Movie Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

by Matthew Vaughn

by Matthew Vaughn

‘A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.’ (IMDb) (by Matthew Vaughn, 129 min.)

I didn’t expect to like this movie as much as I did. I’m a huge fan of James Bond and now this gives a different take on the genre. It is funny, entertaining and still has a lot of class.

It tells us the story of a young man in a difficult environment who gets picked up by a spy organization and put through a difficult training program. We get a lot of world building in the sense that the characters all get a story and we get the chance to learn to appreciate or hate them.

It’s definitely worth watching if you like a good laugh and a lot of action.

3,5 out of 5 stars.


Movie Review – Unbroken

by Angelina Jolie

by Angelina Jolie

‘After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.’ (IMDb) (by Angelina Jolie, 137 min.)

I quite liked this movie. It has some flaws, but you could clearly sense the influence from the Coen brothers. This movie was quite entertaining, but their was just too much to tell for just one movie. It is an interesting story, one I’m glad I’ve learned about. But this man just went through so much, that you could make a few movies out of it.

Angelina Jolie decided to make just one movie out of this story. And with that much to tell, the movie sometimes felt overwhelming and there were just so much to tell and so much information that I feel that she could have narrowed the story down a bit.

Overall I liked it and I’ll definitely watch her next movie.

3 out of 5 stars

Movie Review – John Wick

by Chad Stahelski

by Chad Stahelski

‘An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.’ (IMDb) (by Chad Stahelski, 101 min.)

I’m actually really surprised by this film. I didn’t think I would like it. After watching the trailer I thought it would be a typical action film, but with Keanu Reeves. But it was actually more than that.

Don’t get me wrong. It was a typical action movie. Keanu Reeves plays an ex-hitman who wants revenge and you actually already know what’s going to happen. But they put little details in it, that makes it quite enjoyable. And the dog actually stole the show for me.

3,5 out of 5 stars.

Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

by Francis Lawrence

by Francis Lawrence

‘Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.’ (IMDb) (by Francis Lawrence, 123 min.)

I wan’t really impressed by this movie. I must say that this wasn’t my favorite book either. The entire first part of the book was just so uneventful and a lot of talking, what this movie also was. The few bits of action we get to see are such a small part of the story that the rest is just so long.

We get to see how they try to turn Katniss in the image of the revolution, of which she wants no part. We get to see a part of her that we didn’t see before. For the first time in the movies she didn’t have to fight in the games, but she is stuck in a foreign place with people she doesn’t know.

I have the feeling that this entire movie was just a build-up for something bigger, that we didn’t see yet. I’m certain that the next movie will be full of action again and more like we know of the Hunger Games.

3,5 out of 5 stars… I didn’t love it, but it was still an interesting story.

Movie Review – Fury

by David Ayer

by David Ayer

‘April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.’ (IMDb) (by David Ayer, 134 min.)

This movie was such a surprise to me. It was better than I expected. It wasn’t the best war-movie I ever saw. It was still idealized a bit and showing the Americans in a good light, always neglecting what others have done. But the characters were all really nice and so different from one another. And you keep rooting for them to succeed.

It is a war movie so these are never without casualties and some of my favorite characters of this movie died and it made my heart break. But it was done in such a way that you had enough time to get to know them better, before they died.

The images were also so great, but some of the special effects and the shooting from guns, seemed a bit more science-fiction than actual bullets zipping through the air. But it didn’t pull me out of the story as much as I expected. I will definitely watch this movie again.

out of 5 stars.

Movie Review -The Maze Runner

by Wes Ball

by Wes Ball

‘Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.’ (IMDb) (by Wes Ball, 113 min.)

I kind of liked this movie. I didn’t read the book beforehand so I didn’t know what would happen. And I was gladly surprised by this film and the direction the story took.

I liked the most of the movie. Everything in the maze was so amazing! It was entertaining. It was exciting and it drew me in from the start of the film and it continued to take me through this exciting world the entire way.

But, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end of the film. I’ll probably see how they continue it in the next film, but I would have liked to see it play out differently.

Dylan O’Brien was good as show runner! I hoped he would do it good and he delivered what I wanted and more! It was refreshing to see him take on a what bigger action-packed role. He played everything with a nice balance between kindness and being hard to achieve what he wants.

I give this film a 3,5 out of 5 stars

Movie Review – Dracula Untold

by Gary Shore

by Gary Shore

‘Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.’ (imdb) (by Gary Shore, 92 min.)

This movie was ok. It was an exciting and thrilling story with lots of action and visual effects. It was also the only thing that kept me interested.

The story was well-built, but wasn’t very interesting for me. It was just another take on a story that we saw a lot of times before. It had an interesting concept, but there wasn’t a lot made out of it. We saw how the prince of Transylvania turned into Dracula and the reasons behind his decisions. It’s an interesting take on Dracula’s story, but felt a bit slow to me.

The sort was action-packed and it never felt really boring because there was always something happening on the screen. But sometimes, I had the feeling that some of the shots in the action scenes were so quick and blurry. I never got a good look at how the fights were going on and how he transformed in Dracula and in a vampire. And why make a story about a strong vampire if we can’t see how he fights. I get he’s quick and that you don’t see him coming until he’s upon you, but there are still ways to show that and show how he fights to us, the public.

3 out of 5 stars, still an interesting concept