Film Review: Interstellar

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It has been arguably, the most hotly anticipated film of 2014 and in a year that sees The Hobbit draw to a close, The Hunger Games start it’s final chapter and plenty of summer blockbuster fun with Transformers, X-Men and Planet of the Apes all expanding their already sizeable franchises that is no mean feat. It’s not hard to see why it’s gained such an impressive moniker, directed by Christopher Nolan, one of the biggest directors around, stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, both recent Academy Award winners and has a budget of over $150,000,000. Oh and it’s set in space!

Interstellar grabbed my the first time I saw the trailer. It just looked epic. It looked like one of those film that people will look back on and say “you had to see this on the big screen“. It struck me from that first, brief 2 minute encounter that this film was going to be a defining moment. And then I saw Nolan was directing and something sank slightly inside me. Now don’t get me wrong I like Nolan, I like his films, but I have always felt there is an arrogance to his film making. A sense to his style to the layers and folds he intertwines into any story that appears to almost say “I’m going to push this further than you can understand, simply because I can.” Inception being the prime example. Read more

Film Review: Saving Private Ryan

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There can be no question that in Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg created a cinematic masterpiece and brought the horrors of war and the weakness of man to life with an almost uneasy and unwelcome beauty that resulted in allying the critics, public and my best mate with their praise and superlatives.

In fact, it has always been the “bench mark” war film for me, the movie against which I rank all others. In fact, it’s virtually impossible these days to see any war film come out of holiday that isn’t compared against it and in the case of Lone Survivor, it was even used as a marketing tool. That is the strength and universal acceptance of quality with which this film is held. Read more

Film Review: The Bourne Ultimatum

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And so Jason Bourne’s story draws to a conclusion with the explosive The Bourne Ultimatum, or at least that is how they want you to believe the story ends. Sadly, I am at odds with the “proper” critics over Bourne’s last stand. Rotten Tomatoes places it over 90%, Metacritic lags behind in the 80’s. Both of which, I feel are just a little bit too high.

My problem with it is that it’s trying to be too much. It’s trying to take everything that’s good about the first two films and roll them into one. You can see, littered throughout the film, an overriding desire from the filmmakers to ensure they’ve crossed every t, dotted every i and joined every dot. They knew they are completing the circle of his story and nothing will stop them from getting back to the start.
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Film Review: The Bourne Supremacy

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It’s not really fair to kick a man while he’s down and after Jason Bourne had laid heavily, and successfully into Commander Bond while searching for his Identity, to come back and do it a second time just isn’t cricket. This time though, Doug Liman has been replaced by Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair and as a result, the kicking is much, much harder.

The Bourne Supremacy manages to pull off that unique feat of being essentially a standalone plot, a film capable of supporting it’s own weight, while the whole time being tied into the original story. Perfectly delving deeper into Bourne’s world and his problems, but never relying on the first movie to the point you’d be out of your depth if you let Jason Bourne into your life from here.
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Film Review: The Bourne Identity

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Well it seems only right that having spent the last few months watching 23 Bond films that I give the American’s a chance to crack the whip and allow them to “show me what they can do”. After all, I said in my review of Casino Royale that the Bourne trilogy arguably redefined the spy genre and forced Bond to raise it’s game and rethink it’s core ideas – Quantum of Solace aside!

And it’s the comparison and competition with Bond that is arguably the fundamental driving force behind Bourne. Everything about it just says “he’s going to be our James Bond, but better, but 21st Century”. The simplest and most obvious shot across the bows comes straight at you in the form of his name: James Bond, meet Jason Bourne. I just hope Jenson Button doesn’t apply for the job of chauffeur!
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