ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – E – Erin Brockovich (2000)

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Susannah Grant (Screenplay)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones, David Brisbin

 

Plot: An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.


Tagline –  She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes

 

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Verdict: Strong Performance Biopic

 

Story: Erin Brockovich starts as we meet Erin (Roberts), a single mother of three trying to find herself a job but only finds herself involved in a car accident. This forces Erin to get herself a lawyer in Ed Masry (Finney) to get her compensation. When the claim goes badly Erin decides to push for a job there where she gets to work on her own small project.

The case she starts investigating for Ed involved a city power company that has been infecting the water around the planet, causing the people to get sick. Erin strikes a nerve and with Ed go on to take on the power company.

 

Thoughts on Erin Brockovich

 

Characters – The characters in this film are based on the real people, Erin Brockovich is a single mother of three children with two ex-husbands to her name and next to no money to her name either. Erin’s strength is a fighter and when she takes a job at a law firm she ends up getting involved in a case which could become the biggest in American history. Erin doesn’t come off as the nicest person who does seem to want to walk over people to get to the position she finds herself in. Ed Masry is a good lawyer who has been working his whole career doing the right thing on every decision he has made. George is the neighbour that sparks up a relationship with Erin but also shows how difficult it is for Erin to make a professional career happen with a personal one.

PerformancesJulia Roberts won an Oscar for her performance in this movie, you can see why because she does carry the film. Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart are both good strong supporting performances throughout the film.

StoryThe story follows our driven Erin Brockovich who while just trying to make ends meet with her family ends up being involved in one of the biggest legal cases in history of America. The film shows what she had to sacrifice to make this case happen with the relationships she built to make the case go through to the courts to give her clients the biggest settlements.

BiopicWe get to see the work Erin put into the case while trying to balance being a single mother of three kids, this shows how hard she would work to achieve everything.

SettingsThe settings are used to show most of where Erin lives, works, her clients live and the company she is trying to takedown. This all works well without being the most important of things in the film.


Scene of the Movie –
The results.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I couldn’t help but find Erin slightly selfish at times.

Final ThoughtsThis is a great biopic that shows that hard work can achieve great results even without the training others might have in the same film.

 

Overall: This is a great film with a powerhouse performance.

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Sully (2016)

sullyDirector: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Todd Kmoarnicki (Screenplay) Chesley Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow (Book)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Delphi Harrington, Mike O’Malley, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Holt McCallany

 

Plot: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew.

 

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Verdict: Simply Brilliant

 

Story: Sully: Miracle on the Hudson starts as we see the dramatic flight through New York haunting the dreams of Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberg (Hanks) as he reflects on what could have been a true disaster. Sully and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Eckhart) must go through investigation process to decide whether landing in Sully terms crash in other people terms.

Dubbed a hero at first Sully gets question through the investigation as the investigation starts to look at how dangerous the manoeuvre was as they believe they could have made it back to the airport for a safer landing. As the investigation continues we get to see how Sully’s personal life is becoming difficult as his wife Lorraine (Linney) is struggling to make ends meet.

We get to follow how Sully is considered a hero by the people of America but must clear himself from becoming the villain in the eyes of the airline.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson is one of the most incredible stories of recent memory, we get to see the hero Sully who saved all his passengers from what could have been certain death. What we follow is Sully’s side of the investigation and how he was dealing with each situation which is great to see but the film doesn’t give us a fair assessment of how everything would have been looked at by the airline side of the story. I do understand how this is meant to look from Sully’s point of view and how anyone who would have gone through this might have questioned each decision afterwards.

Tom Hanks gives one of his best performance of his career in this role and it is great to see him back at his very best. Aaron Eckhart continues to show why he is always a great supporting cast member. The rest of the cast come off like you would expect from any Eastwood movie where they all do great jobs without stealing any of the attention from leading star. This film will always be looked at as one of the most amazing stories of heroism from a pilot in modern history.

 

Overall: One of the most fascinating movies of the year, with a show of true heroism.

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London Has Fallen (2016)

london has fallenDirector: Babak Najafi

Writer: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast, Chad St John (Screenplay) Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt (Story)

Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman

 

Plot: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

 

 

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Verdict: 24 The Movie

 

Story: London Has Fallen starts in Pakistan as we learn that the terrorist movement has grown and the terrorists are planning their next move before being taken out. Move back to meet President Asher (Eckhart) and his chief bodyguard Mike Banning (Butler) as best friends.

When the British Prime Minster dies of natural courses all of the world leaders are heading to London for the funeral including Asher, Mike has to work on the security detail for his best friend.

With the begins of the funeral starting to take place all the world’s leaders have been targeted by a group of terrorists leaving many of them dead. Aamir Barkawi (Aboutboul) is the man behind the attack and al he wants is the President leaving VP Trumbull (Freeman) running the cabinet while Mike has to keep the President alive.

London Has Fallen is a sequel that really has nothing to do with the original other than bring back the characters from the original. The only thing that seems familiar is that we have a foreign terrorist. While watching all I could feel was this is how a 24 movie would go with the one man that will do anything to save president doing that to save him. I do feel it is an easy watch for all the fans out there who want an action film. In the end this is pretty much a standard action film with nothing overly special going on.

 

Actor Review

 

Gerard Butler: Mike Banning is the most trust bodyguard and head of security for the President, he has to travel to London for a state funeral only to discover that he is going to have to race to save the president one more time. Gerard is solid as the action hero but isn’t as strong as he should be.mike

Aaron Eckhart: Benjamin Asher is the President of the United States of America he has to travel to England for the funeral of the Prime Minster which turns into a trap as he must follow Banning to safety against a man who wants him dead. Aaron is basic in this role which I would have liked to see a lot more from him instead of being the almost damsel in distress.president

Morgan Freeman: VP Trumbull is left back home in America and when the attack happens he must work with the rest of the office to make the difficult decisions, to help the President or save the people. Morgan is basic supporting performance without doing too much.

Alon Aboutboul: Aamir Barkawi is the man behind the attacks, he has faked his death and now he uses this as his chance to get revenge on the Western world. Alon is a very generic villain without having to get his hands physical dirty.

Support Cast: London Has Fallen has a big supporting with big names doing very little.

Director Review: Babak NajafiBabak gives us certain great shots but also ends up giving us a very plain story throughout.

 

Action: London Has Fallen has plenty of mindless action sequences without being too much memorable.

Crime: London Has Fallen puts us into a terrorist world where the criminals are trying to take out the world leaders.

Thriller: London Has Fallen doesn’t really put you on edge because we know the two leads will not suffer any peril.

Settings: London Has Fallen is set in London but after the first attack nothing is truly memorable location in town.
Special Effects
: London Has Fallen has poor effects that you can see that CGI is on screen throughout.

Suggestion: London Has Fallen is one for you to switch off your brain and enjoy. (Brain Off Watching)

 

Best Part: Single take down the street.

Worst Part: CGI

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Prepare for bloody hell.

 

Overall: Sequel that loses the X-factor but is a simple action movie.

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Top 5 Favourite Serial Supporting Actors

We all know the biggest names in Hollywood but you always find yourself watching a film going, ‘that guy’ in a supporting role. Today I am going to look at my favourite serial supporting actors. some of these actors have gone onto lead films but those films haven’t set any box office record while their supporting roles are what everyone will remember them for. I have also set myself a couple of rules where I want actors currently performing in the business so if there was someone you were expecting to see from classic cinema they will not be appearing in this list.

5. Cliff Curtiscliff

Cliff will be the man who has played the most nationalities on my list where he has played character from all over the world in his career. He has the ability to adapt into any role playing both good and bad. He has always been in supporting roles and plays the roles that transcend the divides between good and bad. He will be the good guy that gets in the way of the actual hero without being the bad guy, but he will also be the strong villain against his heavyweight leads.

4. Aaron Eckhartaaron

Aaron does have an appearance in The Dark Knight as Harvey Dent to his name, but whenever this guy gets the lead roles in films all we get it criticism with the film actually flopping in the Box Office. He has given a brilliant performance in Thank You For Smoking but take that out he just hasn’t got the chance he really deserves to break out of the supporting star role.

3. Neal McDonoughneal

Neal has over 100 credits to his name according to the IMDB, he has supporting roles in Captain America: The First Avenger, Minority Report and Flags of our Fathers. I think it would be fair you would know him most as the bad guy in films where he has played plenty of villains but upon the small screen he was the lead in one of my favourite but short lived shows ‘Medical Investigation’.

2. Ben Fosterfoster

Ben could easily be my favourite of the actors on this list because his range is simply unbelievable, he always turns up in a role you wouldn’t never image him in, be it ‘The Stranger’ in 30 Days of Night, Angel in X-Men Last Stand or the psychopathic Mars in Hostage (Which I still consider one of the most disturbing characters in an action film of all time). I do wish he would finally get a chance as a solo lead because if anyone can carry a film it would be him.

1. Adam Baldwinbaldwin

Adam has been in the television land for decades now, but his film appearances in supporting roles show that he could live up to the name he has. Jayne from Firefly and Serenity will always be his most loved performance and showed that he had comic timing to go with his serious side, I think it is time he got a chance to prove himself in the world of Hollywood rather than spending all his talent in television.

Top 5 Natural Disaster Films

San Andreas looks like it will be the biggest disaster film of the year, so I decided to look at my favourite natural disaster films. I decided to leave out 2012 because it goes too far for me into the mental adventure film but I really do enjoy it all. Nearly all my films have come from between a 6 years period too.

5. The Core (2003)the core

When the Earth is starting to stop rotating we follow a group of scientist who have to travel into the Earth to restart the rotation before time runs out. We have an all-star cast of Aaron Eckhart, Hillary Swank and Stanley Tucci too.

4. Volcano (1997)volcano

I do feel like Volcano is the least popular on the list here but after a while it does become very interesting the more you watch it. I feel this one is arguable the most sudden because it feels like a normal day and we actually have to see normal people deal with the situation.  This film also has big names involved with the legendary Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle and Anne Heche.

3. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)day after

The dreaded climate change has happened bring around a new ice age that will make the North Hemisphere going to be have mega numbers of casualties. This wasn’t one of my favourites first time around but now I do enjoy watching it. The film also has big names in with Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.

2. Dante’s Peak (1997)dante

Yes, another volcano based film here this time a small town in the shadow of a dormant volcano faces the reality that the volcano is about to erupt cause their peaceful lives to change forever. I have picked this one because of the survival side of the story and it is James Bond versus the Volcano. Two more big names here Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.

1. Armageddon (1998)arm

Armageddon will always go down as one of my all-time favourite films because the pure emotion thrown into the tragic disaster stories. We have brilliant action scenes, over the top action and comic moments throughout. It also has the odd couple feeling with the idea that one team is just oil drillers and the other is actually astronauts.