Movie reviews for Unbroken (2014), The Imitation Game (2014) and Big Hero 6 (2014)


As the Hollywood awards season kick-starts recently, it’s time for me to cover some movies released last year that are predicted to score in major awards like Golden Globes, BAFTAs, or Academy Awards. Previously, I have watched ‘The Theory of Everything’, ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Nightcrawler’. On this weekend right before the 72nd Golden Globe, I went for ‘Unbroken’, ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Big Hero 6’.

Let’s start with ‘Unbroken’. I am very thrilled by its very promising trailer, and knowing that it is the second directorial work by Angelina Jolie (my favourite actress), I’m quite excited for this movie which tells on the true story of Louie Zamperini. He who died last year, months before the film release was an Olympic athlete whom survived days floating on the ocean after his plane crash, and was sent to Japanese prisoner camp during World War II. Its trailer gave me a very good feel that this is going to be one massive epic movie. But in the end, it turned out disappointingly plain.

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The story is there and strong, but I think there is just not enough effort or direction to push it for a more dramatic or impacting outcome. Yes, I am saddened by Louie’s hardship as depicted in the movie, but I’m not touched. It fails to be a moving film which is important when it looks like it want to compete in Oscars. However, I must say that Jack O’Connell, the actor who portrayed Louie is marvelous in the film. He is one young and talented actor to look out for. He saved the film from being downgraded further. We are shown scenes of Louie competing for Olympics, survived a plane crash but floating on the ocean for over 40 days, then caught by the Japanese and was sent and tortured in their prisoner camp during World War II. There is so much to see and things should be intense and powerful, but now, it didn’t quite hit the note. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Unbroken’ a total of 7.5 only. A solid film but will not get into the Oscars.

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Next, is ‘The Imitation Game’. This one performed better. This is a movie also based on a true story and coincidentally, also sets during World War II. It revolves on Alan Turing, a homosexual mathematician whom tried to break the Enigma code used by the Germans for the war with help of his team. First of all, a very good storyline and a well-paced plot keeps momentum going. Next, Benedict Cumberbatch delivered an outstanding performance as Alan. He nailed the role. He has quite a similar look too with the real Alan Turing. This is my first time seeing him in film and he impressed me. He deserved Best Actor nomination at least in upcoming Oscars from this role. Brilliant performance. Keira Knightley is also great here as the supporting character Joan, the only female member in Alan’s team to break the Enigma code.

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This movie also delivered more gripping ‘golden phrases’ compared to ‘Unbroken’ which are sometimes essential to determine a movie’s success to critics. Besides that, I enjoyed the use of flashback scenes of Alan’s childhood years that intercepted between the time when he worked on Enigma. The way things performed in the film is great and beautifully written. This is much stronger, stirring, gripping and clever compared to ‘Unbroken’. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Imitation Game’ a total of 8.0. Definitely one of my best films for the year 2014.

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Last in my post of this multiple movie reviews is the animated film ‘Big Hero 6’. The movie delivered to us the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robotic nurse named Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. After watching this movie, I’m sure no one could avoid from loving Baymax. It is cute and lovely. The real appeal of this film isn’t its action, it’s the characters and the emotions put on it that moved us despite it is only being an animated work. It somehow manages to match the success of ‘The Lego Movie’ released early last year too, but still ‘The Lego Movie’ is slightly better. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Big Hero 6’ a total of 7.8. A solid and entertaining animated movie that offers ‘hug that can be felt out of the screen’ by none other than Baymax.

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Ohh…’Big Hero 6′ is the 50th film released in 2014 that I have watched. My target (50) achieved finally.

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

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