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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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The Belko Experiment

It is just another day at the Belko Company, an American business located in Bogota, Columbia. As they go about their day a voice comes over the building’s intercom saying they had half an hour to kill two people. Everyone is confused and thinking it is a joke. Until the building goes into lock down and no one can leave. When the half hour is up and no one has been killed, everyone is relieved. Until the heads start exploding. Now it is a kill or be killed situation. Will anyone survive or will this experiment kill them all?

I really liked this movie. I didn’t know who was going to turn into a killer and who was going to try and keep their humanity. I definitely recommend this one. Starring, John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker.  Rated R


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Collide

Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult) is an American who winds up in Germany. He ends up staying and working for drug smugglers and falls in love with Juliette (Felicity Jones). He quits his job and lives happily with Juliette. Until she because sick and they need to get back to the States for an operation. He needs to make money quick and goes to his old boss. He is given a job to steal a truckload of drugs. When he fails, Juliette is kidnapped and now Casey will do anything to get her back, even if it means sacrificing himself.

This was a pretty good action movie. A lot of car chasing scenes that were fun and a pretty decent storyline. Also starring, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.  Rated PG-13


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Gridlocked

David Hendrix (Dominic Purcell) is on leave from his SWAT team due to an incident. He has been saddled with a reckless hard partying movie star, Brody Walker (Cody Hackman), who is doing research for a movie. David ends up taking Brody to a police training facility but what they don’t realize is that there is a secret vault of seized items. Soon the facility is under attack and now David doesn’t know who he can trust. But he knows that he needs to protect the vault at any cost.

I actually liked this movie. Usually straight to DVD movies aren’t the greatest but this one was pretty good. It was very action packed and even had Danny Glover! Also starring, Stephen Lang, Vinnie Jones, and Trish Stratus.  Rated R


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Logan

The year is 2029. The X-Men have disbanded, and the mutant population has decreased. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is driving a limo for a living, and has secreted the ailing Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a location near the Mexican border, where he takes care of him. With his regeneration powers fading, Logan has turned to alcohol to cope. Reluctantly, he agrees to drive a young girl with special powers to the Canadian border. Laura has incredible fighting powers, and is on the run from a dangerous corporation who want access to her DNA to create deadly soldiers.

Dark, and atmospheric, this movie finds Logan in a very dark place, as he struggles with his failing health and his own demons. Based in part on the X-Men story lines “Old Man Logan”, “Mutant Massacre”, “X-23”, the film doesn’t follow any of the other X-Men timeline, but is meant as more of a stand alone story. Even if you haven’t followed the X-Men franchise, I think you’ll find “Logan” easy to follow and entertaining. Rated R. Also featuring: Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, and Dafne Keen.


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The Wave

In a Norway there is fjord in the town of Geiranger. It is predicted that part of the mountain will eventually fall into the water and cause a 85 meter high wave. That day has come.

Kristian and his family are all set to move. Kristian is taking the kids to a hotel in the city and his wife, Idun, is working at the local hotel. Before they leave, Kristian needs to pick up the rest of his stuff from his job, where he is a geologist. While at the office , he notices something in the readings but no one really believes anything is wrong. To humor him, they check it out. Soon they realize something is happening at the mountain. And then the ground starts to shake. Everyone has ten minutes to get out of the wave zone or end up dead.

I really enjoyed this movie. It was intense and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if they would survive. Rated R


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The Great Wall

William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) have heard about the mysterious black powder. In their search for it, they encounter a creature that William is able to kill. As they are fleeing they come across the Great Wall and are captured by the people who protect it. There William is pulled between finishing his goal and fighting for a purpose. They soon are thrust into battle to help protect the wall from the same creatures that William had killed. Will they stay and finish the fight or steal the powder and leave the people to defend the Wall by themselves?

I was shockingly surprised by how much I ended up liking this movie. I think my expectations were so low  I ended up enjoying it. I really liked all of the stunts and the story. Also starring, Tian Jing and Willem Dafoe. Rated PG-13


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The Take

Michael Mason (Richard Madden) is a con artist, currently working in Paris. He makes his living picking pockets, taking special orders from his clients. When he steals a bag containing a teddy bear, and not much else, he tosses it. Moments later, the bag explodes, leaving 4 people dead. The next day, Michael’s face, captured on CCTV, is all over the news as a suspect. The CIA assigns agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba) to the case. Briar, never one to play by the rules, captures Michael, but instead of taking him in, takes him to a secret interrogation spot, where he finds out that Michael is indeed telling the truth. Now, they’re not only on the run from the group responsible for the attack, but they’re also trying to track them down before they strike again.

As far as action and suspense go, this movie was pretty good. And while I love both Idris and Richard, unfortunately, as hard as they tried, the chemistry just wasn’t there. I just wasn’t buying into their comic/straight guy routine. Other than that though, definitely worth watching. Rated R. Also featuring Kelly Reilly and Charlotte Le Bon.