2017

47 Meters Down

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Kate and Lisa is having the time of their lives in Mexico for their dream vacation and adventure. The thrill-seeking siblings come face-to-face with a group of great white sharks through a protective cage. Their worst fears became a reality when the cage breaks away from their boat sending them 47 meters down the ocean floor. This movie is directed by Johannes Roberts under Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

Casts: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Yani Gellman, Matthew Modine, Santiago Segura, Chris Johnson & Axel Mansilla.

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Other shark-related movies: The Shallows

WHAT I LIKE?

47 Meters Down is a great addition to the shark genre that has somehow stood by its unique plot among the rest. I mean, who would have thought to make a movie out of a shark cage gone wrong formula. The movie has effectively interpreted its premise into a very thrilling and horrifying feel that would some how give audiences running out of their oxygens as well. For me, I was impressed with the overall execution of the movie. The whole production design which is basically underwater was shot beautifully. I really like the dark and eerie atmosphere below plus the presence of the cage itself. The movie was effective enough in bringing deep sea horror with great cinematography and sound engineering. I also like the fact that sharks were not so overrated here. There were a lot of edge-of-the-seat moments and the chaos in the film was arranged brilliantly to give way to some unexpected twist and turns too. I won’t spoil the ending but I totally liked it. I like the action sequences especially that it was really done underwater. Of course, I have to give credit to Mandy and Claire for such a great performance in the film. It was not easy filming it and they have done justice to their roles. Overall, it was not as classic as Jaws nor as thrilling as The Shallows but 47 Meters Down is popcorn-thriller movie that will surely make you think twice in doing those shark-cage activities in the deep blue sea.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Well, if you can stop comparing it with Jaws and The Shallows, 47 Meters Down might be in your shark list.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Transformers: The Last Knight

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Humanity is at continuous war with the Transformers and Optimus Prime is gone. The only thing hat will save Earth from total destruction is to find the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. The key to save the world lies in the hands of selected people destined for this extraordinary journey. The last installment of the Transformer Series is directed by Michael Bay under Paramount Pictures.

Casts: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Stanley Tucci & John Goodman.

Genre: Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Action-Adventure

Past Movies of Mark Wahlberg: The Great Wall stood by the 2nd word of its movie title.Patriot’s Day got me in tears & thrills… & Deepwater Horizon

WHAT I LIKE?

Transformers: The Last Knight is a true testament that the whole of Transformers series brought Cinematography, Visual Editing & Production Design in Hollywood to the optimum level. If we are to identify films with huge budget and literally huge actions, Transformers will be the first move to come into my mind. The last series of the franchise continued to live up to its legacy of bringing superb visual effects and jaw-dropping action-sequences unique to a Transformer movie. The Last Knight proved to be as explosive as all other Transformer movies combined giving a complete and satisfying experience to adrenaline-junkie audiences and those audiences hungry for extreme actions and explosions all throughout. With the introduction of new characters, the movie was able to thrive to its loop holes from the past. The new characters were generally good. Production-design was always the best and I love the action this time. Forgiving all other major loop holes the film committed, The Last Knight is pretty enjoyable with a round of popcorn and a can of soda.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Transformers has perhaps been long overdue after the 2nd installment, with the replacement of the old characters and controversies surrounding it, the movie since the 3rd one has really lost its track in bringing in a solid and coherent story line & plot that could have made all our live easier in the first place. The movie is full of complexities and somehow it manifested on its last installment. In as much as the 5th movie tried to save the whole franchise, it still failed to out everything into pieces. With less character build-up, the movie suffered from a bloated running time and a complex of plot and sub-plots. Still, if you are in for some Transformers Formula, you will find Last Night satisfying the least.

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorns

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2017

Everything, Everything

 

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A teenage girl named Maddy is unable to leave their home because of an immunodeficiency condition that makes here allergic to anything outside especially bacteria. However, her life changed when she began communicating with a new boy next door, Olly . Being secluded for 18 years, Maddy must fight the curiosity of connecting with the outside world even if it meant putting her life in danger because of her disease. The movie directed by Stella Meghie and was adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Casts: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera, Peter Benson & Taylor Hickson.

Genre: Drama, Romance

Past Movies of Nick Robinson: Jurassic World & The 5th Wave

WHAT I LIKE?

Everything, Everything has every right to be a good teenage romantic movie that is mostly attributed to the charm of Nick & Amandla and their very strong chemistry on-screen. Seeing star-crossed lovers on-screen is really an eye-candy especially those fans of coming-of-age-films specifically romantic ones. What I like about the movie is its very light approach on a New York Best Seller Novel with a very effective formula of romance and charm enough to entertain you until the end. I must say that I really loved the chemistry of Nick & Amandla and their acting was really good. Also, the film invested more on the romance part which is actually a come-one for teenagers out there. Plot-wise, the movie is generally light and easy-to-digest. I also like some creative interpretations of scenes during the SMS conversations of Olly and Maddy. For me, there is not to hate about the film. It made me smile until the end. I also love the part when Maddy & Olly escaped their comfort zones and went to the beautiful island of Hawaii. Narration was on-point too and was necessary at most parts. For those fans of teenage romantic films, you might love this movie.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

In as much as there is charm and chemistry for both actors, Everything Everything failed to connect with me nor engage me at most part of the scenes. As a whole, I felt an emotional disconnection with the story line and its talented characters. I think they have invested more on the romance part which is actually good for some audiences but for an audience like me, I was hungry for that intensity and engrossed feeling. The plot gave way to explain Maddy’s disease but when Olly came into the picture, there were less build up on its main plot. If there was a good build up, it should somehow reflect affection to the characters. At some point, it lacks substance. Nevertheless, it is still enjoyable to watch.

RATINGS:

6/10 Popcorns

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2017

Despicable Me 3

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Adventure continues with Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the minions on this 3rd installment of the Despicable Me series. Their life was quickly threatened when their Anti-Villain League’s new boss fires the couple after they failed to catch a villain named Balthazar. They must all stop this villain from achieving world domination. This movie is directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin & Eric Guillon under Universal Pictures.

Featuring the Voices of: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier & Nev Scharrel.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animated Flick

Previous Related movie: Minions

WHAT I LIKE?

I like and love everything about Despicable Me 3. For me, this is the best among the franchise. There is so much to love about the film. The plot itself is generally non-sense but I loved how creatively the Director played with a new premise by inserting Gru’s twin brother. Also, the movie has effectively set the mood right after their termination on the job. Phasing was fast-paced. Overall, it was a very exciting ride with lots of eye-popping visuals and action sequences we love from a Despicable Me. Its a visual spectacle indeed from start to finish. What I also like about the movie is its musical theme this time. The inclusion of retro music and hits from the 80s was a very brilliant attack to make the film even more enticing, interesting and engaging. Among the 3, this is my favorite in terms of visuals and cinematography. The plot was justified well and the comedy was not sacrificed. Moreover, the injection of family and heartwarming formula is still as effective as ever. For the characters, there is still so much to love about Gru, Lucy and the 3 girls. Loving the Gru on this 3rd installment. His twin Brother was also a good addition. I am also glad that Lucy’s character was given with importance too. Agnes is still cute as ever. Balthazar was a great villain too. I love the vibrancy of his character. My most favorite characters in the movie are the Minions. They really made me laugh hard. They are just so adorable and delightful to watch. The film will take you to whole new kind of entertainment that never gets old even on its 3rd installment already. Worth-watching and highly recommended to everyone.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Naaah! Can’t point out anything. I was laughing like a kid the whole time.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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2017

Can we still be friends? (Star Cinema, 2017)

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Can we still be Friends is a story of Digs & Sam who has been together for 8 years. Due to indifference, they decided to end their relationship but still constantly checking on each other. Aside from finding the right blend to start friendship, they will also face the challenges of dating others separately. This movie is directed by Prime Cruz under Star Cinema.

Casts: Gerald Anderson, Arci Munoz, Bryan Santos, Ria Atayde, Erika Padilla, Bryan Sy & Juan Miguel Severo

Genre: Romantic, Comedy, Drama

Past Movies of Gerald Anderson: How to be Yours

Past Movies of Arci Munoz: Camp Sawi

WHAT I LIKE?

The tried and tested Gerald-Arci chemistry is truly evident in their latest movie, “Can We Still Be Friends?” from Star Cinema. The good thing about the film is that it showcases the natural side of both Gerald and Arci. They truly gave raw performances which is actually fit for the demand of the plot and the demand of their characters as well. Acting-wise, I am impressed with Arci on this one. Their chemistry is really good and their performances really compliments each other. For the story-line, I like that the Director invested on a very light approach in dealing with heartbreak and exes. Also, much of the scenes were very relatable too despite its confined and limited setting. The plot started off just right showing the cause of the break-up. After the breakup, the movie will bring you to an awkward set-up that is a prelude to the conflict itself. At some point, it became effective in adding to the film’s premise though the technique used was really risky. I also like the supporting characters in the movie. I personally love Juan Miguel Severo here. The injection of comedy and very casual conversations made connections with its audience as well. The comeback of Gerald & Arci is truly one of the reasons to watch this film.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The first part of the movie was very engaging. The middle part was a bit lost. The consistency of the plot was tested when the risky part of the story was presented. At some point, the movie was out of bounds. Considering that the movie is very subtle in terms of cinematic approach, I expected thrill, excitement and intensity on most scenes especially on the conflict and realizations of the characters. The ending was uninteresting. I believe all Pinoy RomComs are predictable but it can also be exciting as well. Can we still be friends lacks that exact formula. I already lost grip of my interest starting in the middle part of the movie. I also find the resolution to be half-baked as they invested solely on establishing the story-line and establishing the conflict. For me, the movie lacks supporting scenes that strongly affect audience on the title itself – Can We Still Be Friends?. The second half of the film failed to sustain the energy the characters is giving. They were drowned by a very shallow plot that could have been better. It is one of the lousiest Start Cinema Movies of the year.

RATINGS:

6/10 Popcorns.

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2017

The Mummy (2017)

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Nick and his partner accidentally unleashed an ancient power from an Egyptian Princess, Ahmanet, who was entombed for thousands of years, after they were attack in the Middle East. Nick and his team must now find ways to stop the resurrection of the Egyptian Princess who is on rampage through the streets of London and poses a threat to the whole world as well. This Directed by Alex Kurtzman under Universa Pictures.

CASTS: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney Vance, Marwan Kenzari & Sean Michael

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

PAST TOM CRUISE MOVIES: Jack Reacher: Never Go BackMission Impossible: Rogue Nation

WHAT I LIKE?

It was quite a very great move to resurrect a well-loved Mummy-inspired film that has changed the tone of adventure films in the 90’s. Moreover, The Mummy (2017) is the start of the Dark Universe series set by Universal Pictures so expect sequels and follow-ups on this one. The movie was a great modern adaptation that benefited from modern-day cinema magic. The movie is visually-stunning. I loved the Cinematography and the editing is on-point. Visual effects were impressive. Also, Production design during the ancient times were staged well and the London-setting was also a good choice. Plot-wise, Universal had to introduce a separate ancient character for them to establish the Universe thing and I think they did pretty well in introducing the whole Mummy series especially to non-fans of the genre. The phasing was just right and I love the succession of the sequences until a very thrilling climax. They invested mostly on the modern part of the whole storyline. The comedy punch was also a good spice of the tone of the movie. The Mummy is also packed with several thrilling moments that will definitely give a handful of decent screams and edge-of-the-seat moments. Also, I loved the characters. Tom Cruise was actually fit for the role and I am impressed with his stunts on the film. Annabelle was a good partner too and their chemistry is strong as well. Sofia was a badass villain here. Loved that this film gave her such a huge break in acting. She was great too. Russell was a good addition in the franchise also. Well, setting aside some flaws, The Mummy is one Hollywood’s best in terms of the Suspense-Action-Science-fiction genre that is worth-watching.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Unlike the original series, The 2017 Mummy somehow lacks charm and action formula I expected on the franchise. Its maybe because there were less desert scenes which should have been more considering its a first modern revamp of the franchise. I was finding that exciting desert and temple chases. At some weird point, the comedy punch is not working on some scenes. Also, they should have extended the London destruction scene. It feels like they were less distraction on the surroundings this time.  Despite its flaws, I still enjoyed the whole movie from beginning to end.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2017

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Being trained in an island inhabited by female warriors, Diana grew up in an ideal island equipped with extraordinary combat skills. Her life changed when a pilot crash-landed nearby. She found out that there is an eminent threat of World War and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. This DCU movie is directed by Patty Jenkins under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Tagmaoui, Ewen Bremmer, Eugene Braverock, Elena Anaya

Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction

Previous DCU Movie: Batman V Superman & Suicide Squad

WHAT I LIKE?

WONDER WOMAN exudes every frame and charm expected from Gal Gadot and a very superb and impressive Production design. This was the saving piece of DC Movies after Green Lantern, Suicide Squad & Batman V Superman. It is a well-crafted superhero film that will take you into new heights in terms of going deeper the story of Diana being an amazon princess and her discovery of her own supernatural powers that could save the world. It started with a very great introduction about the origins of the Amazon warriors. From then, the story progresses in the right phasing wherein we could grasp every details of the origins of Wonder Woman. The island of the Amazon Warriors was amazing. It is a visual-spectacle for me and editing and production design were top-notch. I also loved the old London setting during the War. It was superbly-executed and I must say, one of Hollywood’s finest indeed. Costumes, language, cars and even little things were very consistent with the period reflected. I must commend the costume design as well of all Amazon warriors and even Diana herself. Aside from a very impressive set, action sequences are to live for. Wonder Woman is one of the films with the best execution of man-to-man fight scenes. I personally love the fighting scenes in the island and of course during the war zone too. The slow-motion feature was utilized very well and it was so mind-blowing on the big screen. I was breathless for countless times during the action sequences. Visual editing was great too. It was somehow less CGI effects now except that Diana-Ares fight scenes which is actually good for a DCU film which is normally overloaded with CGI stuff. Plot-wise, I loved that Wonder Woman was able to mix well its semi-dark plot with very engaging and light conversations and modest comedy which are in timing as well. Comedy in the film as on its perfect timing. Aside from that, the film’s strength is attributed to the main icon – Gal Gadot. She was just charming and so hard to resist from beginning to end. Gal impressed me with her acting and fell in love with her in all fight scenes. Chris Pine was also one of the film’s win as they have a very good and strong chemistry with Gal. The romance of Gal & Chris was an icing in the cake. What more I can say? Wonder Woman is highly-recommended and I am so much okay in watching it again.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

CGI-ish Visual Effects on Diana-Ares fight scenes could have been better but is forgivable anyways.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns.

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