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A Jet Li actioner and a Chadwick Boseman showcase: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on CityNews Halifax

Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on CityNews Halifax.

Deep Blue Sea 3

I’ve never been shy about the fact that Deep Blue Sea is one of my biggest guilty pleasures of all time.

So I was exponentially disappointed when its long-gestating sequel was absolute trash. Deep Blue Sea 3 isn’t high art, but it is a worthy follow-up monster film.

Not that the plot particularly matters, but when scientists are studying the effects of climate change in Mozambique, three genetically-enhanced bull sharks begin to stalk them.

Director John Pogue – who wrote The Quiet Ones, The Skulls, and U.S. Marshals – makes a fun fright fest.

The acting is so-so, and the special effects are passable. For those starving for a fresh shark movie entry, though, it fits the bill.

3.5/5 Stars

21 Bridges

It’s not a reinvention of the genre, but 21 Bridges is a good cop flick boosted by some incredible performances.

When a detective – under investigation for corruption – finds himself in the middle of a city-wide emergency, he springs into action.

A shootout leaves cops dead and the two men suspected of it are locked in New York when the bridges are shut down. The police – including the detective – race against time to track them.

The late Chadwick Boseman gives a fantastic performance, and Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons and Stephan James are fantastic, and Taylor Kitsch also gives a particularly good turn.

This is an interesting film, and I enjoyed it despite some flaws.

4/5 Stars

The Fundamentals Of Caring

One of the best Netflix films to be produced, this drama is absolutely adorable.

It follows a wheelchair-bound young man who is paired with a care-giver. The caregiver is dealing with a family loss, and the two form an unlikely bond.

Writer-director Rob Burnett – a late-night writer and TV veteran – makes one of the best movies I’ve seen in years.

Young Craig Roberts – who gives a fabulous performance – has instant chemistry with Paul Rudd. They’re both wonderful here and make it all worth it.

Selena Gomez, Alex Huff, and Jennifer Ehle all give nuanced turns as well. It’s a tearjerker, and one you won’t forget.

4.5/5 Stars

The Rundown

This movie was made when The Rock was first rising to film stardom.

He got to show off a great deal of his charisma here as an aspiring chef sent on a mission by a mobster.

Having travelled to the Amazon, he is tasked with retrieving a mobster’s son. But the odd couple become enveloped in a fight as they search for a famed treasure.

Dwayne Johnson and Seann William Scott have undeniable chemistry and they’re truly hilarious together. Throw in Christopher Walken as a villain, and you have a heck of a cast.

Boasting some great sequences and set-pieces and stalwart direction from Peter Berg, this is one of my favourite pick-me-up movies.         

4/5 Stars

The One

Sometimes you just need a palate cleanser, and that’s exactly what this guilty pleasure is.

The action movie follows an agent in multiple universes who is going around killing each version of himself. He takes the energy of his counterparts with each kill.

But the final iteration, a cop, attempts to stop him from achieving his goal.

Jet Li is a whole lot of fun here. He’s joined by Carla Gugino, Delroy Lindo, and Jason Statham early in his career.

It can be a bit silly at times, but The One truly is a whole lot of fun.

4/5 Stars


About the Author: Jordan Parker

Jordan Parker is a freelance journalist and runs entertainment firm Parker PR. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk.
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