Posts Tagged ‘2012’

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: Ted

Year: 2012

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Parick Warburton, Matt Walsh, Jessica Barth, Aedin Mincks, Bill Smitrovich, Patrick Stewart, Norah Jones, Sam J.Jones, Tom Skerritt, Bretton Manley

Plot: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

Review: This film was hyped months before it hit the streets and I was, just like everyone else dying to see what Seth MacFarlane had come up with. Let’s face it I wasn’t disappointed it was just family guy with the characters being played by, well by different characters.

It’s rude full of drug use and violence and is funny as f*ck the opening monologue by Patrick Stewart had me in tears as did some of the jokes, Mark Wahlberg as a stumbling Peter Griffin just slimmer was excellent with the excellent Mila Kunis as his Lois.

But without a doubt Ted was the star of the show, surrounding himself with hookers then a dumb blond girlfriend, to thanking Nora Jones for 9/11 he was Brian down to a T.

There is just a bunch of stuff going on in this film that makes you want to watch it a bunch of times just to make sure you did see it and get it right first time that includes the appearance of flash Gordon! [Not flesh Gordon]

There really isn’t much to say about this film apart from, Watch it, but leave your political correctness and your kids at home you’ll spend too much time tutting or trying to explain what’s going on otherwise.

10/10 glad Mary Whitehouse isn’t still around!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/VxKfC77XAp8

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: Iron Sky

Year: 2012

Cast: Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant, Kym Jackson, Udo Kier, Stephanie Paul, Christopher Kirkby, Gotz Otto, Monika Gossmann, Yuki Iwamoto, Jim Knobeloch, Tero Kuakomaa, Nick Dong-Silk, Tilo Pruckner, Jeffrey Coulas, Michael Cullen.

Plot: In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

Review: This is as surprise of a film; my son told me about it, I hadn’t seen it advertised anywhere or any trailers. It sounded like a real B movie so I though “go on I’ll give it a go” on first watching I thought this Cannot be a be B Movie the start to it was fantastic great CGI good concept, then the acting started. Oh yes this is a B Movie just a well made one.

So the Americans send a Rocket to the moon to win an election, with the slogan “Going back, Going Black” they send a Black model to the moon!!! This is where the fun starts especially when they turn him Aryan, and he goes back to earth.

The problem is he doesn’t know he’s now a white guy, so we have a white black guy and two Moon Nazies inNew York, bedlam ensues.

Although the Acting is a little rough it’s acceptable for this film most of the language is German so be prepared to read subtitles, this doesn’t take anything away from the film it actually adds to it.

Udo Kier is his usual spectacular self as the Fuhrer, this guy just takes creepy to another level, must be the eye’s but he always plays a good Baddie.

This is a very Tongue in Cheek film, with fantastic Dialogue, When the US President expresses her disgust that the rest of the world, apart from Finland have armed their space craft, the reply is “but you lied, you armed yours!”

She replies with we always lie, it’s expected of us! Hysterical.

This is a definite watcher and will become a cult classic, it’s all the little in Jokes and slights that make it. Leave your Political Correctness at home and give it a watch.

 10/10 a definate watcher

Trailer: http://youtu.be/Jth4yATniS4

Film: The Woman in Black

Year: 2012

Cast: Emma Shorey, Molly Harmon, Sophie Stuckey, Daniel Radcliffe, Misha Handley, Jessica Rain, Roger Allam, Lucy May Barker, Indira Ainger, Andy Robb, Ciaran Hinds, Shaun Dooley, Mary Stockley, Alexia Osborne, Alfie Field.

Plot: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Review: This is the second film of the same name based on the novel by Susan Hill, the first from 1989, there is apparently a stage show as well which is supposed to be really scary. I have to confess I haven’t seen the stage show and only watched the 1989 version after this new Hammer Horror version.

The film was classic Hammer the brooding sets the suspense and to a certain degree the tackiness of it all.

Harry sorry Daniel Radcliffe now an angle jawed veteran of stage and screen will unfortunately always be Harry Potter which is a shame as I caught myself muttering “watch out Harry” and “oh Harry you’re all dirty” amongst others which is real shame he played the part well, the scenes were set well the village and the house were perfect for this film, the creepy toys and the mist, spine tingling stuff.

Is the film scary? Erm no not really, it’s jumpy but in a you know its coming way. It has a sense of déjà vu about it, the locked room, and the guy who doesn’t take hints not to go to the house, scared locals, all which kind of add to the Hammer way of doing things.

On the whole if you can get over the Harry Potter thing it’s not actually a bad film, great costumes and scenery and the acting is well up to standard, not blood thirsty just jumpy in places.

7/10 well worth a look, try and get Harry out of your head though!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/7lReemWmO5o