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The Fate of the Furious Review (Audio Edition)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another film review and today we’ll be talking about another one of the big films of 2017; Fast & Furious 8 aka The Fate of the Furious… However this time it’ll be in audio form via my podcast, Film Focus!

Check it out below:

This episode went out last Saturday and I was meant to post about it on my blog last week, however I got a little too busy so I had to wait until now. I probably won’t do a written review so this will be the only review I do for this film, hopefully you find it informative and fun to listen to as it allows me to express my feelings on a film to the highest degree. Also if you have any feedback or suggestions I welcome them so be sure to holla at me in the comments section.

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So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Moana Review – Beautiful, Familiar & Different

Good day to you ladies and gents and welcome to the first of three new film reviews, today I had a lovely three film session at the cinema and now I’m going to talk about one of my most-anticipated films of 2016; Moana. I thought after Zootopia, I wouldn’t be expecting anymore animated Disney films this year but then I remembered this was coming out towards the end of the year. The trailers definitely had my interest and the positive word of mouth coming out of the US recently got me really giddy for its UK release. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

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So for those not aware here’s a brief synopsis:

“This film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in hopes to save her people.”

The story is definitely not anything new if you’re familiar with Disney animated films, this means that the story beats and overall doesn’t offer too much new and plot’s easy to predict, that being said, Moana has so much more to offer with its culture, characters and life lessons. The film’s just so different with its spirituality, mythology and magic, and deals with themes of self discovery, family, destiny and having courage in the darkest of times. One of the key aspects that I loved was Disney’s approach to the Polynesian culture and mythology, it felt like the behind the film did the research and were able to create a world with its own sense of identity. If I had any nitpicks I’d say the film was quite humourous too though not nearly as funny as I’d hoped, and it definitely felt more child-friendly than it was for adults and I kind of wanted something a little darker.

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As for the cast they were great. Let’s start with the stand out star, Auli’i Cravalho as Moana Waialik. Here we have a character’s who is headstrong, athletic, kind and charismatic and from a young age she’s likeable and destined for better things, and over the course of the film she grows and becomes so much more, and I loved Cravalho’s performance especially with her singing. And then there’s Dwayne Johnson as Maui who is fun yet self-centered. Just when I thought I couldn’t love Johnson any more than I do now, he voices a shape-shifting demigod and the dude’s on fire in this role. Johnson brings all of the charisma from his life-action roles to Maui who is fun, charming and larger-than-life, he kind of reminded me a lot of Genie from Aladdin. I also loved the chemistry between Cravalho and Johnson, it clearly showed through the character back and forth which was delightful and hilarious. Jemaine Clement was a surprise favourite as Tamatoa, this character was quirky, strange and funny. Rachel House did well as Gramma Tala offering some great moments between her and Moana, and Temuera Morrison I was just about able to recognise by voice as Chief Tui Waialiki, he was really good. Nicole Scherzinger was fine as Sina Waialiki, and no offense to Alan Tudyk because I love his work both in live-action and voice acting, but I thought he was wasted as Heihei; a character I didn’t even know had a voice until the credits rolled.

When it comes to the presentation it was incredible. Visually Moana is one of the best animated films I’ve seen in recent years, there was a great deal of care given to the 3D CGI and even after seeing incredible visual spectacles like Toy Story 3, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Big Hero 6, Disney are still finding ways to create these insanely detailed and realistic films but still retain the charm and familiarity of their traditionally animated films especially with the character design. The art direction is fabulous, the colour palette is vibrant and varied and the mixture of 2D and 3D animation is inventive and pretty. Oh and that soundtrack by Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’i is gorgeous, I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the songs I got into and it was also impressive how they incorporated both english and the Tokelauan language. Straight from the beginning I was into “Where You Are” and then enjoyed “How Far I’ll Go”  (though maybe it’s because it appears more than once), “You’re Welcome” was one of my favourites, but I think the stand out was “Shiny” damn that song was catchy and a pure delight. 😀

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In conclusion Moana was a lovely film that continues Disney’s streak of impressive animated films, and while it is a little familiar in its story structure, the cultural elements, amazing visuals, strong characters and catchy soundtrack make it worth a watch.

So have you seen Moana and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to drop your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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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: Ballers Season 1

Good day to you ladies and gents, how are you? Today I’m back with a another one paragraph review and today I have another TV review in the form of Ballers season 1.

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Now Ballers has been on my mind for MONTHS, the only reason I wanted to see it was because of Dwayne Johnson, I mean the premise of the show was never felt too captivating, however considering that I’d gone through the majority of my TV shows and the second season of this show will start next month, I decided to check out season 1. The thing about Ballers is that it’s good and fun to watch, and while it’s not quintessential TV, it has enough humour and drama that its worth a watch. I’d heard so many lukewarm to negative reviews about this show, so I was a little worried after the first few episodes, but I found myself really getting into this world, wanting to learn more about the business side of American Football and engaging with the ups and downs that people in the industry faced. Though it has to be said that the more dramatic and emotional material either got resolved too quickly or was presented with no proper resolution. But the show’s not all about drama, humour also plays a pretty big part as well and while not all of it lands, there are plenty of funny moments that come specific characters and scenarios. As for the cast everyone does well, however, it’s Dwayne Johnson that carries this show as Spencer Strasmore. Johnson brings all of his charisma and charm you’ve come to expect from him, but as a retired NFL player turned financial manager, this role allows him to flex some more of those serious muscles and he fares well. I also really love Rob Corddry and Troy Garity as Joe Krutel and Jason, Corddry brings a lot of humour and has a great chemistry with Johnson, while Garity is quite slick and cool in his role. John David Washington is pretty good as Ricky Jerret, annoyingly foolish yet interesting l NFL player, Omar Miller is also humourous and likeable as Charles Greane, and I also like Donovan W. Carter as Vernon. In the end Ballers season 1 was fun and interesting, and while the content of this show fluctuates in the quality of its story and character material, it is short and enjoyable and sets the stage for more interesting material in the future.

So have you seen season 1 of Ballers and if so what do you think? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to comment below and I’ll se ya on the next TV review, laters! 😀

 
 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Pain & Gain

Howdy people, time to try something different. Today I’m going to do a review in a single paragraph and it will be on the 2013 film Pain & Gain from Michael Bay. So without further ado here we go:

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Pain & Gain is a film that I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. On one hand it was more engaging and watchable then anything that Michael Bay has made in years, though, I feel like the film could have been a lot better if it had handled differently. The concept of bodybuilders running around stealing money, kidnapping and killing among other things is very strange yet enticing especially when you know these are true events that happened in the world. While there are certainly moments of violence and tension, I think the film’s main problem was in its execution of these true events as there was a big focus on humour and Bay’s director traits that felt kind of distracting and I think if the tone of this film was more serious and less stylised it would have benefited better. But that’s just me. Beyond that I actually enjoyed this film a lot because of the ridiculous nature of some of the events especially when it came to seeing the three main characters Daniel Lugo, Paul Doyle and Adrian Doorbal’s antics. Those guys were so foolish and it was interesting and hilarious to see their scenarios play out individually but also together too. Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie had good chemistry and I really liked Johnson as he was so hilarious and different in this kind of role. Tony Shalhoub and Ed Harris also did well as Victor Kershaw and  Det. Ed Du Bois, III and I also enjoyed the appearances from Rebel Wilson and Ken Jeong too. In the end the film certainly an interesting experience but one that could have been better.

So that was my review, I may try something like this in the future, I guess we’ll wait and see. Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: San Andreas

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a more recent film review and today I’m going to be talking about San Andreas. Now when I heard about this film and saw the trailers, I wasn’t sure if I’d want to see it or not. I mean it was just another disaster film right? And I’ve seen plenty of those, would the addition of Dwayne Johnson sway me? Probably not. But since my dad wanted to see it the other night we gave it a shot and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The plot can be summed as the following:

“In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his daughter.”

The story in this film is familiar and yet serviceable. I got a lot of The Day After Tomorrow vibes from this film as there are very similar story elements and if we’re talking just in general, then I was also reminded of 2012 too. But those previous films aside, this film is about a rescue mission in addition to the seismic activity, earthquakes and people caught in middle of these crazy situations. as usual there’s an emotional aspect added to the main character and the people surrounding him, it’s not bad but it’s not great. I think the one thing that bugged me was the forced romance that I saw a mile off as soon as said characters laid eyes on each other. There is also a fair amount of humour too, some of it works and some it really feels forced.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Dwayne Johnson was awesome as Chief Raymond “Ray” Gaines, the film mainly works because of him. Johnson has this natural charm, charisma and a muscular body that helps draw us fans in, but beyond that the man is becoming a better actor and with each serious role he shows his talent more and more and I bought his character, his troubles, his occupation, he sold it well and it helps that he’s just magnetic presence on-screen. Carla Gugino was good as Emma Gaines, Emma has history with Ray and while its nothing we haven’t seen before Gugino handles her material well enough. Alexandra Daddario as Blake Gaines was fine too, I’m not going to lie I was distracted by Daddario’s beauty in this film, but otherwise she was charming and fine in her role. Also Paul Giamatti was good as Dr. Lawrence Hayes, I liked his character, he seemed very smart and looked like he wanted to use his knowledge to save the lives of many people in danger.

Ioan Gruffudd was pretty good as Daniel Riddick, this was the first major film I’ve seen him in for a while and he was fine in the film, though his character was a douche though. Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Ben Taylor was alright, but his character felt quite annoying and dull at times. Art Parkinson, who played his brother Ollie Taylor fared a little better, this guy had some comic relief moments and some worked well and others not so much. Archie Panjabi was good as Serena Johnson. I was surprised to see Kylie Minogue as Susan Riddick, but she was fine too, but my biggest surprise was seeing Colton Haynes as Joby. I kept looking at his face but I couldn’t pinpoint where I’d seen him before until I got some and realised it was Roy from Arrow, the frigging blonde hair threw me off! 😛

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When it comes to the presentation, its pretty damn good. Visually the film boasts some kick ass action sequences thanks to some well-crafted CGI to demonstrate on this destruction and chaos whether it is buildings falling, a rock slide, earthquakes or a tsunami, it looks very cool. I would say however that some of the special effects look a little blurry and not as polished as some other scenes. Also the soundtrack by Andrew Lockington is quite nice with a good sense of energy and power.

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In conclusion San Andreas is pretty good disaster film. While it does have all of the standard codes and conventions of this genre of film and it does get a bit dull during some of the talking moments, the film mainly succeeds thanks to the central performance of Dwayne Johnson and some pretty cool action sequences. I was surprised by how much fun I had with this one and I would recommend it to all that are interested.

Rating: 7/10

So have you seen San Andreas and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts on in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Furious 7 Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I am here to review a film I’ve been waiting to see for AGES, I am of course talking about Furious 7. After the good times with Fast 6 in 2013 I was ready for the next film especially after secret ending with frigging Jason Statham showing up as the villain. So now we have the seventh chapter in this crazy series that just can’t die and it promises a lot of fun, action and drama. Is it good or bad? Read on and Find out!

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The story is as follows:

“Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government.”

The story was good, this is a tale of drama, revenge, family and remembering who your are and what you stand for. This film changes its style again becoming more of an action thriller with spy elements, and that in turn gives this film a bit more realism and familiar codes and conventions. For the most part things were fun, cheesy and emotional, though I feel like this story did get a little too busy and too melodramatic at times. That being said what I appreciated the most was the way in which this film incorporated the several elements from all of the previous films and put it into one film, and it really is fun for long-term fans of the series. If this was the last film in the series then it would have been a great ending because it is ends in such a lovely way.

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Now when it comes to the cast, these actors continue to give us some good performances with nice chemistry and plenty of charisma. Firstly Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto was great, the guy is still the cool badass we’ve come to expect, but is also very caring and determined. And Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner was also good, this time his character has a little more depth to him with him adjusting to life as a parent. Walker nad Diesel have such a great connection as long-term friends/brothers and you can tell that it expands beyond the films into real life because of their good chemistry. Walker’s performances have never been of the best quality, but I would say that this is my favourite in this series, it is kind of hard to watch knowing he’s not part of this world anymore so it was nice to see him in another fun film. Oh and the send-off Walker got in this film, beautiful. Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, wow. While Johnson wasn’t used as much as he was in the previous films, when he was on-screen he had some of the best lines and fight scenes. I loved him. But now its time to talk about Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. Man, these days I love Statham, while his roles don’t vary much, he knows how to be charismatic, fun and badass and this has to be one of his best roles in a while. He is a threat, can fight against the toughest men and unlike some of the previous villains I feel like Statham was an actual threat that had good motivation for his actions and he was always in the thick of the action.

Michelle Rodriguez was once again good as Letty Ortiz, Rodriguez was more fun and charismatic this time around and seeing her intact with Dom and get stuck into action was awesome. Plus, Rodriguez looked incredible, I almost fell in love with her all over again. 😛 Once again he have some good times with Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris as Tej Parker and Roman Pearce. They have good banter and are mainly there for comic relief, though there was a little more for both of them to do. Tej got a little more action time, while this film established that Roman was clearly the joker of the group, he’s a fool, but a funny fool for sure. Kurt Russell as Frank Petty was someone who I got a lot of fun from in terms of his dialogue and persona, he was both serious but also humourous. And finally Jordana Brewster was good as Mia Toretto, Nathalie Emmanuel from Game of Thrones was pretty and good as Megan Ramsey, Djimon Hounsou was unexpected, but good as Jakande and Tony Jaa was totally badass as Kiet, such a badass with his martial acts.

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When it comes to the presentation this films continues to deliver the goods as it is frigging awesome. By now you’ve come to expect the over-the-top, crazy and unrealistic action sequences and this film gives you more of the same, except MORE HARDCORE! If you’ve seen the trailers you know what I’m talking about. There are people falling out of the sky in cars, surviving explosions and falling from high distances, crashing cars through skyscrapers and so much more. It is absurd and I love it. The filming of the action is done in more intricate ways than before with more variety in the cinematography and an increase tracking shots especially when it comes the hand-to-hand fight scenes. They are wonderfully shot and had some shots that reminded me of Kingsman: the Secret Service if you look at the way some of the shots are framed. The soundtrack by Bryan Tyler is once again very good offering up a film score that’s energized, powerful and yet soft in the emotional moments.

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In conclusion Furious 7 is great, it continues the momentum from the previous two films again with cars, beautiful women, chaotic action, one-liners and fun performances from the cast. James Wan has done such a great job at taking over the reigns as director, he gets the look and feel of this series right and continues to fuel the fire aggressively. Sure the film is ridiculous, over-the-top, and a bit messy at times, but the pros outweigh the cons for sure, and for fans of the series, you owe it to yourself to see this, it is hella good.

Rating: 8/10 (It’s over-the-top fun at its finest yo)

So have you seen Furious 7 and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you lot on the next film review, laters! 😀

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

 

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Furious 7 Trailer #1 Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a new trailer review and today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the latest film in the Fast & Furious series, Furious 7.

Check out the trailer below:

So my immediate thoughts after seeing the trailer? Cool, I’m down, gimme.

This trailer doesn’t hold back on the crazy, over-the-top stunts and action sequences that this series has been known for since 2009 with Fast & Furious 4. I mean the first scene involves Dominic Toretto and his crew, in cars, driving out of a plane, landing on mountain side road, then rescuing a girl from an armoured van with guns and Brian O’Connor escaping the same van as it falls off of a cliff and grabbing on to a moving car after jumping. If that doesn’t sound of look inside then I don’t know what is. It is ridiculous, but it is the kind of ridiculous action that I like.

So in seems like the theme of this film is revenge. New villain Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) lost his brother to Toretto’s gang, so he’s taken Han-Seoul-Oh from them and now both sides want a piece of the other. I like stories involving vengeance, it also adds an extra layer of tension and drama to any genre and it works here because of the personal connections that each character has to said person. I can see that Teretto and Statham are gonna butt heads at some point and I can’t wait.

Beyond that it looks like the trailer is ready to give you exactly what you’ve come to expect from this series, with drag racing, fancy cars, lavish locations, hand-to-hand combat, firefights with guns, pretty ladies in skimpy outfits, themes of family and Dom’s crew being targeted by some form of law enforcement. I can see that there is a lot of Paul Walker in this trailer, so I assume that he filmmakers want to give him the best farewell possible and show of the man’s skills one last time. Also we have your standard cool Vin Diesel moments and Dwayne Johnson looking all muscular and badass and Jason Statham looks like he’ll be making some big waves in this franchise which I can’t wait for. It is montage of madness, but it is looking so delightfully slick, stylish and chaotic and I’m actually really liking the way this film looks and I want it now.

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In conclusion Furious 7 looks like more of the same except with different locations, stakes and the addition of Jason Statham. If this film is half as good as the trailer suggests then I’ll be having a good time with this film next year. Fast 5 and Fast 6 took this film series to new heights and has shown that series has a fire in its belly that hasn’t gone out yet and I can only hope that this film follows in their direction.

So what do you lot think of the first trailer for Furious 7? Are you down with it or not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Hercules Review

Howdy ladies and gents time for the first of many new film reviews to come and today we start with Hercules, the latest film from Brett Ratner that stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character. Now I honestly had little to no interest in watching this film as the trailers hadn’t sold me at all, but since the film group I joined recently had it listed as a film to watch last week I decided to jump in and see what was going on. So how was the film? Well read on and find out.

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The premise for this film can be described as the following:

“Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”

This film is definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ kind of films. From the trailers I thought I had this film worked out, but it totally took me by surprise how good the film was in every department. The story was straightforward and easy to comprehend, the characters were all likable and memorable and the presentation was very well executed with big set pieces and an awesome sense of style. This film once again reinvented the main mythology associated with Hercules, but does so in a way that is believable and interesting, also the modern-styled dialogue and emphasis on humour was a welcomed change from the more serious and embarrassing Greek mythology adaptations we have gotten in the past (*cough* Clash and War of the Titans). I also like how the film for all its cheesiness also had a bit of depth to it, there was some nice and dark backstory elements thrown in that actually worked that I did not expect to see in a Brett Ratner film.

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As for the cast they did a serviceable job in their roles and I don’t think there were any weak links to be found from what I saw. Firstly let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, man who dude looks like a tank! Johnson right now maybe the peak of physical human perfect I think lol. But enough about his looks, I though Johnson did well as Hercules and gave us a different and interesting take on the character, the man is definitely getting better as an actor and it helps that he has a great screen presence and good charisma too. This Hercules is strong, but is humble, he is a mercenary but still has honour and he also has a bit of a dark past too which added a bit more to his character as well. John Hurt as Cotys, King of Thrace was good as always. Hurt is a man ho does well playing roles that are either good or bad and I liked him in this film because he did come across as a nice man but easily changed his tune later on and was quite wicked. Rufus Sewell as Autolycus was probably my favourite of Hercules’ companions. The man has known Hercules the longest and he comes across as righteous man when his friends are involved, that being said he always has his eyes on the prize and makes numerous funny remarks throughout the film.

Ian McShane as Amphiaraus was great, he was the funniest of the bunch, constantly talking about his visions of the future and the time of his death which lead to some very great moments in the film. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was as hot as she was deadly as Atalanta. This character is clearly a warrior, she got into the thick of the battles, knew how to deliver the pain and has a lot of love and respect for her friends. And I dunno if it was just me but I constantly thought, “Man, this woman looks a lot like a younger Nicole Kidman.” Aksel Hennie as Tydeus was good too, this character was strange and odd, but awesome as well as he was a nutter. I liked is backstory as well and I feel like I connected with him a lot despite the fact that he rarely talks. Reece Ritchie as Iolaus was nice as well, he was the nephew of Hercules who tells of these exaggerated tales of his conquests, but is also looking to make a name for himself and become a warrior too. Rebecca Ferguson was also decent as Ergenia, she wasn’t just there to be a love interest but was a strong character who had good motives and had a fairly important role to play in the grand scale of things too.

I also have to say that the presentation in the film was pretty cool too. On the visual front this film had some really cool action sequences, there were big scale wars, good but not overused CGI and nicely choreographed fight scenes with Hercules and his band of people to get stuck into.

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In conclusion Hercules was a surprisingly fun, interesting and had some hidden depth to it too. The film knows what it is and doesn’t try to be any more than an entertaining action film full of cheesy humour and good characters. This is the first solid adaptation of the character from Greek mythology since Disney made him popular in the late 90’s, I would recommend this to people who are not only fans of Dwayne Johnson but also for people looking for good summer action films, it is one of the good ones.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Hercules and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are e sure to leave them below and I’ll catch ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Fast & Furious 6 Review

Honestly I never thought this series would make it this far. After Fast and Furious 4 back in 2009 I thought the series was done, but then Fast 5 came out in 2011 and was a massive success breathing new life into the series. So here in 2013 we have Fast 6, a film that looks even more insane than the last and adds new and old faces to the frame. Is it some good stuff or stupid stuff? Read on and Find out!

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Story is as follows:

“Fast & Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five, but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs offers to clear the group’s criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw and his second in command, Dominic’s presumed-dead lover Letty Ortiz.”

These films are never really watched and admired for the story but for what it was it was good. The plot got from point A to point B at a swift pace, it was really funny at points, there was some nice connections to previous films in the series and while the story and dialogue are a bit cheesy to take in at times for the most part it doesn’t ruin the film. Also there is this theme about family that has always been present in the series and it definitely applies in this film, the group as they are now, you feel like they are a family, that they’re connected and I like how that element of the film stays true throughout.

Now it’s time to talk about the characters of the film and luckily all of them are good for the most part. Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto is still cool as hell. He is well-connected with his crew, still knows how to drive and has some cool moments of action too. He’s all-round cool and I can’t fault him. Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner was good too, though I really dunno what else to say about his character because it’s always been a bit plain. Now let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, Johnson was such a badass in this film and he was ripped as hell! I loved his dialogue and action scenes and he’s just got a great natural charisma on-screen.

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And then there’s Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris as Tej Parker and Roman Pearce. They were great in the film, with Ludacris’ character being the tech expert while Roman was another driver who also got a bit of action time too. I loved the interaction between Tyrese and Ludacris they had good screen time together and there was plenty of laughs to be had from those two especially with Tyrese, that guys is funny.

As for Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, it was great to see her back in the series and find out what happened to her. Also Sung Kang and Gal Gadot as Han Seoul-Oh and Gisele Yashar were also good in the film and it was great to see the return of Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, though she wasn’t in the film as much as I’d hoped the screen time she did get was great.

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As for the new cast members, Luke Evans as Owen Shaw was nice as the new bad guy in this film. He was smart, decisive and was always a few steps ahead of Dom and his crew. And lastly there’s Gina Carano as Riley, holy man she was hot as hell in this film. Besides being a nice addition to the film she kicks so much ass in the film, literally! Carano definitely puts her fighting background to good use here and when she was beating people up or just delivering the pain I dunno why but I got a very sexy vibe from her. Don’t ask me why that’s just the way she makes me feel! 😄

When it comes to the presentation it is easily the best element of the film. The Fast & Furious series has always been known for its over-the-top action, crazy set pieces and law defying moments in time and this film is no different. Fast 6 introduces tanks and planes into the mix along with all the fast cars that’s defined the series for so long and its all handled in a fine and stylish manner. I love the way the action is shot, there’s some nice camera angles and a lot of the driving sequences reminded me of Need For Speed Underground and Carbon. And then there’s the other side of the action in terms of the fights and holy man the fights in this film are cool, nicely choreographed and hectic as hell! These fights are brutal, nice to look at and sound very pain thanks to the use of good sound effect, and it is here where Gina Carano and Joe Taslim really shine here and put their skills to use is some really impressive scenes.

In conclusion Fast 6 is just some good summer movie fun yo. Its ridiculous, action-packed and throws the laws of physics out the window. The film knows what it is and knows how to entertain where it counts and you can’t ask any more from a film then that right? Whether I like this film more than Fast 5 remains to be seen, but I’d say they’re pretty on-par with each other. Honestly go out and see Fast 6 it’s some kick ass stuff yo! 🙂

Rating: 8/10 (It’s over-the-top fun at its finest yo)

So did you like Fast 6 or did you hate it? Also are you fan of the series as a whole or do you think it should die? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you lot on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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