Review – Zombieland (2009)

Synopsis

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Review

Zombieland is a comedy horror like no other! It’s Shaun of the dead with an American twist.

I must have watched this film a thousand times and I never get bored of it. The one liners and all the innuendoes never get old. Zombieland is a laugh-out-loud film from start to finish.

This hilarious bloodthirsty film stars Woody Harrelson whom plays a ‘natural born zombie killer’ and boy did he look like he had fun playing this character – Tallahassee. Tallahassee is a bad-ass who finds inventive ways of doing what he does best; extinguishing and maiming zombies!

Jesse Eisenberg plays a nerdy, never been kissed boy who lives by a set of rules which he created when the zombie apocalypse started. To me Jesse was the best person to pick for this film as he plays the awkward, young man role well.

The plot for Zombieland is a tad weak but it was revived by the humour and the acting which was brilliant.

The film starts with a glimpse of the new Zombieland, blood and corpses everywhere, then we meet Columbus. Columbus is an awkward looking geek who needs the toilet! Moments later he then meets Tallahassee the zombie killing badass who has decided he’ll help Columbus and for them both to protect each other whilst they travel across America. Soon after we meet Witchita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and this is when the film really opens up. The comedy starts to hit its peak and just when you thought they couldn’t make the film even funnier, they introduced BILL ‘THE LEGEND’ MURRAY!!!

Now I’m not going to unveil anymore about the storyline, as I don’t want to ruin-it for anyone that hasn’t yet experienced this action packed, zombie gore-fest, but I would like to add the directing, casting and the soundtrack for this film are great and I hope the people that have seen this film agree.

I really enjoyed this film and if your a zombie fan you will love it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray

Rating: 15 (PG-13)

Running: Time 1h 28mins

Genres: Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Review – The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

SYNOPSIS

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

REVIEW

When I watched “The Raid” I was wowed and I’m sure a lot of people were feeling the same, with its blood-curdling, head-punching action that immersed us into the midst of Rama and his team, to reach the top of a tower block to arrest a powerful drug lord, which goes horribly wrong.

The Raid had a great plot, strongly written characters and incredible martial arts. Then comes “The Raid 2: Berandal, a film which is far more superior than it predecessor! We pick up a few hours after the ending of “The Raid”, with Rama being de-briefed by his superiors about what happened in the tower block. We quickly learn the murders he committed in order to survive were merely the tip of the ice berg!

The Raid 2 opens up the universe of the hard-hitting, gruelling and ruthless Indonesian gangland. we start to realise the shear scale of the drug world and what Rama is about to throw himself into. Rama is going to experience a whole other level of criminal activity, danger and what it takes to survive in this all or nothing mission.

Once again I can not stress how tremendous Iko Uwais and his co-stars were in this spectacular martial-arts film. The fighting has been taken up a hundred notches and Iko himself really shows his deadly skills and what he is made of!

Gareth Evans has out done himself with the writing and directing of this brilliant action, crime thriller.  Location of filming, the different tones of light, the steady camera angles (which wasn’t the best in its predecessor) all the way through to the special effects which were fantastic! 

The Raid 2, holds my all time favourite fight scene between Cecep Arif Rahman (the Assassin) and Iko Uwais (Rama) without giving too much away the two of them have an intense, bloodthirsty kitchen brawl which is lengthy, but in a good way. IT IS JUST MIND BLOWING!!! The choreographing for this particular scene was superb and hats of to Gareth Evans and his team for not only casting Cecep Arif Rahman, but for putting together this kick-ass, master piece. 

While this film is certainly not for the squeamish, The Raid 2 is every action enthusiast’s nocturnal emission. It surpasses the original film and has put Gareth and Iko on the radar for future films.

I will look forward to seeing what Gareth Evans has in store for us in the future and who’s butt, Iko Uwais will be kicking next! 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Cecep Arif Rahman, Alex Abbad, Oka Antara

Rating: 18 (R-rated)

Language: Indonesian

Running: Time 2h 30m

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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SYNOPSIS

In the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

REVIEW

Ant-man and the Wasp is another movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding to a huge, already impressive, franchise!

It was full of humour (especially it’s one-liners), it picks up from the last film splendidly, visual/sound were superb, its fast action scenes were tip-top and the comic book characters were greatly portrayed. What’s also good about Ant-man and the Wasp is: YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW THE WHOLE COMIC BOOK UNIVERSE, to try and work out who’s who and where the film is placed in the Marvel timeline.

The reason I like the ‘Ant-man character’ (compared to the other comic book hero’s) is because he is a modest hero, his background of an ex-con/ single-father, who try’s to make ends meet so he can see and please his daughter as much as he can works! He doesn’t just try to rely on his special suit or super cool gizmos!
No, when faced with a problem or danger he uses his humorous personality, the help from his romantic partner-in-crime and his friends to get him through it.

Throughout both of the Ant-man films Scott’s love for Cassie (his daughter), is clearly evident and he’ll do anything not to jeopardise not seeing her, a relationship which I felt was clearly illustrated between Rudd and Abby Ryder Fortson, making the character of Scott Lang more believable and ultimately likeable. His simple powers of shrinking or becoming gigantic and his humour aided this film to becoming another success in the Marvel franchise.

I found the playfulness of the film enjoyable and once again Michael Peña to be hilarious! From the moment he shows his smiling excitement, to his rambling anecdotes, it had me in stitches!

The only character in the film I was a tad unsure of was Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), I found the character needed more depth, Pfeiffer played her role to the best of her abilities but the character definitely lacked something.

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas were once again brilliant, considering they have all come from different background of film, I find the dynamic relationship between them all is believable and works extremely well.

Ant-Man and the Wasp from start to finish was fun and I recommend it to all!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Peyton Reed

Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari
Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale
Rating: 12A (PG-13)
Running: Time 1h 58m
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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Review – Skyscraper (2018)

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SYNOPSIS

 FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

 

REVIEW 

 Skyscraper: it’s adrenaline fuelled, action packed and has you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end.

 It’s Die Hard meets Tower Inferno!

 After seeing the trailer multiple amount of times and getting super excited to see it, I found I wasn’t let down, it was brilliant – ok the acting from some actors/actress was a bit poor but I found the film to be overall very fulfilling.

 It was magnificently put together, with stunning visuals and packed with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson! What more can you ask for!!!

 Dwayne aka The Rock was brilliant – he always gives a 110% in what ever role he plays and it certainly shows/ pays off in this film.

The interactions he has with his co-workers was great and especially with his on-screen children. The relationship and emotion he has with his family was perfect; at one point he had me convinced they were his own!

 It was good to see Neve Campbell and Chin Han appear in this years Blockbuster they both played their parts well, a tad cheesy in certain scenes, but nevertheless still played their parts admirably.

 Visually the film was spectacular and had moments that made me close my eyes (due to my fear of heights!) there were no grainy green-screen moments and the sound effects and quality was superb!

 Now I know some of you may think this action packed film is not as great as I have made it out to sound but think of it like this:

  • It’s fun!
  • It has you on the edge of your seat
  • and by the end of the film you’ll come out with a smile on your face! 

So what more can you ask for?!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Noah Taylor, McKenna Roberts

 Rating: 12A (PG-13)

Running Time: 1h 42m

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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