The First Purge (Bluray review)

Director; Gerard McMurray
Action/Crime
1h 38 minutes
Bluray/DVD release; November 12th
Copy provided by UIP/SONY Home

Hands down, the worst movie of 2018. I haven’t seen a film this fantastically awful in a long time, I enjoyed the previous ones but watching The First Purge was a waste of time from beginning to end.
The poor storyline, the dull plot that falls flat, and vision was just painful to witness. Pure embarrassment altogether.

As the title says, the film is pretty much about how it all came together, what made America start the actual purge that we got to follow through the previous movies. What led them to offer this outlet to inhabitants of the states and the answer was simple, anger.

I was quite excited for this film since the other ones had that delicate touch of the right amount of suspense, horror, and thrill. The story had you sitting on needles, you were gasping for air, wondering how it would turn out, and would the good ones make it through the horrid 24 hours…

Here, I was bored. I kept looking at the watch, praying to the movie lords for the film to come to an end. It doesn’t once, not even for a slight second grab you, capture, nor intrigue you. It doesn’t become interesting enough to grasp your attention. Nothing I’d ever recommend, stick with the ones you’ve seen and don’t even bother watching this. 1/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scene
A radical experiment
Bringing the chaos
The masks of the first purge



Ocean’s 8 (Bluray review)

Director; Gary Ross
Action/Comedy/Crime
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Twentieth Century Fox Sweden

Stars in a clear blue sky, that is the definition of Ocean’s 8. Great actresses that don’t shine due to the lack of substance and depth, a lifeless script that delivers absolutely nothing besides a cool-attitude Rihanna, a preppy Sarah Paulson, and a greedy Sandra Bullock.

If you are familiar with the Ocean’s franchise, you’ll have a clue of what this film is all about. Masterminds doing crimes with style and some humorist lines to lighten up the atmosphere and give you that action thrill yet chill vibe all wrapped together with a bow and an ensemble of big actors and actresses, all gathered in one place.

Debbie Ocean is planning the biggest heist so far, and in order to pull it off during the most significant party of the year, the Met Gala – she needs a team of experts, and that is where every recognizable face from the entertainment industry waltzes in.
You got Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, and so many more. A ride of expensive jewelry, fancy dresses, and spy-mentality. 5.5/10

Bluray extras;
A heist in heels
Ocean’s team 3.0
Reimagining the Met Gala
Deleted scenes



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.

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.

IT (Bluray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Horror/Drama
2h 15 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 13th

Andy Muschietti has truly outdone himself in this remarkable remake, the horror classic from the 90’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels, It. A film for this, and future generations to enjoy and be a part of.

The movie is an extraordinary tribute to not only the original, but also to the writer behind the story as well. The eye for every detail in every moment does not go unnoticed, from the vision, sound, to script – from beginning to end, it’s simply flawless.
You’ll have the creeps crawling through every nerve of yours just by seeing the credits, the melodic yet unpleasant soundtrack of children softly singing, the gray and rainy day, to the performance of every single actor involved.

I wouldn’t call it a hardcore-hands-down horror film, but the thrill and suspense is there, and it wasn’t so much ”jump-in-your-face” type of scenes, but tension, shadows, and sound building up and the atmosphere that delivered that great scary touch to it, along side with the amazing work from the makeup and costume department when it came to Pennywise (the clown), and the other ”monster” like characters.

The actors, who were mostly children, were brilliant, truly phenomenal in every aspect of their act.
One that is already such a talent, is Finn Wolfhard. You might recognize him from the amazing hit tv-show Stranger Things that is streaming on Netflix. Oh Lord, what a joy it is to observe and listen to him, I don’t care how young he is, I literally want to be friends with him, he’s definitely the coolest kid on the block!

Another one that blew me away, (well they all did), but especially, was Jack Dylan Grazer. I don’t know if it was his role, the outfit, but he literally reminded me of Steve Carell in a mini version. He was fantastic. They were all amazing, probably more talented than most grown up actors to be honest.
Superb job from the entire cast and crew. It was a perfect cocktail of drama, horror elements with a dash of comedy thanks to the epic comebacks the kids had for each other. 9/10 And applause to our Swedish actor for giving such classic character justice with his supreme act.

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
The losers’ club.
Pennywise lives.
Author of fear.



Copy from Fox Movies.

American Made (Bluray review)

Director; Doug Liman
Action/Biography
1h 55 minutes
Out on bluray

From A few good men, Jerry Maguire, Collateral, Eyes Wide Shut, to Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and I’m certain no one can get over the epic underpants scene in Risky Business from 83 – it is safe to say that I adore Cruise in every aspect of his being, from the talented actor that he is to the persona he appears to be on interviews, red carpet, and talk shows.
There is a charisma to him, glint in his green eyes and charming smile, though the movie did not end up on my top 3, it was definitely a come back from the mess that was The Mummy.

Doug Liman, the man who also directed Cruise in Edge Of Tomorrow brings us now American Made, a real life-based story about a pilot who besides ends up working for the CIA also becomes a drug smuggler in the south during the 80s.

Cruise portrayed the character in the only way he knows how to, light-hearted and delightful. The man simply oozes a certain attraction that many others lack, no matter plot, script, or vision he still manages to shine like a diamond in the darkened sky that he is.

Stunning vision and colors though I hated the camera switches from one picture to another, the cutting was simply bad, but I won’t be so hard on it considering that the movie is supposed to come off as a documentary as well and since Edge of Tomorrow was fantastic, I am pretty sure it was not something that was handled poorly or by mistake.
The length, however, was slightly long, almost two hours which becomes dragged out for this genre, yet its subtle humor here and there makes it rather enjoyable. 6.7/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes.
American storytellers.
Cruise and Liman.
Shooting American Made.
Flying high.
The real Barry Seal.




Bluray copy from UIP.

Transformers: The Last Knight (Bluray review)

Director; Michael Bay
Sci-Fi/Action
2h 35 minutes
Out on bluray!

I absolutely adore the Transformers franchise and Mark Wahlberg himself. He was my second celebrity crush after seeing him in Fear (first was DiCaprio in Titanic), then his work as both an actor and producer has always been something that I’ve enjoyed watching through the years.
Whether it is a thrillingly speedful action flick like Shooter or comedy like Ted and Daddy’s Home, I simply love the roles he has taken on since his days as Marky Mark, sadly, I just feel that he doesn’t belong in here.
These movies just keep getting worse, lacking the soul and heart the first film had, I cannot wrap my head around how on earth they have become so bad when once, being a massive blockbuster that I would look forward seeing.

I kind of lost interest when the fourth movie came out, when welcoming a whole new cast and introducing a brand new story, yet the plot in a way always remains the same.
Suddenly, we had to say goodbye to Shia LaBeouf as Sam, and get familiar with the new faces that were taking over; a father (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter.
Shia was like a shooting star, definitely one a kind, and any other actor after would only be compared him. So, I think it was rather clever from Bay to start from the beginning, it just didn’t work out, and I believe it is time for us fans all around the globe to send a final farewell to the films we’ve come to love.

With Prime gone and the good and bad at war, Cade is in-between a battle of both trying to protect the Autobots while finding out more about the Transformer’s history alongside Vivian (Laura Haddock).

A messy disaster that won’t capture your attention, just pure agony, knowing that the Transformers you once adored so much, is gone. 3,9/10

Bluray Extras;
Merging Mythologies – The secret of Transformers history.
Climbing the ranks.
The royal treatment.
Alien landscape.

+ more.



Bluray copy from 20th century Fox.

Cult of Chucky (Bluray review)

Director; Don Mancini
Horror/Thriller
1h 31 minutes
From October 24th 2017.

It’s been four years since The Curse of Chucky came out, and our beloved yet tormented doll terrorized Nina. This time he’s back to not only finish what he started back then but to also team up with his former wife, and to settle some scores with his enemies.

I’ve been a fan of Chucky for as long as I can remember, it reminds me so much of my childhood, and was one of the first horror films that I watched. It was a bittersweet sensation, the thrill of being afraid, wanting to look away or run and hide, but also sitting there almost by the edge thanks to the suspense that these films brought to me as a kid.
Today, several years later, and me being much older there’s still definitely some sort of thrill left floating in the air, yet not as exciting as when I was younger of course. Now, I found it idiotic even, wondering how through the years no one ever manages to overpower a damn doll?!
However, I do appreciate the storyline and plot better now due to actually understanding it rather than being a child and only focusing on the pictures and messy killing.

Of course, there’s a difference and upgrade of Chucky himself, and I must say that I found him rather strange in the latest version, not the classic look we’re used to even though the red hair was there and the known outfit. But equally entertaining with his evil laugh and sarcastic lines that ends up being humorous. I enjoyed it, besides him looking different there isn’t much negative I can say about it. 6/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes with commentary by director.
Inside the insanity of Cult of Chucky.
Good guy gone bad.
The dollhouse.
Feature commentary with director puppeteer Tony Gardner.


The Mummy (Bluray review)

Director; Alex Kurtzman
Adventure/Fantasy
1h 50 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I was looking forward to experiencing something parallel and epic, I got mediocre and mellow. I wouldn’t call it a disappointment, it just simply didn’t make the cut.

Though the visual was stunning some scenes looked rather cheap, and certain characters were completely unnecessary, it just wasn’t enough to satisfy my movie-loving-soul that had been waiting to see the always handsome Tom Cruise in another adventurism story, this time involving mummies, and some other non-human creatures.

It lacked excitement, barely any thrill as these genres are supposed to have, and the plot was quite dull.
Tom Cruise, a talented actor and though I am a fan of his, he didn’t quite fit in here as a treasure hunter, he seemed out of place.
And though the script is supposed to be all about Sofia Boutella, of course, it ends up being a movie where Cruise gets beaten up most parts yet as always comes out without a single scratch nor bruises – too unrealistic.
She, being the main character as the actual MUMMY, was barely showcased as she should’ve been or deserved. No interesting powers whatsoever, and don’t even get me started on Russell Crowe.

A character that was completely unnecessary to have along for the ride was actor Jake Johnson, and as much as I adored him in Let’s Be Cops, he was just awfully placed here.
The acting and expressions were bad, lines, and attempt to throw some humor in ended up being painful.
Brendan Fraser had some sort of charisma and a sparkling smile that he automatically became more charming on screen, and humor became a natural ingredient of the movie as well as for his role. But here, they failed.

As this being an introduction, welcoming characters for the Dark Universe that Universal has planned for the future, bringing us cinematic experiences with some classic monsters, then I’m saddened to say that after this, they’re off to a rocky beginning.

In overall, it’s not a bad movie, might seem like it after this review, but it just wasn’t what I wanted or expected to see. Some scenes were beautifully made, Sofia Boutella as the ancient Princess was great, and it was entertaining for a once time commitment, but that’s practically it. 5.6/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted and extended scenes.
Cruise & Kurtzman; a conversation.
Rooted in reality – Life in zero-G: creating the plane crash.
Meet Ahmanet – Cruise in action.
Becoming Jekhyll and Hyde.
Choreographed chaos.
Nick Morton: in search of a soul.
Ahmanet reborn animated.
Graphic novel – feature commentary.