5 out of 5 stars
THIS HAS GOT TO BE BEST, IF NOT, ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THIS YEAR.
Everyone: Ar…go fuck yourself.
Based on a declassified true story about how a CIA operative, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), led the rescue of six US Diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
From the minute the fake movie was decided, every moment was filled with nail-biting excitement. Every foreign face you encounter and every conversation hangs on the validity of that fake movie. And of course, there’s always something unexpected that crops up along the way and you wonder if the gang will ever make it out of Iran. To make it out alive, you have to think twenty steps ahead of these Iranians who graduated from American universities (oh, the irony!).
Ben Affleck looks good even with the 70’s hairstyle and moustache. It’s such a coincidence that we get to watch it in the month of Movember. Scoot McNairy is unrecognizable! I didn’t even know it was him till I went back to Google the film and it took a lot of comparing reel and real photos before I was convinced that guy was Scoot McNairy.
I feel like I’m not doing this film a justice with my short review but I don’t want to give anything away. So GO WATCH IT FOR YOURSELF and you will not regret it. I mean, I exited the theatre with a lot of flabbergasted faces so it’s definitely a good sign.
STAY FOR AN EXTRA SCENE DURING THE CREDITS where they will compare the real life and reel life characters and their stories. Well done for the almost similar appearances!
THE TOWN (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Based on Chuck Hogan’s book, The Prince of Thieves, it revolves around a group of friends who grew up in Charlestown and rob banks for a living. While robbing the Cambridge Bank, they take bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), as a hostage. Doug (Ben Affleck), the leader of the group, trails Claire to source out if she remembers anything from the robber, and a romance relationship begins. Meanwhile, the crew continue to take on more jobs even though Doug is reluctant and wants to get out of Charlestown for a fresh start. However, his ties with the town and Jem (Jeremy Renner) are much more complicated and he is unable to leave as FBI agent Crawley (Jon Hamm) closes in and wants to bring them down.
I thought the bank robbery scenes are fantastic and the fact that they use these nun masks as a disguise is creepy. But they are really meticulous in their preparation work before each robbery and they leave no stone unturned. Looks like watching CSI paid off for Doug and gang. As the movie progresses, you observe the dynamics of the Townies and you realize it is not easy to get in or out. Doug may not get out of Charlestown yet you hope that he gets out. Jeremy Renner impresses as Jem because he’s got that fierce loyalty in him yet he’s reckless and violent so you have no idea what his actions may bring about to the group. You find yourself rooting for these Townies instead. Even when it all fell apart, it was sad. Watch it.
STATE OF PLAY (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
It’s actually a pretty complicated story, about how the apparent suicide or murder of a congressman’s lead researcher/mistress leads to the unravelling of a corporate conspiracy. The lead reporter in the story happens to have had a turbulent relationship with the congressman in the past and as he tries to get behind the truth, their lives are all at risk.
Personally, I wanted to watch this movie because of Rachel McAdams! It’s been so long since I saw her onscreen and Singapore didn’t air both her movies produced last year, so this is the first one since Red Eye. But the story was intriguing and just when you thought everything was solved, another loophole appears and there you have it – the actual perpetuator acting as the victim. Sometimes, the means used to get the means to the end won’t go according to plan. Sounds complicated, right? Well, you wouldn’t understand unless you saw the movie.
HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
It’s something like a chick flick but not quite. Guess you have to check out its websiteand click on the ‘Top 10 Chick Flick Cliches Not Found In The Movie’ – it’s absolutely hilarious! Basically it’s about the interconnected lives of these people who meets/met/want to meet their love and are decoding the signs that the opposite sex gives. I really love the scene where Neil (Ben Affleck) appears in Beth’s (Jennifer Aniston) dad’s home to help her with the housework after their breakup since Neil didn’t want to marry her after seven years together. It was so touching! The other guys in the house were really useless TV bums. Lucky for Neil and Beth, their ending was nice!