Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writer:Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Steve Ditko, Joe Simon (Characters)

Starring: Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Sebastian Stan, Pom Klementieff, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Pratt, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Danai Gurira, Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle

 

Plot: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe


Tagline – An entire universe. Once and for all.

Runtime: 2 Hours 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Truly a Game Changer

 

Story: Avengers: Infinity War starts as we see the power of Thanos (Brolin) collecting his second infinity stone leaving a path of destruction, with his power growing the Avengers must unit to fight and stop him getting the remaining Infinity Stones that will give him the power to eliminate half of any population with the click of his fingers.

The battle will take place in space, on distant planets and back home on Earth where we get to see unseen team ups and reunions between friends.

 

Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity Way

 

Characters – When we dive into characters we have so many to talk about, I will spend time talking Thanos because has been a villain waiting in the background for many films for, we know his is powerful and this is how you make a villain the powerful force we know and will remember because what he does in this film will make you remember within the first five minutes, but we do also see what drives him and that he has true belief in his cause. In the rest of the characters we know what we are getting from most, I was impressed with Doctor Strange as I wasn’t too interested in the solo film, Thor has a brilliant story arc that keeps his character in the tone we got in Ragnarok and the father son dynamic between Tony and Peter is still here. Drax gets the most laughs once more, while everyone around Steve Rogers is the more serious side of the film. the only negatives on the characters we meet would be the generals for Thanos, who are largely forgettable.

PerformancesThe performances like the characters we have way too many to talk about, Josh Brolin being the new comer makes a massive impact easily becoming the best villain in the MCU. The talent on the Avengers is fantastic and the people that stood out for me were Benedict Cumberbatch, Dave Bautista and Chris Hemsworth, while I don’t think anybody is close to being bad, I felt the actors on the Earth battle weren’t given enough to do to get to their best abilities.  

StoryThe story here is the build up for 18 movies, we have developed our heroes while learning little about the villain, this story shows just what Thanos is fighting for, what he will do to get it and what the heroes will need to do to stop him. For me this is the game changer in superhero movies, we manage to handle seeing separate groups work together to fight on different worlds in groupings you wouldn’t put together, this does however mean certain characters don’t meet in this story which might disappoint fans. The story also balances comedy with the Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy mostly and the serious side of what is coming with Captain America. This is easily what we as fans have deserved, but you might not get everything if you haven’t seen the other films.

Action/Adventure/Sci-fi/FantasyThe action is massive and takes us to different worlds for the battles which each are filled with peril because we know not everyone will make it out of this one. the adventure takes our characters to places they haven’t been before for their part in the story, which brings the sci-fi sides with large parts of the film being in space and different worlds that only could come from fantasies of comic books.

SettingsEach setting offers our characters a challenge they will need to face in battle, this shows how easily travelling through space can be if you know the ability to do so.

Special EffectsThese fight sequences, action sequences look breath taking and nearly everything is flawless except the routine space creatures in the final battle.


Scene of the Movie –
Thor meeting the Guardians.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We learn why a couple of characters are not in the film, but there are some that just seem missing which frustrates because they were interesting ones you would have liked to have seen fight.

Final ThoughtsThis is the biggest comic book movie of all time, it changes everything going forward and is a must see for anyone who is a fan of the genre.

 

Overall: Must See Brilliance.

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Black Mirror – Season 3 Episode 6 Hated in the Nation

hated-in-the-nationDirector: James Hawes

Writer: Charlie Brooker (Screenplay)

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Faye Marsay, Benedict Wong, Jonas Karlsson, Joe Armstrong, Elizabeth Berrington

 

Plot: In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke (Kelly McDonald) and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue (Faye Marsay) investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great New Serial Killer Idea

 

Story: Hated in the Nation starts as we flashback to what had been happening through Karin Parke’s (Macdonald) story, she gets shadowed by Blue (Marsay) with the first victim being a hated public journalist Jo Powers.

When a second celebrity starts getting hate from the nation it starts to become apparent there is some form of serial killer taking out the hated people but it has a connection to how the world is reacting on social media.

Hated in the Nation gives us one of these brilliant crime thrillers as we see how once again social media to show the danger of what we could be putting on it. The selection of who is being targeted is great to see because we needed something like this to show the real fear that can be created in social media issues and how easily it can all become out of control. This is the longest of all of the stories and could easily have been its own feature film rather than just another chapter in this clever selection of stories.

 

Overall: The best all-around film of the series but slightly too long for the casual viewer.

Rating90

 

 

Doctor Strange (2016)

drDirector: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Stand Lee, Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C, Robert Cargill (Screenplay) Stand Lee, Steve Ditko (Comics)

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg

 

Plot: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Visually Stunning Origin Story

 

Story: Doctor Strange starts as we see Kaecilius (Mikkelsen) stealing artefacts to help him with his next plan only with The Ancient One (Swinton) tries to stop him in what is an early sign of the reality these characters will be fighting within. We move on to meet the brilliant Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who has his own style of performing surgery which always saves the lives of the people he is saving.

When Stephen is recklessly driving his fancy car, he is involved in a horrific car accident losing all the skills he has learned in his hands forcing him into drastic measure to regain his surgical skills. Stephen’s journey takes him in search of an impossible natural cure as he finds Mordo (Ejiofor) who guides him to what he searches for the Ancient One.

This is where his training begins as Dr Strange learns about the different realities we live in and how to make them work to his advantage as he learns nothing he once knew was what he thought it was. We the training continues Dr Strange has to join in the battle against former student Kaecilius who has turned to the dark side to prove his worth to the cause.

Doctor Strange gives us a visually stunning superhero origin story because we haven’t had one of these in about two weeks. The story plays into the bigger reality battle which is a big plus to make this slightly more unique only we have this already with the inclusion of the Thor and Guardians universe. I can see why people enjoyed this but in the end this is just going to have to be another addition to a universe which is already over saturated with characters.

Cumberbatch doesn’t seem to have charisma to play what I feel is meant to be sarcastic character, Mikkelsen is just another villain that we have seen before that never makes the impact on the story but is never meant to be that much for an origin film. Swinton does a good job in her role and Ejiofor is solid as the trainer figure.

 

Overall: Visually amazing but as for origin story we have seen this all before.

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Hummingbird (2013)

logoDirector: Steven Knight

Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong, Ger Ryan, Youssef Kerkour, Anthony Morris

 

Plot: Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.

 

Verdict: Slow Moving Action Drama

 

Story: You see the name Jason Statham you think it will be all action not much story, this changes that theory. He gets a few action scenes but the film is based on a broken man trying to redeem himself after his past actions have left him alone in the world. We show how he looks after the people who supported him, but also take advantage of the chances given to him. He might not gain full redemption but he gets a chance to do right to the people he has wronged. It is a slow moving story but well worth a chance because anyone can change if they want it enough. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jason Statham: Joey the ex-special forces solider who know lives on the streets looking to get by, but when he stumbles into a chance of money he takes his life more serious to make up for his wrongs. Good performance from Jason showing he has some dramatically skills under his fighting skills. (7/10)

 jason

Agata Buzek: Cristina a nun who helps out the homeless but when Joey starts to repay her she opens up about her life, but also wants to run away quicker. Good performance from Agata. (7/10)

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Director Review: Steven Knight – Good direction to show how a man can change his character once his motives have changed. (7/10)

 

Action: Some good small fights but not all about the action. (6/10)

Settings: London always makes a good setting for people being left behind in a faster life. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try, just don’t expect Statham to be all action like you would be used too though. (Try)

 

Best Part: Joey meets a man he has been hunting.

Worst Part: Bit slow.

Believability: People look for this sort of redemption all around us but will they get to level Joey does, no. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: All roads don’t lead to salvation.

 

Overall: Dramatically Statham Role

Rating 71

Sunshine (2007)

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Mark Strong, Cliff Curtis
 
Story;The Sun is dying and a team of scientists and astronauts have used all of Earth’s resources to create a bomb to re-ignite the Sun. Travelling in the space craft Icarus 2 because Icarus 1 mission failed and the ship was lost. The team on Icarus 2 include the mastermind behind the bomb plan Robert Capa (Cillian Murphy) Captain Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada) second in command Harvey (Troy Garity) Engeriner Mace (Chris Evans) psychologist Searle (Cliff Curtis), Cassie (Rose Byrne), Corazon (Michelle Yeoh) and Trey (Bendict Wong).

After reaching Mercury Harvey picks up a signal that has been lost in the background of space. The signal is from Icarus 1 the ship is still intact. The team is left with the dilemma on whether to complete their mission or go to Icarus 1 and collect a second bomb increasing the chances of success. Capa concludes two payloads will be a greater chance and the risk is worth it. After a small miss calculation from Trey some of the reflective shields are damaged. They lose their oxygen garden not leaving them with enough oxygen to complete the mission.

They arrive at Icarus 1 and see Pinbacker (Mark Strong) video on what happened Icarus 1 is in full working order but there is no crew to be found. While searching Icarus 1 something happens leading to the airlock being damaged Capa, Mace, Harvey and Searle after left to work out who is most important to the mission. After losing crew the team now has little choice but to go complete the mission but how far can they get?

Verdict: This is a top sci-fi movie take an idea that hadn’t been looked at before.built up with incredible tension from start to finish and very believable characters. The music adds to everything that happens so well creating more tension. The story will keep you guessing what will happen all the way through. This is a real edge of your seat classic one for all to see.

Best Quote: Capa’ So if you wake up one morning and it’s a particularly beautiful day, You’ll know we made it’.

Favourite Character: Mace He is willing to do anything to save humanity and has some of the best scenes.

Stand out Performance: Cillian Murphy again playing his character to his normal perfection.

Best Moment: The first reveal on Pinbacker on board Icarus 2

Worst Moment: Hard to find one but i guess the end half of the movie feels alot like Event Horizon

My Rating 89%