Monday, 30 November 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road Review










Mad Max: Fury Road


Release Date: 14th May 2015 - Australia


Production Companies
Kennedy Miller Mitchell
Village Roadshow Pictures 
RatPac-Dune Entertainment 

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution 


Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 120 minutes


Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $378,436,354 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary 
Haunted by his turbulent 
past, Mad Max believes 
the best way to survive 
is to wander alone. 
Nevertheless, he becomes 
swept up with a group 
fleeing across the 
Wasteland in a War Rig 
driven by an elite Imperator, 
Furiosa. They are escaping 
a Citadel tyrannized by 
the Immortan Joe, from 
whom something 
irreplaceable has been 
taken. Enraged, the 
Warlord marshals all his 
gangs and pursues the 
rebels ruthlessly in the 
high-octane Road War 
that follows.


Cast
Tom Hardy - Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron - Imperiator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult - Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne - Immortan Joe
Josh Hilman - Slit
Nathan Jones - Rictus Erectus
Zoë Kravitz - Toast the Knowing
Rosie Huntington Whiteley - 
The Splendid Angharad 
Riley Keough - Capable 
Abbey Lee - The Dag
Courtney Eaton - Cheedo the 
Fragile 
John Howard - The People Eater
Richard Carter - The Bullet Farmer
Iota - The Doof Warrior
Angus Sampson - The Organic Merchanic
Jennifer Hagan - Miss Giddy
Megan Gale - The Valkyrie
Melissa Jaffer - Keeper of the Seeds
Quentin Kenihan - Corpus Colossus

Crew
Writer/Producer/Director - 
George Miller
Writers - Brendan McCarthy 
and Nick Lathouris
Producer - Doug Mitchell 
Producer/Assistant Director - 
P.J. Voeten
Production Supervisor/
Visual Effects Producer - Holly Radcliffe 
Production Designer - Colin Gibson
Costume Designer - Jenny Beavan
Director of Photography/
Camera Operator - John Seale
Stunt and Rigging Coordinator - Keir Beck
Second Unit Director/Stunts/
Supervising Stunt Coordinator - 
Guy Norris
Stunt Coordinator/Performer/
Stunts - Lawrence Woodward
Fight Coordinator/Stunt Performers - 
Richard Norton and Greg van Borssum
Special Effects Supervisor - Dan Oliver
Visual Effects Supervisors - Andrew Jackson 
and Katherine Rodtsbrooks 
Additional Visual Effects Supervisor - David Nelson
Film Editor - Margaret Sixel
Music - Junkie XL


Review
Thirty years after a long indefinite halt on the MAD MAX series that were supposedly concluded with the third movie BEYOND THUNDERDOME (click here), the films revolved on radical and frightening interpretation of a post-apocalyptic world with a civilization without law and order. When going to watch a MAD MAX flick, you could always count on a lot of adult themes that include violence and gore that could be considered frightening and inappropriate to younger audiences. Now the trilogy becomes a quadrilogy with its newest addition FURY ROAD as a strong return to form which brings the franchise back to life. Director George Miller has again returned from the shore of digital animation pioneering on the two HAPPY FEET movies to the live-action filmmaking of MAD MAX that he proudly welcomed to the growing list of Aussie cinema classics. Furthermore, FURY ROAD is in about the same league as THE ROAD WARRIOR which has its fuel-driven camera shots and high-octane action I must say however that all the driving and stunts has certainly done this film justice.

I thought the acting from Tom Hardy was good, but he seems to play it safe and not take creative risks. But because there is no one other than Tom who has this near-uncanny resemblance to the now-aged original actor Mel Gibson. All the scepticism of his acting have faded away and critics' reviews have been highly positive of his portrayal, much of the reason I think I was confident he would be up to the challenge was due to having witnessed his outstanding performance of the Bane character in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (click here). Also sweetening the deal in this movie is the all so talented Charlize Theron in the role as the leader of the female rogues which consist of Zoë Kravitz and the actress who replaced Megan Fox and her character in TRANSFORMERS 3. On a surprising note, she seems to be well-adjusted for the part and as usual presents with a strong female character. 

There's a compelling thought that FURY ROAD is the second best movie in the series and with THE ROAD WARRIOR still taking the lead as the greatest addition to date. I would say your impression of this movie would be best served if you watch the original MAD MAX movies first. As a standalone feature, it is not quite as impacting as you don't know the backstory of the title character and his journey through the treacherous highways of the outlands.

If you have not seen this movie yet and you were in the mood for a serving of action, edge of your seat thrills and large-scale explosions, then this is the film for you.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


Monday, 23 November 2015

Spectre Review










Spectre


Release Date: 12th November 2015 - Australia 


Production Companies
EON Productions
B24
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (copyright holder)
Columbia Pictures (copyright holder)
Danjaq (copyright holder)

Distribution 
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 148 minutes


Budget: $250,000,000

Box Office Gross: $880,674,609
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A cryptic message from
James Bond's past prompts
him to set out to uncover
a sinister criminal
organization called SPECTRE
(SPecial Executive for
Counter-intelligence,
Terrorism, Revenge and
Extortion).

While M battles political
forces to keep the secret
service safe alive, Bond
peels back the layers of
deceit to reveal the terrible
truth behind SPECTRE.


Cast
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Christoph Waltz - Franz Oberhauser
Lea Seydoux - Madeleine Swann
Ralph Fiennes - M
Monica Bellucci - Lucia Sciarra
Ben Whislaw - Q
Naomie Harris - Eve Moneypenny
Dave Bautista - Mr. Hinx
Andrew Scott - C
Rory Kinnear - Bill Tannen
Jesper Christensen - Mr. White
Alessandro Cremona - Marco Sciarra
Stephanie Sigman - Estrella
Judi Dench - M (Uncredited)

Crew
Director - Sam Mendes
Based on Characters - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Neal Purvis,
Robert Wade, John Logan and
Jez Butterworth
Producers - Michael G. Wilson
and Barbara Broccoli
Co-Producers - Daniel Craig,
Andrew Noakes, Stacy Perskie
(Mexico) and David Pope
Production Designer - Dennis Gassner
Cinematography - Hoyte Van Hoytema
Splinter Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Fight Choreographer - Oliver Schneider
Splinter Unit Director/Picture
Vehicle/Special and Miniature
Effects Supervisor - Chris Corbould
Visual Effects Supervisor - Steven Pegg
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Mark Bakowski
Film Editor - Lee Smith
Main Titles Designer - Daniel Kleinman
Composer: James Bond Theme -
Monty Norman
Music - Thomas Newman
Writer/Performer: Song "Writing's on the Wall" -
Sam Smith
Writer: Song "Writing's on the Wall" -
Jimmy Napes


Review
SPECTRE is a film of good quality and lasting value, but it isn't the movie that I hoped that it would be and does not meet the standards of the series quintessential feature SKYFALL (click here). It was better than the subpar QUANTUM OF SOLACE (click here) which was served with plot errors and not having Q in the movie which is such an integral character to the Bond formula. SPECTRE began with a pre-credits opening that any Bond fan would expect to be more explosive than the opening of the previous movie. The plot is a little lopsided and the length is too long where some unnecessary footage revolving politics should have been cut out of the film. But on a positive note, the movie takes viewers on a journey through new exciting locations of which some of these scenes are filmed on location not in a studio. This makes a big difference in terms of making the environments and locations more realistic and believable. 

I was surprised that the English actor Ralph Fiennes would undoubtedly be taking over Judi Dench's character as the new chief of MI6 after starring in its predecessor for a small supporting role. I do believe that any movie-goer who follows Quentin Tarantino would recognise the actor Christoph Waltz as having played a Bond villain, but the true identity of his character is not revealed until three quarters through the way of the movie and this delivers a suspenseful twist for anyone who has followed the Bond franchise from the start.

This may not be the best time for Bond fans who may have really had their hopes up after SKYFALL. In contrast, this movie is nowhere near as good but still it does have some unmistakable large-scale action, fine acting and occasional laughs. I would recommend watching this, if you have not seen it. 

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie 


Monday, 16 November 2015

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Review











On Her Majesty's Secret Service 


Release Date: 1969 - Australia


Production Companies
EON Productions
Danjaq (Uncredited)


Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 140 minutes


Budget: $7,000,000

Box Office Gross: $64,600,000
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When Bond's usual
intelligence sources fail,
he enlists the aid of a
crime boss Draco to track
down Ernst Blofeld, head
of the evil SPECTRE
organization.

The trail leads to the
mountains of Switzerland,
where Bond goes undercover
in Blofeld's hi-tech head-
quarters. He encounters a
bevy of seductive women,
but none more beautiful
than Draco's daughter,
Tracy, who wins 007
over with her fervent
independence, caustic wit
and love of adventure.

Bond pledges his eternal
devotion to her, but there
are more immediate
concerns: Blofeld is poised
to unleash horrific germ
warfare weaponry,
endangering every living
thing on earth!


Cast
George Lazenby - James Bond
Diana Rigg - Tracy Di Vicenzo
Telly Salvalas - Ernst Stavro Blofeld 
Gabriele Ferzetti - Marc Ange Draco
Isle Steppat - Irma Bunt
Yuri Borienko - Grunther
Bernard Lee - M
Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewellyn - Q
George Baker - Sir Hilary Bray
Angela Scoular - Ruby Bartlett
Bernard Horsfall - Campbell

Crew
Director - Peter Hunt
Based on Novel "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and Characters "James Bond" - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Richard Maibaum
Additional Dialogue - Simon Raven
Producers - Albert R. Broccoli 
and Harry Saltzman
Production Designer - Syd Cain
Director of Photography - Michael Reed
Second Unit Director/Film Editor - John Glen
Stunt Arranger - George Leech
Aerial Cameraman - John Jordan
Ski Cameramen - Willy Bogner
and Alex Barbey
Special Effects - John Stears
Title Designer - Maurce Binder
Composer: James Bond
Theme - Monty Norman
Music - John Barry
Lyrics: Song "We Have All the
Time In the World" - Hal David
Performer: Song "We Have 
All the Time in the World" - 
Louis Armstrong


Review
It's been a year since I watched a Bond movie and decided it was time to watch and review another one. I currently reviewed a Bond movie which was YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (click here), but I'm halfway through the sixth flick of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and still there's work to be done in re-watching this underrated classic. It was released as to what many consider to be an overlooked film. Since then, it was nearly forgotten by everyone who have watched its predecessors until decades later that they began to like it even more and some even regarded it as a better movie than the entries that Roger Moore was in and the later two with Timothy Dalton. I first watched this film before I went on with the rest of the series of its significant plotting and winning formula with its action, espionage and romance. It was a unique rarity that in a Bond film like this, it had such a dark but unhappy ending which I'll never get over it because I was so young and I wasn't ready for any sad conclusions. I have seen this instalment twice now because of the latest film SPECTRE has now opened in cinemas, I decided to watch it so as to get myself in the mood for the upcoming feature.

ON HER MAJESTY's SECRET SERVICE could have been a huge start for George Lazenby in his tenure as 007 but unfortunately his agent persuaded him to decline the role of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER due to the salary offer being too low of a figure. Sadly, it was a missed opportunity however critical reception and some of the movie-goers preferred Sean Connery in the lead when he could not be present in this picture. The action sequencing is fun to watch and has a lot of edge of your seat moments. The action takes viewers into the sport of skiing and bob-sledding and once portrays Bond as a jack of all trades.

More praise needs to be given to George who was very skilled at being a charismatic secret agent with style, charm and wit. Regardless of his heritage for being a non-English actor. He still manages to convince us that Bond is still a cool and suave protagonist. I can never forget Telly Salvalas for the portrayal of Blofeld, he is sure not as compelling than Donald Pleasence's interpretation and the story does not explain the appearance change so it's left to the audiences imagination as to why he looks so different.

This is definitely a worthy instalment regardless of the critics' negative reviews and some negative feedback from the fans. It takes me back to nostalgia and it holds very special significance for me as it was the first of the series I seen.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Top Movies In Need Of A Director's Cut



Not happy with the movies that the way, the scenes are removed and the damaging effects that this could have on the pacing of the movie, take 'Dune' for an example which its original version was compromised by the studio with poor scene editing and forced ending which is a real distraction and makes it difficult to be immersed into a fictional world. Now here are the top movies that were in my opinion, in need of an extended or a director's edition.


I know a fact that WATERWORLD was not one of the best movies of its time, it could have been a lot better but dear God, it had some flaws which firstly include, severe editing which leaves the plot in jeopardy especially towards the end and questions that were left unanswered such as the Smokers motivation for Dryland. These additional scenes could have come as important to the film and the development of the characters and I think due to this weakness, it had a difficult production which resulted from a few hurricanes and several actors/stunt doubles who were nearly dying from avoidable accidents.

It still leaves us begging for an uncut edition which would be only shown in television and not released as uncensored on a Region 4 format of Blu-ray and DVD.





Many years ago, I first saw THE LAND BEFORE TIME as a kid and I didn't notice it came from the talents of animator Don Bluth, filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Star Wars and Indiana Jones creator George Lucas. It came out two years after 'An American Tail' and outclassed Disney's 'Oliver and Company' at the box office proceedings during its opening weekend. 25 years later, people were still in love with this dinosaur hit except for its creator who is unhappy of how this film was being edited from 78 minutes to 69, one of his shortest to be precise.


Most footage deleted consists of the Tyrannosaurus Rex attack sequence which is reported to have Spielberg and Lucas worried that kids would be frightened of this scene and parents would complain. Other scenes were deleted to make the film less frightening and a quicker pace. To add insult to injury, Universal has neglected to release the final cut intended by Don Bluth or even have those in the bonus material of the DVD and the recent Blu-ray release. Let's just hope the film might get an uncut version or a better treatment in Blu-ray than it received in DVD.






I saw THE PHANTOM a long time ago and in hindsight, it wasn't as good as I remember it to be, probably due to the campiness, the brisk fast pace of the film and a lack of its romance. This has upset the film's producer Joe Dante who wasn't happy the final cut of the movie and disowned it. This combined with the adaptation's commercial failure at the box office, leads for it to be forgotten and obscure.


I heard about the scenes that were excluded in this feature, the romantic chemistry between The Phantom and his love interest Diana, action scenes like the Phantom wrestling a snake and a lion and the introduction would have been longer if it provided more emphasis on the title character to delve into its mystery. I am left to wonder if the inclusion of these scenes improve the film.






When Joel Schumacher made the third-instalment of the 'Batman' saga where Tim Burton has signed off, it was not quite as campy and colourful as 'Batman & Robin' but it could have been closer to the tone of the films that preceded it, while the tongue-in-cheek tone and gaudy colours can't be cut out of the released version, this film suffers from brutal editing and complete rearrangement from the structure of the original script.

The scenes that were deleted from BATMAN FOREVER are easily found in the DVD and Blu-ray extras, they could at least improve the movie by including them at the final cut. Especially, the subplot where Bruce Wayne loses his memory and encounters a giant bat. That would have been the vital part for the movie to be more similar to the darker tone of the first two films.






The reason that the movie adaptation of 'Avatar', no not that one (click here) but the other did fail to resonate the fans of its loyalty to the cartoon. What occurs to this hit is the post-production that was untimely rushed in schedule packed with re-shoots by the producers to make it more fast-paced and to have it in a bland 3D conversion just like the one you see out of 'Green Lantern'

When I watched the video how it is the film originally intended to be longer than 90 minutes and scenes that would have made into the final cut. Most of these are the important part of the story and character development that held true to the series splendour. If only M. Night Shyamalan would stuck with the source material and then THE LAST AIRBENDER would have restored his credibility as a decent director and this would spawn the movie franchise with two sequels in the planning stage.





#1. Dune (David Lynch)

When filming was finished in DUNE and because David Lynch didn't have the proper final cut of the film, he was pressured into making a two-hour theatrical cut of his interpretation with new scenes in it to be shot and for his magnum opus to be severely butchered to 137 minutes. Upon its release, it met its dismal run at the box office and was widely ridiculed as a less faithful screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's acclaimed sci-fi novel series. 

Throughout several years later till 1988, when an extended version was first shown on television but it just went ahead by the studio with their own initiative, regardless the director's wishes that Lynch himself made a stand and refused to have his name labelled on the credits of the movie and it is for this reason that they had to create a fictional director name of Alan Smithee.

The damage resulting to this potentially great film was due to poor pacing and incomprehensible plotting which renders the movie as almost unbearable. Though many years have been long since gone and DUNE has yet to receive a director's cut edition since momentarily it had a huge following on the internet and there is still a possibility if Lynch is to be involved.



Monday, 9 November 2015

Cocktail Review











Cocktail


Release Date: 1st December 1988 - Australia


Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures (presents)
Silver Screen Partners III (in 
association with)
Interscope Communications 

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia


Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 98 minutes


Budget: $20,000,000

Box Office Gross: $171,504,781
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Tom Cruise is electrifying as
Brian Flanagan, a young,
confident and ambitious
bartender who, with the help
of a seasoned pro, becomes
the toast of Manhattan's
Upper East Side. But when
he moves to Jamaica and
meets an independent artist
Jordan, their vivid romance
brings a new perspective
to the self-centered bartender's
life.

He realises that he has found
someone who can teach him
some important truths about
love, happiness, and most
importantly, about who Brian
Flanagan really is.


Cast
Tom Cruise - Brian Flanagan
Elisabeth Shue - Jordan Mooney
Bryan Brown - Doug Coughlin
Lisa Banes - Bonnie
Laurence Luckinbill - Mr. Mooney
Kelly Lynch - Kerry
Ron Dean - Uncle Pat
Gina Gershon - Carol

Crew
Director - Roger Donaldson
Based on Novel/Screenplay - 
Heywood Gould
Producers - Ted Field and
Robert W. Cort
Director of Photography - Dean Semler
Film Editor - Neil Travis
Music - J. Peter Robinson


Review
I know what you're thinking about COCKTAIL, a film that I am regretfully announce that was definitely not a highlight of Tom's career. However, I feel this film was seriously underrated. This picture was criticised of the plot as been corny and to come across as being cheap and cheesy. In all honesty, I have to admit that I disagree with the general negative reception of this feature as I feel it is a non-stop watchable guilty pleasure. Tom Cruise soon redeemed his honour with the release of the drama entitled RAIN MAN (click here) later in that same year. When watching COCKTAIL, it was very over-the-top with its fresh comedy and heartbreak, I enjoyed seeing Tom with his smug-faced charm and his masterful bartending skills. It compliments the film for what is shaken not stirred and redeems itself from the horrendously underwritten concept which was so predictable and presented no real values.

The chemistry between Tom and his co-star Bryan Brown provide this sort of a love/hate relationship where they begin as close friends but Tom has his trust betrayed and this leads to a spiralling downfall. Eventually, they settle their disputes and once again mend their friendly bond. The soundtrack has some energy and excitations which compliments the overall quality of the film, especially the main songs from legendary artists/bands Robert Palmer and The Beach Boys.

My final thoughts for this picture is that if you're in the mood for a good midday movie with some strong points and real light-hearted 80s music, than this is a solid picture for you.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Back to the Future Review













Back to the Future


Release Date: 15th August 1985 - Australia


Production Companies 
Universal Pictures 
Amblin Entertainment
U-Drive Productions (Uncredited)

Distribution 
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 116 minutes


Budget: $19,000,000

Box Office Gross: $389,053,797 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Marty McFly, a typical 
American teenager of the 
Eighties, is accidentally 
sent back to 1955 in a 
plutonium-powered 
DeLorean "time machine" 
invented by slightly mad 
scientist. During his 
often hysterical, always 
amazing trip back in time, 
Marty must make certain 
his teenage parents-to-be 
meet and fall in love - so 
he can get back to the 
future.


Cast
Michael J. Fox - Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd - Dr. Emmett Brown 
Crispin Glover - George McFly
Lea Thompson - Lorraine Baines
Thomas F. Wilson - Biff Tannen
Claudia Wells - Jennifer
James Tolkan - Mr. Strickland
Marc McClure - Dave McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber - Linda McFly
George DiCenzo - Sam Baines
Frances Lee McCain - Stella Baines
J.J. Cohen - Skinhead
Casey Siemaszko - 3-D
Billy Zane - Match
Harry Waters Jr. - Marvin Berry
Donald Fullilove - Goldie Wilson

Crew
Writer/Director - Robert Zemeckis
Writer/Producer - Bob Gale
Executive Producer/Second 
Unit Director - Frank Marshall
Executive Producers - Kathleen
Kennedy and Steven Spielberg
Producer - Neil Canton
Production Designer - Lawrence G. Paull
Costume Designer - Deborah Lynn Scott
Director of Photography - Dean Cundey
Special Effects Supervisor - Kevin Pike
Supervisor of Visual Effects: ILM - Ken Ralston (Uncredited)
Film Editors - Harry Keramidas
and Arthur Schmidt
Music - Alan Silvestri
Performers: Songs "The Power 
of Love" and "Back in Time" - 
Huey Lewis and the News


Awards

1986 Academy Awards
Best Sound Editing - Charles L. Campbell
and Robert R. Rutledge (Won)
----------------------
Best Original Screenplay - Robert Zemeckis
and Bob Gale (Nominated)
Best Sound - Bill Varney, B. Tennyson Sebastian II,
Robert Thirlwell and William B. Kaplan (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "The Power of Love" -
Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla and Huey Lewis (Nominated)


Review
November 5th 2015 marks the occasion of the day when Marty McFly first travelled back in time in his DeLorean to the year of 1955. BACK TO THE FUTURE is now in its 30th anniversary, it still leaves us the lasting impression of what it would be like to see the hilarious consequences around time travel from the year 1985 to the 50s. It also started a trilogy for which is comprised of two sequels that weren't up to snuff with the first. An original but timeless sci-fi comedy that during release was truly ahead of its time and it was BACK TO THE FUTURE that reinvented the time travelling concept. There was no one other than Robert Zemeckis who could direct such a top-grosser in displaying themes of science fiction and laughter. Even its executive producer Steven Spielberg should be proud of the film that began a trilogy which would please many generations of sci-fi fans to come. The writing is superb and packed with references that is only to be known for people who are truly familiar with most of these types of pop culture films including Star Wars.

The comedic acting is truly exceptional with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as being cast in the big leads with Lloyd playing as a scientist with an eccentricity and Fox portrays a youth who winds up becoming the bane of his own existence. The supporting talents of Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson were also commendable for being rocksteady of the other characters. The special effects are likely to be hold long lasting value and still to this day haven't aged in today's standards of motion capture and CGI. Finally, the music is then branded into this feature with Huey Lewis's memorable song "The Power of Love" together with Alan Silvestri's brilliant instrumentals.

I was enthralled to have seen it again after being busy with the other films and for doing so. I feel that BACK TO THE FUTURE is still packed with top-notch performances, original story and spontaneous laughter to mark it as one of my all-time favourites. If you have not seen this movie, then I would say "Great Scott! You don't know what you're missing".

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever



Monday, 2 November 2015

Office Space Review











Office Space


Release Date: 15th April 1999 - Australia


Production Companies 
20th Century Fox
Cubicle Inc. (Uncredited)

Distribution 
20th Century Fox Australia 


Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 89 minutes 


Budget: $10,000,000

Box Office Gross: $12,176,186 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary 
Unable to endure another 
mind-numbing day at 
Intech Corporation, cubicle 
slave Peter Gibbons gets 
fired up... and decides to 
get fired. Armed with a 
leisurely new attitude and 
a sexy new girlfriend, he 
soon masters the art of 
neglecting his job, which 
quickly propels him into 
the ranks of upper 
management!


Cast
Ron Livingston - Peter Gibbons
Gary Cole - Bill Lumbergh
Stephen Root - Milton Waddams
Jennifer Aniston - Joanna
Ajay Naidu - Samir Nagheenanajar
David Herman - Michael Bolton
Diedrich Bader - Lawrence
Richard Riehle - Tom Smykowski
Alexandra Wentworth - Anne
Joe Bays - Dom Portwood
John C. McGinley - Bob Slydell
Paul Wilson - Bob Porter
Kinna McInroe - Nina
Greg Pitts - Drew
Michael McShane - Dr. Swanson
Linda Wakeman - Laura Smykowski 

Crew
Based on "Milton" Animated
Shorts/Screenplay/Producer
(Uncredited)/Director - Mike Judge
Executive Producer - Guy Riedel
Producers - Michael Rotenberg 
and Daniel Rappaport
Production Designer - Edward McAvoy 
Director of Photography - Tim Suhrstedt
Film Editor - David Rennie
Music - John Frizzell


Review
One of the highest points of Mike Judge's career besides BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD and KING OF THE HILL is OFFICE SPACE. This comedy classic is a well known comedic satire that is considered to have high esteem among various critics. The film tells a funny story about a man who has zero tolerance for his job and from the minute, he walks in the door, all he can think about is the minute he gets to leave. Many people will relate to the experience of hating their job and for these people, I'm sure they will find this movie a hoot. I am sorry to say that this film was not a high point for me, so where do I start. For starters, I really can't relate to the satirical humour and for this reason, I did not find the humour funny. I found with this movie that with the exception of a few brief scenes that for the most part the feature was rather flat and unappealing for me

I feel sorry for the talented actors for giving good performances in this film who I feel could have been cast in better roles. Gary Cole is the standout performer because of his self-centred character.

I presume that OFFICE SPACE was overrated and was given more credit than deserved. If you agree with my opinion in this review, than I think it would be safe to say that this movie is not for you.

Star rating: (3/10) Disappointing