Baby’s Day Out

Babyโ€™s Day Out (1994)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family Film

A typical example of a classic 90โ€™s family movie that is surprisingly quite good ๐Ÿ™‚ . The story is very simple to follow but it is highly enjoyable for the entire family. The story is about a rich Baby Bink being taken by three kidnappers Eddie (Joe Mantegna), Norby (Joe Pantoliano) and Veeko (Brian Haley). The comedy in this film is slapstick humour but it does work ๐Ÿ™‚ . They go through hug, awkward and dangerous moments (such as jumping from buildings or climbing various scaffolds) but comes across hilariously. The baby is adorable and you want him to succeed throughout ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved it more when the baby was just following his favourite book unintentionally rather than on purpose as the latter half of the film suggested. He has a charm that works as he avoids and makes his kidnappers struggle to catch him ๐Ÿ™‚ . As much as I loved the slapstick and 90โ€™s humour the โ€œattacksโ€ can get a little uncomfortable to watch, but as long as you donโ€™t take this film too serious then it is enjoyable. I personally loved the ending scene as it was very funny and I would not have minded a sequel from that hint ๐Ÿ˜› . Each of the problems are funny to see and the overall cuteness makes this movie highly entertaining and surprisingly captivating ๐Ÿ˜€ . A great family movie for all and I do recommend watching this movie at least once ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Don’t Breathe

Donโ€™t Breathe (2016)

Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller

This is one of the most unique and truly enjoyable horror movies I have seen in a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ . The twist is (mostly told in trailers, other reviews and blurbs of the film so watch out ๐Ÿ˜› ) amazing and kept me hooked throughout. The main three characters Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) are not likable characters especially Money. They (Rocky and Alex) are given reasons for their bad behaviour but you arenโ€™t supposed to like them initially. However, when the robbing of the wrong house begins everything changed! I loved the constant shocks and surprises from The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) were brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ . He was intense and terrifying plus the more we got to know him the more I felt for the teenagers. The fight scenes were great and the fear, nail-biting, edge of your seat moments were great ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the scene where the survivors are running from the cellar in the dark ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the danger element within that scene and loved that they must have actually filmed in the dark as their pupils were dilated. The main thing that is great in this movie was the facial expressions and body language of the characters especially Rocky and The Blind Man. She showed her fear and anguish through her facial expressions which had you hooked ๐Ÿ˜€ ! Plus Stephen Langโ€™s portrayal showed vulnerability, sadness, and anger which made him an intense character I have seen from a horror film for a long while ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the ending which allows a promise of a sequel and if not, left it with a great feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ . A feeling that neither one of the characters are as good as the other leaving you questioning who truly is the victim? A great horror / thriller film that is very unique, great for horror fans and will leave you wanting more ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

This is the sequel to the first Jack Reacher film and the best thing I can say about this movie is that it is okay. It is obviously not exactly like the books (just like the first film) but it does keep you fairly engaged and does what an action movie should ๐Ÿ™‚ . There are enough fights and explosions to keep the action fans happy. Tom Cruise is great as Jack Reacher again and I think I prefer his portrayal in this rather than in the first movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . The storyline which forces him to be โ€œinvolvedโ€ in the case works and his relationship with Turner (Cobie Smulders) was good. I really liked that the director did not force a standard, typical or expected relationship between these two and allowed Cobie Smulders to portray a strong woman in this movie ๐Ÿ˜€ . I also enjoyed the possibility of Jack Reacher being a father and Danika Yarosh who plays Samantha was really good (came across as not annoying ๐Ÿ˜› ). My favourite scenes in this movie were the run in the airport and when the truth of whether Reacher is a father is revealed (near the end in the cafรฉ) ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, I canโ€™t say I was entertained throughout and everything was just okay. Not very memorable and it became rather predicable (set up, bad guys chase, fight scenes, protect the girl and so on ๐Ÿ˜› ). The storyline of trying to solve the undercover crime was a little messy and dull so I was not really bothered. I canโ€™t say if this was better than the original or not but I think it was a passable and enjoyable enough action movie to sit through even if not the most entertaining ๐Ÿ˜› . Good enough for the Jack Reacher fans if you are desperate to watch the sequel ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

I can’t say I am the biggest fan of the Fast and Furious franchise as I have only seen around about 2 of these movies. However, saying that I know enough to able to watch this movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . It is quite entertaining and captivating enough to keep you watching from beginning to the end. There are plenty of big action scenes in this that are pretty impressive ๐Ÿ™‚ . Such as the driving the car through buildings or sky diving with the cars ๐Ÿ˜› . Also the fight scenes with the villain Deckard Shaw ( Jason Stratham) were really cool. He made an impressive and deadly opponent plus the hospital scene at the beginning was a cool introduction to the character. I also really loved Paul Walker’s character and his scenes in this such as his “Jump from Coach on Cliff”ย and “slamming door shut to protect child”ย were great ๐Ÿ˜€ ! However, the overall awesomeness was not carried over entirely and some moments struggle to deliver. Of course we have the bikini’s, fast cars, bums on show and the occasional “sexy”ย car wash but that is expected with the franchise ๐Ÿ˜› . There was a weak fighting scene with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the female guards. It was not very impressive and looked weak compared to the men fights in the movie. If you took this scene out I don’t think the movie would be affected at all. Even the character of Letty and the other female characters weren’t that good. She came off a little bit boring even with her amnesia storyline and no other female character was memorable. Though, some of men were not good either such as Roman (Tyrese Gibson), who at times became irritating to hear his over-the-top jokes. This is not to say it’s a terrible movie because I did enjoy watching and the ending was good ๐Ÿ™‚ . I think you have to watch all the other films first to appreciate this movie as for me I felt at a disadvantage. The storyline was good, villain impressive, the action scenes great and a fitting movie in dedication to Paul Walker ๐Ÿ™‚ . A must see for those who love franchise and a decent movie for those who don’t ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Vengeance hits home

Ghost in a Shell

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

This film adaption of the original Japanese Manga is exactly as I imagined it would be and more ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I have never watched or read the original 90โ€™s Manga (or Anime) ย so I am unsure how true it was but I was so captivated that I did not mind ๐Ÿ˜› . The worldโ€™s set up is original, bright, well crafted and (kind of) believable. It looked like a realistic future and with that small introduction at the beginning, you believe that those characters actually โ€œliveโ€ there. Even though this is clearly a dystopian world it didnโ€™t feel depressive which helped make this film enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚ . Not only was the world set up great (making me want to learn more ๐Ÿ˜› ), the music and characters were also crafted well. The CGI and design of Majorโ€™s robotic body was great. Also everyone elseโ€™s CGI for the robotic parts did not seem fake (which is obviously a good thing ๐Ÿ˜› ). I loved all the characters but my favourites were Batou (Pilou Asbรฆk), Kuze (Michael Pitt) and Scarlett Johansson as Major stole the show ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The fight scenes are plentiful, the chase scenes are good and parts are a bit scary / freaky (like the Geisha Robots ๐Ÿ˜› ) . There are nice shocking moments and twists that should have been predicable but were great instead ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved that twist and I loved when we start learning more about Majorโ€™s past ( I canโ€™t say which part in the movie as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). The pace flowed well and I would have liked to watch more of this film. A great Sci-fi that kept me entertained throughout and I would happily watch again ๐Ÿ™‚ . I definitely recommend whether you were a fan of the original or not ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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They did not save your life. They stole it.

Mechanic: Resurrection

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

The Mechanic sequel is alright but I think fans of the original movie would be disappointed. It is a simple storyline that is overused and expected if you looking for anything in the action genre category. To be fair, I did not think it was as bad many others have said in their reviews of this film. I actually was entertained and enjoyed the section when Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) was taking out the bad guys ๐Ÿ™‚ . My favourite one was the โ€œswimming poolโ€ incident ๐Ÿ˜€ . The mission was great but the storyline did have problems. For example, I was not sure why the main character gave up his โ€œsafetyโ€ to protect a pretty girl Gina (Jessica Alba) who he met two days ago ๐Ÿ˜› . Plus the ending when Bishop is getting the upper hand against the villain Crain (Sam Hazeldine) got a little messy as a storyline. The scenery is good and the action is plentiful. I havenโ€™t watched the original movie so I am not sure how faithful to the story and characters this sequel was. However, if you looking for a simple action flick with an alight storyline with a mix of predictability then this is for you ๐Ÿ™‚ . Though if you loved the original then maybe give this one a miss ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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Revenge is a dangerous business.

Money Monster

Money Monster (2016)

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

I was very much looking forward to this thriller about a television programme โ€œMoney Monsterโ€ being held hostage especially when George Clooney and Julia Robert would be in it ๐Ÿ™‚ . Unfortunately, as much as this was good, there was something missing. Donโ€™t get me wrong the storyline is intriguing enough and the danger level is fairly strong at the beginning. The story progresses well enough and the switch of the villain role with Kyle (Jack Oโ€™Connell) was good. I wanted him to succeed in his mission as some of his intentions have merit (donโ€™t want to spoil too much in case you do actually watch this ๐Ÿ˜› ). I liked the beginning scene and the scene when the FBI/police start to infiltrate the television station. The start actually is quite good and does build up the drama quite well. I liked the character of Lee Gates (George Clooney) and liked his relationship with Petty Fenn (Julia Roberts). However, the twist with Kyleโ€™s character could have been more refined and written more cleverly. Plus his development with his girlfriend was unnecessary and annoying. I think what was wrong with this movie was that the level of drama in the beginning doesnโ€™t maintain throughout and the climax isnโ€™t that climatic ๐Ÿ˜› . Rather, the end is mediocre and slightly irritating especially with what happens to the characters (you will know what I mean if you watch it). A good enough film that will fill up time but not as good as it should have been. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher (2012)

Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery

Another Tom Cruise movie where he is a bad-ass out to take every bad guy down with his amazing skills ๐Ÿ˜› ! Therefore, we can admit from the start this movie is going to be predicable and we are going to see familiarity to other roles Tom Cruise has played before. But he does act good ๐Ÿ˜› . The story itself is entertaining, easy to follow and fairly interesting. It has a decent cast alongside Tom Cruise such as Rosamund Pike. The story itself was awesome and kept me guessing ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the beginning and how the attack happened ๐Ÿ˜€ ! There is a sense of predictability that works as it keeps the story simple enough to follow yet gives twists and surprises along the way. The fight scenes are fairly good and the film concluded well. It may not be as accurate as it could have been (I havenโ€™t read the books) but I thought this was quite a decently crafted movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . It also had a nice old fashioned feel of an action thriller without using big CGI or explosions. A great film for anyone who likes Tom Cruise or action thriller movies ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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The November Man

The November Man (2014)

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

This was a fairly okay action packed movie involving CIA Agents ๐Ÿ™‚ . There is a great cast lead by Pierce Brosnan and you canโ€™t deny their good acting skills within this movie.ย  He plays a great spy that is believable as his character (Peter Devereaux) was one of the less predictable ones ๐Ÿ˜€ . The film is shot well and scenery is not bad. I did like the narrative as it kept me watching and I loved the new take on the character of Alice (Olga Kurylenko) โ€“ it was quite the twist ๐Ÿ˜€ . Olga Kurylenko also acted well as did Luke Bracey who played David Mason. My favourite scenes were โ€œthe twistโ€, โ€œthe scene with the Russian almost President (mid way through film) and the girlโ€ also loved the beginning scene with the โ€œextraction of other spyโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€ . However, I was thrown partway through the movie when Pierceโ€™s character became a villain and hurts an innocent (which was a seriously bad attack!). I was on his side before that! It wrecked the film for me personally and part of the narrative is quite predicable. Though good fight scenes and shock deaths to keep any fan of spy action films entertained. If you are looking for a good action movie with good acting but nothing individual then I recommend this ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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