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Arrival
Arrival (2016)
18 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Arrival is a new film directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of the best directors working currently, in my opinion. The story follows a linguist, Louise (played by Amy Adams), and a scientist, Ian (played by Jeremy Renner), who are hired by the army to decipher the language of the aliens that have landed on Earth in their spaceships. I'd hate to spoil anything about the plot and how it all comes to a close, but I'll have to spoil certain things, so I'm putting a spoiler warning here! With that said, this is a brilliant movie, really. From the very beginning it draws you in and it's consistently intriguing throughout. It never becomes dull, too long or even pretentious. It is a slow burn movie, but the story concerning the aliens is fantastic and the ending payoff is highly satisfying and made me think more about what I saw earlier. The aliens are very well designed and their language is the big mystery of this movie. Following Louise and Ian learning their language and teaching the aliens English was very entertaining. I had a lot of fun watching them teaching each other. It felt so much different from any other alien invasion movie I've ever seen. This isn't the kind of an alien invasion movie where the aliens are just attacking and trying to destroy the world, there isn't any action in this movie. It consists the most of conversations with the aliens, deciphering their language, learning their past and it feels much more interesting than just another big blockbuster with aliens. The cinematography is breathtaking. Especially the first time we see the alien spaceship, it felt reminiscent of the scene when we first see humans interacting with the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie is visually stunning all throughout its runtime, as is every Villeneuve movie. The soundtrack by Jˇhann Jˇhannsson is sublime. His score is one of the best of the year [2016] and I'm still re-listening to it as I'm writing this review. Beautiful. The characters are very well developed, especially Amy Adams' character. Ian isn't as developed, we don't know anything about his life except that he's a scientist, but his character serves more as an element to Louise's development and when you look at it that way, he served his purpose. Forest Whitaker is also good in this movie, though not a very interesting character. There's not much to say about him. The star here is definitely Amy Adams and her character. Amy Adams delivers an incredible performance and when certain things are revealed about her character, it makes her even more interesting. The ending was powerfully emotional. I'm not going to say what it is, but I will say it's one of the best twist endings I've ever seen. The thing I didn't like about this movie is just one scene. That's it. Just one little scene that felt very out of place and held no real purpose. You'll know what it is, it's quite noticeably unfitting. All in all, Arrival is a fantastic alien invasion movie that will definitely be remembered as one of the best. I highly recommend watching this movie, it's worth it.

Sausage Party
Sausage Party (2016)
11 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Sausage Party is an adult animated movie about food that's alive. The story is very similar to the real world. You got all these groceries that live in a shop and they believe that when a human buys you and takes you to the "Great Beyond", you're blessed and you get to live in some sort of Heaven. There's all kinds of food that represent different races, sexes and nationalities. The juices are Jews, fruits are gay people, tacos/spices/tequillas are the Mexicans and so on and on, you get the point. So, what we have here in Sausage Party is basically the world of today, but in food form. Everybody believes in the Great Beyond and when it's presented to them that it doesn't exist, that it's not what they all thought it would be, they refuse to believe it, they'd rather believe in happier things rather than the facts. Then there's the whole sex thing. It's a sin to be out of package and have a sexual relationship before you get to the Great Beyond, if you have sex before you get picked up by a customer (they call them gods), you're not eligible for the Great Beyond/Heaven. This entire movie is basically a commentary on religion and in that, it succeeds. It's the comedy where it doesn't really succeed. The movie features constant swearing and vulgar imagery that just gets tiresome and boring about halfway through. South Park Bigger, Longer & Uncut also has a ton of swearing and raunch, but it's dealt with much more care. There the main characters are elementary school children who have only just found out what swear words are, so it's obvious they'll be using them constantly. Plus, it's way funnier to hear 4th graders swearing than grown up food. The humour also doesn't work because the movie's subject is very serious. It deals with racism, politics and religion a lot, and it's so close to how it is in real life that I was just sitting there and thinking to myself how stupid we people are. The animation is wonderful, though. It's really creative and fluid, it's on par with some of the Disney movies even, I'd say. The voice acting is great all around. It's just not funny. It tries too hard with the swearing and showing raunchy stuff that it just grows old quickly, but thankfuly the concept is great and I loved the satire. All in all, it's a good movie. I'd recommend seeing it, if only for the satire.

Chernobyl Diaries
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Chernobyl Diaries is a horror movie set in Pripyat, a ghost town in Ukraine that has been abandoned ever since the Chernobyl disaster happened. Six people decide to go on an extreme tour in Pripyat because why not? There are a couple of reasons which will become clear to them after a few hours spent there. So, they go to Pripyat in a van with a tour guide Uri and after a brief encounter with a bear and some building exploration, they car won't start which results in them spending the night there. The story is nothing new or original, it's very cliched and follows most of the found footage movies that have come out lately and although Chernobyl Diaries isn't found footage, this makes it feel like one. Well, that and the poor direction with a lot of shaky cam. The characters aren't memorable at all and the actors are okay, I suppose. They're not given much to do so the performances are just fine. It's the atmosphere and the look of Pripyat that stick out. The town looks absolutely creepy and that's really the only thing that works well in this movie. I loved seeing the decaying buildings, the overgrown ferris wheel and the insides of the buildings are just as creepy as the outsides. It's really impressive how they actually managed to shoot the movie at Pripyat. The scares in the movie are cheap and rely only on jumpscares. There is some tension in a few scenes, but the shaky cam and the fact that you never get to see the mutants properly manage to take away from the suspense. Last 5 minutes are pretty well done, but those last 10 seconds are just crap. I really liked the buildup to the finale, with the doctors and people in radiation suits showing up, but the very ending is just cliched and I've seen it many times before in movies like this. All in all, Chernobyl Diaries is only worth watching if you're interested in how that part of Ukraine looks like, everything else you've seen many times before in better, or worse, movies.

The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave (2016)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The 5th Wave is yet another YA novel adaptation that, unsurprisingly, fails on every level. The story follows a highschool teenager, Cassie (played by Chloe Grace Moretz), who sets out to find her brother who's been taken to a military base to be trained for battle against the aliens that have invaded Earth and are disguised to look as regular people. During her quest she meets a guy, Evan (played by Alex Roe-Brown), who she falls in love with, but there's also this guy from highschool, Ben (played by Nick Robinson), who she likes. So, it's basically the same thing we've seen in other YA novel adaptations. Love triangle? Check. Post-apocalyptic/dystopian future? Check. Main character is a female heroine? Check. The kids are the future and are being trained for battle? Check. Grown-ups are the bad guys? Check. Ends on a cliffhanger and sets up a sequel? Check. This is a highly unoriginal, lifeless and boring movie. The aliens aren't even in the focus of the story! It's more about Cassie and Evan, and their love. There's a twist regarding Evan that I will just spoil because it's too hilarious not to spoil it. Evan confesses to Cassie that he is an Other (that's what they call aliens here), but then says that he is also human. He's both. He says how they don't think love is important, but that she [Cassie] changed his mind and now he knows love. About 20 minutes after, he confesses to Cassie that he lied. That he isn't both. That you can choose. And he chose her. I had to mention this because I could guess the exact words he was going to say before he said them. I felt like I've seen this before and that's probably because I have. The romance in this movie is laughably atrocious. You don't even care for the characters because they're so underdeveloped, so when they finally hook up, you don't feel anything. Kimi no na wa. is an anime movie that also came out last year, and it's also has romance as a big part of the story. When the two main characters finally hooked up in that movie, it was euphoric. I was truly happy to see it and that's because the characters were very likeable, very well written and interesting. Another big problem that the movie has is exposition and narration. The first 20 minutes of the movie are just narration of how the aliens came to Earth and what Cassie and her family have been through. It takes up way too much time of the movie and delivers nothing new to the table of alien invasion movies. Cassie's narration just explains what's happening on-screen and we can see what's happening on the screen. The narration has no purpose in this movie whatsoever! There's many scenes where characters give each other information about the aliens, which you never really see, actually. The Others are always seen as humans, never in their true form. You don't even see their spaceship properly. It's really a wasted opportunity. The action is dull and there's no tension when it's occuring. The CGI is very noticeable and the movie get so visually dark that you can't even see what's happening, which usually happens whenever there's an action scene. All in all, The 5th Wave is an absolute disaster. It has zero reedeming qualities, except Chloe Grace Moretz, who's always a great actress. I have not read the book(s), nor do I plan to if it's anything like the movie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I've seen the movie on saturday, but decided to think more about it before reviewing it. Rogue One is set inbetween Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and it follows a group of rebels who need to find and steal the plans for the Death Star so it can be destroyed. Jyn is the daughter of Galen, who built the Death Star, and she's the main character. Of all the characters, she's the one the most time is given to and is, also, the most developed character, sadly not the most interesting one. The supporting characters are very poorly developed, especially those of Baze, Chirrut and Bodhi. I would've loved if they'd showed us anything whatsoever from these characters' pasts because I couldn't feel for any of these characters while something bad/good was happening to them. I get that this is the only movie they're in, but you should still focus on their development. The story itself is good, I don't have any complaints regarding the overall plot, although some parts dragged. The beginning and the end are great, it's the middle 20 minutes that aren't really that interesting. It is necessary for the plot, but it was still boring. I felt like I didn't even care how it would all end at that point, but then the last 40 minutes happened, and it was fantastic! From the moment the search for the plans starts and they invade the Imperial base, it really gets going. The battle scenes are stunning to look at and at moments it didn't even feel like a Star Wars movie, it felt like a genuine war movie, just with sci-fi elements. The CGI is the best I've ever seen. It is unbelievable how real the effects look like. There are two characters whose actors were unable to play them, so they did a CGI version of them and I honestly was impressed by how real they looked, even though I knew they weren't real. Their movements were minimal and they weren't in the movie for that long to really become a distraction. I think that whoever watches this movie before any of the others and isn't familiar with the actors, might believe these weren't CGI at all. Darth Vader's also in this movie, and although he's in it for very little, his scenes are breathtaking! Especially the ending fight scene which was just euphoric! Also, hearing James Earl Jones' voice again was fantastic. The music in the movie was very similar to the music of the movies that came before so I really cannot complain about it, except that at moments the music felt a bit too tense/loud for some scenes where it was unnecessary. All in all, this is a great addition to the Star Wars universe and while I am a bit disappointed by the characters and some of the story, I enjoyed every single second of the battle scenes and the last 40 minutes really make up for everything that wasn't good before. I'd recommend this movie more to the fans of the series, but also to the newcomers, as it doesn't require any particular knowledge from the previous movies.