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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

4 in 1 movies review


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Release Date: 08 December 2011
Language: English
Subtitle: Malay / Chinese
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 2 Hours
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara

My Penny of View : On the New Year's Eve, Claire was the person in charged for the ball drop ceremony at Times Square with help of her friend, Brandon but it happened a small incident. Ingrid was the secretary of Ahem Records, she felt depressing with her life and she quit her job. She offered the deliveryman, Paul tickets for Ahem Records party with condition to help her complete a series of New Year's resolutions before midnight. Paul's sister, Kim was thinking to spend the New Year's Eve with her daughter, Hailey but Hailey wanted to spend the night with her boyfriend. Paul's friend, Randy hated New Year's Eve because his girlfriend left him earlier and he stuck in an elevator with Elise, who was the back-up singer for Jensen. Jensen was going to perform at Times Square and he still having feelings with his ex-girlfriend, Laura. At a nearby hospital, a man in the final stage of cancer that refused to accept any treatment but he only wished to go up to the rooftop to see the ball drop for the last time. Nurse Aimee kept him accompany. Two couples were in the same hospital to compete for a prize for the family of the first child of the new year. On the other hand, Sam was trying to reach at the Ahem Records party in time for an important speech and meet up with a woman he fell in love on the last New Year's Eve. So many stories happened in a New Year's Eve, will all of them get what they want before the brand new year?

The pattern of the movie is the same as Valentine's Day, which it's described a series of holiday vignettes of the state of several romances. Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Biel remained in this movie with different characters with additional other great actors and actresses. Not to mention two Catwoman-Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry. Don't forget long time no see, Jon Bon Jovi. New stars such as Lea Michele and Zac Efron lighten up the movie too, but Zac Efron is getting swollen if compare with his look in High School Musical. Ryan Seacrest made a special appearance as host for the New Year's Eve countdown. Besides busy spotting the actors, I find the story line was quite funny and hilarious especially the part that Zac Efron try to complete Michelle Pfeiffer's resolutions. One of the story is out of my expectation, I thought Josh Duhamel is going to meet Hilary Swank. Overall of the movie was entertaining and it definitely a festive movie. Everyone wants to wrap up everything on the final day and has new beginning in the brand new year. It also a good time to stop and think what you have missed in the past year and move on to achieve before the end of our life. New Year's Eve is having different meanings for every people. It's not just changing a new calendar but to tell you how far you have come to.
Rating : ★★★☆☆



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Release Date: 15 December 2011
Language: English
Subtitle: Malay / Chinese
Genre: Action
Running Time: 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux

My Penny of View : In an assignment named Cobalt in Budapest, an IMF Agent killed by an assassin. On another side, Agent Ethan Hunt was rescued from a Moscow prison by Jane and Benji. The reason he has been rescued was to finish up the Cobalt assignment. They were required to go to Moscow Kremlin archives to locate files identifying Cobalt. During the mission, someone interrupted the IMF frequency and alerted the Russians. Ethan, Jane and Benji successfully escaped but they have been identified as the planner for the bombing. The Russians called the attack as undeclared act of war and the US president activated Ghost Protocol to disavow the entire IMF. What will happen to Ethan, Jane and Benji? Will they manage to solve the tension between Russia and US as well as save IMF?

Who don't know about handsome Tom Cruise with his famous act, Mission Impossible? The theme song is another symbol of the movie. Usually I won't have too much of expectations for this kind of continuous movie because the story line is always the same. The secret agent needs to complete an extraordinary mission, after so many obstacles, he will solve it in the stylist way. Beautiful and sexy lady girl is always one of the most important character in the movie. However, I can tell you that the movie is above my expectations. The action sequences are heart-stirring, exciting and fun. Tom Cruise scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, which is the tallest building in the worldstuck at the high rise building in Dubai was thrilling and the multi-level parking garage was another unforgettable scene. After so many years, the charming Tom Cruise is getting older and fatter but his smile still can kill many girls and his actions still quick and nimble.

Rating : ★★★★☆




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Release Date : 24 November 2011
Language : English
Subtitle : Malay / Chinese
Genre : Thriller / Fantasy / Romance
Running Time : 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Director : Bill Condon
Cast : Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner

My Penny of View : Twilight series continued with graduation of Bella and followed by her wedding, as the only condition to become vampire. Jacob was upset with the wedding but finally he attended the wedding. He got to know Bella and Edward have plan to complete their marriage during honeymoon. He felt mad and he wanted to attacked Edward but stopped by his wolf pack. Later, Bella and Edward went for their honeymoon on a private island. They had sex for the first time but Edward realized he was hurting Bella badly and he stopped do that again. Bella felt disappointment but later Edward gave up on her seductions. After two weeks on the island, Bella found out she was pregnant and the fetus was growing extremely fast in her stomach. They quickly terminated the honeymoon and went back to Forks. What exactly is Bella carrying? What will happen to her?

It seems like a trend to has two parts for series of movies. I guess the production team and the writer are trying to show as many story plots as possible according to the book. Expectations for this movie-the wedding, Edward has sex with Bella and give birth.

The wedding is so beautiful and lovely. I don't think Kristen Stewart is pretty but the light make up highlights the her natural beauty. For hair, the messy style looks stunning. Her dress is designed by Carolina Herrera. It looks simple from the front but sexy and it has beautiful lace details on the back. The shoes called Swan Embellished Satin Pumps that make her appearance perfect. Next is the wedding theme. It has white flowers hanging with wooden chairs at both sides of the entrance. Everything looks simple and natural. Everything is flawless with Edward as the bridegroom.

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Sex scene has been censored in Malaysia cinema. So, no chance to see how powerful is the sex between vampire and human. The last scene to look forward is the delivery baby but it has been censored as well. End up baby suddenly appear in the arm of Rosalie and Bella suddenly die. If those people didn't read the book, they will have a lot of questions in mind. The scene that Bella turn into vampire quite hilarious. In order to become stunning without and collagen or botox, become vampire can have such results. Anyway, it still a great movie to me and I shall wait for the full HD version. I can't wait to see the second part.

Rating : ★★★★☆




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Release Date: 27 October 2011
Language: English
Subtitle: English / Malay / Chinese
Genre: Thriller / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 51 Minutes
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy

My Penny of View : In the future, time was the currency and it represented wealth. Every individual stopped aging after 25 years old and they have to work to earn time for living or they will die a year later. Everyone have their time embedded on their arms and each social class differentiated by Time Zone. The poor needed to work everyday to earn for living and other expenses in Dayton while the rich one could live luxuriously for centuries in New Greenwich. Will was living with his mother, Rachel in the poor Time Zone and he promised to bring Rachel to New Greenwich one day. Will and Borel visited a bar and they met a rich 105 years old Henry. Minuteman stopped by trying to rob Henry and he was saved by Will. They went to an abandoned factory. Henry expressed tired for being immortal and Will felt upset and he argued that everyone should die naturally rather than depends on time they have. After that night, Henry transferred his time to Will and himself went suicide at the bridge. Will intended to save Henry but too late and he was recorded by surveillance camera. Finally, Will's dream came true to bring his mother to New Greenwich but he waited at the bus station and he found out she didn't arrive as usual. He quickly ran toward his mother originated place but it was too late and she has been timeout. What will happen to Will? What will he do with the time he got?

Justin Timberlake currently don't sing and dance but he likes acting. I have watched the Friends with Benefits earlier and I think his acting skill has been improved quite a lot. He is the only 'N Sync that survived after all. The story line was interesting, the future currency not gold or diamond but time. The poor need to work to gain the time while the rich live immortal. They even can transfer time and go to bank of time to apply time loan. They use time to pay for rental, drinks and even bus fare. The rich one has plenty of time and they live luxuriously in different Time Zone. The poor work to live but the rich one request to die. I guess this kind of phenomena is happening in our current world. If we still don't do something to rectify it, the gap between poor and rich will be come bigger and bigger but isn't it should be this way in order the poor one keep on working to move on to higher class? Wealth don't come by luck but smart, hard work and opportunities. But hopefully inflation can be controlled wisely. Sometimes, different occur as pushing factor to move forward. This movie is definitely an inspiring story to foresee our future.

Rating : ★★★☆☆



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