Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Michael Bacall
Starring: Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman

Story Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) a 22-year-old guy starts dating a 17-year-old girl Knives (Ellen Wong). Knive’s becomes obsessed with Scott’s Band Kim (Alison Pill), Stephen (Mark Webber) and Young Neil (Johnny Simmons). While Knives falls for Scott, Scott falls for Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

Too win Ramona’s heart Scott must defeat her seven evil exes’. Each ex has a different fighting ability and style. Can Scott win Ramona’s heart and win the battle of the bands?

Verdict With a full range of characters including Scott’s gossip obsessed sister and gay roommate we are giving a full blown perfectly original action film. Each fight is like watching an arcade game and this comes off very well in its all out over the top fights. the music works to having all the bands feel like they are trying to make something of themselves. With this movies being a bit of a flop in the cinema it is a shame because this really is one that should be watched with fun action comedy all the way well worth a watch.

Best quote Kim ‘ We are Sex Bob-Omb! And we’re here to watch Scott Pilgrim Kick You teeth in!’

Favourite character Wallace has all the best one-liners

Stand out performance Kieran Culkin mostly because it’s a different character to what you would be used to coming from him.

Best moment Most of the fight scenes really

Worst Moment Mainly that fact it will be aimed more towards the arcade gaming generation.

My Rating 87%

 

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer: Lawrence Konner
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell, Omar Benson Miller, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige

Story After Three guardian Sorcerers of Merlin are split by betrayal one Balhazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is left to find Merlin Heir but one day his old friend but not rival Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) is released and sets out to release Morgana (Alice Krige) a powerful sorceress who wants to destroy the world.

Balhazar stops the first escape but the capture leaves both stuck for ten years. Both Balhazar and Maxim escape their prison and search for the Heir a seemingly average guy David (Jay Baruchel) who excels at psychics. Balhazar find David and takes him under his wing while Maxim finds a young magician Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) who lacks direction to help Maxim get the jar in which Morgana is trapped in.

David has the seemingly normal training but is always distracted by a chance encounter with a young lady he once had a crush on Becky (Teresa Palmer). Can David be trained, save the world and get the girl?

Verdict Basically this is a very simple film to watch giving some very good special effects around New York City, the characters are all likable with good banter between hero and villain. The story is strong leaving things to be discovered through out the narrative. It is a good watch and worth it for all action adventure fantasy fans.

Best quote Balthaza ‘ Keep it subtle, civilians mustn’t know magic exists. That would be complicated’ Dave ‘Says the guy in the 350 year old rawhide trench coat’

favourite character Drake Stone he is very much like Will Arnett character in Arrested Development just with the magic skill to back it up

Stand out performance Nicolas Cage great teacher role with some kick ass addition to his character

Best Moment A dragon ripping through China Town

Worst Moment The almost unbelievable romance between David and Becky

Rating 80%

Cloverfield (2008)

Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Drew Goddard
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman

Story: While throwing a party in New York a group for Rob’s (Michael Stahl David) new job something attacks New York. an unlikely group of friends Rob’s brother Jason (Mike Vogel), Jason girlfriend Lily (Jessica Lucas) Hud (T.J.Miller) and Mariena (Lizy Caplan) have to find a way out of New York.

The streets are filled with people panicking when Rob gets a phone call from Beth (Odette Yustman) the love of his life. Beth is trapped so Rob decides to risk his safety and his friends to go and rescue her.

New York is filled with some form of monsters and creatures and the army can Rob and his friends save Beth and get out of New York before it is too late?

Verdict: Shot using the idea its a found camcorder give this movie some realism feel. Unknown actors keeps this following through too. Compared to a lot of the camcorder films this is one of the good ones as it keeps the shock of what is happening going all the way through and using a place like New York makes the location more shocking to the audience. The friendship grow with some of the characters who are more distant to each other too. The atmosphere is well built from the moment the attack happens.

Best Quote: Hud ‘ Okay. Just to be clear here, out options are, Die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets, That’s pretty much it?

Favourite Character: Hud the camera man who has the best lines and pretty much says what the audience would be thinking.

Standout Performance: Michael Stahl David as Rob portrays the leader of a group very well

Best Moment: When the statue of Liberty head roles past our group of heroes in the opening attack

Worst Moment: Monster getting revealed so early into the movie

Rating: 81%

Sunshine (2007)

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Mark Strong, Cliff Curtis
 
Story;The Sun is dying and a team of scientists and astronauts have used all of Earth’s resources to create a bomb to re-ignite the Sun. Travelling in the space craft Icarus 2 because Icarus 1 mission failed and the ship was lost. The team on Icarus 2 include the mastermind behind the bomb plan Robert Capa (Cillian Murphy) Captain Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada) second in command Harvey (Troy Garity) Engeriner Mace (Chris Evans) psychologist Searle (Cliff Curtis), Cassie (Rose Byrne), Corazon (Michelle Yeoh) and Trey (Bendict Wong).

After reaching Mercury Harvey picks up a signal that has been lost in the background of space. The signal is from Icarus 1 the ship is still intact. The team is left with the dilemma on whether to complete their mission or go to Icarus 1 and collect a second bomb increasing the chances of success. Capa concludes two payloads will be a greater chance and the risk is worth it. After a small miss calculation from Trey some of the reflective shields are damaged. They lose their oxygen garden not leaving them with enough oxygen to complete the mission.

They arrive at Icarus 1 and see Pinbacker (Mark Strong) video on what happened Icarus 1 is in full working order but there is no crew to be found. While searching Icarus 1 something happens leading to the airlock being damaged Capa, Mace, Harvey and Searle after left to work out who is most important to the mission. After losing crew the team now has little choice but to go complete the mission but how far can they get?

Verdict: This is a top sci-fi movie take an idea that hadn’t been looked at before.built up with incredible tension from start to finish and very believable characters. The music adds to everything that happens so well creating more tension. The story will keep you guessing what will happen all the way through. This is a real edge of your seat classic one for all to see.

Best Quote: Capa’ So if you wake up one morning and it’s a particularly beautiful day, You’ll know we made it’.

Favourite Character: Mace He is willing to do anything to save humanity and has some of the best scenes.

Stand out Performance: Cillian Murphy again playing his character to his normal perfection.

Best Moment: The first reveal on Pinbacker on board Icarus 2

Worst Moment: Hard to find one but i guess the end half of the movie feels alot like Event Horizon

My Rating 89%

X-Men (2000)

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Tyler Mane, Ray Park, Rebecca Romijn, Bruce Davidson
 
Starring in 1940’s Poland we see how Erik Lensher first discovered he had power to control metal while his mother is dragged away in a war camp. Fast forward to the near future we meet Rogue (Anna Paquin) who goes to kiss her boyfriend only to put him into a coma.

Rogue goes on the run and end ups in a down in the gutter bar where there is cage fighting. One of the cage fighters is Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) who is unbeatable with his healing ability and his metal body frame. After being kicked out the bar Wolverine heads off for his next place to make money while Rogue sneaks a lift. After being discovered the two travel together only to be suddenly attacked by Sabretooth (Tyler Mane) but saved by Storm (Halle Berry) and Cyclops (James Marsden) and taken back to Professor Charles Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) school for the gifted.

Senator Kelly (Bruce Davidson) is trying to pass a bill to make mutant registration compulsory. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) one of Xavier students tries to appeal against this decisions but to little success. Magneto (Ian McKellen) also witnesses the outcome and sets out his plan.

Magneto gets his team of mutants Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) and Toad (Ray Park) to kidnap Senator Kelly and they turn him into a mutant. Magneto reveals his plan to turn all the worlds leaders into mutants and it is now up to Xavier X-Men to stop him can they over come their differences using the abilities to their advantage?

Being the first of the X-Men series this had little to live up to so turns out to be a good film. All the characters have different abilities which give the story what it needs to make every pieces of the puzzle come together. Each part is cast very well to suit who is playing the role with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as the wise elder characters who are preparing for a war that could change both their views on life.

If you are going to look at this film compared to the stories of the other X-men movies it starts as a building block for a successful franchise. While the prequel movies build on characters who start in this movie like Sabretooth who is a main character in X-Men Wolverine being Wolverine brother and rival in. Mystique starting as a friend of Charles Xavier in X-men first Class. The movies hints at an old friendship between Xavier and Magneto which get show more in X-Men First Class.

As a movie on its own i will give this a strong mark of 77%