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Mission Impossible (film review)

Film: Mission Impossible
Year: 1996
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directed By: Brian De Palma
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart
About: An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbg99ykA2bk

My Review:
Having wanted to go and see the new Mission Impossible movie however having not seen the others in years I decided to watch the previous movies starting from the very beginning.

The film is about an American spy called Ethan who after his team gets killed ends up being tracked down by the main organisation of spies for being a mole. However, Ethan ends up trying to save the rest of the spies from having their identities acknowledged and find the real mole within the company.

I personally really like this film and find that the theme tune to me is the definition of a spy tune and will always be the one that goes straight to my head. The theme tun…

Monster Island (film review)

Film: Monster Island
Year: 2017
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Leopoldo Aguilar
Starring: Johnny Rose, Katie Leigh, Fiona Hardingham
About: When young Lucas finds out he's not really a human; the news changes his whole world. Especially since his first monster transformation happened in front of the most popular kids at school!
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF22iX0yocg

My Review:
Having wanted more of a children's movie to watch in order to relax from work and reading all weekend I decided to give a watch to Monster Island having had it on my To Watch list on Netflix for a while and I found it the perfect film to relax to.

The film is about a boy called Lucas who at a party discovers that he is really a monster and that his dad has been lying to him his whole life. Knowing this and finding out about a map to the Monster Island Lucas decides to go and discover the truth about himself and his family. However, when monsters are being kidnapped will Lucas be …

Tau (film review)

Film: Tau
Year: 2018
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
Directed By: Federico D'Alessandro
Starring: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman
About: A woman is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house, and hopes to escape by reasoning with the Artificial Intelligence that controls the house.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nrBkQ2YBo

My Review:
Having heard a lot of things about Tau and having been drawn to it on Netflix I finally gave in and decided to give it a watch and see if it was as good or bad as people were telling me it was. Not knowing Gary Oldman was in this movie till afterwards was a great surprise for me as well as he is one of my favourite actors of all time.

Tau is about a man who abducts a girl called Julia to try and get information out of her by doing tests for him. However, as Julia starts talking to Tau the AI in the household she starts to teach him about the world as well as right and wrong, but will she be able to get out of the house before the owner de…

MIlk (film review)

Film: Milk
Year: 2008
Genre: Biography, Drama
Directed By: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch
About: The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQNOViU_CnE

My Review:
Having been recommended to see this film, I had a look on Netflix to see if it was there and was glad to see it was. Knowing nothing about this film before seeing it, which made this all new and exciting for me to go into.

The film is about how in the 1970's there was a man called Harvey Milk and how he went into politics after feeling he had done nothing with the first forty years of his life. Showing how gay people had no rights and the fight to show America that gay people deserved rights and changed the minds of many around America!

This film I found really powerful when watching and couldn't take my eyes off of the screen, having neve…

The Fire Within - Chris d'Lacey (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: The Fire Within
Author: Chris d'Lacey
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Published By: Scholastic Inc.
Published Year: 2007

My Review:
Having taken part in the 24in48 readathon I was able to finish reading The Fire Within by Chris d'Lacey which is a book I have owned for years and always enjoyed reading.

This novel is about a man called David who just moves into the Pennykettle household and ends up mixed in the drama with their next door neighbour Mr Bacon who is trying to catch and kill a squirrel in which the daughter in the Pennykettle household really cares for. As well as this he is given a clay dragon and starts to learn the secret's about them.

This book is split into two parts; the first part being called The Spark and the second part of the book being called The Fire Within. Due to there being two parts I am going to review each part separately and then do an overall of the book.

The Spark
The first part of the book is in which David arrives at the Pennykettl…

An Eskimo Tale (film review)

Film: An Eskimo Tale
Year: 2015
Genre: adventure, animation, family
Directed By: Nancy Florence Savard
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Dustin Milligan
About: Three young Inuits set off in search of a promised land to save their clan from starvation.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVEyExrtMWE

My Review:
Having looked in the store Cex for some movies I saw this film and was grabbed by the cover, so without reading the back of the box I decided to buy it, bring it home and give it a watch!

The film is about three people who are chosen by the crow of a shaman to go to a land that is promised to have food for them as the animals have disappeared and their people are dying. However, when the shaman turns evil and tries to kill the three young warriors will they be able to help their community or will they lose?

I found that this film was a good watch and kept my interest all the way through which I was glad about and didn't find that the film was as long as what it w…

The Incredibles 2 (film review)

Film: The Incredibles 2
Year: 2018
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Directed By: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
About: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5qOzqD9Rms

My Review:
Having loved the first movie when I was younger and impatiently waiting for a sequel I was so excited when the second The Incredibles movie came out after 14 years!

The film is about how a man is trying to bring back superhero's and make them legal again and has a plan for making it happen which is by using Elastagirl in order to save the lives of the public again and this time by showing the superhero's point of view by camera's in their suits. As this happens a new villain arrives called Screenslaver who would hypnotise people under their control!

I personally loved this movie so much and enjoyed how before the movie there was a short movie called Bao which w…

American Assassin (film review)

Film: American Assassin
Year: 2017
Genre: Action, Thriller
Directed By: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan
About: After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counterterrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Stan Hurley.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySxRlsAbEpw

My Review:
Having been a fan of Dylan O'Brien for a while and a fan of Michael Keaton for years I was excited to see that they were in American Assassin together and made me want to see this film as soon as possible. Luckily for me it was on Netflix so I was able to see the movie rather quickly.

The film is about a man who after losing his girlfriend at a beach due to terrorists decides to try and take them down, only the CIA catch him and bring him onto their team training him to be an assassin for the United Stated Government. Along with the help of Stan his new teacher, he ends up going on a mission whi…

Blood Water - Dean Vincent Carter (book review)

Book: Blood Water
Author: Dean Vincent Carter
Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Published By: Corgi Books
Published Year: 2009

My Review:
Having owned this book for years it is a book in which I read every few years when looking for a horror novel to read as it has always left me entertained and wanting more.

The novel is about a doctor who discovers a new species of creature and after experimenting with it the parasite gets free and starts to terrorise the town while trying to find out information but not really knowing what it is looking for. At the same time the town is going through a flood so everyone is stranded and two boys in which find out about the creature try to destroy it but when it can go into people and creatures will they be able to destroy it or will it escape.

I find this book very fun to read and I find it hard to put it down once I have started it, with a fast pace as well the book is easy to get absorbed into especially as all the information within the book…

The Stanford Prison Experiment (film review)

Film: The Stanford Prison Experiment
Year: 2015
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Directed By: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Starring: Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Billy Crudup
About: In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XN2X72jrFk

My Review:
With this experiment interesting me more than any other I have heard of I found out that there was a new film based off of the experiment and could not help but to see it and how this film would tackle this experiment.

The film is about The Stanford Prison Experiment where students were put into two groups one of guards and the other of prisoners and how they changed as people and how physiologically both groups of people changed. Although the experiment was meant to end after two weeks it ended after six days and this film shows what happened within those six days.

I found tha…

The Incantation (film review)

Film: The Incantation
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Directed By: Jude S. Walko
Starring: Dean Cain, Sam Valentine, Jude S. Walko
About: A young American girl has a chance of a lifetime to visit her ancestors castle in the south of France, only to find that her family is hiding deep, dark secrets about their nefarious past, far away from prying eyes.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EARmKIxjxQ&t=82s

My Review:
Having been contacted by Jude himself about this movie I was rather surprised but excited to review The Incantation which comes out in America later this month. Having only seen the trailer I was not sure what to expect but glad I gave this a watch.

The film is about a girl from America who moves to her families castle in France and is met by a vicar who tells her the rules of the household with three rules: no going upstairs, no uninvited guests and keeping decorum. As she stays however she starts getting nightmares about a young girl who she starts seeing t…

Home Again (film review)

Film: Home Again
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen
About: Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfHZ-B374iA

My Review:
Having wanted to see Home Again in the cinema however, never getting around to it. I was glad that this got put onto Netflix so I could finally see this movie especially as it has Reese Witherspoon who I love as an actress and Michael Sheen who is an actor who I really enjoy watching in everything I have seen him in.

The film is about a woman who splits with her husband and moves back to L.A. however when out for her fortieth birthday ends up coming home with her friends and three young film makers. Upon discovering that they had nowhere to stay she invites them to stay in her guest house and ends up creating a relationship with them which will change everythin…

Children Of Men (film review)

Film: Children of Men
Year: 2006
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller
Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
About: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VT2apoX90o

My Review:
Having heard a lot of things about this movie however never having seen it before, my mother decided to buy this movie for us both to watch. Not knowing what to expect from this movie I was not disappointed.

The movie is about how in 2027 there is no more children in the world and after the death of the youngest person being 18 at the time there seems to be world chaos. This is when a former activist gets involved through his ex-girlfriend and comes across a woman who is pregnant and he has to try and help her to get to the safe haven without people taking her child or getting killed.

This film is a lot better …

The Pirates (film review)

Film: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Year: 2012
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Peter Lord
Starring: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven
About: Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzddJ-yxaqY

My Review:
Looking on my list on Netflix of movies to watch I decided to give The Pirates! Band of Misfits a watch for the very first time.

The film is about a group of pirates who after entering the Pirate of the Year award goes to try and do a successful looting ends up finding Charles Darwin who after realising that the pirates have the last dodo after thinking it has been extinct for the last 150 years try to capture it for Queen Victoria. However, the pirates will do anything to keep their dodo.

I found this film rather average to watch, this isn&#…

Pan (film review)

Film: Pan
Year: 2015
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Joe Wright
Starring: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund
About: Twelve-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be for ever known as Peter Pan.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1wRv8vTpxo

My Review:
Having wanted to see Pan for years I finally got around to seeing it, having seen that it is also the history of Peter as well as how himself and Hook are friends before becoming enemies as in the Peter Pan films and stories this really interested me.

The film is about Peter who after being picked up by Blackbeard discovers that his mother was from Neverland and as a result tries to find her. With the help of Hook, Peter helps to save the fairy kingdom and get rid of the threat of Blackbeard.

I found this film really well done as a way to show who Peter Pan really is and how Hook…