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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) is the world’s best hitman. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is the world’s best bodyguard. When Kincaid makes a deal to testify against a dictator (Gary Oldman) to get is wife released from prison, Bryce is asked by Interpol to take Kincaid from Manchester to the Hague in 24 hours. Bryce has for the last two years been trying to get his reputation back after a botched job. Now these two are stuck together and must outwit the bad guys and try not to kill each other in the process.

This movie was great.  It was full of action and humor. And who doesn’t love Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. I would love to see them in another movie together! Also, starring Salma Hayek. Rated R

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LEGO Ninjago

In this new addition to the LEGO franchise, Lloyd is your average school kid by day, but Lloyd and his friends turn into Ninja warriors whenever villain Garmadon and his hench people show up in an attempt to take over Ninjago City. But there is more to the story than simply trying to defeat Garmadon, as Garmadon is Lloyd’s father. As if being a Ninja warrior isn’t enough, Lloyd struggles knowing that his father doesn’t care to be a part of his life.

Despite a warning from Ninja master Uncle Woo, Lloyd releases the “ultimate weapon” on the city to stop Garmadon, but this time it has endangered everyone. There is an “ultimate ultimate weapon” that Lloyd and his friends need to find to save the city. It will take a trek across a dangerous jungle where Lloyd learns not only about becoming a true Ninja, but also about his past and his father.

Loved this movie! I am not a super LEGO fan by any means, and took a friend’s five-year old son to see it and enjoyed it more than the kid. Enough hilarity and action ensue to entertain anyone of any age. Rated PG

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Artemis by Andy Weir

Less science focused than “The Martian”, Andy Weir’s follow-up explores life on the moon from the perspective of a native – an independent young woman who’s grown up in Artemis, the moon’s only city. Jazz Bashara is a porter, and to supplement her income, she does a little smuggling on the side. She takes on a job that gets her involved in corporate espionage, murder, and a power struggle over a new technology worth trillions.  Now, Jazz needs to find a way to protect not only herself, but the whole lunar community.

Even if you’re not a huge science fiction fan, there’s lots to really like about this book. Along with all the technical stuff, Weir manages to create characters that are easy to connect with. Add some humor, an engaging plot, and lots of adventure, and you’ve got a story that lots of fun from start to finish. It’s a fun read, but if you prefer audio, it’s read by Rosario Dawson, who in my mind would be the perfect person to play Jazz in the movie.

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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Joan is at the zoo with her four-year-old son, Lincoln, like she is on many afternoons with him. Lincoln likes to play in the dinosaur dig area with his action figures while making up his “stories.” In the distance, she hears a few loud bangs, but doesn’t think any thing of it. It’s almost closing time, and she has to get Lincoln to start walking towards the exit so they don’t get locked in.

As they make their way towards the exit, something is off.  And then she is it: bloody bodies on the ground, and in the distance, gun fire rings out. She sees at least one man making the shots. Instinct kicks in and immediately she scoops up Lincoln and runs back into the depths of the zoo to find a place to hide. But how do you keep a toddler from making any noise, even if their lives are a stake?

The rest of the novel takes place over the course of a few hours as Joan’s maternal instinct is put to the test at a place where the predators are young, disturbed gun men and Joan, her son, and any remaining zoo visitors are the prey.

Overall, this was an intense read that kept you engaged throughout, and an ending that leaves you with more questions than answers.

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Waitress and single mother Karla (played by Halle Berry) spends a day with her son at New Orlean’s City Park. What starts as a pleasant day turns into a nightmare when she steps away from Frankie for a moment to take a call from her ex attorney about custody. When she turns back, Frankie is no where in sight. Like any frantic mother, she runs all over the park screaming his name, asking anyone if they have seen her little boy.

At the last minute, she sees a woman shoving Frankie into the passenger side of a sports car. Karla gets in her car and follows it. The rest of the movie is basically a high speed car chase from a mother who will do whatever it takes to get her son back and who isn’t going to wait for the authorities to do what needs to be done.

I didn’t really have high expectations of this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised. Kidnap is a a fast paced and thrilling movie that will keep you on the seat of your pants. The only warning is that you may find it bothersome if you have a hard time with stories involving crimes against children, but, it’s just a movie!