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Film Review : Destroyer

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Silas is back.

Obviously, the most striking element of this film is the transformation of Nicole Kidman. Her weathered, unkempt appearance with black-rimmed eyes, smudged skin, and a tousled haircut indicate an unhealthy lifestyle and a stubborn addiction. It soon becomes clear that the bottle has become her closest friend. Normally Nicole Kidman looks so snappy and flashy in other films. Here’s she’s shabby and unrecognizable. The past took a heavy toll on her during an undercover operation where her partner Chris (Sebastian Stan) drew the short straw. Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) has since lived in a daze. Probably an attempt to erase the past and to alleviate the pain in her ruined life.

 

 

I’m not a fan of flashbacks.

The film is a circular story, peppered with a lot of flashbacks. I myself am not a fan of films that jump back and forth on the timeline, but in this case, I thought it was skilfully put together. So when at the start of the film Erin Bell wakes up from her alcoholic intoxication and appears at a crime scene, this is the moment when she realizes that something from the past is back on her track. And the unknown dead guy lying there with an ink-stained dollar bill is the start of a long search for Silas (Toby Kebbell), the cause of all her troubles. And that search will show destruction, corruption, and desolate living conditions. Something that fits Erin Bell wonderfully. It’s payback time and nothing can stop Erin Bell to do just that.

 

 

Kidman still has that glamorous appearance.

Despite the pitiful appearance and the excellent make-up used on Nicole Kidman, the image of a handsome and glamorous film diva, as she is, still remained on my retina. No matter how hard she tried and the way she worked herself into the role of the rebellious and cursing detective who consumes her portion of alcohol every day. It just didn’t work out for me. Maybe not really fair to Nicole Kidman. But it feels the same as Jim Carrey playing a serious, dramatic role or Arnold Schwarzenegger doing a comedy. Well, guess she can’t get rid of that image. Being biased is a strange thing. All credit to Kidman for making a bold choice to leave her comfort zone and take on such a daring role.

 

Silas is a fascinating character.

Unfortunately, the Nicole Kidman stunt is also the only thing that made an impression (even though I mainly read negative criticism about it) because for the rest it’s just a disappointing and scanty story. The main part deals with the undercover operation where Erin and Chris infiltrate the Silas gang. On the one hand, Silas is a fascinating character. A cruel, sadistic person who’s unapproachable and manipulative. A fearless leader who cannot tolerate contradiction and punishes misconduct without mercy. On the other hand, it’s not something we haven’t seen before. The other members aren’t particularly interesting and only serve to help Erin with her search. The only noteworthy thing is Jade Pettyjohn as the rebellious teenage daughter Shelby. However, her contribution is too limited to form an opinion.

 

 

A crafty piece of work but mediocre at the same time.

Even though they tried to be inventive when it comes to the timeline. And even if the film had some beautiful scenes. And the footage of the bank robbery, where Erin unconsciously winded up in, was unparalleled (the most action-packed scene of this film). I still missed sharpness. It wasn’t edgy. It all felt too easy. It wasn’t more than a story about police work, corruption and taking revenge. I don’t dispute the fact that the story is technically a crafty piece of work. But in general, it wasn’t really impressive. Kidman’s make-up caused bewilderment. Once the shock effect was over, it felt more like a gimmick.

 

 

My rating 5/10
Links: IMDB

 

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Daisy Ridley Promises Epic Lightsaber Duel In ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

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“We in this film actually have perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

The lightsaber duel is a staple of Star Wars lore. Every episode has featured some of the most iconic battles in cinematic history. Many fans were disappointed with the lack of saber action in Episode VII, even though the film primarily focused on Rey trying to discover her true place within the universe. ‘The Last Jedi’ attempted to give us more action but was over shadowed by Director Rian Johnson’s character arc choices. Going into ‘Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker’ J.J. Abrams knows what’s at stake, while bringing us the conclusion to one of the most beloved franchises in movie history. In a recent interview with Wired about Episode IX, Daisy Ridley shed some light on what we can expect in the final installment:

“The interesting thing about this film is that we concentrate more on the fact that [the lightsabers] are light,” Ridley told the publication, “Because the [old] lightsabers were so heavy, as Eunice [Huthart] said, who is our new stunt coordinator, that it was more like broadsword fighting, which isn’t technically what it’s supposed to be because lightsabers are supposed to be light, by nature.”

Since the “Skywalker” lightsaber that was a focal point in ‘Episode VII’ was destroyed during ‘The Last Jedi,’ it would appear that Rey will be getting herself a new “Lighter” saber. Daisy also, went on further to suggest we will be witnessing one of, if not the most epic Star Wars lightsaber duels of all time via Episode IX:

“So they actually made them lighter for us,”the actress continued “We in this film actually have perhaps one of the most epic fights in Star Wars.”

‘The Rise of Skywalker’ has a lot riding on it to properly conclude the “Skywalker Star Wars Saga.” J.J. Abrams is well aware of what’s at stake. One can only imagine that he will pull out all the stops to ensure one of the greatest endings in recent cinematic history.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2019

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Brings Us New Images And Character Details

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“I don’t feel like I’m changing the mythology. I think it’s a continuation of the cause and effect”

The James Cameron produced ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has released new images, featuring the old school T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) doing what he does best. The photos also feature Mackenzie Davis who plays Grace a humanoid cyborg, and a new poster featuring the OG cast, Arnold and Linda Hamilton.

Director Tim Miller (Deadpool) is hoping to give fans a fresh look at the Terminator franchise, while keeping with the continuity of the old. He wants fans to understand the cause and effect principle that is constantly reshaping the future:

“I don’t feel like I’m changing the mythology. I think it’s a continuation of the cause and effect that [James Cameron] set up in the other Terminator movies, which is simply if you make a change in the past, it will change the future. So you have to expect that what happened before, or the history that Sarah had been told of the future, was going to change. I don’t look at it as changing mythology. I look at it as the natural outcome of the set of rules that Jim established in the first two movies.”

Arnold has returned as the T-800 in previous Terminator films, from ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,’ ‘Terminator: Salvation’ and ‘Terminator: Genisys’ which have all been met with tough fan criticism. This time around, Miller hopes to present the terminator in a new way, in which fans have yet to see:

“This version of Arnold is something that Jim has been thinking about for a long time. I think it’s a really great way for him to come back to the franchise. I understood the other movies and the way they handled him, but I didn’t want to do that again. I really thought that the way to do something unique for this film was to have Arnold’s backstory and the way he interacts with the rest of the characters be something we hadn’t seen from that character before… but I also think it has the expected amount of Arnold kicking ass.”

During a recent interview, Arnold was asked how he felt about this recent incarnation of the Terminator franchise and how he felt about the level of action this new film would provide:

“I would say [this movie] is huge action-wise. I was very satisfied with the ideas and the big action that this movie has. It’s really wild.”

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ is set to hit theaters November 1, 2019

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The King’s Man | Official Trailer – HD

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Action, Adventure, Comedy

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N/A

Release Date:

February 14, 2020

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Cast:

Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou

Plot Summary:

As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

 

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