The Ryan Reynolds Movie Day

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I didn’t intend to watch several Ryan Reynolds movies in a row like this, but I won’t complain (he’s just so easy to look at…).  While I am anxiously waiting for Deadpool (2016) to be released, here are a few of the films I watched along with short reviews. There were a few I hadn’t even heard of before and I am so glad that I watched them.

Sef/less (2015)

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“A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.”

I will definitely have to watch this one again.  It is one of his newest films and I waited quite some time to watch it.  I thought that the concept of this film was really interesting.  I have thought Ben Kingsley is amazing ever since I watched House of Sand and Fog, so watching him in anything is always a treat.  Victor Garber was also a nice addition to the cast.  It is a film that offers action and makes you think, and it will probably be a film I will need to watch several times in order to truly appreciate it.

Safe House (2012)

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“A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.”

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds together- need I say more?  I enjoyed watching this film, but I am a huge fan of Denzel Washington so my opinion may have been slightly swayed.  I remember when this film first came out, how excited I was to watch it.  For some reason, it took me two years to finally do so and I couldn’t remember if I thought it was worth all of the hype- so I watched it again.  I enjoyed the chemistry between the main actors and the action scenes are fun to watch.  I will say, that I agree with the 6.8/10 rating it has on IMDb- it’s good but I think I let the hype make me overly excited over it for nothing.  It is entertaining though, and I would watch it again.

The Nines (2007)

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“A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed video game designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.”

I hadn’t heard anything about this film before, so when I heard that it also starredMelissa McCarthy, I was very excited for a funny film starring her and Reynolds.  Did I get what I was expecting?  No.  I sat there wondering “What the heck am I watching?” for quite some time.  It wasn’t until the very end, once it all came together, did I think that I had not wasted my time.  I love Melissa McCarthy, Reynolds does an amazing job and the whole thing ends in the best way I could imagine.  Once you see the whole thing, it makes you want to watch it all over again, just like when you watch Memento.  You want to see what you may have missed.

Chaos Theory (2008)

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“The story of an obsessively organized efficiency expert whose life unravels in unexpected ways when fate forces him to explore the serendipitous nature of love and forgiveness.”

I love Emily Mortimer.  I had not heard of this film before either and while it was enjoyable and Reynolds does an amazing job, I wouldn’t say it is one of my favorites.  There is a plot twist that makes you feel a mixture of several feelings and you don’t know where the story will go next.  It’s worth a viewing if you’re a fan of Reynolds, but don’t expect it to amaze you beyond words.  I had to actually double check what the film was about while writing this- it’s pretty forgettable but a few scenes do make it worth it.

The Captive (2014)

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“Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she’s still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.”

Out of all of the movies in this list, this is my favorite film.  First of all, the cast is amazing.  Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand, Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood…  it’s full of actors I love.  Second, the subject matter.  I absolutely love children and the thought of having a child, or having any child go missing is hard to think about.  Movies like this are hard to watch because of it.  I like how this film is different however, because you see what has been happening to the child throughout the film and in the end, it all comes together.  I would definitely recommend this movie for anyone who enjoys a mystery/thriller.

Which Ryan Reynolds films are your favorites?  Which film of his should I watch next?

-JLA

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