The Shallows

The Shallows (2016)

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

This is an alright shark attack movie that can keep you fairly entertained from beginning to the end ๐Ÿ™‚ . Blake Lively was quite good as Nancy as her acting in this movie (through her characters struggles) was believable and you felt for her ๐Ÿ™‚ . I liked that she was a medical student and how she was โ€œsaving herselfโ€ when she was dealing with her injuries. The scenery was very pretty and I liked her relationship with the seagull (though I did feel kind of cheesy… ๐Ÿ˜› ). The flow of the movie worked and did keep you watching plus you become very intrigued to see how she could survive. The attack of the Shark was very good and I liked how when one stranger was killed we werenโ€™t allowed to see it. We just watched her reaction which was pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ . I also loved the opening scene with the child and I even liked how the shark was defeated (even if it may have been a little unbelievable ๐Ÿ˜› ). The CGI is an issue throughout this movie. At times it looked unique with the phone images integrating with the movie then at times looks poor. Especially the graphics of the shark is very questionable at times. Another problem with this movie is the sharkโ€™s motives. I assume it is just some seriously blood thirsty monster that just enjoys eating humans even if there is a massive whale carcass. Though the films suggests it is a normal shark so then that makes you question its motives throughout the entire movie creating a sense of unbelievably. However, the film is alright and keeps you entertained. This is good for anyone who likes survival thriller against a monster attack movie but it is nothing โ€œWowโ€. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

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Not just another day at the beach.

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

No Escape

No Escape (2015)

Genre: Action, Thriller

This film had been recommended to me plenty of times and I can say they were not wrong to do so ๐Ÿ˜› . This film hits all you except from an action movie and more ๐Ÿ™‚ ! There are plenty of action scenes and it does not let you sit easily.ย  Too many times I was shocked and on the edge of my seat! Owen Wilson is pretty awesome as the main character (Jack Dwyer) and shows that he can act serious as well (not just comedy roles ๐Ÿ˜› ). His supporting cast of Lake Bell (Annie Dwyer) and Pierce Brosnan (Hammond) were also great. The beginning scene was done quite well as it set up the situation efficiently, entertaining and kept you captivated ๐Ÿ™‚ . Even, when we have to learn where the main characters are we are desperate to see when the situation will hit them.ย  Personally, during that wait (when we get to know the โ€œimportantโ€ characters) was a little too long and not the most entertaining. Plus the ending could be seen as a tad cheesy and doesnโ€™t live up to the scenes we had just witnessed. However, when we did see the action they did not lose their initial level of tension ๐Ÿ™‚ . My favourite scene was when they have to jump to the next building (I wonโ€™t say no more as I donโ€™t to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). Plus, the constant death and uncertainty throughout was good. Not knowing if anyone was going to survive worked in the filmโ€™s favour ๐Ÿ™‚ . It began well, has some shocking deaths and shocking moments (one near the end with the daughter) and ended cool ๐Ÿ™‚ . As mentioned before, the end is kind of cheesy but the scene with boat (trying not to spoil) was very tense and awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ . This is a very good movie that may not be the most action packed but when the big scenes actually happen it makes it worth the watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Run like hell.

Blair Witch

Blair Witch (2016)

Genre: Horror, Thriller

I have never seen the original movie so I am not sure how good this sequel is in comparison. However, I thought this was a pretty decent horror flick ๐Ÿ™‚ . The narrative itself as easy to follow and actually has a believable reason for going into woods where you know bad things have already happened. There is the obvious โ€œwhy would you?โ€ in this movie as expected but I quite liked the group of friends and thought the story was enough to keep me entertained ๐Ÿ™‚ . Even though this movie is filmed in a documentary-like style it did not hinder the film as they used all types of recording technology that we have nowadays. The horror element is alright, not too bloody so people who donโ€™t really like โ€œgoryโ€ horror movies can enjoy this. There are some good suspenseful scary moments that did have me on the edge of my seat. Such as the crawling underground, getting separated in the woods and the end section in the house ๐Ÿ˜€ . I loved the moments when the other two members kept returning to the group (I am trying not to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) and one of my favourite scenes was the โ€œsnapping of the wicker dollโ€. The pacing of the movie runs steadily along and ended great (the end section was my favourite part ๐Ÿ˜€ ). Plus when you see the witch she is pretty awesome and scary at the same time ๐Ÿ˜› . This may not be to everyoneโ€™s taste but I think this is a pretty good horror film. It is definitely worth a watch at least once ๐Ÿ™‚ . Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Thereโ€™s something evil hiding in the woods.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips (2013)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

The true events that happened to Captain Phillips back in 2009 shown through this Hollywood movie. After you watch this film you have to give some sense of awe for the horrors Captain Phillips had to go through. The narrative runs fairly well in the fact it can keep you captivated throughout ๐Ÿ™‚ . The film was not too predictable and at times, I was on the edge of my seat ๐Ÿ˜› . Tom Hanks is spectacular in this movie and his portrayal as Captain Phillips was stunning ๐Ÿ˜€ . He was believable and reasonable throughout even during the most โ€œtenseโ€ moments. Plus his last five minutes (canโ€™t say when as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ) was so full of emotion, you felt for the character. The four Somali-American actors portraying the pirates were also very realistic in their performance and were quite scary. I enjoyed when the ship was first being taken over as the tension and drama around that section was thrilling and gripping ๐Ÿ™‚ . I have to admit the tension did hit a point where I wasnโ€™t as enthralled as I should have been. It dulled while he was at sea without his crew but did pick up again near the end. Overall, a decent and enjoyable biography film to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ . I recommend as it is worth a watch once. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

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Out here survival is everything.

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!

Also have a Wonderful New Year!

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On the air. Out of time.

The Purge

The Purge (2013)

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

I know there had been many negative reviews about this movie but quite honestly I really enjoyed it.ย  The story was original and very interesting. The narrative about a near future America where they have an annual 12 hour Purge were all crime is legal had me gripped from the beginning to the end. I get why many people didnโ€™t like this film because it is not scary and would not be top of the horror genres as it did not really act like a horror movie (though people do get killed ๐Ÿ˜› ). However, I loved it. It was my kind of horror with the suspense, drama, interesting thriller vibe and you had no idea who would live or who was a bad guy ๐Ÿ˜› . A great cast led by James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and Mary Sandin (Lena Headey) plus the overall movie look was executed well. I loved the scene when the young boy lets the homeless guy into the house and loved the ending ๐Ÿ˜€ . The film is more of a thriller than a horror but there is a reason this movie has gotten sequels! A great concept, very entertaining and a captivating story line with a likeable family (though the daughter was a tad annoying)! Also great for those who prefer story to gore :P. A film I would definitely watch again and recommend! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

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Survive the night.

Devil

Devil (2010)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

This is a very clever and highly entertaining horror ๐Ÿ™‚ . Itโ€™s the type of horror I prefer as it focusโ€™ on the story and characters rather than full on gore ๐Ÿ˜› . The set up and mood of the film begins quite dark but is highly interesting throwing you straight into the action by creating a death from the start! The idea of this movie is brilliant and unique ๐Ÿ™‚ . I loved the fact that the main characters are trapped (I will try not to spoil) and you had no idea who would be the next victim! The supernatural theme in this movie is quite strong and the narration helped build the suspense and drama. I loved when the narrator mentions about victims who โ€œget in the wayโ€ as it gave a hint to the movie and allowed the film to keep surprising you ๐Ÿ™‚ . The main actors in the lift were all amazing, creating realistic characters and even the most dislikeable character was entertaining (likable for us watchers ๐Ÿ˜› ). The characters outside were also likable and kept you gripped to the story (they werenโ€™t secondary to the action of the main characters). The ending was brilliant and had a great surprise plus a good red herring! A fantastic horror that may not be gory but definitely has death, amazing story and characters ๐Ÿ˜€ . I would definitely watch again and recommend. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Bad Things Happen For A Reason.

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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A spy is never out of the game.