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***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Everest (2015)

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“Human beings simply aren’t built to function at the cruising altitudes of a seven-forty-seven.”

Character actors are what make the movie world go ‘round. Sure, big name leading actors and actresses get all the attention, but it’s the supporting characters that more often than not make a movie interesting. Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and even Jason Clarke might all be leading men, but even in those leading roles, they’re often character parts, Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, Brolin in No Country for Old Men, Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty. So what happens when you fill a cast with great character actors like these, as well as John Hawkes, Emily Watson and Michael Kelly, and make a big budget disaster movie? You get something much better than your average big budget disaster movie. You get Everest.


It’s 1996, and leading exhibitions to the summit of Mount Everest has become big business. Such big business that there are 20 different groups at base camp, getting ready for the ascent. One is lead by New Zealander Rob Hall (Clarke). While his pregnant wife (Keira Knightley with a flawless Kiwi accent as Jan) waits at home, Rob prepares his clients, including Brolin as the brash, cocky Texan Beck Weathers, and Hawkes as the everyman with something to prove, Doug Hansen. As well as adventure writer, Jon Krakauer (Kelly, whose beard seems to smother all the creepiness of his House of Cards character, Doug). Leading his own group is Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal), the laid back, casual yin, to Rob’s conservative, meticulous yang. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Everest (2015)

Everest 1

“Human beings simply aren’t built to function at the cruising altitudes of a seven-forty-seven.”

Character actors are what make the movie world go ‘round. Sure, big name leading actors and actresses get all the attention, but it’s the supporting characters that more often than not make a movie interesting. Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and even Jason Clarke might all be leading men, but even in those leading roles, they’re often character parts, Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, Brolin in No Country for Old Men, Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty. So what happens when you fill a cast with great character actors like these, as well as John Hawkes, Emily Watson and Michael Kelly, and make a big budget disaster movie? You get something much better than your average big budget disaster movie. You get Everest.


It’s 1996, and leading exhibitions to the summit of Mount Everest has become big business. Such big business that there are 20 different groups at base camp, getting ready for the ascent. One is lead by New Zealander Rob Hall (Clarke). While his pregnant wife (Keira Knightley with a flawless Kiwi accent as Jan) waits at home, Rob prepares his clients, including Brolin as the brash, cocky Texan Beck Weathers, and Hawkes as the everyman with something to prove, Doug Hansen. As well as adventure writer, Jon Krakauer (Kelly, whose beard seems to smother all the creepiness of his House of Cards character, Doug). Leading his own group is Scott Fischer (Gyllenhaal), the laid back, casual yin, to Rob’s conservative, meticulous yang. (more…)

***2014 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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“Apes not kill apes”.

Rise of the Plant of the Apes surprised pretty much everyone. From the campy original series, to the terrible Tim Burton attempted reboot at the turn of the century, the Planet of the Apes franchise couldn’t have had less cache than it did three years ago. But against the odds, it turned out to be a great movie, telling a great story, exhibiting some pretty ground breaking motion capture effects that upped the anti from things like The Lord of the Rings and King Kong. The only problem with that kind of unexpected success is, all of a sudden, the inevitable sequel has a lot more pressure on it to be good. A lot higher expectations to live up to. Which is why it’s so impressive that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes exceeds that pressure and those expectations.


Jason Clarke is Malcolm, part of a small group of humans who survived the Simian Flu, which wiped out most of the population a decade earlier. Trekking through the woods outside San Fran Cisco, headed to repair a dam that could restore power to the dilapidated city, they are confronted by one of the super intelligent apes who have been bust building their own community. Realising these chimps are smarter than the average roller skating, cigar smoking, music grinder dancing monkey, Malcolm convinces the human leader (Gary Oldman as Dreyfus) that a peaceful alliance with the apes is the way to go. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

dawn_ofthe_planet_ofthe_apes-2
“Apes not kill apes”.

Rise of the Plant of the Apes surprised pretty much everyone. From the campy original series, to the terrible Tim Burton attempted reboot at the turn of the century, the Planet of the Apes franchise couldn’t have had less cache than it did three years ago. But against the odds, it turned out to be a great movie, telling a great story, exhibiting some pretty ground breaking motion capture effects that upped the anti from things like The Lord of the Rings and King Kong. The only problem with that kind of unexpected success is, all of a sudden, the inevitable sequel has a lot more pressure on it to be good. A lot higher expectations to live up to. Which is why it’s so impressive that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes exceeds that pressure and those expectations.


Jason Clarke is Malcolm, part of a small group of humans who survived the Simian Flu, which wiped out most of the population a decade earlier. Trekking through the woods outside San Fran Cisco, headed to repair a dam that could restore power to the dilapidated city, they are confronted by one of the super intelligent apes who have been bust building their own community. Realising these chimps are smarter than the average roller skating, cigar smoking, music grinder dancing monkey, Malcolm convinces the human leader (Gary Oldman as Dreyfus) that a peaceful alliance with the apes is the way to go. (more…)