Welcome to a brand new type of reviewing format, or at least brand new to TechFly! Each month we’ll be reviewing 5 films that are either in the cinema, or have been recently released to our screens. Be sure to also share your own opinions in the comment section below, and if there’s a film you’d like us to review, e-mail Matt at Matt@TechFly.co.uk. Oh yeah, and, Spoilers!
5. After Earth [4 out of 10 Flies]
‘After Earth’ is set in the distant future, and follows the story of Will and Jaden Smith, and how they tragically crash-land on an uninhabitable planet, which is apparently supposed to be Earth. Earth has been classed as an “illegal planet”, because for some unknown reason, in which the film failed to explain, all life has evolved to kill humans. Will Smiths leg broke in the accident, so now Jaden has to poorly act his way through a couple of miles to get to the wing of the broken ship, to collect a signal-beam-thing for his Dad. It also seems that Chemistry is also against humans, as it has become practically impossible for us to breathe for more than 24 hours, so Jaden has to drink some strange liquid to be able to breathe. As you can probably tell by my tone, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of this movie, although I was really on the edge to watch it, considering the trailer previewed 45 seconds of what felt like forever. The acting was pretty poor, well, not Will Smith’s of course. He can’t help that his son wanted to follow in his footsteps. The plot is also very cheesy and predictable. Three examples from the top of my head are; “Dad and Son are the only ones to survive crash”, “Main character finds strength through weakness” and “Son learns from his dad”. I must admit, the effects weren’t as bad as the film, but this still won’t stop me from saying, I do not recommend you watch this film.
4. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa [7 out of 10 Flies]
Alan Partridge is held captive. That’s pretty much it. But if you look deeper into what this film is, you’ll find it highly hilarious, depending on your type of humour. I, personally, found it quite funny. But this is probably because I have a more mature sense of humour. Those who find those such as Dara O’Briain and Russel Howard amusing, will find this just as. It includes all types of genres, from action to, yes, romance [If you call two 80 year old’s getting off in a toilet romance]. Although I find Steve Coogan rather annoying, and to be quite honest, I was dreading this film, the film itself, and the jokes enclosed within it are rather quite funny. I’d recommend this. To those over the age of 60.
3. Gravity [8 out of 10
Gravity is based upon the not-so-true story of 2 astronauts who’re stranded in space looking for a way to get back down to Earth, with only a limited amount of oxygen left in their suits. Ryan, which is in fact the female, is guided by another astronaut named Matt, who is surprisingly played by George Clooney, a man we all thought was long gone. I must admit, this film left me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole film [Possibly because the 3-D effects made me want to touch the pen that kept re-occurring throughout each scene]. There are also some bits that make you think “What? That’s impossible, that can’t happen in space”, but then the film soon redeems itself. I thought this film was one of the best films I’ve seen this year, possibly the best. Up until I got home. I soon realized that most of the film was a little silly. Such as, Ryan is surviving from a spacesuit with 7% oxygen in its tank, which lasts for about half an hour, but 0% oxygen in the tank, and only a little in her suit lasts for at least 15 to 20 minutes. But overall the movie was pretty good, made my heart race throughout the whole thing, which I’m sure is meant to happen – especially at the end. I’d recommend this to people who like a good film, but I’m not so sure Sci-Fi fans would be too impressed.
2. World War Z [8 out of 10 Flies]
World War Z, a film based on the book, goes through the story of Gerry Lane, the beloved Brad Pitt, as he battles it out with speedy zombies to find a cure, or at least a solution, to the ravaging plague that’s rapidly hitting earth. Some people might find some scenes upsetting, but I think they’re pretty damn cool. This film is really clever in how it’s been thought out, and honestly, I can’t really think of anything to put this down. Such a recommendation, even for those who’re not fond of zombie films, as it doesn’t have too much blood and gore. Also, I won’t give too many spoilers, other than the fact the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, makes an appearance, and is performing his infamous facial expressions…
1. Captain Phillips [10 out of 10 Flies]
Don’t expect to see too many 10 out of 10’s in the near distant future. but this one really deserves it. If the story of the film goes as how the realism was, Captain Phillips was a pretty brave and inspirational guy. I don’t get upset over films, like never, but this film left a lump in my throat towards the end. As Pirates board a ship passing through “their oceans”, Captain Phillips and his crew are put to the test of working well with the Pirates as the military come and take down the Somalian Pirates. In the midst of this, he gets kidnapped into a Lifeboat, and the army try their best to rescue him from within, yet the pirates fail to agree with deals, and just carry on saying “We know you play games. We no play games.” I can’t find any faults with the movie, and will sincerely recommend it to anyone – Such a great film.
Please note after watching this I did a little research, and found out that the real Captain Phillips wasn’t as brave as the film portrays him to be. In fact, his workmates are suing the producing company for an inaccurate film. For this, I must deduct 0.0001 points. This leaves the film with 9.9999 Flies.