Reviews

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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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      A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (6/10)


        This movie is all about style over substance. And stylish it absolutely is. The (black and white) photography is exceptional; every scene is planned for its visuals. And the soundtrack is truly excellent as well. The combination sets out a great atmosphere throughout the entire movie and it is visually and aurally outstanding.


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      Gattaca (10/10)


        Gattaca, like all he very best sic-fi, tells a tale yet manages to deal with broader human issues. It is set in a future where discrimination has now become a science, but it is not based on gender or skin colour but on your genetic code, your DNA. Many children in the society portrayed are genetically designed and have any flaws or imperfections designed out by scientists. The world is now divided between those lucky ones whose parents chose or could afford this route, and the rest, who for whatever reason end up being born naturally.


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      American Sniper (6/10)


        The real story of Chris Kyle, US Navy Seal and sniper, is remarkable. He was credited with 160 kills in the Iraq War, more than any sniper in US military history. In Clint Eastwood’s depiction this is a man with strong moral convictions, who believes he is defending his country and shows no regret as he skilfully picks off militant after militant who present a threat to his colleagues.


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