All posts by Absar Ahmad

Born on 3rd January 1989 in Aligarh, India. I have completed my Masters degree in Communication Studies. I believe "Cinema" is a very powerful tool to communicate with masses across the world.

The Star of The Week – ALICIA VIKANDER

About Alicia Vikander:

Alicia Amanda Vikander born 3rd October – 1988 in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. During her teens Alicia wanted to be a “Dancer” but, due to some injuries in her late teens she quite on her dream to become a dancer. Before making her debut in Hollywood Vikander played many roles in regional soap operas and short films. Her best known swedish character was in the Swedish TV drama “Andra Avenyn” (2007-10). She announced her arrival in Hollywood with  her role of “Kitty” in Joe Wright’s Romantic Drama “Anna Karenina“. After this she starred in the Julian Assange’s Biopic movie “The Fifth State” alongside British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. She got some strong praise for her role in the 2014 movie Son of a Gun. As of 2015 she will star in as many as 8 movies. Her role of “Gaby” in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” has been appreciated all around. One major role she has done is in the movie Ex-Machina, in that movie Alicia has performed the character of an Artificial Intelligence named “AVA”.  She has already got few awards for her role in 2010 movie”Pure“, for Ex Machina and for Danish Girl. One of the most anticipated movies of her this year is “Burnt” co-starring Bradley Cooper.

My View of Alicia Vikander:

I have watched her first in Seventh Son after that in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Ex Machina and I really loved her acting skills as well as her beauty and in my view she has the potential to become a big star in the near future. 2015 is surely going to be a big year for her professionally. You can simply say that Miss Vikander is a fine actor with a lot to deliver to us. Seeing her acting in Pure, Hotell, Ex Machina, Danish Girl and Anna Karenina one can easily fell in love with her. She is an innocent looking intense performing actress who always seems to be in command of her role.

Movies to Watch of Alicia Vikander:

1- Pure (2010)

2- The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

3- Hotell (2013)

4- Burnt (2015)

5 – Ex Machina (2015)

6 – Danish Girl (2015)

My Overall Rating of Alicia:

7 out of 10 mainly because of her intense acting skills and charming innocent looks. I loved her character Gaby in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and  AVA in Ex Machina without doubt she has given her best till now in that movie. I am eagerly looking forward to see her in Burnt and The Danish Girl.


Image Credit: IMDB

Source: Wikipedia (For some facts)

Three Kings – Movie Review

Movie: Three Kings (1999)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Arabic (Few Dialogues Only) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War

Three Kings Movie Review:

Three Kings is set in 1991 Iraq after the end of Gulf War-1. It has very competently portrayed the situation after the end of Gulf War-1 when the “uprising” takes place against the rule of Saddam Hussein in southern Iraq. The movie shows how after the end of the war nobody including USA was caring about the people who were brutally suppressed, looted, tortured, and killed by the Iraqi army. All everyone was caring about was to get their hands on the “gold” that Saddam’s Army has looted from the Kuwaitis. Even the media which is supposed to be “neutral and unbiased” was thinking of getting more and more stories and not helping the people.

Three Kings gives an idea about the political situation of Iraq during that time and how the “inconsistent” US foreign policy has affected the lives of millions of people both “pro-Saddam and anti-Saddam”. The screenplay is very good and the locations filmed for Three Kings look genuine and wonderful. The story has a comical way too and it really keeps you interested. The actors have performed really well and it can be said everyone has done justice to their roles. The background music is also good but can not described as great like in many other “war” themed movies.

Characters to watch out in Three Kings:

Archie Gates (George Clooney): Well Mr. Clooney is Mr. Clooney you can’t describe him well enough. Throughout the movie it is his character that has a “resounding” presence on-screen. He has taken the limelight away from other co-stars.

Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze): Well, he is shown as an idiotic but nice at heart person. His only wish is to go back to US and earn a decent living there. He is also responsible for the comedy element in the film. But, in the end after getting shot he dies with a last wish of getting buried in a sacred place. His fellow companions fulfills his last wish.

My Rating of Three Kings:

I have rated this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that it is not a one-sided story telling. The film shows both the sides of the coin. It is especially clear in the character of “Said” while torturing “Troy” speak many things that hit our brains. The character of TV reporter Adriana Cruz is also very though provoking and gives an insight of how media handles things. specially when in the end she says “why this war happened in the first place she doesn’t still understand it” sums up all. Although it can’t be denied that Three Kings at some places exaggerated many things, but it is very much expected as it is a commercial cinema.

My Verdict of this Film:

If you are looking to see some action packed drama movie that has comedy as well as emotional punch in it then Three Kings is a must watch. In the end, you will also get to know how things can be made better by properly managing the “conflicts” anywhere in this planet.

Image Credit: Wikipedia.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E – Movie Review

Movie: The Man from U.N.C.L.E

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Russian (Few Dialogues only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History

The Man From U.N.C.L.E Movie Review:

After more than a month it is screened in my city. I, finally watched “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” last Monday. I went to see this movie after comparing it with other movies that are being screened nowadays in my city like “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hitman: Agent 47, The Transported Refueled, and Fantastic Four. And I am saying happily now that I took the right decision. I am a big “movie buff” and rarely miss any good Hollywood flick. For me, in a movie three elements are vital namely Music, Acting and Story line. Now talking of U.N.C.L.E one can safely say this movie scores in all aforementioned departments. The start of the movie itself is very nice and for me it sets the tone of what we are going to experience in next 2 hours. The car chasing scene at the start of the movie is really a delight to watch.

There are few other action scenes too that are good to watch. Talking of the cast you can say it’s “Perfecto”…! I can’t imagine anybody else in place of “Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander”. These three are the heart of this movie. The supporting cast too is well picked and they all have given their best. If, I have to judge this movie solely on its story line then it would be little tough for me to applaud this movie as it has an ordinary story. But when we put, the acting, music, cinematography, and story-line together this movie without a doubt becomes a treat to watch. Talking of the dresses and cars used in the movie, it gives you a very ‘authentic’ feeling of the 1960s. The music of the movie is really one of the best I have noticed in recent times. I found the full soundtrack of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” on You Tube and really enjoyed it. One thing that disappointed me about this movie is it’s end. After watching the movies I felt as if the “inflated balloon just busted” without any sound. The movie started well and paced well in the middle but, somehow towards the end it lost its charm. What I am trying to say is that “the end” could have  been more appealing and exciting rather dull that it is. Anyway we can forgive Guy Ritchie for this as overall he has given us a good movie.

My Favorite Characters of The Man From U.N.C.L.E:

Armie Hammer (Ilya Kuryakin): Well, to be true I never heard of this guy before this movie. But, after seeing his performance in this movie I have become a huge fan of him. More because of his look and “Russian English Accent” than his performance in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He is portrayed as a tough Russian KGB agent who only knows one way of doing things and that is “through the use of power”. His romance with Miss Vikander (Gabi) and his never-ending tussle with Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo) is a treat to watch. For me he took it away from our Superman Mr. Cavill.

Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller): I saw her first in “Seventh Son” and felt that she is a talented actress who has a lot to offer to us and after seeing her performance in this movie I am quite satisfied with her progress. Alicia looks very genuine in her approach towards the role of Gaby. Her character is very written and she has done full justice to it.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E
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My Rating of The Man from U.N.C.L.E:

I gave 9 out of 10 to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Mainly because of the fact that compared to the films that are running nowadays in theaters it is very refreshing and makes you happy. And overall it is a good to watch movie with its 1960s Cold War era theme and some awesome acting by the actors. On the top of everything the “Music” of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is very pleasing to ears. 

My Verdict of The Man from U.N.C.L.E:

If you are looking to see some “spy” based comic movie then go for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It is a very well-balanced package with occasional pieces of “laughter” and “thrilling action”. Above all, whosoever loves the US-Russian rivalry of Cold War Era will surely love this movie like I did. 

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