Hunter Killer | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #22

Hunter Killer spoiler review and lessons learned

We enjoyed the action, suspense and story of Hunter Killer.  Perfect pacing, great acting, awesome underwater visuals and killer submarine action.

Lessons Learned from Hunter Killer

Always take the shot when you have it.

  • Don’t wait!  Your goal is to win, so when you have the shot, take it.

Dusty out hunting with the boys

Start off on the right foot with your new boss. Be the can-do, will-do, go-to guy for your boss.

  • We hated how Negative Nancy XO Edwards (Carter McIntyre) kicked it off with his Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) with “It’s going to be impossible to find the men.”

Never join the Navy or you will be put into a large tin can and never see the sun.

  • Not a fan of the close-quarters, no-sun, stinky-men inherent in submarine life.

Cooler heads prevail so try to keep your head about you and look at the situation objectively.

  • Jayne Norquist (Linda Cardellini) kept a cool head, saw the situation for what it was and made some great decisions and points in the meeting and with Common’s character of RA Fisk. Also, Gary Oldman’s character of Donnegan was already on edge from his earlier meeting with those other military guys about how things were heating up with Russia.

Resting Bitch Face

Start a YouTube channel for your protection.

  • YouTube is great for going LIVE when you’re being chased by Jason Vorhees!

Loyalty… it’s fantastic!

  • Yeppers, Captain Andropov (Michael Nyqvist) is a great commanding officer.  His men disobeyed a direct order from their current captain to not fire on the sub. If you’re loyal to your men, train them well and support them in their job, they’ll be indebted to you.

Here it is, but we wouldn’t recommend watching the Hunter Killer official trailer before seeing the movie:

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Man, critics were at it again with this one: 36% for those fools and 84% from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.  Go, audience!

Sky has chosen the incomparable Die Hard (a Fathom Events presentation) as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed The Goonies.

Venom (2018, Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams) | Episode 18

Venom was a totally enjoyable movie. What’s all the negative critical reception about? Tom Hardy killed it as Brock/Venom and we both recommend watching it.

Lessons Learned from Venom

Pay attention to weaknesses and exploit when necessary.

  • Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) helped Venom at the end with her knowledge of the symbiote’s weakness.

Don’t own a convince store.

  • I hate to burst your bubble slime-ball, but this isn’t the first time Mrs. Chen has had a gun held in her face.
We loved Tom Hardy as Venom. Great buddy-action banter between the two.

Keep your ego in check and do your job admirably.

  • It was Eddie Brock’s own fault that he pushed Drake (Riz Ahmed) so far and he lost his job, girlfriend and all job prospects because of it.

Don’t do any medical testing.

  • “Possible side effects include loss of scalp and penis”.  Nope, not worth it… not worth it at all.
We knew this guy was going to rue the day he messed with Mrs. Chen.

If you’re supporting a megalomaniac, you’re not a victim when you die due to his actions or plans.

  • We have no sympathy for the death of Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate).  It’s her own darn fault for willingly experiment on human beings.

Don’t walk towards a gun fight.

  • Yeah, Anne, what the heck were you thinking?

Check out the Venom official trailer:

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

What a difference between the critics and the audience.  31% vs 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Lesson learned… critics ain’t worth listening to.

Sky has chosen Bad Times at the El Royale as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from the 80’s classic Top Gun.

Top Gun (1986, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer) | Episode 17

Top Gun 1986 podcast review, reminiscence and lessons learned

Top Gun is a quintessential, must-see ’80’s movie.  We really enjoyed revisiting this and learning some great lessons.  We discussed ’80’s music, actors and of course… Hot Shots!

Lessons Learned from Top Gun

Never leave your wingman.

  • You’ve got each other’s backs and your lives in each other’s hands.  There’s got to be absolute trust there for everyone to come home safely.

Follow orders. Military, work, wife… follow orders.

  • If they have more knowledge than you, a wider perspective or more information than you, do what they say.

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise

Don’t live your life dangerous and foolish.

  • It’s good to think outside the box and test boundaries, but you need to do things sensibly.

Personal hygiene is important. Nobody likes a stinky person.

  • Keep yourself clean.  Clean = smells nice = have friends.
Cruise and McGillis: yep, she’s taller

Talent can only take you so far. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance is required to be great.

  • Even those without much talent can compete if they put forth more effort than the talented ones.

Let go of your ego, it can ruin you. You make others shine, you shine as well.

  • Supporting your team leads to everyone’s success.  “There’s no “I” in “team””.

Check out the Top Gun trailer:

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow, another classic movie where the critics scored it way lower than the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics at 54% and audience at 83%?  We’re on the audience’s side.

Dusty has chosen Venom as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Peppermint.

Peppermint (2018, Jennifer Garner) | Episode 16

Peppermint spoiler review

Jennifer Garner killed it as the vengeance seeking mother Riley North in Peppermint.  We thoroughly enjoyed this revenge genre movie, even though it didn’t bring anything new.  The violence was extremely satisfying and the audience is on Riley’s side the entire way.

Lessons Learned from Peppermint

Don’t allow low-life friends talk you into anything. In fact, ditch your low-life friends.

  • If Riley’s husband Chris didn’t associate with low-lives, their family would still be intact.

Never rob or mess around with drug dealers.

  • Right along with Sky’s lesson above, stay away from drug dealers.  If there’s one thing we learned from the ’80’s arcade game “NARC”, it’s that when you battle drug dealers, you ultimately face off against a giant head shooting laser eyes and tongues at you: https://youtu.be/52hHU4UxYF4
Riley getting bloody judgy vengeance
Riley getting bloody, judgy vengeance

Don’t talk, just do it. Be like John Wick or Bryan Mills in Taken.

  • Riley almost failed in her mission because she just had to get close to Diego to tell him off before she kills him.

Bullets come out of the gun at a very fast speed and goes far to your target. Never get close!

  • This goes right along with the lesson above… don’t talk and don’t stand close.  Just pull the trigger from a distance.
Loved this Fight Club-esque life changing moment from Riley North
Loved this Fight Club-esque life changing moment from Riley North

When you’re taking on a Goliath, hit ‘em where they’re most vulnerable.

  • Riley started off her vengeance by hitting drug shipments and low-level thugs before moving to the big dogs and alerting them to her mission.

Have more than one kid.

  • Kids keep each other company and entertained.

Peppermint trailer:

Sky mentioned a couple of great movies: Hush and The Belko Experiment (click for IMDB pages)

Check out Keanu’s 3-gun skills:

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Wow! Is it possible for critics to be more out of touch with the audience?  Critics at 11% and audience at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.  No wonder we don’t trust the opinions of critics.

Sky has chosen 1986’s Top Gun as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 2018’s The Predator.

The Predator (2018) | Episode 15

The Predator 2018 Watch and Learn Podcast

The Predator is at the bottom of our Predator franchise list, but it’s still worth seeing if you’re a Predator fan.  Not as much suspense, but plenty of gore and action that R-rated movie fans love.  Be ready for some confusing story elements, though.

Lessons Learned from The Predator

Have guns everywhere. Even in the refrigerator in the camper.

  • Yep, be prepared for a Predator invasion.
bullpup assault rifle
A bullpup assault rifle

Be prepared for Armageddon.

  • Going along with Dusty’s first lesson, have guns and supplies in case the end of the world is at your doorstep.

The Predator attacks

Do not take part in secret government projects.

  • EVERYONE involved on the government side eventually dies.  Yep, government at it’s most inept once again.
Dusty’s mounted deer with his sons

Don’t listen to movies when it comes to science, logic, or …

  • Sometimes movies have science advisers.  But it seems that more often than not, the writer is just flying by the seat of his pants and makes the science up.  If it doesn’t pass the sniff test, don’t believe it.

The Predator in his ship

Getting proof of something that others won’t believe is a good idea.

  • McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) had a good plan in sending some of that equipment back home to save as proof of aliens.

Nothing is truly secure when you’re dealing with alien beings.

  • The Predator may have appeared to be securely restrained, but like the lesson above teaches, government ineptitude will be the death of all those involved.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

This is a dog as far as critics are concerned, and the audience isn’t far behind (50%) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Peppermint as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from 1987’s Predator.

Predator (1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers) | Episode 14

Predator movie review

Predator can do no wrong in our eyes.  We love this height-of-80’s-action movie.  It does not get better than this.

Lessons Learned from 1987’s Predator

When you are in a fight, competition, poker, don’t tip-off your opponent that you have a trick up your sleeve by changing your actions.

  • Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tipped off the Predator to the trap he set for him.

Chew makes you a sexual tyrannosaurus.

  • See, you can learn from Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

:55 The Making of Predator

Being expendable is never a good thing.

  • According to Dillon (Carl Weathers), Dutch’s team is called in for the mission because they’re expendable.

Sometimes you can’t run and you’ve just got to make a stand.

  • Dutch realized there’s no way the team was going to “get to the chopper” and they used their trap making skills in an effort to make a stand against the Predator.

tipping off your hand

Always be ready to adapt to every situation to give you an advantage and be smart to watch for things you can exploit in your opponent.

  • Dutch realized that the Predator couldn’t see him when he was covered in mud and used this to his advantage.

You can shave without shaving cream.

  • Sky and Dusty both follow Mac’s (Bill Duke) lead and both shave without shaving cream.

Never take your eyes off your target.

  • Mac and Dillon screwed up by losing sight of the Predator and trying to flank a creature that blends into the background.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

87% fans, critics at 80%.  Well, I guess not all critics are terrible on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen The Predator as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Crazy Rich Asians.

The Meg | Episode 11

The Meg was mindless fun, but not something either of us will likely watch again.  Decent action and some beautiful underwater shots, but this didn’t seem to bring anything new to the shark genre.  We did love Statham, though.

Lessons Learned from The Meg

It is another world down there. It’s worth studying, but not worth risking your life or dying for.

  • It’s great checking out a trench nobody’s been to before.  But we have unmanned drones for a reason, people!

The billionaire should keep himself way out of harms way and off in a helicopter or a control booth of some sort.

  • Morris (Rainn Wilson’s character) screwed up by getting in on the shark-chasing action by being on the water instead of flying safely above it.

Learn to swim, especially if your gig involves bodies of water.

  • Taking a middle-of-the-ocean based job without swimming skills?  Not too bright, guy.

Kids hear everything.

  • Yep, 8 year-olds are ever-present and it’s easy to forget that their ears are always perked up to the happenings around them.

You’re never safe until you’re back on land.

  • When you’re dealing with sea-dwelling killers, don’t rest until you’re back on land.  Even if you think there’s only one of them around.

Hold onto the vehicle before the driver accelerates quickly or the momentum will throw you overboard. 

  • Morris screwed up again (and cost him his life) when he failed to remember boating safety 101 and hold on when boats accelerate.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics and audiences are pretty simpatico on this movie with scores of 47% and 56% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen Blended as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Mission Impossible: Fallout.

The Equalizer 2 | Episode 9

The Equalizer 2 was good, but didn’t bring much new to the table that we didn’t see in part 1.  We discuss both of them and the lessons we took away in this episode.

Lessons Learned from The Equalizer Parts 1 & 2:

Always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Know where the entrances and exits, the people in the room and any possible threats. Also, look for weapons to defend yourself with.

Be who you are in this world.

  • Be proud to be the person you are. Play to your strengths and be happier.

Always negotiate anything you have to pay for.

  • Miles and Robert haggled back and forth on the price of the paining and they both got a fair deal. Just ask the question, “Are you flexible on that price?”

If you can do something about it, do it because you can.

  • Robert helps because he’s got the skills.

Don’t pick a fight with an unknown entity.

  • Denzel might seem like easy pickings, but you learn to your detriment that he’s anything but.

Progress, not perfection.

  • This is what we should all strive for. Just a little better every day.

You can be a victim or learn from your painful experiences.

  • “There’s two types of pain: pain that hurts and pain that alters.”

Always be nice to anyone that has access to your toothbrush.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Yeppers, like most action movies, the audience scored it higher than the critics.  74% versus 50% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen Mission Impossible: Fallout as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Skyscraper.

Skyscraper | Episode 8

Skyscraper was a fun yet seen-it-all-before summer blockbuster movie.  We loved The Rock and the death-defying action in this ‘Die Hard’ repeat.

Lessons Learned from Skyscraper:

When you make the best decision you can with the information you’re given, accept the outcome.

  • Poker players (like Sky) have to deal with this in every session they play.
  • Sawyer made a “correct” call to not shoot the father during the hostage situation.  

Always try the easy way first.

  • Sawyer quickly popped the unlocked cockpit door open instead of having to smash it open, saving a little bit of time.

If you’re going to die anyway, take as many with you as you can.

  • Sky liked seeing the head of security taking out the helicopter and pilot in order to ruin the bad guys’ plan.

If you have the shot, take it. Don’t hesitate and eliminate the threat.

  • Dusty felt that within the initial hostage situation, they should’ve just taken out the father when they had the chance.  You can’t argue with this given how the situation resolved itself. 

Keep guns in your safe room.

  • It’s a no-brainer to have weapons for self-defense (just like Zhao Long Ji did). If they find out how to open the door, you’ve gotta have a backup plan.

 Don’t give over complete control of your $6.5 billion security system to anyone.

  •  Terrible idea of giving Sawyer that tablet that can bring everything down.

Never build a safe room because, as movies will show you, have safe room… will use.

 Teach your kids to run away from men with guns.

  • Stranger = danger and men with guns = danger. It’s easy for a “nice” stranger to win the trust of a child.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Yep, as expected there’s a hug gap between critics at 49% and the audience at 79% Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen The Equalizer 2 as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom | Episode 5

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was some good, mindless fun but repeated too many of the same movie tropes as every other Jurassic movie to date.

Lessons Learned from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

There’s nothing like the potential of physical harm to spur your butt to move.

  • The threat of a lava-burning death spurred Owen’s body to “wake up” from the tranquilizer.

There’s no hiding things from kids. 

  • Kids are always listening and paying attention as Maisie demonstrated while listening in on Eli’s secret plan.

Don’t enter a cage with a carnivorous dinosaur.

  • Yep, if what you wanted was a bloody, terror filled death, you want about it the right way, guy.

Bullets fly. You don’t need to have the gun against the dinosaur.

  • This happens far too often in movies: a stupid soldier approaching Blue in the lab after Blue’s already attacked another soldier.  Shoot from a distance, ya big dumb-dumb.

When there is a stampede (of anything), run…

  • Another common movie trope repeated with these senseless soldier deaths.

It’s always the rich white guy…

  • True dat, one more trope for the record.  Not sure who the bad guy is going to be?  Look towards your “friendly” rich white guy for the answer. 

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Critics gave this a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Yep, feels about right.

Sky has chosen the classic Kingpin as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Incredibles 2.