Zulu (1964)

zluDirector: Cy Endfield

Writer: John Prebble, Cy Endfield (Screenplay) John Prebble (Article)

Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ula Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green

 

Plot: Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift.

 

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Verdict: Classic Story of Heroism

 

Story: Zulu starts as we see the aftermath of one of the Zulu warrior’s attacks on the British military post before we see how Otto Witt (Hawkins) and his daughter Margareta (Jacobsson) is trying to discuss peace. He learns that the Zulu warriors are about to attack the Rourke’s Drift post one of the strongest military posts the British have.

When Lieutenant Chard (Baker) arrives at Rourke’s Drift to help construct a bridge he clashes with LT Bromhead (Caine). As the Zulu approach the military post Chard and Bromhead clash on defensive techniques in what is the story of 4000 Zulu warriors against a mere 140 British soldiers in what is one of the most famous battles in military history.

 

Thoughts on Zulu

 

StoryThe story is easy to follow but when you look at history you are left to wonder (without doing research) why the British were at war with the Zulu’s in the first place. The story only shows one epic battle that the British actually won against what seemed like impossible odds at the time.

History/WarWhen you look through the history books we have seen the British have been involved in many wars but this one could well be one of the greatest victories against the odds in our military history.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are based on the real men who were fighting in the battle of Rourke’s Drift in what is considered a battle for true heroism. The performances are all great throughout the film showing how organised the British soldiers once were when it came to battle for King and country.

SettingsLooking at the settings we see they used South Africa as the main setting which makes us understand the climate and condition the soldiers would have had to fight under.

Final ThoughtsThis will always be one of the classic war films that shows just how the British managed to overcome the impossible odds, we get to understand the military decisions being made throughout which makes this one of the greatest of all time.

 

Overall: Classic that will always be considered one of the greatest.

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Zootropolis (2016)

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Plot: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

 

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Verdict: Safe Enjoyable Film

 

Story: Zootropolis starts as we meet a young Judy Hopps who cleverly tells the story of how all the animals live in peace before show how she wants to be the first bunny cop. Having achieved this Judy Hopps moves to Zootopia to start her career only to be left on parking duty by Chief Bogo even with 14 missing mammals cases open.

On her first day Judy learns the hard way not to trust anyone after running into Nick Wilde a hustler in the big city. Upsetting the Chief Judy finds herself searching for one of the missing mammals or losing her job and who she turns to is Nick. The further Judy gets into the case the deeper she gets into a bigger case going on in the city.

Zootropolis brings us what we expect to see from an animated film where we have a film that encourages you to follow your dreams, yes we have seen this plenty of time. The story following the odd couple trying to solve the case comes of very repetitive through the film with it just being here’s a clue here is another clue etc etc. As for this being a film just to enjoy it is fine because the jokes do come off working with the family getting plenty of jokes through the film.

 

Character Review

 

Judy Hopps: Judy is the first bunny cop in the city of Zootopia, she has always overcome the odds and her first day it is nothing different. Standing up for herself she takes a case against the Chief’s wishes only to be given an ultimatum but uncovering something bigger than any other case. Judy is a good strong Disney character but not the most original at that.judy

Nick Wilde: Nick is a hustler fox that clashes with Judy early on as he tries to teach her the harsh lessons in the city but ends up getting tricked back into helping Judy uncover where the missing mammals are going. Nick is a good character but I do feel it steals a lot from Fantastic Mr Fox.

Chief Bogo: Chief doesn’t like the idea that he has to have a bunny working in his police force, he keeps her on parking duty and forces her to quit if she doesn’t find a missing mammal in 48 hours. Chief Bogo is very typical authority character not bringing anything fresh to the genre.

Bellwether: Bellwether is the assistant mayor who is happy to help Judy as she is looking to help any of the fellow small mammals in the big city. Bellwether is good but yet again very generic.

Support Characters: Zootropolis has so very funny supporting characters that all poke fun at how we think the animals would act if they were in peace.

Director Review: Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Rich MooreThe trio do make a safe and enjoyable film that doesn’t challenge.

 

Action: Zootropolis has good animated action being used throughout the film.

Adventure: Zootropolis puts our two odd couple work really well in this animation.

Animation: Zootropolis is always going to get top marks on the animated side of the film because of who made it.

Comedy: Zootropolis has good laughs throughout and jokes the whole family will understand.

Family: Zootropolis is one the whole family can enjoy together.

Settings: Zootropolis has a clever spin on settings by having animals all living like humans in peace.

Suggestion: Zootropolis is one for the whole family to watch together. (Watch With The Family)

 

Best Part: Sloths.

Worst Part: Repetitive.

Favourite Quote: Chief Bogo ‘Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Maybe.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Will most likely get nominated for Best Animated.

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: Welcome to the urban jungle.

 

Overall: Enjoyable animated film that has clever twist being used.

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Zoombies (2016)

zoompbieDirector: Glenn Miller

Writer: Scotty Mullen (Screenplay)

Starring: Ione Butler, Andrew Asper, LaLa Nestor, Kim Nielsen, Marcus Anderson, Brianna Joy Chomer

 

Plot: When a strange virus quickly spreads through a safari park and turns all the zoo animals undead, those left in the park must stop the creatures before they escape and zombify the whole city.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: So Much Fun

 

Story: Zoombies starts by inviting us all into the newly opening Eden Wildlife park where endangered species are taking to be cared for, now it is getting ready to open to the public. Just on the verge of grand opening a virus has hit the zoo that has turning the Spider Monkeys have become infected that turns them into zombies.

We move onto meet Dr Rogers (Nielsen) who is introducing her interns to their departments at the zoo. Dr Rogers has to keep her daughter Thea (Nestor) on this visit who has grown up with different animals on the zoo and is perfectly happy there. We get the tour of the zoo along with the interns with head of security Rex (Anderson) and his new member of staff Lizzy (Butler) having to figure out what is happening with the alarm.

When the monkeys escape the zoo gets put on full lock down as Rx and his team try to catch the monkeys before they spread the virus. Who will make it out of the zoo alive?

Zoombies is a fresh twist on the zombie genre, instead of it being the humans getting infected it is the animals that become zombie like. We do get the standard survival side of the story with typical characters in the story. This is one of those film you need to go in knowing it won’t be serious and is one that will be enjoyed it you do. This is so much fun without being a classic.

 

Actor Review

 

Ione Butler: Lizzy is the newest member of the security team, she sees the job as a chance to work away from humans. She is as tough as they come and a match to taking on the animals. Ione is good in this role as the tough security guard that shows strength when needed.

Andrew Asper: Gage is one of the interns on the first day at the zoo, he is meant to be working with Dr Rogers but ends up finding himself having to work with the security team taking on the animals. Andrew is good in this role where he started off like a character we would hate but grows on through the film.

LaLa Nestor: Thea is the daughter of Ellen who has been interacting with the animals her whole life. She has to be put in danger to make sure that we have a child in peril against the animals. LaLa is good in this role playing the innocent side of the story when the adults are panicking.

Kim Nielsen: Dr Ellen Rogers is the director of the zoo, she also has her own doctorate in animal care and is a single mother. Reaching the opening of her zoo she brings in interns to help but finds herself having to destroy what her family created. Kim is strong in this role where we see her be the leader and filled with morale decisions.

Support Cast: Zoombies has what would be considered typical horror cast that all help even if they do become disposable characters.

Director Review: Glenn MillerGlenn gives us an entertaining film that is all we want to see from the movie.

 

Action: Zoombies has good action scenes for all of the animal attacks.

Horror: Zoombies uses a fresh spin on the zombie genre for the horror side of the story.

Sci-Fi: Zoombies puts us into a world where animals can turn into zombies.

Settings: Zoombies keeps nearly everything in the zoo that is away from the nearest town creating isolation for our characters.
Special Effects
: Zoombies has effects you would expect to see from the Asylum.

Suggestion: Zoombies is one to try, I do think it is one that can be enjoyed though. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Twist on zombie genre.

Worst Part: Certain effects.

Favourite Quote: Dr Rogers ‘It’s a zoo not Jurassic Park’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: Uncaged, Undead

 

Overall: Fun zombie film that turns animals into the zombies.

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The Zero Theorem (2013)

logoDirector: Terry Gilliam

Writer: Pat Rushin (Screenplay)

Starring: Christoph Waltz, Lily Cole, David Thewlis, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Lucas Hedges

 

Plot: A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Asking the Question We All Ask

 

Story: The Zero Theorem starts by Qohen (Waltz) working on his computer trying to find the answers. He enters into the futuristic world with talking billboards controlled by Mancom where Qohen happens to work for. Joby (Thewlis) his boss is trying to keep everything together by Qohen is trying to find the answers to life but wants to talk to Management (Damon). Qohen is trying to get disability time off or working from home but he does get a chance to meet management at a party held by Joby.

Qohen meeting with Management didn’t go as well but upon a second meeting he gets given a chance to work on a special project for Management. The next project means he can work at how and along with hardware tech Bob (Hedges) he starts the job that could take up the rest of his life. Struggling to reach the same levels off work at home, because the project is much harder than first thought. Joby sends help Bainsley (Thierry) to help take his mind off the work and clean up the place. Qohen is searching for answers to make him feeling unique in the world instead of just be part of the system.

The Zero Theorem uses the very core question that gets asked by plenty of people through time ‘what are we here for?’ as I find myself asking this question I could relate to the ideas that Qohen was feeling with the search for answers because without them everything seems meaningless. The confusing side of the story comes with the job these people work on where the search for theorem answers is their main goal. I liked the intereaction between the character showing how top boss will give you a chance the supervisor will pretend to friend you while the young assistants help in their own way. This film will end up making you think which is alway a good thing in a film. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Christoph Waltz: Qohen Leth a lonely man who wants to find a purpose for his life in a world where he is just part of the system, he is good at his job and ends up taking a difficult project to try and help his need to achieve more. Christoph does a good job in this role showing how he always has that thinking look in his eyes. (7/10)

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David Thewlis: Joby supervisor who helps Qohen gets the task he wants trying to keep things together. David gives a solid supporting performance and clearly becomes the quirky one of the group. (6/10)

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Melanie Thierry: Bainsley a call girl who becomes friends with Qohen trying to help him come from outside his shell. Melanie does a good job as the sexy distraction in Qohen’s life. (7/10)

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Matt Damon: Management who gives Qohen a chance to prove his worth but demands things don’t done. Matt does a solid job in this small supporting role (6/10)

 

Lucas Hedges: Bob son of Management who is the tech guy who is set to help Qohen keep everything working so he can find his solution. Lucas gives the best performance of the cast as he sums up how Qohen could have felt as a youngster and how he will feel when he is older. (8/10)

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Support Cast: The Zero Theorem doesn’t have much else in way of supporting cast anybody else is just small parts that try to help the story continue.

 

Director Review: Terry Gilliam – Terry always gives us something weird and wonderful to watch and this doesn’t let us down. (7/10)

 

Fantasy: The Zero Theorem enters into a potential fantasy future we are not aware of yet. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: The Zero Theorem uses a future world where anything could become possible to create a solid sci-fi element to the story. (8/10)

Settings: The Zero Theorem keeps the reality world settings dark but the fantasy world bright to make a good contrast between the two worlds. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Zero Theorem uses good special effects to make the fantasy happen. (8/10)

Suggestion: The Zero Theorem is one to try it will make you think which could put people off, but it is worth it in the end. (Try It)

 

Best Part: First beach trip.

Worst Part: Slightly too much thinking.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Brazil

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Nothing is everything.

 

Overall: Finding out the answers to everything is not always what you want it to be.

Rating 72

Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Zombeavers (2014)

logoDirector: Jordan Rubin

Writer: Al Kaplan, Jordan Rubin, Jon Kaplan (Screenplay)

Starring: Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Hutch Dano, Jake Weary, Peter Gilroy, Rex Linn, Brent Briscoe, Phyllis Katz, Robert R Shafer

Plot: A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.

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Verdict: Oh Dead God

Story: Zombeavers starts with two disposal who are carrying hazardous materials when they hit a deer and lose one of the containers into the local river. The contain ends up part of a beaver dam where it pierces spreading the hazardous material on the beavers.

Next we meet our three heroines Mary (Melvin), Zoe (Palm) and Jenn (Atkins) who are going away for weekend away from boys and the big after Jenn’s boyfriend Sam (Dano) cheated on her. The place they are staying at is Mary’s cousins and there is no signal so the girls are struggling to cope without their technology, the beaver dam just so happens to be next to where they are staying too.

The weekend gets interrupted by the guys Sam, Tommy (Weary) and Buck (Gilroy) giving the couples a chance to be together and Sam a chance to redeem himself. The friends start getting attack by what looks like rabies infected beavers but when more turn up the friends need to band together to survive the attack of the zombie beavers as we get to see the darker side to all these people’s characters.

Zombeavers is a slightly different take on the zombie genre and you all know I like myself a good zombie film. This was not a god zombie film, in actual fact is was absolutely terrible. The fact that they killed the wrong characters didn’t seem to make much sense and then they kept worst natured characters alive. I could swear that not everyone is this sex obsessed either, then let’s look at how this doesn’t end up mixing horror or comedy enough. They killed the dog in such a cowardly way I got very angry too. This should have fallen into so bad it is good but this ends up being only this bad it is awful. (2/10)

Actor Review

Rachel Melvin: Mary is the person whose family cabin the girls are staying at, she make strict rules about no boys or phones. She comes off as the wiser of the three but also has what looks like a geek side but is just like the rest, she also has a secret that could ruin all the friendship. Rachel does a solid job but never ends up making enough of a convincing case. (5/10)

Cortney Palm: Zoe is the flirty girl who is obsessed about sex, she pushes the locals until her boyfriend turns up to satisfy her needs. Cortney does a solid job but comes off as one you shouldn’t cheer for but end up cheering for. (6/10)

Lexi Atkins: Jenn is the girl on the trip who has been cheated on, she wants a weekend away to forget about her troubles but things change when her ex turns up making the rest of her weekend awkward. Lexi is the one you are meant to be cheering for but in the end falls into the back of the story. (5/10)

Hutch Dano: Sam is the cheating boyfriend, who tries to use the I was drunk excuse but he comes off quite cowardly when they are in danger. We learn about who the person in the photo is but we see just how much an asshole he is when he sacrifices Zoe’s dog to survive. Hutch makes us hate his character very easily. (6/10)

Jake Weary: Tommy is Rachel’s boyfriend and actually comes off as the prankster but the only good guy of the three. Tommy tries to go for help and easily is the only character to show the bravery to try and save his friends. Jake gives a solid performance but being the first to die wasn’t right for this character. (6/10)

Peter Gilroy: Buck is the sex obsessed member of the group who seems to end up getting all the worst lines and is the first person to get bitten on of the infected beavers. Peter does a basic job but never really does anything special in the role. (5/10)

Support Cast: Zombeavers only really has a couple more characters main providing information to the story too.

Director Review: Jordan RubinJordan manges to give us a horribly unlikeable film that doesn’t manage to be funny or scary. (2/10)

Comedy: Zombeavers doesn’t have many funny moments and is filled with horrendous attempted sex jokes. (1/10)

Horror: Zombeavers does give us a few horror moments but really ends up just losing any potential with the lazy comedy attempts. (4/10)

Settings: Zombeavers puts our characters in an isolated location once the beavers trap them. (7/10)
Special Effects: Zombeavers has really bad practical effects but I do think that was by design. (4/10)

Suggestion: Zombeavers is one to avoid at all costs, it is that bad I wouldn’t even remotely suggest it. (Avoid at All Costs)

Best Part: Zombie beaver bear.

Worst Part: Sacrificing the dog, you never do that in horror.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline: You’ll All Be Damned!

Overall: So Bad, how did it even get released?

Rating 5