Mine (Netflix) a short movie review (warning: spoilers)

Last night I was searching for an action/thriller movie to watch on Netflix and started watching a 2017 movie called Mine.

Just from watching the trailer you know this guy accidentally steps on a mine and for the rest of the film has to figure out how to survive until he can be rescued. To break it down simply there was the setup, the problem, and the solution. I loved the setup. The main character, Mike, and his fellow soldier Tommy are on a secret mission to kill this certain guy. Mike is a sniper who’s within range of killing this guy but for compassionate reasons decides to abort the mission, which Tommy disagreed with. The pair then have to retreat back to their base but then things go off the rails. All of this was pretty intense! I liked it.

Then we get to the mine and Mike can’t move or else he’ll set off the mine. I got bored quickly and fast-forwarded through most of this. He meets some people that walk by in the desert, survives a nasty sand storm, and even gets shot a couple times.

I picked back up near the end where the story wraps up. It had a sweet moment that I won’t give away, but I don’t know if sitting through the entire middle would have been worth it.

Overall I enjoyed the setup and the more thrilling scenes when he and Tommy were on the run. After that it kind of lost my interest. But I suppose if you like war movies and psychological dramas then you’ll enjoy this one.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

6 Underground (Netflix, 2020) movie review- no spoilers


Many fans of this movie are already calling for a sequel, and my hunch is, they’re right on the money. It’ll no doubt have a follow up after the story in this one ends. The nice part is they didn’t leave you with a cliffhanger so you’ll finish this one in a good mood. Especially if you like Ryan Reynolds! His signature style of acting is all over this one. 

Just by watching the trailer, and because Michael Bay is the director, you know this movie is going to have action, action, and more action. Oh, and explosions. Well, it has all of that x 100. What I will remember about this film is the way it was shot and edited. I’ve never seen a movie with so much close-up detail in the action sequences. Many times I had to blink with an expression of amazement in what I was seeing. With that said, there were wide shots, too, where you’d expect medium or close-up. For instance, during a car chase they use an aerial shot of the entire downtown cityscape. In a teeny tiny part of the shot is the lead car streaking around a street. You may see the car, you may not. Nonetheless, the story continues and you may just need to go back 10 seconds to see again what you missed. 

I really like that about this movie. The story itself is entertaining, too. If you like action, humor, and grand explosions, this movie is definitely one you’ll enjoy. Note, though, that the language is quite colorful. Lots of f bombs throughout. 

If you watch this movie, comment below with your favorite parts, least favorite parts, and your overall opinion. Talk with you soon! 

-Out of the Wilderness

A Fall From Grace (Netflix, Tyler Perry) 2020 – spoilers!

I watched this movie last night, and I’m glad I did so before reading reviews because as you’ll read in this one and this one (WARNING: both links contain movie spoilers), when the movie ends, we are left with a lot of thoughts and questions.

I’ll try not to reveal anything that gives the movie away so you can make a judgement for yourself whether to watch it or not, but I do think it’s worth watching just to see if you can pick apart the story and the way it’s told. PS. I love Cicely Tyson. I wanted to like the movie and there are parts of it I did in fact like, but overall I was full of questions. OK, I do have a spoiler. The woman at the center of the whole story marries a younger dude, and then he turns out to be a real punk and basically just married her for her money. He “knows the law” so he orchestrated his relationship with her so that he can benefit monetarily. That’s sorta the plot of the whole movie, but soon after this, we, as the audience, find out he’s up to no good there’s a scene of him cheating on his wife in their house. I’m going to have to look this up, but isn’t marriage infidelity a legitimate legal reason for divorce and/or not sharing spousal assets? So this guy, since he cheated, would no longer have any rights to the property or wealth of his wife, right?

There were also about 73 times I thought to myself, “Why is this woman not secretly recording everything her husband is saying?” Doesn’t someone always secretly record something in these kinds of movies?? And as soon as she figured it out, the con-man was nothing but extremely truthful about every single thing he did… and why he was doing it. It’s almost harder to NOT record him, he’s confessing so much and so often.

Then there’s the music. I’ll be kind and say most of the score/soundtrack was good. It either added to the story or was unnoticed (unnoticed in that it didn’t distract from the telling of the story). But a handful of times, I must say the sound effects and music were straight out of a 1970s thriller movie. Woman grabs a knife [insert dramatic violin stinger here]. It made me laugh every time it happened, which was more than once.

Those were the only times I laughed, that I can remember. Tyler Perry’s usually good at blending humor into his movies, but this one definitely took on a more serious tone, with no comic relief.

So in the end, I think viewers will be left with more questions than answers which is where I’m at right at this very moment. Why did this happen? Where did that come from? Why didn’t they explain this at all? But the movie was free so who are we to complain… I guess…

If you watched, how do you feel about it? What things did you notice that didn’t seem to add up? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

What’s behind Jake Owen’s “I Was Jack” music video

Well, as some of you know I love writing about music videos. The things you might miss the first time you watch, those are what I dive head first towards. So we come upon Jake Owen’s video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” which is loaded with so much info, I was practically salivating as I thought about where to start researching! That is, until I got to the end of the video. Sneaky director Justin Clough made it easy for all of us to know a lot about the video, such as locations, starring actors, etc. So definitely check out the entire video, to the very end.


It’s a great piece of work from Mr. Clough, and just to get right to it, the stars of the video are Jake Etheridge and Mackenzie Porter.

Jake Etheridge is an actor and singer/songwriter who grew up in South Carolina but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s part of a Holland-based country band called The Common Linnets. He’s also a heck of a cross country runner! Wait, hold on, OK never mind. That’s a totally different Jake Etheridge. You never know who might pop up on a Google search 🙂

Mackenzie Porter is a Canadian actress and singer. You may recognize her from The Netflix show The Travelers, but those who know her best… are cows… because she was raised on a cattle and bison ranch in Alberta! They remember when she was “just this tall” (cows raise their hoofs a few feet off the ground). Since then though, she’s become a classically trained violinist, a talented actress, and in 2003 because the younger sister of a Canadian Idol winner.

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Something else I noticed in the video is the plethora of flyers on the entrance of the diner.

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Bands listed are Nemesis, The Backseaters, Hallway Kids, and Necros.

The Backseaters feature a lead singer named Jake. So that’s 3 Jake’s “appearing” in this music video. Coincidence? Conspiracy theorists disagree!

Hallway Kids might be a reference to Canadian TV show Kids in the Hall. So that’s another link to Canada there.

Finally, Necros is (or was) a real band in the 80s. So this must be a tribute to punk bands that school rebels might’ve listened to in the early and mid-80s.

Ruthie’s Inn can also be read on a flyer posted along with the others. Perhaps another reference to early 80s punk rock, because Ruthie’s Inn is a notable California venue for thrash metal bands in the 80s decade.

pak plazaLast bit of trivia is the the pawn shop where the high school dude possibly buys an engagement ring. It reads “Pak Plaza Pawn and Sport Shop”. This is a real pawn shop in Hot Springs, Arkansas. No word on the ring and if it was ever sold for under a grand, though.

 

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-Out of the Wilderness