Everest (2015) – Review

This spectacular movie follows Robert Edwin Hall (Jason Clarke), who in May 1996, started his final ascent towards the summit of Mount Everest – the highest point on Earth – with his team in tow. When they find themselves faced with challenging weather conditions, however, his team must join forces with Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his crew to ensure they have a better chance of survival in the hazardous and potentially deadly circumstances put to them. It’s worth noting that this review was based solely on the movie I watched at the time and not the true story it was based off.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Vertigo (1958) – Review

When a police detective, John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart), is forced to retire from the force due to personal reasons, he quickly becomes embroiled in an obsession for two beautiful women in quick succession. After the first seemingly commits suicide, he attempts to transform the second into the same lady, while pondering whether the pair have some sort of spiritual connection or not. Another classic Alfred Hitchcock review but for me, this didn’t quite hit the dizzy heights of Rear Window – more on that later.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Bone Tomahawk (2015) – Review

An elderly Sheriff, along with his deputy, acquire a posse to hunt down and rescue their own town’s people after a group of cannibalistic “Troglodytes” cause chaos in Bright Hope and capture innocent citizens along the way. One of those captured was the wife of a local rancher, who consequently joins the gang on the hunt for revenge, despite a heavily injured leg. Enlisting with the trio is also an experienced, and equally as confident, gunslinger who felt partially responsible for the events that took place in the town. An at times entertaining thrill ride that takes a different approach to modern day westerns.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Arctic (2018) – Review

A man stranded in the Arctic sees a helicopter in the distance, that looks set to rescue him from the dire situation he finds himself in, but suddenly the chopper crashes, and there’s only one surviving person onboard. From then on, Overgard (Mads Mikkelsen), must ensure not only his own survival, but the survival of the crash victim, who is badly injured. Leaving the relative safety of his improvised home, he embarks on a potentially fatal trek through the Arctic, in a bid to find support for them both. A movie that sends you effortlessly through a mixture of emotions and is definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Rear Window (1954) – Review

A wheelchair-bound photographer named Jeff (James Stewart), finds himself housebound and out of bored, curiosity, begins spying on his neighbours from his own apartment window, before quickly becoming convinced that one of them has infact, murdered his own wife. Jeff enlists assistance from his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), and nursing assistant to investigate and hopefully uncover the truth. A timeless and captivating classic that despite the straightforward storyline, never leaves you bored.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Martian (2015) – Review

After an astronaut is caught up in a fierce storm during a mission to Mars, the rest of his team assume him to be dead and consequently leave the planet. From there, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), must do his best to find a way of communicating to Earth, to start the ball rolling on a daring rescue operation that quickly turned into a race against time. Another solid Ridley Scott movie that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Logan Lucky (2017) – Review

Two brothers, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), plot to pull off an audacious heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina, after Jimmy loses his job and decides this is the only way forward. Upon convincing their sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), to help them on their quest, they must then attempt to break out an infamous safe cracker who is currently imprisoned for a previous heist, before returning him afterwards without anyone realising. An easy to watch movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and showcases a different side to many of the actors involved.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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American Honey – 2016

Star (Sasha Lane), a teenager with very little to lose, is charmed into joining a group of traveling misfits on their quest to sell magazines across America. While riding turbulent waves of partying, law bending and young love, Star and the rest of her group do their best to survive, while also doing their best to have fun and experience life to its fullest. An underrated and underappreciated movie with a lengthy, but worthwhile, runtime.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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