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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.

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

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The 911 Memorial Museum, New York opens to the public with escalating controversy as expected.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2014 by vincentloy

The 911 Memorial Museum is a museum built to honour and remember the victims and survivors of the 911 terror attacks on United States back in September 11, 2001. It is located next to the former site of the World Trade Center twin towers which had both collapsed from the tragedy. The former ‘Ground Zero’ is now turned into a huge plaza with two massive sunken pools that marks the base of the collapsed towers respectively. Each of the poetically reflecting pools is surrounded with stone engraved with names of the deceased victims from the tragedy.

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Yesterday, the memorial museum finally opened its door to the public and it has since provoked a range of reactions. For years, there have been tensions over how any memorial at this site would look and operate. Visiting the museum will be surely providing an emotional experience. The displays includes artifacts, large and small, from firetrucks to personal objects of people who worked in the two towers. The museum’s artifacts range from the monumental, like two of the huge fork-shaped columns from the World Trade Center’s facade, to the intimate: a wedding ring, a victim’s voice mail message. The exhibits tell the stories of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 2001 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, as well as of survivors and first responders.

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Museum Director Alice Greenwald said the museum is “about understanding our shared humanity,” while former mayor Michael Bloomberg called it a reminder “that freedom is not free.” But the road to this museum’s opening has been fraught with controversy. One of the harsh critiques is that some people are considering the museum as a tourist spot that earns money off (or indirectly) from those who perished in 911 attacks. That sounds immoral. There are also roughly 8000 unidentified human remains kept in the museum, and that made people thinking that they are paying money to visit a cemetery! That’s a bit true too.

People also criticized heavily on some of the items sold in the gift shop of the museum that are hurting some people’s feelings particularly from the families of the perished victims from the tragedy. Well, I think that the museum’s operators or the authority should realize where they are standing and should be sensitive to all these issues before opening its door to the public. ‘Respect’ should be in their mind. In my personal opinion, it is still fine to have a museum to honour or to remember that fateful day, but people’s feeling should be taken care of in such situation. Nevertheless, the museum do receives some positive feedbacks too. Its controversy is expected, but this is what made the tour of the museum more interesting, isn’t it?

If I am given the chance to visit New York City, I would certainly take some time to drop by at this museum too. I’m worried my eyes would be filled with tears by looking at the emotionally-induced exhibits displayed. Even when I’m not a US citizen and that the tragedy was back many years ago (13 years to be exact), I still felt sad for the 911 tragedy.

Images and information sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reactions-911-museum-and-memorial-opening-180951513/?no-ist

http://globalnews.ca/news/1341315/photos-inside-the-911-memorial-museum-in-new-york/

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/19/us/9-11-memorial-museum-gift-shop/

http://www.cntraveller.in/news/911-memorial-museum-opens-new-york-today

http://www.911memorial.org/museum (official website of the museum)

 

Movie review: White House Down (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2013 by vincentloy

It is so coincidentally that there are two movies released this year that are based on attack to the White House. First, is the ‘Olympus Has Fallen’. I had watched that and it’s quite a good movie with great and breathtaking action-packed sequences. Not long after that, here comes another movie; ‘White House Down’. The only difference between the two is that the former encountered a foreign terrorist attack while the latter is done by an inside job. ‘White House Down’ is directed by Roland Emmerich and stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, etc.

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The story follows on a Capitol policeman who wished to be employed into the Secret Service had a tour of the White House with his young daughter. He gets into action to save his child and at the same time, to protect the President from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. The story is quite engaging and there is adequate amount of character development to the main characters, particularly to Cale, portrayed by Channing Tatum. He has been on a lot of big-budget movies recently. That proves that he is one big Hollywood star on the rise now.

Compared to the ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘White House Down’ isn’t bloody or that explosive. Not that impacting. However, it still delivers on its amount of actions particularly gun fights since I find everyone is heavily armed in the White House. I couldn’t take off my mind of comparing these two films which are basically telling almost the similar things. But one extra good point that I found from this ‘White House Down’ is that there are certain  humour in between the President (Jamie Foxx) with Cale when they are escaping from the invaders. Hence, there are some funny parts in the midst of intense actions. Hmm…there are several ‘wow’ moments from this one, but just not sufficient enough. Things didn’t go over the top when it should be for film like this.

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The actions from this film aren’t as crazy as those seen in ‘Olympus Has Fallen’. I only managed to hear a lot of shootings and loud noises from this one which isn’t that dramatic as compared to ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ which goes into much interesting cat-and-mouse game in a dark mansion. Channing Tatum delivered quite a strong performance in this one while on the other hand, Jamie Foxx is a bit of a let down. I prefer another guy to take on the role of the President. The character of Cale’s daughter is also quite silly and sometimes I find her annoying too. Maggie Gyllenhaal is good. The visuals are quite good (particularly of the explosion of Capitol Building), as expected from Roland’s standard.

Roland did proven that he managed to pull off movies in other genre other than only focusing on his disaster-based movies following his success on his previous works like ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘2012’. But there are still something slacking from this movie. The last scene is quite terrible. It’s that easy to unlock the nuclear weapon that could contributes to the next world war? Impossible. Please try something far more harder, climatic or challenging. Nevertheless, it’s still a good effort and the movie turns out to be quite a good piece of entertainment. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘White House Down’ a total of 7.4. Same rating I have given to ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ earlier.

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

Breaking news of the day: Obama announced that Osama is dead

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2011 by vincentloy

This morning, I am a bit frightened by the breaking news of the day as I would check on online news from The Star Online daily. The title of the breaking news is simple yet it gives shock not only to me but to everyone else as well. ‘Osama is dead’. Yes…the leader behind the terrorist attack on 11th September 2001 was killed recently by US army.

There is few months left before the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history that killed almost 3000 people and brought down the twin towers of World Trade Center. Finally, it’s a sign of joy and relief for the people of United States as the people behind all these sinful deeds is finally punished and killed in 1st May 2011. It’s been 10 years already, but people would still be sadden by the tragic events in 911. But for now, people of US especially at New York erupted to joy and happiness.

Current President of United States, Barack Obama announced not long ago to the worldwide media that Osama bin Laden is dead. It doesn’t seems to me as a successful revenge; it appears more to be like a sinful people stopped from doing bad things again that would harm the people and the world. Anyway, justice is still done! Even the whole Al-Qaeda movement should be vanished to prevent trouble from happening again. I think by now US should withdraw its troops there to stop their intention of evoking wars. World peace comes first.

One is the current leader of United States and one is the leader of terrorist attack to United States, both people from totally different background, and yet they share very similar name (Obama and Osama)….Osama’s death is definitely the breaking news of the day which is still a holiday to all of us, as a replacement of Labour Day yesterday that falls on Sunday.