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Film: Lincolnlincoln

Year: 2012

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Joseph Cross, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Peter McRobbie

Plot: In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavours to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United   States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.

Review: Its not often you get asked to actually review a film before it comes out but I was really looking forward to this film, I thought a star lLINCOLNaden epic bio pic, and a love of History would be enough to keep me enthralled by this cinematic masterpiece.

Unfortunatley it wasn’t to be, but before you shoot me for being a philistine,  lets look at the film itself.

Luckily there weren’t any vampires in this one, it was serious look at Lincoln himself and the people and events in 1865 coming toward the end of the American Civil war,  Daniel Day-Lewis is just uncanny as Lincoln How can someone look so like another person is amazing, also they way he acted the part of Lincoln is just flawless.

The scenery the costumes were out of this world and there is a fantastic supporting cast who carried the film along.

So why was it not for me? Well I think it has a lot to do with the political ins and outs of the era, political history was never for me. Not even English Politics it bores me rigid, I think this was the issue the opening credits showed the battle of Gettysburg which was promising start for me then it quickly turned into the political bio pic that it is, this unfortunately couldn’t keep me entertained for more than the first half hour, I was confused [doesn’t take much] and started to get bored.lincoln_1

With that said, this is another outstanding Spielberg production well edited fantastic lighting and camera work, acting was first rate.

Just not for me I’m afraid maybe if I watch it again it would be different, maybe not.

 

8/10 If you like politics and lengthy dialogue then this is for you

 

Trailer: http://youtu.be/KJVuqYkI2jQ

 

Film: Blood Outblood out

Year: 2011

Cast: Luke Goss, Val Kilmer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Tamer Hassan, Anna Lynne McCord, Ed Quinn, Ryan Donoho, Stephanie Honore, Sam Medina, Shaun Grant, Bobby Lashley, Laura Bach, Michael Arata, Shanna Forrestall

Plot: David is a small-time hood in a big-time gang, killed for wanting out to marry his girlfriend. His older brother, Michael, a deputy sheriff in a meth-riddled town near Baltimore, leaves the force, gets a set of tattoos, and joins his brother’s crew after claiming to be just out of prison and on the run. He proves his abilities, glad to wreak justice on other gangs and corrupt cops, and he may have a chance at revenge during a summit of North and South American drug traffickers. There are obstacles: a curious female lieutenant of a local thug, a federal investigation he may be stepping on, and the plight of his brother’s pregnant girlfriend. Can he complete his mission?

Luke Goss blood outReview: Not 100% what i thought about this film to be honest, I watched it as I had watched Luke Goss in Death Race 2 and there were a few good names in there but they were really disappointing, 50 cent was in it for about 50 seconds and was totally abysmal, Val Kilmer was just pointless, Luke Goss tried a little too hard to be Jason Statham and unfortunately he failed, this time. The great Ed Quinn looked bored and suitably embarrassed as he probably didn’t realise what a turkey he had let himself in for.  Its not a major surprise really that this was a straight to DVD production, however in its defence I have to say that I have seen worse, much, much worse and they probably spent no where near as much money on it.

You probably noticed I didn’t mention Vinnie, well Vinnie is Vinnie he looks menacing and he snarls and that’s just what I like about him, he’s a footballer that decided to put his Hardman attitude and reputation into film, enough said.

I couldn’t much positive with this film, the story was great and I got that but there were no surprises you knew exactly what was going to happen, the Tattoo’s on Luke Goss were as though a 3yr old had been let loose on his sleeping uncle with a marker.

6/10 If you don’t like surprises in your films, this one is for you

Trailer: http://youtu.be/G3GR-m8Q3Zk

As an Avid film Watcher it’s about time I started letting everyone know what I think, about the films out there. there have always been good and bad films, but sometimes hollywood just tries too hard and falls flat on its face. yet a small independent film with very little funding turns out to be the mutts nuts.

I will be visiting some of my old notes on old films some classics as well as some total donkey’s so don’t expect every review to be an up to date film there are some real classics in the archives too

Happy Watching

Tomo