Month: July 2016

JASON BOURNE

123 minutes, Action In 2002, when we first met Jason Bourne, he was a man that possessed impressive, highly-trained fighting skills but with no idea where or how he got them. Fast-forward 14 years,…

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JASON BOURNE

123 minutes, Action

In 2002, when we first met Jason Bourne, he was a man that possessed impressive, highly-trained fighting skills but with no idea where or how he got them. Fast-forward 14 years, Jason Bourne is no longer trying to piece together a fragmented memory while on the run. In fact, he remembers who he is and how he got here just fine! Rather, it is Bourne who is doing the hunting in this addition to the original Bourne Trilogy, starring Matt Damon. When Jason acquires knowledge of some secret information concerning his past, he comes out of hiding to seek the truth. 

Jason Bourne Poster

A great cast, strong acting, a hectic screenplay and fast pacing ensure that JASON BOURNE is a highly enjoyable and entertaining action movie. Although there isn’t a great deal of originality surfacing from the screenplay, there is a heck of a lot happening that demands your attention as separate missions, all over the globe involving several characters, quickly establish themselves. A sturdy job has been done of pinning each of these connections together, which are of course the catalyst for the many action sequences that take place. With Paul Greengrass back in the Director’s chair (without him, there would be no Matt Damon!), you can expect his trademark handheld camera work to be the style JASON BOURNE is mostly shot. While it is prone to making things difficult to distinguish throughout action sequences and will arguably irk some viewers, the cinematography is strongly immersive and adds an intimacy and immediacy, at different stages to the picture. After two hours, it’s fair to say there is not a moment of dullness throughout one of the better films of its variety I’ve seen in a while.

3.5 out of 5

JASON BOURNE – Film Trailer

Viewer Discretion
M – Mature Themes and Violence 

Moviedoc wishes to thank Universal Pictures and Georgina from Universal Pictures for the in-season pass to view JASON BOURNE.

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LIGHTS OUT

81 minutes, Horror

A particular scene shown in the trailer for LIGHTS OUT, involving a woman repeatedly flicking a light switch off and on that reveals a very creepy-looking entity present in the darkened room, may look familiar to you. This same hair-raising scene was used in David F. Sandberg’s 2013 short film version of the same name. Now, adapted for the big screen and extending its running time from under 3 minutes, LIGHTS OUT stars Aussie Teresa Palmer (WARM BODIES, THE CHOICE) as Rebecca, who has moved out of her Mother’s (Maria Bello) residence where her much younger brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) resides. When Martin begins to experience the same supernatural events Rebecca once did, the siblings work together to understand what this entity wants and what the connection is to their Mother.

Lights Out Poster

Until the moment revelations regarding the entity and why it’s here are made, the popular live-action style of horror playing out is fairly stock standard in this day and age, yet undeniably effective. Its ability to reel you in and have you guessing certainly cannot be faltered. But what makes LIGHTS OUT more than just a consistent exercise in ongoing suspense is its clever elusiveness towards predictability. Just when you think you can foresee all developments unfolding clear as day, LIGHTS OUT fittingly flicks a switch and  leaves you in the dark. The conclusion is rather impressive and completely satisfying.

3 out of 5
Viewer Discretion
M – Sustained threat, supernatural themes and some violence 
Moviedoc wishes to thank Alexandra from Roadshow Films and Roadshow Films for the complimentary in-season pass to view LIGHTS OUT.
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SING STREET

106 minutes, Comedy/Drama

In a day and age where the cinematic universe is churning out an over-abundance of unwanted movie sequels and burdening remakes, arrives a small film with a big heart from Ireland that will leave you begging for a sequel! As was the case in recent release HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, the tale to be told is viewed from the eyes of a teenage male, in the comedy/drama, SING STREET. 15 year-old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo in his first ever movie) has a problem. A girl problem. The object of his affection is Raphina (Lucy Boynton) and Conor just doesn’t know how to impress such a beautiful girl. So, he decides to start a rock band with a rather eclectic group at school during the 1980’s. 

Sing Street Poster

SING STREET doesn’t take long to strike up an irresistibly feel-good vibe which rarely lets up. Writer & Director John Carney (BEGIN AGAIN) uses some themes that are closer to the heart to creatively fuel the endearing comedy this film truly is. However, where he has outdone himself is with the addition of the original music written and performed throughout SING STREET. Now, every main act needs a supporting one, and that’s where the stunning film soundtrack kicks in – The Cure, A-ha, Duran Duran, The Clash, just to name a few! If you’re not already convinced by the wonderful time you’re going to have watching SING STREET, then perhaps two of the years best performances from two complete unknowns can seal the deal. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton are surrounded by one of the most enjoyable ensemble casts you’ll see this year, yet each shine whenever the camera is cast upon them, with sharp and impressive performances. Sweet, yet never cloying, heartwarming and filled with inspiring wit and ingenuity, this really simple, straightforward plot is told with a striking, most profound realism that is entirely connecting. If laughter is the best medicine, then Moviedoc proclaims SING STREET to be one of the most holistically healing big screen experiences you have just been prescribed this year!
4 out of 5 
Viewer Discretion 
M – Coarse Language
The use of swearing is moderate, not infrequent but not too frequent either. And expect teenage boys to be talking about girls and all as teenage boys do.
Moviedoc wishes to thank Harriet from Roadshow Films, Roadshow Films and Village Cinemas Rivoli for the invitation to the Media Screening of SING STREET. 
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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

110 minutes, Action/Adventure

Headlining the world as THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, you are entitled to expect a new origin story for Tarzan to be told in this $180 million action/adventure. However, any origin story (which most of us already know) you may be waiting to see is instead briefly covered off via a number of flashbacks throughout the film. THE LEGEND OF TARZAN pitches its titular character living in London, during the 1890’s. John Clayton aka Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), along with wife Jane (Margot Robbie) return to the jungle where Tarzan was raised in order to investigate the development work underway in the Congo.

The Legend of Tarzan Poster

Alexander Skarsgård (From HBO Series “True Blood”) has evidently spent many grueling hours in the gym and committed to a strict dietary regime in order to achieve the physique we see on screen. If only that same effort was applied to making this movie! Most notably, in the characterisation department and its dialogue. Although these facets don’t always matter as much for a film such as this, the unashamedly modern nature of the writing and delivery of dialogue by the actors (Remember, this is the 1890’s!) just cannot go unnoticed or unmentioned. It’s a truly lazy effort that extends to all characters too – Tarzan has no charm or heroic stature (other than that eight-pack!) and Christoph Waltz, who plays the films main villain Leon Rom, is given enough scenes to make a formidable enemy, yet never does. THE LEGEND OF TARZAN is likely to entertain action/adventure enthusiasts to a moderate degree (more than it did for me), yet considering this is directed by the guy who has made four HARRY POTTER films, it’s a needless remake and a disappointment. 
2 out of 5
Viewer Discretion 
M – Mature Themes and Violence
Parents with children under 13 should be aware of the moderate level of violence, some sensual scenes and the mature themes are in its plot which I won’t disclose here.
Moviedoc wishes to thank Roadshow Films and Village Cinemas Jam Factory for the invitation to the Preview Screening of THE LEGEND OF TARZAN.
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INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

120 minutes, Sci-Fi / Action, M

And the award for the worst screaming in any movie released in 2016 goes to…. INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE.

In fact, so bad is our new INDEPENDENCE DAY movie, I’m sure the Golden Raspberry Awards’ judging panel are keenly taking notes!

It’s been 20 years since the highest grossing film of 1996 abducted our senses for two and a half hours of entertaining alien invasion fun.

RESURGENCE reprises the roles of some original cast members, including Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, and introduces new characters, some of which are played by our very own Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, Jessie T Usher and the very unusual casting of Charlotte Gainsbourg (better known by fans of the arthouse genre).

In the ID4 sequel, Earth is again the target of many unfriendly identifiable objects. But with new technology protecting our planet, will this be enough to shield humanity from their next attack?

Independence Day: Resurgence Poster

This Will Smith-less sequel does not only fail to bring something new to the alien invasion movie pile, it just fails. Miserably. Let’s start with the script, which is loaded with so much cheesy dialogue, it could feed the world’s mouse population! Yes, I know, that was cheesy too, but it made you smile, right!? ID42 hardly will though! Still on the script, you’ll be able to spot gaping holes that stand out as much as the embarrassing acting going on here. By everyone! Then, visually, it actually hurts and is in more of a mess than England’s soccer team! You must ask – How on Earth does a film that is injected with a whopping $165 million budget, end up with inexplicably cheap, B-grade looking CGI and a complete disorder to all of its action scenarios? The waste of money here is inexcusable and unforgivable! The dude sitting at the editing button clearly nodded off several times too, which would explain the lethargic editing. But then again, who could blame him! Even a given, the music score, is so far out of sync with the carnage trashing the big screen. I beg the question – 20 years, for a completely unnecessary sequel and this is the best that could be mustered!? Seriously!? Sheeesh!

1 out of 5
Viewer Discretion 
M – Science Fiction Themes and Violence
May frighten younger viewers and there is also some brief, strong language.
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