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32 out of 93 people found the following review useful:
A return to the Summer blockbuster, 23 June 2015
9/10

To be honest I am astounded by the criticism on here and the pedants having a pop about tiny plot holes. At the end of the day it is a welcome return to the summer blockbuster. The best film I have seen since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and my favourite film alongside Zodiac this century. fast paced, great acting, super effects and monsters. No Jeff Goldblum thankfully so in my view better than all the first 3 films put together. BUT the best thing is Chris Pratt. He was great in Guardians of the Galaxy and now he carries the film manfully on his shoulders. Funny Sexy Clever Passionate and damn fine acting. It was 2 hours of thorough enjoyment. It won't win any Oscars but who cares about those films? Stop thinking about small inaccuracies and enjoy it for the thrill ride it is. ABSOLUTELY FAB!

Godzilla (2014)
0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Poor, 24 March 2015
4/10

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Really looking forward to a far superior version than the underrated Matthew Broderick Godzilla. More modern and edgier with a far greater fear of peril. However I was very very disappointed. Started promisingly with Bryan Cranston's character and his apparent paranoia over the death of his wife and a cover up involved. Whilst the story centred around him it was an interesting slow burner. However when it shifts to Johnson as the main character that is where the film starts to die a death. He was great in KickAss as an underdog but simply awful and wooden as the main hero of the plot. His range of emotions and expressions are simply not there. A raised eyebrow here and an attempt at angst or fear was just unbelievable. But this wasn't the only gripe about the last hour or so. The main one is the film is just too dark to follow. You cannot really see the special effects and as a result it is confusing and lacks care. A lot of promises but sadly like finding a coffee cream in your box of chocolates. Looked good and promising enough to begin but goes sour and unsatisfying.

1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Entertaining Hokum, 30 December 2014
8/10

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I watched this after suffering through Noah on Christmas Day and was pleasantly surprised. Very well acted and well paced biblical epic which was very entertaining. Yes there are a few historical and factual errors in the story but are we not entertained? Bale is his usual broody menacing self and Egerton is excellent as an almost ashamed villain. The angst he suffers whilst exiling Moses is well done although Sigourney Weaver is underused as his unpleasant mother. The idea of God as a 10 year old boy works well in my eyes as it is different from the usual booming voice and guise of an old man. The plagues could have been explained better and given greater clarity. Ewen Bremner's character could perhaps been used more in this respect. Maybe a little long but overall very entertaining as a modern biblical epic and vastly superior to the hilariously bad Noah.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Great First Half, 9 December 2014
6/10

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I sat down and watched the Conjuring not expecting a lot and then after an hour was pleasantly surprised. It was scary, well crafted, acted well, good rhythm, unobtrusive soundtrack. BUT all is well that ends well. Err no. What happened in the second half. It was hurried, unrealistic and completely out of character for Carolyn Perron up to that point and became simply preposterous. Why do Hollywood do this. Take a good story and chuck in some spectacular (not) exorcism type set-pieces. It has nothing to do with the Devil at all so why change a perfectly good story and sensationalise it. Very very disappointed after an amazing first hour.

25 out of 47 people found the following review useful:
The Emperor's New Clothes, 24 November 2014
3/10

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I sent to see Interstellar on Saturday night and have just spent 45 incredulous minutes reading the reviews. The film I went to see was dull, preposterous and far far far too long. Let's start with the idea. A good one but poorly displayed. I wanted to know more about how humanity was destroying the planet. All I got was old folk I am guessing talking about the duststorms of the 1920's and 1930's? Perhaps they were attempting to lay the foundation for the whole premise of the film? I also wanted to know more about Cooper but we didn't really see how he became a farmer other than the flashback at the start. When did his wife die? Why is his father in law living with him? Did we really get to understand the relevance of the droid they chased in the truck? Unfortunately most of the film is taken up with barely audible dialogue about scientific hypothesis and personal issues intertwined together. This made it very difficult to follow and the interest wanes as a result. BUT the biggest downfall of the film is Matt Damon. I am a fan off his but not in this. He is dreadfully miscast as the villain of the piece of sorts and that whole fight with Cooper and Ryan is poor. It is just not convincing at all and there is no suspense involved in the whole docking scene at all. Cooper just tells him not to dock as he hasn't got the codes but you never felt Ryan was in jeopardy. It was so poorly constructed. Overall vey similar to Inception in that it is at times visually stunning but rather like Inception it is style over substance. Beautiful to look at but like opening a strawberry cream in a box of Quality Street - very disappointing. And the title of my review? I am just a bit fed up that Nolan has made some fine early films and now nobody will criticise him? In The Emperors New Clothes nobody tells the Emperor he is wearing nothing until a little boy informs him. Somebody needs to tell Nolan that he needs to get back to crafting films full of suspense and not a plodding sci-fi full of characters you barely care about.

5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Enjoyable yet predictable. Disappointing., 1 January 2013
8/10

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I sat down last night on New Years Eve replacing the festivities with a big blockbuster that I was looking forward to watching. One word to describe it is disappointing. It just does not reach the heights of the second film and the main reason for that is the villain. This is not the fault of the 3rd film really as Heath Ledger was just fantastic in the 2nd film. It is that Bane is just so one dimensional in comparison and that is not down to Tom Hardy in any way. There just needed to be more mystique and terror around him but he was just a big lump with a fairly incoherent and gruff voice. And Catwoman? Sorry but Anne Hathaway is just not good enough to play this role and her turn to be at Wayne's side at the end-preposterous. And Blake to be Robin was telegraphed from the moment he came on the screen. AND all the police force to get caught down the sewers-ppllleeaasse no. BUT it was worth 8 out of 10 as it was a spectacular blockbuster let down by a little weakness in the plot and one dimensional characterisation.

Insidious (2010/I)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Poorly Executed Good Idea, 8 October 2011
4/10

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I was expecting great things of this after reading good reviews and seeing typically enticing trailers. However, I was enthralled then badly let down. It reminded me of Jeepers Creepers because of the great first half and dreadful second. The first held of the film creates the idea nicely and we work out the different characters and their issues. The boy's fall is handled well and his false coma explained. Then the scares come and they are well done and it reaches the inevitable angst of the parents. A little unneeded humour is added with the paranormal investigators but that is where the film starts getting sillier and your interest wains. Firstly the gas masks - why? Then the inevitable tag-line - it is not your house but your son and it is explained where he is etc and I thought let's forget the silliness and get back to the dread and fear. But the music and feel of the other zone is ruined by the people on the sofa and then the dreadful old style rendition of Tiptoe through the Tulips. Why as it just totally destroyed all tension. And the ending was lazy and totally unsatisfactory. Great idea, good first half but poor second and totally unsatisfactory ending. Don't make a sequel. Just make a better ghost story.

Let Me In (2010/I)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Kids who can act, 8 October 2011
8/10

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Wow what a pleasant surprise this was. I was expecting the film to be OK but is was great. This is mainly down to the 2 young actors in the lead roles who are simply fantastic. They prove that you can act without the histrionics of a Dakota Fanning or Hoel Haley Osmond. I expected Chloe from Kickass to be good but the boy as well. Simply amazing. I don't think I have ever seen and probably never will see a film where two such young people provide such a thoughtful and convincing romantic performance without feeling wrong or uncomfortable. It also proves that you can make an excellent horror film without a load of torture porn and gore. Create a amazingly believable story and well drawn characters who are amazingly portrayed by the two young leads and you achieve an innovative movie. It just feels like a couple of kids running away and they are having a normal conversation at the end. Ther is no need to see the obvious trail of destruction left behind or a wailing mother. It just feels so perfect for them to be together for time immemorial.

2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Huge let down, 4 September 2011
3/10

Visually stunning but awful apart from that. The original film was OK but as a lot of people recommended this as groundbreaking and exciting, I gave it a try. Boy was I disappointed. I think the main issue is that the characters are so poorly drawn and developed, you just don't care about them. So when the son enters the Grid, do you really care what happens? Was he going to rescue his father or was he curious? or did he just need to have something in his live other than money. I just lost interest and found the Grid to be ponderous rather than a menacing place. And how did the girl become "Real" at the end? Surely that was not able to happen? Please can we have filmmakers making a believable story with likable characters and then putting the effects around the story. This was clearly a case of right we have the Grid and all the great effects. Now we need...........................Oh yeah a story. Very poor.

Was it worth the Hype?, 25 April 2011
8/10

I faced viewing this film for the first time with a lot of doubt and trepidation. The plot and story did not fill me with an overwhelming anticipation or real desire to watch it. I just wanted to see what the fuss was about. However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed it and found the whole theme riveting and the move experience extremely enjoyable. It was superbly directed and well acted with a storyline that grabbed attention throughout. All the main characters were absolute horrific and people who I would steer well clear from but that is what is so good about the film is that it is so believable. You didn't care who won or lost. In fact you wanted them all to lose. But it was so riveting that you wanted to know what happened. It was a pleasant surprise but i should not have doubted the man who thrilled me with Zodiac and Seven. A modern classic - enjoy!


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