Given how great the second film turned out, we expected more success heading into "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends". This is the final film in the series and we anticipated more action in terms of sword fights and cunning choreography - aspects that we really loved the last time. While the film ensures we get amazing doses of those from time to time, the film's actual slow pace was a complete shocker. More so, it fails to build upon the remarkable momentum it got with "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno" which feels less polished than its predecessors in a lot of ways.
Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman in the wars accompanying the turbulent fall of Japan's Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as 'Battosai the Killer', he has adopted a peaceful life since the arrival of the 'new age'. But Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), the 'Shadow Killer' and successor to Kenshin's position as a deadly assassin, has since then been scheming in the Kyoto underworld, raising an army of disaffected former samurais with the aim of overthrowing the new regime. With Kenshin failing to stop Shishio the first time they met, he must find what's lacking in his technique to have a chance at stopping Shishio. With the help of his old master, Kenshin may just find what he is looking for.
First things first, "Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends" will satiate your thirst for some extremely entertaining fight scenes which we can confidently say has become a trademark of the film series. Each fight has its own character with stunning choreography in tow. While we highly-praised all of the fight scenes in "Kyoto Inferno", "The Legend Ends" wasn't as perfect. Some duels were still memorable (even better than those that came from previous outings) but others felt rushed not only in terms of their length but also how these fights were composed. And this is probably the overall sentiment we have for "The Legend Ends" It seems less polished in more than one aspect. The story for example, while feeling slowly paced also feels rushed at the same time. Certain characters just disappear or not appear at all which, you can easily deduce, is disappointing and jolting. it's not all bad news though as the story itself had its special moments (Kenshin learning from his master again) and the acting is simply outstanding. While we still loved how "The Legend Ends" turned out, we can't stop thinking that they could have capped the trilogy in a much better fashion.
Rating: 3 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- stunning choreography; a trademark of the series
- amazing acting
Why you shouldnt' watch it:
- feels less polished in a lot of aspects
Columbia Pictures has just released a five-minute extended clip for its upcoming action thriller “The Equalizer”. “The Equalizer” stars Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz. In the film, Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him to lead a quiet life in peace. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. Based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, “The Equalizer” also stars Marton Csokas, David Harbour, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.
Opening across the Philippines in October 01, “The Equalizer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Gripping, intriguing and intense, "The Maze Runner" simply works with its well balanced pacing and plot elements that tease and ultimately surprises once the veil of mystery has been revealed. The film had us from the get-go with its more than usual premise but had our full attention the whole 120 minute run time with its overall tense tone. A film that stands out in a very crowded young adult genre, the mature and realistic tone is a breath of fresh air as well.
Brought to a dystopian world where the only memory remains is his name, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up to a land, known to its inhabitants as the Glade, surrounded by massive walls and the only way out is a world of shifting mazes, rife with ruthless monsters known as Grievers. Along with the rest of the other trapped young adults, Thomas bravely (or stupidly) chooses to challenge rather than accept the horrible fate that awaits them. With this decision, Thomas not only obliterates the rules that have made the tribe survive for more than 3 years but more importantly, he may just solve the chilling mystery on who, what and why they are trapped in the Glade.
"The Maze Runner" has a lot of elements that works to creating a very successful big screen adaptation. First, it was able to sustain its very intriguing premise with a well-balanced story. It consistently brought in perfectly timed doses of mystery that will keep you on your toes and completely engrossed with its world the whole time. Additionally, the action sequences were also intensely engaging. Most of it can be credited to how well done the Grievers were created. Put simply, they are scarily majestic and definitely intimidating to say the least. But we also liked the direction of Wes Ball. It's a mix of slow anticipation, lightning quick sequences and wide angles that give the audiences a clearer view of what's around the corner. Acting-wise, the film was superb. It was emotionally-engaging and you definitely care for a majority of the cast. Standing out would be lead Dylan O'Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The only negative thing we can say about the film is the cliffhanger ending that will frustrate most and we felt that some characters were underutilized like Theresa and Gally. Overall though, "The Maze Runner" is one of the better young adult oriented films we have seen this year. It's definitely worth a look and more.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- the film is engaging from start to finish
- the action sequences were outstanding
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some characters are under-utilized
- the cliffhanger end is extremely frustrating
Academy Award winner and master storyteller Ridley Scott who has helmed heavyweight hits such as “Gladiator,” “Alien” and “Prometheus” brings one of the world’s best-loved stories of all time to the big screen - the story of Moses - with “Exodus: Gods and Kings”. Filmed in 3D, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will tell the story of Moses who was abandoned as a baby by a desperate mother after the Egyptian rulers order the murder of all boys born to slaves. Ironically, he is found in the bulrushes by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised in the royal household, where he grows up alongside Ramses, the future monarch. As a man, Moses has a vision and turns his back on his privileged life and leads his people, the Israelites, from enslavement. Scott’s film will feature ground-breaking special effects, including the famous plagues and the parting of the Red Sea.
Scott has recruited an all-star cast to bring his retelling of the story of Exodus: Gods & Kings to the big screen. Bale plays Moses, Sir Ben Kingsley is the scholar Nun, Sigourney Weaver plays Ramses’ mother, Queen Tuya and Joel Edgerton is Ramses. Get an exclusive peek into the world of "Exodus: Gods and Kings" here:
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” opens December 5 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
It will take wit, agility, speed and strength to survive a labyrinth of dangerous walls with predators ready to kill at an instant in the upcoming young adult movie “The Maze Runner”. Based on the bestselling novel series by James Dashner, “The Maze Runner” brings together a group of young boys (plus a girl) in a secluded place known as the Glade where they come and stay but does not have any idea of who they really are and what brought them there. The Maze's towering wall structure is full of creeping vines and seemingly empty corridors. It also masks a threat that terrifies even the most hardened and veteran Gladers. The hidden creatures, which the kids call Grievers, preys on those who stay too long in the Maze. This means everyone must get out of the Maze before its walls close because nobody survives a night there. Excited? Check out the cast and filmmakers video on the making of the walls:
“The Maze Runner” opens September 17 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
New Line Cinema has just released a new teaser trailer and poster for “Horrible Bosses 2” starring the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis. Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey also reprise their roles, while Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.