So thanks to Ster Kinekor, we were fortunate enough to watch the pre-screening of the movie TRIPLE 9 on the 9th of March 2016. This movie stars Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and Kate Winslet, it is about a crew of dirty cops who is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down.” Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.
The thing that puzzles me is that the movie has a cast that is perfect but the movie is mediocre. The move has full potential with great ideas but it doesn’t filter through. In all Triple 9 is a solidly enjoyable movie. It’s not the masterpiece I’d hoped for, marking itself probably as Hillcoat’s worst movie.
I rate it 6 out of 10.
Movie: LONDON HAS FALLEN.
Plot: The sequel to the worldwide smash hit “Olympus Has Fallen.” The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
Critic: “London Has Fallen” is the sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen”; the more entertaining of two virtually identical 2013 movies with terrorists seizing the White House (the other being “White House Down” aka ‘the one with the black president’). “Olympus Has Fallen” had the same mixture of Taken-style violence, but had a more coherent and realistic plot. The action in the film, whilst occasionally being exciting, is mostly nauseatingly boring and just used as filler. However, there are moments scattered throughout which are genuinely exciting and are readily adrenaline fueled, but unfortunately these moments are few and far between. I know this isn’t technically a good film, but I can’t help but enjoy it
Movie: BATMAN V SUPERMAN – DAWN OF JUSTICE.
Plot: Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. Written by TheArrowMan
Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg
Critic: First things first! There is not much of a “battle” (physical or psychological) betwween Batman & Superman! They just fight once, and it goes exactly as anyone would have expected! Batman trying somethings – boom boom – which doesn’t work and then hint: Kryptonite! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has good things to recommend it but it has shortcomings that are undeniable. The action sequences whenever Batman is set loose on the bad guys are cool, and the story strives to explore human and philosophical elements, but it’s often not much fun. Not every superhero movie should be like a Marvel one (because every hero and piece of material is different).
Movie: THE DRESSMAKER.
Plot: A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia, where she was blamed for the death of her childhood bully. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.
Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Kate Winslet and Hugo Weaving.
Critic: Brilliant movie. Kate Winslet as the star lives the role so perfectly you forget she is not a native born Australian – her accent is flawless, her acting is raw and beautiful. The movie is heart wrenching, darkly funny, shocking and confronting all in a delightful way. The story contains many elements such as love, revenge, bullies, isolation, prejudice, social pressure. The movie makes you feel the way it goes. Even though It is classified as comedy, There is so many heart-breaking moments and got you emotional.
Movie: THE GOD’S OF EGYPT.
Plot: Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. – Written by James Pasier
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler.
Critic: Really good effects, acting and movie overall. The characters were enjoyable (especially Horus, who came across as grumpy and hung-over, at first, but eventually got himself sorted). Set was genuinely villainous, and Ra’s flat Earth, Sun-towing scene a real treat. All performances were excellent and I see a bright future for the two young lovers. The movie never dragged even for a moment. The special effects were top notch and beautiful. The story line was logical and never is the movie viewer pondering why something is being done ( unless the movie viewer was not paying attention for some strange reason because I could not take my eyes off the screen ).
Movie: THE YOUNG MESSIAH.
Plot: Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.
Stars: Adam Greaves-Neal, Vincent Walsh and Sara Lazzaro.
Critic: Despite some literary license taken with the Bible, the movie still offers great food for thought for considering what Jesus’s developmental days might have been like…for Jesus and for all concerned in his presence. The young actor who plays Jesus, Adam Greaves Neal is certainly cherubic / angelic. He delivers his lines clearly with a very strong British accent.
Movie: I MISS YOU ALREADY.
Plot: The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette and Dominic Cooper.
Critic: The story of the friendship of these two characters was beautiful, sometimes hilarious, to watch. And the story of how one battles with cancer is heartbreaking, particularly in the last scenes. Toni Collete gives a brilliant performance as Milly and really captivates the audience. The film has a voice of its own and despite being melodramatic at times it does feel authentic. It deserves to be seen.
Movie: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES.
Plot: Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.
Stars: Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, Charles Dance, and Bella Heathcote
Critic: The action is very well done and if you’re a fan of women being in charge in an action movie then you will really like this! From my point of view, the actors did a good job of portraying characters blended by two authors plus screen writers. The film was beautifully shot throughout and although the story departs from the novel, it is entertaining. There is plenty of action throughout, as Elizabeth and her sisters prove that being female does not mean one has to sit back and wait to be rescued by a man. It means getting out there and killing zombies. That does not mean a woman is not open to the prospect of romance and marriage, merely that the man who falls in love with a woman like this is unlikely to be one who requires a demure wife.