21 Jump Street (2012)

logoDirector: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Writer: Michael Bacall (Screenplay) Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill (Story)

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Ice Cube

 

Plot: Pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

 

Verdict: Good Television Remake

 

Story: We start by following our two very different high school students failing at something different things. We fast forward seven years to the police academy where the two become friends to help each other overcome their problems and get through. After they get through the two get partnered up but continue to fail leading them to get transferred to ’21 Jump Street’ program. They have to go undercover as high school students. They have to uncover a drug ring at the high school and get over the problems they faced before.

When it comes to buddy films cop we all know the basic formula and to be fair this follows everything together to keep the action and comedy blend flowing. It is good to see the mix with the high school film working as well as the idea of giving the two a chance to see how the other get through high school. Having never seen the original show I can’t say whether it is honest to the source material but in the end it really turns into a good action comedy in a world where the comedy films are starting to fall flat. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jonah Hill: Schmidt the high school geek who can get through all the paperwork side of the police work but lacks the physical presence Jenko has. Going undercover gives him a chance to experience the high school experiences he missed out. Jonah gives a good performance as we know he can play the teen comedy but also shows he ability to bounce of somebody else’s strengths. (8/10)

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Channing Tatum: Jenko after only just getting out of high school and being told he has no intelligence for a future he ends up joining the police force and until he teams up with Schmidt to help him with get through the academy. While undercover he ends up having to experience the geek in high school. Channing gives a good performance and shows that he can pull off comedy to go with his all action persona. (8/10)

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Brie Larson: Molly high school student who Schmidt takes a shine to who ends up leading him to push aside his responsibilities as the cop. Brie gives a solid performance in the supporting role. (7/10)

 

Dave Franco: Eric the drug dealer at the school who befriends Schmidt while the two try different ways to find out who the supplier is. Dave gives a solid performance as the teenage drug dealer trying to stay cool. (7/10)

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Support Cast: The drug dealers, other police officers, Schmidt’s parents and high school attendants all make up the support cast and all offer something for our main characters to work with to progress the story.

 

Director Review: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller – Good directing to balance the action and comedy perfectly. (9/10)

 

Action: With car chases being the main source of action they all come off very well with hints of comedy during without just being silly action. (8/10)

Comedy: The most part the comedy is all very good, but I did feel the over use of the sex jokes got boring. (8/10)

Chemistry: Hill and Tatum have brilliant chemistry together. (10/10)

Settings: The high school setting works really well for the story as we haven’t seen the undercover there before. (9/10)

Suggestion: It isn’t very often that I suggest a box office comedy but with this one I feel people should be watching. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Car and Motorbike Chase.

Worst Part: Slight over used of sex jokes.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car and Motorbike chase

Funniest Scene: The party

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one sequel and has talks of a third.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $202 Million

Budget: $42 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: They’re too old for this shift

 

Overall: Enjoyable Buddy Cop Comedy

Rating 85

Trailer Alert – Tracers

Plot – Wanted by the mafia, a new York City bike messenger escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger.

Release Date:  Non set in the UK

Stars:

  • Taylor Lautner (Twilight)

Director: Daniel Benmator

Highlight of the Trailer: The Parkour

What Looks Good? The parkour looks good and it looks good for the all round action.

What Looks Bad? Well I don’t expect too much from the acting.

Summary: With the beginning of this trailer looking like Premium Rush I believe this could easily be on that level of entertainment, switch you brain off and just enjoy the show.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –40%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Watch (2012)

logoDirector: Akiva Schaffer

Writer: Jared Stern, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, Will Forte, Mel Rodriguez, Doug Jones, Erin Moriarty

 

Plot: Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

 

Verdict: Standard

 

Story: We start by meeting our everyday man Evan who works around the community bring the people together to become closer, until a night watchman is killed at his place of employment. Following this event Evan starts his own neighbourhood watch to find the killer, but his group of misfits struggle to work the way he wants. While they finally get their first bust they celebrate only to hit something that could be the answer the questions. This leads to the idea that we could enter into an extra-terrestrial encounter as the group needs to save the world from an invasion.group

When you see the main cast you know the level of comedy you are going to get, over used sex puns that go on too long for their own good. We do get a group that all have solid real world problems that they are all dealing with in their own way. The alien storyline works well for the story as the attempted comedy side to it all works well. Having the team come together in a neighbourhood watch works to because it shows how different type of people can work together. In the end we get a solid story that ends up using old boring jokes that ruins the flow of the film. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Ben Stiller: Evan everyday community man who is involved in many clubs as well as manages a local commercial store. After one of his employees is murder he starts a neighbourhood watch, all along while he seems to push his wife away. He has to overcome his own problems to pull the team together to save the world. Ben gives a solid performance in the role which you would expect to see him in. (6/10)

 

Vince Vaughn: Bob over the top reacting part of the team who wants to make the watch more of a freedom from his family commitments and have a fun night out. He will do anything to protect his teenage daughter. Vince gives a solid performance that you expect to see him in too. (6/10)

 

Jonah Hill: Franklin after failing high school and the police academy he joins the watch to prove he was worthy of being part of the force. Jonah gives a solid performance but sometimes ends up being the awkward one of the group and that can get uncomfortable to watch. (5/10)

 

Richard Ayoade: Jamarcus British man who has just moved to the area and sees joining the watch as a chance to make new friends while hiding a secret. Good performance from Richard who seems to get the extra laughs and is a breath of fresh air to the frat pack. (7/10)

 

Rosemarie DeWitt: Abby Evan’s wife who wants to have a baby but is clearly getting tired of second to all of his clubs. Rosemarie gives a solid performance but like most of the female characters in these films rarely gets screen time. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: These comprise of doubters and potential undercover aliens, each adds to laughs and keeps you guessing to who could be an alien.

 

Director Review: Akiva Schaffer – Does an ok job with the alien side but lets the comedy jokes go too long and drag the story down. (5/10)

 

Comedy: Boring sex jokes that go on too long. (3/10)

Sci-Fi: Solid use of the alien invasion happening. (7/10)

Chemistry: Good chemistry between the neighbourhood watch even if it takes time for it all to shine through. (8/10)

Settings: The settings work for the film but also use of commercial over does parts of it. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Solid special effects used to create the aliens and incidents. (7/10)

Suggestion: I think if you are a fan of the cast you will enjoy this but otherwise you will struggle to enjoy this. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Alien Comedy side works

Worst Part: Sex jokes get out of hand

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $68 Million

Budget: $68 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Got Protection?

 

Overall: Solid Alien Invasion Comedy but Gets Dragged Down by Sloppy Sex Jokes

Rating 55

Trailer Alert – Knight of Cups

Plot – Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep.

Release Date: Non set for UK

Stars:

  • Christian Bale (Dark Knight Trilogy)
  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Director: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Highlight of the Trailer: I am not sure what I saw.

What Looks Good? I think the best thing is it doesn’t give too much away.

What Looks Bad? I think it could be too complex.

Summary: I am not sure what the trailer gave us, it looks very confusing and I hope it all works out to be easy to watch. I think this will be one if you miss a small bit not everything will work out.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 50%

My Guess Rating – 73%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Devil’s Rock (2011)

logoDirector: Paul Campion

Writer: Paul Finch, Paul Campion, Brett Ihaka (Screenplay) Paul Campion (Story)

Starring: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater, Geraldine Brophy, Luke Hawker, Jessica Grace Smith, Jonathan King

 

Plot: Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day, two Kiwi commandos, sent to destroy German gun emplacements to distract Hitler’s forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Moving

 

Story: The Devil’s Rock starts by showing two soldiers Captain Ben Grogan (Hall) and Sergeant Joe Tane (Drinkwater) approaching a beach on a small Channel Island, they are surprised to find it abandoned as they advance onto the land. Hearing screaming they speed up their advancement to complete the mission as fast as they can. Upon discovering the base they learn not everything is right on the island and decided to investigate. What the two discover is an occult book and dead bodies but splitting up causes one of them to die leaving Ben on the mission against an unknown enemy alone. With Ben getting himself captured he gets interrogated by a German Colonel Klaus Meyer (Sunderland) who wants to know the plan, but he has something hidden away. Ben discovers that the screaming is in fact his ex-wife Helena (Varela) who he saw die or is it? Ben has got himself caught up in the middle of an occult mission that could change the entire world.

 

The Devil’s Rock comes off as a very basic story it has limited characters to keep everything tension filled as the two leading male characters are either side of a war and plays along the idea of the occult well. It is a lot of discussing what should and could happen which fails to pull you in. it does have some positives and one big one is not trying to do the false jump scares and the final reveal of the demon is built up and very sudden which gives the biggest shock. In conclusion the film uses the ideas of what could have happened during the war and makes a film out of it without really achieving too much. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Craig Hall: Captain Ben Grogan sent to the island along with a partner to sabotage and distract Hitler’s men before the D-Day landing but finds himself stuck in the middle of something he has no idea about. Craig does a solid job in the lead role but does fail to gain all the attention that his character could demand. (5/10)

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Matthew Sunderland: Colonel Klaus Meyer is trying to solve the occult problem that his people have created. Matthew does a solid job and is basically the information filling guy of the film. (5/10)

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Gina Varela: Helena the mysterious girl/demon that is trying to control the soldiers but one is having none of it while the other thinks it is too good to be true. Gina does a solid job as the seductive demon figure. (6/10)

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Support Cast: The Devil’s Rock only has minimal support cast that all become disposable characters and offer nothing to the story.

 

Director Review: Paul Campion – Paul does a solid job directing putting the characters in a trapped scenario where they have to work together but there is too much talking around the strong effects. (6/10)

 

Horror: The Devil’s Rock use basic horror ideas and holds back on the shocks until the final act where it does offer one of the better ones in the genre. (7/10)

Thriller: The Devil’s Rock is a thriller that doesn’t manage to pull you in as much as it could. (4/10)

War: The Devil’s Rock uses the idea of the two leads are on opposite sides of a war and most unite to stop the demon well because the tension between the two stays through the whole film. (8/10)

Settings: The Devil’s Rock uses the captured isolation setting well to keep everything tight and trapped. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Devil’s Rock has some very good practical effects that get better as the film continues. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Devil’s Rock is one for the horror fans to try, where it is short if you dislike you won’t waste too much time either. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part of The Devil’s Rock: Demon reveal.

Worst Part of The Devil’s Rock: Too Short

Kill Of The Film: The Demon’s first

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It is open for one, but I doubt we will have one

Post Credits Scene: One that shows what happens to the next visitors.

 

Awards: Won Best Make-up Design in a Feature Film at the In New Zealand Film and TV Awards.

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: War is a Bitch

 

Overall: Talk, Talk, Demon, Splatter

Rating 55

Turbo (2013)

logoDirector: David Soren

Writer: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren (Screenplay) David Soren (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Samuel L Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph

 

Plot: TURBO is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world’s fastest race, the Indianapolis 500. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.

 

Verdict: Animation Madness

 

Story: If you were to eliminate the idea of the characters this is actually a good story about chasing dreams even when the people closest to you don’t believe in you. It also is the old story of the underdog going up against the champion which is also a good watch. The problem here is it is about a snail racing human driver’s yes that is a big problem. The story does keep things rolling well but it is very hard to overlook the snail racer. (6/10)

 

Character Review

 

Turbo: The snail who dreams of becoming a race driver and when he gets a chance he will risk everything to make sure he gets that chance. Good leading character showing how much you need to risk getting what you want. (8/10)

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Chet: The over protective brother of Turbo, who plays everything super safe to make sure they get through the day, after they have to leave he has to face all his fears while his brother follows his dream. (7/10)

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Tito: The taco salesman who has come up with plenty of get rich quick plans over the years but this one is the maddest of all of them. (7/10)

 

Guy Gagne: The champion racer who is all face to the public but he will do anything to make sure he wins every race. (7/10)

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Director Review: David Soren – Puts together a good underdog story but is very hard to consider even for an animated film. (6/10)

 

Animation: The animation is all top level which is what you would expect with the technology we have now. (9/10)

Comedy: Doesn’t offer as much comedy as it should. (5/10)

Settings: Each setting is great for the story showing the safe home, the taco area to the race track. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the kids I don’t see many people really enjoying as a casual watch otherwise. (Kids Will Be Alright)

 

Best Part: The race is edge of the seat.

Worst Part: It’s a snail racing, come on.

Action Scene Of The Film: The race

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $283 Million

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline: Slo no mo.

 

Overall: Simple Children’s Animation

Rating 60

New Releases – 19th December

Dumb and Dumber To dumber 20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.

My Guess for Rating – 10%
My Anticipation Rating – 5%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb musuem Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 70%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Movie Reviews 101 Pick of the Week – Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Trailer Alert – The Loft

Plot – Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the murdered body of an unknown young woman is found in the property.

Release Date: Non set for UK

Stars:

  • Wentworth Miller (Prison Break)
  • James Marsden (X-Men)
  • Karl Urban (Star Trek)
  • Rhona Mitra (Doomsday)

Director: Erik Van Looy (Loft)

Highlight of the Trailer: Creates the mystery.

What Looks Good? The who done it feel to the story.

What Looks Bad? It is a remake of a foreign film.

Summary: They did get the same director who did the original and with a cast that is capable of pulling of thrillers we might get some very interesting here. It looks like it could be able to throw us in any direction and have five prime suspects we will be guessing from start to finish.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –70%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Top 5 Favourite Brad Pitt Roles

pittBrad Pitt is one of the most loved actors in Hollywood today; he has 71 credits to his name according to the IMDB. Brad also has three acting Oscar nomination to his name for Moneyball, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for leading roles and a supporting one in Twelve Monkeys. The only win to his name comes with his is as a producer of 12 Years a Slave. Through his career he has managed to pull off a complete range in genre as well as being the lead or supporting characters.

5. Mills – Se7en (1995)mills

Mills is the rookie cop who works alongside season veteran who ends up involved in one of the most twisted stories in film history. Mills is hot headed and fails to see some of the smallest details and ends up paying a price we will never forget.

4. Lt. Aldo Raine – Inglorious Bastards (2009)aldo

Aldo is leader of the Nazi killers out to get revenge on all the Jew killers. This is by far one of the most outrageous roles he has ever played and with the highlight being his deliberately painful Italian accent during the cinema scene.

3. Jeffrey Goines – Twelve Monkeys (1995)12 monkeys

Jeffrey is someone that our lead meets over the time he travels to and each time he is in a different position be it in the mental home or part of the movement. You always want to know when he will return to the screen in this film.

2. Joe Black – Meet Joe Black (1998)joe black

Joe Black is a mysterious man that turns up in a family’s life, we have to learn why he is there and Brad gives an engaging performance.

1. Rusty Ryan – Ocean’s Eleven & Thirteen (2001, 2007)rusty

While I will not consider twelve in this I do think Rusty is my favourite character, he always blends into the background while always seems to know what is going on.

Honourable Mentions

  • Tyler Durden – Fight Club – This didn’t make my list because I feel without Ed Norton performance it wouldn’t be as good as it was.

Our Favourite Performance – Harrison Ford

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We have been looking at our own individual favourite role from the star above, we would like to hear from you about which is your favourite role. Lewis made this decision and what a hard one to pick with two of the most loved trilogies to his name.

Lewis’ Pick

Han Solo – Star Wars (Original Saga) solo Han Solo and his partner in crime Chewbacca who join the fight on the good side against the evil Darth Vader and are easily one of the best on screen pairings of all time.

My Pick

Rick Deckard – Blade Runner (1980) blade runner Tasked with finding four replicants after they escape from their off world colony and head to Earth.

Lesley’s Pick

Han Solo – Star Wars (Original Saga) solo Han Solo and his partner in crime Chewbacca who join the fight on the good side against the evil Darth Vader and are easily one of the best on screen pairings of all time.

Windle’s Pick

Mack Harken – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)anchor man

Ian’s Pick

Indiana Jones (1981) indiana Everyone’s favourite archaeologist who was at his peak when he went searching for treasures while other more deadly people are also after the treasures.

Simon’s Pick

Tom O’Meara – The Devil’s Own (1997)devils

Jenna’s Pick

Tom O’Meara – The Devil’s Own (1997)devils