Unlocked: Film Review

Noomi Rapace is a brilliant actress who can handle emotional, character-driven stuff as well as kick-ass action sequences so it is a shame she isn’t given more great roles. Unlocked is a step in the right direction but she still deserves more.

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BAFTA 2017: Best & Worst Dressed

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As you should already know, last night it was the BAFTAs. You may have already seen my pieces about the winners and my pics from the winners’ press conference, but, like every awards show, a red carpet analysis must be done. So here we are.

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Videos: Jessie J, Justin Bieber & Noomi Rapace

Jessie J 

Jessie J is back with new material. She hasn’t finished her album yet but this song has been released as the soundtrack of Silver Linings Playbook, which is out today starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The track, of the same name, is quite dull to be honest and the video is too. But, I’m really interested in the movie so I liked watching this for all the clips!

Justin Bieber 

Check out this super cheesy commercial that Beiber is in. It is for Macy’s Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving to you UK lot) sale and he is promoting his fragrances. It is short but cute. Love it!

 

Noomi Rapace 

Noomi, Swedish actress famous for the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is starring in this Rolling Stones video. It is BIZARRE. I’m not into the band or the song, Doom and Gloom, but you have to watch it for all the random stuff Noomi does. She is fighting zombies, rolling around in garbage, stuffing herself full of food or being an air hostess. It truly is weird. She plays loads of different characters in lots of different scenarios yet I don’t know how to take it- it’s not really funny but you can’t take it seriously either. Hold on until the end when things get really crazy- there’s bleeding, vomit and some boobies!

Big Film Pics- Carrie, Dead Man Down and Maleficient

1. Check out the film poster for the remake of Carrie featuring Chloe Moretz. Julianne Moore will play Carrie’s mum and the horror will be released in March next year. Carrie was originally played by Sissy Spacek in 1976. She is a social outcast who discovers she has paranormal abilities (telepathy, telekinesis etc) when angry or distressed. It is unclear how similar the new film will be to the original.

 

2. Check out the prosthetics on Noomi Rapace’s face! The Prometheus actress is on the set of Dead Man Down which also stars Colin Farrell. She was spotted filming the crime drama in New York. Little is known about the plot of the movie.

 

3. Angelina Jolie takes to the skies as the witch Maleficient in the movie of the same name. The actress was filming flying sequences for the live action adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty tale. Elle Fanning will play the damsel in distress.

Top Films This June

LOL

This coming-of-age drama stars Miley Cyrus as Lola and Demi Moore as her mum Anne. It tells the story of a mother-daughter relationship which has become strained due to the advancement in technology. When Anne reads Lola’s racy journal, she realises how disconnected they’ve become and she tries to close the gap between herself and her daughter. On Lola’s side, we see her romances and friendships with the burden of overbearing parents. Despite the crap title, I reckon this will be a sweet little film. Released 1st June.

 

Prometheus

I have already seen this movie and you can read my full review here. It is enjoyable but certainly not as amazing as I had hoped or expected. Great cast and effects but poor characterisation, bad scripting and a very confusing plot. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan-Marshall Green and Idris Elba. Released 1st June.

 

Cosmopolis

I really want to see this purely because I’m interested in seeing Robert Pattinson star in something so bad-ass and grown-up. This feels like a gangster flick. Robert plays Eric Packer who is a multi-billionaire asset manager who gets into his ultra-fancy limo to take a journey through Manhattan to get his hair cut. He seems to encounter random events throughout his day such as a funeral procession and a riot as well as some sexual liaisons. Later in the day, things get a bit ominous as he is stalked by two men and he starts losing serious money for his clients, including his wife, ensuring his inevitable downfall. Mysterious. Released 15th June.

 

Red Lights

This film seems to have fallen under the radar but it looks really good and definitely worth a watch. The story follows psychologist Margaret (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom (Cillian Murphy) who start investigating a world renowned psychic when they start studying paranormal activity. The psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) has resurfaced years after his toughest critic passed away, making him seem very suspicious. But what is he hiding? And what will he do to people nosing around in his business? Released 15th June.

 

Rock of Ages

This looks like so much fun! Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta star as Sherrie and Drew, two employees of The Bourbon Room who fall in love during the glam-rock era of the 1980s. The story is narrated by Russell Brand’s character Lonny, the manager of the club. The main reason I want to see it is because Tom Cruise is playing Stacee Jaxx, the lead singer of a rock group called Arsenal and somewhat of a legend. It is great to see him doing something so different and less serious. The film features great songs of the 80s and it will definitely leave you feeling good! Catherine Zeta-Jones is the baddie who wants to shut the club down. The all-star cast is completed by Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and Mary J Blige. Released 15th June.

 

Friends With Kids

Two best friends (Julie and Jason) decide to have a child together and not have a relationship because they’ve seen their friends’ marriages suffer through having children. That sounds like something we’ve seen before and a bit far-fetched but the reason I want to see this is the cast. The supporting cast is made up of Bridesmaids cast members- Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm and Chris O’Dowd. They make up the friendship circle around the two friends and they definitely provide the humour. At first, their attempts at raising their kid work fine until Jason starts a relationship with Mary-Jane (Megan Fox) and Julie starts dating Kurt (Edward Burns). I’m sure it will have a predictable ending but I’m also happy to watch the humour along the way. Plus, I’m a massive Kristen Wiig fan. Released 29th June.

Prometheus: Review

This film has been hyped up a lot with a lot of viral campaigns and promotions to get everyone excited about its release. When you do something like that, the film has to be fantastic to make the promotional efforts worthwhile. If a film is hyped too much, it makes your expectations very high and if the film doesn’t deliver, you get disappointed. The film has so far divided opinion- some people think it is amazing and absolutely incredible and others thought it was an over-hyped waste of time. I would say I am in the middle of this. I liked it and I enjoyed it but it is very flawed which made me disappointed. It didn’t live up to my expectations, I was hoping for much more and it wasn’t as fantastic as the hype made it out to be. And believe me when I say that I really wanted to it to be awesome.

The film follows the voyage to a distant moon in a ship called Prometheus. Scientists Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) and Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) had found ancient cave drawings from completely different civilisations around the world which all had the same star map. This lead them to believe that the drawings signalled where our makers, “engineers”, came from so they decide to check it out with funding from Weyland Corporation (lead by Guy Pearce). The mission is run by Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and the captain is Janek (Idris Elba). Michael Fassbender completes the main cast as humanoid David.

The crew arrive at their destination two years later near an alien temple. While down there, they find a deceased alien body with a severed head. They find urn-shaped pods sat on the floor near a statue of a human head, suggesting the Engineers do have a link with Earth. The pods start oozing black liquid but the crew have to leave as a storm is incoming. Shaw bags the dismembered head and David secretly bags one of the pods. Back on the ship, Shaw discovers the DNA of the Engineer is human. David decides to test what the black liquid does by deliberately infecting Holloway, who inadvertently infects Shaw through having sex.

Obviously, this is where shit goes down. Shaw discovers that she is pregnant, the crew start getting popped off by some worm-like creature or other infected crew members. I won’t spoil it all for you but you can safely predict what the ending will be like.

The trailer made it out to be a horror, much like Alien, but there only a few horror moments in it. What is surprising it that the creatures do not go around hunting the remaining crew. It is refreshing that most of the deaths come in other ways. The film is actually more talky and philosophical than I imagined so hard-core horror fans will be disappointed. It questions our origins and the existence of God and David keeps asking Shaw is she still believes in God now she has evidence that we were made by ancient aliens. David has his own problems with God because he knows he was created differently to humans and he resents this fact.

The film is prequel of-sorts to the Alien franchise. It takes place in the same realm as those movies but there is a different objective behind the mission and you don’t discover those particular Aliens. Director Ridley Scott had me under the impression that it had nothing to do with Alien at all, yet the final scene will leave you thinking that it it a prequel to Alien, just not an obvious one.

There are moments of genius such as a scene when Shaw performs as Cesarean on herself (that will stick with you!)but there are also scenes which we have definitely seen before. For example, the first death by black-liquid-creature is similar to other sci-fi horrors although the creature is different. Also, when others get infected you have the standard debate of “let them live/no, we have to kill them”, so there are few real original moments purely because there are so many parallels between Alien and Prometheus.

I thought the casting was great. Noomi Rapace was a very good choice for lead character and her English accent wasn’t bad. It is surprising to see Logan Marshall-Green in a blockbuster because the last time I saw him, he was playing Trey in TV show, “The O.C”, but his casting definitely worked. Michael Fassbender stood out to me the most because he wasn’t playing a human. The way he held himself, walked and spoke was incredible and you definitely bought the idea that he a robot. The interesting thing about David is that you assume he is a nice guy, because he was programmed to be like that, and because he can’t feel emotions, but he turns out to be quite devious and resentful. You realise that he gets angry when people refer to him as a robot because he wants to be like them. I think his characterisation was very well-written.

On the other hand, I thought the other characters weren’t developed very well at all. Shaw’s relationship with her father, and then with God, were mentioned as an attempt at a back story but it didn’t bother me because it wasn’t fleshed out enough. We knew nothing about the other crew members really which meant you didn’t particularly care for them when they died. I thought the most pointless character was Weyland himself, played by Guy Pearce, who comes along on the journey because he hopes that the Engineers can save him from dying. I have no idea why they bothered to cast Pearce and then turn him into an old man- why not just hire an old man?! Unnecessary casting.

The main problem with the film is the plot. They are many holes in it and it leaves you with a lot of questions at the end. Perhaps that was the writers intention, given that it was co-written by Lost’s Damon Lindelof. I know it plays with the BIG ideas- what can be bigger than our existence?!- but it doesn’t really answer anything. Why did the Engineers come to Earth and create humanity? Why did they create the black liquid when it eventually ended up killing them? Why did they use that moon when they had Earth? And why did the living Engineer at end want to kill the humans? The film makes the assumption that life started on this moon before humans were created on Earth- but who created the Engineers? I don’t see how the evidence of life on this moon indicates that they were our inventors. It just seems too contrived.

Besides poor plot, scripting and characterisation, I did still enjoy it. The special effects and set designs were amazing too. It wasn’t the sci-fi horror I was expecting which leaves me feel both relieved and disappointed. I would have liked a bit more gore and less philosophy but the action is enough to keep people entertained. It is a good movie but do not believe the hype and expect to leave the cinema scratching your head wondering what the heck it was all about. It is enjoyable but not quite the Ridley Scott sci-fi masterpiece that was expected.