Monthly Archives: Mar 2020

Apollo 11 (2019) – Review

An unbelievable look at the American led Apollo 11 space mission that landed successfully on the moon and returned to earth in 1969. The mission was led by commander Neil Armstrong and two fellow pilots – Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The film manages to capture the events spanning all the way from the initial launch preparation to shortly after the safe competition and touchdown back on earth. A truly spectacular documentary based on, at the time, the most dangerous space mission of its kind.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Wheelman (2017) – Review

Frank Grillo stars as the “Wheelman” – a getaway driver that has to work for mobsters in an attempt to pay off a debt. After being assigned to a seemingly routine bank heist, he quickly comes to the realisation that he may have been betrayed by his main contact and consequently spends the evening trying to save himself and his family from the gang demanding the stolen loot. As far as short Netflix feature films go, this gritty thriller isn’t the best but it’s certainly not the worst.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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You Were Never Really Here (2017) – Review

Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) is a hired gun that is employed to track down missing girls for a living but when a particular job spins out of control, Joe’s own nightmares and traumatic experiences almost tip him over the edge. As he attempts to track down and rescue Nina Votto (Ekaterina Samsonov), a more complex conspiracy begins to unravel before him. A surprisingly creative and thought-provoking movie that is well worth a watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Lost Girls (2020) – Review

An intriguing story that revolves around Mari Gilbert (Amy Ryan), whose daughter disappears mysteriously and draws little to no action from local law enforcement. Because of this, Mari decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate her daughter’s disappearance, before later unearthing several other missing or murdered young girls in the same area. 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: 2 out of 5.
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Bullet Head (2017) – Review

When three hardened career criminals find themselves confined inside an abandoned warehouse with law enforcement closing in, they quickly discover that the police aren’t their only threat to freedom – a killer dog is on the loose and hunting down all three crooks. Not the greatest movie to hit Netflix over the years but definitely one where the filmmakers did a good enough job with the limited plot they had to work with.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Blockers (2018) – Review

When three doting parents unearth a plot that their daughters have conjured together to lose their virginity on prom night, the trio do all they can to prevent them from making, in their minds, the biggest mistake of their young lives. An at times really funny and heart-warming coming of age story that adds no shame to the comedy genre. Blockers is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Running with the Devil (2019) – Review

After a batch of cocaine being smuggled all the way from Colombia to Canada (via the United States) is curiously lost along the way, the head of a drug cartel instructs one of his workers to figure out where and what exactly went wrong in a bid to ensure it never happens again. Cook (Nicholas Cage) is the worker in question and must attempt to find out who is meddling with the batch, especially when people taking the drug suddenly start dying. A fairly short and easy movie to follow that does a great job in keeping the viewers interest from the start.

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

This extraordinary movie centers around six astronauts who discover the first ever living cell on Mars. After researching the cell on the International Space Station (ISS), the cell begins to grow into a larger life form and the astronauts then discover just how dangerous and potentially deadly it could become. Each of the six crew members must work together to keep it from reaching earth and causing damage on land. A gripping and equally as fascinating movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the off with a refreshing ending that is guaranteed to leave you shocked.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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