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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Review

A sequel to the 2009 film about a Segway-riding security guard at a suburban shopping centre who falls over a lot, this mostly unwanted sequel sees him falling over and colliding into heavy objects in Las Vegas casinos instead; where the floors are shinier, the Segways’ a little sleeker, and the comedy is as lethargic, if not entirely absent, as ever.

Synopsis (Warning: May contain spoilers, duh!)

The Gist of It: Immersed in flop sweat and devoid of purpose, ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ strings together fat-shaming humour and Segway sight gags with outline results..

Plot

Blart’s wife (Jayma Mays) and elderly mother (Shirley Knight) are unceremoniously scrubbed out in the film’s opening sequences; with the latter being run over by a milk float (Which, admittedly, is mildly amusing, if it isn’t a touch too brutal for young viewers). Depressed by his current life, the only meaningful relationship he has left in the world is with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) who has, unbeknownst to him,  just been accepted into UCLA; which is on the other side of the country.

Paul Blart (Kevin James) manages to convince his daughter to take a trip to Nevada together for a security-guard conference at which he believes he’ll be the surprise keynote speaker. His daughter is then kidnapped by an international art villain and his gang, who happens to be plotting to steal priceless artworks from the Wynn Las Vegas hotel casino in which they’re staying at (which incidentally received enough product placement to have presumably paid for the film’s obviously low budget).

Blart switches back into Mall Cop mode, tools up with Home Alone-like weapons from the conference floor (glue gun, pocket taser, beanbag shooter etc.), and trips into action with his sub-Avengers league of sad-sack security guard brethren.

A sad-sack brethren indeed.

A sad-sack brethren indeed.

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Spoofing the Die Hard formula with an overweight mall cop in the Bruce Willis role may not be a lofty idea, and may seem simple enough, yet it’s taken the Paul Blart franchise two whole feature films to fail at this very task.

One of the biggest annoyances viewers will find is instead of ‘Paul Blart’ undercutting the seriousness of the shiny gold opening titles with jokes, the film immediately puts any and all spoofery on hold while painstakingly establishing, or in this case re-establishing, the seriously obese security officer Paul Blart as a sympathetic underdog; as evidenced in the first film. In fact, it feels as if ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ has upped the sadness factor with it spending a significant portion of its opening being somewhat cripplingly depressing.

Kevin James admittedly tries hard, almost too hard, to inject the agonizing minutes with slapstick humour by propelling his large body through endless physical contortions in a fruitless effort for laughs; from Blart’s unnecessary and extremely juvenile fight with an angry peacock to when, in an effort to raise his plummeting blood sugar levels, he lies underneath a child’s dripping ice-cream cone, lapping up the drops like the helpless baby bird he thinks he is. (He has to bear a large part of the blame since he co-wrote the screenplay).

In between the few moments where Blart shakes of his muttering and yelling routine dialogue-based humour, many of his pratfalls and sight gags do not prompt much of an emotional reaction with the familiar jokes and predictable slap-stick routines. Speaking of running gags, the filmmakers seem convinced that the mere sight of James atop a Segway is inherently amusing; an idea that quickly wears out its welcome.

What baffles us the most is that Paul Blart, a mere rent-a-cop, manages to piece together bits evidence quicker than, not only most detective sleuths, but more importantly,  the audience; often times, we found ourselves barely remembering and figuring out how and where random objects of interest were discovered.

In addition to us struggling to make sense of the choppy narrative and missing plot holes, like how Blart was able to locate his daughter in a massively packed hotel once she had been kidnapped, without her divulging her location nor possessing any sort of tracking device on herself (The phone she used to make her distress call was snatched away by the antagonist), the draggy ordeal between two sub-characters, Divina and Edwardo, were also utterly unnecessary and only achieved unanimous cringes of despair instead of laughter.

Ultimately, Paul Blart’s character barely resembles anything at all. He comes off as a science experiment gone horribly wrong, with him ending up as a stereotype of a stereotype: a half-remembered punchline and a stomach with a mustache and wheels.

Verdict

Although there have been worse sequels and worse overall movies, Caddyshack 2, Exorcist 2, Speed 2 to name a few, viewers can wisely add this wretched film to the ever-expanding list of worst movie sequels ever conceived by Hollywood. (Who in Hollywood thought this passes as an idea, let alone a funny one?)

Our faces as we sat through the punishing film.

Our faces as we sat through the punishing film.

While the original is far from being a classic, it had a few mild laughs and the plus-sized actor displayed a certain buffoonish, dare I say, charm. Unsurprisingly, this is not the case with this painfully unfunny, slapdash follow-up in which the protagonist is so relentlessly obnoxious that you’ll be rooting for the villains; who, by the way, are probably the most dis-organised villains to ever hit the big screen with them embarking on a “secret” heist and then carelessly leaving their loot out in the open, at their base of operations, in which Blart’s daughter accidentally stumbles upon. This tacky, numbingly inane sequel also functions as an over-sized product-placement playground for Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort in which the film was entirely set in.

 

Finally, something we can both agree on: This film has scored its self a whopping "0.0" with critics alike.

Finally, something we can both agree on: This film has scored its self a whopping “0.0” with critics alike.

Rating: 3/10

‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ makes the original look like an unheralded classic and in this case, what happened in Vegas should surely have stayed in Vegas.

Disregard the colourful poster for being nothing more than an utter pathetic excuse for a "film".

Disregard the colourful poster for being nothing more than an utter pathetic excuse for a “film”.

Release Date: 7th May, 2015

Focus – Review

Will Smith returns with yet another questionable “Focus”of the movie. Will Smith plays a man whose main purpose is to con people. His special ability is distraction. Together with Margot Robbie, the duo manage to distract audiences from the real focus of the movie.

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Margot Robbie should have her own poster.

Plot
An expert con-man decides to recruitment a hot babe to hustle people during the super-bowl. Nicky(Will Smith) has team of people whose job to con people and take their money. Jess(Margot Robbie) is small time con artist who got the attention of Nicky.

Nicky trained Jess and brought her in to his profitable business. But however when Nicky got to emotional with Jess, he pulls out and just left.
Feeling distraught, Nicky didn’t any con job for about 3 years. He was hired by rich man called Garriga. Garriga wanted to Nicky to con his competitor into thinking that Nicky was a unsatisfied engineer that would sell the formula of Garriga’s speed machine.
However everything changes when Nicky bumps into Jess who happen’s to be Garriga’s girlfriend.

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Why would you want to get me drunk?

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Another one focused movie of Will Smith. The movie basically surrounds at one character . Unlike American Hustle or Ocean’s Eleven – Focus is more of a emotional movie. It did get intense, but however at the end of it, it’s kinda pointless.
Will Smith smoothness is undeniable but his combination with Margot Robbie was more off that hotdog needing some extra mustard sauce. It was irrelevant.
It felt like Margot Robbie had no other role in this movie beside to just spice it up. To be honest, it worked but the plot was confusing and fragile. Not doubt it was intense at certain part but was totally wasted with the follow up. In short, it fail to deliver.

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Red suits me well

Rating 5.0/10
Nothing else beside Margot Robbie was interesting in this movie. It felt like Hitch but instead of loving but was about conning people.

Release date: 26th February 2015

Wedding Ringer – Review

Nearly the end of January 2015 and a movie that everyone could watch – well if you’re 18 and above. Also gives a slight hint on how a The Bachelor’s party should be.

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No, this isn’t a Hang Over movie

 

Plot
When the wedding bell is just around the corner the main question on man’s mind would be who is gonna be your best man. Now, it’s either they have to many friends or non. Well Doug Harris(Josh Gad) has non and this how Jimmy Callaghan(Kevin Hart) comes into the picture. Jimmy offers best man service to those who are lack of him and according to him, this business is a gold mine.
However this time, Doug brought to Jimmy an impossible mission. Jimmy is to prepare not one, not two but 7 best men. What makes it more impossible is that Jimmy only has 10 days to prepare all of this. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting plays Gretchen Palmer the over excited brides to be and wants everything to be perfect which reminds us alot of Kate Hudson.

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A perfect wedding with the perfect best men?

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First of all, it’s not your typical wedding movie. It’s surely a breath of fresh air and we totally love it. The idea of a best men service is really unheard of and they really manage to pull it off. Director, Jeremy Garelick has it signature written all over it. The jokes are fresh and the scenes are mostly misleading like The Break-Up but ending is solid.

However, we did feel that movie a little focus on Doug’s character and at certain part the scene just left hanging. Kevin’s character is very solid thou and spot on. It doesn’t feel like he is trying to hard Adam Sandler in Growns Up and Growns Up 2.  Adam Sandler should definitely learn a thing or two from Kevin Hart.
It’s not the joke that you have to watch but funny scenes like the Gretchen’s grandmother being set on fire.

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For the TEAMMM!!!!!!

Rating 7.5/10
Some might not agree with our view of the movie but we feel that it deserve it. It’s highly entertaining with some problem that few can relate. By far one of Kevin Hart’s best movie beside Soul Plane.

Release date: 29th January 2015

Birdman – Contest(ENDED)

We are giving away premiere passes to the multiple award nominee, Birdman. To win these premiere passes is just easy. Just tell us why would you want to watch the premiere of Birdman with us. Winners will be emailed. The premiere is on the 2oth January 2015 at GSC 1Utama.
Good luck!

TAKEN 3 – Contest(ENDED)

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered.  Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

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In Taken, which became a global box-office sensation, distinguished actor and multi-award winner Liam Neeson, became the cinema’s newest and perhaps most unexpected action hero.  At the same time, the gravity he brings to the role of Bryan Mills provides added depth to the film series, which constantly flirts with the codes of the genre.  In a manner that’s original for a thriller, Bryan is as much defined by his love for his family as he is for his lethal skillset.

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The character’s unique qualities helped propel Taken to box-office glory, as it became of the one of the surprise hits of 2008.  A few years later, Neeson, producer-screenwriter Luc Besson, and screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen returned for Taken 2, with Olivier Megaton taking the directorial reins.  Once again, audiences cheered Neeson as an overprotective father whose skills – forged through years of covert ops – continue to be put to the test long after his retirement from the CIA.
Scheduled for release beginning January 8th, 2015, the film will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film. For more info on the movie, visit https://www.facebook.com/foxmovies.my.

Movie Prizes

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Grand Prize

1 x TAKEN 3  Exclusive T-shirt
1 x TAKEN 3  Gun USB
1 x TAKEN 3  Passport Notebook
2 x TAKEN 3  Movie Passes

1st Prize

1 x TAKEN 3  Beanie Hat
1 x TAKEN 3  Gun USB
1 x TAKEN 3  Passport Notebook
2 x TAKEN 3  Movie Passes

2nd Prize

1 x TAKEN 3  Bullet Pin Badge
1 x TAKEN 3  Bullet Coaster
2 x TAKEN 3  Movie Passes

Movie Questions:

1. What is Liam Nesson’s character’s name?

2. What was the car used by Liam Nesson’s character to crash into the plane?

3. You want to watch Taken 3 because………(not more than 15 words)

T&C:
1. This contest is for Malaysian citizens only.
2. Winners selection is finalised by the judges at Screenbite and Twentieth Century Fox Film Malaysia.
3. Only entries with full details required will be entertained.
4. Winners will be contacted personally via email.
5. Prizes will be sent to the address in the entry email.
6. Screenbite reserves the right to amend these rules at any time at its sole and absolute discretion.
7. Screenbite reserves the right to substitute or replace any prize with one of equal retail value. No complaints will be entertained on such matters.
8. Contest end date: 18th January 2015. Winner will be announced  on 23rd January 2015 on Screenbite.my.

 

WINNERS

Grand Prize

Nasrul Fareed Bin Nordin – I want to see his action to kill the person who killed her wife brutally.

 

1st Prize

Junaidah Ibrahim – Watching a valor striker, a protector, a savior, the guardian of humanity from deadliest evildoer.

 

2nd Prize

Sunny Loh – It will complete my Taken Trilogy;
The Drama, action and bursting energy!

The “Black” James Bond

During the chaotic hack of Sony Pictures, there one particular email that caught our attention; Idris Elba replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond. Earlier this year, there was some rumors about this but this was just on the surface but this kinda confirms it.
But however not all were pleased this news, one in particular is the flamboyant Rush Limbaugh. Rush last week lashed out on this talk show that a black bond just is not traditional.

” He was white and Scottish, period.  That is who James Bond is.  But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland.  But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” said the radio announcer.

He continue with view on the news by saying,”That’s right.  We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white.  Bond was never black.  Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond.  The character was always white. He was always Scottish.  He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that.”

Of course Idris Elba were not that pleased but however the Briton replied to Rush’s criticism with a slight dash of sarcastic tweet – “Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome?”

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Entourage – Trailer

Finally our years of planning, the awaited Entourage the movie is out. The trailer of the long awaited movie is finally out. The rumor cast of the movie so far are  Emily Ratajkowski, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mark Wahlberg.

Get Hard – Trailer

Get Hard, a comedy flick by 2 of funny guy; Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

When millionaire hedge fund manager James King (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Iron Man’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron Suit

Last October when the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer we got see many new and old character. Also we got to see some new costume upgrades namely Captain America and Thor. We are still waiting to see Black Widow’s upgrade in detail. Most significant was Iron Man’s suit. We saw 2 suits, one is the Hulk Buster and the other is Mark XLIII. As some might remember, in Iron Man 3 destroyed all his suit including his so call prodigal son; Mark XLII.

The detail of the new suit, Mark XLIII was reveal by Hot Toys earlier today and it looks stunning. Hot Toys is the official licenced toy maker for Marvel so the details would be be close to accurate.

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The prominent detail would be the color. Mark XLII had more gold on the chest area. The rest looks some what similar beside the arm wrist weapon launcher.
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Other than that we will need to wait until the next trailer or the movie itself for the new upgrade armor.
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Kingsman: The Secret Service – Trailer

The new Kingsman trailer looks bad **s. The F’ word still follows Samuel J.