The Impossible (Movie Review)

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An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. (imdb)

This movie, oh well this movie. This movie took me through so many emotions. It’s just crazy. It takes you along to the story of a family on holiday, that are caught in the tsunami of 2004. It’s actually an extraordinary story. A family of five lost each other and the entire movie they are searching for each other and hoping that the others are still alive.

From the beginning of the story I was stressing because I knew the tsunami would come. The director decided to give us 10-15 minutes of movie where we meet the characters, with sometimes that type of music who builds the stress of the moment, until of course the water comes. That sequence was beautifully made. You really had the feeling it was real and that you were in the middle of it. I was always fascinated with being under water and I always feel free every time I see underwater shots. But this time I felt claustrophobic and all the shots really captured how they must have felt when the tsunami hit.

Each and every performance of this movie was remarkable and left me crying. Naomi Watts had such a difficult and physical demanding role and her connection with the actor who plays her eldest son (Tom Holland) is remarkable. Also the other boys gave amazing performances and where cute as a button. The entire movie you’re just rooting for them to find each other and to survive this catastrophe.

The only thing that I don’t understand is why the director decided to make his characters white and british, while the real family was Spanish. I can’t quite grab that fact. I really think that the story would be as strong with Spanish actors and characters. I’m sure the director has his reasons.

Another thing that bothered me a little bit, was at the end of the film where Naomi Watt’s character Maria is in surgery. The sequence in the water then, really felt made for me. It was a little bit to much made in special effects. I think the emotion of that moment would have been stronger, if the shots were less treated with special effects.

After throwing away all my tissues I used up watching this movie, I’m definitely falling in love with this story. So 4 out of 5 stars. Definitely earned.

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Zero Dark Thirty (Movie Review)

 

ImageA chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. (IMDB)

 

OMG, this movie was amazing. Is amazing. It literally blew my mind. Even though everybody’s knows the story and the ending… you’re just drawn into the story and you keep hoping it all ends right. 

 

The whole movie is so compelling, because of Jessica Chastain. She’s amazing as Maya. In the beginning she’s reluctant about the way the American soldiers torture their prisoners. But the entire movie she starts growing and becomes so obsessed by capturing Ben Laden that at the end we get the feeling that she doesn’t know if it was all worth it. Killing one specific man.

 

The story is based on true events. Kathryn Bigelow and her team researched their material. And the result is that we get a documentary-feel, but with kick-ass performances. She makes a 10 year chase into a two-hour movie, with only the most important parts of the chase and those events that had a big impact on Maya’s life.

 

 

 

Jessica Chastain, wasn’t the only one who left a big impact on the movie. Next to Kathryn Bigelow’s directing and the editing that left us breath-taking; Greig Fraser (DOP) gave us the impression that we were in the middle of the action. This is an amazing movie, made great by so many people. 

 

4,5 out of 5 stars. 

Lincoln (Movie Review)

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As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (IMDB)

I am and always have been a huge Steven Spielberg-fan, but since I started studying film and actually getting to know some other directors better and their merits, I’m starting to see that Spielberg is indeed a great director, but that he doesn’t take any chance with his movies. The story is a big one – president Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment – not a light portion of history. But the way he portrays it is true to himself and classic cinema. Sometimes I wish he would try some new things in his movies. Anyways, enough about Spielberg. Let’s talk about Lincoln.

This movie is a real pearl. It starts off maybe a bit too much like a documentary, but after a few minutes we’re transported in the story by the amazing performance of Daniel Day-Lewis. I must say, I have seen him in a lot of things, but I wouldn’t be able to recognize him in real life, that’s how an actor he is. He transports himself in the character, he becomes the character. He is one with the character. In this movie he was Lincoln, no doubt about it. I wouldn’t be surprised should he win Best Actor at the Oscars. He would definitely deserve it. 

I had goose bumps the whole time. Daniel Day-Lewis was seriously convincing as Lincoln. Sally Field as his (a little deranged) wife also put down a great performance. Their scene together about the loss of their son, made me cry. It was so intense and real. You immediately fell for their relationship and their sorrow. I think overall that there’s was not one performance in this movie that was out of place.

The entire movie was a fine 2 hour and a half long, but you didn’t notice it at all. Everybody knows how it ends, but you just can’t keep rooting and feeling stressed every time Lincoln and his group fell upon a struggle towards the Thirteenth Amendment. You keep rooting for them to make it happen and the scene in the parliament when they’re voting is just so nerve-wracking.

All in all, a beautifully made movie with amazing performances and a gripping story.

4 out of 5 stars.