High-Rise (2015)

Director: Ben Wheatley

Writer: Amy Jump (Screenplay) J.G. Ballard (Novel)

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes

 

Plot: Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not My Thing

 

Story: High-Rise starts with Dr Laing (Hiddleston) moving into a new high-rise apartment, it doesn’t take long for him to meet the neighbours including Charlotte (Miller), Wilder (Evans), Helen (Moss) and the owner of the building and apparent recluse Royal (Irons).

The longer Laing spends in the building he learns all about the difference between people with in the building find some easier to get on with than others but can he cope with all the drama surrounding them.

 

Thoughts on High-Rise

 

Characters/PerformanceLaing is the stranger moving into the high-rise, he tries to stay on the outside of all social standards in the building but finds himself trapped seeing both sides of the battle within the building. Royal is the king of the castle, he wants to open the door to Laing as he is tired of the crowd he finds himself around. Charlotte is a resident in the building, a single mother that is always trying to go in within the building.

Performance wise, Hiddleston is good without being breath taking best, with Jeremy Iron strange king of the castle being the highlight of the film. Miller is solid without doing too much.

StoryThe story focuses on the different levels of social standard within one building from the view of the outsider trying to piece together what he has seen, this isn’t the most interesting story and turns to the quirkiness of the film to try and attract the audience.

SettingsMost of the film is set on the different levels of the High-Rise building that shows us the different social levels each level has as they slowly descend into obsession.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very weird film and I can clearly see an audience enjoy this movie, but for me I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy what was going on.

 

Overall: Awkward and weird to say the least.

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Taylor Kitsch Weekend – John Carter (2012)

posterDirector: Andrew Stanton

Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon (Screenplay) Edgar Rice Burroughs (Story)

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston

 

Plot: Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Enjoyable

 

Story: John Carter starts by giving us the backstory of Barsoom known to us as Mars where a peaceful life is turned upside down. We move to 1880s where John Carter (Kitsch) is avoiding by captured but leaving his story to his nephew Edgar Burroughs (Sabara). In his story John tells how he was transported to Barsoom while avoiding his time in the army.

John finds himself captured by Tars Tarkas (Dafoe) and his barbarians as he finds himself in the middle of a war where Matai Shang (Strong) is leading Sab Than (West) in a quest to take over the planet. Sab has made a deal to marry the princess Dejah (Collins) to create peace between the opposing sides.

John Carter must lead the fight against Sab Than to save the princess and free the people of Barsoom from his terror bringing peace back to the planet once more.

John Carter is a film that I avoided for years having only heard negative things about it but now I have gotten around to watching it I found myself enjoying this one. I will say there are good and bad things about this story so we will start with the good. I liked how the story reflected the Earth story with Mars, we had a reluctant hero that learnt to stand up for himself proving he isn’t the coward the Earth through he was. On the bad side we do spend slightly too long building up to the transportation to Mars, we also do spend too much looking at the jumping ability Carter has. I did find the final twist very smart and fitting for the film ready for any sequel too. This is a very good story that can be enjoyed.

 

Actor Review

 

Taylor Kitsch: John Carter is from 1860s, he doesn’t want to get involved in the war going on in America only to find himself transported to Mars where his ability to jump and fight put him in the middle of a war on Mars. He must lead the people in a fight for peace. Taylor proves he is a good actor with this role that could have been a lot more successful.john

Lynn Collins: Dejah Thoris is the princess of Mars, she is forced to wed the evil tyrant taking over the planet but when she meets John Carter she learns that he could be the one to save her and her people. Lynn is good in this role without being too original in character.princess

Samantha Morton: Sola is the daughter of Tars, she has been disgraced by her species her only chance to redeem herself if to help John Carter on his mission to create peace on the planet. Samantha is good in this role even if we would have like to have seen more from the character.sola

Willem Dafoe: Tars Tarkas is the leader of the barbarians that first find John Carter, he believes John Carter has something different about him and uses him to help with his leadership even if it leaves him against his kind. Willem gives us the performance we have all come to know from the actor.

Support Cast: John Carter has a huge supporting cast that all give good performances when it comes to the final story.

Director Review: Andrew StantonAndrew gives us a good sci-fi action film that is all enjoyable without being too difficult to watch.

 

Action: John Carter has good action sequences throughout with most being massive battle scenes.

Adventure: John Carter puts our character John Carter on an adventure of a lifetime.

Fantasy: John Carter brings us into a fantasy world on Mars.

Sci-Fi: John Carter takes us to Mars and has an impossible travel idea for the sci-fi side of the story.

Settings: John Carter creates a beautiful looking setting for the story to take place in on Mars.
Special Effects
: John Carter has great effects to create the mixes of species involved in the story on Mars.

Suggestion: John Carter is one that should actually be tried by all. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Mars side of the story.

Worst Part: What is with all the jumping?

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: It could have one but poor Box Office returns means we won’t get one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $263 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes

Tagline:  Lost in Our World. Found in Another.

 

Overall: Enjoyable sci-fi adventure that comes off fresh

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Resident Evil (2002)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Colin Salmon, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Pasquale Aleardi, Liz May Brice

Story The Umbrella Cooperation are a well known family friendly company with appliances in every home. They use this as a cover for their own money making schemes of Viral weaponry. One of the virus was released killing everyone inside the facilities better known as The Hive. Alice (Milla Jovovich) lives above the Hive but wakes up with no memory meeting Matt (Eric Mabius) wandering around her home. A group on military people invade the home lead by James Shade (Colin Salmon) and including Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez), CHad Kaplan (Martin Crewes), J.D (Pasquale Aleardi) and Medic (Liz May Brice).

This team of elite solider has been set down into the Hive to discover what happened. Upon reaching the train down to the entrance of the Hive they find Spencer Parks (James Purefoy) who has also lost his memories from the after effects of the gas leaked into the higher levels. The team have three hours to discover what happened and get out before the Hive is locked. What follows in the series of events causing the Hive to get filled with the undead and a conspiracy to be revealed.

Verdict Based on the video game this is one of the better movie based on games and judging by the three sequels already out and one more on the way out this is a popular one too. Having it set in a enclosed facility makes us believe the virus can be contained. The overall story of the regaining memory of Alice adds to what will become a bigger picture to the franchise. The special effects are stand out for the time with some very over the top deaths scenes. The start of a very good franchise leaves you wanting more a great watch for all the game fans and non game fans.

Best quote Red Queen Computer ‘You’re all going to die down here’

Favourite character Rain takes no prisoners and takes a lot of through out the film

Best moment The killer laser room

Worst Moment Very small exposure of the super mutant

My Rating 83%