2017

DUNKIRK

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FILM INFO

Dunkirk is set in the 1940s when Germany advanced into France trapping allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. It is a World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city before Nazi forces can take hold. This movie is written and directed by Christopher Nolan under Warner Bros. Pictures.

Casts: Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance & Tom Hardy.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

WHAT I LIKE?

Dunkirk is a riveting masterpiece that easily belongs to one of my favorite movies of the year and perhaps one of Nolan’s best so far. Dunkirk is basically a survival film in a war setting during the World War 2. This breath-taking and emotionally-gripping movie has impressively brought me to a whole new world of war through a one-sided yet very disturbing formula that still lingers on me even after coming out in the theater house. What I like about Dunkirk is its brilliant way of telling stories through visually-impressive production design, superb sound engineering and a very topnotch cinematography that makes it as one of the best war movies ever made in Hollywood. What I like more about the film it its intensity and depth through actions and emotions as there are less conversations throughout the film. The movie will glue your interest and keep your emotions high despite the loss of words. A simple sound of the splash of the waves down to the plane fights and bombs; the movie depicted yet disturbing journey and struggle of the troops stranded at the French city of Dunkirk. More than the plot and technicalities, the movie’s strength also lies with its talented cast. Everyone in the movie was great and everyone of them has effectively affected me in various scenes. What more I can say? It was heart-pounding and inspiring in the end. The movie showed a different side of the World War 2 that is truly a fitting tribute to all the heroes of this extraordinary event that showcased triumph not with the enemies but the success of human hope and heroism. Two thumbs up!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you expect the typical war movie formula, Dunkirk might disappoint you. But hey, I am way impressed from beginning to end.

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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2016

Allied

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A one-of-a-kind romance about two spies falling in love in the midst of World War 2. A subtle romantic masterpiece with decent performances from Pitt & Cotillard.
Allied is a war romance that may lack character build-up but ended up on the right pace with a little shock. This period film was justified well from costumes, production design, props & setting. The film geared towards more of the love story than the action. The pacing at start may a little be slow but the sequencing was done with the right suspense and build-up towards that climax. Allied will bring you to a variety of emotions as it tell the unique love story of the characters. Actually, I fell in love with the film. Some may not like it because of its running time and some boring scenes but I see a masterpiece in Allied – an old-fashioned war romance that might not be as spectacular and cheesy as other films, but this surely is a movie with depth and classic touch. 4/5 stars.