Train To Busan (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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Train to Busan follows a group of passengers on a train from Seoul to Busan during a zombie outbreak. Considering it’s almost 2 hours in length and takes place primarily on the train, it never gets boring. Just when you think the current dilemma is over with and things will be smooth sailing from then on out, something else happens, but it’s never too much.

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Fast & Furious 8 (2017) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

fate_of_the_furious_ver3Directed by: F. Gary Gray.

Written by: Chris Morgan.

Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes.

Rating: 12A.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Fast & Furious 8, also known as The Fate of the Furious, is a 2017 action movie and the newest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. It follows Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) who, while in Cuba with his wife Letty (played by Michelle Rodriguez), is coerced by Cipher (played by Charlize Theron) into working for her and turning against his team.

This installment feels like a Fast and Furious movie from the moment it starts, like with each new one it gets bigger and bigger. Right at the start, we’re thrown into well-lit, brightly coloured scenes set in Cuba. We’re treated to a street race which I won’t tell you too much about, but there are some awesome moments involving motorbikes and it’s, for the most part, different to any other race we’ve seen.

It’s there in Cuba that we meet Cipher for the first time. She is actually a really great villain. I would say she’s just a big as previous villains, but she’s definitely the most resilient they’ve come up against. She has a lot of skill that is primarily focused on her hacking abilities, but it’s all revealed at a good pace and in a way in which we can all understand it.

Pretty much from the start, we’re thrown into the action. There’s a lot of explosions in this movie and, of course, a lot of cars. In this particular installment, there’s also a lot of technology involved.

Sure, some of the action sequences/stunts are a little unbelievable like previous installments and you have to suspend your disbelief just a little on ocassion. However, the sequences are paced so well and move in such a way that they’re captivating and incredibly easy to watch, it really doesn’t matter if all of them are believable or not. The action never lasts too long either so there’s never fear of getting bored or wishing they would just get on with it. One good thing about a big cast is that they’re able to swap between characters during certain action scenes to keep it interesting. Other sequences change up because various new factors are introduced. There’s always something.

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Nerve (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

Nerve is a 2016 thriller, crime, and adventure film based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. It revolves around an online game in which people can sign up to be “players” or “watchers”, the former are given dares to do by the latter and as the movie goes on the dares become more intense.

The movie is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, produced by Allison Shearmur, and the screenplay is by Jessica Sharzer. It stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, and others. More information can be found here.

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This movie was a huge surprise! I remember seeing the trailer and being interested and wanting to see it, but I never expected it to be as good as it actually is. I would honestly re-watch it again, and I would definitely say it’s one of my favourite movies of the year, maybe even of all time.

The main character Vee (played by Emma Roberts) is very likeable. I’ve seen a lot of people complain that all Emma Roberts seems to play is the “bitchy” character, but that isn’t the case here. She does have her moments, but overall she’s nothing like that. She’s played very well and I found myself genuinely caring about what happens to her. The other characters are also incredibly interesting. Dave Franco’s character Ian seems to have more knowledge on the Nerve game, and his personality is slightly different to Vee’s, so when they’re paired up it creates this interesting dynamic that’s portrayed very well.

You have Juliette Lewis playing Vee’s mum, which I was surprised about, I had no idea she was in it! So it was a pleasant surprise to see her. There’s also Vee’s two main/best friends, Sydney (played by Emily Meade) and Tommy (played by Miles Heizer). The former seems to take on the role of “bitchy” character, but you still end up being as invested in her and caring about what happens to her. Tommy helps to bring in the more techy side of the Nerve game, giving a more legitimate background as opposed to just shoehorning in it.

There are plenty of other characters throughout and there are bound to be a ton of stars that you’ll recognise. Each character is different and just as interesting as each other.

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Arrival (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

Arrival is a 2016 drama, mystery, and science-fiction movie based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang. After 12 mysterious spacecrafts come to Earth linguist, Dr Louise Banks (played by Amy new-arrival-movie-poster-615813.jpgAdams), is recruited by the military to try and communicate with the aliens onboard one of the spacecrafts.

The movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve, and produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder, and David Linde. The screenplay is written by Eric Heisserer, and the movie stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tzi Ma, among others.

Having got out of the cinema a few hours ago I can still safely say that I’m very glad I saw this movie! From the moment I saw the first trailer I was intrigued, and that intrigue was still there when I was sat in my seat watching it. Arrival is more about the story than the action. In fact there’s only a teeny bit of action, but for the most part there isn’t any because it never relies on it, and it honestly doesn’t need to.

There was never a point where I felt bored or like I wanted to leave, that’s because Arrival does such a good job at telling its story and keeping the mystery alive. It does just enough to make you wonder about it, but not enough so that you’ll be disappointed with the outcome. What also helps it to move along nicely and keep audiences captivated is the music (by Jóhann Jóhannsson) and the cinematography (by Bradford Young). I favoured the cinematography more, but I definitely appreciate both. At times they work together and when you put all the different elements of this movie together you get such an original atmosphere.

It never felt like any particular element was favoured more.  The music was just as important as the cinematography, the cinematography was just as important as the acting, the acting was just as important as the writing, etc, etc. Speaking of the acting, everyone did an amazing job. They all helped to draw you further into this story, into this world. I really felt like I cared (even about the aliens!).

If you’ve been considering checking this movie out I urge you to! It’s beautiful and amazing and completely worth the watch. It has that short film vibe to it, but it never feels drawn out or overdone considering it’s actually nearly 2 hours long. Instead it feels like they took advantage of bringing this story to life by showing you everything they could and offering up as much as possible.

I, at the very least, recommend giving it a shot. You might even be surprised by how much you actually enjoy it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Don’t Breathe (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

A 2016 horror movie about three thieves who break into a blind man’s house in the hopes of leaving with a large amount of cash, only to find that the man isn’t as helpless as he seems.

dont_breathe_2016_filmDirected by Fede Alvarez. Produced by Fede Alvarez, Sam Raimi, and Robert Tapert. Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. Starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang.

You can find more info here.

Don’t Breathe has a solid opening. It does enough to tell you about the trio of thieves and set the scene without using up too much of its time. We are given just enough to not want anything to happened to these characters. You’ll like and root for at least one of the trio.

The movie does a solid job of creating atmosphere. It does this in many ways. With the lack of light (or minimal light), the ambience and music, and the way the cameras move. There’s a lot of moments where the camera will shift and suddenly there will be a character standing there or something will have changed.

Throughout the tension builds well. Just like the characters, there are times where you feel like you can finally take a breath, but it never lasts long. There’s always a moment with a sudden change and you’re left holding your breath. Really the title suits the movie in a number of ways.

The fact that it is only about an hour and a half works in its favour. A lot can happen in that time, but it also doesn’t feel like enough. Both things can put you on edge. There are a lot of twists and turns that happen, and with no possible way to predict the outcome (or due to the fact that every time you seem to think one thing something always changes it), you never know how or when it’s going to start reaching the conclusion (or final scenes). I’m not saying it’s impossible to predict what’s going to happen, but the movie does a very good of make it all as unpredictable as possible.

If you like horrors, or you simply just want something for the Halloween season, then this is a great movie! There was a never a point where I wanted to turn it off, and I was constantly intrigued, finding it hard to look away, even when I knew something might jump out at me.

There’s not much more I can say about this movie without giving things away! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I don’t think I’ve seen anything else like it before. Yes, some factors are typical for horror movies and/or aren’t anything new, but it was still interesting. I think it does deserve the hype it gets and I believe it to be a must see.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) | Movie Review

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Everything about the Fundamentals of Caring is big, but it’s also very simplistic. It never overdoes it. It’s the ideal movie to watch if you want a casual, nice day in. I watched it on a Sunday and it was so perfect. I felt content, happy, and inspired by the time the movie was finished.

The story follows teenager Trevor, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and his caregiver Ben, who decide to go on a road trip. Along the way they meet some new people, and see some roadside attractions.

I won’t tell you anymore than that. I won’t tell you why they take the road trip or where their ultimate destination is. It’ll be much better going into it with no idea. I did and it was great discovering everything as I went along.

For me this movie was so funny that every time I managed to stop laughing it wasn’t too long before I was starting up again. Don’t let that fool you though, this movie fundamentals_of_caring_xlgknows exactly what it’s doing. Kevin of course has his limitations and difficulties, and the movie doesn’t sugar coat that, it doesn’t pretend that there aren’t any, but it doesn’t just leave it there. It instead chooses to explore all of the things that Kevin can do, and how he can overcome some of those limitations and difficulties with a little help (in this case from Ben).

The movie doesn’t show a perfect world where Kevin can do everything he wants, because that wouldn’t be realistic, but on the other hand it also doesn’t show a dark and gloomy world where life isn’t worth living. It finds that perfect balance where things are hard, and sometimes seem impossible, but also how life can be bright and wonderful.

I personally found the movie very funny, the kind where you can’t sit still and doesn’t seem to want to end. Whether you find it that funny will come down to whether or not you like the kind of humour. Trust me, you’ll learn pretty early on in the movie whether or not you’re going to find it as funny as I did or not.

The casting was perfect, like always Paul Rudd knocks it out of the park, but so do the other cast like Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, and maybe others. (See the full list here). You find yourself falling in love with these characters and wanting to see as much of their stories as possible. It’s interesting to see how all of their paths cross and what comes of it.

The Fundamentals of Caring is just a really great movie to watch. It’s got the perfect balance, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Remember, if you have Netflix, this movie is available on there.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5