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The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Wonderful piece. Full of action and suspense
First of all, I would like to say that I have watched all 3 parts of the The Purge. The first part began the concept of the Purge and, hence, it was a pretty good movie. What made it stand out from the next two movies (and this is how it probably should be) is that it focused on normal people fighting for survival. The second part shifted from this a bit and we got a 'hero' type of protagonist named Leo, who is also the a main figure in this latest sequel. The issue is with such a character is that it becomes more of an action movie. The second part was, therefore, not that enjoyable comparatively.
This new addition to the franchise, though, corrects some of the mistakes of the first sequel. Leo's job now is to protect a senator who wants to end the Purge. Due to her stance, she obviously is an important target for the opposition. Surviving against the advanced weaponry of government forces adds some intense flavour to the movie, and, on top of that, they also have to be cautious of the other purgers. We also get to meet other important characters, all of whom have a great role to play in the movie. One's a shop owner, and the two are his friends. It makes a good watch, because the chemistry between all of them is pretty good.
Somewhere along the way, all these characters cross each other and aid each other in survival. One thing that I liked in this movie, which was absent in the previous part, is that Leo is much less like a 'hero' now. He isn't as flawless, and often it is the other characters who get the job done. Another thing that I really found nice was the innovative ideas in purging, and in the way purging can be used for personal gains.
All in all, a solid movie.
From Straight A's to XXX (2017)
The story is about a girl who starts out with porn in order to pay for her tuition fees. The acting is quite ordinary, but the movie does a relatively good job stating both sides of the argument. It throws light on the high college fees and the difficulty that students face in order to pay for it. It also states how people see porn as bad for society, but then there are others who state that a person should not be shamed for it.
The problem here lies in the message that the movie sends, which is that is doesn't matter what you work in as all jobs are 'good' jobs. Porn is definitely not a great thing. I also disagree with the argument that people show double standards when they watch porn themselves, but don't like a person doing porn. This is because even those who watch it know that it is wrong. In the movie, the protagonist knew that everyone around thought such as well, and she kept crying throughout the movie. She also knew that her family won't accept it.. yet she went on to do it. This is the very thinking that is plaguing this generation and supporting it will only burn society.
If the point of the movie was to give a message (which I believe such movies should do), it should have been that a living can be earned by doing much more respectable jobs.
Amazing, simply amazing. Must watch for fans of CG and game-based movies
Wow! Just wow! There was a time when I thought Resident Evil and Beowulf were good CGI makes. But this just takes it to a new level. This is what superhero movies and co. should look like. It gives a lot of license to use reality with graphics.
I must also say that I know nothing about Final Fantasy games, so I can't say if the story is coherent with the games or not. But I still liked it and the story wasn't so difficult to follow. Everything is fully explained.
This movie was not just CG, it had the story, the heart. You could feel what the character was feeling, and everything made sense. Have to give a 10/10 for direction as well.
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Fun and engaging
Gods of Egypt is simply a 'popcorn flick', and a very good one. Don't let the title make you feel it has a similar mood to 'Clash of the Titans'. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet it manages to provide some kind of 'wow' factor.
The story is pretty straightforward: a god is jealous of king brother and decides to end matters when the king doesn't consider him to be the next heir. Things never get too complicated, but it is interesting to see a 'new' take on such characters. This is probably where the movie is so good. The fascination of how things are shown gives one even more to look forward to as the movie goes on. The CGI looks great most of the times, but sometimes it just looks OK.
Where the movie does lack is the acting department: the characters don't show enough emotion when they're supposed to, and the jokes aren't too original. Gerard Butler does great job and overshadows the rest in my opinion.
All in all, a great movie to watch in the theaters and to have a good time.
I am one who has never read the books, and so cannot (and do not want to) weigh if the movie is true to its source material. But I did watch the first part and was really looking forward to this one. I found the movie quite engaging. 90% of the time there was some action going on and it was always an interest in what will go on next.
The pace of the movie was adequate, even with around a 2 hour run-time and the acting was good. One of the few problems I have with the movie is that it doesn't really give an insight to its prequel. One has to have watched the previous movie to understand what is going on. They also don't really explain what certain terms e.g. Scorch, mean. This is probably surprising given that they did give quite a lot of answers to questions that were springing up in my brain while watching the movie.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. Having read other people's reviews, I feel that the ones who have read the books will be disappointed. So my suggestion is not to expect too much in that regard
Penny Dreadful (2014)
This is something special
I don't write reviews much. Nor do I think I'm good at writing any. But I think this show deserves one. Penny Dreadful is an exciting spin on a few mythical characters we know e.g witches, vampires, Frankenstein's monster etc. All of them added into the mix and their interaction paves the way for an over-the-board storyline.
Do not confuse it with takes such as League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This is much more graphic, adult, and in the course probably not for everyone. While it may be regarded as horror, I think it is more of a thriller.
The best thing about it is the actors and characters. I have been watching a few more shows in parallel, but the characters in this are on a different level. It is like each character is taken from its own novel (if there is any) and has a personality always tinted by it. The actors play their roles as wonderfully as possible, with Eva Green (having the most difficult role to take) performing hers with unparalleled skill.
A definitely recommended watch, although it might not be suited for everyone. I for one didn't find a single episode boring or wasteful.
Man of Steel (2013)
Amazing movie. Must watch for everyone
Well, I must say, with all the TV Spots and trailers that preceded the movie, I was very excited for it. That would mean that my hopes were high and it could have easily been disappointing.
But no! Man of Steel to me has given the Superman character the movie he deserves. After Superman Returns, everyone was complaining about the lack of action in that movie, but this movie delivers it. Not just a little, but full-packed action, exactly (or better) than how we witness in the animated versions! All of Superman's abilities were handled perfectly.
The story is simple and straightforward. Well we couldn't have expected a ground-breaking story when it's an all-start for Superman. It is more of a save-the-world-from-extraterrestrial-attack kind of movie, and very well done in that sense I can assure.
The movie has a serious tone to it. It hardly has anything to laugh at, but that's how I personally think Superman should be done.
One part where the movie lacks is the character development. But the rest of the stuff does cover for that.
So here it is. A movie worth watching and worth going to the cinema for.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Poor in many ways
This movie looked good till I saw it myself. So much strong language (I don't mind that) and jokes only on which fools would laugh over (now that, I mind).
The characters sucked. Can't imagine a guy who portrays Iron Man in one film (Robert Downey Jr.), portray such a stupid character as in this, though his voice acting was pretty good. Jack Black portrayed another cheap character who's trying to make us laugh on farts. Come on, this is childish stuff. Get some real comedy going. Can u imagine Tom Cruise doing the character of Les Grossman. His acting okay, but that character was not his type. I hate to see him doing these things. Matthew McConaughey had a good role to play as Speedman's friend, and Coogan was fine too. Other characters were okay.
Other than that, there were lame jokes e.g. the directors head picked up by Speedman who was also drinking the blood that oozed out from it. Disappointing.
I've rated it 4 only cos of some good acting, most of it by Stiller (including the Simple Jack part, which, I have to say, was great)and few good jokes. The final 'battle' was OK. Other than that, it was junk.
Don't buy it unless u have plenty of money to waste
A series worth remembering
Smallville has shown a great portrayal of Clark's early years. It shows the struggles he and the others have to make to make sure he fulfills is destiny (although he denies that his destiny at first).
His powers are seen developing one at a time. X-Ray vision, heat vision, super-hearing and super-breath all develop in different seasons, and in different scenarios.
I liked the concept of Kryptonite-freaks. Kryptonite acts as a good source of mutant abilities. Without this concept, they would've found it difficult to bring enemies with powers, and would have had to give another reasoning (e.g. radioactive waste etc)
The talks b/w Lionel and Lex are just great. They're never boring.
There were many episodes that weren't up to the mark, like the one in which Lana becomes a kind of vampire, or like the one in which Clark gets hypnotized, and Facade But there were also really good episodes. My top favourites are Exile, Justice, Reckoning, Descent, Oracle, Transference, Sacred, Commencement, Blank, Exodus and Insurgence.
I would like to see Clark go on to become Superman now, and want more of the JLA members to be shown. Hope Season 8 is up to my expectations.