Wednesday, 22 August 2012

(film review) - Total Recall

The classic of classic films. If you grew up in the 80's you will know 1 of many things and that is, the 80's was such an era where a lot happened. In my opinion, the best cartoons, the best toys and major films which birthed action hero's. Birthed stars who are seen as OLD now, but are big Legends in the game.
From Sylvester Stallone, to Bruce Willis to Arnold Scwarzenegger, back then, "acting" wasn't THAT necessary, but put a sword, gun or harpoon into someone's hand, give them a decent story-line, one liners, some cheese and have them save the girl in the end. Add some curse words, blood, spit, a round-house kick and huge explosions and THAT was your action film. Funny thing is, the formula just doesn't get old.

As for a remake of a classic film done non-other by, one-liner hero, Arnold Scwarzenegger, I was pretty dubious about how this remake would go down.

Now, Len Wisemen is somewhat my hero. His wife is Kate Beckinsale, who I think is very hot and he is the guy responsible for the Underworld Franchise (you know, werewolves against vampires and no lovey-dovey Twilight non-sense). So, as a director, I give him that credibility as I am a fan of his work, but this film ensured me that Len is a talented guy.

The story of Total Recall is based on a short story called "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" written by Philip K. Dick and depending on the reader and the vision, the director may have different ideas as how they want the story to go. This is most definitely the case with this film, however, a lot of things stay the same as a lot of things have changed.

A factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) goes to Rekall to have implanted artificial memories of being a undercover spy. However, on going to Rekall and to undertake the process, Bob McClane (John Cho) discovers that there are already memories of an undercover spy already implanted in Quaids head which now has a SWAT team after him to kill him. After escaping the SWAT team, Quaid then goes home only to have his own wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale), trying to also kill him as he holds top secret information in which councellor Vilos Cohaagen requires. Quaid keeps running and bumps into Melina (Jessica Biel) who advises Quaid that he is not actually Quaid and he is an Undercover Agent named Carl Hauser who has vital information in his head and he must expose Cohaagen for what he really is.

First of all, they do not go to Mars. This is not a Spoiler as you can read this information anywhere. The big major difference between this film and the 1990 film starring Swarzenegger. Other than this and major special effects with the world, setting and car chases, the film generally plays out similar to the original. Everything is more or less the same and I got to say, this is a very decent film to watch. Yes, the characters are the same, but some characters are missing while this new film still pays homage to the original. Never really been a fan of Farrell, but he did well in this film and the cinematography will keep you entertained, especially Jessica.
Go see, especially if you are a fan of the original. However, I must point out that you will need to see this film with an open mind and remember, it's only a directors interpretation of a previously written short story.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

(film review) - The Bourne Legacy

Jason Bourne is THAT GUY! You might be wondering, what type of guy is that. Well, if you have seen any of the other Bourne films, you'll understand. He is that guy who might miss every now and then when he's shooting, but always gets to his targets. He will find you. He will be in your home without you knowng unless you know how he operates. He is methodical and meticulous. Jason Bourne is an assassin with amnesia. The problem with Bourne was, he signed up for something and being the very first, there were some kinks which needed to be ironed out. With him having amnesia also meant that he was a confused soul who kept running to stay alive and kill whoever it is, with his set of skills, that got in his way from his goals. Like I said, Jason Bourne is THAT GUY!

Now, this NEW guy? He isn't exactly Jason Bourne at all. I'll explain the film.

The films starts with Aaron Cross going for what seems to be a leisurely swim as he is out in Alaska for a training assignment in which he must survive certain activities and traverse rugged terrain to arrive at a remote cabin. When the Blackbriar and Treadstone programs get publically exposed, they decided to shut down and kill all the agents that underwent the program. This means Aaron too. As Aaron takes genetically modified pills to enhance his abilities, not knowing exactly what is going on, Aaron realises that they plan to assinate him and embarks on a journey to seek Dr. Shearing to seek help, seek out the truth, stay alive and disappear.

I won't slander this film at all as it is not garbage. I will also note that there are a lot of good points to this film. The chase scenes, the fighting and the calculative thoughts and planning of Aaron Cross. The film is good and has very good moments, but ultimately, this is no Jason Bourne film and Aaron Cross is NOT Jason Bourne. Not to say that we can't have a Bourne film without Jason Bourne, but, we can't have a Jason Bourne film without, well Jason Bourne.

If this film was exercuted better with a better storyline, then yes, this film would be equivilent to the films before, but as it isn't and the way it ends, you wouldn't want to see any more after this, unless the trailer promises something a bit more grittier and a it more story driven.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

(film review) - Ted

A story about a grown man and a Teddy Bear. Ummm, yeah. I'm sure if this was pitched to you, you would be disinterested and think, what a load of codswollop.
Well, being from the creative mind of the man who brought to you, Family Guy & American Dad, I'm sure you would think otherwise.

John Bennett is a grown man living with a Teddy Bear called Ted, a live, living, moving, eating, walking and talking Teddy Bear. Having been in a long term relationship with his partner Lori, John hopes to Marry her but realises that his now dirty, vulgar and obnoxious wastrel bear may need to be kicked out and find his own place as John needs to move on.

Without going into the film too much as it is something you will be able to gather from watching the trailer that this film is stupid, silly, but funny. However, what would you expect from Seth MacFarlane. That is the general gist of things and what you will see in the movie is love, friendship and a lot of obscene things along with foul language and all you would be able to do is, shake your head in disappointment and walk out or shake your head laughing and crying at the same time.

Fans of the forementioned TV Shows will love this film. Me personally, I found it really good but it was almost like watching an up-to-date Cool World movie fused with Family Guy & American Dad and this would be the birth child. Also not being really into Family Guy or American Dad, I guess I didn't find it as funny as others. There are some shocking scenes and even a moment for tears and a lot of WTH's (What the Hell) but most of all if anything, there will be times in which your mouth will drop open, but you will enjoy it.

Have a watch, it's a good entertaining film.