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Paul’s review of The Super 5 (4)

The Super (15) which was released on 22nd October 2018, is a mystery/thriller following a man and his family who becomes the superintendent (caretaker) of an apartment complex following the death of his wife. Unfortunately, the said apartment seems to have issues with its residents mysteriously going missing.

The start of the movie is slightly confusing, and rather gruesome, and it took me a while to realise how it was relevant to the story. But as I was so engrossed in the performances and, at times, very eerie storyline it was easily dismissed. The acting was extremely good, and the movie was full of jump scares all the way through. Val Kilmer, who plays the creepy maintenance man was exceptional in his portrayal. I must admit, I didn’t even know it was him until the credits rolled. Speaking of credits, don’t miss them! As someone who doesn’t particularly like scary stuff, I enjoyed this immensely and I can give it no less than a 5 from 5 rating 🙂

Paul’s review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle 4.5 (4)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle 22 September 2017, Rated R, is the sequel to the original 2015 Kingsman movie that I gave a very high 4/5 score when I reviewed it. Yet again we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) take on the bad guys after becoming an official member of Kingsman. Most of the surviving members from the last movie also return for this outing as they take on a world’s largest drug cartel.

The acting once again is very good, and I particularly liked how Elton John was used throughout the movie, even though at first, I really did think it was a lookalike playing the part. The two-hour movie is also fast paced and full of action throughout. The CGI is, in the most part, very well done but the car chase just didn’t look believable – I’m assuming it was CGI, if not then it was good driving!

When I watched this movie, I could not help thinking that following the success of the first one, with a British storyline, this one was made more for the American market. This is not a bad thing, but I would have preferred it more like the original. I don’t want to spoil the plot by saying any more though 😊

I would rate this a very high 4/5 and it is definitely a well-written sequel.

Paul’s review of A Knight’s Tale 5 (3)

A Knight’s Tale (May 11th 2001 – rated PG) stars Heath Ledger as squire William Thatcher, who is an assistant to a champion jouster who sadly dies during a competition. As nobody has eaten for days, William decides to take his place and after winning decides that he wants to carry on with the competitions. Add in a chance meeting with Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany) and a love interest for Will and you can imagine the outcome is going to be a mix of comedy and upset.

The soundtrack of popular rock music was a really weird choice but works extremely well and I have to admit that the movie definitely brought a few tears to my eyes. This movie flies along for its two and a bit hours and one you need to watch and I can recommend adding to your collection.

Rating: an easy 5/5!

Paul’s review of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 5 (3)

This movie, released 20th December 2017 – rated 12A, is a sort-of sequel to the 1995 original starring the late Robin Williams. I say sort-of as it can be watched without knowing anything about the original, which is good as I only have a vague memory of seeing that when I was a kid 😛

The story is about four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji. The characters are transformed as they enter the game, and these are played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. The first three are probably well known but Gillan is a Scottish actress who started out playing a companion in the Doctor Who series before moving to Hollywood.

The story is a mixture of action and comedy and the lead actors all contribute to make the story an enjoyable two-hour watch. Jack Black steals the show however, playing a girl inside a male video game character and he his acting really did make me laugh out loud. Some scenes near the end of the end of the jungle sequence were a little silly though and could have been done differently in my opinion.

The effects overall were very good but there were a couple of areas where you could tell CGI had replaced the characters, particularly in Gillans’ scenes, but this could have been deliberate as it was supposed to be a video game?

I know I have criticised the movie in some areas, but they were really minor and the movie is definitely one to add to you collection with an easy 5/5 stars.

Paul’s review of See You Yesterday 3.7 (3)

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 4 (3)

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 Alien Warfare 3 (3)

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 5 (3)

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 4 (3)

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 3.8 (4)

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.