Now You See Me – Review

Come in close…because the more you think you see, the easier it’ll be to fool you!”

The art of magic and illusion has captivated audiences for centuries, opening our eyes to another world full of limitless possibilities – perhaps this is why it translates to the silver screen with such ease.

Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Written by: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fischer, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Run time: 115 mins

When four of the world’s most gifted illusionists team together to showcase the greatest magic show on the planet, it’s not long before their presence and motives come to the attention of the FBI special agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), who launches a full-scale operation to outsmart and capture the ‘Four Horseman’, as they have now come to be known, after they mysteriously pull off a series of public bank heists.

(L-R) Michael Caine, Isla Fischer, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson star in Now You See Me (2013).

Guided by an unknown fifth horseman, J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley Reeves (Isla Fischer), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) take their gifts to the limit of what we perceive is reality.

Sleek, stylish, and utterly entertaining from start to finish, Now You See Me has quickly become a box-office smash worldwide, gripping audiences with its mind-blowing illusions and special effects, that bring the art of magic alive like never before – and with twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way to the end, this is a front row seat you cannot afford to miss.

The Inbetweeners 2 – Review

Where to begin… I went in to this film with such high expectations considering how incredible the first Inbetweeners film had been, and so part of me guessed that with these writers at the helm, only good would come of it…but sadly I was so wrong.

I know that to follow a high successful and critically acclaimed TV series and record-breaking box-office film is a tall order, even for the most talented to comic writers, but isn’t that why we have the saying ‘quite while you’re ahead’?

And they really should have. The story picks up a year or two after their epic, life-changing trip to Malia, one of the many party capitals to the world, and with Simon (Joe Thomas) and Will (Simon Bird) away at university, and Neil (Blake Harrison) working in a bank of all places, Jay (James Buckley) has jetted off to Australia for his version of a gap year.

Now life will never go smoothly for this trouble-magnet foursome because let’s face it, it would be pretty boring if it did, so of course Uni life for Will is pretty much exactly the same as it was at school. Friends seem to repel him and his only salvation from it all is the weekend visit from Simon and Neil, yet not even that goes according to plan.

So after receiving a long-distance email from Jay over in Oz, an email that promises girls, booze, nightclubs, and a whole lot of other Jay related perks, the trio decide to a trip to Australia is just what they need, especially Simon, who’s girlfriend, Lucy, who you’ll remember from Malia, has turned out to be somewhat psychotic.

And so the adventure down-under begins, but of course there’s no way it’s going to run smoothly, especially when these four are involved.

For all intensive purposes this film has it’s moments, but there’s no point writing a sequel to a British Classic unless it’s going to be even better then the original, which sadly The Inbetweeners 2 was not…not even close.

Now I would never recommend not seeing a film, especially as it’s important to support British cinema in an age where digital piracy runs rife, but if like me you’re a massive fan of The Inbetweeners, go in with no expectations of an even better outing than the last, and perhaps the disappointment will be less heart-breaking.

22 JUMP STREET (2014)

It’s been two years since they graduated high school for the second time, and to say the careers of Metro City officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) have blossomed after the unexpected success of their last case, would be a lie.

There was a silver-lining however – the ‘Jump Street’ program was such a success that it’s budget has been drastically increased, meaning these two are going back undercover. Once again under the prying eye of Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) and having had to relocate across the road to 22 Jump Street, Schmidt and Jenko are heading to college to bust a drug-ring.

But after Jenko infiltrates the Football team and unexpectedly strikes up a ‘bromance’ with star Quarterback Zook, he and Schmidt’s partnership undergoes it’s biggest test to-date, as they struggle to remain focused on the case while battling all the trials and tribulations that come with being a college freshman.

22 Jump Street brings all the qualities that made the first outing of this 80′s remake a box-office hit, and yet it manages to bring something extra special in the comedy factor, with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments that make this an instant hit.

Godzilla (2014) – Review

In 1999, scientists accidentally awaken an ancient nest in the Philippines, which after closer inspection, reveals a troubling sight – two large cocoons, but one of them is empty, and a path of destruction, reveals something gigantic has awoken.

Fast-forward to current day San Fransisco and Lt. Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who’s families back-story we see in the opening part of the film, is forced to travel to Japan to bail out his conspiracy-obsessed father, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), out of jail.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Godzilla (2014).

While there however, Ford’s painful past re-surfaces when the two giant parasites awaken from their slumber, threatening mankind’s very existence. Yet could Earth’s hope of salvation come from the most unlikely of foes?

After the catastrophe of the 1998 Godzilla remake, you could forgive people’s reservations towards another big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. However, from the moment the first trailer hit our screens, excitement and buzz quickly ensued as anticipation began to grow – and now having been released, critics and movie goers alike have been quick to praise this re-telling.

With special effects that make the previous Godzilla remake look prehistoric, a new story interpretation of this world-renowned Japanese classic, and characters that drive the story forward thanks to a superb supporting cast including Elizabeth OlsenKen Watanabe, and Juliette Binoche, unknown British director Gareth Edwards has breathed new life into the world’s most famous monster – and in the process shown us that sometimes Earth’s mightiest foe can in fact be our greatest savior.