Skip to main content

Review: Rogue (2020)

The thought of Megan Fox playing a battle-hardened mercenary is a funny one. Add in the fact she's a battle-hardened mercenary squaring off against a man-eating lion and the concept sounds downright laughable.

But -- and this is a heavy but -- if you actually bother to take the time to watch Rogue, you might find yourself having a good time despite yourself.

Or not. But I did, and I don't really give a rats ass what you think anyway. Hit me up at basementreviews@gmail.com if this offends you, snowflake.

Fox (who still looks amazing, by the way. Yup. I'm a filthy conservative. Feel free to complain at the above email) heads a mercenary band hired to rescue a governor's daughter from human traffickers. Things go wrong during the escape, and the team is forced to hunker down at an abandoned lion farm, where big cats are raised to be hunted on game reserves.

Naturally, the farm wasn't so much abandoned as one of the cats got out and ate everyone. And now it wants to eat the mercenaries.

Rogue surprised me on a number of levels. For one, Fox is far better than I thought she'd be. I actually think she pulled off the mercenary part. I know, I know. Secondly, this is as much an action picture as it is a horror movie. So we got lots of gunfights and stuff blowing up AND there's a man-eating lion. It's essentially a perfect B-movie that way.

So hot chick, killer lion, shooting, and stuff blowing up. If you've been paying attention to our show the last decade, you know this is our thing. Which is why I'm giving it a Good. Rogue isn't a classic, but it's perfect mind-numbing entertainment on a Friday night, and that's all I ask of any movie.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

#CocktailHour: Slushtail

  Summer approaches, inspiring thoughts of sunshine, backyard parties, and having a tip and sip with friends.  With that in mind, I bring you this week sunny beverage. To make a slushtail, mix a can of frozen orange juice, a can of frozen lemonade (or limeade), a can of pineapple juice, a couple cups of black tea (or English Breakfast), and two cups of bourbon- such as Southern Comfort, in a pitcher.  When it's all nicely mixed, put it in the freezer until it's a nice slushy consistency. Scoop the slush into a cocktail glass, and pour in some Sprite or 7-Up.  Add a little umbrella for some frivolous fun, and a straw. Voila!  Ready to enjoy. This is a very refreshing drink.  The fruit juices, Sprite, and bourbon- when chilled makes for a great punch-like drink.  The bourbon doesn't overwhelm juices.   In fact, they are all nicely balanced in terms of flavors.  The sourness of the citrus fruits contrasts well with the slightly sweeter Southern Comfort.  It was refreshing enou

Marcus Flor vs Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

In film, there's nothing I enjoy more than passionate creativity. Compared to the sea of mediocrity surrounding it, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is practically overflowing with it. This animated movie is vibrant, kinetic, and extremely inventive with its art style. On top of all that, this is just a solid movie. It tells its story with sincerity and tact, always focusing on the important aspects of Miles' emotional journey. The script wastes no time on pointless scenes or moments, which also gives the film an energetic rhythm that draws you in. One of the other great aspects of this movie is its reinvention of the Spider-Man story. It's clever writing demonstrates a true understanding of the webslinger, and offers commentary on the current state of his movie adaptations. In the end, you get a film both Spidey fans and non-fans can enjoy. Above all other aspects, what I like most about Spider-Verse is how fun it is. It demonstrates quality animation and filmmaking doesn

From The Basement - the "final" three

Just a gentle reminder From The Basement returns next Friday -- June 11 -- to the mighty Radio NL with an all-new episode! That's the good news. The bad news it'll be the first of our final three prime-time shows. What, you might ask? Are you bastards quitting AGAIN!?!? No. No we're not. We learned our lesson the last time. Shawn and I's long-running show will return to being "just a podcast," and not adhering to any set broadcast schedule. Why, you ask? Our lives are becoming increasingly busy outside of The Basement, and it's getting harder for Shawn and I to keep up with the latest movies, TV shows and entertainment news. We'd rather cease our weekly duties than produce an inferior product. Simple as that. Much thanks to Howie Reimer and the Radio NL crew for hosting us the last three years, first as a Friday morning segment, then as a prime-time series. It's been a blast! Don't worry, we're not coasting on these last three episodes. T