The Golden Compass (2007)

Director: Chris Weitz

Writer: Chris Weitz (Screenplay) Philip Pullman (Novel)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker, Freddie Highmore, Ian McKellen, Eva Green, Sam Elliott

 

Plot: In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Been Here Seen This

 

Story: The Golden Compass starts in a world with parallel universes where the human spirits can walk next to humans in animal form known as daemons, with a Golden Compass being the only way to find the different universes. We meet young Lyra (Richards) who lives with her Uncle Lord Asriel (Craig) who is an adventurer that is seeking the Dust which can travel between universes.

With the children getting taken by Goblers Lyra in her high life promises to search for poor boy Roger’s (Walker). Lyra is chosen by Mrs Coulter (Kidman) to help with her research in the North which just so happens to be where Lord Asriel is heading, in what looks like a battle for the dust.

Learning that Mrs Coulter is behind the missing children Lyra teams up with a host of other characters in the Gyptians as they search for the children and her Uncle before Coulter’s research is complete.

 

Thoughts on The Golden Compass

 

Characters/PerformanceLyra is the type of leading child you will need for this type of film, she comes from a rich background, she is curious and brave. Mrs Coulter comes along as the villainous character that believes in the cause she is fighting for with Lord Asriel is the explorer looking to change the future. The rest of the characters do their part well as Lyra goes on her adventure.

Performance wise, Kidman and Craig both do a good job in their roles, but it is Richards that really struggles in the lead role, she is meant to come off posh but too often comes off a common which takes away from the character.

StoryThe story is one I have come to believe was butchered from the book, which when you watch you can see, it gets the basics correct but anything which involved developing a character sadly gets forgotten as the film unfolds. The story ends up becoming slightly messy and focuses on just doing action to cover the lack of story.

Adventure/Family/FantasyThe adventure side of this film should be clear, but it just shows one person’s adventure, I don’t feel the family could enjoy this movie but the fantasy world we find ourselves in does work well.

SettingsThe settings all look good with their own fancy way of saying countries we all know in the world just having slight twists on them.

Special EffectsMost of the special effects all work well, but there are moments which look pretty bad for the CGI.

Final ThoughtsIf you want a cliff hanger that never gets complete, well here is the film for you.

 

Overall: This seems like a solid start to the franchise but we will never see the end.

Rating

 

 

Death Waits for No Man (2017)

Director: Armin Siljkovic

Writer: Armin Siljkovic (Screenplay)

Starring: Angelique Pretorius, Bradley Snedeker, Corey Rieger, Travis Myers, Barbara Scolaro

 

Plot: A neon art collector seduces a lone drifter into killing her abusive husband.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Edge of Your Seat Thriller

 

Story: Death Waits for No Man starts when a lone drifter and former soldier Uzal (Snedeker) finds himself in need of help to prevent trouble with the law, it is Lily (Pretorius) that offers him shelter, but she does have an alternative motivation.

Lily wants Uzal to help her kill her husband Sinclair (Rieger) after he abuses her and she wants the life insurance. When Sinclair arrives the tension ramps up and the night could go in any direction for Uzal.

 

Thoughts on Death Waits for No Man

 

Characters – Lily is the abused wife that blackmails Uzal into helping her kill her husband, she does have control over the men being able to seduce them into doing what she wants. Uzal is a soldier who is drifting through this small town, but he ends up in the middle of a battle for control between the husband and wife. Sinclair is the unstable former soldier who wants to become a police officer, he uses he know how to stay one step ahead of the plan.

PerformancesThe three leads all give good performances through the whole film are good because you are dragged into this story because of the performance that keep us on the edge of our seats through the film.

StoryThe story is simple, wife wants strange to kill her husband, it does become complicate when the battle to stay ahead of the other’s plan come through but in the end it is a single location, real time film that keeps us guessing to see if the twists will come through the film. There isn’t too much more to the story, it never becomes overly complicated through the way.

ThrillerThis film does keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, you want to see where each scene will go next.

SettingsOnce they arrive in the house, the rest of the film takes place in the home which only ramps up the tension the film creates.


Scene of the Movie –
The fall out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Sometimes things are over teased.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the start to the finish.

 

Overall: Edge of your seat thriller.

Rating

 

 

2017 Watched List Part 28

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 271 – 280

1.    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

2.    Escape from the Planet of the Apes

3.    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

4.    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

5.    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

6.    American Mummy

7.    Alien: Resurrection

8.    Captive

9.    Casino

10. Chef

Favourite Film
Chef

This was a feel-good comedy that shows us different styles of cooking through America, it also has a great cast.

Worst Film
American Mummy

I like the subject but I couldn’t help but find this film feel messy throughout.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.