Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

Film: Jack Reacherjack-reacher-poster-international

Year: 2012

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney, Vladimir Sizov, Joseph Sikora, Michael Raymond James, Alexia Fast, Josh Helman, Robert Duvall, James Martin Kelly, Dylan Kussman, Denver Milord

Plot: In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he’s innocent and says “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defence is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused’s request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man’s guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for

JackReacher_Pike_mh_101712Review: went to see this film this week expecting it to live up to the Hype, it didn’t. This film is based on the 2005 book by Lee Child called “one Shot” which was adapted into this film; I did however read “Killing Floor” and “Tripwire” from the late 90’s. The pace and the detail in the books written by Child is lost in this film. I know that a lot of people have gone on about the height difference between the character of Reacher and cruise but this shouldn’t matter as this kind of anomaly happens all the time, for example in the original book of “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson the character Robert Neville was a white guy, last time I looked Will Smith was black!

This film just lacked momentum it’s a great story, well panned out and acted characters believable, to a point, however the Character of Jack Reacher pretty much stayes as an enigma with very little background being given to him at all, the film is just very stop, start just as you get in to a chase scene were all sat round a table talking or the camera man is trying to get down Rosamund Pikes top with his lens, not that I’m complaining ;o)

There was a welcome cameo from Robert Duvall who I haven’t seen in anything since “the Road” in 2009 so nice to see his talents are being used if only briefly

So what can I say about the film? Weeeeeeellllllllll it’s taken from a great series of books, well directed and acted, if you like your action films with plenty of talking then this one is for you, would I go and watch it again? … no I wouldn’t just because it’s just not as fast paced as the books  but Tom Cruise fans will Love it as it is a pure Tom Cruise film.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/kK7y8Ou0VvM

7/10 Stop, start action and plenty of Dialogue, wait for the DVD. It’s cheaper!

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

Trailer: http://youtu.be/jvWXV-c2hWo

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

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: 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: Underworld Awakening

Year: 2012

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James,India Eisley, Sandrine Holt, Charles Dance, Kris Holden-Ried, Jacob Blair, Adam Greydon Reid, Catlin Adams, Robert Lawrenson, Lee Majdoub, Tyler Mclendon, Panou.

Plot: set 12 years after the 2nd film the humans have discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene is caught and placed in suspended animation, but so has someone else, who is it and what is going on with the increase in the Lycan number Selene leads the battle against humankind, and try and figure out what has been going on in the last 12 years and what happens next?

Review: This is the eagerly awaited fourth film in the Underworld franchise, Selene played as always by the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale reeks havoc as she comes to terms with the lost 12yrs of her life, the film starts with the back story just in case there are people out there who haven’t seen any of the other films, we are then plunged in to the star heavy cast lead by a brief appearance by Charles Dance.

The film in places seems to be a little rushed and you don’t really get too into any of the new characters which isn’t really a problem as the story does revolve around a very angry and gun happy Selene as she rampages after her 12yr old daughter that she didn’t realise she had. Bit of emotional turmoil there then? No not really you get a quick 2 second burst of emotion, well I think that’s what it was. Then on with the fighting.

It’s a good twist that her daughter is also some kind of Hybrid [Seleneis a kind of Hybrid as she can now walk round in the sun] just like her father Michael Corvin [Scott Speedman] who incidentally you see twice in the film once on the dock waiting for Seleneprior to her capture and once near the end when in suspended animation, but he’s not credited in the film! I have read in other places that his likeness was superimposed onto another actor using CGI, he is due to return for the next film though apparently?

The film is as always CGI heavy, you don’t get many werewolves walking round these days? But that doesn’t matter Beckinsale does a fantastic job as she kick’s, flips,  and shoots her way through this latest blockbuster, with the change from brooding vampire hideaway to the high tech labs of the new Lycans.

It’s a fantastic film from start to finish and as always the ending is left so wide open you could sail the Titanic through it, but who cares it’s vampires and Lycans battling and it’s great. and Kate wears her trademark rubber stuff, so all is good in the world.

10/10 Watch it, you won’t be disappointed

 

Trailers: 1 http://youtu.be/tUcrbUCWKQc

                  2 http://youtu.be/rzRQwjlecFE

                  3 http://youtu.be/-E5GBc6YuQY

Film: Thor/Captain America

Year: 2011

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, STellan Skarsgard,  Kat Denning, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Colm Deore, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jamie Alexandra, Renne Russo, Adriana Barraza.

Plot: The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth.

Review: Not a big super hero fan, as you’ll notice the lack of reviews, but I watched this as I had nothing else to watch!

As it goes it’s another super hero film, a tie in film for the Avengers film out in 2012 the film that will include Iron Man [Downey Jr] Thor [Hemsworth] CaptainAmerica[Evans] Black Widow [Johanson] and Hawkeye [Renner]

As a background story this wasn’t too bad as a stand alone story it was a bit weak as it just took too long to get going then it was over in a flash, good acting, and so it should be with the big money cast it had. CGI, makeup etc… was outstanding which you would expect, plenty of eye candy for the ladies as Hemsworth likes to take his shirt off.

As a side note because I can’t be bothered to do a separate review, I also watched CaptainAmericathe same night, pretty much the same as it’s a background film for the avengers on blah, blah. Bit more action in this one and more enjoyable than Thor.

6/10 for both films, watch them if your into Marvel and Stuff

Thor Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/JOddp-nlNvQ

Captain America Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/-J3HfllvXWE

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

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/o1iJZIMddpM

Film: Green Lantern

Year: 2011

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Hebert, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Jay O.Sanders, Taika Waititi, Angela Bassett, Mike Doyle, Nick Jandl, Dylan James, Gattlin Griffiths, Jon Tenney, Leanne Cochran.

Plot: A Test Pilot is granted a mystical green ring that gives him otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron called the Green Lanterns, tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

Review: I have never really been into super hero movies, and this was no exception I suppose if you are some adolescent into DC comic books then this is right up your ally, plenty of special effects in fact most of the film is special effects, which are excellent.

The story and acting are good as well Ryan Reynolds plays a good part as the hot shot screw up pilot comes good and his love interest Blake lively although a little wooden at times adds the glamour.

I suppose as far as Comic hero films go it wasn’t bad but wasn’t fantastic I’m sure like every other film thrown out by the super hero Franchise they will remake and improve it in a couple of years. Its certainly left open for a sequel at least

5/10 not my bag.

Film: Priest

Year: 2011

Cast: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban,Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lilly Collins, Brad Bourif, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, Alan Dale, Madchen Amick, Jacob Hopkins, Dave Florek, Joel Polinsky, Josh Wingate, John Braver,

Plot: A post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Review: This film seemed to be on its way for so long I actually missed it at the cinema which was a shame, All the delays were something to do with the now popular 3D, which I personally don’t see the point of, but anyway was it worth the wait? Well yes and no. the film was only 87 minutes long which looking at the estimated $60.000.000 makes you think that there is a hell of a lot on the cutting room floor maybe for the directors cut!

The cast lead by the fantastic Paul Bettany jumped from one well choreographed fight scene to another; the sets were suitably futuristic and barren in places and wouldn’t look out of place as Anime [coming from a long running Korean comic book.] Karl Urban Plays a good baddie looking and sounding more like Clint Eastwood than a Vampire, and Maggie Q [Nikita] as Bettany’s Love interest and fellow Priest adds welcome glamour to the film.

All in all a good film with plenty of action, though not many words, those words they do use you feel are just filling in till the next fight sequence looking forward to a directors cut which adds a good 15-20 minutes to the film [if it appears] also a sequel would be good as there is plenty of material to go at and they did only find the Baddies hat!

8/10 well worth a watch if you’re a vampire fan, nice twist the vampires being another species.