May's Short Movie Reviews™

Straight to the point.

Zulu (2013)

The policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate a massacre which apparently took place because a new illegal substance became recently available. The film is based on Project Coast, the program for biological and chemical weapons of the South African apartheid regime.

This was surprisingly interesting. It wasn’t the best film yet but it is an Indy so I think they did good with their limited budget. 
I thought Orlando Bloom was just spectacular and there is this chase scene in a Namibian desert which must have looked amazing on the big screen. 
An enjoyable film.

Zulu (2013)

The policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen investigate a massacre which apparently took place because a new illegal substance became recently available. The film is based on Project Coast, the program for biological and chemical weapons of the South African apartheid regime.

This was surprisingly interesting. It wasn’t the best film yet but it is an Indy so I think they did good with their limited budget. 

I thought Orlando Bloom was just spectacular and there is this chase scene in a Namibian desert which must have looked amazing on the big screen. 

An enjoyable film.

The Rover (2014)

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

One of the most pointless movies ever. Sure the acting and the setting is good but the story is an absolute pile of rubbish.
This movie is pretty pretentious in my opinion. 

The Rover (2014)

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

One of the most pointless movies ever. Sure the acting and the setting is good but the story is an absolute pile of rubbish.

This movie is pretty pretentious in my opinion. 

What if (2014)

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

One of the worst films of the year. The two leads have absolutely zero chemistry. The script is predictable. Don’t watch it because it will be a waste of time.

What if (2014)

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

One of the worst films of the year. The two leads have absolutely zero chemistry. The script is predictable. Don’t watch it because it will be a waste of time.

Maleficent (2014)

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

RUBBISH. Just as bad and cheesy as ‘Mirror Mirror’. If you have seen the trailer then you have seen the best parts. Avoid. 

Maleficent (2014)

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

RUBBISH. Just as bad and cheesy as ‘Mirror Mirror’. If you have seen the trailer then you have seen the best parts. Avoid. 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. I wasn’t aware of the story so I went with an open mind and I absolutely LOVED it! It is funny and it is “AWESOME!”. 
I think this may be one of my favourite Marvel movies together with the X-Men First Class and Future Past.
Rocket and Groot are my absolute favourite. 
As for the baddie, I couldn’t quite understand why he was so angry but I loved his terrifying make up. He looked kind of cool and is it just me or does the actor give a bit of Tom Hiddleston vibe?
Do check it out in the cinema!

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. I wasn’t aware of the story so I went with an open mind and I absolutely LOVED it! It is funny and it is “AWESOME!”. 

I think this may be one of my favourite Marvel movies together with the X-Men First Class and Future Past.

Rocket and Groot are my absolute favourite. 

As for the baddie, I couldn’t quite understand why he was so angry but I loved his terrifying make up. He looked kind of cool and is it just me or does the actor give a bit of Tom Hiddleston vibe?

Do check it out in the cinema!

The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will reunite in Australia for a holiday.

Rude and funny. Do check it out. 

The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)

Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will reunite in Australia for a holiday.

Rude and funny. Do check it out. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Very tense and excellent . A superbly well made sic-fi film. Amazing special effects. Highly recommended. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Very tense and excellent . A superbly well made sic-fi film. Amazing special effects. Highly recommended. 

Stalingrad (2013)

A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

This was Russia’s entry to this year’s Academy Awards. I am a history buff and I have been wanting to watch this film ever since I first came to know about it.
This is visually stunning, but the plot is too melodramatic for my liking. I wish they would just stick to real events which took place during the siege of Stalingrad.  There is no need to put some shallow romance in a story about one of the most brutal battles ever fought.
Script is weak and I don’t think this is worth watching.
A bit disappointed. 

Stalingrad (2013)

A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

This was Russia’s entry to this year’s Academy Awards. I am a history buff and I have been wanting to watch this film ever since I first came to know about it.

This is visually stunning, but the plot is too melodramatic for my liking. I wish they would just stick to real events which took place during the siege of Stalingrad.  There is no need to put some shallow romance in a story about one of the most brutal battles ever fought.

Script is weak and I don’t think this is worth watching.

A bit disappointed. 

Generation War (2013)

The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945. Their friendship was meant to last their whole lives but the war changed everything.

This is a three part German mini series.
Although nowhere near the same level as The Band of Brothers, I still enjoyed it, but I felt that this was a little rushed. It felt hurried and they didn’t spend a lot of time with each character.
It is definitely worth a watch though. It is interesting to see how the war was fought from the other side. 
There are countless stories from the war and this one is just one aspect of it. 
Do check it out. 
 

Generation War (2013)

The story of five German friends in the years from 1941 to 1945. Their friendship was meant to last their whole lives but the war changed everything.

This is a three part German mini series.

Although nowhere near the same level as The Band of Brothers, I still enjoyed it, but I felt that this was a little rushed. It felt hurried and they didn’t spend a lot of time with each character.

It is definitely worth a watch though. It is interesting to see how the war was fought from the other side. 

There are countless stories from the war and this one is just one aspect of it. 

Do check it out. 

 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

I have been wanting to watch this film for quite some time and finally found the time to watch it. 
I was really impressed by the two lead actors: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. They were outstanding. The movie started off well, but half way through it did lose some steam and got a bit mediocre.  Radcliffe did not make me think of Harry Potter at all! and he was wearing glasses too! Impressive. 
I would say nice try, but this isn’t a movie I would watch again. I think it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I would have liked it to be a bit faster and dramatic, but that’s my opinion. 

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

I have been wanting to watch this film for quite some time and finally found the time to watch it. 

I was really impressed by the two lead actors: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. They were outstanding. The movie started off well, but half way through it did lose some steam and got a bit mediocre.  Radcliffe did not make me think of Harry Potter at all! and he was wearing glasses too! Impressive. 

I would say nice try, but this isn’t a movie I would watch again. I think it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I would have liked it to be a bit faster and dramatic, but that’s my opinion. 

Chef (2014)

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Predictable but feel good film. It has some really funny jokes about Twitter and YouTube. I wanted a fun and easy going film and this did not disappoint.

Chef (2014)

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Predictable but feel good film. It has some really funny jokes about Twitter and YouTube. I wanted a fun and easy going film and this did not disappoint.

Belle (2014)

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

This is such a moving story. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy this, you might enjoy watching ‘Amazing Grace’, which is a movie based on the events leading up to the end of British transatlantic slave trade. 
P.S.1: Sam Reid has a very sexy voice. 
P.S. 2: Tom Felton has mastered the role of being an über douchebag. 
P.S. 3: Matthew Goode is so hot!

Belle (2014)

An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.

This is such a moving story. I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy this, you might enjoy watching ‘Amazing Grace’, which is a movie based on the events leading up to the end of British transatlantic slave trade. 

P.S.1: Sam Reid has a very sexy voice. 

P.S. 2: Tom Felton has mastered the role of being an über douchebag. 

P.S. 3: Matthew Goode is so hot!

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

HILARIOUS and much better than the first one. It is witty, clever and very funny. I highly recommend that you go and see it. 
Jonah Hill wrote this and he is one very talented writer and actor. 

22 Jump Street (2014)

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

HILARIOUS and much better than the first one. It is witty, clever and very funny. I highly recommend that you go and see it. 

Jonah Hill wrote this and he is one very talented writer and actor. 

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

AMAZING and very entertaining. Go watch it now!!!
P.S. Is it bad that I think Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is HOT?

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

AMAZING and very entertaining. Go watch it now!!!

P.S. Is it bad that I think Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is HOT?

The Two Faces of January (2014)

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Starts of a little slow, but it is TOTALLY worth watching. Such a beautifully shot film and it reminded me of old school Hollywood. Very Hitchcockesque…
Go see it in the cinema! It will be worth your time.

The Two Faces of January (2014)

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Starts of a little slow, but it is TOTALLY worth watching. Such a beautifully shot film and it reminded me of old school Hollywood. Very Hitchcockesque…

Go see it in the cinema! It will be worth your time.