2017

Riveting. Thrilling. Superbly-acted. LIFE gave all other films of the genre a run for their money.

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FILM INFO

“LIFE” tells a  story of a six-member crew of the International Space Station currently orbiting the Earth and are on their journey to discover a breakthrough discovery and evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. Upon their discovery and research, they will face thrilling and unintended consequences that will may risk all their lives even all of humanity. This space-film is directed by Daniel Espinosa under Columbia Pictures.

CASTS: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Olga Dihovichnaya, Hiroyuki Sanada & Ariyon Bakare

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Here’s my review of a past Ryan Reynolds’ Film: DEADPOOL. 

WHAT I LIKE?

LIFE may have a similar formula among all other Space films in Hollywood and a resemblance to Aliens which is somehow a closer comparison but for me, LIFE has gave a fresher and more direct take on this extraterrestrial formula that made it my MOST FAVORITE SPACE MOVIE OF ALL TIME after The Martian, The Space Between Us, Passengers, Gravity, Interstellar, Alien and Armageddon.

This fast-paced movie veered away from any introductory scenes on earth stuff or even spared us from the backstories of the 6 crew. It went directly to the whole nutshell to begin with. Its a full-length Space Film Setting just like GRAVITY. What makes it unique is that the story was directly presented into our very own eyes. Its a study of a certain specie from Mars. What I loved about LIFE is that story-line is not very much complicated. It is easy to digest as whole. The film will instead take you to a very thrilling and disturbing ride from its turning point towards its very shocking ending that I saw coming but actually did not expect the movie will end like that. LIFE is a riveting piece that offers a very decent edge-of-the-seat entertainment. At times, I screamed at few scenes. The scenes just gave me those space thrills I loved from Gravity and Aliens. The Alien figure was also presented a much newer approach which is more or less scientific. Somehow, it gave the movie ALIENS a modern prequel. LIFE somehow introduced the origins of it. I am amazed and impressed with Setting and Production design as well. They have a nice setting on the earth’s orbit (outside space) and a very good Space ship setting too. Its not too overrated at least. LIFE’s major win is its wonderfully acted performances from Gyllenhaal, Reynolds and Dihovichnaya. I must commend all other characters too. I just felt the intensity of every scenes especially those scenes that they are fighting for their lives. Its very emotionally-compelling too. Most of the scenes affected me in some way. I had a good time watching it. It may have the similar formula but the approach in terms of direct storytelling, a notch higher alien interpretation and greatly acted performances made LIFE as my most favorite film in the genre to date. Highly-recommended for all those thriller-seekers out there.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you keep on comparing it with ALIENS and all other Space Movies, you will see a lot of cliches actually. But I don’t have a problem with that. We all have different takes on movies like this. Hey, I enjoyed the movie.

RATINGS:

10/10 Popcorns

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2017

Horrifying. Disturbing. Riveting. Hacksaw Ridge delivers to be one of its genre’s best.

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Hacksaw Ridge is an extraordinary  true story account of Desmond Doss during the bloodiest battle of World War II. Desmond saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American Soldier in WWII to fight in front of enemy lines without a weapon. Hacksaw Ridge is written by Robert Schenkkan & Andrew Knight under the direction of Mel Gibson from Summit Entertainment.

Casts: Andrew Garfield, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner, Milo Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Darcy Bryce, Hugo Weaving & Rachel Griffiths.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama , Violence (R)

WHAT I LIKE?

Hacksaw Ridge has effectively mixed superb yet disturbing graphics into the story’s heroic theme. By far, one of the best in terms of the genre as it depicted long action sequences with impressive production design and vivid interpretation of war. Gibson has faithfully incorporated all elements of a typical World War II warzone and has done pretty well in terms visually-disturbing scenes that will surely haunt you after. Thats the beauty of it. Gibson has shown us the horror. From that technique, the film was able to support well the character of Desmond and his moral beliefs. I believe that Hacksaw Ridge was faithful to its “based on true story formula” and was able to affect its audience to be inspired too despite its violent theme. The film’s phase was well-organized. The back story of Desmond was explained well. The film’s production setting and visual editing is commendable. I salute the brilliant minds who made the war scenes as precise as it should be. Cheers to its powerhouse cast lead by Andrew Garfield. For me, this is Andrew Garfield’s best performance so far and I wouldn’t be shocked if he will get awards for this. The film has brought the actor in him after some nice guy thing in Spiderman. In as much as the movie could have been melodramatic, it was just right for me since the overall material do not need war decorations. Truly, a righthful tribute not only to Desmond but those brave souls who have fought in the enemy lines during the WWII.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

The ending tribute could have been better I think. Neverthless, it doesn’t have a major bearing for me.

RATINGS:

10/10 stars.

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2017

Passengers

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Passengers delivers enough charm, thrills, suspense and interest that will probably cover up the film’s minor and forgivable loop holes and flaws. Well, I loved the film. Aside from its interesting premise of 2 Passengers waking up 90 years prior their schedule, the movie was able to entertain its audience with light scenes, great visual effects, great production design and notably effective chemistry of Lawrence & Pratt. The film could have turned around a little bit deeper but I guess the phase was just right. There were some thrilling moments although majority of the film was in a subtle phase. The conflict was I think just right after the plot has been established. What’s great about Passengers is that the storyline is well-presented and the conflict about the accident was executed well. Loved the loss of gravity during the swimming pool scene. It was pretty dope by the way.  Supported by impressive acting performances of Chris and Jennifer, the film is worth 2 rounds of popcorn, a soda and a bottled water. Definitely, a good movie to start 2017. Passengers is perhaps the lightest space-inspired film ever made in terms of plot. Well, at least we’ve been spared with Interstellar and Gravity kind of stress. 5/5 stars.