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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

2023 / 127m - USA
Sci-fi, Action
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts poster

A rather bland attempt to revive the Transformers franchise. Since Bay left the series it is only a shadow of its former self, this latest addition doesn't do much to change that. What you get is loud Hollywood action with oodles of cheese, but it lacks that little extra to make it acceptably entertaining.

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It's the 90s when the Autobots land on Earth in search of a relic that cannot fall into the wrong hands. The enemy is right on their tail and a race starts to find out where the relic is hidden. Together with Noah, a young kid from New York, and the Maximals, they try to outsmart the Decepticons to save the Earth.

The only reason why Bay's films were fun is because Bay always brings something extra. Yes, the plot is silly, the voices ridiculous and the comedy unnecessary, but the action is always top-notch. With that gone, not much remains, besides some boring 90s nostalgia. Not the worst blockbuster, but pretty pointless and forgettable.

Creed II

2018 / 130m - USA
Creed II poster

More of the same. After the success of the first film, a sequel was pretty much inevitable. It didn't take them long to come up with a story, they kept the Rocky kids theme going, the rest of the film is vintage boxing cinema too. If that's your thing, Creed II won't disappoint, for me, it just wasn't enough.

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After winning the heavy-weight belt in the first film, Creed will have to defend his title against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago. Meanwhile, he is having a baby with his girlfriend, which puts some extra pressure on him. The first match against Drago goes horribly wrong, so Creed seeks out Rocky for the decisive bout.

The performances are decent enough, the film also looks a bit nicer compared to most of its peers, but not quite enough to really elevate it. The plot is pretty bland, the fights are extremely predictable and 2+ hours is way too long for a simple flick like this. Just basic genre fodder.