Rogue

Rogue (2007)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror

This movie is about a group of tourists who get trapped on a small mud island right in the territory of a โ€œrogueโ€ crocodile. This movie does sound like one of those B-Movies that you love to sit and laugh at its impossible storylines, plot holes and terrible CGI ๐Ÿ˜› . However, this film is definitely not one of them. I was happily surprised by its plausible narrative and it was very interesting and captivating throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the beginning of this movie and the newspaper clips about โ€œmonster crocodile attacksโ€ giving us a hint of what is to come for the rest of the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked that in the first 30 minutes of this movie, we were allowed to get to know each individual character and I did not know who would be next (or first) to be โ€œkilledโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . The suspense was great and there were some surprising deaths plus dramatic tension such as the โ€œclimb across the lineโ€ scene.ย  I was hooked as they tried to figure a way to survive and the way they defeat it was plausible which I appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ . The graphics were good and I liked how the crocodile looked realistic (as much as it could be as it was a rogue crocodile ๐Ÿ˜› ). ย The scenery was also very good and I absolutely loved the end credit music of โ€œNever Smile at a Crocodileโ€ ๐Ÿ˜› . I wish though, I was more interested in the main character Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) because as much as I did not hate him…I did not really like him either. Though his character is not terrible and does not affect the overall enjoyment of this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . ย Overall, this film is surprisingly enjoyable and great for anyone who loves monster horror flicks ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

The sequel to the surprisingly very successful first Kingsman movie that I could not wait to see ๐Ÿ˜€ . I can say this film is very entertaining and does please those fans of the original movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . Itโ€™s great to see the familiar characters Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong) and the return of Colin Firth as Harry Hart. I really enjoyed the introduction to the American Statesman and loved that their code names where drinks such as Tequila (Channing Tatum) ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story itself was very entertaining with its twists and surprises along the way. This film has many shocks and is not afraid to kill of some characters (even when you thought they would be safe ๐Ÿ˜› ). I liked that it did not forget what had happened in the first film like who his girlfriend is (though you do wonder why is he dating her? ๐Ÿ˜› ) and explaining why certain things happen. The villain Poppy (Julianne Moore) is absolutely terrifying and I do not question her power (being a difficult one to defeat). Plus I loved seeing more spy objects, spy fights and action scenes such as the ski lift ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, this film is long and the magic of the first movie could not be recreated for this sequel. I am not sure what it was that made this film lack, but as this movie continued you do feel it. Maybe it was that we had too many new characters and being in a completely different agency taking away too much familiarity. Maybe the villains defeat was very unimpressive compared to Valentineโ€™s (Samuel L .Jackson). Though, this film has Elton John who is incredible funny in โ€œWednesday Nightโ€ scene ๐Ÿ˜› . This movie is fabulous and is great for any fan of the original who wants to see more of the Kingsman and I canโ€™t wait to see if a third movie is on the way ๐Ÿ˜€ . It is worth the watch just doesnโ€™t have the magic of the first. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitmanโ€™s Bodyguard (2017)

Genre: Action, Comedy

From the minute I first saw this trailer I was very excited to see this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Ryan Reynolds (Michael Bryce) and Samuel L Jackson (Darius Kincaid) did not disappoint and created a good partnership together. Their humour and lines in the dialogue were quite amusing and some parts hilarious ๐Ÿ˜€ . Other moments within the film tried to keep the level of comedy and action equal and it mostly does. The actual narrative was quite entertaining with a decent plot (try to defeat the bad guy and donโ€™t let the witness die ๐Ÿ˜› )plus the graphics are good. My favourite scene had to be the beginning as it was a great set up to understanding the character of Michael Bryce and the scene was a shocker ๐Ÿ˜› . I also thought Gary Oldmanโ€™s character Vladislav Dukhovich was a very impressive villain and the action scenes were great ๐Ÿ˜€ . I liked the scene in the court near the end (canโ€™t say what scene as I donโ€™t want to spoil but I can hint it is the one with the van ๐Ÿ˜› ) onwards was more intriguing. The defeat of the bad guy was very fitting and I liked the development of the characters as they โ€œhadโ€ to get along ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, as much as I was not bored at all, I canโ€™t say I truly enjoyed this either. It storyline was very predictable which affected the action side of the storyline and the comedy suffered too. The jokes only had me slightly chuckling at times but no laughter. The majority of jokes werenโ€™t funny and the only ones that got me chuckling were due to Reynolds and Jacksonโ€™s characters only. Plus the love interests and how they got together were not needed. However, this is still a very entertaining movie and I am glad to have watched it once, I just wished it had been funnier. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Blade

Blade (1998)

Genre: Action, Horror, Marvel

Another Marvel movie but this one is before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and itโ€™s a horror ๐Ÿ˜› . I had not seen Blade before but I really enjoyed this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The storyline kept me highly entertained throughout and I was hooked from the beginning. The start of movie throws you straight into the story and the scene with the nightclub is a great scene ๐Ÿ˜€ . It is very interesting to watch as well as being a great introduction to Blade (Wesley Snipes) and the world he has to live in. Wesley Snipes performs Blade impressively as his characterโ€™s personality does not seem to falter and it is different from other Marvel Superheroes ๐Ÿ™‚ . His lady interest (though more of a sidekick) Karen (Nโ€™Bushe Wright) is a welcome addition as she wants to fight rather than be saved and I actually believed her which is refreshing ๐Ÿ˜› . The main villain Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff) is a decent bad guy and his cool but cruel attitudes to others in his way makes him impressive. The fight scenes are well choreographed and fitted the story well (that it wasnโ€™t placed there for no reason ๐Ÿ˜› ). The graphics and how the vampires die was good and I liked the turn to skeleton death the most ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, the graphic arenโ€™t as good as they probably would have been but it doesnโ€™t affect the movie. It ends well and you canโ€™t wait to watch a sequel ๐Ÿ˜€ . This is a highly entertaining and generally fantastic movie for any Marvel fan or fans of Vampire horror films ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

I have never read the books by Stephen King so I donโ€™t know how faithful to the original this is and if any fans will enjoy this movie. However, coming to this film with no prior knowledge, I really loved this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . I was gripped from the start, captivated throughout and loved the ending ๐Ÿ™‚ . My favourite person in this movie was Walter (Matthew McConaughey) ๐Ÿ˜€ . His performance was fabulous and his character was believable. ย He was awesome, strong, his magic great and was terrifyingly evil ๐Ÿ˜€ . Idris Elba played a very cool Gunslinger Roland who created an interesting character to follow. I also liked the main character of Jake (Tom Taylor) and his relationship with Roland ๐Ÿ™‚ . The other world was great and I liked the threat element of the demons. The pace was very good and action scenes were steadily placed (it felt right and I was not left wanting). The magic and hints to a darker world (such as the scene when Jake is attacked by the house) was very good and kept me guessing. There are a few deaths in this that are shocking and a great twist in the tale (wonโ€™t say who as donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). Plus in the final battle, I loved the cleverness of how the defeat was achieved. Overall, this was a great adventure fantasy for anyone who loves otherworldly movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . I would recommend this movie, would happily watch again and would love to watch another film if a sequel is ever made ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

I had not heard much of this before the first trailers but I was excited to see a new sci-fi movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story line is very entertaining and interesting throughout. The beginning was very captivating at the start and actually quite emotionally as well (when you see the scene you will know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜› ). The graphics and the overall visual world was absolutely amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ . It the way the โ€œCity of a Thousand Planetsโ€ was created was very interesting to see and I loved how in each world I was immersed entirely. They flowed well and the โ€œmissionsโ€ in the film were action packed and exciting to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . The overall main storyline is a little predicable but I found it enjoyable enough to watch till the end. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne were great as Valerian and Laureline. Their chemistry was a nice touch and very believable ๐Ÿ™‚ . All the cast was very good but the main two characters were the best. Rihanna was pretty decent as her character Bubble and I did enjoy her change outfits routine ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, her character was not as compelling as she could have been to make me care for her as much as her scene (you will know which one ๐Ÿ˜› ) wanted me too. The twist in the story is not a shocker but I did enjoy the ending ๐Ÿ™‚ . This is a really good sci-fi that I would happily watch again and I enjoyed its pleasant tale. I think it needs a pleasant story to start us off with this new world and the films which I am sure are to follow ๐Ÿ˜€ . This is worth the watch for anyone who loves Sci-fi and wanting something new ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

The 3rd film in the reboot franchise that started in 2011 and quite honestly I enjoyed this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . The graphics are really good, the story is much darker and I was quite captivated throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are many bad reviews I have seen about this and I can get where they are coming from. It is a tad predictable (but if you have seen any of the first movies from the 60โ€™s then you should know how this should go ๐Ÿ˜› ) and itโ€™s not a typical war film. Well I think it has enough war elements for a Planet of the Apes movie but if you were expecting a proper one side vs. another than this is not that. It is messier with a real nasty side of war sliding in with desperate humans who arenโ€™t all kind. I personally did not mind these issues ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked the references to the story to come (to the 60โ€™s start) such as introducing a small child Nova (Amiah Miller) and I really liked the flashbacks of Koba (Toby Kebbell) when Caesar (Andy Serkis) was at his worst. I also loved the new addition of Bad Ape played by Steve Zahn who was lovely and really funny ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย  There are some shocking and sad moments in this such as the scene in the cave and you do truly feel so sorry for Caesar. My favourite scene was the escape from the โ€œHuman Zooโ€ (I wonโ€™t say what scene specifically as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). I personally liked this movie more than the second one in the reboot and it felt fitting for the end movie. However, I would have preferred a different ending but that is just me I think not a reflection of the overall film. A great watch and needs to be seen to finish off the Planet of the Apes reboot movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk (2017)

Genre: War, Drama, Action, History

I have never watched the original Dunkirk so I am unsure how close this version is to that movie and or real events. However, I found Christopher Nolanโ€™s version to be fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I was captivated and enthralled from start to end ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I loved the opening as it throws you straight into the drama and danger! There are big names in this movie such as Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and of course Harry Styles. Harry Styles who played soldier Alex was actually pretty good and you forget who he is (being a singer and so on ๐Ÿ˜› ) as the film continues. The big drama scenes such as being trapped in a sinking ship were all awesome and entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ . It keeps you on edge of your seat as you are unsure who will survive or how the situation will develop. There is a non-linear narrative because we are following more than one character. I personally loved this unique way of presenting the story of Dunkirk ๐Ÿ˜€ . I really liked how we saw the same scene multiple times from different perspectives, without it being predictable, cheesy or boring. It was subtle, flowed well and I quite enjoyed seeing where each โ€œimportantโ€ character was in relation to the drama. My favourite characters were Collins (Jack Lowden) and Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are some highly emotional moments and a sense of pride when the โ€œendingโ€ happens (when you watch you will know). This war film is certainly more of a survival suspenseful movie but it certainly worth the watch for anyone one who loves historical genres ๐Ÿ™‚ . I even liked the sense of not everything finishing off well and that not everyone makes it home (I wonโ€™t say any more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). I certainly recommend this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family Film

Another film from the Despicable Me franchise but this one is following Gru (Steve Carell) and his family unlike the Minions movie. Personally, I am glad we are following this family again as these character are what made this series along with the minions (not just Minions ๐Ÿ˜› ) . However, this movie is not spectacular as it could have been. Donโ€™t get me wrong this film is alright, almost great and is definitely a brilliant family film ๐Ÿ™‚ . Letโ€™s start with the positives. I loved the villain Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) who played his part in this narrative great, his reason for villain worked and his 80โ€™s look was fabulous ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved his general 80โ€™s vibe and how his weapons were 80โ€™s items like a Rubik cube ๐Ÿ™‚ . The minions were funny in the prison especially with the freedom song ๐Ÿ˜› . I also liked the addition of Dru (Steve Carell) who slotted into the โ€œfamilyโ€ well and he became more likable as the story continued ๐Ÿ™‚ . He was charming and a fresh update that the family needed for this film ๐Ÿ™‚ . There were also sweet charming moments in this movie. ย Also the final battle was alright and entertaining plus I loved the ending scene with the “5 minute head startโ€ (I wonโ€™t hint no more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). However, the storyline was not the most original and was only fairly entertaining. The minions werenโ€™t as funny as they could have been and were not in it as much I was expecting them too. Iโ€™m not sure if that was a good thing and the general storylines felt like I was watching a television series episode with its individual sub plots. Though this film is still good enough for fans of Despicable Me, children, families and I did quite enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ . The film is not as great as the original but I think this is better than Minions ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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