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Despite a superb bike chase ending with one hell of a bang at the finale, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a largely uneventful thriller with a lack of intrigue and suspense, leaving the whole movie feeling like a travel drama that just happens to have the odd shootout and chase. There is a decent scene that offers suspense, the infiltration into Cherevin's office to access files that ends with a frantic car chase. I think the story could've been more intricate and exciting and filled with more of a bang, but at least the cast are excellent. Chris Pine follows up Star Trek with Jack Ryan, an analyst sent into the field to uncover a terrorist plot that would wipe out wolf street, leading to the eventual fall of America. Pine's performance is good, not up there with Kirk but still memorable, he's nervous, fractured from his accidental past and worried for his girlfriend who is eventually used as bait during a key part of the mission. Keira Knightley is underused but nonetheless excellent, I thought she totally excelled during the dinner table sequence as she nervously flirts with Cheverin. Kenneth Brannagh tales on a full plate, as Director and star, I think his acting is good despite a few hiccups in his Russian accent, but he does make a sinister and unpredictable villain. His direction is alright, there's nothing that stands out and some of the editing in action sequences is horribly unfocused, especially at the start with the helicopter blast. I'd give this a go, but if there's anything else out that looks good see that instead because Shadow Recruit doesn't scream a must watch label.
It has some big laughs, mostly courtesy of Will Pouter and Emma Roberts, but the rest of We're The Millers is a long ride on the road to predictability. It's premise is good: Small pot dealer David is robbed of his take, and is forced by his boss to travel to Mexico and pick up a smidge of marijuana and bring it back, along with the help of a fake family David assembles. The first thirty minutes is pretty much devoid of laughs, with the only slight smile brought on by Will Pouter's quirky Kenny. Once the family ride the RV things do get a little funnier, from Tarantula poisoning, kissing lessons and surprisingly tense scene at border control, and then there's the hilarious strip tease scene with Jennifer Aniston, which has a knowing nod at the camera from Sudeikis. Cast alone are brilliant, and the Mexico landscape is shot nicely, but this should've been a lot funnier considering the storyline, but it's been half assed.
100mph car chases with Selena Gomez holding on for dear life sounds like a curious mix. It really is, Getaway is a turgid mix of everything bad in movies. Ethan Hawke plays Brent Magna, an ex-race driver who is forced into a mission to save his kidnapped wife, alongside the help of a Hacker played by Selena Gomez these two are forced to follow every instruction from a man on the phone. That is it for story, aside from a lousy side plot based on dirty money and ransoms. This 2013 action movie demonstrates a complete lack of quality, it is a getaway from anything redeeming.
Let's get something clear, that 10% I've given purely goes to the car crashes and stunts which come in the dozens, and look like something out of World's Scariest Police Chases, but you could watch that on YouTube and the videos that will come up will pretty much look identical to Getaway. The absence of the rest of that 90% is largely due to the shocking editing choice, the terrible cinematography and ridiculous camerawork that looks cheap and only adds to the lack of quality here. I can see what Director Courtney Solomon was aiming for: A gritty, realistic car chase movie that puts you in the front seat. Instead he spins you around making you feel queasy with 100mph quick cuts and unfocused shots, you literally cannot tell who is attacking who, why they are doing so and how on earth did that cop car end up tumbling through the air? I'm going to be very lenient on Selena Gomez, who is given possibly the worst script ever, only thing is why didn't she realise the trash she was getting into? Her husky voice is sexy and blunt, yet sadly all of her dialogue consists of "You're an asshole", "Do something!", "Go faster", "Oh my God", "Oh shit", "I really hate you right now!". I'm sure she can do better, her Spring Breakers performance was a good one. This inane shouting goes on for an hour and a half, there are at least 10 car chases in this movie that get worse and worse and even more vapid as they go on. Ethan Hawke man, seriously, you're a very talented guy, why are you in this movie, it's really bad.
Tina Fey, one of my all time favourite actresses, and one of the funniest women on the planet, stars in this seriously dry and humour free comedy drama that leaves you with the feeling of "who cares"? When I say that, I mean there is nothing worth digging for here, I didn't care about the acceptance of student applications, moments of feel good are feel bored, like Nelson's party celebration or when Portia's partner leaves her. The only aspect literally worth bothering with is the immense likability of Fey and Rudd, although Rudd disappointingly in this one does nothing but apologise and stutter which gets exhausting. It's also twenty minutes too long, why do we need to see characters shop for toothbrushes or have meals out where the dialogue dished out is more plain than a meal at Little Chef's?
The Great Gatsby is a roaring party, it's essentially a big night out, starting off good, then getting better and once it's all over you look back and remember how much fun you had. Filled with so much buzz and visual style Baz Lurhmann is a Director with strong vision, he makes even the simplest shots look vivid, and Jay-Z's soundtrack mixed with the 20's era works strangely well. The 3D is tremendous, it's more about looking into the screen, and even though the odd shot sees confetti flutter out towards you and characters spray champagne up into the camera, the depth effects are that effective you can clearly make out the separation between structures and objects all of which will leave you in awe. The world of Gatsby is perfect, from glamorous mansions to sprawling city streets, and the party scene at the start is unbelievable, fireworks, huge crowds and colour pop to life and the 3D here is the standout moment, this movie's high point is the visual style. Everything else is great too thank god, the cast performances are filled with energy and intensity, I particularly enjoyed the short performance by Adelaide Clemens, and Elizabeth Debicki is fantastic as Jordan Baker, and of course not forgetting Joel Edgerton whose potrayal of the brash and rather rotten Tom Buchanan is excellent. The story feels breezy and well paced, it's far more enjoyable than the original novel which was ruined by studying it in school, but this movie has restored my faith that there is quality and enjoyment in the novel. There aren't any emotional scenes in the movie, you don't feel much apart from the odd shock value moment most noticeably felt when Myrtle is run over and when Gatsby is shot, but even so most of what goes on in this spectacular movie stays with you well after, even if it is twenty minutes too long.