Divergent: Allegiant (2016)

alligentDirector: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q

 

Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just End It Please

 

Story: Divergent: Allegiant starts with Evelyn (Watts) closing the walls, has something to do with the last one. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are on the outskirts and Four is going to try and change the mind of Evelyn. When Evelyn starts acting the same as the former leader Tris and Four along with the other friends Caleb (Elgort), Christina (Kravitz) and Peter (Teller) plan their escape.

Over the wall they only find destruction before being rescued by David’s (Daniels) people the Bureau of Genetic Welfare who created the world they started in. This time Tris gets the chance to save the world not just a city, but can she trust everyone around her this time?

Divergent: Allegiant is the third instalment of the franchise with at least one more to go, great. This time we meet yet another group of people who want control of the city that Tris ends up having stop. The plan seems very familiar oh yeah it is the basic plot of Batman Begins, wanting to spread gas in a city to kill/infect everyone. I am getting tired of these because what happens is they hire a well-respected actor only to make them the BAD GUY yet again. Simply put this is nothing new.

 

Actor Review

 

Shailene Woodley: Tris having opened the box to the outside world last time escapes the city only to learn that the city is part of an experiment to find genetic perfection which is why they search for the Divergent in the first place. Tris is the most powerful Divergent, purest if you like that must represent the success of the experiment.  Shailene is working her way through the contract where we know she can do better.tris

Theo James: Four for is the boyfriend, fellow Divergent and son of the new dictator of Chicago. When he escapes he finds himself being separated from Tris for not being pure finding it hard to adjust to the change. Theo improves from last time out but let’s face it his body got him this role.

Naomi Watts: Evelyn is the new dictator in Chicago that has continued in the ways the ruler before had, she is ready to fight anyone who goes against her. Naomi is wasted in this role where you would expect to see a lot more from her.

Jeff Daniels: David the running the Bureau of Genetic Welfare who have been watching Chicago for years, he sees Tris as the first case of purification to come out of the city proving their experiment has been working at last. Jeff is the star of the show without being too impressive.david

Support Cast: Divergent: Allegiant has a big supporting cast with some returning and a few more added but it is hard to keep up with who is work with who.

Director Review: Robert SchwentkeRobert gives us some very good shots but the story is very bland.

 

Action: Divergent: Allegiant has very basic action sequence you would expect to see now in the young adult genre.

Adventure: Divergent: Allegiant continues an adventure I guess.

Mystery: Divergent: Allegiant add mystery to where everything is going but really is milking it now.

Sci-Fi: Divergent: Allegiant brings us into a sci-fi of the future but too bright for the bleakness.

Thriller: Divergent: Allegiant doesn’t really keep us on the edge like it should have done.

Settings: Divergent: Allegiant continues to expand the world in this universe without really giving us enough.
Special Effects
: Divergent: Allegiant has some good effects without being anything breath taking.

Suggestion: Divergent: Allegiant does improve on Insurgent but still going the wrong way, skip. (Skip)

 

Best Part: Peter is so funny.

Worst Part: More of the same.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Hunger Games Mockingjays.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: Break the boundaries of your world

 

Overall: Yet another bland sequel to a franchise which has gone on too long.

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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

logoDirector: J.J. Abrams

Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams (Screenplay) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne

 

Plot: Ethan Hunt comes face to face with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer while trying to keep his identity secret in order to protect his girlfriend.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Best Mission Too Date

 

Story: Mission Impossible III starts with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) being interrogated by Owen Davian (Hoffman) as he is looking for ‘The Rabbit’s Foot’. Owen has Hunt’s girlfriend Julia (Monaghan) hostage at gunpoint and we get a fully in your face intense start to this Impossible Mission.

Flashback to us seeing Ethan & Julia announcing their engagement we get to see how Ethan is finally living a normal everyday life. Ethan has taken up a new role with IMF where he trains the next agents but when he gets a call from John Musgrave (Crudup) he gets a chance to go into the field once more to save one of his own Lindsey Farris (Russell) who they believe has been kidnapped by Owen Davian. The mission seems to go off a success but Davian places an explosive chip inside Lindsey’s head which they are unable to stop her death.

Ethan goes back into the field to solve the problem with Owen Davian teaming up with an old friend and a new team to search for ‘The Rabbit’s Foot’. Ethan has to put his personally life at risk before going back into the field to face his deadliest opponent to date.

Mission Impossible III has to go down as the best storyline in all of the Mission Impossible films so far, the story shows how Ethan is trying to live a normal life but continue to work for the agency. This works well because all we have seen before is Ethan turn up complete the mission and walk away. I also feel the pure brutality of Owen Davian makes everything much more intense than previous outing and with that opening scene we get to anticipate how the story ends up there. On the negative we get the old used up storyline that shows someone on the inside helping the terrorist which we see too much in these films because no one can be trusted. This is though the slickest, most enjoyable Mission Impossible in the original trilogy. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is our hero again, this time he trains the recruits and is looking to settle down but when one of his trainees is captured he ends up getting back into the field against the ruthless Owen Davian. Tom continues to show why he is a great action star with this outing but he also gets to show his emotional range when it comes to his wife. (8/10)

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Owen Davian is the arms dealer who is devastatingly brutal to anyone who gets in his way and after Ethan has him killed off for show he comes back with a vengeance focusing everything on Ethan. Philip made for a brilliant villain and you literally feel every word that comes out of his mouth and just how much he means them. (9/10)

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Michelle Monaghan: Julia is the wife of Ethan who ends up getting dragged into the criminal underworld where she will become a pawn in Owen Davian’s game. Michelle does a solid job as the damsel in distress but doesn’t get much else to work with. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Mission Impossible III has a supporting cast much like the previous two films with Ethan’s team, Davian team and the IMF agency questioning Ethan’s motives.

 

Director Review: J.J. Abrams – Mr Abrams does manage to bring the franchise back down to reality with one of the most entertaining action films of recent years that didn’t include a superhero. (8/10)

 

Action: Mission Impossible III has a large amount of action along with its trademark wacky stunt. (8/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible III manages to pull you in from the opening sequence until the final conclusion. (9/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible III keeps up the idea of using iconic landmarks for the settings to help identify how difficult the missions will be. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible III is a must watch for all action fans out there because the best action films have the deadliest villains. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Bridge attack.

Worst Part: It sometimes pokes fun at itself with the lines.

Action Scene Of The Film: Bridge attack.

Funniest Scene: Simon Pegg’s scenes.

 

Believability: No (/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two more sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $398 Million

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 6 Minutes

Trivia: After the success of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Simon Pegg was asked whether he was going to be pursuing a career in Hollywood, to which he laughed and replied “it’s not like I am going to be in Mission Impossible III”.

 

Overall: Mission Impossible III is easily the best of the Mission Impossible film that is all action packed pure entertainment.

Rating 83

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

Divergent (2014)

logoDirector: Neil Burger

Writer: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort

 

Plot: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.

 

What one would you pick?

What one would you pick?

Verdict: Creating A Bigger Picture

 

Story: I think it would be fair to say this is a builder film, this whole film is about Tris trying to discover about her difference in a world that won’t accept people being different. We have over half the film being training and nothing else. We do see the basic creation of friendship and even the start of a love story that will feature more in the later chapters of the franchise. We have the standard one group wants control over all the groups going against the peace, but we focus more on our heroine learning about a destiny she will only achieve by the end of the series of books/films. At over two hours long it could be considered a little bit long for the basics being told, but I can’t judge that until I see how the next chapter unfolds. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Shailene Woodley: Tris a teenager who completes her tests only to find out she is Divergent meaning that she is not welcome in the world anymore. When it comes to joining a faction she surprises everyone by going into the defence faction Dautless and upon joining this faction she has to overcome all the training she goes through working up from the bottom to prove herself. Her Divergent has to be kept secret but when Four figures out what she is a romance starts to unfold but with a bigger picture unfolding about a takeover she must team up and stop it before it is too late. Great performance from Shailene, who could easily match Jennifer for teenage leader. (9/10)

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Theo James: Four a trainer in the Dautless who tries to help Tris fit in more as he has always know what she really is. He is also a son of the leader of another faction, but we only get glimpses of that story. He also ends up starting a love story with Tris and with them both being Divergent they must fight for survival. Good performance from Theo taking a leading role with ease. (8/10)

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Ashley Judd: Natalie Tris mother who always seems to appear when she is needed to pass on the next message on her quest. Good supporting performance filling in a few blanks in the story. (7/10)

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Jai Courtney: Eric head trainer in the Dautless whose new stricter methods lead to people falling at the way side if they don’t meet his and the groups standards. Good performance from Jai who shines as the villainous trainer. (8/10)

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Zoe Kravitz: Christina Tris’ friend on the Dautless who keeps up with the rest but with Tris sticking up for her she gets into as much trouble because she is the weaker friend. Good supporting performance offering a good friendship for Tris. (7/10)

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Kate Winslet: Jeanine the Divergent hunter who has been looking for as many as she can to help her faction take over, while keeping a good public image for herself and her faction. Good performance in what is a villain role. (8/10)

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Director Review: Neil Burger – Good direction to create the next teenager rebel to rise up and change a world. (8/10)

 

Action: Basic action mostly training before the final battle. (7/10)

Romance: We only see the beginning of the romance side to the story but I expect this to be higher in the future films. (6/10)

Sci-Fi: Good look at an alternate future. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting shows the difference in class and how the world has changed because of a war. (9/10)

Suggestion: I would say try this, I do think I might change this if the follow ups turn out good because this is a good build to a bigger and better story. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Fear tests

Worst Part: Little bit long.

Action Scene Of The Film: War games.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Part of a Franchise

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $275 million

Budget: $85 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes

Tagline: What makes you different, makes you dangerous.

 

Overall: Great Building Block to Bigger Story

Rating 80

Priest (2011)

Director: Scott Charles Stewart

Writer: Cory Goodman, Min-Woo Hyung

Starring: Paul Bettany, Can Digandet, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Brad Bourif, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, Alan Dale

Story After years of war between vampires and humans whom the Priests defended, all the vampires have been wiped out and the Priests number dissolved. One of these Priests (Bettany) and his team still search for any chances there could still be any remaining vampires in the Siro Hive where his team is ambushed and some of them die at the hands of vampires. The vampires kidnap a young girl Lucy (Collins) and she is taken to Black Hat (Urban) one of Priests team who was kill or turned into the first human vampire.

Priest goes against the church lead by Monsignor Orelas (Plummer) in search of this girl,. On his journey he meets a young Sheriff Hicks (Gigandet) who also wants to locate the girl. Priestess (Maggie Q) is sent to bring back Priest but ends up teaming up with him to take out the vampires who have a plan to start a bigger war again, can Priest, Hicks and Priestess stop Black Hat and the vampires in time?

Verdict This graphic novel adaptation is a quick fun film with some nice fight scenes to keep things flowing. Visually it has the graphic novel look in this made up post apocalyptic world. The characters lack any development but make a presence on the screen to good effect. Having vampires in i was expecting more normal vampire figures instead they are a new species creature apart from Black Hat with half breeds.

Story Mark 6/10 The story has twists in adding something but it comes over a bit short about an hour and quarter to start any real engrossing storyline

Action Mark 9/10 Fight sequences are very good and the last train race sequence.

Special Effects Mark 8/10 Nice special effects used during action sequences

Star Performances Karl Urban he is a great villain

Favourite Character Black Hat doesn’t takes prisoners and believes in a bigger plan

Least Favourite Character Hicks boring character that doesn’t live up to any fighting ability he seems to think he has

Pay Check Performance Christopher Plummer really couldn’t have found something else to do for a week?

Best Part The train sequences

Worst Part Short film

My Rating 64%