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Life of Pi [ Hits:9874 ]
Review: Life of Pi is a breathtaking adventure drama from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee. Based on the book by Yann Martel, this beautiful film tells the story of Pi Patel, a young Indian boy whose survival at sea forms the basis for a spiritual journey of epic proportions. Ang Lee has a firm grasp on translating intimate and epic moments, making him a great choice to direct Life of Pi, a film which has had several directors attached, including M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) and ...

Blood Diamond [ 2006 ] [ Hits:11903 ]
Review: Blood Diamond is an intense, thrilling, blood-drenched action drama about diamond smuggling in Africa. The story rests on the capable shoulders of Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, who were both nominated for Oscars for their performances. At the helm is Edward Zwick, another big name in Oscar history, who lays claim to other pearls such as Glory, Legends of the Fall, Shakespeare in Love, Traffic and The Last Samurai. Danny Archer is a Zimbabwean, ex-mercenary diamond smuggler. He overhears ...

The World's Fastest Indian [ 2005 ] [ Hits:4158 ]
Review: The World’s Fastest Indian may sound like a documentary, but it’s the best of both worlds. Burt Munro’s amazing true adventure story is realised as Roger Donaldson fulfills a 25 year dream. Munro was obsessed with his Indian motorcycle in the same way that Donaldson has pursued this film. The World’s Fastest Indian is a labour of love, and Donaldson’s attention to detail and eccentricity shine through in this biographical piece. Burt Munro set a land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonn...

The Jungle Book [ Hits:4580 ]
Review: When people think of The Jungle Book, they conjure up images of dancing bears, kooky comedy and jovial songs centring around, essentially a young "Tarzan". While the beloved 1967 Disney fairytale probably has a special place in most people's hearts, few would have guessed that it would be reimagined as a much darker "live–action" adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's books. In what seems like a blend of the brothers Grimm and Kipling, Iron Man director Jon Favreau has reinvented the story. Using am...

Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4421 ]
Review: The Indiana Jones franchise has been dormant for a number of years after ending the trilogy with his fedora held high. However, the character’s popularity and the recent spate of successful renaissance sequels in Die Hard, Rambo and Rocky Balboa led Indy to his much-anticipated fourth installment, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Spielberg returns to create another exciting chapter with all the same faces (bar Sean Connery) as renowned archeologist, professor and adventurer He...

Hugo [ Hits:7676 ]
Review: Hugo is a well-oiled machine that lacks heart and soul. Primed as a family adventure in the style of City of Ember, this Parisian tale looks magical, backed by a solid cast, a fascinating story and a powerful director. However, despite the best intentions - the atmosphere is stilted, the charm is stunted and Hugo relies too heavily on its beauty to carry the story. Child stars, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, do an amazing job as co-leads. You could say that their performances are a lit...

War Horse [ Hits:7651 ]
Review: Stephen Spielberg loves a good war drama and it shows, having directed Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. All of these epic dramas were set in and around World War II, which is just one reason the Best Picture nominated War Horse is so different... War Horse is set in World War I, based on a 1982 children's novel and the 2007 stage play adaptation. The story begins in a pastoral setting in Dartmoor in 1914 as a local farmer buys a be...

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [ Hits:5250 ]
Review: The Hunger Games underplayed its hand. While competent and carried by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Ross seemed like the wrong director for the film. Getting the Seabiscuit and Pleasantville director on-board must have been a ploy to cushion the adult themes to appeal to a much broader audience. While marketed as a teen read, The Lord of the Flies meets Survivor series by Suzanne Collins is actually quite harrowing. After Ross declined to return for the sequel, a number of h...

The Perfect Wave [ Hits:5976 ]
Review: Only a surfer knows the feeling. It's not surprising that films about surfing, like Chasing Mavericks, Soul Surfer and now The Perfect Wave, often deal with people experiencing life-changing and near-death experiences. The subculture has an almost religious following around the world as men and women return to the ocean for another transcendent moment on the crest of a wave. This is where The Perfect Wave drops in, based on the true story of Ian McCormack, a wide-eyed young adventurer who...

Unbroken [ Hits:4901 ]
Review: Louis Zamperini's story was bound to become a movie. The Olympian, war veteran and survivor's tale of resilience and triumph of the human spirit is astounding. From his early years of fighting off bullies, training for the Olympics, war-time heroics, deep sea survival and prisoner-of-war camp degradation... we're cast into an epic and powerful true story. Zamperini's true life survival adventure caught the attention of filmmakers after it was adapted by Laura Hillenbrand into the book, Unbr...