Iron Man 3 – Review

Following on from the Alien attacks on New York in the Avengers Assemble (2012), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is not the man he once was as he battles the memories of that day and the insomnia that has gripped his mind. And as if that wasn’t enough, he now faces his most formidable enemy to date, the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), who is looking to exact revenge on the US and it’s President.

As Tony’s obsession with the Iron Man suits borders the obsessive, it’s repercussions begin to take their tole on his relationship with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and he’s left pondering the question ‘Does the suit makes the man? Or does the man makes the suit?’.

With Iron Man 1 & 2 director Jon Favreau stepping back into just a producing and acting role this time round, top screenwriter Shane Black (the Lethal Weapon franchise) takes over the directing helm, delivering an unforgettable action-packed, blockbuster-thriller that brings to a close this ground-breaking trilogy.

With twists that keep us guessing all the way and finally a detailed look at the Iron Patriot suit, controlled by Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and made famous by the original comics, you’ll be glued to the edge of your seat.

Iron Man 3 delivers on every level and promises fans a truly epic finale to this stunning trilogy, that leaves us begging the question ‘Will Robert Downey Jr don the iconic red and gold suit again’? – I for one surely hope so.

Oblivion – Review

Tom Cruise once again cements himself as Hollywood’s leading action hero.

Simply mind-blowing – words that are not often expressed after emerging from my local cinema after experiencing another big-budget sci-fi spectacle.

This however was the case for Tom Cruise’s new futuristic thriller, Oblivion – based in a post-apocalyptic Earth, after a war with an alien race has left the planet uninhabitable due to nuclear fallout, Jack Harper (Cruise) and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have been assigned the dangerous task of protecting Earth’s remaining water supply, which is being harvested for the remaining human population now located on Saturn’s moon, Titan.

Having had their memories wiped before undertaking the mission, to protect the human race’s most valuable secrets in case they are are captured by the remaining alien stragglers still hiding on Earth, Harper’s memories begin to return, and soon discovers things are not what they seem.

With twist after twist ensuing, Oblivion promises to leave you speechless with its non-stop action and special effects, mixed with an incredible story and top performances, that has you praying for a sequel.

Django Unchained – Review

Tarantino breaths new life into the classic Western.

As an Academy Award-winning director, Quentin Tarantino is notorious for his gritty, violent, and blood-thirsty films that make him one of the most recognizable auteurs of the modern era – and his latest spectacle offers no doubt that he is truly one of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers.

Tarantino is no stranger when it comes to exploring difficult and, in the case of Django Unchained, sensitive subjects that may be avoided entirely by the vast majority of filmmakers.

Set during the slave era in the United States, bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) tracks down and subsequently sets free a slave known as Django (Jamie Foxx), who knows the identity and location of Dr. Schultz next bounty.

After feeling some responsibility for Django’s post-slavery future, Dr. Schultz offers to take him on as his deputy and sets about training him and passing on his wisdom and experience. As the unlikely duo’s path unravels, Django finds himself presented with the opportunity to free his wife, who is being held in slavery by the ruthless and unforgiving plantation owner, Calvin Candle (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Django Unchained is a visually stunning, modern classic, that breaths new life into the Western genre – accompanied by an academy-award winning script and an all-star cast, including Samuel L. Jacksonand Kerry WashingtonDjango Unchained delivers on every level and promises to be a movie event that is an absolute must-see!

Flight – Review

Flight (2013) takes action-thrillers to new heights!

Denzel Washington (Training DayUnstoppable) explodes back onto the big screen in a non-stop, adrenaline fueled ride that has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Flight marks director Robert Zemeckis’s (Back to the Future) return to live-action movie-making for the first time in over 13 years – since Cast Away back in 2000.

Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is an airline pilot with years of experience behind him – but is also scrapping the bottom of the barrel as an alcoholic and drug user.

He then experiences every pilots worst nightmare when his aircraft, full of passengers, begins to break apart in mid-air. Hailed a hero after pulling off a landing unlike any other, his world starts to unravel around him when the investigation into the crash takes an unexpected turn, taking him to the edge of despair.

With a stellar cast that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster not-to-be-missed, Flight delivers on every level and promises an unforgettable journey that leaves you wanting more.

INTO THE STORM (2014)

The latest climate-based blockbuster to hit movie screens, Into the Storm, is a special-effects bonanza that is designed to have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Starring The Hobbit‘s, Richard Armitage, Into the Storm is the explosive summer blockbuster that follows two groups of people as what can only be described as, the storm of the century, bears down on the small unsuspecting US town of Silverton.

Hollywood’s latest extreme weather blockbuster, Into the Storm (2014).

As Gary (Armitage), Principle of Silverton high school, prepares for the schools annual graduation ceremony along with his two sons, a team of filmmakers and meteorologists chase a powerful storm system towards the town, and when their paths cross, as the town around them is ripped apart, they must quickly learn to rely on one another if they’re to survive.

Richard Armitage leads the cast of Into the Storm (2014).

Into The Storm is an entertaining film with powerful special effects that throw you straight into the action. Unfortunately though, the film lacks almost any significant story and we the audience only get the opportunity to scratch the surface of these characters backgrounds, making it almost impossible to connect with them on any emotional level.

Perhaps when creating a film about twisters, screenwriter John Swetnam should have studied the work of Jan De Bont, the visionary writer and director behind Twister(1997), in order to really bring his characters to life.

The movie is still worth a watch for the mind-blowing special effects, and if don’t go in expecting any concrete story arch or emotional connection to the characters, you should come out with little, if any, disappointment.