Average User Score: 6.7Jun 20, 2014So I was hyped when I heard the director of District 9 (which in my opinion was a little flawed, but overall a solid 7/10 film) was coming out with a new blockbuster sci-fi film starring Matt Damon. I missed it when it was in Cinemas and watched it recently when it popped up on Sky On Demand.... aaaannnd BOOOY was I surprised. I mean, there was exactly zero chance that I expected it to be as bad as it is. Now I realize that I'm either in the minority or the angry half, so let me give evidence and thus reason for my argument against this abominable waste of time.
First off, the main character is dull, cliche and not a singe bit spectacular in the least! He's a downright **** hole at times and entirely unrelatable, making decisions no one ever in the history of forever would ever EVER make, and the exo-skeleton thing? Boring. The film shoots itself in the foot by never going into the abilities, or even the importance or point of the damned thing. So he rips a car door off and he punched someone really hard that one time... great, spectacular, real memorable stuff guys.
The story and narrative is an absolute mess and is rushed beyond belief. For a film that's an hour and forty minutes it flew by. It's such a scrambled disaster that I cannot decide if it just skips from Beginning to End with no Middle, or whether or not it has a Beginning in the first place. The narrative just drags the audience along, like it's mocking you. I could almost hear it shouting: "Ok, here we go, Main Character? Check. Pointless love interest? Check. Hilariously pathetic Villain played by the Main character from that film before this one that everyone will be comparing this film to? Check. Alright, we're ready, only an hour and forty minutes, go go go! " It's just loathsome.
The settings themselves are soooooo uninspired. It's just Poor Earth and Rich Life-sustaining Satellite. Seriously!? That's it? Where's the damn variety? You mean to tell me that humanity just splits in two? Life is that simple huh? A and B? Black and White!? What a joke. The Elysium itself looks cool from far away shots, but once I saw its surface I became enraged . Every house, every swimming pool, every golf course, every PERSON. It all looks the same. And the Rich people are pathetic and laughably designed. They're just your posh stuck-up, head in the clouds stereotypes. And they all speak French. And treat Robots with discrimination. HOW ORIGINAL. NEVER SAW THAT ONE COMING, AWARD-WINNING STUFF. Also, the movie goes into the fact that Elysium was created because Earth was too over-populated and economies were collapsing... so you mean to tell me that instead of using this amazing, ultra-super-duper technology, that can build huge Earth-orbiting worlds that can preserve human life in the wealthiest way possible, instead of using it to save lives or build new countries or anything charitable, no instead someone with the mind similar to that of Hitler thought they'd take being a dick to the next level and flee the Human Race's problems. Who came up with that idea? Doctor Eggman? I mean this kind of selfishness and just outright evil does not and just would not exist. It just completely goes against human nature, ESPECIALLY in today's culture. It's so unrealistic relative to our world that it's unbelievable... and not in the good way.
The ONLY good parts are the fight scenes which, where they surprisingly lack in quantity, make up for it in quality. The main villain is another horrendously laughable mockery. I guess they were supposed to make him a beefy psychopath, but he makes no sense (I didn't think it was possible to make no sense with making a nonsensical character, but apparently this movie somehow did it) and his voice is hilarious and unintentionally inhuman. While watching this it was the first time I've ever burst out loud laughing at an intentionally serious villain. Needless to say, he's just not threatening in the slightest, but the fight scene between him and Damon (can't remember main character's name, ain't that a good sign?) are futuristically stylized and fun to behold.
In conclusion, some of the designs are kinda neat and the few futuristic fight scenes are cool looking, but a Science Fiction film should not and basically cannot rely on Action to carry itself. Crappy narrative with uninspired settings and characters cannot work when paired with infrequent action scenes. Elysium is unmemorable, downright laughable at times, shameful in its depiction of a realistic future, boring, cliche and brings absolutely nothing new to the table. The only people I would recommend this to would be Nazis.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jun 16, 2014Why did they not advertise that in this film there is the magnificent Bill Paxton! C'mon, everyone loves the Pax Man and you can tell that here he is thoroughly enjoying his more-than-humorous roll. Advertising, why you do dis!?
So Tom Cruise. 51 years old. Same ageless face. Same gigantic teeth. Kinda can't help but feel he was the reason this film isn't doing so well at the moment. Some people really dislike him and I feel he was a turnoff for the kind of audience that would love this film. Now personally, I don't mind the dude. Yeah he's full on 'MURICAN sometimes and the Scientology thing is... weird, at best, but surprisingly I liked him in this movie. Instead of the hands-on full-force gun-toting OTT super-soldier he usually plays, in Edge of Tomorrow we see a cowardly military officer who's a newcomer to any kind of warfare or combat. And it's fresh to say the least; the film is all about a nobody who, through the power of repeating the same events in a Groundhog Day style, becomes one awesome super hero almost by the end of the movie.
You also got the aforementioned Bill Paxton, who is beautiful in every way, Emily Blunt as the 'Full Metal **** who's like an English Ellen Ripley, and a bunch of British misfits who are sometimes pretty cheesey, but overall a joy. The film is obviously quite Alien inspired (you get this idea from the moment you first see the Pax Man) as the Mech-suits and the weapons all feed that memorable tone. As I said before, Cruise repeats the same events while accumulating knowledge in a Groudhog Day style and the film is all about how he can stop this alien threat (they're called 'Mimics') by becoming more and more accustomed to the war that takes place. It's a fresh and inspired idea, the delivery is spot on, the humour throughout keeps the overall story from going stale and it's just all handled so well... Apart from the ending, which, while not really making that much of an impact negatively, is just 10 minutes that literally could not and should not exist. You'll see what I mean.
This film is just so fun and awesome. It's not great, but as good as the next best thing. I would recommend this to fans of Alien, people who enjoy a little dark humour and those who wanna repeatedly see Tom Cruise get the **** beaten out of him.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6May 25, 2014A surprising last entry in the 'Cornetto Trilogy' but it's not the type of surprise that's entirely positive...
Let me start off by saying that I was, and still am, a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead, and an even bigger fan of Hot Fuzz, so when I heard about a third Edgar Wright film starring the classic Pegg and Frost combination where the plot focused on a good ol' fashioned English piss up that then turned into an Alien invasion bash-up, I shat myself in anticipation. As you can tell by my 6/10 score though, I probably wasted a good pair of pants doing so.
The first act does well to hype you up for the rest of the film. Pegg as an insane '90s replica with legs is humorous to behold but it seems as though it was the actor's weakest role in the trilogy. Don't get me wrong, Gary King is well written and pretty unique, but I'm not sure, I just feel as though it's a familiar actor playing an unfamiliar character. Frost is good as a character that's basically the reverse of King, but the rest of the main cast are almost identical to him in premise and that can come off as a bit unoriginal at times. Nevertheless, the first half of the film is great in a satirical, traditional English setting with hilarious dialogue as expected. My hype for seeing Pegg and Frost pissed up was almsot entirely satisfied...
Then it gets to the Aliens...
I know it's not very important, but the Aliens in this film are boring beyond belief. They're basically cyborgs with a robotic behavior replacing any sort of personality. Again, it's not a huge problem because the focus is supposed to be on Pegg and the gang, but it can be a bit distracting during dialogue and heated action sequences. It's just... we've seen this kind of stuff before so it seems uninspired and makes me lose a little too much interest in the story as a whole.
Without giving anything away, the end of the film is pretty unusual and surprising, not your typical happy ending in the slightest. I won't ruin it, but just don't expect everything to work out just fine like I did. While we're on the subject of the end though, the 'network' A.I thing voiced by Bill Nighy is also incredibly unoriginal and dull, although again there is a few laughs to be had with his dialogue. Yet again, I know it's not supposed to be the focus, but this to me was a bit of a wasted potential for what could have been some fresh and original Aliens, and maybe like, they would come to Earth seeking Beer or something? Wouldn't THAT have been pretty interesting? But I digress...
The action is pretty good and at least half of the movie's dialogue generates some chuckles, but I had high hopes for the finale in a trilogy I could have adored, and they just weren't met. It's an A-Grade Popcorn Movie, but other than that there isn't all that much else here. I'd definitely recommend Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead before I would even mention this one, so go see those if you haven't.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8May 22, 2014To me Drive is the sort of unique movie I prefer, but I realise that not everyone is of the same opinion, as many who saw this film in cinemas were expecting more intense action.
Prior to its release the film was said to be the ideal combination of art house and action but audiences were torn, either hating its lack of thrills or loving its iconic simplicity. I personally think the ‘80s retro tone caters perfectly to the iconic style the director was clearly going for, but that doesn’t change the fact that this film was mistakenly advertised as a blood-pumping thriller. There are only two car chases and a handful of deaths which is surprisingly low for a supposed thriller lasting an hour and a half. In reality its slow pacing, artistic camera visuals and iconic aesthetic make it an artsy neo-noir throwback.
This is all the more enhanced by its ideally suited features and symbolic nature. The soundtrack for instance is almost completely ethereal Electro, feeding that ‘80s retro theme throughout and showing that paced visuals combined with correctly selected music can work equally as well as lengthy dialogue, adapting the film’s tone to the state of the characters onscreen as a means of unconventional storytelling.
Despite the lack of dialogue however, the characters and the relations between are interesting and not without proper progression. Gosling’s character as a simple but violently deadly driver was strangely appealing but unnerving as the movie goes on. I thought the most refreshing relationship in the film was the relationship between Gosling’s character and the love interest’s son. Even with the Driver’s apparent lack of depth as a person, he is shown to greatly care about his neighbour and her son and willing to risk his life for them. Whilst caring for the love interest is nothing particularly unique, the fact that this film focuses a little more on the protagonist caring for a boy is surprising at the least, especially considering the movie’s neo-noir aim. It gives me the impression that the director really wanted to make a film as iconic and gritty as it is uniquely soothing.
The fact that this film was not the extreme action-packed thrill ride it was advertised to be was annoying for many at release but perfectly fine by me, as what we got instead was a visually appealing tale of vengeance and grit, tailored for fans of the neo-noir genre.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0May 21, 2014As someone who's first Godzilla film was this one, I was severely disappointed.
Fresh out of Pacific Rim, where the battles were intense and the chaos was satisfying, this one seemed lacking and confused in aim. The film suffers immediately with the cliched military man and his 'save my family' story we've seen a million times. The only good acting was from Bryan Cranston, but he's not even in the movie for long. Oddly enough, the movie seems devout on maintaining focus on Aaron Taylor-Johnson and not, well you know, Godzilla!? Every bit of tension in the film is either without a satisfying payoff, or is cut short with a transition to Mr and Mrs. Cliche. Three times too many you expect Godzilla to do his thing, but nope, just a tease. It's frustrating to endure as you are expected to just shrug off potential epic monster battles.
Many are comparing this film to Pacific Rim, saying the action there was frequent but the story was lacking and Godzilla is the opposite. I agree with this, but even in this regard I prefer Pacific Rim far more. It's a monster film, so it's fair to expect it to be about monsters wrecking cities and not whether one guy saves his family. The film plays with your expectations like crazy, ultimately driving you crazy.
To its credit, the visuals are amazing and the cinematics spectacular. Godzilla himself looks and moves exactly as you would expect. The new kaiju are sinister looking and cool as hell, but it feels as though they steal the show from The King of Monsters, especially when Godzilla is way too late to the party. In the couple of fight scenes that he's in you barely feel the need to root for him because the film's excuse for him being there is simply ridiculous. I feel the story is the worst part about the film despite it being the main focus, and the action alone fails to carry the entire movie.
Great visuals with a brilliant Godzilla rendition, but the story is cliched and a chore to watch, while the action struggles to generate any tension and even when it does it always falls flat. Usually I wouldn't recommend a film I dislike, but audiences seem to be completely split down the middle (even some extreme Godzilla fans dislike it) so I would say watch it as a gamble just to see whether or not you like it. If you expect action and epic destruction though, go see Pacific Rim instead.… Expand