I'm 18, studied Double BTEC Media Film & TV and now have an even more open mind when it comes to film, but most of all I love the visual side to a movie. From the scale of the movie, to the action sequences, camera shots and the visuals.
Living up to it's title yet again, Fast & Furious 6 delivers a barrage of nitro-fuelled action sequences that will jaw drop audiences from the epic scale convoy heist to the knockout plane finale, guaranteed edge of your seat excitement. Justin Lin is the ultimate director for this franchise, he keeps every aspect sharp from the beautiful camerawork, the expertly crafted stunts to the fantastic character chemistry. The best thing about six is that it goes in a new direction, heading towards a more action drama, as the main focus is family, and the crew are closer than ever, and whenever a character is in peril you feel for them and you begin to hope everything turns out alright. The cast deliver fine performances, all of which are the best in the franchise, there's genuine chemistry and strong interaction, and when Mia is taken kidnapped you will gasp. Owen Shaw, played by Luke Evans, is hands down the best bad guy in the franchise, he's menacing, motivated and very sly and he aims at the protagonists weak spots, pushing their buttons resulting in fantastic face/offs. Gina Carano is back and better than ever, I last saw her in Haywire and she is still electrifying, super sexy and a spectacular fighter, the cat fights between her and Rodriguez are enough to stand up to the ground breaking force of the Rock and Vin Diesel. The story is tightly packed, the camerawork follows the pulse racing action and there are tonnes of shocks and twists, this is a top notch addition. Plus, the credits feature an epic beyond words cliffhanger that will leave you in awe, and ready for part seven.
Star Trek Into Darkness is contender for best film of 2013. I've got a few favourites this year, main ones being Gangster Squad, Oblivion and Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, and now Into Darkness. I've never felt so immersed and involved in a sci-fi movie this much since last year's Total Recall, every location in space and on Earth looks real and each part of the Enterprise is convincing. The beautiful 3D gets you in on the action even more as every object shoots out at you with ferocity, the depth effects are astounding as locations disappear into the background and flakes of dust and sparks hover off the screen, this is the most active and alive 3D of the year! Chris Pine's performance is brilliant as Kirk, who still disobeys the rules and his ignorance costs him dearly, this is true character development, same goes to the rest of the cast who are equally gripping to watch, and best of all it's great to see every cast member get it on the action. Benedict Cumberbatch is fierce and merciless, his deep bass filled voice echoes sending chills down your spine as he utters every piece of dialogue, "I will walk over your cold corpses, and then I will recover. . .Now, shall we begin?" I love the story, which constantly unfolds across different planets and then ends up with one of the best action packed finales since Transformers Dark of The Moon, where the Vengeance obliterates downtown San Francisco, and Khan and Spock battle it out on a hover-jet, the special effects here are utterly jaw dropping. I find this sequel far more entertaining than the first movie, which was amazing, but Into Darkness lives up to it's sinister title delivering moments of shocking tension and brutality alongside blistering action in stunning 3D.
Every action scene excites and entertains, from the jaw dropping air rescue to the epic finale, and not forgetting the total obliteration of Starks house! Iron Man 3 packs more action than it's predecessors, and is far better than the poor second film. This third instalment, and the start of Avengers Phase 2, sees Stark suffering from panic attacks and a lack of sleep because of the wormhole in New York. Robert Downey Jr. is on fine form as expected and Tony Stark is far more vulnerable this time, it seems all these big budget movies like to make their protagonists weak (Skyfall, Dark Knight Rises), so they can build themselves and fight back. Iron Man takes one hell of a beating, and there's not much reliance on the suit this time around so Iron Man 3 proves you don't need a suit to be a hero. Gwyneth Paltrow is undoubtedly one of the most talented and hottest actresses, and seeing fight and use the suit is absolutely brilliant. Don Cheadle is in nearly every action scene, he's awesome and very funny too. Rebecca Hall is so cool, and her characters holds a twist that will take you by surprise, and she has great chemistry with Potts. Guy Pearce is a convincing bad guy, he's merciless and cunning, but doesn't stand as high as Loki who is still the bad guy to beat. Sir Ben Kingsley's performance is something to behold, I'm not giving away any spoilers but I guaranteed you'll be so shocked, and amused. The 3D is great, it's more about depth than pop out effects but this film benefits highly from the effect, especially seen in the action shots of the cast standing amongst backdrops of action. This is knockout entertainment, and one of the best Superhero movies out there.
Complete and utter horror movie perfection, Evil Dead is like a holy grail of horror. The build-up moves very swiftly, you know deep down what is coming so dread and shivers set in. Arguably some of the characters aren't fully fleshed out as I had hoped but the acting is absolutely marvellous, Jane Levy completely steals the show when she is sat in the bunk bed whispering about what she encountered in the forest, jaws will drop in sheer terror as she slowly utters her words. From then onwards Evil Dead takes gore to whole new levels, setting the benchmark for bloody horror. The best scene to show off what the practical FX team have done is when Dead Mia licks a stanley knife, splitting it in half, and when Jessica Lucas' possessed teen cuts her face off with glass! I would name every moment of gut wrenching blood splattered madness but there are too many to name, and some just leave you bewildered, this film is amazing from top to bottom: The story is twisted and terrifying just like the dreaded book itself, the camerawork is beautiful and the acting is some of the best I've ever seen in a horror movie.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation unfortunately starts off with a slog of corny dialogue, wobbly acting and a lack of involving thrills, and at one moment it uses Call of Duty as a source of humour which is pretty desperate, but once the first big proper set-piece explodes to life Retaliation kicks in and doesn't stop delivering knockout action. When Cobra unleash their deadly attack upon the desert base, and Duke is killed, the remaining Joes go for all out revenge and aim to make those responsible pay. Not only is Retaliation a brilliant action movie it also serves as a great vengeance flick as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona reign hell on Cobra. I love the new cast, and there are a few surprises along the way too that involve returning character Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes! Adrianne Palicki and Elodie Yung are the sexiest female leads I've seen since Skyfall, unbelievably hot and very talented, and seriously good at fighting! The special effects are magnificent and are much stronger that is' predecessor and the action sequences are mind blowing, the best being the mountain temple fight which was absolutely brilliant, then there's the scene where London gets obliterated that has to be seen just so you can admire the sheer scale of it all. The final battle is so much fun, this is where Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson really kicks into battle mode and brings out the big guns, and the face/off between him and Ray Stevenson's Firefly is pretty good! Bruce Willis has been in a lot of forgettable movies lately, and his performances aren't that great, but in G.I. Joe he's very funny, and the banter between him and Palicki is entertaining. The story itself may not be solid gold, and at times it does seem to go all over the place, but the action and visuals are enough to compensate for that, plus the killer cast make this film even more enjoyable.