Archive for August 7th, 2015

7th August
2015
written by Adam

When the precocious Reed Richards (Miles Teller) is finally given a chance to let his ideas run wild, the ability to teleport organic material to an alternate universe becomes possible. But, with the advent of such technology, darker government entities take interest. In an effort to maintain control and ownership of the teleportation concept Richards and several friends, John (Michael B. Jordan) Sue (Kate Mara), Ben (Jamie Bell), and Victor (Toby Kebbell) travel to this dangerous new universe– a move which alters their physical form in shocking new ways. Each changed, for better and worse the gang must learn to harness their new found powers to thwart a new kind of super evil threatening earth. Will the gang have what it takes to save the world in time? fantastic4 Directed by Josh Trank and written by a host of screenwriters including Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater Fantastic Four achieves a very strange phenomenon; while the film displays in 2D it’s actually a 3D film. Except, in this case I mean the third dimension is time, specifically how the human brain processes time and how long moving pictures are actually appearing on the screen in front of us. In this case the film is only about 100 minutes long but actually feels closer to three hours long. Abnormally paced throughout, the film has several acts outlined but only manages to lurch through the first two like a rusty diesel tractor belching forward through an unplowed field of rocks only reaching a steady idle in the last 20 minutes (which feel like 60 minutes). And, while the cast itself seems to be a promising ensemble, the film’s hideously moronic exposition throughout brings the Fantastic Four down to a Mediocre or Ho-hum Four at best. Bottom line, there are some good nuts and bolts throughout, they just don’t assemble into much of anything, maybe another re-boot will get things right? At best a rental, Fantastic Four is rated PG-13.

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7th August
2015
written by Adam

Simon and Robyn (Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall), a young-ish couple who’ve just moved back to California for work and a fresh start find their lives plunged into a twisting and unnerving spiral with the appearance of an old High School acquaintance, Gordo (Joel Edgerton). Showered with strange gifts from Gordo the couple’s stability is chiseled away revealing a horrifying black past.TheGift Written, Directed, and Acted by Joel Edgerton, this simple and elegant film is a fantastic example of classic psychological suspense thrillers brought into the 21st century. Thoughtful character development and plausible circumstances make for an even more delicious and nauseating turning; coupled with on point acting from the ensemble this brief 108 minute dark ride releases its stranglehold just before the effects of hypoxia set in. Get ready to hold your breath, in a good way, The Gift is rated R.

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