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#Stretch – A Tango’s Thoughts review

Every once in a while (or, more often than not if you live outside of the US), a great movie goes completely unnoticed. With a pretty decent ensemble of supporting actors, including Ed Helms, Jessica Alba and James Badge Dale, both Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine stand out in the latest feature-installment on Joe Carnahan‘s resumé Stretch. Here’s some of my thoughts on the movie that nobody (outside the US) heard about.

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Stretch (Wilson), a down on his luck limo-driver has a failed acting career, a shitty job and is about to get his legs broken (for starters) by his bookie when he by chance books a client, Roger Karos (Pine), an eccentric, ridiculously weird, hedonistic and completely out of his mind millionaire. As he’s promised a $6000 tip if he does any and all things Karos asks him to do, Stretch immediately jumps on the opportunity to pay off his bookie debts an after that, all hell breaks loose. He cons an FBI-agent out of $300 000, gets his limo stolen by the King of all things douche, constantly obsesses over an ex girlfriend, gets chased by a group of African-American bouncers and Boris, the competing limo-company’s bonebreaking badass, as well as a lot of other weird and utterly chaotic things one could imagine.

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Along for Stretch’s chaotic ride is the in-his-head-vision of Karl (Helms), a limo-driver who took his life and Charlie (Alba), the sympathetic limo-company employee, and no matter how good either of their performances were, the one that stood out the most in this film was Chris Pine’s portrayal of Roger Karos.

Even with the recent career boom he’s had, with great performances in the rebooted Star Trek-franchise, Unstoppable, This Means War (the movie was bad but he was great) and Jack Ryan, among others, I would never had imagined that he possessed this kind of talent. Everything about his Karos is amazing. His mannerisms, the way he speaks, it was the most brilliant performance I have seen in a long time. It did take me a while to actually figure out that it was Captain Kirk I was looking at, ’cause he looked so ridiculously different than what we’re used to see on the screen. Don’t believe me? Take a look!
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Yeah, there’s no way that That is the same guy that’s commanding the Enterprise, right? Anyway, hats off to you, Chris, for one hell of a performance!!

As for the film itself, I thought it was both brilliantly written and directed and even if the chaotic plot didn’t really seem to go anywhere at times, other than to show as much chaos one person can go through in one night, the overall points were when the end credits rolled clear as day. It had drama, action and comedy as well as conspiracy, unexpected twists and an overall goodhearted (yet chaotic) feel to it that made this movie a Must-have on the shelf, so I gladly hand out this Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’ to both the movie and its director for a job brilliantly done!

There you go, chalk that one up as Done! Now, I’m off to do battle with my own mind as I have to figure out what to watch next. Whatever I might end up watching, I will review it for you, but until then….

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The Conjuring

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The ConjuringOkay, so… The Conjuring. The film was written by Chad & Carey Hayes and directed by James Wan and is a supernatural horror-movie starring Patrick Wilson (yeah, the dude from Insidious, or more commonly known as Nite Owl) and Vera Farmiga (currently portraying Norma Bates in the Psycho-prequel Bates Motel) as the Warrens, a pair of paranormal investigators, who’s services are needed by a family of seven (Ron Livingston & Lili Taylor + kids). As far as ratings goes, I’d say that it’s to fresh to give it a fair chance, so I’m leaving that for now. But I will say this, $41.5 million during its opening weekend, that’s one hell of an intake for a horror-film in the summer, so I’m pretty excited to see if it stands the test of time. My guess, it won’t. But please, let me tell you why…

While the film sets out to be a scary movie, it lacks any elements that would make it scary. Sure, it’s listed as a Horror/Thriller on IMDB, but I would really wanna go as far as to say that it’s more of a Thriller/Drama with some minor horror-touches on it. The few things that Could be seen as scary were minor and they were all scattered throughout the entirety of the film, which in turn made it kinda slow and boring, and that’s just not what you want from a horror-movie (even if it’s released in the middle of summer). It could be such an easy explanation that my mindset after watching all these scary movies during this Horror-a-thon is just to twisted, that I’ve been completely desensitized… or that after watching Sinister, I’m having a hard time finding anything else scary. While those are both plausible explanations, I would rather bet my money on the fact that the movie just wasn’t that scary.

The Conjuring closet attackThe effects were great though, not at all over-the-top as you pretty much were expecting from a movie these days. And the setup…. houff, that was actually one thing I liked about it. The first half of the movie focuses what’s happening in this house, giving us glimpses of supernatural occurrences, and sometimes even blatantly showing us what the hell is happening, but you don’t get that until the movie’s over and I found that to be kinda awesome. An explanation to the entirety of the film hiding in plain sight, taunting us without us even realizing it. But halfway through the movie, when shit starts flying about, birds scramble on the house, people go missing etc, it all becomes one ginormous pit stain of a mess. There’s so much happening at once, you’re left with a hard time following the actual plot, and if there is something I hate, it’s when they shoot stuff upside down, just so they can re-angle the camera on something happening… and they used this a lot! That peeved me greatly.

So in conclusion. Was it a great movie? No. Was it a good movie? At times. Did it scare me? Nope, it didn’t even get me with a jump-scare. Will I recommend this to friends? No, I will not. With that said, it’s not as bad as I make it out to be, it’s actually quite watchable… if you’re bored and have Nothing else to watch. And the re-see value? Sure, some 5-10 years apart, maybe.

That’s it for me tonight. Hope you had a good read, and have a pleasant continuation of your evening. Me, I’m gonna go play some Uncharted 2: Among Thieves for a few hours before watching tomorrow’s Horror-a-thon title. And what is that, you ask? I’m thinking either Drag Me To Hell or Silent Hill: Revelation. We’ll see how it turns out tomorrow. But until then….. if you have a demon, ghost or any supernatural entity visiting, make sure it stays happy, otherwise it’ll hurt you!