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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Dead Man Down

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about Dead Man Down. Now, this is one of the many films that’s been on my watchlist on Amazon Video for AGES, and since I wanted to watch a film that wasn’t too long, but was also on the overdue section of my watchlist I decided to give this film a watch. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! ūüėÄ

The plot can be summed up as the following: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.

Now I don’t want to say too much about the plot in the summary above, so just check out the trailer below if you want any additional information. I watched this film completely blind and I thought this film was fun, but not too captivating throughout. If you have seen any thriller with a revenge plot then you’ve experienced a lot of these story elements before, and at first, you’re intrigued by the main character and his ties these criminals and this mysterious woman. That being said, certain things start out a little slow and there seemed to be a few moving parts to story that I wasn’t sure how they’d serve the main story. However, once some plot twists and revelations come to light the picks up and gets quite exciting. While some plot points play out as you’d expect, there were some minor aspects that turned out differently than I expected which was nice. One of the things that elevate the film is the cast, firstly there’s¬†Colin Farrell¬†as Victor, he doesn’t talk much especially early on, however, as the film goes on we get to learn more about him and understand his motivations, and it also helps¬†that Farrell can be intimidating and likeable.¬†Noomi Rapace¬†as Beatrice is also really good, she’s a woman deeply affected by an accident that left her physically and mentally scarred and at first, it was interesting to learn about her backstory and how she tied to current events of the plot, and Rapace is so charming, strong and cute in this role, and I think this is the most attracted I’ve been to her as an actress so far. Farrell and Rapace have solid and cute chemistry together. Also, Dominic Cooper is good as Darcy, I liked his connection to Victor and how he played detective to find out the truth of an important death earlier on. Also, Terrence Howard did play a decent villain in the form of as Alphonse Hoyt, he’s smooth yet aggressive and has some great moments to chew scenery¬†and in some ways, this character feels like a precursor to his role in Empire. And finally, Isabelle Huppert¬†as Beatrice’s mother Maman was nice, offering light-hearted and subtle moments of drama with her daughter.¬†Visually the film is pretty good. It felt like there was a strong sense of direction when it came to the action as it was shot and framed well, had some nice violence and gunfights, and the final action sequence in a house was pretty damn cool. Also, the film score from Jacob Groth was good and had some lovely dramatic and emotional moments.¬†In conclusion, Dead Man Down was a decent film, it wasn’t overly original and was a little slow and predictable at points, the performances, style, action and latter half of the film kept me engaged.

So have you seen Dead Man Down¬†and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Sabotage Trailer #1 Review

Hey people of the internet, time to review a trailer again! Today I’m having a look one I’ve been meaning to review for a few days now, it is the review for the next Arnold¬†Schwarzenegger film, Sabotage. So besides having the same name as one of my favourite Beastie Boys songs, this next Arnie picture looks pretty decent and has my attention as another film I may be excited for in 2014.

But before I get into all the details check out the trailer below yo:

Well this looks interesting. Now I am a sucker for a good action thriller, but I am genuinely interested in see what this film has to say. The first thing that sounds out is Arnie and how he has changed his psychical appearance for a role which makes him look a lot more active and interesting than in say films like Expendables 2 or The Last Stand, here it looks like he’s just continuing the roles he did back in the 90’s but with newer faces around him which is cool.¬†I also like the cast involved too. Besides having Arnie which is a huge selling point for me, you also got¬†Terrence Howard,¬†Joe¬†Manganiello¬†and¬†Olivia Williams to name a few. It just seems like an interesting collection of people in one place, I just hope they all have a chance to stand out.

I like the whole family unit idea of this team, how they’ve been through a lot together and have a good bond, but then I’m also down with the idea of conspiracies and inside jobs, and this film seems to have that covered. I hope that the action hold up too with some good film work and choreography because of I’m tired of this films not having some unique visual flair yo.

Now the only worries I have about this film is the fact that a lot of what I’m seeing in this trailer feels familiar. the whole “someone on your team is a traitor” and the whole “hey main character, they’ve got your wife” kind of thing, that and other things haves all been done before.¬†It seems like the trailer has shown me that film has the thriller/crime and action elements down, but I just hope that the story is smart and interesting enough to hold the audience or we’ll just end up with something that is all style and no substance. But luckily we do have¬†David Ayer behind the film, he’s done good work before so let’s hope he does well here too.

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In conclusion Sabotage looks like it could be a lot of fun, I mean sure it’s gotten several plot elements that we’ve seen in action thriller films before, but I think the cast and premise looks cool and interesting enough to warrant a watch. Plus we’re in an age where Arnie is back on the big screen after almost a decade away, I’m gonna stick around and see what he’s up to.

What do you think of Sabotage? Are you interested or excited for this film our are you just not bothered? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Iron Man

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #20 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. So now we again return to 2008 with what I believe to be one of the best comic book films ever in the form of Iron Man.

Yay! Time to talk about one of my favourite films in the last few years and just in general. When Iron Man came out in 2008 my life was changed forever. This was the first film I saw three times in the cinema and it really had an impact on me, I became an Iron Man fan, I became a Robert Downey Jr. and I became obsessed with what other films Marvel Studios would release leading up to The Avengers. So after five years has my obsession with this film changed or is it just as great as ever? Well let’s find out in review.

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In plot in this film the follows Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy and genius who is a weapons contractor through his company Stark Industry. During his time in¬†Afghanistan¬†he is captured by a terrorist group and held hostage, and in this film he crafts a suit of armour and escapes, upon returning to the USA, Stark decides to stop making weapons and become a force for good by upgrading his armour and becoming the superhero known as Iron Man. Unknown to Stark,¬†Obadiah Stane,¬†Stark’s business second-in-command is planning to take the company for himself and take Stark out.

I loved the story in this film. Tony Stark isn’t the typical kind of superhero, he is a man with everything, has no cares in the world and all is perfect for him, but once he’s nearly killed in an explosion, captured by terrorists and has to work with an unknown man in order to survive he learns the values of life and sees the errors of his ways because of the work that his company has been doing. It is a great and well-told story that’s smart, witty and hilarious. While it was again another origin story, this was the first film to deliver one that was different, original and realistic. One of the film’s strongest points is its realism and its ability to feel grounded in the real world, even though the technology and armour that Tony creates is totally futuristic and fictional, the way that the story, characters and tone is crafted makes it work very well in present times.

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Now let’s talk about the cast of this film who are all fabulous at bringing these comic book characters to life. Firstly we have¬†Robert Downey Jr.¬†as¬†Tony Stark/Iron Man. It’s been said before and I’m gonna say it again… Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this role. RDJ perfectly emulates all of the qualities and mannerisms from his carefree, arrogant and funny attitude to the more dramatic and emotional elements of the character once he changes after his capture. RDJ is great and this was the role that put him back on the map and got his career started again and he owes his life to Marvel for giving him the star power that he has now.¬†Also Gwyneth Paltrow¬†as was fabulous Pepper Potts. Paltrow was wonderful, smart, witty and very unlike most female characters who are attached to the main hero in these superhero films. Her character was great because she had some great scenes with Tony, there was a lot of witty banter between the two of them and I really loved seeing the¬†budding relationship building between the two of them.

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Terrence Howard¬†as¬†Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes. Howard was great as Stark’s friend and weapons development person in the US Air Force. You could see that Rhodey genuinely cared about Tony and wanted the best for him while also having to do what was right and take care of his own business. I loved Howard in this role and I was gutted to see him go after this film ended. Now let’s talk about¬†Jeff Bridges¬†as¬†Obadiah Stane, the villain of the film. This was probably my first Jeff Bridges film and I really liked him in this role, Stane was a business man first and you could see that he looked a bit shady. I liked how he pretended to be good but was doing dodgy dealings behind the scenes and discovering his evil plot over the course of the film. I only wish that his character had been a little more developed in the villain role. Also¬†Shaun Toub¬†as¬†Yinsen, I thought he was great. This character was essential to the transformation of Tony Stark and he becomes the only true friend that Stark has, Toub played his role well and had some good screen time. I also liked the inclusion of Jon Favreau¬†as Happy Hogan¬†and lastly this is obviously the film that introduced used us to Clark Gregg as¬†Agent Coulson¬†of¬†S.H.I.E.L.D. and even though his role was small it left a big impact.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is fabulous, there is a great use of special and practical effects that blends well throughout the film. As for the CGI it is sharp, detailed and well-done, but I expect nothing less from Industrial Light & Magic. The action scenes and sequences are pretty awesome and epic, but unfortunately the last fight in the film is not as impressive as it should have been.¬†As for the soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi I really liked it, there were some kick ass tunes that really worked in the action sequences and that point when Tony Stark first crafts his first armoured suit.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve never read¬†any of the comics, but from what I understand from Marvel Ultimate Alliance and the internet, it seems like for the most part the origins of Tony Stark and Iron Man are accurate besides being updated for modern times.

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So to conclude Iron Man is a cracking superhero film that really changed the genre with its serious nature, grounded realism, great story telling and wonderful characters. It is a well-rounded, smart and funny film that had a great deal of character development and cracking action sequences and while it lacks a strong third act, it is still a great film that is worth your time.

Rating: 9/10 (This is was and still is one of the finest comic book films)

So there’s my review people, only 10 more to go. So have you seen Iron Man 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, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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