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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
I went in expecting a James Bond ripoff, I left wanting a sequel.
It's easy to create an action movie based on big guns, big men screaming, and big name actors. Not this movie. This movie had a style all of its own. It was fresh, fun, and exhilarating. Something that this movie does differently than other action films is actually use the camera in its advantage. Instead of having the camera be something to put on a tripod while waiting for the special effects to happen, the camera is used to portray fluid motion. You can see every punch, gunshot, and stab easily; and the camera compliments them perfectly. If I were to complain about something, it would be the characters. I feel that the characters weren't anything special, and they all seemed to be the same person played by a different actor. However, that doesn't necessarily matter, for what they lack in characters, they succeed in a surprisingly interesting story. The antagonist wasn't the run-of-the-mill mad man who wants to take over the world: the antagonist had solid reasons for what he's doing, and the film explains it fairly well.
Essentially, this was a very fun movie, and I highly suggest it if you're in the mood for a brand new type of action movie.
Tension is built through the entire film.
In order to successfully give tension, there must be a conflict worth caring about. The conflict must be something of great importance to one of the characters in the film, and must be, in some way, relatable or understandable to the audience so that they care about it. In addition, it must also create an atmosphere that anything could go wrong at any moment. These two aspects of a film combined create tension. Throughout the entirety of Whiplash, you are in a constant state of tension. You feel everything that Miles Teller's character, Andrew, is going through; and you want him to succeed just as much as he wants to. Just when you think things couldn't get more intense, it throws something completely unexpected your way; and this happens with every single scene. This is the definition of wonderful writing. You feel that each character in the story cares, and it is brought to life by the wonderful performances by all of the cast members. And those performances wouldn't be possible if it weren't for some amazing directing. And that amazing directing wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the wonderful writing.
It was the type of writing that made my heart beat with every pound on the tension-building instrument: the drums.
I recommend it greatly to all those who happened to stumble upon this film.