Journey 2 The Mysterious Island (2012)

Following on from Journey to the Centre of the Earth Sean (Josh Hutcherson) returns for a new adventure. This time his step father Hank (Dwayne Johnson) help Sean locate his grandfather Alexander (Michael Caine) who is on Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island just of the coast of Palau. They recruit Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful daughter Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) to get them to the island. What follows is an adventure of a lifetime.

 

AS sequels go this slightly better than its predecessor. Dwayne Johnson adds more than what Brendan Fraser gave to the first one and having a more realistic love interest for Sean is good addition. I would say it would be aimed to more family audience giving most of the peril is very short and never really edge of your set level a more adult film could obtain. Luis Guzman adds a lot of comic relief with silly one liners that are both random and funny. But overall if you want a nice simple action adventure this is a good one to watch.

 

My overall rating would 75%

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Van Wilder (2002)

Van Wilder (Ryan Reynolds) follows one student seven years in college where he is the most popular guy on campus and hires an assistant for each year, this year the lucky man is Taj (Kal Penn). When his father withdraws his financial support Van must find another way to make money. After his full plan falls through he ends up doing what he does well throws parties for the other resident of the college. With all this happening an ambitious journalist student  Gwen (Tara Reid) is ask to produce a story on Van. What follows is the love triangle between Van, Gwen and Richard (Daniel Cosgrove) which s full of comical scenes and one that is slightly too much.

Ryan Reynolds shines in this as the quick know it all figure using his charms and charisma to get through each scene and puts in a top level comedy lead performance. While most of the gags are sex orientated this is a good comedy being released the same time as the original American Pie films that were all the craze around that time. It is good that this hasn’t aged yet i know its been ten years but some have aged badly. This film also offered early roles for some bigger names in the world of film and TV with  and Simon Helberg (of Big Bang Theory fame)

Overall i would give this funny comedy a 78% 

The Client (1994)

This is a John Grisham adaptation which follows a young boy Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) who witness a suicide of a Mafia lawyer. He is being hunted by the FBI who want him to testify against the Mafia while the Mafia are after him to stop him talking about a murder they have committed. He hires small time lawyer Reggie Love (Oscar Nominated Susan Sarandon) to help protect him and his family.

In what is quite a tense thriller that can be considered similar to a lot of other Grisham material  that are all very watchable. Put in the all star cast of Tommy Lee Jones, William H Macy, Anthony LaPaglia, Mary-Louise Parker, J.T.Walsh, Will Patton, Kim Coates, Ossie Davis. You get a some very solid acting performances.

Overall i would give this a 76% 

Avengers Assemble (2012)

Director: Joss Whedon

Writer: Joss Whedon (Screenplay), Zak Penn, Joss Whedon (Story)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson

Story: S.H.I.E.L.D led by Nick Fury (Jackson) are trying to create an unlimited energy source. The attempts only bring back Loki (Hiddleston) and after turning Hawkeye (Renner) and Selvig (Skarsgard) sets out on world domination.

Fury has to bring together an elite team to take on Loki and stop his plan. The team included Tony Stark Ironman (Downey Jr), Steve Rodgers Captain America (Evans), Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanoff The Black Widow (Johansson).

With the added inclusion of Thor (Hemsworth) adds another realm after Loki, as he is wanted my Asgard for his crimes there.

Can all these huge egos come together and unite to take back the planet from an enemy with higher powers?

Verdict

Action: (10/10)

Special Effects: (10/10)

Costume: (10/10)

Sound: (9/10)

Suggestion: (10/10)

Best Part: The first glimpse of Hulk and the fight scene that follows

Star Performance Tom Hiddleston as Loki whose every line is so coldly executed to create the perfect villain

Favourite Character Hard to pick, as they are all equally as good as one another.

Overall: When it comes to family friendly superhero films they usually come up short and extra cheesy. This one has managed to put everything together to create the perfect family friendly superhero film. Every action sequence uses each character strengths to keep the action at the top level. The Banter level between the characters also works and keeps everything very light hearted. This will be enjoyed by all but may still end up only being the second best superhero film of the year.

Rating 91%