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One week left before I’m back to Malaysia, and movie review for ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2017 by vincentloy

I have one submission today and a final submission of the semester this Friday which is the design studio’s portfolio. The deadline for the folio is actually on next week but I have to hand it in this week as I will be flying back to Malaysia on next Monday already. So yeah…I have one week left in Perth before returning to my home for the mid-year break which is going to take about a month. After that, I’m coming back to Perth for my final semester before the graduation.

The disadvantage is that I have one week lesser than everyone else to work on my folio. Hence, I don’t have the time to add more newer or revised drawings to be included into the folio which is going to take up quite a lot of percentage of the unit’s grading this semester. I also have to work on a physical model that is also can be divided into two halves for lecturers’ pleasure. It’s hard work. Usually, workload for a semester is supposed to diminish after the final presentation of the design studio. That is not the case this time as our lecturers intend to prolong our suffering by still giving us plenty of works to do after the final presentation. I will just work on it as much as I can till this Friday. I have to leave my coming weekend to pack up my stuff, clean my room and has a last chilling moment before flying back.

Yesterday, I watched a new movie. I think it will be my last movie here in Perth before going back. Price for a movie ticket here is extremely expensive. With one entry ticket here, I can watch movie in cinema back in Malaysia for four times from the same amount of price. Okay…back to the movie, not the price. I watched ‘The Mummy’ which is like a reboot to the trilogy in the past that starred Brendan Fraser. This time, it starred Tom Cruise and all the other cast who I don’t know. I noticed that this movie received mostly negative reviews, and after I watched it, I don’t think it is that bad. It is still an enjoyable ‘mummy’ monster movie with some thrilling scenes.

Of course, I obviously saw that most parts of the movie are recycled, but there are still some originality to it. I don’t mind that. I’m only disappointed that the havoc scene in London isn’t really intense enough and almost all of that is already shown in the trailer. So, expect nothing more from that in the movie after you have watched the trailer. There are some scary moments (of course there will be since it’s about a resurrected mummy) and also some funny scenes too. There are also some parts that I don’t really get it and the plot isn’t strong enough. This is an average way to launch the ‘Dark Universe’ film franchise. ‘Godzilla’ did much better on launching their ‘Monster Universe’ back in 2014. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Mummy’ a total of 7.0. I prefer Hollywood to actually continue from the previous trilogy that has Brendan Fraser in it than starting it again. That one appears more convincing and felt more ‘mythical’ to me than this one.

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Tom Cruise shines again in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2015 by vincentloy

For spy intelligence and action-centred films, I always enjoyed two film franchises which are based on that themes; James Bond and Mission Impossible. Both will have new films up this year, and the latter had it out first with ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’. It’s the fifth installment in its series which first started almost two decades ago that revolves on agent Ethan Hunt whom has to perform many daring actions to solve cases. The first three movies were way back many years ago, and as far as I can remember, those are great movies. The fourth one, ‘Ghost Protocol’ is for me, the best of the series so far.


After watching this latest ‘Rogue Nation’ movie, I can say it’s second or third best of the franchise while ‘Ghost Protocol’ remains my most favourite. Second or third best doesn’t mean it is not good. It currently enjoyed very fairly positive ratings and I’m bound to rate the same. In this fifth movie, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) with his team has to eradicate the Syndicate, an international rogue organization formed to destroy their Impossible Mission Force (IMF) organization. The film starred Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, etc.


I was quite excited in the beginning as the movie is already commenced with Tom Cruise hanging outside the flying plane. Wow…and I was further thrilled when an aerial view of my city, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) is shown in a shot (few seconds only) at the beginning of the movie where one of Ethan’s teammate has to fix a signal issue on top of KL Tower. I was hoping for more from the plane scene but it doesn’t contain any further stunts besides than just having Tom Cruise outside the plane (and he get into it and flies out with bombs). But I have to really commend Tom Cruise’s courage to film that scene in real, just with a safety belt that is erased in the final cut for the movie. Safe or not safe, I won’t do that, but Tom Cruise did it. He is really a good and a real action star in Hollywood. On the other hand, I was also hoping for more scenes in my country, but nope…KL only exists in the movie for a two-second quick unnoticeable shot. Hmm…a bit disappointed.

But that doesn’t really ruin my mood to look forward as the story progresses. However, I find it a bit hard to follow the details as the story development goes more and more deeper. It’s slightly complicated for me to digest. I’m actually not really happy with the plot element for the Syndicate. It does nothing besides than having few members (weak and easily defeated by Ethan), and only knows how to manipulate Ethan and the girl to do works for them. They have no big evil plans and the whole Syndicate thing is weak. I’ll just put that aside and focus on the actions.


Fortunately, the movie still delivered on some fantastic stunts and action sequences. Tom Cruise nailed the challenges. Despite being in the age of 50s, he is still great in this role that requires the most energy and courage out of him. However, the actions here especially in the final part are not dramatic or intense enough to put me at the edge of my seat. ‘Ghost Protocol’ is still better in this. The other cast did very well, and I’m glad that Simon is given heavier role here. He is also the one delivering the humorous parts of the movie most of the time. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ a total of 7.4. Still interesting but not as exciting as its predecessor. On the other hand, I still have ‘Spectre’, the latest James Bond movie due to be out later this year.

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Movie review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2014 by vincentloy

There has been a lot of popular big-budget movies released recently that are expected to attract a lot of moviegoers (and these movies did so looking from their overwhelming box office performance worldwide) like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Once done with these films, people will just wait a couple more days for the return of the much anticipated Transformers into the big screen on its fourth installment named Age of Extinction. Hence, many would just left out ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, a military science-fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, which is also out on cinemas worldwide recently too.


Despite not receiving greater publicity (not heavily promoted) like the other movies, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ has been gaining largely positive reviews from most audiences as well as critics. Since the movie starred Tom Cruise (one of my favourite action stars, and I missed his appearance on big screen since his last film ‘Oblivion’, but I prefer more of him from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and that this movie turned out to be surprisingly unknown yet gaining very good feedbacks, I’m going to watch it. And the first thing on my mind after finishing the movie just now; ‘This is surprisingly good!’. Luckily, I didn’t miss this out.

The movie revolves on an officer, William Cage (Tom Cruise) whom finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a female Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. Basically, you will get confused in the beginning for a short while (it needs time for us to adapt to the story too) and that you would be almost driven mad by the continuous repetition of scenes in first half of the movie since this is something about time loop. Cage gets to reset the time back to a day before once he is killed. If I am on his situation, I would be dead tired, exhausted and gave up. You would know what I mean once you watched this film.

A very fascinating story from a brilliant theme of having time loop in an alien invasion as a background plot. Despite the numerous repeating scenes that took over an hour of the film, the story do develops carefully while still getting the audiences engaged and concerned on where it will leads to. It’s fast-paced and had a lot of intense action packed scenes to keep me thrilled all the way till the end. Tom Cruise delivered a very energetic and awesome performance here. He carried on this heavy role very well and that made the movie nears perfection. Emily Blunt also did a great job in this film as the female lead.


Great visuals and sound effects too. There has been no major bad remarks from this film. Just that it would be much better if they throw in some light or comedic moments into this film that gets too serious in the whole process. You know…to balance things out. I can see that they try to make things a bit funny here or there in some scenes but those didn’t work out for me. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ a total of 7.7. It is a cleverly crafted sci-fi thriller. A great film.

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Movie review: Captain Phillips (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2014 by vincentloy

‘Captain Phillips’ is a 2013 action thriller film based on a historical incident in which a merchant mariner, Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean as part of the Maersk Alabama container ship hijacking in 2009, on which the pirates were led by Abduwali Muse. So, it’s a movie centred on a ship being hijacked and then a captain being taken hostage. I had only seen the movie’s trailer recently and I’m not that fancy of it. How could this be interesting?


But I was wrong. No wonder this film successfully generated universal acclaim and overwhelming positive feedbacks. It is even nominated for a number of awards including Best Picture and Best Actor on upcoming Golden Globes and Academy Awards. After watching the film just now, I’m really surprised that it performed so good that I’m speechless for a moment. I’m impressed that a story of a ship hijacked by pirates could be delivered to such a dramatic piece of film. And furthermore, it’s not a short film. It’s taking a bit over two hours and still perfectly engages the audiences to follow up with the story development as the tension builds.

I believe the true story of Captain Phillips would not be that dramatic as shown in the film. I guess some parts are added in or created fictionally to further exaggerate or dramatize the event, and I’m okay with it. If not, the event would have just been finished in a movie less than an hour. Accompanied with great direction, screenplay and cinematography, this film didn’t disappoint, and definitely delivered way beyond my expectation. But still it’s not perfect as I find it is taking a bit too long and some parts are a bit draggy.



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Tom Hanks is incredible on his performance as the lead role here. I have not seen him on big screen for quite some time. As Captain Phillips, he yet contributed another superb acting. Truly wonderful. I do think he stands a high chance for Best Actor in several upcoming awards. The last scene when he was finally saved at the very crucial climatic moment, and then having a break down when he was brought over to medical check, is showcasing another best of Tom Hanks’ performance, full of heartfelt emotions. Also credit to the much lesser known actor, Barkhad Abdi for portraying the pirate leader so well that in the end, both of them put up for a great show.

Generally, ‘Captain Phillips’ is an interesting, thrilling, exhausting, incredibly intense and powerfully acted film. If you are looking for light or pure fun from a movie, then this is not for you. ‘Captain Phillips’ is for ‘serious business’…I mean it’s for satisfaction of professional critics and awards’ judges. It do gets a huge thumbs up from me too. Out of 10 points, I rate this film a total of 8.1. Such a high rating from me, which proves that it is one of the best films released last year according to my opinions.

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Movie review: Oblivion (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2013 by vincentloy

After leaving the cinema watching this movie ‘Oblivion’, I am still in the midst of figuring it out to sum up everything I have watched just now so that I can clearly understand the whole story of the movie. It is a movie that made you think. Why? Because it has such a complicated and deep plot. It’s actually good for that, but I’m actually hoping for a more relaxing movie for my Saturday’s night. ‘Oblivion’ is a science-fiction film that tells the story of a veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources who begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself and slowly learning his past through some of his re-discovered memories which is supposed to have been erased. ‘Oblivion’ is defined as ‘the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening’ which actually best describes this movie.

oblivion-movie-directed by Joseph Kosinski

The veteran mentioned earlier is none other than Commander Jack Harper, the main character in the movie portrayed by Tom Cruise. Oh, Tom Cruise. He’s back after wonderful performance in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Tom still looks good and fit very well to this movie despite his current age. In this story, the character slowly uncovers the truth behind all the manipulation to his mind did by Sally, the alien-form mission control in the outer space. Like I said, the story really develops quite slowly, and so I find certain parts to be too lengthy, or draggy and unnecessary. The movie now took 2 hours, and I think it would be much better if around twenty minutes are cut off. The way the story flows is not that good and sometimes quite confusing too.


There is no doubt this interesting and complicated storyline that took the whole movie along. A lot of time is needed (some wasted) for the story to be delivered. Due to that, there is lack of action. So, for me, this is not a thrilling experience to me. Well, there are some fighting sequences between Jack and a group of human survivors with the drones. But all that are just not intense or exciting enough. Just not enough. This is why most of the parts are plain scenes of dialogues and backdrops. Performance by the casts are solid, and I find that Morgan Freeman usually appears in a movie with limited screen time. But he do appears in quite a lot of movies. There is also quite ample of time given to develop the relationship between Jack with his work partner, Victoria and later his wife, Julia.


Wow, the visual effects is breathtaking from this movie. The state-of-the-art visuals really impressed me. The scenes of the state of the Earth in 2077 after all the civilization wiped out are cool. While on the other hand, the musical scores are amazing. It gives a bit of excitement of what the movie would offer us. There are some good twists also to the storyline especially at the end part so that we can feel a bit ‘drawn in’ at least. The ending is quite good too. But even after the ending, I still couldn’t figure out some details within the full story. Perhaps, I should check its detailed synopsis after this. There is simply just too much story in a story that I couldn’t digest it sometime.

In the end, this movie is not for those who do not want to crack their head to figure it out. It’s not a literal piece of entertainment but it does delivers as quite a wonderful science-fiction film eventhough it’s not the best yet. Story is interesting, but came with poor development approach, perfect to have Tom Cruise in it, but the film lacks of action expected from Tom, brilliant visual effects and musical scores, but the movie is too long for me. So, it’s half good and half bad. Out of 10 points, I have to rate ‘Oblivion’ a total of only 7.0, a bit lower than the ratings it currently achieved throughout various movie critics’ sites.

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Movie review: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by vincentloy

A seriously fun and entertaining movie to watch!

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the latest movie starring Tom Cruise. Finally he is back on the big screen, in Mission Impossible on this latest fourth instalment, with all the much anticipated action packed scenes from him. This movie seriously won’t disappoint the audiences, as everything is really good and cool; from its storyline to the action scenes. This movie is definitely the best spy film of the year, and is just truly entertaining!

Actually the storyline has been given a very detailed depth, which is good, but until to the point that I couldn’t understand certain parts of it. Anyway, in overall the whole story is clearly delivered too without any visible plot holes eventhough it is certainly very complex. But what I like the most and I wished to stress here is on the action scenes delivered, especially by the main cast himself, Tom Cruise. The stunts he performed for the movie are really stunning and amazing, that have left me breathless while watching those heartstopping moments (climbing Burk Khalifa and jumping into the building which is the world tallest). That scene is the craziest and really shocked the audiences. That is really cool. Huge credit to Tom Cruise for performing the crazy stunts himself.

The settings for the film have been very dynamic, changing from Moscow, Russia to Dubai, UAE and finally to Mumbai, India. It’s like having different sub-missions to accomplish in several places around the world before finishing off the main objective. This theme, which had been delivered before in many other previous films, is once again resurfaced into this fourth instalment of Mission Impossible, but with more intensity build-up and exciting climax. Also not to forget is the brilliant performance delivered by the main casts, especially the whole team members under Agen Ethan (Tom Cruise).

The movie is actually serious but also at the same time, funny and entertaining at certain moments. There are certain humorous dialogues and scenes delivered. You would laugh at certain scenes in such a movie that strike the balance in this aspect. You would be given time on certain moments to settle down and relax before continuing on another action-packed sequence. The only thing that I can see the possible improvement from the film is that the story can be told in much simpler way while still maintaining the complexity and depth of it. Maybe some flashbacks are required to remind us on how this character came about. Overall, this movie is definitely exciting to watch, and definitely one of the best action-based films of the year. Out of 10 points, I would give ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ a rating of 8.0. Explosive, high-topping moments of excitement from this film definitely!