Sunday, 17 July 2016
Ice Age: Collision Course Review - Manny, Diego, Sid, Ellie, Crash, Eddie, Shira, Peaches, Julian and once again joined by Buck are up for another adventure across the icy world of Ice Age.
The beloved or annoying (which ever way it may appeal to you), Scrat once again sets upon a journey, this time into the outer space to catch his elusive acorn and triggers a cosmic events that cause a meteor to head strait to Earth. Buck figures out a way to avoid the meteor from destroying the planet and together with the herd head towards a safer location. As usual, they are faced with loads of funny circumstances and situations while also learn few lesson on their own.
There is no doubt that Ice Age were exciting in the beginning with the idea of difference species bonding and becoming friends. The voice consist of really talented actors, namely Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah and later joined by even more new comers. The story were also fresh at the start of the series but too much of a good thing when its actually just repeated jokes and plot can get pretty tiring after a while. The same goes for the latest offering by our once favourite pack. There is still some funny moments but its not as laugh out loud as it used to be.
When Ice Age first came out, I was excited, then 2nd, 3rd and 4th and now the 5th. We kept getting cheated about the End Ice Age but somehow these odd pack managed to survive each time. They also keep adding the members until some of the original characters have lost their charm. Take Scrat for example…move on to other things than the acorn please. Have you not noticed all the trouble you have to go thru just to get that stupid nut you nut. Meanwhile, Manny is once again faced with dilemma when Peaches plan to get married and move away from him and Ellie. Diego is doing fine with his new found love, Shira except that they are having trouble trying to start a family and Sid still can’t find a life mate. All of them are trying to make it thru the Ice Age. Sounds familiar? Well…after 5th flick, its bound to happen so enough is enough. Perhaps we can let these animals live their lives without having to make it go up to Ice Age 10 maybe ey?
P/s - Thank you Siti for the preview passes.
Our Kind Of Traitor Review - A game of cat and mouse between the Russian Mafia and British Secret Service that accidentally involves a British couple.
A couple having relationship trouble, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) comes across a Russian Mafia, Dima (Stella Skarsgard) while holidaying in Morocco. They unintentionally get embroiled in a dangerous world of white collared criminal activities involving some people high up in the government. Pretty soon the couple finds themselves having to choose between walking away from getting into more trouble or help a friend in need. Every single decision and action will determine who lives and who dies.
The movie’s pace is slow so one needs the patience before it starts to pick up mid way. The story however is very interesting to watch and quite relevant to todays world. It may seem like a work of fiction but watch it and you are bound to think that it may not just be story for a film (*cough Panama Paper *cough). Casting of the right actors made it barely to sit thru. Stellan was spectacular as the Russian Mafia who in no time will get you rooting for him despite his dark history. Ewan meanwhile is still the charmer as he has always been coupled with rising star Naomie. Besides the acting chops, we also are taken around the world a bit travelling from Marrakesh, Paris and London to name a few. Watch out for the ‘colourful’ language though!
Overall i enjoyed this film but it could have been much better crafted. It may not suit everyone but those who want to watch, think and talk about a movie after walking out of the cinema might find it rather interesting.
Trivia - Both Ewan and Damien Lewis are rumoured to be in the running for the role of new James Bond while Naomi is the new Miss Moneypenny in the current James Bond franchise.
P/s - Thank you Lau for the preview passes.
Monday, 4 July 2016
Central Intelligence Review - Another action-comedy buddy flick this time combining The Rock and Kevin Hart.
Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) was the MVP during his high school years while Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock) used to get bullied. Despite his fame, Calvin never treated Bob in a bad way and years after graduating, Calvin settles down as an account and lives a rather boring life until Bob sends him a friend request on social media to hang out. From the word get go, Calvin’s quite is about to turn into a world full of spies, shooting, blasting and what not when Bob tells him that he is a secret agent being framed for a crime that he did not commit. Can these former high school friends work together to solve a crime or end up behind the bars?
I am not really a big fan of Kevin or Dwayne but their chemistry in this flick is amazing. They compliment each other rather well to make you laugh out loud with their antics. Story wise, it’s pretty simple and a fun overall. Not much brain power is needed to crack the case. Get ready to let out a few loud chuckles and you will enjoy this film very much. Despite being kind comedic there is also an important lesson about what bullying does to a person.
Go grab your buddy and have fun at the cinema with this one. Guaranteed to make your time and money worth while. One of the better popcorn flick to hit the big screen this year.
|Happy 4th of July Earth!!!|
Independence Day: Resurgence Review - Guess those fugly motherfucking aliens didn’t learn their lesson first time around.
|#amekko ko KLCC hancusssss|
The date was 4th of July, the year was 1996. The whole world was almost destroyed after a surprise attack by an alien race. The human race however survived and learned to work together since that day. Fast forward twenty (20) years later, an ancient alien portal activates itself. It brings David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) to Africa only to suspect that the same aliens are on their way for another shot to ’steal’ the planets molten core as fuel for their space ships. All hell breaks loose as the nasty visitors begin to destroy our iconic landmarks (blink and you will miss our very own Petronas Twin Towers come crashing down). All the while Levinson along with former President Thomas Whitmore (Bill Pullman) and Dr. Brakish Okun tries to find another way and more information on the aliens intention and way to defeat them again. Once again it will take the effort from the whole world to get rid the menace and rescue humans from the brink of extinction.
|The cast...the old and new and the one who is gonna survive and die.|
Noticed how I ignored that fact that Liam Hemsworth was also part of the movie? That’s because his role and any other characters played by the rest of the cast were reduced to a mere extra to fill in the gap. Even if they were to have anything to say or do, it didn’t make much difference. This sequel seriously lacked what made the first one so memorable, i’m not just talking about the special effect which were plenty but what it missed this time was…Will Smith and his wit. There were no sense of ‘will’-ness if you know what I mean. We however get to see the Queen alien clearly and boy, make sure you are not eating anything during the reveal because that is one fucking ugly Queen I tell ya! Beside the lack of hero to root for, the special effects felt so 1996. Twenty (20) years is a very long time for a counter attack you stupid aliens. Just for your information, we have already watch our iconic buildings taken down by humans you idiotic extra-terrestarials! Come up with better attacking plan or don’t bother at all next time ok.
|...so those buggers are back again for more ey?|
I was blown away by the Independence Day till I remember watching it few times at the cinema back in 1996 but this one…i thanked my lucky stars for scoring preview tickets and not wasting my money for an over hyped flick that fell flat. Resurgence could have been the sequel we deserved after waiting (20) twenty years, instead of going stupidly into the night. Meh
P/s - Thank you Cinema Online for the preview passes.