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Here is my review of Guardians of the Universe 2 (Released at Cinema in April 2017) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

I was really looking forward to this film and could not wait for it to be released at the cinema.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to Guardians of the galaxy and takes place a few months after the previous film. The team now find themselves as galactic heroes for hire and Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign race, hires them to protect valuable batteries from an inter-dimensional monster in exchange for Gamora’s estranged sister Nebula, who was caught attempting to steal the batteries.

Afterwards it is revealed that Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) has stolen some of the priceless batteries for himself. They find themselves pursued by the sovereign drones. However, the drones are destroyed by a mysterious figure, and the Guardians are forced to crash-land on a nearby planet. The figure reveals himself as Quill’s father, Ego, who invites Quill, accompanied by Gamora and Drax, to his home, while Rocket and Groot remain behind to repair the ship and guard Nebula.

Meanwhile, Ayesha hires Yondu Udonta and his crew, who have been exiled from the greater Ravager community for child trafficking, to recapture the Guardians.

I won’t reveal much more of the story but the main thrust of the action is the Guardians trying to stay one step ahead of the Soverign and the Ravagers. But the real heart of this movie is Peter Quill meeting his father at long last. But what are his father’s motives?

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I thought it was just as good as the first one. The best and funniest bit of the film in my opinion is the opening scene where the galactic avengers are fighting a giant octopus-like creature. But instead of keeping the camera on the battle we watch an adorable Baby Groot dancing to Mr. Blue Sky. It is really funny.

I thought the film was action packed and full of good special effects. With a good mix of action and comedy. Chris Pratt is outstanding as Peter Quill. The unifying plot thread throughout the movie is family. While Peter Quill’s lineage is a big focal point, we also learn a lot more about why Nebula has such hatred for Gamora and what went on during their childhood with Thanos, And there’s more insight given into Drax’s relationship with his deceased family. There’s time spent exploring how Rocket’s creation caused him some major trust issues, and it’s even explained where Yondu came from. As the team grapples with the conflicts and personal demons that threaten to tear them apart, their individual stories dominate the movie.

We also learn about some new characters as well. There’s Ayesha and the Sovereign, Taserface and his Ravagers, and another new group of Ravagers (with Sylvester Stalone playing their leader). Pom Klementieff is a standout as Mantis, but then, so is Kurt Russell as well who is great as Star-Lord’s father.

I love Marvel films and I was not let down on this occasion. I left the cinema very satisfied.

So in my humble opinion, Marvel have yet again produced a great film in their marvel universe franchise. By the way, there are 5 (OH YES 5!) post-credit scenes, so don’t leave too early.

 


Here is my review of Doctor Strange (Released at Cinema in October 2016) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

To those unfamiliar with Doctor Strange, he is not your typical superhero as he doesn’t have super powers or gadgets, instead Doctor Strange relies on magic, astral planes, time travel and extra dimensions to fight evil. I have read a couple of comics, watched a couple of cartoon versions and so know a bit about him but wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw this film. However, I did expect a lot more than the 1978 TV film version which starred Peter Hooten. Yes I am afraid I was the one person that watched that when it first came out. This TV film was meant to be pilot for a TV series, but it was never picked up as a series. Surprisingly it did not put me off superhero movies.

Anyway Back to the 2016 version. Doctor strange is played by Benedict Cumberbatch and is the 14th film in the Marvel Universe. When we first meet him at the start of the film Doctor strange is a brilliant neurosurgeon (well the very best on Earth in his humble opinion) who is egotistical, arrogant and rude to his colleagues and every one else around him. He is involved in a serious car accident (caused by his own arrogance), which disintegrates the bones in his hands along with his identity. As his ego shrinks, Strange comes to see himself as a “tiny speck in an indifferent universe”. Desperate for a remedy so that he can regain his identity, Doctor Strange travels to Nepal, where he comes in contact with The Ancient One. She is an ageless entity who offers to revive his hands while simultaneously awakening his consciousness to the unseen powers of the multiverse. However, she is actually training him to make him a defender of the planet.

We are told that whilst the Avengers fight physical enemies, the ancient one and her defenders are here protect the world against mystic threats. Who Operate from sanctums across the globe. They can leap between realities and dimensions, portal-hopping to present-day London and New York in an instant.

While Doctor Strange learns to tap into these energies and learn about astral projection, parallel dimensions and time travel he still remains desperate to find the key to healing his hands which are still scarred and shaky from surgery. Meantime, he must confront Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), a former pupil to The Ancient One who has stolen pages from her sacred texts pertaining to eternal life and is trying to steal all of the Earth’s time and is planning to turn it over to an evil lord called “Dormammu” of the Dark Dimension.

Can he save the day? you will have to watch it to find out :).

Well, what can I say. To start with, this was not your  typical Marvel film as it deals with mind-bending concepts such as parallel dimensions, time travel and mysticism. Even so, I thought this film was awesome. It was much better than I ever anticipated. It was superb from beginning to end. Although the film was approaching 2 hours long it certainly did not feel like it.   The special effects are just jaw-dropping although this film does have the look of “Inception” but this is much better in my opinion. It is a visual feast as you watch city’s bend and fold when rival sorcerers fight each other, cast spells, alter reality and run through portals into other different realities. The scene where Doctor Strange travels into different astral realms resembles what I imagine an extreme acid trip would look like (I have never taken acid myself so I would not know lol) .

Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant and played Doctor Strange fantastically in my opinion.  He fits into the movie’s comic-book world with ease. He is witty, funny, arrogant and pulls off being a sorcerer really well. Madds Mikkelson played the “baddie” pretty well although he did feel a bit underused at times. But of course I have to mention the cloak of levitation (a magic cloak with a mind of its own) which stole the show for me.  Even my wife and son thought the film was great too. I have run out of good things to say about it. All I can say is that I left the cinema feeling extremely satisfied and can say this is one of my favourite marvel films so far. So, if you are a fan of Marvel, go and see it.

I cannot wait to see Doctor Strange join up with the Avengers. It opens up all possibilities of what may happen in future films. Will we see parallel universes or even time travel? We shall see :).


Hi folks, Hope you are well. Here is my review of “Terminator Genysis” which we  saw recently at the cinema (Released at cinema on 2 July 2015).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This film is the fifth installment in the terminator franchise and is a combination of sequel/reboot of the previous terminator movies.

It begins in the far-future, with John Connor having just destroyed Skynet, but too late to stop it sending back the T-800 of the original 1984 film. This, of course, prompts Conner to send his good friend Kyle Reese back in time to save his mother. But as Kyle floats in the machine’s magnetic field, he witnesses John being attacked and receives new memories from his childhood about events in 2017.

Upon arrival in 1984, Skynet’s T-800 is disabled by Sarah and the Guardian Terminator (Arnold Schwarznenegger), a reprogrammed T-800 sent to protect her when she was nine years old (affectionately called Pops by Sarah). Kyle arrives a short time later and is immediately attacked by another terminator the (T-1000 played by Lee byung-hun). Sarah and the Guardian join Kyle and destroy the T-1000 using acid. Sarah and the Guardian reveal they have constructed a makeshift time machine similar to Skynet’s, and that Sarah plans to travel to 1997 – the year Skynet becomes self-aware. We learn that the timeline has split in two, with Reese now suffering flashbacks from an alternative universe in which he grew up without the machines. Realizing the timeline has been altered, Kyle is convinced that the future has changed due to the warning he received in his childhood vision. He persuades Sarah to travel to 2017 instead to stop Skynet.

In 2017, Kyle and Sarah materialize in the middle of a busy San Francisco highway and are apprehended by city police. While being treated for injuries, Sarah and Kyle learn that Skynet is called “Genisys”, a soon-to-be-unveiled global operating system that is being embraced by the public. John Connor appears and rescues Sarah and Kyle, but the Guardian appears and immediately shoots John, revealing that he is an advanced T-3000 Terminator. While Kyle was being sent back through time, Skynet was in the form of a T-5000 (Matt Smith) disguised as a member of the Resistance. It attacked John and transformed him into a Terminator. John was tasked with ensuring Cyberdyne Systems’ survival and traveled back in time to assist them with the development of Genisys.

Able to escape to a safe house, Sarah, Kyle, and the Guardian make final preparations to destroy Cyberdyne’s Genisys mainframe. They head toward Cyberdyne’s headquarters with the T-3000 in close pursuit. During an airborne chase, the Guardian divebombs into the T-3000’s helicopter, causing it to crash. The T-3000 survives the crash and enters the Cyberdyne complex, where it advances the countdown from 13 hours to 15 minutes.

In the cyberdyne complex there is a climatic battle between the T-3000 and Sarah, Kyle and Guardian. In addition, Genisys starts to become self aware and complicates matters.

I was really looking forward to this film and I was not let down. It is basically a sequel to Terminator 1 and 2 and completely ignores Terminator 3:Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation. The effects and CGI were brilliant. Arnold was superb with his one liners. The core trio of Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger work pretty well together, balancing action and humor with ease and timing. And it was very clever how they incorporated events of the original 1984 terminator film into it. The battle between the old guardian Terminator and the young T-800 was very clever indeed. The younger Arnold scene made bought back fond memory’s of seeing the terminator all over again. I thought it was much better than the previous terminator films (Terminator Salvation).  In fact, I though it was a really good terminator movie that also manages to pay homage to Terminator 1 and 2.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed it I must admit I have two qualms; One it was a bit confusing and timey wimey (Dr Who reference here) at times so you have to pay attention. And two, Matt Smith was only in it for brief stint. I wish he had longer screen time as he is a brilliant actor. But on the whole it was a really good effort at rebooting the franchise. And we have two sequels to look forward to. So I’m excited and intrigued about what is to come.

Would I recommend it, oh yes it is well worth a watch.


Hi folks, Hope you are well. Here is my review of “Avengers Age of Ultron” which we  saw recently at the IMEX cinema at the traford centre.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This is the follow up to the Brilliant Avengers and Captain America films. We all love Marvel films and couldn’t wait to see this. This is the 11th film of the Marvel cinematic universe.

The film opens with the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, black Widow and Hawkeye) raiding a Hydra outpost led by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who has been experimenting on humans using the scepter previously wielded by Loki. They encounter two of Strucker’s experiments – twins Pietro, who has superhuman speed, and Wanda Maximoff, who can manipulate minds and throw energy blasts – and apprehend Strucker, while Stark retrieves Loki’s scepter.

Stark and Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the scepter’s gem, and secretly use it to complete Stark’s “Ultron” global defense program. However Ultron becomes sentient and believes he must eradicate humanity to save Earth. He eliminates Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers during a victory party at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Strucker’s Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. He recruits the Maximoff twins, who harbor a grudge against Stark for weapons responsible for their parents’ deaths, and together, they visit the South African shipyard base of arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to obtain vibranium. The Avengers battle them, but Wanda subdues the heroes with haunting visions, causing the Hulk to run amok and forcing Stark to use his powerful “Hulk Buster” armor to stop him.

The team then go into hiding at Barton’s safehouse farm, where they meet Barton’s wife, Laura, and children. Thor departs to consult with Dr. Erik Selvig on the meaning of the apocalyptic future he saw in his hallucination. Realizing an attraction between them, Romanoff and Banner plan to flee together after fighting Ultron. Nick Fury arrives and encourages the team to form a plan to stop Ultron. In Seoul, South Korea, Ultron forces Banner’s friend Dr. Helen Cho to use her synthetic tissue technology, vibranium, and the scepter’s gem to create the perfect body for him. When Ultron begins uploading himself into the body, Wanda is able to read his mind; discovering his plan for human extinction, the Maximoffs turn on Ultron. Rogers, Romanoff, and Barton hunt Ultron and retrieve the synthetic body, but Ultron captures Romanoff.

The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark secretly uploads J.A.R.V.I.S. – who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the internet – into the synthetic body. Thor then returns to help activate the body with lightning, explaining that the gem on its brow – one of the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in existence – was part of his vision. The robot, now called the “Vision”, and the Maximoffs join the Avengers, and the team heads for Sokovia, where the exciting finale with Ultron takes place. During the battle Fury arrives in a Helicarrier with Maria Hill, War Machine, The Falcon and other S.H.I.E.L.D agents to assist in the party. The climatic battle then ensues.

And then of course there is the usual end credit scene to watch out for.

This film was brilliant. This was amazing. It was an epic superhero extravaganza.  It had more super heroes than you could shake a stick at. The Geek inside me loved it. The effects were brilliant specially in 3D and on the large screen format of the IMAX.

Unlike the often dark and overly-serious movies of the DC universe, Marvel have created a world of colour, humour and fun. The script sparkles with trademark one-liners and running jokes that entertain throughout. In addition the action is magnificent and exciting, with the camera often moving incredibly smoothly through long tracking shots that encompass the whole battlefield. It’s a shame DC superheroes haven’t had the same success. Weather Superman vs Batman pulls it off next year remains to be seen.

I loved the performances of all the superheroes, and I enjoyed their story arcs and the way it was held together. Hawkeye, Black Widow and The Hulk all develop massively, and in ways that seem pleasingly natural. For the amount of main characters that are portrayed in this film Marvel have done a great job of balancing them out.   Marvel have done a wonderful job in creating this amazing superhero universe. With more to come its only going to get more exciting.

So, do I recommend it? HELL YES :).

Anyway, the next film in the Marvel Universe band wagon is Ant Man, which I am looking forward to. So watch out for the review of that one in the not too distant future.


Well folks, Hope you are well. The other day we saw “Guardians of the galaxy” on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd November 2013) and here is my review.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

We have been looking forward to this for a long time as I was very curious how this fitted with the Marvel film universe and unfortunately we were unable to see it at the cinema.

The film opens In 1988, where following his mother’s death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta.

Fast forward 26 years and Quill, now played by Chris Pratt, is a charming renegade in the Indiana Jones mould. On the planet Morag, Quill steals an orb, after which he is intercepted by Korath, a subordinate to the fanatical Kree, Ronan. Although Quill escapes with the orb, Yondu discovers his theft and issues a bounty for his capture, while Ronan sends the assassin Gamora after the orb.

When Quill attempts to sell the orb on the Nova Empire capital world, Xandar, Gamora ambushes him and steals it. A fight ensues, drawing in a pair of bounty hunters: the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, and the tree-like humanoid Groot. The Nova Corps arrives and arrests all four, imprisoning them in the Kyln. While there, a powerful inmate, Drax, attempts to kill Gamora due to her association with Ronan, who killed his family. Quill dissuades him by saying that Gamora can bring Ronan to him, at which point Gamora reveals that she has betrayed Ronan, unwilling to let him use the orb’s power to destroy entire planets such as Xandar. Learning that Gamora has a buyer for the orb, she, Quill, Rocket, Groot, and Drax work together to escape from the Kyln.

Elsewhere, Ronan meets with Gamora’s adoptive father, Thanos, to discuss her betrayal and the loss of the orb. Accompanied by Drax, Quill’s group escapes the Kyln in his ship – the Milano – and flee to Knowhere, a remote criminal outpost in space built in the giant severed-head of a Celestial. A drunken Drax summons Ronan while the rest of the group meet Gamora’s contact, the collector Taneleer Tivan. Tivan opens the orb, revealing an Infinity Stone, an item of immeasurable power that destroys all but the most powerful beings who wield it. Suddenly, Tivan’s tormented assistant grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that engulfs Tivan’s archive.

Ronan arrives and easily defeats Drax, while the others flee by ship, pursued by Ronan’s followers and Gamora’s sister Nebula. Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space, and Ronan’s forces leave with the sphere. Quill contacts Yondu before following Gamora into space, giving her his helmet to survive; Yondu arrives and retrieves the pair. Rocket, Drax, and Groot threaten to attack Yondu’s ship to rescue them, but Quill negotiates a truce by convincing Yondu that they can recover the orb. The group agrees that facing Ronan means certain death, yet despite that they also understand they must stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy. On Ronan’s flagship, the Dark Aster, Ronan embeds the Stone in his warhammer, taking its power for himself. He contacts Thanos, threatening to kill him after the destruction of Xandar; hateful of her adopted father, Nebula allies with Ronan.

Near Xandar, the Dark Aster is confronted by the Ravagers, the Nova Corps, and Quill’s group and climatic battle ensues. I wont reveal the ending but the last 20 minutes or so are very exciting.

And watch out for the usual post credits scene.

BRILLIANT, that’s all I can say :).

I was looking forward to this for a while and I was not disappointed. I (well we all did) really liked the film. It was great fun.  The effects were brilliant. The humour is brilliant. The dialogue and action sequences were brilliant. In fact I think it’s the best film I have seen for a while.

Pratt carries the show marvellously, and Rocket the talking raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, nearly steals the show for me with his fast talking banter.  But I have to mention Groot (voiced by action man Vin Diesel) who knows only three words, “I am Groot,” which he repeats again, again and again with different inflections throughout the movie.

Although I have not heard of Guardians of the galaxy before and had not seen any of the characters in comics  before I warmed very quickly to them.  I think this is a brilliant stand alone Marvel film and fits very well into the Marvel film universe. Whether further films will link events between the avengers and guardians of the galaxy I don’t know.

Would I recommend it, well hell yes it is definitely worth a watch.


Hi folks, Hope you are well. Here is my review of “Lucy” which we  saw recently on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd August 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

Lucy, the new film from Luc Besson, is about a young woman whose brain becomes powerful enough to see the world as it really is. The plot has been inspired by the old myth that human beings use only 10 per cent of their potential brainpower – which, like all myths, speaks to deeper fears about the universe and our dispensable role within it.

Lucy, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a student in Taipei. At the start of film she is lingering on the steps of a hotel smeared in make-up and dressed in a leopard-print jacket with her “boyfriend”. She is soon shanghaied by her “boyfriend” into a narcotics-smuggling operation.  And a pouch of blue crystals is stitched, kangaroo-like, into her belly and she forced to smuggle the drugs out of the country.

But during a beating, from one of criminal gang members, the bag bursts and an enormous dose of the experimental drug is absorbed into her bloodstream. And her brain goes into overdrive as it is being “re-wired”. The Side-effects include: mind-reading, the ability to manipulate matter at a distance, increased strength and knowledge.

Handily, while Lucy’s latent powers begin to manifest, an eminent neuroscientist, played by Morgan Freeman, is simultaneously delivering a lecture on the mind’s most far-flung abilities in a Paris Lycée. This stuff, he says, is what happens when the brain reaches 20 or 30 per cent of its operational capacity. “What happens at a 100 per cent?” a student asks. “Well, we’re reaching into the realms of science-fiction,” hums the professor. “But we just don’t know.”

Well what follows is an hour of needless violence with Lucy trying to find more of the “experimental drug” and the drug gang trying to stop her. Handily, along the way she teams up with the neuroscientist mentioned above and a narcotics cop.

To be honest I was bit disappointed with this film. The action sequences and special effects are good. And Scarlett Johansson is brilliant and hot as usual. But I just expected more from the film. When I first saw previews for this I was really looking forward to it. But the previews were kind of misleading. Because, yes Lucy is a badass, but this movie is so absurd that I couldn’t take a single second of it serious. Well, it’s pretty bonkers. “Limitless” was a similar film to this (with less fighting) and that was much better as it was believable, and very well made. For Lucy, you really have to suspend belief for this film. There’s a plethora of violence and action scenes for the sake of… their being action scenes? If Lucy had that much power she could have dispensed with the “baddies” quiet easily but she didn’t. Instead the “baddies” have a blood bath. And the ending is a real let down.

Would I recommend it, well yes some might think it is worth a watch, but not me…. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.


Hi folks, Hope you are all well. After another break of writing reviews here is my review of “The amazing spiderman 2” which we  saw recently at the cinema (Released at cinema on 16th April 2014).  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This is the follow up to the amazing spiderman which I thought was awesome. I have been looking forward to this and couldn’t wait to get to the cinema to the see it.

The film starts with Scientist Richard Parker who records a video message to explain his disappearance. Later, he and his wife, Mary, are aboard a private jet hijacked by a man sent to assassinate Richard. With the pilot dead, the plane crashes.

In the present, Richard’s son Peter continues to fight crime as Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). He pursues and apprehends Aleksei Sytsevich, who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials. During the chase, Spider-Man rescues OsCorp Industries employee Max Dillon (Jamie Fox). While speaking by phone with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Peter sees a vision of her father, police captain George Stacy, reminding him to “leave Gwen out of it.” Afterward, Peter meets with Gwen at their high school graduation ceremony, but insists he needs to keep his vow to her father and Gwen decides to end their relationship.

Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to Manhattan to see his terminally ill father Norman, CEO of OsCorp. Norman explains his illness is hereditary, and Harry is at the age where it first develops. Norman gives Harry a small device he claims contains his life’s work. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new OsCorp CEO. He humiliates the OsCorp board, which has been privy to Norman’s secret biogenetic projects for foreign military powers.

Thinking that they have become friends, Max idolizes Spider-Man. While tending to some maintenance in an OsCorp laboratory, he loses his balance and falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. They attack him, and he mutates into a living electric generator. Meanwhile, Peter attempts to maintain a friendship with Gwen, but she reveals she may move to England for school. Before they can discuss it, Max wanders into Times Square and accidentally causes a blackout. Spider-Man attempts to calm him down, but the police fire at Max, making him lose his temper and attack. Spider-Man eventually stops him, and Max is taken to Ravencroft Institute.

I wont say much more as I don’t want to spoil it but spiderman has his work cut out as he not only has to battle electro who escapes from Ravencroft but he also has to cope with the green goblin as well.

The special effects and action sequences are good but I must admit I felt a little bit let down. It is no where near as good as the first film. And it certainly isn’t a patch on the recently released Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film promised a lot but failed to deliver in my opinion. The trailers promised a battle with Rhino and what you saw in the trailer was what was in the film, very disappointing.  And where is Mary Jane? The film felt rushed and there was just too much going on. The film makers were trying to fit too much in. There is a glimpse a lot of characters that may or may not be in future films.  Its as if Sony (the maker of spiderman) are trying the compete with Marvel (and the avengers universe) by creating a franchise of different villains for them selves. And rumour has it there is a Sinister six spin off film in the works. But really, they should just stick with Spiderman.

Would I recommend it, well yes it is worth a watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon but I wouldn’t lose sleep by missing it.

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