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Skyscraper Movie Review

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Skyscraper Movie Review

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock: Talking about him one thing comes to mind, “Is There Anything That The Rock Can’t Do”?. The answer is plain NO! With Dwayne Johnson on the screen everything seems possible. In Rampage earlier this year, Rock saved the Chicago city from giant size mutant wolf and crocodile, and in Skyscraper movie he saves his family from the world’s tallest building-set on fire by some terrorists/underworld mafia-with an amputated leg using ‘duct tapes, rope and a few building tools’.

Many people are of the view that Skyscraper movie is highly inspired by 1974’s Towering Inferno and 1988’s Die Hard. I haven’t seen any of them, so it is difficult for me to give any comment in this regard. Without further delay, I would focus on Skyscraper movie review.

Skyscraper Story-line

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) mets an accident on duty and loses his one leg. He lefts FBI and starts working as a security consultant for skyscrapers. Will gets an opportunity of a lifetime when he is approached by Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han) to assess his upcoming building The Pearl’s (the world’s tallest skyscraper with 240 floors) security. Will decides to take up this task ignorant of the dangers coming his way.

Soon after assuming his responsibilities for the new project, Will gets to know that there are people who want to destroy The Pearl. These miscreants set The Pearl on fire by hacking its security systems. As the skyscraper starts burning from 96th floor, Will attempts the greatest human rescue mission in the history; and that too alone! to save his 2 kids and wife. Don’t worry, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you by writing details of this rescue mission as it is something worth enjoying on your screens. However, it would be a shame, if I don’t tell you guys that the scene showing Dwayne Johnson climbing a crane and jumping from it to break into The Pearl is the most entertaining moment of Skyscraper movie.

Acting

When you have Dwayne in the movie, one thing is sure: mind blowing action! Although we have seen The Rock fighting and conquering his enemies many times before too. However, this is the first occasion that we saw him nailing it in the role of an amputee. Once again Dwayne has done full justice to his role in a movie. In fact, it won’t be wrong, if we say that it was Dwayne’s brilliance that saved this “Skyscraper” from falling down on ground despite its plain, predictive, and thin story-line.

The rest of the cast too has performed well; the acting of Chin Han is worth mentioning. He is looking great in his role and provides a perfect support to Skyscraper’s script. After a long time, we also saw Wild Things star, Neve Campbell on the big screen (playing the role of Dwayne’s wife).

My Verdict of Skyscraper Movie

I am giving this film, 8 out of 10, mainly for its background score, Rock’s acting, and “The Pearl”. I think Skyscraper is a good one-time watch stuff. The special effects and cinematography are really worth watching. Overall, Skyscraper is way away from a true-to-life movie. A must watch, for all die hard fans of Dwayne Johnson!

Image credit: Skyscraper official site.

Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

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5 Similarities Between Mission Impossible 1 & Mission Impossible 6

The sixth installment of Tom Cruise’s famed Mission Impossible movie series released last week in India. For many of us, like me, it was the first time that we watched any of the movies of this 22-year running series. When Mission Impossible 1 was released way back in 1996, I was only 7 at that time!

So once I came out of theater after watching Mission Impossible – Fallout, the next thing that was on my mind is to go back in time and watch the first five movies of this franchise. Then finally, last night I watched Mission Impossible 1 and liked it. Although it is too difficult to compare both the movies as they are released over a gap of 22 years, and a lot has changed in these years–especially in terms of state of the art technology that is being used in the Hollywood nowadays. Something that wasn’t there in late 1990s.

However, I noticed that both Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6 movies have a lot of similarities–irrespective of the huge time gap between them. So, without further delay, here I am listing down 5 similarities between Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 6:

1. The Self-Destructive Tape: Yes, you heard it right! The self-destructive tape was first featured in 1996. The similarity is that in both the movies it was shown in the first 10 mins of the movie. However, the difference is unlike Mission Impossible – Fallout, the tape was received by Jon Voight not Tom Cruise.

2. Ethan Getting Framed: Very much like Fallout, in part 1 too Ethan Hunt is framed by his own people as a ‘Mole’ in the CIA.

3. Failing in the Beginning Only to Succeed in the End: The theme in both the movies is same. Ethan and his team fail to complete their assigned task in the start of the movie only to eventually succeed in the end. Quite cinematic! Right?

4. The Helicopter Scene: Yes! A helicopter scene was their in the climax of 1996 Mission Impossible 1 too. The difference though is that in the first part, Ethan was countering a helicopter by climbing on the French high-speed TGV train en route to Paris from London! And, finally he succeeds in destroying the helicopter along with the villain.

5. The “Impossible” of Mission: Impossible: Be it finding a detonator to stop nuclear blast in less than 15 minutes! or finding the Mole by climbing on a TGV! both these tasks are impossible for a normal agent. But then this is what our IMF agent, Ethan Hunt is doing for the last two decades, completing Mission: Impossible!

 

No wonder what my next mission is; well it is to watch the next 4 flicks of this 20th Highest Grossing movie series.

 

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Written by: Absar Ahmad

Wonder 2017 Movie Review

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Movie: Wonder

Releasing Year: 2017

Director: Stephen Chbosky  

Writer/Screenplay: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky

Country of Origin:U.S.A

Language: American English

 

Wonder 2017 Movie Review:

Having read and loved the book by RJ Palacio, I couldn’t wait for the movie even though most movies don’t match up to the book. Wonder, however, is a great movie. It is warm and funny, and emotional and lovely… Just like the book it’s based on.

Wonder Story-line:


The best and strongest part of the film is the cast. Each of the characters look perfect for the role. Julia Roberts plays the role of anxious loving mom perfectly and Owen Wilson is the funny encouraging dad, just the way it’s in the book.

At some places the video element has made the movie better than the book. I liked the background music. That and the references to the wookiee and man in the space suit added to the viewing pleasure. Also, I felt movie was able to capture Via’s sentiments better than the book at places.

However, there are a couple of places, I felt the movie felt short. I had pictured August’s face different and much worse than what was shown in the film. But, Jacob Tremblay put his heart and soul in the character and compensated for the mismatch by his awesome performance. Mr Tushman’s speech at the end of the book was way better than what they have covered in the movie. It didn’t give the kind of impact it did in the book. But, despite these little things Wonder is a fantastic movie. You may like it even better if you’re haven’t read the book.

 

Reviewed By – Aparna Kunal Jain

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“Mistress America” Movie Review – From Boring Start To An Eventful End.

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Movie: Mistress America                                                               Release Year: 2015

Country: United States of America                                               Language: English

Genre: Comedy

Mistress America Review:

Directed by Noah Baumbach, Mistress America is a movie that feels boring in the start before gradually gripping your interest. It stars Lola Kirke and Greta Gerwig in lead roles with Heather Lind, Matthew Shear, Michael Chernus and, Jasmine Cephas Jones in supporting roles. The film has some nice cool music score and the direction is great. Screenplay is written by Noah and Greta herself which looks nice with no fumbles.

Lola and Greta they both have looked extremely good in Mistress America. I am watching them for the first time and it’s difficult for me to tell who was better than the other. But, I slightly feel Lola (the chief protagonist) of the film has been fantastic with her body language and looks (of a college going girl with lonely life).

Storyline:

Tracy (Lola) is a college student and lives a low life that’s not exciting rather boring and dull. One day she gets a call from her mother who tells that she is soon going to marry with some man. The man has a daughter named Brooke Cardines (Greta), a confident self-sustaining and stylish women who is in early 30s.

Tracy decides to meet Brooks and after spending a night with her and knowing her aspirations and lifestyle becomes very influenced with her. Brooks want to open a restaurant for which she is getting investors. But, all of a sudden her whole plan is jeopardized as one of her partners pulled out of the plan. At this juncture Brooke has no other option but to seek help from her ex-fiance (Dylan) who is married to her best friend (Mamie).

Meanwhile, Tracy has written  a short story titled “Mistress America” for her college’s literary society. Tracy helps Brooke to reach Connecticut with her friends Tony and Nicolette. Things were on course before Brooke receives a call from her dad stating that he is no longer marrying Tracy’s mother.

Mistress America Movie
Tracy & Brooke Looking For Solutions of Their Problems…

The newly formed bond between the “stepsisters to be” is further shackled when Brooke finds out that Tracy has written a story on her life. Tracy explicitly denies that it is written after her rather says it’s a work of fiction “inspired” by Brooke. Something Brooke doesn’t agree to and the two break up.

The story gets published in the journal and Tracy is happy and confident now. On thanksgiving she visits Brooke and asks her to spend the occasion with her which she agrees. The movie ends here with two sitting in a restaurant and enjoying the evening together. As written in Mistress America, Brooke’s dream of having a restaurant never gets fulfilled as she pays her debts off and decides to move West to Los Angeles. As for Tracy, things look pretty optimistic as she leaves her old literary society and decides to start her own one.

My Verdict & Rating:

Mistress America may not be a memorable piece of cinema but it is nonetheless worthy of watching. The film makes you laugh and think at the same time. It is not that typical “haha hehe” comedy movie but a carefully crafted one that uses humor as a supporting element to the overall theme. Mistress America gets a flat 8/10 from me.