Review : Fury

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“April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”

On the surface, this movie is about four assholes in a tank, that get a new guy. No but really this movie does some things very, very well, and some things that just kind of fall by the side. To start, this is probably the best rendition of tank warfare ever. The scenes with tank on tank action are really well done and done in way we haven’t seen before. The acting here is also really well done, by everyone. You get some ideas of what everyone has gone through and why and how they had gotten to the places they were when Norman joins the crew. There are some definite slow downs in this movie. Some of the sequences seem to go on for a very long time, and while some do, do well to build a lot of tension, some times you are wondering when will this scene end. So that leads us to the bad parts, when this movie slows down, it slows down. And when it does, it seems to wander around the place a bit. Its also a bit predictable in parts and as a whole. So overall this is a solid movie that showcases the horrors of war and what it does to the people in it, with some great work on tank warfare (btw brad is still wayyyy cut for 50).

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Review : Dracula Untold

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“Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.”

This is a somewhat conflicted movie, that does its best to be something more than it is. First off Luke Evans is a GREAT man for the role. He has the look, he has the physical attributes, he has everything a good Dracula would need. However they are a few problems with this movie. Other than Dracula and his family, none of the other characters are really memorable at all even sultan Mehmed is just kind of meh. Also some of the liberties used in this retelling of a classic story work in some areas, and not in others. The story is also very much predictable, not in a terrible way that wouldn’t allow you to enjoy the movie at all, but just in a way that removes the largeness of the stakes that are trying to be portrayed. The world building was okay, but seemed a bit small. The visual effects were definitely well done, with some very nice set pieces and shot compositions sprinkled in here and there. If what you want out of this movie, is the best Dracula movie ever made then that might not be the case. However if you want decent amount of action featuring your favourite monster of the night, then this is definitely the movie for you. All in all see it for Luke Evans and the possibility that this may be the start of something that can get a lot better now that the shackles of the origin are done.

Review Score : 6 out of 10

Review : TheBook of Life

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“Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.”

The first thing about this movie that really jumps out at you is just of beautiful it is. The majority of the movie is done in this wonderful brought to life wooden doll animation which when the day of the dead aesthetics are added to it are simply stunning. It’s definitely one of the best looking animations you will see this year. The story itself while simple does well to be as multifaceted as possible. The characters are very likeable here also and all the voice work by this cast is very well done. The movie does lack in some original music, and we have seen with movies like Frozen just how much that can help the success of a movie. It also does skew a bit young, in its presentation and overall character arcs, but its definitely entertaining enough for older viewers and still touching enough to pull on the oldest hardest of heart strings. All in all The Book of Life is not the best animated movie you will see for the year, but it does what it has too well enough in a beautiful package.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Review : Gone Girl

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“With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.”

Firstly David Fincher is the master of tension. From start to finish this movie is tense and gripping and keeps your attention for all of its long ass 2 and a half hours. But, this movie is really also an array of brilliant acting. Rosamund Pike, jesus Christ what a show, what a performance. I can’t imagine her not getting an Oscar nomination for this, she’s absolutely brilliant. The second surprising performance here is from Tyler Perry. He plays his role to a T and is really nice injection of balance. All the acting is honestly really good, really, really good. This movie is a slow burn, and that coupled with the length may put off some viewers, but it’s not the movies fault if you have the attention span of a dead house fly. This movie is so dark, intense, twisted and gripping that you can’t help but give it all your attention and mutter curses under your breathe when the proverbial shit hits the fan. If you want to see the best thriller so far of the year, then look no further. My biggest possible gripe with this movie, is that you don’t get closure. Not so much in a way that to say that the story wasn’t ended, but more the fact that it might not have ended the way you wanted, or with the outcome you hoped for. Side note, gaddamn Emily Ratajkowski is fioneee, lol but no I’m officially scared of women now.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : A Walk Among The Tombstones

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“Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.”

A Walk Among The Tombstones from the outside could look like just a different version of his Taken character. However, what we have here is a slow burning, dark tale of a broken man who digs deep down within himself to find it in him to do one last good deed. On his way we really get to see all the demons that haunt a man like him,and we are also reminded of the kind of filth that still roams this Earth. This is a pretty dark movie, with dark themes and some dark imagery, but it isn’t over done. I was waiting for that moment when I would have to look away from the screen, but I never did. What was shown was necessary and anything else was simply suggested, and thankfully for that. In some ways it plays as any standard thriller, but don’t let that take away from the fact that it is a very solid thriller. It will keep you attention. The acting is also very solid, especially from Astro who played his role very, very well. Liam Neeson is also just different enough from his Taken role to not have that identity clash with this one. All in all if you like thrillers, you will like this movie, just don’t expect any life changing experiences.

Review Score : 7 out of 10