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.


Come and find me (Bluray review)

Director; Zack Whedon
1h 52 minutes
Thriller
Out on bluray!

Writer and director Zack Whedon delivers a thriller that takes you on a journey of betrayal, lies, and realizing not everything is as it seems, completely twisting your head and every thought that has ever crossed your mind, almost leaving you insane with all the clues, hints, and not knowing who to trust anymore.

When David (Aaron Paul) wakes up only to find out that his girlfriend isn’t laying right beside him, he goes on a quest to find her, one that will lead him through a dark path uncovering unbelievable things about the person he once thought he knew.

Come and find me was rather dull at certain moments yet slightly entertaining at the same time, like you want to turn it off but also find yourself being somewhat interested in the outcome. It does manage to peak your curiosity, wondering where the girlfriend is, who she actually is, and will he make it until the end.

Aaron Paul shines, no matter role or script he still manages to deliver the best and you’ll be equally hooked on him as you’ve been on previous characters he’s played throughout his career.
Not something I’d watch several times, nor would probably never personally recommend due to so many other greater and better movies out there. However, are you a fan of Paul, it’s definitely something you should check out. 4.3/10

Bluray Extras;
The making of Come and find me.


Get Out (Bluray review)

Director; Jordan Peele
Mystery/Thriller
1h 44 minutes
From April 2017

Get Out left me gasping for air, the level of suspense and mystery was a perfectly blended cocktail of paranoia and dark thrill that will crawl underneath your skin and stay right there, taunting you with its dark and provocative script and premise long after the movies powerful ending.

Chris, played by the immensely talented actor Daniel Kaluuya is meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s family for the first time, but once upon his arrival, he starts having a strange knot created inside of him, alarming him about the mystery that goes on behind closed doors.
As he only sees black people on the estate as the family’s servants, he starts wondering what in the world he has stepped into…

It’s a fantastic cinematic experience with some Purge meets 12 years of slave vibes, I’m not in any way comparing them due to them being completely different genres and stories, but the same feeling I got when watching The Purge was making itself present during Get Out.

It’s dark, it’s scary, it’s smart! With its brilliant acting and directing, it’s a movie that will stay with you for a long time.
Loving that Peele delivered some rationally thinking characters with a great sense of mind. Sometimes that along in thrillers have bothered me, the way certain roles were played out, thinking that I’ve met bread with a higher IQ. Here, Chris (Kaluuya) acted out and did what you would want someone in his situation to do. 7/10

Bluray extras;
Alternate ending & deleted scenes with commentary by writer/director Jordan Peele.
Unveiling the horror of Get out.
Q&A discussion with Jordan Peele and the cast.
Feature Commentary.



Elle (Bluray review)

Director; Paul Verhoeven
Drama/thriller
2h 10 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though I from time to time can enjoy a French film, The Intouchables, Blue is the warmest color, La belle et la Bete (French version of Beauty and the Beast), I couldn’t find myself to be the slightly intrigued by this one, Elle. It didn’t grab me at all, I wasn’t hooked nor remotely interested to find out more and get into the depth of the story. Must say, it was a huge disappointment considering all the rave it got, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Elle, a businesswoman tries to track down the man that assaulted and raped her in her own home.

First of all, for this type of genre, over two hours is too much, especially when it’s filled with unnecessary dull scenes and moments that could’ve been cut from the final production. Second, I found the character to be too nonchalant about what she had gone through when telling her friends – like she didn’t acknowledge the weight of her horrific experience.

To be frank, it was boring. I yawned several times throughout as it oh so slowly tries to develop but nothing barely happens, it takes a while, and that just made me quickly lose interest. 3/10

Bluray extras;
Celebrating an Icon.
A tale of empowerment: Making Elle.


Fast 8 (Bluray review)

Director; F. Gary Gray
Action/Crime
2h 16 minutes

The action-packed franchise never fails to bring some highly entertaining visions filled with stunning views over gorgeous countries and cities, beautiful cars, great effects and on top of the cherry add some humor and a fantastic ensemble.
Though amazing, you could still feel one missing piece of the puzzle, one soul that was taken away far too soon, Paul Walker.
You definitely miss the bond and connection that Dom and Brian had, the one that radiated through each scene they had together in all the previous films. And even though he wasn’t there, he was in spirit.
They still managed to beautifully remember him by naming a special little new member after him.

One thing I truly adore about these films is the powerful loyalty that is practically a character itself, a massive depth between all of them, there is so much heart and emotions that you usually don’t expect nor see in movies in this genre.
It brings something extra to not only the plot but to the entire movie in general. If you’re not a fan of high-speed-action-packed movies, you can still enjoy the other amazing qualities and message it delivers. Such as love, family, and to fully enjoy life. The music alone is also such importance, it makes the movie ten times better. They keep bringing these epic tracks that I continue to listen to even after the movie.

Though great films, and you can see how it keeps becoming better and better, you do get kind of fed up, especially now by the 8th installment.
Because in the end, it’s some weak story and the cast gets a super bad-ass car and you see them in a high-speed racing through some city with some cool music in the background to make it seem and have you believe it’s the dopest sh*t ever.
However, this time, they put the Fast and Furious family into some serious test of loyalty and trust, a game of betrayal that will shake the solid ground they’ve built through each film.

Though they spiced it up this time, surely to keep the audience interested after so many years, it’s still predictable. I won’t get into specifics (due to not spoiling it completely) but I would’ve loved some insane massive turn of events, something so far off that no one saw it coming.
Though again, it wouldn’t be the strong loving effect that it has now if something truly ugly happened. Because it’s the very ending that sums up everything and gives that warm fuzzy feeling and smile on your face. Because who doesn’t love a happy ending?
No matter what, I still enjoyed it, I still loved it, and I’m still hyped to see the next one.

6.5/10 If you’ve seen the previous ones, obviously you must continue and strap up and enjoy the ride of epic explosions, dope cars, and awesome fight scenes!

Kudos to the entire cast and crew! Plus, to see Dwayne, Vin, and Statham in one movie doesn’t get any better! L.O.V.E.
– Now, hurry up and bring me Fast 9! The future of the furious? :D and end it with Fast 10; The ending of the Furious! You’re welcome.

Bluray extras;
The Cuban Spirit.
In the family.
Car culture.
All about the stunts.
Extended fight scenes.
Feature commentary with Director F. Gary Gray


Loving (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Nichols
Drama/Romance
2h 3 minutes
Out on bluray.

A beautiful and soulful story that is inspiring and heart-shattering at the same time. Though it’s powerful, the script falls flat and becomes rather dull, but don’t let that overshadow its depth, beauty, and true love – no matter race.

Loving plays out in the sixties, where a couple gets arrest for interracial marriage in Virgina and gets into a filthy battle, a legal war that would become historic in the Supreme Court.

To my opinion it was too long for a drama, a thin thread over two hours that quickly becomes quite boring and dragged out, making you almost lose interest by the second half.
The very slight thrill makes itself present when they go into battle, that is when it becomes somewhat intellectual and gives you some sort of attachment to the characters, the plot, and their story. But it wasn’t enough since throughout the film they never built up anything to grasp and grab a hold of you.
By already knowing what it is about, there is nothing extra to expect.

Not something I’d personally recommend. Found it to be long, flat, and dull to be frank. The only beauty of it is its story. 5/10

Bluray Extras;
Making Loving
A loving ensemble
Loving v. Virgina
Virgina: A loveing backdrop
Commentary with director Jeff Nichols


LIFE (Bluray review)

Director; Daniel Espinosa
Sci-Fi
1h 44 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Daniel Espinosa, another Swedish director who is making a name for himself in Hollywood, now delivers LIFE – a sci-fi/thriller that literally made me yawn after barely ten minutes into the story. Watching football would’ve been more entertaining and that alone says a lot coming from me considering that I hate sports. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a good intense sci-fi flick but this was dragged out, flat, and had zero common sense.

The script was poor with no logic and was pretty much unwatchable. I forced myself through the entire film in hope that it would kick off somewhere in the middle, or maybe the ending would compensate for the lack of entertainment at the beginning, it didn’t.

A group of scientists aboard on the International Space Station gets in contact with a life form that ends up threatening the life of the crew members.

They sure as hell made it sound interesting. This could’ve been something good, great even, a total nail-biter, but sadly each character’s poor decision ruined it and made a total flop out of the entire film. 3/10

Bluray Extras;
Deleted scenes.
Claustrophobic Terror: creating a thriller in space.
Life: In Zero G.
The art and reality of Calvin.
Astronaut Diaries.


Kong Skull Island (Bluray review)

Director; Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Adventure
1h 58 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Maybe not watching it at the theater on a massive screen with a killer sound system made it dull, not giving it justice enough, I don’t know honestly what the reason might be, but I was rather disappointed with the final product or maybe I was too hyped and had expectations I should not of had.
I guess I expected more, definitely a stronger story, better picture, and more logic since half the stuff they did throughout the movie didn’t make any sense at all.
They came off as characters without any sense of knowing right and wrong, taking a step back to rethink their actions, and practically heartless, no depth or soul.
More like plain killers without any affection toward anyone, they were being non-rational, their first instinct and move was to shoot and kill no matter the situation, then, getting riled up over a huge gorilla attacking them when they attacked first? They stepped on HIS territory, dropping grenades, and then wonder why he’s trying to defend himself in the only way he knows how to? Of course, the animal is mad, and he had every right to be. Besides that, nothing really happened for almost two hours.

A couple of scientists team up to explore an unknown and uncharted island, entering a place much similar to a jungle with animals bigger than they could’ve ever imagined.

It sounded exciting, intense, almost scary in some way but they didn’t deliver as much as such plot could’ve given us. 4.8/10

Bluray Extras;
Creating a King.
Monarch files 2.0.
Tom Hiddleston: The intrepid traveler.
Deleted scenes.
Director’s commentary.
And more.



Fifty shades of Grey (Bluray review)

Director; Sam Taylor-Johnson
Drama/Romance
2h 5 minutes
From 2015.

I’ve officially given this film three whole chances, praying, wishfully hoping it would somehow change my mind regarding the vision, script, act, and cast.
Sadly, it just continues to destroy me and shatter my spirit with its blue and sad delivery. As many other ladies all around the world, I was completely hooked by the passionate love story between Mr. Grey and Miss Steele.
I devoured the novels with such force, excitement, and love that I still can look back and remember the warm fuzzy feelings I got when entering the captivating world of these two love birds, and it broke my heart that the movie ruined it and rained all over my once blissful read.

I am pretty sure most of you know the over hyped plot by now, if you haven’t, instead of getting into the fact that you’ve must’ve lived under a rock these past few years, I will happily enlighten you.

Literature student, innocent, and shy Anastasia Steele, stumbles into the office of multi-millionaire Christian Grey, and she steps into a world BDSM and a powerful love that will change her life into one she never saw herself ever having or even experiencing.

I am well aware that the movies, hardly, ever, live up to the actual book, but I am pretty sure that with the high anticipation of this movie adaption and the large budget, they could’ve given us fans something more, something much greater and better. Everything was wrong from beginning to end, it wasn’t what the readers deserved to get after such long wait. 3/10

Bluray extras;
The unseen version.
Extended version with an alternative ending.
A teaser of Fifty shades darker.

Bonus;
Behind the scenes.
E.L James and Fifty Shades.
The pleasure of pain.
Music videos.
360 set explorer with hot spots.
Behind the scenes of ”Earned it.”
The world of Fifty Shades – Christian, Ana, friends and family.