Review : Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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“Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.”

Let me just say, this is very likely the most fun you are going to have in the cinema all summer. I can also report it’s also most likely the best Mission Impossible movie yet. This movie starts off right where the last movie ended, and continues on a fast paced, action packed rollercoaster of a time that is fun from start to end. This movie also has basically no real flaws or draw backs. There is a very solid story here, that is suspenseful and takes some twists and turns. The action is extremely well done, and well acted by EVERYONE in this movie. Like seriously, everyone here does a really amazing job at every action scene they get to do, and the rest of the supporting cast even when not in an action scene, does very well at delivering their lines. There is also a good bit of humour here that is done is way that is very organic and fits in with the rest of the film seamlessly so it doesn’t seem like forced jokes. Whatever you are doing this summer, put aside some time to see this movie at least once, it WILL be worth it.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Southpaw

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“Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.”

In many ways, this movie reminds me of Nightcrawler. It’s a movie where Jake Gyllenhaal is border line amazing in his performance, and the rest of the movie is very good, but just not as good as him. His acting here is really the main headline, but there is a good movie built around it. This movie is however a bit self indulgent in its spiral down the depression hole. The other performances here are also really all well done. You really can and do get a sense of each character, where they are from, and how they connect to Billy “The Great” Hope. Now this movie one can say is a bit cliched in it’s story, or where the story goes, but, the acting and directing here are done so well that you don’t mind going through the same plot points. As much as their is a story here, this movie really is about the characters, and the directing. It isn’t as totally a performance piece like Nightcrawler was, but the biggest difference here is that some of the other parts of this movie are filled in by Fuqua’s directing. This movie is emotional, its depressing, its full of great acting, its has good directing, and you really buy Jake as the champ. If you like boxing movies, dramas, movies about life in general, you should like this movie a lot.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

Review : Pixels

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“When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.”

To be pretty clear, this movie is very entertaining, but it isn’t very funny, so it’s kind of hard to decide how I feel. On the one hand, the movie is entertaining and gives you a good time with all the old school gaming action, and the way it is done is pretty good actually. On the other hand, this movie is supposed to be a comedy, but the comedy here is few and far between in my opinion. It was like they told Adam Sandler, that this movie couldn’t be rated R, so he had to cut out all of his usually jokes, and the resulting movie only had those jokes that could pass for lesser rating. That however, is something I also think helps this movie, in that it is what allows the movie to be more entertaining like i stated earlier. This kind of dichotomy of entertainment that we get from this movie is what will be the biggest part of determining how you feel about this movie. On one side I was entertained, but on the other I didn’t laugh like i thought i should have. There is fun to be had here, and the video game action is done very well, but at the same time, i think this movie should have punched a bit more with its jokes.

Review Score : 6 out of 10

Review : Paper Towns

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“A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.”

Just like Margo Roth Spiegelman, this movie is a bit of a mystery to me. What we get is a coming of age love story of sorts, thats also a cautionary tale, and mystery movie. It tells the story of our two main characters and the evolution of their relationship, and what it means to be in love. the movie also centres around the our main character Q’s best friends. One of them is really cool and normal, and you can understand their relationship. the other one however, is such a dick for most of the movie, that you wonder why no just punches in the face from time to time. So later on in the movie, some of the development that happens didn’t really hit me in the way that it should. And that sentiment, is kind of echoed in a few different aspects of this movie. Cara Delevinge does a good job at playing the main character of Margo, but her character itself is a bit misleading in a way that ¬†is never really resolved, which leaves you feeling kind of incomplete. That is probably the best way i can describe my feelings towards this movie, incomplete. All in all, i think this movie is a good idea, but something in the completion left it feeling incomplete for me, and not really being able to connect.

Review Score : 5.5 out of 10

Why the BvS trailer might be the best ever made…

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One of the major things to come out of the recently concluded SDCC, if not the main thing out of it, was the release of the new trailer for Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice. What we got was 3 and a half minutes of pure majesty, that could be considered the greatest trailer ever made, and i’m to explain why.

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World Building :

In 3 minutes, this trailer paints an amazing picture for us of the world we are getting. We see the destruction of the city but from the point of view of Bruce Wayne, giving us the first glimpse of the seeds of conflict between the two heroes. We see the state of the public opinion, that is definitely split, and the position we see being taken by the government who see Superman first off as a threat and liability. There are also many hints and teases left in the trailer to give us an idea of the history of this world also. The joker spray painted robin costume, giving us a clear idea that we may get our first view of the Batman after the death of a Robin. We also see what is likely the destroyed ruins of Wayne manner. We get to finally see the first appearance of Kryptonite in this universe, as well as a possible introduction to the character of Doomsday, through the retrieved body of general Zod. The introduction of Woman Woman also shows us that she has been around for a little while and has been blending in rather than stick out for now.

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New Characters :

This trailer gave us the first and best debuts yet of most of the new characters set to be in this new movie world. We see the new Alfred as played by Jeremy Irons, the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. As well as a slew of smaller introductions of other characters set to help fill out this world. Even without much dialogue from most of these characters, and none at all from Gal Gadot, we get a really good sense of the characters and their place in this universe.

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Easter Eggs and Inspiration :

All of this new trailer, is filled it easter eggs and nods to the inspirations behind the story of this film. One of the big easter eggs AND nods here is the spray painted robin suit that we see in the bat cave, giving us nods to the Death in the Family and Killing Joke story lines of Batman. We also see the major inspiration of the Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns story line here too, from the shots of the armoured Batman, to even one shot where we see the dark knight in the tell tale pose from the famous cover of the aforementioned dark knight graphic novel. Kryptonite is seen for the first time in this universe, as are nods to Aquaman and Doomsday.

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Batman and Superman :

Possibly even more importantly than the new looks and images we see of both Batman and Superman, are the looks we see of Bruce Wayne, and Clark Kent. The trailer gives us this idea that a big part of what we will be seeing, is a conflict between Bruce Wayne and Superman, and Clark Kent and Batman. Bruce sees Superman as massive threat and Clark being the reporter he is, see Batman as a mad vigilante that does more harm than good. Adding a deeper layer to the over arching Batman and Superman conflict.

From the beautiful imagery we see, to the religious and political themes there is soon much that this trailer does and gives us, that it pretty much impossible i think to find real faults with it. Wether you are a fan or not of either DC or comic book movies in general, i think a lot of respect has to be paid to this trailer and hopefully the movie will be up to the same standards.

Review : Ant-Man

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“Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”

Ant-Man is the latest in the now long running films that make up the Marvel cinematic universe. It features Paul Rudd as the title character, and you may be like hmm, Paul Rudd, isn’t he a comedian, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but let me explain. So this movie is one of the bigger departures we have seen since the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Winter Soldier, where those movies were very different in tone and type. The Winter Soldier was really a political thriller, in the same way, this movie is a heist movie, with a lot of well done comic relief.Thats not to say however, that this movie doesn’t also have its full comic book action side. This movie on a whole does feel a lot smaller than the other Marvel movies, but not in a bad way either. It gives us a story that takes place in the same world of the Avengers, but without needing to have stakes so high that everyone would be asking why aren’t the avengers here. The cast on a whole here i think was really, really well done. Everyone really added a lot of feeling and weight to their characters, that gave the movie a much more relatable and personal feel. Overall, if you are a fan of these Marvels movies, you may have a few problems with this movie when you compare it with the other movies. As just the single Ant-Man film however, it really is very well done, and it is also really nice to see these movies go into different territories. Btw, there are two different end credits scenes (a mid and post credit scene), so make sure and stay till the very end.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

In Case you Missed It

Unbreakable:

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The younger generation out there, probably shudders in fear at the mention of the name M. Night Shyamamamamalan, known best for making garbage movies like The Village and Avatar the last airbender. The year 200 however, was still a great time for the man who made the twist ending a huge deal, and that was the year that Unbreakable came out.

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In many ways it was a movie ahead of its time. It dealt with an idea we are all too familiar with now, but at the time was really something different. It was a look at the idea of superheroes and supervillains, and the relationship between them. It was also a serious look at these ideas and these relationships played out before us, without mention really of superhero nature of it until the very end. It also gives us a really good look at the concept of what becoming a hero entails.

On the other hand, it also gives us a great look into the mind of a villain, and how those labels really come about, and let me just say, it’s not always as black and white as it seems. The acting and, and I stress the AND here, and directing are really top class. They create this tone and manage to keep the tone of seriousness and intrigue throughout the entire film. A movie certainly worth your time if you’ve never seen it before, and worth a re-watch if you have.

Cheers