Somehow this fictional nightmare scenario for this soldier left behind on the wrong side of the 'fence' and surrounded by those that personify him as the live target to exhume their frustration on, seems to capture the audience in this nail biting chase for survival. The director makes it all feel almost real and coupled with the consistently amazing performance of O'Connell (see him in Starred Up) this film is one that you will not quickly forget.
Ex Machina is the type of film that toys around with the audience about which version of the truth to believe in, as Caleb, the visitor to the super secret facilities of his company's brilliant and idolised reclusive CEO, Nathan, is asked to examine the level of realism in the artificial intelligence of his latest humanoid creation, Ava.
The setting, the acting, the special effects and the stylistically and aesthetically brilliant Garland's debut feature, which he both craftily penned and directed, make up one of the best films of the year.
And it seems that we simply can't get enough from Alicia Vikander as of late whose each and every performance seems to be better that the last one. It is no wonder she is nominated for two Golden Globes this year.
A visually stunning animation masterpiece that will take you on a magical colourful journey with mythical creatures, folklore and legends.The kind of fairy-tale I'd imagine Celtic grandmas would read as bed time stories to children on a cold winter's night in Ireland and for moments in that film I felt as if I was cast under it's spell.
With an accomplished ensemble whose performances are career defining and possibly award winning and most notably that of Steve Carell who we have come to love as a comedian yet now takes on this really complex character and morphs him into a harrowing and desperately sad persona that du Pont seems to have been. Miller seems to be going from strength to strength and this is definitely his best work to date.
A film about passion within a relationship, within their love of their music, within the tragedy of the story that unfolds. The Broken Circle Breakdown may well be the movie find of the year that has had the most profound impact to me; for it is raw, real and connected and within its darkest colour hues there is such a bright light shining out. I cannot recommend it enough.