Posts Tagged ‘review’

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

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Film: In Time

Year: 2011

Cast: Cillian Murphey, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Shyloh Ooswald, Johnny Galecki, Colin McGurk, Olivia Wilde, Will Harris, Michael William Freeman, Jesse Lee Soffer, Aaron Perilo, Nick Lashaway, William Peltz, Ray Santiago, Matt Bomer

Plot: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a police force known as ‘time keepers’

Review: A disturbingly good film great plot and acting I actually liked Justin Timberlake in this one, more than a passing resemblance to the Bonnie and Clyde story of a couple on the run robbing banks, but instead of money they are stealing time.

Right from the beginning you know exactly what is happening and the problems they face, you cotton on early on how weird it is for everyone to look the same age, as Rachel Salas {Wilde] looks the same age as her son Will [Timberlake] yet she is 50! Also the plot is set early on when Rachel “Times out” seconds before meeting up with her son who has just been given a century by someone who has “lived to long”

He then crosses time zones looking for the people responsible for the time .

He is then pursued by the Time Keepers lead by Cillian Murphy a great young actor who ads smouldering anger and angst to the film, no matter how much Salas gives him the run-around  time keeper Leon keeps his cool.

He soon comes across Raymond Leon who is the time equivalent of a multi billionaire Will is introduced to his Daughter [Amanda Seyfried], wife and mother-in-Law who, you got it, look 25! Freaky it’s like some kind of nightmare.

It only when Timberlake and Seyfried get together that the film kicks off and it comes into its own, a great film with a scary them fantastic all rounder, with more emphesis on the characters than the scenery oh and was great to see Johnny Galecki, Leonard

10/10 awesome film, definitely worth a second and third watch.

Film Trailer: http://youtu.be/efNzhEKm3w4

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:StakeLand

Year:
2010

Cast:
Danielle Harris, Michael Ceveris, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Bonnie
Dennison, Nicki Damici, Chance Kelly, Sean Nelson, Marianne Hagan, Adam
Scarimbolo, Eilis Cahill, Stuart Rudin, Traci Hovel, Lou Sumrall, Gregory Jones

Plot: Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in
an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept
across what is left of the nation’s abandoned towns and cities, and it’s up to
Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin safely north to Canada, the
continent’s New Eden.

Review:
Written by and staring Nick Damici with co writer Jim Mickle Directing, if you
can’t give yourself the best parts then why bother? So what did I think of this
blood fest of apocalyptic Horror? Well actually I liked it, pretty reminiscent
of a few different films in places but that doesn’t take away from the film
overall, there is the Narratives by the Michael [Paolo] which was a little like
Zombieland, another great film, boy meets crotchety old man etc.. etc… there
was a bit of the film the road in  there
as well as countless other ideas that horror and Post apocalyptic fans will
recognise, but as I say that doesn’t take anything away from this film.

The story line is good and
Damici plays the part of Mister as if it was written for him. Characters come
and go and the action has you on the end off your seat, not much in the way of
jumpy scenes however that is more than made up for by the acting, the makeup of
the vamps [forget Twiglet] etc..

All in all this film is a
well put together piece of cinema, pity I didn’t know it was out at the
pictures or maybe it was just straight to DVD here, I don’t know. So if you are
a horror freak or a post apocalyptic fan then this film is for you.

9/10 worth a second
viewing

Film: Black Sheep

Year: 2006

Cast: Nathan Meister,
Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis, Oliver Driver, Tandi Wright, Glenis Levestam, Nick Blake, Mathew Chamberlain, Nick Fenton, Eli Kent, Sam Clarke, Richard Chapman, Louis Sutherland, Ian Harcourt,

Plot: Growing up on the family sheep farm was idyllic for smart, sensitive Harry Oldfield, except for some knavish mischief from cocky
brother Angus, until their dad has a fatal accident. Fifteen years later, Harry has finished sheep-phobia therapy and his ICT schooling and returns. Angus buys him out, all ready to present the genetically engineered Oldfield sheep he bred with a ruthless team. When environmentalist Grant steals a discarded embryo, which has sharp teeth, he gets bitten by it, and thus the first to be infected with predatory hunger and a mechanism that turns any mammal into a werewolf version of a sheep. Running from the farm men, Grant’s mate, student Experience, gets teamed up with Harry and his boorish but gentle pastoral youth friend Tucker. They must survive both the bloodthirsty sheep and their
creators, who didn’t realize this yet but dispose of the antidote.

Review: First watched this film after seeing a trailer on You Tube and was intrigued to see what it was
all about, I wasn’t disappointed. It is what it is, a horror comedy about sheep!

There are plenty of baaaaad sheep jokes and loads of fake gory blood, sheep jumping through the air to attach themselves to the necks of unsuspecting ramblers etc… with hilarious and gore effects.

There have been plenty of people who have reviewed this film and said it was childish and low brow?????? What were you expecting Harry Potter? LOTR? Sense and sensibility. Its sheep and killer sheep at that. It was hilarious.

I watched it again when my daughters boyfriend decided they should watch it, she was petrified and he was in hysterics. I dare you to watch this film and not laugh or even groan at the jokes next time I think I will watch it whilst drunk and see if I get a different view of it. Probably upside
down through bleary eye’s and I bet it’s still funny.

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.

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

Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Year: 2011

Cast: Will Rodman, Caroline Aranha, Charles Rodman, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, David Hewlett, Ty Olsson, Madison Bell, Makena Joy, Kevin O’Grady, Sean Tyson, Jack Kuris, Joey Roche, Sean Conner Roche, Andy Serkis, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Christopher Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo, Richard Darwen

Plot: Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present daySan Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. And it all hinges on James Franco [Rodman] who is trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s so he can cure his dying father [John Lithgow], at the start he realises his dream, then it all goes wrong.

Review: This film was real test for me; I am a massive fan of the original 1986 Charlton Heston version and the subsequent 1970’s franchise.  The first remake with Mark Wahlberg in 2001 was ok but no real whoop, whoop factor.

This film on the other hand was fantastic, from the development of the Alzheimer’s cure through to the Ape breakout and rampage it kept you on the edge of your seat, and it was believable. There has to be private and government labs working on all kinds of vaccines and cures, but what are the side effects?

The writers really did a good job with this story and thankfully they didn’t try to emulate the story lines from the previous films like the 2001 remake did.

Another outstanding part of this film was the CGI, with Andy Serkis [Gollum, King Kong, Burk and Hare, Sex & drugs & Rock & Roll, the list is endless] and the other ape actors in their skin tight suits prancing around so the computer could pick up the movements and facial expressions, a guy who truly doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

This film is well worth a watch even as a stand alone film for people who have never seen any of the other films, there is also a chilling graphic at the end that show the spread of a virus around the world truly makes you wonder about some of the diseases we have now.

10/10 thought provoking after the event, fantastic to watch

Programme: Torchwood: Miracle Day [episode 1]

Date: 14/07/2011 [UK airing]

Cast: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havin, Kai Owen, Bill Pullman, Arlene Tur, Paul James, Marina Beneddict, Brian Guest, William Thomas, Sharon Morgan, Tom Price, Penny Bunton, Ron Butler, Laura Gardener, Charlene Lovings, Laura Morgan, Phil Nice, Robin Sachs, Heather Ann Smith, Russell T Davies

Plot: When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire human race.
The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors – former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.
With Rex under attack from all sides, in both theUS and theUK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood’s return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals – including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs – a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself…

Review: another Helping from the mind of Mr Russell T Davies, a very talented and wonderful visionary who has taken Doctor Who from sad to cool who has managed to start a fantastic and successful spin off in Torchwood, which now see’s us with season 4 Miracle Day.

I was really excited when I first heard that there would be another series of Torchwood, with everyone dead, apart form the immortal jack [John Barrowman] how were they going to pull it off?

Well it seems by going to America and tapping into the mega budgets of the Starz channel!

Is this a bad thing? I don’t know to be honest as a fan of Torchwood and Doctor Who I found the over use of the Torchwood phrase and the tiresome explanations about who they were. Just that, tiresome.

It started out like an episode of CSI or some high budget action film not an episode of Torchwood. No Jack or Gwen till a good 20 minutes into this hour long special, Jack was back with his camper than camp super hero look and his bottle of Retcon, which didn’t work! Why not? There was too much unexplained stuff to confuse new people to Torchwood and for fans of the franchise it was boring.

I have to say I did feel let down after watching this episode it was, to coin an over used phrase at the moment “Americanised” big budget, Mulder and Scully forced action sequences and what was with the Hikers and their T Cosy hats? As a hiker I actually felt insulted by that, but was that for the American audiences benefit? Along with the toll on theMeniBridge, surly they have Toll roads inAmericaand it’s not that amazing to come across one.

Also I would like to point out thatWalesis not connected to the mainland by a bridge, Anglesey is though and although it is part ofWalesit isn’tWales.

With the whinge over, it was the first one and you give the characters flesh to their bones [apart from the exploded guy on the table!] for new viewers so they can have that one, lets just hope that Mr Davies is back to his old writing self for the next episode as I really want this high budget version to work. The team deserve it as they have produced some fantastic stuff in the past.

8/10 Good to have Jack and Gwen back, lets hope the American influence doesn’t spoil a fantastic franchise.

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.