Broken S1 E2: When life gets too much, we find solace in others, but is it enough? (Spoiler alert)

This episode was especially moving. This review of the episode talks about sensitive issues such as Suicide.

My Thoughts

The episode followed Roz Demichelin who had been considering suicide since she was found out for stealing money (232,000) from her employer to fund her gambling addiction. Father Micheal was aware of this and had the decision of intervening or letting her go through with it.

I felt bad that she could be driven to those that and I just wanted to shout “please don’t do it”. She had a family, love, children and it was heartbreaking. Yes her family life was stressful and her children had little knowledge of how to cook, clean, wash clothes, just like most children.

We also saw Father Micheal battle with his thoughts and guilts. He tried so hard to help others and convince residents to reconsider, that he was unable to help himself. Memories of his childhood reappearing while in prayer. The residents can go to him for support, but who can he go to?  Even when his mother was ill, he had little solace in others.

Final Note

I found this episode emotional and I really sympathised with the characters. Their lives were so different in many ways however they still struggled. I just wished that things could have ended differently for them.

Star Rating

I would give this episode 4 stars! As always, I was engaged and interested until the credits.

 

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The supposedly spooky film My Cousin Rachel is not as dark as it lived up to be! (Spoiler alert)

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.

My Thoughts

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.

Final Note

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.

Star Rating

I would give this film 3 stars as I didn’t really connect with it at the start.

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The Mummy had me wrapped in its grasp from the off set! (Spoiler alert)

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.

My Thoughts

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.

Last Note

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..

Star Rating

I would give the film 4 stars as it was so well made and exciting from the off set.

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S1, E3: Conspiracies emerged and truths backfired in the series, Broken! (spoiler alert)

I am reviewing S1 E3 of the BBC series Broken. This episode was especially tense and we got an insight into Father Micheal’s flashbacks.

My Thoughts

He had a troubled education – he was mallestered by his english teacher, Father Matthews. He has had trouble in his past taking advantage of girls and it makes me wonder if it was because of his teacher?

It seemed like those who ran the church and took of advantage failed Micheal, yet he still went to God as a priest. He had to face Father Matthew’s sooner or later and when he did, Father Matthew’s was very dismissive of the claims and stated “you enjoyed it”. I felt very sorry for Father Micheal as he didn’t get the apology that he deserved.

Father Micheal was also fighting with his guilt over Vernon’s message. It was like a song in his head that he could not get out – one with a memorable addictive tune like crazy frog.

We also were introduced to a police man who was at the scene when Vernon was shot. He was advised to tell the truth by father Micheal. However the female coworker Dawn, who sprayed on a young boy and lead to his death threatened the police officer to lie. His story did not match up with the other officers and he was angry that she got away with killing a young boy.

All of his family and friends were put against him – peer pressuring him to change his account of the death. He was understandably angry and infuriated that he, the truthful one, was shot down by those who lied. I just wished that he could help and be the officer to allow his mother to know the truth.

Last Note

It was tense, gripping and I had my heart in my chest and I just hoped that Dawn would admit really happened to Vernon. It was so sad to think that someone telling the truth was grated down to the point of lying.

We saw a vulnerable side to Father Micheal in this episode and relived his childhood memories of his unsavoury education. How is he support to help others when he is struggling himself?

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give the episode 4 stars!

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I was left in knots by Berlin Syndrome! (Spoiler alert)

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.

My Thoughts

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.

Final Note

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!

Star Rating

Based on my review, I would give Berlin Syndrome 4 stars as it was gripping, captivating and nail bitingly tense!

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S1 E3: Dramatic concrete finale to the gripping series, Paula! (Spoiler alert)

What a build up to such an exciting episode! I have been critical of the previous two episodes, however this finale passed all my expectations.

My Thoughts

The episode was less farfetched than last week’s and answered all our questions.

James found out his fate in court and Paula and Mac were understandably struggling with everything that had seen and gone through. Mac was still recovering from his attack when he confronted James after he attacked Paula in the restaurant.

I have called Paula marmite before and I could not agree more in the finale. She has an odd way of solving her problems and it mostly includes getting other people involved and in the wrong. She also doesn’t help herself and tends to go back to old flames such as James.

We saw a different side to Paula and I actually felt sorry for James, especially after he revealed his sad childhood and the identity of that young girl he had been seeing. The young girl being his sister, I admit that I expected her to be one of his victims so I guess there are no skeletons in his closet.

So poor James was suffering with more frequent nightmares and his sister Mary was appearing. She looked very creepy with her pale skin and she didn’t speak at all – she just stared and I was waiting for her to jump out. Luckily she didn”t…

Paula became a different person in the finale and we found out how psychotic she really was. James came to visit her in her basement and a kiss became something more sinister. James woke up in a dark container, which was later buried under fresh concrete. This just reminded him of when he was locked in a cupboard with his sister. James had finally met his match and relied on Paula to live – “I keep you alive or you can die and it won’t matter”. I thought she had killed and buried him, but this is so much worse.  I found this very disturbing to watch, and just to make it even more creepy, we saw Mary one last time.

Final Note

So the series was short and sweet, but not low on drama, suspense and little girl sightings. The ending was very unpredictable and uncomfortable and Paula’s final act made us awe in shock. Very good series. Would recommend.

Star Rating

Overall I would give this episode and the overall series 4 stars!

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S1 E2: Broken introduced new cracks to the plot as Michael Kerrigan’s past was revealed! (Spoiler Alert)

In this second episode, we saw more emphasis on Priest Micheal Kerrigan (played by Sean Bean), than the young struggling mother, Christina Fitzsimmons (played by Anna Friel).

My Thoughts

As a priest, he has not had the most innocent past. During a woman’s confession, he revealed that he abused women and used for sex. It is not everyday that you find out that your priest had those shocking intentions. As he explained, he was very young and took advantage of them because he could.

Priest Micheal Kerrigan did not have the best time in this episode. Alongside his confession to the woman, he unintentionally contributed to the death of a young man. When he could have gone and helped him, he decided to ignore the phone call, only to find out the horrible news in the sermon the next morning.

He found the guilt extremely overwhelming, however he had to make a choice: Should he tell the boys mother of his guilt or be the priest that she needs for her grief and support her? I also tried to imagine what I would do in that situation – if I would have the guts to tell her that he may still be alive if I picked up the phone. I don’t think I would be able to.

Final Note

The episode was gripping but not in a thriller way. It made me think about my morals and regrets. It showed that guilt could be very overpowering, and that even so, a man can turn his life around and get forgiveness from God.

I could not look away from start to finish and I am eager to see what the next episode has holds. With so much in the priests past, I have no doubt that there are many more shocks and revelations to come.

Star Review

I would give the review 4 stars as it was morally gripping from start to finish! The series is different to other BBC dramas and I like it!

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“My Life as a Courgette” was not the cream of the crop!

I am reviewing the animated film “My Life as a Courgette (Zucchini)”, which is available to see at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne.

My Thoughts

The plot followed a young boy, nicknamed Courgette who went into care and adapted to living without his mum. It was hard to see him struggle however very uplifting when a new arrival to the home made him and the children happier.

It was an animated film, however it did pull on my heart strings a bit. It was the lack of belonging and failure that these children felt towards their parents that got me emotional.

Final Note

I enjoyed the film however it did not stand out as much as other films I have seen.

Star Rating

I would give the film 3 stars as it was not as memorable as I hoped.

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S1, E2: Troubled Paula faced more drama in an overly packed episode!

This is a review of Paula, episode 2, series 1. on BBC 2, normally shown on Thursday night.

My Feelings

I found this episode quite farfetched and filled with unnecessary drama – fights galore that added nothing to the story line, just a way to lengthen out the episode! I would prefer two episodes to three as it would be easier to watch.

Paula has that marmite feeling to her – you either love her or hate her, and in this episode, I found her very eerie. Yes she had lost Phillip and her brother in suppose suicides, however I found her hard to watch. Her constant frown and vulgar language was very off putting. I do not understand why James and the detective would suddenly be so fixed on her – were we suppose to be scared of her and not James?

We know that James is not mentally stable and has had increasing illusions of a young child. It was very creepy. but brings up the question: Does he have any skeletons in his closet?

To be honest, Paula isn’t any better. Death and stress do bad things to people and her mental capacity has got a little less predictable since her one night stand with James.

Her weird thoughts have also given us a bit of a chill – the fact that she liked being the prisoner in games when she was younger and explained how she visited another family while she was unconscious, after asking her brother to strangle her. It was all a bit disturbing really.

 Final Note

Dramatic? yes but a little too dramatic and predictable! You could just tell what was going to happen to her alcoholic brother. It was inevitable.

Star Rating

I would give it 3 stars as the plot was a bit too ambitious!

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Broken looks at the lives of two people and shows us the harsh reality! 

This is a new BBC series following two people and how they are facing life in its most unpredictable way.

General Plot

The episode followed Sean Bean as Father Micheal Kerrigan with an abusive and sad past and Anna Friel, a financially struggling mother of three who lost her job. The reality is that life is not always kind like God and for Father Micheal, he has seen horrible things.

My Thoughts

We saw struggles with claiming benefits, feeding three children, dealing with the past. It seemed that they were all trying to make a living with the little money and resources they had.

I was especially emotional when Anna’s mum died and had the phone in her hand to call help, only to die before it came. She was so broke that she tried to hide her mothers death so she could still get her pension and it became days. Her family were asking questions and the idea of keeping her mother alive for her pension, was to others quite heartless, nethernerless, it was what Anna relied on to live.

Father Micheal’s flashbacks were all church related and not positive. He was still troubled with memories.

Was it intense, gripping? Yes. It was a different type of drama and was more relatable than gripping murder series.

Final Note

I found it very difficult to watch, not because it was badly made… no, because people actually lived that way with little money and lack of job security. It was heart breaking.

It was different to everything I have seen and it’s real life depiction reminded me of a film I had watched – I Daniel Blake. One I would also recommend to watch if you have a night to yourself and a box of tissues.

Star Rating

I would give this series 4 stars and would recommend watching this (if you have not already). The series looks like it will become more interesting. I will definitely be watching next week. You in?

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