Movie Madness #3

The Commuter

 

This is a film about Liam Neeson having his train ticket stolen and his compelling story on getting it back. Ok, no it’s not. However, this film, whilst similar in the vein of the Taken movies, takes on a life of its own. Think Murder On The Orient Express and Source Code meets the Taken franchise. Bizarre, I know, but give this movie a chance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The story has much more depth than I expected and the way it pans out actually surprised me. Considering I expected a Taken clone I was happily taken aback (pun intended) and kept in suspense throughout the film. Not a theatre must see, but one to watch at home for sure.

The Cloverfield Paradox

 

This came out of nowhere! Seeing the rumours circulating on Twitter as the Superbowl commenced got my hopes higher than ever before. I absolutely adore the Cloverfield franchise, maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for science fiction horror and monsters of all shapes and sizes, but Cloverfield really hit the mark. 10 Cloverfield Lane whilst not directly linked to Cloverfield was also incredibly well done, and despite it lacking the monsters of Cloverfield it was a thrilling suspense story with a good twist.

Now, The Cloverfield Paradox is directly linked with Cloverfield (and maybe 10 Cloverfield Lane, only time will tell), and it’s fantastic. Bringing the franchise into yet another mind bending genre whilst retaining the franchise theme, it delivers a very convoluted punch into multiverse theory and the horrors of other dimensions. Without spoiling much, this is the story explaining how Cloverfield, the mysterious monster attack on New York, came to be.

If you like the idea of Alien and Life meeting Event Horizon, you’ll love this movie. JJ Abrams’ franchise may grate with some, but i’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Spoiler territory ahead!

I just wanted to do a quick little spoiler discussion on this movie, because I liked it that much! The idea of the multiverse theory and how two dimensions colliding could be catastrophic is so brilliantly touched on in this film. The idea of the ‘world’ we begin with being on the verge of war, whilst the other world is already at war. Or the heart breaking story of the main protagonist’s children having died in the first world, but still being alive in the second. What I really liked about this film is rather than directly addressing where the monster from Cloverfield came from, it suggests an idea instead. The film only has one scene with the monster, right at the end. The film simplifies the multiverse theory by only having two worlds, but also suggests there are many others with varying degrees of realties and horrors.

Lady Bird

 

So, I finally saw this movie! It’s been getting such rave reviews and so much attention, I have been dying to see it. The power house team of women behind this film; Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf to name a few, make this film an unforgettable tale of a daughters coming of age story, and a sometimes-dysfunctional mother daughter relationship. This film is an unmissable story for people of all ages, tying together the perfect mix of comedy and drama. This film will leave you crying and laughing simultaneously, and whilst it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, everyone will be able to relate to some part of it.

RAW

 

I’ve been meaning to watch this movie for a long, long time. Finally, I saw it this week and it was better than I expected. The genre of coming of age horror is truly in its element right now, with films such as Raw and The Transfiguration. You want a psychological thriller with horror elements all tied to a relatable coming of age story? You got it.

The twists in this film actually caught me off guard, and the end of the film throws you in such a loop you’re left contemplating everything. The way the film is shot, the acting and the editing really helps build suspense allowing for less dialogue and more visual storytelling.

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