Rampage: Big Meets Bigger (Review)

Director; Brad Peyton
1h 47 minutes
Action/Adventure

Big Meets Bigger definitely delivers action, loudness, and a whole lot of humor that will make you have a blast from beginning to end. Rampage, is epic in every aspect from vision, sound, to the actors’ performance. A cinematic experience that can only be truly enjoyed and appreciated on the big screen.

Like the title itself, Rampage is about three animals being infected with a dangerous virus that makes them almost bigger than life, and a primatologist and a geneticist must now team up to make sure that these gigantic creatures don’t destroy the city and their home that is Chicago.

It’s an entertaining motion picture that will surely have your eyes bulge when seeing these enormous animals taking over the city, the effects were somewhat gorgeous though some misses were found here and there, but nothing that ruined the experience. 7/10



Midnight Sun (Review)

Director; Scott Speer
Drama/Romance
1h 31 minutes

I want to start off by apologizing for the lack of updates, but if you’ve read one of my latest entries, then you know that I’ve had some difficulties with my mental health, and besides that, did I make the decision to take a little break, I needed a change of environment, which resulted in me doing a little trip to Iceland. For pictures feel free to check out my Instagram account @beautymartinez, enough about me now, let’s continue with the review.

Midnight Sun was everything and more.
It was a beautiful story with a dash of pure delight throughout the journey of a young girl with a rare condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight.
It’s a movie that though predictable, it will still manage to get inside of you and play with the strings of your heart, creating the most sensational symphony of love, strength, and pain, all wrapped into one heart-wrenching script with the perfect blend of drama, romance, and a spark of humor.

Bella Thorne shines in the role of Katie, a girl that has to spend her days inside, and behind special windows and only comes out to play once the lights go down and the sun hits the ground.
One night, she finally meets Charlie, (Patrick Schwarzenegger). The boy from across the street, the one who she has spied on for years and has a crush on and together they embark on a rollercoaster of young love, sparks, and strength.

It’s cute, warm, and will definitely leave an impact on you. 7/10


Pacific Rim: Uprising (Press screening review)

Director; Steven S. DeKnight
Sci-fi/Action
1h 51 minutes
Swedish premiere; March 23rd

Pacific Rim: Uprising is a blend of Transformers meets Alien, with a splash of Enders Game from 2013.
A cocktail of cities getting destroyed, futuristic technology, giant robots, and kids, a new generation being recruited to become Jaeger pilots.

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost played by John Boyega, mostly known for his role as Finn in the latest Star Wars installment, reunites with Mako and join forces with his former rival Lambert, played by Scott Eastwood to dive into battle and save the world from a new Kaiju threat.

There was no depth nor soul, it felt flat throughout until it reaches the ending, and not even then does it deliver with an epic closing, besides the predictable and obvious end that was bound to happen and easy to figure out due to previous similar films.

It tried desperately to come off as lighthearted at times, and to make the audience laugh or at least smile but failed miserably.
It felt forced. Let’s take the first Transformers as an example, the humor came naturally to Sam Witwicky and Agent Simmons played by Shia Labeouf and John Turturro, even the second and third film delivered some really good laughing moments that you felt in your core, making the entire theater crack up and shed a tear of joy. Here, I practically cringed.

The vision wasn’t spectacular, the shades ended up being dull, grey, and slightly average. The cinematic experience felt almost jacked from a Michael Bay action flick, and the music was pretty much none-excisting.
Not my cup of tea and I highly doubt it’ll become a huge blockbuster, however, did you enjoy the first one, then I am certain you’ll have a good time during the sequel. 5,5/10



Blade Runner 2049 (Review)

Director; Denis Villeneuve
2h 44 minutes
Sci-fi/Mystery
From 2017

Let’s continue with snoozing fiesta number 2.
Blade Runner 2049, an even stronger sleeping pill that simply sends you into an early death, I could physically hear my heart-rate going flat on the EKG during these 164 minutes.
Could be my own fault though, I might’ve set my expectations ridiculously high due to the massive hype this film got at its release. The high online reviews, the high IMDb rating of 8.2, and the 5 Oscar nominations, and the total of 121 Award nominations and 57 wins! HOW?

The first film and this are officially the most boring thing I have ever let my vision witness, and I feel like apologizing to my own eyes for torturing them with this. My question now is, what is it about these films that people love and compliment so much?

The only positive thing about this experience, trying to find a silver lining, next time someone asks, ”which is the most boring, slowest, and dullest film you’ve ever seen?” I will have an actual answer other than, ”Oh, I don’t know. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such sucky movie.”
Now I officially have, it’s called Blade Runner 1 & 2.
1/10



Blade Runner (Review)

Director; Ridley Scott
1h 57 minutes
Sci-fi/thriller
From 82.

A snoozing fest at its finest, a brilliant way to put people to sleep without any pharmaceutical.
To quote Janice, ”Oh. My. God.”
It was pure and utter torture to sit through this film that so many had the audacity to claim to be a masterpiece. Watching paint dry, would’ve been Disneyland compared to these 117 minutes that NEVER seemed to pass. It must’ve been the dullest, slowest, and most boring movie I have ever seen, literally.

I have never experienced such slow paced manuscript, from beginning to end it never, not even for the slightest of second speed or becomes in any way thrilling, and God forbid there was any sort of action, something to intrigue and wake you up from the coma.
I legit thought I had aged a hundred years once the credits started rolling.

A Blade Runner played by a very handsome Harrison Ford (keep in mind that this film was released in 82), must find four replicants who stole a ship and have now returned to Earth.

Sure, it sounds slightly interesting, and in that era, it must’ve been a quite fresh and unique idea for a film, but the pace people, it was a slow dying death at its best.
Blade Runner is a sleeping pill that takes you on a journey of boredom and nothing else! 2/10
And that 2 is for the sole performance and visual.


This was shown at the movie marathon by Film Sensation (Universal and SONY) and the rating and review have nothing to do with the actual event.
The people could not have been any more delightful, and I am extremely thankful for the invite and will continue going whenever invited.
Also, kudos to Hemma-Kväll for delivering snacks and beverage for the two films, it was highly appreciated by myself and my +1. So huge thank you to everyone who prepared and was involved.

Jigsaw (Review)

Directors; Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
Thriller/Crime/Mystery
1h 32 minutes
From 2017

Let’s play a game. The one phrase that makes the hair on your neck stand, the one line that crawls up your spine thanks to that voice that we all could recognize anywhere, anytime.
Jigsaw, another film to the SAW franchise that revolves around John Kramer and his urgent need for others to pay for their sins. Making each and one question how much their life is truly worth to them.

Years after the last film completely certain that John Kramer is dead, dead bodies start to appear and it’s up to the detectives to figure who is behind the new games.
Is it a Jigsaw fan, a copycat, or is Kramer alive?

The chainsaw soundtrack at the beginning brought the chills, not only because of the creepy sound and you know what lies ahead for the characters, but also because I was certain that they had ended the series with the last film. It was pure bliss knowing that the storyline and Tobin Bell (John Kramer) was finally back again.

I loved the movies, and I truly enjoyed this one.
It might not have the thrill, terror, and gore that the previous ones had, but it’s still pretty decent.
The Saw movies are known for its insane traps that used to leave you gasping for air and sitting on needles when the 60 seconds started counting down and you wondering if whoever is trapped, will make it out alive. Here, the traps fall flat, simple, and boring. As a huge fan, one might get slightly disappointed, but it’s still worth a watch. 5/10



The big sick (Bluray Review)

Director; Michael Showalter
Comedy/Drama/Romance
2h
Out on bluray
Copy by UIP

I am still trying to figure out what was so damn freaking-tastic about this film? I cannot be the only one who didn’t find this as amazing and hilarious as many others have stated on online reviews? It got 7,6 on IMDb, how is that even possible? I did not laugh out loud ONCE! Not even a half-crooked smile throughout the whole movie. I was sitting there wondering when it would end, I ended up picking my phone up and checking my Instagram feed instead. According to the reviews on the cover (by Rolling Stone and The Washington Post) it was the funniest romcom in ages. WHAT? HOW?

Pakistan-born stand-up comedian, Kumail, taunted by his family to get married with a woman from his land and culture, finds himself falling for an all American Girl.

I found it boring, and nothing I’d watch twice. 3/10

Bluray extras;
The making of The Big Sick
The real story
Film festival panel
8 Deleted scenes
The other stuff


Copy from SONY Home.

November Criminals (Bluray Review)

Director; Sacha Gervasi
Drama/Crime
1h 25 minutes
Out on Bluray.

After Baby Driver, it is pretty safe to say that Ansel Elgort is a rising star with a shining future. Here, in November Criminals, though equally enchanting in his performance, the weak storyline overshadowed his talent. The plot was flat, dull, and nothing extraordinary. There was nothing interesting or captivating about it. Once the plot is revealed, you’re sitting there as a human question mark wondering if that was it?

Two high school friends, besides finding out that there is more to their relationship than just best friends, they get themselves involved in trying to solve the murder of a friend.

It was predictable, and it lacked uniqueness and something fresh. 4/10 Not something I’d ever recommend.

Bluray extras:
Taking care – Making November Criminals.


COPY from Sony Home.

Fifty Shades Freed (press-screening review)

Director; James Foley
Romance/Thriller
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th

Words cannot express the pure bliss and excitement that I felt when attending the press screening for what must be one of the most anticipated movies in 2018 (mostly by ladies).
As most of you know I was devastated after Fifty Shades of Grey, the director had pretty much slaughtered the movie adaption, and it was just painful to sit through something that I had looked forward seeing with every bit of my heart and soul.
When the second one came out, I had zero exceptions for it but
decided to see it anyways, and I finally left the theater with a grin from ear to ear, it wasn’t perfect but definitely a tremendous step up from the first one.
It was a better script, the monologues were much more satisfying, so were the scenes, the clothes, it felt much closer to the novel that we had come to adore so much.
Now, the third book, the final goodbye to the characters we have fallen in love with, swept away by, and in ache knowing this is the end, was great.

One thing these movies never fail with is the music, the sound adds a glorious essence of beauty and depth to every moment, and that alone had me smiling like an idiot and getting goosebumps.
The song at the end did it for me, I was bawling my eyes out to the last moment when they were slowly wrapping it up.

If you have read the books, you most certainly know what the film is about, for those who yet have not taken the time to read the fantastic, thrilling, and enticingly love story of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele, then here is a little brief information about the storyline.

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are back, this time as Mr. and Mrs. But it ain’t all rainbows and roses after the wedding, they must now face one of the biggest threats out there, Jack Hyde, a man who will stop at nothing for his revenge.

As much as I enjoyed it, I felt as that they could’ve rounded it up to two hours, and added some lines that were missing from the book, or skipped a sex scene or two, and add something else. Besides that, you get enough. I cannot for the life of me figure out why so many are bashing it, especially on IMDb. Haters gonna hate.

I was smiling, crying, and sitting on needles through the thrilling scenes that had me gasping for air. If you have seen the two first ones, you must, of course, check it out. If you haven’t, don’t judge it too quickly simply because the first one was bad.

Dakota and Jamie shines in the last chapter, I could finally see them as Grey and Ana, and I loved that! Thank you to Erika for writing these books, and thank you to the entire cast and crew for bringing Fifty Shades to life. They will be missed. 7/10



The Beguiled (Bluray review)

Director; Sofia Coppola
Drama/Thriller
1h 33 minutes
Out on Bluray.

Quite the disappointment to be honest, or maybe it was me who simply expected something completely different than what the trailer had me believing.
I wanted more thrill, more raw uncertainty on what would go down. It all felt pretty well predictable, I thought I’d be gasping for air, left in awe due to the shock, that I’d be spun around, but it was an hour and a half of dullness, thinking that something was about to happened but never did, the build-up was flat, and so was the story and plot.

However, the acting was what kept me going, I continued watching it toward the very end for the sole purpose that Kidman was phenomenal, a brilliant performance that had me admiring her entire being and character. There is an essence of elegance and peace around her, and that alone is enough to check this film out.

A wounded solider (Colin Farrell) arrives at girls school in Virginia, causing a havoc of the darkest in betrayal and jealousy.

Not something I’d strongly recommend to someone, but also not something to completely turn away from. If you have an hour and half to spare, it is a pretty decent film to kill time with, nothing more, nothing less. 5/10

Bluray extras;
A shift in perspective.
A southern style.

Copy from SONY.