Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Movie: Allied, Ghost is the Shell, Assassin's Creed

Name: Ghost in the Shell
Year: 2017
Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Country: USA
Time: 120

Outline of the movie:
       In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
My thoughts: 
      I do not know anything about original anime series or manga, so I am judging only the movie itself. And I did not like it. I found no solid plot, no believable character development, no proper actors' performance and some bits and bobs of action loosely connected to each other. So maybe others who are familiar with manga have deeper knowledge of the background and might like it, but I found it a lame action movie with zero substance. It earns some points for action scenes, but that was not enough to enjoy the movie..

Name: Allied
Year: 2016
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Language: English
Country: USA/UK
Time: 124 min

Outline of the movie:
      In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
My thoughts: 
      I found this movie very nicely done. What is quite interesting about this movie for me is that it's not primarily a war film, it did provide a very elegant look at what life during war was like for people. This was a time when people partied like the world was ending. Drinks, drugs, sex. It's a fascinating way of portraying the war, and the people living through it.
      The movie went beyond the war theme:  By the end, there are a few clear themes: putting what's best for those you love above your own needs, and trying your hardest to believe/trust those closest to you. Even if it means you have to break some rules, or even put your own life on the line.
      The ending, which was over-sentimental and predictable, worked for me. It showed the lengths people go to protect their family.
      Overall, Allied is absolutely a mix of everything. You can find all kinds of attractions in it: espionage, war, parties, assassinations, beautiful costumes and scenery, family, romantic moments, a mystery to be solved. And some of these pieces are done magnificently, some are well-enough. But all of them harmonically united without any obvious weak point. So if you like movies with a solid plot, linear storytelling, believable characters, difficult choices, great costumes and soundtrack, then you should like this.

Name: Assassin's Creed
Year: 2016
Director: Justin Kurzel
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Essie Davis 
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English, Spanish
Country: UK, France, Hong Kong, USA
Time: 115 min

Outline of the movie:
       When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

My thoughts: 
    I do not want to waste time and write in details what I did not like about the movie - it will  take ages and bring none of the pleasure.
To summarize the impression:
1. Bad choice of a hero - I cannot ship for a murderer, however noble his destiny can be.
2. Pointless dialogues. Actually you can easily cut around 2 thirds of the talking as it does no make any sense at all, it is not connected to the plot, not logical and leaves you only in a blind spot.
3. Bad performance (not a fault of the actors, since the movie does not contain any deeper level there is no room for acting)
4. Plot development and ending (sorry by the plot holes are so huge that I can see the back  my TV through them)
5. even action scenes (I believe that was what the produces counted on) were so lame and illogical, that it was painful to watch.
     Everything indicates that there is going to be a sequel to this movie, but I am definitely not going to watch it.

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