Jude Law Weekend – Dom Hemingway (2013)

Director: Richard Shepard

Writer: Richard Shepard (Screenplay)

Starring: Jude Law, Richard E Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke

 

Plot: After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Typical British Crime Comedy

 

Story: Dom Hemingway starts as Dom (Law) is released from jail after serving 12-years, he heads straight back to his criminal friends in Dickie Black (Grant) who is planning to take him to the boss he kept quiet for Mr Fontaine (Bichir). Getting his reward for keeping quiet a crazy night partying changes everything as Dom has his money stolen and people end up dead.

Returning home Dom tries to reconnect with his daughter Evelyn (Clarke) who has her family now as Dom wants to make up for lost time. This will be the hardest challenge of Dom’s life if he accepts it or will he dive back into the criminal life.

 

Thoughts on Dom Hemingway

 

Characters/PerformanceDom Hemmingway is a loud foul-mouthed criminal fresh out of prison, he is violent and doesn’t hold out on what he thinks, no matter who he offends. You want to support him but he easy to hate with his nature. Dickie is the loyal friend that tries to keep Dom on the right path even though he has been working on the criminal line, but he does stick by Dom. Evelyn is the daughter of Dom who wants nothing to do with him. She has made her own life without him and is happy.

Performance wise, Jude Law is fantastic in this leading role, even if I didn’t enjoy the character, he does fully commit to the role. Richard E Grant gets his good moments through the film and Emilia Clarke is only a smaller part but you would feel like she would have a bigger role now.

StoryThe story follows one man needing to make up for his biggest mistake of his life, all because he believed he would get what he deserved once he was released from prison. The story is by the book and can be difficult to watch in places because of the constant swearing and you would have liked more focus on the daddy daughter relationship over the wild partying.

Comedy/CrimeThe crime world we find ourselves in is well designed because we are given an aging criminal, the comedy comes from the completely over the top character of Dom Hemmingway.

SettingsThe settings show us the two worlds Dom cold be part of and how he can’t make up for what he did in order to be the man he wants now.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good story of redemption for a criminal who lost years of his life with his actions, there is a lot of swearing which seems like it is there just for the sake of it which could turn people away from the film, but Jude Law is fantastic in this role.

 

Overall: Jude Law shines in this one.

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The Nun (2018)

Director: Corin Hardy

Writer: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay) James Wan, Gary Dauberman (Story)

Starring: Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons, Ingrid Bisu, Charlotte Hope, Sandra Teles

 

Plot: A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.


Tagline – Witness the Darkest Chapter in The Conjuring Universe

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Jump Scares 101

 

Story: The Nun starts after the mysterious death of a nun in an abbey in Romania, Father Burke (Bichir) and Sister Irene (Farmiga) are set to figure out if there was an unholy reason behind the death. joined by mostly outcast local and delivery man Frenchie (Bloquet) the three head off to the remote isolated abbey.

Once there it doesn’t take long before the three start suffering horrific visions of a ghost nun (Aarons) and moments from their own pasts, now they must work together to turn the once holy place, holy once again and rid the area of the demonic nun.

 

Thoughts on The Nun

 

Characters – Father Burke is the experience priest who has been the man to prove miracles or cure unexplainable events for the Vatican, he takes this job just like any other goes to investigate without needing to run from the horrors placed on front of him. Well he should be experienced enough not to make sloppy mistakes, not understanding certain abbey procedures, while he does talk a good game, he shouldn’t be as scared through what he is seeing. Sister Irene is preparing to become a nun, she is selected for this mission and the reason will become clear as the story unfolds. She is innocent with the world travelling, understand what is expected of her and tries to uncover the truth in the most sensible way possible, learning her true calling along the way. Frenchie is the delivery boy and womanizer of the local village, he reluctantly helps the two arrive at their destination only to help try to solve the goings on once her learns the evil has started to reach the town. The Nun figure is one we met first in the Conjuring 2, she stalks the hallways preying on people’s fears and now she has the latest victims. The demonic presence which will only add to the horrors the group will encounter.

PerformancesDemian Bichir as Father Burke is good for the most part, we believe his reactions when facing fear and he brings a calming nature to the story. Taissa Farmiga follows her sister into this franchise where she does a good job again with the fear side of the film, we get to see her show the innocence her character starts with too. Jonas Bloquet brings us a couple of laughs, while they are not needed they can lighten the mood at times. Bonnie Aarons as the nun is great, because we know how creepy this figure is and just what she will bring to the scares.

StoryThe story here brings us another back story to one of the stories of the Warren’s, this time we focus on the Nun and just where this demonic entity came from, first off we know this demon has a name from the previous encounters, so any studying up is not needed. We do go to the remote abbey to where the nun came from following the Vatican team set to try and solve the mystery and over a two-day period we watch how this mystery unravels. Now if we are to look at the story everything is simple, we arrive, its creepy, jump scares happen and the battle is on. The simplistic side of the story is also the weakness, Father Burke acts like he has battle this type of evil before, though he doesn’t seem to know anything to do with religion. The foreshadowing is too obvious through everything, we seem to lose a lot of the time, it is light, then dark and certain times it does feel like we are still watching the same events happening through the time change. If you are going just for the jump scares you will get what you want, because the story is sacrifice for the jump scares.

Horror/MysteryThe horror is following the new model of horror, hush the sounds, slow everything down before either crashing our ear drums with noise or throwing something at the camera, sure it works for a reaction stand point, but elsewhere it misses. The mystery should be a lot more interesting, the problems comes from focusing on jump scares over investigations.

SettingsThe setting, arguably the best part of the film, we have a beautiful remote gothic looking abbey that first puts our characters into the isolated location and secondly gives us all the chances we want to use the environment to add to the horror, with the chapel scene being a true highlight of the film.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are great too, we get a mix of practical make up mostly which looks creepy, we do get CGI which is only used when needed without being anything overly fancy.


Scene of the Movie –
The final battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Time Scale felt confusing.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good addition to the Conjuring Universe, it does use the jump scares a lot, and while I wasn’t a fan of the weak story, I also don’t need to learn too much about the back story to need to worry about not enjoying jumping.

 

Overall: Jump scares a plenty, story lacks words.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: John Logan, Dante Harper (Screenplay) Jack Paglen, Michael Green, Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett (Story/Characters)

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett

 

Plot: The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Plain Bad

 

Story: Alien Covenant starts with the colony ship the Covenant heading towards a new planet, a crew of 15 and over 2000 colonist on board with just Walter (Fassbender) the android running the ship. When the ship encounters a freak storm in space leads the crew suffering loses they need to let the new captain Oram (Crudup) guide them through the damage to the systems.

When the repairs find a ghost transmission from a planet which appears perfectly habitable Oram goes against first mate Daniels’ (Waterston) opinion to continue their mission and takes a crew to this planet.

While on the planet the crew learn, this planet isn’t as safe as they had thought as they learn the deadly species waiting to be awoken along with a discovery which will give them answers about one of the mysterious of space.

 

Thoughts on Alien: Covenant

 

Characters/PerformanceWalter is the latest model of the androids that joins the mission to do the jobs humans can’t manage he is good natured and understands his mission. Daniels is the second in command after the early tragedy, she doesn’t want to investigate the new planet but soon becomes the one we must rout for once she decides to fight. Oram is your standard captain trying to take the role with his own stamp, also he is meant to be religious. The rest of the crew are what you expect.

Performance wise, well this is where things get interesting, Fassbender is fine but let’s face it he is wasting his talent in movies like these. Waterston struggles to follow in the strong leading action heroine footsteps with Crudup being easily forgettable. This does have known names but nothing that comes off truly memorable in the performances.

StoryThe story looks to follow up what happened after the Prometheus in what just feels like a complete rip off, of plenty of films, we have horribly written characters that just do panic instead of being professional in the role that would remain calm through each situation. This is a rinse, repeat film that ends up being one of the most predictable movies you have ever seen.

Horror/Sci-FiThere is little to no horror in a movie that has ALIENS in which is the whole point. The sci-fi side of the story is all what you have come to expect from the genre without being anything fresh.

SettingsThe film looks beautiful and stunning throughout but they also don’t have anything looking original though.

Special EffectsThe special effects show us the settings looking almost flawless, it is the aliens which come off weak in places.

Final ThoughtsThis is a poor addition to the franchise of aliens, we barely see them and the science versus religion question doesn’t end up getting discussed enough.

 

Overall: Poor franchise addition that is weak in every single aspect.

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

hatefulDirector: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino (Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, Dana Gourrier

 

Plot: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Western Thriller

 

Story: The Hateful Eight starts as bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Jackson) signals down a stage coach with fellow bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Russell) and his latest bounty Daisy (Leigh). The three continue the journey before meeting the new Sheriff Mannix (Goggins) of Red Rock where they are heading.

A blizzard is chasing them before they decide to stop for the night letting the storm blow over where they meet Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), General Sandy Smithers (Dern), Joe Gage (Madsen) and Bob (Bichir). When John suspects somebody in the room not being who they say they are we are left to watch as tensions rise and true colours coming out once and for all.

The Hateful Eight brings us back into the world of the mastermind director Quentin Tarantino who can make such a simple idea an absolute must watch. The story is pretty much just figuring out who is who along with his dialogue which just seems to keep everything running smoothly from start to finish. The story is filled with twists and turns that all work to keep us guessing. While this is a brilliant film it does actually not capture the same level of intensity the last two outings from him have.

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Daisy is the lady who is wanted dead or alive and John Ruth is taking her to pay for her crimes, she talks to much and gets beaten. All she wants it to escape but her value is too high for Ruth to let go. Jennifer is great in this role opposite standing toe to toe with some of the best in the business.daisy

Kurt Russell: John Ruth has the nickname The Hangman as he always delivers his bounties alive so they can be hung. He is the first to suspect something going on in the cabin and tries to get to the bottom of it. He doesn’t care what people think of him as he is one of the best bounty hunters around. Kurt does a great job in this role continuing to show he is getting back to his brilliant levels.john

Samuel L Jackson: Major Marquis Warren is a civil war hero that has turned bounty hunter, he teams up with John to complete both their latest bounties, along with John they try to figure out what is going on in the cabin. Samuel gives us a performance you would expect to see in any Tarantino film.marquis

Bruce Dern: General Sandy Smithers is a well respect general who lead men in the civil war, he is in the cabin when John and co arrive but in a twist of events he was opposite Marquis in the civil war as the tension between the two has been risen from that moment onwards. Bruce gives us a great supporting performance throughout his time in this film.

Support Cast: The Hateful Eight has Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir and Channing Tatum who all give brilliant performances with Tatum continuing to show he has to be taken seriously as a new serious actor.

Director Review: Quentin TarantinoQuentin gives us a brilliant film but it doesn’t quite reach the levels of the last two outings from the man.

 

Thriller: The Hateful Eight keeps you guessing to what will happen next from start to finish.

Western: The Hateful Eight brings us a true western for the characters to be involved in.

Music: The Hateful Eight uses brilliant music throughout which you would expect from Tarantino films.

Settings: The Hateful Eight uses the cabin for nearly the whole film where tension rise throughout.
Special Effects
: The Hateful Eight uses the good special effects with the kills which you are used to in a Tarantino film.

Suggestion: The Hateful Eight is one to watch for all especially for all the Tarantino fans. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The whole first cabin scene.

Worst Part: The final act feels slightly rushed and certain things disappoint.

Action Scene Of The Film: Who poisoned who.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for 3 Golden Globes including Best Actress in Supporting Role, Best Screenplay and Original Score.

Oscar Chances: Could easily be nominated for a couple.

Budget: $60 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 48 Minutes

Tagline: No one to trust. Everyone to hate.

 

Overall: Trademark Tarantino film that ticks all the boxes

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Machete Kills (2013)

logoDirector: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Kyle Ward (Screenplay) Robert Rodriguez, Marcel Rodriguez (Story)

Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas

 

Plot: Machete (Trejo) gets a chance to make up for a bust that goes wrong. The President (Estevez) offers him a chance to go back to Mexico to stop a revolutionary Mendez (Bichir). When the plan goes wrong Machete must bring Mendez to Voz (Gibson) the mastermind behind everything to disarm the bomb while ever hit man in Mexico and America are hunting him down.

 

Verdict: A fun over the top action film

Story: What plays out as an over the top Bond film the term original story doesn’t come close to this. We have seen all of this before but maybe not to the extremes of this. We have an unlikely hero who lets actions speak louder than words and plenty of twists and turns. Cameos a plenty too, you will see a familiar leading performer in nearly every scene. In the end the story is easy to follow and just fun don’t expect anything serious or you will hate this. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Danny Trejo – Machete the lone hit man who doesn’t’ seem to be able to die and will kill anyone who gets in his way with anything he can get his hands on. Trejo is a great fit for this role and continues what he started with the first Machete film. Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award (8/10)

 machete

Actor Review: Mel Gibson – Voz a criminal mastermind who claims he can see into the future and has planned to save the people who believe him but destroy the world. Gibson does great in this cold calculated criminal. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Demian Bichir – Mendez a man with a split personality where one is a revolutionary while the other is a Cartel kingpin. Demian is brilliant in this role and clearly steals the show. Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Carlos Estevez – The president but the normal Charlie we are used to seeing. Using his real name adds to the comical idea of Charlie Sheen being the President. (8/10)

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Director Review: Robert Rodriguez – We know Robert can give us action that is way over the top that you just have to sit and enjoy and this keeps up the trend. (9/10)

 

Action: Nearly every scene is action based, involving shoot out or fights. (9/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects for most of the death scenes. (10/10)

Believability: Way to over the top to be believable. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Many different settings between Mexico and America all work well for the story one of the highlight locations is Mendez hideout being an ancient pyramid.  (9/10)

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Suggestion: I think this film really will only be for the people who are fans of the genre and anyone who goes to watch this with a serious hat on will be very disappointed. Just go and watch, enjoy and switch your brain off. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Machete kills are hilarious

Worst Part: Not Very serious.

Action Scene Of The Film: Machete versus the henchmen clones.

Kill Of The Film: A henchman and helicopter.

Trivia: The first film Charlie Sheen as used his real name and the first film Mel Gibson has played a villain.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: It is open for a sequel.

Similar Too: Machete

 

Overall: Fun, Over The Top Just Enjoy

Rating 75