The Snowman (2017)

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I saw the trailers for this movie when I went the cinema to see IT and it looked really interesting, kind of a like a horror/thriller.  Plus, I won’t lie I’m always up for a Michael Fassbender film…

So the plot is pretty straight forward, there is a serial killer on the loose that’s targeting women and he leaves a snowman at every crime scene. Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is on the hunt for the killer with fellow agent Katrine Brett (Rebecca Ferguson). Now as with most thrillers, for some reason the lead detective is flawed due to alcohol addiction.  I mean will we ever have a detective in a movie or television series that isn’t like this? Who knows…

The acting in this film is good, Fassbender and Ferguson both do the best they can with the material they’re given.  There’s not any special effects worth mentioning with it being your standard thriller.

The trailer made the film look at lot better than it actually turns out to be.  I expected a more psychological thriller however, the killer was just a sad bloke with a bad childhood but the reveal was so anti-climax that it just didn’t work for me.

It was a movie I was really looking forward too, hoping it would be a thriller along the lines of Seven with a cast like this one but sadly it was no where near as gripping to watch and in some parts it was just plain boring and predictable.  Especially the fact that Harry’s ex wife is clearly still in love with him despite being with someone else.   I’m afraid we’ve just seen it all before but done better than this.

Overall, I suggest you wait til it comes on Netflix or Sky because it was a disappointing watch and not worth seeing at the cinema.  Fassbender is a great actor but he really isn’t picking great films at the moment with this and that terrible movie adaptation of Assassins Creed… I know this is a shorter review than you’re used to folks however, with it being a thriller I don’t want to give too much away and unfortunately there’s not really anything to rave about with this movie…

Perfect Popcorn Score – The Snowman get’s a five from me.  So predictable and not what you expected from the trailer… 5/10 

 

 

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Alien Covenant (2017)

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I’ll be completely honest with you, my hopes weren’t very high for this installment in the ‘Alien’ franchise.  I mean we’ve not had a change of director, this is still a Ridley Scott film but I just found the plot quite pointless.

We have a completely new crew although, Michael Fassbender is back as a new android called Walter. The crew are woken up early as there is a problem with their ship and the ‘Captain’, played by James Franco doesn’t make it. Their mission was to take their colony and start over on a new planet, that they’d studied in depth and decided would be the best place for them.  They then discover another planet which looks to be habitable for humans and a lot closer compared with their original destination. The crew decide to take a look at this ‘other’ planet and that’s when things get messy.   This ‘other’ planet is the crash site of ‘The Prometheus’, they find no survivors apart from David and they learn that Elizabeth Shaw was also on the same ship. As with all the other films, crew members get ‘infected’ and used too give the alien form, nothing new in this film at all really. There was a lack of suspense as well sadly, although Danny McBride’s character Tennessee was entertaining and pretty much made the film for me, it was refreshing to see not just a female human character survive to the end.

The so-called twist at the end of the film was very predictable in my opinion, you could just see it coming… Nothing is really explained in this film either, the same problem I had with ‘Prometheus’. You see a reenactment through Walter and David’s eyes of what happened to the previous race that inhabited the planet but there’s zero explanation as to why it happened and at this stage in the franchise it’s just frustrating. Will we ever learn who created the Alien and why?

Yet again, as with all Alien and let’s be honest all Ridley’s films in general the special effects were flawless. The character designs and environments for the film as amazing, probably the main reason I agreed to see it.

Overall it is a mixture of ‘Prometheus’  and ‘Alien’ however, it’s not got as much of a plot or any suspense as either film. I personally think if Ridley doesn’t wrap up the reason for Alien in the next film, there won’t be much point having one.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a six, it would have been less but the effects are too good for a lower score… 6/10.