Movie Review: Chappie

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Chappie (2015)

R  | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 6 March 2015 (USA)

Ratings: 7.3/10 from 29,838 users   Metascore: 41/100

Reviews: 259 user | 266 critic | 39 from Metacritic.com

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

Director:

Neill Blomkamp

Writers:

Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Stars:

Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I like Neil Blomkamp, I enjoyed District 9 and Elysium (though the latter was better), so when his new movie came out (and it got ok reviews) and the movie theater served beer, of course we went.

Main Thoughts:

The movie is certainly not the most original. I immediately started to think of RoboCop (though on a larger scale) and even District 9 (as it’s once again set in South Africa). I shouldn’t start off negative though, the action here is top notch are there are even some touching moments as Chappie (a robot with a full working AI) begins to mature.

It’s nice to see Sigourney Weaver in a movie and she’s fine here (though her role is very small). SurprisinglyYo-Landi Visser (who plays Yolandi) does a good job here as a mother figure to Chappie and it was nice to see Hugh Jackman take on a different role (he’s certainly not a nice guy here). The idea of a full working AI has been done a lot but it was nice here to see it in early stages, learning how to behave and make decisions on its own.

As with all of Neil’s movie this one too is a comment on society and the classes in society. While there are certainly bad people here, there are others that have redeeming qualities despite them breaking the law. There is good action scenes and a few funny parts but ultimately the story falls short and has a very cliche’ ending (which I won’t spoil).

Final Thoughts:

I give this a mild recommendation (though certainly not for anyone under 17) and a 7/10. As I said the ending is disappointing, it just seemed so obvious and sews everything up far too neatly. Even though it’s only 2 hours I felt it dragged a little at times. Neil has done better work and I hope his next film is more original but as you wait for Avengers, this is a pleasant enough distraction.

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

131 min  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  23 May 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 8.5/10 from 141,616 users   Metascore: 74/100

Reviews: 473 user | 367 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Simon Kinberg (screenplay), Jane Goldman (story), 2 more credits »

Stars:

Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman | See full cast and crew »

Main Points:

I’m a huge geek, I’ve seen every X-Men movie (including that piece of garbage "X: Men Origins Wolverine"), so of course I was going to this (I saw it a while ago but I’m behind with my reviews). I had also heard good reviews and the fact that they were combining both sets of actors from the movies along with a story I read and enjoyed made it a sure thing.

Main Points:

Yes of course this movie deviates a lot from the comic book but what else did you expect? As a friend of mine pointed out (and I agree) most comic book movies (or movies based on books) that do follow the original story too closely often don’t work (with the notable exception of "Watchmen" and a couple of animated ones). This movie does work, quite well in fact. Hugh Jackman does such a great Wolverine that I was happy to have him the main character in this movie rather than Kitty Pride (really the story back that was all about introducing Kitty as a new character, it was a marketing thing to some extent).

The action here is top notch, in particular the effects around Quicksilver were amazing and a lot of fun. Speaking of there are plenty of lighthearted moments here to balance out the action and doom and gloom aspects. All the cast turn in good performances and the movie moves along at a good pace, most of the time. Bryan Singer really showed that he is the man when it comes to directing an X-Men movie.

Final Thoughts:

Sure this movie has it’s flaws. Some characters have very little to do and others seemed to be just thrown in as an afterthought. Plus at 131 minutes it is a little too long. The Sentinels themselves look great in the future and it is fun to see mutants really working together as a team (using their powers to help each other). I give this movie a strong 8/10 and a hearty recommendation to any comic book/sci-fi or just summer movie fan (if it’s still out where you are). As usual not for kids. Up next will be more movie reviews.

Movie Review: Prisoners

Prisoners (2013)

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153 min  -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  20 September 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 8.1/10 from 40,295 users   Metascore: 74/100
Reviews: 217 user | 283 critic | 46 from Metacritic.com

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Writer:

Aaron Guzikowski

Stars:

Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

I know I’m behind the movie scene, I did see this about 2 weeks ago but I’m only just getting a chance to review it. So as per usual I wanted to see his movie based on reviews I’d heard and the fact that Hugh Jackman was in it. Ever since he started playing Wolverine I’m ready and willing to see most any movie he does. Jake Gyllenhaal has also done some stellar performance so we decided to see this movie and use up our passes from Gravity (I complained after that one due to noisy assholes around us).

Main Points:

As always no story summary, I’ll just say it has some great twists and turns and plenty of suspense. Jackman is fantastic here, he goes through a wide range of emotions and brings up important moral questions. Some of these questions are ones I’m unable to answer as I don’t have children but that detracted little from my enjoyment of the film.

There are some wonderfully intense moments and the mystery of what exactly happened to the two little girls is suspenseful with some great twists and turns.

Gyllenhaal is a driven police detective who is determined to solve this particular kidnapping case. Well I guess to say any more means…

SPOILER ALERT!

So in the end the two little girls are found (alive thankfully) and Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) catches the woman responsible. The kicker is that when Keller (Jackman) figures out where his little girl is being held captive, he in turn is made a prisoner himself. He is lucky as he finds a whistle at the bottom of the hole he’s in and blows on in continually for help.

Final Thoughts:

Obviously this movie is not for children and would (I suspect) be hard for some parents to watch. With that said I loved it, certainly the best movie Jackman has done (that I’ve seen at least) with a great story and a nice supporting cast. There is one important scene that I think should have played out differently and the ending is a little too uncertain for me. Overall though I give this a strong 8/10 and a big recommendation.

Until next time (which you’ll have to wait and see what) I am as, always..

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Movie Review: The Wolverine

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The Wolverine (2013)

126 min  -  IAction | Adventure | Fantasy  -  26 July 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 7.1/10 from 70,659 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 327 user | 316 critic | 43 from Metacritic.com

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Director:

James Mangold

Writers:

Mark Bomback (screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay)

Stars:

Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

In case you don’t read my blog regularly, I will go to almost any movie that is based on a comic book. To be honest I gave up on comics years ago but digital comics (and Walking Dead) got me back in Smile. Hugh Jackman has always done a great job as Wolverine and I certainly wanted to see him in this after the disaster that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Main Points:

The story of Wolverine in Japan is not one I read before, so while I had some idea of a couple of details, I didn’t know most of the plot of the film (which is certainly a good thing Hot smile).

The story was good (if a little predictable at times) and the action and special effects top notch. Hugh Jackman was having fun in this movie I thought and as consequence I had fun watching him do his stuff.

Wolverine is about a serious/tragic character and gruff/amusing. He strode that line very well here. While there are some intense moments I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I say Wolverine doesn’t die, that is not a bad thing of course, just a common occurrence with important characters.

Final Points:

If you’re an X-Men/Wolverine/Hugh Jackman fan I would certainly recommend you see this. It has everything that was missing from the first Wolverine movie, just not the kind of movie that will win any Oscars. A 7/10 from me, it could have been better but it sure was fun Hot smile Until next time, I am as always…

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