Friday, April 27, 2012

(film review) - The Avengers

I just need to start this off first and foremost by saying, Hulk Smash.

So, the moment we have all been waiting for. A film with so much stars and warrants soo much awesomeness that has to be cradled and supported with a good or worthy enough storyline that the people, the viewers and the fans are satisfied and can't complain or want to, do, saying the storyline was rubbish but the action was great. Expendables.

I ask, who is your favourite superhero? Ok, from the Marvel Universe? Ok, ok, from these recent films building up to The Avengers?

The idea of the Avengers Initiative is to have a band of heroes protecting Earth when Earth needs them the most from a force that your favourite Superhero could not manage alone. Cue, Hulk Smash. These Heroes would need to work together and band as a team to conquer the evil so that us normal, boring, unsuperintelligent, freak accident-free and/or mutant cell-free dwellers of Earth may carry on living our lives.

This film is just great.

I'm not just saying that for the special effects, the storyline was pretty decent too. Just to recap and hopefully in chronological order.
Ironman (Robert Downey, Jr) caught the attention of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and mentioned the Avengers Initiative to him. Nick then went to General Thunderbolt to talk to him about the whereabouts or "release" of The Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton, but replaced by Mark Ruffalo) and then the Asgardian Demi-God Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his mischievous brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes to earth, just to level a small town around the same time Tony Stark had to battle Whiplash. Loki then comes back with an army of beings from out of space called Chitauri's (Skrulls) in which they intend to use the Tesseract in which The Red Skull used trying to rule the world, thwarted by Captain America, to rule the world. The problem is, will the Avengers work together successfully and manage to stop the enemy?
At one point the film felt like it was dragging, a touch but then, I'm pretty sure every superhero has a dry spell, no?
Make sure you watch. Joss Whedon did damn well on this one. Funny, sad, even funnier, awesome and when things were looking like, resistance is futile, the film comes up on top. And I personally think you can expect a lot of things from this film, but come away from it, totally satisfied and geared up for part 2.

And I end this saying, Hulk Smash!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(film review) - The Cabin In The Woods

It's Only A Gameshow, Right? Well, we should start looking into "Gameshows" a bit more, judging by this one. We aren't told much about this film other than the fact that these teenagers go to a cabin in the woods for a little break. However, for some reason these kids are dying and it all seems to be a little big brother-ish with them being the "puppets" and these cosy other people who are watching them being the puppeteers.

Chris Helmsworth from Home and Away or who you might remember him, donning a rich red cape (no not superman) as Thor, is one of the lead characters in this film. I'd rather not go into it too much because, although you might think of Jason Voorhees and Camp Crystal Lake, this film is nothing like this at all. Other than the hack and slash elements to it. Oh, and the woods. Oh, and the lake. But I'd strongly recommend to watch the trailer to get an idea as I don't want to give it away, but there are strange things afoot with this film and not everything is what it seems, especially with the little twist at the end. This film is very different and for me, has a sort of Wes Craveny feel to it. Shocking, horrific, terrifying, but also manages to sneak in very humourous and witty parts into it. I might be getting old, but I spent quite a bit of time covering my mouth. Not yawning, but due to shock. Other times, I was laughing. Make sure you go to see this as I left the cinema thinking, "That was a really good film - very different".

Unless you don't like ...Gosh, I almost did a spoiler. Ok, lets just say, this film may scare/scar you. Watch in very safe hands to hold and huge shoulders to cry your eyes out in.

(film review) - Battleship

Considering this was or meant to have been based on a board/electronic game in which one person tried to guess and blow up their opponents Battleship by guessing where their ship(s) are, this film actually DID pull it off. Plus although Rihanna wasn't much use (It could have been anyone - she did well) her acting wasn't too shabby. Would need to see more from her and she DID make me laugh a few times, but was Officer Riggs, Riggs? or Riggs Rihanna!?!

Anyway, you have the premise. You are trying to blow up a ship. Well, not you, hopefully, but the aim is to blow up the other ships, in this film. Centered around up and coming star straight from John Carter and most might know him from X-Men Origins: Wolverine playing the role of Gambit, Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is first seen as a complete idiot going out of his way in order to either 1, get a girls number or 2. sleep with her. What he does, is beyond amusing and doesn't surprise me, however, during the film at some point, Liam Neeson says to him, "you have soo much potential". I did chuckle as I couldn't see it thus far into the film. Without spoiling too much about the film, I suggest you watch the trailer. Not everything from the film is in the trailer, but at least you'll know what to expect.

As for the storyline, it wasn't that far fetched. Man are always trying to do "silly" things, like trying to search the realms of space for life which isn't from the planet they dwell and when confronted, act really shocked and bamboozled that on the off chance they spent millions of citizens money to send signals into space in hope for life, life actually says "hello" and they get upset. I really don't know. But the film was a very good watch and I have to say, it was different, well, sort of. They used water and lots of it. Unlike the very very terrible, Skyline & the not so bad but rental with a pizza and a beer Battle: Los Angeles.

I suggest if you haven't seen it, have a watch, it's not that bad. Plus Rihanna makes you laugh as well as keeping her hat on the whole time. There are also some other funny parts and it also just goes to show, you can do some crazy stuff for a woman and she will love you for it. The Dangerous, the better.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

(film review) - Underworld: Awakening

First and foremost. Kate Beckingsale in a Catsuit. MEOW MEOW!!! I'm not sure who I'd like more out of Zoe Saldana in a Catsuit (Colombiana) and Kate, as I've seen Kate in 3 films now donning her Catsuit, but I think they should have a competition. #The End

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I spent a few evenings watching Underworld, Underworld: Evolution & Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. I should have really thought about it and watched it chronologically, but I just didn't. Nothing lost. But to summarise the story so far.

A Immortal named Alexander Corvinus had three sons. One bitten by bat (Markus) making him the first Vampire, one bitten by wolf (William) making him the first Werewolf and another who lives a normal life bite-free and gave rise to a line of descendants including Michael Corvin who is later to become a Lycan-Vampire Hybrid.
Before that of course, William was captured by Viktor and kept away from his brother, Markus as Viktor believes William to be too dangerous to roam free. With werewolves as slaves to watch over the vampires as they sleep and to work as slaves when they are awake, a werewolf gave birth to a human looking werewolf named Lucian. Lucian was the first of the Werewolves (Lycans) who could change into wolf form and revert back to human form at will.
Viktor raised Lucian, breeding a new species of Lycans. Lucian eventually fell in love with Viktor's daughter and got her pregnant. In fear of the mixing of species, Viktor had his daughter killed in which Lucian got the other Lycans together to overthrow the Vampires and escape captivity. Years, later, Lucian is known as being killed in battle with a Vampire called Kraven who made a deal with Lucian to go into hidding so that the Vampire elders would die and end the war between the species. However, Selene (Kate Beckingsale) discovers that the Lycan's are following Michael Corvin for some reason, to find out later that he is a direct descendant of Alexander Corvinus in which they need his blood to combine the bloodlines to create a powerful hybrid. After Michael gets bitten by Lucian (to get his blood) then by Selene (to save his life), Michael becomes the first Lycan-Vampire in which they overthrow Vicktor, accidentally wake up Markus the first Vampire who is also, a Vampire-Dominant Hybrid now, search for answers as to what Markus is looking for now that he is awake and then to try and stop Markus from freeing William who plans on ruling the world as god-like masters of a race of Hybrids.

Underworld: Awakening continues after both William & Markus are killed and both Selene and mix-breed Michael are both on the run in which they are captured, then held in a Lab. Selene is set free in which she immediately escapes and starts to look for Michael. But being in a "New world" she is confused and even more-so when she starts to see visions from what she thinks is through Michaels eyes. Selene then finds a little girl and another Vampire who supports her cause and aids her in this new battle with a new hybrid and race of Lycan's who are hell bent on trying to make a formula which makes them more powerful and immune to Silver. This also involves a Lycan which is 2-3 times the size of any normal Lycan.

Being a fan of the series, I don't really want to sound bias, but this film was a very good watch. Short, but a good watch. Entertaining and the action just didn't stop. The film rolled, there was action. When the action stopped, 5 mins later, there was action again. The film went on like this thorough the whole film. There weren't any slow bits or soppiness, just hard action from start to finish.

The film ends as if there will be more and it is likely that there will be. It would be lovely to see Miss Kate Beckingsale in her Catsuit again, but what next aye? Make sure you go see this, especially if your a fan of the series. Out Now.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

(film review) - Immortals

I saw the trailer to this film and though... "hmmmm". Then I saw another trailer and thought, "OH WOW! Yeah, I need to see this". And to be honest, I'm very glad I did. A lot of people were comparing this to 300 and I got to say, 300 is just an amazing film. The whole film, the way it was directed, acted out and the story. Yes, maybe a touch exaggerated or what-have-you, but you could not deny the fight scenes and the POSING throughout the whole film. Don't act like you never saw it. If I remember correctly, every man left the cinema 'War Crying'. And don't act like you never. Women did it too.

This film is of a different pace which runs somewhat similar to 300 but more to do with one man, Theseus (Henry Cavill) who was chosen by the gods, Zeus (Luke Evans - don't tell me he doesn't resemble Orlando Bloom) to lead an army against The Heraklion King of Crete, Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) who has declared war on Olympus after the Gods fail to answer his prayers to save his family from illness. Hyperion seeks the Epirus Bow, a powerful weapon created by the God of War Ares (Daniel Sharman) so that he can unleash the Titans from Mount Tartarus and destroy the gods and kidnaps a virgin oracle priestess called Phaedra (Freida Pinto) to help him. However, when Phaedra & Theseus escape captivity with a thief called Stavros (Stephen Dorff), Hyperion hunts them down only to be foiled by Poseidon (Kellan Lutz). For reasons I won't disclose as it will spoil the film, Theseus has is own motivation for what he needs to do and when he discovers the bow, things get out of hand as it falls into the wrong hands and Hyperion unleashes the titans. This is where The Gods Fight.

And fight they do. The scenes in this film are gripping and somewhat gory. There is a 'hammer scene' in which, no word of a fabrication, fib or lie, the whole cinema made a sound and squirmed as this scene was acted out. And the first fight with Theseus was just excellent in my eyes. He pulled out the spear not from where it entered. You'll understand when you see it. Then we have the GOD's intervening and the last fight, which was excellent. Even the prim and proper looking Athena (Isabel Lucas) aggled (hurt) a few titans well.

You like Greek mythology, 300 and musclar men and glorious fight scenes, then you will love this. Woman have been known to say, I'd watch it again...hmmmm, I wonder why? Something for everyone in this one.