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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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Welcome To Karachi – Movie Review

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Movie: Welcome To Karachi 

Year: 2015

Country of Origin: India

Language: Hindi & Urdu

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Rating:

4.5/10 – IMDb 

33%  – Rotten Tomatoes

Welcome To Karachi Review:

Before writing anything about the movie, I would love to emphasize the fact that it is a “Political Satire“. However, it may not be the best of “Political Satires” that we have seen till now. But, keeping in mind the films that have hit the screens this year so far, it is definitely one of the best till date. Now coming to the film, it can be said conspicuously that it is has a totally “illogical” story-line. But, as this is a comedy what else would you expect? The ending of Welcome To Karachi is really very “unsatisfying”. One would have been wondering actually what happened to “Shami and Kedar”? The visual effects of this movie are just “okay” there’s nothing to tell about it. The music is fine although not too great. The main “USP” of the movie is its cast. Be it Arshad Warsi, Jackky Bhagnani, Lauren Gottlieb, Adnan Shah, or Ayub Khoso. All the characters have played their role very well. Even, the small characters too have given awesome performance. Among the scenes that I like the most is the one that happened outside the Indian Consulate Office in Karachi. It may be an exaggerated scene with no reason and logic but, it conveys a very clear message in the form of “stupidity” that how today’s “International Relations” are going on. Every country is jealous of its rival and want to “eliminate” it. The move also sheds a light on “American” involvement on Pakistan’s land and how things are manipulated. The truth is not always what we see, it differs from person to person. I am happy to see that this movie doesn’t promote any “ultra nationalism” or “hatred”. The director has dealt well with a weak but, comic story-line. For me Arshad Warsi was the one who really carries the movie along on his shoulders. Arshad is well-known for his ‘comic” roles in Bollywood and once again he delivered it well in “Welcome To Karachi”.

My Rating of Welcome To Karachi:

I have rated the movie 9 out of 10 mainly because of its small but powerful punches of “dark political satire” and some awesome acting by the cast. With just over 2 hours this is a wonderful comedy film to relieve your mind of all the tensions you may have.

My Verdict of Welcome To Karachi:

If you like some “lighthearted” cinema that make no sense. But, gives you entertainment and lot’s of funny moments to laugh about then go for this. I bet you will not be disappointed. Just forget the “logic part” and enjoy the movie…! Anyways there’s very little logic in India and Pakistan relations!

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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