Showing posts from October, 2012

REVIEW | Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck doesn't go dilly-dallying. He simply delivers the facts of the events accurately. And to tell the world a true story so extraordinary that you feel it can only happen in the movies, all you really need is a clear and straightforward execution, and let the absurdity of the facts hit your audience.
It's 1976 during the peak of the Iranian Revolution and the US embassy in Tehran is violently attacked by militants, taking 52 Americans hostage.  However, six manage to escape unnoticed and seek refuge in the Canadian ambassador's residence. With the six Americans' lives in extreme danger, an outrageous, risky, and comedic CIA covert operations is devised by "exfiltrator" Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them: create a fake Hollywood sci-fi movie called "Argo," and make the 6 Americans look like Canadian film crew scouting for locations in Iran...and get them out of the country fast.

Argo,  one of the best movies of 2012, will undoubtedly bag …

REVIEW | Alex Cross (2012)

Detective Alex Cross, James Patterson's protagonist from his popular and top-selling US detective novel series, finds his way again to the silver screen. 
The movie, based on the twelfth novel Cross, portrays an impossibly good black American forensic psychologist Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry). Alex Cross is the detective counterpart of Dr. House sans the attitude-- he  is rarely wrong. But one day, Alex Cross finally meets his equal -  a psychotic and highly skilled ex-operative serial killer called Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan (Matthew Fox) who is obsessed with inflicting pain on his victims. And when The Butcher murders Cross' wife in front of him, our hero vows to destroy him. But it's proving to be a tiny bit difficult for him.

Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and The Furious), Alex Cross feels like a television cop drama, except that CSI or Law and Order are much more exciting. It's surreal to be inside a cinema and watching on the big screen something…

REVIEW | Taken 2 (2012)

News of a sequel of a very good movie always fills you with dread because it is highly unlikely that it can rival its predecessor. The default feeling is that a sequel is always a bad idea. Like the idea of Titanic 2 is absurd. And so does Taken 2. But you are still determined to see the sequel. No matter what. Despite bad reviews, you tell yourself that you simply cannot miss it. 
Taken 2, penned by the original scriptwriters but with a new director (Oliver Megaton), takes us to Istanbul, where our hero, ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), is on a security job but takes his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) with him for a much-needed vacation. But their R&R turns into a nightmare when they become the target of a mob revenge.

Even if you have low expectations and zero illusions that Taken 2 can  induce the same high level of stress, fear, excitement and tension the way Taken did, this movie will still disappoint you. It will render you slouched…

REVIEW | The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

On a dreamy canvas, writer-director Stephen Chbosky paints a coming-of-age story that will transport you right into the world of teenage angst in all its pre-digital 90's glory, touching you in more ways that you can imagine.
Intellectual introvert Charlie (Logan Lerman) is an outcast, dreading his first day of freshman high with so much pessimism and trepidation that will already set your mood for the entire movie: depressed. But then Charlie befriends an unlikely group of seniors, led by Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson), and you sigh with relief; it suddenly looks like high school wouldn't be so bad after all. Will Charlie blossom from a wallflower to a social butterfly? And will he finally be able to face his personal demons?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on the bestselling novel authored by Chbosky himself, is a poignant film meant to revive your own teenage and high school experience, especially when you spent it in the 90's battling anxieties and …