Drama review for Brother’s Keeper 2 (2016) and two more brief film reviews for ‘Jason Bourne’ and ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ (2016)


Time for me to publish some reviews in a single blog post. It has been quite some time since I last wrote my opinions on some movies or dramas that I have recently watched. In the past, I will dedicate one whole post for a review of a single title. Now, I go for straightforward route and just gave a quick thought and personal analysis on them since I’m no professional critics. Hence, few titles can be sorted into one post.

Last night saw the broadcast of the final episode of a TVB drama called ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ ( 巨輪 2 ). Finally, this 39-episodes drama came to an end and I managed to watch it on last night as well. A sequel to the popular ‘Brother’s Keeper’ series back in 2013, this drama saw return of some original casts while involved also plenty of new casts as expected from present TVB productions of which many senior artists have already left the station in recent years. Even the two main leads in the first drama, Ruco Chan and Linda Chung only guest starred for this sequel in the first five episodes and that is one of the reasons that made the drama to receive low television viewership rating.

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Hence, Kristal Tin and Edwin Siu were being pushed to the main two lead roles, taking on the characters that they have portrayed few years back. Kristal nailed the role as expected eventhough she came now with high expectation as she won both Best Actress and Most Favourite TV Female Character in TVB Anniversary Awards 2013 for that role in the first series. She handled emotional scenes very well and this could make her to become frontrunner in this year’s award season as well. I don’t mind her winning again, but chance is unlikely since she just won also another Most Favourite TV Female Character award last year for her role in ‘Ghost of Relativity’. Edwin is also good in acting but he just couldn’t pull off as the first male lead. He is more suitable for second male lead role.

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TVB is obviously heavily promoting the younger artists. Grace Chan had an important role here as the second female lead. I saw her improvement in acting but still she couldn’t pull it through. TVB should just allocate her in supporting roles in few more years first for her to gain experience. This also applies to many new TVB artists now. As for the storyline, the plot is quite plain for this sequel without much climax to watch out for throughout the whole series. Only Hugo Ng managed to save the day sometimes with his evil plans. I prefer more on the original series that had its plot based on the timeline following real historical events while this sequel only focuses more on typical conflicts in business setting. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ a total of 6.8. It’s also insensitive to have part of the storyline revolves on a plane tragedy that reminds audiences of the MH370 incident.

As for movies, recently, I had watched ‘Jason Bourne’ and ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’. Both are action movies and somehow, I am able to combine my review to both of them. Both films couldn’t go to the best they can with typical plot and cliche, have action scenes that couldn’t get me to the edge of my seats and average acting even with great cast. We have Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander in ‘Jason Bourne’ and Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders in ‘Jack Reacher’. Both are easily forgettable movies that delivered no surprise or excitement to their franchise. Out of 10 points, I gave both films an equal point of 6.5.

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

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