47 Meters Down (2017)

A new shark horror film, because why not? There’s been loads, of course the classic ‘Jaws‘ is always one to spring to mind first. Then there’s the older (and definitely most fake) ‘Deep Blue Sea’, and you cannot forget the newer of them, ‘The Shallows‘. 2017 brings another, ’47 Meters Down’ or ‘In The Deep’ because I’m not entirely convinced I know which one is actually the real title. We all know sharks make a good villain in horror films, if done correctly and convincingly, and this film definitely did that! The predators of the sea are viscous and blood-thirsty, they linger in the darkness and a good director knows how to get the audience’s hearts racing to the unknown position of the shark.

We’ve learnt the effective way of using a camera underwater and using it from the position of a shark, or maybe not from a shark at all, creates a tension and thrill in audiences so brilliantly – this of course dominant in Stephen Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’. This is also seen in this film, although with the plot it’s obvious that this would happen, but still the camera positioning is extremely effective in creating that horror feeling. Additionally, music is key. There’s no classic du un duuuu nuu in this film, but the music definitely builds more tension and horror to the film. Now we just need some convincing and realistic actors/actresses, and this is something we definitely have in this film too. The two main protagonists, sisters but polar opposite in personalities, stand out amazingly in this film. They are recognisable (of course) as Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. Mandy Moore recognisable in films such as the voice of Rapunzel in ‘Tangled’, or the main protagonist in the beautiful drama ‘A Walk To Remember’, or even the bitch in ‘The Princess Diaries’. Then there’s Claire Holt, probably more recognisable in TV programmes (well she is to me anyway), as one of the original mermaids of ‘H2O’ or even one of the vampires in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ or the spin-off ‘The Originals’. Nevertheless, both great actresses and play the part extremely well in this film. Moore plays Lisa, the more sensible one of the sisters, she’s just been left by a long-time boyfriend who said she was too boring, but from the film we know she’s definitely not. Holt plays the more daring sister, Kate, the brave one, the one to do anything for a bit of fun, however this is apparent to be quite wreckless. The sisters are completely different, yet both are great and become characters to love in the film. 

So what actually happens if you don’t know? While on vacation in Mexico, the sisters meet two men on a night out, soon they are persuaded to venture out the next day to the deep blue sea and enter a cage and watch the great white sharks around them. The boys do it first, successfully as they have so many times before, but when the girls are in the cage something goes wrong. From the beginning you know everything seems a bit shady, things seem suspicious, maybe I’m more like Lisa, paranoid it’s something too unsafe in the first place, whereas Kate was rearing to go, a new adventure to discover. Things that go wrong are predominantly no ones fault, but the cage sinks, breaking the rope that was going to take the girls back up, but nope, they head down, down, down, 47 meters down if you couldn’t guess. There’s a multitude of problems that creates tension in this film, not just the sharks, which is horrible because you don’t know where they are, but also they’re oxygen levels are going low, they can’t swim to the top without stopping at five minute intervals or nitrogen will hit the brain, and of course they are unprotected in water, in the freezing cold water – the more they panic the less air they will get. Oh and on top of all that, they are just out of reach of the signal to talk to the top of the water to the people in the boat. So a lot of things are adding up for these two young women 47 meters deep in the ocean. So to be honest, there’s a lot of things that add to the tension, just in the plot alone.

’47 Meters Down’ was definitely thrilling, a great horror. There were moments I had to look away, the suspense of not knowing where the shark was was petrifying. The inevitable fact that they would have to get out the cage was annoyingly terrifying, survival instincts kicking in and that they would have to try save themselves with oxygen low. There weren’t actually as many attacks of the shark than I would have thought, but the suspense of it being out there was enough to create the horror in the film. Especially with the many other issues they had underwater as well. It is a film you are watching in real time, the time that went in the film was the time you were watching it for. This added to the tension even more and made it feel even more real. Very clever. I would definitely recommend this film, its cleverly thrilling and definitely a good shark horror film.

The Mummy (2017)

Firstly, if I’m going to be honest, I was going to avoid this film. I was going to refuse to watch it. But some part of me just wanted to know if it was different to the previous Mummy films. Thankfully it was very different. It did have some similarities, for example the accidental rise of an ancient Egyptian mummy, also the mummy then bringing so much destruction on the world and feeding off humans to gain their strength back. But other than that, gratefully it differs. Different characters and a different plot, a different mummy and completely different agendas on their minds. I have so much love for the first Mummy film which came out in 1999, that and the second one, I think they’re both great film, no brilliant films – nothing can beat Rick O’Connell and his relationship with Evelyn, nor can it beat the brilliantly comical Jonathan. I don’t know whether this 2017 Mummy is better than the first because they are so different, it’s hard to judge them off each other when they contrast so distinctly. But I have to say this is a good thing, 100% a good thing, if they even tried to remake the first Mummy it would be awful and never should be done. That film stands alone as brilliance and stands as that. Anyway, back to the 2017 one, because that’s what this review is about…

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Another reason I wasn’t sold on the film beforehand, was Tom Cruise. I’m not a big fan, don’t really know why because in honesty I haven’t seen many of his films, but that’s just the way. Nevertheless, I put my hands down and admit he was very good in ‘The Mummy’. Besides, it’s not just Tom Cruise in the film. Yes, he does play the main protagonist Nick, but we also have Sofia Boutella, playing the villainous mummy, Russell Crowe playing the character of Dr Henry Jekyll (yes, they intertwined Jekyll and Hyde as the doctor of the science of evil, and yes it’s cleverly brilliant!), they also had Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey and finally, the best Nick Miller from ‘New Girl’ aka Jake Johnson as Vail. I have to admit it look me a while getting used to Jake Johnson calling Tom Cruise’s character Nick – I know that’s his name, but Nick will always be Nick from ‘New Girl’, and why would Nick be saying his own name to someone else? Sorry… Anyway, my point was, I’m not the biggest fan of Tom Cruise, but he did play his character well in this and that cannot be ignored. Additionally, the rest of the cast is also brilliant, all played excellently and you become absorbed into the whole film. Especially, the mummy, Ahmanet, she is brilliant (and obviously Jake Johnson – but I think I made that point with the obsession of ‘New Girl’).

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This Mummy film is incredibly thrilling, actually quite scary at times, definitely some jump scares. Graphics are phenomenal, everything looks realistic and believable, even if it’s an ancient mummy returning from the dead. Well this mummy returning from a tomb in the ground, a pool of mercury and a sarcophagus, easy enough right? It is when Vail orders an airstrike which fires a missile into the ground above the tomb, and Jenny’s curiosity about ancient Egypt brings them into the tomb. Then Nick firing at the ropes keeping the mummy down, ultimately bringing her up. Then from there, to say the least, Ahmanet’s power extends to controlling Nick, as he is chosen to take the place of the God of Death. The film is full of action and thrilling moments – there were definitely moments I was scared, maybe I’m a wimp, but I was gripped into the film and couldn’t stop watching it. The best thing? I could never have guessed the ending, it wasn’t something to imagine, therefore the film went the way of the unknown for the audience. It was brilliant.

The Mummy 2017 - Ahmanet

In summary, this is a brilliant thrilling film. It was full of action and intrigue. It had so much too it, and the characters (and cast) were great. I was absorbed into the film, loving that it differed from the original Mummy. So in conclusion, thankfully this is not a let-down and don’t be worried to watch it if you’re a fan of the first ones like me! Go and experience the ancient life of Ahmanet and why she turned to the darkness, the depth of the villain is most definitely there to understand.

Power Rangers (2017)

Ok so first off, I have to admit a couple of things. This isn’t going to be a review comparing to the many other franchises of the Power Rangers, personally I’ve never seen any before this one. This is most definitely a review from an amateur on the subject. I don’t know whether this copies other episodes or follows a similar story line from before, so I’m going to judge the film standing alone – just as I watched it. So if you’re a super fan, I apologise.

To be honest with no knowledge of the previous merchandises of the Power Rangers craze, I actually really enjoyed this film. I wouldn’t say it’s the best film I’ve ever seen, not in a long shot and it is definitely not the best superhero film I’ve seen either (personally Marvel holds that down), but I cannot say it is the worst either. I enjoyed the film and I was drawn into it, feeling extremely intrigued and isn’t that the point of a film that you want to continue watching? As someone who knows nothing of the Power Rangers, I was completely shocked how the plot line was actually going to go, I had no expectations and maybe that was a good thing. Perhaps for those who loved Power Rangers, this film might be a no-go, or it could be all it thought to be. But anyway, it was much more action-involved than I thought and I definitely appreciated that. ‘Power Rangers’ is very dramatic and paints a new world for the audience, one of science-fiction – but the best thing, you can easily go along with this new world with the characters, as they acted in realistic ways, rejected this new power they’ve been chosen for, just in ways anybody would; this made it much easier to come to grips with this new idea.

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If you’re like me and have no idea what this 1990s show was even about (I googled that it was a show in the 1990s), then here are the basics of the film. Five teenagers end up being in the same place at once, none of them actually knowing each other well, in this place they are chosen to be the Power Rangers. Five teenagers, five colours – Red, Pink, Blue, Black and Yellow. The Red Ranger is supposedly the leader of the group, this is Jason (Dacre Montgomery). He’s the star quarterback, the stereotypical teenage boy in so many movies, yet he screws up and decides to put a cow in a locker room and ends up caught by the police rebelling against what he stood for. Jason is a character I appreciated, he had a lot of depth to him which made him a character to want to watch. Next, Pink, Kimberly (Naomi Scott), she’s quite hard to explain… She ends up in detention after punching a boy in the face, this ultimately leads for her friends to cut her out – in a very stereotypical way that girls apparently do, starting with cutting them out of the picture… literally. I couldn’t say that I was that invested in Kimberly, because I didn’t really understand her. More information is told throughout the film but again it doesn’t really add up to much. In simple terms, I think she’s a character lost in herself, but conflicted by the things she has done. That’s all I can really say about her to be honest. The Blue Ranger is my favourite, Billy (RJ Cyler). He is played incredibly well carrying the film. He is loyal and such an amazing character to be appreciated, he makes you laugh with honesty, but also you feel all of his emotions and understand him. He definitely stands out as the best Power Ranger, to say the least! Next, the Black Ranger, Zack (Ludi Lin). He’s painted at the dare-devil type, the crazy one, the one to run off and see how far he can jump, he seems to show no fear. But he has another side to him which is shown later in the film and this is touching and makes him a character to like as well. Finally, Yellow, Trini (played by Becky G!). She’s very much the secretive character at the beginning, she hardly talks, mostly just seen running off, described only as “crazy girl”. But as the film goes on she adds more and more to her character and you get to understand her more.

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Basically, these five teenagers are warped into this new sci-fi world where they are superheroes and are supposed to destroy the woman declaring to ruin the world (of course!). But all in about eleven days – they have to accept who they are, train and be able to morph, something they struggle with straight away. With guidance from a face in a wall and a talking robot called Alpha 5, the whole film is a build-up to the big fight to kill the villain, and to say the least, it is definitely a big fight and lasts a long time – thankfully because I hate films where it’s all the build-up and when it actually comes to it, it’s easy and quick… Boring! ‘Power Rangers’ big fight in the end, honestly, does escalate to ‘really???’, but it’s a sci-fi and you do end up going along with it all.

A good film needs a good villain. And this film definitely has a good villain, actually a brilliant one. You don’t really understand her or her motives to why she’s acting the way she is, that is a bit of a bummer, but nevertheless she is played amazingly well. Rita Repulsa is played by the excellent Elizabeth Banks, and she does make her extremely intriguing to watch and appreciate as the antagonist of the film.

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Overall, I enjoyed the film. It was full of action, some light humour and even some heart-felt moments, leaving me a bit heart-broken at one time. The special effects are phenomenal, throwing you straight in with the great tense graphics of a car crash. I also loved the camera positions, it made it different and really flowed in the film. Not going to lie to you though, you watch a lot of the film in the trailer, which is a shame. Anyway, it was an enjoyable action superhero movie, and if you think that would be a movie for you, then go and see what’s happening in Angel Grove when five acquaintances just happen to be at the same place at the same time.

Table 19 (2017)

I’ve been saying lately that trailers at the minute seem to have no mystery, seem to have no element of the unknown. It seems to be that you watch a trailer and you watch the whole film, and I’ve hated it! But I am so happy to say that this trailer definitely did not do that. To be honest, I thought it was doing that and I was going to know everything that would happen from what I was watching from the trailer, but no. You are deceived and that is what is missing from trailers now-a-days.

Firstly, this is not a romantic comedy. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but I have to state straight off, this is more of a drama, but still does have light humour. Moments of slight comedy, moments of heart-warming, heart-breaking, some very moving moments – I may have nearly cried… This is definitely a film I didn’t expect, nothing seems as it is. I was constantly shocked by things revealed throughout the film. I loved that about the film, it really did make it so much better!

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Anyway, what is it even about? One wedding, one wedding day, many tables. The main protagonist is the brilliant Anna Kendrick, she plays the bitter ex-girlfriend, the heart-broken and understandably mad drop-out maid of honour, Eloise. She’s the ex-girlfriend of the best man, Teddy (Wyatt Russell); the oldest friend of the bride, Francie (Rya Meyers). The girl who was dropped from Table 1 to the last, Table 19. The table nearest to the bathrooms, the one furthest away from Table 1. Table 19 is the table of the “randoms”. There’s the bickering married couple, Bina and Jerry Kepp (played by the amazing Lisa Kudrow (obviously Phoebe from ‘Friends’) and Craig Robinson). To be honest, Bina was definitely not my favourite character, although I did quite like Jerry, both played well of course! Next, Nanny Jo (June Squibb), the first nanny of the bride – this woman is amazing in this film, she is a fabulous addition, such a great character. Then there’s the younger man, Renzo (Tony Revolori). He’s socially awkward, he tries a bit too hard to get attention (mostly failing), and he’s extremely reliant on his mother who constantly calls with her own personalised ringtone and a caller ID of the “mothership”. Finally, the man who you never really understand until he says who he is himself. This is Walter (Stephen Merchant). He comes across a bit odd and secretive, obviously lying at personal questions about himself, but as the film goes on he becomes more of a character you get to know and you quickly understand he is easily manipulated, which does become comical. All the characters are appreciated, they all definitely bring a different element to the film, and subsequently they are all given the same about of screen time, it definitely isn’t a film all about Anna Kendrick’s character (even if quite a bit about her).

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I loved the way things were revealed at the beginning, the things the audience need to understand to not be confused in the film – because it does go straight into the wedding right off. To show the other randoms who Eloise was to the bride, she shows off by explaining every table, not only to the rest of Table 19 but to us as well. In a short amount of time you surprisingly get a lot of information on characters. Although, that is hardly anything to what is actually happening, and there is so much depth. A lot is said without it actually being said, but then again, suspicions are confirmed in dialect. It is very clever how everything was secretive, it made the audience become more absorbed into the characters, wanting to know more about them, because when you think you know the information you need to know, more is revealed. It definitely reflects the reality of life, the reality that everyone has their own personal things going on, yet society points them as something else when actually other things are quiet behind closed doors. The whole film reflected a reality, it broke down film walls of good and evil, characters were not flawless, no character was perfect. There were things to like and dislike in most characters, their lives and this day was unexpected for them and the audience. It was great to see this difference to so many other films.

Table 19 - Eloise, Renzo, Jo, Walter

This drama was brilliant, it was inviting and rocky. To be honest, this film is just of one day and actually not that much happens, but so much is revealed and so much is said about these characters that you become invested in them all. It is a clever real-life film. This film is truly beautiful and I really enjoyed it. At one table of randoms, unlikely friends will develop.