watched the trailer and that's all i needed to see. they don't show you all the trash floating around up there or even a distant satellite cruising by. great views of earth and space and again the earth from a distance you they don't show you how diseased the earth has become from the human population and industrial impact that is killing our earth. earth will only tolerated so much until it decides to get rid of us and alter our perfect puny lives forever and for what, to have our perfect little communities where our houses are ten feet apart from each other. shit is ridiculous. population is out of control and i don't see it slowing down anytime soon till its to late.
A much awaited follow up of the epic 300 (2007) is finally here. When I first heard about this movie, I was wondering if it was going to be a sequel or a prequel. Well, it's actually both.Taking the legacy of Greeks and Spartans upfront, this movie is sheer treat. Surprisingly great in story, jaw dropping slo-mo action sequences and nonetheless a pin point scripted humor. Hell lot of bloodshed, more six packs, more action. When I went out of the theater my heart was pouring from the jolt of pure movie entertainment. This movies has got everything to make your weekend better.
One of the best things about 300 was Gerard Butler and his larger than life performance as Leonidas. Initially, they planned for him to come back, but he didn't want to reprise his role. He is sorely missed here and the void left by his absence is never really filled although, Eva Green comes awfully close. She by far has the most interesting character and easily gives the best performance, but despite a tragic back story, she's a villain, which makes it hard to sympathize with her character. Instead, we get Stapleton to take Butler's place and while his performance is fine, his character Themistocles is no Leonidas. The way Xerxes became a God King and the way he acted on a vengeance to destroy Greece with Athens and Sparta, this was indeed a challenge to direct and produce both. Everyone did justice to their roles till the core.
The best feature of this movie is the screen play. Throttling action sequences with hell lot of brutality and bloodshed. They delivered enough punches to hold the interest of viewer till the end. A smartly plotted story which took a turn around from the past and merged into the existing one.. One thing than can be said about this film is that it's never boring. It moves at a nice pace from battle to battle, but those looking for the same experience the first film gave them will be disappointed.
The sound, the action sequences really do pop out! And made this movie one hell of a ride! For me background scoring took the entire movie on track and gave another level of visual treat. All summed up and 300: Rise of an Empire accomplishes much more than any movie of its kind could aspire to.
Journeys. A traveller's monotony can become the adventurer's thrill and an escapist's dream. With his unique style of poetry in film-making, Imtiaz Ali has dealt with journeys of finding love and reminiscing in 'Jab We Met' and with a man's journey through his passion in 'Rockstar', he asserted his craft in dealing with human emotions through life's journeys. This time around, with less stardom, he focuses on a simple yet deeply emotional journey of a girl who is taken away from society only to be exposed to a new found freedom in aimless travel. Imtiaz Ali truly rises with his typical form of story-telling to take you on a soulful journey but this ride may not be for most of this country's audience that would shower their wealth onto Chennai Express and Dhoom3.
The daughter of an influential industrialist in North India longs for fresh air and freedom from the binds of society and her upcoming marriage. Veera's (Alia Bhatt) wish isn't quite granted with a sudden abduction and her limited exposure to the real world leaves her in awe of the surroundings to which the kidnappers expose her as they travel from one town to the next, hiding from authorities. Soon enough, she finds comfort in making the truck her new home and solace in being on the Highway.
Her stubbornness gets the better of her kidnappers who give her space as long as she is restricted to their reach. Their relationship grows with their travels and later on, she becomes an incorrigible persona of freedom whom one grows to adore. 'Highway' is about her escape from the confines of a society that abused her, haunted her memories, took away her innocence and bound her in the shackles of a wealthy, protected lifestyle. The beauty is in the journey of her escape. Apart from the spectacular locations in remote India, including breath-taking views of the Himachal region, the meaning is conveyed through AR Rehman's soulful music and the adroitly directed tender scenes of self-realization. Sometimes, the silence in those times is deeper than even the most meaningful dialogues.
Veera does find her destination and the kidnapper is no longer an oppressor but a companion in her dream. Is this really where she belongs or will society put the shackles back on her feet?
The dilemma of the kidnappers who bit off more than they could chew is humorous while Randeep Hooda's confidence makes him unpredictable. His calm yet sinister character is quite a contrast to his victim who enjoys her life as such. He realizes the folly in their abduction plan but is incessantly on the run which gives Veera more time to enjoy her liberty while they outrun the police. Hooda is comfortably natural playing Mahabir with fewer words but louder actions and Imtiaz Ali surely brought out his best.
Highway is Veera's journey and Alia Bhatt's rise as an actress. With a laudable performance, she convinces the audience that with the right story, script and direction, she has the potential to impress. Imtiaz's keen ability to extract the best from his actors has never had such success and the last half hour of the film that is dominated by Alia is his testament.
The supporting cast manages to remain as natural as their characters but there is another element of the film which, by itself is justified to be a pretty important one.
AR Rahman's melodies convey the words behind the silent expressions of the actors. There are powerful moments in such finely crafted scenes. Notice Alia's silent gaze outside the truck's rear, her blank stare while sitting on the desert dune, her inability to express the joy in living her dream on the banks of a river and Hooda's laughter when Veera just doesn't let go of him and he accepts defeat to the escapist's dream.
Pathaka Guddi with the Nooran Sisters signifies freedom, wildness and is by far the best track with Rahman's genius all over it. Maahi Ve is another fine melody that is quite playable on the road. With fewer dialogues and an elaborate background score, Imtiaz Ali lays emphasis on the journey through a beautiful land and lets it speak and connect to all senses.
The story, based on Imtiaz's earlier work in television, isn't convoluted but when he transforms the main character through a vivid exposure to life's highway and alters the relationship dynamic with her assailants, the tale is enough to mesmerize. The scenery is breath-taking, the music is soothingly relevant to the story-telling and the actors have given a soulful performance. Some of the dialogues are perhaps quotes of fine poetry and Imtiaz doesn't shy away from being philosophical.
'Highway' offers an escape from dual standards, from everyday stresses of the mundane and gives you a chance to reflect upon life and notice what is truly important. To breathe in fresh air, to experience freedom while disconnecting from your other world, to take a pensive break in rich natural surroundings and to then get up for a spontaneous journey of discovery. Perhaps we have gone so far in our routine life to even appreciate such normalcy that it seems like an escapist's dream. But in his most personal and heartening film, Imtiaz Ali has given us a picture of what could be. In an ugly world where trust leads to anguish and love leads to doom, the Highway is the road less traveled and indeed, the one to take.
- 9.101 on a scale of 1-10.
Not an inspiring movie and i still dont realize why the movie was actually made.Neither it has some historical relevance nor does it has some heart stopping sequences. It purely takes inspiration from Gladiator and Ben Hur movies to redesign its action sequences.Emily Browning has turned to be an eye candy with not much of strong performance. Terribly misplanned and mismanaged action sequences. Not worth watching rather put the cash inside your wallet and wait for 300 : Rise of the Empire.
Till Then keep watching MOvies :P
Generally the acting was second rate and sound effects seemingly attempted to compensate for this. Having already seen Diogo Morgado play Jesus in "The Bible" miniseries I was hoping for a different actor. The second half of the movie was better than the first half because of the intensity of the scourging and crucifixion. Regardless of these shortcomings I believe Christians are obligated to see such films to show Hollywood we still care about them. Lastly, although Roma Downey is a really lovely lady (maybe too lovely to play Mary), I wasn't impressed by her part. Perhaps the best acting came from the fellow who played Pontius Pilate (not listed in the cast below).
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Just out of college, Jack Ryan joins the Marines to serve his country after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; however a debilitating crash forces him out of active duty. During physical rehab he is recruited to join the CIA as a financial analyst. While attempting to uncover terrorist funding sources, he comes under attack and must single-handedly fight his way out to save his fiancé, the targeted victims of a planned terrorist attack, and the US economy. Just another day at the office.
It's relatable enough: our main character initially shows promise but is dealt a bad hand in life and finds himself confronted with seemingly insurmountable odds. His or her motivations, challenges, pro- and an- tagonist interactions, rewards and failures become ours as we cheer or lament at each twist. Just like real life.
The first movie I recall seeing Chris Pine in was the Star Trek reboot. I admired his gritty portrayal of a young Jim Kirk whose ego was eclipsed only by the size of the justifiable chip on his shoulder. Yet he was still able to overcome it all and save the world - literally - in a very believable way.
I initially was disappointed that as the next Jack Ryan, despite a motivating if a little predictable plot twist early on, the chip didn't have time to fully seat itself before he was once again off to save the day. But his portrayal grew on me, and by the end, it worked ok.
Keira Knightley put just the right dose of tension into her character. What would otherwise have been a role on the wrong side of yawn kept me guessing the entire time.
Kenneth Branagh, who has captivated me in just about every role he has played, did not disappoint. I found myself *almost* sympathizing with this very bad guy and hoping for a last minute change of heart. AND he directed?!?
Enter Kevin Costner, playing seasoned CIA team lead William Harper who is as Morpheus was to NEO, finding and recruiting Jack to save the day. Costner portrays Harper as almost-too-calm without being emotionless.
The High Points
There were some good action scenes including intense but realistic car chases and well-orchestrated fight sequences. There was also some very strong plot development in certain areas, including in some of the relationships. The movitvation of potential terrorist attacks was also handled well and not over-developed. The story compelling, individual performances very strong, the music very fitting. In all an enjoyable movie.
What Could Have Been Better
This movie is fine for teenagers depending on how scared they get.
The youngest age you shold watch this is 10, bearing in mind that a 10 year old girl might find it quite scary. If your child has a very vivid imagination then they shouldn't watch it as there are a ew scenes with a lot of violence in it. The movie overall is very moving but some scenes just are horrible as a lot of children get killed right infront of you.
Thor: The Dark World centers mostly around a dangerous threat called Malekith, who is essentially trying to take over Earth and wipe out the human race; at least that's what it's supposed to be about. The movie I saw showed something much stronger; the brotherly dynamic of Thor and Loki. The movie starts with Loki being told by Odin that he will spend the rest of his days in the dungeons, adding that the only reason why he's still alive is because of his mother. It goes on and the real exciting parts start when Thor enlists Loki to assist him in a matter in which Jane, Thor's earthly lover, is "possessed" by an ancient, dangerous force known as the Aether which Malekith desperately needs. Thor means to destroy it after Malekith, but it doesn't quite go as planned. *SPOILERS AHEAD: CAUTION* Loki ends up getting "killed". Thor and Malekith have an epic showdown, and at the very end, while Thor says goodbye to Odin, Loki appears as Odin and with a mechanical grin, he says, "No, thank you, brother."
Okay. Wow. The ending was definitely a huge cliffhanger. The real question for all you Loki lovers out there is: would you rather have had Loki die but honorably, or continuing living but under evil circumstances? Loki is an interesting, deep character and that's why I love Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of him. Of course, I want Loki to live because he is literally the only interesting thing about the movie, but it's sad that he's like this. Anyway, overall, this movie was action packed and well written. Loki is definitely the best character, and he provides depth and mystery to the story which I love. I can't wait until Thor: Ragnarok. Worth watching, go see it!
I'm a fan of the Marvel Comic book movies. They are always worthwhile. This one mixes current time and places with the ancient ones.
As Thor reunites with his past he has to make yet more journeys across the solar system to save his girl and the planets. His long estranged brother of course has always had other plans. Thor under his father the kings direction once again has to fight the bad guys. But these guys are more bad than the ones he had to fight before.
The movie is action packed and keeps you interested throughout. Good acting, plot and graphics. I don't like how the characters can take the form of other people. Makes for somewhat of a lame excuse for some of their activities.
The ending has a small twist that I didn't see coming.
This movie flat out sucked. The only redeeming qualities this movie has is some dazzling special effects, George Clooney and maybe one or two good scenes. Other than that, this movie is one giant snore fest.
I like Sandra Bullock, but I found her character to be dull, flat and hard to understand. Very closed off individual that in the end left me not caring whether she lived or died. I think I would've liked this a lot better if this movie was about George Clooney, because his character was stellar and plenty to route for. Bullock... not so much.
Overall, disappointing and lackluster. Not worth all the attention it gets.