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Movie review for ’47 Meters Down’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by vincentloy

It has been so chilly in these few days in Perth. Perth city recorded only 1.7 degree celsius early this morning. It almost nears the freezing point. The worst thing is I think that the heater in my room is not working well. There is not much heat radiating out from it. Please don’t be down. I need you for the rest of the winter. You are super crucial to someone like me who enjoy being in warm rather than in cold weather like this.

Alright. Back to my blog’s topic. I have watched two new movies in my first few days here in Perth. They are ’47 Meters Down’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. Here’s below are my quick reviews of them.

’47 Meters Down’ is a survival horror film about two sisters who go on a holiday in Mexico and are invited to cage dive and see sharks up close. The cable holding the cage breaks and it plummets 47 metres down to the ocean floor, trapping both of them. Then, you know the story…they have to find a way to escape with their air supplies running low and the great white sharks stalking around. It’s basically another shark movie.

They are a lot of bad shark movies out there but not this one. It has a good plot and I particularly amazed by a twist of the story in the end that kept me surprised. I didn’t expect there is such a ‘shocker’ in this kind of monster movie besides than the typical jump-scare moments when the shark suddenly appears. The two female leads in this movie are doing good without any exaggerated performance. The movie did deliver by giving us realistic picture that kept me to the edge of my seats. The direction this particular movie is going is different with the typical shark attack movie. The only minor issue is that the cage and the failed cable really looks too crappy. Once I saw them on the first time, I wouldn’t want to get into that cage straight away. Out of 10 points, I rate ’47 Meters Down’ a total of 7.2.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the third and final installment of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ reboot series. If you do not remember much from the first two movies, don’t worry. This movie starts with a brief summary of what happens in the first two movies. Here in this concluding chapter, Caesar leads a team of apes to confront human who started the war against their species.

The movie is quite long (over 2 hours) and can be shortened by reducing the amount of time spent on watching Woody Harrelson staring very long on Caesar in many scenes. Other than that, this movie has absolutely no negative things for me to comment on. The CGI is extremely great as the apes look very realistic. The background or setting views are amazing too. Groundbreaking visual effects. Andy Serkis gave another tremendous performance portraying as Caesar, the ape that serves as the leader of its species. You can felt his sadness, his anger, his happiness, his power, his toughness, his anxious, and his care all from his facial expression. Another excellent job the movie did is touching on the relationship between human and apes, and the messages delivered out from it are exceptional and moving. There is no point for seeing which species is stronger; ape or human. In the end, mother nature overwhelms. That is reflected through the ending of the movie. The movie goes deep to the messages it wanted to deliver and succeed also by its great actions, emotional parts and engaging storyline. There are also some unexpected funny scenes in this movie, mainly due to one ape that even wears winter clothing to join Caesar. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ a total of 8.2. I think this is the second movie of the year so far that I have given over 8 point in the rating. What an epic conclusion to this reboot trilogy.

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Movie review for ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ and ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ (2015)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2015 by vincentloy

When there is haze out there, everyone prefer to stay indoor. Now everyone is happy that the haze is no more due to the change in wind direction and frequent downpour in recent days. No more haze but comes the rain. Still not a good environment to hang out since the floors are all wet and traffic congestion are more serious during rain. So, whatever happening outside, I would still choose to stay indoor preferably. And my time in my home would be dedicated to movies as usual. This week, I watched two more movies, and they are both action films.

First is ‘Hitman: Agent 47’. It tells about an assassin who teams up with a woman to help her find her father. Her father is the only scientist successful on enhancing strength, intelligence and reflexes to human but with side effect; inability to feel emotions like pain, guilt, fear and love. Being wanted by a criminal organization to create more of these humans, the assassin named Agent 47 must help the woman to find her father first. The film starred Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelababy, etc. Yes…Hong Kong’s Angelababy is here for a minor role. Another attempt to simply put a Chinese celebrity into a Hollywood movie for the so-called objective of reaching out to Chinese audiences. Hmm…The film is also partly shot in Singapore.

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The film is generally okay. It comes with extremely fast-paced action sequences which are good as expected. However, the film lacks something that I don’t know how to describe. I’m quite entertained with the actions and the performances by the cast, but that’s it. Nothing more. It still feels empty somewhere maybe due to non-surprising plot, insufficient characters’ development, and not much up and down going on possibly. Anyway, I still have fun watching it, but perhaps after a month or two, I would forget most parts of this movie. Nothing special, nothing extraordinary…just a typical fun action movie that is good to get over my Monday and Tuesday nights. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ a total of 7.0.

Next up is another action movie, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’. U.N.C.L.E. here means United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Well, this is not important as it is only revealed to us by the end of the movie. The film starred Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, etc. Sets in the early 1960s, American agent Napoleon Solo and Russian agent Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. They worked with a woman whom her father is a scientist and is forced to create nuclear weapon for the criminal organization.  Somehow, I find that this plot is a bit identical to ‘Hitman: Agent 47’ that I have finished writing about. It’s about working with the daughter of a scientist again. Same approach. Hollywood is running out of ideas again.

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However, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ stood out than the former because the way the scenes are presented is slightly more interesting. Eventhough this film comes with lesser action sequences compared to Hitman, but it delivered on a nicely developed story accompanied with some great hilarious moments which you wouldn’t expect from the combination of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, the two very bulky, strong and serious-looking men. How can you believe that they are good in delivering funny scenes too, not from awkward or exaggerated gestures, but from brilliant dialogues and tiny expressions between their interaction in this movie. The musical scores are also catchy and nicely done. This movie is a solid one that does not depend mostly on actions but rather on the way of presentation to get the audiences’ attention till the end of the story. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ a total of 7.4. If both of these two movies that I have watched this week have their sequel, then I would be more anticipated for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s sequel. That’s the difference.

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