Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The first instalment of The Hobbit (a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and based on Professor JRR Tolkien's novel) follows the reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into a quest with a spirited group led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor in the Lonely Mountain, conquered long ago by Smaug the dragon.

Hopefully, this is a start of more exciting adventures. For someone who has read the novels, I look forward to watching
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug next year and The Hobbit: There and Back Again the year after.


Thursday, November 01, 2012

Skyfall (2012)

Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Oh my, what an opening scene! Excellent score by Thomas Newman, which is a refreshing change from David Arnold, and spectacular cinematography by Roger Deakins. Superb cast and stunts. Javier Bardem makes one of the best villains ever as Raoul Silva (Tiago Rodriguez). Both Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench rock in their respective roles as 007 and M as always. Bérénice Marlohe is convincing as Sévérine. Look forward to seeing more of Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw as Q. Well done, Sam Mendes! The next director certainly has big shoes to fill.

Rating: 4/5.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Rating: 2.5/5.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

An expansion of the world from Robert Ludlum's novels, centred on an agent whose life–or–death stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Rating: 3/5.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

A new evil rises from where Batman and Commissioner Gordon tried to bury it, causing Batman to resurface and fight to protect Gotham City, the very city which brands him an enemy.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

War Horse (2011)

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during World War I and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of Joey as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets – British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter.

The film was slightly moving, but somewhat boring. Tom Hiddleston gave a convincing performance as Captain James Nicholls.

Rating: 2.5/5.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Safe House (2012)

Denzel Washington plays CIA's most dangerous renegade, Tobin Frost, who returns onto the grid after being on the run for a decade. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked, a rookie CIA agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), escapes with him.

Ryan Reynolds blew me away with his performance.

Rating: 3/5.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dark Shadows (2012)

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his assistance.

Rating: 3/5.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of superhumans to form The Avengers in order to help save the Earth from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army.

Rating: 2.5/5.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Three Musketeers (2011)

The hot–
headed young D'Artagnan joins forces with three rogue Musketeers to defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

Rating: 1.5/5.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Act of Valour (2012)

A fictionalised account of real life Navy SEALs, an elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Rating: 1.5/5.