Rise Of The Zombies (2012)

logoDirector: Nick Lyon

Writer: Keith Allan, Delondra Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Ethan Suplee, Mariel Hemingway, LeVar Burton, Danny Trejo, Heather Hemmens, French Stewart, Chad Lindberg

 

Plot: When a zombie apocalypse has devastated American, a small group of survivors have taken up home in Alcatraz prison. After the prison becomes over run with zombies the ones who survive head back to land to find a new safe location. One group Marshall (Suplee), Lynn (Hemingway) Ashley (Hemmens) aim to locate Doctor Arnold (Stewart) who believes he has a cure. While Captain Caspian (Trejo), Kyle (Lindberg) and others look for basic supplies. Leaving Doctor Halpern (Burton) behind on the prison to try and learn the origin of the disease.

 

The group who make it off Alcatraz

The group who make it off Alcatraz

Verdict: Zombies in San Francisco

Story: Knowing this is made by the Asylum I have to automatically know the story is not going to be truly original or believable. It follows the basic zombie stereotypes and puts together an over qualified group of survivors. A strong point for this film is knowing that any of the characters could get killed off at any stage because there is no big name in this. In conclusion this is a run of the mill zombie story offering nothing new but enough of the basic for a zombie film fan. (6/10)

 

Actor Review: Ethan Suplee – Former military man who becomes the muscle of the group but also has to go through the new age zombie trend. Good to see Ethan doing a non-comedy role but unfortunately he doesn’t become the overall powerhouse role that is required. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Mariel Hemingway – The lead scientist who wants to find a cure for the disease and will risk everything to get it. Tries to lead the group well and shows glimpses of quality but too often seems to look lost in lead role. (5/10)

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Actor Review: LeVar Burton – Scientist who stays to try and find a cure for his daughter who has been bitten. Good in patches but doesn’t have enough time to show the full distance he will go for answers. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Danny Trejo – Tough guy who just wants to survive at any means. Biggest name in the film and surprisingly doesn’t have much time in it. Disappointing with what he has been doing recently but enough to show typical Trejo performance. (6/10)

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Director Review: Nick Lyon – Has a string of straight to DVD or TV films to his name and this shows why he can tell the basic story but never challengers to the next level. (6/10)

Action: Some typical zombie chasing action scenes. (6/10)

Horror: Not the best zombie world creation but still enough to add the scarier scenario. (6/10)

Special Effects: Simple special effects but nothing stand out like the new zombie films like to offer. (6/10)

Believability: Only in some zombie outbreak scenario. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: Starts with good setting in the prison but soon becomes all whole city of San Francisco. Almost the opposite of most zombie films where they start wide open and finish stuck in small location. (6/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for a sequel

Suggestion: Zombie film fans will be watching this it is still a good enough film to show how people react in zombie infected world. But if you want something original you will need to look elsewhere. (Try It)

 

Similar Too: Most Zombie films

 

Overall: Cheaply made zombie film

 

Rating 57

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Top 10 Favourite Christian Bale Performances

Today marks Christian Bale birthday, let’s look at my favourite roles of his career.

10. John Connor – Terminator 4 Salvation

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When Christian got cast as John Connor people got excited, once the famous audio got released of him having a rant at director of photography people started to turn on the choice. He steps into the role as the third actor to do so.

This john is more of a freedom fighter in the war we have heard happens for three films, he does offer the most mature role but his hot headedness makes the character at bit too generic.

9. Quinn Abercromby – Reign Of Fire

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Quinn lives in the world ruled by dragons, Quinn leads a group of survivors who just hope to survive the dragon attacks until a solider and his army give him one final chance to take out the dragons once and for all.

8. Dan Evans – 3:10 To Yuma

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Dan Evans is a small time rancher who agrees to take an outlaw into his protection until the train comes along to take him away. In a cat and mouse like tale the outlaw tries to psych out Dan, with plenty of gun battles we see each other them in fine action scenes.

7. John Preston – Equilibrium

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John Preston is from a world where having emotions is considered a crime punishable by death. John is an agent who has to track down the people breaking the law until he finds out his partner breaks the law. John ends up leading a fight back against the organisation to make everyone free to have emotions again.

6. Trevor Reznik – The Machinist

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Trevor is an industry worker who hasn’t slept in a year before starting to question his own sanity. This role will always be remembered because of the dramatic weight loss Christian had to undertake.

5. Howl – Howl’s Moving Castle

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Providing the voice in the English verison of the Japanese classic. Howl is a young wizard who along with his magical house is stuck in a curse and only a young girl cursed with the body of an old woman can save him.

4. Jim Graham – Empire Of The Sun

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In what was his first major role working under Steven Spielberg Christian’s character Jim struggles to survive in Japanese occupation during world war two and this will always be remembered as one of the best child star performances of all time.

3. Bruce Wayne – Dark Knight Trilogy

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Bruce Wayne started the new revolution of comic book heroes with one of the darkest creations in the comic book world, bring the series back to a much more realistic scenario. Bruce was always over shadowed by huge powerhouse villainous performance in the Joker, Bane and Scarecrow, but will always be considered one of the best Batman performances of all time.

2. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

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Patrick Bateman is banker by day, but by night he is a deranged a serial killer. With some unique kills with some very over the top eccentricity this role will always be remembered as one of his best.

1.       Alfred Borden – Prestige

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The prestige has more twists and turns you could imagine. Even though the film seems to shine more of a spotlight on Hugh Jackson’s role, it is Bale performance that really shines through as the gritty magician who will do everything to perfect his art.

Need to see in the future

  • American Hustle
  • Out Of The Furnace
  • Rescue Dawn

Films I haven’t watched and not interested in watching

  • The Fighter
  • The Flowers Of War
  • Harsh Times
  • The New World

Alien 3 (1992)

logoDirector: David Fincher

Writer: David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson (Screenplay) Vincent Ward (Story) Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett (Characters)

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Brian Glover, Ralph Brown, Danny Webb, Christopher John Fields, Holt McCallany, Lance Henriksen

 

Plot: Ripley (Weaver) returns, this time her escape pod crash lands on a prison planet. Clemens (Dance) the medical officer helps revive Ripley, but Ripley didn’t crash alone. An alien was on board and the prisoners have to unite to survive against the next evolution of the species.

 

Verdict: The Alien chapter not many people talk about

Story: How do you follow up two of the best sci-fi films or all time? This struggles to keep up with the atmosphere created in the first two. It offers nothing new to the series either. As a stand-alone film this would struggle to be a good sci-fi thriller. It’s only positive I can think of were a couple of surprise deaths. (5/10)

 

Actor Review: Sigourney Weaver – Ripley back to kick the alien’s arse. Sigourney has created one of the biggest icons in female cinema, but this is not the chapter anyone would be remembering. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Charles S. Dutton – Dillon leader of the religious movement on in the prison. One of the good guys who protects Ripley from the bad prisoners. He does an ok job but doesn’t have enough to work with. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Charles Dance – Medical officer with a dark past on the road to recovery. Good supporting role is used well to create a good connection between Ripley and the prisoners. (6/10)

 

Director Review: David Fincher – The great director disowned this film after it got changed post production and I don’t blame him. (4/10)

 

Action: Slow moving action throughout. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: Take out the Alien it offers very little in the world of sci-fi. (5/10)

Thriller: Not very thrilling compared to previous offering. (5/10)

Special Effects: Poor special effects too. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: A prison on a planet with nowhere to run creating a great isolation setting for this sci-fi horror. (9/10)

 

Suggestion: I only say try because it makes the first two look even better and it is nice to see how the characters you grew to love, well their next chapter. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Lead scene.

Worst Part: Loses suspense element.

Action Scene of the Film: Final scene.

Kill Of The Film: Clemens

Oscar Chances: Nominated for one Oscar for visual effects

Chances of Sequel: Did get a sequel.

 

Overall: Poor addition to the franchise.

 

Rating 56

Rush (2013)

logoDirector: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan (Screenplay)

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino, David Calder, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Magan, Christian McKay, Alistair Petrie

 

Plot: The story of James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Bruhl) rise and rivalry in Formula One, One that will never be forgotten and has gone down in history as the fiercest in the sports history. We follow both drivers careers from small time Formula Three to the struggles to make it Formula One until they both get the drives for the big teams proving to the world how good they both are leading to the epic title chase in the 1976 season.

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Verdict: A brilliant biopic story of two racing greats

Story: Historical sports dramas are sometimes difficult to give the full justice too. We see how each of them get into racing, challenge their personal lives to get there and what more can you say about the racing scenes breath taking. The fans who were lucky enough to see the excitement unfold live would know the story but for those who didn’t you get a real feel for it. (10/10)

 

Actor Review: Chris Hemsworth – James Hunt, the cocky ladies’ man of racing. Hemsworth is brilliant in the role with perfect accent and charm the character was. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Daniel Bruhl – Niki Lauda the straight to the point driver who suffers his horrific injury before making an early comeback to make the title race go down the final corner. Star Performance Award (10/10)

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Director Review: Ron Howard – Brilliant direction to recreate some of the scenes from fateful crashes as well as the rivalry between two legends of racing. (10/10)

 

Action: The race scenes are full of action. (9/10)

Drama: Great drama to show how the two driver’s mutual respect drove them to their limits. (10/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects for the races. (10/10)

Believability: It is a true story and what a story it is. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: You could have a few. (5/10)

Settings: The race setting a brilliantly put together to create a real feel about the time. (9/10)

Suggestion: Whether you like sport or not, you have to see this because it is about two people achieving everything even after one suffers an injury that could kill others and you will not see a display of determination from another person. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The Races scenes

Action Scene Of The Film: Final race scene

Favourite Quote: Niki Lauda ‘A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.’

Oscar Chances: Shamefully snub by the academy.

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: Senna (Formula One story)

 

Overall: Brilliant, Breath taking Wonderful

Rating 97

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

logoDirector: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Terence Winter (Screenplay) Jordan Belfort (Novel)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley

 

Plot: Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) wants to be rich and as he enters the cut throat world of stockbroking he takes a meteoric rise to the top. Jordan and his partner Donnie (Hill) start making more money than they could have ever imagined but with that money comes, drug, sex and drinking addiction that drive them and slowly take over them. With FBI agent Patrick Denham (Chandler) tracking down their wrong doings we see how long they can stay at the top before it all comes crumbling down.

 

Verdict: Good drama that shows how money controls people

Story: All I have heard is how brilliant this is and in all honesty I don’t get the hype. For the whole biographic side it is good and I do understand that they were out of control, but there is way, way too much drug use for the sake of it. I found myself just wanting some scenes to end and move on to the next chapter and other storylines were just, he is now dead. In conclusion I found the story too long. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Leonardo DiCaprio – Jordan playing his rise and fall. Leo is brilliant having to go through all sorts of emotions and different reactions to every scene. He dominates the screen whenever he is on it, this will be added to his fine performances he always puts out. Star Performance Award (10/10)

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Actor Review: Jonah Hill – Donnie the guy Jordan started the business with and gets to the top with him. It a great supporting role as he becomes more of the loose cannon of the team. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Margot Robbie – Naomi Jordan wife who enjoys the high life with him. It what is one of her first major roles she is great as the good side to Leo’s drive but doesn’t get enough screen time. (8/10)

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Director Review: Martin ScorseseHe is the master of the epic films and this is great but it focuses way too much on the wrong things that are going on in the story. (7/10)

 

Crime: We see all the crimes they are committing but only hear a small parts what consequences of the crimes are. (8/10)

Believability: True Story (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Nearly every setting is an expensive idea showing how well the rich are doing. (9/10)

Suggestion: It is long so if you don’t want to sit around and watch a film for three hours then you can easily miss this. The diehard fans of the stars will have to watch but I feel this isn’t something you really have to watch. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The moment when Jordan gets a small time job and shocks everyone with his selling ability.

Worst Part: Too much drugs

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 5 Oscars

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall:  A long biopic that will leave you disappointed

Rating 80