Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone star together in Escape Plan along with Amy Ryan Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Neill, etc. Directed by Mikael Håfström, the action movie lasts for almost two hours. With the two iconic action heroes in one frame, Escape Plan offers a stirring story that could well motivate prisoners intending to break free.
The storyline begins in a very clandestine manner where a prisoner (Sylvester Stallone), escapes from the tightly secured Bendwater Institution in Colorado. He later reveals that he is a consultant and security expert, whose job is to expose the vulnerabilities and weak spots in the security of the state prisons. He then gives the jailor a detailed account on how he managed to break free. The jail officials are not happy to know that naturally and Ray Breslin and his team are approached by the CIA to look for the loopholes in a new facility made for the world’s most dangerous criminals. The location of the facility is not disclosed for security reasons.
Ray Breslin job is to pose as a prisoner and then escape from that jail, alerting the security flaws in the prison. For the last job he breaks out of an ultra-secure facility. Once inside, he realizes that he must work with fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer to plan his escape. However, things do not go as planned and take a different turn.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger are two lumbering man-mountains get clearly-defined attributes from Hafstrom, who is well known for his horror flicks. Their biceps and forearms are as thick as hams. While Rottmayer played by Schwarzenegger never loses his cool, Breslin, played by Stallone never loses his cool. Hobbs, the evil warden, played by Caviezel looks calm and collects butterflies. However, deep inside, he is a raving psychopath. The prison doctor, Dr Emil Kaikev , played by Sam Neill, carries a critical sense of conscience.
The first 30 minutes of the film drags, but the pace of the movie gets faster in the second half. You find simple action in the film, both physical and verbal. The film is backed with intelligent analytical skills and wit, but still could do with a bit more punch. Both action heroes, Stallone and Schwarzenegger, display intense harmony on screen. With their histrionics and banter, they complement each other. Stallone with his always grumpy mannerisms and the charismatic and chirpy Schwarzenegger make the film a worth watch.
Prisoners will keep you captivated for 2 hours 32 minutes. The cast includes Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, and Terence Howard. It is thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is about tw0 families that get together for a Thanksgiving dinner. . Their daughters Joy and Anna go for a walk after the dinner, to never return. The van standing outside is the direct suspect. The movie is about Keller Dover (Jackman) own manic hunt for the girls. Keller is known to struggle all his life and he is a devout man with a motto to ‘be prepared’ all the time. His basement is well stocked for any kind of disaster.
Jones (Dano), the occupier of the van that is parked outside their home happens to be the main suspect once the girls go missing. Keller’s gut instinct tells him that it is Alex who is behind the abduction and he soon gets obsessed with breaking Alex. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal ) is the man investigating the case. He speaks little, but is firm and is heavily tattooed. He is known for never losing a case but this case really tests his skills and mettle and he is driven to a breaking point. His performance carries certain intensity. Alex is released, once he is known to have the cognitive ability of a small child, after a round of questioning.
Nancy and Franklin Birch believe in Loki’s efforts but all their hopes are lost in grief. Hope begins to dim as the search goes on and without any fruitful results. Keller and his wife Grace descends into his own gloom of darkness and into a sedative haze. The violence looks as real as possible and is not glamorized. But, it can be disturbing sometimes. Cinematographer Roger Deakins’ lustrous and the careful vision of Villeneuve set up a threatening mood. This is a film with a numerous emotional sides, with moments of desperation and helplessness. It shows the visceral panic that any parent feels when their children are abducted. Each watershed in the film point takes its own time to build.
The expert screenplay of Prisoners was written by Aaron Guzikowski in 2007. It has remained one of most famous works Hollywood but unproduced. Prisoners is a nerve-rattling accomplishment and a full-blooded thriller of 2013. Do not miss the bone-chiller from where a god-fearing carpenter decides to take the law into his own hands.
Gravity 3D is a must watch and the powerful story unfolds the horrors of space. This is no Sci-Fi thriller, based on fantasy, but on the realities of the spatial world. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the movie carries a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes. It is about a space mission that goes wrong and how the astronauts drift away into space, losing sense of direction and their hopes of survival as well. Get a close look at space, even if you have never been there. You will feel like you just been up there after watching the movie.
Gravity will change the way you think and alter your perception of fear and freedom. Although the film centered on a single character of astronaut, Sandra Bullock, with George Clooney and one more as other two astronauts, the film is a gripping one and you will never feel like leaving your seat and will hate the commercial break. You never knew that floating through deep space could be this gripping. This is a movie carrying awe-inspiring technical excellence.
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron has certainly created a visual masterpiece and deserves a standing ovation for Gravity. When you come out of the theater, you end up asking yourself, how the hell did they make a film like that? It is a task that took complete four and a half years of production and every frame has been made painstakingly and with great care.
Every scene in the psychological thriller is unnerving and arresting, keeping you tense, and giving you gooseflesh. The stunning special effects will make you feel like you are a part of the film and with them in the space and can feel the horror being experienced by the astronauts. Every time Bullock takes a deep breath, you feel yourself doing the same. This is the impact of Gravity. This is an experience in itself and a game-changer of sorts. The movie is sure to revolutionize the way special effects are created in movies.
Alfonso Cuaron has cleverly kept the story in the limelight and has not let technology overpower the story of the emotional journey of the main character. That sense of detail goes much beyond the technology and this is what is appreciative of the film. George Clooney manages to charm you once again and Sandra Bullock has given a powerful performance.
Casting Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Lindsay Duncan, About Time is a romantic comedy lasting 2 hours 3 minutes. The main character played by Gleeson as Tim, gets hold to a family secret and he can now travel through time. He uses this power to sort outs the past wrongs in his life and win back his love. The movie is a blend of philosophy and love and the movie title couldn’t possibly be more literal. The director, considering his early work like Four Weddings and Notting Hill, does manage to impress with this film to some extent.
There are no quantum physics and lifelong labor working on the time machine here. All you need to do is close your eyes, focus really hard and clench your fists to travel back in time. Tim is a man with his priorities in order and forgetting about everything else, he decides to focus on his love life in general. Whether he is wasting such a phenomenal gift is left for you to decide and how he makes use of his new found trick of time-travelling to set certain wrongs right in his life. Mary and Tim share an easy chemistry. She has her faults, but can be endearing and is easily the highlight in this film.
The film is inexplicably lengthy, but the genuinely funny plot and all those jokes will keep you in good humor. Thanks to the powerful committed streak running through the film, you are prevented from plodding into a sentimental soup. After all, we would all like to travel back in time in our lives and set all the wrong into right, wouldn’t we? So many things would have happened differently if we took the right action or said the right thing at the right time. So many relationships would have worked and there would be so few misunderstandings.
Tim is a lawyer, and is a decent and kindly bloke, who can be a bit awkward around women. About Time gives a simple message. This is a fun movie to watch as you watch Tim travel in time and how he decides to make his world a better place. This is a lovely, sunny film that gives the message to stop making mistakes of hurting each other, be kind and grateful and make this world a better place. Moreover, the film is definitely an improvement as writer-director for Richard Curtis’.
Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi is directed by Paul Greengrass. The Biopic lasts for 2 hours 14 minutes and depicts the jacking of the US-flagged cargo ship ‘Maersk Alabama’ in 2009 by Somali pirates. The movie is about Captain Phillips, the character played by Tom Hanks, unprepared and unarmed tackled the intruders from the sea. The tense drama in the high-seas will leave you feeling claustrophobic and keeps you on the edge of your seat, with the unexpected twists and turns like the sea. The Paul Greengrass thriller, will keep you engaged as it deciphers consequences of a criminal activity onscreen.
Captain Phillip is based on a true-life story of the hijacked ship. The Captain (Tom puts his life in danger to save his crew after being attacked by the Somalian pirates as well as tries to protect the valuables on his vessel. What follows is a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the gun-wielding Somalian pirates. Their relationship with Muse, played by Barkhad Abdi is unnerving.
Tom Hanks flawlessly portrays a man facing death in the face. One will find no over-bloated show of American superiority, or give an undue sympathy for the perpetrators. The film carries a clear vision ad one can gradually feel the pressure mounting steadily. The dialogues are thoughtful; especially those that are exchanged between the Capt. and Muse. Muse expresses his helplessness. All characters play their role brilliantly.
It is the direction of the film that leaves you impressed with thoughtful execution. The British director is known for his expert handling of the subject and you notice the humane side of his characters. Their inner turmoil is reflected in their fear and behavior. He challenges your thinking and forces you to believe that crime is driven by circumstances, and not the people.
The background score and excellent cinematography only add to the tension that is getting created. The film is essential about every each individual’s fight for survival and the director is in no mood to give the film any documentary treatment either. Therefore, don’t go looking for accuracy in the biographical tale. The urgent handheld camerawork perfected by cinematographer Barry Ackroyd lends an air of authenticity to carefully staged reconstructions of the real-life hijacking from 2009. You will find the right blend of political clout, thespian wallop and a dramatic punch in Captain Phillips. Go and watch it. Tom Hanks gives the performance of a lifetime.
Directed by Bill Condon, The Fifth Estate runs for 2 hours 8 minutes. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Carice van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. The story is about Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, who teams up with Daniel Berg to expose corruption. Their aim is to shed light on government unlawful activities and expose the corporate crime. This is an exciting and gripping story.
Assange sets out with nothing, but his silent resolve carrying firm determination and focus with him. His reputation as a hacker grows and he partners with Berliner, another brilliant programmer. Together, they work to make WikiLeaks a force to reckon with. WikiLeaks offers shocking information that Assange feels people would want to and need to know. He also has a nose for sensationalism. His friendship with Berg and the disagreement that follows is an evocative of the Zuckerberg-Saverin equation that we remember from The Social Network.
The Fifth Estate brings to light different aspects about human nature, but without coming close to edginess. As viewer you are left wondering if Assange means a great good or is simply feeding his own ego. He knows very well that he carried information that can make governments quake and this kind of power can go to anyone’s head. The movie looks into the peak October 2010 moment when WikiLeaks enjoyed great fame and notoriety.
James Boswell (Tucci) and Sarah Shaw (Linney) of the US State Department perform their roles well. The role of the US Government’s perspective on transparency is deployed. The real Julian Assange languishes in diplomatic asylum presently at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Cumberbatch has done a good job of depict the embattled whistleblower. Assange of his film is cold, emotionless and can be a bit sinister sometimes. He insists on global transparency, but his own personality is impervious, like a cold steel wall. You are left wondering as to what goes on inside his head. Assange’s apparently has a complex and mysterious psyche.
Fifth Estate is a movie on a tough subject. Cumberbatch tries to capture Assange’s slightly otherworldly air, as well as his different creepier qualities. However, he could have scored better, if he had chosen to focus deeper on the complex and mysterious psyche of Assange. It is true that the real-life man is still a hero to many but very few claim him to be a nice guy. The film stuffs in heavy load of global events, and the speed of information dispersal today.
The cast of Amour comprises of Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Alexandre Tharaud and Isabelle Huppert. Directed by Michael Haneke, the drama lasts for 2 hours 8 minutes. The storyline revolves around a retired octogenarian couple, who had once taught classical music. Anne gets a silent stroke one day at the breakfast table that leaves her paralyzed on her right side. The story then unfolds the many meanings of love thereafter.
The initial scene offers a visual metaphor for the circle of life, when a group of firemen break open the door to the apartment of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva). They find Anne’s corpse on a bed, surrounded by dried flowers that would have been once fresh. The room is neat and well-lit and conveys a quiet dignity and serenity that can be unsettling. The viewer’s know the conclusion of this film from the initial scene.
The movie then rewinds back to a time and give you a peep in the life of the couple, the life they enjoyed and the occasional outings at a classical concert. The film shows them watching one of their past students playing a beautiful piano concerto. The watershed moment in their lives is of course Anne’s stroke that fateful morning. How the couple deals with their re-aligned equation is displayed remarkably in Amour. How Georges stoically copes with the new situation is really heartbreaking. His patience is tested sometimes, but at no point does his devotion to Anne flags.
Anne feels guilty of the burden she has become to Georges but is always gently reassured by him. Their daughter visits them often but is deeply disturbed on seeing the progressive deterioration in the physical and mental condition of her mother. Soon, Anne suffers a second stroke.
This movie – Amour is made of some heartbreaking moments and it is really touching to see the couple coping up with life in the last years together. On the lighter side, it gives hope to many that we are never alone and this can be reassuring. Amour looks at the subject of love in a different manner and one explores a new side of it on the screen.
French cinema is proud of this power packed performance of the ageing Parisian couple that leaves us harrowed by their love story. An unflinching script from Michael Haneke and such towering performances makes the film a masterpiece. This is a heart wrenching story of deep love with responsibility.
Ender’s Game is a Sci-Fi thriller that will last for 1 hour 54 minutes. The cast is made of Hailee Steinfield, Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and the film is directed by Gavin Hood. The story is about the courageous commander Mazher Rackham who is trying to save the Earth from an alien attack. The aliens are called the Formics and it is now up to the young group of the International Military, and Colonel Hyrum Graff (Ford/), supervising them, to save the world.
Ender’s Game is based on a novel by Orson Scott and is an unusual science fiction, as the use of children in warfare always leaves one in dismay. The film is faithful to the novel to a large degree. The character of As a Butterfield as Ender Wiggin is exactly as what you imagine in the book. The special effects are really spectacular and the war and battle scenes are exactly like the story.
Ender Wiggin, along with a small army of multi-race children live in an orbiting boot camp. Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) shows enormous potential and credit in the eyes of Major Gwen Anderson and Colonel Graff. It is because of his ability to deal with those stronger than him and sharp mental acuity, that he is absorbed into the military. He is also a gaming expert. The other pre-teens have been picked from terrestrial schools and trained to believe that there is no place for place for compassion on the battlefield.
The young ones are militarized at a tender age to show that young soldiers and minds are much better at absorbing technology as compared to the adults and can carry out sensory inputs much longer without feeling any mental exhaustion. It may seem a bit unusual to see the kids speak in such composed and adult like manner in Ender’s Game. Ender is dealing with his own issues and wonders as to why he was chosen to lead an army instead of his siblings. He also hides the trauma he felt when bullied as a child.
Ender’s Game makes for a nice watch, especially for those who are fans of sci-fi films. It successfully delivers the message of militarizing kids throughout. Set up in space, expect some nice effects and convincing visuals. You are also left wondering if you should go ahead and get your enemy before they got you. Go ahead and watch the film to know the answer.
Thor: The Dark World is the story of the Earth, Asgard and the universe that are threatened with devastation and complete destruction Malekith and the Dark Elves are determined to achieve their objective and get their hands on the Aether, when the Nine Realms converge. Watch the movie to see if the heroes in the movie are able to stop them.
With an impressive star cast like Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Thor: The Dark World carries an interesting storyline and offer you more than 100 minutes of a thrilling adventure with lots of fighting. The blockbuster is sure to do good business. The Dark World is the third big-screen appearance of Thor and Kevin Feige, who is the producer behind all the studio’s films, makes sure to never repeat the ideas of his films. There are occasional callbacks of the movie from last year’s Avengers Assemble, but the main story is very different.
The Dark Elves, a race is determined to push the universe into a new realm of darkness. Only Thor and his Viking gang have the power to return the universe to a primeval state. Aether’s reactivation stimulates Malekith and the Elves from their suspended animation and they set about on their malevolent mission once again. The Aether landing coupled with the alignment of the Nine Realms can spell disaster. Loki’s with his snarling and menacing is the only character with different shades and Thor soon realizes that he needs his help to stop those evil Elves, however, structurally, it starts in a similar way, with a slightly clunky prologue. The Dark Elves, and the Aether, are the film’s main villains and seem more vile and powerful. You will enjoy every moment in the films, although many in the audience felt that this was just a filler and trailer for the next Avengers.
You may feel it to be like a sci-fi war movie. Although the main lead character can fly and is virtually unyielding, it is not a superhero movie. This movie is about a long-distance love story and sibling conflict displayed with an intergalactic twist. Don’t miss this one if you like sci-fi magical films. Marvel’s great run continues, although the story may carry signs of flaws. With all that magic-science, The Dark World will keep you entertained every minute and you will not like to take a break. The special effects are amazing.
Free Birds is an animation comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward and the cast is made of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson. It is all about two turkeys traveling back in time to see how they can get ‘turkeys’ off the Thanksgiving menu. Will they succeed? Well, this is what Free Birds is all about. Every year we find an increasing number of animation films and very few of them succeed in connecting with the audience. Free Birds is one of those few animated films that will keep you entertained right through. It may not have gathered rave reviews but can be watched at least once.
Jake (Woody Harrelson) and Reggie (Owen Wilson) are the 2 ‘space’ turkeys that travel back in time in order to change the history. They enter 1621, when the First Thanksgiving started so that they could fight with the hunters and change their mid as to which bird should land on the Thanksgiving menu. Their plan is to change the whole tradition. However, when they enter the past, love happens as Reggie falls for Jenny and everything falls into place.
Free Birds may not be one of the best animations movies going around, but it deserves a onetime watch. The comedy animation film can really make you smile at some points but it should, have had a higher dose of comedy. However, one can give it a pass as it is aimed at very young kids. The plot is interesting but could have been shorter. The filmmakers have thrown in shades of Bill and Ted’s journey with a dash of Chicken Run to make it more interesting. Your kid under 10 is sure going to enjoy the named film. The effects are nice and professional and will keep them interested.
The intention of Free Birds was to make all those ‘non-vegetarians think twice before they dig into a juicy turkey. The birds fear extinction, because of our Thanksgiving tradition. Whether the film serves its purpose is yet to be seen. The film is made for kids under 10 and perhaps to change their heart very early on Thanksgiving. Take your kid for the movie and he is sure to enjoy. As for the adults, Free Birds might not success in keeping them captivated like other animation films. Still, go and watch it, for the sake of the social message it carries. Perhaps it will help us really think about those birds fearing extinction .