Split (2016)

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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 

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Evil Dead (2013)

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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)

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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)

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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

Dunkirk (2017)

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The trailers for this movie are all over the internet at the moment and I’m a fan of Christopher Nolan (let’s face it, who isn’t…) so I decided to watch this movie the other day at the cinema..

It’s quite a slow starting film and it’s basically following a number of characters that intertwine with each other during the events of Dunkirk.

There’s not a one main character as such and each person you see has their own story to tell and it’s filmed really well so that it covers all bases.  You see Dunkirk from the ground, the sea and the sky, each point of view is equally as important and it’s a very moving story.  For those of you unaware of the history of Dunkirk it was an awful time during the Second World War where both British and French soldiers were being forced to the beaches by the Germans.  Boats were only able to carry so many and so, as the poster above says, home came for them.  Meaning everyone back home with a ship that could sail went to Dunkirk themselves to bring the stranded soldiers back home.

The cast in this film are all brilliant, we’ve got both big names and relativity unknown actors in fairly large roles.  Tom Hardy is great, as always as pilot Farrier who despite the amount of fuel in his aircraft continues to defend his fellow Brits.  OK for those 1 Direction fans, I’ll say it… Harry Styles wasn’t terrible, he was actually pretty decent as a soldier who is let’s face it, kind of racist…

The effects were spot on, I expected nothing less from something with a budget like this though.  It didn’t go overboard, apparently Nolan wanted to use as little CGI as possible and it really paid off.  There’s a lot of tension in the music scores used as well, typical Zimmer and you can’t fault it.

Overall this film is worth a watch, it’s your typical very good war film and there’s a lot of those out there these days.  It does jump timeline wise though just to warn you as I could tell it did cause a little confusion when I looked at my fellow cinema goers when certain scenes begin at different points.  It’s another bittersweet one for you really because, it was an awful event and should not have happened but it really brought people together and proved that there are some good people in the world willing to help others.

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving it a nine, only because of the timelines as they did get me at first and also there were thousands of ships that came to aid the soldiers and it only showed about 35… just thought it could have been a really great and powerful scene and message to the audience…  – 9/10.

Se7en (1995)

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I’m a big movie buff, as you can probably tell… However, I only saw this film for the first time the other day (I like my view from under this rock, OK?)

So for those of you that haven’t seen this movie, I’d definitely recommend it but it’s what I call heavy because you need to be ‘switched on’ the whole way through to get what’s going on…

So the plot for the film is that there’s a serial killer, killing people and using the seven deadly sins as motives.  You follow detectives Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) work on the case to try and catch the killer.   It’s proven very difficult because this killer leaves zero fingerprints or any other leads behind.

As with all thrillers, these cops have some personal issues. Somerset for example is on his last case and wants to leave the city as he’s just had enough of dealing with people like this killer.  Mills on the other hand wants to establish himself as a good detective and is keen to catch this killer to prove that.  Both characters are on opposite ends of a spectrum and it works well because when Somerset is ready to give up Mills keeps going and when he misses something Somerset sees it.

The acting in this film is brilliant, I mean with a cast like this one you’re not going the be disappointed.  Both Pitt and Freeman are great as the two lead detectives and don’t try to out do one another, they just take their roles seriously and do them justice.  Gwyneth Paltrow is also good as Pitt’s wife in the film who is struggling to adjust to her new life in the city.

There’s no special effects as such however the crime scenes are very gory and well done and it does look very realistic especially for a film done in 19995. The ‘crimes’ themselves are well thought out and the one for lust is especially grim in my opinion.

I really enjoyed this film, it’s not your typical ‘catch the killer’ film and has some big twists in it that keep you watching until the very end and oh the ending is good! It’s difficult to review a thriller without giving any spoilers I’ll be honest but all I can say is the killer himself is great and the actors performance is menacing.  Overall, it’s worth a watch if you have the time.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving this film a nine, brilliant acting, good story and a now classic movie.  9/10 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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So I saw this last night on the big screen (in 2D) as although it says 7/7/2017, my local cinema showed it yesterday (the rebels).

So I’ll explain a little about the story without any spoilers because it’s completely different too the previous two Spider-Man films we’ve seen.  Tom Holland plays Spider-Man himself and after seeing him in the last Captain America film (which was basically an Avengers film…) I was quite looking forward too this movie.

It’s set after the events of Civil War, fifteen year-old Peter Parker is having trouble adjusting back into his ‘normal’ life after being called to assist Iron Man on his last mission.   He’s itching to use his powers to help his fellow Avengers but is constantly being told to keep it all low-key and that he’s just a kid. This obviously makes him want to prove himself all the more so when he sees that a ‘gang’ of criminals are using and selling hi-tech weapons made from the left overs spoils of the Avengers battles he sets out to put an end to it. There’s quite a lot of humor in this film as with all Avengers movies which is great.

The cast is pretty good, Tom Holland plays the iconic superhero really well although I can’t help but think he’s just a little young… Michael Keaton is a fantastic villain as always. Laura Harrier plays LizPeter’s love interest in this movie which surprised me as due to the promotional material and interviews for this film I expected Zendaya to play Parker’s love interest.

With all Marvel movies now you know there’s a massive budget they’re given to play with so all the effects are flawless and even the various Spider-Man suits are probably the best we’ve ever seen. However, I was a little disappointed they all (bar one) came from Tony Stark, there’s just something I liked about Spider-Man making them himself.

Overall it’s a good movie however, I personally think (believe me I’ve though long and hard about this…) I preferred the 2002 Tobey Maguire movie because it was just a lot more true to the comics.  I also have an issue with this Spider-Man not being able to actually shoot web, it’s all made chemically and it just ruins it slightly.  I know a lot of people will rave over this film and I’m not slating it because it’s a well made movie but I think it was made to ‘fill a hole’ rather than because the writers and director actually wanted to make the film.  Marvel need to be careful I mean they didn’t reboot the Hulk movies, more so due to rights but we’d already had two decent films anyway.  I just liked the older, college graduate, photographer Peter Parker than the younger science nerd but I can appreciate both…

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it an eight, there’s some great laughs and a decent story line but there’s also so much missing… 8/10