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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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Three Kings – Movie Review

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Movie: Three Kings (1999)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Arabic (Few Dialogues Only) 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War

Three Kings movie is set in 1991 Iraq after the end of Gulf War-1. The movie competently portrays the situation of  the region after the end of Gulf War-1, when the “uprising” takes place against the rule of Saddam Hussein in southern Iraq. The movie tells how after the end of the war nobody including USA ( supposedly the savior of the region in that war) was caring about the people, who were brutally suppressed, looted, tortured, and killed by the Iraqi Army.

All that 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.

What I Liked About The Movie:

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 including “pro-Saddam and anti-Saddam”.

The screenplay is very good and the locations used for filming Three Kings movie look genuine. The story has a comical way too and it really keeps you on your toes till the end. 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): Mr. Clooney is a special actor whom you can’t describe well enough, knowing his range and versatility. Throughout the movie, it is his character that has a resounding presence on-screen. He takes the limelight away from other co-stars.

Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze):  He is an idiotic but nice at heart person. His only wish is to go back to the US and earn a decent living there. He takes the center stage when it comes to doing comedy in the film. His body language and dialogue delivery are immaculate.

My Rating & Verdict Of Three Kings:

I am giving this film 8 out of 10. The main reason for this is that it is not a one-sided story. The film shows both the sides of the coin. It is especially evident in the character of “Said”, who while torturing “Troy” speaks things that hit our brains. The character of TV reporter Adriana Cruz is also very though provoking and gives an insight of how media handle things. Her dialogue in the end, “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 expected as it is a commercial cinema. If you are looking to see an 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 conflicts anywhere on this planet.

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Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

The Man from UNCLE – Movie Review

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Movie: The Man from UNCLE

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English, Russian (Few Dialogues only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History

The Man From UNCLE Movie Review:

After more than a month it is screened in my city. I finally watched “The Man from UNCLE” 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 can merrily say now that I took the right decision.

I am a big movie buff and rarely miss a good Hollywood flick. For me, in a movie three elements are vital – Music, Acting, and Story-line.

The Movie’s Story-line/Plot:

I 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 a delight to watch.

There are a few other action scenes too that are good to watch.

Coming to the cast, I 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 a little tough for me to applaud this movie as it has an ordinary plot or rather a very common plot. But, when we put the acting, music, cinematography, and story-line together this movie without any doubt becomes a treat to watch.

Dresses & Cars in The Man from UNCLE:

Seeing 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 movie on You Tube and enjoyed it.

One thing that disappointed me about this movie is it’s end. After watching the movie, 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 the way it is.

My Favorite Characters of The Man From UNCLE:

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. He is portrayed as a tough Russian KGB agent who only knows one way of doing things and that is “through the use of sheer muscle power”. His romance with Miss Vikander (Gabi) and his never-ending tussle with Henry Cavill (Napoleon Solo) is a treat to watch. For me, Armie took it away from our Superman.

Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller): I saw her for the first time in “Seventh Son” and felt that she is a talented actress, who has a lot to offer to us. 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 well-written and she has done full justice to it.

The Man from UNCLE
              A Star Studded Affair…

My Rating & Verdict of The Man from UNCLE:

I give 9 out of 10 to this film as it is very refreshing and makes you happy. 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/Background Score” of the film is very pleasing to ears and takes you to the late 1960s. 

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

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad