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I Am Legend – Movie Review

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Movie: I Am Legend

Year: 2007

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rating:

7.2/ – 10 IMDb     70% – Rotten Tomatoes    65% – Metacritic

I Am Legend Review:

I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie. The movie revolves around the character of Robert Neville (Will Smith) a military virologist who is left as the lone “survivor” in the New York city after a virus wiped out majority of the population while those left were turned into “hostile mutants” called “Dark-seekers” as they can’t bear sunlight. Movie tells the story about how the virus broke out and how New York lost all its inhabitants except Robert. Robert also lost his wife and daughter in the evacuation process of the city. Now after few years since the virus broke out Robert lives a solitary life in his house with his dog (a German Shepherd) who is also not affected by the virus. Robert follows a daily routine of finding a cure for the virus and going out and broadcasting a radio message for the survivor (if there is any left). One day while he was out he was trapped by the Dark-seekers and he gets injured, he also loses his dog as he bitten by Dark-seekers and turned into a mutant, so Robert kills it himself.

Later on, next day Robert deliberately put  himself among many Dark-seekers eventually he loses control of his vehicle and fell unconscious. When he wake up, he sees that there is a young woman named Anna (Alice Braga) and a boy Ethan (Charlie Tahan) accompanying him in his house. Anna tells Robert how she and Ethan survived and now they are going towards Bethal, Vermont to a survivors camp, upon hearing this Robert loses his control and keep on saying that no such camp exists in Vermont and that it is futile to attempt to go there. The very same night they are attacked by Dark-seekers in Robert’s house. Robert alongside Anna fights with the Dark-seekers but, he feels astonish to learn that the leader of the mutant group has come to get his wife back (whom Robert had earlier captured for research purpose).

I Am Legend ends when Robert returns the female mutant to her husband and the mutants leave Robert, Anna and Ethan unhurt. After that Robert along with his new friends leaves New York for Bethal, Vermont survivor camp.

My Rating Of The I Am Legend Movie:

I rated this movie 5 out of 10. Mainly because I am not really impressed by the story-line and there are too few actors in the movie to make it exciting. In fact, it can be safely said that there is only Will Smith in the movie. The music and background score too is just okay for me, there’s nothing extraordinary about I Am Legend.

My Verdict Of I Am Legend:

If you love those mutant, virus, apocalyptic themed movies then you might like I Am Legend also. But, if you are looking for some good acting and strong story-line based movie then this is definitely not for you. The good thing about this movie is that Will Smith as we all expect from him has given his best, but the problem is there is hardly anyone else in the movie with a substantial role. So, this is a kind of “one character” based movie.

The End of Love – Movie Review

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Movie: The End of Love

Year: 2012

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

Genre: Drama

Rating:

3.5/4 – Roger Ebert    6/10 – IMDb    56% – Rotten Tomatoes

The End of Love Review:

I watched The End of Love in the 11th Pune International Film Festival in 2013. It was one of the best movies of that year’s festival. The emotional relationship portrayed between the toddler son and his single father is just a painful delight to watch. The movie tells the story of a man who has just lost his love, and now has to raise his 2 year old son (Issac) alone without a mother. To add to his difficulties Mark is an actor who is struggling to get work. But, despite of this Mark tries to live with the reality that now he has to raise his son alone. He tries his best to be a good dad, but failed to balance his working life (he even misses an opportunity because of his son) doing that and gets frustrated. He even had to leave the house where he was living as he do not want to leave his son. 

Mark meets Lydia (Shannyn Sossaman) a single mother of two and develops a kind of romantic relationship with her. But, their relationship doesn’t progress as he thought about his son’s upbringing and how the things will shape up if he enters into a relationship with another woman. Mark later on in the movie meets his friend at a party and tries to get involve with he too. But again, when she learns of his toddler son and his responsibilities everything changes and she distances herself from Mark. The ending scene is very beautiful and powerful in this movie when Isaac and Mark are sitting near Evelyn’s (Isaac’s Mother) grave and a beautiful conversation takes place between the father and son. After that, Mark decides to leave his frustration and start a new life with his son and the movie ends here.

My Favorite Characters of “The End of Love”:

Isaac Love (Isaac): He is looking cute and given a power-packed performance. His acting is really beautiful and you can feel for the child who has lost her mother. Isaac keeps you interested with his acting throughout the movie.

Mark Webber (Mark): Mark has really portrayed the struggling actor and father very well. In scenes when he is talking to his wife over her grave you can feel the pain of a father who is alone. 

My Rating of The End of Love Movie: 

I have rated “The End of Love” 10 out of 10 mainly because of the topic this movie deals with ans also the acting of Isaac and Mark. One can easily fell the tension and pain of the single father. Issac’s acting is really something everyone would love to see. The Music and background score of the movie too is fine, if not extra ordinary. 

My Verdict of The End of Love Movie:

I recommend The End of Love to everyone who loves “emotional dramatic” movies. You will surely enjoy the story as well as acting of the lead actors. Although, by no means this movie has any special aspect, but still it is a good movie to watch.

The Age of Adaline – Review

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Movie: The Age of Adaline

Releasing Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

The Age of Adaline Movie Review:

The Age of Adaline has a wonderful story, great camera work and screenplay. From the start to the last scene of the movie you feel engrossed in it. I will not talk about the scientific reason or explanation of what happened to “Adaline Bowman”, as it is futile. All I can say and write about The Age of Adaline is that it is a well-directed film and all the characters have done full justice to their roles. You won’t find anyone without a “purpose” in the movie. Such is the way Lee Toland Krieger has directed The Age of Adaline.

The story revolves around “Blake Lively” but it is well supported by all the characters in the movie. I give full credit to the director for choosing Blake and Michiel as lead characters. Harrison Ford has been at his best as he normally is in every movie. Now talking about the story line, The Age of Adaline is a story of a young woman named “Adaline Bowman” who because of an accident in 1935, at the age of 29 develops a phenomenon in her genes due to which she “stops ageing”…. Well talking of age you would feel “anyone in this world would love to stop ageing and being young forever, especially women”. But, here comes our “Adaline Bowman” a beautiful woman (by every stretch of imagination possible). It is said of her “All these years she’s lived, but she’s never had a life…” rightly so after enjoying her “forever young” fate she gets to a position in life where she thinks of “stop running” from life.

She saw her husband, family, dogs, friends die and the world change year after year….. But, what happened to her life? She was as it is as she was. She had to run from this cruel world for her safety, she even abandoned her daughter to live in pace. All these measures proves futile as finally she falls in love with a young man (Michiel Huisman), who turns out to be the son of a man (Harrison Ford) whom she loved some 4 decades back.. And left because of her inability to fulfill that relationship. One can truly feel the pain of Adaline… I loved the music of the movie it is awesome and actually gives  meaning to the movie.

Characters to watch out in The Age of Adaline:

Blake Lively: Up until yesterday I had no knowledge of who this girl is? But, I fell in love with her acting “prowess” the very first time I saw her on screen…She has literally lived through the ages on the screen in this movie. She looked good in 1920s, 30s, 40s …and so on till 2014 when the movie ends. I would give her 10/10 for acting as well as looks with all those emotions and her “trade mark” smile she is the “life” of “The Age of Adaline”.

Harrison Ford: His role can be seen as “defining cameo” in the movie. Mr. Ford has given his everything in those scenes as he could have. His expressions are awesome and so does his acting as you would expect from him. It was his role that gave the movie finishing touch…

My Rating & Verdict of The Age of Adaline:

I gave a 9 out of 10 to The Age of Adaline. Mainly because of its music and story line. The acting too is superb. At some moment or other you will feel yourself at “Adaline’s place and wonder what would you have lived through had it happen to you?” Overall this movie deserves a 9. If you like romantic movies and you believe love is powerful, it’s a movie you must watch. The Age of Adaline portrays the love in various forms and ways. You will certainly enjoy it.

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.

Image Credit: Wikipedia.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad