Alien: Covenant (2017)- Film Review

Alien: Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus and prequel to the 1979 Alien film, and is directed by Ridley Scott, the director of both those films. The film follows the crew of a colonisation ship who, after being forced to stop due to a radiation storm, come across a new planet that they believe would be better for a colony than they’re destination. However, in true horror film fashion, the planet isn’t as perfect as it seems and the crew is subsequently terrorised by chest bursting aliens. I absolutely love Alien and Aliens, and so I was looking forward to seeing if the masterful suspense and horror that the first film managed to portray so perfectly. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t come close to the quality of its predecessors. I actually found myself laughing at the stupidity of the plot and characters actions, cringing at the poorly presented “horror,” and down-right insulted by some of the story elements that undermine the previous films. You can see how they wanted to turn the Alien franchise into the next big sci-fi franchise, like Star Wars or Star Trek, and so all the subtlety, and simple but effective storytelling, is lost in CGI action and pointless backstory that bloats he film and tries to establish this wide extended universe. This film is also directed by Ridley Scott, and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. I am going to say that from this point on I may be revealing spoilers, so if you wish to remain spoiler free then stop reading now. Continue reading “Alien: Covenant (2017)- Film Review”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)- Film review

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is the sequel to the widely successful first film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film Returns to the rag-tag group of space criminals as they try to fight an inter-dimensional space monster and carries on from there in the same comedic action style that was fantastically done in the first film, with a great soundtrack and fun science fiction, but also adds a theme of friendship and family. This film focuses on Starlord meeting his father, and what that means for himself and the group, as well as the whole rest of the galaxy. All the same characters from the first film are back, with Yondu and Nebula having greater roles as Starlord’s surrogate father and Gamora’s rival sister, to greater support the theme of family. If you like marvel films, or even just sci-fi or comedy, then I think you already know that you’ll like this one. The Guardians of the Galaxy is currently my favourite sub-series in the MCU, and while Vol. 2 lacks in some areas when compared to the first film, it improves on it in others. The film is directed by James Gunn, and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot, with supporting roles from Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and Kurt Russell. Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)- Film review”

Power Rangers (2017)- Film review

Power Rangers is a new blockbuster based off the old TV show of the same name, focusing on a team of heroes in different coloured suits with giant robot dinosaurs, I’m pretty sure everyone knows what the power rangers are. This film follows a group of different high school students, Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini and Zack, who are all isolated, and when the group find a collection of coloured coins, and an alien spaceship carrying the AI consciousness of an alien hero, in the town quarry, they are transformed into the super powered rangers, and must train to defend the world from the evil Rita Repulsa. This film takes itself more seriously than the show used to, gone are the swooshing fists and over the top, well, over the top absolutely everything, but this film isn’t like all the dark and depressing DC films either, there is a lot of fun and excitement to be had. It reminded me a lot of Pacific Rim, the sort of film that is fun to watch because of the big, and really well done, CGI action that’s just supposed to be cool, but then if you actually think about it you know it’s got a lot of problems. I had a lot of problems with Power Rangers, there were so many things that annoyed me and were just plain stupid, but despite that I actually enjoyed the film quite a bit, even though I never watched the TV show as a kid. It’s a fun popcorn film that if you switch off your brain you can have a blast with, and none of the issues are offensively bad, there actually quite fun to laugh at, so bear that in mind as this review is probably going to sound very negative. This film is directed by Dean Israelite, and stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G. and Ludi Lin as the Red, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Black rangers, with supporting roles from Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, and Bill Hader. Continue reading “Power Rangers (2017)- Film review”

Ghost in the Shell (2017)-Film Review

Ghost in the Shell is a new Sci Fi action film based on the highly influential 90s anime of the same name. Set in the near future, where most of humankind has merged with technology through cybernetic enhancements, human consciousness is referred to as their ‘Ghost,’ which reside inside their own ‘Shell,’ meaning body. The film follows Major, whose Shell is the first ever completely cybernetic body, with a human brain, after her original body was killed in an accident. Major works for Section 9, an anti-terrorist defence unit, and after a number of murders happen to executives of the cybernetics company, Hanka, her and partner Batou start an investigation that will dig up things from Major’s forgotten past. Much like the original anime, this film looks at what it means to be human, and whether something technological can be considered alive, and while this film doesn’t explore that concept in as deep or conceptual way as the original film did, I found this film to be a more accessible, simpler version of that concept. This film is more action heavy and easier to follow than the anime, but isn’t as subtle or artistic. I found this film to be a very entertaining sci-fi action film with a deeper concept than a lot of modern big budget films tend to have. This film is directed by Rupert Sanders, and stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, and Michael Pitt. Continue reading “Ghost in the Shell (2017)-Film Review”

John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)-Film review

John Wick Chapter 2 is the follow up to 2014 fantastic action film John Wick. The film returns to John Wick as he is forced back into the underground world of assassins against his will, as a crime boss who Wick owed a debt to comes looking to collect on it. The film expands greatly on the secret and mysterious criminal underworld that was introduced in the first film, and takes it even further down the fantastical route while still remaining believable in the context of the film (I’m not saying there’s magic or anything like that but it’s definitely larger than life). John Wick is just as much of a badass as before, and you expect many henchmen to be shot in the face or killed in some other fashion. To be honest there isn’t a lot to say about this film, it’s pretty much the same as the first film, just with a bigger story and action scenes, which is expected of a sequel. I left feeling very satisfied, as this was just as good as a sequel to John Wick probably could be. If you liked the first film you will like this one as well, and I loved the first John Wick and I thoroughly enjoyed the second chapter. This film stars Keanu Reeves as John Wick, with supporting roles from Ian McShane, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Common, and Laurence Fishburne, and is directed by Chad Stahelski. Continue reading “John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)-Film review”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)- Film review

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Rogue One is a spin-off anthology film set in the Star Wars Universe. The film depicts the events that led up to the beginning of A New Hope, showing how the Rebellion acquired the Death Star plans. The film focuses on the team of rebels as they try to acquire the plans, and primarily follows Jyn Erso, a convicted criminal who is recruited by the Rebellion. I don’t really know what else to say about it without spoiling it, but despite the fact that the film goes all over the galaxy to new and unique planets, it feels like more of a small scale adventure than the other films. I found the film to be very enjoyable with engaging characters. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelson, Forrest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelson, as is directed by Gareth Edwards.   Continue reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)- Film review”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)- Film review

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel/spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise and is the first film in a planned 5 film series. The film follows Magizoologist Newt Scamander as he arrives in New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures, and when an encounter with No-Maj (American Muggle) Jacob Kowalski causes some of his Beasts to escape into New York, Newt and others must track them down before they hurt others or themselves. The film offers a familiar yet different setting from the Harry Potter films, as it’s set in America in the 1920s. We see new aspects of the wizarding world, such the American Wizarding Government MACUSA (the Magical Congress of the United States of America), but it is still a return to the world of magic that we love and they really play off of that. You can’t help feeling excited when the music starts and as this was written by J.K Rowling and directed by David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, you feel like you’re in the right hands. Fantastic Beasts stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol. Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)- Film review”