Review : The Gift

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“A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

The Gift is the directorial debut of Joel Egerton (he wrote this too), and he really did a great job in the directing department. All his camera work is slow and deliberate, that builds a really deep dark sense of tension and intrigue. This movie also stars Jason Bateman is a really master class of dramatic acting coming from a predominantly comedic actor. That same subdued and under played directing gives the acting a real chance to shine here also, and it really is a actor and character driven story. This film is full of tension, but tension that really builds up to the point where when it snaps, it realllyyyyy snaps. The story movies very slowly, but it needs to, it needs to build this suspense, and build this pondering. As far as thrillers go also, and this movie IS a thriller. I actually can’t remember the last time i saw a thriller in cinemas that made the audience actually gasp and jump. It definitely is a small movie, especially if you compare it to the likes of a Gone Girl or films like that, but i feel that smallness just ads to the sense of almost claustrophobia this movie will give you.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

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Review : Hitman Agent 47

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“An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.”

Hitman Agent 47 is a bit of mixed bag, some good, some bad. For one, there are some plot points that the movie gives away in its trailer and its own synopsis, that i think the movie would have done much better to keep a bit hidden. It also lacks the budget it needs for some of the aspirations it has as a movie, but it tries its best to work through these problems. The movie does do its action very well. It is well choreographed and well shot, in a way that fits into the overall look and feel of this movie. The action itself is very well paced and keeps the movie exciting. Some of the dialogue here is pretty cringe worthy, and hard to listen to sometimes. I think anytime someone has to say “You’re already dead…you just don’t know it yet,” that the writers of the movie need some inspiration. Hannah Ware, does a pretty good job here with her role, but her character development does seem a bit rushed. The entire movie does also seem a bit rushed, because they try to cram a lot of back story into this movie, to keep you up to mark, and help set up any possible sequels. All in all Hitman is another entry in the not amazing world of video game adaptations, but its not rubbish either.

Review Score : 6 out of 10

Top 10 Favs! No. 2

The Matrix

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In 1999, a very young version of myself went to a local cinema, to see The Matrix. Safe to say, my life has never been the same since. The Wachowski Brothers brought us something that we had never seen before, more than something actually, many different things. It was a revolution in film making in many ways also. It introduced the world to “bullet time”, and it even pioneered new filming techniques to be able to capture and create the effects it so effectively blew the audience away with.

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The Matrix introduced us to some of the most memorable and most quoted characters. Everyone knew who Neo was after this movie. Everyone knew   “I know kung fu,” everyone knew the sound of slow motion bullets as the rippled past. No one would or could forget the first time they saw Neo lean back in slow motion dodging bullets, something we had never seen before. We also got of the most compelling villains we had seen in ages. Everything he did and said left a mark, from the way he would say “Mr. Anderson,” to his trade mark shades, we all remembered Agent Smith.

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The Matrix was one of those movies, that you never forget the first time you saw it, you never forget the way it made you feel about movies. That’s a big part of the reason that this movie will stick with me for a long time.

Review : The Man from U.N.C.L.E

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“In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.”

Is this movie basically Archer the live action movie? Yes. Is this movie a lot of tongue and cheek fun? Yes. Is this movie any good? Lets discuss. So this movie is a new take on an old tv show from a long time ago, and it gives us a real pastiche to spy movies of old, and the tropes of spy movies of that era. Like those movies, and like my reference to Archer earlier, this movie really is a lot of fun. It takes itself just seriously enough to allow for some decent action and chase scenes, while letting the quips and the like fly free throughout the film. The cast here is also all pretty good, with the real stand out being Alicia Vikander, who does a really good job at playing her character and giving her a real soul. The plot is nothing amazing to talk about, but there were only so many types of stories to be told back in the day. That is probably where this movie would fall most short, in its inability to make more of the movie, more relevant to the modern day and age by drawings some parallels that would be a little more relevant. All in all, a pretty decent fun movie, that you won’t regret seeing with a nice big bag of popcorn.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Review : Straight Outta Compton

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“The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.”

Straight Outta Compton tells the story of the rise to prominence of one of the biggest forces in the western music world in N.W.A. Now you don’t really need to know about the group or their lives to follow or appreciate this movie, but you will have a slightly different view on the film if you do have some idea before hand about the life and lives of these characters. Those characters, are also the shinning stars in this movie. Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre, Jason Mitchell as Easy E, and to a lesser extend O’shea Jackson Jr as Ice Cube as do a phenomenal job, at bringing these characters to life, and bringing a lot of weight and intensity to them. This movie is actually really full of tension, with moments that really get your blood pumping. Something also has to be said for all the actors who portrayed young versions of actors, like young Snoop Dogg and young Tupac. The focus of this film does wane a little towards the end, but there is a lot of story here to tell in as short a time as possible, but I don’t think it detracts too much from the film as a whole. The film also does seem to skew a bit on the safer side for main characters themselves, but i did expect that going into the movie, knowing that people like Ice Cube himself is a producer on this movie. All in all Straight Outta Compton is a really well done and engaging look at the life, times, ups and downs of the life of these men.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Top 10 Superhero Movies Ever!

Here is my list guys of what I think are pretty much the best movies ever made in the genre of Superhero or comic book movies. Let me know what you think, do you agree with my list or is there something you think should be on here? Cheers.

Watchmen_cast10. Watchmen

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9. X2: X-Men United

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8. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

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7. Captain America 2 : The Winter Soldier

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6. Spider-Man 2

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5. The Incredibles

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4. Ironman

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3. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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2. The Avengers

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  1. The Dark Knight

Review : Fantastic Four

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“Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

So this new Fantastic Four movie, has really been put through the works. Terrible set reports, and what not, but we finally have the final product here and what it is, is really a mixed bag. The movie takes so long to setup some of the characters, that later when it really needs to get going, it goes into over drive and just rushes to a conclusion. This movie is really what this series needed a few years ago, instead of the Fantastic Four movies that we did get. Another big problem in this movie is the villain, yet again for one of these comic book movies. They waste one of the best villains in not just the Fantastic Four universe, but in comic book villains in general. I feel like a lot of this movie could be fixed in post production, with some better editing, and better pacing. Also, a lot of the scenes we saw in the trailer, aren’t in this movie. Why i will never know, i just know that thats usually never a good sign. All in all this new Fantastic Four movie is a bit of a disappointment, but could still be salvaged going forward.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

(p.s. look out for my first Video review coming out later)