Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Review

So it’s no surprise that we’ve seen a steady increase in our favourite childhood superheroes coming to life, and like Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker; “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

A famous quote that should be at the forefront of any filmmaker’s mind who’s taking on a much loved comic book classic and turning it into a big-budget blockbuster.

When bringing the world’s most famous and loved superheroes to life, filmmakers have a responsibility to us, the audience, and the characters, to ensure the movie is as mesmerizing and memorable as possible – one thing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles failed to provide.

This disappointing remake of the popular comic and cartoon series, follows four human-size, teenage turtles, who just so happen to be mutant ninja’s, that after a lab experiment gone wrong, find themselves living in the sewers of New York City. Guided and trained by Master Splinter, a human-sized rat with the intelligence and wisdom of a hundred monks, the turtles find themselves in the midst of a secret war with a criminal organization known as the Foot Clan and their mysterious leader known only as The Shredder.

But when a young and unsuspecting reporter, April O’Neil (Megan Fox), stumbles upon them, the Turtles discover that their life hidden in the sewers is over and that their greatest battle is upon them.

First and foremost it’s worth pointing out that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is cinematically stunning, perhaps not so surprising considering it was produced by Transformers director, Michael Bay, but what was surprising was it’s sheer lack of plot and character substance.

I suppose the main issue with the film was that it seemed to be targeted at a young audience, despite the generation that grew up with it now long into their late twenties, early thirties. In hindsight it just felt too childish and reserved for an audience that consisted mainly of adults.

For those with young kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an exciting action-packed blockbuster that will keep them entertained from start to finish, but for you fans out there that grew up with these characters, keep your expectations low, it’ll help ease the disappointment.

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP (2014)

One unquestionable and always distinctive trademark to any good thriller is the unexpected twist that throws you, the audience, off any previous conceived thought pattern that had you developing any logical reasoning for ‘who did it’?

Before I Go To Sleep (2014), based on the international bestselling novel by the same name, is a masterfully constructed, heart-pounding thrill ride following the life of Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), an amnesiac who after surviving a near fatal attack, wakes up every morning remembering nothing of the previous day.

Now in her forties, Christine wakes every morning thinking she is still in her twenties and must rely on notes, pictures, and the saint-like patience of her husband, Ben (Colin Firth), whom she doesn’t recognize despite being married for over fourteen years, to slowly piece together her existence.

But when the arrival of an unknown Dr. Nash (Mark Strong), a renowned neuro-phycologist, starts to help piece together the attack in the hope memories of the fateful night will return, Christine’s world as she knows it comes crashing in around her, with frightening and violent consequences.

Before I Go To Sleep is a true nail-biting, edge of your seat thriller that throws you into the terrifying life of an amnesiac and the unknown it brings every second of the day. Academy Award-winners Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth give unforgettable performances that bring this world to life and prove they are a formidable on-screen partnership that can only bring them more accolades, having only recently stared together in The Railway Man (2014).

With twists and turns around every corner, as well as what I can only describe as the mother of all twists at the end, Before I Go To Sleep is the thriller of the year so far and an absolute must-see.

 

Interstellar – Review

Review of Christopher Nolan’s space epic, Interstellar (2014), starring Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon.

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When cinematic pioneer, Christopher Nolan, releases a new film exploring mankind’s attempt to preserve it’s existence beyond Earth, you know straight away that’s it’s going to push the boundaries of human understanding and inevitably blow out minds.

Interstellar is set in the near future – Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate that has left everything covered in thick layers of dust and dirt. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen their lifespan.

A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history as they embark on an interstellar voyage, into the unknown. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), the pilot of the Endurance, is faced with the toughest of decisions – spend whatever times is left with his children or gamble on a slim theory that may just ensure the future of the human race.

Interstellar is a remarkable, thought-provoking, and chilling look at what mankind may be faced with in the future, if our planet were no longer able to sustain life. With an incrediblely talented, all-star cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Michael Caine to name just a few, Christopher Nolan has created a beautifully complex cinematic gem that brings the universe to life like never before.

The Nolan brothers are a truly formidable storytelling force that enjoy pushing the boundaries of human understanding, and Interstellar is perhaps their Pièce de résistance that is almost certainly set to go down as one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of all time.