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 

 

 

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider [Reboot] (2018)

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Based on the brilliant video game, Lara Croft is a now iconic character and will be getting a big screen reboot in 2018.  Angelina Jolie famously portrayed the role in the original 2001 movie adaption and it’s 2003 sequel.

As with all reboots there’s a completely new cast and Alicia Vikander will now be playing the role of Lara Croft. I personally think she’ll do it justice, it’s nice too see the role going too an up and coming young actress rather than a big hollywood giant. Alicia hasn’t been on our screens for long and yet she’s already won an Oscar for best supporting actress in The Danish Girl proving she is more than equip to be the next tomb raider.

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It’s been described as more of an origin story than the other films, allowing you to connect too the character rather than just being thrown into the action from the off. I’ve looking forward to this, the previous films were watchable but nothing too special, hopefully this will be the first of a new gritter tomb raider franchise.

Do you agree with the choice of actress to play Lara? Feel free to comment…

Charlie’s Angels [Reboot]

I’ll admit, this show was before my time so I never really watched it, even the re-runs as it just looked dated and cheesy.  However, the show does have a relatively good rating on IMDb and some decent reviews, plus it ran for five series so it couldn’t have been that bad right?

Then came the awful 2000 movie staring Cameron DiazDrew Barrymore and Lucy Lui. The movie had a terrible plot and considering the actresses selected, the acting was quite poor. Yet despite this there was actually a sequel which was even worse in 2003. 

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I bet none of you knew they also tried to reboot the series in 2011. It only lasted the one series (it was that good) and starred, Minka KellyRachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh, I’ve not bothered to watch it and probably never will…

So now Hollywood is trying yet again to reboot this franchise, no cast has been announced however, Elizabeth Banks is set to direct the film.  I’m personally not a massive fan of her previous director/producer films such as Pitch Perfect but they were quite successful box-office wise. The plot has been advised though ‘When Soh Bae turns up applying to be Charlie’s 4th Angel, she is thrown into the deep end immediately, as the other angels are kidnapped by the mysterious Ronny Petankan. With only her nerdy sidekick Nathan Woodhall to help, it is up to Soh to save the angels and save the world before breakfast!’

It sounds as though the film will be aimed at the younger audience judging by the plot and with Banks’ style of film it will more likely be a comedy than a series action flick which is a shame in my opinion.  I mean after Wonder Woman it would be interesting to a Charlie’s Angels film in that same style with us not having seen that before.  I know the series was a comedy but you can have action and comedy without going overboard, like all the jokes we have in Marvel films.

I don’t have anything against Rebel Wilson as a person, she seems lovely however, if she is cast in this movie, I won’t be watching it.  Personally I’d like to see actresses who haven’t yet quite made their mark in film compared with others so…

 

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Blake Lively 

Yes, I’ve warned you before, I’m a fan of Blake Lively’s and I personally think she could do this role justice.  She was really good in both Age of Adaline and The Shallows, proving she’s gotten more range in her acting since her Gossip Girl days.

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Jessica Stroup

Jessica started out in the reboot of 90210 and was probably the best actress in the show.  She’s since then done more serious roles in The Following and Iron Fist, I’m sure she would fit the role of an angel perfectly.

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Elodie Young

You may recognize this French actress in Netflix’s Daredevil as Elektra. Proving she can play a female superhero brilliantly and bagging herself a role in The Defenders I’m sure she can fill the boots of an angel.

The plot did mention a fourth angel and her nerdy sidekick I think this is where the comedy will come from so I think these pair would fit in great…

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Arielle Kebbel 

She’s been in so many TV shows I’ve lost count, from comedy to drama Arielle just needs a proper big break to give her a boost onto the big screen and have her stay there.

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Matthew Lewis 

He’s little Neville Longbottom but he was very good in Me, Before you and added some comedy into the film.  Let’s face it he’s got the nerdy, comedy look down but with added ‘British charm’ that might make this role more interesting.

Well there’s my opinions on the cast, it will be a while before anymore news is announced so let’s see what Elizabeth Banks comes up with…

Final Destination (2000)

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So I’ve seen all of the films in this franchise and re-watched this one a couple of days ago.

So the story is that a group of American teenagers are boarding their flight to Paris along with their two teachers and one of them has a premonition that the plane is going to crash.  When I say premonition, it’s very detailed he actually sees and feels everything as it happens. Alex, played by Devon Sawa then completely freaks out (as you would do..) he gets himself and six others thrown off the plane and they see the fatal crash from the airport window.

Naturally everyone thinks Alex had something to do with the crash and their fellow classmates and teacher all meeting their ends.  Strange things then begin the happen after the events of the crash and they learn that you can’t cheat death…

It’s a typical young american teen movie when it comes to the acting so it’s not the best.  Devon Sawa, is average as the lead character Alex, personally I think the rest of the cast were all better actors than him.  Ali Later, plays Clear (who’s name I thought was Claire until I looked on IMDB) the misfit that falls for Alex. Sean William Scott, plays Billy who isn’t really a strong character in this film, it’s a shame really because Sean can act a lot better than the others.

If you’re expecting suspense, don’t bother, you see everyone’s demise as it happens and the movie is pretty dated nowadays.  The plot is still interesting and as a franchise it’s worth a watch just out of interest. It’s still going to stand as a ‘cult classic’ because it was something different at the time like Scream.

The effects are alright given it was release in 2000 the plane crash was pretty good and the deaths to follow are nice and gory. I can’t say my favorite death without giving away who dies so I’ll keep quiet here but if you wanna know comment and for those of you that don’t, stay out of the comments.

Overall it’s a good action/slasher film and has it’s own (now slightly less but back then…) original plot. There’s a few creepy scenes but not as much suspense as I’d like.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a seven only because of it’s plot, it’s a good idea but better acting and script was needed to make it work… 7/10