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LATE REVIEW: Central Intelligence

Howdy people of the internet, its review time once again and yesterday I finally got around to seeing Central Intelligence so now I’m gonna talk about it here! 🙂

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So the story for this film can be described as the following:

“Calvin Joyner, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage after he reconnects with an old friend, Bob Stone aka Robbie Wheirdicht from high school through Facebook.”

This film’s story was pretty good, and more importantly funny. As some of you may know I’m a fickle guy when it comes to comedies and I’m always pleasantly surprised when I am able to not only laugh a lot but also enjoy the story too, and I believe Central Intelligence did that for me. I liked about this film’s story was:

  1. There was a little more to it than what the trailers showed off.
  2. There was some depth to the story when it came to the relationship between the two lead characters.
  3. I liked the pop culture references especially with the use of other films, music or other verbal jokes.
  4. It was ridiculous but had enough emotional moments to ground it realism to a degree.

This film was all sorts of ridiculous and that is always my kind of jam, though there were a few things I wanted to nitpick. There were a few things that happened in this film that felt like they were dealt with fairly quickly or not reserved in a realistic manner. Plus the film follows some of the standard story beats that come with comedy films, however, this didn’t overly detract from my enjoyment of the film.

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When it comes to the cast, they all did a great job. Firstly there’s Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as Calvin “Golden Jet” Joyner and Bob Stone/Robbie Wheirdicht, both actors did fantastic jobs in their roles individually and together as well. Hart was essentially the same guy he’s been in most of his recent films being loud, crazy and funny, and while Hart’s style of humour and charisma can be a little overbearing and tiresome at times, it worked fort his film. And Johnson, he was just fabulous and reason I loved him so much was that his character allowed Johnson to show off his acting skills. This kind of material is in Johnson’s wheelhouse but it was also different at the same time, and what I mean by that is Johnson is an action star and has good comedic skills too, but to see him switch between these styles so often with different personas was really interesting and once again shows that he’s come far as an actor since he started how many years ago. And of course Hart and Johnson have great chemistry, and they played well off of each other. The rest of the cast was also good with Amy Ryan doing a good job as the blunt Agent Pamela Harris, Danielle Nicolet was also very nice and cute as Maggie Joyner, Thomas Kretschmann had a nice appearance as The Buyer and Jason Bateman as Trevor, damn what a great part he had to play in this film. But my absolute favourite part of this film was with Aaron Paul as Phil, I won’t say when or why he’s in the film, but he was such incredible and had one line that just made me giddy. 😀

As for the presentation it was pretty good, I really enjoyed the action was it was cool, over the top and well-choreographed when it came to the firefights and hand-to-hand combat. And the soundtrack was great with some great music choices from the 90’s and the film score from Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Göransson was nice as well.

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So in conclusion Central Intelligence was a lot of fun and heck of lot better than some critics lead me to believe, I mean I knew I’d like this film because of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart but it was just so delightful and hilarious that I ended up having a damn good time. It wasn’t super consistent with the humour and I had a few nitpicks with the story, but overall I had a good session with this film and I recommend it for sure.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Central Intelligence and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see y’all on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Triple 9

Howdy people, today I’m back to give you another single paragraph review and it will be on the Triple 9. If you’ve read this blog for at least just over a month or since January last year, then you would be aware of how much I was looked forward to this film and even after the reviews I saw were average, I wanted to see for myself. So without further ado here we go:

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If I were to describe Triple 9 in one word it would be disappointed. Dear god, it hurts me that this film turned out the way that it did because it had the potential to be so much more, when I heard about this film I got so hyped; the genre and premise intrigued me, the cast was insane and the trailers got me SO hyped up, but this was definitely a case of the anticipation outweighing the viewing experience. So what’s wrong with Triple 9? Well there’s a lot of things, but the key elements came down to the story, length and characters, none of it was nearly as compelling or engaging as a thriller film should be. There was all of the regular codes and conventions with of a crime film with questionable moral and ethical choices, betrayal, tension and danger, but it was handled in the least interesting manner. I found that the film had moments of fun, action and good tension, but it was hidden within a story that felt so lacking in charisma and style, around halfway through I stopped caring what was happening, and when the key aspect of this film eventually went down, I felt like it was a little too late. As for the cast, the performances were solid for the most part but none of them were overly impressive. It did hurt that several cast members were wasted especially when it came to Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot and Teresa Palmer felt completely insignificant and while I enjoyed seeing Kate Winslet as Irina Vlaslov, I felt like more could have been done to flesh her out and give her more personality. Casey Affleck was alright as Chris Allen, but he felt so dull in this role, Anthony Mackie did his best as Marcus Atwood but I didn’t like his character and Michael K. Williams’ appearance in this film was unexpected, and yet quite interesting to watch. The most interesting characters were Michael Belmont and Jorge Rodriguez played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins, Jr., these two felt the most fleshed out and interesting, but it was mainly down to their acting than anything else. In the end Triple 9, damn, besides some cool action sequences and moments of interest with certain character moments, but the dull story, bad pacing and uninteresting characters made for a dull and sleep-filled experience.

So that was my review, have you seen Triple 9 and if so what did you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Exodus: Gods and Kings Review

Howdy ladies and gents, even though 2014 is over and I’ve already given you my top 10 films and my end of year review, I still have one more film review to give you before we transition into 2015 and it comes in the form of Exodus: Gods and Kings. Now this is a film I was actually going to give a miss because a lack of interest however near the time of release I heard some good things about the film so I decided to give it a chance. I watched it last night and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The story, can be described as the following:

“Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.”

I thought the story had some interesting updates to the classic tale but overall it just came across as bit dull. From the beginning you are meant to connect with Moses and Ramesses so that you can understand their goals in life, but the film doesn’t give you any time to know who these people are, what kind of connection they have and why we should care. You also don’t care for Moses’ mission to become a leader who has to safe his people because he does nothing significant to be of interest and it doesn’t help that his relationship with god is strained and complicated. I don’t know, all the time I was watching the film I was just comparing it to the original story and The Prince of Egypt and wondered, “Why was this changed?”, “Why did this character do that?” “Who is this random person?” All of the changes in the film felt unnecessary, strange and done just for the sake of change rather than having a good reason for it.

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When it comes to the cast there were performances that ranged from fine to over-the-top to dull. In truth the only person that mattered was Christian Bale as Moses. Moses is the main character, however he isn’t that likeable, he has no great heroic or leader-like qualities and he has no personality either. He’s not a relatable protagonist and when he’s in trouble or is struggling you don’t care because he’s just a bit meh. Bale seems like the only person actually trying to put on a show in this film. Joel Edgerton as Ramesses II, my god, what a bore. This is not the cool character from the Dreamworks animation, instead what we have here is a spoilt brat who has no redeeming features, is not relatable and seems to have a stick up his ass all the time. Edgerton is better actor than this and I feel like this is the worst film I’ve seen him in. John Turturro as Seti I was actually alright, after seeing the horrible performances in Michael Bay’s Transformers films, he was very reserved, calm and quite nice. Aaron Paul as Joshua, it was a bit bizarre to see Paul in a film like this, he was alright but incredibly wasted. Ben Kingsley was decent as Nun but he wasn’t in the film enough to be that relevant. Ben Mendelsohn was invisible as Hegep. Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, all I can say is what a waste of a role. Weaver is just there to stand around and say a few lines, her character could have been played by anyone or written out of the film entirely and it would not have made any difference to the story. What a waste. MarĂ­a Valverde was okay as Zipporah, but she barely had enough screen time to be a fully developed character and whenever she was around she was boring as hell.

The presentation was probably the best thing to come out this film. The CGI is very detailed, realistic, epic and used to great effect in the huge action sequences. The music by Alberto Iglesias is pretty good too, I did like the way it had a certain level of epicness and drama to it.

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In conclusion Exodus: Gods and Kings is serviceable film but an unnecessary one. For all of its grand visual flair it doesn’t have a story that’s interesting or engaging enough for me to care. The characters are dull and forgettable, the pacing is slow and there are chucks of details in the story that get completely omitted for no reason.

Rating: 5/10

So what did you think of Exodus: Gods and Kings? Did you like it, hate it or thought it was alright? Also how do you feel it compares to the original source material? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the new year! Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Need For Speed Review

Good day to all who may be reading this blog, today I’m finally getting around to talking about one of my most anticipated films of the year, Need For Speed.  Now I love car chases in films and I love Aaron Paul, honestly it is a win-win situation with those two points alone. At first I thought the idea of NFS film was absurd, but once the first trailer hit, it had me. All the interviews about this film and the use of practical effects only heightened my anticipation for the film… But I knew in the back of my mind that the film could go one of two ways; it could be really good or really bad. So which is it? Well read on and find out!

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So the premise for the story goes like this:

“Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.”

I thought the story was pretty good, if a little predictable and far-fetched at times. The key themes of vengeance and justice are definitely presented at the forefront of the film in a great way. I thought the story would just be some half-assed attempt at justifying the driving of cars, but it is decent, has some moments of drama, humour and it knows it’s car jargon very well too. At the center of the film is the rivalry between two Tobey and Dino and it feels so real and really drives the plot along. The best way to describe this film is what the Fast & Furious films would be if they had a little more realism. And even though this film isn’t based on any of the games from the series, I definitely see shades of NFS Most Wanted, Carbon and Hot Pursuit coming to mind.

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As for the cast they are all pretty good with some standing out more so than others. Firstly Aaron Paul is great as Tobey Marshall, you can see this is a man who got fucked over by his enemy and now he’s out for blood. While this isn’t his best work, you can definitely see his heart was in the right place as he is just as you can see the emotion in his face when the drama’s going on, but there are the little things like the way he talks or has tiny mannerisms that remind me a lot of Jesse Pinkman. Dominic Cooper is pretty cool as Dino Brewster, this guy is a business man who can talk the talk but can’t necessarily walk the walk as he definitely tells a few lies here and there. Cooper plays the sort of generic bad guy, but he does it with enough style and charisma to make it acceptable and believable. Imogen Poots is also good as Julia Maddon, at first her character comes across as a bit of a snobby know-it-all, but you do grow to like her personality traits as this smart and capable woman.

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Scott Mescudi as Benny is great, this guy is pretty much the main source of humour as he’s always cracking jokes, but outside of that he is a great pilot and seems to come through for Tobey when he needs him. Mescudi was a nice addition to the film and while the role doesn’t show off any deep acting talent, he was good in the film I hope to see him in more films. RamĂłn RodrĂ­guez is cool as Joe Peck, he’s a man who knows his stuff is always keeping things together plan-wise. Rami Malek as Finn is cool and a great source of humour outside of Benny’s jokes. Michael Keaton is amazing as Monarch, he’s this eccentric host of a secret supercar race competition and he has a great way with words as he always has something to say. He’s witty, opinionated, weird and awesome all and the same time and I think this may be my favourite role I’ve seen from Keaton in a while.I also liked Harrison Gilbertson as Little Pete Coleman, he was the light-hearted cheeky member of Tobey’s group who was the youngest of the bunch. And lastly Dakota Johnson is good as Anita Coleman even if she’s a bit underused.

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When it comes to the visual presentation, my god, it is amazing. If you’re a fan of 1970’s car chases then this gives you the modern-day equivalent. The car driving scenes are raw, intense, well-shot, incredibly choreographed and it just a drill to watch. You see and hear cars drift, screech, flip, twist and glide all over the place with great precision. To see some of the camera shots from inside the cars, then on the outside with a tracking shot and then with the POV shots as the cars get massacred, it is incredible. So good.

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In conclusion Need For Speed is very fun and exhilarating film. The plot while not unlike material you have seen before and it does get a bit ridiculous at times, it is still pretty good and is amplified by the cast who are all good, especially my man Aaron Paul. But the stars of the film really is the cars and the chaotic action that is filmed SO well, it simply gorgeous to look at. While some may hate on this film, especially since it doesn’t outdo the Fast 5 & 6, it is still a solid action film.

Rating: 8/10 (A very solid film full of kick ass car action)

So what did you think of Need For Speed? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Need for Speed Trailer #2 Review

Good afternoon people of the interweb, its once again time to review a film trailer and today we’re returning to Need For Speed with its first full trailer! Not too long ago the first teaser came out (trailer review here) and I thought it set a great tone and feel for this film. I was genuinely surprised and excited. So does the new trailer do any better to hype up the film or not? Read on and find out.

But first, check out the trailer below:

Well this wasn’t what I was expecting. My first thoughts after watching that trailer the first time was, “It’s alright.” And I never want a trailer to leave me with that kind of impression. So then I watched it again and this time I liked it a bit more than before, but it still wasn’t kind the kick ass trailer I was hoping for.

Well let’s start with the positives:

  1. Those cars look frigging gorgeous, so slick, clean, shiny and colourful, just like the games!
  2. Aaron Paul’s character looks as badass as ever giving us a character who’s been rubbed the wrong way and is out for revenge.
  3. Aaron Paul is still doing those monologue and it still sounds cool.
  4. Michael Keaton’s character seems very strange and eccentric, I like it.
  5. The central beef between Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper looks interesting and I hope that is a key factor in the film.
  6. The film seems to be taking cues from NFS Underground and Carbon (and possibly Most Wanted if the police play a big part in the film)

So is there any problems I have with the trailer? Well there are a good few things, they’re mainly nitpicks but some are making me concerned for the film like:

  1. The choice of music, I don’t feel like it’s as atmospheric as it was in the first trailer. Plus I hate Muse, but I don’t think they were a decent fit for this trailer.
  2. Some of those moments of humour seem kind of out-of-place considering all the other serious stuff going on.
  3. I see a lot of “I’ve seen this before” vibes from this trailer from some of the character interact to dialogue and stuff and that’s not a good sign. I mean sure originality is a hard thing to pull off but this feels kind of generic of the action genre.
  4. That last scene with the helicopter reminded me of the Fast & Furious films, I don’t like it. While comparisons to these franchises are bound to happen, I’d prefer if some of the stunts and styles of action were a little more different.

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In conclusion while this trailer fleshed out a little more of the story and the action involved, I can’t say that I like as much as the last. Need For Speed still looks like it has the potential to be a good film with a decent story, however there are certain aspects of this trailer that made me film like I as going into a generic film of the action genre. I can only hope that Aaron Paul makes this film come across a little better than it in this trailer.

So what’s your thoughts on this trailer people, was it better or worse than the last? Sound off your thoughts below and I’ll catch ya later! 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Need for Speed Trailer #1 Review

Time to review the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Need For Speed film coming out in 2014. Just a little while ago we got our first look at the film and now we have the teaser trailer that was posted online yesterday. Now that we’ve gotten the introduction out of the way, let’s talk about this teaser!

Here’s the video below:

So what do I think? Well firstly all I have to say is HOLY SHIT! Was not expecting that. This actually looks pretty interesting. Anyone thinking that this’ll be just some Fast & Furious knock-off better think again. This is a different kind of beast altogether. Need For Speed‘s tone is completely different. This film looks like a very dramatic piece of work with a story and plenty of action to go with it. Now regardless of what people say I’ll watch this film when it comes out for one reason, Aaron Paul. Because of Paul’s extraordinary work as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad I have to see how he turns out in this film, I have full trust in his acting talents, I just hope that this film is a win for him and not a failure.

What really sticks out about this trailer is the tone. Holy man is it serious. Granted the NFS series of video games have had their fair share of stories, some of which have been series, but in my experience I have never come across one like this. This NFS film seems to have a very serious and dark tone, from Aaron Paul’s character monologue to the visual imagery of people looking all worried, said and angry to the choice of music, this is just something completely unexpected considering its an adaptation of a video games series about cars.

While this series nature does throw me off a little bit I do welcome it. I mean if you’re gonna make a film that’s based on a series of video games about cars you better have some sort of focus and it seems like the filmmakers have found a way to create a story while still making the cars relevant.

Oh and speaking of the cars, I’m liking the way they’re looking. Some of these styles of cars and racing scenes look like they were ripped straight from the games. I’m getting vibes from NFS Carbon, Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, the way the action is shot and the camera angles remind me a lot of the games and as a gamer I appreciate that.

So is there any problems I have with the trailer? I’d say right now they’re more concerns than anything else. We’ve seen the whole revenge story before, there are a few things that I see visually that makes me think that this good just be another generic action film and as much as I like Aaron Paul I’m not sure if his character will be enough to carry the film should it fail. But that’s just minor concerns.

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In conclusion Need For Speed is looking very interesting and is far more than I expected from a film that should just be about cars. I like the look and style of this film and I think Aaron Paul has the power to kill it as the main character.You know I could be wrong, this film could suck, it has the potential to do so. I’ll wait until the full trailer comes out before I can get a proper feel for the film but right now NFS has my support. YEAH BITCH! CARS! OH! 😀

So what’s your thoughts on the teaser trailer people? Sound off your thoughts below! 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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First Look at the Need for Speed Movie

Sup ladies and gents of the world, time for some film news and today is the first time I’m actually talking about the upcoming film adaptation of the Need for Speed video game series entitled, Need for Speed. Now I’ve known about this film for a while now but now we actually have some visual material to work with so let’s start talking about this stuff! The following information comes from IGN:

DreamWorks has released the first two official images from their big screen version of the EA video game Need for Speed, neither of which actually feature cars.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul leads the cast, which includes Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, and future Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson.

”Dominic is kind of the antagonist of the film,” Paul explains to Entertainment Weekly. ”Dakota is my character’s ex, and now Dominic’s character is the new guy she’s seeing.”

Kid Cudi and Aaron Paul in Need for Speed.

Dominic Cooper and Dakota Johnson in Need for Speed.

Here’s the official plot synopsis: “Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing. The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.”

Need for Speed, directed by Act of Valor’s Scott Waugh, opens March 14, 2014.

Photos via DreamWorks.”

So yeah now that we have a synopsis and know the cast of the film I have to say my interest has gone up just a little bit. Besides having Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad (the only reason I was going to watch this film), Michael Keaton’s in it too and so is Dominic Cooper too, nice. As for the synopsis it sound a bit questionable, but has the potential to be cool if handled correctly and not taken too seriously, remember it’s based off of a video game series.

Now let’s talk about those images! Firstly you have image number one with Kid Cudi and main man Aaron Paul. What I get from this is that Paul is probably the main character and is probably the best driver around with particular skills, along with his potential token black man friend. I dunno why I get that impression from Kid Cudi, but in these kind of films having a token cool black guy as the friend of the main character seems pretty standard. Now let’s talk about image number two with Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots. So Cooper’s the bad guy right? So I can assume he’ll be a boss-like man that’ll make trouble for Aaron Paul’s character and possibly do some crazy driving himself. As for Poots, I only assume she’s around to help Cooper with his tasks and since we know that she used to be with Paul’s character at one point that’ll obviously create some tension.

So what are my thoughts on the film as whole? Well I think Need for Speed could be something cool, but it also has me worried. Basically NFS is coming out in a post-Fast & Furious world where those car films have been around since 2001, so it’ll be hard for this film to establish its identity without coming off as a clone (even though the NFS was influenced by the first F&F film, the NFS series preceded the films by six years). NFS just needs to establish itself as something different from the Fast and Furious films and something that is actually worth watching. I think with its video game source material it’s possible, I just hope the writers were aware of what material they were working with.

In the end Need for Speed could go one of either ways; 1) it could be a successful different kind of car film and create its own series and stand alongside the Fast and Furious series or 2) It could be a really generic, poorly written and painful film that just makes the F&F series stronger, I guess we’ll see what happens next year.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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