Lion (2016)

lionDirector: Garth Davis

Writer: Luke Davies (Screenplay) Saroo Brierley (Book)

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, David Wenham, Abhishek Bharate


Plot: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Bring Your Tissues


Story: Lion starts in 1986 India when Saroo (Pawer) and his older brother Guddu (Bharate) both part of a poor Indian family, when the two travel for work the five-year-old Saroo can’t keep his eyes up and being left at the train station to wait for Guddu, Saroo finds himself on a train with the destination unknown he finds himself on the busy streets of Calcutta 1600km away from his home.

Lost, alone and terrified on the streets Saroo fends for himself before he gets taken into an orphanage who do search but can’t find his mum. Saroo finds himself getting adopted by Australian couple John (Wenham) and Sue (Kidman) where he must start a brand-new life in Australia.

20 years later Saroo (Patel) embraced this new life he was given but his fellow adopted bother Mantosh (Ladwa) never managed to take this chance given to him. Saroo heads to Melbourne to study where he meets Lucy (Mara) who along with fellow classmates push him to looking into his past using Google Earth to try and figure out where his mother is. This is the beginning of the incredible journey to find the truth about what happened to his family.


Thoughts on Lion


StoryThis story is one of the most amazing human stories in recent history, it has aspect of heart, courage, hope and unknown. I will warn the pacing of the first hour of this film does only focus on the young Saroo and his lost journey and while we do have other films that are all travel looking for the answers this is just a click and play on Google Maps. The story is going to have an ending you are expecting and needless to say bring your tissues.

BiographyLooking at this incredible story Saroo goes through from the streets of India to Australia before searching for the answers he could never know about what his family did without him around after he went missing. While the other real people involved are all great it is Sue the adopted mother who is also another stand out character with the heart she shows to give these orphaned Indians a home.

The performances here are fantastic from Patel, Kidman and new comer Pawer who gives truly heavyweight performances throughout.

Characters/PerformanceSaroo is the character that is based on the real boy to man whose life was turned upside down, he represents all of the people out there who got separated from their family and never knew but always wanted to know what their family did without them.

SettingsEach setting is designed to show us the different time periods and life Saroo has found himself living, we see the streets of India to the comfortable life in Australia,

Final ThoughtsThis is an incredible story that does pull on the heart strings, but it does also take a little while to get going.


Overall: Easily the most emotional film of all the Oscar nominations.




2016 Watched List Part 48

2016 Watched List

I did a watched list last year and now I have decided to make a slight twist on it all, I will continue to do a list of the order I watched them all but I will also rank the 10 films from worst to best. So here is the list, what do you think and how do you rate this films.

Here is 471 – 480

1.       The Forgotten Kingdom

2.       Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

3.       It Watches

4.       Daddy’s Home

5.       Snowden

6.       Deadly Intent

7.       The Three Musketeers

8.       Underworld

9.       Underworld Evolution

10.   Underworld Rise of the Lycans

This is how I rate these films from worst to best.

10) The Three Musketeers threee
Poor reimagination of the classic tale.

9) Underworld Rise of the Lycans under Prequel telling a story we already got told.

8) Daddy’s Home daddys Boring comedy that comes off awkward.

7) Deadly Intent deadly Slow burning horror that finishes well.

6) Underworld Evolution under Solid fun sequel.

5) IT Watches it Strong horror with a nice twist.

4) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back jack Simple sequel that fills the popcorn quota.

3) Underworld underworld Beginning of a fun franchise.

2) Snowden snowden Interesting look at the brave whistle-blower.

1) The Forgotten Kingdom forgtten Great little South African film that hits home with the strong story.





David Ryan Keith’s paranormal spooker GHOSTS OF DARKNESS premieres on digital March 7 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Two paranormal investigators are unexpectedly thrown together in the hope of solving a 100-year mystery.
Locked for three nights in a house with a dark and unsettling past, the two investigators must put their differences to one side and work together. They soon discover the myths and stories are nothing compared to what actually resides within the eerie walls of Richwood Manor.

Scepticism and showmanship are soon put to one side when the two investigators realise there is more at stake than just their professional reputation. For once they have stumbled onto the real thing, but this time it’s their own lives at stake.

Michael Koltes and Paul Flannery star in GHOSTS OF DARKNESS, premiering this March from Uncork’d Entertainment.