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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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Paul’s review of Bird Box

Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic thriller that was released on December 21st, 2018 and rated 15 in the UK (PG-13). Sandra Bullock stars as Malorie Hayes, an artist who is pregnant with her first child. She is taken to the hospital by her sister who as already warned her that there is an outbreak of mass suicide in Russia and Europe. When they are leaving the hospital, they soon realise that the outbreak has now spread to North America when a woman starts to head-butt a toughened glass window. The outbreak soon spreads and Malorie is forced to take refuse in a nearby home. The movie then alternates between the original incident and what is happening five years later. When movies do this it can be confusing, but in this instance, it was easy to follow, and you knew exactly what time frame you were in.

The reason for the outbreak is not entirely clear but it is definitely a sinister entity and the intrigue will keep you watching for the full two hours. There is also lots of blood, but nothing that I would consider over the top. The acting is very good and the two children, particularly the boy, play their parts well. You will enjoy this movie and I would give it a strong four out of five. I would watch it again but won’t be adding it to my collection.

Paul’s review of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Mowgli was released on 29th November 2018 and is directed by Andy Serkis who also voices one of the characters in the movie. It is based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and stars Rohan Chand in the lead role.

 The first thing that hits you when the movie opens is that this is not going to be the same as the cutesy, sing-along Disney version as there is a lot of blood and death which will probably explain its 12-rating. So, I would not recommend it for a younger audience. The story is very good and the acting from young Rohan was very believable. The voices for the main characters are from very well known, mainly British, actors and I thought they played their parts very well. The usual characters are all there as well as one I have never seen before, a young albino wolf voiced by Louis Ashbourne Serkis. If Bhoot does not make you cry, you are HEARTLESS! The CGI was also very good with a good musical score to help with the tension.

I really enjoyed this movie, it was a lot darker than what I was expecting and Remmy tells me that this was closer to what Kipling wrote in his book. I am glad someone decided to write and release something other than the Disney version (which I also liked!). I hope it becomes available to buy on disc as I want it in my collection. An easy 5/5 from me.

Paul’s review of 211

211 was released on June 2018 with a 15 (R) rating and stars Nicolas Cage as Mike Chandler an almost retired cop who has been given the task of taking a quiet high school student as a ride along following a fighting incident at his school. Chandler has lost his wife through cancer and has basically lost contact with his daughter even though her husband is his partner in the police force.

On their patrol with the ride along they come across a car parked in a restricted zone and decide to investigate. What they don’t know is that it is a getaway vehicle for a group of mercenaries who are trying to retrieve money owed to them following a deal that went wrong. What follows is full on action for the rest of the movie.

I found this movie to be exciting and the acting for the most part was believable. The storyline was good, but I do feel that there was some unnecessary killing that could have easily been left out with no detrimental effect. I would rate it 4 out of 5 and would it watch again.

Paul’s review of The Humanity Bureau

Humanity Bureau is a Canadian science fiction film released on 6th April 2018 and stars Nicholas Cage as Noah Cross, a government agent tasked with relocating people who are no longer contributing to society after the war that has devastated America’s lush resources. They are promised a new life at New Eden where they can live a meaningful existence again. On one visit, he meets a mother and her son, Lucas, who are desperately trying to avoid being relocated following rumours that the New Eden project is not what it is promised to be. He seems to bond with the family, particularly the boy, and he delays submitting his report to allow Lucas to perform in his school recital. His boss is concerned by this and warns Noah but also starts to covertly investigate him. Meanwhile, Noah also starts to make investigations into the Eden Project.

This was a really good story and the acting was great throughout, you could really feel the tension building and some scenes were upsetting. It will make you think what would happen should the worse happen to our fragile planet due to humanity’s incompetence. The movie is rated R/15 (PG-13) for violence as there is quite a lot of blood. I really enjoyed this movie and would rate it a strong 4 out of 5. I wouldn’t add it to my collection but I would watch it again.

Paul’s review of The Beyond

The Beyond was released on 9th January 2018 in the UK with a Guidance rating and is set in 2019 chronicling a ground-breaking mission to send advanced AI astronauts through a newly discovered wormhole trying to see what is on the other side. It is filmed as a behind the scenes documentary and this was sufficient to get a background to the new anomaly. However, after this they should have reverted back to usual. The actual story was good, but it could have been a lot better and you can see that compromises were made to explain how the new AI’s were being produced. I did not recognise any of the actors but this did not detract from the movie and the CGI was adequate. Part way through the movie I did become a little bored, but the action did improve later, and the ending was good if a little bit confusing as to what they were actually saved from. Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars and it won’t be added to my collection.

Paul’s review of Dismissed

Dismissed (15) was released on 21st November 2017 and stars Dylan Sprouse as Lucas Ward an intelligent high-school student who has just transferred to a new school because his dad has found new employment. He starts his new school with Mr. Butler (Kent Osborne) in his English literature class and it is clear he is a very bright student. Everything seems to be going well and he even joins Butler’s chess club. You soon start to wonder about him though when he threatens a fellow student and when he is given a B+ on one of his papers. He argues with Butler and begins a crusade to get him dismissed from his job.

For the first 10-15 minutes I was beginning to wonder if I had chosen another lousy movie, but as soon as Lucas began to show his real persona it became really engrossing. Sprouse played his psychopathic part extremely well and I felt myself wanting him to be found out. Osborne was also good along with some of the other victims. At the end I really wasn’t expecting what happened and I can wholeheartedly recommend this is added to your watch list. Easy 5 out of 5 from me.

Paul’s review of Little Evil

Little Evil (15) was released on 1st September 2017 and stars Adam Scott as Gary, who has just married the woman of his dreams and taken on the role of step dad to six-year old Lucas. The wedding didn’t go exactly to plan due to the fact that Lucas might be the antichrist.

As you may be aware, I am not a fan of scary movies, but as scary movies go this is definitely on the lower end of the scare scale. In fact, there are more laughs than scares and this is what makes the movie so entertaining.

The supporting cast are really good, especially Bridget Everett who is Al a female work colleague of Gary who is also a step-dad to two kids. She has her own monster truck as well as a liking for rock music 😊

I would rate this 5 out of 5 and will definitely watch it again.