DVD Rental: Reviews

Non-Stop

July 2nd, 2014

non-stop-one-sheetAn air marshal is on a transatlantic flight when he receives various text messages that threaten the safety of the plane’s passengers. Unless the airline can transfer $150 million into a bank account, no one on-board is safe.

Say hello to another film where Liam Neeson becomes the heroic figure, which we came to love in Taken and Taken 2. If you’re fan of those two films, you should consider watching Non-Stop, with action-packed scenes and a plot that just keeps on giving.

For some, the idea of having the majority of a film shot on an aeroplane may seem dull, but Non-Stop may turn that opinion around. The film has plenty of twists and turns, with you wondering ‘who’s next?’; something you would most likely find in a murder mystery plot. The storyline isn’t difficult to grasp, so you’re able to focus on the action unfolding as the film progresses.

Liam Neeson has basically carried on his persona from Taken but instead of being a devoted Dad and retired CIA agent, he is an air marshal called Bill Marks. This may not necessarily be a bad thing, because this is a role he is suited well to, which is why he was most likely picked to play the part of Bill. If it’s not broke then why fix it we say.

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That Awkward Moment

June 17th, 2014

91JFsXXVIzL._SL1500_Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of relationships with That Awkward Moment, starring movie heartthrob Zac Efron.

Jason (Zac Efron) has just been dumped by a girl who he didn’t realise he was in a relationship with, Mikey’s (Michael B. Jordon) wife has just asked for a divorce and Daniel (Miles Teller) is single. With all of them ‘uncoupled’, the boys embrace the freedom until their past begins to creep back up on them again. Through comical scenes and twisted messages, the trio may find themselves in some sticky situations.

Besides from the obvious attraction that is Zac Efron, this film is full of brilliantly timed comedy, with some very catchy punchlines. But don’t be fooled, this film won’t be for everyone. If you’re having a girly night in then this film will be enjoyable; but if you’re being forced to watch this with your other half, you may laugh at some scenes but feel ‘unentertained’ for the most part.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

May 30th, 2014

the-hunger-games-catching-fire-dvd-cover-14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the sequel to the successful first film The Hunger Games. The film adaptations have been inspired by The Hunger Games book trilogy.

Six months after Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the 74th Hunger Games, they carry on their lives in District 12 in peace. However, just before the duo are expected to do a victory tour of the country, President Coriolanus Snow visits Katniss and warns her that a rebellion has broken out in the other districts, inspired by their win. As a result, Katniss and Peeta need to express the reasons for their actions, in an attempt to keep the peace.

If you’ve read the book, you can pretty much guess what will happen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film. As with the first edition, we were very relieved to find that the films stays true to the books, which will please the fans of the trilogy.

Despite the whole thing being incredibly long to sit through, you’re never short of a new drama appearing out of nowhere to keep you from nodding off in your chair.

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

May 19th, 2014

5014437190635Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones plays on many of our traditional fears and old supernatural myths.

In Oxnard, California, Jesse has just graduated high school and lives with his father and grandmother in a multi-storey apartment complex. Living in the same building are his friends Hector and Marisol, as well as a strange and mysterious woman called Anna.

Jesse, Hector and Marisol become intrigued by Anna’s apartment and recklessly enter without permission. Since venturing into Anna’s home, strange things occur and it soon becomes apparent that larger forces are taking over Jesse.

If you’ve seen the first four Paranormal Activity films, you’re most likely to be persuaded to watch Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Firstly, we have to admit that we jumped out of our skins and advise you to approach this film with caution, especially if you have heart problems.

Going back to the beginning, Paranormal Activity was a massive box office hit in the UK, with some pretty clever, yet simple, effects. On its first release, rumours speculated whether it was real footage (it wasn’t). Following its unexpected success, Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 were born, sparking further demand for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

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12 Years a Slave

May 13th, 2014

9a47a59700a0e927cd773bf6d10c509b12 Years a Slave is an award-winning emotional roller coaster, which sees a free man become a slave in the deep south of the United States.

Set in 1841 and living in New York with his wife and two children, making a living as a violist, Solomon Northup thinks he is about to play an out of town gig, only to be drugged and sold into slavery. Through bravery and co-operation, Solomon fights for survival but that doesn’t always get him in the good books of his master. After meeting a Canadian by chance, Solomon’s chances of reuniting with his family hang in the balance.

After bagging numerous awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards, you may be curious as to why this film has become a massive hit.

Firstly, the film touches on history that some people try to avoid, because of how sensitive the subject matter is. However, Director Steve McQueen took on the challenge to highlight the past’s most horrendous history and has turned it into a masterpiece.

12 Years a Slave will tug at even the tightest of heart strings, with some scenes proving very difficult to watch.

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The Harry Hill Movie

April 28th, 2014

imagesThe Harry Hill Movie brings together the comedian’s trade of hilarious sketches, similar to his material in the 90s, and witty one-liners.

With any comedian, this film really comes down to the audience’s personal comedic preference. If you like Harry Hill’s TV Burp or his commentary on You’ve Been Framed, then you will enjoy the silly nonsense that appears in The Harry Hill Movie.

Harry lives with his barking mad grandmother, Abu the hamster and a bunch of chickens equipped with weapons (yes, we were a little confused too). When Abu gets falsely diagnosed with a terminal illness, Harry and his grandmother send him on a random trip to Blackpool. For the sake of having a plot, Harry’s long-lost evil twin, Otto, played by Matt Lucas, seeks revenge after he was raised by Alsatians in Kettering. Also making an appearance as the wacky vet is Simon Bird, known for his role in The Inbetweeners.

Let’s make this very clear, The Harry Hill Movie is full of ridiculous jokes and scenes that should not be taken seriously by any means. If you appreciated Harry Hill’s sketches in the 90s, you are likely to enjoy the stupidity of this film.

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Carrie

April 23rd, 2014

Carrie-2013Carrie is a modern adaptation of the 1976 horror story about a young girl who is an outcast at school and overly protected by her religious mother.

Carrie is a film not for the faint hearted, presenting violent themes and bloody gore throughout. Outcast Carrie White discovers she has telekinetic powers, which helps her break free from her over bearing mother and the bullies at school. However, things turn ugly when she is pushed just too far.

Chloe Grace Mortez (500 Days of Summer, Kick-Ass and Let Me In) stars in this gruesome revival, playing the creepy Carrie who struggles to fit in with the cool kids at school. Although she’ll have you feeling sympathetic, you’ll find the sinister side of her to be quite disturbing.

Julianne Moore (The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Crazy, Stupid, Love) must also be mentioned for her role as Carrie’s Mother, Margaret White. Driven crazy by her religious beliefs, Margaret White tries to control her daughter and makes Carrie believe the world is full of evil. Her role creates this secluded atmosphere within the family home, paving the way for tensions to explode later on in the film.

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Gravity

April 7th, 2014

2222f3bfa7044f4dc2bb2bff4049d85dGravity is a multi-award winning sci-fi thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, playing on the fear of being stuck in Space.

After debris hits and damages their Space shuttle, Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) must find a way to get back to earth. Through many nail-biting moments and drama, their attempt to survive looks hopeless.

Since Gravity hit the high street shelves, following a successful term on the big silver screen, there has been a lot of talk about how great this film is and why it was so deserving of numerous awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. We suggest you believe the rumours, because this film takes special effects to a whole new level.

Despite many Space nerds commenting on the scientific inaccuracies of the film, such as Sandra Bullock’s hair not floating in Space, this is overshadowed by the creative love and thought put into this film. In many parts of Gravity, the audience is put into the perspective of Dr Ryan Stone, which highlights the strain and terror she’s under, making it almost unbearable to watch.

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Disney’s Frozen

April 4th, 2014

8ddba2d922954bdfda5ff9b43d0bce49Disney’s Frozen is one of the most highly anticipated DVD releases so far this year, featuring magical powers, two heroines and lots of snow.

After Elsa’s powers to freeze things are revealed to the town folk of Arendelle, her sister Anna heads to the mountains to search for her. On her mission to find Elsa, Anna meets handsome Kristoff, his reindeer Sven and Olaf the snowman. In a bid to save Arendelle from an eternal winter, Elsa must be convinced to come back and break the spell.

On first impressions, it’s forgivable if you think there’s going to be a princess, a handsome prince, and a happily ever after, because this is Disney after all. However, you’ll be shocked to find that the female characters in Frozen are pretty kick-ass in comparison to many other generic Disney leads. Since Tangled was released, it seems the animators have decided to stick to modern times and give the girls a fighting chance at saving themselves.

There is a lot more singing in Frozen than the average Disney film, however the soundtrack is one of the catchiest around, with the song ‘Let It Go’ bringing many shy singers out of their shell and onto YouTube. As a result of the craze, the song won Best Original Song at the 2014 Oscars. If you’re not a fan of the hype, then ignore what we just said and go watch the film, because the music is highly commendable.

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The Great Gatsby

November 13th, 2013

2013-04-The-Great-Gatsby-Poster-7The Great Gastby offers a taste of the vibrant and lively 1920s, during the height of opportunities in the United States, shortly after WWI.

Amongst the glitter and glamour of the roaring 1920s, Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), opens his home to New York revellers but has a hidden desire to win back his lover Daisy (Carey Mulligan). To keep their romance hidden from her husband, aspiring writer, Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire), gets involved in the turmoil that unfolds, within a higher class of society than his own.

Throughout the movie, the soundtrack provides a modern element to the film, mixing retro tunes to recognisable mainstream chart toppers. If anything, the soundtrack entices the younger generation to appreciate the film, which some may discard as ‘old-fashioned’.

It must be noted that Leonardo DiCaprio’s role is admirable, perfectly portraying a wealthy gentleman, whose millionaire status means little when it comes to his love for Daisy. It could be that the well-known actor could finally receive the long awaited Oscar for his role.

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