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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Where do I begin? X-Men: D.O.F.P was absolutely amazing. It's more than just a comic-book movie, It's a spectacle. It's a Dark, enthralling and undeniably exhilarating movie. There's never a dull moment throughout the film.
The movie is very well written and the story definitely makes sense. The story which is loosely based on a famous X-Men comic arc involves Wolverine travelling back in time to change the course history and save the mutants from their unrelenting end. The film marks a triumphant return for Bryan Singer, who many believed had lost his way with films such as 'Superman Returns'and 'Jack The Giant Slayer', Singer is at the top of his game here and his direction could not be any better.
X-Men: D.O.F.P is a movie that will please fans of the original trilogy and X-Men: First Class because of the nostalgia and it's perfect mix of old and new characters. The cast is stellar, Led by Hugh Jackman, making his seventh appearance as 'Wolverine', It also features James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Omar Sy and Anna Paquain The acting is great, typically from Jackman, McAvoy and Fassbender, who give superb performances. Wolverine in particular is given the proper treatment here and this movie will please all the fans disappointed by his previous solo outings. Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters was subject to serious scrutiny by comic-book fans who were not happy the way he looked and many thought his character was a joke. The lesson here is, never judge a book by it's cover because Quicksilver steals the show even though he's in a handful of scenes, and gives what is easily the best scene of the movie. The visuals and cinematography are stunning and make the movie a further joy to watch.
In conclusion, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an amazing movie. It's a spectacle anchored magnificently well by Bryan Singer and one that will please movie goers and comic book fans alike. 9.8/10
Only God Forgives (2013)
After the successes of Bronson and Drive it seemed that Nicholas Winding Refn could do no wrong. However, then comes the terrible Only God Forgives, which completely disintegrates all of the goodwill that the eccentric director had accrued. Containing a flat, simplistic story and one of the most outrageously bad scripts in years, Only God Forgives is a major disappointment. The film stars Ryan Gosling, who has offered little more than an expressionless face in his last few roles. The cinematography and score are the only things that seem to come together in this train-wreck of a movie.
In conclusion, Only God Forgives is a dull and terrible movie, mainly due to it's badly written script that's designed to keep the movie on auto-pilot.
Shock & Roar
Let me just start by saying 'Godzilla' was amazing. It's fantastically well directed, the visual effects are stunning and some sequences leave you at the edge of your seats. You can truly feel the dark tone and the atmosphere that the film manages to create. The cinematography is brilliant and the score truly meshes with the key moments of the movie.
After a largely disconnected first act the film picks itself up and goes towards absolute pandemonium. The acting is not bad but rather adequate. Bryan Cranston does not get a lot of screen-time but still manages to give the best performance of the film. Ken Watanabe is not bad either. However, the biggest disappointment is Aaron Taylor-Johnson who takes the lead role and gives a rather bland performance. At times, it seems that he is there to simply move the plot along. The film definitely suffers from poor characterization and the characters are undoubtedly paper thin. Thankfully, The action and destruction make up for that. Godzilla is relegated to a supporting role in his own movie and the main attention goes towards the M.U.T.Os (Massively. Unidentified. Terrestrial. Organisms) However, I don't see how he could have been used any other way. Whenever Godzilla is on screen he marks his presence. Gareth Edwards said that he wanted Godzilla to be dark, ominous & scary and that's exactly what he is. In conclusion, Godzilla is a great movie which ultimately succeeds due to Gareth Edwards steady direction, it's sense of awe and quite simply monsters smashing everything in sight. 8.6/10
Pakistan's finest moment on the Silver Screen
Waar comes to us after much anticipation that spreads over the course of almost one and a half years, The big-budget action-thriller certainly lived up to the anticipation...The movie's execution is immaculate and needless to say it is very well linked with the current situation of Pakistan. Also that it brings forth the contributions of armed forces of Pakistan. The film's cinematography, visual effects and constant action make up for the loosely written script. Both Shaan and Shamoon Abbasi give incredible performances and Bilal Lashari's direction is also very good on his cinematic debut.
In conclusion, Waar is a terrific effort by Pakistani Director Bilal Lashari, and is quite definitely the finest Pakistani Movie ever made.
Good Sci-Fi Action
Set 150 years in the future the rich and privileged are enjoying life on Elysium while the rest have to make it on their own on an polluted and overpopulated Planet Earth , Elysium showcases how much chaos can be caused by pollution, overpopulation & poverty (all major problems faced by us today.)
Matt Damon stars as Max, a man who looks to bring equality between the two worlds, Sharlto Copley plays the the sociopathic antagonist 'Kruger' and steals the show with his crackpot performance. Jodie Foster who is the main antagonist of the movie is quite disappointing as 'Delacourt' and the movie itself lacks the 'it' factor of Blompkamp's previous film 'District 9'. However, Elysium has just about enough Sci- Fi action to leave you entertained.
In retrospect, Elysium is a Good Movie if not Blompkamps's best. However is a bit of a let down after 'District 9'.