Archive for September, 2011


TRON: Legacy

TRON: Legacy (2010)

Directed by Joseph Kosinski

Staring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

 

Possible Spoilers

The sequel to the very popular 1982 hit TRON, TRON: Legacy once again ventures into the cyber universe but this time it is for the purpose of a rescue mission. Jeff Bridges character Kevin Flynn had been missing for 20 years, all this time being stuck inside the game. Kevin Flynn’s son Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, accidently finds his way in and is immediately playing the games like TRON Light Cycle and Discs of TRON. Once Sam and Kevin have there long awaited reunion on the grid it quickly turns into a race to get back to the real world with the window of opportunity closing fast, and Clu trying to send an army into the real world for world domination.

The story of TRON: Legacy is quite poor and with the lack of actual TRON games being played means it misses the fun and excitement of the original. The best things about the film were the special effects which were amazing making the scenery and architecture look fantastic. The epic-ness of the graphics were added to by the soundtrack by Daft Punk.

One big let-down, and maybe this is just me, but Clu’s face looked horrible. He looked so computer generated he looked out of place amongst all the other non-computer generated actors. I understand that Clu is a computer generated replica of Kevin Flynn and is supposed to look young and the only way to do this was to edited Jeff Bridges face but surely it could of looked more human and less computer generated. Also the film series is called TRON, so why did the title character have such a small role in the film.

It’s tough to say if i enjoyed this or not. The story wasn’t very good as it raced through what happens and misses out explaining or going back to bits that are mentioned however the graphics and soundtrack make up for it. Fans of TRON will like this; everyone else will probably have an indifferent view on the film.

Film Fact

Neither Olivia Wilde nor Garrett Hedlund were born when the original TRON was first released in 1982.

 

The Fighter

The Fighter (2010)

Directed by David O.Russell

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams

 

The Fighter is based on the real story of boxer Micky Ward, and his brother and ex-boxer Dicky Ekland, and how he started in the professional boxing scene. The brothers are faced with many challenges which they have to face together and on their own which include dealing with each other, their family, relationships and drug addiction.

Christian Bale’s performance as the crazy and drug addicted Dicky Ekland was fantastic. He acted the role so well and you can see his likeness to the real Dicky during the end credits when he shows up saying thank you. His performance was noticed by the Academy Awards as he picked up the ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role’
award, which was very much deserved.

The combination of Mark Wahlberg as Micky and Amy as his girlfriend Charlene worked well as they played off of each other. Charlene is the rock that Micky needed during all the problems with his family trying to take control of his life and his brother Dicky’s drug problem and going to jail.

Melissa Leo plays the role of Micky and Dicky’s mother Alice Ward. Her performance as a stern and bossy, yet just wanting the best for her children, mother is fantastic. She puts real heart into the role and you really believe her performance. Melissa Leo also picked up an Academy Award for her role, the ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role’, which once again was very much deserved.

What makes this film great is the realism that each actor gives to their character, especially Bale, Adams and Leo. What helped achieve this were the real Micky and Dicky, amongst others, helping build the characters before and during filming. Bale spent so much time with the real Dicky as to perfectly match his mannerisms and give the performance of his life.

I would recommend this film to everyone. Do not think of this as a boxing film. Take it as a drama based on the real lives of a family and their struggles that are fantastically played out by actors.

 

 

Film Fact

The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Original Screenplay – Winning 2 of them.

The Inbetweeners 2?

Rumours coming out are that because of the overwhelming success of The Inbetweeners movie we may be seeing the four boys up to no good again.

Doing a whole new series isn’t really feasible but another movie could work. Apparently we will see Neil getting married and the four boys coming back together for a stag do and a wedding. This sounds like we will probably get a mixture of The Hangover and American Wedding but with the Inbetweeners cast.

Fans of the television show and the film thinking it was the end will be excited to hear this and it could fill that gap that has been left behind.

Apollo 18

Apollo 18 (2011)

Directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

 

 

Possible Spoilers

 

Apollo 18 tells the story of the 3 astronauts who went to the moon and the reasons why we never went back. The film is supposed to be found footage that has been released as to make the film feel real much like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and, one of my favourites, Rec.

This film just doesn’t have the same scare factor or reality to the other films that have all previously used the concept of found footage. The film’s special effects look ok and could be believable as real footage and the acting was mostly ok however the directing of the film just didn’t seem right. It was slow in places and contained a possible plot hole.

 

There was nothing new in this film that we haven’t seen before and it could have been a lot better had we seen more, watch the film and you’ll see what i mean. The plot hole at the end could be worked around but it still lends to the fact that the direction and writing of this film wasn’t correct and should have been worked on a bit more considering the teasers and trailers we got before the film’s release actually showed real promise.

All in all I’m glad i watched it and if you are a fan of the scary found footage films i would recommend watching it, maybe not in the cinema, but just don’t expect to see anything new or exciting.

 

Film Fact 

All footage from the film was supposed to of been cut down from 10 hours’ worth of real found footage which was all uploaded to www.lunartruth.com. This site does not work amid rumours that NASA has had it removed……

 

 

Battle Los Angeles

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez

 

We have had a lot of aliens invading earth films and this is nothing new. It tells the story of aliens landing and attacking major cities all over the world and we see the side of the fight against the aliens in Los Angeles.

If you are a fan of shaky camera shots, throughout the whole film, then you will like this. To me the shaky cam effect was used far too much and on occasions became a distraction to what was going on. The whole story, directing and acting was very poor and doesn’t really keep you entertained. The only real redeeming factor of the film was that the CGI was ok.

 

Possible Spoiler

I think i was expecting a stronger story, a nicer shot film and better acting from Aaron Eckhart but at the same time it does exactly what it is meant to do: Humans fighting to save the planet from an alien invasion with a typical Hollywood ending.

 

I probably won’t be watching this again and if you can handle cheesy one liners and shaky cam effects then give this film a watch. But do be warned – there are a lot better alien invasion films.

 

Film Fact

Aaron Eckhart broke his arm while filming a stunt on the set of the film. He still didn’t miss any days of filming.