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I have recently taken out my new mobile phone contract and having just had a Nokia and been impressed with it I decided that I would give them another chance to impress and having looked over their offerings I opted for the Lumia 1020 and have been delighted ever since. The phone is a smartphone which is run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system which is very simple to use, easily customizable and offers a stable user experience. The biggest issue many people have with Windows phones is that they are disappointed with the app store and I will confirm that it is somewhat frustrating to find yourself seeing something advertised as having an app but then discovering it is only for Android or IOS (Apple) but thanks to Microsoft having overhauled the operating system in a big way the number of apps is improving. The phone itself is a fairly large piece of kit (dimensions are - 71.4mm x 130.4mm x 10.4mm) but it is crafted beautifully so that it does not look like a brick due the large size. The screen itself is a 4.5" touchscreen and offers fantastic quality sensitivity to enable for easy navigation and great gaming which I have been really impressed with when compared to other touchscreen mobiles I have experienced. One of the main things that is at the forefront of peoples decisions is the quality of the screen thanks to the amount of media we all view on our devices now and I have been very impressed with the bright, vivid and very clear screen on offer from the Lumia 1020, having used my phone to view Netflix, BBC IPlayer, played games and to browse the internet. With many people having their Apple or their Samsung they would wonder why they should change and try a Nokia and the biggest attraction with this phone is the amazing quality of photos you can take thanks to the 41MP sensor on the camera. Now to explain a little about what the 41MP sensor brings to the quality of your pictures and this is where Nokia has done things a little differently as this uses something called PureView technology which sees oversampling take place so that if you have 7 pixels of information taken in by the sensor then these are combined to make 1 clear pixel of actual data on the photo so that your photos are beautifully clear, crisp and simply stunning when considering these are being taken on a mobile phone. I have been delighted with the camera quality and love the fact I know I can take my mobile phone with me and be able to come across something I really want to capture and be able to do it with an image which does not suffer for having been taken on a mobile phone. The zooming technology on the camera also sees a clear zoom technique that enables you to close in on the image your sensor is capturing and so not get blurring caused by digital zoom normally experienced. This technology also enables for the camera to remain thin as it does not need to worry about optical zoom (where the actual lens moves closer to the image). Overall for me this is a simply stunning mobile phone that offers good battery life which easily lasts the day even when you are commuting like I am over around 2 hours a day and making use of surfing the internet on your smartphone. The biggest thing that attracted me to this phone was the amazing camera and I have been absolutely delighted with this and finding myself regularly taking photos I would normally have missed out on being able to take as I would have been disappointed with the quality of picture on a mobile phone and hadn''t taken a camera. The lack of apps when compared to IOS and Android is for me not a problem as there are plenty of apps and games to keep you entertained. The phone comes with 4G connectivity and so enables for much quicker web browsing and from my experience I have found the phone has good signal strength when compared to other phones on the same network (having discussed this with others on my network and using other phones). The quality of the microphone and speaker enables for you to have clear calls and for me this is the biggest plus of the phone as it does what is meant to do well and then adds so many brilliant things in to just add to the experience. Well worth checking out.
With Dwayne Johnson being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood over the past few years when you hear he is in another film you do have to stop and wonder if it is going to be a good one or him taking the chance to get his paydays in whilst he is the toast of the town but Snitch thankfully appears to be one he has chosen based on its strengths over its financial rewards. The story of the film (one based around true life events) sees Jason (Rafi Gavron) get busted for dealing of narcotics (despite not being involved in distribution himself) when his friend sets him up so he can reduce his own sentence. Thanks to the newly introduced laws in the US Jason is to serve 10 years as a minimum unless he works with the state to get to the big drug players but he refuses to be a snitch. Jason''s mother Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes) decides that with all that is happening with her son she needs to call her ex-husband, John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson), who is running his own construction firm and has little to do with his son for a while now. John decides that he needs to do something to help his son and so meets with the US attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) who says if he is willing to help to bring down one of the major drug dealers then his sons sentence can be reduced and John accepts the deal on offer. I will not go into any further details other than to say the rest of the film follows John and his pursuit of getting his son out of prison as soon as possible. The film is based around a true story and so it is hard to comment on the storyline too much but I must say that they have ensured the film does flow well and that it has a storyline which is easy to follow. The filming has been done to ensure it has atmospheric scenes when they are appropriate as well as action scenes as the film develops and so this is not one to expect to be full action which I know for many people will disappoint people who have seen the trailer and expected a pure fest of action. I was very impressed with the casting and the fact that the acting throughout the film was of the very highest standard. Dwayne Johnson was extremely impressive and proves he can perform well in roles that aren''t all about action scenes which is what he is mainly known for due to the bulging muscles having got him those kind of roles. Overall for me the film flowed really well and was superb. I do have to say that for some it would probably feel like it did got a little slow at some points which I would fully agree with but I think these parts were needed to make the story flow fully. The action scenes were well put together and executed which is something I love as whilst I don''t watch many action films I do hope for well put together action in those I do see. Overall this is film well worth seeing but please don''t expect the entire film to be action throughout as the trailer suggests as this is a film with a story to it too rather than just being purely action.
I have been a member of Dooyoo for a number of years but not been making use of the site for the last few I decided it was about time to come back and was shocked to find the website had undergone a major overhaul which for me had not been needed as you only fix things when they don''t work and the previous version worked well. The overhaul has seen the Dooyoo site filled with bugs and sees you getting 404 errors all of the time when trying to post reviews. The fact you get the picture of a crying girl to me seems almost like they are trying to antagonize you and had begun to really get on my nerves a lot so I can only hope that when they say their engineers are working on this as their top priority that it will be rectified very soon otherwise I can see a lot of people ditching the site and never coming back. When you are able to post reviews a lot of people are finding issues with the formatting and layout of what they wrote and personally I have found some of the reviews do appear to have some formatting issues of late but even when the site has had an update done to rectify its issues I would think it is unlikely the previously written reviews are going to be sorted out which is a really poor showing from Dooyoo. The site used to be one I could login to at almost any time with no issues but since the update I have found numerous login issues including the site formatting itself being off and having no functionality, passwords not working despite them being right and even looping when trying to login. When you get this it will be pointless to keep trying so walk away for a while and don''t let yourself get frustrated with the site as the community is worth being a part of and so you need to keep that in mind rather than jumping ship like so many others. When contacting Dooyoo at the moment via their "contact us" option you will be unlikely to get a response for quite some time and so it is well worth sending them an email (you can find out the info on doing this within the "login errors" part of the community section) as this will lead to you getting a response within a few days and I think that the lack of response just shows how much of an issue the site redesign is causing and how many people are kicking off about it. Overall the new design is a massive letdown from Dooyoo and is likely to see quite a large number of people leaving. Whilst all of these issues continue I am copying my reviews across to save in notepad to make sure I have a copy incase of the 404 errors and also to ensure that I can update the reviews formatting once the site has rectified their issues.
Having watched loads of films over the years I have found that the ones that stand out are the lower end comedies like American Pie, Van Wilder, Old School, etc and so when I discovered 30 Minutes or Less on Netflix I decided it sounded like another to fit in to this style of comedy so had to give it a try. The plot of the film sees Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) as a pizza delivery boy who is focused on drinking, gaming, watching movies and parting with his buddies. The best of his buddies is Chet (Aziz Ansari) who is getting more serious in his life as he heads in to his life as a full time teacher which begins to put strain on the friendship and when he finds out that Nick slept with his twin sister, Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria), the friendship is finally ended. Dwayne King (Danny McBride) is fed up of living in his fathers shadow following his big win on a lottery ticket years back that sees him continually putting his son down and so with his friend Travis Cord (Nick Swardson) decide enough is enough and that it is time to get rid of his father. After heading to a lap-dancing club and confiding in a dancers called Juicy (Bianca Kajlich) about his plans she tells him that she has a contact who can do the job for $100,000 and so the two friends need to figure out how to come up with the cash to off Dwayne''s father. Dwayne and Travis decide to go about getting a pizza delivered to a location where they are free to do as they wish as it is so remote and luck would have it that the delivery driver is Nick. After knocking Nick out they place a bomb-vest on him and tell him to get the $100,000 and suggest robbing the local bank so Nick needs to figure out what to do and turns to Chet for help in how to save his life. I won''t go into any more detail as this gives enough to understand the plot but not too much to ruin the film. The film has great casting as whilst not having major names it manages to have people who play the parts perfectly. I think that Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari deserve a special mention as they work really well together throughout. The storyline is one which makes a lot of sense and whilst for some would seem far fetched actually does have many similarities to real life events (Brian Douglas Wells 28th August 2003). The storyline is one which makes a lot of sense and whilst for some would seem far fetched actually does have many similarities to real life events (Brian Douglas Wells 28th August 2003). Overall 30 Minutes or Less is a funny film which manages to deliver some low quality laughs throughout and so is a worth while watch if you fancy watching a film which will make laugh but that takes no concentration. I have watched it a few times and still find it to be a good film whilst not being excellent and so would give it 3.5 out of 5.
Having seen a number of the Marvel comics based films it is always interesting to see what is to come next and so having seen Daredevil which stars Jennifer Garner as Elektra it is something different to now see a film with Elektra at the very center of the story itself without having to share in the attention but does that make for a film that works? The storyline for the film sees Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner), who we are seeing years after the incidents in Daredevil, who has been trained as a martial arts specialist who has been pushed aside by many due to her extreme rage she carries with her and so she has used this rage to her advantage by becoming a contract killer. When she is offered a huge payday for a simple contract with an unusual stipulation that she has to stay in a house on the island where the killing is to be done for a few days before she is given the identities of her targets and so for Elektra this is a deal she can''t refuse. Whilst living in the house she meets Mark Miller (Goran Visnjic) and his daughter Abby (Kirsten Prout) who she finds herself liking a lot and even begins to find herself having romantic feelings towards Mark so when she is then told these are her targets she decides that she can''t go through with it but that won''t stop the person who took the contract from getting the job done and so Elektra must fight to save their lives against the person who sent her to kill them. First off I have to say that I can''t criticize Jennifer Garner as she does her best throughout the film and does very well with the martial arts side of the role to enable for the action scenes to be done well. The rest of the casting I really can''t comment on too much as I think that each person has done the best they can but have found it difficult to be able to deliver the best performances due to the lack of feel for any of the characters which is something I really think this film needs and I personally didn''t find myself having any strong emotional links to anyone in the film so didn''t care too much what happened to them. The story for me felt quite weak in the way it was delivered as there was no real character development to go with the plot and this is something I feel the film suffered because of as even with a weak story you can feel some level of link to the characters but I didn''t. The film seemed to hold too much hope that it would be able to get by on Jennifer Garner looking great and performing martial arts well but this is not something I feel can be the basis of an entire film that lasts over 90 minutes. Overall this is a film I wanted to enjoy and had high hopes for but I just felt completely let down and but for Jennifer Garner doing a good job in her role I would be rating this a 1 star offering. The storyline needed much more development and the complete lack of my being able to feel anything for any of the characters showed a lack of this being put at the center of a film which suffered greatly for the lack of these kind of details.
With Marvel comics having a huge variety of different superheroes on offer it is always a waiting game for the next one to be released as a movie and when they announced Daredevil as their next release it shocked many but was it a good move? The story of the film - Matt Murdock was just a child when he was blinded by toxic waste being spilled over his eyes but has grown into a lawyer in New York whose firm will only take on the cases of those who are innocent and will never charge for their services. The legal side of Matt Murdock''s battle for justice is not his only way of tackling things though as he has for years to develop his skills in martial arts and used his extra heightened senses he has developed and honed since losing his sight to bring criminals to justice through his alter-ego Daredevil. On his journey through life Murdock meets Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner) who is the daughter of Nikolas Natchios (Erick Avari), a businessman who has links to the criminal underworld but when her father is killed and Daredevil is framed for the murder can Murdock manage to bring the real criminals to justice and keep Elektra in his life? Overall for me this film has a good cast and is well acted but it doesn''t feel like there is the most amazing chemistry between the cast and this does somewhat detract from the overall product you get. The performance of Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil is ok but not spectacular and I have to say likewise for Jennifer Garner as Elektra but their performances being flat has to have a large part being considered to be down to the lack of character development during the film itself which you have to blame on writing and directing. The film for me just does not deliver enough on the storyline as it feels lacking on something throughout which is unusual for many of the Marvel comic films that have been done over the years but this is one of the weaker offerings and one that could have been so much more.
After having seen both The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable from M Night Shyamalan and having enjoyed each, I decided that I was going to be watching his next film so when I found Signs available on DVD I decided that I needed to have a watch to see if he continued to deliver and I am thankful to say that I was not let down. The film sees Mel Gibson playing the part of Graham Hess, a former priest who has lost his faith following the death of his wife. He is a family man who is raising his two children, Morgan (Rory Culkin) and Bo (Abigail Breslin) and his younger brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix). The 4 family members live together on their farm but when they discover a crop circle, their dog acting weirdly and more they begin to wonder if something is going on. When these weird goings-on begin to spread to other farms and reports are all over the news of weird sightings the Hess family begin to question what could be happening. As footage begins to appear on the news of aliens being spotted and more and more aggressive seeming activity the Hess family realize it is time to get safe in their home but can they be safe, even in their own home? First off I would like to praise the casting of the film as from a personal point of view I have watched so many films where child actors have detracted from the overall feel of the film but with Signs I felt that Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin both added to the film brilliantly with their excellent performances. The fact that Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix have a good chemistry helps make the film feel more real as it is based on a family and their performances make it feel like this could be an actual family. The story of the film works brilliantly well and M Night Shyamalan has worked hard to develop a very atmospheric feel to the film and that is a real plus as it delivers the film in the best way possible. The fact it is atmospheric does not lead to this feeling like a slow film or like it drags at any point which is a great balance to achieve. Overall for me this is one of those films I have seen numerous times and I still love as I think it has the perfect balance to enable a great overall film. The casting is brilliant and the story has been delivered brilliantly well and for these reasons I have to recommend this as a film well worth seeing.
Ricky Gervais is well known for his comedies like The Office, Extras, Derek, etc but having found big success with his television work he has begun to make the move into movies and Ghost Town is another of thee offerings but can he replicate the laughs we are so used to from his television comedies? The film sees Ricky Gervais playing the part of a dentist named Bertram Pincus who has a near death experience which leads to him being able to see and communicate with ghosts. The main ghost who is wanting to communicate with him is Frank Herlihy (played by Greg Kinnear) who has recently passed away but not passed on from this world and is desperate to break up his widow, Gwen (Tea Leoni), from her new boyfriend, Richard (Billy Campbell). Thanks to Bertram not wanting to keep being bothered by all the other ghosts he strikes up a deal that will see him break up Richard and Gwen and Frank stopping the ghosts from bothering Bertram in return. Bertram needs to try to woo Gwen away from Richard but when he finds that he likes Gwen more than he ever imagined he would and even worse he likes Richard too but could it be that Frank is simply be jealous rather than having Gwen at the heart of what he is doing? The film sees some good performances from the cast and the idea behind the film feels like it could really work well but for me personally I just didn''t feel like the story was developed in the very best way possible. There were some laughs during the film but I actually felt completely underwhelmed at the end of it all as I had such high hopes of Gervais being able to deliver plenty of laughs based on a story I loved the sound of but I just think it comes up way too short on what they could have delivered with this. I can''t recommend the film and would only be able to score it as 2.5 out of 5 and that is on the basis of the film having some good performances from the cast and the basis of a sound story overall.
When you think of shark movies there is always going to be one that will stand out and that is the classic Jaws but that doesn''t mean there aren''t other offerings out there and so when Deep Blue Sea released in 1999 it raised high hopes that it could make use of the progress in technology to present an amazing film but did it live up to its billing? The plot of the film is very interesting and sees a scientific facility named Aquatica being used to work on a cure of Alzheimers but one of the scientists, Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows), decides to take matters into her own hands and works on genetically engineering sharks which have a much bigger brain capacity to enable them to harvest the tissues. The side effects from the genetic modification sees a group of super intelligent sharks who are intent on preying upon those at the facility but can the scientists, their backers and the other staff survive this onslaught? For me this film is one that you have to go into not expecting it to be aiming to be an intelligent and high brow movie as that is not where this is aimed. This is a film to enjoy rather than sit and pick flaws with and so long as you go in with this attitude I feel that the story stands up as being able to work well. The biggest criticism for many is the acting and I won''t deny that some of the acting is what you would class as being over the top but I feel that you sometimes suit the acting to the style of the film and that is what happened in Deep Blue Sea. Overall for me this is a film I did enjoy but can''t class as being one of my very favorites as it is one for when you are in the mood to watch something which is not going to take a lot of concentration and is a bit of "fluff" and I am more likely to watch something funny when fancying this kind of film. I think that film does work ok but would say it is not one to go into with high expectations and you should only be getting when you can pick it up cheaply.
This is based on the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight which is what I got when purchasing the Nook Simple Touch but please do check before buying as this is retailer dependent.
Having already got a Kindle and also a Kobo Mini to enable me to have different things available to me that each can bring (the Kindle having a huge books selection available and the Kobo Mini offering a compact device I can take anywhere) I decided that I wanted to have the ability to read at night without bothering my wife and based on the price decided to go for the Barnes and Noble Nook but how has it lived up to my hopes?
First of all this is a very simple device to setup and thanks to the touch screen takes no time to get ready for use.
The Nook has a 6 inch EInk touch screen touchscreen which is very responsive amd perfect for the needs on this device as it enables a quick and fuss free navigation. When it comes to you reading the book you have chosen you are able to read it brilliantly on a clear screen that delivers crisp text and enables for a glare free reading experience even when, like me, you are traveling by bus somewhere with the sun streaming through the large windows.
The Nook is designed to enable you to carry around plenty of books and be able to read them whenever you like and based on you reading on this without the built-in light being on you would be able to get 2 months charge based on 30 minutes of reading a day and so for those like me who commute over an hour you would find yourself charging the device every couple of weeks to ensure it is still charged and ready for use. The charging does not take very long (around 3.5 hours via USB plugged into a computer or much quicker if you purchase a USB plug which is well worth doing) and so if you find your device is low on juice and fancy reading it will not take long before you have full charge and plenty of hours reading opened back up to you.
As with most of the better eBook readers on the market the device has in-built WiFi connectivity and so enables for you to purchase your books on a computer and switch your WiFi on to sync and download the books quickly which is the way I always purchase and load my books. The WiFi works well and enables very quick downloading of your new books so you can purchase loads and not need to worry about it taking hours to load them as it is more likely to be seconds or minutes.
The main reason for my purchasing this was it having the in-built light and I am pleased to say this works very well and has enabled me to read my books at night very clearly without causing me any eye-strain and also has not bothered my wife (clip-on ereader lights were still bothering her when used with my Kindle). The light can easily have its brightness adjusted and whilst simple works really well.
The Nook is designed to have good storage available and is advertised as holding 1000 books but having never got near that I can''t confirm this to be the case but can say that it does hold loads of books with ease and is certainly able to hold a few hundred which would be plenty for anyone.
So, that is the positives done but there were some negatives for me and I have to mention them.
The power button has been placed at the rear of the device and for me I simply don''t like the placement or the feel of the power button as it feels poorly designed and thought out. Likewise the buttons placed beside the screen are a great idea but just don''t have the feeling of someone having taken care when designing and creating this as they feel stiffer than I personally feel they need to be and these little things really detract massively from the overall feel of the product.
The other thing I didn''t like is how it works when trying to fit a cover to it as thanks to the placement of the power button on the rear you can''t simply have a normal case and instead you need to buy one which clips in to little sections set on the side of the device which enables you to have access to the front and rear of the Nook. For me I didn''t like this design work and felt it was less secure than others for placement in to a cover so have to make mention of this as it was not something I had realized when doing my purchase.
Overall the Nook is a good product that enables for you to have plenty of eBooks at your disposal in a convenient way. The battery life is in line with other eBook readers on the market but the in-built light is a great addition that makes for a device you have to consider. I think that the poor areas in terms of the buttons and how these impact on using a cover for your device really do detract majorly for me. If you can get this for a reasonable price then it maybe worth considering but I can''t recommend it as being a market leader and is more so something that will hopefully keep the leaders on their toes.
With modern day films having so much in the way of CGI and special effects it is sometimes nice to be able to look back at the way films were put together in the past when film makers had to do a lot more with the story line to deliver a truly great film and for me this is one of the very best.
Jaws is in Amity Island which is a community that looks forward to the weather being good for the surge in tourism that this brings, not least for its excellent beach so when a body is found which appears to point to a shark attack the chief of police, Martin Brody (played brilliantly by Roy Scheider) needs to ensure he is protecting his community from the dangers that can''t be seen as they lurk in the waters off Amity Island. With the 4th of July celebrations approaching and families arriving for one of the biggest money spinners on the calender it is down to Brody to battle with the mayor to ensure that the right decisions are made to keep the people safe whilst bringing in the money that communities like Amity Island need to survive.
Brody discovers through his investigations with a marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) that it is a large shark on the prowl and confirms it is in fact a great white shark which appears to have gone rogue which means it is likely to keep on attacking. The decision is made to bring in professional shark hunter Quint (Robert Shaw) who will kill the shark for $10,000 but can they stop the shark from taking more victims?
For me this is one of the all time great films as the amazing performances from the cast and the music marry together to create a truly atmospheric, suspenseful and well delivered film. The way that the shark was created and made to look excellent is exceptional and shows how much could be done without the use of computer animations and CGI when you have a creative director and crew.
The film is based on Peter Benchley''s novel but does differ quite a lot so that some who love the book may not appreciate the film but for me, having read the book and seen the film, I treat each as standalone entities that are each equally brilliant.
Overall this is a film that just has to be seen as it has stood the tests of time and is still an amazing watch. The fact this appears so regularly in new lists of top films of all time is not something that happens by accident and the film truly deserves to be at the top table with the other greats.
When it was decided to create the film version of Wild Wild West based on the TV show from the 1960''s named The Wild Wild West not many people were sitting up and listening until it was announced it was to be a big budget film starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayak at which point many people were intrigued to see if this was the start of a new film franchise but did this prove to be worth the big budget involved?
The film sees General "Bloodbath" McGrath (Ted Levine), a man wanted for mass murder through the massacres he and his men, being chased by Captain James West (Will Smith) and Marshall Artemus Gordon (Kevin Kline) to arrest and bring him to justice on the orders of President Ulysses S. Grant due to a number of major scientists having gone missing of recent times. West and Gordon set out on their chase but soon discover that their biggest problem is not McGrath and is in fact Dr. Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) who is intent on destroying the United States and dividing them up as he sees fit.
The film sees Salma Hayek play the part of Rita Escobar who is the love interest of both West and Gordon who Loveless sees as being a trophy worth taking for himself too and so this leads to the chase taking on a much more personal level to it.
The film is overall just too over the top for me as the gadgets and vehicles in use are ridiculous and one of the main reasons for the budget being so large. The actors play their roles as per the style of the film in that the performances are done to be over the top but to me this just leads to everything getting worse as it is not a style I enjoy. If you enjoy films full of gadgets and gizmos and are OK with the film trying its hardest to be over the top and unbelievable then you may well enjoy this but for me it is a let down.
Whenever I see Will Smith is to appear in a new film I have always taken notice and looked into the film to see what it is all about and when I read about a film called Enemy of the State I decided to look into what the story was and straight away I was hooked.
The film sees the U.S. Congress moving to pass a new bill which will enable a dramatic increase in the use of surveillance but as with any bill of this sort there are those who remain opposed to such changes and when one of those who is against it, Congressman Phil Hammersley, is found dead it is confirmed that there is no foul play at hand but when the NSA (National Security Agency) discovers that a video is out there proving they killed Hammersley they must try to stop the video from getting out there. The video in question has been filmed completely by accident by wildlife researcher Daniel Zavitz who passes informs an underground journalist of the footage but whilst trying to get the information to the right people encounters the NSA agents and so must flee before it is too late. During the chase he ends up passing the information to an old friend of his named Robert Dean (played by Will Smith) who works as a labor lawyer and when Robert finds his life beginning to turn upside down he must try to figure out what is going on but can Edward Lyle (played by Gene Hackman) who is a retired NSA agent help him figure things out before it is too late?
Overall for me this is a fantastic film which is brilliantly acted with both Will Smith and Gene Hackman giving superb performances that really do elevate this film to a whole other level. The film is thought provoking and simply superb in the depth it goes into but for me it is the style of the film and some of the camera work done that makes this stand out and really be a film I am able to say I love and highly recommend.
Let me start off by saying that just because of the fact this film stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere it does not mean that people should be going into this film expecting another Pretty Woman as this is a completely separate film and should be considered as such.
The film sees Julia Roberts playing Maggie Carpenter who has become very well known for her fear of going down the aisle with her having left 3 men at the altar already which has led to her having become known to the tabloids and media as "The Runaway Bride". When a columnist named Ike Graham (played by Richard Gere) writes a piece with several inaccuracies he ends up losing his job and in an attempt to rebuild his reputation decides to travel to Hale, Maryland in order to try to meet Maggie and write an article based on the facts. When he arrives he finds that Maggie is in the process of preparing for her next shot at walking down the aisle but when Ike begins to ask around her friends and the townsfolk to try to get the fullest picture he can of Maggie and the legend she becomes very frustrated and worried about the article to come but is this all a front for someone really worrying about their upcoming wedding?
The film is a well worked story that manages to have funny moments and work off the chemistry between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere well in order to deliver a feel good film that whilst not amazing will still manage to entertain. Many people go in to this film believing that due to having the same main actors as Pretty Woman it should be achieving the same standards and level which is something you simply can''t go into this film feeling as it is a completely different entity that needs to be judged on what it delivers instead of being compared to a movie many love.
Overall this is a good film that delivers on the feel good factor and has great chemistry between its main stars so is very much worth a watch.
When you put together a lot of big name actors in a film you are by no means guaranteed a success and so when I heard that a film was being done to bring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy I did worry about another big name flop but did it deliver on laughs?
The premise of the film is that 4 middle aged men who ride motorbikes (or hogs as they are known) are fed up with their mundane lives and decide it is time to mix things up by taking a road trip which ends up seeing them have numerous miss-adventures and events that challenge the guys friendships and ability to accept each others flaws as well as reminding them of their aging years. The trip ultimately sees them ending up in a town in New Mexico which is being terrorized by a biker gang of their own and the 4 friends have to decide what their next step is but with 4 different personalities come 4 different ways of thinking and pushes the friends and their friendships towards the biggest challenge they''ve ever had to deal with but will they come through it all?
The film for me is not one of the best and despite having 4 actors who it is obvious can act to a high standard it just feels slightly flat and like the idea would have been better with a more youthful energy to it as although I fully appreciate the idea behind having the middle aged friends at the core of it I think this actually takes a lot away from the overall product on offer. The film is worth seeing as it does have some laughs and I can''t criticize the performances in the film but I also can''t give this a big recommendation as a must see and so instead would say it is one of those films to pick up when it is cheap and have ready for when there is nothing else on to watch.