TOUCH THEM AND YOU DIE

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VIOLET & DAISY (2011)
3 out of 5 stars

So, Violet and Daisy are teenage assassins with the most angelic faces. They accept jobs, kill people and exit with their fancy bicycles and lollipops. They even pop into the store to buy new clothes with their pay. No one would ever suspect them of being cold-hearted criminals. However, their world is turned upside down when a job changes their lives in the most unexpected ways.

First of all, I want to state that Alexis Bledel is THIRTEEN YEARS older than Saoirse Ronan! OMG she doesn’t seem to age a day since Gilmore Girls. The main selling point is these two girls can actually kill and get away with murder. So what happens when they are offered a chance to act their age and receive the love and care they were denied that led them to this path? Sadly, not much of the girls’ past were revealed and not enough of the girls’ in action were shown. I would have loved to see them take down more bad guys.

FIGHT TO LIVE AND LOVE

thehostTHE HOST (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel, the movie takes place in the future where Earth and its inhabitants has been taken over by an extraterrestrial race known as Souls. Melanie Stryder, part of the human resistance, has been captured and Wanderer the Soul has been implanted in her to discover the location of other humans. But Melanie is not going down without a fight and her consciousness affects Wanderer’s feelings and actions…

Yes, I read Stephenie Meyer books and I enjoy reading them. I like the Twilight Saga! I like The Host too!

It is mainly a love story because Melanie’s feelings for Jared are so strong that it affects Wanderer (a.k.a. Wanda) too. Yet, Wanda’s actions draws Ian towards her. My favourite part is when Wanda, as Melanie, shields Jared from Kyle’s punches. To me, that really shows how Melanie is still “alive” with Wanda in her and probably how Ian took to her. The inner and outer voice of Melanie and Wanda can seem distracting at first but it is pretty amusing to see how they interact with one another especially where boys are concerned. There’s lots of kissing and punching so it isn’t overly mushy.

One last thing – don’t you just the song from the end credits? That would be Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

SALMON, LIKE THE FISH

THE LOVELY BONES (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars

The Lovely Bones is truly a long-awaited movie. After hearing about its book-to-movie adaptation, I read the book more than two years ago and was kinda disappointed that the release would be delayed till March 2010.

Based on the novel by Alice Sebold, it tells the tale of Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who was murdered and how she continues to watch over her family and her murderer while living in the In-Between, somewhere between Heaven and Earth. The murder comes at an inappropriate time, because her crush had just asked her out and she has yet to experience her first kiss. Her father’s hobby of building junks in bottles will become lost as Susie was the only one who appreciated the art.

Stanley Tucci is freakingly creepy as George Harvey – he got an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. With his unkempt hair, moustache and his obsession to paint his roses red, my first suspect would be him. (He’s better off as the fashionista in The Devil Wears Prada).

At 138 minutes long, it can be quite long a movie but you wouldn’t feel it because you will be rooting for the Salmons as her story grips you right from the beginning. Her family starts to crumble after her murder. Her father is bent on finding the murderer while her aggrieved mother wants to move on. Her murderer, Harvey, starts getting complacent but keeps his guard on when Jack (Susie’s father) and Lindsey (Susie’s sister) start to suspect their “unsuspecting neighbour”, Mr. Harvey. The climax of the movie came when Lindsey broke into Harvey’s house to gather evidence (that useless cop refuses to do anything without evidence) and that was truly a heart-in-mouth moment. The ending is apt because Harvey truly deserved it.

THE LOCKER ROOM

CITY OF EMBER (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

I totally enjoyed City of Ember. This is about the underground city of Ember, built as a refuge for humanity 200 years ago. The generator that has been providing the city with power is breaking down, threatening to plunge the city into total darkness.

Two students, Doon and Lina, are certain that there is a way out of Ember after the clues present themselves and they race against the clock and the corrupt government to get out of the city.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

ATONEMENT (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Anyway, I went to watch Atonement… and I loved it!

It started with Briony’s imagination and her unrequited crush on Robbie. It eventually led to a false police statement to turns the lives of Robbie and Cecilia, Briony’s sister, upside down. The movie traces her path to atonement, and also how Robbie and Cecilia continue their ill-fated relationship together. The ending is unexpected and a little sad.