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SIMPLE REVIEW: The Voices

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about The Voices. Now this is a film I saw advertised on TV last week and decided that it would be worth a watch just because I was curious to see what Ryan Reynolds is up to these days. So is it good or not? Well read on and find out!

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When it comes to the story it goes a little something like this:

“Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.”

I thought the story here was pretty interesting, it was dark, creepy, violent, but also quite funny and bizarre. I got a lot of vibes from films like Filth, Life After Beth and Warm Bodies where life goes on as normal but there is a something questionable and out of the ordinary happening where people can’t see. At first I was wondering how the film would proceed and whether it would catch my interest, however, once the more dark and corrupt side of things take place the film definitely gets more interesting and as things go from good to bad and worse for Jerry, you just get curious to see how things will pan out in the end. There is a lot of creepy and atmospheric aspects to the story, but at time things can be quite funny as there are scenes and sequences that make light of such dark and dangerous situations. Oh, and the ending for this film, damn! I was not expecting it at all, I won’t say what happens, but suffice to say it was awesome.

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When it comes to the cast they are all pretty good, but this film belongs to Ryan Reynolds as he does a terrific job playing Jerry Hickfang and some other characters. Jerry is a lovely, friendly, if somewhat confusing and strange individual, he operates in his own little world but just about functions normally when in the presence of others. At first you wonder what the deal is with him, but as the film goes on you come to understand him and while not all of his decisions are right, you do want to see him find peace. Reynolds is an actor who I’ve liked mainly after I saw Buried which is one of the most underrated films of 2010 and still is Reynolds’ best performance to date, and here he delivers another great performance. While Reynolds has a fairly recognisable face, I seriously didn’t see it that much, the man disappeared into the role and was really convincing as this mentally disturbed man and that takes talent.

Anna Kendrick was really good as Lisa. Any time I see Kendrick in a film I get quite happy, I’ve been a fan of hers since Up in the Air and every film I’ve seen her in, she turns in a good performance and the same can be said here. Kendrick plays such a sweet, innocent and light-hearted girl who pretty much wears her heart on her sleeve and has some fun times with her co-workers and Jerry. Gemma Arterton was also great as Fiona, I haven’t seen Arterton in many films since Quantum of Solace, but I’m glad to report that she is still 1) A very beautiful and attractive woman. But more importantly 2) That she is a very good and compelling actress with a lovely and likeable presence. As for Jacki Weaver she was brilliant as Dr. Warren, she was the doctor trying to help Jerry with his condition and trying to steer him in the right direction and Weaver handled the role like a pro, being calm and authoritative but also kind and understanding. Oh and Ella Smith was quite cheeky and nice as Alison.

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In conclusion The Voices is a good film, since it isn’t a big budget film I feel like it will probably get ignored by the general public and that sucks because this is definitely one interesting film with a great central performance from Ryan Reynolds. It probably won’t appeal to everyone as it is quite disturbing and violent, however the intriguing story and good performances on display should not be missed out on.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Voices and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your comments below and let me know what your thoughts are. Until the next time, peace out peeps! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, just the name sounds obnoxious to me. I never had any intention of watching this film but since I needed to kill time before the showing of Cloud Atlas I decided why the hell not? Can’t say I had much hope for that film to begin with and while it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be, when I left the screen I felt like my time had been wasted.

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The story of this film is a continuation of classic fairy tale in which Hansel & Gretel survive their encounter with their first witch and kill her, then years later they become bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Now as the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings are on the hunt for the disappearance of several children and while on that quest they run into the leader of a group of evil witches that they seek out to destroy.

Straight from the beginning I knew I wasn’t going to like what followed. I felt like the film a little overly dramatic in some scenes and after all of the jokes and comedic deaths it is hard to look at these more serious scenes and actually care about them. The story while it had some moments of potential it wasn’t all that interesting, I think this was due to the film’s use of action and humour, at times the film wasn’t sure which one it wanted to use so that’s when things got messy. One thing that really bugged me is the modernization of the story. Now I understand that loads of films do this with remakes, reboots and spin-offs of classic material but this film’s direction just perplexes me. Firstly I know that this film derives from German heritage right? So why do some people talk with American accents and some others talk with British accents? I found that a tad annoying and inconsistent. Secondly if this is set in a time before present then why do people know how to curse so much? Why do Hansel & Gretel wear leather clothes? It’s so out-of-place. And lastly why does their weaponry seem modern with the use of shotguns and fancy crossbows? I know this is the realm of fiction but some of this stuff just bugs me.

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As for characters they were all just there, they ranged from plain to just downright dull. Let’s talk about the main to siblings starting with Jeremy Renner as Hansel. Man, Renner was so lame in this film. His character was supposed to be this cool dude who just cared about kicking ass. But he was just devoid of emotion and I found it hard to like his character at all. Next we have Gemma Arterton as Gretel, she fared better than Renner but only by a little bit. Firstly she is still looking hot as hell! But other than that she was supposed to be the brains of the pair and why she did plenty in the film I still feel like her Gretel sucked. And as a pair Renner and Arterton rarely ever come across as brother and sister, but more like work colleagues or two people who’ve been in a relationship for a long time.

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As for everyone else well you have Famke Janssen as Muriel, the main witch villainess in the film. She just hams up the role and does stuff in a very over the top manner which you can’t take seriously, oh well at least she still looks pretty. Next there’s Pihla Viitala as Mina, again another pretty face but as useful as her character was in the film she didn’t really add much. Also Thomas Mann as Benjamin “Ben” Wosser as the siblings fanboy ranged from mildly funny to very annoying from scene to scene. And lastly Peter Stormare as Sheriff Berringer, man what an asshole! I know that’s technically what his character is meant to do so well done on that front but heck I just didn’t like this guy one bit.

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The presentation of the film wasn’t half bad but it wasn’t all that fancy either. The CGI was decent but was used a little too much in some scenes, also the violence was nice, but not unlike things I’ve seen before and action sequences again were decent but I’ve seen so much better done before. I also wanted to highlight the witches, now I dunno if this is just me but I swear they looked like rejected orcs from the realm of The Lord of the Rings.

One last thing to note was while watching this film I swear I was starting to get flashbacks of Clash of the Titans and that definitely not a good sign when you’re getting flashbacks of a crappy film during the film you’re currently watching. You know it’s hard to hate on a film you didn’t really have expectations for in the first place, but yeah sometimes things just need to be done.

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In conclusion Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was a silly action film that just didn’t entertain me. It seemed so mindless, strange and violent just for the sake of being violent and it also didn’t know when it wanted to be serious or funny. Now there’s probably an audience for this film, I saw most of the people in the screening liked it, I just consider it another one of those action films with little substance.

Rating: 5/10 (Not worth your time I say.)

So have you lot seen this film? If so leave me your thoughts below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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