Movie :: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Zwick, Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz. A sequel to 2012 film Jack Reacher, the film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Holt McCallany. The plot follows Reacher going on-the-run with an Army Major who has been framed for espionage.

Plot:
After dismantling a human trafficking ring, former military investigator turned vigilante drifter Jack Reacher returns to his old military headquarters to meet Major Susan Turner, who he has been working with during his travels, only to learn from Colonel Sam Morgan that Turner has been accused of espionage and detained.

Turner’s attorney, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, reveals that there is evidence that Turner is involved in the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan, but Reacher believes she is being framed. Moorcroft also reveals an old acquaintance of Reacher, Candice Dayton, has filed a paternity suit against him, claiming he’s the biological father of her 15-year-old daughter, Samantha Dayton. Moorcroft is later killed by an unknown assassin.

Reacher reaches out to Samantha, but she rebuffs him, believing he’s after her biological mother due to her past as a drug addict. Reacher is later framed for Moorcroft’s murder and arrested and transported to the prison where Turner is being detained. Assassins arrive to kill her, but Reacher neutralizes them, rescues her and they escape to Morgan’s house, having deduced he’s involved in the conspiracy, to extract information. After they leave, the assassin, revealed to be working with Morgan, kills Morgan and frames Reacher which he learns about from a friend, Sergeant Leach when he asks her to investigate a military contractor.

Reacher and Turner uncover surveillance pictures of Samantha and surmise she’s in danger, arriving at her home to find her foster parents dead and Samantha hiding in the kitchen. Reacher and Turner decide to escort Samantha to Turner’s old private school for protection, but discover that she has her mobile phone with her and the enemy probably knows exactly where they are. They discard the phone and make a quick exit, during which Samantha steals a backpack from one of the students to use the credit cards.

Reacher, Turner and Samantha travel to New Orleans in search of Daniel Prudhomme, the only eyewitness to the murders for which Turner has been framed. They find him in a derelict warehouse filled with drug addicts and learn that Prudhomme is connected to Parasource, a private military organization that is trying to cover up the murders. Reacher contacts Turner’s friend, Captain Anthony Espin, to move Prudhomme into custody, but they are ambushed by assassins and Prudhomme is killed, while Reacher rescues Espin and finds out that the assassins are Parasource contractors. Parasource’s CEO, General James Harkness, then sends his enforcer to capture Samantha after she uses a credit card to order room service.

Reacher and Turner, along with Espin, acting on information provided by Prudhomme, intercept a flight of weapons due to enter the country, where they confront Harkness and his men and accuse them of corruption. Upon opening the crates, however, Espin find weapons as declared in the flight manifest. Before Turner can be re-arrested, Reacher opens up one of the weapons crates and discovers that they are filled with opium. They learn that Harkness framed Turner, who had been investigating his activities, for the murders of two soldiers who discovered that Harkness was selling weapons to insurgents and smuggling drugs into the United States. Espin and his men then arrest Harkness, clearing Reacher’s and Turner’s names.

The enforcer and his men locate and chase Samantha through the streets to lure Reacher into a confrontation. Turner kills one of the assassins, whilst Reacher takes out another one on the rooftop. The enforcer captures Samantha and threatens to kill her, but she manages to escape and steal his gun. Reacher then tackles the enforcer onto another rooftop, briefly incapacitating both of them, and they have a vicious fight that culminates with Reacher breaking the enforcer’s arm, leg and neck, before dropping him off the rooftop. Reacher then admits to Samantha he might be her father.

Following Harkness’ arrest, Turner is reinstated in her old position and goes back to her office, where her collegues and Captain Espin all welcome her back. Reacher promises to keep in touch before meeting Samantha at a diner to meet Candice, whom he surmises he will recognize as he remembers everyone he has slept with. Samantha reveals that the waitress that had been serving him is in fact Candice and that Reacher can’t be her father as they didn’t recognize each other. Reacher and Samantha then reluctantly part.

While preparing to leave, a phone rings in Reacher’s pocket and finds Samantha’s phone, which she had slipped on his pocket, with a final goodbye. Reacher smiles as he hitches a ride to the nearest town.

Movie :: The Accountant (2016)

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The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Bill Dubuque and starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic small-town certified public accountant who makes his living uncooking the books of dangerous criminal organizations that are experiencing internal embezzlement.

Plot:
Christian Wolff, a mental calculator, works as a forensic accountant at ZZZ Accounting in Plainfield, Illinois, tracking insider financial deceptions for numerous criminal enterprises brokered to him by a mysterious figure known as “The Voice”, who contacts him by phone. As a child, Christian was diagnosed with high-functioning form of autism and offered an opportunity to live at Harbor Neuroscience Institute in New Hampshire. Although Christian had bonded with Justine, the mute daughter of the institute’s director, his father declined, believing that Christian should overcome the hardships inherent in his condition rather than expect the world to accommodate to them. The pressure of raising a special needs child drove Christian’s mother to abandon him and his younger brother, Braxton, who were left with their father, a decorated military officer who arranged for them to receive extensive training in martial arts and sharpshooting, among other combat skills.

Christian is being pursued by Raymond King, the director of financial crimes for the Treasury Department, who knows Christian by the alias “The Accountant”. King blackmails young analyst Marybeth Medina into helping him identify and arrest the Accountant prior to his retirement, threatening to expose Medina’s unfiled criminal past if she refuses. King’s only leads are Christian’s numerous cover names.

To elude King, the Voice arranges a legal assignment for Christian, auditing state-of-the-art robotics corporation Living Robotics, whose in-house accountant, Dana Cummings, has found suspicious financial discrepancies. The company’s CEO, Lamar Blackburn and his sister and associate Rita Blackburn willingly cooperate with Christian’s investigation, while CFO Ed Chilton dismisses Dana’s findings as a mistake. Christian and Dana work together to discover that $61 million dollars have been embezzled from the company and in the process they build a rapport. Chilton is confronted by a hitman known as “The Assassin”, who threatens to kill both Chilton and his wife and make it look like a home invasion in which his wife would be assaulted, unless Chilton, who is diabetic, self-administers a fatal insulin overdose. Lamar surmises to Christian that Chilton embezzled the money and was driven to suicide out of guilt, and Rita closes the investigation, leaving Christian distraught as he had not completed his study.

Meanwhile, Medina realizes Christian’s cover identities, including his current name, are all famous mathematicians. Tracking the Accountant based on facial recognition, she is directed to a recording of a shootout in which several members of the Gambino crime family were killed. Analysing the recording, Medina is able to isolate Christian’s voice, determining that Christian is muttering the nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy to himself, a behavior consistent with autism spectrum disorder. The trail leads her to the modest accounting office that Christian uses as a cover, dividing his profits through the other four cash-only businesses in his block, and she learns that Christian has written off hefty tax returns with donations to the Harbor Neuroscience Institute.

Christian and Dana are targeted for assassination, but Christian is able to neutralize his pursuers and rescue Dana. While hiding, they find out that the embezzled money was reinvested in affiliated companies, raising Living Robotics’ stocks. Concluding that Rita is behind everything, Christian goes to her house only to find her dead at the hands of the Assassin, who escapes just as Christian is arriving, exposing Lamar as the true mastermind.

King and Medina arrive at Christian’s house and find evidence that he is the Accountant. King reveals that Christian was arrested after an incident at his remarried mother’s funeral that led to his father’s death, taking a bullet meant for Christian. In jail, Christian was mentored by Francis Silverberg, a former accountant and fixer for the Gambino crime family, before being recruited as an informer for the United States government. Silverberg was later released and then tortured to death by the Gambino family, which led to Christian escaping to exact revenge on the people responsible.

King confides to Medina that he was present at the shootout and that Christian spared his life after questioning him about being a “good father”, after which King was contacted by the Voice and provided with evidence compiled by Christian on criminals who violated his moral code, helping him rise to his position of director. King reveals that the investigation on the Accountant was a test for Medina, who has been selected to replace King after his retirement as the Voice’s contact within the Treasury Department.

Christian assaults Lamar’s mansion, which is protected by an army of mercenaries led by the Assassin. During the resulting shootout, the Assassin recognizes the nursery rhyme that Christian is muttering to himself and confronts him, revealing himself to be Christian’s brother Braxton, with whom Christian had a falling-out after their father’s death. After a brutal fight, the two come to terms, and Braxton stands aside as Christian kills Lamar. The Voice later relays Christian’s evidence on Lamar’s criminal activities to Medina, who has accepted King’s offer and dismantles Living Robotics. Christian then bids farewell to Dana and leaves to find Braxton, while at the Harbor Neuroscience Institute, an adult Justine continues to monitor him with a cutting-edge super-powered computer purchased by Christian, revealing herself to be the Voice.

Movie :: Miss Peregrine’s: Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a 2016 American fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, and written by Jane Goldman, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

Plot:
For years, Abraham “Abe” Portman (Terence Stamp) has told stories to his teen-aged grandson, Jacob “Jake” Portman (Asa Butterfield) about his childhood battling gruesome monsters and spending part of the war years living at “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, located off the coast of Wales. The adolescent residents of the home, along with their headmistress, Miss Alma Peregrine (Eva Green), possess unique abilities and are known as “Peculiars.”

When Jake receives a frantic phone call from his grandfather, he and his supervisor, Shelly (O-Lan Jones) rush to his grandfather’s home. They arrive to find the house trashed. In the woods behind the house, Jake finds his dying grandfather, without eyes, who frantically tells Jake to find “the bird, the loop and September 3, 1943”. As Jake looks up he sees a gigantic creature creeping up behind Shelly. She turns and shoots her pistol into thin air at Jake’s warning.

Jake begins seeing Dr. Golan (Allison Janney), a psychiatrist, who says it is not unnatural for Jake to hallucinate about the horrific creatures from his grandfather’s stories as a result of his grief. At his surprise birthday party, Jake’s Aunt Susie (Jennifer Jarackas) gives him his grandfather’s gift: a book containing a letter from Miss Peregrine from two years earlier.

After discovering that his grandfather’s stories may be real, Jake and his father, Franklin (Chris O’Dowd), travel to Wales. Jake explores the island and finds an old house that was destroyed during a World War II Luftwaffe raid. As he explores, the Peculiar Children from Abe’s stories greet him. Jake flees the cave he had entered. Back at the hotel, the people are now dressed in 1940s clothing. They accuse Jake of being a German spy and start to fight him when plates and cups start flying around, allowing the Peculiar Children to help Jake escape. It turned out the dishes were actually thrown by one of the Peculiar Children he met earlier, an undressed invisible Millard Nuggins (Cameron King).
They take him to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where Miss Peregrine greets him. She explains that they live in within a time loop permanently set to September 3, 1943. Jake learns a super-strong child named Victor Buntley (Louis Davinson) lived at the home until he was killed by a monstrous creature known as a Hollowgast, or “Hollow”, creatures that are led by Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), a Wight. Barron and his Wight and Hollow minions are kidnaping the guardians of Peculiar Children, known as “Ymbrynes”, such as Miss Peregrine, from their time loops so they can consume their childrens’ eyes in hopes of regaining their humanity. Jake discovers that he is a Peculiar; one of the few people who can see Hollows–an ability shared by his grandfather. At the end of the day, Jake and Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), a light-as-a-feather aerokinetic teenager who can manipulate air and create liquid bubbles and who is Abe’s love interest, walks him to the time loop cave just as another Ymbryne, Miss Avocet (Judi Dench) in her avocet bird form, flies into them. Emma takes her to the children’s home to be nursed back to health.

After Jake is accused of massacring a blind old man on a wheelchair (which, he also lost his eyes), he flees to the cave. An ornithologist (Rupert Everett) follows him, and transforms into Dr. Golan, then reveals himself to be Mr. Barron. He was trying to get information about Miss Peregrine from Abe, but his Hollow minion killed Abe before he could answer. Barron forcibly escorts Jake to the children’s home, where he demands that Miss Peregrine return to his loop with him in her peregrine falcon form. Fearing for the safety of her children, she does as told, leaving Miss Avocet behind to care for the Peculiar Children. The children learn that a Hollow is on its way for their eyeballs and begin barricading their home. As they arm themselves, Miss Avocet is killed by the invading Hollow. The children escape the Hollow just as the bombing raid arrives. The bomb kills the Hollow and destroys the house, closing the time loop. Now stuck in this present time, Emma guides Jack and the children to a sunken cruise liner, where they formulate a plan to rescue Miss Peregrine and the other Ymbrynes from Mr. Barron and his minions. Emma raises the ship to the surface, and the children set sail for the time loop (that Miss Avocet created) where Barron’s lair is located—a seaside carnival in Blackpool, England half a year before the present. As the children enter the loop (risking to be aged or death if their twenty-four hour loop expires in this time period), they use their peculiarities in an epic battle to subdue the Hollows, and also Mr. Clark (Jack Brady) and Mr. Archer (Philip Philmar) (two of the Wights), as the children are joined by an undead skeleton army from the ship led by necromancer Enoch O’Connor (Finlay MacMillan).

They then go into the circus ring, where Barron and his remaining Wights are waiting for the Hollows and the rest of them to return. While the kids fend them off, Jake and Emma rush off to rescue the Ymbrynes. Emma holds off Barron with a gust of wind she keeps blowing towards him, giving Jake a chance to free the Ymbrynes. Emma runs out of breath just as Enoch and his longtime love interest pyrokinetic Olive Abroholos Elephanta, arrive. They find the door busted in, and rush in to find two Jakes–one of whom is Barron in disguise. As they argue who is the real Jake, Enoch is willing to shoot them both. The real Jake mockingly says that he has an ability he has but which Barron lacks. As the last Hollow approaches them and Barron realizes too late what was happening, the Hollow kills Barron before being itself killed by Jake. As the children finish off Barron’s remaining henchmen, Miss Peregrine and the Ymbrynes are freed. The children bid goodbye to Jake, who promises to find them once again after returning home.

As Jake returns to Florida in the present world, his grandfather is alive and well. Jake relates his adventures to Abe. Abe gives Jake the same book gifted to him earlier. Inside, Jake discovers international currency and maps of time loops all over the world. His grandfather instructs him to travel through as many international loops as he needs to locate the Peculiar Children. As he rejoins them on the ship, Miss Peregrine (in her peregrine falcon form) follows them in their ship as they look for another time loop.