Grimsby (2016)

casting cardDirector: Louis Leterrier

Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham (Screenplay) Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston (Story)

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Johnny Vegas, Scott Adkins, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe

 

Plot: A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Awful

 

Story: Grimsby starts as we meet council estate football hooligan Nobby (Cohen) who has a large family but has been searching for his long lost brother Sebastian (Strong) his whole life. Sebastian is a secret agent working for MI6.

When Nobby learns that Sebastian is still alive he finds him in the middle of a mission and accidently makes Sebastian the prime suspect in a terrorist attack which is really being run by Rhonda George (Cruz). Reluctantly the two have to work together to clear Sebastian’s name and keep Nobby’s family safe.

Grimsby is an action comedy story that understands that it is happy to parody plenty of films. The problem is the parody gets lost in the humiliating grossed out comedy that is going on. The secret agent stuff is passable but sadly the comedy kills any of this. So many of the scenes in this film come off awkward and the only remotely good thing about this movie is that villain plans could make sense.

 

Actor Review

 

Sacha Baron Cohen: Nobby is a football hooligan living in the council estates in Grimsby who has always kept hope that his brother will return to his life. When he finds out about his brother he finds himself having getting in his brother’s way and having to take part in the latest mission. Sacha is an actor I believe has all the talent in the world but he keeps doing all these awful roles.

Mark Strong: Sebastian is the slick spy that has been working on his latest mission when Nobby interferes making him the prime suspect. He wants to clean his name but has to work with his idiot brother leaving him having to face his hardest mission to date. Mark is an actor I have huge respect for but I found myself wondering why on Earth he took this role that fully embarrasses him.

Rebel Wilson: Dawn is the girlfriend of Nobby, she is the perfect match for him without being anything to involved. Rebel is nothing but a supporting character not getting the time needed on camera to make anything happen.

Penelope Cruz: Rhonda is the famous face planning the attack, while her plan is one of the better ones from a villain we barely even get to see her character on screen. Penelope is one of the few highlights but she just doesn’t get the time to shine.

Support Cast: Grimsby has a supporting cast all designed to add extra laughs through the different situations our character finds themselves in.

Director Review: Louis LeterrierLouis does try his best with a poor script but this film won’t leave him with a good reputation in comedy.

 

Action: Grimsby has very simple action that doesn’t add anything to the story.

Comedy: Grimsby doesn’t hit any good comedy marks in my eyes with most being crude throughout.

Settings: Grimsby throws the characters into random location which well don’t get used well enough.
Special Effects
: Grimsby has lazy effects that just don’t work and are awkward throughout.

Suggestion: Grimsby is one to avoid at all costs. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Villain’s plan.

Worst Part: Where do I start?

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling

 

Overall: Dentist treatment is more enjoyable than this film.

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Top 5 Favourite Finding Nemo Characters

With Finding Dory hitting the cinemas this weekend I thought I would look at my favourite characters from Finding Nemo this week. I will NOT be including Nemo because he just annoys me too much.

5. Seagulls

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4. Bruce

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3. Deb/Flo

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2. Gill

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Plot: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Teen Comedy

 

Story: The Breakfast Club starts as five high school students Claire (Ringwald) the Princess, Andrew (Estevez) the athlete, John (Nelson) the criminal, Brian (Hall) the brain and Allison (Sheedy) the basket case have to attend detention on a Saturday under the watching gaze of Richard Vernon (Gleason). The five are all from different corners of the school and would never spend time together on a normal day.

The five students learn about each other’s problems as they learn that their own problems might not be the only issues in their worlds. We see them bond over the day sharing all their secrets and become friends for just one day.

The Breakfast Club is a classic that has only just been watched by me in the year 2016, well it only took me 29 years even though the film is set 3 years to the date before I was born. I found this such a brilliant story that perfectly shows how different kids can be at school even when they have to spend time together they feel different but are all searching and dealing with the same issues. This shows just how difficult school years are when you are going through them because your future is thrown at you at this age the most. I can’t find a bad thing to say about this film even at over 30 years old.

 

Actor Review

 

Emilio Estevez: Andrew Clark is the athlete who is part of the wrestling team seen to be the future star athlete but this time in detention is to teach him to have a back-up plan. He sees himself a better than the rest of the group while trying to do the right thing. Emilio shows his range through this film much like every one of the kids here.

Paul Gleason: Richard Vernon is the teacher who has to keep the student in line on the Saturday detention. He treats all the students like failures constantly putting them down to try and show his power over them. Paul fills the villain role without being a truly horrible person just how the kids see his character.

Anthony Michael Hall: Brian Johnson is the brains of the students always out to do extra work to get the best grades to impress his parents. He doesn’t like how John treats him but also tries to impress the fellow students. Anthony is great in this role going from quiet geek to part of the gang.

Judd Nelson: John Bender is the criminal who is used to his time in detention because he is your classic bully troublemaker. He starts trying to get to know the students but is a classic case of bad parenting leading him to act out searching for attention. Judd steals the movie being the most interesting out of the 5 as we see just how many moments his character has been through.

Molly Ringwald: Claire is the princess always doing what her parents say and never getting into trouble, well until this time. We see how she acts as if she is better than the rest of the students in detention. Molly is great being the typical girl who thinks her future will be handed to her.

Ally Sheedy: Allison is the basket case or as we would call know the one struggling with mental health issues. Allison is the loner of the school and out of the students she is the last to fully come out of her shell. Ally is also great grabbing our attention without any dialogue for first half of the film.

Support Cast: The Breakfast Club has a supporting cast with most just being the parents dropping the students off, we get to see how they see their children.

Director Review: John HughesJohn gives us yet another classic 80’s comedy that showed how difficult growing up really is.

 

Comedy: The Breakfast Club has good comedy moments to go hand in hand with the serious moments.

Settings: The Breakfast Club is set within the high school during one day showing how these students have lost their day but gained friendships.

Suggestion: The Breakfast Club is one that I do think everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The serious moment where we learn about the characters.

Worst Part: Allison would be treated a lot different if this film was now.

 

Believability: This could easily be real characters.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $38 Million

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.

 

Overall: Don’t you forget about this one.

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Killer Robots! Crash and Burn (2016)

killerDirector: Sam Gaffin

Writer: Sam Gaffin (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Gaffin, Charles Harris, Mike McGowan, Samuel Williams, Char Calaquian, Jenna Hellmuth, Andy Jones

 

Plot: Robot mercenaries are sent on a mission to activate a machine that will bring about a new age of enlightenment.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Uniquely Bonkers

 

Story: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn starts as we learn the universe is now being run by robots and we follow four criminal robots Auto (Gaffin), Trog (Harris), Max (McGowan) and Strobo (Williams) who take part in a deadly violent game for entertainment purposes. When they killed they get resurrected to go on a secret mission.

The mission is to save the planet they are living on from total destruction but this mission isn’t going to be easy and their wanted status will make each decision difficult.

The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn is a film that does take time to get into because you get thrown into such an unusual world. Once you are into the world this turns into the film that can really be enjoyed as you watch our heroes take on an array of villains in this utterly bonkers world. The story is actually easy to follow even if we do continue to get more villains introduced as the film unfolds.

 

Actor Review

 

Sam Gaffin: Auto is one of the robots sent on this mission where he comes out with all of the maddest lines through the film. Sam does good with all the duties he takes on through the film from the lead actor, writer and director.

Charles Harris: Trog is the brute and destroyer in the team who they turn to when they want added strength in the battles. Charles is good getting the laughs in his own ways.

Mike McGowan: Max is similar to Auto in the way he is wise cracking but slightly more cowardly when it comes to the fights. Michael is good just like the rest making his character his own.

Samuel Williams: Strobo is the leader of this team that must guide the rest on the mission, he is happy to take control of the situation when the others get out of hand. Samuel works in this roles well, being different to the rest of the characters.

Support Cast: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn has a supporting cast that are all weird and wonderful to fit in the universe created here.

Director Review: Sam GaffinSam give us a film that will definitely be a true cult classic in the future because if the unique visuals through the film.

 

Action: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn is filled with over the top action sequences with all the creations in the world we are watching.

Fantasy: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn throws us into this fantasy world where we see the robots running all the world with their own war going on.

Sci-Fi: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn has us entering into a dystopian future where robots run the planets with their own wars.

Settings: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn uses the settings to take us to this fantasy world we find ourselves in with each looking the part for the story being told.
Special Effects
: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn has special effects that work perfectly for the world created, they are not breath-taking but they make this film the unique vision we get.

Suggestion: The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn is one to try if you want to see something completely different. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Unique visual experience.

Worst Part: It does take time to get used to the world we have to enter.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

Overall: This will go down as a true cult classic in the future.

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