Quick Reviews of ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Final Destination 5,’ & ‘Sanctum’

by on July 9, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Today I’m trying a new quickie feature that I might call Quick Movie Reviews.  These micro reviews will be about movies I caught on PPV or on cable and can sometimes not be something I always cover, but was surprised by what I saw.  With that said, today I’m tackling 21 Jump Street, Final Destination 5 and the underwater tension drama called Sanctum.

Review of 21 Jump Street

'21 Jump Street' on Blu-ray21 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. and is about “A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

This is not a serious film, but one of those haphazard, comedic swipes at a known TV franchise.  It’s over the top antics filtered with some story line that carries the film forward well enough.  There’s a cute undertone as the two guys are assigned to a school that being more nerd is cool and Tatum’s cool guy character goes through a funny metamorphosis to fit into this new form of cool.

There’s even a cameo or two of some cast from the original TV series, but I’ll leave that for you to discover.  But make no mistake, this comedic Police Academy-like movie is a huge and far cry from the original 1987 TV series.

It’s cute with some decent laugh-out-loud moments and I don’t feel like I wasted by rental monies, but I am glad I didn’t drop box office bucks on this one.

Final Destination 5 Review

Final Destination 5 on DVDFinal Destination 5 is yet another one of those movies where some kids, via a vision, escape the clutches of death.  But throughout the movie, death comes a’ callin’ to claim its rightful victim.

I cranked up this movie but not as a fanatic of the franchise, but I watched it with the angle of wanting to see just how they manage to kill everyone off.  So it was an adventure in looking for creative methods of killing off hapless characters.  And to be honest, it did not disappoint.

Yes, we’ve seen this movie before.  Four times to be exact.  Yes, it’s predictable and yes….  well, wait.  It is predictable, but the movie-makers go to great lengths to set you up and yet keep you guessing as to how the victims will really die.  That made it pretty entertaining.

If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll love it.  If you can approach this movie with a sense of humor and appreciation of the multiple scenes of destruction and gore, you too will love it.

But there was one refreshing spin this this particular film.  Yes it’s the fifth movie of the Final Destination franchise.  Yes, Tony Todd‘s character says he’s seen this before, as he warns the kids in the movie about death coming.  But if you see this movie, you’ll totally get it when I say this movie brings the franchise full circle.  And that is the great twist to it that I never saw coming.  And in these movies, that’s rare to not see something coming!

Catch it for the fun and treat it like an excellent Syfy Saturday Night movie, and you won’t be disappointed.

Sanctum Review

Sanctum reviewSanctum, as pitched, is produced by James Cameron.  (Or his company.)  It’s a movie based on true events related to deep diving in underground caves and a tragedy that takes place in one.

The movie stars Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Rhys Wakefield. The first third of this movie is trying, as there’s a lot of distressing dialog.  Meaning horribly predictable, with Gruffudd portraying the most predictable, over-the-top daredevil rich man you’ve ever seen.  It was almost laughable.

But…

If you can get past act one of this movie, when crap hits the fan and our cast of characters start to have to deal with the trauma at hand, you can get carried along with the frightening current of tension that comes from a bunch of people trapped underground with very few options and limited supplies.  And ugly decisions have to be made.

The last half of the movie is pretty good, but there is no excuse for some of the trite predictability from the opening dialog.

But like I said, get past that huge rough patch, I think you will enjoy this film for what it is.  A nice time killer.

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