Archive for the ‘Adventure’ Category

Film: Hunger Games

Year: 2012

Cast: Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Laim Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Paula Malcomson, Rhoda Griffis, Sandino Moya, Josh Hutcherson, Raiko Bowman, Dwayne Boyd, Anthony Reynolds, Judd Lormans, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones, Kimio Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeiyi, Leven Ramblin, Jack Quaid, Latarsha Rose, Donald Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, Isabella Fuhrman

Plot: In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.

Review: well the plot sums it up really, apart from this is definitely a teen girl flick bit like twilight but more interesting and my daughter says the books are awesome. Who am I to argue? This is well acted film with plenty of star names, excellent graphics and scenery as well as a good plot, until it starts to get soppy towards the end, what did I expect? Well just what I got a well acted good film, would I watch it again? Probably not as it’s not really my kind of film but if you have the choice of this or centipede, I’d watch this.

6/10 not for me, good Sunday afternoon, raining outside kind of film.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/FovFG3N_RSU

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Film: Prometheus

Year: 2012

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charliz Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall Green, Sean Harris, RAfe Spall, Emun Elliot, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Patrick Wilson, Lucy Hutchinson,

Plot: A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus” on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

Review: ok so a bit of background, this film was due to be made after the original Alien film back in 1979 and be it’s prequel, this was eventually shelved and was resurrected back in 2010. This being the finished result.

So after that, what did I think of it? Well I was confused for most of it, as it doesn’t really follow any of the alien films, there is very little Alien action and what there is isn’t “Alien” I can understand it as a stand alone film, no need for any knowledge of the Alien Franchise etc… as part of this franchise it goes against pretty much all the films apart from the first one and would have worked well as the prequel before any more of the films were made.

That said as a stand alone film it was pretty good [but still confusing In parts] the special effects were great as you would expect the opening sequence shots were in Iceland which looked barren and hostile but beautiful at the same time.

Although this film is a stand alone film and the Alien references are subtle, they are there just subtle you just need to look for them.

The ending is left wide open for a new film which, by the way they have left it open would be a side movie rather than a follow on or yet another prequel of a prequel.

All in all this was a really good film, although I will have to watch it again and put aside the alien and AVP films, this is hard but I feel a must to watch this film then you can watch Miss Weaver in Alien and all will be well in the world, just don’t watch the AVP films because that will just confuse the issue!

10/10 good stand alone film, not for AVP fans

 

Wikipedia link gives a complete plot synopsis [SPOILER………………………….] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(film)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/iIJeQNyZ6VE

Film: Your Highness

Year: 2011

Cast: Danny McBride, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalie Portman, Toby Jones, Justin Theroux, Zooey Deschanel, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis, Simon Farnaby, Deobia Oparei, B.J. Hogg, Matyelok Gibbs, Angela Pleasence, Anna Barry

Plot: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off…

Review: I saw the trailers for this film and wasn’t really that interested so I let it go without much interest, I was looking through my films the other day and noticed that I had actually downloaded it, I thought well I could do with a laugh and my choices were limited to this, rubber or Troll Hunter!

It started of with promise the part where he falls through the trap door of the dwarf kings gallows to find himself stood up with a slack rope round his neck! Genius. In fact the whole film turned out to be a work of genius Charles Dance as the king as professional as ever in his acting and delivery, the lovely if not dippy Zooey Deschanel was well, lovely in every aspect of the word. The comedy genius award has to be awarded to McBride and Hardiker as Thadeous and his man servant Courtney, the laughs roll in from the opening credits where Thadeous is waiting to be executed on a dwarf gallows as Courtney is being Tarred and feathered. There is very little let up in the comedy all the way through, the Minotaur’s cock as a trophy was genius also, if not a little off-putting.

This film is definitely more blazing saddles than Holy Grail, it’s not PC at all which means that, for that alone in today’s society if you like this film be prepared to be slated.

If you can put aside your morals for an hour this film is hysterical from start to finish, I bet even those that have slated it publicly have enjoyed it in private!

9/10 hilarious and a good PC antidote, you know you want to.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/aGLCQfsiSIs

Film: The Tree Musketeers

Year: 2011

Cast:  Orlando Bloom, Mathew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Helen George, Chriustian Oliver, Ray Stevenson, Til Schweiger, Markus Brand, Logan Lerman, Dexter Fletcher, Jane Perry, Mads Mikkelsen, Andy Gathergood, Christopher Waltz, Freddie Fox, Carsten Norgaard, Gabriella Wilde, James Cordon, Juno Temple, Nina Eichinger.

Plot: After failing in a scheme to steal Leonardo Da Vinci’s airship blueprints, the Musketeers are disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu leaving Athos, Porthos and Aramis on the streets ofParis. In the meantime, the young, reckless and ambitious D’Artagnan has set off fromGascony with dreams of becoming a musketeer himself, not realizing that they have been disbanded. In no time, D’Artagnan manages to offend Athos, Porthos and Aramis on different occasions and challenges them all to duels. However before the duels can take place they are attacked by guards, trying to arrest them for illegal duelling. The ex-musketeers and D’Artagnan fight off the soldiers, leading to the four men becoming a band with the motto of “All for one, and one for all”. Count Richelieu is not only determined to be rid of the musketeers, but also schemes with Athos’ former lover Milady to undermine the reign of King Louis and his wife…

Review: Since Alexandre Dumas wrote the Three Muskateers in 1844 there have been too many films to count [ the first being made in 1903] each one brings it’s own character and its own flair this is no exception, the story is the same the characters are the same its just told in a slightly different way.

The one for me was the 1973 version with Spike Milligan and Roy Kinnear absolute classic, but this is a different film for a different age, in this one they have flying ships and a mission impossibly type spy version of Milady de Winter played by the very athletic Milla Jovovich who I remember best as Leeloo the very scantily clad woman from the 1997 film the fifth Element with Bruce Willis, but I digress so back to the film in hand. The Three Musketeers isn’t a bad film, it’s not fantastic but it’s not bad. The acting and the action are as you would expect from such a high class lineup. But it is all very predictable and nothing really surprises you. Even the flying ship didn’t leave me agog. As much as I like these film’s they are tired now and should just be left to one side for say 20 or 30 years so most of us have forgotten about them and then maybe try again to wow us with the story. However with that in mind would I recommend you watch it? Well yes of course I would even if it’s just for the really bad acting by smithy oops sorry by James Cordon [he really isn’t Roy Kannear is he?] You’ll see a few familiar faces and you can laugh or cringe and James Cordon getting shat on by Pigeons!!!

07/10 Rainy Sunday with nothing better to do

Trailer: http://youtu.be/38an1IAG1TA

Film: Kelly’s Heroes

Year: 1970

Cast:  Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles,, Donald Sutherland Carroll O’Conner, Gavon McLeod, Hal Buckley, Stuart Margolin, Jeff Morris, Richard Davalos, Perry Lopez, Tom Troupe, Harry Dean Stanton, Dick Baldduzzi, Gene Collins

Plot: During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base inFrance. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion.

Review: This has to be the best war film and top name heavy; I watched this film in Manchester on Deansgate with my Gran in 1970 when it came out, I was only a little kid and didn’t really get who all these people were but was in awe at this all action fast paced film.

I watched it a good few years later when it was on the TV again watching it with my Gran and it hadn’t lost any of its appeal Eastwood is what he is straight faced and determined holds the whole thing together with a sterling performance from the late great telly Savalas as big Joe bad tempered and always on someone’s case. My favourite has to be the great Mr Sutherland as Oddball, his troop of misfits and vagabonds has me in stitches from start to finish, especially with his paint missiles and the music playing full blast as they drive out of the rail tunnel blasting everything in sight. Don Rickels plays a cracking part as the money grabbing quartermaster crapgame, who nearly has a coronary when he’s shown the gold bar by Kelly.

A cross between a war film and a black comedy this film has never lost its appeal for me and never looks old. This is defiantly not a film that could ever be improved as a remake; I don’t think you could ever recreate the chemistry that the stars have in this film and if it’s on I always switch over to watch it.

10/10 Awesome for any age and a great sound track.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/beAQVm1j56w

 

Film: The Road

Year: 2009

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt, Charlize Theron, Bob Jennings, Agnes Herrmann, Buddy Sosthand, Kirk Brown, Jack Erdie, David August Lindauer, Gina Preciado.

Plot: A father and his son walk alone through burnedAmerica. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food–and each other.

Review: This is a strange one, I have had this film for what seems and age and something else has always been more appealing to watch, Not a fast paced film an one that is not very personal, a post apocalyptic film. Apocalyptic event is unknown so could be anything Nuclear, Asteroid. It’s unclear.

But what is clear is that there is nothing to eat and they are literally running for their lives, a few flash backs fill in the family blanks and why Father and son team are on their own and why they are heading south.

The film is rather slow in places but there is always a sense of foreboding with the odd glimmer of hope here and there, I think the main aim of this film is to show the strength you can have in the face of adversity, how surviving when you have nothing is actually possible, the on screen relationship between Mortensen and Smith-McPhee was electrifying and believable and eventually heart breaking, not that you didn’t see it coming.

And second as the post apocalyptic film that it is Stark, bleak and unwelcoming in every way, a possible look at how things will be if we make the wrong move as a species.

There were a few good cameo’s in the film Robert Duvall as the old man, wandering the wilderness a lonely weary yet worldly wise figure, a small part but defiantly memorable and Charlize Theron as the mother, happy at first and all the flash backs show a happy home life, then the desperation as she sinks more into depression and an inability to cope with the world around her changing, just thought provoking.

So is this film worth a watch? Well yes and no it depends on what you want, a good story and an intense film about the relationship between father and son in a difficult and impossible situation then yes, a slasher, explosion heavy and lots of killing then no not for you.

9/10 well worth a viewing, can’t believe I left it so long

Trailer: http://youtu.be/hbLgszfXTAY

 

Film: Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows.

Year: 2011

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Paul Anderson, Kelly Reilly, Gerladine James, Eddie Marsan, William Houston, Wolf Kahler, Iain Mitchell, Jack Laskey, Patricia Slater,

Plot: Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace). In this cat and mouse pre war epic.

Review: This is the Third Episode in the latest series of films in the Franchise that is Sherlock Holmes. As with the first two Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law keep the flow of action and investigation flowing superbly.

This action packed film is fantastic from start to finish the acting the direction and the camera work, outstanding Jared Harris was an excellent choice for the villainous Moriarty, there was also a little more than I was comfortable with on show with Stephen Fry! But it did make for a really amusing scene if not cringe worthy!

This film was over way too soon, the classic confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty was dealt with in a fantastic way, don’t want to give too much away but if you only see one film this January this has got to be it.

10/10 Fantastic!!!!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/lNxhpNpnAkk

Film: Ironclad

Year: 2011

Cast: James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Kate Mara, Derek Jacobi, Paul Giamatti, Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng, Jamie Foreman, Mackenzie Crook, Rhys Parry Jones, Aneurin Barnard, Vladimir Kulich, David Melville, Annabelle Apsion, Steffan Rhodri.

Plot: It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons ofEngland have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast ofEngland with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mightyRochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel’s momentous struggle for justice and freedom.

Review: Good mix of fact and fiction in this film, if you like your History and Geography like I do you have to dispel all notion that this film is going to be accurate in any way, with that aside how did the magnificent 7 fair against the kings Army? Well with  excellent fight scenes [plenty of limbs being cut off, plenty of Gore] and a story that flowed really well, great acting from start to finish, and so it should be with all the names it has in it, it was good.

Paul Giamatti was a good Prince John even if he didn’t attempt an English accent at all; the dashing James Purefoy was just the ticket when it came to casting a Templar, big, strong and moody. To go along with the Sultry Kate Mara.

The veteran Actors Cox, Jacobi and Dance were just as they always are, outstanding.

And along with the Younger actors, Mackenzie Crook amongst them they carried this film along fantastically.

Whist watching this film I never once thought about the fact that Rochester Castle has never stood on its own and that the Magna Carta wasn’t drawn up to give the common man more say, no this film could have told me that big Ben was actually the mouse that lived in the tower not the Bell, and I would have believed them. This is down to everyone from the Writers, the director and the actors; they all made this film believable.

9/10 fantastic film, don’t watch it with the kids though!!!!

Film Trailer:http://youtu.be/KnoTSlCzAuM

Film: Killer Elite

Year: 2011

Cast: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell, Aden Young, Yvonne Strahoveski, Ben Mendesohn, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Whiteley, Mathew Nable, ALchey Hulme, Firass Dirani, Nick Tate, Billie Brown, Stewart Morritt, Grant Bowler, Michael Dorman, Rodney Afif, Jamie McDowell, Dion Mills,

Plot: Based on a true story, by Sir Ranul[h Fioennes, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds’ most elite operatives – Danny, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) – against the cunning leader of a secret military society (‘Clive Owen’ ). Covering the globe fromAustralia toParis,London and theMiddle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of cat and mouse – where the predators become the prey

Review: A Pairing of De Niro and Statham two one dimensional actors, when I saw who the actors were in this film I didn’t really expect them to be anything other than the actors they are, and I wasn’t disappointed De Niro does what he does and with his age etc… He does it slowly and Statham does what he does best, beating people up and shooting them. So did this film work? Well actually surprisingly enough it did, but I think that has got more to do with the fact it was based on the story the feathermen by Ranulph Fiennes an excellent writer, also the screenplay was done by a relative unknown Matt Sherring as was the directing by unknown Gary McKendry.

With this in mind this film, although predictable in part work really well and with Clive Owen as the Slightly unhinged SAS soldier trying to stop the Duo from taking out their targets it turns out to be a fast paced and in some parts Violent Film.

In the Main Part once Clive Owen comes into the film the acting takes a turn for the better, his total psychotic character is what makes this film a success.

8/10 good shoot em up, prefer the book though

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/-rPWIps_W9s

Film: Johnny English: Reborn

Year: 2011

Cast: Roger Barklay, Eric Carte, Rowan Atkinson, Togo Igawa, Eleanor Wyld, Mandi Sidhu, Margaret Clunie, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Tim MInnerny, Mariella Frostrup, Daniel Kaluuya, Miles Jupp, Pik Sen Lim,

Plot: Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. In the years since MI-7’s top spy vanished off the grid, he has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier’s life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference…

Review: The eagerly awaited return of Britain’s “Anti Bond” the accidental Agent from the Fantastic 2003 Film Johnny English, because I enjoyed the first one so much I think I expected too much from this film and it fell slightly short of my expectations. But saying that it did have a number of funny scenes the initial scenes in the Buddhist temple were a good start and the chair scene had me in stitches.

Rowan does what Rowan does he is the rubbery faced genius of comedy, and he will always be the king of what he does, I blame the writing team on this one and not playing up to Rowans strengths and the strengths of the all star cast, my main disappointment was that Gillian Anderson was only the voice of the car :o( major bummer but hey, life goes on.

On the whole a funny film, good cast and if you leave Mr Bean and the original Coffin Dancing Johnny English at the door you will really enjoy this film.

8/10 lets have some of the original Johnny if there is another film.