Movie Review : Non-Stop

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Bill Marks (Neeson) is an air marshal who, on a non stop flight from the US to London, receives a message asking for $150 million or a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes. By the time he receives the actual message, we have a list of suspects a mile long. Lots of shady people…..new people…..suspicious people….. I may never fly again.

Then we find out that Bill is being framed. The account the ransom money is to be deposited into is in Bills name. This changes everything. The pilots have their orders and these do not include the air marshal having a gun or any kind of control on the plane.

But this is Liam Neeson …..

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Movie Review : 300 – Rise of an Empire

 

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Way back in 2006, the world was treated to a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek tale of the Battle of Thermopylae. It is a story of such heroism that their names echo down through time. We had CGI enhanced men…..lots and lots of men….abs crunched to eye watering perfection …. little leather outfits hanging from swaggering hips….lots of blood and swords and yelling and………..oh my! And at the helm, their  Scottish Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler).

Having defeated the Spartans, the Persian forces head towards the city of Athens. Aussie Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton), after trying in vain to unite the Greek states, leads the Greek forces in a naval battle against the King/God Xerxes (Santoro) and the fantastically evil and ruthless Artemisia (Green).

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Movie Review: Tracks

 

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Based on a true story and the book of the same name,  Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) is just 27 years old when she travels to Alice Springs with just a few belongings and a dog. She intends to make the 2000 or so kilometre trek from Alice Springs to the ocean solo.

Yep alone.

To do this, she knows she needs a few extra things. Some camels and some serious experience training and tending to the camels. For this part, she works and barters her way to being the proud owner of 3 camels (there is a sweet surprise in store for her regarding her fourth camel 😉 ) Now she needs some money to fund her great adventure.

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Movie Review : Lone Survivor

 

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Based on a true story, 4 US Navy Seals, Marcus Luttrell (Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Hirsch) and Matt ‘Axe ‘ Axelson (Foster) are sent on a mission to kill a top Taliban leader who is responsible for the deaths of many American soldiers/marines. The 4 are highly trained soldiers who are quietly confident of their abilities without the usual swaggering cockiness.

As the title suggests, things do not go smoothly. The 4 are trapped in a gorge behind enemy lines with no communications to the outside world. As they try to move up to higher ground to enable the re-establishment of communication, they come under heavy fire. The gun battle that ensues is all too realistic and in unfamiliar terrain with no backup, there is little hope for these brave men.

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Movie Review : Wolf Creek 2

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It’s been almost 10 years since Mick Taylor (Jarratt) reminded us just how dangerous it can be to traverse the deserted roads and highways of Australia’s interior. The gorgeous sights, sounds and spectacular views do little to mask the absolute isolation and desolation that we Aussies kind of take for granted but can seem unnerving for tourists. Wolf Creek was a scary, creepy, blood drenched slasher pic with Taylor’s now (almost) iconic laugh enough to send chills down your spine.

So what went wrong?

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Movie Review : Dallas Buyers Club

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It is 1985 and AIDS is making news the world over. At this time, there was very little understanding of the disease and those inflicted with the HIV virus were treated as outcasts out of simple ignorance. The medical community was at a loss to provide any real answers and the average person was being fed different information almost weekly. They were terrible, dark days. But the big pharmaceutical companies were already rubbing their hands together in glee….. because fatal disease = money for these greedy corporations.

Ron Woodruff (McConaughey) is a good ole boy from Dallas, Texas. He is also a womanising, homophobic, cocaine snorting, part-time bull riding, con man who is well-known to authorities. This guy is basically an absolute wanker. Injured one day at his workplace, he is taken to hospital where he is diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live.

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Movie Review : Robocop (2014)

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A reboot of the 1987 smash hit original, Robocop 2014 opens with a glitzy American style propaganda program, hosted by a smarmily perfect, over-the-top Samuel L Jackson, extolling the virtues of robotic peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan. The machines look a lot like the alien machines in TV’s Falling Skies ….and the War of the World machines. Hmmmmm

But anyway …..

As well as these machines, there are humanlike robots who the evil multi national corporation, Omnicorp, hopes will replace police of the streets back in the USA. There are billions to be made from these robots but the people dont like them. They need the human touch and when good cop Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is almost killed by a car bomb, it seems their prayers are answered. The company is given permission by Alex’s grieving wife Clara (Cornish) to do what they have to do to keep him alive. Understandably, she just wants her husband and their son David’s (Ruttan) father back.

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Movie Review : Last Vegas

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Billy (Douglas), Paddy (De Niro), Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) have been best  friends for 60 years. Paddy is still mourning the death of his wife Sophia, pining away for her in their Brooklyn apartment. Archie has recently suffered a stroke so is on (well-meaning) house arrest by his son and daughter in law. Sam is feeling the 40 year itch after being married…..well 40 years to the lovely Miriam (Gleason).

So when Billy, the last remaining single man among them, calls and tells his buddys he is finally getting married ….. and yes of course it’s to a woman more than half his age….. an impromptu bachelor party is organised for the following weekend.

Billy is getting married in Vegas so where else would they hold it but Vegas.

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Movie Review – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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This movie follows Nelson Mandela (Elba) from his tranquil childhood in the heart of rural South Africa through to the months just after his release from prison and his path to the abolition of the hated and cruel apartheid and the ultimate reunification of his deeply divided nation. As someone who was more familiar with the elder Mandela, who was already entrenched world-wide as a wise and determined freedom fighter, I found this story, based on his 1995 autobiography, really interesting, educational and very moving.

I am quite sure it is entirely unnecessary for me to fill you in on Nelson Mandela. If you don’t know who he is, go away and please never visit my blog again.

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Movie Review : Labor Day

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Adele (Winslet) is a lonely and depressed single mother. Her husband Gerald (Gregg) left her years ago and now has a new wife and family. She has withdrawn almost completely from the world and thus relies heavily on her son Henry (Griffith) to run basic errands for her. But once a month or so, she does venture out to the local chain department store for necessities. It is during one such visit on the Thursday afternoon before the American Labor Day weekend that Henry encounters escaped criminal Frank (Brolin) and they are given no option but to take Frank home with them.

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