No. 12 Short Film Ratings (Action Films)
This post has been in my drafts for a long time and now I’ve finally decided to make the post and actually do some blogging as the blog has been quite neglected this year. I promise I’ll try my best and post more reviews, etc, (currently reading Ian Fleming’s From Russia With Love). This Short Film Ratings will be focusing on recent-ish action films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, Interstellar, Batman Vs Superman and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.
Avengers: Age of Ultron | 3.75 / 5
IMDb Rating: 7.5
There is action aplenty in this blockbuster of a film. I thoroughly enjoyed the plethora of action sequences which improved on one aspect of the film film, the collaborative fighting between the Avengers. There seemed a more natural and practiced flow between the Avengers in fighting against enemies which contributed to a sleeker and entertaining aspect of the film which is crucial among the legions of fans it has.
One aspect which detracted suspense from the action sequences is the cocksure and arrogant response to situations which could lead to death, if none of them are afraid of dying or their nemeses then how can the audience be expected to feel any sense of danger other than from a hero’s fall from grace? Iron Man is typical of this, as demonstrated with the trilogy and previous Avengers film, but it seems that Marvel want to brand them all with the same brush, even spreading out the comedic dialogue to several other characters.
I also felt that their were far too many sub-plots that added very little to the overall narrative of the film. If they were to have a couple of sub-plots which were to have an influence on the main events in some way it would have been gotten a rating above 4/5 from me, but too many times these sub-plots add little other than taking this film to the 2hr30min mark.
The Age of Ultron is a solid action and superhero film, but it doesn’t set the genre alight due to a few flaws it has, but the sustained action and incredible use of CGI make it a very watchable and entertaining film which will satisfy comic book fans and action fans alike.
Mad Max: Fury Road | 4.25 / 5
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Fury Road shouldn’t be watched with a critics’ cap on. The plot is pretty meaningless, and the narrative is a bit repetitive, but all that really matters is the insane and mind-melting action that features heavily throughout.
Visually and audibly the post-apocalyptic world was an incredible feast for the eyes and ears, so much so that the film received six Academy Awards (Best Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing). The eruption of craziness was part and parcel of this exhilarating film which continually bounded towards a suspenseful and mad conclusion, of course with plenty of guns, blood and fire.
A film to watch and to be entertained, just don’t expect an in-depth plot and narrative.
Interstellar | 4.5 / 5
IMDb Rating: 8.6
Christopher Nolan delivers another masterpiece. He has provided the best modern superhero film of all time in The Dark Knight, now he has provided the best modern sci-fi film with this.
The main aspect of the film which I was fixated and spellbound by was the ending (which I won’t spoil!), the way Nolan has blended together real science (he sought out advice from gravitational physicists and astrophysicists), along with unconfirmed theories and of course imagination. This blend of the three creates a breathtaking story and conclusion which will undoubtedly leave you (yes, you!) awestruck and speechless when the credits roll.
Enough about the plot, if I type anymore about it I will get carried away! The next crucial aspect which takes Interstellar to the next level of film-making, is the combination of sound and image. Hans Zimmer (I’ll be doing a post on some of his work soon) provides the perfect soundtracks for the film, and it is married together with awesome imagery, which makes for a unique experience of being utterly lost in the brilliance of Nolan and Zimmer, but also the incredible CGI and set design.
One final point which I want to make; Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway were superb. Both show the human nature of their mission with real emotion which ultimately makes the ending worth it as the audience are now very much invested in both characters. The combination of their brilliant acting, the wonderful narrative and the spine-tingling sound and imagery make this an action and sci-fi film which everyone should see.
Batman Vs Superman | 3 / 5
IMDb Rating: 7.0
When the whole story is given away in the trailer, how can the film shock and surprise you? Well it didn’t. My biggest surprise was the film’s IMDb Rating of 7.0, given the mass of public criticism from die-hard fans, cinema-goers like me, and the critics. I won’t bore you with the abundance of issues that I have with the film…I’ll just name a couple.
The first and main thing was the public reaction to Superman and Superman’s reaction himself. One scene which could have been an incredible spectacle was the court hearing. He has entered the building to concede that he has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to buildings during the fight scene in Man of Steel, yet, in this film he causes similar amounts of damage and the only person he thinks about saving is Lois Lane! His actions are in direct contrast with one another. “Sorry I’ve caused damage to the city costing lots of money and probably killing people. Oh wait, I’m going to fight someone and cause even more damage!” Will the next film have another court case where he apologises for the destruction to the city during this film?!
The next grievance I have with BvsS, is the lazy writing. The film felt like the sub-plots were just Zack Snyder shoehorning in characters, story-lines and rivalries/friendships for the Justice League film(s). Wonder Woman’s inclusion was baffling. Why was she concerned about being exposed, when people already had photos of her? And secondly, why on earth does she come to the battle finale when she sees lightning coming from the dome? She didn’t come out in Man of Steel when the city was pretty much rubble…
The film does have some cracking action in it, but the narrative and man flaws ultimately make the film a sub-par superhero film which pales in comparison to Nolan’s trilogy and even Man of Steel.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation | 3.75 / 5
IMDb Rating: 7.5
SPOILERS!!! Tom Cruise fights bad guys. Tom Cruise manages to do ‘impossible’ human feats to steal something important. Tom Cruise ends up working with a beautiful girl. Tom Cruise beats the bad guys. Sorry for spoiling the film!
Rogue Nation follows the same path as the previous four Mission Impossible films, which does not bother me, nor does it really matter. The action is probably not appreciated now due to the fact that this is now the norm for Tom Cruise, but nevertheless some of the scenes are spectacular, and knowing that he does all his own stunts is pretty amazing. There is one stunt in which he is hanging off the side of a plane which is phenomenal…and real!
The film has an idea used many times. A rogue nation which operates secretively and has immense power. It is up to Cruise and his merry band of loyal operatives to dismantle it and the dangers they pose to the world. This of course takes him to exotic locations and death-defying challenges which make for an exciting film which is not a disservice to the other Mission Impossibles.