ARE YOU AN EFFECTIVE TEAM?

oblivionOBLIVION (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on Joseph Kosinski’s graphic novel of the same name, Oblivion takes place in the year 2077 after an alien attack on the moon making the Earth inhabitable. Tech 49, Jack Harper, and his wife, Victoria, are stationed on Earth to repair the drones that keep the Tet safe from attacks at night. Jack experiences flashes of memory and he starts to question his purpose on Earth when he chances upon a spacecraft crash.

This is pretty good science fiction material and I liked it the movie picks up speed the moment Jack Harper enters the high radiation zone. Somehow I could guess what would happen when they showed this blurry figure. Oh well, I must have seen too many sci-fi movies! Pity about Victoria. I guess the moral of the story is not to believe everything your superiors tell you. The ending was surprisingly good ending. Though I wished these protagonists of sci-fi apocalypse movies could be less good at reproduction because they seem to be doing it really well?! It must be part of their “job description”.

Jack Harper: Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.

NO LAW NO LIMITS

jackreacherJACK REACHER (2012)
3 out of 5 stars

Based on the book One Shot by Lee Child, Tom Cruise stars as the titular character who helps to solve a case of random sniper killings supposedly committed by a former army associate.

I’m not familiar with the books but decided to watch it because the trailer showed Jack Reacher outsmarting the cops. Usually, the cops think it’s an open-and-shut case but the smart ones will know there is more to it and of course, it’s the latter case for this movie. How Jack Reacher pieces up everything is kinda amazing because he is able to step in the shoes of the individual and think of what steps he will take.

I won’t say it’s a must-watch but I think I would understand the characters better if I read the book but Tom Cruise is still Tom Cruise – very charismatic!

POUR SOME SUGAR ON HIM!

ROCK OF AGES (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Caught Rock of Ages over the weekend and it has completely dominated my iPod!

I caught the sing-along version which is good because there are lyrics on the screen!

Based on the Broadway musical, it follows Sherrie (Julianne Hough) who moves to Los Angeles from Oklahoma with dreams of becoming a singer. She meets Drew (Diego Boneta) who gets her a job at the Bourbon Room where he works after her suitcase gets stolen. They are both in for a rockin’ good time because Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), the frontman of Arsenal and rock superstar will be performing at the Bourbon Room.

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx on W (June 2012)

WOW. Who knew Tom Cruise could sing like that?! He really sounds like the rock stars of the 80’s! He may be a little too sexed up for my liking but he really embodies the rock star persona. One of my favourite songs from the soundtrack is Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is”  sung by Tom Cruise and Malin Akerman, both of whom sound great. In my opinion, Tom Cruise really rocked Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.

Diego Boneta can sing too – though I was laughing like craaazy when the Z Guyeezz appeared. Well, boybands had to start somewhere. I liked the opening and closing songs – “Sister Christian/Just Like Paradise/ Nothin’ but a Good Time” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”. I simply love mash-ups!

This is a MUST WATCH for lovers of rock music!!!

GET SHOT EVERY NOW AND THEN

KNIGHT AND DAY (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

Caught Knight And Day recently and it’s quite a fun movie, I guess.

June bumps into Roy Miller at the airport and by some “coincidence”, they end up on the same plane. After a trip to the ladies, she finds that all the passengers in the plane are dead and they crash-land into a corn field. June wakes up in her room with no memory of how she got there. However, when June starts getting chased by the FBI and Roy re-appears in her life to rescue, both of them try to stay alive as they race against time.

One of the funny parts was when June consumes the “truth potion” and she starts to comment about everything – the garden, the ceiling, the men, etc. The one-liners are straight to the point, and some were quite funny. You will find June’s klutziness the source of most of the laughter in the audience. But story-wise, it doesn’t really make much sense.