films seen
7
average score
2.50*
nationality
Spain - 47 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Run All Night

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2015 / 114m - USA
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Surprisingly well-made action film by Collet-Serra. I'm not a big fan of the man's work and Run All Night certainly isn't strong enough to change my mind about him, but it is a film that delivered what I'd hoped to get from it. A simple, fun and entertaining two hours sporting some rather impressive action scenes.

Neeson can do these kinds of roles with his eyes closed. There's a little drama between him and his son that doesn't really add much to the film, but at least Kinnaman and Neeson are decent enough actors to not botch it up. The rest is pure action cinema, within a classic crime setting.

The camera (work, because I assume there's quite a bit CG involved) is the biggest star of the film, as it flies through the sets and puts you right in there with the action. Some memorable moments and impressive set pieces, that's what I wanted from this film, and that's exactly what I got. Not bad at all.

The inoffensive

Jungle Cruise

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2021 / 127m - USA
Genre
Adventure, Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Jungle Cruise poster

A surprisingly fun and decent adventure flick. Disney making a film based on a theme park attraction didn't create high expectations for me personally, I didn't care much for their previous attempts, but Jungle Cruise is a nice exception to the rule. Don't expect anything thoroughly special or unique, just a well-executed (and expensive) genre flick.

Lily Houghton is a female adventurer who isn't taken seriously by her male colleagues. She steals an important artifact and travels to Brazil together with her best friend, where she'll try to find a mysterious tree whose petals are said to cure all disease. Together with a quirky skipper, she starts her journey on the Amazon.

The chemistry between Johnson and Blunt is amusing, the villains are cheeky, the setting is nice and though the CG can be a bit obvious, it's never really distracting. A bit long maybe and the music is a bit bland, Collet-Serra is also mostly absent as a director, other than that, a simple but fun blockbuster.

The Commuter

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2018 / 104m - USA
Genre
Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Commuter poster

Another typical Collet-Serra/Neeson collaboration. This is pretty much Non-Stop (at least, from what I can remember of it), only in a train. I'm not the biggest fan of these films, but they're pretty entertaining and even though Neeson's getting a bit old to play the action hero who saves the day, he can still pull it off (though barely).

When Michael is on his daily commute, a stranger sits down across him. She makes him a deal where he has to unmask a passenger on the train in return for a big, lump sum of money. Michael is a bit hesitant, but when it turns out his family is held hostage he has no choice but to comply with their demands.

Neeson can play these parts with his eyes closed, other performances are decent too, the limited set feels aptly claustrophobic and there are some solid action scenes. It's all a bit predictable and the ending could've used some extra spice, but overall this was pretty fun and well-made filler.

Worthy but flawed

The Shallows

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2016 / 86m - USA
Genre
Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Shallows poster

Dubious filler

Non-Stop

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2014 / 106m - UK
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Non-Stop poster

Orphan

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2009 / 123m - USA
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Orphan poster

Plain forgettable

Unknown

by Jaume Collet-Serra
Specifics
2011 / 113m - UK
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Unknown poster