Stars Wars: The Last Jedi

‘We are the spark, that will light the fire that’ll burn the first order down’

-Poe Dameron-

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As the Star Wars saga grows with unequaled velocity, George Lucas finds a way to keep the ever impending doom at a distance that keeps audiences far and wide coming back for more galactic-fuelled excitement.

Death and destruction face the last of the rebel alliance in Lucas Film’s latest installment as Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) must both find their balance in determining the force to fulfill their destiny.

As per usual, the special effects on offer throughout the film, leave little to the imagination, as the audience are engulfed in all things space, from a near-miss fighter jet crash to phenomenal close-ups of the Millennium Falcone.

Though many new faces make a debut, many old come to an end, as this film marks the beginning of the end for the original star wars cast, whose teachings are graciously passed on to the new generation of rebels.

‘The Last Jedi’ not only gives hope for the future of this all-consuming franchise but gives audiences a story to fall back in love with all over again, courtesy of director Rian Johnson, who puts the ‘war’ back into ‘Star Wars’.

 

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Geostorm

Hollywood has once again put Gerard Butler in charge of saving the world.

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As global warming hits dangerous heights, a NASA engineer is given the task of developing a system controlled by the international space station to neutralize the turbulent weather.

Despite this film being Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, the script poses storylines that even the general public would find ludicrous. From spontaneous cities bursting into flames to ice waves hitting deserts, the plot outgrows realistic climate changes from the offset.

Unfortunately, the special effects do nothing to reinstate the realism of the film, with the standard of CGI coming straight from the creative team behind the 1979 ‘Alien’ film.

 

Power Rangers

Go Go Power Rangers. More like No No Power Rangers.

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Original content seems to be a thing of the past for filmmakers today. Dredging up past concepts has become a trend within the cinematic world.

Rather than leaving the Power Rangers in their ever so glorious past, instead the story has been warped and conveniently adapted upon breaching the surface for a second round.

The acting is just as you’d expect from a film that drenches itself in teenage adolescence; awful. The cast seem to have a consistent default setting of mild frustration throughout the film, a characteristic that is undeterred regardless of circumstance.

If the acting wasn’t enough to make you nauseous, than the astonishingly shocking use of CGI certainly will. With a film as full of stunt orientated action, one would have thought that a little more effort could have been injected into the post-production aspect of the special effects. But, alas, the audience is left contemplating why the creators even bothered to remove the green screen, for the painful lack of realism that the final cut displays.

What is more, is the very fact that the vast majority of the film doesn’t even show the Power Rangers as, well, Power Rangers, until the last twenty minutes of the film; a climax that is of no satisfaction after enduring a storyline lacking both substance and originality.

Logan

A devastating end to Hugh Jackman’s stint as Wolverine is filled with emotional blunders and revelations. 

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Though we all knew this day would come, it doesn’t make the overall outcome any better. Especially given the fact Wolverines not exactly in the best shape with his metal plating slowly killing him from the inside out. 

As if Logan’s imminent death was not enough to put a downer on the end of this particular marvel series, there is a prolonged sense of loneliness and pessimism throughout the film, which seems a little much, even for Wolverine.

Marvel, have, I think, given Wolverine the send off he deserved, all things considered, and at the very least left the audience with the optimism for a future generation of x-men.

No superhero film is complete without a few explosions and handing over a couple of million to the stunts and CGI departments. And I think we can all say that this character certainly went out with a bang.

There’s very little point discussing Jackman’s acting, because it’s probably one of the only roles he’s befitting for. But the little Wolverine prodigy, Laura, played by Dafne Keen, is not only greatly gifted in terms of talent, but is also a total badass.

 

Split

When one man has twenty three personalities living inside him, it’s not surprising that things get a little weird.

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Kevin (James McAvoy) is a man with an army of personalities within him, and each one is as eager to reach the surface as the next. Despite his efforts to conceal these alter-egos, eventually the most powerful of the personalities are brought forward, leading him to discover a very dark side of this traumatic ‘illness’.

The premise of the film is one befitting to the horror genre; it’s just a shame that director M. Night Shyamalan didn’t fulfil its potential. The very idea of twenty-three personalities residing in one body is thought-provoking in itself and enough to entice any audience. But what starts out as an interesting concept soon spirals out of control as the screenwriters get carried away with themselves with the inclusion of an animalistic twenty-fourth personality, which quite frankly does nothing but cheapen this film’s potential brilliance.

Whilst the story does lose itself in a ridiculous turn of events, there is one saving grace that makes this film almost worthwhile a watch and that is the acting. James McAvoy, as you may expect is more than perplexing in his role, or should I say roles. Not only does he step into each character with ease, but he owns each one as though they are completely different entities.

Passengers

Suspended in space for the hope of a better life on a new planet. At least that’s what the sleeping passengers aboard the Avalon are hoping for. 

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Not all are lucky enough to remain asleep for the duration of the 120 year journey however; Jim, a passenger, finds himself woken up as the ships systems begin to malfunction. 

After a year of seclusion from human interaction, Jim makes a very controversial decision; he wakes up fellow passenger, Aurora Lane, to gain some companionship.

Despite his somewhat selfish decision to alter her life forever, the two become romantically involved, which as you can imagine was fairly predictable given the fact they were the only ones awake out of the 5,000 passengers on board. 

As romantic as this voyage may seem, the happy couple are soon brought to an abrupt reminder of reality, as the ships systems threaten to fail, endangering not only their lives, but the lives of everyone on board. 

In recent years there has been a swift increase in the amount of space related content hitting the big screen, due to the advance in cinematic technology that allows CGI simulated space backdrops which are just about as realistic as a NASA documentary. 

Whilst this film is admittedly not in the same league as Star Wars, as space orientated films go it does boast characters who have both sass and personalities to fall in love with. And no one fits better into this category better than Arthur; a metallic droid with a big heart. 

This film is certainly not an original concept, but it is an enjoyable one, especially given the fact it stars both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a duo that anyone would give their left arm to be stuck in space with, or is that just me?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If you thought that the Star Wars franchise had already been rinsed dry, then I am afraid you would be wrong, very very wrong.

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This particular addition to the series is supposed to be placed at the beguinning of the stars wars story in an attempt to illustrate the rise of the rebellion.

Aside from the usual aspects of a LucasFilm production, such as weird human-alien crossover characters and sarcastic robot companions, this film is different in that it is final in its resolution; there is no sequel to follow.

Despite its finality, it is certainly not a let down, and as seems to be a repeated pattern within this franchise, the writers are certainly not afraid to dispose of your favourite characters, no matter how integral to the plot they may seem.

Another expectation that comes with these films is it’s extensive budget, and boy do they know how to spend it. From spellbinding backdrops of the galaxy, to galactic fight scenes full of saber beams and demanding stunts, no one can say that the choreographers and props team weren’t put to work.