Author: filmfantastic

The Book Of Eli. Fails to Deliver

Director: Albert & Allen Hughes Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis By far my favourite actor of the past ten years, Denzel Washington has been in some kick ass movies. American Gangster, De Javu, Inside Man, Man on Fire, the man is a legend. Denzel’s last flick Pelham 123 however was a bit of a disappointment, so i hope he is back to his best in The Book Of Eli. Also Gary Oldman, a very reliable actor, has a great reputation for being a bad ass villain. Will they live up to the hype?  In 2007, something changed the face of the earth forever, destroying and killing nearly everything on planet earth. They refer to it as the ‘flash’. Thirty years later, Eli (Denzel Washington) travels through the united states heading west. With him in his back pack, he carries the Holy Bible, the only one known to survived the flash. A voice talked to Eli, telling him to head west and give the book to who ever needs it most. Following these commands Eli walks through dusty waste land, what is left of the world, killing animals for food. On his journey he has learned skills in survival protecting the book and his few personal possession. The things we took for granted such as water was now more precious than gold. Entering a runned down town lead by...

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Director: The Spierig Brothers Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, Isabel Lucas, Sam Neill In a boom of vampire movies, surely we have seen enough of them. Twilight, Cirque De Freak, Dorian Gray, Jennifer’s Body, the list goes on. Do we really need to see another vampire film? Yes we do. Daybreakers is revelating what we know of what a vampire is. Do vampires sparkle like diamonds in sunlight? No they burst into flames, Can they see themselves in the mirror? No. Can you kill them by sticking a stake through their heart? Yes. The Spierig Brothers Brings the original vampire back, and was i excited to see it? Of course I was. The year is 2019, not to far into the future, where the majority of the population are now vampires due to a plague over a decade ago. The vampires need blood to survive, so a pharmaceutical company call The Bromely corporation, headed by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill) hunts humans to harvest their blood. The Human race is now an endangered species and human blood is running low, so Chief hematologist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) has to find a substitute for blood before it runs out and vampires starve becoming bat-like winged creatures called sub-siders. A secret group of humans, trying to hide and survive, think they have found a cure and in a collision with Edward,...

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Avatar… Brilliant, but Slightly Over rated.

Director: James Cameron Starring: Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver By now you have probably heard all you want to hear about Avatar, but I only got to see it at the weekend, so ill put my views on show. Finally after 10 years of not hearing from James Cameron, Director of Terminator 1 & 2, Alien and Titanic, this Multi-award winning director has waited for technology to catch up with him, so he could produce what he wanted in his latest flick Avatar. At first glance I wasn’t interested in a movie about 12 foot blue people, then I seen and heard all the hype leading up to Avatar. Setting records and in its 4th week in cinemas it is already the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time behind Cameron’s Titanic, not bad eh? The year is 2154 on a moon called Pandora. On this moon lies a very valuable mineral called unobtainium which sells at $20M per kilo. Marines are situated on Pandora for the protection of the humans as also living here are the native 12 foot blue people called the Na’vi. Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) now in a wheelchair transferred to Pandora after his twin brother died in battle will be his replacement for the Avatar programme, A genetically Enhanced Na’vi body in which Sully can function and operate while mentally...

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Nights in Rodanthe. A chick flick

Director: George C. Wolfe Starring: Richard Gere, Diane Lane From the best selling author of The Notebook, comes Nights in Rodanthe. It’s not often i watch a wee romantic film, but on occasions I whip out a bottle of wine and the popcorn and stick one on. I seen the Notebook and it was an amazing tearjerker of a movie and i had the kleenex on stand by, so when George C. Wolfe brought out Rodanthe i thought i’d give it a go. Adrienne (Diane Lane), recently separated from her husband as a result of an affair, now lives with her son and daughter. Best friend Jean, asks Adrienne to come down to Rodanthe to look after her bed and breakfast on the sun swept beach, while she goes on vacation. Accepting her offer, the kids stay with father for the weekend. Adrienne arrives in Rodanthe and Jean heads away leaving Adrienne expecting her one and only guest, Dr Paul Flanner (Richard Gere), Staying in Rodanthe because in surgery attempting an operation, something terrible goes wrong and a woman dies. Her husband sent Paul a letter telling him to come down and explain what happened. Adrienne and Paul away from their everyday lives and routines fall for each other, putting butterflies in their stomach, making them feel young and free again.  OK, Nights of Rodanthe is no Notebook that’s for sure....

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The Darjeeling Limited. A Bonding Trip

Director: Wes Anderson Starring: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman Overview: India is one place I would love to visit, to take in the scenery and learn their culture. The Darjeeling Limited is set on the rail roads through India, following three brothers trying to find themselves on a spiritual journey. Wes Anderson, writer and director of the Darjeeling has always concentrated on the depth and flaws of his characters in all his movies including the Darjeeling Limited and The Royal Tenenbaums, a odd and weird piece, but delightfully uplifting. The Story: Basically the story follows three estranged brothers, Francis (Wilson), Peter (Brody) and Jack (Schwartzman) who haven’t seen each other for a year since their fathers funeral. They all agree to go on a trip through the hills of India on The Darjeeling Limited. All with their own drama’s and predicaments, who better to talk to them about, but your own brothers. On their journey they buy a snake, get their shoes shined, try new things and most importantly finding their inner selves. The Verdict: The story sounds simple, and it is. It is the way in which Anderson tells it that is so satisfying. This is no blockbuster or Oscar winning movie, but the bare essentials to make a great film. The Darjeeling Limited is a genuine and believable bonding journey that is well worth the...

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