This is a review of “Land of Mine”, a Martin Pieter Zandvliet directed film, which is currently showing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.
The plot followed young german POW soldiers forced to deactivate landmines from danish beaches.
Most of the scenes were set on a peaceful and beautiful beach with a bright blue sky, yet it was far from that. Under that beautiful beach were land mines and combined with an antagonising silence, the film had us in anticipation constantly.
Whilst the danish were not fond of the germans, the film had a surprising mix of themes: cruelty, kindness and silence. At times the silence was unbearable and I was anticipating loud bangs. They always occurred when I least expected them and every time they went off, I felt a sense if dread. Knowing that one by one, a young man would bite the dust and become a another casualty was hard to watch.
This film was so effective… whilst little dialogue can sometimes make a film very boring, Zandvliet used it to his advantage.
I would give this film 3 stars purely because I have seen better an worse films. A healthy middle ground.
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So this was the movie people were waiting to see! Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, had very high expectations and I’m glad to say that I think it has exceeded them.
The general plot was as authentic as it could be – no added love stories or context. And that is why I liked it! Soldiers fighting for survival on the Dunkirk beaches and the kindness of small boat owners who risked their lives to save those who were injured or capsized.
The trauma the soldiers faced both on the ground, in the air and over sea gave me an idea of what it was actually like. Yes I was not there, however I felt like I was. I was at awe as I saw planes fly through the sky and I winced when sudden bombs and gun shots were heard. I could not ever imagine living through it, yet people did. It made me feel very patriotic.
Some scenes come to mind, some happy and some very moving. Either way I felt myself near tears when I was watching them. Scenes like the Windstone boat rescuing dozens of men covered in oil after their ship sank. The rescuers consisted of a father and his two sons, one of which fell and later suffered serious injuries, resulting in his death. George, aged 17 who had only young, died with legacy while trying to save others.
Times looked very bleak in the film and when the captain (Tom Hardy) thought everything was lost, he eventually saw them. Dozens of boats, all travelling from far and wide to help transport the soldiers back to safety. In this stunning scene, the captain was asked “What did you see?”. His reply was “Hope” and this hope saved 235,000 men.
It was not just Tom Hardy in this film, you may have noticed a well known boy band member, dressed as a soldier with very short hair. I did not recognise him, it was of course Harry Styles! It was definitely not a beautiful sight during the war, but he seemed to cope pretty well in his first acting role. He was remarkably good and very convincing. Maybe a little tune would have done the trick in those times of misery.
I had the pleasure to watch this film twice and it made me think about unity This is especially relevant because without those small boats, without the friendships and their ability to work as one, no one would have survived.
The Graphics and Music
The music paired with the graphics beautifully. It added anticipation and suspense. You knew how the soldiers were feeling, just by the music.
I loved the fact that the film was not sugar coated and it was big in music and graphics. It showed what it was like and it looked terrifying. My heart was in my chest all the way through, as I saw men waiting and fighting for their lives. I felt very patriotic after the film(s) and proud to be British.
What did you think of Dunkirk?
A family member went to see it on a different occasion and said that it was good but it lacked “Umph”.
Undoubtably, I would give Dunkirk 4 stars. Need I say more?
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This is a review of In the Dark, S1 E2 BBC series.
The General Plot
We followed the case of the abduction and murders of these young girls and it progressed very quickly… maybe too quickly.
I found the episode very infuriating. I found the characters especially Helen very farfetched. She was pregnant and was getting to “stuck in” to the personal case. And to top it all off, she was getting Paul her husband and her friend, Phillip involved in it. The trio went suspect hunting and take things into their own hands. There is a risk that someone will get hurt, or the baby would get hurt.
While on their murderer pursuit they found Poppy and nailed the man who did it. Good on them!
The character of Helen is a bit like marmite. I, in particular have mixed feelings about her and have little sympathy for her issues. She can get very focused on something and do it well. She can also make a lot of mistakes…. like having an affair and getting pregnant with who’s baby? I did find a little sympathy for her when she explained about her childhood abuse, by a man, who was closely linked to a woman Bates was having an affair with. It all got a bit too much for Helen, but it did not take away the fact that she had cheated. Poor Paul was so shocked and then so angry by it, that he closed connections with her.
The ending to this episode would have happily closed the series. The man was caught, Helen could get Peter Bates the negative attention he deserved and then have the baby with Adam. But no…
It was not enough and the introduction of new characters just seems like a ploy to extend the series for no reason.
I was not a fan of this episode. These crime series are often made too long or too full that you can never really keep track of what is going on or who is who.
Not as good as last weeks. I must say. 3 stars, but I hope for the sake of the ratings that the next few episodes are good.
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Today I am reviewing the finale of Broken, a series running on BBC 1. It has taken 5 episodes to get to this point and boy was it worth it!
The plot of this episode followed the struggles of local residents and finally injected some well needed hope. The plot was sad and had scenes of loss, which got me a bit.
Father Micheal had lived with guilt for some time. While he blessed and forgave others on a daily basis, he give himself the same respect. His guilt over Vernon’s death and his doubt in his ability to be a priest was hard to see. I have always been fond of Father Micheal’s character.
Andrew, the peer pressured police officer joined his colleagues in a hearing over Vernon’s death and did what he should have done earlier. I was so proud that he found the strength to tell the truth and get the best outcome for Vernon. Helena found peace over the hearing, yet she was less fond of Father Micheal by the end of it.
We remember the horrible tragedy in the Carmicheal family and understandably Chloe and the family were finding it hard to adjust. The gambling machines had caused grief in many families and revenge looked quite appealing. Seeing Chloe without her mother was heartbreaking, as I can not imagine the pain she was going through!
With all the trouble in their lives, the residents found some peace by the end of the episode. It was especially nice to see the local residents and friends show their support for Father Micheal. The “wonderful priest” surely has more in him yet!
What a series. I adored the acting to Sean Bean and I felt a little teary
I had the chance to see Baby Driver and this is what I thought!
The plot followed Baby, a funny and young man who was caught in a cycle of crime. He was his bosses best driver and had little choice in driving criminals to and from robberies. He was desperate to get out and have a normal life.
Baby (Ansel Elgort) was the main character in the film and it centred around his childhood, his new fresh relationship with Debbie (Lily James) and his trapped career under his dominating boss, Doc (acted by Kevin Spacey).
Kevin Spacey was fantastic and I was expecting him to talk straight to the camera, like he does in House of Cards. He had the same level of authority and uncertainty in the film, which is what he does best.
This was an action movie, however we got little breaks from this through the love story between Baby and Debbie. It was nice to see that another door had opened for him and that he had an opportunity to get away from his crime lifestyle.
The Music and Stunts
The film was full of music, all varying genres, echoing the intensity and mood of Baby at that time. In all the car chases (there were a lot), we were engaged by fast and head bobbing beats. When he was with Debbie, he was different and the atmosphere was more relaxed with songs like “Easy” by Lionel Richie.
The last 10 minutes was all chases, music and severe braking! I felt my ears get sore as I made the most of any quiet scenes. Bright lights and massive car frenzies! It was like F1 on our motorways combined with guns. I can only imagine the time it took to get those stunts right, especially Baby who was able to jump from ledges, avoid bullets and drive insanely fast without hitting road obstacles.
The ending was happy yet unexpected. Whilst he got what he wanted, he did it the hard way and maybe that was good. He did his time so he could then enjoy the rest of his life and not look back.
A fantastic movie and never a dull moment. A fast paced plot that combined action and love. A best of both.
My ears did hurt by the end (due to the loud bullets and music) however it was worth it!
I would give this film 4 stars. Would highly recommend this film to anyone who likes action and/or romance.
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I watched the Prisoner of Azkaban and I got into thought about the whole time travel thing. I found that there were a few flaws in the plot and I wanted to read up on it. This article explained it perfectly and it seems pretty clear now. If you had or have the same interest, than this article really explains it.
This is a review of Hampstead, a romance which is now available to watch in cinemas.
I found this film too slow and sedentary. The uneventful plot of a middle class woman, Emily (Diane Keaton) helping, befriending and falling in love with a tramp, Donald (Brendan Gleeson) was not my kettle of fish. After having the pleasure of seeing it twice, I am in no rush to see it again.
I found their love story nice but rather creepy. Who could ever say that their relationship started with a pair of binoculars and a spying? The fact that she regularly spied on him from her attic was off putting, even if it did end up bringing them together and happily finding where they belonged.
I just felt that the time spent watching Hampstead (twice) was a waste of time and could have been used for better things. I didn’t find the film captivating either – everything was too “old” for me.
What I do applaud about this film is how they perceived the relationship between Emily and Donald. Two unliklies (according to society) find a way to make it work.
I was very disappointed by this film and I would not see it again.
I would give Hampstead 2 stars overall.
Not a good film in my opinion and lucky to get two!
So I am reviewing the film, My Cousin Rachel, staring Rachel Weisz as Rachel Ashley, Sam Claflin as Philip Ashley and Holliday Granger as Louise Kendall.
This period drama followed Philip who met his cousin Rachel and fell for her, only to find out that she was darker than she seemed. Under that beautiful complexion was a women with a strong desire for power and greed.
The film was not what I expected. I was expecting something more haunting, and fast paced – some kind of horror film where she jumps out and I was disappointed. Instead I got a love story that was rather less exciting than I imagined.
How did I feel while watching it?
I felt like the plot was developing very slowly and I lacked engagement, up to the last 30 minutes where everything got a little confusing. What was the point of her demise at the end and why was he still thinking about her after what she had done to him If I was him I would have rinsed him off my hands, yet he was still remembering her when he has gotten a fresh start.
However, despite this, I did find that Rachel Weisz really adapted well to the role and her emotion/lack of emotion in her character was astounding.
I found the film, My Cousin Rachel a little disappointing and I thought that it would be a lot more jumpy. Still a good film, despite the different outcome.
I would give this film 3 stars as I didn’t really connect with it at the start.
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So I went to see the newly released “The Mummy” film and I found it action packed. The film kept me on tenterhooks, as tense music was present all the way through.
Tom Cruise, who played Nick Morton, an artifact stealer man who stumbled upon a tomb, containing a dark force that was hidden in the hope that it would never be discovered. He was joined by a young archaeologist Jenny Halsey (played by Annabelle Wallis) who was eager to discover more. As the discovery emerged, it became clear that there was something more to it, including the cover up of history during in 1127bc. Nick and Jenny both got on very well and they were a great team and worked well together, despite her hidden agenda.
Our evil counterpart, Princess Ahmanet had a very dominating and scary look to her. She was a perfect villain who made the film exciting, as she was always lurking around in corners, jumping out or appearing at any opportunity. She definitely kept me on my toes and I kept jumping in shock, even when I expected it.
The graphics in the movie were very much CGI, however they did look genuine, especially the Egyptian burial sites and prison that held Princess Ahmanet. A scene that was less convincing was the moment where the plane crashed. Nick and Jenny were rolling around in the plane and attempting to hold on to anything they could. It was like they were falling forever and by the time it had crashed, it had felt like hours.
The ending was odd and not what I expected for a Tom Cruise film. He was a hero who took the evil to save Jenny and innocent lives, rather than killing the evil itself. I found this admirable, but very contrasting to his fighting spirit in the film.
The Mummy was exciting, tense and worth the watch! The CGI made the film even more exciting too because it made you feel like you were there..
I would give the film 4 stars as it was so well made and exciting from the off set.
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I looked at the plot before hand, but only briefly. I wanted to know what was going on but still be surprised and gripped to the screen. The film did not disappoint.
The thriller had the two key ingredients – a psychotic killer and obsessive and an unwilling victim who was prepared to risk her life to escape. The way Clare stabbed him in the hand with a screwdriver was gutsy and how she cunningly beat him with his own weapon was sneaky.
At first looks you wouldn’t think that anything was wrong with Andi or odd but looks can be deceiving. Under that neat beard and nice eyes, there was a monster who would manipulate, abuse and lock woman away against their will. His creepy stare and photobooks of disturbing naked photos would be enough to damage someone for life. Especially if they are not you…
Of course this man had no intention if stopping after his previous victim Nathalie and moved on to Clare. A sweet young Australian tourist who just wanted to travel and develop memories.
The plot was definitely gripping and my eyes were locked on the awful situation in front of me. My criticism was that Clare got involved with Andi very quickly and didn’t really think “hmm I don’t know this guy and I am on my own so I should probably be careful”. I think the “stranger danger” advice that parents tell their children is relevant here. Furthermore the dangerous fling between Andi and Clare was a bit naive and rushed.
What a film and my attention was glued to the screen right to the end! Apart from my little criticisms, it would be happy to see it again or recommend it to others!
Based on my review, I would give Berlin Syndrome 4 stars as it was gripping, captivating and nail bitingly tense!