Triple 9 (2016)

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Plot: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Too Much Going On

 

Story: Triple 9 starts as we watch our criminal team of Michael (Ejiofor), Marcus (Mackie) Russell (Reedus), Gabe (Paul) and Franco (Collins Jr) who are working for a new Russian force run by Irina Vlaslov (Winslett). The job doesn’t go as smoothly as planned but we learn that these men are actually all cops. Jeffrey Allen (Harrelson) is the man trying to solve the robbery as his nephew Chris (Affleck) starts on the force partnering with Marcus.

When Michael thinks they are out he gets given one last job and to show how serious they are by killing one of the crew. The plan to complete the job is to kill a cop taking all of the police to the wrong side of town while they complete job, but not everything is as it seems.

Triple 9 is a crime thriller that does take away the twists we see too often in these films by instantly telling us we are dealing with corrupt cops. This is something I did like and mostly the only thing I really did like. The film has too many characters in that we are meant to want to follow, mostly all bad people too which doesn’t help us route for anyone to win. I think having too many big names doesn’t help either because we are expecting more scenes for them all. This really does come off as over complicated throughout.

 

Actor Review

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor: Michael is the corrupt cop leading the group of thieves, he has all the communication with Irina due to his relationship with her sister and the child they have together. He has to lead his crew on one final job that has the biggest score of their careers but if they don’t complete the job they will be killed. Chiwetel is good in this leading role showing that he could handle leading such a big cast.

Casey Affleck: Chris is fresh to the department a clean by the book officers with a family, he gets assigned to work under Marcus where the styles quickly clash. Chris finds himself trying to learn the new department only to discover the truth. Casey is good but suffers with lack on screen time for what should be one of the main characters.

Anthony Mackie: Marcus is the second in command still working on the force to keep face and connections in the crime world. He has to become the partner of Chris where he does want to make the unthinkable happen. Anthony is solid going against the Captain America character he has been playing recently.

Woody Harrelson: Jeffrey is the detective from the Major Crimes division that is trying to find the men in the crime team, his nephew is Chris which when he learns the truth proves just how desperate he is to solve the crime. Woody is his ever reliable self in this role without reaching his top levels.

Kate Winslet: Irina is running the crime family while her husband is in jail and this involved getting people to do her dirty work including Michael and his team. Kate is solid in this role but you just never believe her in this villainous role.

Support Cast: Triple 9 has a big supporting cast to go along with the main five, not everyone shines enough to make an impact but also nobody is bad. It was good to see Norman Reedus and Aaron Paul stepping up from the television screens.

Director Review: John HillcoatJohn tries to bring a fresh approach to the crime heist world but then gets everything just too over complicated.

 

Action: Triple 9 has a couple of good action sequences with the raid in the flats and the bank robbery coming off nice.

Crime: Triple 9 puts us in the middle of a crime boss, corrupt cop and honest cops trying to stay ahead of each other.

Thriller: Triple 9 tries to keep us on edge from start to finish but doesn’t keep us truly interested with all of the characters involved.

Settings: Triple 9 doesn’t have any iconic settings used in the film which doesn’t help to make anything memorable.
Special Effects
: Triple 9 has basic effects when it comes to the scenes that need them but again nothing special.

Suggestion: Triple 9 is one to wait till it appears on TV to watch. (TV Viewing)

 

Best Part: Bank robbery.

Worst Part: Too many characters.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Tagline: Never forget what side you’re on

 

Overall: Overly complicated crime thriller

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Steve Jobs (2015)

jobsDirector: Danny Boyle

Writer: Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay) Walter Isaacson (Book)

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Sarah Snook, John Ortiz

 

Plot: Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicentre. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Drama

 

Story: Steve Jobs starts as Jobs (Fassbender) is about to release the Mac in 1984 and we follow as along with his assistant Joanna (Winslet) are struggling to make the computer just say ‘Hello’ we also follow how Jobs deal with his ex Chrisann (Waterston) who is trying to get Jobs to accept his responsibility to his daughter Lisa.

We move to 1988 for the release of the ‘Black Cube’ under the company name ‘Next’ as all the former friends and co-workers have come to witness this new release. We get to see how his relationship with Wozniak (Rogen) and John Sculley (Daniels) change between the releases.

The final act is set in 1998 where the IMac is being released and how Jobs can finally give the world his perfect design.

Steve Jobs is a very interesting look at one of the most important men in technology history. We get to see how his attitude was what made him difficult to work with. We see how even after he failed he came back stronger even though he made enemies. My big issue with this is that if you don’t know anything about Steve Jobs and the people involved this feels very distant for the audience to relate to. If you didn’t know anything about Jobs you won’t learn that much about him because this is just his reaction towards his releases with the people who would be the closest to him.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Fassbender: Steve Jobs is the brain behind the Apple, we follow his life in three different times with three different releases that show his personal battles with people within the company and in his personal life with his estranged wife and daughter. Michael gives us a brilliant performance in this role through three different time periods.steve

Kate Winslet: Joanna Hoffman is the assistant to Jobs, she has been with him through all of the releases trying to keep him prepared for both success or failure but struggles to witness his behaviour towards his daughter. Kate gives us a great performance in this role working brilliantly with Fassbender.joanne

Seth Rogen: Steve Wozniak is the former partner of Jobs who started in a garage building the first computer, they have their differences through the years but Jobs does stay loyal to his old friend. Seth gives us a great supporting performance showing he can do the serious roles too.waz

Jeff Daniels: John Sculley is the marketing man who came into Apple from Pepsi who clashes with Jobs through the years, they both clash over how the world should work with Jobs wanting people to think and Sculley wanting to make money. Jeff gives us a great supporting role which is something you would always expect from him.daniels

Support Cast: Steve Jobs has a great supporting cast that all give us great performance with their interaction with Jobs.

Director Review: Danny BoyleDanny gives us a great film because of the subjects it was covering but unless you know the story it will fall short to the unknown person.

 

Biographical: Steve Jobs shows three big moments in the life of this brilliant minded man as we see how he real nature is portrayed.

Settings: Steve Jobs uses the settings which is mostly back stage areas before a big release.
Suggestion
: Steve Jobs is one to try, I do think it will be hard for some people to understand. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Fassbender is brilliant.

Worst Part: If you don’t know the Jobs story you will find yourself wondering what is happening.

 

Believability: Based on the real man and events leading up to the big releases.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for 4 Golden Globes Including Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay and Original Score.

Oscar Chances: Will get a few nominations.

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 2 Minutes

Tagline: Can a great man be a good man?

Overall: Great performances, great story but not understanding leaves us feeling empty.

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Finding Neverland (2004)

logoDirector: Marc Forster

Writer: David Magee (Screenplay) Allan Knee (Play)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Mackenzie Crook

 

Plot: The story of J.M. Barrie’s friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Welcome to Neverland

 

Story: Finding Neverland starts by introducing us to J.M. Barrie’s (Depp) newest play which is met by a chorus of displeasure by the audience. Looking for new inspiration he wonders around the park where he stumbles upon Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet) and her four boys Peter (Highmore), Jack, George and Michael. Barrie entertains them in the park along with his dog who he pushes them to challenge their imaginations.

Barrie continues to become friends with the Davies family and amuses the children with his wild tales, while trying to help Peter come out of his shell after his father’s death. As the story continues Barrie pushes Peter to embrace his imagination and along the way finds the perfect idea for his next play. Barrie does have the next idea planned but talking his producer Charles (Hoffman) into giving him another show along with the social question marks about his relationship with the family being questioned is just the start of the problems he must overcome to make one of the greatest stories every told.

Finding Neverland shows us how important imagination is and however bleak a situation is if we open our eyes we might be able to get through it. It is brilliantly told on how something as simple a human kindness can help people suffering with grief in a very personal way can open up to try and get through it. I may not know much about plays of the time period but this idea that Mr Barrie came up with looked like it redefined how people took the theatre experience and that is good to see. In the end this becomes ones of the most touching and easy to watch stories you will see. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Johnny Depp: Sir James Matthew Barrie the play writer who befriends a widow and her four boys, where he gains inspiration for his greatest work. He tries to help the lives of the family while dealing with social awkwardness for the time period. Johnny got one of his Oscar nominations for this role and does a great job as the play write. (10/10)

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Kate Winslet: Sylvia Llewelyn Davies the widow who along with her children befriends Mr Barrie all while she keeps her mysterious illness secret from her children. Kate does a great job as the struggling widow who knows that her time is short and tries to keep her children happy. (9/10)

 

Julie Christie: Mrs. Emma du Maurier the over baring mother of Sylvia who wants to help her find a new husband to help look at the boys but comes off controlling trying to push Mr Barrie away. Julie does a good job. (8/10)

 

Freddie Highmore: Peter Llewelyn Davies one of the children and the one that is struggling most with the loss of his father, closing himself off from the world and not letting him imagination through. Freddie does a great job in an early role for the rising star. (9/10)

 

Support Cast: Finding Neverland has a cast that revolves around J.M Barrie, be it his wife who feels neglected by him, the other children in the family or the people involved with the theatre work. Each member of the cast helps with the story and does a great job doing so.

 

Director Review: Marc Forster – Marc does a great job directing this film showing how the imagination should work and keeping everything realistic to the time period. (9/10)

 

Biographical: Finding Neverland is a great look at how one of the most iconic plays got written and the man behind it. (9/10)

Drama: Finding Neverland is a perfectly placed drama how the interaction between people can change lives. (9/10)

Settings: Finding Neverland has authentic looking settings throughout, that help bring us into the position the characters are in. (9/10)

Suggestion: Finding Neverland is one to watch, it really is a very special film that shows how simple making movies really are. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Neverland

Worst Part: I always struggle to find a bad thing to say about this film.

Funniest Scene: Dog dance.

Favourite Quote: J.M. Barrie ‘Young boys should never be sent to bed… they always wake up a day older.’

 

Believability: It is inspired by true events. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: You could have some by the end of the film. (5/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Picture. It was also nominated for 6 more Oscar including best Actor for Johnny Depp.

Box Office: $117 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: How far can your imagination take you.

 

Overall: Beautiful Drama From Reality to Neverland

Rating 90

2014 Awards – Worst Supporting Characters

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2014, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at worst supporting Characters, sometimes we get supporting characters that just make you shout get off the screen. These usually come off as characters that we don’t mind getting killed off even if they are best friends of our heroes.

Mentions that could have been number one;

Ronan (Lee Pace) – Guardians of the GalaxyronanI believe this to be a weird choice as I enjoyed the film and every other character in the film, but I found the main villain really unoriginal and just plain annoying whenever he was onscreen. My Review

Jeanine (Kate Winslet) – Divergentkate In what was meant to be the villainous role in the film we get left only seeing her talk about what she is going to do and her evil plan gets stop with ease by our new hero. My Review

Doyle (Wes Bentley) – InterstellardoyleWhilst I have nothing against Wes Bentley performance the character itself makes you just scream ‘Get on the ship’ seriously he is stood next to it and somehow doesn’t make it. My Review

My pick for worst

Clinch (Liam Neeson) – A Million Ways to Die in the WestneesonWhen this was advertised we were expecting to see him in every scene against the hero, in the end he was only in the film for about 10 minutes and we are left thinking what was this crap. My Review

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