Derailed (2005)

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Writer: Stuart Beattie (Screenplay) James Siegel (Novel)

Starring: Vincent Cassel, Clive Owen, Addison Timlin, Melissa George, Jennifer Aniston, RZA

 

Plot: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Twist Filled Thriller

 

Story: Derailed starts as Charles Schine (Owen) is recounting the events of what happened, this starts the flashback as we see happily married Charles to Deanna (George) and their sick child Amy (Timlim) but he is tired of the routine. When running late Charles forgets his ticket for the train where beautiful banker Lucinda Harris (Aniston) pays for his ticket.

When the two look to engage in an affair they get attacked by LaRoche (Cassel) who knocks Charles out before raping Lucinda. Paying LaRoche off, Charles believes he is out but LaRoche isn’t finished with Charles yet, blackmailing him into giving him money to keep quiet about the affair and things continue to get worse from her for Charles.

 

Thoughts on Derailed

 

Characters/PerformanceCharles is a banker with a perfect little life, married with a child who is sick. He gets engaged in a potential affair only to find himself being blackmailed by the criminal who makes him risk his personal life, his career and even his own freedom. LaRoche is the criminal that blackmails Charles, he even gets personally involved in his life to make this happen. Lucinda is the woman that Charles tries to have an affair. Deanna is the wife Charles has back home, who spends as much of her time looking after their sick daughter.

Performance wise, Clive Owen is good in this leading role as the desperate man pushed to the limits, Vincent Cassel is always a good villain in any movie and this is no different. Jennifer Aniston does a good job in her role which goes in directions you wouldn’t have expect her to go too.

StoryThe story is a good watch as we see how one man must face consequences for action that he finds himself in after nearly getting involved in an affair. This is a good watch and flows nicely even if you don’t agree with everything that Charles is going the story has enough twists to keep you wanting to see more.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime side is all blackmail based as the Charles must find a way to keep the blackmailer quiet and this keeps us on the edge of our seats to see where things will be going.

SettingsWe see the quiet home life Charles has to the busy life for the work. We see how the criminals can work in the shadow too.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that is enjoyable and a good watch from start to finish.

 

Overall: Good thriller that keeps us on the edge.

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Storks (2016)

storksDirector: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland

Writer: Nicholas Stoller (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Anton Starkman, Keegan-Michael Key

 

Plot: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Typical Childish Animation

 

Story: Storks starts as we learn storks used to deliver babies before they moved into the main stream delivery business. Junior is the known as the best delivery stork and is about to get a promotion of Hunter as we learn why the storks stopped delivery babies is because they lost an address for a human and adopted her Tulip. She is turning 18 and the Hunter wants her out of the business and to enter her back in the human world. With the stork problem looking to be solved we move onto meet our human family which is young boy Nate who feels lonely because of his constantly busy real estate agent parents are always working leading him to ask for a baby brother or sister.

Tulip continues to cause trouble by accidentally restarting the baby making machine and she must team up with Junior to clean up the mess. The story turns into an adventure between Junior and Tulip to deliver the baby while also seeing how parents need to look after their children over work.

Storks is an animated film that goes for the low attempts of comedy to give the laughs to the youngest of its audience not making any of the laughs come off for an adult audience. Against the low level of comedy, we do have a film with heart based story as the parents don’t give the time to the child they have and learn they only get one chance to raise their children. The adventure between Tulip and Junior does feel like it got ripped out of the original Ice Age but otherwise this isn’t the most inspiring comedy film.

The characters are very generic with most just wanting to find a way to fit in the world be it from being the popular one of being the one completely out of place. The boss character is always the loudest of the group while the family all works well but doesn’t get enough time for what could be a more important story.

 

Overall: Dull animated comedy that doesn’t give enough time to the heart in the film.

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Jason Bateman Weekend – Horrible Bosses (2011)

horribleDirector: Seth Gordon

Writer: Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (Screenplay) Michael Markowitz (Story)

Starring: Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Fox

 

Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Comedy

 

Story: Horrible Bosses starts by introducing us in traditional comedy style as we meet Nick (Bateman) who has been working hard for a promotion from Dave Harken (Spacey), dental assistant Dale (Day) who works for crazy horny dentist Dr Julia Harris (Aniston) and Kurt (Sudeikis) who actually likes his boss Jack Pellit (Sutherland) but his son Bobby (Farrell) is cokehead who takes over the family business.

The three are all high school friends that all now are working for bosses they hate spending each night moaning about how they hate their days. This leads to the three to want to kill their bosses and they look for a hitman and find Dean ‘MF’ Jones (Foxx). The friends must find out a way to make their bosses have accidents to get rid of them.

Horrible Bosses is a comedy circling around the idea of having to work for difficult bosses and how you can go to the extremes and want to kill them. This shows how difficult it can be to work with difficult bosses but is mostly about how friends can bitch about how they hate them. The comedy does work in places even if certain parts are flipped reverse on sexual harassment.

Bateman, Sudeikis and Day do have good chemistry throughout while Spacey, Aniston and Farrell get to have great fun with their horrible boss characters each getting to play against the normal characters we are used to. This does turn into a good comedy that people will enjoy as they can relate to the struggle with difficult bosses.

 

Overall: Fun comedy that hits all the levels it needs too with the subject matter.

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We’re The Millers (2013)

logoDirector: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris (Screenplay) Bob Fisher, Steve Faber (Story)

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly C. Quinn

 

Plot: After being robbed of a week’s take, small-time pot dealer David is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose and two local teenagers to join him and pretend they’re on a family holiday.

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Verdict: Odd Team Road Trip

 

Story: When it comes to drug based films I am usually very sceptical because I am not a fan of drug use, this only plays on the idea of transporting it which works to the films laughs. We have an over the top drug lord who puts his own man at risk for his own personal gain. We have four very different people on the road trip, who each have their own problems and as the journey goes on they all become closer by letting people into their lonely lives. When things go wrong with the drug collection the make shift family find out they have stolen from a Mexican drug lord. In the end we get a wacky road trip comedy that has plenty of laughs. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jennifer Aniston: Rose a broke stripper who agrees to go along with the road trip for her fee of $30,000 which will help keep her apartment along with giving her a chance to escape the stripper world. Along the road trip we do learn more about her and personal problems, her talents come in helpful on the trip. Good performance from Jennifer who gets a little bit raunchier than her previous rom com roles. (8/10)

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Jason Sudeikis: David a small time drug dealer who gets robbed trying to do the right thing. His boss isn’t impressed and sends him to Mexico to collect the next shipment of drugs, leading him to the wacky idea of hiring a fake family to join his trip across the border. Good performance from Jason, but he does have some awkwardly unfunny moments. (7/10)

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Emma Roberts: Casey a teenage runaway who lives on the streets but gets talked into coming on the trip for a grand, but it is clear to see why she agrees after finding out her own family didn’t care about her leading her to run away. Good performance from Emma showing good comic timing. (7/10)

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Will Poulter: Kenny the geeky teenager who lives in the same building as David, who due to being alone goes on the trip for free and along with this he gets a loved feeling and learns from the other people on the trip. Good performance from Will who goes through the most and gets plenty of laughs. (8/10)

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Ed Helms: Brad the drug lord who forces David to go on the road trip while sitting back and changing his rules whenever he feels like it. Good supporting performance making fun at most other drug lord characters. (7/10)

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Director Review: Rawson Marshall Thurber – Good direction to create a solid road trip comedy. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Solid comedy with some good laughs that keep the film flowing well. (8/10)

Settings: The road trip idea means the setting keeps changing but each one is good for the situation they find themselves in. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the comedy fans out there, it will appeal to them all but if you’re not a comedy fan you may not enjoy. (Comedy Watch)

 

Best Part: The awkward moments a family would never do together.

Worst Part: Cheesy end.

Funniest Scene: The spider bite.

Believability: Things like this could have happened but I don’t know about the peril side of the story. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: There is a plan for one

Post Credits Scene: Blooper reel during the start of credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $270 Million

Budget: $37 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: If anyone asks.

 

Overall: Solid Comedy

Rating 80

Top 5 Favourite Actresses

Today we are looking at our favourite actresses. We have Mine, Simon and Lewis  Lists

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5. Heather Graham

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4. Jennifer Anistonaniston

3. Zooey Deschanelzooey

2. Emily Bluntblunt

1. Jennifer Lawrencejenny s

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5. Natalie Portman

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One of the rare child stars who has magnified her presence on screen into adulthood – from Leon to V for Vendetta, and most recently Black Swan
Movie pick: Leon, The Professional / Black Swan

4. Kajol

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A huge name in Bollywood since the mid-90s, Kajol often stars in playful romantic and comedic roles opposite Shahrukh Khan
Movie picks: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge / Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
3. AnnaSophia Robbanna
A child actor who has remained off the radar somewhat by selecting more obscure roles – Charlies & The Chocolate Factory being one of the more well-known, but not less ‘obscure’ in its design.
Movie picks: Bridge To Terabithia / Soul Surfer

2. Ziyi Zhang

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A natural actoress who has committed herself to working almosts exclusively in Chiense cinema, she has had global success in several wushu movies as well as the second instalment of Rush Hour.
Movie pick: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / The Long Road Home

1. Michelle Rodriguez

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Action girl M-Rod has played boxer, surfer, Marine, and of course street racer Letty in the Fast franchise.  She takes roles of characters she respects, particularly with regards to female empowerment and strength.
Movie pick: Girlfight / The Fast & The Furious (1)

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5. Danielle Harrisdanielle

When it comes to scream queens she is my favourite of the current group with Halloween, Hatchet 2 and now See No Evil 2 credited to her name. she is also a small actress who takes on the most imposing characters. She is one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood.

4. Christina Ricciricci

I have grown up watching Ricci’s films from the Adam’s Family and Casper right up to her most recent film. Christina hasn’t always made the most popular or successful films but he supporting role in Monster showed she can always be counted on for a good performance. She also tends to end up in a wide range of films which has sometimes stopped her making a real name for herself in a genre.

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3. Anna Kendrickkendrick

Up In the Air, 50/50 and Pitch Perfect made me take notice of her, now I want to see how far her career will go. It would be a good call to think this actress will one day get an Oscar win and with her constant good choices in films we will learn to remember her name.

2. Jennifer Lawrencejenny D

It would be hard to argue that Jennifer could be this generation’s biggest actress, she has the potential to reach the levels of Meryl Streep and become Oscar Royalty. She comes over as one of the most down to earth people in the business and her ability to give solid performance in The Hunger Games for the cinema audience and stunning performances in Silver Linings Playbook show her ranging ability.

1. Amy Adamsadams

Oscar nods to her name, but no wins yet, she always picks great roles, she just seems to get on with the job without using much effort, but always looks the best pick for that part. She showed her singing talents in Enchanted and The Muppets, she also shows her abilities in nearly every film she turns up in.