Psychokinesis (2018)

Director: Sang-ho Yeon

Writer: Sang-ho Yeon (Screenplay)

Starring: Seung-ryong Ryu, Eun-kyung Shim, Jung-min Park, Yu-mi Jung, Yeong-gi Jeong, Do-yoon Kim

 

Plot: After drinking water from a mountain spring, a bank security guard gains telekinetic superpowers, which he must use to save his estranged daughter from an evil construction company, as a superhero.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Spin on Superpower Movie

 

Story: Psychokinesis starts when entrepreneur chef Roo-mi (Shim) loses her mother in an attack by construction workers, her only family is her estranged father Seok-hyeon (Ryu) a bank security guard. When the two are united Seok-hyeon learns the struggles Roo-mi is facing and wants to help, only to discover he has gain psychokinetic abilities from drinking spring water.

Lawyer Kim Jeong-hyeon (Park) is trying t battle the company on the legal front and Seok-hyeon is going to start using his abilities to fight the construction company led by the evil Min (Kim), how far can his new superpower take him.

 

Thoughts on Psychokinesis

 

Characters – Seok-hyeon is a bank security guard, he isn’t a good example as he steals work supplies, arrives late for work and drinks heavily. He must face his past when his estranged daughter calls him, while dealing with this new ability he has gained. This does give him a chance to reconnect and make amends for his past errors. Roo-mi is entrepreneur chef that has made her own business that has made national news, she however is targeted by a construction firm that want her property which leads to her needing to reconnect with her father. She doesn’t easily accept him back after walking out on the family and wants to solve the problem herself. Kim Jeong-hyeon is a young lawyer trying to help Roo-mi with her problem and the people in the local area, he wants to keep the case clean while also look at a love interest in Roo-mi.

PerformancesThe performances from the cast are good throughout, Seung-Ryong Ryu in the leading role does make us understand the heartache he felt and will live with even before the battle, Eun-kyung Shim is good too showing us a strong young woman character with the rest of the cast getting their moments in the spotlight when required.

StoryThe story here shows the battle between a construction company and the people’s whose home and businesses they want to take. This is the core of the film, but we do have another element thrown into the mix, a man that has gained superpowers that needs to make amends for walking out on his daughter. The story gives us part origin story, part family rebuilding and part greed of the businesses.

Action/Adventure/FantasyThe action isn’t as heavy as you would imagine with most of the best sequences being saved for the final act, the fantasy side of the film uses the idea of first discovering superpowers in the origin style we know from the comic book movies.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the different worlds the characters are living in, the struggles of the ones about to get evicted, the one Seok-hyeon comes from and the construction team that want to develop on the land.

Special EffectsThe effects seem good for the most part and then the final act happens and we get the full powers being shown which doesn’t come off looking that great.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The comedy side to the ability doesn’t work.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good spin on the superpower movie, we have seen countless comic book movies, but this one keeps the idea based in reality, which is a nice thing to see.

 

Overall: Superpower movie tipped upside down.

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Opinion Battles Results Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress

Opinion Battles Results

Least Favourite Oscar Winning Actress

This round we have had an excellent selection of Oscar Winning Actresses, we didn’t like but just which one was the most popular?

2nd

Choices – Beatrice Straight – Network, Whoopi Goldberg – Ghost, Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

Players – Tom, Gill, John

Points – 1

1st

Choices – Gwyneth Paltrow & Judi Dench – Shakespeare in Love

Players – Table 9 Mutant, Emma, Kim, S.G. Liput

Points – 7.5

If you want to take part in the next round, we are looking at Least favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie

send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Closing Date – Friday 4th May 2018

Here is the table, (Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews, John – Johnrieber.com, Diana – DB Movie Blog, Milo – Stuff and That) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?

 

Jessica Alba Weekend – The Eye (2008)

Director: David Moreau, Xavier Palud

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez (Screenplay) Yuet-Jan Hui, Oxide Chun Pang, Danny Pang (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija, Fernanda Romero, Rachel Ticotin, Chloe Grace Moretz

 

Plot: A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not as Bad as I Remember

 

Story: The Eye starts as we meet blind violinist Sydney Wells (Alba) who is about to get a cornea transplant giving her sight back for the first time since she was five. With the operation being a success, Sydney along with her sister Helen (Posey) must work together as the change takes effect with the vision taking time to return.

Sydney now must learn to see once again but with horrific visions make her start to question herself, she has a DR Paul Faulkner (Nivola) who comes along to help her with these new experiences but he can only help with the reality of seeing again, not the supernatural side of things.

As the nightmares and visions become more realistic Sydney finds herself walking the thin line between paranoia and reality as she finds herself investigating these visions to learn the truth about the eyes she has been inherited.

 

Thoughts on The Eye

 

Characters/PerformanceSydney is given the chance to see once again but dealing with the new eyes makes her question everything in her day as she is given the chance to witness the living being taken by the reaper. I have a lot of questions about this character because we never learn her job which must have been limited because of her blindness, there is an origin to why she is blind to which we don’t get to see either and I feel most of the development of this character is very poor. Dr Faulkner is an average forgettable doctor who doesn’t even fill the romantic love interest and the sister well why is she even in this movie?

The performances are fine Jessica Alba does well without shining but the rest of the cast just doesn’t seem to fit in the film enough.

StoryThe idea that when you get a transplant your body could change has been proven so why not mix this up into a horror film, well the Chinese thought this would be a good story too. This is the remake of that story, so we know the story is very similar and interesting to see unfold because this film isn’t about a big body count like other horrors, it is the ghost mystery which is something I do always have a soft spot for and does keep you guessing along the way.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of this movie is nearly all jump scares as the film doesn’t reach the true levels of the original, the mystery side of things is what keeps us going through to see where it all ends up going.

SettingsThe settings just don’t work for this film, you can’t understand how Sydney is in the location she lives in without learning about her job.

Special EffectsHere is an iffy part of the film, the special effects which you can see being added with the CGI.

Final ThoughtsWhile I do think the original is scarier, this is a simple to follow and easy horror to watch for all that would be watching.

 

Overall: Remake which works but doesn’t reach the same levels.

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Jessica Alba Weekend – Fantastic Four (2005)

fanDirector: Tim Story

Writer: Mark Frost, Michael France (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (Comics)

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Hamish Linklater, Kerry Washington

 

Plot: A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Superhero Film

 

Story: Fantastic Four starts as Reed Richards (Gruffudd) and Ben Grimm (Chiklis) trying to negotiate a deal with Victor Von Doom (McMahon) a business man who runs the city as the two plan their mission in space. With the mission lined up the three are joined by Sue (Alba) and Johnny Storm (Evans) but when the solar storm heads to them earlier disaster strikes the space station with the whole crew getting exposed to the solar winds.

Put in quarantine the astronauts soon start seeing side effects and almost extra abilities they have gained, Johnny is literally a human torch, Ben turns into a rock man, Reed can stretch, Sue can turn invisible and Victor is dealing with telepathic powers. While the Fantastic Four are born, Victor Doom sees his empire crumble as his evil side comes out.

With Victor becoming a danger to the Earth the Fantastic Four must embrace their powers to save the world and become the heroes the world comes to love and accept.

Fantastic Four is a superhero film straight off the back of the X-Men and Spiderman success. The origin story works well and the battle is all good enough for what we expect for the first battle they face.  The negatives are clear here and that is with the special effects that have dated badly. The settings also don’t leave too much to the imagination as they are just the standard superhero fight locations.

The cast are all picked perfectly really with each one of the characters suiting the actor’s abilities. Chris Evans stands out as the cocky Human Torch character but it is his chemistry with Michael Chiklis that gets most of the laughs in the film. Julian McMahon as the villain works because he always looks like the powerful business man.

 

Overall: For the time this was a great addition to the genre but now it feels slightly out of place.

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