Tag Archives: Cillian Murphy

Batman Begins an amazing franchise of films

28 Aug

BATMAN-BEGINS

Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of the Batman character has replaced most audiences’ perception of the caped crusader. Thank goodness because I am tired of campy television references and Tim Burton’s expressionist take on the masked vigilante. Nolan’s first installment provides the origin of Batman and Bruce Wayne’s reluctant journey back to Gotham City. Christian Bale is ideal for the part and the film’s antagonists Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow) and Liam Neeson (Henri Ducard) are equally up to the task. The Scarecrow scares audiences with his ghoulish demeanor while Ducard’s cold-blooded crusade are formidable tactics that keep the film from falling into a one-note action flick. Batman is known for his utility belt and Batmobile. Lucious Fox (Morgan Freeman) provides the eye-catching vehicles and gadgets that raise the level of action to new heights for a comic-book film. Nolan creates a realistic superhero with human flaws and weaknesses that audiences can’t get enough of. Batman Begins an amazing franchise of films.

WORD COUNT: 158

Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: A-

Red Eye keeps you awake

18 Jul

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Actor Cillian Murphy’s physical appearance and soft voice allows him to portray a unique villain in director Wes Craven’s thriller, Red Eye. Craven understands most people are scared of flying to begin with and many are uncomfortable with strangers sitting next to them.  He combines these two anxieties and forces Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) to experience this claustrophobic nightmare when she sits next Jackson Rippner (Murphy) on a flight to Miami. At first, Craven fans are anticipating a standard horror film with something supernatural and terrifying about to happen at any moment, but audiences quickly realize they are in store for a much different flight. It is a compact thriller with a singleness of purpose that may let some people down because of high expectations and a formulaic ending, but with a running time of 85 minutes it kept my interest on McAdams and Murphy from take off to landing.

WORD COUNT: 149

Adam’s Grade: B-

Chuck’s Grade: B-

Inception questions our understanding of reality

28 Jun

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With Inception, Christopher Nolan has established himself as one of the best writer/directors in Hollywood. His multi-layered plot filled with jaw-dropping visuals, adept acting from an ensemble cast, and well-paced action is like no other blockbuster to date. Nolan challenges his audience to think, as opposed to simply enduring one explosion after another. This has led to a love it or leave it response to this film.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes on one of his most complex roles as Cobb, a professional thief hired to commit corporate espionage by infiltrating the minds of his targets and leaving an idea that would benefit Cobb’s employer. Inception is an original film that successfully makes the “familiar strange and the strange familiar” by blurring the borders of the conscious mind with the subconscious dream world to the point audiences are questioning their own reality as they leave the cinema. We love it and hope to see Cobb again in our theater of dreams.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: A+

28 Days Later

15 Apr

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Director Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is an original zombie thriller that brings a human element to an apocalyptic-like situation. A group of animal activists release monkeys infected with a highly contagious virus that causes the host to lose all control. Quickly, the virus spreads across Great Britain and twenty-eight days later almost everyone is infected or dead. In 2002, Boyle’s interpretation of the infected humans changes the genre on its head and sprints its way into the horror fans’ imagination. The methodical slow-walking zombies of the past are virtually “dead” compared to Boyle’s ultra-aggressive zombies. 28 Days Later has spawned a number of imitations over the years, but nothing has matched the realistic approach Boyle gets from using hand-held cameras to invite audiences into the character’s environment as one of the final survivors. Cillian Murphy (Jim) high cheek bones and ice blue eyes are perfect fit and Boyle’s independent and international perspective creates a lean, mean film about human survival.

WORD COUNT: 158

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B

Red Lights is predictable, but entertaining

19 Mar

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Red Lights is the latest offering from Netflix’s new release carousal, but to be honest, I hesitated at first because it was another limited run Robert De Niro film. The movie has several flaws that I should have seen coming, but I was hooked when I found actors, Sigourney Weaver (Margaret Matheson) and Cillian Murphy (Tom Buckley) as a pair of scientists dead set on disproving people’s claims of psychic and supernatural powers. Writer/Director Rodrigo Cortes starts off strong by establishing a believable working relationship between Weaver and Murphy, but the film begins to loose its hold over me when De Niro appears as the legendary psychic Simon Silver. All of sudden, my psychic gifts were able to predict what was going to happen next. Regardless, I found the story entertaining, and thought Cortes’s choice of locations and cinematography demonstrated his passion for his craft and better things to come in the future.

WORD COUNT: 153

Chuck’s Grade: B

Adam’s Grade: C