Movie Review: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and it stars himself and his wife, Emily Blunt, also stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.


The Good

With 90 minutes running time, John Krasinski managed to direct a tight and very straight forward horror film which is pretty good. This movie had very strong performances from our four characters and kudos to John Krasinski for his direction as well.

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One of the stand out is Millicent Simmonds, who’s deaf in real life, she plays one of the children and she is great. Seeing as she doesn’t have any lines her actions and emotions are conveyed through her facial expressions and she does it incredibly.

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The creatures were terrifying and they blend seamlessly with the environment, the visual effects on them were impressive and no doubt would leave an impression to the viewers.


The Bad

The major issues are the convenient plot points, there are a few of them and at times they follow the same beats. There are also character decisions that are questionable and at times there are things that could’ve dealt with in smarter ways.


Rating

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Overall A Quiet Place is a very good horror/thriller movie, the actors were great and again John Krasinski deserves every credit he gets for acting and directing and even some screenplay writing. Emily Blunt is very good and even the kids were good too. The scares can be a bit predictable but most of the time they deliver. If you’re a fan of creature feature horror movies highly recommend to check A Quiet Place.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Characters
    • Creatures and Scares
    • Convenient Plot Points
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Movie Review: The Foreigner

Politicians and terrorists, they are just 2 ends of the same snake

The Foreigner is directed by Martin Campbell (Spyfall) and it stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

When an explosion in a public street in London kills numerous civilians, Quan Ngoc Minh (Jackie Chan) who’s daughter was killed in the explosion, stops at nothing in extracting vengeance to the bombers.

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The Good

Despite Jackie Chan’s age, this movie is proof that he still got it. From the action perspective of the movie, Jackie can still kick ass. The action sequence are thrilling and very entertaining. Jackie Chan also proved that not only he can kick ass as if he was in his 30s but he can also act as he delivers very compelling dramatic scenes.
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His counter part, Liam Hennessy played by Pierce Brosnan is also great. Though he’s not action oriented like his James Bond days, his performance is also compelling and with surprisingly having more screen time than Jackie Chan. He’s done a great job carrying the movie whenever Jackie’s not on screen.


The Bad

There’s a few things that may annoy people in this movie, one of which is the movie’s score. With a mixture of techno and electronic music, most of the time it didn’t mesh well with the scenes and at times was distracting. Another complaint is how the movie was cut together. Though not a major complaint, there were some scenes in the movie which felt randomly put together which in return did not resonate well on screen.


Rating

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Overall The Foreigner is a very solid action/political thriller. With 2 strong leads and a decent story. The Foreigner not only gives justice to it’s 2 hour running time but also it’s able to entertain all throughout. With very minor complaints, The Foreigner is highly recommended.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Jackie Chan & Pierce Brosnan
  • Good Action Sequences
  • Distracting Score
  • Odd Pacing

Movie Review: Death Note

Shall we begin?

Death Note is based of the 2006 anime hit with the same title. It involves a high school kid, Light, who picks up a death note, where whoever’s name is written will die.


The Good

Starting with the positives, one of the coolest aspects of the movie is Ryuk, the death god, voiced by Willem Dafoe. Though we don’t see very much of him, Ryuk is one of the characters they got right. His enigmatic yet humorous take on the events around him makes us like the character and with Willem Dafoe’s voice acting, it’s fun whenever we see him on screen.
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Another fun thing about the movie are the deaths themselves. If you’re someone who enjoyed the final destination series. The deaths and gore are very reminiscent of that. Some of the death scenes deliver impressive imagery but brutal at the same time.


The Bad

Unfortunately the movie is filled with flaws and incredibly dumb character decisions. Light, played by Nat Wolff is one of the most inconsistent characters in the movie. Being built up as one of the smartest characters in the movie, he’s easily swayed by his emotions allowing him to create decisions that makes you rip your hair out.

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Another problem is Lakeith Stanfield as L, even with a physical death god in view, the movie manages to stay grounded. L on the other hand felt like he’s a part of a completely different movie. His over the top mannerisms are not only distracting but it makes hard for the audience to believe that he’s working with the FBI or the CIA. Lakeith himself is a good actor however the over the top writing of his character didn’t do him any favors.

Lastly Mia Sutton, played by Margaret Qualley, is one of the most unnecessary characters they have in this movie. Her overreaction to the events around her makes her character unbearable. Not to mention she has moments that make you scoff and roll your eyes.


Rating

Lakeith Stanfield and Nat Wolff in the Netflix Original Film "Death Note"

Overall this version of Death Note isn’t very good, though it has some great moments our three leads were poorly written and even the story in itself is isn’t good. The movie felt like there were plenty of conflicting ideas and decisions that went in it and it shows. It’s incoherent script dragged this movie down and with very little saving grace, the fans of the hit anime will surely be disappointed.

Good Bad 2/5
  • Ryuk
  • Cool Death Scenes
  • Insufferable Leads
  • Dumb Character Decisions

Movie Review: Split

He’s done awful things to people and he’ll do awful things things to you.

Split is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and it stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley.

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M. Night Shyamalan is back with another thriller Split, James McAvoy is a man diagnosed with 23 personalities, however upon abducting three teenage girls, the girls find that a 24th personality is emerging and it puts all three of them in grave danger.


The Good

M. Night has done it again, following his last movie, The Visit, Split is surprisingly decent. James McAvoy who portrays Kevin and his other personalities is great. He is doing the performance of his life and it’s working on his favour. The personalities, though not very distinct from one to another, they are still interesting to watch and you want to know each persona that lives within Kevin’s (James McAvoy) body.

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The other characters are also great especially Anya Taylor-Joy, who despite their worrying situation manages to stay calm and think competently, though we are given a backstory as to why she is the way she is, she portrayed her character well and we root for her and her friends.


The Bad

There’s very little to complain about the movie one of it is the personas themselves, as mentioned they are not very distinct from one to another, apart from when Hedwig occupies the body. Simply put the highlighted personalities aren’t as fleshed out as the movie makes it out to be.

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Though this isn’t as much of a problem as the movie’s third act which the movie goes through a huge transformation in tone, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it does brake the movie’s rules, until they introduced the notorious Shyamalan twist. Though as forgivable as it is, it felt like a free pass to explain the occurrences in the third act.


Rating

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Overall Split is another great Shyamalan movie, Split is a good follow up from his previous movie, The Visit, and Shyamalan should keep walking this route. Split is thoroughly entertaining with great acting and great cinematography. The twist itself will no doubt divide the audiences, some people will love it, some won’t and it’s a case of either you roll with it or you don’t. That said, Split will make you look forward to future Shyamalan projects as long as they’re not big budget blockbusters. Split is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4/5
  • James McAvoy & Anya Taylor-Joy
  • Very Suspenseful & Entertaining
  • Not very distinct personalities

Movie Review: Patriots Day

We got multiple explosions. We need help down here!

Patriots Day is directed by Peter Berg, it stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons.

Patriots Day recalls the real life events of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th 2013.


The Good

Peter Berg once again delivers a solid true story adaptation with Patriots Day. One of the most notable things about Peter Berg’s directing is the way the movie is filmed. It’s very high octane and he knows how to build up a scene with great anticipation.

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The movie is also well edited combining archive clips from the actual event from CCTVs to phone cameras. The movie flows very well and it helps build up the anticipation and also gives you multiple vantage points of when an event is about to occur.

The acting in this movie is great, everyone had great performances and gave very subtle approach which gives realism to the movie.


The Bad

One of the biggest flaws of the movie is it’s length, the movie is over two hours long and you feel the length of the film. This coincides with another flaw which is the story-telling.

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There are plenty of scenes that felt random and though it helps with character development, there’s no real pay off to most of them.


Rating

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Overall Patriots Day is a great action-thriller movie. If you’re familiar with Peter Berg’s work from Lone Survivor to another recent film, Deepwater Horizon, you know what you’re getting. From great action scenes to subtle performances with a dash of American patriotism. Patriots Day is worth checking out.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Great Performances
  • Great Cinematography
  • Long Running Time

Movie Review: Nocturnal Animals

When someone loves you, you have to be careful with it!

Nocturnal Animal is directed by Tom Ford, it stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Michael Shannon.

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Amy Adams plays a wealthy and a sophisticated art gallery owner. She receives a novel from her ex-husband, which she interprets as a devastating story about a family, however as she reads on, she recalls the memories with her ex-husband and confronts a dark past that’s loomed over both their lives.


The Good

This movie is incredibly stylish, Tom Ford, the director which is also a fashion designer, knows how to dress his cast. From the glamorous parties to the dusty setting of the south. Everyone looked great. However the most impressive aspect of this film is overall structure.

The format of the movie is a story within a story. There’s the movie story with Amy Adams and there’s the novel story that she reads. The way the stories switch is seamless and it doesn’t distract you from the storytelling. You understand what’s happening in both stories and both are gripping in their own ways.

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The main great thing about this movie is it’s cast, all of the four main characters are acted incredibly well. Aaron-Taylor Johnson in particular who’s completely unrecognizable. He’s playing Ray Marcus who’s incredibly villainous and you hate him through out the film but you appreciate how good the character is acted.


The Bad


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Overall this movie won’t be for everyone, it’s nihilistic and dark and things do not go well with it’s characters. However the incredible storytelling and the great acting carries this movie substantially. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron-Taylor Johnson were all incredible and even Amy Adam’s subdued performance is also great. For people who enjoys a dark thriller with great acting and story Nocturnal Animals is highly recommended

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • Great Storytelling
  • Great Acting
  • Aaron-Taylor Johnson

Movie Review: Inferno

The greatest sins in human history were committed in the name of love

Inferno reunites Ron Howard and Tom Hanks once again adapting a Dan Brown Novel, Inferno. The movie also stars Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy.

Billionaire Bertrand Zobrist believes human life is near it’s extinction due to overpopulation. In return, he’s invented a plague, Inferno. In the meantime Robert Langdon, wakes up in Florence with a head trauma and for reasons unknown he’s being chased by a secret society who believes he’s got the key to Inferno.


The Good

It has been 7 years since the last Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons, and even though negatively received it still made a ton of money. It was only a matter of time till the latest Dan Brown novel gets a movie adaptation. To Ron Howard’s credit the film looks great.

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We get to see Tom Hanks solve puzzles once again and it’s entertaining. As ridiculous as the puzzles are they are fascinating. One character that stole the movie is Irrfan Khan, who plays Harry Sims and it is an incredibly impressive character, it’s very James Bond like and Irrfan Khan is great in the role.


The Bad

Unfortunately apart from Irrfan Khan and the minor entertaining moments. The movie falls apart on it’s story telling, majority of the movie is dull and apart from Tom Hanks you’re never really invested in it’s characters.

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It tries to be an action movie through it’s pacing and cinematography but it didn’t resonate well in the screen and some parts does become boring.


Rating

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Overall Inferno had some great moments here and there but it never really took of. Majority of the characters are uninteresting and it feels as if everyone just did it for the paycheck. The trivia were interesting and the movie has some several intriguing twists in the end it’s still a dull movie. It is fun at times but it’s better off being watched at home rather than in the cinemas.

Good Bad 2.5/5
  • Irrfan Khan
  • Fun Trivia
  • Dull Storytelling