The Revenant (2015)

Finally got around to seeing this.

Atmospheric, beautiful, exhausting, bleak.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Leonardo DiCaprio completely immerses himself fully in the role (and in the belly of a horse *spoiler?*) in order to make the audience feel as hopeless and exhausted as he does, at points some of the expressions we see through some close-ups are quite disturbing . Not that i’m complaining; the film may lack some emotional character development and seems to half-bake a back story that we never quite get to understanding fully, but you can’t help but really feel like you are there, shivering and trudging your way through the wilderness. Tom Hardy continues to play a bad-guy well, although at times, he also continues to be borderline inaudible (See: Bane).

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Captain Phillips (2013)

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.” IMDB.

The good – Tom Hanks is back to his best after a couple of duds, (Incredibly loud & incredibly close; Larry Crowne), this man has been so many good films it’s ridiculous, so it’s good to see him at the top of his game again.  Also, the narrative grips you and doesn’t let go right until the end.

The bad – Not much, possibly ‘clichéd’ US military scenes.

The rest – (Shamelessly pinched from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535109/)

Trivia

During an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Tom Hanks said the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates was when they started filming the pirates taking over the bridge.Paul Greengrass mentioned he did this intentionally to build up tension between the actors on board the ship and the actors playing the Somali pirates. See more »


Goofs

When Captain Phillips is on deck at sea near the beginning of his voyage, the ship is obviously stationary when it should be moving. See more »

The verdict – 4.5/5.

Gravity (2013)

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.” – IMDB.

The good – Amazing special effects (Mr Walkinshaw’s brother-in-law won an Oscar for his work on the film!), surprisingly strong performance from Sandra Bullock, it’s in space (I’m a space geek).

The bad – A bit reliant on artistic license/unrealistic physics.  Narrative can suffer from ‘oh what-now?!’ syndrome.

The rest – Watching it on a 6″ airplane screen sucks.

The verdict – 3.5/5.

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