Archive for October, 2012


21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street (2012)

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube

 

 

A couple of underachieving cops are sent undercover at a high school to find out about and stop a new drug craze that has already killed one student.

This is one of those films that use to be a TV show, that starred Johnny Depp, and has been converted into a film for the present day audience like The A-Team and Starsky and Hutch. The film shows how culture has changed over the generations and not only is there even more diversity in high school, thanks Glee, but also how the geeks are now cool within social groups and the jocks are finding it harder to be liked.

Channing Tatum is one of those actors that I have never really enjoyed watching and think he looks a little bit funny. However having him with Jonah Hill actually makes him bearable to watch and even like. The film has some pretty funny moments and keeps you entertained throughout especially with the car chases and explosions. The film itself isn’t supposed to be taken too seriously as at times they play on the fact that it used to be a TV show and that’s what makes the film good fun to watch. The scenes where it explains what the drugs do to you are brilliant and add this extra dimension to a straight forward film.

 

Recommend

Jonah Hill is one of those actors that add humour and fun to any film, see Moneyball. His partnership with Tatum comes off really natural and the action scenes and humour are there throughout the film.  The fact that the film takes the piss out of itself makes this very enjoyable and I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to sit down and watch a good comedy.

TheFriedGold rating – 7/10 – Time to revisit high school

 

 

Film Fact

In one scene the bad guys are actually watching the TV series 21 Jump Street on TV.

Remake after remake. Do we really need a Carrie one?

The film business seems to be churning out remake after remake these days and most of the time there is no need for it. I have seen Total Recall and The Thing remakes/rehashed attempts recently and did not really enjoy them (see previous reviews – Total Recall and The Thing)

Don’t get me wrong there are a few out there that have made improvements or that I have enjoyed, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) being one but that could have just been down to Jessica Biel and a wet t-shirt.

 

But this latest remake, Carrie, is it needed? You could say that Carrie is a classic but I wouldn’t say it is exactly a great film. The film isn’t particularly scary, a hand coming out of a grave was the only bit that made me jump when I was younger, and the story told on film was slightly boring. I haven’t read it but the book by Stephen King of the same name was probably scarier, more atmospheric and what gave the film a higher profile.

This remake sees the title character Carrie played by Chloe Grace Moretz this time around, who appears to be hot property at the moment and starring in more films that seems humanly possible.

Will it be worth it, only time will tell but what we can expect is lots of blood and a burnt down school hall.

Here is the first trailer. Make your own mind up.

 

 

What do you think about remakes and what are your favourites and worst?

 

Taken 2

Taken 2 (2012)

Directed by Olivier Megaton

Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace

 

 

An ex CIA agent, Bryan Mills, is on a little security job in Istanbul and his ex-wife and daughter have come along for a little holiday. The only problem being is that some of the family members of all the people Neeson killed in the first film want revenge. We all know what is going to happen considering it is a sequel and if your family and friends had been killed by some guy you would want pay back too.

We knew that someone was going to be taken so i it just seemed a bit unnecessary in the long telling of the story at the beginning before anything major happened. It also seemed as if there was less killing and cool action scenes involving Neeson and some pretty unbelievable moments including grenades. I know he is getting on a bit now and in some scenes, especially when he was running, it really showed his age.

 

Recommend

The film was fun and enjoyable but just didn’t hold up to the original. Less action and in places just a bit cheesy, especially the end. This is probably a film that you can wait for on rental. You know what is going to happen so there is nothing that can be spoilt for you.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 5/10 (I have changed my rating system to out of 10) – I just didn’t feel ‘taken again’

 

 

 

A special mention goes to Maggie Grace who looked very good in the bikini.

 

 

 

Film Fact

Rumours are that they are thinking of making a Taken 3. Surely there can only be so many times 1 family can have such bad luck. Although we did have 8 series of 24 and we will be getting Die Hard number 5 next year.

 

The Thing

The Thing (2011)

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen

 

 

 

A vessel and a specimen of some kind have been found in the Antarctic ice so a group of people go to find out what exactly has been found.

This film pitches itself as the prequel to the classic John Carpenter film of the same name The Thing from 1982. The problem is this film does not have the same classic feel to it, there are too many monsters, not enough eerie scenes, poor script writing and everything is too easy to figure out. ‘The Thing’ monster(s) look very much like the zombie bosses from the Resident Evil game series and just look kind of poor while at times the film has a very Alien feel about it but not in a cool way. The film tries to share similarities with the original while at the same time trying to tie into it but it just feels cheap and pointless.

 

Recommend

If you are a fan of the original then I don’t see the point of watching this. It tries to be something but just doesn’t work. There was no need for this film to be made, as it just wasn’t needed. I wouldn’t bother watching it.

TheFriedGold rating – 1/5 – Nothing compared to the original

 

 

Film Fact

In order to not try to compete with Kurt Russell’s portrayal of the 1982 film’s protagonist, R.J. MacReady, the character of Kate Lloyd was designed to have traits in common with the character Ellen Ripley from the Alien film series.

 

Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Directed by Paul W.S Anderson

Starring Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Michelle Rodriguez

 

 

Milla Jovovich returns as Alice for her 5th Resident Evil film and nothing has changed. She is still fighting the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.

The story takes place in a virtual testing facility and the aim is to get out of there in the given time frame while battling all sorts of zombies, making it feel like it could be a game you are playing.

It seems that with each film in the series they try to incorporate a character from the game and in this one they introduce us to Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong and Barry Burton as well as having Jill Valentine back again. The character of Leon is very week and the guy playing him is a bit wet. Ada Wong is another character that is acted quite badly and not given much screen time. Barry Burton might not look as plump as he does in the games but other than that he is a good representation of the classic game character but definitely wasn’t given as much screen time as he should of had.

 

 

Recommend

The zombies look good and so do the executioners but the battle and fight scenes come across a little boring, much like all the other films. I have

enjoyed all the films but they are just something you can put on without thinking about anything else. If only they had started the films by following the actual games then they could of been more interesting. This was enjoyable in parts and great that we finally got to see Barry. Wait for it to come out for rental and you should give it a watch, if only for the classic game characters.

TheFriedGold rating – 2/5 – The appearance of Barry gives this film a 2 rating

 

Film Fact

We have now had Chris Redfield, Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon S. Kennedy, Wesker, Barry Burton, Ada Wong and Carlos Oliveira. Will we see anyone else in future films? Sheva? Rebecca? Josh? Sherry?