ABC Film Challenge – Action – A – Ant-Man (2015)

Director: Peyton Reed

Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby (Comics)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Macke, Michael Pena

 

Plot: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.


Tagline – No shield. No armor. No problem.

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Heist Movie

 

Story: Ant-Man starts when Scott Lang (Rudd) gets released from prison, he wants to try and go straight to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, but is struggling. When his best friend Luis (Pena) offers him a score which could fix the problem he jumps at the chance. the job is to break into a house and open a safe, which he does finding a suit.

The suit is the Ant-Man suit which Dr Hank Pym (Douglas) invented and planned to keep secret, until his student Darren Cross (Stoll) has learnt of the technology and has been looking to create his own form of it. Hank wants Scott to use the suit to stop Darren from using the technology that could be dangerous in the right hands.

 

Thoughts on Ant-Man

 

Characters – Scott Lang is a cat-burglar that is freshly out of prison searching for a job, so he can rebuild his relationship with his daughter, who still loves him. He can’t get employment, which sees him return to a life of crime, which sees him get an opportunity to work for Hank Pym that see him use his skills to help him steal his own technology back before it gets in the wrong hands. Scott can see this as a chance for redemption. Dr Hank Pym created the shrinking technology that made Ant-Man, he has seen the danger involved in it and has been gone into business for himself, he needs somebody to make sure his technology doesn’t get sold into the wrong hands, he doesn’t want his daughter to do the job because he knows the danger involved in it. Hope is the daughter of Hank, she has remained in the company watching over Darren’s research, reporting to her father if thing go wrong. She wants to go on the mission no matter how risky it could be. Darren Cross was mentored by Hank, he has always been waiting to step out of the shadow and after learning the secret about technology involved in creating the shrinking technology.

PerformancesPaul Rudd does get to bring us a fun character that has been left with nothing and still remains positive and isn’t the smartest person in the room. Michael Douglas fits his role perfectly as the inventor figure. Evangeline Lilly is strong in her role, even if she does a lot better in the sequel. Corey Stoll does make for a strong villain which is needed in this film.

StoryThe story here follows a former criminal that gets recruits to steal a piece of equipment from his own office that could one day create a new army becoming a threat to mankind. This story does go in a different direction to the previous outings of creating a new superhero, most before hand had been experiments or self-created heroes. Scott is given a chance to improve his life to step into a suit that was once just an experiment. We also have a heist going on which is always entertaining to watch as we do get the colourful characters involved in the film. this might get references for previous Avengers movies which shows how Ant-Man will be part of the universe too.

Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-FiThe action in this film has a unique look because it deals with the ideas of most of the fighting happening within the miniature world. the film does target plenty of laughs which with the supporting cast come off regularly and once again we see how the sci-fi side of the film is used for the technology being used in the film.

SettingsThe film is set in San Francisco which does bring us to a new city for a superhero movie which is refreshing to see.

Special EffectsThe effects in this movie are amazing when you think of the world that is created with the ant army being used.


Scene of the Movie –
Training the ants.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We needed more of Luis.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun heist movie with a superhero spin on it which lightens the mood the previous films might have had.

 

Overall: Entertaining Superhero movie.

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Attack the Block (2011)

attackDirector: Joe Cornish

Writer: Joe Cornish (Screenplay)

Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones, Franz Drameh, Simon Howard, Maggie McCarthy, Danielle Vitalis, Luke Treadaway, Nick Frost

 

Plot: A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Unique and Original

 

Story: Attack the Block starts as we meet young woman Sam (Whittaker) who lives in the London estates, while walking home she finds herself being mugged by Moses (Boyega) and his gang Pest (Esmail), Jerome (Jones), Dennis (Drameh) and Biggz (Howard) only for an alien invasion to interrupt the incident.

Moses getting attacked by one of the aliens hunts it down with his gang and kills it, Moses goes on to wonder what to do with these new unknown creature as we see how the teenager is getting controlled by the drug dealers in the block.

When Moses sees more aliens arrive in the block the gang head out to kill the rest and an unlikely partnership between the gang and Sam rich boy Brewis (Treadaway) and local drug dealer Ron (Frost) starts as they battle for their home against the alien invaders.

Attack the Block gives us an alien invasion story which comes of fresh in the world of heavy unoriginal alien creations. The film does capitalise on the spin of putting a certain select group of people against an evil which all works because the unity within the neighbourhood would be close enough to fight off any enemy. I will say we should have had slightly more focus on the Sam’s realisation that these kids have never had a chance of a future and that is why they act the way they do but otherwise this is a good fun alien invasion story.

 

Actor Review

 

Jodie Whittaker: Sam is a recently graduated nurse living in the rough block in London, after she gets mugged by a teenage gang that is only the beginning of her nightmare as she has to work with the gang to fight off the aliens. Jodie

John Boyega: Moses is the leader of the teenager gang who spends his time mugging people around the block, when the aliens interrupt one he kills the creature but this only drags more aliens into the area as he leads his gang in a battle against the aliens. Moses is the age where we get to see these teenagers make the big decisions with their life choices as we see how he is getting ordered around by older members of the block but we also see him want to make his own decisions. John

Alex Esmail: Pest is a member of the gang who loves to use his fireworks as a weapon, I will say Pest is by far the most annoying of all of the characters but that is a character design. Alex does a good job to make us get annoyed by this character.

Leeon Jones: Jerome seems to be the brains of the gang who seems to only been there because he was born in the wrong neighbour. Leeon is good looking like part of the gang with ease.

Support Cast: Attack the Block has a supporting cast that you would expect to see within the neighbourhood with everyone making us feel like this is a real community struggling with life issues.

Director Review: Joe CornishJoe gives us a unique and original spin on the alien invasion genre by setting it within a London council estate.

 

Action: Attack the Block has good action throughout the film with a lot of the action being used to create the comedy in the film.

Comedy: Attack the Block uses the comedy points for this film to make fun at the ideas of having to beat off any enemy.

Sci-Fi: Attack the Block brings us a new form of alien which helps hugely because we needed something new in the alien style film.

Settings: Attack the Block keeps all the action in and around the block showing how they seen the world against them.
Special Effects
: Attack the Block keeps as much of the special effects as practical effects which adds the extra fear about the creatures.

Suggestion: Attack the Block is one for the fans of the action horror genre to enjoy because of the unique spin on the aliens. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The alien original and actually scary.

Worst Part: Slightly too stereotypical London Estate characters.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel:

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for a BAFTA

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: Inner City vs. Outer Space

Trivia: John Boyega found out about this film from an ad placed on-line.

 

Overall: One of the best and most original of the alien creation films out there.

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – Hot Fuzz (2007)

hot fuzzDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper, Joe Cornish, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine

 

Plot: Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Action Comedy

 

Story: Hot Fuzz starts when successful police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) gets shipped to a small village to work by his superiors. He is sent to stop the making the rest of the force looking bad. Upon reaching the village he instantly gets to work trying to clean up the problems including underage drinking, drink driving and public urination.

Nicholas has to work with slacker officer Danny Butterman (Frost) who dreams of action side of the job. Nicholas discovers the crime rate is high but no one wants to report them and Simon Skinner (Dalton) seems to have a hold everything going on in the town. When a mysterious killer starts picking people off Nicholas has to work Danny to solve the crime.

Hot Fuzz does have the good introduction to an odd couple always good in cop films and especially when it comes to the idea of copying the iconic moment in other films. The story does have a good mystery but the final reveal feels very flat but does build up to the final act that comes off really well. On the negative side I do think the first half is the film is very slow and could easily be a lot shorter. 2 hours long is way too long for an action comedy that doesn’t kick off till final 30 minutes or so.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Nicholas Angel is the big city police officer who gets sent to a small village because he is too good at fighting crime. He must work with a group of officers who have no real idea how to fight crime as a serial killer is picking off the members of the village. Simon gives a good performance and unlike any performance you have seen because he is straight faced throughout.

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Nick Frost: PC Danny Butterman is the slacker officer who has to work with Nicholas on the case which will bring the two together. He is the complete opposite to Nicholas which adds to the comedy. Nick works well with Simon to add the comedy.

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Jim Broadbent: Inspector Frank Butterman is the inspector of the village who lets Nicholas do his own thing while also keeping control of his moves. Jim does a good job but doesn’t really do enough for what his character really is.

 

Timothy Dalton: Simon Skinner is the rich man running the shopping centre in the village, he always tries to become friends with Nicholas, he turns up at all the crime scenes and comes off very smug about everything going on. Timothy really does shine in this film making everything look very realistic for the creepy rich person in town.

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Support Cast: Hot Fuzz has a good supporting cast that is filled with cameos that all work really well and all make them feel individual.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar continues to show he has a style of comedy that is popular that can mix with a range of genres here.

 

Action: Hot Fuzz is very slow for action until the final 30 minutes or so.

Comedy: Hot Fuzz has basic laughs for what I enjoy with most being set up to be moments from over films.

Settings: Hot Fuzz having this story in a small town works because we see how it gets effected with what happens in the action.
Special Effects
: Hot Fuzz has good effects for the kills being used throughout the film.

Suggestion: Hot Fuzz is one to try if you like their style of comedy you will enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Action sequences at the end.

Worst Part: Too long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final 30 minutes.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $23 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: In a town where nothing much goes on, a whole lot is about to go down

 

Overall: Solid action comedy that is very particular in the audience it is trying to attract.

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Ant-Man (2015)

logoDirector: Peyton Reed

Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby (Comic Book)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Pena

Plot: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Small Soldiers Marvel Edition

Story: Ant-Man starts Scott Lang (Rudd) getting released from prison being picked up his old cell mate Luis (Pena). We see Scott wanting to go straight but is being pushed into the life of crime. Dr Hank Pym (Douglas) returns to his job to everyone’s surprise, he works with his daughter Hope van Dyne (Lilly) who has returned to learn that Darren Cross (Stoll) has bought his old weapon back to life. Darren has continued the research and developed Yellowjacket.

While Darren is trying to get his Yellowjacket project green lit we follow Scott as he makes the decision to do one job to get a chance to see his daughter again. The job involves stealing from Hank and Scott gets more than he bargained for when he puts on the Ant-Man costume.

Hank actually arranged that Scott steal the Ant-Man suit so he could use him to be the next Ant-Man. The plan is to stop Darren Cross using the technology because Hank does know the side effects of what will happen if the wrong person uses the suit.

Ant-Man is the alternative version of the superhero film with the anti-hero coming through this time. A lot of the story feel very similar to the Iron Man origin story and by the end of the film you feel this is the weakest link in the Marvel universe because it just feels slow and them trying to force another hero into a world crying for a villain. Mainly because I am tired of the Marvel world I found this disappointing. (4/10)

Actor Review

Paul Rudd: Scott Lang/Ant-Man is the criminal who is struggling with a fresh start in life but when he gets a chance to steal something it turns out to be the Ant-Man suit. He ends up having to be taught how to use the suit to stop the yellowjacket project. Paul does a solid job but I just didn’t get sucked into his performance. (5/10)antman

Michael Douglas: Dr Hank Pym is the creator of the Ant-Man suit who wants to stop his former protégé from stealing his ideas and becoming a danger on the Earth. Michael does well in the mentor role but isn’t the highlight of the film. (5/10)hank

Evangeline Lilly: Hope van Dyne is the daughter of Hank who is on the board of the company she wants to bring her father back into the company but knows she will have to defeat Darren before that can happen. Evangeline plays the woman in power but is kind of not involved enough. (5/10)hope

Corey Stoll: Darren Cross/Yellowjacket is the former protege of Hank who is now running the company, he has the next idea planned which will bring Hank’s technology to the world that isn’t ready for it. Corey plays the very basic villain offering nothing new to the role. (5/10)darren

Support Cast: Ant-Man has plenty of comic relief and a good cameo from Falcon but otherwise it isn’t much.

Director Review: Peyton ReedPeyton gives us a very basic superhero film that will easily be forgotten in a few years. (5/10)

Action: Ant-Man has action that is slightly comical but basic fighting we have seen before. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: Ant-Man uses the sci-fi technology to create everything going on which does work for the style of the film. (8/10)

Settings: Ant-Man uses basic corporate building locations or rich guys mansion. (5/10)
Special Effects: Ant-Man has very good effects to create the Ant-Man character and the ants. (9/10)

Suggestion: Ant-Man is one to see if you love a Marvel film but if you are finding them getting boring you can easily skip this one. (Marvel Fans Watch)

Best Part: Teasing future ideas.

Worst Part: We have seen it all before.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle

Funniest Scene: Final Battle

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Similar Too: Most Marvel films

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $130 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Tagline: This July, heroes don’t come any bigger.

Overall: Basic superhero origin story because we haven’t seen them in a while

Rating 50