100 movies: Prometheus

100 movies of 2012

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

PrometheusPrometheus (03/06/12)

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

There was just utter silence from the audience when the credits rolled for this film. You could and most definitely would have heard a pin drop. There wasn’t a single sound. Not even the scrunching of a sweet wrapper. Just silence. There were a few seconds where everyone just stayed sat in their seats in silence.

There’s good reason for this. Everyone was probably just trying to take everything they’ve just seen, in. Boy was there a lot to take in.

It feels like it’s been a very, very long time since we’ve had a straight up sci-fi film. It doesn’t disappoint. Prometheus is very much in the same vein as Alien, but at the same time, a completely different beast. If that makes any sense. You’ve got your Ripley-esque character in Noomi Rapace Shaw. I swear, as the film went on, she even began to look more and more like Ripley! Though, Prometheus is much less of a horror film. Much, much less.

It throws out there the biggest question for humankind – what the heck we’re all doing here. Interesting. I like where they went with it. It certainly gave my brain a bit of a work out.

Michael Fassbender’s David is creep-tastic. One of the creepiest/nicest androids to grace the big screen in a very long time. His mannerisms and speech were all so … robotic, yet laced with a hidden intent. Brilliant work from him.

Ridley Scott has succeeded in making one fantastic looking film. The sets are excellent and the world that’s created in it just looks beautiful.

While this wasn’t the film I was expecting. I left wanting more and being ever so slightly confused in some part. But I left asking questions and wanting to seek answers. Can’t remember the last time a film did that for me. Though, my all time favourite Ridley Scott film is still Gladiator, Prometheus is one of his better recent efforts.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ movies: 28 weeks later

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

Hmm, it looks like I might actually at least be able to get to the 100 film mark for the year! WOO!

28 Weeks Later28 Weeks Later (09/12/11)

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

I’ve not seen 28 Days Later. I know, I know. I need to watch it. I’ll get round to it soon! I know 28 weeks later is an almost completely different film to days later. For the most part I enjoyed it. Zombies – tick. Terror – tick. London looking like a ghost town – tick. The pacing was good – the film never felt like it dragged. Skipped along really nicely.

One major thing that irked me was the shaky cam. I do like a bit of shaky cam. I loved it in the Bourne films and the new Bond films. But here, it just felt a little too much. Too frenetic. I can understand that that’s what they wanted out of the scenes with the shaky cam, but a little less please!

I didn’t really understand the whole Robert Carlyle’s infected character being the villain of the piece. I didn’t expect a few of the deaths, but in a good way. A zombie film isn’t a zombie film without some actual stakes.

Enjoyed the film, some good creepy scenes and the infected were a little bit terrifying.
Rating: 3/5

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120+ Movies: Summer Blockbuster season is here!

120+ Movies of 2011

The InternationalThe International (23/04/11)

An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution’s role in an international arms dealing ring.

What have I learnt from watching this film? The world’s banks are lethal corporate machines and rule the world with an iron fist. Or something like that. What else have I learnt? The subject of banks don’t necessarily make for an interesting thriller. I got lost in a lot of the details.

Plotting was pretty slow. I admit I did get very bored and woke up somewhat just as the excellent scene at the Guggenheim museum played out. Loved that scene and the use of the structure of the museum was brilliant.

Can’t remember the outcome of the film, but by the end I didn’t care too much. None too thrilling characters and heavy dialog meant I got lost along the way!
Rating: 2/5

ThorThor (25/04/11)

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

The first time I saw the trailer for the film I was a little scared. It looked like it could be a major car crash of a comic book film and not at all paving the way for The Avengers film. The look of Asgard looked so absolutely over the top. I couldn’t imagine that playing alongside the very normal Earthbound scenes.

The film was anything but a car crash. It was brilliant! Loved it. Chris Hemsworth made a fantastic Thor. Going from an arrogant, cock-sure god to a much more human god. Asgard looked absolutely stunning as did all the very elaborate Asgard-ian outfits. Great storyline – simple but there was no need for it to be any more complicated for the sake of it. Loved the cameo from a certain Avenger and the post-credits scene just made me excited about The Avengers movie.

Natalie Portman didn’t have a whole lot to do. Shame, but that’s what the role called for. All of the attention was firmly on Thor and his journey. As an origin film for a comic book character, that’s what the film needed to be.

Having the film in 3D is utterly pointless. Some of the action sequences were so frenetic that it all looked like a blur in 3D. Though that’s more the studio and marketing people’s insistence on making films 3D when there’s absolutely no need for it.

I think the bar has been raised very high for the rest of the comic book movies that are due to be released this year. It also has bonus points from me for using Foo Fighters.
Rating: 5/5

Fast & Furious 5: Rio HeistFast & Furious 5: Rio Heist (28/04/11)

Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent.

This film doesn’t claim to be anything other than what it is – a balls out ridiculously large action film with some of the most beautiful cars seen onscreen since Gone in 60 Seconds. And for that I absolutely loved it.

The plot’s simple, even with a couple of hiccups along the way, the film goes from A to B with few deviations from the course. You’ve got some fantastic action sequences set in the favelas of Rio. Those really were fantastic to watch. I think I caught a little bit of CG when Brian and Mia went crashing through a rusted roof – they suddenly looked very plastic-y! Other than that, the action sequences looked refreshingly real – something a lot of action films lack these days.

Same with the car chase sequences. All were done with real cars and some skilled stunt drivers. That’s another reason to applause the film. I still think my favourite car chase sequence of all time is shared between Ronin, The Bourne Identity and Supremacy. However the final car chase with the bank vault was so ridiculously audacious and just plain massive, it’s got a special place on my favourite car chase list.

The car themselves? Can I just say wow? The 2002 Porsche GT3, 1966 Ford GT40, Koenigsegg CCX, 1972 Nissan Skyline, I could go on! Too many pretty cars for me to list them all, but those are my favourites. I think. The list is sure to change the next time I see the film, when I buy it on blu-ray!

Brian Tyler’s back with the scoring duties and he’s pulled it off again. Fantastic action movie score to add that little bit more to the film. It’s hard not to love it.

Fast & Furious wasn’t a movie franchise I thought I’d be a fan of. I just ignore films 2 and 3 in the franchise. 1 and 4 were fantastic films and Rio Heist is a great addition to the franchise.
Rating: 5/5

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