Spectre – Movie Review

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Movie: Spectre

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English

Genre: Thriller, Action, Adventure

Rating:

7.2/10 IMDb

64% Rotten Tomatoes

Spectre Movie Review:

Much was expected from Spectre once the trailer was out there. But, after seeing the movie I can conveniently say it was not up to the standards of the previous Bond flicks. The good thing about this movie was its action and background score/music. The start is really good and I liked the song “Writing’s on the Wall“. It is beautifully presented and very well choreographed. After seeing this nice start and a pretty decent trailer one would be expecting a lot from this movie. And here is all goes the other way. The whole movie only revolves around Daniel Craig (007 Mr. James Bond) and all other characters are just there to give a supporting cast to the movie. Monica Belucci, who at 50 became the oldest bond girl made a small cameo and you never understand even why that was required? Dave Bautista is there to show his physical strength as he does in WWE. It seems as the writers really struggled to give proper roles to all the characters. Léa Seydoux is cast as the “New Bond Girl” in terms of acting she has given her best, but to be honest there wasn’t much for her to do in the movie. Even Ralph Fiennes as the new “M” of MI6 has only a limited role to play in this movie. Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) is the main villain in this movie who is finally caught by 007, but he didn’t kill him.

Talking about the story line, the movie starts with Daniel Craig being in Mexico on a mission (an unofficial one). He kills a person there named Marco Sciarra and takes a ring out of his finger that later on leads 007 to an international sinister organisation (SPECTRE) which is trying to convince the Security Agencies of major countries to work in collaboration to develop a network through which information about every human being on this planet can be extracted. From Mexico Bond returns to England where he finds out that the “00” program is under threat of being dismissed by the home ministry. The “M” is under tremendous pressure to follow the new system which has come to place after the merging of MI5 & MI6. The person heading this new setup called C (Max Denbigh) is actually an ally of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The rest you people need to find out yourself by seeing the movie that how Mr. Bond dismantle “SPECTRE” while saving his love interest. Throughout his hunt to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007 is assisted by Eve Moneypenny and Q. The character of Q is of comical “technology geek” and Ben Whishaw has portrayed it extremely well.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Daniel Craig (James Bond/Agent 007): Well, if we put aside the story line and the weak plot of the movie, we can easily say that Daniel Craig has given his best in this movie. His acting is as usual very good and he is looking handsome in this movie as he was in precious Bond movies (whom he was a part of). The only place where he was overshadowed by someone in the movie is when Dave Bautista beats him in the train. But, there too he manages to defeat Bautista by throwing him out of the moving train with the help of Dr. Swann.

Léa Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann): This is the first time I watched Léa, and to be honest I am impressed by her acting skills as well as her body language. She has really carried herself well in the movie and her character though (small) has an impact on the movie. 

My Rating of The Movie: 

Although I didn’t like the story line much but, because of its music and good camerawork and graphics used in Spectre I am rating it 7 out of 10. The movie has some really good music and fighting scenes that makes it a one time watch. Overall Sam Mendes may have disappointed us, but he has managed to give a movie which will do well irrespective of many flaws in the plot and story line.

My Verdict of The Movie:

If you are a Bond movie fan then this movie too will definitely appeal your senses. You will see some good action and drama in it. Having knowledge of previous Bond movies is very much required to watch this movie as on many occasions characters appear in the movie who have connection to the past Bond movies especially the last two Bond movie i.e. Skyfall and Quantum of Solace. Overall, if you are on a free weekend with nothing to do and wanting to watch something this might entertain you with its “Bond Appeal”.

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National Treasure – Movie Review

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Movie: National Treasure

Year: 2004

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English

Genre: Mystery, Action, Adventure

Rating:

6.9/10 – IMDb

44% – Rotten Tomatoes

National Treasure Movie Review:

I watched this movie after listening a lot of good things about it. And after watching I am happy that this movie lived up to its reputation. There is not a dull moment in the movie and it keeps you interested till the end. The story line is good and it is very well supported by the background score/music of the movie. I really liked the music very much. All the actors have given their best and it’s a real treat to watch Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha and Diane Kruger together in the movie. Nicolas Cage plays (Benjamin Franklin Gates) a historian cum treasure hunter is on a mission to find a treasure. Benjamin is looking for a treasure which has been hidden by Freemasons during American Civil War. At the start of the movie he finds a clue that leads to Declaration of Independence as the next and vital clue to find the treasure. He is not alone in his quest and his friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) is with him in his quest. Later on, Diane Kruger (Dr. Abigail Chase) too gets involved in their adventure. Although reluctant at first, but after seeing the secret code on the back of “Declaration of Independence” Abigail gets excited about the whole National Treasure thing and starts helping Benjamin and Riley.  The twist in the story comes when Sean Bean (Ian Howe) and FBI starts chasing the “trio”. The whole story after this is exciting and the end of the movie too is very convincing for a viewer. One don’t get disappointed after the end.

Having said all the above nice things about this movie I would like to talk about few weak points of the movie. Well, we all know that U.S.A is the world’s only superpower and it possess an incredible military and technological supremacy that is second to none. But, in the movie Benjamin and Riley steals the “Declaration of Independence” with so much ease that it seems hard to even imagine how this can happen? But, at the end as a viewer you got to digest these things as this is an adventure flick and you must be prepared to see some “exaggerating” scenes in these kind of movies.

My Favorite Characters of The National Treasure Movie:

Nicolas Cage (Benjamin Franklin Gates): Once again a power packed performance by Mr. Cage as we are accustomed of seeing from him. Nicolas Cage has really portrayed the character of Benjamin Gates well in a very convincing manner. He is the USP of the movie without any doubt.

Justin Bartha (Riley Poole): He comes across as a comic computer geek whose character gives some fresh air to the movie, whenever there is too much tension Riley’s lighthearted dialogues ease the atmosphere. In my view this role was made for Justin Bartha and he really has lived to the expectations of this role.

My Rating of The National Treasure Movie:

I have rated this movie 9 out of 10. There is nothing bad about this movie and this is a simple entertainer which everyone will love to watch at least once. Story is good, music is cool and acting is wonderful, what else you would expect from a movie. Just relax for 2 hours and enjoy the movie.

My Verdict of The National Treasure:

For Nicolas Cage fans this is a treat to watch. Even, if you are not a big fan of Nicolas Cage, you will still end up loving this movie based on adventure. The Movie’s name is National Treasure and it lives up to its name to a good degree. In my view if you are looking to watch something entertaining and adventures full of suspense then go for this movie and you won’t regret.

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Angels & Demons – Movie Review

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Movie: Angels & Demons

Year: 2009

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English (Mostly) German, Italian and Latin (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating:

6.7/10 – IMDb    37% – Rotten Tomatoes   48% Metacritic

Angels & Demons Review:

I watched Angels & Demons twice only then I was able to understand it in full to be able to write a review of it. One of the major reasons for me to watch this movie was none other than Mr. Tom Hanks. Off late, I have become a huge admirer of his acting and really appreciate his movies. Now coming to the review of Angels & Demons, the movie is based on Dan Brown‘s novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed by Ron Howard. The movie starts with the current Pope being dead and the conclave is taking place in Vatican City to choose the new pope. In the meantime the Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor) assumes the temporary control of the Vatican.

The Vatican is suddenly under threat from  an old enemy “The Illuminati“. The four “preferiti” have been abducted from Vatican City and the Illuminati gives the threat of executing all four of them hour after hour and also blowing up the Vatican City. Keeping in mind the gravity of the situation the Vatican looks to handle this situation and is eventually forced to call for an old critic of the Church, symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) from Harvard University to solve the mystery surrounding the abduction and killing of Father Silvano Bentivoglio (Carmen Argenziano) {Under whose watchful eyes  Dr. Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) was doing research on getting the “Antimatter“}. Now Robert Langdon along with Dr. Vittoria starts his search to track the Illuminati as well as its plan to blow up the Vatican. After that whatever happen is worthy of watching. The plot builds up really well and at every moment you feel glued to the “adventure” of Robert Langdon. The acting in the movie is of top quality and there’s nothing you can complain about this aspect of the movie.

For me other than the acting and storyline one outstanding thing about Angels & Demons was its music/background score. It is just awesome and the credit goes to Hans Zimmer (who for me he is perhaps the best music composer of all time in this world). The music is very engaging and it gives strength to the story line. Now coming to the end of the movie, the end is really very thrilling and exciting. One will not be disappointed at all after watching this movie. I am also not telling the end of this movie here as I want you to figure it out yourself…about who the “Illuminati” was and how did Robert Langdon and Dr. Vittoria figured out this mystery. Overall thumbs up to Ron Howard for making this wonderful movie.

My Favorite Characters of Angels & Demons:

Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon): After so many years in the business, Tom Hanks has become a brand of his  own and in this film too he has delivered his best shot again. His acting and expressions are really commendable. If you are a Tom Hanks fan then this is one for you to watch out. Tom has carried his performance where he left in The Da Vinci Code.

Ewan McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna): Well, Mr McGregor is the dark horse of this movie. He has given a fabulous performance as Patrick McKenna. I can’t think of anyone else in his place after watching this movie. His character is important from the start of the movie but, it is in the last 15 mins that his true face is revealed and here the surprise element comes on for the viewer. I would rate his performance on par with Tom Hanks in this movie and when you are comparing someone with Tom Hanks then they must have done something to be compared.

The other cast including Aylet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, and Armin Mueller-Stahl have also performed excellently and are great to watch in this mystery thriller. 

My Rating of The Movie:

I have rated Angels & Demons 9 out of 10. The reason is obvious a great star cast, wonderful music and an exciting plot. From the start to the last scene I couldn’t divert my attention anywhere, it was such a nice movie. By the way had I missed any scene I wouldn’t be writing a review about it, as it is a very intriguing movie that demands your presence of mind to understand it. May be this is the reason I watched it twice as on first time I was not that attentive. 

My Verdict of The Movie:

It is very simple if you have already watched The Da Vinci Code then you must watch this one too, I am sure you will like it. And, if you have not watched The Da Vinci Code then also watch it as you can always watch The Da Vinci Code later on. If you are a Tom Hanks fan or you like mystery thriller movies then Angels & Demons is definitely worthy of your time.

 

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