Men in Black III (2012) – Movie Review

Men in Black III is the sequel to Men in Black II and the third installment of Men in Black with both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprising their roles as Agent J and Agent K respectively.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg in "Men in Black III"
Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg in "Men in Black III"

With the help of his girlfriend Lily (Nicole Scherzinger), Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) escapes from the Lunar Max prison facility on the Moon and reaches Earth in order to take revenge on K for his lost arm. Boris

The next day, Agent J (Will Smith) learns that Agent K is no longer at his apartment only to realize Agent K has been dead for over 40 years. When Agent O (Emma Thompson) decodes that J’s craving for chocolate milk is due to his headaches caused by a fracture in space-time continuum, J is convinced that Boris has acquired a time-jump device and traveled back to 1969 to kill K, resulting in an imminent invasion of Earth by Boris’ Boglodite species due to the absence of the ArcNet.

J obtains a time-jump device from Obadiah Prince (Lanny Flaherty) at the black market and travels back to July 15, 1969, a day before the incident between Boris and Agent K. In 1969, J tries to prevent a murder committed by Boris in Coney Island but failed and is arrested by a younger K (Josh Brolin) who takes him back to MIB facility and attempts to use a gigantic Neuralyzer on J before J convinces K at the very last second.

Agent J and Agent K work together and is joined by an alien named Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg) who possesses the ArcNet, and helps them to oversee the set up of the shield to protect Earth from the Boglodite. When they arrive at Cape Canaveral, the place where Apollo 11 lunar rocket launch is occurring, they are arrested by the military police. However, when Griffin uses his precognitive power on the Colonel (Mike Colter), he not only allows them to carry the mission but personally assist them to ensure the agents are successful.

J and K are minutes away from attaching ArcNet onto the Apollo 11 only to be slowed down by both 1969 and modern-day Boris. In a battle with the 1969 Boris, K causes a fueling hose rupture which sprays liquid nitrogen on 1969 Boris’ arm instantly shatter it before he successfully plants the ArcNet on the rocket. While J manages to stop the modern-day Boris by avoiding his spikes after he uses the time-jump to travel back to the beginning of the fight.

The Colonel congratulates K and K invites him to join the agency while J watches from the distance. However, 1969 Boris emerges from the blast chamber and kills the Colonel. This time, K integrates Boris to kill him instantly. When a young boy named James (Cayen Martin) exits a military van near their location looking for his father, Agent K coaxes him away from the truth and neuralyzes him while taking care of him. From here, we learn that the young boy turns out to be J and the Colonel is J’s father.

Overall, Men in Black III is not too much about alien invasion but a comedy with light action. The film may not be perfect but it is certainly entertaining. Like how K says it, MIB 3 is slick.

  • 7 out of 10
  • A fun, light-hearted action comedy that is surely entertaining
  • No

Rio (2011) – Movie Review

Rio is a fun animated film from the creators of "Ice Age". As the name suggested, the film primarily focuses on the colorful and vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Jewel, Blu and Rafael in "Rio"
Jewel, Blu and Rafael in "Rio"

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rare blue macaw who was kidnapped by poachers when he was still a chick. When the truck carrying the smuggled birds accidentally drop the crate carrying Blu, a girl named Linda (Leslie Mann) picks him up and look after Blu. They live a quiet life at a bookstore in Moose Lake, Minnesota until a scientist from Rio, Túlio (Rodrigo Santoro) learns about Blu, a male macaw and another female macaw who was spotted in South America. As these two are the last of their species, the only way to save the species is by putting them together, thus, sending Blu to Rio de Janeiro which nonetheless set up an adventure of the lifetime for Blu and his owner, Linda.

As Blu is domestically kept as a pet, he never learns how to fly. In Rio, he needs to learn how to confront his fear of flying while trying to escape from the poachers and their pet cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement) with the help of their new friends Rafael the Toucan (George Lopez), Luiz the bulldog (Tracy Morgan), Pedro the Red-crested Cardinal (will.i.am) and Nico the Yellow Canary (Jamie Foxx).

No doubt, Rio is an entertaining animated film for the young and old alikes with vivid visuals, colorful characters and lively Samba music which along the way introduces us the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. Like the city, Rio is like Mardi Gras — flashy, bold and lively. However, with the film using more slapstick humors than anything witty clearly shows it is made for the general audience.

Overall, Rio isn’t exactly a masterpiece like animated films from DreamWorks or Disney-Pixar as it tried too hard to emulate them. It wasn’t even anywhere near "Ice Age" but it will surely bring a smile to your (or your kids) face and perhaps your whole family.

My ratings: 7 out of 10.

Gentlemen Broncos (2009) Trailer

Gentlemen Broncos is a comedy film about Benjamin (Michael Angarano) who attends a fantasy writers’ convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist. Starring Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Gentlemen Broncos opens on October 30, 2009.