Body of Lies (2008)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A spy-thriller set in the middle-east where relations between a ground CIA operative and his superior are strained over differences in their approaches to track down the head of a terrorist group.
2) In the towering presence of Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, the applause goes to Mark Strong’s convincing performance as head of the Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Pasha.
3) Alexander Witt’s cinematography is praiseworthy.
4) Russell Crowe’s opening monologue summarizes his character.

 

 


CONS –
1) It’s a boring spy-thriller with a generic plot where on one hand we have a cold-hearted no-nonsense CIA boss and on the other hand, we got an emotional CIA ground operative tired of the travesties of war.
2) After spending more than 2 hours in the movie, the output is close to nothing.

 

 


QUOTE –
Our enemy has realized that they are fighting guys from the future. Now, ahem, it is as brilliant as it is infuriating. If you live like it’s the past, and you behave like it’s the past then guys from the future find it very hard to see you. If you throw away your cell phone, shut down your e-mail pass all your instructions face-to-face, hand-to-hand turn your back on technology, and just disappear into the crowd No flags. No uniforms. You got your basic grunts on the ground there. They’re looking going, “Who is it we’re fighting?” In a situation like this, your friends dress just like your enemies and your enemies dress like your friends. What I need you to fully understand is that these people, they do not wanna negotiate. Not at all. They want the universal caliphate established across the face of the Earth and they want every infidel converted or dead.

Triple Frontier (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A generic heist movie constitutes of few common acts: recruitment, planning, heist, snafu, & escape. In this movie, the heist part was the easiest while the escape part took an unexpected turn.
2) One hell of an adventure covering Andes Mountains, cocaine farm field, Colombian jungle, treacherous mountains across South America.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pope: You’ve been shot 5 times for your country and you can’t even afford to send your kids to college.

Annihilation (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Great visuals and psychedelic production design.

 

Cons –
1) Boring flashbacks & very few moments of entertainment.
2) It’s as lethargic and pretentious as Arrival (2016) with as little outcome.
3) The movie is more about the characters than the actual event of the meteor strike and mimicking alien.

 

Quote –
The Biologist: You’re not Kane, are you?
Kane: I don’t think so. Are you Lena?

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Leia and Luke using force to their maximum capacity.The hologram Luke plot-twist is remarkable.
2) Killing Snoke midway: bold step to kill the prime boss in the middle of the film.
3) Holdo sacrifices by ramming Snoke’s fleet at hyperspace.

 

Cons –
1) Annoying & brooding Luke on Ahch-To – The entire island sequence was slow and boring.
2) Phasma gone without making a mark – this shallow character died without a single memorable scene
3) Luke’s death – meaningless end of the prime character.
4) Finn & Rose in Canto Bight casino – stupid PETA plot.

 

Quote –
Yoda: The greatest teacher, failure is.

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –

1) The Villain & it’s mythology
2) Kickass Opening sequence
3) Justice done with all characters with ample amount of screen-time (which includes Wolverine’s short & effective cameo)
4) Boss fight
5) Just like the previous film, Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver stole the show
6) Best superhero movie of the 2016 so far : better than both “Civil War” & “Dawn Of Justice”.

 

 

Cons –

1) “The Erik Lehnsherr Conundrum” : the story-line is revolving on the same plot from past 3 movies.
2) Honestly, Oscar Isaac can’t be identified in the movie.Why not make a 100 % CGI character ? Why studios are wasting money on actors when the make-up & CGI will overshadow every possible expression of the actor.

 

Quote –
“Charles Xavier: Thank you for letting me in.”

Ex Machina (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –

1) Solid story with several plot-twists.
2) Climax : Caleb locked-in and Ava abandoning him is very cliffhanger “Twilight Zone” ending.
3) Visual effects.
4) Highly influential Sci-Fi story.

 

Cons –

1) Weak 3rd Act : Death of Nathan.

 

 

Quote –
Nathan: You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man.

Caleb: If you’ve created a conscious machine, it’s not the history of man. That’s the history of gods.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Return Of The original cast
2) BB-8
3) TR-8R
4) Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
5) Starkiller Base destroying the Republic
6) The screen presence of Max von Sydow
7) Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron : The rightful successor of Luke Skywalker

Cons –

1) Death Of Han Solo
2) Adam Driver as Kylo Ren : Unmasked
3) Captain Phasma
4) John Boyega as Finn
5) Final scene with Luke could’ve been more epic.

Quote –

FN-2199: [to Finn] TRAITOR!

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3 /5

 

Pros –
1) Analogy between Llewyn and Ulysses
2) Cinematography
3) Bob Dylan near the end scenes

 

 

Cons –
1) Too many loose ends
2) John Goodman wasted
3) Not the best from Coen Brothers
4) Average Music

 

 

Quote –
“- Merchant Marine again?Just exist?
–  Heh, exist? Is that what we do outside of show business?It’s not so bad, existing.”

The Two Faces of January (2014)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT  – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) A tight story with few characters.
2) The 60s European setup

 

CONS –
1) Only a few moments of thrills.
2) Shallow character development
3) One time watch

 

QUOTE –
Chester MacFarland: I’m sorry I disappointed you.

Drive (2011)

Drive

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Travis Bickle neo-noir.
2) Retrowave soundtrack – “Nightcall“, “Tick of the Clock
3) That satin jacket with the logo of a golden scorpion on the back
4) Beneath the ultra-violent action, it’s also a great love story.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend Nino didn’t make it across the river.”