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QUICK REVIEW: Concussion

Good day to you ladies and gents time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Concussion. After so much time of waiting I got to watch it last night after a long day at work, and I’m glad to be finally talking about this film because I’ve been looking forward to it for so long.

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The story can be described as the following:

“In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.”

What this film did well was to illustrate the dangers of playing American football and show the long-term psychological effects it could have on the players, through Dr. Bennet Omalu’s research and conversations with various other important figures, the informed and engaged you about the game of football and really helped create a compelling, disturbing and dramatic look at the brain damage that players went through. Another element that worked well in the film’s favour was the NFL’s attack on Omalu, it was intriguing to see such a massive company go out of their way to discredit and ruin the man’s career because his research could expose their negligence when it came to the safety of their players. There was also a heavy focus on Omalu’s personal life and while certain elements were interesting, I felt like the focus should have been more on the NFL’s side of things and his battle with them. If this film had struck a balance between Omalu’s life and the NFL’s dealings with him with a more conspiracy and emotional material then this story could have been so much more.

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The cast was great across the board with a fabulous central performance from Will Smith as Dr.Bennet Omalu. I thought that the accent would be distracting, but after a while I really got into it and for a good 80% to 90% of the film I didn’t see Smith and saw Omalu, and I have to give it to Smith for committing to this role, giving us the great dramatic material that he’s known for, but also giving us I think the most subdued performance he’s done for a long time. Albert Brooks and Alec Baldwin both provide some really great performances as Dr. Cyril Wecht and Dr. Julian Bailes. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was also great as Prema Mutiso, and if was great to see Eddie Marsan as Dr. Steven DeKosky as well. And finally David Morse as Mike Webster, such a great performance from him, this character was pretty pivotal to the film and Morse played him with such dramatic flair and sensitivity.

In conclusion Concussion was a pretty solid film with an interesting story and some excellent performances from everyone involved especially Will Smith, unfortunately I feel like there was some missed opportunities to dive deeper into CTE issue with other players and how the NFL had to deal with the issue once it became more recognisable. The film was still solid and deserves to be seen for the story and performances.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Concussion and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Concussion Trailer #1

Good day to you ladies and gents time for my first trailer review in ages and today I’ll be talking about a film I’ve been wanting to see more from for a while now, Concussion.

Check out the trailer below:

So my thoughts after seeing trailer? I’m down, I like it.

This is a film I’ve been following for a while now since the initial premise was put online, but since there wasn’t nearly as much attention on this film as there was Will Smith’s last film, Focus, I wasn’t sure if it was going to see any proper marketing. But FINALLY there’s some footage for this film and I have to say I’m hyped and intrigued. I love films based on true events, especially those where that have corruption and truth being withheld, and this film looks like it has that. This film looks like it’ll be a drama with some thriller elements as well, and I’m sure that it’ll be an emotional journey and I would hope that filmmakers have made the film informative and handles subject matter with care.

I’m just really interested in seeing Will Smith in a serious film again. Smith is a great actor who’s known primarily for his humour, but unless you’re a film fan of the older variety, you’ll probably not have seen some of Smith more serious work. Ali, Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds are the best examples of Smith going into some pretty dramatic territories and demonstrating that he’s someone to be taken seriously. Some people have forgotten how good he is an actor after the likes of After Earth, and this film looks like Smith is going hard in this role. But I think the main talking point of this trailer will be Smith’s accent. As Dr. Bennet Omalu, Smith is doing a Nigerian accent (at least that’s what I’ve heard its supposed to be) and at first it was distracting and hard to adjust to, but I think I’ll get over when the film comes out. I think this will be the make or break aspect for some, as there are already talk online about the authenticity of Smith’s accent, to me it sounds a little off, but sometimes it can be legit and I just don’t know any better. Another thing to note, Will Smith sometimes has a habit of being seen as just Will Smith (similar to what happens to Tom Cruise), but here I just see the character he is playing, he is deep into this role and I’m convinced he’ll turn in a good performance. Besides all my gushing about Smith, I also LOVE the fact that Alec Baldwin is in this film. Baldwin, regardless of his status in the public eye, has done really great work in film and TV and I really like the guy in most things that I see him in and it looks like he’ll be great here too.

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In conclusion Concussion looks pretty good. It looks super dramatic, has a great cast and a story that has me intrigued. I hope this film is good and will be seen by enough people.

So have you seen the trailer for Concussion and if so what did you think of it? Are you down with Smith’s accent or is it not convincing enough for you? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for my latest film review in the form of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. I would have seen this film sooner but I’ve had to wait until I got time off from work. Anyway, I’ve been pumped for this film for a while and I just hoped that it’d be good with all of the awesome stuff that was shown off in the trailers. So is the film good or not? Well read on and find out!

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So the story can be described as the following:

“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.”

The story in this film was really good. Talk about living on the edge, this film goes above and beyond to give you an adventure that insane, dangerous and totally cool. This was definitely a personal outing for Ethan Hunt and this film was also heavier with the spy and thriller elements. The key themes of this film dealt with trust, conspiracies and uncertainty. There was a lot of mystery going on, and at several key points in the film you’re not sure who to trust, this creates a great deal of tension and suspense, and because of the motivations of the main characters it makes for very intriguing and cool story. I really appreciated the odds that Ethan and his friends had to deal with this time, it really felt like an impossible mission with crazy odds stacked against them, and it was put together in such a smart way. Another aspects about this film series is that it is consistent with its codes and conventions. There are certain elements that come into play in Rogue Nation that have been used before, but because it’s part of this world and it’s used effectively, it doesn’t feel repetitive or unpractical. Oh and the’s really funny with a lot of great moments of humour sprinkled throughout. I don’t really have much in the way of negatives with the plot, it was all pretty good.

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As for the cast they are all great. Tom Cruise has still got it as Ethan Hunt. While we get all of the usual cool aspects of Hunt’s character, this time around it really focuses on his personality. The story really gets into his mindset, shows what makes him tick and why he’s so determined to take down his enemies, but also shows that he’s a team player and he cares for his friends. Cruise turns in another great performance and has such a great screen presence, whether he’s fighting, running or standing still looking like a badass, he’s just fun to watch. Jeremy Renner was great as William Brandt, this guy is just as funny and uptight as he was previously, but this time he’s more integrated into Ethan’s team and while he doesn’t always trust Ethan, he always does the right thing. Renner has such a likeable charm and in this film he had a lot of good material to work with. Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn was brilliant. Even though Benji was primarily around for humour, he had a lot of good moments drama and action and I liked how Benji’s character has progressed through this series.

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Rebecca Ferguson I think may be the stand out performance as Ilsa Faust. Ferguson is hot, beautiful and sexy all and the same time, but beyond that she’s a really interesting character. I loved Ilsa’s backstory, motivations and interactions with Ethan, plus she was a damn good spy with crazy amounts of skill, efficiency and badassery. I hope to see her return in future films as she’s too good a character to not see again. Ving Rhames was as Luther Stickell, Rhames just had that nice level of swagger, charm and humour that make Luther fun to watch. Also Sean Harris did well as Solomon Lane, the main villain of the film. what I liked about Lane was that he was always step ahead, he was so sneaky, swift and effortless in his actions, and Harris was really good in the role (although I wasn’t overly keen on the soft/quiet voice). plus Lane was certainly more memorable than the previous film’s villain for sure. Alec Baldwin was a welcomed addition to the MI world as Alan Hunley, Baldwin (regardless of his actions in the real world) is a good actor and in this film he displayed some of his best qualities, the guy is intimidating, serious, but also funny and engaging, and while Hunley’s character isn’t too likeable, he’s certainly fun to watch especially with his interactions with William Brandt. Simon McBurney as Attlee was another great character who was cool yet off-putting and creepy at the same time, and finally Tom Hollander as the Prime Minister is awesome and some of my favourite scenes in the film.

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When it comes to the presentation it is really, really good! I really liked the visual side of things. This film was shot really well with some really cool cinematography with the car chases and fight scenes, I also liked the use of colour and lighting for some of the scenes especially at night as it added levels of tension, drama and looked quite artistic. I also liked the choreography of the fight scenes as they were cool, slick and pretty brutal. The film score by Joe Kraemer was really cool, it had the right levels of intensity, sophistication and drama, and while I did miss Michael Giacchino’s sound from the last film, Kraemer did a damn good job.

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In conclusion Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation was bloody awesome, I knew the film would be good but I’m just so happy that it ended up being another solid entry in this series. This film has all of the best elements that you’d expect from these films, but here the filmmakers found ways to create even crazier action scenes, have a story with a great deal of tension, depth and conspiracy and still make a fun summer film. While I think I still like the more fun-oriented approach of Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation is just as badass and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: The Shadow

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #20 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’m talking about The Shadow.

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This is a film I’m not sure if I’ve heard of prior to starting this month of reviews. I possibly may have seen in it in Alec Baldwin’s filmography at one point or another, but for most part I’d never heard of this film and have never heard it mentioned in the history of superhero films (at least the popular version of the superhero genre). So I was super curious to see what kind of film it would be.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“In 30’s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.”

The story is quite good. I felt like this was a cross between Batman and James Bond, but with a supernatural twist to it. This has elements of a comic book film, but feels more like a supernatural action film that focuses on a tale of evil that lurks in the hearts of men and in this case it’s mainly between the hero and villain. The concept of the Shadow, his history and his powers are intriguing to me and the way the film gives you the information on him is quite good, I just wish that the film had taken a slightly darker/serious approach as it would have added more dramatic layers to character.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Alec Baldwin as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow is really good. Lamont is a very unassuming man and comes across a cool, if somewhat absent-minded gentlemen to the public, but secretly he’s smart, sophisticated and has skeletons in his closet. As the Shadow is a symbol of fear and illusion and I love how he plays with his enemies and takes them out tactically. That being said, sometime his level of intelligence is questionable as he makes rookie errors while fighting certain people which really shouldn’t happen considering his stealthy persona. Baldwin is charming and intimidating in this role, though sometimes his performance can be a little too hammy for my liking. John Lone as Shiwan Khan is great, he’s a descendant of Genghis Khan and is quite articulate and civil for a villain, while his plans are standard evil fare, he has a much nicer and calmer demeanour than the average villain. He’s approachable, calculated and can switch from being nice and calm to being really aggressive quite quickly.

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Penelope Ann Miller is also good as Margo Lane, besides being absolutely stunning, Margo has telepathic abilities and is a strong-willed individual that made her a very interesting and more fun to watch than your standard damsel in distress or love interest. Ian McKellen was lovely as Dr. Reinhardt Lane, he’s Margo’s father and a scientist who’s quite forgetful but also brilliant. Though his screen time wasn’t as big as the other main characters, McKellen was great and it was just surprising to see him in a film like this. Oh and Tim Curry as Farley Claymore, that was great. Curry is one of those actors that if you stick him in any role, you’ll remember him afterward and that’s definitely the case here. I liked how his character was a little more normal than some of this other roles, he’s funny, charismatic, a bit of a douche but a likeable one, but there are also moments where the guy goes crazy and you see that Curry style of performance that you know and love. I couldn’t shake the feeling that Curry reminded me a lot of Eddie Izzard in this film. I also liked Peter Boyle as Moses “Moe” Shrevnitz, Jonathan Winters as Wainwright Barth and James Hong as Li Peng.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is really nice, there’s a great use of colour, low lighting and the special effects are pretty good too. I also liked the 1930’s aesthetic, it was recreated well and fit really well with the supernatural happenings that took place. The one thing that bugged me was the make up used for Baldwin’s face as the Shadow, it was so off-putting to me. As for the soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith, he composes a score that is really cool, dramatic and fits the action on-screen, it feels in line with a superhero film.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve never read any of the comics this film is based on so I can’t comment on that unfortunately.

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So to conclude The Shadow is a pretty good film. It has a lot of the codes and conventions I look for in a comic book film like action, mystery, cool main characters and an intriguing story. I think with a bit of tweaking to the story and a focus on the darker and psychological aspects of the hero and villain, this film could have been great. But as it stands it is an interesting film which I would love to see a remake of because with today’s world of superhero films this kind of property could really shake things up a bit.

Rating: 7/10

That’s 20 reviews done, now we’re down to the last 10! So have you seen The Shadow and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Trailer #1

Howdy people of the internet, time for my trailer review for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Obviously the teaser for this trailer came out on Sunday (I foolishly thought that it was the first trailer, however it was just teaser to a full teaser), but now we have a full trailer to look at giving us our first look at the carnage we’re in for with this fifth installment of this film series.

Firstly check out the trailer here:

So what are my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? I want a piece of this pie yo, sign me the hell up!

Now after the badassery of Ghost Protocol (a film I LOVED), I was not only ready for more adventures with Ethan Hunt but I was also curious/worried as to how this film would come close to that level of quality. And I know from interviews that director Christopher McQuarrie said that he wasn’t trying to outdo the last film, but just wanted to make a solid film. However after seeing this trailer I feel like the people behind this film are definitely trying to up the ante from the last film.

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Looks like the stakes are set possibly even higher than before with a lot of interesting a crazy things going on like:

  • A cool female operative working with Ethan’s crew
  • The CIA are out to dissolve the IMF
  • Hunt and his crew are up against an organisation just as skilled as they are
  • Ethan Hunt hanging off of a plane

As for the plot it seems like Hunt and his crew are going to have their work cut out for them as their main enemy seems to be a bad version of themselves. This illusive group known as the Syndicate are coming after our heroes and it looks like they have a lot of skill and firepower. I’m liking the cast too. Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg like their on-point as Ethan Hunt and Benji Dunn, while seeing Jeremy Renner again as William Brandt makes me smile too. I am however really excited for the new additions to the cast. Alec Baldwin is one of my favourite actors and while he’s seemed less than likeable in the public eye over recent years, I don’t want that to get in the way of the talent that he has. Anways I like how his character looks like the bad guy, seems like he’s going to make things complicated by taking out the organisation that Hunt and his crew work for and creating friction is also fun. And Rebecca Ferguson looks like a great replacement for Paula Patton as the next leading female. Besides being a confident, she can kick ass and is in the thick of the action and I love that. What I also appreciated was that for all the action and serious story elements, there are still moments of humour, a lot of which involving Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise. Whether it is Ethan asking Benji if he has his seatbelt on while in a car that’s flying backwards through the air or if Ethan is asking a woman if he knows her after she helped him beat up his captors, it’s great and well-timed.

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Oh and then there’s the action which looks off the chain yo and some of the stuff I liked was:

  • There’s chase sequences with bikes and cars with people getting knocked down and over cliffs!
  • Cool hand to hand combat moments whether someone is being held hostage or a woman is dispensing people in a dress
  • Ethan jumps off a building into some water hole which looks like it is inside of a fountain area

I know its been said already many times at this point but I’m going to mention it anyway… HOLY SHIT, IT’S TOM CRUISE HANGING OFF A MOVING PLANE, OH MY GOD! Sure that reaction is a little extreme but you have to admit, a 50+ Tom Cruise hanging off of a moving plane is some hardcore shit. This guy must be the western version of Jackie Chan (not nearly as hardcore but you get the comparison). I mean most men at this age would probably start to slow down and not do such crazy and risky stunt work, but Cruise jumps into this madness like a duck to water and shit he goes through for our entertainment has to be applauded. I don’t know how anyone can hate on a guy that works so hard and does badass stuff like this.

I guess my only issue with the trailer is the use of that remixed version of “Ready or Not” The Fugees, it just sounded horrible and out of place, thank god if wasn’t in the whole of the trailer.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation looks awesome, I wasn’t sure if this film would get me as excited as the last one, but my worries were put to bed as this looks just as crazy, if not more than before. The action looks great, the story seems intriguing, the cast looks great and the set pieces look insane. The waiting period for the summer film season has gotten that much harder.

So what do you think of the first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Alec Baldwin And Rebecca Ferguson Join Mission: Impossible 5

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some film news and today it is all about s small cast update to the next instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series, Mission: Impossible 5. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:

It’s been revealed this evening that 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin is in talks to join the cast of Mission: Impossible 5 as the head of the CIA and his role will apparently be similar to that of Lawrence Fishburne’s in Mission: Impossible III. The White Queen star Rebecca Ferguson meanwhile has signed up to play an assassin and femme fatale in what is described as the lead female role in the movie, and she will next be seen in Hercules opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She’s a relative unknown, and though Jessica Chastain was in talks at one point, she has dropped out and Cruise and the studio are now very keen on Ferguson.

I feels like it’s been a while since we had any proper new news on M:I5 besides small interviews and news tidbits here and there, but now we have the first new cast additions to this film and I have to say that I’m down with it. Now I know nothing of Rebecca Ferguson and probably won’t see her in any film until Hercules in a few weeks, but she must have talent if she’s been recruited into this film. I like the sounds of her character, I just hope they don’t make her the automatic love interest for Tom Cruise because that would suck and take away from her badassery. Alec Baldwin on the other hand is one my favourite actors, so to have him included in the next Mission Impossible film is a great thing for me. While I primarily love him because of his work in 30 Rock, he has been a good actor in a few of the films I’ve seen him in and while he’s had some dodgy episodes in the press in the past, I still feel like he is a capable actor.

So what do you lot think of these new casting choices? Be sure to comment below and let me know yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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