Lucy … A story of ‘Limitless’ growth

  • A blonde becomes smarter and tougher after ingesting drugs, which is similar to the concept in ‘Limitless’  lucy
  • A carnage of bullet-riddled bodies and a blonde killing Asian men

A STORY of a woman who absorbs drugs and suddenly becomes smarter and stronger is nothing new. I believe writer-director Luc Besson derived the idea for this film from watching Neil Burger’s Limitless (2011) starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.

Besson adds his French touch to his love of strong female killing machines by making Scarlet Johansson wear a black bra under a see-through white T-shirt. Hei, a woman’s gotta look sexy while eradicating Asian men from the face of the Earth.

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The Expendables 3 … Old hand at violence

  • The oldies get help from photogenic newbies to continue pummelling dictatorial regimes in this violent filmexpendables 3
  • The US, as portrayed by Stallone, has a moral conscience, which gives it the right to kill people

THE excitement of The Expendables has always been about elderly and mostly white former action stars kicking the ass of dictatorial regimes.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles … Baying for Bay’s blood

  • Turtles-on-drugs film will leave you feeling shell-shocked
  • Film transforms into a wild ride into oblivion teenage mutant ninja turtles

A FRIEND, knowing that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was produced by Transformers director Michael Bay, asked me whether it was good. I told him it was better than Transformers.

However, there’s a caveat. I had trashed the Transformers just as easily as the Autobots had trashed the Decepticons.

As usual, with Bay films, there is an avalanche of violence and quick editing that will make your eyes blurry-eyed.

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22 Jump Street … A cop-out

  • Tatum and Hill’s intimate moments are endearing and funny
  • Rest of film is numb and cliched 22 jump street

THE bromance theme remains strong in this sequel to 21 Jump Street, a remake of the popular TV series. Tall and muscular Channing Tatum is a strong contrast to short and portly Jonah Hill. Together, however, they make a sweet and endearing pair.

The film starts off well, triggering a wave of sniggers and laughter in the audience. Unfortunately, it dies out in the middle, makes a mild return towards the end and eventually peters out.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes … Apeing the humans

  • Despite the film’s pessimistic mood, it offers a gripping tale with a strong heartbeat dawn of the planet of the apes
  • Andy Serkis has created a character that’s bewitching

THE apes in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ape practically all elements of human emotion and expression, and they also learn to use guns with ruthless effect.

The apeing part is of special importance to this movie, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), as viewers get to know the protagonists in this film in a more intimate and human-like setting.

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Deliver Us From Evil … Familiar exorcism film

  • Who the heck conducts an exorcism in a police interrogation room? deliver us from evil
  • Eric Bana struggles to keep you interested in his travails while Olivia Munn’s delectable low-cut white dress is the only reason to see this film

GOD should forgive the filmmaker for making this run-of-the-mill horror film.

There’s mumbo-jumbo about a New York cop’s loss of faith, and a priest’s handsome curls distracting viewers from his message about fighting the devil.

However, the film’s penultimate scene is its most ludicrous.

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Evidence … Video goo-goo

  • Found-video footage is the rage now but viewers’ interest will burn out quickly
  • A film filled with horror film themesevidence

WHY do films think that showing their narratives through found-video footage will entice viewers? Viewers have been overwhelmed by this format through the Paranormal Activity films, The Last Exorcism Part II (reviewed in this blog) and The Devil Inside, so there’s nothing new to get excited about.

Now you have last year’s Evidence, a horror film that acts as a whodunnit. You know this kind of film: just when you think you know who the killer is, the film proves you wrong and throws up another possibility.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction … Noisy and muddled

  • An avalanche of explosions, special effects and rapid-fire editing that will numb your senses
  • Nicola Peltz is no Megan Fox transformers age of extinction a

THE fourth instalment in director Michael Bay’s Transformers series is as brash, loud and excruciatingly painful to watch as the first one. Bay hopes to replicate the previous films’ unusual success by doling out more of the same stuff: a pretty girl, Autobots vs Decepticons and wanton destruction.

Bay’s films are characterised by a surfeit of violence, rapid-fire editing and special effects, and a distinct lack of  proper narrative. He believes that editing an action film is similar to editing a Formula 1 race, which means the film will go by in the blink of an eye.

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A Million Ways To Die In The West … Seeing this film is one way to do it

  • MacFarlane’s brazen use of profanities doesn’t get him far this time
  • You won’t die laughing watching this film A million ways to die in the west

FIRST off, viewers must know that this film is co-written by Seth MacFarlane, the foul-mouthed guy who co-wrote, directed and starred in the profanity-laced Ted (2012). And if they are expecting a similar foul-mouthed rant in A Million Ways To Die In The West, they are right.

The problem is, viewers will feel that he’s trying too hard to make people fall under his spell again. I didn’t feel like laughing out loud during the screening; I was more prone to emitting the occasional snort of laughter, much like the rest of the audience.

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Contracted … Watching this film is worse than catching an STD

  • Boring and preposterous film about the dangers of unprotected sex contracted

AT first, I thought I was watching a promotional film about the dangers of unprotected sex. Then I thought I was watching a film about bad acting. Finally, I realised the film was going down the drain and that the worst thing I can say about it is that it resembles a Malaysian film.

I don’t see the point in making Contracted, written and directed by Eric England. If it’s about cheating on someone and having one night of unbridled and alcohol-fuelled sex in a car, this film is the pits.

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