Friday, 28 February 2020

DARK WATERS, 28/02/20


DARK WATERS

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Synopsis

Based on a true story, a persistent attorney begins to connect and uncover a dark secret involving a growing number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations. He soon finds himself risking his future, family and his own life in trying to expose the truth.

Cinema

ODEON (2D)

Run Time

Two hours, Six minutes (2h,06m)

Movie Rating

89%

Age Rating

12A (Drama / Thriller)

Cast

Robert Bilot – Mark Ruffalo
Anne Hathaway – Sarah Bilot
Tom Terp – Tim Robbins
Wilbur Tennant – Bill Camp
Phil Donnelly – Victor Garber
Joe Kiger - Richard Hagerman
Darlene Kiger – Mare Winningham
Harry Deitzler – Bill Pullman
James Ross – William Jackson Harper
Carla Pfeiffer – Louisa Krause
Larry Winter – Kevin Crowley
Kim Burke – Bruce Cromer
Denise Dal Vera – Sandra Tennant
Abi Van Andel – Kathleen Welch
John Newberg – Dr. Gillespie

Movie details


Mid – Credits: Kind of (Facts of outcome after movie concludes)
End – Credits: No

Before the Review: After coming towards merging lanes at 20mph, a dpd courier van, which either was late for a delivery, just impatient or driving “normally” came speeding across at nearly 40mph to overtake me whilst narrowly missing my bonnet after I slammed the brakes on. My dashcam would clearly show / prove that should a collision have taken place, the courier was at fault, but this is “normal” London driving to me, so I carried on as normal. 

Whilst leaving a supermarket, another car came swerving off my junction at nearly 30mph, whilst again forcing me to slam my breaks on. An SUV pulled into a parking bay awkwardly and at speed which caused a child to fall back in shock. The (I believe) mother was so angry at that driver, she threw a flower pot at the SUV, which left quite the quite a visible scratch. Yikes...

Review: One of my favourite all time quotes comes from Ultron being thrown out from the Quinjet by the Hulk saying, “Oh for God’s sake” in Avengers: Age of Ultron. So literally you’re more or less waiting for Mark Ruffalo to “Hulk” out. But he plays a defence lawyer in Dark Waters, and not a renowned physicist in gamma radiation, who turns into a big green monster called Hulk when angered / provoked. For the record, from what I heard and saw being depicted, this is not a 12A (Maybe a 12/15). 

This movie is based on a true story regarding a chemical company / corporation and their dumping of unregulated waste on site, which also happens to get into the local communities water supply (A bit like what happened in Batman Begins, but with wider implications). Deceit is heavily implied on the chemical company / corporation’s part, which could be taken more seriously, given its “Imminent” threat to public life, which includes cancer and birth defects (amongst others).

If you’re not a fan of reading the news (Either on paper, TV or freelancing apps etc), this movie is a great way to learn more about the effects of unregulated dumping of dangerous chemicals which can lead to a very bleak future ahead of us. Climate change is very real, however threats to human life come in a number of ways, and Dark Waters highlights just one of those, and this is not just limited to the local community as depicted in the movie, but worldwide. Dark Waters producer Mark Ruffalo is raising awareness of chemical pollution and has even attended Paris to meet with the European Parliament.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, 15/02/20


SONIC THE HEDGEHOG

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Synopsis

With his newfound best friend, a human by the name of Tom Wachowski, Sonic tries to navigate the complexities of life on Earth. But the evil Dr. Robotnik wants to capture Sonic and use his powers for world domination. This leads to Sonic and Tom teaming up and prevent this from happening.

Cinema

ODEON (2D)

Run Time

One hour, Forty minutes (1h, 40m)

Movie Rating

63%

Age Rating

PG (Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Cast

Sonic the Hedgehog (Voice) – Ben Schwartz
Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik / Doctor Robotnik – Jim Carrey
Tom Wachowski – James Marsden
Maddie Wachowski – Tika Sumpter
Stone – Lee Majdoub
Wade Whipple – Adam Pally
Major Bennington – Neal McDonough
Crazy Carl – Frank C. Turner
Rachael – Natasha Rothwell
New Girlfriend – Debs Howard
Secretary of Homeland Security – Elfina Luk
Roundhouse Waitress – Shannon Chan-Kent

Movie details

Mid – Credits:  Yes (Sets up possible sequel)

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: After some serious delays on Friday, I was forced to reschedule, and I when I finally got to my seat, I find some people booked for nearly 13 seats away taking up my reservation. After kindly asking if they were in the right seat, they responded with them “needing” to sit there, although they booked their seats further away. In a nearly empty screening, this baffled me, so I took the next seat away from them, only to find someone else three seats down on their phone, sporadically, throughout the screening. I was also cut off by an SUV driver on their phone as well, at 70mph. Scary...

Review: I didn’t grow up on Sonic the Hedgehog, as I opted to buy Nintendo and not SEGA in my youth, although I had a friend who was obsessed with the character and the games. So my knowledge prior to watching the movie was border-line at best. Of course, I also owned a Nintendo Wii, owning one very addictive fighting game called Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and surprise surprise, Sonic the Hedgehog was the final unlockable character to round off the roster to challenge the big bad boss, Tabuu.

So I knew what Sonic was capable of beforehand, and after a tweak to the character due to a backlash over his appearance, I was also expecting the movie to have brought the character into the present day. Now, Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik, I have to say was a really good casting choice. Some people haven’t seen Ace Ventura, but for those that did, it seems Jim Carrey incorporated aspects of that character into the villain, like his walk. His portrayal of Dr Robotnik, for me, was spot on. A Fast and Furious producer is also attached to the movie, so lots of speed, obviously.

There is lots of humour, lots of action and some character building along the way. For an older viewer, at one point, I had imagined Sonic as the foul mouthed Ted who occasionally had the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan (minus the aura). But this is a PG showing, and there were children in the screening, so I had to make do with that. I thought the movie did well in introducing Sonic the Hedgehog to the big screen, and I look forward to more in the franchise.

Friday, 7 February 2020

BIRDS OF PREY, 07/02/20


BIRDS OF PREY AND THE FANTABULOUS 

EMANCIPATION OF HARLEY QUINN

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Synopsis

It becomes open season on Harley Quinn after her explosive breakup with The Joker puts a target on her back. Whilst on the run and unprotected, Harley Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, Victor Zsasz (his right-hand man) and every other thug Gotham city has to offer. However, things soon even out for Harley Quinn when she comes into contact with three deadly women, who also become unexpected allies in Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya

Cinema

ODEON (2D)

Run Time

One hour, Forty Nine minutes (1h, 49m)

Rating

88%

Cast

*Potential Spoilers*
Harley Quinn / Harleen Quinzel – Margot Robbie
Huntress / Helena Bertinelli – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Young Helena Bertinelli – Ella Mika
Dinah Laurel Lance / Back Canary – Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Renee Montoya – Rosie Perez
Black Mask / Roman Sionis – Ewan McGregor
A Black Mask henchman – Talon Reid
Victor Zsasz – Chris Messina
Cassandra Cain – Ella Jay Basco
Ellen Yee – Ali Wong
Captain Patrick Erickson – Steven Williams
Doc – Dana Lee
Mr Keo – François Chau
Tim Evans – Derek Wilson
Happy – Matt Willig
Erika – Bojana Novakovic
Maria / Franco Bertinelli – Charlene Amoia / Paul Lasa
Stefano Galante – Robert Catrini

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: Voiceover

Before the Review: Typically, an impatient driver who unfortunately happened to be driving a BMW decided he wasn’t going to wait anymore and overtook a bus, whilst nearly skimming an oncoming truck. Honestly, BMWs are very nice cars (I’ve driven a few) but people need to ask themselves at least three times if they should be handling one. They are in demand for a reason and that stunt was not one of them. A driver of a BMW X7, who drove past a red light doesn’t really help, as did someone driving what appeared to be a KIA Sorento. And a white van skidded out of the way of an oncoming bus, which was at least two metres away from it in the first place. A black van driver decided texting was more important on a roundabout, and quickly sped off when horned at. Wow...

Review: Birds of Prey was crazy from the get go. Using elements from Suicide Squad, there were moments where I thought that more references would be made to characters outside of Batman and The Joker, but it seems that the movie is trying to stand on its own from. Even though the movie is set in Gotham, it is heavily implied that Batman is still a presence, although only by verbal reveals and not physically.

The movie was action packed with some hilarious fighting scenes, some character build-ups for the less recognised vigilantes like Huntress (I’ve watched the Arrowverse and dabbled in reading comics so I was well aware beforehand). The funny thing is, I did not know much about Roman Sionis aka Black Mask before playing Arkham City video game based on Batman bringing order amongst chaos.


One other character has a different origin and a changed direction in the movie. Whether the audiences agree with this change, time will tell should this story continue in the future. There is language not for the faint-hearted, and the story basically let’s rip during the fight scenes, one of which I found hilarious. A break from The Joker being mostly featured in Gotham City related storytelling from previous movies helps build Batman’s vast rogues galleries for future appearances should they be needed, for example in the upcoming Matt Reeves "The Batman".