ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – U – Untouchable (2011)

Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Writer: Olivier Nakache, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, Eric Toledano (Screenplay)

Starring: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Josephine de Meaux, Clotilde Mollet

 

Plot: After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.


Tagline – Sometimes you have to reach into someone else’s world to find out what’s missing in your own.

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful

 

Story: Untouchable starts as Philippe (Cluzet) is forced to look for a new caregiver after his own accident, he sees a string of qualified applicants, but when he meets Driss (Sy) a man from the projects, he sees someone different and hires him.

The two men are from different backgrounds and have lived different lives, together they teach other about life, with Philippe becoming a father figure to Driss and Driss showing Philippe that his condition doesn’t need to stop having the adventures he loved just because of his condition.

 

Thoughts on Untouchable

 

Characters – Philippe is the quadriplegic that needs to hire a caregiver to help him in everyday life, he picks Driss because he is the only one that treats him like normal person. He has always been involved in extreme sports which is where his accident happened, his money will keep him away from any problems he might face, now he must learn to carry on with his own life. Driss is from the projects in Paris, he gets hired giving him a chance at a different life, his ways are different to a normal carer, but this helps him learn how to get more out of his life and get out of the troubles he has been facing in his own life. Yvonne is the personal assistant to Philippe who fills in he blanks for Driss when he is learning the job. Magalie is handles business affairs for Philippe and catches the eye of Driss, she doesn’t fall for his charm like he believes most women would.

PerformancesFrancois Cluzet is wonderful in one of the leading role, he must show so much through his facial expression which he makes us love each scene and moment he gives us. Omar Sy is fantastic too, he has such great chemistry with Francois and brings the energy required for this role. The supporting cast are all good though they don’t get as much screen time as the lead pair.

StoryThe story shows the bond between Philippe and Driss, two men that are from different backgrounds who spend time together when Driss gets hired as a carer for Philippe, we get to see how they both learn life lesson which make them grow as men. The fact we see the man with the lest experience being the best person for the disabled man shows us that life skills are just as if not more important than any training. We do go through the teaching about new cultures between the two and we get to see how both deal with their own serious problems from life. The tone of the storytelling shows us how you can have serious mixed with comedy and still get the point across which is what makes this film such an essential viewing.

Biopic/ComedyThis film uses the biopic side of the film to show the friendship created between the two men, which does change a couple of things to suit the actors. The comedy comes from just how Driss treats life with his carefree attitude which brings all the light-hearted positive vibes to the film.

SettingsThe film is set in Paris and uses the settings to show us the two different lifestyles the men have come from, we do get other trips which show us just how far they could go together.


Scene of the Movie –
Paragliding scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not understand the time lapse.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most beautiful movies you will see, we get to see a connection unlike anything you could imagine between two completely different people and it will leave you with a smile due to all the positivity through the film.

 

Overall: Essential watching.

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Bradley Cooper Weekend – Burnt (2015)

Director: John Wells

Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay) Michael Kalesniko (Story)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Omar Sy, Sam Keeley, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander

 

Plot: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Cooking Drama

 

Story: Burnt starts as we see Adam Jones (Cooper) a chef who has worked under the best before he blew it all with drinks and drugs, he cleans himself up, earns enough money and returns to London to take down Tony (Bruhl) restaurant and hotel.

Turning to his old friend Conti (Goodman) and working Michel (Sy), Helene (Miller), David (Keeley) and Max (Scamarcio) Adam goes in search for the next top chefs around London to work in his kitchen after saving Tony’s ass when the top food critic Simone Forth (Thurman) visits his restaurant. Adam is in search for his third Michelin Star.

 

Thoughts on Burnt

 

Characters/PerformanceAdam Jones is the typical aggressive competitive chef, he wants to be known as the very best but is also on a redemption story. he walks the very thin line between being the best and being a complete ass toward the people who work for him. Helene is the next top chef without a reputation in London, a single mother that keeps her reach all her potential that Adam sees in her. Tony is a friend of Adam’s who reluctantly gives him a chance to turn his kitchen around once more. I do think the rest of the characters all play into the story perfectly too.

Bradley Cooper is great in this role, he gets to show he confidence, aggression and emotions through the film. Sienna Miller is good throughout but like the rest of the cast who all give good performance, they all do get over shadowed by Cooper’s performance.

StoryWhen you are a skilled person with talent can easily come off the rails and search for another chance in life. This is a story of redemption at the core showing you will not be able to run from your past but you can always change your future and the people you work with.

Comedy/DramaThis is a comedy drama that does take a serious matter and add little moments of comedy without being a laugh out loud attempted film.

SettingsMost of the film is in and around the kitchens the chefs work in, this is good because we get to see how chaotic the kitchen can be.

Final ThoughtsThis film was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be, I do think people can enjoy but I can also see why people will find it hard to get through.

 

Overall: Cooks up a delight that can be devoured by the fans.

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Inferno (2016)

infernoDirector: Ron Howard

Writer: David Koepp (Screenplay) Dan Brown (Novel)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, Ana Ularu, Ida Darvish

 

Plot: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Addition to the Franchise

 

Story: Inferno starts as we follow the charismatic preacher Bertrand Zobrist (Foster) who has been preaching about how the human race has been over populating the world and that ‘Inferno’ is the cure but his beliefs have got him in trouble leading him to have only one way out suicide.

We move to meet Robert Langdon (Hanks) who has been through a traumatic experience which has left him with amnesia waking up in hospital. Suffering nightmare visions Robert discovers he was being in hospital because of a gunshot and people are still trying to kill him, teaming up with his doctor Sienna Brooks (Jones) the two must unlock his mind.

On the run from the police, World Health Organisation and an organisation run by Harry Sims (Khan) with both Christoph Bouchard (Sy) and Vayentha (Uaru) both looking to cover up what looks like a potential viral outbreak. Can Langdon remember why he is in Florence before it is too late and save the world from the Inferno that could kill half the world’s population.

Inferno is the latest chapter of the Robert Langdon adventure in which he must use ancient clues to solve a mystery that could cull half the world’s population. This is a brilliant choice for a villain’s motivation because the world is suffering from an overpopulation problem and using this gives us the situation which would have people to support his motivation. The story keeps us guessing as to which side of the choice everyone who is hunting Langdon is on and this moves between characters a lot through the film.

Tom Hanks is as always is a good lead without truly excelling like other films this year as he is a good narrator style character which Langdon comes off as. Felicity Jones gets to have the trademark fun sidekick whose characters gets to live her dream of working with Langdon on a puzzle solving mission even with an extra dimension to her decisions. The rest of the characters hunting Langdon come off average with the film jumping between who is good or bad too often. Ben Foster is the shining light of this film even with most of his scenes being flashbacks or video recordings but his character is one of the most interesting villains in years.

This is the first of the instalment that I haven’t read first and while it does keep changing who we are meant look at as the good characters it is the step towards a much bigger threat which makes this film all the more interesting.

 

Overall: Twist filled addition to the complex historical charged mystery thriller

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Jurassic World (2015)

logoDirector: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly (Screenplay) Michael Crichton (Characters)

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer

Plot: Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: The Sequel We Deserved

Story: Jurassic World starts with the family including Karen (Greer) and her boys Gray (Simpkins) & Zach (Robinson) getting ready to get a Christmas present of being sent to Jurassic World to see their Aunt Claire (Howard). The part is fully operational now having hundreds of thousands of guests going through the park. Claire runs the park now and is looking to create a new dinosaur to keep her sponsors happy and increase the parks popularity.

Claire has to keep the park running leaving her an assistant to show the boys around the park, as Claire shows her owner of the park Simon Masrani (Khan) the new dinosaur that will give everyone nightmares. Simon wants to bring his man Owen (Pratt) into double check the paddock of the new dinosaur. Owen has been training raptors for Hoskins (D’Onofrio) who wants to take the raptors and use them as a weapon.

Jurassic World really comes off as a glorified petting zoo with the children getting to interact with the dinosaurs and shows being held when the dinosaurs are being feed. When Claire brings Owen gets bought into check the paddock they find out that the Indominus Rex has found a way to escape from its paddock. As our two child Gray & Zach continue their adventure around the park, while Claire tries to contain the Indominus Rex with non lethal methods. Owen demands the evacuating the island before more lives are lost but Claire tries to keep everything contained by closing just part of the island.

When the Indominus Rex it isn’t getting taken back to its cage easily and start putting every single person on the island at risk, leaving Owen to be the only one who can stop this dinosaur using his raptors as Claire gives him whatever he wants to save her nephews who become stranded in the park.

Jurassic World is going to be a long look here from me, first I will look at how the characters are involved, the kids work very well because they take us to look at dealing with divorce at a time where they could also get separated which get reflected in the story. I think the owner of the park fits in for a great replacement for Richard Hammond. Claire works as the naive business woman running the park which goes very well against Owen who never claims to be a dinosaur expert but knows more than she does. I do think we need a try dinosaur expert involved though. I also liked the villainous role which almost turns ‘Aliens’ where the villain wants to use the dinosaurs in military resources.

Now lets look at how everything unfolded, I did really enjoy the stunning looking new park and seeing how it is all fully operational. I also liked how the people running the park actually look at how people are tired of dinosaurs and the improvements made to the park improve crowds after lowering figures. The idea to mix dinosaurs works too because the original did mix the DNA of animals with dinosaurs which shows how far the ideas could leave the scientists. The film does forget the previous sequels and manages re-capture most of the magic the first one had, with the breathe taking sights when you see each part of the park. The negatives are that the final fight between the dinosaurs seems very much just there for action when we had plenty of well built up scenes before this time. I think a couple of dinosaur experts will be disappointed with certain elements involving the raptors because they seem to change a few factors about how they act. Overall I think this is the sequel we would have all liked to see but like the film states could hold it back because dinosaurs aren’t as popular now. (7/10)

Actor Review

Chris Pratt: Owen is the most respected ranger in the park who has been working with the raptors training them to work as a unit. He doesn’t see eye to eye with Claire as he sees the dinosaurs as animals rather than assets, but he has to work with Claire to save her nephews which gives him a chance to use his new connection with the raptors as he hunts down the rogue dinosaur. Chris brings his star power from Guardians of the Galaxy to this lead role but doesn’t reach the same level. (7/10)owen

Bryce Dallas Howard: Claire is the park manager whose nephews have come to the island to spend time with her, she leaves them with her assistant while dealing with matters inside the park, but when her new attraction gets lose she has to drop everything to save her nephews working with Owen the one man she doesn’t get on with on the island because he treats the dinosaurs with respect. Bryce does give us a good performance in a role we haven’t seen before. (7/10)claire

Vincent D’Onofrio: Hoskins is trying to get his research idea of using the dinosaur to hunt down any problems in the park, he has a plan to take over for his own personal gain. Vincent does always make a good villain but even though he characters is good he doesn’t get enough screen time. (7/10)hoskins

Ty Simpkins: Gray is the younger of the two nephews, he loves his dinosaurs but is smart enough to know the reality of what is happening in his family life. He has to work with his brother to survive when they both become trapped in the park. Ty does a good job and continue his young career in big Hollywood films. (7/10)

Irrfan Khan: Simon is the owner of the park and believes in the same principles that Richard Hammond did, money isn’t an issue the entertainment of the guest is what is important. I did like this character because for the first time the owner takes responsibility for his mistakes and tries to correct them. Irrfan gives this film a good performance which works for the film. (7/10)

Nick Robinson: Zach is the old brother of Gray who has to look after his brother in the park while on the trip. He doesn’t want to be on the trip because his interest are elsewhere but now he gets one last bonding trips with his brother before he goes onto college. Nick does a good job in the role. (7/10)

Gray & Zach

Gray & Zach

Support Cast: Jurassic World has a generic supporting cast but I have to say Jake Johnson really shines in the control centre making the points very well.

Director Review: Colin TrevorrowColin brings us the fan demanded sequel that really works well, it pays a lot of respect towards the very original, he shows the story telling ability and even holds back the action because it doesn’t need to be all out. (8/10)

Action: Jurassic World holds back on the full action sequences until the end where it lets everything go. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Jurassic World adds to the ideas used with future technology put into the dinosaur idea that all work very well for the story to unfold. (8/10)

Thriller: Jurassic World does keep us wanting to see what happens to our characters from the moment the dinosaur escapes. (8/10)

Settings: Jurassic World brings us back to the original island and everything look absolutely stunning. (9/10)
Special Effects: Jurassic World uses brilliant effects throughout to bring all the dinosaurs back to life. (10/10)

Suggestion: Jurassic World is one for the fans of the original who might not have liked the sequels, this brings us back to where we should have been going after the first one. (Watch)

Best Part: Visual look of the whole park

Worst Part: The end fight seems familiar.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final fight does look great though.

Funniest Scene: Jake Johnson scenes.

Kill Of The Film: Zara

Favourite Quote: Owen You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It will have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Could have technical awards

Box Office: $500 Million opening weekend.

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: The park is open.

Trivia: According to director Colin Trevorrow, the film is a direct sequel to the original film, with the sequels being “placed to the side”.

Overall: A Great sequel that could easily be worse but comes off very nice

Rating 75

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

logoDirector: Bryan Singer

Writer: Simon Kinberg (Screenplay) Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn (Story)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Cudmore

 

Plot: Sentinels, robots that were created for the purpose of hunting down mutants were released in 1973. 50 Years later the Sentinels would also hunt humans who aid mutants. Charles Xavier (Stewart) and his X-Men try their best to deal with the Sentinels but they are able to adapt and deal with all mutant abilities. Charles decides to go back in time and change things. He asks Kitty Pryde (Page) who can send a person’s consciousness into the person’s past to send him but she can only send someone back a few weeks because if she sends someone back further it could harm them. Logan (Jackman) decides to go back himself because he might be able to withstand it. Charles tells him that it’s Mystique (Lawrence) who’s responsible because when she learned about eh Sentinels she sought out Bollivar Trask (Dinklage) the man who created them and killed him. She would be caught and studied and her ability to change was somehow added to the Sentinels which is why they can adapt. Logan must go to the younger Charles (McAvoy) and ask him to help; problem is that he was despondent at that time and without his powers because he took a drug which allows him to walk but takes away his powers. Logan is also told to find Magneto (Fassbender).

 

Verdict: X-Men Meets Terminator

 

Story: First off let’s look at how the balance between two different time zones works, the 1970s world is created well and using plenty of references from the previous films, while the modern world is very dark, full of death. These two meet well and without confusing bounce between very easily. The whole let’s stop the government from creating something to stop mutants for seemingly no reason feels done before but how it is executed works well. What plays out like just another X-Men film ups the stakes again from previous instalments and builds on the smarter story telling of ‘X-Men: First Class’ using the characters from the original trilogy, in what must be the first reboot reunion cast film. The story is very enjoyable and easy to follow and using time travel can sometimes get confusing this doesn’t let that happen as we learn more about the origins of other mutants including Mystique, Quicksilver and Beast. (8/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Hugh Jackman: Wolverine with his healing ability he goes back in time, well his mind at least, he knows about certain mutant abilities the others in the past are unaware of and gets to enjoy the fun that involved him mocking the people that helped him in the future. Good performance from Hugh but wouldn’t expect anything less from him. (9/10)

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James McAvoy: Charles Xavier struggling to deal with the pain from the finale of the previous film, he has sacrificed his powers to walk, but lost his fight to save other mutants struggling. Logan helps restore his faith and fight for what is right. Good performance from James showing the struggle a man has between his own personally wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. (8/10)

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Michael Fassbender: Erik Lehnsher locked up for assignation of JFK we are left to wonder if he has changed his ways since the last encounter in Cuba, he soon shows his true colours and will do anything to get the upper hand in the war with humans. Good performance from Michael who gets to let loose after all his serious roles. (8/10)

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Jennifer Lawrence: Mystique the shape shifting mutant who can become anyone and has caused the effects that have created the dark future. She is still torn between Charles and Erik fights and we are left to guess what side she will pick. Good performance from Jennifer showing she really is the golden girl of Hollywood right now. (8/10)

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Nicolas Hoult: Beast the only mutant who has stayed loyal to Charles who spends his time looking after his estate while treating him for his pain. Beast shows his colours when he is tested and puts everything into fighting for what is right. Good performance from Nicolas showing he is a rising force in Hollywood. (8/10)

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Ellen Page: Kitty Pryde uses her ability to send Logan mind back in time. Only a small role that is a big part, as she spends the whole film holding Logan’s mind in time. (7/10)

 

Peter Dinklage: Doctor Bolivar Trask the creator of the Sentinels who wants to unleash them to stop mutants, but his true motive is never really explained. Good performance from Peter who is always great in everything. (8/10)

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Evan Peters: Quicksilver a young mutant with super speed, he has been using his powers for his own personal gain but when a chance to break Erik out comes up he jumps at the chance to help. Good performance who basically steals the scenes he is in even though he is only in a few. (9/10)

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Patrick Stewart: Profession Xavier the older version of the man who has come up with the plan to send someone back in time to stop what has been happening. Good supporting role as most of the story looks at his older self. (7/10)

 

Ian McKellen: Magneto like Patrick Stewart this is the older version of the character who has joined forces with his old enemy to stop their demise by the Sentinels. Good supporting role where we finally sees his good side. (7/10)

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Director Review: Bryan Singer – Good direction to balance both time eras into one story without confusing and keeping the same level of seriousness and light humour bought into the series by Matthew Vaughn. (8/10)

 

Action: Great action be it in either time eras that also keep up the dark tone being shown by comic book films. (9/10)

Sci-Fi: The mixing of time eras is well executed and helps the story unfold to the next level. (9/10)

Superhero: Brilliant superhero film that uses many of people’s favourites throughout the film even if it is just a small cameo, blink and you may miss one or two. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting builds the story up, the modern dark destructed cities from the war and the past settings are recreated with good authenticity. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Great effects used throughout but there are a couple of clear blue screen back drops involving Mystique. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one to be watching it is full of action, both dark and easy to watch along with some very good humour moments and nods to previous films. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Quicksilver during the prison escape.

Worst Part: The obvious time travel issues.

Action Scene Of The Film: The modern time final attack

Funniest Scene: Logan’s first meeting with young Charles.

Kill Of The Film: Most of the modern ones.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes one is planned.

Post Credits Scene: Yes

Similar Too: Terminator

 

Oscar Chances: Unlikely

Box Office: $351,386,660 (So Far)

Budget: $200 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes.

Tagline: His Past, Our Future

 

Overall: Logan the New Terminator Sent Back to Stop a Future Apocalypse

Rating 91