Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Movies: The Girl With All The Gifts (15), Magnificent 7 (12A), Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12A), Deepwater Horizon (12A), Alien Extinction (DVD – 15) & The A-Team (2010) (DVD – 12)

The Girl With All The Gifts (15) – what’s it about? A girl holds the key to humanities survival after the zombie apocalypse.

This was quite refreshing with it being set in the UK, most films now are very Americanised (not that that’s a bad thing) but I don’t know it made this seem a little bit more real…yes I know the zombie apocalypse probably wouldn’t be a thing but you get my meaning. Anyway without giving anything away this is an interesting take on the zombie-virus and how it would change the world. This one has some really interesting and good moments in it, though a little slow in parts it’s generally a brilliant story with some good acting…it also has a couple of amusing moments – though I’m not sure if they were supposed to be funny. Love zombies? Then you’ll probably like this one!

Rating: ***



Magnificent 7 (12A) – what’s it about? A town in the Wild West is under siege by a villain, the townsfolk seek assistance from a group of gunslingers to help save their town.

So this is a re-make, I have to admit that I can’t really remember the original, I watched it many years ago so keep in that my opinion will be of this movie and not comparing it to the old one. To me this very much suited the genre, it done the whole Wild West thing well and was very in keeping to all the traditional films of old. It was a little slow to get going but with these types of movies it’s the story and the journey that matters and not just the end result. I liked this quite a lot though, it had some interesting pieces on the characters, had some good gun action in the form of some good Western showdowns. Yeah it’s worth a watch!

Rating: ****



Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (12A) – what’s it about? A boy goes in search of answers after his grandfather’s death and discovers a children’s home for children with magical gifts.

This is one of those magical stories that’s just a good watch, a nice bit of fantasy – though aimed more at the younger teen audience – that said though ones who are under about the age of 10 may find this quite scary in parts. As an adult I thought this was a good movie, it was enjoyable, had a good story and the characters were alright and it had a good bit of humour too. I wouldn’t say the most spectacular movie ever but I think it’s worth a look.

Rating: ***



Deepwater Horizon (12A) – what’s it about? The story of the worst oil disaster to hit the US in 2010.

This is a true story based on the disaster, like with all of these real life movies it makes you wonder how much happened and how much is for the big screen but when you think about it, it’s really worrying that this happened on any level. I really feel for the people who had to live through this ordeal and those who lost their lives. This was a good watch which was very thought provoking, suspenseful and filled with emotion, yes you may need a tissue or two through this one, especially when it hits home that it was real. It’s a good movie just be prepared to maybe come out a little traumatised.

Rating: *****



Alien Extinction (DVD – 15) – what’s it about? Aliens attack earth and a group of military personnel travel to the alien’s home-world to try to stop the onslaught.

I got this one as it looked alright from the box but also knew it would probably be a really bad b-movie. Once I got passed the fact they were wearing what I’d consider cosplay armour and touch lights you could get at your local hardware store then it was an enjoyable movie. The acting was ok as were the graphics, the sets and stuff were a little off but not everything has to be a high budget to make something good. I got quite engrossed in the story and once I let my mind just watch it for what it was; it was a really good movie. Most of the b-movies I get are really bad and I’d probably not re-watch them but I would definitely watch this one again! If you like your sci-fi a little shaky but can enjoy a movie for what it is then this one is a good watch.

Rating: ***



The A-Team (2010) (DVD – 12) – what’s it about? A group of war veterans team up and try to clear their names of a crime they didn’t commit.

I thought I’d give this one a re-watch as I hadn’t seen it for a while. This is another big bill action movie, I remember growing up watching the A-Team on TV and it was one of my favourite shows so you know I wanted to see this hit the big time, and this is a really good adaptation of the show. It has its action which was very expected, some humorous parts, some out right crazy stuff and you question how would that ever happen and a bit of story to boot. It was a great watch gave me a giggle, if you haven’t seen it or haven’t for a long while then I’d maybe give it a go if you like a good action movie.

Rating: ****