Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Film: Movies of 2012

I know this year I will watch a fair few films, as always, at the cinema or on DVD so I've decided to have one post (updated regularly) dedicated to the films I will watch in 2012 with a rating out of ten and a small line to summarize the movie.
(In roughly alphabetical order)



21 Jump Street
8/10
A fun back to school comedy which understands its target audience 21 Jump Street offers modern jokes, up to date jibes and an ideal comedic cast

Abduction
5/10
An easy watch but with little ecstasy, Abduction doesn't do much to show that Taylor Lautner is more then just an action hero

Chronicle
7/10
A low-budget super hero movie with twist and turns, unknown stars and a unusual concept, Chronicle offered a pleasant surprise.

Crazy Stupid Love
7/10
A warm-hearted, albeit, predictable, rom-com which is so slick and smart you almost forget that its all about romance

Dont Be Aafraid Of The Dark
7/10
A visually striking film boasting a talented family, Del Toro is on form with this dark fantastical horror

Drive
6/10
A little too pretentious and unsure Drive just misses the mark but does offer Ryan Gosling the chance to showcase his (truly talented) acting chops.

Five Year Engagement
6/10

A twist on the clichéd rom-com drama. Blunt and Segel offer some laughs to an otherwise serious film

Fright Night
6/10
An enjoyable enough watch and Colin Farrell is a convincing vampire but it barely makes a make on the 80's original

Goon
6.5/10
Baruchels' first directing role, Goon is short on laughs but big on heart with Sean William Scott stealing the show 

Immortals
4/10
Slow, tedious and over the top the best thing about Immortals is seeing that Henry Cavill may just look the part for Snyder's Superman

In Time 
3/10
An intriguing concept and decent cast In Time is ruined by the lack of interesting characters and half-hearted acting

Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island 
7.5/10
A fun-filled adventure which matches the prequel on laughs and excitement, ideal when you fancy an light fantasy break

Marvel: The Avengers
8.5/10
A fantastic script, superb acting and amazing action, Joss Whedon tackles The Avengers and wins

Man On A Ledge 
7/10
Man on a Ledge offers enough suspense to keep you hooked and it's nice to see Jamie Bell back on the big screen


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
8/10 
One of the best Missions Tom Cruise is on form as the undercover agent and Simon Pegg offers some classic British humor 

Paranorman
7/10
A funny and smart children's animated horror Paranorman is clever yet sad with a sweet moral centre.

Prometheus 
7/10
Prometheus fails to make a connection to Alien but is still an enjoyable watch with good acting and a fair amount of gore.

Snow White And The Huntsman
6/10
An aesthetically pleasing movie with pretty effects and a stunning dash of colour, shame that the story is a little blasé and leaves too many question unanswered.

Safe House
5/10
Unfortunately the stellar cast didn't do much to detract the fact that this is just a bit of a boring action flick.

Star Wars (3D)
8.5/10
The 3D wasn't needed to emphasize an already epic film however it was ace to see it back on the big screen

Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows 
4/10
A little boring, long-winded and anti-climatic the films still aren't as slick as the TV series 

The Cabin in the Woods
7.5/10
A slasher movie for the modern age. Cabin in the Woods has more twists and tricks then a haunted maze and will keeping you guessing until the credits roll

The Dark Knight Rises
9/10
A sensational end to a magnificent trilogy. TDKR only just loses out on a 10 due to the fact that it dismisses the brilliant source material

The Hunger Games 
8.5/10
Boasting a superb cast, The Hunger Games lives up to the hype with grit, sincerity and thrills

The Thing (2012) 
5.5/10
Again, although it cannot match the 70's classic The Thing is a jumpy, who did it? Horror which will keep you guessing till the end, 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One
7/10
Sticking closely to the book, fans of the franchise will appreciate the gore and loyalty of Breaking Dawn as well as accepting it as a a build up to the finale. 

The Three Musketeers
5/10
Lerman is decent as D'artagnan but there is no need to remake another 90's classic; far too predictable


The Next Three Days
6/10
A smart drama which offers kicks and thrills but nothing which makes it truly stand out

The Sweeney
5.5/10
A clichéd Brit action film which keeps you interested and doesn't mind tacking the mick of itself.

The Women in Black
7/10
An old school hammer horror. Women In Black is full of jumps, scares and superb acting

This Means War 

6/10
A cheesy, laugh out loud comedy with a bit of action and a bit of cringe

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
6.5/10
Slow, deep and clever, Gary Oldman's portrayal is Oscar-worthy but the film itself can be a little too deep for its own good

Underworld Awakening 
4/10
Possibly my least favourite of the Underworld franchise, go for Rise of the Lycans if you fancy the excitement, vamps and wolves can offer

Warrior 
8/10
Brutal, honest and gritty Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton truly draw you in as two brother boxers fighting for their lives

We Bought a Zoo 
7/10
A warm, family film with drama, animals, heart and some great acting

 

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