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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Gerald’s Game (2017)

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Stephen King has always been a good source of material for a plot for a film and Netflix have taken his novel, ‘Gerald’s Game’ and given it the movie treatment.

Now this isn’t a remake which is refreshing so I hadn’t heard of the story before watching the movie.  It’s an interesting story but if you want a horror movie then look elsewhere…

This movie is all about psychological manifestation.  In other words, the way your mind can play tricks on you in horrible times.  Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) decide to go to their second home (I assume…) to ‘spice up’ their marriage.  It’s got no neighbors and Gerald has kindly given their staff the weekend off so that the couple are left all alone for the whole weekend..

So Gerald and Jessie start to role play in the bedroom as the trailer for the film shows you, Gerald suffers a heart-attack just as poor Jessie is handcuffed to the bed.  She’s then left their to well, pretty much go insane.

The acting in the film is quite good, both Gugino and Greenwood are great, especially Gugino as she get’s more and more mental throughout and starts mixing fantasy with reality.  There’s not really many characters in this movie, it all centers around Jessie as she fights to survive.

There’s not CGI in this movie although the Makeup FX are brilliant in one scene in particular and when you watch the movie you’ll know exactly which scene I mean. I did have to look away for a moment actually…

So basically this story is all about how Jessie’s past, a certain incident in particular made her strong enough to survive this game she’s ended up in.  It touches on how your mind can play tricks on you when you’re terrified and how the night itself ties into that.

Now there is a twist in this movie towards the end and it’s not bad but I personally think this film could have been so much more.  It also annoyed me a bit how quickly Jessie began to loose it, I mean it felt like she gave up pretty quickly when she ‘had all her strength’ in the beginning.  Sure, she screamed for a long (long) time but surely you’d quit after twenty mins or so? Like I said she didn’t really try that much for my liking…

Overall, it’s an OK film, I’ll be honest with you (as always) it got dragged out a bit too much and when you learn what she’s trying to get from her flashbacks it makes them pretty pointless… I think it’s more about what could happen that may get into your head rather than what actually happens in this movie but that’s probably the whole point right?

Perfect Popcorn Score – Gerald’s Game get’s a six from me, I get where it’s trying to go but I just lost interest sadly… It has a lot of potential but doesn’t fulfill it…  6/10 

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 

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 

 

The Crow [Reboot]

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This is one of my favorite films and I will get around to reviewing it properly for you guys some day soon.  I think they need to leave this film alone now.  The first, original film in 1994 was a pure classic however, like most classics it spawned an array of crappy sequels in this case three. There was also a television adaption that judging by the reviews was actually pretty decent so, I might give it a go one day…

This has the exact same story line plot showing on IMDb as the first original film so it’s a reboot.  The only cast showing is that Jason Momoa is rumored to play the lead role of Eric Draven/The Crow.

As much as I like Jason Momoa, he’s got some big boots to fill because Brandon Lee played this role perfectly before his tragic and untimely death during filming.  I don’t personally feel that he’s right for this part because he’s an intimidating looking guy from the off and I just don’t see how that will work with this character.  I think the below actors would be better…

Jared Leto 

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Leto is an Oscar winning actor and has played various roles such as, The Joker. He’s also a musician so I think he’d do this role justice and fit it perfectly.

Jared Padalecki 

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Best known for his role as Sam in Supernatural he’s got that ‘brooding’ look down and I think he could also be a contender for this role.

Taylor Kitsch

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Taylor has got some series acting range, I’d defiantly recommend catching the latest series of True Detective too see what I mean. He’d bring his range to this part and I think it’s the big break he needs.

I think the late Heath Ledger would have been the perfect choice to bring Eric Draven back onto our screen but sadly we will never get to see this…

A lot of actors, such as Bradley Cooper, have actually dropped out of playing this role due to crew and cast members of the original saying the set was cursed.  There was some seriously bad and strange weather and a member of the crew suffered from burns, then sadly the death of Brandon Lee from a real bullet been shot rather than a blank.

I think they’d need to cast the part of Sarah carefully as she’s a key part to making this film work.  Here are some actresses I think could be good for the role…

Chloe Moretz

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She’s a great young actress and already has a lot of movies under her belt.  I think her acting in Let Me In and Carrie make her a wise choice for the part of Sarah.

Abigail Breslin

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She won my heart as Little Miss Sunshine and has managed to land herself some very big roles ever since, she’d play Sarah very well.

Freya Tingley 

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With previous roles in both Hemlock Grove and Once Upon A Time this big screen role would cement her movie career as it’s well deserved.

Who do you think should be cast in this reboot? Comment below…

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

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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So I saw the book when browsing in a local book shop and thought, ‘what a strange idea…‘. This film has an interesting concept but I’m not sure that it worked…

It’s based on the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but with an added twist of zombies. So we have Elizabeth Bennet, played by Lily James who lives with her parents and (many) sisters, all trained to defend themselves against the undead. Their mother is obsessed with marrying her daughters off to literally anybody including the girls cousin (yes, I know) Parson Collins played by Matt Smith.

Even though they’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, one must of course attend social gatherings to improve ones social status (I’ll stop now…). When at the party Elizabeth’s younger sister Jane falls for the host, Mr Bingley, played by Douglas Booth and (of course) the pair get engaged.  Elizabeth does capture the attention of a guest at the party, who could this mysterious gentleman be? (How did you guess that!?) Mr Darcy played by Sam Reily (sorry Colin Firth) is very arrogant and rude to Elizabeth at first so when he does eventually ask for her hand in marriage she refuses (you go girl!).

There’s a couple of twists in the film but if you don’t see them coming you must be very tired or this have it on in the background and not be paying attention… It’s basically a mockery of the original and all it’s characters so please do not take this film seriously because if you do, you’ll miss the point and it will be terrible to watch.

The cast are average, Lily James seems to be the new Keira Knightley as she’s being cast in a lot of period drama roles lately. I do have to mention that Matt Smith is hilarious in this film and he’s my favorite character because of this. There’s also some seriously badass zombie slaying from the queen herself, Lena Headey.

The effects are actually alright and the zombies themselves are quite creepy. The costume designs for all the characters are great and it’s a very well done film in that respect.

Overall it’s not the worst zombie film I’ve seen and there’s been a fair few. There was a fairly decent plot and although it got far to dramatic in parts and you couldn’t tell if it was still taking the mic or genuine it was still quite fun to watch.

Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving this a seven, it’s an interesting take on the classic tale and there’s some good laughs and gore.. – 7/10.