A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Movie Review – Taken at a much slower pace.

Liam Neeson is everybody’s favourite action hero nowadays, this may have seemed very unlikely years ago but he has found his niche of playing the all out action hero with a ”BRAIN”.

Back to this film and it’s an interesting thriller, there are some bloody scenes but if you are going into thinking this is another version of Taken you will come out disappointed, that said the film,which has been converted from a book is not bad, he plays an ex police office turned private eye who gets asked to look into a case of kidnapping.

The characters are intriguing and the story does not go down the obvious route, but like an old motor engine it does kind of stalls in parts, this doesn’t ruin the film but it doesn’t do anything to keep you engaged throughout.

Interesting facts about the film -

Thanks to Liam Neeson’s popularity with past action hits, the film was already in profit before release thanks to robust sales at film markets.

7/10

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Good People (2014) Movie Review;An entertaining film 8/10

This film is good, it’s a good old crime thriller story that keeps your brain stimulated throughout.

The two main leads, James Franco and Kate Hudson play Americans based in the UK, I normally find this kind of set up tokenistic, it’s quite rare to see two big stars playing this type role in the backdrop of London, somehow it works really well, the English actors are English so you don’t get a cross over of terrible Dick Van Dyke impressions from the Americans, and as the Americans are in fact American everything fits like it should.

The story is layered, it starts off with a drug deal turned sour, then the story of a struggling couple pining for happiness, the movie will keep you guessing, the cast are all believable without turning into a cliché of what good or bad people should behave like.

I would recommend this film for a couple not in the mood for romance.

Enjoyable!

8/10

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Sin City 2 A Dame to Kill for (2014) Movie Review – The dialogue doesn’t come close to the first!

The first Sin City was…. pretty cool, I liked the characters , I enjoyed the black screen with the bright red blood splattering across the screen when the scene called for it, added to this the story was dark and intriguing.

Sin City 2 has all the special effects and the old cast to create another exciting chapter in this franchise, but whoever wrote the dialogue for this follow-up ruined what could have been a good film, at times it just goes on and on with no punch line, it leaves no insight into the people on the screen, I remember feeling just tired of listening to these angry people sound bored while delivering what seems like endless speeches throughout.

4/10

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Facts about the film -

Three of the film’s four segments – “JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT”, “A DAME TO KILL FOR” and “THE LONG, BAD NIGHT” – are prequels to the first film.

The film’s budget was $60 million, making this the most expensive movie Robert Rodriguez has ever directed.

In the second part of “The Long Bad Night”, Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) shuffles with one card, stating that he is ambidextrous. This may be a reference to a goof in the film _Looper_, where Bruce Willis plays an older character of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was left handed in the film whereas Joseph Gordon-Levitt was right handed, which the director of Looper (2012) (Rian Johnson) tweeted that the character is ambidextrous.

 

22 Jump Street (2014) Movie Review – Zero Jump in this Street!

When 21 Jump street was released I thought I would hate it, but there was something about Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s relationship that had great comedy chemistry.

So onto the sequel in the form of 22 Jump Street, I pre warned my cheeks for laughing but no real warning was necessary, there were moments throughout that were mildly amusing but in general this version did not have the same bite that the original delivered.

In the first film there was an innocence to both characters, Jonah was a bit of a loser while Tatum was a dick, both characters were likeable in their own way, it was very easy to enjoy the journey of the film, added to this it was flowing in satire.

This is not on show in 22 Jump Street, both guys have no journey to go on, Tatum flirts with being a pro footballer while Jonah falls for another girl, there is a nice montage of mick tacking follow-up films when the credits arrive when the film has finished, I wish the film was leaning more to these jokes rather than just a poor imitation of the first film.

6/10

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Facts about the film

Kurt Russell mentioned that his son Wyatt turned down a role for The Hunger Games sequels to star in 22 Jump Street.

During the parents weekend luncheon, Mrs. Dickson (Queen Latifah) mentions that she’s “straight outta Compton,” paying homage to the 1988 album that put Ice Cube (Captain Dickson) and his hip hop group N.W.A on the map.

 

The Giver (2014) Movie Review; Good idea but boring film!

It’s an interesting movie, kind of reminded me of a recent film ”Divergent 2014” on the basis that in the future your role in life is pre determined and society is controlled to a robotic degree.

This movie is a slow starter, I understand they were building a picture and a story but there are ways to do this, I was yawning on the inside for the first fifteen minutes, eventually the pace picks up and I started to enjoy the film, the possibilities seemed endless, which is strange because how it ended was very disappointing, the film slides out to a cold and unimaginative ending that kind if made me feel that the time I had invested really wasn’t worth it.

The director/Writer should have ”GIVEN” more, they really had a great idea on their hands which in execution slipped through their fingers!

6/10

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