BEGINS, FALLS, RISES


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE.

The long-awaited conclusion to The Dark Knight Trilogy is finally here and running at 165 minutes, it does not disappoint and only serves to fascinate and blow your mind. Taking everything into consideration, congratulations Christopher Nolan, you have taken every mind for a good spin around Gotham.

Taking place eight years after the events from The Dark Knight, Gotham City is at peace until a new terrorist leader, Bane, surfaces. Batman aka Bruce Wayne resurfaces to protect the city he loves even as Gotham continues to brand Batman as an enemy of Gotham.

Well, most of the Inception alumni are back in this Christoper Nolan masterpiece and man, it’s so good to see them together. I really loved Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle here. There’s just so many layers to her character besides the obvious fact that she kicks ass fabulously and beautifully. Tom Hardy was brilliant as Bane and even though half of his face was covered, his eyes really tell a story of their own. I have to say his built kinda scares me though – his shoulders are just so broad. And it is good to see Cillian Murphy back!

It is in every sense, a fitting conclusion. GO WATCH IT!

 

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SPY VS. SPY VS. SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! TOM HARDY! GARY OLDMAN! COLIN FIRTH!

Alright, I’m done with my screaming. This is such so British I love it!

Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, a retired MI6 agent who’s been tasked to find a mole among them. He engages the help of Peter Guillam (Cumberbatch) to finish what his old friend left behind – clues to the mole. Things get even more complicated after Ricki Tarr (Hardy) barely returns from his mission.

Actually, I have no idea how to describe the story to you all but it’s definitely intriguing. It’s set in the 1970s, meaning that the spy techniques used are really  old school – tapes, recordings from bugs hidden in lamps, undercover spies who are in danger of dying and getting tortured. Plus, it’s British!

The acting is real good – Gary Oldman barely speaks or smiles and yet his face says a thousand words. One of the sadder scenes was when Guillam sent away his partner after Smiley told him clear his unfinished business. And I gotta tell you, be prepared to see grown men cry.

THE BRIT AND THE ONE WITH SMALL HANDS

THIS MEANS WAR (2012)
 – 3 and a half out of 5 stars

This was seriously one of the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.

Sure, the premise was done many times before – two guys fighting over one lady. But when these two guys are spies and have the skill and equipment to outwit and outplay each other, it is good fun to watch.

The funniest scene would be when FDR (Chris Pine) tried to impress Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) with his knowledge of art and Tuck (Tom Hardy) feeds his fake information through his earpiece. It was really ROFL.

However, you’ll realize that in the end, FDR and Tuck are made for each other! The way they look at each other, the way they rely on each other during their missions – that is true bromance in action!

HANGING IN LIMBO

INCEPTION (2010)
– 5 out of 5 stars

Well, I guess the most talked-about film this summer is Inception. It’s not a sequel, not a reboot and it’s probably one of the most original films to come out for a long time.

Dom Cobb: What’s the most resilient parasite? An idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules. Which is why I have to steal it.

Inception revolves around Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who specializes in the art of the extraction of ideas from people while in their dreams. The nature of his job puts him in a position against the law and he has a chance to right his wrongs with a “final job” that requires him to plant an idea in another’s mind via his subconscious – a very complex operation and it’s the complete opposite of what he does. Cobb gathers his team – a point man a.k.a. a right-hand man Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an architect Ariadne (Ellen Page) and a forger Eames (Tom Hardy). However, Cobb’s past won’t let him go – or is it the other way? – and his dead wife, Mal, appears in his dreams, constantly wrecking his plans (or killing people).

I think it takes some getting used to while watching the film because you have to figure out whether you’re in someone’s dream or reality. Somehow, the dream within a dream concept is really brilliant even though it rarely happens in reality. Then you get to the physics of the matter and you wonder how they control everything in their dream. Though you would know that there are things, like a full bladder, which you can’t control. I’m very impressed with the layering of the dreams.

My favourite character has to be Eames the forger. Apparently, he can morph into another person’s identity. He’s one of the funniest on the team, like when he pulls out the grenade launcher against Arthur’s seemingly miserable run-of-the-mill machine gun. But my favourite scene has to be the hotel scene where Arthur fights without gravity because the van is falling. The sentence probably doesn’t make much sense unless you watch the movie. Man, I gotta say Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks good fighting anti-gravity!

Ellen Page also does well in the movie. She’s the one that really probes into Cobb’s troubled past and helps the audience along because she’s the newest member of the team. I thought she kinda broke out of her mould – playing troubled teens. It’s also amazing how the “kick”, a reflex action that most experience in the midst of their dreams and becomes so vital and excellently captured on film. Sigh, somehow I feel I don’t do the movie justice with my review – there’s more in my mind than I can form into words. Please watch it for yourself. 5 out of 5 stars.

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(Source: Cinema Blend)