Non-Stop: Conspiracy in the Air

Hello everybody! Today we have Liam Neeson’s latest film, Non-Stop.

NON-STOP

DIRECTOR: Jaume Collet-Serra

STARRING:  Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Corey Stoll, Anson Mount, Lupita Nyong’o

GENRE: Mystery-Thriller

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, France

Bill Marks is a former cop who after dealing with his daughter’s death by drinking, is now an air marshal. While on a flight from London to New York, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is deposited to an off shore account within 20 minutes someone will die. He tries to tell the other air marshal, Hammond but Hammond doesn’t believe him.

Ever since I saw the first trailer for Non-Stop, I was hooked. I really like Liam Neeson as an actor and I don’t know what it is, but I like films set on planes. I mean even the really shitty ones (I’m looking at you, Snakes on a Plane). Anyway, Non-stop did not disappoint,at least on Liam Neeson’s and Julianne Moore’s parts. The writing was actually quite decent, it hooked me and kept me interested to try and figure out who the hijackers were the entire time. I also really enjoyed the filmmakers use of text messaging and IM as integral to the plot. Nice!

I was disappointed in the supporting cast of Non-stop by a large margin. Their performances were mediocre at best, yet it wasn’t totally detrimental to the plot. I expect hijackers and hostages to be horrible actors. The ending was unfortunately obvious, as at the beginning of the third act I had figured out who was behind. Lastly, just a preference here, I don’t feel that Liam Neeson killed enough people in this film.

PROS:

  • Liam Neeson’s performance.
  • Julianne Moore’s performance.
  • Thought out and entertaining plot.
  • Cool use of text messaging and IM.

CONS:

  • One-dimensional supporting characters.
  • Obvious ending.
  • Liam Neeson doesn’t kill enough people.

SCORE: 7.0 / 10

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Nut Job: Don’t Trust Raccoons

Hello everybody! Today’s review is of a family friendly film (for once). Today we have The Nut Job.

THE NUT JOB

DIRECTOR: Peter Lepeniotis

STARRING:  Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl

GENRE: Animated Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, Canada, South Korea

Plot Synopsis:

Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store.

Honestly, there really isn’t anything special about The Nut Job. It is a collaboration of some well-experienced voice actors trying to pull off a decent enough story to entertain the kids and not completely bore the adults to death. While The Nut Job’s story is mediocre, the one plus is the voice cast. There are very talented and deserve recognition. I am going to point out that Will Arnett should stop voice acting. Yes your voice works, but you are in everything! Please take a break.

The Nut Job is definitely far from being entertaining and enjoyable in comparison to other animated films, but it does its job. The Nut Job is a hit among the young demographic (my sister loved it, while I was in the middle of the road.) The story isn’t anything special, just a simple heist story and a tragic purple anti-hero (who just happens to be a squirrel). If you are some who is above the age of 13, this isn’t the movie for you, you still might enjoy it though.

PROS:

  • Voice acting cast.
  • Pace.
  • Entertains target demographic.

CONS:

  • Not funny.
  • Dated references.
  • Boring for anyone out of main demographic.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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The Lego Movie: Assembling in 2014

Hello everybody! Today we have the recently released The Lego Movie

THE LEGO MOVIE

DIRECTOR: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

STARRING:  Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

GENRE: Computer-Animated Adventure Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, Australia

An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. We follow Emmit (Pratt) as he fulfills a legendary prophecy told by Vitruvius (Freeman) which tells of an unknown hero who will foil the plans of Lord Business (Ferrell) with the “Brick of Resistance”.

The Lego Movie is a film that, once I watched the trailer I knew I wanted to see it. Legos consumed my childhood, I was always building different things than what was written in the instructions. Who follows the instructions on these things? Anyway, i found the animation of this film remarkable. The animators found a perfect blend of cgi and the use of Legos. When they show water or liquid, they show it in the form of Legos. Is there an explosion or fire? They show it in Legos. Also, the voice acting is amazing. The ensemble cast really pulled out all of the stops for The Lego Movie.

I have to say that The Lego Movie is definitely not a film for my demographic (18 – 25). While I did enjoy it, it took me a long time before I was actually interested and entertained by the film. I was bored of the plot for the first 30-ish minutes, but I was able to stare at the beautiful animation. I didn’t like Will Ferrell as the villain, I didn’t recognize his voice until the end of the film (once he appeared on screen for the live-action part of the film). His evil plot of world domination was pretty lame too, but I am not going to ruin that for you.

PROS:

  • Majority of voice cast, amazing performances.
  • Beautiful animation.
  • Cameos galore.
  • Ensemble cast.

CONS:

  • Limited Demographics.
  • Will Ferrell as villain?
  • Boring plot.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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