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Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets (2017) **REVIEW**

‘Valerian’ being based of a book it’s hard making films from a book. Pressure is on for the fans will be the real critics. I haven’t read the book because I don’t read that much. As I have seen different reviews of the movie I thought to see it for myself and see of they are right.

In the beginning when City of Thousand Planets was just a regular satellite in space, it merged with others to and with time most nations from Earth had merged. Shortly after that, other life signs started showing up and they merged too. But one problem emerged, It started to become large and heavy so it slowly was getting dragged towards the Earths surface. To save Earth from massive casualty they decided to put engines on it and let it float in space to represent every species around the Universe. Fast forward a a couple centuries… Valerian and his Sergeant Lauraline is chilling on a mock beach when they get a call for a mission. As they are doing the mission in the most trippy environment you can see hints of the story line. But they manage to finish off their mission and get back to City of Thousand Planets.

Upon arrival they get news something hazardous is in the centre of it, they sent in soldiers but no one come back out. We find out what when a General is working on a side project behinds everyone’s back. Valerian & Luraline gets the job to find out what’s going after that they been breached during a meeting with Ambassadors, one of the key General was kidnapped. So now they go on a journey inside the planet to find him but at the same time, they discover the horrible truth about the project.

 

Storyline in itself it good but acting of Cara Delevingne is…meh. I’ve seen better. I mostly got irked by her horrible American accent. She could have spent more time on that accent to be honest.  Dane DeHaan playing Valerian did a great job on the acting part. We see some familiar faces in the film and throughout. Would I rewatch it? Probably not.

Who are the actors in this film and where do we know them from?

  • Dane Dehaan – Valerian (The Amazing Spider-Man, A Cure for Wellness, Chronicle)
  • Cara Delevingne – Lauraline (Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, Pan, Anna Karenina)
  • Clive Owen – Commander Arun Filitt (King Arthur, Children of Men, Inside Man, The Bourne Identity)
  • Rihanna – Bubble (Bates Motel, Home, This Is The End)
  • Ethan Hawke – Jolly the Pimp (Sinister, Gattaca, Before Sunset, Training Day)
  • Sam Spruell – General Okto-Bar (Snow White and the Huntsman, Taken 3, k-19: The Widowmaker, The Hurt Locker)

Who is the director and what is she/he known for?

Luc Besson born March 18th 1959 in Paris, France. Wanted to become a marine biologist but when he had a accident doing diving he couldn’t follow his dream. But he found out he could combine arts with making films. He’s known for The Big Blue & Fifth Element.

 

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) **REVIEW**

There has been so many different Spider-Man movies starting with Tobey Maguire, he was a good one and he sparked my love for Spider-Man. Then we got Andrew Garfield, maybe not the best choice. Amazing Spider-Man movies wasn’t bad at all in itself but Andrew Garfield, I don’t know. Then we got the latest one – Tom Holland. I was a skeptic but when I saw a preview of Tom’s Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War I got interested and couldn’t wait to see the Spider-Man film. And I finally got to see Homecoming.

Peter, an awkward teen and got just as an awkward best friend. He lives with his aunt May, she cares for him and is great with him. But Peter got a little secret he keeps from everyone, well we aren’t actually strangers to Peter’s secret. But the way his best friends finds out is epic in itself. Peter sneaks in to his room after coming home after curfew, waiting on him in his room is his best friend, Ned. Jumping down from the ceiling he turns around and there stands Ned. And that moment is quite comedic.

Peter being quite curious he starts investigating on why some strange weapons have come up, it can destroy an entire building. Weapons being made from material that comes from the space attack from Avengers when Loki attacked earth. As the same time he is trying to figure out who is making the weapons and why, he is trying to date the girl he’s been crushing on for a while. So how is he going to date this girl and save New York at the same time.

Also this thing about he wanting to prove himself so he can become an official member of The Avengers.. Tony Stark helped with giving Peter a full designed suit that will help him with his adventures. But after Civil War, Peter is desperate to prove himself for Stark and become an Avenger. So how is this actually going to work out?

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a quite funny film just like how the very first one with Tobey. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is cheeky, charming and funny. Tom managed to nail the character of Peter Parker just right. At least to me.

Who are the actors in this film and where do we know them from?

  • Tom Holland – Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Captain America: Civil War, The Lost City of Z, In The Heart of the Sea)
  • Michael Keaton – Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Batman, Spotlight, Batman Returns, Birdman, American Assassin)
  • Robert Downey JR – Tony Stark/Iron Man (Iron Man, Avengers, Chef, Sherlock Holmes)
  • Marisa Tomei – May Parker (The Wrestler, The Lincoln Lawyer, Crazy Stupid Love, The Rewrite)
  • Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan (Iron Man, Chef, Entourage, The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Zendaya – Michelle (Shake it Up, Zapped, Kc Undercover)
  • Donald Glover – Aaron Davis (The Martian, Community, Mystery Team, Magic Mike XXL)
  • Jacob Batalon – Ned (North Woods, Blood Fest, more to come)
  • Martin Starr – Mr Harrington (Knocked Up, This is the End, Silicon Valley)

 

Who is the director and what is she/he known for?

Jon Watts born in California and known for some films such as Eugene, The Fuzz, Cop Car, Jewish Santa is coming etc.

 

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Netflix Original: Before I Wake (2016)

When it comes to Netflix Originals it’s so easy for it to be a hit or miss. They produce a lot of films and tv-shows lately but much of it isn’t watchable or little bit interesting. I been having my eye on ‘Before I Wake’ for a while now and since it’s almost horror I thought I’d give it a try. The film reminded me a lot about the horror movie ‘Mama’ – where 2 children are found in the woods in a shack, been kept alive by a ghost called Mama and she protects them. ‘Before I Wake’ is a lot like that.

Jessie & Mark lost their child in an accident happened at home, he drowned in the bathtub. Trying to heal they decide to become foster parents to a little boy called Cody. This little boy is a special one. He’s kind, sweet and so polite. But there is something very dark about him. When he falls asleep his dreams come true. Regular dreams and nightmare a like. At first Jessie takes advantage of this because when Cody dreams, their son appears. So she wants to see him, drugs Cody so he sleeps but he doesn’t like sleeping. Bad things tend to happen when he does. A figure appears but he doesn’t tell anyone until Cody starts screaming in his sleep, Jessie and Mark run to him to see what’s wrong and that’s when they see it. What happens when he truly sleeps. So now they have to fight to keep him and for their lives, Jessie does some research to learn more about her foster son.

Like I said previously, a lot of the aspects of the film reminded me about the horror ‘Mama’. You will understand why if you see the film. It’s a Netflix Original so you’ll find it in that category on Netflix.

Who are the actors in this film and where do we know them from?

  • Kate Bosworth – Jessie (SuperMan Returns, Still Alice, 21, Blue Crush)
  • Thomas Jane – Mark (The Mist: Movie, Deep Blue Sea, Dreamcatcher, Face/Off)
  • Jacob Tremblay – Cody (The Book of Henry, The Smurfs 2, Room)
  • Annabeth Gish – Natalie (Grass Stains, Team Life, Scandal, The Sons of Anarchy)
  • Hunter Wenzel – Tate (Gilmore Girls: A Year in Life, South of Hell)

Who is the director and what is she/he known for?

The director of this movie is Mike Flanagan, born in Salem, Massachusetts. As a child he would relocate often as his father was a U.S Coast Guard, as a child he would shoot and edit his own shorts on VHS and that continued when he attended high school and was in drama department. He’s done a lot of films during his career and if you enjoy horror then you might have seen some of his work: Oculus, HUSH, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Cold Harbor and many more.

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The Mummy (2017) **REVIEW**

We all remember the classic 1999 action film ‘The Mummy‘ starring Brendan Fraser & Rachel Weisz in Egypt digging up an old tomb only to find out it’s filled with dangers. It was an amazing film and I love watching it to this day, I strongly remember how it used to creep me out.

This version of ‘The Mummy’ is different. People first thought it would a 100% remake but then it wasn’t a remake. But the trailer for this version didn’t impress me much so I decided to wait to see until I decided not to. I want to see how much different it is from the 1999 classic.

In the beginning of the film we see crusade solders buring one f their own with a red crystal. And then they skip all the way to Ancient Egypt, to a princess called Ahmanet. She was the only heir to the throne, until she wasn’t anymore. Her father met a new woman, she gave birth to a son. Meaning Ahmanet was bumped off the throne and it would go to her brother. Devastated she decided to create a pact with God of Death  – Seth. She became powerful & evil. Killed her father and her brother when they where sleeping. As when she was about to sacrifice a mortal man so Seth could walk the earth in his body, she was intercepted and punished for her deeds. She was sentenced to something worse than death. Her body was taken miles away from Egypt to only be found by Nick Morton & Chris Vail in Mesopotamia now called Iraq.

Nick, Chris and an archeologist named Jenny go down the hole the guys created, she works with the military to bring artifacts to safety so they won’t be destroyed by fanatics. As they go down the hole something isn’t right. Mercury is in the tomb and then they find it… a well filled with mercury. As of stupid Chris and Nick is not listening to the archeologist they decide to bring up whatever it is in that well. She requested for more experts to come but as we know from films, military never listens to experts. Before we know it the thing that was in the well is on a military plane and weird things happen straight off.

The plane crashes in Surrey, England and princess is shortly alive after that, she could feel that her dagger and the stone for it was in England. Nick who died on the plane was all of the sudden not dead. But he was chosen to be the vessel for Seth. So now Nick and Jenny need to work together to destroy the stone so the ritual can’t happen. So now she’s looking for it and she is bringing hell to London. It’s a race against time. Who will get there first?

Is this version of the ‘The Mummy’ any good? It’s okay. Got some really cool special effects but script is mediokre. The only really good thing from the film is Sofia Boutella’s acting. She is playing Ahmanet. I’ve seen her before in different films and she always delivers.

 

Who are the actors in this film and where do we know them from?

  • Tom Cruise – Nick Morton (Top Gun, Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible)
  • Russell Crowe – Dr Henry Jekyll (Gladiator, War Machine, LA Confidential)
  • Annabelle Wallis – Jenny Halsey (Annabelle, King Arthur: Legends of the Sword, X-Men: First Class)
  • Sofia Boutella – Ahmanet (Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Star Trek: Beyond, Streetdance 2)
  • Jake Johnson  – Chris Vail (21 Jump Street, Jurassic World,  New Girl)
  • Marwan Kenzari – Malik (The Promise, What Happened to Monday, Ben-Hur)

Who is the director and what is she/he known for?

Alex Kurtzman is mostly known for Star Trek (2009), Transformers (2007) & The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Born in Los Angeles and is a producer & writer. Isn’t much information about him but I’ve seen his work before and he is good.

 

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Alien: Covenant (2017) **REVIEW**

Remember when ‘Prometheus’ was released? You could say this is a follow-up. A ship is out in space towards a new colony, they need to be in sleep for about 14 years. But something happens 7 years in their sleep, some of the crew members get waken and now they have to fix the ship. Because on board they have about 2.000 colonisers and 1150 embryos.

But during repairs they pick up a signal, a song  from earth. So they decide to locate the signal and they find someone who’s been missing for 10 years. A scientist named Elizabeth Shaw from the ship Prometheus. They find the robot, David,  she was traveling with and now they have to fight for their lives. As some sort of mist goes in their bodies and few seconds to minutes later something claws it’s way out of the host body and start chasing down other humans.

‘Alien: Covenant’ made people skeptical but after seeing it, it’s actually quite good. Got scares moment and it’s gory as… if you appreciate the ‘Alien’ franchise I’d say you would most likely like this one. We get to find out what happened to Dr Shaw, since last time we saw her she left a planet in a ship to go after someone, been a while since I saw ‘Prometheus’ so I think I’ll have to see it again.

Who are the actors is in this film and where do we know them from?

  • Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Assassins Creed, Xmen: Days of future past, Tresspass Against us)
  • Katherine Waterston (Fantstic Beats and where to find them, Steve Jobs, Inherent Vice)
  • Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost fmaous, Big Fish)
  • Danny McBride (This is the End, Pineapple Express, Your Highness)
  • Carmen Ejogo ( The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Away We Go)
  • Jussie Smollett (The Mighty Ducks, The Skinny, North)
  • Callie Hernandez (Lala Land, Blair Witch, Graves)
  • Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color, You’re Next, Sun Don’t Shine)

Who is the director and what is she/he known for?

We have none other than Ridley Scott. Does his name sound familiar? It should. He’s been behind films such as Blade Runner, Alien, The Martian, Prometheus, Morgan and many many more. He’s born in the United Kingdom, his father was a Royal Engineer, His father encourage him to develop his artistic side and he went into the film industry.

 

 

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The Circle (2017) **REVIEW**

We live in a era of where social media have a lot of power. Information can be spread like wild fire and we also find out what we all had for dinner. I heard about ‘The Circle’ book and got interested since it’s aspect is the power of social media but then Emma Watson & Tom Hanks was doing a film out of it.

‘The Circle’ is about Mae getting a job at a huge tech company called The Circle, she’s so excited. They provide her with a room to stay. It’s a massive place and basically got all you need within the walls, you never need to leave really. One day as she sits doing her job two people come up o her asking why she hasn’t set up her social media profile yet, it was part of her job to be on social media and talk to co-workers. But one day that backfires when she shares her friends lanterns and he is being called for deer killer. The lanterns are made out of horns but he gets the horns from others who hunt. It goes so far he need to live in woods to hide. Power of social media.

One day Mae agrees to do something I would never do. To always wear a camera to live record her everyday life for everyone to see. It becomes a huge success. But with that also comes pain. She’s starting to lose friends and family due to the fact she can’t talk to them without them feeling uneasy by the constant filming. After her friends death she feels that something is wrong with The Circle and is determined to find out what, for everyone to see and.. to film it all for all her viewers.

Yes, I would say it’s important to see this film and it’s available on Netflix. You see the real power of social media and how quick jump on the band wagon of filming EVERYTHING and put it out there for everyone to see. In the film they believe that information should be available for ALL, all sorts of information. But that, I don’t agree on. It can be dangerous to know absolutely everything. There are some things we should not know, knowing everything doesn’t always mean good.

Actors: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan, Nate Corddry, Mamoudou Athie, John Boyega and many more.

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) **REVIEW**

We all jumped on the hype when the very first Transformers film was released, we all thought it was awesome. I can say I do miss seeing original actors in the latest ones, specially this one..

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ we see the world in dismay when it comes to Transformers, they are now considered illegal and to be hunted and killed on sight. Cade Yeager is now a fugitive and living in an Indian reservoir and giving sanctuary to some of the robots. We get to see flashbacks to old England – Camelot, King Arthur & Merlin. Yeager travels to England after being sent for, a secret society have kept the Transformers secret for CENTURIES. descendants from the knights of Camelot. We also get to see the robots home world and that thing isn’t pretty or nice. So that world is travelling to our world to destroy it to become more powerful.

As always, we get to see an epic battle, last descendant from Merlin himself. More Transformers we haven’t seen before to fight next to everyone. And at the end, they gave a hint that it might be another film. ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ was a good film but by now they are predictable. You get scenes that are absolutely funny due to Anthony Hopkins and his feisty, psycho robot. They where a fresh air.

Other than all that, yes it was a good action film but not one of their best ones.

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci and many more.

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