For those who have waited this long, you’d probably have to bate your breath to wait for the arrival of another chapter. This one is political dry stuff that needs a lot of foreplay.
The PLOT, so far:
It could have been so much better if the pace picks up fast and furious. But the film director says “no”.
Author Suzanne Collins wrote three “Hunger Games” novels in all.
But more sequels mean more cash, so here you are, you get four new awesome installments, following the direction of “Harry Potter’s” and “Twilight’s” franchises.
Sure,”Mockingjay”did an excellent job of getting Jennifer Lawrence to shape up, physically and emotionally. And be equipped to fight a rebellion against the evil Capitol.
But this one may leave us high and dry, waiting for the ferocious battle cries to roar.
The film picks up where the last one left off, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) being rescued from the Hunger Games by Plutarch (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman).
Katniss now lives in District 13, a hive-like underground bunker that houses people who support the rebellion against the Capitol and the wicked President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
Katniss’ family is now with her, and so is old friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth).
But she remains sick with worry over her beloved Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) whom she is forced to leave behind during her defection.
Under the capable leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss literally spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). The nation cheers her on.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig.
He has a magnificent line-up of veterans for this big budget movie and manages to coax his actors to portray their screen roles in a hard-edged style that is brutal, cold and chilling.
For a start, weirdo actor Shia LaBeouf passed on the lead role, so what gives? The part went to Daniel Radcliffe as second choice, but could he render a better job?
“HORNS” is positioned as a scorching thriller directed by French helmsman Alexandre Aja. The film Director drums up an irresistible theme which is at best, mind-boggling, creating a generous creative budget for elaborate post production enhancements to achieve the super-natural effects.
For storyline he weaves a tale of revenge, an intriguing twist at the ending. The 2010 novel was written by Joe Hill.
Alexandre Aja is a French film director who specializes in the horror genre. He rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film Haute Tension.
His directorial efforts include a fine line-up of horror films under his belt, such as The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D and Horns.
“HORNS” combines a spread of horror, a sprinkle of dark comedy and a generous dose of supernatural visual effects.
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig Perrish, a doleful blue-eyed young man who’s awaken from a stupor to find that he has been accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) in the woods. Did he actually kill her?
He suddenly finds horns sprouting out of his head which may hold a clue to his sudden diabolic nature. Has he been possessed by evil spirits? From then on, morbid and violent contractions start gnawling at his sanity.
The film shows Radcliffe, at his post-Harry Potter period, a chance to exercise his acting chops.
He commands a solid screen presence in the film.
It’s a difficult role that calls for him to switch his psyche from an assortment of personalities as the distraught lover to pantomime clown, from a hardboiled investigator to being a ruthless killer.
Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance.
The former Harry Potter is transformed into an ugly two-horn devil, literally, in “Horns,” a horror movie with a comedic edge. He has two curling protuberances sprouting from his forehead. He also has some supernatural powers, including having people spontaneously confess their vices.
Daniel Radcliffe, whose impish features are well-suited to the addition of gnarly goatish growths, stars as Ignatius Perrish, a young disc jockey grieving over the murder of his one true love, Merrin (Juno Temple), whose brutalized body was discovered beneath the couple’s childhood tree house in the lush Old Growth forest.
No spoilers here as you need to visit the cinema to get your answers.
This film should have been nicely called “A LONELY MAN and his PIT BULL”.
It would be an apt tribute, but one might be swayed to think that it’s a Disney production, good grief.
“THE DROP” has, within its finer wrapping, an ingenious plot, exacting powerful performances from actors TOM HARDY and the late JAMES GANDOLFINI who died of a cardiac arrest months after shooting wrapped.
“THE DROP” would be his farewell piece.
To this Reviewer, he rates this film as a smart “thinking” crime story.
The script ambles with a steady burn at first, a slow but surely shimmer before you are drawn rapturously into the long haul.
THE DROP is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead.
Based on an awesome screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), “THE DROP” follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.
“THE DROP’s ensemble cast includes Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd and John Ortiz.
From start to end of this crime thriller, you are made to feel that circumstances are not what they appear to be.
The plot ambles mysteriously in a dogged style that is both cold and chilling.
“THE DROP” introduces us to Bob (Tom Hardy), an unambitious slow-witted bartender who is content to toil for his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) in a bar named Cousin Marv’s.
It is a small drinking hole, but this is what you only see from the facade.
Cousin Marv’s is also as a notorious “drop bar” where dirty money is “dropped” at the counter and specified people will pick up the “haul” later.
This is an urban thriller following the style of Sidney Lumet and other crime busters of his time.
The performances are soul-searching to match the overall doom-and-gloom mood of the cinematography.
“THE DROP” can be said to be layered with a dark tinge of poetic indulgence.
In his final screen appearance, James Gandolfini plays Marv, a Brooklyn bar manager who has to give up ownership of his bar to Chechen gangsters.
The crooks use the work venue as a “drop” off location for laundering money.
Marv may appear cool, calm and collected, but is one helluva guy capable of violence when he is in a rage. His sidekick is Bob (Tom Hardy), the bartender with the slow slur.
One fateful night a pair of shotgun-wielding masked robbers raided the bar and scooted off with US$5,000.
Even though the amount of money is little compared to the usual drop-bar night, the Chechen mob who actually owned the bar is pissed.
As the story progresses, Bob rescues an injured pit bull pup in a garbage can which belongs to a woman named Nadia (Noomi Rapace).
Both of them become firm friends, and Bob soon discovers that that the pit-bull pup is actually dumped by Nadia’s psychotic ex-boyfriend Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts).
A brilliant young Flemish director Roskam was identified as a talent to watch by Michael Mamn after his debut feature, Bullhead, was chosen as Belgium’s Oscar candidate.
“THE DROP” is his first English language film.
His treatment is liken to boarding a cool, deadpan roller-coaster ride to hell.