Star – Russell Crowe
Genre – Drama
Run Time – 113 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – USA
Awards – 12 Wins & 12 Nominations
Amazon – £5.00 DVD (Blue Ray £7.00)
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As you know we are getting to the end of the rental movie season as spring grinds and crunches through the gears and the same cogs open the curtains and we try to enjoy the warmer longer days that keep us away from the TV. Because its April you are down to the newish movies to rent that you have left until last as you are not quite sure about them, The Water Diviner very much in that ballpark. You know it’s going to be nearer 3/5 than the preferred 4/5 (when a rental feels justified) and so you leave it until another week. I think most of you who research and then rent a film have a list you are intent on seeing and almost agitated if you don’t. I’m a bit OCD that way. Once I have done The Theory of Everything I will be officially up to date!
It’s Russell Crowes directorial debut and centered on the time just after the Battle of Gallipoli that saw 8,000 Australian and 28,000 British troops alongside 70,000 Turkish resistance fighters die in battles for this part of Turkey during the Great War, the area the gateway to Russia and the Black Sea from the Mediterranean. Gallipoli began the 1915-16 invasion of Turkey during World War One. If the mostly Anzac troops had taken the beach and hill forts a lot quicker a lot of lives would have been saved but trenches were dug in and it became attritional as both sides mortared each other to bits. It was controversial at the time as it forced the Commonwealth troops to retreat back to Egypt and the Australians felt they were given the tougher job to do at the beachhead as they felt they were more expendable that the elite British troops. The Aussie and NZ troops (ANZACS) were volunteers and had no real reason to be there other than they wanted to prove themselves as a nation. But the British fighting alongside still lost four times as many troops. Apparently, Wherever the Oscar winning Russell Crowe is in the world, the pseudo Aussie (he is from NZ) goes out of his way to attend the yearly dawn service held on April 25 to commemorate those who lost their lives on Anzac Cove on that day in 1916. Not surprisingly, when he first read the script, he instantly visualized the entire story in his head, the bulk of it based on a true story. Gallipoli defines Australia as a nation.
Russell Crowe ... Joshua Connor
Olga Kurylenko ... Ayshe
Yilmaz Erdogan ... Major Hasan
Cem Yilmaz ... Sgt. Jemal
Jai Courtney ... Lt Colonel Hughes
Dylan Georgiades ... Orhan
Steve Bastoni ... Omer
Isabel Lucas ... Natalia
Salih Kalyon ... Dr. Ibrahim
Megan Gale ... Fatma
Ryan Corr ... Art
James Fraser ... Edward
Ben O'Toole ... Henry
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Eliza
Its 1919 and the Great War is over. Back in Australia sheep farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) has just used his unique water divining skills to find water in the scorching Gibson Desert so to dig another well to water his cattle. But he and his pretty wife Eliza (Jacqueline McKenzie) are hiding a terrible secret. Their three sons are presumed dead at Gallipoli and three years on no bodies to bury back in their small home two in Australia. Eliza blames Joshua and can’t take it no more and kills herself in the waterhole. When the local Catholic Priest refuses to bury Eliza because she committed suicide it’s too much for Joshua and he decides to set out to Turkey to bring his boys home.
Pitching up in Istanbul he is tricked into staying at a hotel by a cheeky young boy touting for tourists, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades). The owner is the boys beautiful widowed wife Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), her husband killed in the same war. The two have a lot in common although she is reticent at first to welcome the man from Australia whose sons shot at her people. But Turkey has lost the war and the Ottoman capital at relative peace now. When Ayshe finds out why Connor is here she softens her hostility towards him and offers ideas how to get to Gallipoli. The British Army won’t give him a permit to the region and tell him to go home. But Connor is here to find his sons and bloody well will as he jumps on a train and then a fishing boat and eventually arrives on the beach, the commanding office, Lt Colonel Hughes (Jai Courtney), not too pleased to see him and letting him not that but eventually gives in and lets Connor help the search for his boys, the Army trying to archive and put a name to the bones in the battlefield to send the dead boys back home.
Connors diving skills come in handy and he located two of this three sons. He begrudgingly befriends a Turkish officer, Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan), helping to archive the Turkish dead and hears that his son may not have died at Gallipoli and taken to a prison camp. Hope has filled Conner’s heart as the two men set off to see if the young man is still alive. For the beautiful Ayesha she is duty bound to marry her dead husbands brother Omer (Steve Bastoni) and not happy to see the handsome Australian leave.
Lt-Col Cyril Hughes: What were you doing before the war?
Major Hasan: This is Ottoman Empire, there is no such a thing as before the war here. But in another life I was an architect.
Although beautifully shot and well directed by Crowe, not a lot of the true story is left and so this ends up more a melodramatic wartime drama than a poignant story about father and son, what the book this was centered on. With searing orchestral music and rather forced battle scenes at times Crowe is determined to flood his film visually with Turkey and its icons. We get the perfunctory visit to the Blue Mosque and plenty of Turkish and Aussie clichés, from Fez’s and snake charmers to Crowe even getting game of cricket into his movie. In the credits, Russell Crowe congratulates the South Sydney Rabbitohs on their 21st Premiership, the Australian Rugby League team which Crowe co-owns. He also rode his own horse Honey in the movie. The irony is that Crowe is actually from New Zeeland, the cousin of NZ cricketer Martin Crowe, who died of cancer recently.
This didn’t do great in the box office and returned just $30 million from its $22.5 million budget, a lot of that loss on Crowes bank balance. As expected, what an actor-turned-director like Crowe can do is pull strong performances out of his cast and so solid enough there. But you always feel the movie on the screen could have been stronger if it was cut less dramatic and more poignant with the father and son thing. Crowe is good in the lead but strikes me as an actor who has had his day and doesn’t really care and quite a bit chunkier these days.
As I said before it’s more three star than four stars out of five and perhaps one to wait until it comes on the TV at Christmas. It’s that kind of old fashioned movie. The subject matter of Gallipoli and of what went politically and strategically wrong is surprisingly not explored in the film and Crowe determined to write his boys as neither winners nor losers. Even today Aussies feel we Brits let them down but all we did was show them the reality and utter waste of war and they lost huge numbers of men as we did. I think the Mel Gibson film was also guilty of pushing that propaganda too.
Imdb.com – 7.1/10.0 (50,235votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 63% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 50% critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Book –
Blue Ray is a good choice for this one as the film is strikingly colorful and loud and the extra few quid adds to the experience. It would look good on widescreen and looked great on my 32 inch Smart TV. There are not many extras on the Blue Ray disc.
-The Making of ‘The Water Diviner’-
Standard behind the scenes stuff,
South China Morning Herald –‘The preposterousness of [the story] is offset by Crowe's powerful depiction of the horrors of war for both the Australians and Turks’.
The Film Stage –‘[This is] for the tiresome cynics who think that many films aren't about anything anymore, and would rather a film be definitively about something, than any good overall’.
Movie Talk –‘Russell Crowe's well crafted if tonally uneven historical drama... [is] sometimes stirring, sometimes sentimental and sometimes far-fetched’.
The Mail –‘Russell Crowe's command as a debut director may not be as strong as Clooney's was, but The Water Diviner is a very sincere, inspired-by-true-events effort filled with compassionate performances’.
Seattle Weekly –‘The Water Diviner feels almost too careful in its desire to hit all the right notes and do justice to all sides. Which makes it more of a war memorial than a living, breathing movie’.
I have had this card since the dark ages when it was the UGC Unlimited Card, and it was simply great - there was a box office I could go to to get my tickets without having to queue, I got a temporary card shaped card right away with a decent photo taped to it whilst I waited for the proper one in the post, and it was all £9.99 a month for as many films as I could see in a year.
Now it's the Cineworld Unlimited Card, and it has been a different experience for a long while.
The box office is long forgotten - I have to queue with other people and there is no ability to pre-book tickets - which is a service that is offered to normal customers who don't have the card. If I want to see Prometheus this Friday (which I do!) I have to go to the cinema and try to book my ticket along with the masses of other people also trying to do the same thing before the film, whilst the more savvy "normal" cinema goers without the card can easily pre-book their's - hardly fair, really.
It's also been going up in price every year - they will say this is because of the rising prices of films, but I imagine they're trying to make some decent money off the cards, since the current £179 a year isn't going to dent the price of the equal amount of films a person with a card sees if they went without. It's £14.99 a month at present and we don't really get much out of it, other than unlimited films for a price.
There has been vague mention of offers if we keep buying it year after year - but apparently this only works if you buy said card on a rolling monthly basis, rather than how I prefer to buy it - the yearly lump sum (which also offers no discount for paying upfront as opposed to monthly), so I wouldn't be able to get any of these discounts (on the incredibly pricey food).
I have had my card for just over 2 years now, me and my husband were originally persuaded to get them to go on "double dates" with friends of ours. i wasnt that keen ont he idea to start with as i thought it would make me feel i had to go even if i didnt want to just to get my monies worth. However my attitude changed completely as soon as i started using it, the first weekend it was raining so we decided to have a "cinema day" starting at 10am and watched 4 films that day, it was brilliant we had nothing else to do and managed to get our monies worth and more in just one day. we have done this quite a bit since when its a horrible weekend and have nothing else to do.
as a normal adult ticket now costs £9 and the unlimited card costs £14.99 a month all you need to do is watch two films that month to get the use out of the card. i have found that we always watch abotu 5 films a month (depending on what films are coming out over that time) but we have also found ourselves going to watch films we probably would not have gone to see just because it may have got bad reviews or we thought it might not be our type of film so thought it would be a waste of money, but with the unlimited card it doesnt matter if you find you dont like the film as you havent wasted any money and i have found that actually alot of these films have turned out to be some of my favourites.
When i first had my unlimited card it cost £13.50 and is now £14.99 so has gone up slightly but so has cinema ticket prices so i cant complain really.
i would say there are two downsides to this card:
1. on their website they promise food discount vouchers, but i have never recieved any
2. you can only buy tickets on the day you want to watch the film, so if there is a film coming out that will be really popular you can not book in advance
However saying that these two downsides do not outweight the great benefits of this card which is you can see as many films as you want for a tiny amount of £14.99 per month, which i dont even notcie coming out of my bank account every month as its not very much at all.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is a movie fan and loves going to the cinema
I've had my Cineworld unlimited card for about 7 years now, back when the company was called UGC. I think back then it was £10 for unlimited films for a month. It has slowly crept up to £15 a month since then. I still find this to be good value for money as I generally go to the cinema about once a week, which would cost me about £32 a month if I paid the standard fee. For £15, I can see as many films as I like per month. So, it's good for those days where I am bored but cash strapped as I all I have to pay is my train fare to catch a film.
I used to receive vouchers for money off popcorn, drinks etc in the cinema but haven't received any for a year or two now. You sometimes receive email offer for money off movie magazine subscriptions and meals in local restaurants.
The only draw back I can think of is that you cannot pre-book film tickets using this card. This is only ever really an issue when a big blockbuster comes out such as the Harry Potter or Twilight films. Unfortunately, I'm a huge fan of both these series' so I have had to pay to book my tickets to films such as they, but since I grudge paying to attend a cinema I am supposed to get unlimited access to films in, I just take myself off to the Odeon if I'm pre-booking so it doesn't feel like such as waste.
I no longer have my Cineworld unlimited card but up until a few months ago my husband and I both had the cards for over a year. We decided to get the cards as the price of going to the cinema now is very expensive especially if there is two of you and due to our working hours going on a Wednesday and taking advantage of the Orange Wednesday BOGOF offer or going before noon to get a cheaper price was not always possible.
Getting the cards was very easy, we just simply completed the online form and uploaded a photo. I was then emailed with a temporary letter that allowed us to use take advantage of the unlimited usage until our actual cards arrived in the post. I think our cards took around a week to arrive which I thought was pretty quick.
The current costs of the unlimited cards are:
- Valid in the UK and Ireland excluding London West End Cinemas - £14.99 per month or £179.88 annually.
- Valid at all Cineworld Cinemas in the UK and Ireland - £17.99 per month or £215.88 annually.
I do think that if you purchase the annual card you should get a little bit of discount but at the moment it just works out the same price as purchasing the monthly card which you pay for by direct debit. You do need to have the card for a minimum of 12 months before you can cancel your subscription so remember to look out for this in the small print when you purchase your card if paying monthly.
You also get a few other benefits of being an unlimited card holder including:
- Discounts on magazine subscriptions.
- Fortnightly email newsletter, which contains invites to advance screenings.
- Discounts from selected retailers, including restaurants.
- Exclusive competitions.
To use the card you simply show it at the cinema where they scan the card and issue your tickets. At first our local Cineworld had a special separate queue for unlimited card holders so that you did not have to queue as long. I thought that this was a great incentive as sometimes especially on a Wednesday or when there is a big new release the queues can be huge. But this only lasted a couple of months before it disappeared which meant having to then join the at times huge queues again.
Overall I was very impressed with our Cineworld cards we only stopped them when my husband was made redundant last year as we needed to save all of the money we could but it is certainly something I would consider again in the future. The biggest incentive is that you only really need to go to see two films per month to get your money's worth from the card and anymore is a bonus! Also if money is a bit tight at the end of the month you know you can always have a night out at the cinema and do not have to take a penny with you, unless of course it's a 3D film. As you do still have to pay a surcharge for 3D films but this is discounted from £2.10 for an adult to £1.50 if you have an unlimited card. Also you do need to pay £0.80 for 3D glasses if you need them, I always save mine so I avoid this cost and obviously do my recycling bit for the environment.
I also had no problem when I had to cancel our cards, I simply called the customer service number, spoke to one of the advisors who cancelled our direct debits immediately without any questions. This was followed by a confirmation letter to state that the cards had been cancelled.
I would certainly recommend anyone to purchase this card if you live near a Cineworld and like to watch a lot of films as it can save you a fortune.
im now tied into an unlimited card with cineworld .....at first the card seemed like a great idea ,i thought i could go a few times a month ,and probably save a few quid on normal ticket prices .....ive been a few times now and have to say ...ITS A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE ,glasgow renfield street cinema seems to be populated by morons who talk/text/make phonecalls all the way through the film ,id rather not go and see movies under these circumstances ,so i tried to cancel my card ....cineworld sent me back an email saying they have a zero tolerance policy for people runing movies by talking,phoning etc ....clearly this is just not true,now i seem to be stuck with a card i wont be using(as cineworld refuse to cancel it) ....so thanks cineworld for the zero tolerance policy (shame you dont actually enforce it)
I'd toyed with the idea of getting a Cineworld card for quite some time but decided to make the plunge this year. I live near Glasgow and therefore am lucky enough to have the massive Glasgow Cineworld cinema near me which was at one time the tallest cinema in the world (I don't know if it still is!) and has 18 screens. It also has a bar where you can kill time waiting on a movie to start although it is rather overpriced. The top floor affords great views, too.
All in all, I felt with a great cinema like that on my doorstep, I'd be daft not to get a Cineworld Unlimited card. It costs £14.99 for a month or £179.88 for a whole year for access to cinemas all over the UK and Ireland apart from London West End cinemas. If you want to include access to West End cinemas then you'll need to fork out a little extra: £17.99 a month or £215.88 for the year.
I decided to pay for my card in a one off rather than paying monthly through a direct debit. It is important to realise, however, that even if you sign up for it on a monthly basis, you are signing up to a year long contract and if you cancel it before you have paid 12 monthly installments, you may be charged for the remaining months left on your contract.
I ordered the card online and had to upload a photo which was then used to create a temporary card for me to print out and use straight away. My real shiny red card was sent through the post a few days later. I used the temporary card (or piece of paper!) and it was no bother. I simply handed it over at the desk and the cashier typed the number from the card into the computer. When my real card arrived, it was even simpler. You simply ask for your film at the desk, show your card and they'll ask you to swipe it through the credit/debit card machine when it lights up and that's you ready to rock and roll.
Most movies are free on the card but you do have to pay a little extra for 3D films (currently £1.50 extra for 3D movies and 80p for 3D glasses but these can be kept and reused).
There is also meant to be some other benefits for Unlimited card holders such as 50% off subscriptions to Empire, FHM, , Grazia, Heat and Q and also discounts in local businesses. Discounts for non film showings such as opera is offered but I've never went to a non film showing so I'm not sure how great the discount is. There is also an Unlimited exclusive email sent out to Unlimited customers with exclusive competitions. I must admit, I haven't received much in the way of the promised local discounts to restaurants etc. through email that I was promised. The one email I did receive was for restaurants outwith Glasgow so was of no use to me. However, I didn't sign up to the card for restaurant discounts so that doesn't bother me too much.
A major selling point for me was the fact that the Unlimited card used alongside an Orange Wednesdays text ticket allows you a friend in for free as your card counts as the paying ticket. My boyfriend and I used to frequently use this offer when we had time to kill and nothing much to do on a Wednesday. Of course, if you go to see a 3D film, you'll have extra to pay.
The card does exactly what it says on the tin giving card holders access to a year's worth of movies for a relatively small fee and considering that the cheapest adult ticket costs £6.90 and an adult ticket after 5pm Mon-Thurs and after 12 noon Fri-Sun would set you back £8.30 at Glasgow Renfrew Street cinema, you can see that you clearly quickly make back your money if you go to the cinema even just two or three times a month. However, you do feel a bit obliged to go and get your money's worth and so you can end up in a situation where you begin to get bored with the cinema. Also, if you can't go to the cinema without buying some popcorn and Coke, then the cost of snacks will add up on top of the cost of your card.
All in all, though, it's a good deal, especially for a cinema lover and I would recommend it.
I have been using a cineworld unlimited card for about six months now and am overall pleased with it, but do feel that it is rather limited in many ways. I suppose that they decided that "Unlimited" sounded more appealing than "Rather limited and occasionally annoying".
The concept of this card is that you pay a flat rate monthly (or annual, but it works out as exactly the same per month) fee and then you are issued with a membership card which has a picture of you on it. You present your card in person and they check it to see that it really is you and give you a free ticket for whatever film you want to see. If it hasn't sold out, that is (see disadvantages). When you present your ticket at the door, they once again check it against your membership card to make sure that you aren't sneaking anyone in.
If you go to the cinema more than twice a month, then it works out as more cost-effective to get an unlimited card.
The current prices are 14.99 per month for a regular card and £17.99 to get you a card that will be valid in West End cinemas.
You then have to pay a £1.50 surcharge per person for watching 3D films, but 2D films are free.
In theory, I would get to go to special member only screenings. Unfortunately, I've never found out about these in time, so I've never had the chance to take them up on this offer. There are partnership deals with various eating establishments near to Cineworld cinemas to offer special deals on food; however, my cinema is not one of these.
The two biggest disadvantages in my opinion are 1)You cannot book a ticket online using your unlimited card and 2)You cannot book a ticket in advance, it has to be on the day itself.
Put these together and this means that you never get to see a popular film on the opening weekend - this seems a rather foolish way to treat members. At the Picturehouse cinema chain, members get special offers and the ability to book various films early, which is much better in my opinion.
I live and work on the other side of town from the cinema, so I often have to take pot luck in what film I get to see. I appreciate that they are doing this to cut down on the amount of fraud that goes on, but I don't think it creates a very good relationship between a business and a customer to put all these extra checks on your members because you don't trust them to use the card correctly!
==All day film marathon==
On the plus side, you CAN get tickets for more than one film at once, it's just that they have to be on the day itself and the films must not overlap. So I have had an occasional weekend where some friends and I have had a film marathon and gone to several films one after the other.
==How hard is it to get?==
If you go for this offer, I strongly advise you to apply online. This took me about ten minutes and gave me a piece of paper I could use until I got my membership card through. I needed my bank details and a recent passport-style digital photo. A few months earlier, I had tried to join in person and they refused to do so because "It's Saturday, we're too busy". In spite of the fact that there was nobody around. They then changed that to "It's too complicated, we need a bank statement and separate proof of your address so we advise you to apply online because it can be verified electronically instead". When I tried to present these, it was then on to "The system is down".
==You can use it in Ireland as well==
I discovered at the weekend that I could use my card in Ireland, which was an unexpected bonus.
==Would I recommend it?==
If you have a nearby Cineworld and enjoy going to the cinema often and don't mind if you can't see a film at the opening weekend, and don't want to book any tickets in advance then yes, this card is good. But if not, then I wouldn't bother because it ties you in to a single chain and you don't always get to see the film that you wanted.
Today I received probably the worst service in many years. Two months ago I ordered a new card due to my name change. Haven't received it yet and haven't received any emails from them confirming that they are going to send me a new card. After not being able to use my cineworld card today to watch a movie I called them to discover that my card had been blocked as they issued me a new card a month ago! (where is it then?) So now I will not be able to use my card for a week or so and will still have to pay for this period of time. I wish they had notified me that they were processing my new card request. The customer service manager was unhelpful and talking in a tone of voice which said: why are you bothering me with your concerns?
I have been a Cineworld Unlimited member for a few months now and am extremely pleased with the system which allows me to enjoy the film industry at such a low price.
The monthly fee of £13.50 allows you to go and watch any film at any Cineworld cinema around the country for free bar a pound or two extra for watching 3D films. When you consider that this is the equivalent of a mere two normal price visits. Given that I enjoy cinematography so much that I typically average two trips a week, this card pays for itself very well.
There are a number of benefits to having this card such as the ability to go to the cinema with any of your friends all around the country, the ability to see as many films as you like whenever you like and the freedom to not have to consider the price when deciding whether or not to go watch the latest flick.
One last perk is the fact that the Cineworld Unlimited membership is the fact that on Orange Wednesdays, your free ticket can enable a friend of yours to go in for the price of an Orange Wednesdays text, meaning two free tickets! This can be extremely useful and is sure to make you the best friend of many a cinemagoer!
The Cineworld Unlimited card gives you access to as many movies as you desire over the year for a one off annual fee or a monthly fee.
**Getting the card**
I go to the cinema about 6 times a month and so it made sense to me to get the Cineworld Card which costs me £13.50 a month. Bearing in mind that full price adult tickets cost £7.40, as long as you go to the cinema more than one time per month you are going to be saving money. I love a bargain! My card excludes me from using my card in the West End of London, but it can be used anywhere else in the country.
On average, I calculate that I save about £32 a month by having this card (that's £384 a year!).
Getting the card was easy. The foyer of my Cineworld (Cheltenham) has a machine where you can get your card, which includes a camera to take your picture. The process took about 10 minutes and I was presented with a temporary card so I could use it straight away. A permanent card arrived within about 5 days.
However, although the process was easy for me, my sister who lives in London had a nightmare getting her card. She applied for her card directly at the Cinema and she eventually received her card (after a lot of complaints) about 3 months later. In fairness, Cineworld did then give her 6 months free as a compensation, but I know she was very frustrated at the time. For this reason, I would advise using one of the foyer machines if possible.
**Using the card**
Using the card is unproblematic. Basically when you purchase your ticket you tell the cashier that you are paying using your Unlimited Card, they scan it and that's it. It really is easy and I've had no problems whatsoever. If you're going with someone who hasn't got an Unlimited Card then you just say you want to pay for one ticket in cash and one with your Unlimited Card.
One problem with the card is that you can't book a cinema ticket online ahead of time. Therefore if you're wanting to see a popular film, you have to either turn up at the cinema very early to guarantee your ticket, or alternatively you can visit earlier in the day and book your ticket in advance. You can only book a ticket in advance for that day and you have to do it in person. This isn't very convenient and has meant that from time to time I've ended up paying for my ticket online so I could do it in advance.
The other thing which is a little misleading is the fact that you have to pay extra for some films. As the card is called "Unlimited" I kind of feel that this should mean that there is not any limits imposed on the number and type of films you watch. For example, when I saw Avatar 3D I had to pay £1.50 extra because it was a 3D film which doesn't seem fair when it's a mainstream release.
As a result of having the card I have been going to the cinema more often and I've been much more likely to take a risk and watch a film that I might not normally opt for. This has resulted in me seeing some truly terrible films but also some great films that I might not otherwise have experienced.
As part of the Unlimited card, you also get an email every two weeks which tells you about upcoming releases. In addition there are competitions for Unlimited customers with generous prizes (I'm yet to win anything!) and food and drink offers for Unlimited card holders. However, I do find the deals to be quite sparse and so this really isn't an incentive to get the card at all.
It's a great idea and if you to the cinema more than once a month then it's a money saver!
Since buying a cineworld unlimited card two years ago, I have no regrets. This card allows you to see however many films you want whenever you want. Since having this card it has opened my mind up to seeing films which I would not normally of seen before which is great for my relationship as I dont mind seeing the films that my partner really wants to see and vice versa.
The price of the unlimited card is quite reasonable at £13.50 a month considering that most films nowadays are about £7 each, so if you think mathematically you only have to go twice a month to break even.
Cineworld should offer a self service machine for unlimted customers only as this would make the ques smaller and you would be able to go straight in without queing.
One flaw of a cineworld card is that you have to pay for both 3d cinema glasses and extra money for the screen which I think is awful considering you are already paying a monthly subscription.
The Cineworld Unlimited card offers unlimited movies for £13.50 a month but there are a few catches they dont really tell you about...
3D films cost up to £2.00 more - this is to pay for licensing costs and also the glassses. They have recently introduced a policy where you dont have to pay for the glasses if you already have some but this only saves around 50p.
There is no way to book online - this means that you have to queue despite the fact that they dont need to take payment or confirm your age as they already have that on record. Surely you could just swipe your card in one of their credit card machines?
Also you cannot get your tickets in advance - we went in to get tickets on a Saturday for a screening the next day and were told we would have to pay to do this. Not sure what difference it makes to them when we get out tickets and this policy seems very petty.
You cannot go to Delux screenings even if you offer to pay the differences. It was suggested to me to just buy a normal ticket and sneak in to the Delux screen but I dont think that would work out well if the screen was full!
They also send you the odd voucher for the concessions - normally 10 or 15% off - however these cant be used to buy combos so if you pay full price and use the voucher you are not better off.
Despite the above catches the Unlimited card is worth it as long as you go at least twice a month!
Over the past few months I started to watch a lot more films in the cinema as my boyfriend and I became quite friendly with another couple and we were being invited to go along to the cinema with them almost every weekend. We did watch quite a few films on our own, but mainly only ones we really wanted to see, mostly new horror movies that were being shown.
Due to these weekly invites, I started getting concerned with the amount of money that was being spent. Being a student and only working part-time money can be tight, and we were also saving for a holiday so I started to see going to the cinema all the time as a waste of money, especially as a lot of the time we were paying for films we didn't really want to see.
I did a bit of maths, and decided to get a cinema card and suggested my boyfriend get one too and he agreed as we worked out that it would save us a lot of money in the long run.
One method of applying for a card is online. You can fill out a short form and upload a picture which is very simple indeed. You can then print out a temporary pass to use straight away and your card will be sent within 2 weeks.
As we were going to the cinema on the day we decided to get the card, we applied for it at the cinema. A member of staff took our photo's and made our temporary cards there and then. If you decide to apply this way, you will need ID (passport, driving licence, bank card) and also a utility bill with your address. The whole process took about 10 minutes for each of us and then the card was ready to go. You can either pay by monthly installments of £13.50 or pay all at once which costs £162 for the year.
The plastic permanent card, which is the size of a credit card was sent out shorty after and didn't take long to arrive at all.
I am so glad I applied for one of these and wish that I had done so sooner as it would have saved me a lot of money.
It's great to be able to walk into the cinema and whip the card out without having to mess about with cash. It's almost as if the cinema is free now.
I also found that before I had the card, I would buy my ticket with either a ten or twenty pound note. By doing this I found the small change from the note would be just be wasted on rubbish so it is also saving me money that way.
One thing about the card is that you have to pay £1.50 if you wish to watch a 3D movie but this isn't really a problem.
I honestly love this little luxury. I can swan into the cinema and book virtually any perfomance at any time for £13.50 a month. This means if my girlfriend asks me to go see a movie of her choosing that I would previously have been loath to - I now have absolutely no problem with doing so. I might as well! It's good for the relationship and I have actually found most of them to be highly enjoyable.
As a result I see movies I would never have paid to before and this has made me more open minded to try things I wouldn't have previously. Particularly at the recommendation of individuals who's taste in movies I have also come to appreciate (such as my girlfriend). I am a much more worldly, interested and interesting individual as a result of cineworlds marvelous offer!
I am very seriously considering buying my brother a full years subscription. He is an enormous movie buff and often buys several DVDs a month.
I would also mention that IN MY CASE I no longer spend money on cinema food or junk to take in with me because it would ram up the monthly NET cost of cinema outings and so I am much healthier. If you are in the habit of buying food to take with you or worse from the cinema you have to break the habit immediately or costs will indubitably mount up.
benefits of the deal for me personally:
I am more worldly and interested in films and experiences than previous.
Improved an already happy relationship with girlfriend.
Even when no cash on hand can still go to local cinema with freinds.
Healthier as monthly junk intake decreased.
If it ever stops being useful i'm not cntracted for a year so I can just cancel anytime!
Negatives I can see:
If you don't go to see new movies more than 3 or 4 times a month you could up your monthly costs - especially students.
Deal only applies to cineworld cinemas - so you'll be bummed if your mates all wanna go to the vue one or other.
I reckon you may be getting a better deal if you're an orange wednesdays buff and split the price of one ticket = )
Cheers folks all the best,