Reviews

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      The Rover (6/10)


        The Rover takes place in the Australian outback, 10 years after ‘the collapse’. The normal rules of society have broken down, the law is no longer upheld, and individuals are beginning to come to terms with living in world where everyone seems to be free to be judge, jury and executioner if and when they feel like it. It sort of feels it may be taking place well after normal society collapsed, but still a while before it had become quite as bad as in the original Mad Max.


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      Good Kill (6/10)


        Director Andrew Nicoll once again teams up with Ethan Hawke, just like they did in the excellent Gattaca (1997). And like Gattaca, Good Kill raises questions about the impact of technology developments on society at large through focusing on individuals and their personal struggles. This time in the context of warfare.


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      Chappie (4/10)


        There is a lot of promise in this movie on paper – directed by Neil Blomkamp, with Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman on board, it may seem like this movie borrows a bit from movies Robocop or even Short Circuit, but it is trying to be quite a different kind of movie.


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      Dragon Blade (3/10)


        The most expensive Chinese movie ever made, Dragon Blade cannot be accused of lacking ambition. The intent of the story is grand and some of the battle scenes are grander still.

        I went into this movie with an open mind hoping for some spectacle as the scale has awe-inspiring potential. But blimey did they mess this up. The angle to the whole story is incredibly sappy… amplified by a painfully melodramatic score to ‘highlight’ all the emotional bonding that is going on when enemies become allies and Jackie Chan continues to fight for the common good…


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      The One I Love (5/10)


        The One I Love is billed as a ‘comedy’. But I think the real problem this directorial debut of Charlie McDowell (son of) has is that it isn’t quite sure what it is trying to be.

        This is a movie definitely best watched with as little knowledge of the plot as possible, so I won’t explain much more than this: A couple is undergoing marriage counselling, and their counsellor sends them off to a private retreat that will work wonders.


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      Frequencies (aka OXV: The Manual) (6/10)


        This interesting indie movie is set in a world where people resonate at individual frequencies. The frequency is an absolute determinant of ‘Good Fortune’; the higher the frequency, the more good luck the individual will experience throughout their life, and the lower their frequency the more bad luck they will experience. Also, the higher a person’s frequency, the less they feel or experience emotions.


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      Survivor (4/10)


        Pierce Brosnan plays ‘The Watchmaker’, a ruthless killer who is out to take out Mila Jovovich’ Security Director as she may foil a terrorist attack being plotted…

        The movie is basically one big chase between the two. But the way they go about everything they each do makes so little sense for supposed experts in their fields that it undermines the whole movie… They seem each to choose the hardest and least logical route to do anything and everyting.


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      Run All Night (4/10)


        Well. Another Liam Neeson Action Movie.

        Liam Neeson’s acting is fine and so is Ed Harris’, but in the end there just isn’t anything special to this movie. I would write more if only I could remember anything about the plot.

        Utterly forgettable. Only watch it if you are bored and can’t think of anything better to do.


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      Kingsman: The Secret Service (6/10)


        Another comic-book adaptation? Yep. A Very Stylish One too! The plot is not all that relevant but here you go: street kid gets recruited into secret spy agency Kingsman and things happen.

        It is at heart a grand spoof of the old Bond movies from Roger Moore’s days – but updated to today’s standards of action and visual spectacle – or maybe even setting some new standards at that.


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      Time Lapse (5/10)


        Yet another time travel movie? Well at least it has its own twist: the machine in this movie doesn’t make people travel in time, it is a camera that takes pictures 24 hours into the future.

        The concept is interesting enough; the consequences are unfortunately somewhat predictable: it will be used for personal gain, which unsurprisingly in the end backfires in an increasingly destructive fashion.


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