Trainkwreck (2015)

trainwDirector: Judd Apatow

Writer: Amy Schumer (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Evan Brinkman, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James

 

Plot: Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

 

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Verdict: Offense Comedy

 

Story: Trainwreck starts as we meet sexual adventurous Amy (Schumer) who sleeps around looking for the best sex of her life, she works for a magazine called Snap which is all about smut articles. She is going through helping her sister Kim (Larson) as they must move their father to assisted living.

Amy gets given an assignment to write an article about a doctor that could bring a new dimension to sports treatment. The doctor in question is Dr Aaron Conners (Hader) who just happens to be working with LeBron James. When the two hit things off Amy must decide if she wants to actually commit in a relationship for the first time in her life, we see how her past will test her relationship.

Trainwreck is a comedy that misses all the jokes because they all go through awkward sexual references. The romantic side of the story is almost non-existent because you don’t believe the chemistry between Schumer and Hader. I understand this is trying to give us the new look at relationships but nothing is believable in this film.

Amy Schumer shows that her stand-up routine is for the select few people because most of her jokes a pop-culture that will be out dated within a few years. She isn’t leading lady material and by taking the lead role the comedy ability of Hader is effected because he is almost wasted throughout the film. The best part of the film really is LeBron James as the friend of Hader’s character. This film is only going to be for the select few with nothing working for my own sense of humour.

 

Overall: This comedy explains what is so wrong about comedy now a days.

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Daddy’s Home (2015)

daddysDirector: Sean Anders

Writer: Brian Burns, Sean Anders, John Morris (Screenplay) Brian Burns (Story)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, Bobby Cannavale

 

Plot: Brad Whitaker is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when their biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.

 

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Verdict: Average Comedy

 

Story: Daddy’s Home starts as we meet step-father Brad Whitaker (Ferrell) who couldn’t have his own children but when he fell in love with Sara (Cardellini) and her child Megan (Estevez) and Dylan (Vaccaro) he gets a chance to start his own family. Brad is still trying to win over the children and is willing to do anything to connect with them.

Brad’s new life is about to face a shocking revelation when their bad boy father Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg) turns up. When Dusty talks into Brad into letting, him stay and overtime all the hard work Brad has put in gets thrown out the window as Dusty becomes the cool dad he was once before.

Daddy’s Home is a comedy that tries to recapture the chemistry Ferrell and Wahlberg had in The Other Guys. I do think this isn’t as strong as that film but it didn’t go in a direction I didn’t think it would go. I liked how even though Dusty comes off like a bad boy he isn’t horrible about trying to get his family back he is calculated about his plan. This does come off as a good rivalry film without hitting the main levels it could have.

Ferrell and Wahlberg do give good performance even if they don’t click perfectly while the rest are just basic characters done well throughout. I do think this film misses in places which leaves us feeling disappointed.

 

Overall: Awkward in places comedy that could upset some but others could enjoy them.

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The ReZort (2015)

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Director: Steve Barker

Writer: Paul Gerstenberger (Screenplay)

Starring: Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw, Martin McCann, Claire Goose, Elen Rhys, Jassa Ahluwalia

 

Plot: The ReZort, a safari park, offers paying guests the opportunity to kill as many zombies as they please following an outbreak.

 

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Verdict: Pure Fun Zombie Action Horror

 

Story: The ReZort starts in a world that overcame a zombie outbreak with the world rebuilt apart from one small island known as the ReZort where you can pay to shot the undead, but something has gone wrong that has the world on the edge of their seats.

Rewind 10 days and we meet Melanie (De Gouw) who has struggled with survivor’s guilt following the outbreak as she turns to her boyfriend Lewis (McCann) to head to the ReZort as a form of therapy. Joining them on the trip we have mysterious Archer (Scott), left at the alter Sadie (Rhys) as well as two thriller seekers and a business group looking to make their own ReZort.

When one of the guests hacks into the system the heavily controlled zombies get released leading to Project Brimstone being ordered which is a countdown before the island gets levelled, the remaining survivors must find a way to get off the island before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on The ReZort

 

StoryHow has the idea of having a zombie Jurassic Park hybrid not been done before? Well this finally give us that film and sure the film is easy enough to read but it is so much fun to watch in the zombie genre that is always looking to go for super serious we get something that is easy to follow and plays into the conspiracy idea too. I do have my own personal complaint and that is make up your mind which type of zombie you want because one minute we have the slow-moving ones the next they are the sprinters and it doesn’t add up for a zombie fan. If you want an easy to watch fun zombie film look no further.

HorrorWe have all the basic zombie scares going on through this film as the film balance between action horror going on.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are all what you would come to expect from a zombie film, we have the wildly happy to kill character, the people over their head, the hero that hiding a secret with the only fresh feeling character being Melanie who doesn’t want to kill but wants to use it to help her overcome her personal problems. They are all good and play out their part perfectly.

The performances are all good without anyone stealing the show, Dougray Scott does feel like the biggest star in the film with how he plays out his character with Jassa Ahluwalia and Lawrence Walker boarding on either great or annoying.

SettingsHaving a whole island for a zombie killing holiday is all good for the setting, it is strikingly familiar to the Jurassic Park concept as well as Westworld but it does offer yet another fresh approach to the zombie genre of horror.

Special EffectsWe all know the zombie special effects by now and this doesn’t give us anything new on that side of everything but does live up to the standards you need from the genre.

Final ThoughtsI feel this film has some beautiful shots of the zombie attack, we have one that follows over a zombie’s shoulder which I haven’t seen in film and the final shot I think is one of my new favourites in zombie film.

 

Overall: This is a really fun film, just imagine Jurassic Park with Zombies while also mixing the games of Dead Rising and Dead Island you get this wonderful mix of action horror fun.

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The Longest Ride (2015)

longestDirector: George Tillman Jr

Writer: Craig Bolotin (Screenplay) Nicholas Sparks (Novel)

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich

 

Plot: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.

 

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Verdict: SO Unrealistic

 

Story: The Longest Ride starts by making me feel like this is going to be a shallow feel because the selling point for Sophia (Robertson) to go and watch bull riding is ‘hot guys’ when she clearly doesn’t want to go. To the surprise of us all Sophia meets handsome rodeo Luke (Eastwood) and enjoys herself, well boy this is going to be a hard watch.

When Sophia and Luke go on their first date they find Ira (Alda) who has had a car accident and the pair save his life and his box of memories. Sophia becomes friends with Ira (Alda) as she learns of the young love he once had.

As Sophia and Luke learn about Ira’s love story theirs blossoms even though they both know they will be going in their separate ways.

The Longest Ride gives us yet another one of these fictional love stories that would never happen but give people the unrealistic belief that it could. The only good part of this film is the flashback relationship that has the struggles going on throughout it. The leading love story is all about what you would give up for love and then boom easy happy ending no struggle to make things work between to pretty people, you know the type that annoys you.

 

Actor Review

 

Britt Robertson: Sophia is a college student about to start her dream job in New York when she meets a professional bull rider. Her life is thrown upside down when she falls in love and torn between her lifelong dream or the man who has never made her feel like this before. Britt is good in this role playing you typical dream filled romantic character.

Scott Eastwood: Luke is the professional bull fighter who has suffered a serious accident before he meets Sophia. He will not give up the ‘sport’ he loves even for the girl that changes his life. He is very traditional in how he goes about his relationship but also not willing to learn something else to get away from bull fighting. Scott is the highlight of this film where we see him make a name for himself in a leading role.

Alan Alda: Ira is an elder gentleman that the two rescue from a car accident and who Sophia turns to for all of her advice when she learns of the love story he went through. Alan is solid in this role where we get to see him in a narration style role.

Support Cast: The Longest Ride has a supporting cast with Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin playing the younger couple in the flashbacks who really shine above the rest.

Director Review: George Tillman JrGeorge gives us a good date movie but characters who are written to be too over the top and unrealistic doesn’t help the story.

 

Romance: The Longest Ride gives us an unrealistic love story that is about two people coming from different worlds and what they will would give up for love.

Chemistry: The Longest Ride doesn’t have the biggest spark between the lead couple which takes away part of the film.

Settings: The Longest Ride has an array of settings which all give us how the class between Sophia and Luke comes through.
Suggestion
: The Longest Ride is one for the date night really only. (Date Night)

 

Best Part: Ira and Ruth’s story.

Worst Part: Opening scenes are unrealistic.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $34 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 8 Minutes

 

Overall: Unrealistic story about love which will pull people in.

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Elijah Wood Weekend – The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

lastDirector: Breck Eisner

Writer: Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless (Screenplay)

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine

 

Plot: The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.

 

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Verdict: Easy Watch

 

Story: The Last Witch Hunter starts as Kaulder (Diesel) and his men go into battle against witches where we get to see his skills in combat but he gets cursed with endless life. Move to the present day and we see how Kaulder still walks the Earth helping and defeating witches in the modern society.

Kaulder’s handler a priest Dolan 36th (Caine) is about to retire leaving him needing a replacement Dolan 37th (Wood). 37th gets assigned earlier than first planned when the 36th get murdered by the dark witches. Kaulder must work with the 37th to figure out which witch is behind the curse placed on the 36th before he officially dies, which brings him into the path of bar owner witch Chloe (Leslie).

With most witches fearing Kaulder, Chloe reluctantly helps him go into his past to see who could be the powerful witch that has come back to try and take back over the world with their power as Kaulder must come face to face with the most powerful witch he has ever encountered.

The Last Witch Hunter is an adventure fantasy that fits into the genre nicely without being one of the best or worst. It takes on the Witch idea which is different from the usual vampire, werewolf or zombie genre. This could easily have been the rebirth of the hunter franchise but due to poor box office we are left thinking this was bad. If truth be told this is an easy watch for anyone who likes the fantasy horror genre.

Vin Diesel is his usual strong mumbling lead that work for action involved in this film., Wood makes for a good sidekick figure but his casting seems too obvious for a later twist in the film, Leslie steps out of Game of Thrones in this role to continue her star power in the nerd following outthere. While Michael Caine gets his good pay check for playing the small part of the elder wise guide like the Watcher in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. This is an easy watch and slightly predictable by the final outcome of the film.

 

Overall: Enjoyable but not great fantasy action film.

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