I Am Mother (2019) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

This one was definitely a surprise. When it first popped up on Netflix it caught my attention because it was clearly a sci-fi movie, a genre I’m always interested in checking out. Recently, I decided to look a little further into it and after discovering the plot, I finally decided to sit down and watch it. I’ll be honest and say I’m still a little unsure of how I feel about it entirely but I’m definitely glad I checked it out. It’s completely worth it.

The overall premise isn’t necessarily groundbreaking but it is explored and executed in really interesting ways. I Am Mother follows a teenage girl known as daughter (Clara Rugaard) who is raised by a robot – Mother (Luke Hawker, voiced by Rose Byrne) – following an extinction of mankind, however, one day a stranger (Hilary Swank) arrives. The movie is really well paced, albeit a little slow on a couple of occasions, and the overall structure of it is easy to follow even with the many twists and turns along the way. It doesn’t overcomplicate anything and while it is an ambitious movie, it never gets too over the top. That being said, there’s always something going on even if some scenes are very tame.

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Us (2019) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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“Once upon a time, there was a girl and the girl had a shadow. The two were connected, tethered together.”

I have been wanting to see this movie ever since the first trailer dropped. After seeing (and loving) Get Out, I was already pretty excited to see what Jordan Peele’s next work would be and Us really did deliver.

For those of who don’t know, Us follows a family who, while on vacation, are terrorised by their doppelgängers.

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Searching (2018) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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This movie deserves all the hype it got and then some. Although I knew what this movie was about I was mostly interested in the format. I wanted to see how the editing would be and if it worked for the entire thing. I’ve seen other movies with a similar format but there was something very different about Searching.

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The Shallows (2016) | Movie Review

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This post contains spoilers.

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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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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Money Monster (2016) | Movie Review

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The second I heard that Jodie Foster was directing this movie I knew I was going to watch it. Even before I saw any kind of trailer. I’ve been a fan of her for a long time as an actress, but I hate to see I’ve never seen something she’s directed, so that only made me want to see Money Monster more.

“Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.” – [imdb]

Going in I wasn’t really sure what the actual story line was going to be. All I knew was the very basics given in the description above. I’d seen one trailer and that didn’t really give away much either. Now that I’ve seen the movie I can safely say that that was the best way to go into it.

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This movie has a central idea, that is executed very simply. The story line is clearly thought out, but it’s not overly complicated and it goes about showing it in a equally uncomplicated way. It gives you just enough to put two and two together, but never enough to take away any surprise, suspense, or general enjoyment. The way it’s put together is very well done.

The cast has a lot of big and popular names in it: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell to name a few. On that front it definitely doesn’t disappoint, the acting talent is on point, and even those characters that only have maybe one scene give so much. Overall the people on screen and off do a lot to bring this movie together and each of them do it so perfectly.

This movie works. Is it flawless? Perfect? Probably not, but there was never anything major to distract me from having a great viewing experience.

For obvious reasons this movie is serious and full of suspense, but, surprisingly enough it’s funny in places. Not the side-splitting, happy kind of funny, but the kind that has you laughing in the moment as a impulse reaction. Money Monster does a great job of jumping between all the different components so that when you’ve just been laughing at something, the next moment you’re thrown into silence by something a lot more serious and intense.

Critically and technically I can’t really fault it, entertainment wise I can’t either. It was just a really enjoyable movie. I didn’t feel like I wasted any time by watching it. Everything seemed to be wrapped up by the end in some way, shape, or form. It’s greatest attribute (beside the cast and crew) was the fact that it chose not to over complicate things and create a huge show. They managed to keep it entertaining while having everything in check.

Overall this movie is memorable and a great watch. If you’ve been considering watching it then I would highly recommend you do. It was a lot of fun and I have no major complaints.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ /5