Thursday, 24 October 2013
Finally Sylvester Stallone and Arnie in a film that takes you back to their earlier action movie days in a good way. Escape Plan, with it's self explanatory title, is so much better than The Expendables movies simply because it isn't trying to cram in all the action stars and cheesy lines that it can, so the movie can actually concentrate on the story. A good twist although I've seen something similar in a TV show that got cancelled a couple of years ago (sorry to be cryptic but it will spoil the movie), and just a few cheesy moments that are perfectly placed so they are really funny. This is mainly a Sly movie as it's about what happens to his character but he seemed less fresh and more exhausted personally than fictionally, more so than Arnie though his role was less demanding. I would like to see more like this from these 2 actors instead of more Expendables !! And if you like the old school movies these guys used to be in then don't miss this one !!
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Baggage Claim is a great watch if you go with a group of girl friends. Expect a sugary fluffy romantic comedy that has exactly the same formula as all the other ones. Paula Patton (apparently Robin Thicke's wife of Blurred Lines fame) who plays the female lead would be okay if she didn't have a really high pitched, squealy voice throughout the film. It does very quickly start to grate on your ears and you do feel like you should give her a slap to get her out of it!! Her role is actually one that you can imagine Sandra Bullock or J'Lo playing several years ago. A nice variety of male actors have been cast to play her strange exes all of whom fit well into their diverse characters. It is unbelievable the amount of exes she's supposed to have though - is it really like that for all air hostesses? Girls night out, girls night in - this is the perfect movie!
Monday, 14 October 2013
Prisoners covers the frightening subject of child abduction. In reality we hear about it on the news and the parents can do nothing. This films considers the alternative - what if the parents can do their utmost to find their children quickly. Hugh Jackman's character is one that will cross any line just to find his daughter no matter what it takes - whilst his friend, who's daughter goes missing at the same time, finds it much harder to cross that line. The film is 153 minutes long, but the performances and story, as it unravels, are so strong that you don't notice the time go by. Both HJ and Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the cop, are great to watch as the story unfolds, and by the end of the film when they spell it out you probably won't have worked out the ending. Heavy in topic but definitely worth spending the time to watch this one.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
So White House Down - is it better than Olympus has Fallen? Oh most definitely yes!!! An awesome, leave your brain at the door, action movie with all the explosions, property damage and random gun fire that any true action fan would want to see in a film. Okay, so it's not too original as Channing Tatum did end up in a white vest which didn't see as much dirt as was John McClane's, and the bad guys, and story, did make you think of Die Hard, but nonetheless White House Down is fun to watch. Channing T was one of the film's producers so I think it's his attempt at moving away from all the romantic roles he gets. After this, no matter how pretty he is, we can respect him as an action hero. A shout out to Jamie Foxx too but he's already well recognised for his diversity in acting. An action movie I will most definitely be watching again !!!
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Now and again there'll be a movie that doesn't inspire you to write and when this happens you know it was middle of the road bland. In this instance I'm talking about Runner Runner. It was fine to kill 90 minutes but it could quite easily have been a TV movie or, even better, an episode of any crime series. It's surprising that Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake wanted to do this one - I assume they did for diversity. Never see this and the world will still turn.
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Well as you might expect R.I.P.D is extremely similar to Men In Black. Is it better? Not really – the film was kind of mixed. I couldn’t stand Jeff Bridges character who was talking as though he was chewing tobacco the whole time – you couldn’t understand half of the badly written lines he was delivering. Despite this being based on a comic book, Ryan Reynolds didn’t seem to change his acting style at all, okay he was playing a dead guy but he was still stuck in one of his previous serious movies it seemed. Unsurprisingly though it was Kevin Bacon who stole the show – there was nothing extremely unique about his role but his delivery outshone everyone else. And the movie itself? It did pick up as it was going along - the first 30 minutes mediocre, the last 30 minutes great; I suspect if Men In Black hadn’t been done first it would have been much better.