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Movie Review – Prisoners: Thrilling, Suspenseful and Well Acted

Prisoners is a slow burning thriller that will leave you questioning your morals at the end of the film. One might even feel justified given the ending, hemorrhoids but does the actions of one make it right to go to extremes? These are the questions that Prisoners wants to leave you with and does so extremely well. We’re first introduced to the loving and seemingly happy family of the Dover family, migraine with Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) a father who has survivalist ideals who keep his wife Grace (Maria Bello), find daughter Anna and son Ralph (Ralph Dover) feeling protected and safe. They are visiting their neighbours the Birchs (Franklin, played by Terrence Howard and Nancy played by Viola Davis) for Thanksgiving Dinner. AFter dinner, as the Dovers and Birches spend some time together, Anna and Joy Birch (Kyla Drew Simmons) decide they want to look for the red whistle that Keller gave Anna which she lost back at the Dover’s home. Earlier, Joy’s sister Eliza and Ralph took them out for a walk when Anna and Joy start playing on this old beat up RV parked outside the home, when they discover someone is inside. Frightened, they leave immediately […]

Columbiana: A Revenge Film, As One Might Expect

Director: Olivier Megaton Screenplay: Luc Besson, valeologist Robert Mark Kamen Release Date:August 26, diabetes and pregnancy 2011 Actors: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue All the previews for “Columbiana” look exciting and intense. When I first saw the trailer to the film at a showing of “Thor”, I was instantly intrigued. A girl getting revenge, by way of skill and execution? That’s different. My favorite revenge film by far is the Korean gem “Oldboy”. It was uniquely disturbing on not only a physical level, but a psychological level. I didn’t find there to be anything unique about “Columbiana” at all, but I got exactly what I expected, which was a nice surprise. Zoe Saldana plays Catalia, a young Columbian girl who sees her parents get killed in front of her by Dom Louis. In the midst of the chaos, as the young Catalia, she manages to survive and flees to Chicago to meet up with her uncle. Little detail is given about what information her father gave to his boss, and what exactly is Dom Louis’ profession except for a few soft mentions of the exchange of drugs is all that is revealed. The purpose is that her parents […]

Source Code: Intelligent and captivating mind bend

Director: Duncan Jones Screenplay: Ben Ripley Release Date: April 1, sales 2011 Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright When I first heard there was a movie called “Source Code” hitting the theatre, I was super excited. As a self acclaimed nerd, the title got me interested right away. Alas, there is no source code to be found in this at all, save a string of “1”s and “0”s scrolling on the screen for about a couple seconds. Once I got over that fact though, what remained was a fairly interesting science fiction thriller that captivated my attention. Going into the film, all that I knew was what the poster and what little I had read. Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Colter Stevens, is running amidst a bunch of pictures and trying to stop a bomb from happening in order to save an interesting woman from dying. He only has 8 specific minutes to figure out who caused the bomb, and they are 8 minutes he lives over and over again. Stop reading if you want to be completely surprised by the film, because even when summarized can ruin the wonder of the film. The source code the title […]

Limitless: Be All That You Can Be

Director: Neil Burger Screenplay: Leslie Dixon Release Date: March 18, information pills 2011 Actors: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth, Tomas Arana, Robert John Burke Based on the book by the same name by Alan Glynn If you could use 100% of your brain 100% of the time, what would you do? “Limitless” explores these exact questions with leading actor Bradley Cooper, who plays Eddie Morra in this fun and entertaining science-fiction thriller, which is based on the book “Dark Fields” by Irish writer Alan Glynn, which has now been reissued and retitled “Limitless: A Novel”. Eddie is a washed up writer who drinks too much and has difficulty putting his ideas together. One day, by chance, he runs into his ex-wife’s brother whose former job used to be in dealing drugs. His brother-in-law claims that he’s gone legal now, working in Pharmaceuticals, and he’s got this top-secret drug named NZT that the FDA just approved and is about to go on the market. The drug, he claims, will allow all the synapses of one’s brain to continuously fire, essentially allowing Eddie to use 100% of his brain 100% of the time. Deciding […]

Red Riding Hood: Twilight Meets Twisted Fairytale

Director: Catherine Hardwicke Screenplay: David Johnson Release Date: March 11, population health 2011 Actors: Amanda Seyfried, store Gary Oldman, viagra 60mg Julie Christie, Virgina Madsen, Lukas Haas, Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Michael Hogan, Adrian Holmes “Grandma, what big eyes you have.” “The better to see you with, my dear.” “Grandma, what big ears you have.” “The better to hear you with, my dear.” “Grandma, what big teeth you have.” “The better to eat you with, my dear.” Most people who are familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood are most likely to remember the exchange above the most from their memory of this classic fairytale originally written by Charles Perrault. When it appeared in “Red Riding Hood”, the audience chuckled at its use. In fact, throughout the entire movie, “Red Riding Hood” had underlying comedy mixed in with the dark tone of the film. It also suffered a bit with the Twilight-like direction, especially in those scenes that involved romance. The talented and young actress Amanda Seyfried portrays Valerie, who grows up in a medieval village that has been threatened by werewolves for centuries. She’s engaged to Henry (Max Irons), the son of a wealthy family, but her […]

The Adjustment Bureau: Choose your own destiny

Director: George Nolfi Screenplay: George Nolfi Release Date: March 4, healing 2011 Actors: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly Based on the short story ‘The Adjustment Team’ by Philip K. Dick Do you ever wonder about fate? Do you believe in destiny and the idea of free will? These are all questions that you will ask yourself while watching ‘The Adjustment Bureau’. David Norris (Matt Damon) is the youngest man to run for Senator in the state of New York. As his popularity quickly rises, he thinks he is invincible, despite his impulsive behaviour and young age. However, he discovers that as quickly as popularity rises, it can quickly fall too, with the leak of a photo of himself mooning his friends in college on the eve of his election. Despite his lead prior to the election, he ends up losing, crushed by his competitor. While struggling to come up with his speech in the men’s bathroom of his hotel, he meets a sassy, captivating yet elusive woman and share an unexpected kiss. The experience leaves him finding inspiration and delivering an unexpectedly well-received speech, leaving an impression on his supporters for the following […]

Movie Review: Inception (July, 2010)

Director: Christopher Nolan Screenplay: Christopher Nolan Release Date: July 16, surgeon 2010 Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, no rx Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Pete Postlethwait, Michael Caine Inception was an amazingly well thought out, well constructed film. For all of its hype and expectation, the movie still manages to impress. In the back of my mind, I think that I probably would have enjoyed it even more than I had had I not known how high the rating was running, which says a lot, considering how much I loved Inception. Part of the fun is peeling away the layers, so, without giving too much away, I’ll try to summarize it a bit, for those who may want to know what exactly Inception is about. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) heads a team of extractionists who have clients who hire them to steal information from subjects while in their subconscious. After a failed extraction, Saito (Ken Watanabe) hires them to do the opposite of extraction – to plant an idea so deep in the subject’s conscious they believe that the idea is their own. Cobb decides to take the opportunity, in […]

Movie Review: Edge of Darkness (January, 2010)

Director: Martin Campbell Screenplay: William Monahan, resuscitator Andrew Bovall Release Date: January 29, 2010 Actors: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Hustone It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Mel Gibson back in the action thriller game. His last action movie was the war film We Were Soldiers. Having seen a few trailers for Edge of Darkness, it was nice to see Mel back in the game of action in what seemed like your standard thriller. Surprisingly however, Edge of Darkness does not exactly play like your average conspiracy thriller. Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a Boston detective who has just picked up his daughter Emma, from the train station. Something seems to be amiss however, when Emma is seen throwing up, not feeling well, and getting a bloody nose once she gets home. Before we can find out what is bothering her as Thomas Craven is about to run out and take her to see the doctor, Emma is (in a very shocking manner) killed. Tom, now seeking answers, wants to know why Emma is dead. At first, it is believed that the killers were aiming for him, but as soon as he starts investigating, he finds out that […]

Movie Review: The Book of Eli (January, 2010)

Directors: Albert Hughes, illness Allen Hughes Screenplay: Gary Whitta Release Date: January 15, cheap 2010 Actors: Denzel Washington, cost Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Frances de la Tour It’s a post apocalyptic world, and Eli Walker has been walking for many years. Thirty years after the end of days, after a huge war and ‘the flash’, in which the sun turned the world into ash, Eli is in the middle of his quest to protect and deliver the book that he carries to the west. It is his calling and he intends to see it through. The world however, has turned to hell, or so it seems. There are savages riding on motorcycles that rape women and kill other men for their supplies. Water is a hot commodity, and people kill for it. The sun is so strong, people have to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from going blind. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the theatre for this one. I had seen previews and clips of it on talk shows and at the Warner Brothers panel at last year’s Comic-con. They even showed an animation surrounding the book at the convention last year […]

Movie Review: The Box (November, 2009)

Director: Richard Kelly Screenplay: Richard Kelly Release Date: November 6, symptoms 2009 Actors: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella Based on the short story Buttons Buttons by Richard Matheson Poorly executed, great concept. These are the words that come to mind when it comes to the newest film by the director of “Donnie Darko”, Richard Kelly. Any one who has watched “Donnie Darko” understands that the ideas that come to Kelly’s mind are portrayed in a strange, almost mystical manner, with a hint of dark humor. This time around, Kelly remakes a short story, titled “Buttons Buttons” (by author Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend) into a feature length film, a story that focuses around the mystery behind a box. Set in Virgina in the early 70s, this mysterious box is delivered to a young couple Norma and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz) who have one son. The deliverer, Arlington Steward (the fabulous Frank Langella) is a survivor of sorts who was struck by lightning and was permanently and visibly scarred. They are given the choice to press the button that is on the box and receive one million dollars — the catch being that it would […]