Name: Clarence Toh

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it was just bad.

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Adapted from a Stephen king novel, I had high hopes for Carrie to be a hit. The movie posters always seem to portray a horror thriller that is different from the others. Especially when this was the third adaptation of the novel, I expected something far more refined. However, I was left quite defeated at myself to think the movie may be great. It simply wasn’t and I do not have a slightest clue where it went wrong.
Was it too simplistic a plot or was it too unjust? I have no idea because I haven’t read the book and I don’t intend to. The book was written in 1974. So, I feel that it’s better that the movie is set at that time and not in present time. The start of the movie was cliché. The way Carrie found out about her powers was too frustrating to watch. It was boring and unentertaining. I wished that god or the team of extractors from inception would plant the idea of something like peter parker’s discovery of his powers into the screenwriter’s head before he or she had written something down.it just didn’t make me feel as if telekinesis was actually a great power to possess. Later towards the end of the movie, Carrie had pig’s blood poured on her (so it was revealed, the blood on her wasn’t caused by her killings. Hence, it totally ruined her scary image. ) and she completely went berserk after that, hurting everyone in the ballroom which was the unjust part. I think the best part of the story was the extremely small and tiny love story between sue and her boyfriend who died after being hit by the bucket.
The ending was soon to be the most irksome part of the movie. After killing Chris and billy Nolan Carrie reaches home to a mother who tries to kill her. I was not surprised, considering her mom had become the religious freak she was. But she killed her mom in the end. Later, sue appeared at the house trying to make things right again. For some strange reason, Carrie was able to use her telekinesis powers to determine the gender of Sue’s baby. Can telekinesis really do that? Carrie then brought sue out safely and burned the house down, killing both her mom and herself. Maybe Carrie should put a curse on the baby? It’s just a suggestion to salvage a movie that was already bad.
There has not a good record of female directors in the movie industry and this movie certainly did not do them any favour. To end it off, a bad adaptation or a bad novel is still a question, but one thing’s for sure. It did not turn out right. I’m still a fan of king’s novels and movies like 1408, just not this one.

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heartwarming and full of suspense.

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Reviewed by Clarence Toh

Where should I even begin complimenting this film? Firstly, the film was well-casted. Hugh Jackman portrayed the figure of a father extremely well. Desperate for the return of his daughter, he went from being a calm, rational person to become a beast he never was, doing all things just to get his daughter back. He made the situation look real, though it may seem like he was over-reacting. He did his homework. Jake Gyllenhaal, as detective Loki, was a match made in heaven. It seemed as if he was born for this role. In the movie, he was as badass and frustrated as one can get. He dealt with situations very well. The rest of the actors did their parts well. But the most credit has to be given to Paul Dano. He showed massive potential in this movie as he can act as a psychopath and also a victim of an uncompromising physical abuse that brought me to the edge of my seat as he was brutally injured by Jackman. It was definitely a leap in his career.
Secondly, it was better than what I had expected it to be. Never did I expect a tale of two missing girls to become a self-inflicting psychothriller which included more blood and suspense than the expendables and silence of the lambs combined. Okay, I may be exaggerating but it did serve gigantic portions of both elements. Not only was I contented with that, I was also delighted by the fact that the plot was new. It was eccentric and electrifying at the same time. “Never judge a book by its cover”, these words have never been so true. The short synopsis of the movie made me undermine the ability of the movie to cover great details of the true story. The honorary mention goes out to the script writers. I think they did a lot of research to find out about this case and added their own twist to the story. With two psychopaths as suspects, it made Gyllenhaal’s AKA detective Loki’s job extremely difficult to solve. With a sickening father (Jackman) pressing on him, Gyllenhaal was on the verge of breaking down, but he never did. He brought out the little genius inside him to crack the case. The scriptwriters deserved some praise to drift the audience sideways by bringing more and more suspects. As Jackman took things into his own hands, he tortured Dano and made us feel like Dano was the kidnapper. For the smart Alecs out there who felt that it couldn’t be this simple, there was the dude with the snakes, Dastmalchian AKA Bob Taylor, who drew maps. This time, I thought there may be some relationship between the location of the children and the maps, but to no avail as he killed himself in the interrogation room. When all hope is lost, Jackman went to confront Mrs Milland and it turns out that this old lady was the mastermind of these kidnappings and she had been doing this for years, previously with her late husband and now by herself.
Now the parts I didn’t like. I like the twist but it didn’t quite fit in. How can ‘wolverine’ allow a frail old woman with a gun to take control of him? To me, it was like taking a bullet to my foot. Maybe, guns talk. Also, when Loki heard whistles coming from the car, the movie stopped. For frequent movie goers like me, I don’t sit in a chair for 2.5 hours not knowing how the ending turns out like. I want to know if Jackman got saved or not.
Overall, it was an acting master class. Heart-warming and psychotic enough, I could not have predicted it to have turned out this way. Well-casted and the twists throughout the movies are phenomenal. It can be included in the genre of movies that make you think after you have watched it. People who wish to pursue a career in acting may wish to change their dreams after watching it. It takes some serious talent to act like Dano or Jackman.

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disappointing and boring.

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Reviewed by Clarence Toh

The escape plan, as the name suggests, is meant to be an all action, eye-catching, suspenseful kind of thriller. However, I was greatly disappointed with a few things during the movie. Firstly, let’s talk about the actors. In Stallone and Schwarzenegger, we have two of the best action movie stars in history. There was a lot of hype about the movie simply because these two veterans were casted. I was just shocked at how uncomfortable these two actors were in the movie. Their accents were overboard, considering the fact that the movie had a lot of explanation of how they escaped from prisons and stuff. There was simply too much of them talking. They were not doing what they did best, which was just action. I found myself drifting into deep slumber throughout the movie. I truly believe that these are brilliant actors. No offence to both actors, I just feel that they lost it. 50 cent should just stick to rapping or his business empire. The person who did the casting for the movie should reconsider his goals in life.
The plot wasn’t fantastic. To be fair, it was clever to put the prison in the middle of nowhere but the director and scriptwriters have to be mindful that they are competing with shows like prison break when dealing with this kind of movie. It wasn’t well thought of and I could not bear comparing the genius of prison break with the illogic of the escape plan. It was incredulously weird that Stallone had so much success with getting out of the prison. Come on, I would at least like to see him in trouble with the villain or something. Schwarzenegger, as an ally, has to be more unwilling. How can someone trust a stranger so much?
The setting of the movie was poor. I like the idea of using a former Soviet Union warship which was old and rusty as the prison. It sounds badass enough. But what is inside were like high-tech cabins used to hold the prisoners inside. It was simply a contrast in ideology. The guards looked like they were borrowed from star wars and it kind of reminded me of star trek? Come one! I want to see water leaking from roof tops; prison cells in the worst possible conditions; guards looking tougher than Stallone. I’d just wished that a bit more thought would have been put in this area.
There was a lot of Computer-generated imagery (CGI) in this film. If someone told me this was filmed in 2013, I would not have believed him. It looked so fake, it made hulk look real. There were a lot of unnecessary usage of the F-words and the jokes they made were half as funny. The villain, on the other hand, didn’t impress me one bit. I was not afraid at all. He didn’t even pose as a threat.
To conclude, despite the fact that it followed the guidelines of how an action blockbuster is created, it was not well thought of, illogical and was cliché. It lacked the badass factor and had a poor ending. Combined with poor acting and screenplay, I cannot put into words how terrible the movie was. Maybe I’m a bit critical here but I just help but say that Stallone and Schwarzenegger should prepare for retirement. No one in this world deserves this kind of treatment at the movies. Innocent ones, save yourselves!

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