2 movie reviews in one go: ‘Hercules’ and ‘Nightcrawler’ (2014)


End of year is around the corner and it’s the perfect time for me to watch films released early in the year that I have missed last time. Now is also the time for me to enjoy recently released films to keep expanding the total number of films released this year that I have watched. Now it’s about 40. Planning to go over 50 soon. So, the two movies that filled up my Saturday well are ‘Hercules’ and ‘Nightcrawler’. I’m going to just pack the two movie reviews into a single post.

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‘Hercules’ is an adventure film revolves on the titular character of course, whom is portrayed by Dwayne Johnson. His big physique fits the role well but I don’t know why I have never enjoyed his acting. But in neutral opinion, he is doing fine here as Hercules. The movie’s trailer mislead us, making us thinking that it is a myth or monsters movie. But in the end, it turned out that it is only a typical war movie. I prefer seeing Hercules fighting big monsters or creatures for a more ‘legendary’ type of adventure. The movie had it shown very briefly in its first few minutes. Disappointing.

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Fortunately, the war story and the plot twist are able to keep things at least slightly interesting. The message conveyed by the end of the movie that stated one don’t need to be a demigod to be a hero, but you just have to believe that you can be a hero. Good statement there. That’s about the film. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Hercules’ a total of 7.0.

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Next is ‘Nightcrawler’, a film that is very well received and has already started generating buzz especially to the movie’s main lead, Jake Gyllenhaal. It tells about a jobless man, Lou desperate for work, whom then muscles into the world of Los Angeles crime journalism. He goes beyond boundary and rationality to be the first hand to shoot footage of accidents or crimes and sell to local TV station for big pay. The story is very new and fresh for me, and I particularly enjoyed the film.

The movie is thrilling especially at the last segment when he stumbled upon homicide of 3 persons in a bungalow. He saw the murderers but only informed the police after that to capture them in a public place so that he could get another attractive footage. Things are climatic but I find that it can actually go a bit more intense as the first half of the movie is quite drama-less for me. I also don’t enjoy its ending as Lou is not penalized for anything and get to be able to expand his career despite breaking the laws and being lunatic. His actions are wrong. If its ending isn’t like what it is now, then I would have given the film a rating over 8.

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Anyway, it is to no doubt that Jake Gyllenhaal delivered an amazing performance here as Lou. He deserved an Oscar nomination for best actor from this compelling role. He is a professional actor. Even Riz Ahmed, his sidekick is doing great here. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Nightcrawler’ a total of 7.7. It’s a solid dark thrills that is being powered up by great acting and intense sequences.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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