Hugo (2011)

rob challengeThis week in the challenge Rob selected Hugo for me to watch, this is one film that i always planned to watch one day but had never got around to see it.


Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: John Logan (Screenplay) Brian Selznick (Book)

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Jude Law

Plot: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Special Little Story

Story: Hugo starts in the Paris train station where we see young Hugo (Butterfield) an orphan who lives in the walls of the station. He is always out to keep away from Station Inspector (Cohen). Hugo has been working on trying to work on his father’s work and Georges Melies (Kingsley) has discovered the work and stolen his book. Hugo not giving up easily follows Georges and meets Isabelle (Moretz) who agrees to help retrieve the book for Hugo.

We learn that Hugo’s Father (Law) was trying to build this automaton with Hugo but the mystery of how to get the machine to work is one both of them are searching for before his father is killed in a freak accident. Hugo is left having to live with his Uncle Claude (Winstone) who teaches him about running the clocks but takes him out of school. We do continue to flash between the two time periods and in the 1930s Hugo must now earn his notebook back from Georges by working in his stale for all the parts he has stolen.

We watch how Hugo gets his first love interest as well as learning about growing up by working in the stands inside the train station as he could final get to finish his father’s work and unlock a secret about Georges.

Hugo is a story that is very easy to watch unfold and brings us a positive feeling through a negative time. I really didn’t know where the film was really going which is always a good part of a story. When we end up looking into the past of the film director it ends up going towards giving the people who deserve credit getting what they deserve. We also have the idea of learning and a building friendship with a clash of different backgrounds. There is also small parts to the story that show romances between minor characters. I think this will give everyone a feel good factor by the end, but I slightly too long especially having two different character explain about the directors past. (9/10)

Actor Review

Asa Butterfield: Hugo Cabret is our orphan who lives inside the train station, he is still trying to finishes his late father’s work which will help him unlock a secret somebody is trying to keep quiet. He spends his time constantly trying to hide from the station inspector who wants to send him to an orphanage as he keeps all the clocks running inside the train station. Hugo ends up going on an adventure with Isabelle. Asa does a great job in the leading role alongside a much more famous cast. (9/10)hugo

Chloe Grace Moretz: Isabelle is the young girl similar age to Hugo that tries to help him unlock the secrets that have been kept hidden. Chloe continues her career here with a good supporting performance. (7/10)isabelle

Sacha Baron Cohen: Station Inspector is the hapless inspector who is trying to keep the orphans out of the train station, he enjoys catching them, but Hugo always escapes his grasps. Sacha shows that he doesn’t need to do all these horrible comedy films because he is a very good actor. (8/10)inspector

Ben Kingsley: Georges Melies is the Godfather to Isabelle who has taken Hugo’s notebook, but the truth is that he is hiding a secret that he doesn’t want coming back out. Ben brings the heavyweight performance here having to show a true range of emotions through the film. (8/10)georis

Support Cast: Hugo has a mega cast of cameos and small parts that all help the story unfold, including Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Emily Mortimer and Ray Winstone.

Director Review: Martin ScorseseMartin uses all his skills from the years and experience and brings us a great film. (9/10)

Action: Hugo doesn’t have the most action with most just being chases around the train station. (6/10)

Family: Hugo is one for the whole family to enjoy because they can have the moments of family, friendship and a final chase to be remembered. (/10)

Mystery: Hugo does create a small mystery but it isn’t the whole factor from the story. (6/10)

Settings: Hugo re-creates the settings perfectly for the time periods being used during the film. (10/10)
Special Effects: Hugo uses the special effects to help create the authentic look of the locations. (9/10)

Suggestion: Hugo is one for the family to sit down and watch together giving you a nice feeling by the end. (Watch)

Best Part: Learning about the early films.

Worst Part: Repeating the same story in the film.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Won 5 Oscars and nominated for another 6.

Box Office: $74 Million

Budget: $170 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Tagline: Unlock the secret

Trivia: Martin Scorsese and Christopher Lee are very good friends, but up until 2010 had never worked together. Lee’s response when he was asked by Scorsese to appear in Hugo was: “It’s about time!”

Overall: Brilliant Tale an achievement in story telling.

Rating 90

DVD Collection Round 2

I have decided to record myself looking at my DVD collection, i am only going to look at a range of 5 – 10 each time and will be mixing up which part of the collection to be looking at each time.

I decided to start with B which seems like the most logical decision, let us know what you think and whether i should or shouldn’t have these films in my collection.

What is Jupiter Ascending Really About?

I am trial this new idea where I basically look at a film and give commentary in a comical way, these posts will be spoiler heavy and I will leave a link to the real review inside.logo

From the makers of The Matrix comes the story of a girl named after a Roman God & Planet from Russia, born to no country making her an alien to her new home the USA. Growing up into the most beautiful toilet cleaner of all time Mila Kunis who lives with her large family and only dates assholes leaving her single.jupiter

When the Lannister’s , I mean the Abrasax’s are planning to the next harvest the planet they are targeting is Earth, Each member of the siblings Balem, Titus and Kalique wants the harvest from Earth but our little toilet cleaner is preventing them all.

Time for Channing Tatum with his second delayed film in two years and he has elf ears to save Mila Kunis because we need a leading cast that includes the winner of sexiest woman alive and sexiest man alive to make this work.caine

Oooo Sean Bean is in this well at least we know we can wait to see how they decide to kill him off this time.stinger

Balem has a striking resemblance to Zorg from Fifth Element who get super strong space mutant hybrid creatures doing his work wants to harvest the Earth, Titus who reminds me of Dorian Grey and when you see what this family uses the harvest for most have be in the inspiration. We also have the sister who lives in the middle of a Star Wars Episode 1-3 world.kalqiuetitusbalem

They each explain why they want to either trick or kill Mila seriously why would you want to kill Mila she is so lovely and we want to know what her Jim Bean tastes like.jim bean

The whole film ends up getting caught up wondering what will happen but we literally see the base on Jupiter where they want Jupiter because Jupiter is the key to Earth’s survival, YEAH JUPITER.jupiter

Turns out Channing Tatum is a Lycian and wouldn’t look out of place in Twilight Saga kicking Robert Pattinson Arse while trying to put a smile on Kirsten Stewart’s face, I have never seen Twilight so I guess this is the jist of the trash.

Even after Zorg is beaten and dies in the clichéd falling we have two over member of the Lannister’s harvesting planets but Mila now Queen of Earth goes back to cleaning toilets and hover blading with the now angel Channing Tatum. The End, Wait Sean Bean didn’t die are you serious, what about an end credits scene, no well shit.end

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

logoDirector: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Writer: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski (Screenplay)

Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Christina Cole

Plot: In a bright and colourful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Original But Too Much

Story: Jupiter Ascending starts by with Jupiter (Kunis) telling us her story of how she was born without a country after her father is murdered before she was born. Now in her twenties (or Kunis age) she works as a cleaner with her remaining family. We go onto meet Balem (Redmayne), Titus (Booth) and Kalique (Middleton) Abrasax who harvest lives from around the universe and their newest target has become Earth. We continue to meet the characters this time with the solo hunter Caine Wise (Tatum) searching on Earth.

The Abrasax seem to all be planning for something against each other to gain the praise for the harvest on Earth. Jupiter’s simple life is about to take a turn when she sees aliens trying to test her clients only to get caught and saved by Caine Wise. Balem wants Jupiter dead while Titus wants her bought back to his home world by Caine. While I was going to complain about the city wide attack which left building crumbling but as they actually explain the cover up idea I do have to say I like this concept.

Caine goes to meet and old friend Stinger Apini (Bean) who teaches us the true identity of Jupiter and that she is in fact royalty. Jupiter ends up on a new world where she learns the origin of the human race stuck in the middle of the battling family who are all after the power within the universe where her choice could be the only saviour of mankind.

Jupiter Ascending is a film I had only heard bad things about and while I went in with lower expectation I actually found myself enjoying this one. Whether you liked the final product you have to praise the original factor of this film especially when he have so many sequels, remakes and source material film. I will say this film does have flaws but why is it criticised so heavily, we get an idea we have see similar where three characters are fighting for land that belongs to someone who newly discovers they are involved. I do feel we could have had part of this cut off because it does seem to go on a little long. As sci-fi films goes this is actually pretty good I think people will enjoy even though they would have herd bad things about it. (7/10)

Actor Review

Mila Kunis: Jupiter Jones is a normal young woman who was born without a country or a father and ends up working as a cleaner with her family. Jupiter’s life gets thrown completely upside down when she discovers that she is part of a royal family running the universe and that she is one who can save Earth from harvesting from and evil members of the family each trying to get what they want from her. Mila does a good job in a role that is something we wouldn’t normally see her in. (7/10)jupiter

Channing Tatum: Caine Wise is a spliced alien species who protects Jupiter on Earth and in space as he knows the politics of what is going on while Jupiter enters into each situation without knowing what will happen next. He a fearless warrior that will never give up in his fight making him all the more dangerous to anyone trying to get in his way. Channing continues to show he is ready to be a leading man by giving us a very good performance. (7/10)caine

Sean Bean: Stinger Apini was Caine’s trainer who took the blame when Caine went rogue attacking a royal family member, he has been exiled to Earth where he will end up living a normal life. He works with Caine longing to get his place back in the universe. Sean gives us his trademark Bean performance where he is tough but is easily pushed into different sides. (7/10)stinger

Eddie Redmayne: Balem Abrasax is the member of the family who currently owns Earth, it is his choice when Earth gets harvest until Jupiter is discovered his position has been put in real danger as he wants Jupiter killed before she reclaims her throne. Eddie does what he can with this villainous role but he really needed more time on screen. (6/10)balem

Douglas Booth: Titus Abrasax is one of the family members trying to gain control of the part of the universe with Earth in, he uses different tactics but is just as driven as the rest to trick Jupiter into giving him what he wants. Douglas makes for the interesting villain as he comes off good but has bad motives with Douglas pulls off very well. (7/10)titus

Support Cast: Jupiter Ascending has a supporting cast that includes generic character that all come off twisted enough to fit the part of the chapter they are needed in.

Director Review: Andy Wachowski, Lana WachowskiThey gave us the Matrix and Cloud Atlas which were both outside the box thinking, this does continue to show their ability even if there are certain plot holes through the film.(7/10)

Action: Jupiter Ascending has plenty of action scenes with a large amount involving Caine air blading away from enemies. (8/10)

Fantasy: Jupiter Ascending brings us into a massive fantasy world with worlds we could never have imagined which really does drive the story. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Jupiter Ascending brings the action into a sci-fi world where we get to see what could have been when technology gets too far out of control as well as the epic space themed side of the story. (10/10)

Settings: Jupiter Ascending creates brilliant settings once the action leaves Earth that put us into a world where new technology has gotten our characters to where they are now. (9/10)
Special Effects: Jupiter Ascending has flawless special effects with almost every single scene looking realistic. (9/10)

Suggestion: Jupiter Ascending is going down as one to try, if you want something original this could be for you. (Try It)

Best Part: Air blading.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final one.

Believability: No, but is designed well enough to make it feel like even if it was real we wouldn’t know about it. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could but Box Office will stop it happening.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $56 Million to date.

Budget: $176 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 7 Minutes

Tagline: Expand your universe.

Overall: Visually brilliant, storyline original over criticised in the end.

Rating 70

DVD Collection Video Round 1

I have decided to record myself looking at my DVD collection, i am only going to look at a range of 5 – 10 each time and will be mixing up which part of the collection to be looking at each time.

I decided to start with A which seems like the most logical decision, let us know what you think and whether i should or shouldn’t have these films in my collection.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec (Screenplay) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Josh Holloway


Plot: The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Game Changer in the Mission Impossible Franchise


Story: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol starts in Budapest (Yes another well-known city), this time we watch Hanaway (Holloway) making a grand escape before getting eliminated by assassin Sabine Moreau (Seydoux).we move to follow Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who has been locked up in a Russian prison, he is broken out by Benji (Pegg) and Jane (Patton) who know that Hunt can help retrieve the chip lost when Hanaway was killed.

The three have to break into the Kremlin to stop Colbolt from deleting his files making him impossible to find. The mission get compromised and Hunt has to call for a mission abort but finds himself locked up in a hospital after a mysterious man blows the Kremlin. Ethan being picked up Secretary of IMF (Wilkinson) where we learn that IMF has been disbanded but Ethan has been given one final mission to clear the names of him and his team for the Kremlin bombing and find Hendricks (Nyqvist) the man Ethan believe to be responsible. The extraction gets attacked leaving Ethan with analyst Brandt (Renner) joining up with Jane and Benji as they are the lone members of IMF to clear the names.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol manages to address the over used storylines in the franchise and turn them into failed attempts on mission with the equipment failing and for the first time not even hinting at a mole inside IMF. The pace of this film is what is most impressive because it is non-stop from the moment the opening sequences happens to the final act it all takes place in almost real time without the travelling. This is how a spy film should be done with the team having to work out the solution without having to rely on the computer back home. I would say this is easily the best in the franchise because it manages to break free of the restraints the previous outings seem to have around them. (8/10)


Actor Review


Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is the lead in the operation to clear America’s name from bombing the Kremlin, he must assemble a new team to take on the latest impossible mission only this time the stakes a higher. Tom shows that he can still play the action hero and isn’t afraid to take the chances with the stunt work he willing takes part in. (8/10)


Paula Patton: Jane was the lead on the original mission and after Hanaway gets killed she takes the latest mission personally making her decision making more difficult. Paula fills the leading lady role nicely without really doing too much extra. (7/10)


Simon Pegg: Benji is now a fully trained field operative (somehow) and is part of the team used to rescue and work with Hunt. He is easily the character that makes you laugh the most through the whole film. Simon pretty much is the scene stealer with all the fun lines that will make you laugh through the action. (8/10)


Jeremy Renner: Brandt who seems like a normal analyst but shows his worth when it comes to the mission in hand to hand combat. Jeremey shows he did his training for the action roles and plays the man of mystery well. (7/10)


Michael Nyqvist: Hendricks is the villain of the piece arranging for the codes to be taken, he is brilliant trained and uses all his skills to stay one step ahead of the game. Michael makes for a good villain showing he was using his brains over the fighting. (7/10)


Support Cast: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol has a supporting cast that includes mostly the people Ethan’s team are after and a determined Russian agent trying to capture Ethan unsuccessfully.


Director Review: Brad Bird – Brad does a great job making an entertaining action film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (8/10)


Action: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is filled with action but all very tactical action. (8/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps you interested from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps the settings well-known so we can tell where things are going on without needed to be told. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is one for all the action fans to enjoy with plenty of action and stunts. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Building running.

Worst Part: Sometimes we get too many jokes.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car fighting.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one more sequel

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $695 Million

Budget: $145 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.


Overall: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is easily the best yet in a franchise that just seems to improve.

Rating 85

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

logoDirector: J.J. Abrams

Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams (Screenplay) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne


Plot: Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: The Best Mission Too Date


Story: Mission Impossible III starts with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) being interrogated by Owen Davian (Hoffman) as he is looking for ‘The Rabbit’s Foot’. Owen has Hunt’s girlfriend Julia (Monaghan) hostage at gunpoint and we get a fully in your face intense start to this Impossible Mission.

Flashback to us seeing Ethan & Julia announcing their engagement we get to see how Ethan is finally living a normal everyday life. Ethan has taken up a new role with IMF where he trains the next agents but when he gets a call from John Musgrave (Crudup) he gets a chance to go into the field once more to save one of his own Lindsey Farris (Russell) who they believe has been kidnapped by Owen Davian. The mission seems to go off a success but Davian places an explosive chip inside Lindsey’s head which they are unable to stop her death.

Ethan goes back into the field to solve the problem with Owen Davian teaming up with an old friend and a new team to search for ‘The Rabbit’s Foot’. Ethan has to put his personally life at risk before going back into the field to face his deadliest opponent to date.

Mission Impossible III has to go down as the best storyline in all of the Mission Impossible films so far, the story shows how Ethan is trying to live a normal life but continue to work for the agency. This works well because all we have seen before is Ethan turn up complete the mission and walk away. I also feel the pure brutality of Owen Davian makes everything much more intense than previous outing and with that opening scene we get to anticipate how the story ends up there. On the negative we get the old used up storyline that shows someone on the inside helping the terrorist which we see too much in these films because no one can be trusted. This is though the slickest, most enjoyable Mission Impossible in the original trilogy. (8/10)


Actor Review


Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is our hero again, this time he trains the recruits and is looking to settle down but when one of his trainees is captured he ends up getting back into the field against the ruthless Owen Davian. Tom continues to show why he is a great action star with this outing but he also gets to show his emotional range when it comes to his wife. (8/10)


Philip Seymour Hoffman: Owen Davian is the arms dealer who is devastatingly brutal to anyone who gets in his way and after Ethan has him killed off for show he comes back with a vengeance focusing everything on Ethan. Philip made for a brilliant villain and you literally feel every word that comes out of his mouth and just how much he means them. (9/10)


Michelle Monaghan: Julia is the wife of Ethan who ends up getting dragged into the criminal underworld where she will become a pawn in Owen Davian’s game. Michelle does a solid job as the damsel in distress but doesn’t get much else to work with. (6/10)


Support Cast: Mission Impossible III has a supporting cast much like the previous two films with Ethan’s team, Davian team and the IMF agency questioning Ethan’s motives.


Director Review: J.J. Abrams – Mr Abrams does manage to bring the franchise back down to reality with one of the most entertaining action films of recent years that didn’t include a superhero. (8/10)


Action: Mission Impossible III has a large amount of action along with its trademark wacky stunt. (8/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible III manages to pull you in from the opening sequence until the final conclusion. (9/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible III keeps up the idea of using iconic landmarks for the settings to help identify how difficult the missions will be. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible III is a must watch for all action fans out there because the best action films have the deadliest villains. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Bridge attack.

Worst Part: It sometimes pokes fun at itself with the lines.

Action Scene Of The Film: Bridge attack.

Funniest Scene: Simon Pegg’s scenes.


Believability: No (/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two more sequels

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $398 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Trivia: After the success of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Simon Pegg was asked whether he was going to be pursuing a career in Hollywood, to which he laughed and replied “it’s not like I am going to be in Mission Impossible III”.


Overall: Mission Impossible III is easily the best of the Mission Impossible film that is all action packed pure entertainment.

Rating 83

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – When the Lights Went Out (2012)

Director: Pat Holden

Writer: Pat Holden (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate Ashfield, Steven Waddington, Craig Parkinson, Andrew Lowe, Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Hannah Clifford, Tasha Conner


Plot: Poltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Fact Based Ghost Story


Story: When the Lights Went Out starts out by taking us to Yorkshire where our family are moving into their new home. Jenny (Ashfield), Len (Waddington) and teenage daughter Sally (Connor) settle down before all the extra technology with the events of the film taking place in 1974. Sally doesn’t take long to question whether the family is alone in the house with lights coming on during the night and strange noises around the house.

After a strange night Sally and her mother seem to get attacked by a ghost when the lights go out, but Len doesn’t believe everything they are saying. When the scares become more apparent they family tries different ways to figure out what to do, Sally befriends the ghost, Len tries to use it for money while Jenny wants to turn to religion for answers.

The family looks for answers for the force that seems to be slowly taking over Sally but only to protect her and hurt the people she is angry with. The question remains is this ghost everything it seems to be or is it after something else.

When the Lights Went Out really is trying to tell the story of what really happened in one of the most frightening paranormal experiences known to date. The problem is the film focuses so hard on trying to keep things to a true story on film it just doesn’t come off a scary. We have some nice build-ups and easy scares but nothing that will really make you scream. On the positive I did like the idea that this was meant to be a true story as learning about this events can be interesting, whether you believe in them or not. This will satisfy the ghost hunters out there but not many others. (5/10)


Actor Review


Kate Ashfield: Jenny mother of the family who first wants to figure out what is happening but really is too scared to stand up for her own opinion of  the situation. You never really get convinced by the fear in Kate. (3/10)


Steven Waddington: Len husband who believes it is all nonsense but gets the shock because he can’t explain everything that is happening. Steven gives a very basic performance never really shining through the role. (3/10)


Tasha Connor: Sally daughter of the family that seems to connect with the spirit gaining a bond to keep her safe when she is around the spirit. Tasha does well in the role and seems to be the best of the lot in the film. (6/10)


Support Cast: When the Lights Went Out has a support cast that includes the friends of the family as they try to help or hide from the situation.


Director Review: Pat Holden – Pat does a solid job telling the story but doesn’t get the scares across. (4/10)


Horror: When the Lights Went Out isn’t going down as a truly scary film but will make you think what would happen if it was you. (5/10)

Settings: When the Lights Went Out uses the settings well to bring the story to the time period well. (7/10)
Special Effects
: When the Lights Went Out uses solid special effects that are mainly used for the haunting side of the story. (6/10)

Suggestion: When the Lights Went Out is one to give a go I can’t say it is one of the best but can be enjoyed it you are into that type of horror. (Ghost Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: The bus tunnel is good.

Worst Part: No real scares.


Believability: Based on a true event must be ten right? (6/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: Set in 1974 and based on true events, When The Lights Went Out is the story of a down-to-earth Yorkshire family and the malevolent spirit who turns their existence upside down.

Trivia: Written and directed, by the original haunting families nephew.


Overall: This is a good directed episode of a ghost hunting the truth behind a story but lacks any real scares.

Rating 40

Mission: Impossible II (2000)

logoDirector: John Woo

Writer: Robert Towne (Screenplay) Ronald D Moore, Brannon Braga (Story) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija, William Mapother, Dominic Purcell


Plot: A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called “Chimera”


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Not As Slick As It Should Be


Story: Mission Impossible II starts yet another iconic city this time Sydney. Here we watch as Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is running a mission to capture biological weapon transfer in mid-flight but it turns out that Sean Ambrose (Scott) and his men have been undercover to take the weapon for themselves. IMF track down the real Ethan Hunt to give his latest mission which means he will have to assemble a new team which has to include Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Newton) a master thief.

When Hunt has finished recruiting Nyah he gets the details for his latest mission with an old friend. Ethan’s mission is to retrieve the stolen information from Ambrose and use Nyah to get close to him. The story follows as Hunt tries to cover the transportation of the virus while Ambrose tries to keep one step ahead of him.

Mission Impossible II really tries to add a spark to the solid and enjoyable first chapter in the Mission Impossible saga, the problem is that everything goes way too overboard making nearly every scene feel very much unbelievable and losing what looked like it would be a previously believable storyline. The idea behind the story is very simple and easy to follow but the unmasking and disguises get boring quickly now, yes it is a surprise when they do it but come on how many times can you really do it in one film? Out of the four Mission Impossible films I find this one has the weakest storyline that never manages to pull you in like the rest do. (6/10)


Actor Review


Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt who gets his holiday interrupted to go on his latest mission impossible, where he has to talk mastermind thief into going undercover with former IMF agent trying to sell a virus on the black market. Tom continues to show his slick style in the film but he gets too many mad jumping shooting scenes that make very little sense. (7/10)


Dougray Scott: Sean Ambrose is the former agent who turns on the agency to get rich selling a virus on the black market, he keeps one step ahead of Hunt as he knows how an agent would think. Dougray makes for a good villain and to say he plays the character in a way we wouldn’t usually see a villain where he will kill the hero given half a chance. (7/10)


Thandie Newton: Nyah Nordoff-Hall is the mastermind thief who agrees to go undercover with her ex-boyfriend Ambrose but ends up getting caught up in the middle of the battle between Hunt and Ambrose. Thandie plays the beautiful almost Bond girl figure in this film very well and convinces along the way. (7/10)


Support Cast: Mission Impossible II has a supporting cast that includes Hunt’s team, Ambrose’s team and the mystery buyer, all of which help the story get to the next chapter by giving us characters to be killed off.


Director Review: John Woo – John puts his trademark staples on this film with flying shooting scenes and plenty of doves but doesn’t reach the levels we would expect form him. (6/10)


Action: Mission Impossible II has plenty of over the top action sequences with bullets flying everywhere. (7/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible II doesn’t manager to pull you in as much as the previous instalment of the franchise. (5/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible II has the most part of the film set in Sydney which works for the threat being used by Ambrose. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible II is still going to be one for the action fans to watch even if it isn’t as good as the rest of the franchise. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Motorbike chase.

Worst Part: Too far over the top.

Action Scene Of The Film: Motorbike chase.

Favourite Quote: Mission Commander Swanbeck ‘Mr. Hunt, this isn’t mission difficult, it’s mission impossible. “Difficult” should be a walk in the park for you.’


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 3 more sequels

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $546 Million

Budget: $125 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: Expect the impossible again


Overall: This lacks the edge the first one had and ends up feeling very much over the top and out of place next to the rest.

Rating 60

New Releases – 3rd July 2015

Terminator Genisys terminator When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 80%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Magic Mike XXL magic Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

My Guess for Rating – 50%
My Anticipation Rating – 5%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Amy amy A documentary on the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.

My Guess for Rating – 50%
My Anticipation Rating – 0%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Housebound housebound Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.

My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 60%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

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