Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Series of Violent Movies

Totally not on purpose! It was just when I was thinking for a title for this post, it triggers me! All three of these movies I recently watched are with a lot of violent! Very light ones, though, luckily... Phew~!

Gangster Squad
Cast: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, etc (being totally fair by not putting Sean Penn's name first :p)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Synopsis: Inspired by true story, the movie was set in the 1940s' and 1950s'. It talks about the Los Angeles Police Department formed a 'Gangster Squad' unit with an aim to bring down the biggest gangster, Mickey Cohen who dictated almost everything in the city.
The Thumb-Up(s): The violence and the occasional humour  in the movie serve as a good entertainment, while the pretty costumes and settings are quite attractive (though not as amazing as The Great Gatsby). Sean Penn, while not given a lot of screen time since he plays the villain roles, is to me, still the best performer of the entire movie. 
The Thumb-Down(s): The movie started great but honestly, ended really suckily. I totally hate the ending! I also think most of the characters were not well-developed, which makes such a great cast a waste for the movie. I mean, I'm sure some of you would be watching this because of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone but I have to tell you, their characters, and their romance in the movie are a waste of time and totally unnecessary. I don't blame them though, it's the writing of the movie that screws things up. 
Verdict: If you are a true fan of violent movie, this is still a movie for you, as long as you know you are expected to be disappointed at the end of the movie. Otherwise, you can save your energy, time and movie. (Gosh, How can I say such thing about movie by one of my favourite actors???)
2.5 out of 5

World War Z
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, etc
Director: Marc Forster
Synopsis: Based on a novel, the movie talks about Gerry Lane, a retired UN employee who is asked to resume work to travel the world to find a way to stop the zombie-like pandemic.
The Thumb-Up(s): Unlike the usual zombie movies, this one has zombies that run and climb real fast, giving you the thrill you need in a movie. It is also not as surface (just zombies-killing) and not as bloody. So in stead of loads of gun-shots, you see people act smartly like some FBI or something to solve the problem. In fact, the story is a fresh change to the recent strings of apocalyptic movies made in Hollywood. 
And yes, as much as I hate to say this, Brad Pitt looks hot in the movie.
The Thumb-Down(s): Okay, I get it that this is a movie produced by Brad Pitt, but I didn't like how he makes himself so heroic in the movie. Worst, he chose Mireille Enos to play his wife in the movie which make them look more like maybe mother and son! I think this is secretly Angelina Jolie's idea of getting a not-so attractive and old-looking woman to play Brad's wife because she feels insecure! Ha! 
Verdict: Story line is something new and smart, action-packed and thrilling enough.
4 out of 5

The Heat
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
Director: Paul Feig (he did the fantastic Bridesmaids too!)
Synopsis: FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn(what a last name, LOL!) met Boston Detective Shannon Mullins in Boston and both can't stand each other. They must however, work together to take down a Russian mobster.
The Thumb-Up(s): Once again, Melissa McCarthy was super duper hilarious! And Sandra Bullock too, delivers as a usual her, which was great! I think the movie owes a lot to the insanely funny and vulgar lines. It is a true entertainment which will definitely cheer you up if you are down because of something in life. 
The Thumb-Downs(s): Not entirely logical, not entirely fantastic in terms of action, predictable story line... But then again, this is a freaking comedy, who cares about all these, huh?
Verdict: You will enjoy the movie with loads of laughter! 
4 out of 5


Hayley said...

World War Z, I actually planned to watch this after I watched the trailer, but end up received some negative reviews from friends so now giving it a miss.

ShiRLeXia said...

Urm honestly I think you will enjoy the movie! :)