The Martian: What I Thought!

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Minutes into The Martian, Matt Damon’s Mark Watney says “I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this” and I swear I chuckled so loud that the guy next to me was eyeballing me. I never thought I’d be in for a treat going for Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Of course I am a huge Scott fan but his last two movies were a bit too tiresome to sit through. The ageing director’s prowess felt bumbling a bit, but The Martian proves that he’s still got it. This is Sir Ridley Scott’s awesome Comeback! Continue reading The Martian: What I Thought!

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Ant-Man: What I Thought!

Ant Man Review

By now Marvel has made sure that people WILL watch whatever they churn out. Audience, fans or not, don’t want to miss out any of the ‘Phase’ movies so that they are kept in the Marvel Universe loop. Who knows what reference they’d be making in their next big superhero epic and who would want to feel awkward when everybody around you is having a chuckle. I thought I’d never say this but, I am getting a bit too tired of the superhero movies overcrowding Hollywood. So for Ant-Man instead of jumping in headlong, I decided to wait for the reviews and surprisingly it fared well on Rotten Tomatoes and on the Internet Realm. Let’s give this a shot. Continue reading Ant-Man: What I Thought!

Mad Max Fury Road: What I Thought!

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Mad Max Fury Road is everything you’ve never expected from a modern day action movie. And if you’ve set your expectations low or arent into post-apocalyptic movies, you’ll be in for a surprise. And by the end of it, you’d have wished that you’d never thought so low about George Miller’s ambitious masterpiece.

30 years since the fourth movie, George Miller sets Mad Max Fury Road in a world where almost everybody has gone insane, including its lead, Max Rockatansky. The plot is paper thin and its nothing but an escort mission, lead by Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa, through barren post-apocalyptic wastelands and chased by the main antagonist, Immortan Joe and his maniac War Boys. This is a standalone movie and can hold strong on its own, but if you do want to get into the tone and mood of Mad Max, you oughta watch the old trilogy as it also sheds some light on Max’s story and arguably on who Immortan Joe really would be.

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Horrible Bosses 2: What I Thought!

Horrible-Bosses-2-ReviewI wasn’t too intrigued when I’d seen the initial previews of Horrible Bosses, the reason being almost all of the comedy flicks shows the best in the trailers and the final film would be far less hilarious than the previews. Horrible Bosses was one of the few movies that truly surprised me with its chuckloads of humor, a star studded cast and a novel premise. It caught me off guard and plummeted me into an abyss of laughs and it was twice as funny as it was something that we all could relate to. I mean who hasn’t ever had at least one horrible boss in their lifetime. Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2: What I Thought!

Skyfall: What I Thought!

Skyfall was the single most anticipated movie after the Goliath that released in July. James Bond movies have always captured a huge audience in-spite of age, sex and whatnot. Directed by Sam Mendes, I was curious enough to see how ‘Revolutionary Road’ helmer would craft the 23rd James Bond movie. A lot has been left in his hands and it really has to be a milestone especially when they are celebrating ’50 Years of James Bond’.

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Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Frankly, I’d no intention of going for this one. But as the movies were clearing its way for the ‘behemoth’ ie opening next week, ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’ was the only movie that had the guts to show up a week before. I learnt that my friends had been reading the book recently and when asked, they said it wasn’t that interesting. Well its movie equivalent though succeeds in giving you a fairly gratifying experience. Initially I was also put off with the concept of mixing history with supernatural elements. I was like ‘of all the historical icons they had to take…WHY Abe Lincoln?’

Directed by ‘Wanted’ helmer Timur Bekmambetov, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker in the lead. Initially I found him to be quite campy playing the lead although he quickly breaks all suspicions playing a convincingly enough Lincoln, be it hunting vampires or acting out the more historical/factual side of him. Following some vampiric  events Lincoln becomes a protege to vampire hunter Henry Sturges, played by Dominic Cooper. We have seen his breathtaking portrayal of Uday Hussein in ‘The Devils Double’ as well as Howard Stark in ‘Captain America’. Although Henry Sturges here isn’t as remarkable as those, he still pulls off a rather credible performance. Apart from Benjamin and Dominic I didn’t find anybody noteworthy. Well Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Abe’s wife and does just that.

Coming from Timur who gave us the brilliant ‘Wanted’, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is a sheer disappointment. Set that fact aside, and you might be able enjoy the movie. Don’t bother to think it through even-though it gives you chances aplenty to link historical events to its more supernatural counterparts. The visuals are well done, with the gore, gruesome and abundant. Action sequences are very much enjoyable and the plot just acts as a reason for them to be directed so. Its not a great movie by any chance, its worth a lazy watch nonetheless.

Prometheus 3D: What I Thought!

Ridley Scott is someone who helped build the science fiction genre. 1979’s ‘Alien’ is more than a horror classic; its a cult movie and it defined the atmospheric horror genre. I have been a die hard fan since I saw Alien. The Xenomorph, a classic Sci-fi/horror icon by now, had been etched in my mind since then. ‘Alien’ was a work of genius, it marked the milestone for sci-fi/horror movies where as its sequel, Aliens, helmed by James Cameron proved to be an action classic and shot the lead protagonist ‘Ripley’ (played Sigourney Weaver) to the top of the list of Female Action Heroes.

There were rumors from its nascence that Prometheus was a prequel to the ‘Alien’ saga and for those of who are familiar with H R Giger’s works it was evident from the previews itself that the rumors were indeed true. The previews were ridden with epitomizations of Alien, the most prominent being the ‘Space Jockey’. And NO that’s no spoiler. Prometheus raked up anticipation in me and it was no doubt in good hands. I mean who else to direct a prequel to Alien than its own daddy? Or so I thought!

The story is set years before the events of ‘Alien’. A crew of 17 is set in motion to LV 223 in a ship entitled ‘Prometheus’ financed by the Weyland corporation to find out about our forerunners known only as the ‘Engineers’. The Engineers according to the 2 archaeologists onboard could be our our makers and they are off to find the secrets of the unknown. They arrive on LV 223 and find pyramids which they go on to explore. If you have any idea about the game ‘Halo Reach’ its pretty much the same and there you go…you have the first flaw. You’d know well by the second act that its not gonna end well for the 17 crew members.

Prometheus’ first half had more of that ‘Alien’ atmospheric vibe to it and I enjoyed it immensely. It never had monsters closets or audio cues to startle me yet it kept me in a suspended state of fear, an anticipation of events to come. It kept me heaving but never scared me. The second half though, did nothing more than provide action sequences and set piece moments through till the end which I am never dissapointed of. It entertained me, yes, but still the pace that it kept alive in the first half was nowhere to be found.

Prometheus has a who’s who of a cast. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce to name a few. Noomi Rapace tries hard to be this gen Ripley and yes she succeeds to a extend but never enough to topple ‘Ripley’. Its not her fault though. Most of the characters are underwritten making them no more than one dimensional. There are no backstories provided for the characters except for some which was explained a bit via the viral campaign hence its hard for us to sympathise for the crew members. Then again the characters from Alien didn’t have any backstories either, yet Kane (for obvious reasons), Ash, Parker, Dallas, Lambert and the whole lot managed to cling on to your mind…now that was ingenious writing. Though there’s one true standout performance is of Michael Fassbender’s as David. Its unlikely that you are gonna forget ‘David’ anytime soon. His intentions (if he had any) were unpredictable from start to end.

Prometheus is a visual spectacle. LV 223 is something to behold. And the art direction is remarkable as well. Taking it in 3D just accentuated it all. Its one of those movies that begs to be seen in 3D. Its eyecandy at its best.

Audio Design is yet another thing that stood out. It has a great ambience but its nothing compared to Alien. The score by Marc Streitenfeld does its best to engross you. The track ‘Life’ had that old school effect on me. It somehow put me in an experience reminding me of Ridley Scott’s other classics.

The plot leaves us with quite alot of questions and unlike Nolan’s movies its not trying to be ambiguous. It was plain unanswered. The scope for a really smart storyline was there but I suppose it was lost amidst all the astounding visuals. If Prometheus was regarded as a standalone movie, comparisons with Alien aside, its a winner. But we are constantly reminded of the gem that was Alien; be it the pods inside the pyramid or the space jockey or the first site of a facehugger prototype…its hard not to consider Prometheus as a prequel. For all its worth, I was content with the visuals and early phases of the Xenomorphs’ evolution.