Angels & Demons – Movie Review

Movie: Angels & Demons

Year: 2009

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English (Mostly) German, Italian and Latin (Few Dialogues)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating:

6.7/10 – IMDb    37% – Rotten Tomatoes   48% Metacritic

Angels & Demons Review:

I watched Angels & Demons twice only then I was able to understand it in full to be able to write a review of it. One of the major reasons for me to watch this movie was none other than Mr. Tom Hanks. Off late, I have become a huge admirer of his acting and really appreciate his movies. Now coming to the review of Angels & Demons, the movie is based on Dan Brown‘s novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed by Ron Howard. The movie starts with the current Pope being dead and the conclave is taking place in Vatican City to choose the new pope. In the meantime the Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor) assumes the temporary control of the Vatican.

The Vatican is suddenly under threat from  an old enemy “The Illuminati“. The four “preferiti” have been abducted from Vatican City and the Illuminati gives the threat of executing all four of them hour after hour and also blowing up the Vatican City. Keeping in mind the gravity of the situation the Vatican looks to handle this situation and is eventually forced to call for an old critic of the Church, symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) from Harvard University to solve the mystery surrounding the abduction and killing of Father Silvano Bentivoglio (Carmen Argenziano) {Under whose watchful eyes  Dr. Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) was doing research on getting the “Antimatter“}. Now Robert Langdon along with Dr. Vittoria starts his search to track the Illuminati as well as its plan to blow up the Vatican. After that whatever happen is worthy of watching. The plot builds up really well and at every moment you feel glued to the “adventure” of Robert Langdon. The acting in the movie is of top quality and there’s nothing you can complain about this aspect of the movie.

For me other than the acting and storyline one outstanding thing about Angels & Demons was its music/background score. It is just awesome and the credit goes to Hans Zimmer (who for me he is perhaps the best music composer of all time in this world). The music is very engaging and it gives strength to the story line. Now coming to the end of the movie, the end is really very thrilling and exciting. One will not be disappointed at all after watching this movie. I am also not telling the end of this movie here as I want you to figure it out yourself…about who the “Illuminati” was and how did Robert Langdon and Dr. Vittoria figured out this mystery. Overall thumbs up to Ron Howard for making this wonderful movie.

My Favorite Characters of Angels & Demons:

Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon): After so many years in the business, Tom Hanks has become a brand of his  own and in this film too he has delivered his best shot again. His acting and expressions are really commendable. If you are a Tom Hanks fan then this is one for you to watch out. Tom has carried his performance where he left in The Da Vinci Code.

Ewan McGregor (Camerlengo Patrick McKenna): Well, Mr McGregor is the dark horse of this movie. He has given a fabulous performance as Patrick McKenna. I can’t think of anyone else in his place after watching this movie. His character is important from the start of the movie but, it is in the last 15 mins that his true face is revealed and here the surprise element comes on for the viewer. I would rate his performance on par with Tom Hanks in this movie and when you are comparing someone with Tom Hanks then they must have done something to be compared.

The other cast including Aylet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, and Armin Mueller-Stahl have also performed excellently and are great to watch in this mystery thriller. 

My Rating of The Movie:

I have rated Angels & Demons 9 out of 10. The reason is obvious a great star cast, wonderful music and an exciting plot. From the start to the last scene I couldn’t divert my attention anywhere, it was such a nice movie. By the way had I missed any scene I wouldn’t be writing a review about it, as it is a very intriguing movie that demands your presence of mind to understand it. May be this is the reason I watched it twice as on first time I was not that attentive. 

My Verdict of The Movie:

It is very simple if you have already watched The Da Vinci Code then you must watch this one too, I am sure you will like it. And, if you have not watched The Da Vinci Code then also watch it as you can always watch The Da Vinci Code later on. If you are a Tom Hanks fan or you like mystery thriller movies then Angels & Demons is definitely worthy of your time.

 

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I Am Legend – Movie Review

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

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.

Urumi – Movie Review

Movie: Urumi ( ഉറുമി))

Year – 2011

Country of Origin: India

Languages: Malayalam (Mainly), Portuguese (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Rating:

6.9/10IMDb

70%Rotten Tomatoes

My Review of Urumi Movie: 

The story and screenplay of the movie is really good. The camera work is excellent which we don’t often see in Malayalam movies. Almost all locations are Indian and look exotic. The music and songs are really touching with no electronic music being used. All the characters in the movie have performed their part to perfection and especially the way they have been used is worth seeing. Each character has its part to play in the movie and they have done it in style. We don’t see any one being over used or under used. Even the characters of “Vidya Balan and Tabu” which are cameo, also moves the movie forward. The title itself is very interesting “Urumi”. Urumi is actually a sword that is traditionally being used in Kerala (a state in the southernmost part of India) for centuries. Many people today don’t know about this sword but the movie has once again made it popular. The movie takes up a very complex issue that the “Vasco-da-gama” now a world-famed explorer was really an “explorer or something more than that”. It also focuses on the issue that how the global powers have been exploiting Indians and their resources since centuries. Earlier they did it with the power of “gun” now they are doing it in the disguise of “globalization” and “international trade”. Urumi also tells that it is not just because of foreigners we are suffering, but there are many traitors among us also like the character of “Chenicheri”. Our nation can’t progress until and unless we get rid of people like Chenicheri. The movie also shows how Indian culture is made up of brotherhood and friendship by portraying Hindus and Muslims fighting together for their motherland. In the end it can be said the movie is a fine one in all aspects.

My Favorite Characters of The Movie:

Prithviraj Sukumaran as Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar/Krishna Das: He has played his part to perfection and on many occasions you feel like as if he alone is carrying the film on his shoulders. His acting in both the parallel roles is equally good. In fighting and dancing scenes he has given a good competition to great Prabhu Deva in the movie.

Genelia D’Souza as Arakkal Aysha/Nominee of the Plot: She has acted brilliantly and done full justice to the character of “warrior princess”. We have seen a new “avatar” of Genelia in this movie which we are not accustomed of seeing. She is really looking great in all those fighting sequences and we must appreciate the fact that she has come out of her routine “bubbly girl” avatar in this movie.

All the other characters too have played their part well with Vidya Balan as Bhoomi doing a remarkable cameo in the movie. 

My Rating of Urumi Movie:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story and message in the movie wonderful. The way the story is cinematically presented is an experience in itself. The music and background score too throughout the movie is amazing and appeals to the senses. The locations for shooting are great to watch. 

My Verdict of the Movie:

If you believe there is more than Bollywood to “Indian Cinema” then must watch this one from Santosh Sivan. You won’t be disappointed…!

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