Movie review for ‘Allied’, ‘Lion’, ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ and ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ (2016)
The British Academy Film Awards 2017 is just few hours away and I managed to watch four more films of 2016 before that awards ceremony. They are ‘Allied’, ‘Lion’, ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ and ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’. The latter two are not getting any awards buzz or nominations simply because they are not good films. Some may argue and said that two films are also not considered 2016 films because their major release dates were in 2017. However, I decide the year of the film based on its first ever release date and both of them had their first ever release in 2016. Hence, they are rightfully 2016 films. Here, I’m going to give a quick review to these 4 films.
‘Allied’ is a World War II romantic thriller film about a Canadian intelligence officer who encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite and get married in London, the officer is told that his wife may be a German spy. The film starred Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, etc. Before watching this movie, I was thinking that this movie may be like a ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ version in a period piece (Brad Pitt also starred in ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ and that movie was exciting to watch). However, ‘Allied’ is a disappointment with lack of actions and lack of love drama between Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Allied’ a total of 6.5. It receives an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
‘Lion’ is a drama film based on a true story about a five-year-old Indian boy who was lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family and his plan succeeded with the help of Google Earth. The film starred Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, etc. Before watching the movie, I find it very weird for this movie of such story is given the title of an animal; lion. After watching it, you will understand why this film’s title is ‘Lion’. It is a touching story that comes with wonderful score and exceptional performances by Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. The child portraying the main character before Dev Patel taking over was also very good. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Lion’ a total of 7.8. This movie is getting a lot of love from the Academy by receiving 6 Oscar nominations; best picture, best supporting actor (Dev Patel), best supporting actress (Nicole Kidman), best adapted screenplay, best original score and best cinematography.
‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ and ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ are both identical movies with story about killing zombies or vampires. They are also very similar by having the lead, a sole female hero on saving the world at the end of the day. This kind of movies never appeal to the critics due to the lack of emotions, shallowness of characters and variety of other reasons. I’m going to combine my thoughts to these two movies together and I’m going to rate them equally at 6.0 out of 10 points. Just sit back and enjoy the actions and then you are fine. If not, you will think these two as unnecessary sequels with rubbish plot and quality created just to earn some money from movie audiences. ‘Resident Evil’ film franchise began very well with its first movie that was interesting. Then, it goes downhill as more sequels came in. As for ‘Underworld’ film franchise, I can’t even remember what has happened in the past before this latest movie.
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