Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Ty Simpkins, Jason Beghe, Aisha hinds, Olivia Wilde, Helen Carey, Brian Dennehy, Liam Neeson, Jonathan Tucker, Lennie James
John Brennan (Russel Crowe) and his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) have a normal life, but one morning there is a knock at the door. Detective Quinn (Jason Beghe) and Detective Collero (Aisha Hinds) are there to arrest Lara for the murder of her boss. With evidence against her including finger prints on the murder weapon, a co worker seeing her leave the scene and an argument that day at work. John is left with his son Luke (Ty Simpkins) he tries to find all the legal ways to prove her innocence.
Having failed to find any way to get Lara out legally, John arranges to meet one man who has escaped from jail before Damon Pennington (Liam Neeson). Damon explains all the thing John must do if he goes through with this escape plan. With help from Grace and George Brennan (Helen Carey and Brian Dennehy) John’s parents on raising his son. John keeps the plan very secret with his casual spying on his everyday routine. Meeting Nicole (Olivia Wilde) a parent of a child the same age as Luke he starts to see how things in his life could be by opening up to her about his Wife’s situation.
We are left now with the questions of What is John’s plan? How far will John go? Was Lara innocent? with this adrenaline ride we set out on a great view for all action thriller fans.
Paul Haggis director of Crash really gives us a tension built action film which never really goes all over the top action focusing more on the thriller side which keeps the audience interested from the start to the finish. Even tho i am not a fan of Russel Crowe i found that this performance of an average guy pushed to limits for love but still keep a calm composure about himself one of his best to date.
One other thing you will notice is an excellent sound track perfectly fitting every scene adding to the tension moving you closer to the edge of your seat wait for the story to unfold and build up to its big climax.
My rating is 91%
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Milepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau, Janet Montgomery, Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway
A Young ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) who has spent years under the tutelage of her over obsessive mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) gets a shot to play the lead role in a new Swan Lake. Nina Portrays the white queen perfectly with her innocents and grace but lacks the ability to play the Black Swan. Nina has a rival for the part in Lily (Mila Kunis) who is the opposite to her being able to play the Black Swan well but lacks the innocence’s to play the white swan.
With an angry ex lead dancer Beth (Winona Ryder) who can not accept she has been replaced by a new dancer and one she feels is a lot worse than her confronting at her grand announcement by the director of the show Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). Thomas sets out to force Nina into turning into the Black Swan by pushing her into a rebellious way and driving her sexual desires. Lily uses her style of life to befriend Nina and try and push her into the Black Swan.
Having Thomas and Lily pushing her Nina mind starts to unravel she is left to question her own sanity. Nina is left wondering how badly she wants the lead role giving her ever changing mental state.
Natalie Portman Oscar is very well deserved with this outstanding performance as the ballerina pushed to the limit, with great supporting roles from Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel. Adding the great direction from Darren Aronofsky who follows up ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Requiem for a Dream’.
Giving that i know nothing about ballet i found this young woman quest to find herself and deliver the best role a truly brilliant piece of cinema with great story that keeps you guessing what will happen next and what has really happened in the psychological thriller. The tension grows through out the film giving an excellent climax that will shock all viewers.
My overall rating would be a stunning 97%