Here is the line-up of Redbox new releases for August 2015:
First we have Insurgent
If you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll likely enjoy this next hit. The obvious similarities are first, that the main heroine is a young female with the male playing supporting actor (gotta love it, and personally I think Shailene Woodley is a much better cast selection as a heroine than Jennifer Lawrence), and second, that the movie is based off of a science fiction book series written by a female author (Veronica Roth) as was the Hunger Games. The plot in a nutshell is that Beatrice Prior, the main character, finds herself in an apocalyptic world which has organized people’s role within it based on their virtues. Beatrice seems not to fit into the organization of this world’s society but soon learns that she has a more important part to play in saving the world. This movie is rated PG-13 and stars Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Theo James, and Naomi Watts.
Ok, it’s true that the movie is pretty much a remake (as was Kevin Hart’s last movie, The Wedding Ringer a remake of Hitch basically) of the movie, Big Stan, starring Rob Schnieder but this rendition does add in some new elements such as race and gangster stereotypes which make the movie enjoyable for today’s audience. The story is one of a rich hedge fund manager (Will Ferrell) who is framed for committing fraud, convicted and sentenced to hard prison time. While he is out on bond he asks his car cleaner (Kevin Hart) to teach him how to survive. While no gangster himself, Kevin Hart’s character plays the part to earn some cash for his new business endeavor. The ride is a fun one in which both characters learn some valuable lessons. I thought it was an enjoyable, funny film despite the repeated plot line. This movie is rated and stars Will Ferrel, Kevin Hart, Dan Bakkedahl, Paul Ben-victor, and Tip Harris.
This movie is like The Hangover for business men. Three men, all ranging in different ages, set out to save their business via a huge international venture. The trip soon turns into a great adventure for the group as different things awry. I think Vince Vaughn definitely carries the movie making it truly funny and worth watching. This movie is rated R and stars Vinve Vaughn, Dave Franco, James Marsden, Sienna Miller, and Tom Wilkinson.
Mall Cop 2
I can’t say I loved the first Mall Cop movie, but I definitely thought this one was more enjoyable. I think it was the vacation setting in Vegas and the hotel plot that gives this one a bit more of a kick. Of course, I think Kevin James is funny (you’ll remember him from Hitch) and that he makes the movie a good one. In this movie, his character goes on vacation to Vegas where he learns of a plot that puts the hotel he is staying at in danger. He must take up the call to become a true hero. This movie is rated PG and stars Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Gary Valentine, DBWoodside, and Neal McDonough.
Definitely an action thriller I think worth the watch. Plus this movie is based on the novel, written by French crime novelist, Jean-Patrick Manchette, so it has some real substance to it rather than just a few explosions and shoot-out scenes here and there. The plot consists of a former special-ops agent (Sean Penn) who has done some things in his past that he is trying to make amends for now. To do so he goes to Africa to help provide clean water but his past soon catches up with him and the action begins. This movie is rated R and stars Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray winstone, Mark Rylance, and Jasmine Trinca.
The Secret Service: Bizarre, bizarre, bizarre. This movie is for a particular taste. You’ll just have to see it to get what I mean. I can say that it is well done and quiet colorful, but that’s about all you’re getting from me. Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious, though. His lisp does not quiet stay with him for the whole movie. It must have been hard to stick with it, but I’d say he’s the only really entertaining character. The plot is basic, bad guy tries to take over the world basically, but this one goes about it a bit creatively. Well, don’t let the kids watch. This one’s for the adults, but do enjoy. This movie is rated R and stars Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, and Taron Egerton.
The Last Survivors
Well, if Insurgent got you craving apocalyptic type movies then here’s your next go-to. Another young heroine, Kendal, must fight the bad guys to stay alive. The end of the world is approaching with a drastic drought and water is quickly disappearing. This movie is not rated and stars Haley Lu Richardson, Max Charles, Boo Boo Stewart, Jon Gries, and Michal Massee.
Into the Grizzly Maze
Jurassic Park meets Alaska natural forest. That’s right, a massive, crazy grizzly bear is wreaking havoc on an Alaskan community. With scenes that look like paranormal activity almost, the bear is taking whoever it pleases, and did I mention its big! Well, it’s up to the deputy and his gang he’s assembled to conquer the animal and save the town and that’s pretty much the plot. This movie is rated R and stars James Marsden, Billy Bob Thorton, Thomas Jane, Michaela McManus, and Piper Perabo.
This movie was to me unexpectedly good. It’s about a Russian secret police soldier who has to make a choice of whether to denounce his wife as a Russian spy. The consequence of his decision sends him to a small outpost where he begins to track down a serial killer known for killing young boys. This movie is both suspenseful and intense. It is rated R and stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, and Paddy Considine.
Here’s one for the ladies. If you thought Magic Mike was hot, you can’t miss this one. This sexy film is about a young guy named Michael who has to work his “magic” at night to pay the bills but things get a little complicated as he struggles to hide his night job from his mother and his girlfriend. This movie is rated R and stars Vivica A. Fox, Carmen Electra, Michael Jai White, Ginuwine, and Robert Richard.