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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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Wonder Woman (2017) **REVIEW**

When it comes to DC I always been a bit iffy. When I heard ‘Wonder Woman’ was going to  get a remake and Gal Gadot (Fast and the furious) was going to play Diana I was thrilled, she’s a good actress. When I walked into the cinema screen this weekend I walked in with an open mind and not expecting much, I been very disappointed in past about remakes.

At the start we see Diana as a small child sneaking to see the warriors train, she wants nothing more to train herself and is seen mimic their moves. Her aunt Antiope, the general of Amazon warriors, decides to train her behind Diana’s mother – Amazon Queen. Until Diana’s early/mid teen her mother catches them training and then she decides to let Diana get trained, harder than anyone. Diana grows up to be the best warrior but still get easily distracted.

So, when Diana is standing by a cliff she see’s an airplane crashing into the water, she saves the pilot – Steve. Shortly after the island where the Amazons are gets a visit from the Germans and most of them dies in the attack because they got new weapons that Amazons never seen before – guns. So you know guns VS swords and bows, I am sure you can guess which one would win when the enemy got a distance. But the Amazons wins with a little help from Steve. But the ladies isn’t convinced that he is a good one but Diana want to help him after he describes the outside world an she wants to help, convinced Aries is behind the World War 2. Her mother allows her to leave, so Diana does knowing she might never be able to return home to her mother.

Diana goes out in the World War 2, helping people with the help of 3 men. She is seeing 2 sides of men, the good one and the bad one. Still convinced Aries is behind it at all and thinking a German general is Aries, she is ruthless and goes after him, but little did she know, she already met Aries, but he makes his presence known by the end, where we get introduced to him and we see who he is. And I promise, it’s ALWAYS the last person you’d ever think it would be.

 

But is ‘Wonder Woman’ a good film for this generation of young ladies? I’d say so. Diana is a kickass warrior who can take care of herself, she speaks over 100 languages and she won’t walk away from a fight, she stays and she wins. A good statement to show young ladies today. Myself is a little like her, I don’t speak 100 languages, I speak 2 – both fluent. I don’t walk away with the smallest sign of difficulty. I would recommend to go and see and see ‘Wonder Woman’ today with your friends, nieces, sisters why not go and see it with your male friends, brothers, nephews? Anyone can see this and leave feeling ready to take on anything. Gal Gadot did a amazing job as ‘Wonder Woman’ and I can’t wait to see more of her version of Diana.

Actors: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock and many more.

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) **REVIEW**

Remember when the first Carribean film came out and we all was so mesmerized and loved the story, we met Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner, the very charming but frustrating Jack Sparrow, Barbossa and his crew. And now in this 5th installment we get to met some of th people we met in the very first film and oh boy it is nostalgic.

It’s been 19 years since Elizabeth’s and Will’s son been born, his name is Henry and all he want is to break his fathers curse (if you remember he is stuck on the dutchmen) . He knows a lot about curses and pirates, obviously. But not everyone believe in curses and ghosts. Til one day the boat he is on gets attacked, by ghost pirates. He gets back to mainland being the only survivor and also, being a traitor because he tried to have the boat to turn around because they was about to sail into a cursed place. Captain not listening ended up being attacked. But Henry being hung up by they got attacked by ghost but one person need his help to find something called Poseidon triad. Something that would break any sea curse so Henry want to get his hands on it, but first, he need to find Jack Sparrow. Henry get help by Jack – which end up being quite difficult because well, Jack being Jack. His other partner is a woman, Carina. Who never her father but she does without knowing it. He gangs up with Jack, Henry and Carina to help find the treasure to fight the ghost pirates who has it in for, guess who!? Jack Sparrow. But who do you think it is? My jaw dropped when it came out.

‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is funny, action filled, witty and sad all wrapped into a nice ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ bow. We do get to meet Will Turner again as well as Elizabeth Swan, since they are Henry’s parents. If you are a big fan of the franchise you should watch the film. It’s amazing. But you should see the first 3 films before seeing this one.

Actors: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Adam Brown and many more.

The Great Wall (2016) **REVIEW**

‘The Great Wall’ isn’t just a chinese fast food place I order frequently from it’s also a very good film starring Matt Damon. There are a lot of legends about what the wall of China was used for, what it’s protecting and ‘The Great Wall’ is one of those films that tells one of those legends.

A the film begins we see a group of men running from a tribe in China, being chased and killed, picked off one by one. They manage to shake them off an hide in the mountains. As there are a few men left sitting by the fire, all of the sudden something comes for them, sneaking and snatching them, one by one they fall. William (Matt Damon) kills one of them, get’s a foot as a trophy. He and his friend Tovar rides and ends up by a large wall, they obviously get’s captured but they show the large army the foot they have and all of the sudden, the leaders of the army seems intrigued by them. Shortly after that, we get to see what exactly they are fighting and now William and Tovar have a choice to make, fight along side them or stay hidden. Because, this army won’t let them leave because they have seen what they are fighting and it needs to be kept a secret from the outside world.

‘The Great Wall’ is much better than you might think, give it a chance and watch it. If you like some cool fighting scenes, awesome visual effects and people in some kickass armors then trust me, this film is for you.

Actors: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han and many more.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) **REVIEW**

We all seen the animation ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and how it changed our childhood with Belle being a smart girl who loves to read and see’s the beauty in all.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ live remake must be one of the most magical films I’ve seen in a very long time. We get to see some added scenes but they sticked to the story we saw as children. We see the beast being played by Dan Stevens and he is potraying him like the role was made for him. And let’s talk about Emma Watson playing Belle.. oh yes, she does it like she would be Belle. And who would have thought that she could actually sing. Playing Belle’s father we see Kevin Kline, as the horrible man who wants to marry Belle, Gaston is being played by Luke Evans. Luke sold me as Gaston, he terrified me a little because they made Gaston much darker in the live remake than in the original and did a excellent job.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is about Belle living in a small village in France wanting something more in life than just a small town life and to be married. Then we have the prince living in a castle, a spell been cast on the castle and everyone is.. changed. A rose is in a glass, if the prince doesn’t find true love, a girl who loves him for him and see something different than the beast he is, the spell is broken. We see the regular Belle being locked in but Lumiere unlocking the door and leads her to her room and the beast wanting to have dinner with her but.. she’s the only one who says no. And we know how the story goes from there – the beast changes slowly after he saves Belle from the wolves. Maurice, Belles father, being called crazy and thrown into a mental institute. The beast gives Belle a HUGE library and she can’t believe her eyes. They are slowly falling for each other and admits their love for one and other when Gaston – tries to kill the beast to get rid of him so he can marry Belle.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ live remake is something you have to go and see if you love the original. It contains the best magic and graphic you’ve ever seen and you just fall in love with the story one more time. And don’t forget to sing along to the songs.

Actors: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Hattie MoraHan, Haydn Gwynne, Ray Fearon, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Audra MacDonald and many more.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) **REVIEW**

Ever since I saw the trailer for this film I wanted to see it, then I saw it few days ago and I was left a little disappointed. It felt rushed and short even though it’s 2 hours long. But the film got it’s charm. And Eddie is one of them.

Newt arrives to New York with a bag filled with magical animals that normally would be killed on sight by the magical world, but he saves them to write a book about them so people will understand them better. But.. one of them gets lose in New York and now he have to find them to only smash into a human who see’s him do magic and he’s not aware of the American magical laws. So he and the human sort of runs away after being arrested. He finds shelter with two ladies from the magical society. The human finds one of them charming and develops a small crush. While they hunting for the animals who later escaped Newts bag they find something else. A wizard with powers who leaves destruction and dead people in its path. So now… hunting down this wizard is a must. At the same time, a society of humans spreads word that there are witches and is on a crusade. But all of this comes together in the end.

The charm about the film is the people, the gang of 4 – 3 wizards and 1 human coming together to fight the evil and find the animals. Newt finds new friends when he’s the loner. We see one wizard who follows the rules to a dot to later break them for the greater good. The human will be one of your favourites, he quickly become mine. And the ending – it will make sense after you getting suspicious of one of the characters. Also..  we get a small glimpse of Johnny Depp.

Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jen Murray, Johnny Depp and many more.

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