Jackson’s wise guy attitude.

This little gem is a must watch and I give it a five star rating.

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I watched this film by mistake. My sister had suggested I watch The Forest on Netflix, but a forest is a forest and I lucked out with a very good story. Into the Forest is a 2015 Canadian drama that is directed by Patricia Rozema and is based on the book written by Jean Hegland. The film stars Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, and Callum Keith Rennie.

This film was chilling reminder that without our technology, we are unprepared to survive, and for any of you that think Russia’s hacking of our power grid was not an act of war….you need to watch this show.

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Two teenage sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) live in a remote forest area with their father (Callum Keith Rennie) when a massive power outage hits all of North America. Luckily for the girls, the father is a very smart man with lots of books on survival. After the father and the girls travel to the nearest town, they realize how bad the situation is: no gas, no food, no internet.

Nell is worried that she won’t make the list for the college she applied to because the power went out as she was sending them her test results. Eva is upset because she is trying to get a coveted spot with a dance group. They only have dad to rely on because mom died earlier that year.

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After dad dies in a horrible accident involving a tree and a chainsaw, the girls must rely on each other to find food while staying in a home that is falling apart around them. The girls don’t have to deal with zombies, but people are much more dangerous, and one of the girls is brutally raped by the man who worked the convenience store in the town.

I enjoyed this film, even though it won’t make it to my Granny Collection. It is a reminder that we need to become familiar with our planet again because the only people who are going to survive are the ones who read books and learn just about everything from gutting a wild pig to assisting in childbirth. This film received a three star rating from me.

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