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The Call (2013)
Good for first 45 minutes and then goes stupid for the last 45 minutes
I heard mixed things about The Call before I watched it on DVD last night and many people have said that the ending in stupid. They are right.
The Call stars Halle Berry as Jordan Turner as a 911 call operator who responsible for a teenage girls death and quits her job and becomes a teacher who trains trainees. However 6 months later another girl is kidnapped and it is up to her to guide the girl though the experience and try to save her.
I say that I actually enjoyed the first 45 minutes of this film. I thought that it was full of tension and contained some of the best moments of the film. However it is the last 45 minutes I have a problem with. The film decides the stop with the plot of a woman on the other line of the phone to her becoming a investigator and trying to find the girl on her own.
This is where the film lost me as was enjoying the film up till then. The woman goes from a smart to stupid in one scene. What she does is go the place where the girl was last scene and finds a secret basement and drops her phone and instead of collecting her phone and calling the police she decides to investigate on her own and finds a girls room covered in blood. She then finds the girl and attacks the man and her and the girl leave the basement knock the guy out. The film ends with Jordan and the girl tie the man up in chains and tie him to the chair and leave him without calling the police which means he is going to starve to death and stop kidnapping girls.
Some of the problems with the film are that the man who kidnaps the girl is smart and careful at the beginning but whenever something goes wrong he turns into a 8 year old and the fact that they never explain why the man has been stealing the girls and leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
However my biggest problem with The Call is the ending. I thought that the ending ruined the film for me and was so stupid. What if the guy escapes from the chair and escapes meaning that he could kidnap some more girls. Also the excuse that Jordan and the girl come up with " I found her in the woods" would mean that the police would be asking questions like Why were you Jordan out in this area and where is the man who kidnapped you. Also what if the find the man in the basement dead and find out that Jordan and the girl was the people who did this. They would be in a lot of trouble.
Altogether I like the first 45 minutes and hated the last 45 minutes of this film. The ending was terrible and the film leaved some unanswered questions. However I thought the first 45 minutes were good and Halle berry was good in this film. 4/10
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Not as good as original
I loved the first Despicable Me and thought it was one of the animations of the 2000's however this is worse the most disappointing animations off the year.
While I wasn't looking forward to the over animations this year (The Croods, Monsters University and Frozen) this was the one I was most looking forward to and was expecting it to be just as funny and entertaining as the first one. It isn't.
First lets start with what Despicable Me 2 does right.
There are moments in this film which made me laugh. For example the first scene involving Gru dressing as a fairy for his daughters birthday party had me in stitches. Also the moments when Gru is trying to stop his daughter from socialising with the enemies son is also funny.
I also liked the animation. I though that the animation was better than the first film and the voice cast including Steve Carell and Kirsten Wiig were good as well.
Now lets look at what Despicable Me 2 does wrong.
There is too many minions. I liked the first film because the minions were in the film the right amount of time. For the sequel they must have decided that they didn't more minions. This made the film worse for me and forced me to give it a lower rating. Plus after the while the minions aren't funny anymore and start to get on your nerves.
The ending. I hated the ending to this film. Gru marries Lucy, All the minion are put to normal and enemy gets defeated to easy. I would have preferred to end differently. Also you can tell how the film was going to end and even a 5 year old could work it out.
Alltogher I was disappointed and this was the film I was most looking forward to most for 2013. If you loved the first one avoid the sequel. I hope they do better with the third one. 4/10
The Heat (2013)
The worst comedy of 2013
My favourite ever buddy cop comedy film of all time include The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg and never stopped laughing. I didn't laugh once in this.
I wanted to see this film when I read all the reviews for it and everyone said that it was Sandra Bullock getting back into comedy after her last try at comedy All About Steve. This is Just as bad or even worse.
Many of the bad things about this film are the plot holes, no chemistry between Sandra and Melissa McCarthy and the lack of laughs. Also I got lost halfway during this film and wasn't sure what was going.
The good things about this film are a the moment after the credits involving Sandra's neighbours cat, the opening scene involving Sandra's character and some criminals and that's it.
This is one of the worst films of the year and maybe one of the worst comedies of all time and I am glad I didn't buy this on DVD. Just avoid watching this film and if you have seen this I feel sorry for you. 2/10
The Lego Movie (2014)
A fun Lego-tastic ride
When I was younger I never played with Lego. I thought they were boring and a waste of time. Now I see them differently. So let's start this review.
So The Lego Movie is about a normal Lego man called Emmet, voiced by Chris Platt who discovers that he is the special and teams up with Wyldstyle (Elisabeth Banks), Vituvius( Morgan Freeman) and Batman (Will Arnett to stop Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from destroying the world.
I enjoyed watching this film very much. This film made me laugh, cry and smile. The laughs mainly come from Emmets stupidity and his discovery to finding out about the master builders and that he is the special. Also his chemistry with Wyldstyle kept me on the edge of my seat.
There are a lot of cameos in this film including Han Solo, Milhouse from The Simpsons, Michelangelo from The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Abraham Lincoln, Wonder Woman, Superman and Green Lantern. Also the cast is impressive you have got Liam Neeson, Charlie Day, Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill and lots more high profile celebrities.
My favourite scenes in the film include when the police invade the master builders cloud base, the end battle between the Lord Businesses robots and the residents of the city and the big reveal at the ending which reveals that the Lego people are being controlled by a human Will Ferrell.
However my problems with the film are some moments in the film could have been funnier and more use of the 3D would have been nice.
Altogether The Lego Movie is an entertaining film to take the family to watch and will definitely be one of the films of 2014 and is better than the other film I saw this weekend Robocop. 8/10
Decent but Disappointing
Classic Hollywood. Remaking classics from the 1980's and 1990's and making them worse. They have done it with Red Dawn, Total Recall and The Thing and now with Robocop.
Lets start with the good:
1. Its entertaining. From people getting killed to Samuel L Jacksons chat show this film is an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. I found this film most of the time to be entertaining and fun.
2. The action scenes. I found the action scenes in this were brilliant. My favourite is when Robocop has the face 40 robots in a simulation. Also I liked it when it fought 6 ED 209 at the same time. However I would have liked more.
3. Its funny. There are some moments in this film which made me laugh. Most of them came from Samuel L Jacksons character Patrick Novak who hosts his very own chat show with graphics so futuristic.
And now the bad:
1. Boring As I mentioned earlier the action scenes are awesome but however the scenes between them are too long and boring. I nearly fell asleep a couple of times during this film and I have only done that once. However I did enjoy the development of Robocops journey.
2. Not long enough I wanted more in this film from its 1 hour and 40 minutes runtime. I fill like they could have made 30 minutes longer and put more action scenes in the film and I might have given it a higher rating.
3. Underused Actors I felt that most of this cast was underused apart from Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. Abbie Cornish, who plays Robocops wife, should have had more screen time than she did. Even Michael Keaton, Who plays the boss of Omicorp, is underused. And I would have liked to have scene more Samuel L Jackson.
Overall I enjoyed watching Robocop even though sometimes I was bored and wanted more action. 6/10
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
Not your normal Adam Sandler
I am not a fan of Adam Sandler. The films of his I like are That's My Boy and the first Grown Ups but apart from them I hated all his other films. But however this is my favourite so far.
I didn't have high expecting for this film I read the reviews from critics and the public and they all said that this was the worst film of 2013 but I don't think so(I have seen much worse this year).
I will say that this isn't the funniest film of the year but it is still has its moments like the tyre seen, the car wash scene and the party at the end of the film. My favourite scene is the fight at the end where the college kids fight the order generation and the college kids get beaten up and surrender.
There are some less good things like Taylor Lautner is terrible in this film and some of the actors are underused. Altogether this isn't the comedy film of the year but it is close and not as bad as they say.
Harry Potter Part 2 is Deathly Boring
In the past I have seen many awful films like last years After Earth and Iron Man 3 but this is the worst by many miles. It is so bad that I am hating writing this review.
So where to start. First lets talk about how very boring this film is. Most of this film is about how Harry Potter is tracking down items to stop Voldemort which ends up not working as he nearly dies once meeting him. Also there is less action scenes than After Earth and Iron Man 3 combined.
Next this film is 2 hours long and should have been half an hour less and I might have enjoyed this film. This is the first film that I was tempted to stop watching it and turn over to the BBC1 and watch Sherlock which would have been 1000 times better than this.
But the worst thing about this film is the ending. With it being the final film in the series I thought Voldemort would die in a big explosion but no he dies getting hit by Harrys wand which is disappointing. Also Helena Bonham's character dies in the same way. Plus after all the fighting we see Harrys and his wife's (This film was so boring I can't even remember her name)kids and Hermonies and Ron's kids go to Hogwarts.
Altogether this is one of the worst films ever made.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The Irons Turned Rusty
Before I start this review I must say I am not a fan of the marvel films. I thought that Avengers Assemble was a disappointment, Thor was Extremely boring and Captain America: The First Avenger was one of the worst films of 2011. I also will admit that I think the previous 2 Iron Man films were OK. So lets get started with this review.
Iron Man 3 was recommended by my brother who went to watch it in the cinema and said it was brilliant so I was expecting god things but boy was I wrong. The humour is weak, there is hardly any action and Robert Downey Jr's acting is terrible. However the worst thing is the Mandarin who only appears in the film for 10 minutes who is then revealed as a con artist and the real villain is Guy Pearce. This film is half an hour too long and Gwyneth isn't used enough.
Altogether this is one of the worst films of the year and I would not recommend this. This is one to avoid at all costs.
RED 2 (2013)
Just as good as original
I loved the first film so I thought the sequel would be worst and ruin the series for me. I am glad to say that this is a good film to watch.
Red 2 is funny and action packed. The cast is amazing who all deliver especially Bruce and Johns who relationship is the funniest thing about this film. From the start of the film you know that this going to be good. Bruce and Mary going around Wal-Mart when they bump into John who says they are in trouble and was sent to die. They than go the France, Russia and England and meet Catherine Zeta Jones, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Byung Hun Lee who make the film better and entertaining.
However there are some negatives. Helen, Byung and Anthony are all underused and should have been in the film more. Also it can get a bit boring at certain points. A good solid film the original is better.
World War Z (2013)
The Z stands for ZZZZ!
Before I start this review I must say I have only ever seen 2 other zombie films and they are Zombieland and Warm Bodies and I thought those were brilliant films. With this is mind lets get on with the review for World War Z.
The start of this looked promising with Brad Pitt and his family trying to escape the hundreds of zombies from Philadelphia but after they escape the film goes down hill. After Brad Leaves the ship his wive and kids are not seen until the end of the film and the ending in disappointing. Its not all bad though Brad Pitt is brilliant in this and the zombies look amazing. It becomes good when Brad goes to Jerusalem and the zombies get clever and climb each over to get over the walls and invade the planes.
I hoped this film didn't do that well at the box office so they don't make another and I hope the company lost a lot of money for making this rubbish film. Stay away from the zombie genre Brad.