Judgment finally decided in Korean hit sequel ‘Along with the Gods 2: The Last 49 Days’

Before they became guardians, they were humans. The secrets of their past and the memories of the guardians’ previous lives are finally unlocked in the record-breaking final chapter of ‘Along with the Gods 2: The Last 49 Days.’

If they assist 49 souls get their reincarnations in a millennium, the three Afterlife Guardians Gang-lim (HA Jung-woo), Hewonmak (JU Ji-hoon), and Deok-choon (KIM Hyang-gi) were promised to get their own reincarnations by the king of Afterlife, Yeomra (LEE Jung-jae). The 3 Guardians choose Su-hong (KIM Dong-wook) as their candidate, but doubts were cast on their candidate, since he wreaked havoc in the Living World by turning into a vengeful spirit.

In exchange for Su-hong’s fair trial, Yeomra tasks the 3 guardians to ascend an old man from the Living World who has surpassed his allotted lifespan. While on the mission, they encountered a rogue god known as Household God (Don LEE) who was protecting the old man and his grandson from the Afterlife Guardians.

Eventually, Hewonmak and Deok-choon discover that the Household God was the Afterlife Guardian who ascended the two of them a millennium ago. To get back their memories of their previous lives, they begin helping the Household God. Can they handle what they will discover from their previous lives? And how will it affect Su-hong’s trial?

According to Director KIM Yong-hwa, in The Two Worlds, they focused into building a believable world in order to focus more on character building and the relationships between them in THE LAST 49 DAYS. Another thing to look forward to in the movie is its CG effects and amazing production designs that make the worlds in the movie look more real.

Just like it’s high-grossing prequel Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, ‘Along with the Gods 2: The Last 49 Days’ recorded an all-time high opening admission in Korean movie history. The movie has the biggest opening week for any Korean film in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan as well.

Watch the Korean fantasy film that is set to make another blockbuster history! ‘Along with the Gods 2: The Last 49 Days’ will open in theaters nationwide on September 5. From VIVA International Pictures & MVP Entertainment.

WATCH: Get face to face with evil in new ‘Halloween’ trailer

This October, evil will be unmasked. The brand new trailer of Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ Halloween has just been launched.

Check out the official trailer below and watch Halloween in Philippine cinemas October 17.

About Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween is also produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Ryan Freimann also serves in that role.

Halloween is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Denzel Washington balances the action and the drama

Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Equalizer 2’ slow-burn approach muddles with too many subplots but it eventually pays off with a cathartic finale.

The Equalizer 2 brings back Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall – a low-key vigilante who now works as an unassuming Lyft driver. Apart from having a neat excuse for brand placement, it’s also the film’s perfect vehicle for his R-rated style of justice. Such job gives him access to different kinds of people, including the worst ones. It may not be his business, but if any of them are caught red-handed, they’ll surely find themselves in deep trouble. It’s a calling that he continues to embrace as a way to atone for his unexplored, dark past.

And so this sequel gives McCall plenty of side missions to work on. In the opening sequence, he disguises himself as an Imam to infiltrate and extinguish a train filled with human traffickers. Then, he gives a painful lesson to a group of corporate boys who are taking advantage of a female intern, all while scoring a five-star rating for his driving services. He still has the time to do some unsolicited and uncommissioned work for his acquaintances, such as recovering a stolen painting and cleaning up a vandalized wall.

Denzel Washington as Robert McCall. Photo via Sony Pictures.

“Anybody could do, but nobody does.” He says at one point to defend his brute philosophy. McCall is the type of a ‘judge, jury, executioner’ who’s not interested in taking down an entire corrupt system. He’s more concerned in making a difference in the lives of individuals around him using his insane talent for killing. As long as the film sets his moral compass right, this should work out just fine.

If in the first Equalizer, McCall looks out for a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) who gets crossed by a mafia, in here, he makes it his personal mission to prevent an impressionable young Miles (Ashton Sanders) from living a gangster life. In those moments, the film slows down and reminds the viewers how complex McCall’s character is. He can be a heartless killer to his enemies, yet he can also be a father figure to a misguided teenage boy. He’s good with guns and various murder instruments but at the same time, he devotes time in reading philosophical books. He’s essentially a monk – he seeks out no trouble but he’s always there to deliver a swift and violent retribution when needed.

Denzel Washington and Ashton Sanders in ‘The Equalizer 2.’ Photo via Sony Pictures.

Once the film gets into its centerpiece conflict, it’s relatively less compelling than expected. It involves the murder of two CIA agents, including McCall’s friend Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) from the first film. To unravel the mystery of her death, McCall reconnects with his old partner Dave York (Pedro Pascal) and from then, the film spins the plot into a revenge story: McCall hunts down the guys who did it. The film thankfully does not linger much on withholding its predictable twist. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see everything play out.

Where the recent Mission: Impossible – Fallout hits the ground running with minimal amounts of breathing time, The Equalizer 2 takes time in building its moments, scattering various action set pieces over its run time. The finale culminates in a deserted town during the middle of a hurricane where director Antoine Fuqua’s stylized and cathartic direction is most evident. McCall, on the other hand, gets to shine with his resourceful ways of killing – why shoot someone with a gun when you can shoot them with a harpoon? He’s more fastidious and calculated than some action heroes like John McClane or Ethan Hunt, so the fight scenes are choreographed with such suave and precision. It’s closer to John Wick’s style, albeit with less martial arts in play.

Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal in ‘The Equalizer 2.’ Photo via Sony Pictures.

In its essence, The Equalizer 2 is a character study of a lonely, retired man who aspires to be the universe’s karmic balancer in his little ways. McCall is still pretty much an enigma as the film ends. Hence, a third film with his backstory in it is not a bad idea. The whole experience feels like watching a mini-series condensed into a 2-hour film. With a plot structure that wanders off to so many goals, it takes a while to let it feel cohesive, to feel like it’s actually going somewhere. Plot-wise it feels uneven but with Washington’s brooding presence and magnetic performance, the film eventually finds its groove.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by Richard Wenk
Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Orson Bean, Jonathan Scarfe, Sakina Jaffrey, Adam Karst, Kazy Tauginas, Garrett Golden, Orson Bean
Run time: 121 minutes