Scooby Doo 2; Monsters Unleashed (2004)

Director: Raja Gosnell
Writer: James Gunn
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini, Seth Green, Peter Boyle, Tim Blake Nelson, Alicia Silverstone

Story Mystery Inc are back home in Coolsville and are having a museum opened in their honor. There is one problem with the open someone is out to ruin their reputation, making mystery inc look like fakes. Fred (Prinze Jr) Daphne (Gellar) Velma (Cardellini) Shaggy (Lillard) and Scooby Doo now have to find out who is haunting the town and regain their reputations as mystery solvers.

The suspects list includes the original Black knight ghost (Boyle), the museum curator Patrick (Green) ambitious reporter Heather (Silverstone) and Jacobo (Nelson) who escaped prison. One of these has released real monster of the past including Black Knight Ghost, Pterodactyl Ghost, Tar Monster and many more legendary foes.

Verdict The fans of Scooby Doo will enjoy this compared to the first one and it has a much more real straight from the cartoon feel about it. Having it in the home town add the idea of how they got together in the movie sense rather than how it was portrayed in the cartoon series. Having a lot of the foes from the cartoon makes things have an overall fun feeling about it. All children and Scooby Doo fans Will enjoy this movie because of its simple fun and story that is easy to follow.

Best quote Shaggy ‘ We are going to die’ Daphne ‘Think positive’ Shaggy ‘we are going to die quick’

Favourite character Shaggy just funny slacker

Stand out performance Shaggy – Lillard Most of his scenes are with a computer animated dog and pulls them off well

Best moment Some of the monsters creations

Worst Moment Some silly test tubes body swapping scene

My Rating 76%

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Empty (2011)

Director: C.S. Drury

Writer: Aaron Gorvine, C.S. Drury

 

Starring: Ashley C. Williams, Jon Carlo, Barry McBrien

 

 

Story The journey of a young couple Piper (Williams) and Dell (Carlo) who after a week camping in the wilderness come back to a change world. All seems normal at first a few concerned phones calls on voice mails but things soon start to look more serious. When they go to fill in the car with gas they find a message on the door. ‘No gas because of gas crisis’. After making a few phone calls to see what is happening they discover that America has no gas so they can’t get home. After arriving at a hotel ran by a creepy looking man (McBrien) he tells them of the events and how bad things are, muggings, looting and even cases of rape. Dell doesn’t believe and gets worked up over the high prices the man is charging but sees first hand what is going on when he goes for a stroll in town. their journey to eventually safety will see them meet all sorts of characters from hitchhiker, robbers, and other people in the same situation as themselves, Will they make it?

Verdict Lets start by its budget of an estimated $10,000 before you really judge everything about this movie. The acting isn’t the best and both main characters are rather annoying, Piper being to overreacted to the simplest thing and Dell refusing to budge on the things he stands for before giving up to Piper. The idea of the movie is really good and the atmosphere and musically effects work very well to keep you interested enough to what might happen next. The saving of this movie is the ending and it comes as a bit of a surprises to what you were going to be expecting and must watch for an indie film fan and drama fans.

Best moment The ending

Worst Moment The Acting

My rating 78%

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writer: Pierre Boulle
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, Andy Serkis

Story Following scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) trying to find a cure for Alzheimer by trying a new experimental drug on chimps. When his boss Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo) take Will to try and sell his drug to the markets something goes wrong causing Bright Eyes the brightest cheap to cause problem leading to the drug trial to be closed down. After having to put down all the adult chimps Will’s chimp handler Robert (Tyler Labine) finds a baby chimp. Will has to take the baby chimp home naming it Caesar Will discovers that the drug had transferred into Caesar giving him higher intelligence. Will lives with his father Charles (John Listgow) who has Alzheimer’s. While Caesar continued to grow in intelligence Will decides to give the drug to his father, Charles regains brain power and becomes Caesar’s close friend before the drug starts losing its effect when Caesar starts to become more of a helper to Charles. One day Charles tries to take a car for a drive, only problem is that the car is the neighbours, Caesar jumps to protect Charles and ends up in a chimp prison run by the cruel John Landon (Brian Cox) and his son Dodge (Tom Felton). With Caesar the smartest chimp in prison he has to set out to become the legend he will become in the chimp planet of the apes history, but how will Caesar become this?

Verdict Having the idea that humans will experiment on animals to find their cures for diseases but this time its not so much how it goes wrong it more how we can try things too much. The relationship between Caesar, Will and Charles is made to look like a real family and you can see how much they all care for each other. Andy Serkis as Caesar using his motion capture reputation shines again giving Caesar all the emotions you would expect from a human in a chimp. The build up to the final sequences is one of the best because golden gate bridge has been used so often they still manage to find an original sequences on there. This is a must watch for any action drama fan one of the best summer Blockbusters this year.

Best quote Dodge ‘Get your hands off me you damn dirty ape’

Favourite Character Caesar he has the growing up from a baby to leader of the Apes acted perfectly by Andy Serkis, having a range of emotions and a heart that a lot of people could learn from.

Stand out performance Andy Serkis he is the master of the motion capture role

Best moment Caesar coming to protect Charles from the neighbour

Worst Moment It sort of ruins the twist ending of the original Planet of the apes movies

My Rating 92%