The Legend Of Tarzan is a 2016 movie with Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent, and Christoph Waltz. It's got a script by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer. David Yates is the director. You might remember that David directed the last 4 Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
There are some major changes to the Tarzan story in The Legend Of Tarzan. John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, played by Alexander Skarsgård, is living happily in his family home in England. He's asked by the Prime Minister, played by Jim Broadbent, to accept King Leopold's invitation to the Congo to see what's going on there. King Leopold has been mistreating the people there, in the real world as many as 10 million died while under his greedy thumb, but Tarzan doesn't want to go back to Africa. That's a big change from the novels where Tarzan really wants to return to the jungle. American envoy George Washington Williams, played by Samuel Jackson, talks him into accepting the invite. Jane, played by Margot Robbie, decides to travel with her husband against his wishes.
King Leopold's evil creep Leon Rom, played by Christoph Waltz, has made a deal with Chief Mbonga, played by Djimon Hounsou, to trade Tarzan for some much needed diamonds. Mbonga wants Tarzan so he can gets some revenge for the Ape Man killing his son. The son had killed Kala, Tarzan's Mangani mother, and in a fit of rage Tarzan killed the son. Tarzan left Africa soon after and in the ensuing 8 years Mbonga has grown vengeful. King Leopold is short of funds for his army of mercenaries and he wants the diamonds to continue his plan to enslave the whole of the Congo. Once there Rom puts his plan into action. It has a lot of hiccups and Jane gets kidnapped but not Tarzan. Now there's a chase across Africa while Tarzan follows behind.
We watched a Blu-ray and that sure looks good. There's plenty of jungle business, lots of critters and fights. It's filled with CGI and most of it looks great. That's one of the things the $180,000,000 budget got spent on. It's a bit slow at times but there's usually something interesting to look at. Not much of it was actually filmed in Africa. It's a lot like the Warner Brothers Tarzan movies of the past with the backlot filling in for Africa. Still I enjoyed it enough to want to add it to my collection and watch it again.
I wouldn't rush to see the 1994 film Dark Angel: The Ascent again. It's not awful or anything, it's just such a hodgepodge of a story that's hard for me to make up my mind about. It's a Full Moon release written by Matthew Bright and directed by Linda Hassani. Matthew wrote a few movies in a career that went from 1980 to 2004. His first film was Forbidden Zone, a film that doesn't blow your mind so much as punch it and drench it with wee. It's not a very good film that attracts people with it's sheer awfulness. He did pen the much superior Freeway and it's not quite as good sequel. Between those two he wrote Modern Vampires. It's a film worth seeing. He directed both the Freeway movies and a couple of other films I haven't seen. Linda directed a short, some TV before this direct to video offering. She hasn't done much of anything since.
Dark Angel: The Ascent is about a demon from Hell, called Veronica, who escapes and winds up on Earth. Angela Featherstone plays Veronica and she does a good enough job. The other cast members are a mixed lot and some are less good. Still, they've got to work to get better, so good on them. Veronica meets up with a doctor after getting run down by a car. She tricks him into letting her stay with him. On a trip through the city she sees some villains robbing and assaulting a woman. She puts a stop to that, kills the men, and her Hellhound eats their flesh. The poor victim is sent to hospital all gibbering from seeing Veronica rip the spine from one guy. Then she kills a couple of crooked cops. Detectives investigate but they aren't up to putting down a demon. One detective winds up all screwed up after she shows him a vision of Hell.
There's a romance with the doctor and some fights. It's rather talky and pokey at times. There's some OK gore, some nudity and some dumb demon scenes in Hell with Veronica's parents. Eventually there's a happy ending for our demon and her doc. There's better demon movies but it scores a 6.2 on the IMDb so you know it has it's fans. I'm not such a fan but it was more watchable than a lot of things I watch. You could find many better demon movies if you look about. I don't feel the need to get a copy of this one.