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The Walk

1 Oct

The Walk PosterPhilippe Petit is a French high-wire artist who gained fame in the year 1974 for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. “The Walk” revolves around his tentative beginning and his eventual love affair with the Twin Towers.

A French accented Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit with earnest. With a well sketched out character at hand, he manages to resonate the emotions fittingly. His chemistry with Charlotte Le Bon (as Annie) was charming while his interaction with Ben Kingsley (as Papa Rudy) were brilliant. Kingsley as expected was a scene stealer while Charlotte Le Bon was rather substandard.

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The Wolverine

20 Aug

The WolverineFreed from the typical save the city/world antics that have too often plagued comic books films, Director James Mangold manages to showcase a film which fans of Claremont’s Wolverine would celebrate. A clear diversion from the first Wolverine origins film which was a mishmash of 4-scene cameos and glossed up action; ‘The Wolverine’ is a character driven story that borrows strongly from the comic.

The story is chronologically placed after the previous X-Men film, i.e. The Last Stand as we find Logan (Hugh Jackman) haunted in his dreams by Jean Gray (Famke Janssen) living out a life cursed with immortality. On Master Yashida’s (Hal Yamanouchi) orders, Yukio (Rila Fukushima) finds Logan and flies him to Japan for a final goodbye. Being the man saved by Logan from the nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Yashida offers Logan mortality in gratitude as he lies on his death bed. With a prompt refusal, a kidnapping attempt and a volatile granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamto); things seem like anything but black and white. Continue reading

The Heat

26 Jun

The Heat PosterThe run-of-the-mill buddy cop film where two polar opposite law enforcement characters are thrown together leading to ‘I’ll rip your head off’ clashes and (as typically found in this genre) palling up in the end to catch the villains while learning some life lessons.

The story follows by-the-book know-it-all Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), who travels to Boston on an assignment to capture a drug lord in order to impress her boss and secure a promotion. There she runs into foul-mouthed brash Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) of the Boston Police Department who’s extremely territorial about her neighborhood and the people she arrests. Continue reading