Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category

Film: The lovely bones

Year: 2009

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan, Rose McIver, Christian Thomas Ashdale, Reece Ritchie, Carolyn Dando, Nikki SooHoo, Andre James Alan, Jake Abel, AJ Michalka, Thomas McCarthy

Plot: A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970’s Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Review:This is a mad ass film, I wasn’t drawn to watch it when it came out as it wasn’t my kind of film, in some ways I was right and others I was wrong.

This film seems to be some kind of hybrid trying to be two different things, on the one hand you have the dark sinister Pedo and the moodiness of the film then in the middle you have the Willi Wonka set and all we were missing was the umpa lumpa’s oh no there she is “Holly!” don’t get me wrong once I got over the WTF syndrome I got it and actually enjoyed it for what it was, a clever film trying to cater for everyone. It as though they could have actually split this film in two and made two equally successful films.

That aside the acting in this film was first rate with Mark Whalberg and Rachel Weisz acting their emotional hearts out , Susan Sarandon was fantastic as the grandmother who hadn’t got a clue and was smashed out of her skull most of the time, until she got sensible near the end, didn’t see that coming  and Saoirse Ronan as the lead character was just the best choice they could have made for the role.

But the one that did it for me was Mr Creepy himself Stanley Tucci. What must it have taken this guy to play this role and have been so convincing in the part, he creeped me out [I so hope creeped is actually a word?] I was watching this film with my 15yr old daughter,  she, at times was hiding her eye’s behind her hand even when he wasn’t doing anything bad, that’s how creepy he was.

All things considered, the acting was first rate, the characters were believable and well fleshed out, the CGI for the heaven scene’s was well done and fantastical and the Creepy guy was well creepy, oh and before I forget a good ending for the bad guy, just when you think he’s going to get away with it and strike again… BAM have that.

8/10 once you get over the two film confusion it’s a good film



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………………………….]


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


Film: The Girl Next Door

Year: 2007

Cast: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, Kevin Chamberlin, Dean Faulkenberry, Gabrielle Howarth, Benjamin Ross Kaplan, Spenser Leigh, Daniel Manche, Mark Margolis, Graham Patrick Martin, Michael Nardella, Greg Northrop, Grant Show, Santo Silvestro,

Plot: Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Review: This was truly a disturbing film; the book by the same name was based on the real life torture of Sylvia Likens back in the 1950’s it is unthinkable that people can do this to another Human being, let alone a mother allowing her children to do this while she watches on.

This film kept me gripped all the way through, nothing really more to say apart from this is one bunch of sick puppies, the story and the acting was spot on and made the whole thing more believable, you just don’t want to!!!!

10/10 watch it but be careful, it is disturbing


The Real Girl Next Door, Silvia Likens:

Film: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Year: 2011

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson, Gerladine James, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter, Ulf Friberg, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Tony Way, Per Mytberg

Plot: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Review:  Not sure what I was expecting from this film, I enjoyed the book immensely and thought that the 2009 version was better, why? I’m not sure but this was just like a clone of the Swedish version but without the dubbing, exact same story, same venue and I could have called it scene for scene.

No surprises and I’m sure they even used the exact same photo’s, if not they really looked like it.

Not going to labour the point on this, the acting by Danielle Craig, Rooney Mara and the rest was second to none, which ypu would expect but if you saw the original version then don’t bother it’s identical with different actors.

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6/10 Very disappointed


Film: Hard Candy

Year: 2005

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra oh, Odessa Rae, G.J. Echternkamp

Plot: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a paedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him. With disturbing consequences.

Review: This is one crazy ass film from start to finish you have no idea where you are, you start off unsure about the characters at the beginning, you get lulled into a false state feeling sorry for Hayley then as it progresses you feel sorry for Jeff as the girl seems to deranged and picking on an innocent bloke, then you realise they are both mental in some way, him a deranged paedophile that deserves everything he gets and she the vigilante kid set on ridding the world of his like.

There is no blood and gore in this film unless you count the cut on her head and the “testicles” in cups. It’s the tension between the two actors that gets you, the swing of emotions and the foreboding for what comes next, don’t think that this is your run of the mill low budget film, this is a future classic. It took only 18 weeks to film and most of it was shot in the order you see it, and the scenes on the castration table were so intense that Patrick Wilson actually passed out hyperventilating,

10/10 If you edge of the seat, disturbing, and well acted this is it.

Film: Contagion

Year: 2011

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tien You Chui, Josie Ho, Daria Strokous, Matt Damon, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Griffin Kane, Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes, Jude Law, Teri McEvoy, Sue Redman, Teri Campbell, Stef Tovar

Plot: Soon after her return from a business trip toHong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic

Review: Bit of strange one this, I looked forward to watching it for a long time,  it started of with real promise then lost it somewhere, Matt Damon was a real disappointment  not him, but the character he was playing, it was shallow and didn’t really achieve anything in the film.

Neither did Jude Law, he could have had his own story nowhere near this film, in fact you could have taken him out of this film and it would have made no difference to the film at all, it was like his own little side project.

This for me was just the usual over hyped film, all previews and no substance. Don’t get me wrong the science behind an epidemic scares the crap out of me, the fact that it only needs one person to infect the world that is just mental.

What this film didn’t do was give me that level of anxiety or fear it was just a load of scientists running round a lot of Jargon people sniffing and coughing and that was it.

The stars themselves didn’t seem that excited to be in the film, it was just dire!

4/10 – watch it if you really have nothing else left to watch, nothing at all.



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!!!!

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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

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Film: Conan the Barbarian

Year: 2011

Cast: Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowen, Bob Sapp, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Nonso Anzie, Radd Rawi, Laila Rouass, Said Taghmaoui,Milton Welsh, Borislav Iliev, Nathan Jones.

Plot: A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Review: I wanted to see this remake of Conan just to see if there was anything different that the original 1982 Schwarzenegger version,  as there seems to be a lot of remakes going on at the minute, some are like the originals [so what’s the point in making them?]  And some bare no resemblance at all apart from the name, which is good?

This film See’s Jason Momoa who played a similar role in the starz production of the “Game of Thrones” where he play Khal Drogo a Barbarian Lord.

He plays a good part as the wronged Conan, more action and more blood than the original and better acting, the action scenes were well choreographed and looked real, the makeup and wardrobe were excellent and along with they CGI created scenery really made this film, the awesome Ron Perlman made an appearance as Conan’s Father Corin, but in true Perlman style doesn’t last the whole film!

We also Rose McGowen of Charmed Fame, she plays the Daughter of the Tyrant Khaler Zym [The fantastic Stephen Lang] a witch of growing powers who helps her father gather the parts of the broken mask and the pure one, its disturbing how good she is in the role as an evil sorceress, lets just hope its great acting!

All in all not better than the original it different as they are totally different films with a very vague story similarities.

9/10 well worth a watch, it works on many levels

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