Tuesday, 31 January 2017

In Memory of John Hurt (1940-2017)

John Hurt (1940-2017)

Friends and fellow movie-buffs, it is with deep sorrow that I bring you the news that English actor Sir John Hurt has died of pancreatic cancer on 25th January 2017 at the age of 77. He was a widely known actor who was notable for his smooth distinctive voice and his film roles in 'Alien', 'The Elephant Man', 'V for Vendetta' and series like 'Hellboy' and 'Harry Potter'. His profession as an actor spanned more than five decades starting in 1962 with his first movie 'The Wild and the Willing'. Four years later, Hurt was cast in his first major role in a big screen adaptation of 'A Man for All Seasons', and in 1971 he was cast as a neighbour accused of murder in '10 Rillington Place' starring opposite Richard Attenborough. He would eventually receive a BAFTA award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie. Whilst continuing with his film career Hunt also starred in Television dramas in selective roles, such as portraying Quentin Crisp in a television play of 'The Naked Civil Servant' which made him a prominent actor and won his first British Academy Television Award. The following year, Hurt was cast in another acclaimed performance in a BBC adaptation of 
'I, Claudius' as Roman Emporer Caligula. 

John Hurt was not yet recognised as the best character actor in cinema until 1978 where he appeared in 'Midnight Express' which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA as well as an Academy Award nomination. During that same time, Hurt would then do voice-overs in two animated films as Aragon in Ralph Bakshi's interpretation of 'The Lord of the Rings' and as Hazel in 'Watership Down'. Word of his talent and fame would spread to Director Ridley Scott who will cast him in the role of the first victim of an extraterrestrial threat in a movie that proved to be terrifying space horror - that no one can hear anyone scream. The feature was entitled 'Alien' and it featured the character's death which was placed as the iconic scene of film history and he would later reprise his role in a 1987 sci-fi parody 'Spaceballs'. After 'Alien', Hurt then starred in what would be a hit and heart-wrenching biography from up and coming Director David Lynch about a hideously deformed figure who was the title character of the movie known as 'The Elephant Man'

Other roles that Hurt portrayed in movies and television include Winston Smith in 'Nineteen Eighty Four', the demonic horned King in 'The Black Cauldron', "Bird" O'Donnell in 'The Field' (again nominated for a BAFTA award), the wandmaker Olivander in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (which he then reprised his role in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' and 'Part 2'.), Professor Broom in 'Hellboy' (while also reprised in 'The Golden Army',), a leader of a dictatorship in 'V for Vendetta', Harold Oxley in 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' and the War Doctor in 'Doctor Who'. In 2004, Hurt was honoured when made a commander of the Order of the British Empire and was honoured in 2012 with a BAFTA award for his outstanding contribution to the cinema. In 2015, he was then knighted for his services by Queen Elizabeth II as Sir John Hurt.

Before his death, Hurt recently played a priest in 'Jackie' and two of his final movies were 'That Good Night' and 'Darkest Hour' due to be released soon. My condolences go to his family and may you rest in peace John Hurt.

Friday, 27 January 2017

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Review (Australia Day 2017)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Release Date: 8th September 1994 - Australia

Production Companies
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment 
Australian Film Finance Corporation (in association with)
Latent Image Productions Pty. Ltd (producer)
Specific Films (producer)
New South Wales Film & Television Office

Genre: Comedy
Rating: M

Runtime: 99 minutes

Budget: A$1,884,200

Box Office Gross: $16,459,245

Plot Summary
With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Bernadette, Tick and Adam have personal reasons for wanting to leave the safety of Sydney. Christening their battered tour bus 'Priscilla', these wickedly funny drama queens head for the outback... where their spectacular adventures are more than matched by their spectacular outfits.

Hugo Weaving - Tick/Mitzi
Terence Stamp - Bernadette
Guy Pearce - Adam/Felicia
Bill Hunter - Robert 'Bob' Spart
Julia Cortez - Cynthia Campos
June Marie Bennett - Shirley
Alan Dargin - Aboriginal Man
Mark Holmes - Benjamin
Sarah Chadwick - Marion
Daniel Kellie - Young Ralph
Leighton Picken - Young Adam
Ken Radley - Frank
Hannah Corbett - Ralph's Sister
Trevor Barrie - Ralph's Father
Margaret Pomeranz - Adam's Mom (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Writer/Director - Stephan Elliott
Executive Producer - Rebel Penfold-Russell
Producers - Al Clark and Michael Hamlyn
Production Designer - Owen Paterson
Costume Designers - Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel
Film Editor - Sue Blainey
Music - Guy Gross


1994 Academy Awards
Best Costume Design - Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner (Won)

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT was an iconic film that was not just for Australian viewers. Back in the year of its release, it was seen as risqué but nowadays the lifestyle choices of the main characters are mostly accepted by the broader community. PRISCILLA was a low-budget road comedy with an unusual premise about cross-dressers (sans one) being stuck in the desert of Australia. The script is well-written with moments of humour including a few jabs at ABBA as well as poignancy with scenes containing prejudice and discrimination which some viewers may find offensive.

The film takes you to the scenery of the outback in its cinematography with kitschy costume design and disco-flavoured background music to see the glitz, glamour and flamboyance in PRISCILLA. Hugo Weaving was cast in one of the lead roles and was an unknown actor, he acted with fellow newcomer and co-star Guy Pearce who was the sassiest of the bunch and Terence Stamp is literally the old drama queen who can't seem to hold his stuffiness for any longer.

PRISCILLA is a flamboyant and comical film which is a must see for Aussie film-buffs.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

89th Academy Awards

Broadcast Date: 27th February - Australia

Hello, cinema-goers and welcome to another year of the Oscars, the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards have finally been announced and the ceremony will be hosted by television comedian/host Jimmy Kimmel. The popular movie musical 'La La Land'  has received fourteen nominations, including for Best Picture. It is yet to tie the record with previous Oscar winners like 'Titanic' and 'All About Eve'.

Here are the list of nominees that are in contention to win the Oscars.

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon - Craig Hammeck, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
Doctor Strange - Stephanie Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
The Jungle Book - Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
Kubo and the Two Strings - Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Best Film Editing

Arrival - Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge - John Gilbert
Hell or High Water - Jake Roberts
La La Land - Tom Cross
Moonlight - Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Best Costume Design

Allied - Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins - Consolata Boyle
Jackie - Madeline Fontaine
La La Land -  Mary Zophres

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove - Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond - Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad - Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Best Cinematography

Arrival - Bradford Young
La La Land - Linus Sandgren
Lion - Greig Fraser
Moonlight - James Saxton
Silence - Rodrigo Prieto  

Best Production Design

Arrival - Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Stuart Craig and Anna Pincock
Hail, Caesar! - Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
La La Land - Sandy Reynolds-Wasco & David Wasco 
Passengers - Guy Hendrix Dyas and Gene Serdena

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival - Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
Hacksaw Ridge - Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
La La Land - Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Best Sound Editing

Arrival - Sylvain Bellemare
Deepwater Horizon - Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge - Robert MacKenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land - Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully - Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman  

Best Original Song

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls - Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster (Shellback)
"City of Stars" from La La Land - Music by Justin Hurwitz and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
'The Empty Chair' from Jim: The James Foley Story - Music and Lyric - J. Ralph and Sting
"How Far I'll Go" from Moana - Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Best Original Score

Jackie - Mica Levi
La La Land - Justin Hurwitz
Lion - Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight - Nicholas Britell
Passengers - Thomas Newman

Best Animated Short Film

Blind Vaysha - Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time - Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes - Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl - Patrick Osborne
Piper - Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Best Live Action Short Film

Ennemis Interieurs - Selim Azzazi
La Femme et le TGV - Timo Von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
Silent Nights - Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
Sing - Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
Timecode - Juanjo Gimenez

Best Documentary - Short Subject

Extremis - Dan Krauss
4.1 Miles - Daphne Matziaraki
Joe's Violin - Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neilhausen
Watani: My Homeland - Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
The White Helmets - Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best Documentary - Feature

Fire at Sea - Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
I Am Not Your Negro - Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck
Life, Animated - Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
O.J.: Made in America - Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
13th - Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

Best Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine (Denmark) in Danish - Martin Zandvliet
A Man Called Ove (Sweden) in Swedish - Hannes Holm
The Salesman (Iran) in Persian - Asghar Farhadi
Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal - Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
Toni Erdimann (Germany) in German - Maren Ade

Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings - Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Moana - Ron Clements, John Musker and Osnat Shurer
My Life as a Zucchini - Claude Barras and Max Karli
The Red Turtle - Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Zootopia - Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

Arrival - Eric Heisserer from Story of Your Life by Ted Chaing
Fences - August Wilson from his own novel (posthumously)
Hidden Figures - Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lion - Luke Davies from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
Moonlight - Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

20th Century Women - Mike Mills
Hell or High Water - Taylor Sheridan
La La Land - Damien Chazelle
The Lobster - Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Fillipou
Manchester by the Sea - Kenneth Lonergran

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis - Fences as Rose Lee Maxson
Naomie Harris - Moonlight as Paula
Nicole Kidman - Lion as Sue Brierely
Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures as Dorothy Vaughan
Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea as Randi

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali - Moonlight as Juan
Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton
Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea as Patrick Chandler
Dev Patel - Lion as Saroo Brierely
Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals as Detective Bobby Andes

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert - Elle as Michelle LeBlanc
Ruth Negga - Loving as Mildred Loving
Natalie Portman - Jackie as Jackie Kennedy
Emma Stone - La La Land as Mia Dolan
Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins as Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor

Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss
Ryan Gosling - La La Land as Sebastian Wilder
Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic as Ben Gash
Denzel Washington - Fences as Troy Maxson

Best Director

Dennis Villenevue - Arrival
Mel Gibson - Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Kenneth Lonergran - Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight

Best Picture

Arrival - Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde
Fences - Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black
Hacksaw Ridge - Bill Mechanic and David Permut
Hell or High Water - Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
La La Land - Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt
Lion - Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder
Manchester by the Sea - Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Back and Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight - Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner 

Academy Honorary Awards

Jackie Chan
Anne V. Coates
Lynn Stalmaster
Frederick Wiseman

Monday, 23 January 2017

Monster Trucks Review

Monster Trucks

Release Date: 12th January 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Disruption Entertainment
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Animation

Paramount Pictures Australia 

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 105 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $64,493,915

Plot Summary
Tripp is a high school senior with a serious passion for trucks and builds his own, using bits and pieces of scrapped cars. What he never expected was that he would find a monster in his truck.

Tripp discovers a creature who can act as an engine to his monster truck, allowing him to perform superhero feats. Tripp names him "Creech," and the two go an unforgettable adventure together, forming an unbreakable bond.

Lucas Till - Tripp
Jane Levy - Meredith
Thomas Lennon - Jim Dowd
Barry Pepper - Sheriff Rick
Rob Lowe - Reece Tenneson
Danny Glover - Mr. Weathers
Amy Ryan - Cindy
Holt McCallany - Burke
Frank Whaley - Wade Coley
Samara Weaving - Brianne
Tucker Albrizzi - Sam Geldon
Chris Gauthier - Mr. Geldon
Cinta Laura - Ariel

Director - Chris Wedge 
Story - Matthew Robinson
Story/Executive Producers - Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Screenplay - Derek Connolly
Executive Producer - Cale Boyter
Producers - Mary Parent and Denis L. Stewart
Co-Producer - Kurt Williams
Production Designer - Andrew Menzies
Costume Designer - Tish Monaghan
Cinematography - Don Burgess
Special Effects Supervisor - J.D. Schwalm
Automation Supervisor - Andrew Verhoven
Visual Effects Supervisor - Nicolas Aithadi
Film Editor - Conrad Buff IV
Composer - David Sardy

The year 2017 has just started and the movie season is already getting interesting. Today's review is on the film titled MONSTER TRUCKS and though shot in live-action with some CG animation rendering, it was Director Chris Wedge's first feature to be used in that format after taking a break from the animation industry of Blue Sky where he was known for creating the animated movie series of ICE AGE. While MONSTER TRUCKS is aimed at family audiences it misses the warmth that was seen in most classic family-oriented movies, it is entertaining with plenty of action and well-written jokes to laugh at. Even having a moral storyline that can be understood by both young and older audiences.

The actors Lucas Till, Jane Levy and Rob Lowe deserve a mild applause for their very decent performances except that their characterisations were in need of depth to prevent it from being plain and underdeveloped.

None of the critics were into MONSTER TRUCKS and have tolerated it as it did leave a bad taste in their mouths. I don't mind that it was colourful and very entertaining, I just find it a good picture. This has been quite an easy movie to follow, I would recommend viewing it on the big screen.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Monday, 16 January 2017

Red Dog: True Blue Review

Red Dog: True Blue

Release Date: 26th December 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Woss Group Film Productions
Screen Australia
Essential Entertainment
Endymion Films (in association with)
ScreenWest (in association with)
Film Victoria (in association with)

Roadshow Distribution
Good Dog Distribution

Genre: Family 

Rating: PG

Runtime: 88 minutes

Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: A$5,218,716

Plot Summary
Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog's discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.

Phoenix - Red Dog
Jason Isaacs - Michael Carter
Levi Miller - Mick
Bryan Brown - Grandpa
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence - Betty
Justine Clarke - Diane Carter
Thomas Cocquerel - Stempie
Steve Le Marquand - Little John
Zen McGrath - Theo Carter
Kee Chan - Jimmy Umbrella
Winta McGrath - Nicholas Carter
Syd Brisbane - Big John
Calen Tassone - Taylor Pete
Kelton Pell - Durack
Josie Alec - Abby

Director - Kriv Stenders
Writer - Daniel Taplitz
Executive Producers - Di Bain, Graham Burke, Greg Parker, Joel Pearlman, John Poynton, Colin Vaines and Marc van Buuren
Producer - Bryce Menzies
Producer/Music Supervisor - Nelson Woss
Co-Producer - Chris Veerhuis
Production Designer - Sam Hobbs
Costume Designer - Anna Borghesi
Cinematography - Geoffrey Hall
Head Animal Trainer: Dog, Horse - Zelie Bullen
Animal Trainer: Dog, Horse - Craig Bullen
Film Editors - Rodrigo Balart and Jill Bilcock
Music - Cezary Skubiszewski

Inspired by RED DOG (click here) and its massive success in the Australian cinemas where family viewers and dog-lovers from everywhere went to see this film and were impacted by the humorous melancholic drama of this true story. However, the plans for a prequel did surface in 2015 where filming had begun and premiered on Boxing Day in the year after that. More family friendly in its distinctive appeal, TRUE BLUE was a bit of a disappointment and didn't seem to have as much charm as the original movie. The addition of indigenous themes to the prequel assist in relating more of the native Australian culture and the narrative is not too reminiscent of several boy-and-his-dog movies like Disney's OLD YELLER. 

The movie does have a few extraordinary standout actors like Bryan Brown, who is an Aussie legend much-fitted in his challenging but more severe role as the grandfather. British thespian Jason Isaacs was proven to be quite a narrator when portrayed as the older version of the young boy and Levi Miller was well cast as the young boy in the leading role who was able to discover Red Dog and become his first master.

Overall, it was a solid and emotional piece of family entertainment which seemed to have drawn a step-back from its top-dogged predecessor. Viewers like you are highly recommended to see the picture.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


Monday, 9 January 2017

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition Review

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: 
Ultimate Edition

Release Date: 20th July 2016 - Australia (Blu-ray Only)

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures 
DC Comics
DC Entertainment
RatPac Entertainment 
Atlas Entertainment
Cruel and Unusual Films

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 182 minutes 

Budget: $250,000,000

Plot Summary
When some begin to fear 
Superman because of his 
great power, Gotham City's 
vigilante, Batman decides 
to take on Metropolis's 
superhero. However, the 
infighting leaves the world 
exposed to a new threat 
that puts mankind in 
greater danger than anyone 
could have possibly imagined.

Henry Cavill - Clark Kent/Superman 
Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Jesse Eisenberg - Lex Luthor
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Diane Lane - Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne - Perry White
Jeremy Irons - Alfred Pennyworth
Holly Hunter - June Finch
Gal Gadot - Wonder Woman
Scoot McNairy - Wallace Keefe
Callan Mulvey - Anatoli Knyazev
Tao Okamoto - Mercy Graves
Michael Cassidy - Jimmy Olsen
James Mamoa - Aquaman
Ray Fisher - Victor Stone/Cyborg
Ezra Miller - Barry Allen/Flash
Kevin Costner - Jonathan Kent
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Thomas Wayne
Lauren Cohan - Martha Wayne
Brandon Spink - Young Bruce Wayne
Robin Atkin Downes - Doomsday 
Harry Lennix - Secretary Swanwick
Carla Gugino - Kelor (Voice)
Christina Wren - Major Carrie Farris
Jena Malone - Jenet Klyburn
Coburn Goss - Father Leone
Joseph Cranford - Pete Ross

Director - Zack Snyder
Batman Creators - Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Superman Creators - Jerry
Siegel and Joe Shuster
Writer/Executive Producer - David S. Goyer 
Writer - Chris S. Terrio
Executive Producers - 
Christopher Nolan, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns, 
Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan and Emma Thomas
Producers - Charles Roven and 
Deborah Synder
Co-Producer - Curt Kanemoto
Co-Producers/Unit Production Managers - Jim Rowe and Gregor Wilson
Production Designer - Patrick Tatopoulos 
Costume Designer - Michael Wilkinson
Director of Photography - Larry Fond
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Damon Caro 
Stunt Coordinator - Tim Rigby
Co-Fight Choreographers - Guillermo Grispo and Ryan Watson
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor - Joe Letteri 
Visual Effects Supervisors - 
John 'D.J.' Des Jardin and Dinesh K. Bishnoi 
Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital - Keith Miller 
Film Editor - David Brenner
Music - Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL

Originally premiered in its theatrical cut in 2016, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE remains as starkly divisive among fans of DC's two titular protagonists that were the main centre of this movie. Those who are displeased with the film of its darker tone and characterisation should have had the balance of some lightheartedness as opposed to others that liked its brutal and gritty nature. I thought this would be a mild disaster for both director Zack Snyder and the DC expanded universe which he helped to create in trying to face the shadow of Marvel. It turns out that in the film's history, it was severely compromised by the studio who insisted on having a faster-paced cut and trimmed 31 minutes of the picture. As the result, the final product has received a negative backlash and Snyder himself took the blame of its reception. 

Now that the ULTIMATE EDITION has been released to the general public, the missing scenes have been restored and though some bits of awkwardness remained in the new and improved feature. One at least would be the unnecessary introduction of Doomsday as well as a few scenes of exposition. The ULTIMATE version greatly improves the coherence that was taken down from the narrative as well as the characterisation. Some performances of the actors that were on this movie, also improved as the result (minus the exception of Jesse Eisenberg's insane Lex Luthor).

Now the ULTIMATE EDITION of BATMAN V SUPERMAN is promising and might make up to those who were greatly disappointed of the final version. Unfortunately this edition is out on Blu-ray and it's recommended to those who have waited for a long time for this movie.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2012 Review


Release Date: 12th November 2009 - Australia

Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures
Centropolis Entertainment

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 158 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $769,679,473 

Plot Summary 
Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of 
a worldwide geophysical team 
investigating the effect on 
the earth of radiation from 
unprecedented solar storms, 
learns that the earth's core is 
heating up. He warns U.S. 
President Thomas Wilson 
that the crust of the earth is 
becoming unstable and that 
without proper preparations 
for saving a fraction of the 
world's population, the entire 
race is doomed. Meanwhile, 
writer Jackson Curtis stumbles 
on the same information. While 
the world's leaders race to 
build "arks" to escape the 
impending cataclysm, Curtis 
struggles to find a way to save 
his family. Meanwhile, volcanic 
eruptions and earthquakes of 
unprecedented strength wreak 
havoc around the world.

John Cusack - Jackson Curtis
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Adrian Hensley
Amanda Peet - Kate Curtis
Thandie Newton - Laura Wilson
Oliver Platt - Carl Anheuser
Tom McCarthy - Gordon Sliberman
Danny Glover - President Thomas Wilson
Woody Harrelson - Charlie Frost
Liam James - Noah Curtis
Ziatko Buric - Yuri Karpov
Alexandre Haussmann - Alec
Philippe Haussmann - Oleg
Johann Urb - Sasha
John Billingsley - Professor West
Chin Han - Tenzin
Osric Chau - Nima
Tseng Chang - Grandfather Sonam
Lisa Lu - Grandmother Sonam 
Blu Mankuma - Harry Helmsley
George Segal - Tony Delgatto 
Stephen McHattie - Captain Michaels
Patrick Bauchau - Roland Picard
Jimi Mistry - Dr. Satnam Tsurutani
Ryan McDonald - Scotty
Merrilyn Gann - German Chancellor
Henry O - Lama Rinpoche
Zinaid Memisevic - President Sergey Makarenko
Paul Tryl - Zultan

Writer/Executive Producer/Director - Roland Emmerich
Writer/Producer/Music - Harald Kloser
Executive Producers - Ute Emmerich and Michael Wimer 
Producers - Mark Gordon and Larry Franco
Co-Producers/Visual Effects Supervisors - Volker Engel and Marc Weigert
Co-Producer - Aaron Boyd
Production Designer - Barry Chisid
Costume Designer - Shay Cunliffe
Director of Photography - Dean Semler
Special Effects Supervisor - Mike Vezina
Film Editors - David Brenner and Peter S. Elliott
Visual Effects Supervisor: SPI - Peter Nofz 
Music - Thomas Wanker

In the lead-up to the celebrations for New Year's Eve, I revisited the apocalyptic disaster flick of 2012. The film was released in 2009, the storyline was a prediction of the supposed doomsday outcome for the year 2012 which fortunately didn't happen in real life because it is false. Since then, all the fears and scepticism from everyone and myself about the movie have all died down because there was no such apocalypse in this timeline. It has come to my attention that 2012 was a big-budget flawed disaster movie, that is on a huge scale and featured a long running time which minimises the impact of the destruction scenes. It seems the director Roland Emmerich was more interested in the dark tone and visual effects than using his efforts to try and fix the obviously incoherent storyline. 

John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Danny Glover's characterisation of their roles was too thin for such an ambitious movie with such a mediocre script. Though Danny seemed like a suitable actor to portray an inspirational authority figure similar to Barack Obama, even his role wasn't the biggest in the movie. The best actor that was able to pull through the picture with its cheap and blatant scriptwriting is Woody Harrelson who overacts, as an ill-fated conspiracy theorist that informs the hero Cusack that the world is coming to an end. 

To be fair, this isn't exactly a deep, profound and emotional feature from the director. In my view, this movie is not worth a second viewing and is very likely to be an insult to the intelligence of moviegoers. It's probably better than REVENGE OF THE FALLEN from Michael Bay which are both released in the same year.

Star rating: (5/10) Average