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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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The Actresses & Actors Up for Marvel’s Jessica Jones & Luke Cage

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and once again it is Marvel-related. So with Daredevil well in the works now, it seems like Marvel Studios are finally moving ahead with the next set of Netflix characters with actors and actresses potentially up for the roles of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Deadline brings word this afternooon that Marvel has begun testing actresses for the lead role in their Netflix series “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” and among those names are Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad”), Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective”), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”).

The outlet also reports that two names have emerged as the front runners for the Luke Cage role: Lance Gross (“Crisis”) and Halo: Nightfall‘s Mike Colter. Cage will reportedly appear in seven of the 13 episodes in the “Jessica Jones” series before going on to appear in his own 13-episode series.

“Dexter” and Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg is set to executive produce the “Jessica Jones” series, which focuses on retired superhero Jessica Jones hanging up her tights and opening her own detective agency. Rosenberg is no stranger to female superhero shows either, having worked on the short-lived “Birds of Prey” series on The WB.

“Jessica Jones” is the second of five Netflix shows Marvel will roll out starting next year with “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Following the two will be both “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist,” with all four leading into a “Defenders” mini-series.

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UPDATE:Deadline has learned that Marin Ireland (“The Divide”) and Cleo Anthony (“Transparent”) are also up for the roles of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, respectively.

So what do I think of these choices? Very interesting. I’m not fully familar with all of these people and their work but I am curious about the what each other could potentially bring to the table.

Jessica Jones Potential Actresses

So let’s start with the actresses up for Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter is someone I liked in Breaking Bad, however I haven’t seen any of her other work to be able to judge whether she would be a good fit for the character. Ritter has been in a good few films and TV shows so I guess she most be good for her to be considered for the role. As for Alexandra Daddario, she’s a lady I’ve heard much about but have never seen her in anything, besides a small role in The Squid and the Whale (but I barely remember that film). She’s apparently worth watching in True Detective but until I see more from her, I can’t pass judgement. Teresa Palmer was good in Warm Bodies) she’s been in a good few films, whether she would be a good fit for this character remains to be seen. Jessica De Gouw, yes. I loved this woman in Arrow, she was both gorgeous and deadly as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress and definitely had the acting chops to back up the action side of things. And finally there’s Marin Ireland, who was in Side Effects, but I don’t recall her in that film and the rest of her filmography is completely alien to me, however the amount of awards and experience she’s had in film, TV and theatre is pretty impressive.

Luke Cage Potential Actors

And then there’s the actors who don’t have a filmography nearly as impressive as the women. Firstly there’s Lance Gross who’s just been in Tyler Perry films, that just doesn’t bode well for me at all. Mike Colter is a little better with a more expansive filmography in film and TV, but nothing that’s really too notable for me besides his appearance in Men in Black 3 which I recalled from 2012. And finally there’s Cleo Anthony, this man has been in a few big things here and there but nothing too notable.

Conclusion

In the end these are some interesting choices. If I had to pick out of the actresses then I would pick either De Gouw because of her work in Arrow or Palmer because she’s pretty or possibly Ireland because of her wide experience. As for the men I would go with Mike Colter, he seems like he has the most acting experience, simple as.

So what do you think of these choices? Are they up your ally or do you think that they’re miscast? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Warm Bodies Review

Okay now it’s time to review Warm Bodies, the film I was dreading to watch for a little while now due to the trailer. The trailer made me think that this film was gonna be some boring romantic comedy with zombies and similarities to Twilight, but then some of the reviews I saw for the film were alright so I thought that there was hope for the film. So I went to see it today and it turned out to be better than I expected.

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So the story is set in a zombie apocalypse setting we have a world where zombies roam the streets in two varieties; the basic undead that look your typical zombies and then there’s these creepy skeleton zombies (known as “Bonies”) who are violent, devoid of any human elements and eat any humans they can find. Now within this group of undead we have R, our central zombie character who seems to have more sense than most of the other zombies and has the power to think but mainly moans. While some humans venture into zombie territory, R comes across Julie, a human girl who he becomes infatuated with and saves her from a zombie attack (after eating her boyfriend’s brains haha). From then the two of them have to survive, learn to trust each other and evade “Bonies”. Eventually R and Julie start to bond and this in turn starts to change R from a lifeless zombie to a person who feels more human aspects; this also starts to affect the other undead zombies too. So then many other crazy scenarios ensue and R and Julie’s bond is tested when both the humans and “Bonies” are on the hunt for them.

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I thought the story was nice; it was nicely paced and was entertaining. The whole zombie rules and elements were well-integrated into those characters though at times some of the rules do fluctuate and change from time to time. Some of the humour is lost in the film if you’ve seen the trailers already but there are still a few funny scenes to enjoy. I also liked to obvious parallels to Romeo & Juliet and while it was a teen film with romantic elements, it is a believable and more importantly bearable!

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And then there’s the characters of Warm Bodies who are pretty much the make or break aspect of the film, luckily they’re up to tar. Firstly Nicholas Hoult as R, he was a very enjoyable and entertaining character. I loved how we could hear his inner thoughts and how he told the story from his perspective. Hoult delivers a great performance which is different, fun and hilarious. And there’s the pretty Teresa Palmer who was lovely as Julie Grigio. From the trailers I thought Julie was going to be a little generic, but she was luckily very likeable, relatable and had some good chemistry with R that wasn’t forced. And then there’s my man Rob Corddry as M / Marcus, he was awesome. He’s R’s mate and they hang out and have moaning conversations. His character was also pretty funny, had some funny moments and dialogue and I found it interesting that besides R he was the only other zombie capable of using words. Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin was alright thought he was a bit bland for me. His character definitely served his purpose and Franco played his part well but I didn’t really care for Perry that much. Also Analeigh Tipton as Nora was not only hot but also pretty funny. She was the bubbly friend of Julie and I while she wasn’t in the film as much as the two main characters it was fun to see what kind of weird stuff that Nora would say. And lastly John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio was cool, he was the guy who has a grudge against the zombies and I loved the way Malkovich played his character, sure he’s not in the film very much but when he’s there he is pretty badass.

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When it comes to the presentation visually it was alright, the CGI was decent for the skeleton zombies, however I found it to be a little too fake-looking in some scenes and that bothered me and definitely took away their scary factor in some scenes. Also speaking of the “Bonies” there’s one scene in the film that really reminded me of the chase sequence involving the T-1000 from Terminator 2 which made me smile a little bit. Also the soundtrack was lovely, I liked the whimsical score Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders and the songs used in the film was also lovely.

In conclusion Warm Bodies was a surprisingly nice zombie rom com that had the right amount of story and interesting characters to keep me entertained from start to finish. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer were great as the lead characters and their relationship was the one thing that needed to work and thankfully it was convincing and entertaining. If you get the chance check this film out, its thankfully nothing like Twilight so dudes do not be afraid you don’t have to worry about no Bella and Edward bullshit haha.

Rating: 7.5 (Worth a Watch!)

So what did you think of Warm Bodies? Did you enjoy it or despise it? Whatever your thoughts leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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