Monthly Archives: February 2016

StevenF Review of Standoff

Standoff is a thriller/action movie which was released on February 26, 2016. It stars Thomas Jane as a tormented man, Laurence Fishburne as a hit man, and Ella Ballentine as a twelve-year-old orphaned girl who photographs a murder. The girl seeks protection at a seemingly deserted house while being chased by Fishburne.

The story line was very good and there were scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. All of the actors did a great job. The director was also very good. The main problem I had with the film was the excessive use of profanity, especially around a twelve year-old girl. I know action movies use profanity, but the dialogue had a bit too much of it in it. Thomas Jane played a tormented father who felt responsible for the death of his son and he was very sympathetic. Fishburne, as the hit man, was good as evil incarnate. If I had to point out any weaknesses in the film, it would be the young sheriff who stumbles across the standoff. Many of his actions were illogical.

This was worth watching as an action film. There were some bloody scenes but they weren’t really gory. I give this thriller 4 stars out of 5.

StevenF Review of Sword of Destiny

The complete title of this movie is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. It was released on February 26, 2016. This is a film about ambition, lost love, and redemption. It stars Michelle Yeoh (Yu) who seeks to protect the sword of destiny from a martial arts lord named Hades Dai (Jason Scott Lee).

The acting is very good with plenty of flying battle scenes. There is some blood shown but it is not excessive. One scene involves Silent Wolf (Donnie Yen) who was thought to be dead, fighting one of Dai’s henchmen on a frozen lake. The director did a fantastic job in keeping the action moving forward. The battle scenes were exciting and poetic. There is nothing in this film that I can complain about.

Normally, I am not a fan of sequels, but this film is great as a stand alone film. If you are a purist, then watch the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon before you see this film. They blend well together. I give this 5 stars out of 5.