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The Shallows (2016) | Movie Review

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The Shallows is a 2016 horror and thriller movie about a surfer called Nancy (Blake Lively) who is stranded 200 yards from shore, and must survive a great white shark attack and get back to safety. It’s directed by Jaume Collect-Serra, produced by Lyn Harris and Matti Leshem, and written by Anthony Jaswinski.

Before we get too into this, I’m going to say this: I enjoyed this movie, but mostly because I could suspend belief long enough to get through it. The movie is only an hour and a half, so it’s not too long to wait, but there’s definitely a lot wrong with it.

Movies with sharks are some of my favourites, so of course when I saw that this movie was going to be a thing I had to check it out! The main reason I love these movies is because I love sharks and I know a lot of what we see is going to be ridiculous and exaggerated (unless of course it’s based on true events, although even then…) but this movie takes it to another level.

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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]

Directed 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.

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.

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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 Adams), 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.

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