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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!

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Film: The Road

Year: 2009

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt, Charlize Theron, Bob Jennings, Agnes Herrmann, Buddy Sosthand, Kirk Brown, Jack Erdie, David August Lindauer, Gina Preciado.

Plot: A father and his son walk alone through burnedAmerica. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food–and each other.

Review: This is a strange one, I have had this film for what seems and age and something else has always been more appealing to watch, Not a fast paced film an one that is not very personal, a post apocalyptic film. Apocalyptic event is unknown so could be anything Nuclear, Asteroid. It’s unclear.

But what is clear is that there is nothing to eat and they are literally running for their lives, a few flash backs fill in the family blanks and why Father and son team are on their own and why they are heading south.

The film is rather slow in places but there is always a sense of foreboding with the odd glimmer of hope here and there, I think the main aim of this film is to show the strength you can have in the face of adversity, how surviving when you have nothing is actually possible, the on screen relationship between Mortensen and Smith-McPhee was electrifying and believable and eventually heart breaking, not that you didn’t see it coming.

And second as the post apocalyptic film that it is Stark, bleak and unwelcoming in every way, a possible look at how things will be if we make the wrong move as a species.

There were a few good cameo’s in the film Robert Duvall as the old man, wandering the wilderness a lonely weary yet worldly wise figure, a small part but defiantly memorable and Charlize Theron as the mother, happy at first and all the flash backs show a happy home life, then the desperation as she sinks more into depression and an inability to cope with the world around her changing, just thought provoking.

So is this film worth a watch? Well yes and no it depends on what you want, a good story and an intense film about the relationship between father and son in a difficult and impossible situation then yes, a slasher, explosion heavy and lots of killing then no not for you.

9/10 well worth a viewing, can’t believe I left it so long

Trailer: http://youtu.be/hbLgszfXTAY