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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)

Movie review: Bait (2012)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by vincentloy

I like movie that comes with story of a type of predator hunting a group of people, ultimately reducing the number of survivors in the end by killing off one by one. There have been many movies going on this direction, with killers like crocs, snakes, sharks or several others. And I find there isn’t much new films released with such similar storyline, up until the recently-released Australian film entitled ‘Bait’. The story of the film follow a freak tsunami that trapped a group of people in a supermarket along with hungry and aggressive great white sharks. Wow…that’s exciting.

I find the story to be generally interesting. It’s combining several things together (robbery, tsunami, trap, shark) to make up for an exciting setting without feeling anything awkward as the story goes. Things went quite fast in the beginning, and then came the tsunami which turned the climax on for the film till the death of the sharks. What’s always bad for films like this is the characters themselves which are usually portrayed to be in style of ‘the dumb or the noisy ones died first, the kind couple survived till the end’. This film slightly breaks the norm by having no awful or stupid characters at all but still having some baddies that are correct to my prediction that they would be killed in the film. One bad guy even turned good in the end. (sorry for little spoiler)

No annoying characters…that’s good. Now, let’s move on to the visual effects. The CGI of the shark is quite impressively done eventhough some shots of the shark still look a bit fake. Well, that is still acceptable, unlike many low-budget films that show such a fake creature that wouldn’t get us convinced. The sharks portrayed here are really huge and scary. The performance by the casts which I generally don’t recognize is satisfactory. On this film, they just don’t scream or just be there to get killed (which I hate when it’s too extreme or forcedly made) but shows realistic expression to portray their fear, panic or other feelings in such life-threatening situation. That’s another compliment to the film. The intensity is there, switching from the rising tension at the supermarket level to the basement car park where some trapped survivors realizing there is something deadly beneath the water.

I don’t understand why the film still receives quite a poor review or rating from majority of the audiences. When you compare this with so many other films of this genre, ‘Bait’ is so much better. The story is interesting and goes out of the typical pattern, the pace goes quick and well (no draggy storyline), visual effect is passable (and the sound effect is cool too), no stupid, dumb or noisy characters which can be quite annoying and bad), good performance by the casts, and quite a good script. It’s definitely worth watching, and even thrilling at some moments. Ahh…and there are some ‘shock’ scenes as expected (it’s a giant shark out there hunting you in sudden! There must be some sort of scary surprises in movies like this, not only from the sharks but also from those disgusting dead bodies shown in the film). Out of 10 points, I rate this film a total of 7.2. It’s very recommended for people who like films of this genre.

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Movie review: Shark Night 3D (2011)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by vincentloy

Ahhhaaa….another man-eating shark movie! I have interest on this type of movie eventhough many movies under this same theme are failing in many aspects, ranging from the CGI effects, casts’ performance, characters’ stupidity and shallow plot. After a successful release of Jaws and its franchise back in few decades ago, a huge number of movies revolving on man-eating shark are released. However, almost all came with negative reviews and poor ratings. This latest movie on the genre; Shark Night 3D is not an exception, but still worth-watching after all, and is not the worst.

Somehow, I find ‘Shark Night 3D’ to be even much better compared to many other low-budget films of the similar theme. The CGI effects of the sharks are definitely not the best and still looks fake especially on the shark’s super fast movement to chase the victims. That appears to be very illogical. The plot of the story is considered good and well delivered, eventhough many things are very much expected like some characters are definitely going to die first, the sharks are going to attack at that point of time, etc. Ahh…this kind of movie couldn’t expect from such agendas, isn’t it?

The performance by the casts is not that really good. Even the attack scenes involving the shark are not very exciting or successful enough that can hold my breath for a few seconds. Everything just went off in ordinary scale of excitement except that there are few moments of shock. U should know what I mean, from this kind of movie. Haha…the ending is also very much predictable, but the very last scene is also a bit awkward. A bit of spoiler here; the shark can jump out of water and scream ‘ROAR’! That is so weird, but that indicates that even the last two survivors are not safe yet.

This man-eating shark movie is definitely not very bad, but still not at the very top of the list. It is still worth-watching especially to those who like movies with a type of animal hunting on humans (crocodiles, sharks, anacondas, etc). I still had a pretty good time watching ‘Shark Night 3D’ eventhough I’m not watching it in 3D. I am still curious on the decision over the title of this film. Many scenes including the shark attacking scenes are in the morning,…then why is this film called ‘Shark Night 3D’? Hmm…Out of 10 points, I can give this movie 6.8. Not very good and not very bad.