Cert: 15 Runtime: 104 mins Director: Daniel Espinosa Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya
I miss my fucking dog. Goodnight.
We all enjoy a stand alone movie that isn’t a re-boot, prequel, sequel or re-imagining! Life although stinks of Alien (1979) it’s an individual film with no tie-ins. It has an interesting diverse cast with three great leading actors. We all know since Jake Gyllenhaal appears in Life I was going to watch it. So what is Life about? Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism – the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren’t always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
Life is a very fine film. Firstly, it’s quick to get about its business. One thing I do remember about the original ‘Alien’ is that it took a long time to get going. That is not an issue here. Secondly, the film’s creature is created in such a way that it feels particularly realistic. It is very menacing, yet also very grounded and believable in a way that is hard to explain exactly. Only by watching the film will you truly understand what I mean.It is a well paced film too. At no stage does the story stall. An impressive cast also does a good job of keeping the audience tuned in. One character played by Olga Dihovichnaya was quite hard to understand at times with a very heavy accent, however that would be the only acting fault I noticed. Then to top off an already fine film, there is a very fun and interesting ending that will be heavily discussed I suspect. ‘Life’ is a very well made, tense, interesting and thoughtful film that I see the majority of audience members thoroughly enjoying.
Cert: 15 Runtime: 108 mins Director: Tim Miller Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skerin, Stefan Kapici, Brianna Hilderbrand, Gina Carano and Leslie Uggmas
Wow, this is such a big house, but it’s only the two of you here. It’s like the studio didn’t have enough money for another X-Men movie
Deadpool is character Ryan Reynolds has tried to rectify since 2005. Studios have been saying hell no to him, he will never be a commercial success etc. Bring forth leaked test footage and a lot of views will giveth the audience what they desired a 15 rated super hero movie. But wait a minute isn’t that what Kick-Ass was? Deadpool is a character a lot #geeks and #nerds know about *apologize for the sarcasm*, but only from wearing a baseball cap or allegedly reading some comics. Myself I am aware of Deadpool and have never really delved much further into it. So what is Deadpool about? Having cancer in your liver, lungs, prostate and brain all at once isn’t the best shape you can be in. For Wade Wilson, this is a potential death sentence… until he is offered an alternative.The Merc with the Mouth is given a chance to undergo some experimental treatment, leaving him hideously disfigured, but with some crazy new powers.Able to heal at a rapid speed and kick some serious ass, Wade takes on a new identity and a new suit – one that is absolutely NOT green or animated.This superhuman Special Forces operative has a new lease of life and he’s focusing all his attention on one thing: revenge.
Welcome back from the abyss Ryan Reynolds (you guys should watch The Voices too he was great in that), two good movies in a row! You can clearly see Deadpool was a passion project for Mr. Reynolds. He truly comes across as the living embodiment of the character, finally Hal Jordan has been put to bed. Deadpool’s humour is right up my alley. the numerous one liners truly keep the beating heart of the film going. The rest of the cast unfortuatley are second rate compared to Mr. Pool. There is no development in the rest of them nor a lack of sympathy. T.J. Miller was fricking hilarious as Weasel but did he really do anything? The chemistry between Wade and Vanessa was interesting, I did laugh a lot with the love montage of them celebrating different holidays. Hopefully there will be more dimensions to the supporting cast as the no doubt sequel gets penned and filmed. But it’s a great comical ensemble does hide the obvious flaws of the film.
First time director Tim Miller does an admirable job with Deadpool. The film has a good steady flow but it does have quite a lot of pacing issues. It has so much adrenaline filled shots but when it comes to the emotional scenes it becomes rather boring and slow paced. When you think of Deadpool you should think adrenaline, I think they struggled to fill out the time. The comedic aspect is on point as mentioned we have a lot of amazing quotable lines. The action sequences are fantastic too, with a smaller budget Miller has created a great little action flick. The music for Deadpool is great too, such a great mix of genres and taste. The inclusion of Colossus and Negosonic Teenage Warhead was interesting here, it did feel like Fox were trying to remind us of the X-Men. But it’s always welcoming to have Colossus in a film. I did also like the mixture of origin and the present in the film it blended quite well. Deadpool is a great time at the movies, it’s great to see more adult superhero movies rather than the whole righteousness of the 12A’s.
Cert: 12A Runtime: 96 mins Director: Robert Schwentke Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak and Kevin Bacon
I don’t usually go for Western, but… it’s working for me
Basically when I saw the trailer I thought this is Men In Black! This is yet another comic book movie, the Rest in Peace Department is a Dark Horse comic book franchise. Boston cop Nick (Ryan Reynolds) is shot dead by his partner Hayes (Kevin Bacon) to prevent him from returning some stolen gold. But that’s not the end of the line for Nick. He awakes to find himself in the antiseptic afterlife office of Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker), who runs the Rest In Peace Department. She offers Nick the opportunity to join the squad, returning to Boston to help rid the city of ‘deados’ – malevolent spirits hiding out among humanity. He’s partnered with Roy (Jeff Bridges), a grizzled veteran of the Old West. And to prevent them being recognized, the duo appear to the living in different forms. Nick becomes a Chinese man, while Roy is a voluptuous woman! The story unfolds in utterly predictable beats, with Roy showing Nick the ropes of the after-dead police work at the beginning and Nick impressing Roy subsequently with a resourceful thing or two of his own (yes, you can bet Nick eventually earns the handshake Roy denied him at the start). Not to mention that Nick gets to settle his score with Bobby – despite being dead – when it turns out that the latter is involved in some kind of scheme with the Dead-Os to open a portal for the dead to enter the world of the living by reassembling some ancient totem called the Staff of Jericho.There are some moments of inspiration though. A running gag centers around the guises adopted by the officers of the R.I.P.D. among the living – in particular, Nick and Roy in the form of the mismatched duo of an old Chinese man (veteran actor James Hong) and a blond bombshell (model Melissa Miller). Another has the Dead-Os drawn out of their human disguises by Indian spices. Such flashes of brilliance however are however few and far in between, and one can’t quite help but feel that the film is otherwise underdone and underdeveloped.
In adapting Peter M. Lenkov’s Dark Horse comic for the big screen, ‘Clash of the Titans” Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi recycle the old pro/ young hotshot setup of many of a buddy cop comedy and certainly the most obvious ripoff ‘Men in Black’. From a brief scene where Nick and Roy are chasing an oversized man-monster giant down the streets of Boston, we are catapulted ‘three or four days’ into the past to observe how Nick’s cop with a conscience is betrayed by his partner Bobby (Kevin Bacon) on a meth bust and recruited into the R.I.P.D. by the wise-cracking Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker).If director Robert Schwentke is aware of the script’s deficiencies, he certainly does little to compensate in the action department. In spite of the plentiful car crashes, gun battles and explosions, the film feels frantic rather than exciting. The visual effects also look cheap for what is supposed to be an expensive Hollywood summer production; in fact, the computer-generated deados look silly and cartoonish, even less convincing than that in the ‘MIB’ series done some fifteen years ago. And let’s not even begin with the 3D, which tacked on during post- production, is completely superfluous.For a film with an acronym as its title, there are unfortunately many others that can be associated with it. D.O.A. would be one such apt descriptor, considering its reception Stateside among both audiences and critics alike. Then there’s R.I.P., which is likely to be its fate given how dull it is. And while we’re at it, you might as well add an ‘OFF’ there, since it pretty much borrows from every other supernatural action comedy that’s been done, including ‘Ghostbusters’ and of course ‘MIB’. Like we said at the beginning, there is but one redeeming factor here – but even the six-time Academy Award nominee and one-time Academy Award winning Best Actor can’t quite rescue this comic book movie from the second-rate bargain basement it belongs.