Sound Of My Voice - 7.5/10 (but would be more if a sequel was coming)|
Totally gripping thriller about two investigative journalists who go undercover to investigate a cult, who's leader claim's she from the future. It's a sic-fi thriller but done in such a way that your almost forget that it is.
I had heard good things about this so I decided to give it a go. The premise is a pretty decent one. It doesn't take that long for you to be hooked. You learn pretty much from the start that there is an underground cult and their leader has selected certain people to join. She claims she's from the future and there are two journalists who team up to expose her.
It's pretty fascinating to find out what's she's really up to. Because she's obviously not from the future but she's recruiting for some kind of major event. Are they terrorists? If so, what is their end game? Is she just a con-artist who's going to strip them of every asset? If so, how's she going to do that?
This in itself is enough to keep you watching. Then another character is introduced and one of the seemingly secondary characters becomes a major player and this the takes it to another level entirely. It really makes you question a lot of assumptions and ramps up the tension no end. This then build up to a major encounter and then it suddenly finishes at the best bit with a massive cliffhanger. GAHH!!
I've since found out it's part of a trilogy. There's certainly a sequel planned. I'm not sure the film was successful enough for it to get the go though.
It's a superb, tense, gripping film but because of the way it ended it's also incomplete and unsatisfying. If I knew there was a sequel on the way, I'd recommend this most highly. As it is though, I wouldn't recommend you go out of your way to see it.
Killer Joe - 8.5/10
An incredibly violent modern film noir which delivers on style, substance and plot.
Since when did Matthew McConaughey become such a great actor? He's utterly superb and totally unpredictable as the main protagonist Killer Joe.
The plot is one of those twisty turny ones where things are never quite what they seem. Hit-man gets hired to do a job and it all goes wrong. Major shit hits the fan territory.
It's a very low key film. None of the usual Hollywood set pieces, car chases or any of the sort. It's all about the style, atmosphere and some sensational acting from everyone involved.
It's a very dark film too. It's very, very funny as well but for the most part you're on dangerous ground here. It's unpredictable and things come to a head at the end.
Be warned though, this is not for sensitive souls. I'll never look at a chicken leg in quite the same way again. A scene that's as brutally funny as it is disturbing.
Jack Reacher - 8.75/10
Tom Cruise IS jack Reacher. One of the most entertaining films I've seen all year. Best film Cruise has done since his War Of The Worlds back in 2005.
First off, he's nothing like the Jack Reacher in the books physically. If it were, they would have cast The Rock instead of Tom Cruise. This is irrelevant though as he's excellent as this Jack Reacher.
Although the trailer is action heavy, the film itself isn't. It's more of a detective story. A sniper kills 5 people at random and all the evidence points to one man. This man has just one request. "Get Jack Reacher". That's all you need to know really.
The action sequences when they happen are superb. A few fight scenes here and there and a superb car chase that's really well shot and edited. As with the MI films he's convincing when it comes to kicking ass. And he really does kick ass.
Support cast in mainly in the very shapely form of Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day) and a reunion with Robert Duvall (Days Of Thunder). The big bad is in the very sinister form of Werner Herzog. Herzog excels as the villain of the film. He's not in it long enough but that works in the films favour. He provides the film with some serious gravitas. Which nicely leads into something else that's worth mentioning about the film. It's very funny in places too.
To sum up, I though it was a superb popcorn flick. It's got an interesting plot, good acting, some great action sequences, it's funny and the soundtrack is superb. What more do you want from a Hollywood film?
Looks as though Cruise has got another hit franchise on his hands. I came out with a smile on my face and I want to see it again.
The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.