Red Sparrow (2018)



Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a ballet dancer and also a carer for her mother, (Joely Richardson). She finds herself in a dangerous situation which leads her into a secret government programme.  This programme trains people to become ‘sparrows’, a specific kind of spy, used to seduce it’s target to extract information from them.  Her target is Nate Nash, (Joel Edgerton) and as suggested in the trailer there is a romance between the two characters.

There’s a lot of good actors in this film, Jeremy IronsCharlotte Rampling and Ciaran Hinds, too name a few.  It looked so promising in the trailer, I hoped for something on the same level as Bourne but with a female lead.  I can’t criticise the acting, all performances were good but I just felt like I could predict every scene’s outcome in this movie.  There was no twists or shocking revelations that a good spy film should have, it was all so ‘safely’ written.

There’s plenty of action and violence, if you’re squeamish you may need to look away at one scene in particular but I’ll let you get there and guess that one. This film doesn’t stop but at the same time our heroin doesn’t seem to get stronger.  She starts off pretty strong and stays that way, sure she learns a few new skills but she’s not a better person in the end.

I’ll be honest with you, this one should have gone straight to DVD or download whatever you guys watch these days… I’ve seen a couple of movies that haven’t even got cinema release and they’re better than this! So predictable, give me something new or at least something with an actual story that holds my attention cause I have to say, this got boring.

Perfect Popcorn Score – Red Sparrow gets a six from me, good acting from a great cast but the material was just not there.  More original stories please… 6/10 


Thor Ragnarok (2017)


So there’s countless superhero movies and television series gracing our screens at the moment and Marvel  themselves have a lot to come in this next year…

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment in the stand alone Thor movie franchise and it’s the best one by far! I’ll be honest with you guys, after the boring snooze fest that was Dark World I wasn’t expecting much from this movie but boy was I wrong! Taika Waititi is an interesting choice for director for this film but his comedic timing and directing is genius and works so well with all of the actors involved to raise the bar for the Marvel franchise.

Chris Hemsworth (swooooooon!) is back as Thor however, this film does knock him down a few pegs which in my opinion needed to happen.  We’re so used to seeing these comic book giants succeed in these movies it was nice to see a little struggle here and there throughout this film.   Cate Blanchett is a brilliant villain, she’s sassy, dark and has no mercy at all! Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki and Mark Ruffalo is also featured in this movie as the lovable big green guy (Hulk).  There’s a lot of big names in this movie, there’s also a fantastic cameo that I’ve chosen to not spoil for you but it’s great!

The plot is basically that Thor get’s stranded on another planet and has to fight his way out of it to save Asgard from his evil sister Hela (Blanchett). He meets some interesting characters along the way, some help him and some, not so much…

Marvel is one of the biggest giants in the movie arena so it’s safe to say they spare no expense when it comes to the Special Effects budgets in these movies so expect it to be amazing because it really is! It’s got an interesting style to it, there’s so much neon and kind of a Tron vibe to it. The soundtrack is also a good one, I mean Led Zeppelin feature so need I say more?

Overall I think this film is brilliant and probably my personal favourite Marvel film to date which says a lot because I’ve seen them all!  I mean Chris Hemsworth was quoted saying he was sick of Thor and the directors response was ‘So I am’ so that should give you an idea of the direction of this movie.

Perfect Popcorn Score – Thor Ragnarok get’s a 10! There’s nothing I would change, it’s got style, sass and sarcasm for all the family to enjoy! – 10/10 



Bright (2017)


So at the moment I’ve been binge-watching ‘Mad Men’ on Netflix like crazy and then decided to take a break and watch a movie instead.  This movie has been advertised in the cinema, as well as on Netflix itself and I really liked the look of it so thought I’d give it a go…

So the concept for this film is quite interesting, it’s basically about a world where fairy tale creatures such as elves co-exist with humans in one world. There’s a back story to it and a war has been fought but you only really hear a little bit about that which is why I think there will be another movie…

So the main characters and our ‘heroes’ for this film are Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton). Ward is a LA cop with a wife, daughter and money problems and Jakoby is an Orc that just wants to get on with his life but is hated by all other orcs because he is a cop.

So there’s a evil magical cult that are trying to bring back the ‘Dark Lord‘ and a rebel elf that steals a magic wand as she’s trying to stop them.  Ward and Jakoby respond to a call and end up in the middle of it all.  This results in them being hunted by both humans and magical creature alike.  The rebel elf ‘Tikkais probably the weakest character in this and that’s my only problem with this movie. I mean she has the guts to get the wand in the first place and rebel and then she just goes down hill, barely any dialogue which is a shame really.

This movie is very likeable, it’s got some good one liners and comedy but it’s also got some good action scenes and the makeup and CGI is brilliantly done, I mean just look at Joel’s makeup on the poster.  I think this has to be the biggest budget wise Netflix has had to play with for one of their originals because you’ve got a couple of big actors and some great effects here as well as a decent story-line.  We’ve all seen Will Smith as a cop and him do comedy sci-fi before so you just expect something good and you’re not disappointed, well I wasn’t… (Although I was hoping for an alien pug…)

Perfect Popcorn Score – Bright gets a solid eight from me, good humour, action and effects but one or two characters just let the movie down a bit… 8/10 




Split (2016)


I saw it at the cinema a while ago when it first came out and then watched it again recently to do a decent review for you guys.  I wasn’t actually aware of it being a sequel to another M. Night Shyamalan film called Unbreakable which stars Samuel L Jackson and Bruce Willis and to be honest even after watching it a second time I’m not sure how to the two films are related… I’m sure all will be revealed in the up and coming third film ‘Glass’ in 2019.

So the film follows Kevin (McAvoy) and the three girls he kidnaps, Casey, Claire and MarciaClaire and Marcia are typical high-school girls, not really wanting to be friends with Casey but still invited her to their party… Casey from the off seems like an outcast, throughout the film you’ll learn more about why she is this way and her past via flashbacks.

Kevin himself is one of many personalities that take over his body.  We learn that there are actually 23 personalities all residing within Kevin’s body, some are even female.  He’s attending therapy and his doctor Karen Fletcher is trying to persuade others  that there is more to Kevin than pure insanity.  That there is something special about him and all the other personalities that live within him.

It’s a very interesting film and I was gripped straight away because it’s a subject that hasn’t really been used in a movie this way before.  We’ve heard of multiple personality disorders and some television shows have touched on them before, we’ve seen many movies use ‘possession’ so it’s a good concept to use in my opinion. Each personality you see is so different, some are good people and some are not so good…

The acting in this film is brilliant McAvoy is the only actor I recognized but his performance is Oscar worthy and if he isn’t at least nominated then I’ll be very surprised! He plays all 23 personalities amazingly different, I mean not many actors achieve what he did in this film to the standard he did as well.  The three girls are also really good, they don’t over act or annoy you they’re just perfect in their roles, especially Anna Taylor-Joy who plays Casey.

I can’t say much about the story or ending as such without ruining it for you but it’s something for you to guess yourselves.  Basically in short two of the personalities believe in something called ‘The Beast‘ and this links to why they have taken over Kevin and kidnapped these girls.  Is ‘The Beast‘ real? Watch to find out…

Perfect Popcorn Score – Split gets a nine from me, James McAvoys performance is brilliant and the story itself is very original.  Great overall movie… 9/10 

Evil Dead (2013)


Evil Dead is a film franchise that will never die, it’s going to be rebooted countless times and we now even have a series (Ash vs. Evil Dead).  I went the cinema to see this movie because although it’s been done before, I had high hopes as the trailers looked pretty decent.

So the story of this Evil Dead is very similar to the original with a couple of modern twists… Basically drug addict Mia (Jane Levy) agrees to go cold turkey and give up the drugs.  Does she choose to do this the normal way at home or in rehab? Of course not… Her and her friends and old brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) decide the best place for a detox is their familys remote cabin in the woods.  

Before they go you see that a girl was killed in this same cabin by her father and some weird redneck family… They seemed to be the good guys as the girl was possessed and apparently killed her mother, the ritual was out of a creepy looking book…

The acting in this film is basically american teen drama acting, no better or worse than you’re typical Pretty Little Liars crowd. It’s not the worst modern day remake but it’s also far from the best…

The effects are average, there’s plenty of blood and gore, as you would expect.  The tree scene was done very quickly, for something that caused so much outrage when the original came out they just kind of skipped right past it in this film.  It’s a shame really because there’s a lot worse and more gruesome scenes in films these days so it could have been done far better.

The advertising for this film created a lot of hype, quotes on the poster such as, ‘see this movie when it comes out and often‘.  This made me so disappointed when I actually when to see it because it wasn’t something I’ve rave about that much personally.  There’s nothing exactly wrong with it but I think some bigger players acting wise would have given it a better feel, or even just better actors.  Look at Cabin in the Woods for example, a couple of well known actors and a few not as well know but all worked so well where as this was just a group of twenty something actors that have been in a couple of teen movies.

Overall  it’s not terrible, it’s worth a watch if you like the genre of film as there’s some good gory scenes.  Basically don’t take it seriously at all and you might enjoy it but if you go by the advertising you’ll be disappointed.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a six, decent effects and story but the acting does let it down in my opinion…  6/10

Rush (2013)


I remember watching this film at the cinema back in 2013 and decided to watch it again last night, it was just as good as I remembered.

I’m only in my early twenties so I’ll be honest with you (as always) I hadn’t known who James Hunt and Niki Lauda were but, when I saw the trailer for this movie I did a little research… The pair were Formula 1 race car drivers and their rivalry captured the attention of the world back in the 70s.  This is the basis of this film, it shows their story over the years through both Hunt and Laudas eyes.

Lets talk about the cast for this film, Chris Hemsworth is best known for his role as Thor but he’s proven to be a big player in Hollywood and this film is one of his best performances as James Hunt.  Daniel Bruhl plays Niki Lauda perfectly, he even looks like Lauda himself, this is casting at it’s best.  Both actors play off each other so well and I would like to see them in something again together in the future.  The rest of the cast are great but your focus stays on these two throughout the film.

The effects in this film are brilliant, the car crashes look so authentic on screen.  Lauda’s accident was especially graphic and there’s some great FX makeup on him afterwards, well done guys (and girls).

The pair are the complete opposites of each other, Hunt is a hot headed, glamorous playboy and Lauda is a serious, disciplined and fairly anti-social guy.  Let’s be honest now, there’s a bit of Lauda in a lot of us, that work hard and try and push ourselves to see that other half of the population have things just come to them naturally. James never got into the background of cars he just drove them, where as Lauda made sure he knew exactly what he was doing both in the car and in garage.   I think this just made the rivalry more interesting between the two.

Overall this film is a must see in my opinion, it follows a great story and tells it brilliantly on screen.  I wasn’t into racing and still aren’t but this is in my top twenty overall favorite films because it gripped me from the start.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a ten, the acting is great, the story is told perfectly and it’s one where you don’t have to know anything about F1 to appreciate it…  10/10

No One Lives (2012)


This was one of many  movies just added onto my Sky movie package so I decided to give it a go.  It just sounded like a film filled with violence and let’s face it folks, sometimes it’s just nice to switch off and watch something like that…

So it’s a film that get’s into it quite early on and just doesn’t stop from there.  There is a ‘crazy’ red-neck family in this movie, aren’t they always fun? Luke Evans plays the main character, he’s got no name though (ohhhh mysterious) and he’s completely cold and ruthless all the way through the movie.

Basically the family kidnap Luke and his girlfriend when robbing them proves difficult, they try to kill the pair and then the tables are turned…

The film seems pretty low budget but the cast are decent actors. Adelaide Clemens is really good in this film however, I won’t say much about her character as it’s an interesting situation… I will say though that I actually thought it was Carey Mulligan (my bad) because the pair look so similar, whilst on that subject Michelle Williams could also be related to the two of them…

There’s no effects really other than your standard gore and violence, which is all filmed pretty well. There’s plenty of torture scenes too so if you’re squeamish this isn’t a film for you…

This movie isn’t just your average gory redneck in the middle of nowhere movie, there’s a few twists in the story which leave you unsure of who you’re supposed to be rooting for. I really enjoyed the film, it keeps you guessing and there’s a slight twist to it.  A simple story really but very well written and the ending did leave me wanting more which rarely happens when it comes to this type of film. I think they could defiantly do more with Luke Evans character here that wouldn’t ruin this movie or be a terrible idea for another film. Basically if you want a fast paced, action ride with a large amount of ‘mindless violence’ then this is the movie for you! (Making it one of my dad’s favorites…)

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a solid eight it’s good violent fun and there’s an interesting sub-plot going on within a straight forward story-line that makes this movie stand out. Decent acting for a low budget film too… 8/10