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Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Did you miss Ethan Hunt? Well, he’s back! Nope, not in Mission Impossible but in The Mummy — the impregnable Tom Cruise that is, and this time as Nick Morton. So get ready!

The Synopsis. Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.

While Tom’s youthful looks and daring stunts still amazes many, of course, there are those who would just base things on his age — which is actually absurd! Hey, if Tom could still do it without looking awkward or something, then just roll the dice!

Still, one thing is apparent tho. The story line. It’s just so common.

The Mummy (played by Sofia Boutella)

A free spirit accidentally wakes up some mummy then chaos follows. Thus, what then would be left to watch as the film has become even more predictable? The cast? The action scenes? The effects? The setting, the makeups?

Well, that doesn’t sound so encouraging. T’is just like t’was filmed for a quick buck which incidentally made a killing — but understandably, not as much as Wonder Woman though. Guess the injecting of Dr. Jekyll with a serum to prevent himself from transforming into his evil alter-ego was kinda dreary and not so good for the film then.

Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis

The choice of actors as well as the effects were, well, okay though — but still not enough ‘mummy power’ to be a game changer.

Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

Looking for a super hero movie to watch? Well, sure you must have seen Wonder Woman! The world has — in fact, it has raked in more than $200M at the box office so far.

Still, how did you find the film? Us, we found it cute especially when Diana kept asking where the war was, or where Ares was. Okay, then let’s have some refresher with this trailer before we move on.

The Synopsis. Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Steve Trevor and Diana

Hmm.. This is just one of those few films where both the patrons and the critics have appreciated it. We say, it’s clean. Even their costume is. It’s got a good plot — as it’s good to start a ‘possible’ series on how everything really began. And it’s got some real cool action scenes, too! Not to mention the perfect choice in Gal Gadot to play the role of Wonder Woman. See, being an Israeli, Gal’s features was just right for someone who is from a fictional island like Themyscira — more so, her accent was more believable to the audience since the Amazons lived in isolation.

And yes, this was dramatic indeed! That’s right from the first battle when Robin Wright (General Antiope, Diana’s aunt) got up in the air and struck 3 arrows on the intruders. Then another Amazon flying and this time throwing out two daggers. Cool, right?! Even Wonder Woman’s using of the lasso in her fights was awesome! Especially when she trampolined to destroy the bell tower with her shield!

Still, we got some questions, too. Like, one, aren’t Wonder Woman’s magic cuffs too long (not to mention, it emits power too when all it really is is for shielding bullets or things like that)? Well, more than Lynda Carter (TV’s Wonder Woman) having a shorter cuff, a longer one can’t just be for style — ‘cause didn’t you notice when Diana accompanied Steve back to London? It’s like she was uneasy with them, you know, it sort of limits her movements. So, they could’ve made the cuffs like malleable when not in use. Magic, after all!

General Antiope leading her warriors

Two. It may not be a focus in the story but wouldn’t the Amazonian women grow old while some would also die in battle? So what would happen to their population? There should be some explanation to it somehow as it would then give us an idea on what could happen to Diana. Three. How about her sword, was that it? Like, it just melted when Diana struck it to Ares? What happened to Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) saying that it was something that could kill a god? Oh, guess she was kinda tricked as only a god could kill another god, huh. Four. Did Steve just die, that’s it? ‘Cause after the war, there was nothing but a picture of him on the bulletin board. There should have been some flashbacks. Five. Having the ability to jump so high along with possessing unusual strength is more believable based on what we know of Wonder Woman — but floating in the air or flying, how could that be? It’s like changing the story all together.

Queen Hippolyta and Diana

Anyway, the negatives. While Ares’ power was magnificent, we did not really like how he transformed. Like, more than robot-like, Ares looked like a too simple and ugly scrap metal walking gingerly in his battle with Wonder Woman. Also, instead of making movie goers feel the loss of Diana’s dying aunt, we actually found the scene ‘funny’. ‘Cause Diana just kept asking ‘what’ to her gasping aunt.

In the end, the moral lessons were something movie-goers should have especially paid attention to. It’s not just as simple as ‘only love can save the world’ — for it’s like a cliche then. But those lines Diana uttered before the love thing. That within man is darkness and light, and that it’s our choices that’s what we make of life..

Fulfilling her destiny

As standing up for what we believe in regardless of outside opinions is what really sets the foundation towards our true destiny.

Movie Review: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword (2017)

Time for another movie. And this time we bring you King Arthur: Legend of the Sword which stars Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana and Jude Law. Well, specially if you have not seen the film, it’s always good to know the ‘rundown’ to better understand the story.

The Synopsis. After the murder of his father, young Arthur’s power-hungry uncle Vortigern seizes control of the crown. Robbed of his birthright, he grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city, not knowing who he truly is. When fate leads him to pull the Excalibur sword from the stone, Arthur embraces his true destiny to become a legendary fighter and leader.

What can we say, eh? Sword and sandal films are always eagerly awaited, but of course not all of them are really that exciting to watch. Even from a movie-goers point of view, some of them simply lacks the drama. For instance, in Kevin Costner’s Robinhood Prince of Thieves — remember that scene when he shot a ‘burning’ arrow? The closeup and everything. That was dramatic!

How about Mel Gibson’s Braveheart when he was like tortured during execution? And then Mel shouting ‘freedom’ all the more. That was dramatic!

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Jude Law as Vortigern

But in this version of King Arthur, hmm, there wasn’t really that great a scene that made a mark for more ’emotional’ audiences. The fighting scenes and all were just, what, close to ordinary — while the most dramatic was only when Arthur killed a throng of enemies in one swoop through the Excalibur’s power. Or when he was able to pull out the sword from the rock that left him fainted.

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The ‘pulling’ out of the Excalibur should have been more dramatic

Perhaps the cam shots were just bit muddled or somehow lacked the angles, and fact is, a handful of their conversations were also kinda hurried — as in, it’s shown in split screens. So how could there be drama in that?

How ’bout the giant snake, like how come it roared like a lion, huh? See, a monstrous effect could have been all the more effective if things are more realistic. And adding some twists to versions is understandable — no problem — but it shouldn’t be too soiled, otherwise, just change the title.

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Success of Kings are greatly influenced by mages back then

Anyway, whether summer or whenever, it’s always fun to see a movie — and it doesn’t really have to be in theatres to enjoy it. Nor should you watch them at YouTube, it would only make your connection slower and consume a lot of data from your provider like if you’re in some plan. Still, if you couldn’t buy ’em then rent. Enjoy!

Movie Review: The Covenant (2017)

If you like horror flicks, we suppose that you must have checked out The Covenant that starred Monica Engesser, Owen Conway and Clint James recently. Yeah, never mind if you don’t know ‘em actors, it’s a low-budget film anyway. Ohh.

So, should we assume then that the film was a bust? Well, maybe you should check out the trailer first if it interests you — then we could somehow say if it was really a failure.

The Synopsis. After the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, Sarah Doyle moves back to her childhood home with her estranged brother, Richard. It’s not long before Sarah begins to experience supernatural phenomena of a violent and hostile nature. Bewildered and desperate, Richard enlists the aid of a paranormal investigator who confirms that Sarah has become possessed by a powerful demon. Together, the three men will go to battle to save Sarah’s soul.

Like the synopsis? How ‘bout the trailer? Actually the acting, the story and all was kind of dry — and guess it does not really have anything to do with the budget (unless these actors are amateurs) but it’s simply the result of having too common a story in ‘being possessed by evil’ and stuff.

Bath tub nightmares. Creepy basement. Giving birth to ‘evil’.

Monica Engesser (a.k.a. Sarah Doyle)

The makeup of Monica (a.k.a. Sarah) was good enough though, but the crumbling of the house was pretty fake. It went down like faster than you could even crush cookies, like the melting of ice cream. Still, just wished exorcists were given other ways to fight demons other than using holy water or reciting ‘Our Father’ — for those with ‘weak faith’ would just try to memorize such and go to church for the sake of going to church, you know.

Anyhow, the end of the story seemed to indicate that there would be a sequel. Think it would be interesting to hear some news first on how they would operate on this before rushing to cinemas.

Movie Review: Going In Style (2017)

If you’re looking for a movie that emphasizes the value of family and friendships then this is one of ‘em movies. Going In Style. And altho the movie stars three elder statesmen, the story is actually funny and heart-warming.

The Synopsis. Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Like what you just saw? Guess, the oldies’ ‘slowness’ is what makes things funny; whilst their grip on life and values is what makes ’em admirable. Now for our lead characters, while Willie and Joe were cool, think Albert was the odd man out there. You know, his acting was kinda pale. But his side of the story gave us one thing, that having someone in life makes our existence more meaningful.

Anyway, tho life is led by our choices, these choices are sometimes presented in situations beyond our control — as if fate is teasing us, otherwise, simply calling us towards our life’s purpose.

From left: Morgan Freeman (a.k.a. Willie), Michael Caine (a.k.a. Joe) and Alan Arkin (a.k.a. Albert)

And that’s what happened to friends — Willie, Joe and Albert — good citizens who worked their way to retirement only to find out that they can not really expect anything from their pension funds. All because of their bank. With basic needs, illnesses and bills to pay at an old age — that’s stressful!

If it were you, what would you do?

This is not to defend or condemn what ‘em three friends did but they just did what they had to do. Get back at the bank. Still, we have to go with the right choices. And this is simply a reminder that life is unpredictable and so, we got to be ready for eventualities and yes, treasure our relationships. For at the end of the day, its these relationships that would help us pull through in life.

Lifelong partners’ Annie and Albert

Don’t be worried of growing old. That’s life. But be scared of karma. For while there are consequences to what we do, karma may not come in the form that you expect it would.

Hold on to virtues. Share your blessings. Value what really matters.

Movie Review: Before I Fall (2017)

We got another low budget film here in Before I Fall but this one did well though not as prominently as known Hollywood blockbusters. Anyhow, the film stars Zoey Deutch with a good story line to boot.

The Synopsis. Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) seems to have it all: popularity, a loving boyfriend (Kian Lawley) and a seemingly perfect future. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when she dies in a car crash but then magically wakes up to find herself reliving the same day over and over again. As Samantha tries to untangle the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unravel the secrets of the people closest to her and discover how the power of a single day can make a difference.

Understandably so, many of those who have seen the movie didn’t really like the ending. Sam died. Yes, after a day in her life that she had to relive over and over again, in the end, it was only her death that was needed to end the loop. Then again, it’s still one movie that’s worth watching.

A lot of lessons.

One. While youth is many times about adventure and fun, hey, you do not just bully someone just because you find ‘em different from you, or just for the fun of it. You want power? Bullying is not it but simply a sign of insecurity. Think about it.

Two. Life is temporary. This immortal truth has always stared us in the face time and again but still, most of us lives life as if we own our time. As if we own the world. Could it be what we call ‘youthful innocence’? Remember, not everything fun is good. Life has its consequences — and it doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy, or rich and famous — life is still temporary.

Three. Mistakes can be made up for — but fate can not. If it’s your time, it’s your time. Regardless. Thus, it would be best for our souls to sincerely be good. Always. And this is not just about not harming others — but about helping whenever possible. Not just about ‘living life to the fullest’ but about living in accordance with God’s words.

If we do these then there would be nothing to regret about.

Zoey Deutch a.k.a. Sam

Four. Emotional support is actually what keeps us going — whether coming from family, friends or a partner — depending on whom you value. Since life is temporary, happiness and success is therefore about finding that inspiration. Have you ever thought that life could have been different if you have not met that one person?

In the end, we live for a purpose.

Movie Review: Free Fire (2017)

Just seen Free Fire recently, and well, it’s a low-budget British action-comedy film that starred Brie Larson and Armie Hammer — and which actually didn’t do well at the box office.

Is it because it’s ‘low-budget’? Well, budget could speak a lot about location settings, so does costumes and equipments used in filming among others — but the foundation is in the script. If the script is flexible enough and open to commercialization (without doing harm to the original story) then of course, it would be best to increase your budget for the box office.

Anyway, let’s first check out the movie trailer..

The Synopsis. Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.

The synopsis sounds good. Yes? Yes! But more than casting mostly international unknowns, the single location and dialogues made it kinda boring. Yeah. While to some the story may be funny, it’s in fact too ordinary — and having like all 13 of them get hit (as a result of a melee??) by gun shots contributed to boredom. Well, movie-goers are open to life’s reality as in not having matrix-like reflexes, then again the movie is not a slapstick either yet it’s like everyone is not so smart here. Does that then make it funny?

Perhaps that was also why it didn’t do well at the box office.

1 Timothy 6:10

In the end, the movie only showed that when money is involved, friendships and relationships would likely bear the brunt of its negativity — instead of an understanding that life is temporary.

And it truly is.