Suicide Squad (2016)

squadDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Common, Ezra Miller, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Scott Eastwood

 

Plot: A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overly Complicated

 

Story: Suicide Squad starts as we see Amanda Waller (Davis) putting together her elite squad of criminals with Deadshot (Smith) The Joker (Leto)’ girlfriend Harley Quinn (Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Courtney), Diablo (Hernandez), Killer Croc (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Enchantress (Delevingne). After being green lighted the squad is ready to get to work.

With this team put together it is the Joker himself that starts to search down his love while the team sets out to try and clean the streets for Amanda Waller and stop a brand new evil from taking over the world.

Suicide Squad ends up being a film which just adds the comic book characters to the world of dysfunctional bad guys needing to do the good job. This adds comic book characters that only the diehard fans would know because even after playing the first Arkham game we only meet Killer Croc that is involved in this film. The evil is basic and levels with RIPD and the almost non-existence of the Joker sucks most of the excitement out of this film because Deadshot is such a generic anti-hero character. Harley Quinn is quirky but not as bonkers as we need her to be and most of all this just ends ups feeling like a piss poor attempt at The Raid with comic book names.

 

Overall: This film lacks the violence required it lacks the humour required and now I find myself wondering what is next for the DC Universe because this is yet another bland addition to the universe.

Rating45

 

 

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Terminator Genisys (2015)

lgoDirector: Alan Taylor

Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier (Screenplay) James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd (Characters)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Courtney B Vance, Byung-hun Lee

Plot: John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor, but when he arrives in 1984, nothing is as he expected it to be.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Popcorn Sequel

Story: Terminator Genisys starts with narration from Kyle Reese (Courtney) and how Sky-net destroyed the world in 1997 leaving the few survivors either running or becoming slaves to the robots constantly running from Terminators. John Connor (Jason Clarke) saves a young Kyle Reese who is leading the resistant. When John is planning the final attack it looks like a complete success until they discover Sky-Net has sent a Terminator back in time, when Kyle volunteers to go back and protect Sarah.

The mission is to protect Sarah and stop Genisys before it comes online, but the world Kyle is set back to isn’t the same as The Guardian (Schwarzenegger) has been protecting and training Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) for years and another Terminator the T-1000 (Lee) has been waiting for Kyle to return.

Now Sarah, Kyle and Pops nickname for the good Terminator have to work together to stop Sky-Net and their plan before Judgement Day happens. After Sarah and Kyle move forward in time they meet John Connor but he isn’t everything they remember but undercover for Sky-Net.

Terminator Genisys is a film I really can’t find a way to criticise what I saw, I liked how the film took the same ideas that the first two created and increased the threat level behind the events. The main four characters Terminator, Sarah, John and Kyle just being the only ones involved in the main story helps because lets face it Terminator 3 and 4 spent too much time trying to create a new terminator but this time the terminator becomes personal. You can always be a fan of a franchise that builds upon the previous film and this fills in everything that was created after Judgement Day. (7/10)

Actor Review

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Guardian has been sent back to protect Sarah from a younger age then in previous films, he has trained her to deal with all the different terminators as they wait for the moment which is meant to be for her. Arnold gets to have a lot of fun with this role makes him feel like the old Arnold is back. (7/10)pps

Jason Clarke: John Connor is the leader of the resistance who sends Kyle back to protect his mother. He makes a surprise appearance in the life after Sarah and Kyle go forward in time but is everything as it seems. Jason makes for a great villain even if he starts of as the hero. (7/10)john

Emilia Clarke: Sarah Connor is a lot more prepared for the terminators in 1984, she has spent a lifetime fighting them along with her Guardian. She knows where her future is going but still has the desire to live her own life. Emilia comes into the franchise and does a good job in the iconic role. (7/10)sarah

Jai Courtney: Kyle Reese is one of John’s most loyal soldiers in the battle against Sky-Net, he volunteers to go back in time to protect Sarah but what he finds is a different future to what he had been expecting. He get caught up in the middle of a battle he was only looking to be part of the beginning of. Jai does well because we have seen weaker performance in the past but this could be the start of something good for him. (7/10)kyle

Support Cast: Terminator Genisys has a supporting cast that includes the generic authority figures and a comic relief J.K. Simmons.

Director Review: Alan TaylorAlan stays true to the originals to make a good addition to the series. (7/10)

Action: Terminator Genisys has plenty of action sequences mostly CGI heavy though. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Terminator Genisys checks off nearly all of the sci-fi check boxes to make it one of the better sci-fi action films of the year. (7/10)

Thriller: Terminator Genisys keeps us guessing until the very end. (7/10)

Settings: Terminator Genisys uses the generic locations throughout. (6/10)
Special Effects: Terminator Genisys has a mix of great and bad CGI effects that really can make things good or bad as certain parts look great but the bad let the film down. (5/10)

Suggestion: Terminator Genisys is one for the popcorn fans to enjoy, I think the die hard fans will be disappointed. (Popcorn Fans Watch)

Best Part: Arnold dead pan comedy.

Worst Part: Bad CGI.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final fight.

Funniest Scene: Line up.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Most likely

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $318 Million

Budget: $155 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 6 Minutes

Tagline: The rules have been reset.

Trivia: Jason Clarke is the sixth actor to play John Connor in the many portrayals of the character. This has lead to people referring to him as the “Rusty Griswold” of the Terminator series as five different actors have portrayed that role in the many films.

Overall: Fun popcorn film that will entertain throughout.

Rating 70

Insurgent (2015)

lgoDirector: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslett, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Cynthia Barrett, Justice Leak, Lyndsi LaRose, Charlie Bodin, Naomi Watts

Plot: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Maze Runner – Science Edition

Story: Insurgent starts with Jeanine (Winslett) with a news report about what happened in the first film making all the Divergent people the villains while the other factors have to follow her. We see Tris (Woodley), Four (James), Caleb (Elgort) and Peter (Teller) searching for help after escaping oh wait dream sequence.

The Divergent people are now living of the land and face a brand new threat when Jeanine finds the message that can bring down the system, Four’s father Marcus (Stevenson) tries to warn Tris and Four and what could happening lead to us to the next battle. With Jeanine’s army after the Divergent Eric (Courtney) the nemesis of Four seems t be leading the pack and showing a higher level of intelligence than the rest.

When the Faction-less lead by Four’s mother Evelyn (Watts) who will try to unite the forces to take down Jeanine and take back over the city and uncover the truth.

Insurgent manages to bring us to the conclusion of the training film which we saw the first time, we now end up coming up with the beginning of the war which I am glad we didn’t get only the build up. But when it comes to the end it was just a joke because it is yeah we won now we see the prize. This feels like such a forced battle that really doesn’t really just go nowhere but has a couple of solid action sequences. (4/10)

Actor Review

Shailene Woodley: Tris is the teenage girl leading the revolution against Jeanine but first she must regroup and find allies in her battles where the truths of the first film will come back to haunt her. Shailene does seem to lower her level because we know just how good see really can be. (4/10)tris

Theo James: Four is the partner of Tris who has to help drive the force to combine the factions, he shows his combat skills in every battle but refuses to make the right decision for the good of the battle. Theo is basically the eye candy for the ladies, he is no leading man. (3/10)four

Kate Winslett: Jeanine is the leader of her faction trying to take over, she has hunted down equipment to add themselves an advantage in the battle but she has to find Tris to unlock that power. Kate brings the best performance to the film even if it is only a supporting character in a villainous role, she does also give the feel she is the teacher to the kids. (6/10)jeaine

Jai Courtney: Eric is the leader henchman for Jeanine who has a personal vendetta against Tris and Four but when he starts taking things too far he ends up falling fowl to his own tricks. Jai does his typical character who should be great but Jai makes it weak. (4/10)

Miles Teller: Peter is the back stabbing friend who betrays Tris, Four and Caleb to guarantee his own safety from the rest, but is it just an undercover job being played by him? Miles was in Whiplash and was incredible but this is such a small supporting role that you know where the character are going. (5/10)

Naomi Watts: Evelyn is Four’s mother who has been waiting for her time to raise the faction-less people in the war against Jeanine. Naomi does a solid job but I think we will see a lot more from her character in the second outing. (5/10)everlyn

Support Cast: Insurgent has a large supporting role that includes all of the factions and the people trying to figure out what is going on and who to side with.

Director Review: Robert SchwentkeRobert gives us a disappointing outing that ends up being just another training video with too many dream sequences. (4/10)

Adventure: Insurgent is adventure, are you sure? (0/10)

Sci-Fi: Insurgent brings us into a world we have destroyed with fancy technology with the lone survivors. (5/10)

Thriller: Insurgent doesn’t keep you guessing because you know Tris will last until the end and you don’t care about the rest of the characters. (4/10)

Settings: Insurgent creates a generic setting for the style of film but nothing stand out. (3/10)
Special Effects: Insurgent uses great effects for the dream sequences and tests. (8/10)

Suggestion: Insurgent is one to watch if you are a fan of the genre but otherwise you will be disappointed. (Fans Watch)

Best Part: Test sequences.

Worst Part: Dream sequences.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Will have one

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $130 Million

Budget: $110 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline:  One Choice Can Destroy You

Overall: This might as well be technology version of Maze Runner

Rating 30

 

Unbroken (2014)

logoDirector: Angelina Jolie

Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenses, William Nicholson (Screenplay) Laura Hillenbrand (Book)

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Takamasa Ishihara, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale,

 

Plot: After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not Powerful Enough

 

Story: Unbroken starts by showing an American fleet of fighter pilots on their latest mission, we focus on one plane with Louis Zamperini (O’Connell), Phil (Gleeson), Mac (Wittrock) and Cup (Courtney) as they get caught up in a dog fight while their plane is malfunctioning the unit find themselves facing a very real reality they might not make it back to base.

We move back to meet Louis in his childhood years as we see that he is a rebellious teenager with his Italian heritage making him distant to the rest of the community. When Louis gets challenged by his brother Pete to focus on athletes we see how he becomes one of the best long distances runners of his time representing America in the Olympics.

The story jumps back to the stricken fighter plane that does make it back with a risky landing but most importantly they are on land again. Louis, Phil, Cup and Mac return to the air with a new team and plane on a rescue mission, before that plane suffer mechanical difficulties. We move back to the Olympics showing the final where Louis wins the attention of his nation with his recorded breaking final lap, before returning to see the plane crash into the ocean.

The plane has just three survivors Louis, Mac and Phil and the three have to work together to survive in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with very limited supplies. We see the days pass by as the trio have to overcome obstacles in the fight to survive. 47 days pass before Louis and Phil get found by the Japanese who take them to the POW camp. The camp is run by Watanabe (Ishihara) nickname ‘The Bird’ who puts his prisoners through punishments but the main focus is on Louis.

Unbroken tells a brilliant powerful story only it doesn’t seem to grasp the idea of how to achieve all of the powerful moments. The almost pointless tease crash or damaged plane scene seems to just be there to drag the scenes out so we can learn more about Louis back story. It really offers nothing once we have the actual plane crash. The flashbacks to his childhood feel like a carbon copy of most of the Forest Gump running scenes and get fast-forwarded to almost be jammed in to say he was in the Olympics which we also don’t know where he finished without researching ourselves. That is my rant side of the story over with, the stranded scenes do work very well but they do all seem to have perfectly trimmed beards through them. Once they get captured what should be very much a powerful rebellious attitude against his enemy just seems to fizzle out. I really don’t want to sit here and slam this because the story of survival is real and incredible but we just don’t get to feel how difficult it really was. Overall this story comes off very flat and uninspiring.  (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jack O’Connell: Louis Zamperini is the rebellious teenager who becomes an Olympic hero before becoming a fighter pilot during World War II. After his plane crashes he takes charge of the situation keeping his two fellow survivors alive as long as he can. When he is captured he comes head to head with Watanabe who pushes him to the limits where he just won’t back down from. Jack gives a heavyweight performance and could easily be one of the underrated ones of the year. (9/10)

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Domhnall Gleeson: Phil is one of the pilots who goes down with the plane but survives along with Louis as they are both taken into a POW camp by the Japanese. Domhnall does give a good performance but not his fault here but I didn’t know if he was in the second half of the film or not. (7/10)

 

Takamasa Ishihara: Watanabe is the leader of the prisoner camp who puts his prisoners through tests to see if he can break them, it becomes apparent that through both respect and hate that he wants to make an example out of Louis. Takamasa gives a good debut performance here but never feels as intense as I believe the character is meant to be. (6/10)

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Support Cast: Unbroken has a big supporting cast of fellow young male actors who are on the rise which include Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney and Luke Treadaway as they all perform very well in the role that take on. Each shows that they will be heading to bigger things in the future.

 

Director Review: Angelina Jolie – Angelina struggles to make this film as powerful as it should be, we have lack of explanation to very simple things missing in this film which would be key to what actually goes on during the film. (4/10)

 

Biographical: Unbroken tells a brilliant story of survival against the odds during the war, but there are many of these stories out there. (7/10)

War: Unbroken does show two sides of the war, being stranded and being a POW. (8/10)

Settings: Unbroken uses the settings to create the authentic looking location for all the events to unfold. (9/10)

Suggestion: Unbroken is one to try but I do feel it doesn’t match up to many other powerful drama about survival. (Try it)

 

Best Part: O’Connell performance.

Worst Part: Not enough focus on the rest of the prisoners.

Favourite Quote: Pete ‘If you can take it, you can make it’

 

Believability: It is based on the true story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 3 Oscars including Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Box Office: $161 Million

Budget: $65 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 17 Minutes

 

Overall: Unbroken is filled with great performance but they all get buried by poor story telling.

Rating 60

 

Trailer Alert – Insurgent (2)

Plot – Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

Release Date: 20th March 2015

Stars:

  • Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) with her popularity rising in Hollywood can this continue to make her one of the most sort after young actresses in the business?
  • Jai Courtney (Die Hard 4, Terminator Genisys) Having been cast in the Suicide Squad and with Terminator out later this year, I have questioned how he keep getting big action roles now is the time to prove it.
  • Kate Winslet (Titanic) I am not going to lie I thought she died at the end of the first film, guess I was wrong and now she is even more evil than the first time round now we know her master plan.
  • Theo James (Underworld Awakening, The Inbetweens Movie) Zoe Kravitz (X-Men First Class) Ansel Elgort (The Fault With Our Stars) Maggie Q (Die Hard 4) Naomi Watts (21 Grams)

Director: Robert Schwentke (R.I.P.D, RED, Flightplan) – Yeah we got a guy who directed one of the most hated film in 2013 taking over a potentially mega franchise that still has two more films to come.

Highlight of the Trailer: Tris versus Tris

What Looks Good? I think it looks like it will be a lot more action packed than the first one.

What Looks Bad? Knowing that it is the middle of a trilogy that will have an opening ending.

Summary: I do think we will get rewarded from what we saw in the first film, it built up the characters well so the development has already been achieved. I think we will get the action we lacked in the first one and we do know the main idea of who wants to take over too so this should be an interesting action film for the start of the year.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –80%

My Guess Rating – 75%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes