For the latest Everything Action Commentary, Zach, Chris, Chris Ali and special guest Mike from Action Ration dive into the sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World. Coming out in 1997, the movie sends Ian Malcolm and a research team to Site B aka Isla Sorna, where the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park were actually created and grown before being transferred to the main park. When the facilities are abandoned, the dinosaurs are somehow thriving and John Hammond wants to find out how and why. His greedy nephew Peter Ludlow however, wants to take dinosaurs from the island and bring them to San Diego, to create a new, US based Jurassic Park destination. The crew dive into why Ian Malcolm is so grim in this movie, why Roland Tembo is the coolest character in the movie, the various That Guys who show up, the movie’s attempt to make Compys a thing and much more. The movie is on Netflix right now and you can queue it up and watch it along with our commentary.
Seeming like some sort of fever dream, even when promo photos came out for it, Kindergarten Cop 2 is frighteningly real now with the release of the trailer. Dolph Lundgren takes over for Arnold, although not the same character or the same school, as an FBI agent who must infiltrate a preppy elementary school as a teacher because one of the kindergartners may have information about stolen data on a USB drive. Bill Bellamy co-stars as Lundgren’s partner behind the scenes. The trailer feels like it fell out of a time machine from the mid-90’s with an absolutely terrible trailer voiceover guy and wacky fonts. Kindergarten Cop is not a masterpiece but it’s definitely Arnold’s best comedic movie full of memorable quotes. It was also a very one-off concept and it’s baffling why now Universal felt it was time for a sequel. It’s out on DVD/Blu-Ray and VOD on May 17th and you can check out the trailer, if you dare, below.
A&E is adding another show tied to a classic horror movie with Damien, a sequel show to the original 1976 The Omen. The new show follows a grown up Damien, played by Bradley James, who is a war photographer who is unaware or has forgotten his demonic heritage. The forces that want to stop him and the forces that want him to unleash his potential reveal themselves to Damien and he must decide which side to ally with. Barbara Hershey co-stars as Ann Rutledge, who has secretly protected Damien for his entire life, and Scott Wilson and David Meunier co-star as well. The show debuts in March and you can check out the trailer below.
15 years after the original brought wire fu to the masses, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is back on Netflix and select IMAX theaters next year with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. Michelle Yeoh is back as Yu Shu Lien and she’s joined by Donnie Yen’s Silent Wolf to stop an evil warlord from getting his hands on an ancient and powerful sword. It looks like the same style of action is on display, which we’ve kind of been seeing every week on Into the Badlands right now on AMC. The movie hits Netflix on February 26th and you can check out the trailer below.
Even though no one really remembers it even came out, 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman made almost $400 million worldwide and a prequel/sequel(?) is on the way with The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Seemingly seeing how Disney made literally all the money with Frozen (although this was probably in the works before that came out), the new movie finds Emily Blunt as The Ice Queen, and the sister of the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). She flees her kingdom after a tragic event and spends decades in a frozen fortress, raising an army of Huntsman warriors, including Chris Hemsworth’s Eric and Jessica Chastain’s Sara, who fall in love despite it being forbidden amongst the Huntsman. The sisters join forces to try and unleash the power of the Magic Mirror to take over the world and Eric and Sara, and the seven dwarves it seems, must try and stop them. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron were probably the best parts of Snow White and if you throw Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain in there, it seems like you can’t go wrong but it looks kind of like a generic fantasy action movie based on this first trailer. It’s out in April of next year and you can check out the trailer below.
Over ten years since their last adventure, Dory, Nemo and Marlin are back for next summer’s Pixar sequel, Finding Dory. The main trio has been living a quiet life post Finding Nemo in their reef home but something causes Dory to actually remember something about her family and she sets out on a quest to find them with Nemo and Marlin in tow. The first trailer is only really a brief scene but it seems like Ellen and Albert Brooks have eased right back into their fishy alter egos. Finding Dory arrives in June next year and you can check out the trailer below.
22 years ago, we were treated to “Jurassic Park”. A big event in and of itself, it was yet another successful blockbuster for director Steven Spielberg. With groundbreaking visual effects and excellent CGI for its time, “Park” was a monster hit that dominated the summer and sparked kids’ interest in paleontology for years to come. Dinos were suddenly in demand.
14 years after the last mediocre sequel one might ask: why bring back the franchise? Wasn’t the third film a sign it was all tapped out? Wouldn’t a new film so far apart from the others just be a sign that Hollywood has again run out of original ideas?
It’s easy to approach “Jurassic World” with at least a little trepidation. First off, Spielberg is back — but only as a producer and not in the director’s seat. That lucrative position goes to indie director Colin Trevorrow, who’s only film under his belt is 2012’s small-scale twee sci-fi “Safety Not Guaranteed”. Would a director who’s barely had his feet wet in the industry know how to resurrect a long-dormant blockbuster franchise?
The answer is a solid yes. “Jurassic World” doesn’t really break new ground but this is a good thing. In today’s age of bigger-than-life summer movies, Trevorrow and crew simply take the original “Jurassic Park” and kick it up even more notches.
The most obvious instance of not fooling around is the plot. Two young boys from Wisconsin go on a vacation to the island of Isla Nublar, home of a fully-functioning “Jurassic World”. That’s right, the park that was originally brainchild of Dr. Hammond is a reality. The boys are not only on vacation but also visiting their aunt who runs the park, Claire Dearling. Dearling (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) is viewed as an up-tight, numbers-over-emotions type of CEO in her interactions; she brushes off spending time with her nephews on her clueless assistant. Her focus is on making the park more successful and profitable than ever, even if that means playing God with genetics and creating a truly fearsome dinosaur: the Indominus Rex.
Of course, in classic “Jurassic Park” fashion, this gives everyone more than the bargained for. Enter suave raptor trainer Owen Grady, played pitch-perfect by Chris Pratt, who is the first to truly realize how bad of an idea a genetically-created super-saur is. Of course, everyone else is either oblivious or looking at it for personal or professional gain. Enter Vincent D’Onofrio as an InGen crony and B.D. Wong as the only original “Jurassic Park” cast; returning as geneticist Dr. Henry Wu.
What results is the same terror and fun that make the original such a delight. And I mean “same” in the most positive sense of the word. Trevorrow doesn’t reinvent the wheel here and works with the same heightened sense of danger that was nailed in the first film. The new wrinkles, such as a packed working park filled with frightened guests and an engineered dinosaur that eclipses the T. Rex, only take things up to another level. Not to mention he gets great performances from his stars. Let me just say that if they do go through with an Indiana Jones reboot, Chris Pratt is a more-than-acceptable choice to don the fedora.
Will “Jurassic World” make you forget the groundbreaking original, even if you factor out nostalgia? No. But in a summer loaded with blockbusters becoming more and more overstuffled (“Age of Ultron”, anyone?), “World” is a perfect indicator of how to go big without going overboard. Trevorrow knows his audience and delivers on what they expect. And while “World” is far-from-perfect with somewhat tacky lines and questionable character choices, it’s still a welcome addition to the summer movie onslaught. Long since extinct, this franchise is emphatically back.
Everything about The Karate Kid, Part II felt slightly lesser than the original and that’s true about it’s theme song as well. The original had the classic montage song by Joe Esposito, You’re the Best and Karate Kid Part II brought things down a little with the love them by Peter Cetera, Glory of Love. Originally supposed to appear in Rocky IV, but that movie was already jam packed with songs, it’s supposed to kind of go along with the budding romance between Daniel and Kumiko, whom he meets when he accompanies Mr. Miyagi to Japan, but the music video seems to imply the song could be about the relationship between Mr. Miyagi and Daniel as well. The song was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks and the top of the Adult Contemporary for five weeks. Check out the music video below.