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Non-Stop Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I return with my second film review of the day in the form of Non-Stop. Now like Ride Along, I had no intention of watching this film initially because I saw trailers and all I saw was Liam Neeson doing Taken again in an airplane. But then I started hearing that the film wasn’t actually all that bad and some people really liked it, so I decided to check it out to see what the deal was.

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The plot in the film goes as the following:

“An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.”

Thriller films are always good so long as there is a good story in place with all the good codes and conventions that come with films of this genre, I honestly thought that this was gonna be just another by-the-numbers action thriller film and while the story wasn’t the best, it really surprised me how investigated I got in it. Straight from the start you know something’s up and the film does a clever job at making everyone a suspect, you’re practically as lost as the air marshal is and that was great. Also the film was very suspenseful and full of tension and my god when shit gets real things get pretty heated, add to that the genuine mystery surrounding the anonymous texting passenger and you have a pretty good hunt for the person responsible as there are good twists and turns that keep you on your toes. That being said, for all of the good points, there are some bad. Toward the third act is where the film starts to become a little implausible and absurd. As the situation starts to get even more dangerous it causes people to do the most random and ridiculous of things without any proper logic which is just baffling at times.

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When it comes to the cast they do a pretty good job with some standing out more than others. Liam Neeson as Bill Marks is just a s cool and badass as you’d expect. If you’ve seen him in either of the Taken films or Unknown you know what to expect. The film just feels like an excuse for Neeson to show off how hardcore he can be and this film definitely shows that off. But besides hat Marks is a man on his own, he seems like he wants to save everyone, but the odds are against him pretty much the whole time and you do start to question whether he capable of saving everyone or if he’s just extremely paranoid. Also one other thing to add is that Marks is very quick to judge and has some very rough interrogation methods which were pretty unnecessary and crazy. And then there’s Julianne Moore as Jen Summers, I thought she was good in her role, she played a very nice and supportive character who crosses paths with Bill and becomes involved in the conspiracy. Also for some reason I thought Moore was pretty hot in this film, I’ve always considered her attractive but in this film for some reason I liked her a lot. 😛

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Michelle Dockery is great as Nancy Hoffman, Nancy is just the innocent party in all of this and has to adjust and adapt to these crazy situations while helped Marks out. Also my man Scoot McNairy from Monsters is great as Tom Bowen, I really liked his role in the film. Nate Parker as Zack White was good too as he had some interesting and funny scenes, and I think I was the only one who saw this character and thought of Zack from Might Morphin Power Rangers haha. I also found a nice surprise seeing Lupita Nyong’o as Gwen Lloyd, I had to check very closely just to see whether it was her and I was happy to see her here. And finally Corey Stoll as Austin Reilly is pretty good too, he’s a concerned attendant that gets a decent amount of screen time too.

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In conclusion Non-Stop was a pleasant surprise as it was action-packed, full of suspense and had good twists and turns. It does get a bit ridiculous at times especially towards the end, but if you can get over those nitpicks then you’ll find a decent bit of entertainment in this film.

Rating: 7.5/10 (A fun bit of chaos in an airplane… With Liam Neeson!)

So what did you think of Non-Stop? Have you seen it or are you’re gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts are leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see you on then ext film review. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Monsters Review

Yo yo yo, ladies and gents of the internet, I return again for another film review from the past and this is one I did not expect to be talking about for a while but since I saw bored the other night I decided to re-watch Monsters. This small little indie sci-fi film I saw in the cinema in 2010 and really liked it even though a lot of people didn’t and since the director is taking on the upcoming Godzilla film I thought I’d have a look at this film again and see if it was still a good time or not.

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The story for the following:

“Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”…… Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.”

monsters3I really enjoyed the story this film had to tell as it wasn’t your convention kind of sci-fi film, while it certainly aliens, they were never the main focus of the film. Instead it is about two unlikely humans who happen to be paired together and have to venture through dangerous territory in order to get home. There are definitely some recognizable sci-fi elements, but the way it is blended together with the indie sensibilities and drama aspects are pretty smart and unexpectedly heartfelt too. The film is also one you have to invest time in as it doesn’t move too fast and while some may claim it to be boring, I think it feels just right for the tone and story this film is trying to tell. At times the film can feel at awkward because of the ad-libbed nature of the script and non-actors they filmed with but at the same time it adds to the authenticity of the scenarios.

As for the cast they do well, thought the film revolves around Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able and thankfully they carry the film well. Scoot McNairy plays Andrew Kaulder, a photojournalist who at first is a bit of douche because he’s very selfish, opinionated and is only interested in his own goals, but eventually due to the nature of his journey and relationship with Samantha he changes and becomes a guy you can root for. Whitney Able as Samantha Wynden is also good, I’d say not as likeable as Andrew because she doesn’t say much and frowns a lot, but over the course of the film you start to get attached and root for her and Andrew to survive through the messy and unlucky situation. McNairy and Able have good chemistry and it isn’t surprising considering that they are together in real life.

monsters8When it comes to the presentation I think its good, visually the main CGI used is on the aliens and considering it was all done by Edwards on his own I think he should be commended. I also liked the music by Jon Hopkins which has a subtle and yet impactful effect on the film especially in the emotional scenes.

I think the reason this film got a bad rep is because a lot of people mistook it for an actual monster movie, I know the title sort of suggests something along the lines of a monster film but film titles don’t always tell you what the film is about. I never saw any trailers or marketing for the film so I don’t know if it was marketed as a monster movie, but a lot of general audience members misunderstood the kind of film that this was and as a result they slated it saying that it was boring, dull, not what they expected.

monsters-2In conclusion Monsters is a unique type of premise and while it doesn’t do anything radically different to turn the genre on its head, for an indie sci-fi film it is pretty impressive with the human story, central performances and  the special effects. I think it’s a great directorial debut for Gareth Edwards and I hope he blows us away with Godzilla. Also I only found out the other day that this film has a sequel coming out entitled Monsters: Dark Continent, might have to check that one out.

Rating: 7.5 (A very different kind of sci-fi film with a lovely human center)

So have you seen Monsters and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts, drop them in the comments section below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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