AMERICAN ASSASSIN – REVIEW

 

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch
Director: Michael Cuesta
Running Time: 111mins
Cert: 18

Last night I went to the movies after a long while and saw the patriotically titled, American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien.

I’ve been a Dylan O’Brien fan since small roles in The Internship and then  of course The Maze Runner and was excited to see what he would offer in the way of a more ‘adult’ role.

Before I go into his performance however which is well done in my opinion; this film in a lot of ways is not the best in terms of release time. There are a few who may agree with the opposite as the content is current and thought provoking and to witness the destruction near the end was actually quite emotional for me. Its not the best content to have been released in such tumultuous times for America when relationships with Muslims are strained and this film plays heavily on that animosity.

When his fiance is killed during a random terrorist attack, Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) takes it upon himself to exact revenge against the man/terrorist group who killed her. While this dedication to revenge brings him to the attention of the CIA; the dedication is overshadowed by what seems to be his hatred of ALL Muslims which isnt a good thing to watch. It plays out that his reckless and impulsive behaviour is rewarded by top authorities when he is hired to work for them to bring down a terrorist group.

Moving on from this, O’Brien’s performance is commendable although for future reference Dylan – growing a beard does not a grown up make – although it does suit him!
He embodies the character really well and you believe his passion for wanting to go after the terrorists even when the fight is no longer his to fight.

The negatives? A bit too much globe trotting for my liking. One minute we’re in Roanoke, then we’re in London then we’re in Turkey then Greece! I gather its the nature of a ‘spy’ but it was a bit much to keep up with! The characters, though played well by all involved are quite 2 dimensional: tough ex Army vet, tough as nails Black female at the head of the operation; loose cannon rookie that has exceptional skill.

On the plus side, there are some decent fight scenes especially one in an apartment that has one entire wall made of glass which makes for good viewing. They’re not overly done and believable in the technique and skill. There are a few Easter eggs in terms of ‘the real enemy’ but not too obviously so.

I liked that it was brought together in the end that things were not as they seemed which helped with the general impression of the film.

Definitely enjoyable and thought provoking as to what is going on around us right now.

American Assassin is out in UK cinemas Sept. 14

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#BLINDDATE IS BACK! – WHAT TO WATCH

Paul O’Grady will replace Cilla Black as the host

Hey guys, I have deviated a little for this post and brought back #WhatToWatch as the new series of #BlindDate is coming to Channel 5 and I’m in it!

Make sure you tune in on Saturday 17th June at 7pm to see which one of us gets to go on a date!

STARRED UP – REVIEW

Review

 

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
Director: David Mackenzie
Running Time: 106mins
Cert: 18

Speechless. Absolutely speechless…so ill type instead of talk about the amazing film that is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up!

There are a few posts on the blog that have built up the excitement for this film and i am so happy that it did not disappoint. Starred Up is a gripping and insightful film about the internal social structure of prison but more so about the relationship between a troubled father and son.

Eric Love is transferred from juvenile detention to adult prison prematurely and in doing so has to survive the internal struggles that he will undoubtedly face. While facing the shame, depression and violence that incarceration brings, Eric finds himself in the same institution as his father Neville. Its here that the real story unfolds as Eric as to come to terms with the type of man/prisoner he wants to be or ultimately the type his father could make him.

For those that haven’t seen the film yet, i don’t like to go into a synopsis of films but rather just point out the things that make a film good or bad. In this instance, the realism and grit of it make it absolutely fantastic. The authenticity of language and powerful performances by Jack O Connell and Ben Mendelsohn, make the characters relatable even to people who have never come into contact with prison, prisoners or their way of life. You find yourself becoming sympathetic to their individual situations and rooting for various inmates to survive the chaos of their confinement.

During the hour and forty minutes of this film that left me wanting more, you will laugh, cry, be shocked and appalled at the things that take place in prison. There is no question of its authenticity and you genuinely fear for Eric and those that grow close to him.

O Connell’s performance is riveting and engaging and sentimental in its deliverance making him a force to contend with in the coming years. The supporting cast consisting of David Ajala and Anthony Welsh are a welcome addition that provide comedy and ultimately a sense of family to an otherwise seemingly bleak situation.

Starred Up is simply a gem of British talent and film and could possibly be the best original film ill see this year.

WHAT TO WATCH!! – MOVIES

What To Watch

 

– Today is Friday so that means its movie release day! A few new films have popped up today so here is a quick list of them and what its about if you were unsure! – 

 

STARRED UP
Cast: Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: David Mackenzie
Cert: 18

Jack O’Connell is set to give a career shaping performance in this prison drama about violent teen Eric Love who finds himself in the difficult transition from a young offender’s institute to adult prison. Despite help from prison therapist (Rupert Friend), he also helped by an inmate who just happens to be his dad (Ben Mendelsohn).

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Cast: Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant
Director: Steve Pink
Cert: 15

The second of Kevin Hart’s films to hit UK screens this year and this time he is accompanied by his Think Like A Man co stars Regina Hall and Michael Ealy. A modern version of the classic romantic comedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in 1986, about two people getting into their first committed relationship. Paired up with the more comical relationship of Hart and Hall hopefully brings more laughs in then Ride Along.

A LONG WAY DOWN
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Cert: 15

A once beloved TV personality who is now, shall we say a little bit passed it, is on top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Ever and ready to jump. However, he’s soon joined by single mother Maureen (Collette), sassy teen Jess (Poots), and musician turned pizza-delivery boy JJ (Paul). They decide, instead of jumping tomake a pact and stay alive and stay together until Valentine’s Day at least…

LABOR DAY
Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Dir. Jason Reitman, US, 2013, 111 mins
Certificate: 12A     Distributor: Paramount

Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler is 13 years old and struggling to be the man of the house while caring for his reclusive mother Adele and live a normal teenage life. While on a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother meet Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and  in need of some help, who they agree to take home but later find out is an escaped convict resulting in the longest Labor Day weekend of their lives…