Real Steel

Movie Review : Real Steel

Synopsis: Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father. (IMDb)

Trailer

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 outta 5)

Review: (Potential Spoilers)

This movie blew me away.  A great script, wonderful direction, perfectly casted, incredible soundtrack and amaze ballz special effects.  It is the first movie I have seen in a long time that has the “Spielburgian touch” (lights dim, musical score starts and you are completely drawn into the cinematic world created for you). The basic storyline has been done before, it is the struggle of a man to find himself and to develop a relationship with the son he has never known, but it is told in such a unique, setting that it seems as though you have stumbled onto something brand new.  The onscreen chemistry between Charlie (Hugh Jackman) and his son Max (Dakota Goyo) is 100% believable. I am already a huge Jackman fan (Wolverine, really? how could you not be?) so, although I was impressed by his performance, I was not surprised.  The big surprise came from Dakota Goyo. Who is this kid?  I cheered with him, cried with him and laughed with him.  Reminiscent of Elliot in E.T., Max had the emotional support of the entire audience from the word go.  I could rave about the CGI and robotics of this film for hours.  The robots are super cool, and nothing like Transformers.  The authenticity of the fight scenes with the robots to what currently happens in the octagon in MMA is brilliant.  Everything about the arenas, the locker rooms, the walk out and the fights mirrored a UFC bout. Between the adoration the audience develops for the characters and the adrenaline pumping soundtrack, it is no wonder people were cheering in the theatre!  Ah yes, the soundtrack. Perhaps the biggest shocker of all.  The soundtrack for this film is crazy.  From the opening strings of All of My Days by Alexi Murdoch to the amazingness that is Miss the Misery by the Foo Fighters to bass thumping and dramatic rapping of The Enforcer by 50 Cent, this soundtrack keeps in perfect tempo with the storyline. An unexpected gem this Fall, I recommend you see this film on the big screen if at all possible.  Take the wife, take the kids, take your grandparents, and go out, it is family friendly and worth the small mortgage payment it costs to go to the show anymore.

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Killer Elite

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends and family.  The best holiday. Food, food, copious amounts of alcohol, food, naps and food.  No decorating, there is no forcing anyone to listen to redonkulous carols in the mall and shopping centres for two months before, and no religious traditions or rituals to overshadow it.  Just family, friends and a good time.

Slowly but surely this blog is developing.  Ten List Tuesdays and Wired Wednesdays so what to do with Mondays?Movie Reviews! WAH!  Like everything on this blog, I am not going to pretend to be  Ebert, Travers or Maltin. I am a girl who has a love of all things movie-ish, who likes what she likes and isn’t afraid to speak her opinion on what I don’t.

Movie Review: Killer Elite

I was so excited to go and see this movie.  I have a raging hard on for Jason Statham, think that Clive Owen is a sexy and dirty, dirty man (especially with his 80’s style porn stach), and have respect for Robert DeNiro although he isn’t on my list of favourites.  In addition, the beautiful Yvonne Strahovski was playing the love interest in the film and I was curious to see her step outside her role on Chuck.  With all of these things in mind, I went to the show with huge expectations for this film.

Synopsis:  When his mentor is taken captive, a retired member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader. (IMDb)

Trailer:  

Rating:  ★  ★  ★ ☆  ☆ (3 outta 5)

Review: (Possible Spoilers)  ‘Killer Elite’ based on a ‘factional’ book by the name of ‘The Feather Men’, written by Sir Ranulph Fiennes; is a dramatic illustration about three Special Air Service (SAS) officers assassinated by an elite hit squad to avenge the death of ‘Osama lookalike’ Sheikh Amr’s (Rodney Afif) three sons in Oman. To sum up, BORING! How can any movie with Jason Statham be boring?  Who knows!?… but the movie was a complete snore fest.   As a girl who LOVES action films, loves explosions, and loves to see blood splatter on-screen (ok that reads rather homicidal-like but you get the picture), I was disappointed.  Sure there were a few fantastic fight scenes (a particularly great one between Statham and Owens), and some great location shots in Australia, Oman and London,but they are few and far between. Labelled as an action/thriller there were no thrills, never once was I biting my nails, or did my adrenaline kick in.  There is no clear good guy/bad guy storyline (in fact there are no good guys in the film, it is more a survival of the fittest) so who do we cheer for?  The plot line was made overly complex with political jargon instead of focusing on character development (I don’t remember a single characters name) and the acting, including that of Mr. DeNiro’s, was sub par. Ms. Yvonne who is absolutely drop dead gorgeous should go back to kicking total ass in Chuck, or find a script that allows her to actually kick some ass, otherwise she is rather Aniston-like (her hair always looks good but her acting blows dead bears).

If you are a huge fan of one of the principles in this film then you might want to see it on the big screen, but otherwise, wait till it comes out on demand, satellite or on good ole Netflix and save yourself the trip out.

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