The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Director: Julius Onah

Writer: Oren Uziel (Screenplay) Oren Uziel, Doug Jung (Story)

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Aksel Hennie, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki

 

Plot: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Addition to Cloverfield Universe

 

Story: The Cloverfield Paradox starts as we come to the Earth as the people are facing an energy crisis, one of the last hopes is an experiment in space to product an almost infinite amount, the crew includes Schmidt (Bruhl), Hamilton (Mbatha-Raw), Kiel (Oyelowo), Monk (Ortiz), Mundy (O’Dowd), Volkov (Hennie) ad Tam (Zhang).

While performing their experiment something goes wrong and the crew finds their ship in the middle of nowhere in space, the Earth gone, what happened, the team must work together to keep the ship active before even considering looking for home and things only get more confusing when Jensen (Debicki) appears on the ship claiming to be part of the team.

 

Thoughts on The Cloverfield Paradox

 

Characters – Hamilton seems to be one of our main characters, because we follow her on Earth as she debates whether to be part of the mission, so she can save her family from the crisis on Earth, on board the ship we see how her first and most important thing to follow is communicating with her family. Kiel is the Commander on this mission, he knows how each member of the team can be used to get through the problems. Schmidt is the man behind the science, it has been his ideas which are being put into practice in the experiment. Monk is the medical officer on the ship, he faces the scientific decisions. Mundy is the engineer on board, he can fix any problem as fast becomes the funniest member of the crew. Volkov is the member of the team which easily gets hot headed through the situations the crew themselves in. Tam is a crucial part of the team when it comes to knowing the operations behind the experiment. Jensen appears on the ship after the experiment goes wrong, she seems to be part of the team, but no one else knows who she is. She knows the operations the crew want to follow too.

PerformancesThis has a star studded multi-cultured set of actors, this helps show us how the world is united with this plan. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is good in this leading role, her character is the only one that does seem to show any life outside of the mission though. Daniel Bruhl and David Oyelowo are two top performers and they both give us the good performances we expect. Chris O’Dowd nearly steals the movie, his characters wit mixed with his delivery helps the movie have moments of light-hearted humour. Elizabeth Debicki is good too but I do feel like we don’t get enough from the talents of Aksel Hennie and Ziyi Zhang.

StoryThe story follows an experiment to try and solve the problems the Earth is facing with energy supplies, the idea takes us into a scientific discussion about what would happen if scientists accidently ended up in an alternative dimension. We have characters that are smart in space, which follows the same lines as ‘Life’ and ‘Sunshine’ as they do come together to try to solve the problem over just panicking. This does tie into the previous films nicely too, which is just what we wanted to see.

Horror/Mystery/Sci-fiThis film doesn’t reach the horror element level it could have, but the mystery side of the film covers this weakness, the sci-fi side of things do offer big questions about where things could be going.

SettingsThe film uses two major settings, the first and best is the space station which is highlight of the film because every time we jump to Earth, it seems to slow up the pace of the film.

Special EffectsThe effects are flawless through the film, the space moments are wonderful and an incident with an arm is great.


Scene of the Movie –
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That Moment That Annoyed Me Returning to Earth gets frustrating.

Final ThoughtsThis is a smart sci-fi film that throws up the questions about what could go wrong with an experiment that could help save the Earth. This does fit into the universe created with the Cloverfield movies too.

 

Overall: Hugely entertaining sci-fi thriller.

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Pioneer (2013)

pioneerDirector: Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Writer: Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Nikolaj Frobenius, Hans Gunnarsson, Cathinka Nicolaysen, Kathrine Valen Zeiner (Screenplay)

Starring: Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ane Dahl Torp

 

Plot: A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980’s Norwegian Oil Boom and cantered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tense Conspiracy Thriller

 

Story: Pioneer starts by showing the Norwegian working with the Americans to simulate the achievement of diving 500 metres under water with Petter (Hennie), Knut (Eriksen) Jorgen (Jorgensen) and American Mike (Bentley) are the subjects which achieves the world record.

The next challenge is to take this into the field to help finish constructing under water gas pipes of the coast of Norway. The captain of the ship John Ferris (Lang) sends the Norwegian team in first. When an accident happens on their mission Knut ends up dying and Petter tries to get to the bottom of what really happened. Petter believes the Americans have more information and finds himself wondering just who to trust in his quest for truth.

Pioneer brings us a thriller that is wrapped up in a conspiracy follow the events between two nations who are trying to work together to complete an oil pipeline underwater. We follow one man who wants to know what happened and who was really responsible for his brother’s death. This does work well but sadly we don’t see enough from what finally did happen with most of this being sold as paranoia.

 

Actor Review

 

Aksel Hennie: Petter is the Norwegian diver who loses his brother on one of the mission, he wants to know what really happened and who is to blame, this leads him into a maze of cover ups that put his very life at risk. Aksel is great in this role out shinning the rest of the cast in the leading role.petter

Wes Bentley: Mike is the arrogant American who believes he is better than the Norwegians, he sees himself more physically fit to do the dive and does whatever it takes to be the first choice for any dives. Wes is an actor I will try to always praise but he doesn’t seem to give one of his better performance but must be praised for stepping into a foreign language film.

Stephen Lang: John Ferris is the lead in the experiment from the American side of the experiments. He knows there is evidence that could cause harm on his side of the situation thanks to how Petter’s brother dies. Stephen is good in this villainous role even if we only see him a couple of times in the film.

Stephanie Sigman: Maria is the wife of Petter’s brother that is against him continuing diving and blames Petter for his death to start with until he finds out the truth hasn’t fully been uncovered. Stephanie doesn’t get enough screen time to make the impact her character needs too.

Support Cast: Pioneer has a supporting cast that are mostly involved with covering up the truth or offering news about the truth.

Director Review: Erik SkjoldbjaergErik gives us a nice thriller that’s lead does carry the film.

 

Thriller: Pioneer keeps us wondering as to what actually happened.

Settings: Pioneer creates the settings to match the time period with the underwater scenes all coming off smoothly.
Special Effects
: Pioneer uses good effects when it comes to creating the underwater scenes making them feel as intense as they need to be.

Suggestion: Pioneer is one to try, it is an interesting story but difficult to keep on top off (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final shot of the oil rig being shipped out.

Worst Part: Norwegian and English gets confusing to onto off throughout.

 

Believability: Based on the real events.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

Tagline: When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare

Trivia: The accident, where Aksel Hennie rolls his Jeep isn’t staged, but a real not planned rollover without a stunt man. Hennie was to drive off the road, and make a Sharp turn, but the Jeep wasn’t able to perform such a turn at that speed, without rolling over.

 

Overall: Thriller that lacks the punches it needs to fully pull the audience in.

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Last Knights (2015)

logoDirector: Kazuaki Kiriya

Writer: Michael Konyves, Dove Sussman (Screenplay)

Starring: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, David Adegboyega, Cliff Curtis, Tsuyoshi Ihara

 

Plot: A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonoured master.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Horrendously Slow Start Solid Finish

 

Story: Last Knights starts by teaching us about an elite group of soldiers Raiden (Owen) is one of these great knights. These knights would be responsible for many body counts and helped build a country. Commander Raiden is a loyal knight to Lord Bartok (Freeman) who gets a message from the new minister Gezza Mott (Hennie) which leads to friction between Bartok and Raiden as Raiden believes they should accept the meeting while Bartok refuses to be demanded. Bartok is the last in the family line and is slowly dying, he has picked Raiden to be his replacement as he reluctantly accepts the honour.

Raiden talks Bartok into attending the meeting and along with his men who get led by Lt Cortez (Curtis). Bartok chooses an insulting gift for the new minister as we see a game of one up man ship happening between the two leaders while the two second in command Raiden and Ito (Ihara) bond over mutual respect. Bartok ends up attacking the minister leading to him having to face the Emperor who has to decide his fate. The Emperor chooses death and Raiden has to be the one to kill his master.

Gezza Mott is worried that Raiden will come for revenge and goes straight to the Emperor to try and deal with this new problem. The Emperor refuses to until there is proof because once he turns on a warrior he will lose the trust of all of the soldiers. One year passes and all of the men have now gone their separate ways and Gezza Mott is still showing the scares of his confrontation between Bartok but his power has continued to go to his head. Raiden has fallen back into his ways of drinking where he makes his bad decisions.

Cortez has secretly been planning to get revenge for his Lord’s death along with a small group of the remaining warriors. When Gezza Mott gets yet another promotion by the Emperor we continue to see how his obsession with Raiden take over him even after Raiden sells his sword losing what is left of his. All of Raiden’s work has been an act until Gezza Mott finally lowers his guard and he and his men can attack avenging their master’s death.unit

Last Knights is a solid revenge film but it does have its problems, the whole opening half of the film comes off very slow moving and then suddenly it jumps a year forward. The jump gives us nothing but more nothingness happening before revealing there is a bigger plan, once we see this we start to get interested but this is over an hour into the film. I feel this could have easily had a large amount cut and still been interesting but the good final act won’t get watched by enough people because of how slow the start ends up being. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Clive Owen: Commander Raiden is Bartok’s most loyal knight and a true warrior who helps advice Bartok through his decisions. When Bartok enrages the emperor Raiden is forced to kill Bartok which then leads him to run the house and become lord. Clive way once tipped to be the next James Bond, seriously what happened, he has slipped off the face making films that constantly fail in the cinema. (5/10)

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Morgan Freeman: Lord Bartok is Commander Raiden master and ends up enraging the minister before being put to death by the Emperor. He goes out after making a powerful speech to try and show the corruption Gezza Mott has created. Morgan doesn’t seem to be at his best here and doesn’t end up being around as long as we would have liked. (5/10)

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Aksel Hennie: Gezza Mott is the new minister who wants gifts and after Bartok gives him an insulting gift he ends up getting him killed before wanting to protect only himself from his coward like ways he has created around himself. Aksel does actually give a good performance as the cowardly minister who is only after making himself safe. (7/10)

 

Cliff Curtis: Lt Cortez is the one man Raiden has put in charge to make him a general of all of the warriors, he trains them to become the best before leading them into battle. Cliff does a good job in this role where he gets to show a kick ass side with the battles but his humble size between them. (7/10)

 

Tsuyoshi Ihara: Ito is the leader of the warriors working for Gezza Mott, he is all about honour and respect and doesn’t care which side you are on as long as you respect the ways. Tsuyoshi manages to play the character that is meant to be siding with the villain and make him come off as a good character very well. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Last Knights has a large supporting cast that all help with the battles scenes and the politics being played out by the minister. They do all help with explanation of what is going on.

 

Director Review: Kazuaki Kiriya – Kazuaki does a solid job directing because the opening half is very slow going but the final act is all pulled off with great action packed sequences. (6/10)

 

Action: Last Knights puts together the fighting sequences very well and the wait for them to happen is well worth it. (7/10)

Settings: Last Knights creates settings that look very much like the part for the time period created for the events to take place in. (9/10)

Suggestion: Last Knights is one to try, I personally think it was bit too slow but the final act saves it all, but if you enjoy the film set in the era of honour you will enjoy this one. (Try it)

 

Best Part: Battle between Ito and Raiden.

Worst Part: Slow starting.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final sequence.

Funniest Scene: He can keep the box too.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

 

Overall: Last Knights is a solid film about honour that starts very slow but finishes strong.

Rating 55

Hercules (2014)

logoDirector: Brett Ratner

Writer: Ryan Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos (Screenplay) Steve Moore (Radical Comic ‘Hercules’)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Joseph Fiennes, Tobias Santelmann,

 

Plot: Having endured his legendary twelve labours, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Been Here Seen This

 

Story: Hercules starts by filling us in on the Hercules myth half human and half God. We hear how he completed his 12 labours giving him chance to live in peace from the Gods. Hercules (Johnson) has created a group of warriors that take out the unwanted armies. Hercules and his warriors are given an offer to take out a warlord Rhesus (Santelmann) for Lord Cotys (Hurt). Hercules must train the soldiers Cotys has as the battle gets closer.

Hercules comes off as a bit of let-down as if think I speak for all we wanted to see the 12 labours instead of an opening story that takes up less than five minutes of the film. The war between the two different sides ends up being boring and seem plenty of times before. It basically is no different than Dwayne’s Scorpion King we have legendary warrior who has involvement with Gods who fights for a king only to be betrayed before leading an uprising. The one good point is that we never see anything that is mythological as the stories try to tell of, instead it is just how things can be mis-read. This does have slightly better supporting characters who offer a lot more to Hercules’ backstory but in the end has been seen too many times. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Dwayne Johnson: Hercules the son of Zeus and great warrior who been through the 12 labours to achieve his freedom from the gods. He leads a small group of warriors into battle against a ruthless warlord. Dwayne was built for this type of role and he does a good job with all the fighting and pure screen presence. (7/10)

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Ian McShane: Amphiaraus a man who can see the future and is sent messages from the Gods. Ian offers the most laughs of the supporting cast as he keeps them on their toes about who will die and when he sees his own death his acceptance comes off very funny. (7/10)

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John Hurt: Lord Cotys who hires Hercules and his warriors to fight against and warlord knowing he is only a mercenarily, but he doesn’t seem to be all we are expecting. John does the basic well and in the end he is just a big name in a film he didn’t need to be in. (5/10)hurt

Support Cast: Hercules has a large supporting cast, we have the warriors with Hercules with the highlight being the beautiful Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) as the deadly archer. We also have the standard names that fill this type of film, a general who dislikes Hercules, the princess who see him as the saviour and the villain who is actually fighting the good fight.

 

Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a standard job directing where he never pushes the idea to a level we haven’t seen and just tries to play safe and steady. (6/10)

 

Action: Hercules has very generic fighting scenes which all come off very well but offer nothing new to the genre. (7/10)

Chemistry: Hercules creates good chemistry between the warriors which shows while in battle. (8/10)

Settings: Hercules creates authentic looking settings for the battles. (8/10)

Suggestion: Hercules is one to try, it offers very little new but action fans might enjoy this. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part of Hercules: The idea of taking away the mythological side of the Hercules story.

Worst Part of Hercules: We should have seen more of the 12 labours of Hercules.

What Could Have Been Better? – 12 Labours are what makes Hercules such an interesting story, that is what we want to see too.

Action Scene Of Hercules: First big battle.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Could do

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Scorpion King

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $243 Million

Budget: $100 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Before he was a legend, he was a man.

 

Overall: Disappointing 

Rating 40