American Psycho (2000)

Title – American Psycho

Year of release – 2000

Genre – Crime/Drama

Length – 1 hour 42 minutes

Rating – 18

Director – Mary Harron

Writer(s) – Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner

Who is in it? – Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, Justin Theroux as Timothy Bryce, Josh Lucas as Craig McDermott, Bill Sage as David Van Patten and Chloe Sevigny as Jean to name a few.

What’s it about? – I reallydidn’t get this film until someone explained it to me then it just clicked. It’s a strange film which makes you believe that the main character is a murderer but it’s all inside his head. Plenty of blood, sex and craziness.I really did not get the film so can’t really explain it much better.

Is it any good? – Christian Bale delivers a grand performance as the psychopath and a great performance by Chloe Sevigny helps it along its way however unless you understand it, it’s not very good.

Why should I watch it? – Give it a go but it is crazy.

How do you rate it overall? – 5/10

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Equilibrium (2002)

logoDirector: Kurt Wimmer

Writer: Kurt Wimmer (Screenplay)

Starring: Christian Bale, Dominic Purcell, Sean Bean, Sean Pertwee, William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson

 

Plot: In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Emotionless Action

 

Story: Equilibrium starts by telling us that we will have a third world war and to stop a fourth man has lost its humanity taking the idea that we can feel away from us. We meet elite team John Preston (Bale) and Partridge (Bean) who eliminate anyone caught with any items that could cause emotions. We see how they take out a whole hideout of ‘criminals’ (known as sense offenders) in an all guns blazing, picture burning style. We enter into what is a cult like city run by Father (Pertwee) who keeps the people on their drug Prozium which will cut out any emotion the people will ever have.

Discovering that his partner might have turned into a sense offender Preston has to locate and find out why he has changed and to give him a mercy killing rather than letting the leaders do it. (Yes Sean Bean does die again) this introduces Preston’s new partner Brandt (Diggs), we know have the rookie joining up with the experienced officer cliché. Preston haunted by the loss of his wife to sense offending. The latest bust finds involved a mysterious lady Mary (Watson) who starts to push Preston while he tries to discover who she is working with. After missing a dose of his medicine Preston starts to understand why everyone he was killing didn’t care because they were actually living but can he survive in a world where everyone knows when you are feeling and bring it down from the inside?

Equilibrium was doing the futuristic revolutions before any of the teenage ones we get flooded with now. I do feel the story has plenty of plot holes like how everyone seems to be on the plan for Preston and not a single person gives it away. I also do have an issue with the end, with the leader taken out and revolution happened why they saw it fit to butcher everyone who is only stuck on mind control rather than show that they had the mercy side to the humanity which they were fighting for. I also found the idea that Preston started doing everything that his partner did like he was the backup plan. On the positive I found the costumes very good with Preston starting in all black before turning to full white once he goes through the change. In the end it does lack certain storyline issues but is a simple action film. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Christian Bale: John Preston at first the best agent against sense offenders who fast turns into the very person they are hunting. He ends up fighting for the resistance against the very people he has worked for. Christian gives a good performance and shows the basic emotionless performance before he starts turning to emotions. (7/10)

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Taye Diggs: Brandt rookie who is assigned to work with Preston but soon picks up on the emotions he has started to feel and leads the offensive against Preston and the resistance. Taye gives a good performance but fails to match Bale’s performance. (6/10)

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Support Cast: Equilibrium has a group of supporting members who all have few scene that seem to help the story unfold.

 

Director Review: Kurt Wimmer – Kurt does a good job directing to make a new style of combat but the story telling falls flat. (7/10)

 

Action: Equilibrium has jaw dropping action with fight scenes, gun battling that comes thick and fast. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Equilibrium paints a future that we have seen before just with slightly different motives and crimes. (7/10)

Settings: Equilibrium settings are all well created to show the uniformity on wide side and the freedom on the other. (9/10)

Suggestion: Equilibrium is one for the action fans to enjoy, it has plenty going on but don’t think about enjoy any major story. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final Showdown battle.

Worst Part: Brutal killing of the innocent, but I know it was needed to show how villainous they are.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Kill Of The Film: The sword finale

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Ultraviolet

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $5 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Two men. One battle. No compromise

 

Overall: The Matrix Knight Rises

Rating 60

Movie Reviews 101 Film of the Year 2014

Today I will be look at my pick for the best film of the year. Unlike yesterdays which was my favourite popcorn films.  Today will include most of the Oscar nominated films and I will be picking just five.

Mentions that could have been number one;

Foxcatcher foxcatcher This was one film I knew very little about going into, I knew it focused on an Olympic wrestler and his trainer and that was it, not knowing the true story really did make this one of the most edge of the seat thrillers I saw last year.

 

Boyhood boyhood When it comes to film making this will top anything anybody will see in a long time, the commitment to make this happen is unbelievable and it all pays off in one of the most interesting films of the year.

 

Birdman birdman This film got all the hype, the buzz of all of them out this year and it didn’t disappoint. It will make you think and with its dark comedy it will keep you wondering just what is really going on.

 

Nightcrawler nightcrawlerOut of the selection this is the most likely to appeal to the general film goer, Jake Gyllenhaal gives us a stunning performance as the man set ting his goals and breaking through them as he goes ultra-dark in search for the perfect footage.

Movie Reviews 101 Film of the Year

Whiplash whiplash This has to be my pick for the best film of 2014 because it is such a boring subject matter but it ends up being one of the most intense films I have ever seen. It has brilliant chemistry between the leads and a final scene that will take your breath away.

Fear Clinic (2014)

logoDirector: Robert Hall

Writer: Aaron Drane, Robert Hall (Screenplay)

Starring: Thomas Dekker, Robert Englund, Cleopatra Coleman, Kevin Gage, Felisha Terrell, Fiona Dourif, Brandon Beemer, Corey Taylor

 

Plot: A doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention which induces and controls hallucinations.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: What’s Your Fear

 

Story: Fear Clinic starts by Dr Andover (Englund) talking about fears and how he has come up with a cure to people’s fears. We learn that after he got endless praise for his work we hear that something went wrong with his ideas. Move to a diner where a lone gun man bursts in on a killing spree which is just part of the experiment that the girl gets lost in.

Moving forward a whole year we meet Sara (Dourif) who is student that during a blackout has her own nightmare about the gun man. Sara goes to the fear clinic in search for answers or a treatment for her fears from Dr Andover. With Andover not the same man it appears certain patients are having relapses and one of the patients died. Andover is full of regret for what happened to Paige and is very reluctant to let anyone use the chamber again. This doesn’t stop Osborn (Terrell) going behind his back to set up the chamber to try and save another sick patient.

Andover learns that what he had been working on has bought something back and created a substance that pushes people to reach newer more intense levels of fear. The third patient Blake (Dekker) gets bought in we learn that his fear is to do a real incident. Andover finally gives the machine another chance and the first patient is Blake, while things don’t go bad they don’t get any real answers. Each member of the study was all part of a restaurant shooting and each member is trying to get over the fear that has been created from the situation. A force is trying to get through to the real world by using the fears created by these people and the chamber Andover created.

Fear Clinic takes us into a world where we see the characters already taken over by their fears but for now controlling them. We get to see how one event could change lives forever and how the affects will scar them for life. We also end up having to see how messing with science could lead people into trouble especially where no one thinks about side effects. The story follows the characters with all of these mixing together as they must learn to control the fear rather than run from it because we see fear take control and become real. The films uses psychological horror to get the most part over and though the jumps are easy you will be thinking about what happens for a while. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Thomas Dekker: Blake a gunshot victim who was part of the clinic but this time he has started to improve after going into the chamber. Thomas does a solid job but spends half his screen time not in a working state but his character does hold some secrets. (6/10)

 

Robert Englund: Dr Andover genius scientist who at one time was at once the leading name in scientific research but after his tests go wrong things take a turn for the worse, but this is his chance to redeem himself by saving these people. Robert does a solid job in a role that was going to gather the horror fans. (7/10)

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Fiona Dourif: Sara our heroine who is trying to get answers and seems to be the connection between everyone while she is trying to cure her own fear. Fiona continues to look like she might be a star of bigger and better things with this performance. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Fear Clinic has a supporting cast that includes patients, doctors and nurses who all help the story continue as most of them are who get affects most by whatever it is that is after them.

 

Director Review: Robert Hall – Robert does a solid job creating a horror that makes you think. (7/10)

 

Horror: Fear Clinic uses psychological horror making you think about what is happening with a couple of attempted jump scares. (7/10)

Settings: Fear Clinic uses the setting of the clinic well putting our characters trapped and isolated. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Fear Clinic uses solid special effects especially with the twisted creature creation. (7/10)

Suggestion: Fear Clinic is one for the horror fans to give a go to I think they will enjoy the way this film unfolds. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The chamber secrets.

Worst Part: I think a few too many things to ask about.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Trivia: Corey Taylor’s first film role

 

Overall: Fear Clinic isn’t the scariest of horror films out there but it will make you think so if you like that idea for horror you will like this.

Rating 65

The Prestige (2006)

logoDirector: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan (Screenplay) Christopher Priest (Novel)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Andy Serkis

 

Plot: Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Watch Carefully

 

Story: The Prestige starts by giving us narration from Cutter (Caine) explain who magic works and how to perform the perfect trick. With this going on we see Alfred Borden (Bale) trying to uncover the truth about fellow magicians Robert Angier (Jackman) master trick. The trick goes wrong and Angier drowns leading to Borden being put in prison awaiting his death. Cue the flashback to how the two rivals reached the place they did.

We see how Angier goes to America in hope of meeting Tesla (Bowie) to learn more about Borden’s secret. This leads to another flashback where we learn how the two first met working for another great magician. We see how Borden was an ambitious magician who wants to push the audience to the next level while Angier was all about the show. We see how tragedy strikes leading to the death of Angier wife, which leads to the start of their rivalry that will span over years.

The Prestige really tests the attention of the audience with a story that seems to have a twist round every corner, many of which you just don’t see coming. The rivalry between the two shines through and we do get the old story of a friendship turned bitter at the source of the rivalry. While you watch you do get a chance to support both sides of the rivalry because neither side comes off clean but neither comes off evil. This story is one that will end up needing a re-watch because once you see the final outcome you feel like you might have missed something that gets hinted throughout. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Hugh Jackman: Robert Angier the showman magician who after losing his wife becomes obsessed with out shining Alfred and will go to extraordinary lengths. Hugh gives a great performance in a role that isn’t as clean cut as his previous work. (9/10)

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Christian Bale: Alfred Borden the brilliant magician who lacks the showmanship but has the ability to make any trick possible. His dedication to his art is unbelievable but will lead to giving up more than he could ever imagine. Christian gives a brilliant performance that is one of my favourite of his. (10/10)

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Michael Caine: Cutter creator of the trick who sides with Angier but wants to keep the tricks pure. Michael gives a solid supporting that we have come to know in Nolan films. (7/10)

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Support Cast: The Prestige has a large supporting cast that all come into the lives of the magicians in different spells on the rivalry. They all help with the motivation of the characters and show the sacrifice they end up making to be the best.

 

Director Review: Christopher Nolan – Nolan is known for all his films being a brilliant standard and this doesn’t disappoint. (10/10)

 

Mystery: The Prestige offers plenty of mystery throughout as we try and work out how a trick is done. (9/10)

Thriller: The Prestige keeps you guessing to what is happening throughout the film. (10/10)

Settings: The Prestige has perfectly created settings for the time period in which the story takes place in. (10/10)

Suggestion: The Prestige is a must watch for all and I would recommend watching it twice just so you can pick up on the hints you may have missed first time around. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final reveal.

Worst Part: We don’t get any real idea of the time period the rivalry goes through.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: 2 Oscars nominations

Box Office: $109 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

Tagline: A friendship that became a rivalry.

 

Overall: The Illusion of Winning

Rating 93