In Time (2011)

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Shyloh Oostwald, Johnny Galecki, Colin Mcgurk, Olivia Wilde, Matt Bomer,

 

Story In the not too distant future aging stops at 25 years. Once you hit 25 years old you are given one more year all the rest you have to earn. Our hero Will (Timberlake) works daily too earns enough money for himself and his mother Rachel (Wilde) to get by. One day after work Will goes for a casual drink with his friend Borel (Galecki), Will ends up saving Henry Hamilton (Bomer) who has a century of time clocked up.

 

The morning after Will wakes up to find Henry gone and that he know has all his time. Looking out the window he see Henry, as his time is about to run out. That evening Will is due to meet his mother only to miss that chance and his mothers time runs out. Unhappy with what happens Will goes to the rich part of town where he meets Sylvia (Seyfried) daughter of one of the wealthily men alive, even after Raymond (Murphy) comes to arrest Will for stealing time Sylvia is still interested in helping Will. Will and Sylvia escape from the police and go on a Bonnie and Clyde like journey of stealing time from the rich and giving it too the poor.

 

Verdict This sci-fi action thriller is filled with everything from car chases to a forbidden love. The way the rich have life easy compared to the people that make the basic things tick is a good comparison to real life. The whole stop aging at 25 is a good way to get a younger cast of good-looking stars, Timberlake, Seyfried, Wilde. Have Olivia Wilde playing Justin Timberlake mum is clever way of using this. Most fans of the sci-fi genre will enjoy this movie.

 

Story Mark 8/10 Good story with comparisons to real life

 

Action Mark 8/10 Solid but basic action scenes more into the avoiding conflict than causing it.

 

Character Development Mark 8/10 Learning about Will is done well, a little more on Sylvia and Raymond would have been nice touch.

 

Romantic Chemistry Mark 9/10 Will and Sylvia have a spark that drives their actions.

 

Star Performances Justin Timberlake looks like he has been acting for years.

 

Favourite Character Raymond old fashion cop in a modern environment.

 

Least Favourite Character Borel gets given time but wastes it.

 

Best Part Couple of time running out chase scenes

 

Worst Part It is basically Bonnie and Clyde in the sci-fi genre

 

Fun Trivia Even thought Olivia Wilde plays Justin Timberlake’s mum he is actually three years older than her.

 

My Rating 84%

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Dead Silence (2007)

Director: James Wan

Writer: Leigh Whannell, James Wan

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney, Bob Gunton, Laura Regen, Judith Roberts

 

Story When a mysterious doll is set to Jamie (Kwanten) and his new wife Lisa (Regen) strange things start to happen. That nigh when Jamie is out something kills Lisa. Jamie believes the doll caused her death, while Detective Lipton (Wahlberg) believes Jamie himself killed her. Jamie travels home to see his father (Gunton) and his new wife Ella (Valletta). While visiting his hometown her learns more about what he thought was just a ghost story. The story of Mary Shaw (Roberts) a ventriloquist who was murdered, but was there more to her death? Can Jamie uncover the truth before he becomes the latest victim?

 

Verdict Following up on the success of Saw director James Wan and Writer Leigh Whannell give us a beyond the grave ghost story with another great twist ending. The story follows the ABC of horror with the idea of a ghost story becoming a reality which works to good effect by gripping the audience all the way through. The scares are very much using a slow build up leading jump scenes. This as a horror thriller is a very good watch and you should give it a watch if you want simple scares.

Story Mark 8/10 Simple story well told.

Horror Mark 8/10 You can see where the writer and director learnt before the excellent Insidious good jump horror without being truly scary.

Character Development Mark 8/10 Good back stories collected on main characters.

Special Effects Mark 8/10 The victims look very realistic.

Favourite Character Jamie he is clearly upset about what happens to his wife but is more determined to find out the truth.

Least Favourite Character Detective Lipton What is with the razor?

Best Part The twist ending.

Fun Trivia – You can see the Jigsaw doll in the room with 101 dolls in.

Similar Too – Child’s Play, The Ring, The Grudge

My Rating 81%

Despicable Me (2010)

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Writer: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Sergio Pablos

Starring: Voice Talents Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig

 

Story Gru (Carell) is the world’s most evil super villain, until one day someone steals the Pyramid of Giza. Gru and his team lead by Dr Nefario (Brand) come up with the idea to shrink and steal the moon. There is a few problems with his plans, the new super villain Vector (Segel) has better gadgets and steals the shrink ray. After numerous attempts to break in Vector’s hideout Gru finds a way in, Gru has to adopt three orphans to sell cookies. After adopting the children he starts to become attach to them. With lots of comic support from Gru’s minions, Will Gru be able to claim his title back?

 

Verdict This animation comedy promises a lot from its trailer, but I felt that if it weren’t for the minions the comedy would be very poor. Most of the jokes are very predictable and the story is unoriginal. Having the movie coming from studio that bought us Ice age I was expect a much higher standard of movie. Overall it could be considered a good family comedy.

 

Story Mark 7/10

 

Action Mark 8/10

 

Comedy Mark 7/10

 

Favourite Character The Minions

 

Least Favourite Character Vector

 

Best Part Everything to do with the minions

 

Worst Part Most of Vector scenes

 

My Rating 72%

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Writer: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz

 

Story This is the story of Greg Heffley (Gordon) who starts middle school and wants to become the popular kid. There are a few problems to his dream, one is his best friend Rowley (Capron) who is all to happy to be himself which doesn’t seem to make his popularity go up. We also have the idea off join lots of unpopular after school activities complete disregarding the rules his brother Rodrick (Bostick) has taught him. Even with the advice at the school from Angie (Moretz) who just seems to cruise through the days never worrying about what people think. Greg has to come too turns with who he is before he can worry about what people think about him, can he learn it in time?

 

Verdict This school comedy is actually quite funny, Watching Greg attempts to make himself popular backfiring is rather amusing. The lesson learned by Greg is a good one for all kids who are going through or about to go through. The support cast shine in their minimal screen time. I personally wouldn’t have gone out my way to watch this but I did get recommended it but a fellow film fan and he pick well, I would now recommended you check this one out

 

Story Mark 8/10 Simple story of growing up.

 

Comedy Mark 7/10 Funny in parts and good build up to laughs

 

Star Performances Chloe Grace Moretz – proving why she is destining for bigger and better things.

 

Favourite Character Frank, Greg’s dad has some of the funniest scenes

 

Best Part Some of the montages are well put together

 

Similar Too – School of life, Most middle school movies.

 

My Rating 76%

Flight of the Phoenix (2004)

Director: John Moore

Writer: Scott Frank

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Miranda Otto, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Curran, Sticky Fingaz, Jacob Vargas, Hugh Laurie

 

Story When an oilrig in the middle of the Mongolian dessert closes Pilot Frank Towns (Quaid) and co-pilot A.J (Gibson) most fly the team home. The team is lead by Kelly (Otto) and is being closed by cooperative man Ian (Laurie). Along with the team mysterious Elliot (Ribisi) join them on their flight.

 

As the flight is going on they come across a storm refusing to turn back Frank tries to go over and around it only for the place to go down in the middle of the dessert. With limited supplies and no radio they have to hope for rescue. Elliott comes up with the idea to build a plane from the remains of the old one.

 

Can they make the plane before the supplies run out? Can they avoid the ruthless dessert smugglers?

 

Verdict This action adventure has one the best action sequences with the plane crash. It is gripping from start the finish like most of the best survival movies. Yes it is a remake but it can easily stand alone and not be bracketed as a poor remake. All the characters have their own strong points and flaws which all get shown as the story develops. Any fan of a gripping movie will enjoy this movie.

Story Mark 9/10 Strong story about grouping together to survive.

Action Mark 9/10 The action sequences are all very gripping

Star Performances Giovanni Ribisi as Elliott mysterious portrayed perfectly.

Favourite Character Elliott has all the best lines and scenes.

Best Part After a smuggler is nearly the group argues about whether to help him only for Elliott to grab and gun and shot him.

Worst Part-Letting people compare it to the original

Best Quote Elliott (to Frank) ‘The design is perfect, the only flaw is that we have to rely on you to fly it.’

 

My Rating 88%