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Movie Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks-The-Greater-Good-UK-Quad-Poster-slice-1024x444Esquire magazine has tag lined this film – “Mission Impossible meets Bourne“, well that’s actually a lot to live up to, considering both series consist of some of the finest films of the spy genre. First of all, this movie is a spin-off from the BBC TV Series Spooks, luckily you don’t need to have seen the TV show in order to understand what is going on as the film itself is an effective stand-alone piece. For the uninitiated, ‘Spooks‘ was a British television show centered around MI5 spies (nicknamed Spooks and essentially the British NSA). Be under no illusions: this doesn’t have blind patriotism, missing super-weapons or a suave chiseled hero. And while Kit Harington is the being promoted as the lead star, the actual star is none other than long-time veteran & the star of TV show Peter Firth. Even though I have never seen the show myself, I have been told the film does consist of Easter eggs linked to the TV series as a nod to the fans.

article-2604953-1D1FB67800000578-567_634x442Well, the movie has a fairly decent storyline and that is what it mainly focuses on. There are also a couple of intense moments which is what I like in a thriller. There is also a bit of character development as well. Without giving anything away there are also a couple of twists. Don’t go into this movie expecting a lot of gun fights and car chases – you will be disappointed! As the whole plot works the characters & their mind games with each other. The story follows MI5 spymaster Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) who is in disgrace after America’s most wanted Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes during his transport. Convinced about a traitor in his mix, Sir Harry stages his death in order to find Qasim on his own & offer him a deal to give up the traitor in his company.  With the help of his former decommissioned agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington), Sir Harry must  recapture Qasim, before he plants his monstrous attack on London. The plot is all sub-Tinker Tailor twisty turns, the action highly inspired by of Bourne-like shoot-outs and chases, with an emphasis on techy surveillance. It’s nonsense, but there’s fun to be had in the endless double-crosses, and I am sure fans of the TV show won’t feel disappointed. It is a very good combination of atmosphere, character, event and action, with excellent London location work and thoughtful cinematography, and I enjoyed it a great deal more than I thought I would. This feels like not a television movie but a gritty British film worthy of recognition. Although you won’t be seeing Kit Harrington drop forty feet on a rope, catch a bead of sweat in slow motion, before it hits the floor sensors. You will see a nod to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the internal corruption of the British Secret Service.

STGG_LD_2923-369Its well put together, takes you one way and then spins you 180. Yes! It has his fair share of flaws, especially the opening sequence itself, which almost shows MI5 as incompetent! The scene when a motorcycle terrorist gang is driving down traffic, the easiest way to stop them is to open the car door! But an entire special forces unit that seem afraid of their own guns? Why not just turn the sirens on and drive off? Where are the helicopters? Why are the police 30 minutes away? Imagine only if they would have done that right! The performances – Peter Firth is a very British older version of Jack Baur (24 TV series). Never has a older man with wrinkles and a receding hairline been so bad-ass, well other than Liam Neeson. Kit Harington slightly underplays a Jason Bourne clone & is likeable as an action star. Elyes Gabel is is sympathetic, never cartoonish or monologuing unlike spy movie villains! M. Jennifer Ehle, Tim McInnerny and David Harewood vie with each other for creepiness as a trio leading MI5. While, the mole plot seems recycled from many spy tales, director Bharat Nalluri manages to keep us indulged with pleasing twists and turns. On the whole, ‘Spooks: The Greater Good‘ is  a stimulating enjoyable spy film, which engages the audience to actually have a think while watching it. As good as the M.I and Bourne franchises are, this is all together different. I have never seen Spooks on BBC, but this has pushed me to take a look at what I’ve been missing out on.

Overall Rating: 7.4

Director – Bharat Nalluri
Starring – Kit Harington, Tuppence Middleton, Jennifer Ehle
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 104 minutes

Batkid Begins, the Official Trailer

One kid, whose Make-A-Wish dream coming true captivated a nation. Batkid Begins is a documentary that takes you back to November 15th, 2013, the day San Francisco turned into Gotham City, and the day the internet was nice. More than a billion people took to social media to cheer on BatKid, even President Obama!

The film is getting a release in select theaters June 26 after a successful crowdfunding campaign to complete the film.

Movie Review: Tomorrowland

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First let me get his out of the way – Brad Bird is a genius! If you don’t believe me you can check out Disney-Pixar‘s two most distinctive animated films i.e Ratatouille and The Incredibles, not yet convinced? Check out the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible franchise Ghost protocol, a film which revived the always awesome yet lagging Tom Cruise’s career. Tomorrowland is clearly an offspring of his brilliant ideas. Even though the trailers kept the film as much hush-hush as possible, which is usually not a really good sign, but with Bird‘s direction, the heart of the story and strong performances, this film is extremely memorable, even if it isn’t ground-breaking as summer blockbusters usually are! The story follows Frank Walker (George Clooney), who once upon a time, we learn in flashback, went to the World’s Fair in 1964. Wide-eyed, brim full of big ideas, excited about the future, Frank is the spirit of the early Sixties poured into the body of a kid. At the Fair he meets two people who will change his life: a tech giant by the name of David Nix (Hugh Laurie) and his bright as a factory full of buttons daughter Athena (Raffey Cassidy).

Via them, Frank is given a glimpse of Tomorrowland, a world as shiny and hopeful as himself. Cut to several decades later we get to meet Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), who despairs at the way her age sees space travel as a costly dream, and teachers who tell her constantly that the world is going to hell in a hand cart economically, environmentally, and every other way, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Casey is tired of hearing about problems. Where are the solutions, she demands. Yes, she is rather annoying. What brings Frank, now bitter, cynical and a recluse, and Casey together is the basis of Brad Bird‘s film. This film is true Disney fantasy epic, full of intense action, emotional heft and imaginative creativity that only Disney could create. The film, though, takes the “ride” to unbelievable heights, and I’m curious as to why there’s so much hate surrounding the film. Like the idea of the place, the film doesn’t focus on resolution. No, it focuses on tomorrow, what comes after. So, if you think the second act of the film drags quite a bit, it’s because you’re watching it as a traditional movie with traditional story-telling. This isn’t that at all. We have finally got an original concept movie not based on books/stories/previous materials. The movie never ceased to amaze me from start to finish. Admittedly there are moments which does make one a little impatient. But right then something would happen and drawn me into the movie again. To be fair, I probably enjoy it more because of above average familiarity with Disney parks/history/movies. But there are plenty of humor and ideas in the movie to fascinate everyone. There is one strong message being delivered throughout the movie &t it never tries to shove it down your throat as it just wants to inspire hope! The story of this film was truly unique. It fells the tale of two unlikely characters that come together, bonding in some truly amazing character connection, and chemistry against a group of cyborgs that refuse to allow them into the hidden land, only available for those who connect the clues, and figure the secrets of Tomorrowland. It’s a story that executes amazingly, sending the audience on an amazing thrill ride of entertainment, action, comedy; as well as a ride of conflicted feelings that proves to not fail. In this case, audiences all around, no matter what age will enjoy the pleasantly unique story, as well as the characters.

All characters combine amazingly, creating amazing chemistry, as well as acting. The film, here, also possesses an amazing sense of style. It has many, many visual effects that will fill the audience with a sense of adventure, and inspiration. It also widens the eyes of audiences everywhere with its complex – like story that explains itself through out the film, opening some mysteries, and twists that will guarantee to brighten up anyone who watches this. Its a pleasure to see George Clooney drop his charming ladies man act & try on something more depressing and darker in tone. Without saying too much, an otherwise ridiculous relationship turns out to be one of the more believable and memorable one due to his acting. Britt Robertson is very likeable, while Hugh Laurie is wasted! The real stand out performance comes from 12 yr old Kathryn Hahn, who manages to steal the show in every frame she appears. In truth though, they couldn’t have found a better man for the job. Taking the warm ’60s nostalgia of The Iron Giant, the quick-fire pace and ’toon energy of The Incredibles and the elaborate yet taut action of Ghost Protocol, Bird blends everything into a thoroughly modern slice of vintage Disney. The fact that you leave the film with more questions than answers is sort of the whole point. None of which takes away from the gleeful, heartfelt, old-fashioned spirit of adventure that keeps your head spinning in a good way. Following up his live-action debut Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Pixar veteran Brad Bird‘s sci-fi opus buzzes with fresh ideas. After the summer flops of the much-hyped John Carter and The Lone Ranger, Tomorrowland is a big gamble for Disney. So all credit to the Mouse House for letting Bird throw his ideas at the screen! On the whole, Tomorrowland is a truly meaningful film that had depth. It also possesses true adventure, and inspiration. It’s an amazing ride for anyone, no matter the age, as the film also possesses some mature humor. It also has a truly unique sense of style from visual effects, character development, plot, and story. Making this a truly nice film that I had the pleasure of seeing early. I truly recommend this to anyone. You won’t be disappointed! Indeed, if you’re willing to let a few things slide, this is one of the best family blockbusters in years!

Overall Rating: 8.5

Director – Brad Bird
Starring – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
Rated – PG
Run Time – 130 minutes

What Does Facebook Tell Us about Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max?

pitch-perfect-2-pp2_rgbThis past weekend at the box-office was a triumph for women, and a blow to misogyny. Pitch Perfect 2 ruled the weekend earning $70.3 million domestically while Mad Max: Fury Road earned $44.44 million. The two films helped make it a record breaking weekend, but also had two films that had kick-ass women in it.

Pitch Perfect 2 was especially impressive earning about 5.5x the original film’s opening weekend. But should that have been a surprise? The original film found a huge audience after its initial theatrical run.

About 72% of the audience for Pitch Perfect 2 was female, and 57% was younger than 25. Mad Max: Fury Road was 60% male and 64% older than 25. While 51% of the population is female, 52% of moviegoers are women according to the MPAA.

Facebook shows us these general trends, the Pitch Perfect series has many more female fans while Mad Max skews more male. Both performed better than their stats though in their “opposite” gender of the majority of fans. More men attending Pitch Perfect 2, and more women attended Mad Max. That could account for their dual solid openings, as each gender brought the other to the cinema. Each fan page also does better in their weaker gender than previous films in the series.

No matter the why, each film shows that women shouldn’t be discounted when it comes to the cinema.

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Movie Review: Ex Machina

ex_machinadAn artificial intelligence dealing with emotions is something we all have seen before! Films like Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner and Spielberg‘s AI are the ones which come to mind at 1st & most recently in Wally Pfister‘s directorial- flop, Transcendence. Yet, in my opinion this film stands all together in a different arena. Unlike others this film is more of a dialogue-driven psychological thriller that slowly works it’s way under your skin. This serves the story well, cramping up the tension as an age old Sci-fi plot-point emerges (as covered by the trailer): how will a sentient machine feel about having its plug pulled. The film has a simple story dealing with a deeply complex and philosophical topic: namely what makes humans human, you know the feelings & emotions. The story follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an employee at BlueBook, the world’s ‘leading search engine’, who wins the Golden Ticket to spend a week with Nathan Bates (Oscar Isaac), the genius creator & owner of the company. Bates lives in the middle of the American wilderness and is leading a one-man research project into the development of an Artificial Intelligence – Ava (Alicia Vikander). Nathan needs Caleb to become the human side of his Turing test before introducing her to the world. The film clinically walks through the sessions between Caleb and Ava, watched over by Nathan via the villa’s comprehensive CCTV system. The only other significant character in the film is Nathan’s house maid Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno), who neither understands nor speaks English so drifts silently around offering various ‘services’.

Ex Machina MovieThe less you know going into a film like this, the better your experience will be. The film has a very fitting sense of false intimacy. This is done visually as many of the close-ups are seen through glass. No matter how close we get to the subject on-screen, there always seems to be at least one wall of glass between us and it or them. The film also makes a very distinct contrast between it’s interior and exterior shots. Outside of the facility is breathtaking landscapes. It is big, beautiful, refreshing and vibrant. Inside seems like an endless futuristic maze of glass, mirrors, plastic, chrome and dim lights. It is clean, cold and claustrophobic. A perfect setting for the subject that is explored in this tight, tense sci-fi thriller. Director Alex Garland has given us a modern science-fiction masterpiece. He is of course best known as a writer, having penned the novel of The Beach and the screenplays for films including 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Never Let Me Go. Garland has written this film in a way that plays on our wonder of scientific possibility as well as our inherent fears of robots and the future. We can’t help but question what happens and what doesn’t happen during the film, creating a specific feeling of tension akin to horror. The film’s location, in an isolated, constricting compound in the mountains that can only be reached via helicopter, only adds to the feeling of impending doom. The film’s color palate adds to the feeling as well- the foggy, almost smoky wash when the camera is on a human, then clean and clear when focusing on an artificial being. Whether or not it was intentional, it certainly adds a dimension and a contrast to the film. I’m fascinated with Garland‘s continued interest in the constructs of society, and how theoretical situations affect human beings in his work. In Sunshine, he sees an interesting dynamic within the pressures of saving humanity and our human natures. In 28 Days Later, he again puts human nature to the test in the wake of an apocalypse. Ex Machina is yet another test of our theoretical resolve, and I for one don’t believe his result is far from the theoretical truth. As he put it himself, this film is designed to emulate a future not too far from now, maybe ‘ten minutes out’. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a reclusive “Nathan” currently holed up somewhere with his own “Ava”. For all we know, there may be robots walking among us.

Ex-Machina-Download-WallpapersMaybe Garland knows this to be true. It is clear to me that he should continue telling stories, and continue to generate what all excellent science fiction does- questions. Yes! The film does have its set of flaws – some motivations and scenarios remain somewhat underdeveloped or questionable which (in my opinion) kinda gave out the ending, plus the movie might be too slow for a general audience, as I said this is a movie where ideas shine not action sequences. The performances are excellent, most notably Alicia Vikander as the beguiling Ava, who absolutely passes for being ‘almost human’. Her precise movements -walking, standing or stooping to pull on a pair of stockings- have just that slight tinge of the uncanny about them to suggest a mechanical skeleton, yet she is undeniably seductive. You can really understand Caleb’s mental plight as she begins to show signs of a sexual interest in him! Domhnall Gleeson also delivers a quiet and focused performance as Caleb, which reflects much of the film’s over all style. Like Ava, he is relateable, yet has this slight autistic aloofness about him, in complete contrast to the boorish, reckless Nathan. Isaac shows off a dark side to his growing screen powers and his Nathan is in equal measure sad and dangerous and while the two leads excel, they along with the film itself pale in comparison to Vikander‘s star making turn. So awesome! For writer and director Alex Garland, this is actually an impressive directorial debut, by creating one of the most intelligent sci fi thrillers in recent times & raising its three stars to the doors of stardom! On the whole, Ex Machina is a stunning Sci-Fi vision that is also a fully formed thinking man’s thriller. With a jaw droopingly good turn from the soon to be star Vikander, the film is another excellent example of what makes the Sci-Fi genre such a harbour of thought provoking classics and further proof that Garland is one of the most consistently good storytellers working in the industry today.

Overall Rating: 8.5

Director – Alex Garland
Starring – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Rating – R
Run Time – 108 minutes

Syco Entertainment & IM Global Partner on The Fifth Beatle Film

the fifth beatleProlific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of The Fifth Beatle.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

The Fifth Beatle is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, “if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,”  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural revolution in the process.

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment’s Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.

Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle BakerThe Fifth Beatle has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry’s Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry’s Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Permanent Collection.

This is a bit if a restart for the film which was announced as having director Peyton Reed attached in 2013 and was to begin production in 2014. Casting was reportedly underway at one point.

The graphic novel is a wonderful read, and you can read a review here.

A Look at Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War

A first look at what Crossbones will look like in next year’s Captain America: Civil War has hit the web. Captain America: Civil War opens up on May 6, 2016.

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Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

MM-Main-PosterIn a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

36 years since the first Mad Max film, and 30 years since the last George Miller returns to pen the script for (with some help) and direct the apocalyptic world he created with a new actor to fill the role of Max Rockatansky, actor Tom Hardy. Mad Max: Fury Road is a throwback film to many ways, but with a modern sensibility about it. Joining Miller and Hardy is a fascinating cast but most notably Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa and Nicholas Hoult as Nux. It is through Hardy, Theron, and Hoult’s three characters we get the crux and much of the theme of the film.

Much has been made about the film being a feminist plot, but after watching it, the film could be called an environmentalist plot, a call for redistribution of wealth, a condemnation of blind and fanatical faith, and a look at post-industrial society. It’s a political film no doubt, but if this is what you’re focused on, you’re probably missing the visual assault and pulse pounding action. The fact is, the film doesn’t raise the women above the men in any way as characters, they hold their own in even footing, the way life and a film should be. The women play both warrior and damsel, but so does Max, and so does Nux. I don’t want to focus too deeply on the political subtext, that’s a post for another day.

The film is brilliant in many ways, Miller clearly had a vision and the film is unequaled so far this movie season. The script maybe contained 500 words between the cast, instead this is a film of action, both through the movement of the actors, but the movement of the machinery. The film at it’s most simple is a chase and disaster film with Max and Furiosa pursued by Immortan Joe and his disciples.

The visuals are the draw here, as you’re thrown directly into the action for a sequence that goes on for quite a while before a proper break. It’s an assault, in a good way, pushing visuals in front of you that left my jaw agape. The film takes us back to practical special fx, forgoing computer animation as much as possible, it’s both refreshing and exciting to see it all again on the big screen.

There’s not much to say about the acting. It’s good, not great, but there’s also not a whole lot there as far as dialogue. There’s lots of grunts and looks, but we’re not talking Shakespeare. While dialogue isn’t prevalent those three main characters of Max, Furiosa, and Nux each have interesting arcs taking them each from subjugation through liberation. It’s all fascinating and gets into the themes of the film.

By the end of the film, I felt spent, the length felt like a perfect amount of time that had me drained when the credits rolled. Miller hasn’t lost a step in his time away, and when you take the story, visuals, direction, fx, and characters it all feels revolutionary in many ways.

30 years later, and Miller has returned at what he does best, and has put Hollywood on notice of how to do a film right. It’s my favorite film of 2015 so far. What a lovely day. What a lovely film.

Overall rating: 9.5

Movie Review: Monsters 2: Dark Continent

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Synopsis – Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

My Take – The man behind last year’s monster flick Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ earlier film Monsters (2010) was a surprisingly a refreshing take on the genre, with a premise of slow building romance at the center with the titular extraterrestrial creatures hanging in the background, the film can easily be referred to as a certain gem of a movie! While Edwards left to helm Godzilla & now Star Wars : Rouge One, the torch was passed down to first-time film director Tom Green!  As I’m a big fan of the first film, especially the focus on the character development rather than the monsters. But I thought the monsters were great and I really loved the world that Gareth Edwards created. So hearing a sequel was being made both made me feel excited, and a little bit cautious. While it can easily be argued five years is quite a long time to come out with a sequel, its way worse when the intended follow up has no connection whatsoever with its much loved predecessor. But honestly after checking out the movie last night, I do think the reviews are being too harsh. Agreed! It will not blow your mind nor can it be considered as good as the 1st, its somewhere in the middle. No matter what people say, the film clicked for me in someways, mainly because it kept things quite edgy! Unlike the previous film, this is more of a war movie with elements of science fiction. The story takes place ten years after Monsters, the Middle East had become the new “infected zone” in need of some good ‘ole American intervention.

MDC_36The United States has been dropping bombs on the worst of the infected region in an attempt to eradicate the creatures unsurprisingly killing innocent civilians in the process. This logically makes the locals hate Americans even more, and the ongoing war in the Middle East now has a whole new level of tension. On a mission to rescue four soldiers stuck in a hot zone, Detroit boys turned rugged soldiers, Parkes (Sam Keeley), his hard-partying homeboy Maguire (Joe Dempsie), plus the more narrative disposable Inkelaar (Kyle Soller) and new father Williams (Parker Sawyers) find themselves fighting for their lives under the guidance of Sgt. Frater (Johnny Harris) &  Forrest (Pinnock). In the 1st act we mostly follow the soldiers on basic missions around towns as we witness the effects of war not just on with the monsters but with the terrorists. When the convoy gets hit, the mission changes to one of survival against a human enemy as well as a monster threat. Frater, Michael, Inkelaar and Frankie are the four surviving members of the unit who have to try and stay ahead of the enemy, but aren’t very successful. Before long Frater and Michael are left alone, captured by the enemy they have to escape while the enemy is dealing with a monster attack. Yup! I know the plot sounds a bit convoluted & a bit (ok highly) inspired by Saving Private Ryan (1998). The film also at times seem as an advertisement to join the army! Apart from having alien monsters in the background it doesn’t do a lot different from what you might expect from a straight war movie . Young man from the inner city projects joins the US Army and finds himself in the front line battling jihadists . It’s at this point the audience might be asking themselves why with an alien incursion going on human beings are killing human beings but I guess that’s the point the film is trying to make – man will always be man . Even though I’m not entirely sure if I agree with the scenario presented . I guess the message was that monsters are everywhere, from the people setting a dog on a little alien forcing it to defend itself and kill the dog, to the American forces mindlessly killing civilians, from the Arab insurgents who kill soldiers, to the maddened soldier who needs to kill everybody that even looks like an enemy. It’s clear that the writer/directors wanted to make a political statement here as much as they wanted to point out that we humans are the real monsters, not the extraterrestrial ones. I don’t generally mind directors making points, but the vast majority of people will not be watching this movie for its “cleverness”, but just as a straight up action movie, that is where Tom Green fails!

MDC_08You never buy into the whole situation as the characters presented are never sympathetic! We never root for the soldiers to survive! Another major slump is the almost two hour run time! After the certain high in the 1st act, the film drops exponentially in the middle act & just drags! Despite all the flaws, the film deserves kudos for its special effects department & cinematography. Every penny of the budget is up there on screen, and they’ve made it look at least ten times as much, but at the same time, you do wonder what they could have done with a blockbuster budget. The effects are great, especially the larger Monsters when on display! Creature design and VFX by Christian Bull and Sebastian Barker, respectively, are aces! Christopher Ross has scored high in the cinematography department. Even though we are never specified were all the action takes place (presumably Afghanistan or Iraq, but actually shot in Jordan), the dryness of the war torn region is captured masterfully. The cast consists mainly of unknown names, while most of them may come as loud, the one actor who stands out is – Johnny Harris. Like I mentioned before, while the reviews are too harsh, I do understand the frustration, mainly due to the split personality of the film, while everyone is here to watch this film to see more about the monsters, they get to see more about the done to death US army fighting insurgents in the middle east. On the whole, ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ is an average watch, by not focusing on its strengths & evoking all the wrong emotions, it does leave you wondering what if Gareth Edwards had helmed this one! People who enjoy war torn films without any statements may enjoy this film, while the rest can avoid.

Overall Rating: 6.1

Director – Tom Green
Starring – Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie
Rated – R
Run Time – 119 minutes

Check Out this Fan Made Black Widow Title Sequence

Christopher Haley has created one hell of a title sequence for a hypothetical Black Widow film. Maybe one day we’ll get to see something on the big screen.

The film was his final project for his After Effects class

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