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Review: Prometheus (2012)

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This Ridley Scott’s comeback film centers on the crew of spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map that led them towards an unexplored intergalactic world. Archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) were inspired by the inscriptions they found in a 32,000 year old cave pointing them towards the answer to human’s existential question that they convince multibillionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) to fund the trip to this distant cosmos with Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), the robot David (Michael Fassbender) and captain Janek (Idris Elba) joining in for the ride.

I thought the first half of the film was truly compelling particularly the overwhelming ideas that the cast and ‘you’ may ponder upon (the existence of man, the origin of aliens and all) but it became unsteady towards the end. It has quite a few plot holes. Suddenly, I feel that most of the dialogues became meaningless with the characters doing irrational stuff, which may perhaps lead to a sequel.

There is still so much to like about this film though. Michael Fassbender for one steals the show as the well-mannered David. Noomi Rapace is decent enough while Theron and Pearce were quite a delight even if their character lacks development. In addition, I would like to say how bothered I am by the make-up that drowned Pearce almost instantly. There are also the stunning visuals and the extraordinary soundscape that I felt like I was transported into another dimension. The cinematography was divine! Truly, Scott is a master in visuals.

I feel that the film has a touch of cliché after watching it but I thought it was intelligent and somehow original despite the nod towards Alien. It ain’t finish as we’re up to the inevitable sequel and I’m actually excited about it. I have not seen a film quite like this in a long time and I couldn’t care less if the ending was a bit weak as long as there’s a sequel in the near future.

Rating: 7/10

Director: Ridley Scott

Casts: Roomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

First posted at the Pinoy Exchange Official Movie Reviews

Review: The King’s Speech Is My Best Picture! (2011)

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Director: Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham-Carter

I’ve seen this film for a couple of times now this year and those times that I’ve watched it made me like Colin Firth even more. The guy’s a genius and deserves all the accolades that he’s gotten so far from this film.

The story is basically about King George VI of England (Firth) overcoming his speech impediment (stammer) with the help of his speech therapist Lionel Logue played by Geoffrey Rush. This true story was quite simple to begin with, Tom Hooper who directed the film was able to accomplish that period era vibe and pulled the greatness out of Firth, Rush and Bonham-Carter.

Firth’s stutter is very much convincing in every scenes. He’s also very much adorable as a very intimidated Duke and a loving father and husband. I love the part when he was telling a story to his kids.

Geoffrey Rush was such a delight to watch all through out the film. He embodies the characteristics of a unconventional therapist/teacher and you will really believe him.

Helena Bonham-Carter played a very refreshing Duchess / Queen as well. I’m not used to seeing her act normal but in this film, she really did pull it off. She’s such a darling to watch and very lovable for that matter.

I’m not surprised at all that these three got the nods of the Academy for they all played their role in such a manner that you would want to repeat the film over and over to see them again.

With that being said, I declare this film my Best Picture of 2010 with Firth as my Oscar’s Best Actor.

Ratings: 9.5/10

posted 02/26/2011 at paddylastreviews.blogspot.com

Review: The Road (2009)

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Director: John Hillcoat

Book by : Cormac McCarthy

Screenplay: Joe Penhall

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael K. Williams, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron

Release Date: November 2009

The film has no story about the premise on how the apocalyptic event in the film happened and the struggle is about the father and son keeping up their faith with each other and trying to survive as humane as possible.

It’s probably the most depressing film I’ve seen in a while. The premise in a post-apocalyptic America where a father and a son were shown on a journey towards a warmer place, in the south is as bleak as the film’s backdrop.

I haven’t read the book of the same title but after watching the film, I don’t think I’d read the book– as i’ve said, it’s just way too depressing.

Viggo Mortensen as the father was amazing, there is this depth about him being the father taking care of his son, protecting him in every way he can.

I don’t really like the son played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, he tends to be annoying everytime he deliver his line. I’m no expert on this but the innocence the film is trying to depict from Smit-McPhee is not translating–atleast for me.

I’d give the film 7 out of 10 Ratings.