Keira Knightley Weekend – The Jacket (2005)

jackeDirector: John Maybury

Writer: Massy Tadjedin (Screenplay) Tom Bleecker, Marc Rocco (Story)

Starring: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch, Brad Renfro, Daniel Craig, Steven Mackintosh

 

Plot: A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor’s experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Confusing Time Travel Film

 

Story: The Jacket starts when 27-year-old soldier Jack (Brody) in Iraq gets hot and killed in action, well so he thought. One year later he ends up inside a mental institute for a murder he doesn’t remember committing. Jack gets put through an extreme treatment program which leads to him being locked up in a straitjacket in the morgue.

When he awakes he finds himself wondering around the streets picked up by Jackie Price (Knightley) who just so happens to be the very little girl he met 15 years earlier on the day of the murder he is meant to have committed. Somehow he has travelled through time ten years and now Jack finds himself time hopping between time periods trying to put the pieces together and prevent his own death.

The Jacket gives us a time travel film that has to have certain comparison to Jacob’s Ladder, but not for the good reasons. We have a war veteran that gets stuck in a time hop where he can learn to change his present after visiting the future. He wants to change the world for the people who help him but ultimately he would like to save his own life. I see a lot of issues with this story, mainly the reason he gets locked up never gets solved or changed if he can change time. I also found the random time hop never really made sense because we never learn how it happens. There are plenty of holes that need filling in this one as it just doesn’t capture the idea of what it is trying to do.

 

Actor Review

 

Adrien Brody: Jack Starks is the Gulf war veteran who gets wrongfully locked up in a mental institute, while in there he goes through extreme treatment that leads to him going into the future where he must figure out a way to prevent his own death in the past. Adrien is good but doesn’t reach all the levels we know he is capable of.

Keira Knightley: Jackie Price is the young lady Jack meets when he goes into the future, he met a younger version of her in 1992 but in the future she must work with him to uncover what really happened with his death in the past. Keira gives us a good supporting performance without being anything special.

Kris Kristofferson: Dr Becker is the controversial Doctor at the institute, he uses methods that are against any ethical code and his patient getting the newest amount of his treatment is Jack. Kris is good as this doctor but we would like to see a lot more from his character.

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Dr Lorenson is another doctor at the hospital, she sees that not everything is running the way it should and understands that Jack isn’t as mental ill as the rest believe him to be. She is working on a private case which Jack ends up becoming a key part of. Jennifer gives us a strong supporting performance.

Support Cast: The Jacket has a good supporting cast without being too involved with Daniel Craig really stealing most scenes.

Director Review: John MayburyJohn doesn’t give us the best time travel like thriller that keeps us wondering without giving us all the answers.

 

Horror: The Jacket puts us into the horror of not knowing what is going on with his mind-set.

Mystery: The Jacket does try to keep you guessing through the film without giving us much hope of getting anything right.

Sci-Fi: The Jacket gives us a time travel idea without ever looking into what is happening in depth.

Settings: The Jacket doesn’t give us any stand out settings, we have moments in the mental institute otherwise it is just random outside locations.
Special Effects
: The Jacket has good effects when needed.

Suggestion: The Jacket is one to try, it does get a little bit confusing though. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Locked up scenes are good.

Worst Part: Slightly too confusing.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Jacob’s Ladder

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $29 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: the first one is hard, then comes easy

 

Overall: Time travel like film that is filled with confusing and plenty of unanswered questions.

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Blade (1998)

logoDirector: Stephen Norrington

Writer: David S. Goyer (Screenplay)

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Arly Jover, Traci Lords, Kevin Patrick Walls, Wim Guinee, Sanaa Lathan

 

Plot: In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population.

 

Verdict: Sword Swinging Fun

 

Story: When Blade hit the screens it ushered in a new genre for the vampire film. We had been having gothic for decades and we had entered into the teen side of the story. We also ended up being introduced to an anti-hero in Blade who seems to do the right thing but the wrong way. As the story goes we have a young none pure blood vampire Deacon Frost who wants to take over from the pure bloods and their traditions. This means using Blade to get what he wants, a chase to unleash a vampire god. It is all very much comic book style with plenty of action to complete a solid story. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Wesley Snipes: Blade half-blood vampire who loses some of the weaknesses of a normal vampire but possesses all their strengths. He fights the vampires to protect the humans and with his skills most vampires don’t stand a chance. Good performance from Wesley who really creates an icon in the already heavily populated vampire genre. (9/10)

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Stephen Dorff: Deacon Frost young cocky vampire who was once human, but has risen in the ranks and now officially wants to take over the vampire underworld. He is trying to raise his own army to unleash a vampire god. Good villain performance who help introduce Blade before he steps up to bigger villains. (8/10)

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Kris Kristofferson: Whistler helper of Blade who helps build the next set of weapons to face the vampires. He has a dark back story which fuels his vengeance against the vampires. Good supporting performance who helps fill in information as Blade is a man of very little words. (8/10)

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N’Bushe Wright: Karen doctor who gets bitten and that Blade tries to save before she turns. She becomes helpful for the good fight by offering a way to get survive before turning. Good supporting performance in role where she isn’t just the helpless victim. (7/10)

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Donal Logue: Quinn Deacon’s first in command that constantly gets left for dead by Blade, he goes through the most punishment through the film but in the end gets what’s coming to him. Good support performance who gains most of the laughs. (7/10)

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Director Review: Stephen Norrington – Good direction to help bring the vampire genre into the action genre. (8/10)

 

Action: Plenty of fights which all use great combat, including swords and guns. (9/10)

Horror: Though the action is good the horror side of the story decreases as we focus too much on the action and not on the horror. (3/10)

Settings: Each setting is used well to create a vampire hideout, be it a seeded night club, underground temple or a high rise where Deacon wishes to be. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Solid special effects with the vampire deaths. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is a film to be watched by all, it had plenty of entertainment throughout and will be enjoyed by all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Final Battle

Worst Part: Loses a lot of horror which you would expect in a vampire film.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight.

Funniest Scene: Train Scene

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two films and a television series.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $131 Million

Budget: $45 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero.

 

Overall: Great Action Vampire Film

Rating 80

Deadfall (2012)

logoDirector: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Writer: Zach Dean (Screenplay)

Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara

 

Plot: Deadfall is A thriller that follows two siblings Addison (Bana) and Liza (Wilde) who decided to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist. Their unlikely reunion during another family’s Thanksgiving celebration, recently released Jay (Hunnam) spending Thanksgiving with his parents Chet (Kristofferson) and June (Spacek).

 

Verdict: Thanksgiving crime love story

Story: Deadfall Mixies three stories together to join into one is never easy and this tries to balance criminal siblings who want different things in life but loyalty keeps them together, a family that don’t talk after a mistake and a young detective trying to prove her worth to her father running the Police. The brother creates a killing spree while the sister builds a family back together. You will be thinking throughout the film. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Eric Bana – Addison one half of the criminal siblings who turns into a psychopath who will kill anyone who gets in his way but will protect others in need. Very twisted role and performed very well. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Olivia Wilde – Liza the younger sister who after they split up falls in love and starts trying to make her own decisions. Good performance showing how one person can change once they get to think for themselves. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Charlie Hunnam – Jay former boxer who gets out of jail and returns to his family for Thanksgiving while meeting the girl of his dreams on the way. Good from Charlie showing he in turning into a lead actor to watch out for in Hollywood. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Kris Kristofferson – Chet Father of Jay who will protect him wife but struggles to deal with the issue of the past with his son. Good supporting role but doesn’t get to do anything of any merit. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Sissy Spacek – June mother of Jay who tries to build a bridge between her husband and son. Good supporting role but again ends up being more basic role not using her talents. (6/10)

 

Actor Review: Kate Mara – Hannah young cop trying to make a name for herself by solving the crime but ends up getting blamed by her father more often. Good supporting role that doesn’t end up adding much to the main story. (6/10)

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Director Review: Stefan Ruzowitzky – Good direction putting together all the stories. (8/10)

 

Crime: The investigation and search for criminal is ok but the cops are not the smartest again. (6/10)

Drama: Deadfall uses good drama showing more really life events if you took away the criminal aspect. (8/10)

Thriller: Deadfall uses good thriller levels throughout. (8/10)

Believability: Some of the family issue are real but the criminals’ action is not. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Deadall uses good snow based settings to create the desperate mind set of the criminals. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest trying Deadfall as it fills in many different good ideas about family but adds thrills to pull in a more casual viewer. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The raid on a house leading to snow mobile chase.

Worst Part: The ending is a bit unanswered questioned.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Strong Crime Drama Film

Rating 76

Planet Of The Apes (2001)

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: William Broyles Jr, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Screenplay) Pierre Boulle (Novel)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, Estelle Warren, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, David Warner, Kris Kristofferson

 

Story: When astronaut Captain Leo Davidson (Wahlberg) is on a routine space mission things go wrong and he is transported to a new world. On this new world Apes are the dominate species and humans are their slaves. After Leo and fellow humans Daena (Warren) her father Karubi (Kristofferson) are captured by slave trader Limbo (Giamatti) they are to be branded and sold. Ari (Bonham Carter) believes humans and apes can live as one and buys the slaves.

 

Thade (Roth) is the general in charge of making sure all the humans are captured and trained. After Leo and the humans escape with Ari there is a race for survival leading to one last stand against the apes.

 

Verdict:

Story: This remake of the classic Planet of the Apes, with the basic outline story coming off very well, Proving that humans seems to be able to survive through any situation and rise up and fight against the odds. Though the story isn’t original it is told very well and anyone who hasn’t seen the original will be able to follow as the story unfolds (8/10)

 

CastMark Wahlberg as Captain Leo Davidson playing the lead and the Charlton Heston role. Marky Mark does a good job as the reluctant hero of the humans. This role follows on from his big hits in more of a supporting role in ‘The Perfect Storm’ and ‘Three Kings’ so in a way this was his leading man Blockbuster debut and he succeed with a great on screen presences. Star Performance  (9/10)

 

Tim Roth as Thade the newly created villain and leader of the apes, from a family that is meant to be descendant from the first ape Cesar and very much against the humans for what they did to his ancestors. Almost unrecognised able but still gives a good performance where you can see the rage against the humans all the way through strong performance all in all. (8/10)

 

Helena Bonham Carter as Ari another character from the original here, Ari/Zira is the character that supports the humans to have equal rights to the apes. This comes over a little on the annoying side as they are trying to make name for herself using her relationship to the Senator being his daughter to push for things more. Even after that I feel Helena does a great job playing the role with a character trying to show emotion in what seems like an emotionless species. I give this because of the character not the acting Least Favourite Character (8/10)

 

Michael Clarke Duncan as Attar the devoted follower of Thade the first in command of the armies but huge believe in that Cesar will be returning one day. Michael is great choice as the enforcer role being he larger size. Michael does a good job in one of his early roles soon after ‘The Green Mile’ unfortunately for him his career hasn’t really hit the same heights since. (8/10)

 

Paul Giamatti as Limbo the slave handler he plays the slightly weasel like character who will do anything to survive. Not the most known actor at the time with only a series of small supporting roles if this film was released in this sort of time he would be cast as Thade. With what he has to work with he does a great job and creates my Favourite Character of the film  (8/10)

 

Estella Warren as Daena the pretty daughter of the remaining humans. In one of her first roles and in all fairness for acting quality she wasn’t the best choice but I guess she was cast for a bit of eye candy in a ape dressed cast. I have to give her the Poor Performance due to poor character for the overall story. (4/10)

 

Director: Tim Burton is known for his alternative take on stories and with this he doesn’t give his best outing and with the recent releases of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ makes this film look worse. With the high standards set I feel this could have been better from Mr Burton (5/10)

Action: Some action scenes are just well performed chases scenes and one big final fight scene, which is one very impressive scene. Overall the action is good but is nothing that really will stick in your memory. (7/10)

 

Sci-Fi: With space travel and a new world the basic sci-fi is created but the overall side of it doesn’t really shine (5/10)

 

Special Effects: Nice atmosphere created and good use of make up giving the special effects a good mark (8/10)

 

Music: Danny Elfman music creates some very good tension does what he does best great work. (9/10)

 

Best Part: The beginning of the final fight scene

 

Worst Part: unnecessary remake

 

Trivia: Charlton Heston plays Thade father in a small cameo

 

Similar Too: original Planet of the Apes, Battlefield Earth

 

Rating 72%

Blade Trinity (2004)

Director: David S Goyer

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Krisofferson, Dominic Purcell, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Mark Berry, John Michael Higgins, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Levensque, Paul Anthony, James Remar, Natasha Lyonne, Patton Oswalt

The third movie in the Blade series and guess what? they ran out of original ideas for villains and went with Dracula well Drake (Dominic Purcell) is his official name. So basically the baddie vamps lead by Danica (Parker Posey) her brother Asher and their bodyguard figure Jarko Grimewood (Triple H). These guys decide to raise Drake to help take over the world blah blah blah.

On the good guys side Blade (Wesley Snipes) has to deal with the death of Whistler ( Kris Kristofferson) when he is saved by Whistlers daughter Abigail (Jessica Biel) yes this is a major storyline plot hole but it gets explained as an unwed lock baby. she is aided by Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) and the rest of the Night Stalkers.

Both sides have ways to stop the other the vamps try to become day walkers by using Drake’s blood while the night stalkers want to create a virus that could take out the vampires forever.

David S. Goyer directs and does an OK job if u believe reports of how Wesley Snipes was meant to have behaved thought out shooting. Ryan Reynolds and Triple H steal the movie with great supporting performances.

Overall this a good movie just for a little blood splatter and fun action one liners and sequences i will give it a 81%