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Cowboys and Aliens

If I have one thing to say about this movie, it would be Pure Non-Stop Action with two of Hollywood’s Hottest Actors… Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. This is one of those movies that would have looked epic in 3D but still, 2D was magical!

Daniel Craig stars as Jake Lonergan, a rebel with a heart, who is a stranger with no memory. He has visions of a woman and experiments being done on him in his sleep.

When he rides into Absolution, he has a run-in with the local iron-fisted Colonel’s son which results in both of them being arrested. When the Colonel turns up and demands for his son to be released and for Jake’s head, a whole heap of trouble breaks out when some aliens show up to spoil the party.

As they begin abducting town’s folk, Jake and the Colonel must join forces with the native Americans to take the battle back to the aliens and save those who have been abducted from the clutches of those who aren’t from round these parts.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens and am looking forward to adding it to my DVD collection when it comes out. Would have been better in 3D but stunning special effects, a stellar cast and great storyline bring the final score up to 9 out of 10.

Next Review: Fright Night 3D

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Well, it’s been a good while since I saw this movie at the cinema so I will do my very best to write a good review about it.

James Franco plays Will Rodman, a scientist who is trying to find the cure to Alzheimers. Having secretly been testing his wonder-drug creation on his father, Charles (John Lithgo) after an ape showed signs of incredible, increased intelligence, things of course begin to go wrong in the lives of the Rodman family.

After the ape test subject begins to show signs of violence and attacks those who may be looking into investing in the wonderdrug, and is shot dead, Will takes matters into his own hands when he smuggles out an infant Chimpanzee and uses him in his experiments at home.

Caesar, the Chimpanzee, becomes one of the family and again shows increased signs of intelligence. But when his “grandfather”, Charles starts to lose his mind again, Caesar becomes overprotective and attacks a neighbour, forcing Will to give him up. He is taken to a holding facility run by John Landon (Brian Cox) and is subjected to torture and abuse from Landon’s son, Dodge (Tom Felton). But Caesar is no ordinary Chimpanzee, and he leads a revolution with the other primates to take over San Francisco.

When a battle breaks out on the Golden Gate bridge between the apes and the authorities, Will realises that Caesar just wants to be free and they escape into Muir Woods to live out there natural lives.

All in all, it was a reasonable take on a prequel to the 60s originals with a great cast and good special effects. I give Rise of the Planet of the Apes an 8 out of 10.

Next Review: Cowboys and Aliens

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides

Jack Sparrow returns in his fourth epic instalment of the highly successful Pirates of the Caribbean saga with this pleasing offering from Disney.

Featuring a stirling cast and great special effects, Johnny Depp dazzles us as the hapless pirate once again and as with most movies these days this was seen in glorious 3d and what a pleasure it was to see Captain Jack this way.

A ghost from Jack’s past returns to wreak havoc on his life, teamed with her father, Blackbeard, they race against the Spanish, Barbosa and his men to get to the sought after Fountain of Youth first. But in their way stands Mermaids, King George and fate itself.

Featuring cameos from Dame Judi Dench and the brilliant Keith Richards, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides gets a very respectable 8/10 from me for its comedy, action and effects but loses points for the time elapsed. But of course, it is left open for a 5th! Go and see it. You won’t be disapointed!

Well, I can’t really tell you what my next review will be as there are so many coming out very soon I want to see, including X-Men: First Class, Captain America, The Green Lantern, Blitz and of course a special viewing of the awesome Apocalypse Now.

Until then, stay cool, keep out of trouble and be good to each other!

Scream 4

Or Scre4m as the BBFC screen had it. As my first movie review I will try to be honest but avoid giving away any spoilers as best I can.
It’s the ten year anniversary since the infamous Woodsboro Murders and Sidney Prescott has returned to the town haunted by memories of her past. We of course have Deputy Dewey who is now the sheriff and married to Gale who is now a struggling novelist (I know that feeling!). We are introduced to a couple of Sidney’s family members, namely her cousin Jill and aunt. The bodies start to mount up and we begin to see “Ghostface” means business and is intent on making Sidney suffer. But is it really Sidney that all events are revolving around now? Could it be Jill’s world is falling apart instead? I guess you will need to watch it to find out.
All in all it was okay, some moments stand out, some you think WTF but with a killer cast if you pardon the pun like of course the original trio: Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox (I wonder how awkward it was for those two to act as a married couple considering the public breakup they had). But Rory Culkin (yes, Macauley’s little bro), Haydn Pannitiere (Save the Cheerleader, Save the world) and the rest of them stepping in some very big shoes they did pretty well considering. I give it a 7/10 for making me jump in places (Wes Craven is the only man that can pull that off) and for giving me a twist that not even I saw coming! As ten years later playing homage to the originals it is good, as a sequel not so much.
Stay tuned for more upcoming reviews!
Liane 😉