It struck me that I see a lot of movies and simply do not have the time to write a proper full review for each one. Even a couple of hundred words takes time. So I thought I would add this quick review section as perhaps not everyone wants to read a long review either.
‘I have been flying for over four decades and I am being judged for the last 208 seconds’ – It’s a line (well not exactly, but something to that effect, IMDB doesn’t have the quotes section up yet) from the movie and it pretty much sums up Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’s ‘miracle’ landing of US Airways flight 1549 on the Hudson on 15 January 2009.
Plot and Script
Sully, played by Tom Hanks makes a human decision relying on his vast experience and lands a plane of 155 people on the Hudson, making it the first flights to survive a water landing with all lives intact. The movie is about viewpoints – of the pilots (Aaron Eckhart plays the co-pilot), of the passengers, and of the investigating officers of the safety board. It shows what happened during the flight, after it landed and the investigation where the pilots were scrutinized for their decision as the simulations said that they could have gone back to LaGuardia and landed.
Considering it is a true incident and everybody survived, this film is dead serious and comes straight to the point. Simulations can predict scenarios to a certain extent but they don’t and cant predict how humans will react in a certain situation. How can one judge a person in a few seconds when they have a lifetime of experience with no incidents? That’s the question the film tries to ask
Keano Reeves has managed to bring us a movie that is a considerable improvement on some of his recent efforts such as Knock Knock,.
This courtroom drama is pretty much along the lines of John Grisham style novel. To be honest it is not totally consuming through most of the movie. It is very watchable, but
MINOR SPOILER ALERT
The real saving grace of this thriller is the clever twist that you think you see coming half way through the movie, but that’s the nature of a good plot twist, it lets you think you know what is happening when you actually don’t.
Rennee Zellwegger is in a good supporting role, as is Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a British actress I had not heard of before, but many may recognise from Doctor Who.
Overall well worth watching if you like this type of movie.
I would like to point out that I do not like football (soccer to our American cousins) I have no interest in the game, but in every sport there are those magical individuals who are more than just the game they play.
Pele is certainly one of those great exceptions. At the age of 15 he had never left his impoverished little town, never played with an actual football, and had never worn a pair of football boots.
Just 18 months later a 17 year old boy not only more or less single-handedly wins the World Cup final, he also win’s back the pride of an entire nation, which had been seriously tarnished by the off field antics of a previous losing Brazilian World Cup team.
The young cast is very good, the footballing skills of Kevin de Paula. who plays Pele, are mesmerising to watch. This is a feel good family movie, and is obviously going to appeal to any true football fan from any nation.
I was not going to watch this movie as most of Cage’s recent efforts seem to have been shot on a relatively small budget in Louisiana or any other state that offers movie makers tax breaks to come and shoot third rate B movies in swaps or cities such as New Orleans.
The Trust was shot in Vegas so I thought I would give it a try based more or less on that alone. After movies such as ‘Left Behind’ and ‘Rage’ I was not expecting much from the man who used to make movies like ‘Machstick Men’ and ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ and now has straight to download /DVD attached to many of his offerings.
Well The Trust was a slight improvement, but not much, two cops turn ‘bank robbers’ in this slow paced and predictable ‘rob the mob’ movie.
His partner Elijah Wood looks like he is sleepwalking through the entire movie with an expression that says ‘what am I doing here’?
I will not tell you the story, telling anything will more or less give away the plot, such as it is. Cage had better start getting his hands on some decent scripts before he is offered ‘CSI New Orleans’ as his next gig.
Highly regarded as one of the most complete not to mention entertaining sci-fi/horror movies ever made, The Thing stands the tests of time and still scares the bejesus out of you. The atmosphere of isolation and pure fear keeps you gripped and the fact it keeps you guessing makes it all the more brilliant. John Carpenter was really on the ball with this one, and it rightly deserves its place amongst the classics.
A research team of twelve are at a remote research station in the Antarctic in the winter of ’82, and come across an alien that has been buried under the snow and ice for more than 10,000 years. One it had defrosted, the form changing beastie proceeds to wreak havoc, creates unimaginable terror and infiltrates the group to become one of their number.
In one of his early adult performances, Kurt Russell is outstanding, and the rest of the cast perform brilliantly too. The special effects used were ground breaking at that time, and still hold up well, and raises the argument of relying less on fancy CGI and returning to the good old days of make-up and other effects to portray the menace of creatures. If you have never seen The Thing, you really don’t know what you are missing.
In the film entitled ‘The Grey’, it is Mother Nature versus Liam Neeson, and up until the end it’s not really clear who is going to come out the victor in this action packed flick that features the classic actor in a face off against Alaskan wolves.
Neeson plays a man that is mourning the loss of his wife who lives in isolation in Alaska protecting oil rig workers from the wildlife around the plant. The day to day life is a bit dull but it passes, that is until he and the workers jump on a plane and end up crashing in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on their back and a pack of wolves that are savagely hungry.
To his credit, while the role may not sound like much Neeson plays it to the tee and it’s a shame that the director did not take more of Neeson’s emotion to heart because the clichéd flashbacks that are tossed in between the scenes actually detract from the genuine heart of the film.
The film opens with Neeson’s character considering how easy it would be to end it all at the end with his rifle barrel, but he decides not to and the film moves onward. Just a few minutes later Neeson gets a shock and thinks he might as well have done it when the plane he is on starts heading straight for the ground.
Already the outsider of the group, Neeson steps up to the mark as it seems he is both a born leader and a professional hunter, making him the most likely to guide the men through the wilderness and to safety. Although there are some power struggles they end up gravitating towards his leadership and suddenly the group is moving towards safety.
That is until the wolves show up to add some drama and action to the film, conveniently, it also helps weed out the group so that all that is left is a nice handful of stars to help support Neeson on his quest which include Dallas Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Frank Grillo.