Friday, July 11, 2014

June '14 Movie Digest

Still trying to make the schedule...

Edge of Tomorrow

Acting: 4/5
Story: 5/5
Perception: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

This movie shows a fresh take on sci-fi, with a very interesting concept which uses almost all the potential that it holds. I'm thinking that the idea crystallized around the frustration of playing video games that didn't enable progress saving, and it all came out very nicely. The viewer experiences the same feeling: frustration, (false) hope, despair etc. as the main character; partly from the reliable acting and mostly from the directing and editing. The detail that was missing in my opinion is a proper ending, but all the rest and the excellent visuals with an innovative alien design covers up most of this shallow aspect.

(Contextual questions: Even thought they're living the same day over and over, the biology doesn't change; so the characters are getting older and older, right? and also What defines a new day? 0:01 am GMT?)


Acting: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Perception: 4/5

Rating: 3.5/5

A new take on the story of the giant lizard meant to wash away the '90s sad blockbuster and its Chernobyl worms. And it succeeds at the task pretty well. First of all it takes a different angle then Pacific Rim, focusing less on the beast and more on the human factor, on the way the rest of the world is affected by its enormous appearance. This means that we don't get all the visual details and the action packed flick, but more of a suspense build-up until near the end, where the sweet stuff happens. Unfortunately the main characters are a bit too stiff, so the direct implication is mostly transmitted through the camera work. But it was worth the detour.


Wits: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Perception: 3.5/5

Rating: 3/5

The premise is far from being original; it's actually very similar to Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles trilogy. But the pace of this adventure makes it catchy. The somewhat animation go-to comedic characters fill the required bill to make it funny as well. And the visual work suffices to result in a good family movie all together.

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