Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

logoDirector: James Gunn

Writer: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (Screenplay) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (Comic Book)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillian, Djimon Hounsou, John c Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro


Plot: As a child Peter Quill is abducted by Yondu (Rooker), in the next 26 years he has grown into a thief. After Peter (Pratt) steals an orb he sets of a chain of events with plenty of different people after him. Ronan (Pace) wants the orb to destroy a planet. Gamora (Saldana) to betray Ronan and sell to a safe place. While Rocket and Groot want the bounty on Peter’s head. When Peter, Gamora, Groot and Rocket get captured and sent to a space prison, they make an unlikely union along with Drax (Bautista) who is out for revenge against Ronan. The new team known as ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ have to stop Ronan from ruining the peace between two worlds before it is too late.


Verdict: Comic Book Fun


Story: Comic book films are getting made to a level which has taken the action world by storm, but most are well known characters people will have heard of at some point of their childhood. This takes a risk unlike ‘The Avengers’ introducing us to a new completely unknown string of characters. The villain’s motive is very familiar but like most of these Marvel films this is building to something much bigger in the future. The story is fun, over the top and wildly entertaining it really is just one to sit back, relax and enjoy. (9/10)


Actor Review


Chris Pratt: Peter Quill who wants to be known as Star-Lord, after being abducted becomes a cocky thief in a faraway galaxy. He always finds himself in getting into trouble but when fate calls him to step up against a villain hell bent on destroying part of the universe he becomes a leader of an unlikely group of heroes. Great performance from Chris here turning himself into a hero, which can stand next to any of the other heroes in the Marvel world. (9/10)


Zoe Saldana: Gamora one of Ronan’s trusted assassins who betrays him once she learns of his plans, she is stubborn and wants to achieve her goal of stealing the orb on her own. She is deadly in hand to hand combat and reluctant to join the Guardians. Good performance getting to use all her skills. (8/10)


Dave Bautista: Drax out to kill anyone close to Ronan after he killed his family. This brute will destroy anyone in hand to hand combat with her pure strength. Good performance from Dave who fits in the role perfectly. (8/10)


Bradley Cooper: Rocket (Voice) the racoon with an attitude problem, along with his muscle Groot collect bounties for a living, they see a chance to collect on Peter’s before joining forces to stop the end of the universe. Rocket gets all the best lines and is voiced brilliantly by Cooper. (9/10)


Lee Pace: Ronan who is going against a peace agreement between two alien worlds by trying to get his hands on an orb that could destroy a planet in a matter of moments. Good villain performance but when don’t villains want to destroy planets. (7/10)


Michael Rooker: Yondu the creature that took Peter but when Peter starts going out completing jobs on his own, he starts chasing him down to collect any money he might have lost. Good performance from Rooker who can always play a solid support character. (8/10)


Karen Gillan: Nebula the most trusted assassin of Ronan who is a match for Gamora in combat. Has a couple of good fights against Gamora and always seems to be planning the next step ahead. Good performance from Karen who has proven this year she is ready to break out big time. (8/10)


Director Review: James Gunn – Brilliant directing from Gunn, I honestly having seen a space adventure film this good since I first watch Star Wars. (10/10)


Action: Plenty of action to keep everything flowing, be it hand to hand, fire fights or all out space battles. (10/10)

Adventure: With the unlikely group travelling from end to end of the universe we get a great sense of adventure throughout. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: Arguable the best sci-fi film since the original Star Wars. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting is used perfectly to create the story with each environment being used in some way during the fight scenes. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Stunning effects used to create an actual real feel throughout. (10/10)

Suggestion: I would say everyone should watch this, it is just pure fun, with extremely likeable characters. Even if you don’t like sci-fi you will enjoy this. (Watch)


Best Part: Rocket and Groot being like Han Solo and Chewy.

Worst Part: Ronan is very generic villain.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Battle

Funniest Scene: The escape from prison.

Favourite Quote: ‘I am Groot’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one planned, along with being part of a big Marvel picture.

Post Credits Scene: Yes


Oscar Chances: It could get some special effects or visual effects nominations.

Box Office: $172 Million After Opening Weekend.

Budget: $170 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: When things get bad, they’ll do their worst.


Overall: Sci-Fi Seriously Good

Rating 94

Oculus (2013)

logoDirector: Mike Flanagan

Writer: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard (Screenplay)

Starring: Karen Gillian, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty


Plot: Tim Russell (Thwaites) is being released from a mental home at the age of 21 due to something that happened while he was a young child. His sister Kaylie (Gillian) is waiting for him and plans to talk him into fulfilling a promise he made with her when they were children. She has got her hands on a mirror that she believes to be reasonable for the incident which left their parents Marie (Sackhoff) and Alan (Cochrane) dead. She plans to use the mirror to draw out whatever it is causing a string of deaths and finish it all once and for all.


Verdict: What Happened?


Story: I really didn’t follow what was happening here at all, the jumps between the past and present are awful, plus just figuring out what was real or a trick is just as confusing. The ending you could see coming a mile off and next to no jumps leaves this film giving us just talking, talking, a bit of shouting and screaming and finally more talking about what was real or what was made up to cover up what happened. (2/10)


Actor Reviews


Karen Gillian: Kaylie the sister determined to uncover the truth about what happened to her parents and stop it once and for all. She pushes her brother into helping but could it be that she is really the crazy one of the siblings? I can’t blame her for a terrible script and she does well with what little she has to work with. (6/10)


Brenton Thwaites: Tim freshly out the mental home he gets caught up in his sister’s plan to uncover a truth he believe he has come to deal with. This is another case where he does well without much to work with. (6/10)


Katee Sackhoff: Marie the mother who is slowly breaking down because of the suspicious her husband is having an affair, but is she being controlled by something more sinister? She plays the range on emotions well throughout. (6/10)


Rory Cochrane: Alan the husband who has started to act strangely ever since the family moved into a new house. Good performance playing the difference between good and bad well. (6/10)


Director Review: Mike Flanagan – Doesn’t do a very good job here, makes a very messy story with no scares no suspense just endless talking. (2/10)


Horror: No horror involved that offers anything scary. (2/10)

Settings: What should be a good setting really doesn’t add anything to the film even though it is good for the genre. (5/10)
Special Effects
: Poor special effects well when some are needed they fail to use them. (3/10)

Suggestion: This isn’t even worth trying to watch it really doesn’t do anything for a horror fan. (Avoid)


Best Part: Nothing

Worst Part: The jumping story.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $28,728,472

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Tagline: You see what it wants you to see.


Overall: Awful ‘Horror’ Film

Rating 20