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.


T2 Trainspotting (Bluray review)

Director; Danny Boyle
Drama
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

20 years later and these guys still got it and brings out the same amount of entertainment as the first one did in 96. Though the movie is great, I am pretty sure that it is my admiration for the actor Ewan McGregor that makes me adore this film even more.

He stole my heart as Obi-Wan, but he also fed my soul with his characters such as ”Henry” in The Impossible, ”Michael” in the Perfect Sense, ”Camerlengo Patrick McKenna” in Angels & Demons, and many others.
There’s a certain charisma about him and a glint in his eyes that grabs a hold of you, and you end up loving every second that you’re being trapped under his unique spell as an actor.

In T2 Trainspotting, we get to see our old friends such as Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie, become reunited in Scotland and follow them and their antics that’ll occur when they gather up!

Jump on the train that’ll take you back – a massive nostalgic travel that will make you smile and keep you entertained from beginning to end. 6.5/10

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
20 years in the making; a conversation with Danny Boyle and the cast.
Commentary with Danny Boyle and John Hodge.




20th Century Women (Bluray review)

Director; Mike Mills
Drama/Comedy
1h 59 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Watching paint actually dry would’ve been more entertaining, it must’ve been one of the dullest movies and script I’ve ever seen, definitely not my cup of tea – and I legit want my two hours back after watching this. How it got such great reviews and the high score is beyond me, and it just truly shows how everyone has different tastes and opinion regarding movies and genre.

The story revolves around a mother played by Annette Bening and her son Jamie (Billy Crudup)
who is being raised by his mother and two other girls, Julie (Elle Fanning) and Abbie (Greta Gerwig) through the late 1070’s in Southern California.

Not to say it was awful, it simply wasn’t enough to keep me even the slightly interested or remotely hooked. I felt forced to continue watching it until the end, no desire whatsoever to finish it but I did anyway simply for the sole purpose of being able to write and post this review to enlight people.
Also, how is this even classified as a comedy? I am still questioning that because I don’t recall laughing, nor even smiling throughout the film. On top of it, apparently, it’s nominated for an Oscar, I’m done!

4/10
The only reason it’s even getting a solid four is due to its ensemble of talented women from different generations, but even their performance was overshadowed by the rather weak plot and outcome.

Bluray extras;
Audio commentary by writer and director, Mike Mills.
Making 20th Century women.
Cast.
Modern woman.
Greta Gerwing.
Finding the story.
Annette Benning.
A time in my life.
The one who raise us.
Santa Barbara 1979.


Split (review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
Thriller
1h 57 minutes
Out on Bluray!

M. Night Shyamalan, the mastermind behind works such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and many others is back with one hell of a brilliant, deep, and intelligent script.
Here, he both directs and writes the perfection that is Split – a highly suspense thriller with a standout and phenomenal performance by James McAvoy.

Kevin (McAvoy), portrays the man that was diagnosed with twenty-three distinct personalities and creating a twenty-fourth one toward the end of his story.
We get to see as a few of them come to light as one of the personalities kidnaps three young girls and they must know figure out which one of the personalities will be willing to help them escape.

As much as I was completely in awe of the script, act, and intelligence of this film, there are few flaws here and there that caught my attention but still did not manage to ruin the entire movie.
I won’t get into details or spoil, but I will, however, share a small scene that you can see in the trailer.
During the moment the girls get kidnapped, I felt as they were too slow to react to what was happening. If someone that I didn’t know, gets in the car, I would’ve screamed my lungs out until they were fuming.
Or maybe they dragged out that particular scene, and it should’ve been much shorter than what it actually was. It’s not so much a flaw, but it did get me annoyed and wondered what kind of IQ they all possessed.

What I would’ve loved more was to hear more about this certain mental illness, what triggers it in a human, what causes such disease. There are small glimpse and pieces were we get to hear a psychologist share a little information, but not enough to quench my curiosity. I find these topics/subject interesting, and by the end of the movie I ended up researching for more facts regarding it.

Besides this, the movie is fantastic, a true and dark thriller with a lot of intense moments that will grab you and suck you in into its beauty and scintillating act by James McAvoy and Betty Buckley, that plays Dr. Fletcher.

I loved it, I was hooked, interested by the dialog between one of the personalities that was making itself present and Dr.Fletcher. McAvoy deserves an Oscar for his immense pure talent in this movie. 9/10



Thank you to Sony Home Entertainment Nordic, and Jesper Nordgren for the copy. Keep on delivering these babies! <3