The Equalizer

FilmBlast: 8/10

The Equalizer is a movie that lives up to the trailer – if you like the genre.

We’re clear that is stepped up the bar around several areas, which we’ll let you enjoy to experience.

There are some more intelligent nods than in most action movies.. the old man and the sea.. and others.

Most interesting for our reviewers was the paradox of “You are who you are” and “You can chance who you are”.

Both these points of view and made clear and at the same time, left to be considered.

Denzel Washington does an amazing job of portraying a believable character, in a role which he has come to play in a number of films over the years.

This is great.. martial arts and speed/efficiency.. taking the best of true Tai Chi, Naked Kill, Krav Maga and other practical skills.

There are also nods at the end.. to the “Kung Fu” sagas and A-Team mythology. if no one else can help you.. make you can find..

Key Cast:

  • Denzel Washington
  • Robert McCall
  • Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Marton Csokas
  • Dan Bilzerian

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The Plot Summary:

McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

47 Ronin

47_Ronin_poster47 Ronins is out now in cinemas, and I was ecstatic that I get to watch it in it’s premier showing here. The story begins when Lord Asano of Ako, together with his Samurai was hunting in the forest and found a half-breed, exhausted and injured.One of the leading Samurai disapproves to take the half-breed back with them, believing that he is a demon and will bring bad luck to the land but Lord Asano sees something in him and decided to take him under his care.

Several years later, Kai, the half-breed has grown into a fine man. He is very thankful to Lord Asano for taking care of him, not only was Lord Asano a great leader and father he also did a good job in making Ako a rich land.

The tragedy started when the Shogun arranged a tournament between the best warrior of Lord Asano and Lord Kira. That night Lord Asano is bewitched in hurting Lord Kira and was punished by the Shogun to commit Seppukku, leaving the Samurais leaderless and becoming Ronins.

Recognizing that everything is part of Lord Kira’s evil plan, Oishi, the master Ronin, made a vow to avenge their master. Now it’s up to Kai and the forty-seven Ronins to give back the Honor of their master that was stolen from him.

The movie is based on a true story popularized by the fictional accounts known as Chūshingura. Personally I like the movie even if a lot of Japanese is showing otherwise.

The movie is packed with action and special effects that are both pleasing to the eyes. You can say that it’s a testosterone filled movie with just enough drama and love story along the way.

Movies to look forward to in 2014

A lot of great movies came out in 2013, so I can definitely say it was a good year for the film industry. Some of the movies anticipated by the people are Furious 6, Thor: The Dark World, Les Miserables and so on.

Here are some of the movies for the first half of the year that will appear on the big screen. The dates of the showing may still change, but I hope this list helps you in planning out your trip to the theater this year.

 

January Movies

Jan 3       Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Jan 10     The Legend of Hercules
Jan 10     The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Jan 17     The Nut Job
Jan 17     Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jan 24     I, Frankenstein
Jan 31     That Awkward Moment

Paranormal Activity

One of the anticipated movies is Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Like it’s other Paranormal Activity franchise, the movie has a thriller/horror theme that will clearly send shivers down your spine.

 

The Legend of Hercules

The Legend of Hercules is about a Greek hero, the son of God Zeus, but was exiled because of forbidden love. He now needs to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom using his formidable power.

 

Adventurer The Curse of the Midas Box

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is about a 17 year old boy who’s parents vanished and his younger brother is kidnapped. In the realm of child-kidnapping monsters, he stumbled upon the Midas Box and it’s secrets.

 

The Nut Job

The Nut Job is an animated film about a squirrel who’s outlawed from the park his park and forced to live in the big city. Luckily he tumble on the thing that can save him and the entire park community.

 

jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

The movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is about a CIA agent, who uncovers a Russian plot for the US economy to plunge with a terrorist attack.

 

I Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein is the first action/sci-fi movie of 2014. Frankenstein finds himself caught in a war between two immortal clans. Although it seems impossible, he will risk everything to save the human race.

 

That Awkward Moment

That Awkward Moment is about three Best Friends who finds themselves thinking about what to do with their dating relationship. This comedy/romance film will surely put a smile on your face, and some butterflies in your tummy.

 

February Movies

Feb 7       The LEGO Movie
Feb 12     Robocop
Feb 14     3 Days to Kill
Feb 28     Son of God
LEGO movie

The Lego Movie is about an ordinary minifigure mistaken to be an extraordinary master builder. He was recruited to stop the evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together.

 

Robocop

When a cop got critically injured in a assignment. The multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees this as an opportunity to create a part-man, part-robot police officer.

 

3 Days to Kill

Now 3 Days to Kill is an action movie about a secret agent who got sick. He wants to reconnect to his daughter but because of his sickness he needs to buy back his own life. He needs to do one final job, to kill in 3 days, in exchange for a cure.

 

Son of God

Son of God is a story about the life of Jesus, from birth, crucifixion and resurrection.

 

March Movies

Mar 7       300: Rise of an Empire
Mar 14     Need for Speed
Mar 28     Noah

300 Rise of an Empire

When the Persians advances their assault on Greece, a new hero arises.  General Themistocles is leading the Greeks in an all out war against the mortal-gos Xerxes. Personally, 300: Rise of an Empire, is a movie that I can’t wait to see.

 

Need for Speed

Need for Speed is based on the Famous Video Game. The story is about a street racer who was framed by a wealthy businessman and was put to jail. Straight from prison he now joins a country race event with revenge in mind.

 

Noah

Another Biblical Character emerges in the form of Noah. The movie is about his story, from the dreams and prophecy of God through his dreams tot he great flood that destroys the human race.

 

April Movies

Apr 4       Captain America: Winter Soldier
Apr 11     Rio 2
Apr 18     Transcendence

 

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier is the 2nd installment of the Captain America Movie. It’s packed with action and fighting scenes just like the previous film. Both comic book and non-comic book fan will enjoy watching as Captain America battles the Winter Soldier from Russia.

 

Rio 2

After finding out that there might be a whole flock of Blu and Jewel’s species, they set out an adventure to the Amazon rainforest to find others. For Blu it’s literally a jungle out there, especially after meeting his Father-in-law.

 

Transcendence

When a scientist is shot and was about to die his wife decided to download his mind to a computer. Making him very powerful and soon, unstoppable. Transcendence is a film that revolves around Artificial Intelligence, evolving and taking over everything.

 

May Movies

May 2       The Amazing Spiderman 2
May 16     Godzilla
May 23     X-Men: Days of the Future Past
May 30     Maleficent

 

The Amazing Spider Man 2

Peter Parker was under surveillance and a mysterious company known as Oscorp sends out super villains after finding out that he is Spiderman. Now he struggles to save the world and simultaneously save himself.

 

Godzilla

Godzilla is giant radioactive monster, appears to bring havoc to the human race. This Action/Adventure movie will surely entertain kids and adults alike.

 

Xmen Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of the Future Past is a movie directed by Bryan Singer. Wolverine was sent by the X-Men into the past to change history and prevent an event that will doom both humans and mutants in the future.

 

Maleficent

Maleficent is another movie that I am dying to see this year. It’s about the story of sleeping beauty, the only difference is, it’s shown through Maleficent’s eyes and what drove her to curse Aurora.

 

June Movies

Jun 6       Edge of Tomorrow
Jun 13     22 Jump Street
Jun 13     How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jun 27     Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

 

End of Tomorrow

Now Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi/action movie that surprised me. I wasn’t expecting much but after watching the trailer I’m sure I will watch this when it comes out. The movie is about an alien race invading Earth and a soldier caught in a time loop, reliving his last day in battle.

 

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street is certainly a comedy/action film and a sequel to 21 Jump Street movie. After going through high school twice, Schmidt and Jenko go in deep undercover in a local college. Their adventure and misadventures will surely make you laugh.

 

How to Train your Dragon 2

How to Train your Dragon 2 is an animated movie about a viking and his dragon. After uniting the dragons and the vikings, Hiccup and Toothless now needs to stand up to what they believe and protect the future both for humans and dragons.

 

Transformers 4 Age of Extinction

The Transformers series continues with this fourth movie. A mechanic and his daughter discovers the existence of Autobots and Decepticons. Which certainly puts them under the governments radar.

 

That are some of the movies to look forward to watching for the first half of 2014. We will feature other movies for the 2nd half soon. Watch out for it.

The Butler

Forest Whitaker is quietly powerful as a White House servant who lived through the long battle for civil rights.

We were lucky enough to watch a screening of this movie several months ago before it reached it’s European release.

It is a slow building movie that will fundamentally shift how you think about many things including our own judgements and on how we can each make a difference.

There is clearly an agenda or two running through the movie though that can hardly be surprising.

Some of the actors are too well known in our view.. and an unknown cast might have made for a bigger impact but the overall effect is a movie that we think will go down well.. If it will last .. is to be seen.

 

 

Thor : The Dark World

downloadThor: The Dark World is better, funnier and definitely a far cry from the first one. In the movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) asked for Loki’s help (Tod Hiddleston) to fight an evil Dark Elf’s sinister plan, from unleashing the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction.

The super villain Malekith is planning to annihilate the Nine Realms. As the king of the Realm Asgard, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) orders his son Thor to end Malekith’s intentions.

Additionally the “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slowly introduced in this film, it is an upcoming science fiction film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team.

Since most of the scenes are played out in Asgard and other distant dimensions, director Taylor did a great job in delivering his most compelling setpieces. The backdrop is a straight up fantasy world, serving as a good crossover from the first movie to the marvel Comics Asgard.

Overall I’m giving 8 stars out of 10 to Thor: The Dark World, both for its story line and great landscape.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past – Trailer

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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Days Of Future Past finds Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the current X-team confronting a dark alternate future where mutants are an endangered species, tracked down, imprisoned or killed thanks to Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage)’s Sentinel program and an overwhelming level of distrust aimed at them from regular humans.

They boldly plan to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in time to the First Class era (or a few years after we last met those versions of the characters) to convince the younger Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the rest to work together to stop the threat at its source

We love the X-Men for many reasons and we hope this version will capture some of the magic that fans and newcomers have been waiting for.

Only time will tell.. what do you think?

X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens on May 22 2014

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Frozen Movie 3D

Disney Frozen Trailer

For those of us that love animated movies and in particular Disney movies, Frozen looks like a lot of fun.

The main characters are strong women (from the trailer) who live in a world that brings magic, fantasy and roles together. In short a Disney movie..

The animation looks great and plot looks to have enough to take the interest of boys and girls, mums and dads alike.

The snowman come alive is sure to be a favourite with the kids.

Let us know what you think..

 

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby Review

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The trailer is a wonderful piece of cinema – rich, luscious, enticing and teasing which we’ve come to love and expect from Baz Luhrmann.

So it was with anticipation that we went to the screening.

The movie starts slowly and draws you in, weaving a tapestry of plots and characters that will entice and revolt, delight and surprise.

To avoid too many more spoilers, this is an adult film with adult themes, which touched on many aspects and I’m sure will have people coming back to watch time after time.

The stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire play their roles well and Leonardo is a great Gatsby. For a man who has played his life from the early days in stellar roles and living a Gatsbyesque lifestyle it seems apt.

This is a piece of art produced outside of time and with a heart that comes across.

It has some dark elements, which highlight all the more the good and joyful aspects of the movie.

Our need to fit in, to be perceived as doing right, to earn money, to love and be loved, to trust and be trusted – all these and more are exposed in this movie.

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Star Trek into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Review

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star-trek-into-darkness

Last night we went along to the latest update of the Star Trek reboot, some had seen the first reboot some had not, but we are all Sci-fi fans and love the heart of Star Trek.

Overall we had a good night out. One was a raving fan, and the rest of us enjoyed the ride.

The opening sequence is beautifully shot and sets the tone really well. The characters for the most part hold together well and work as new characters and as ripples of their archetypes, and the core question of logic / heart and what is right begins.

The upsides:

  • Great graphics – this is what animation and special effects were dreamt for – big space scenes where you really can forget that not one piece is really floating in space – yes the USS Enterprise is a real ship and we all wish we could fly on her…
  • The physicality of the universe made more sense – a real sense of a human made space ship and engineered world.
  • A few moments that will leave you engaged by the plot and wondering what’s next..
  • A favourite “Sherlock Holmes” playing a baddie.
  • Spock played by Zachary Quinto (from Heroes) played it well and the love interest with Uhura (played by the gorgeous Zoe Saldana)

The downsides:

  • a couple of the characters don’t cut it – McCoy, Scotty, … they are good actors but someone don’t seem to be playing it as straight as the rest and they are comic relief in parts but not in a way that we felt was right. Character choice and ability to play a role convincingly so that we the audience suspend our disbelief is more and more essential and harder and harder to “fake”.
  • a couple of places will have you question the plot and nice hollywood rubber band endings

Overall a movie that you can watch in the cinema or when it reaches home release. It won’t shock your world, but it will leave you having had a fun ride with your friends and after all isn’t that what cinema at least at times is all about.

 

 

 

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

For all Iron Man and Robert Downey, Jr.fans Iron Man 3 was being eagerly awaited and I think it’s fair to say exceeded expectations.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Yes, there’s been a change of staff for one of the key roles, and a change in tone.

In short summary, great action, great plot (refined slightly from the comic cartoon story lines), and a great humour tone.

Where Iron Man 2 left some areas for concern / doubt (still amazing film for real fans), this movie has the potential to be a real turning point movie for the franchise.

It also provides a great link together between Iron Man 1/2/3 and The Avengers franchise group.

Tony Stark is revealed as more human, more intelligent and more fragile.

Pepper Potts is evolved from the PA to his saviour.

Yes, some areas that change for the timing of the movie.

Yes, some things we’d love to share (but not till you’ve seen the movie)

Look and Feel

The Iron Man iconic imagery is there in full effect, including Tony Stark’s seaview mansion, the classic red and gold Iron Man armour, the red/white and blue of War Machine / Iron Patriot and previous Marvel adaptions.

The movie seems to have matured with a strong environment to complete the storyline.

This is a grown up Iron Man movie, not a simplified vision of what could be done.

The Mandarin is played very differently to some of the stories you may know and love – we give the director , writer and producers kudos for this strong move, which when you watch the movie through to the end will make sense.

Plot / Story

Iron Man 3 contains many plot lines and story elements – as requested we won’t reveal too many insights .. yet..

However, it does focus on Tony/Pepper’s relationship and how it moves from the simple place of their flirtation to a real world relationship where they are vulnerable and in a real world love. Where suffering, risk and passion are played full on. Any woman would have a hard time keeping up with Iron Man, and at the same time without his Pepper Potts there can be no Iron Man.

She saves him more than once and he her.

There is another theme about how we create our own demons, and this is a great lesson.

Sometimes those moments that we hardly notice go on to produce our greatest challenges.

Personally, I can acknowledge that and in some way part of why I really loved this movie.

There will be elements when you will cheer and elements that will delight.

The Catches

The Extremis elements are not as thought through and storied out as they could be, and for those who know and love the Marvel universe, they will have some questions and grumbles.

Can we excuse – yes.. but really.. this area of the script could have been handled more elegantly, completely and succinctly.

What’s next

We hope.. Iron Man 4.. we really do.. and keep it real, gritty and focussed.. we can but hope..

We are Iron Man..

 

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