Truth or Dare (Review)

Director; Jeff Wadlow
Horror/Thriller
1h 40 minutes
(Tickets provided by UIP)

Jeff Wadlow, the man behind Never Back Down, Kick-ass 2, and several others, delivers a mediocre, mostly thrill and barely any horror film with oh so little reasons to even consider putting an hour and 40 minutes into it. But if you want some laughs due to the poor visual, performance, and script, then this might just be up your alley.

A game that takes a twisted turn when few teenagers decide to play Truth or Dare during a trip in sunny Mexico, but instantly darkens when the games goes from innocent fun to follow them back home, and not letting them get out of the game unless they follow the horrific dares and rules.

Honestly, I must say that I was slightly disappointed because (as always) the trailer had me believe for it to be something much darker, scarier, and serious, yet I got terrible, average, and somewhat dull at certain moments. Not something I’d personally recommend. 3,5/10



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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



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



Guest entry by Filmtopp.se

Tre svenska filmer att se fram emot;
Nu när filmåret närmar sig sitt slut är det både kul att se tillbaka på vilka guldkorn vi har fått ta del av och vilka vi godbitar vi har att se fram emot. 2017 var ett stabilt år för svensk film, vi fick exempelvis ta del av framtida klassiker som Sameblod och The Square och fick en skrattfest med sköna Solsidan. Filmerna kvalade in på vår lista med årets bästa filmer 2017. Men hur ser det egentligen ut för 2018? Nedan listar vi tre svenska filmer att se fram emot. Vilken längtar du mest efter?

Tårtgeneralen
Radarparet Filip Hammar och Fredrik Wikingsson skrev manus till Karin af Klintbergs dokumentär Trevligt folk från 2015. Nu är de tillbaka med en ny biofilm, Tårtgeneralen, som de både har skrivit och regisserat. I centrum står den sanna historien om när Köping utsågs till Sveriges tråkigaste stad, något som köpingsbon Hasse Pettersson vägrade att gå med på. För att motbevisa domen ska han göra världens längsta smörgåstårta. Som Hasse ser vi Mikael Persbrandt och Helena Bergström spelar Dyr-Gunilla.

Lyrro Ut & Invandrarna
Komikergänget ”Lorry” är tillbaka. Denna gången med en film om människor på flytt. Vi får se svenskar som rör sig till varmare breddgrader och människor från andra länder som flyttar till Sverige.
Lorry-gänget blev stora med TV-serien med samma namn, som byggde på sketcher – inte alltid helt okontroversiella ska tilläggas. Så det ska bli spännande att se om de tänker provocera i dagens samhällsklimat med. De flesta av originalskådespelarna – Suzanne Reuter, Henrik Dorsin, Claes Månsson, Johan Ulvesson och Peter Dalle – kommer att medverka.

Ted – För kärlekens skull

Biopremiär: 5/1

Ted – För kärlekens skull har det pratats om länge. I januari kan vi ta del av filmen om Ted Gärdestads liv. I titelrollen ser vi Adam Pålsson och som Teds bror Kenneth, ser vi Peter Viitanen. Vi kan också förvänta oss en underbar Jonas Karlsson som musikproducenten Stikkan Andersson.

Få svenska artister har haft ett lika fascinerande liv som Ted Gärdestad, som utöver att vara med i en indisk sekt och var Björn Borgs tennisrival i unga dagar, också var en tidig misstänkt för mordet på Olof Palme. Detta kommer att bli en given publiksuccé.

Är du nyfiken på vilka fler filmer som kommer kan du läsa mer om våra filmtips för 2018.

Vilken av de svenska filmerna ser du mest fram emot?

Written by filmtopp.