Quadrophenia (1979)

Director: Franc Roddam

Writer: Dave Humphries, Martin Stellman, Franc Roddam (Screenplay)

Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone, Garry Cooper

 

Plot: Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.


Tagline – The Year Was 1964, and The Battle Was Just Beginning!

Runtime: 2 Hours

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Rebels Without Much Cause

 

Story: Quadrophenia starts as we meet Jimmy (Daniels) a young man with a simple job who spends his time riding his moped, doing drugs and trying to rock along with The Who. Jimmy spends nearly every night out with his best friends Chalky (Davis) and Dave (Wingett) looking for a good time.

With a big trip to Brighton for an event coming up Jimmy gets his supplies ready and along with his crush Steph (Ash) heads of to the event, which goes against the establishment.

 

Thoughts on Quadrophenia

 

Characters – Jimmy is our main character, he is a young man I want to say just about to hit his twenties, he has a dead end job he hates, spends his time riding his moped around London looking for a party and a quick score, he idolises The Who which helps him be the rebel society isn’t ready to accept. We do meet members of his gang though they aren’t that different from each other, we also get to meet the love interest who is busy with another guy.

PerformancesI don’t think we say anything bad about the performances in the film, Phil Daniels does what the character is meant to be while the rest feel like the gangs we are following.

StoryThe story here follows a young man in London who doesn’t like his life when it comes to job and family, only wanting to spend his time partying with his friends and drugs during the boom of the punk era in 1960s England. This story does have historical point to where people could find themselves in this era in time, one that has been addressed for the next generation too. We get the friendship and unity between friends shown strongly here, though Jimmy being mostly unlikable doesn’t help us get sucked into the story. This doesn’t paint the British youth in the best light either which I guess is the point behind this movie.

SettingsLondon and Brighton were two of the big locations for the whole rebel movement from the 1960s which helps make this use of settings one of the best.


Scene of the Movie –
Stage Dive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Jimmy is so unlikable.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that wants to show us the rebels of the world only to show us the annoying idiots of the world.

 

Overall: Just gang nonsense.

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ABC Film Challenge – Action – C – Criminal (2016)

Director: Ariel Vromen

Writer: Douglas Cook, David Weisberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Jordi Molla, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt, Amaury Nolasco, Alice Eve

 

Plot: In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.


Tagline –  Take me to the Dutchman.

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Moving Action Thriller

 

Story: Criminal starts when CIA agent Bill Pope (Reynolds) is working on bringing The Dutchman (Pitt) to America in exchange for closing the wormhole on the dark web that he has created, the problem is Xavier Heimdahl (Molla) also wants the Dutchman and kills Bill before getting the answers.

Turning to Dr Franks (Jones) for an experimental memory transfer Quaker Wells (Oldman) the head of the CIA operation uses death-row inmate Jerico Stewart (Costner) to learn where the vital information is, but letting a killer lose becomes harder to control than believed.

 

Thoughts on Criminal

 

Characters – Jerico Stewart is the dangerous death-row inmate, we don’t learn what he has done, but anyone that crosses him usually ends up in a body bag. He is forced into receiving Bill’s memories in a hope that he can save a major release of secure information, he doesn’t want to work with the CIA and is happier to operate in his own means. Quaker Wells is running the CIA operation which goes wrong, he will go at any lengths to get the answers he needs to stop the information leak, company man who does go too far. Dr Franks has been working on transferring memories for 18 years, this is his first human attempt which shows how he wants to help with the new memories. Important to the story but lacking the impact he should have on the story. Bill Pope is the family man and CIA agent, it is his memories which hold the answers after he is killed. Xavier Heimdahl wants to bring an end to governments across the world, he will go public with his speeches while also having his darker side coming out when getting what he wants.

PerformancesKevin Coster is in the middle of his recovery/mid-life crisis roles in action movies, he knows how to make his performance work keeping everything entertaining throughout. Gary Oldman as a company man CIA agent, well this always works as he never needs o do anything challenging. Tommy Lee Jones likewise does what he needs to without bringing anything unique to the role. Reynolds is hard to judge because of the smaller part in the film. Jordi Molla does make a good villain showing the calmness needed for the character to feel calculated. Gal Gadot is solid in her supporting role without needing to do much.

StoryThe story gives us the idea that vital information is about to be leaked by a hacker if he doesn’t get a passport and immunity, but things go wrong when the agent with the connection is killed. The experimental idea of transferring memories is put in motion as the candidate doesn’t follow orders the way they had hoped and different agencies from around the globe want the information. This plays out like an action film, but in reality it should have been a tense thriller with the characters we have here. It is an easy to watch and enjoy even if the premise does seem wildly over the top for a simpler idea.

Action/Crime/Mystery/Sci-FiWhen we look at the themes being used action gives us the shoot out we have seen before with a couple of car chases, nothing overly memorable though. The crime world we are placed into shows how the CIA are trying to protect the world from a new threat in London, it seems weird the British intelligence agency are not involved in this. The mystery in this film doesn’t work too well as the only thing needing to be solved is where the package was left. The sci-fi side of the film does come from the idea of transferring the memories, it is only used here though.

SettingsThe film is set in London and the surrounding area, it does feel weird that an American operation happens in England though.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well when needed without being over used for the action scenes.


Scene of the Movie –
Ambulance chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does have a tonal problem with the action and thriller side of things.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid easy to watch action thriller that doesn’t test the audience too much, throws in a wild sci-fi idea and big-name actors hoping it will be a classic.

 

Overall: Easy to watch.

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Free Solo (2018)

Director: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

 

Plot: Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.


Tagline – Live Beyond Fear

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautifully Tense Documentary

 

Story: Free Solo starts as we learn about Alex Honnold’s life, what drove him to want to be involved in the free solo style of climbing, the style which involves no ropes, no safety, just the body climbing. He has completed over 1000 of the most dangerous mountain faces in the world and now he has a new target.

Alex wants to free solo El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California. Alex is joined by his filmmaking friend Jimmy Chin that has filmed climbs across the world as they plan the most dangerous climb that has already cost many climbers lives.

 

Thoughts on Free Solo

 

Final ThoughtsWhen it comes to anybody’s passion, you should never question what they are doing, as long as they are enjoying themselves, Free Solo is a perfect example of this, while most of us wouldn’t even consider this as remotely fun, for Alex this is his whole world. Seeing the preparation going on behind the climb shows us how this just isn’t just a basic climb, it is a calculated process, which shows where the risks will lay. We see how Alex’s mind operates, how climbing is the most important part of his life, even with a loving girlfriend, Alex must process just what is the most important to him.

Watching the moment when Alex finally goes for it, we watch on like the crew on the edge of our seat wondering if he will make it or will this be a documentary about his death. with some of the tenses scenes you will see from a documentary, this is one of the must watch ways to follow dreams.

 

Overall: Must watch documentary.

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