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Liam Neeson in a plane playing an Air Marshal, I think I'm gonna hire him as a bodyguard! All jokes aside here's the positives/negatives.
1. Liam Neeson is awesome, enough said. But in all seriousness, you care about his character throughout the entire film and he displays this masculinity about his character, and he definitely fits this type of role. Julianne Moore was also good too.
2. The tone; this film is very thrilling and pretty suspenseful. I was glued to the screen for the most part and I cared about everything coming out of everyone's mouth. I was also invested in finding the bad guy and I had confidence that Liam Neeson's character knew what he was doing despite all the negative stuff happening to him.
1. This film has a tonal shift once the final act happens and things go down. Before the final act this film was very claustrophobic and very grounded and thrilling. Once the final act happens it turns into this cliche action movie, especially a scene with slow motion and stuff that happens that make no sense. Despite all of that I still did enjoy it.
2. The final act felt tact on and I was kind of expecting more, however I was still invested.
3. It is kind of cliche, nothing about it is really original. It does kind of copy off other films but it is to be expected with most action movies these days.
Non-Stop is a claustrophobic, thrilling and entertaining time. The premise and such is quite familiar but you'll probably have a good time and Liam Neeson definitely kicks ass as usual. Check it out.
This film was atrocious. I can't believe how much they dropped the ball on this one... Let me explain the positives/negatives.
1. The scene with Reed and Ben as kids was handled okay.
2. Victor von Doom killing people in the hallway looked creepy and not that bad.
3. The cast is trying despite given a terrible script.
4. There is potential because of Josh Trank directing, who did direct Chronicle which is my favourite found footage film.
1. The performances; every character sounds like they are contractually obligated everytime they speak. Nobody feels like a person the acting is very mechanical and dry. Even though the cast is good and I can tell they are trying the things they are saying just don't work and the jokes don't hit!
2. The tone; this film takes itself way too seriously. The jokes (if there are any!) don't hit at all, this film is so uninspired, it makes the previous Fantastic Four movies look good, because at least you kind of laugh at how bad they are but this film takes itself too seriously. Serious tones only work for certain films like The Dark Knight, but it doesn't work here!
3. The villain; what happened!? Victor von Doom is a joke in this film, not only is he weak but he has no motivation. He is just a bad guy and he looks horrible! At least in the 2005 Fantastic Four they atleast got Dr. Doom's costume right, here they attempt to translate him on the big screen but they do it completely wrong! Dr. Doom is one of the most badass villains and they took a complete dump all over him!
4. The final battle is atrocious, this whole film is boring lacking any action. Now we finally get an action scene but it is terrible and forgettable. One punch and Dr. Doom is defeated. No epic showdown, nothing! Good job guys....
This might actually be my least favourite comic book film. Don't watch this movie, don't even watch it on Netflix like I did. Poor Josh Trank, he was treated like an animal by 20th Century Fox. I'm just waiting until Fox gives Fantastic Four back to Marvel. All of those positives I listed aren't enough to be redeeming qualities. Absolutely disappointing excuse of a film.
Starring Tom Hanks, written by the Coen Brothers and directed by Steven Spielberg..... I don't know how to process that. Well not surprisingly that combo worked!
1. The characters and performances; Tom Hanks can do this role in his sleep, he was phenomenal, I cared about his character and I understood where he was coming from. He is very likable as well as being by the book and having good morals. Mark Rylance was great, he embodied that character so well and I surprisingly cared about his character despite him being a soviet spy. The rest of the cast is good.
2. The story; this film does have a lot of talking scenes however I found myself invested in the story and interested what was gonna happen next. I felt as if I was learning something cause of how smart this script is, this film has some interesting messages within it.
3. The visuals; this film is shot very well thanks to Steven Spielberg and the cinematographer in charge. This film has a classic look and feel to it and all the better for it!
1. It is a little long, there are quite a bit of talking scenes but because this story is written so well and is very investing I didn't mind the talking scenes. In fact they were quite comforting and interesting to listen to. However this film is a little long.
Bridge of Spies is one of the best Spielberg movies I've seen in a while and is definitely a perfect addition to his library. Don't go in expecting it to be action heavy however expect a very well written and well acted movie.
The Martian was so great! I loved every minute of it! Let me explain what I loved.
1. The characters; this film has a humongous cast so I'm going to list the stand outs, well for me anyway. Matt Damon was mesmerizing in this movie. He was entertaining, he added a lot of humanity to his character and when there are scenes where he is sad as well as going through some difficult situations, you feel it. Chiwetel Ejiofor was awesome! He is very likable and you are on his side when he tries desperately to get Mark Watney off Mars. Jeff Daniels was great as well as the rest of the cast. Everyone did a great job!
2. The tone; this film is pretty funny actually. The jokes are well written and it helps to keep you enlightened. But then there are times where things go down and its very intense and heartfelt, this film manages to balance both tones very well. This film had a danger of being too sappy but they nailed the tone well!
3. The visuals; this film is shot very well. The scenes at Mars are breathtaking as well as kind of scary too because of what Mark Watney is going through. The CGI is handled well, even though it is kind of obvious that it is CGI however the film had me invested so much that I didn't care.
The Martian is absolutely awesome! Ridley Scott directed this film very well, Matt Damon pulls off one of his best performances in years and if you haven't seen The Martian, you definitely need to check it out. I love this movie, one of the best sci-fi films in years.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was a fun movie. But is it any great?
1. The characters; Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt again steals the show in these movies. He commits to the action scenes so well and he honestly is very good even besides the action scenes. Jeremy Renner was great as William Brandt, he actually did a really good job especially during some dramatic scenes. Simon Pegg as Benji was funny as well as awesome! Rebecca Ferguson was badass and sexy as Ilsa Faust. Ving Rhames was cool as Luther Strickell. Alec Baldwin was great too and the rest of the cast was awesome, it would take me forever to explain them all.
2. The action; the action was spectacular. The plane scene where Ethan has to hold onto the plane while it takes off was so intense and terrifying to watch, be careful Tom! The car chase scene which led to the motorcycle chase was awesome, Christopher McQuarrie really knows how to film a good car chase. The opera scene was fun as well as the final chase down. All of the action is filmed well and is a lot of fun!
3. The story; its very interesting and you are on the edge of your seat on every corner of what they do. It works very well.
1. The pacing; it does drag at times and the pacing can be slow. Some scenes I'm like "can we move on now?" which is not a very good sign...
2. There wasn't anything remarkable about the villain, he was pretty intimidating but he was kind of forgettable unfortunately.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was a very fun and riveting action film in my opinion. It doesn't quite exceed Ghost Protocol for me, which had a lot more energy. But Rogue Nation is a more subdued film and is a great addition to this awesome franchise!