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Paul’s review of All the Devil’s Men

When I decide to watch a movie that hasn’t been recommended to me, I usually don’t bother about who stars in it, who directed it or by watching the trailer. Rather, I usually decide based upon the description and what genre it is. All the Devil’s Men which was released on 7th December 2018 was one of these chosen movies.

It stars Milo Gibson as Jack Collins a former Navy SEAL turned bounty hunter, who is employed by the CIA to track down known terrorists. His handler sends him to London, along with two other bounty hunters, on one last mission to track down a disavowed CIA agent before he buys a nuclear warhead from Russian gangsters. As you can imagine, things don’t go very well but you will need to watch to see why!

Or rather, I wouldn’t really go out of your way to watch this as I found the 99 minutes to be tiresome. In fact, as I am writing this review a few days later, I had actually forgotten most of the plot and had to remind myself by looking at the trailer. There are good parts and the action scenes are done well with some good innovative killing techniques. It is just that the rest of the story is so boring you will find yourself looking for other things to do. 3 out of 5 from me!

Paul’s review of See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by Stefon Bristol released on May 17, 2019. It stars Eden Duncan-Smith and Dante Crichlow as ‘CJ’ and Sebastian, two science nerds who have designed a time travel device for a science fair in the hope it gets them a college scholarship. Their test is a success and they are all set until a series of events leads them to use it to try and change the past. Unfortunately, all events have consequences and they soon realise that messing with time is not a feat to be taken lightly.

Other than the rather obvious political motivation of the writer, this movie is enjoyable with some unusual twists to an otherwise overdone storyline. If you can get over the rather poor attempt to hide PC components as state of the art electronics, and some dodgy scientific explanations, you will enjoy this.

Because of the unneeded foul language, I have lowered the score to 4 out of 5.

Paul’s review of Battleship

Very loosely based on the board game of the same name, Battleship was released on 11th April 2012 and is pretty much full on action for the two-hour length of the film.

It starts with scientists discovering a so called ‘goldilocks’ planet and initiating ‘The Beacon Project’ to send transmissions to it. A goldilocks planet is one that falls within a star’s habitable zone and is capable of hosting life, it is specifically used for planets that are close to the size of Earth.

Fast forward a few years and we are taken to Hawaii, the setting for the RIMPAC naval exercises. Hawaii, rather coincidentally, is also the location for the Beacon Projects radio telescopes that are used to send the transmissions to an orbiting satellite. You can probably work out what happens next….

Forget the rather tenuous link to the board game, this movie is really pretty good. The effects are cool, the soundtrack is a perfect match for the action on screen and I found the acting to be good as well. The only actor I recognised was Liam Neeson who portrays the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander. I really liked the fact that retired soldiers, including ones that had been injured in the line of duty, were used as co-stars of the film as I felt it gave the movie more authenticity. Other people would have also recognised Rihanna, but thankfully I only found this out when writing this review 🙂

This is a movie in my collection, so it will be no surprise that I rated it highly at 4.5/5.

Paul’s review of CHAPPiE

CHAPPiE was released on March 6th, 2015 and is set in the future where a high crime rates in Johannesburg, South Africa leads to the introduction of state-of-the-art armour plated robots. These succeed where their human counterparts have failed. So pleased with their success the programmer decides he wants to make them more human-like and updates their software with AI capabilities. His boss however does not agree. All would be fine until a gang of thugs decide they have had enough of the new police presence and decide they want to kidnap the programmer.

The movie is one that I found to be fairly original and in the most part I enjoyed it. The AI robot was well done and funny with the other cast being believable in their selected roles. Hugh Jackman was good in his role as the programmer’s rival in the company and Sigourney Weaver made a good boss. The thing that let it down was the amount of foul language, some of it I could take but it became tiresome as the story went on. I enjoyed the movie and would give it 3 out of 5.

Paul’s review of Alien Warfare

Alien Warfare was released on 5th April 2019 and follows a team of Navy Seals that are sent on a mission to investigate why a top-secret base has suddenly gone ‘dark’. When they get to the research facility, they find it completely vacant except for one lone survivor, Isabella (Larissa Andrade), a foreign scientist who assists them in finding what went wrong.

The movie on a whole was ok, but the acting was pretty dire throughout and the storyline was very far from original with the added nonsense of a brother vs brother feud going on. And please don’t get me started on the science, as there were lots of errors, particularly involving the so-called prototype Faraday suits! But I always find if a movie goes quickly then I enjoy watching it, and the 93 minutes certainly did that. Yes, it won’t be one I watch again, and I would recommend a lot more movies over this. I would still give it 3 out of 5 though just for the fun of watching strange alien suits!

Real Faraday suits –
https://curiosity.com/topics/why-do-power-linemen-wear-metal-suits-curiosity/

Paul’s review of Before I Wake

Anyone who knows me will know that I don’t really like scary movies, but there was something about the movie Before I Wake that made me want to watch it. It was released on April 28th, 2017 and stars Jacob Tremblay (Book of Henry, The Predator) as eight-year old Cody Morgan who has been fostered by Jessie and Mark Hobson after the death of their son. Cody also seems to have special powers and on the first night staying with the Hobsons, butterflies appear all over the house. However, he is too scared to sleep in case the Canker Man comes to visit him.

Even though I don’t watch a lot of these types of movies, I thought the script to be original and the acting by young Jacob was superb with his portrayal of the scared, confused boy. There were lots of edge of the seat moments and plenty of made you jump moments too. The musical score also enhanced the tension. This movie got to me, and I must admit I broke down at the end due to similarities I faced when I was young but overall an easy 5 out of 5 from me.

Paul’s review of The Silence

The Silence (15-PG13) is a horror/thriller that was released on April 10th, 2019 and stars Kiernan Shipka as Ally Andrews a 16-year old who lost her hearing at 13. She must escape with her family when the world becomes under attack from a swarm of creatures that have been released from a newly discovered cave system in the USA.

There was lots of gore, but it was not overdone, and the main characters played their parts well. I particularly liked the way in which the deaf character was portrayed, and it introduced a novel pitch to the movie. There was also lots of twists to the story that kept me watching intensely.

I really enjoyed this, and it was one of the best movies I have seen in a while. There were a few niggles so I can’t give it top marks, but 4.5 from 5 from me.

Paul’s Review of The Highwaymen

The Highwaymen is the untold story about the two legendary detectives who put an end to the notorious Bonnie and Clyde. It was released on 29th March 2019 and stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as Frank ‘Poncho’ Hamer and Maney Gault respectively. They are two former Texas Rangers who are brought out of ‘retirement’ as even the FBI were unable to put an end to the criminals killing spree.

As somebody from England I have to say that the full story of Bonnie and Clyde is not something I was aware of and this movie did give me an insight into how well liked they were by the general population, even considering the amount of killing they did. The story was good, and the acting was superb, particularly from Costner and Harrelson and it showed how old school techniques can still be valuable. We don’t always have to rely upon technology. But and it is a big but, the movie could have been a whole lot better. Maybe I was expecting lots more action considering the nature of the story, and at over two hours long this made it boring at times. Saying that it would have been difficult to edit out parts without it being confusing. I’m guessing it just needed to be pacier. Overall though, 4 from 5 from me.

Where the Wild Thing’s Live??

Everybody knows Remmy takes a camera wherever he goes, but I’m sure he wasn’t expecting to see this on his travels.

Obviously, Roswell is renowned for its stories of aliens and other weird things. but this sight was really strange. Can you imagine seeing this creature roaming in your neighbourhood? And worse still, imagine if there were more than one there?

The funny thing is, he never saw any other wild animals on his travels this day so it does make you wonder who is highest on the food chain now…

Paul’s review of Grapes of Rome Book 2

This is a continuation of the excellent first book by Mr. Meggs and continues the story of young Dante the son of a Roman Senator who has shown himself to be a great warrior as he leads his army into battle. Don’t just think this is a story about war as it isn’t as there are lots of distractions along the way. It genuinely shows the angst a young man has as he is growing up, gaining an identity and finding love along the way. You will be intrigued as he learns how to deal with new emotions but also genuinely wincing as he inflicts the most brutal punishments to those who fight against him or hurt his friends. This is yet another 5-star rating that I couldn’t put down.

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