I thought it was time to do another Lovefilm.com update.
Master and Commander: The far side of the world
Master and Commander was the first of my rentals, this was a good action packed film, the story of one ship going to the edge of the world to fight another. I felt I missed out a bit of the story by not having read the books. While it was a good film I couldn’t see the bigger picture of why they were doing it.
The 2006 film Poseidon is a remake of an earlier film. A cruise ship is struck by a huge wave which turns it upside down. Many of the passengers stay in the large ballroom area but the story follows a group who attempt to make their way to the bottom of the ship where the propeller tubes could provide an exit. The boat is struck by the wave early on in the film so most of the film follows the group through various challenges they face. Its quite a typical story line, as the characters face a range of trials during which they are slowly killed off and you are left wondering how many / who will survive. The film is a good one to watch once but it lacks good character development, you don’t really get to hear much of the characters back stories, and as a result you don’t feel their pain when one dies.
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons had a lot to do to live up to the book! I don’t think I have ever watched the whole Da Vinci code film, It never lived up to the book in my opinion. However Angels and Demons is a fantastic film. When I watched the film I had forgotten most of the book, including some of the key themes, but the movie was not diminished by having read the book. There were some differences between the book and the film but nothing major. The film is fast paced, but still detailed enough to provide enough background on the characters. The story is a classic treasure hunt, taking Robert Langdon from church to church but not so long that it is repetitive.
The trailer for Knowing makes it look like a fairly grounded psychological thriller, though the film is perhaps the oddest film I have ever seen. As the trailer says, 50 years ago school children each put an envelope into a time capsule, 50 years on the capsule is opened and the envelopes are handed out. The one picked by Nicolas Cage’s son contains a list of seemingly random numbers. Nicolas Cage’s character realises that these are dates and numbers. The dates of major disasters over the last 50 years and the number of casualties and there are three dates still to come. Cage’s character believes he is tied into these events after being present for one and sets out to find out more.
I rented this film as I enjoy several of Cages previous films and this film was definitely worth watching, though it gets stranger and stranger as it goes on!
If you’ve seen any of the above films, leave a comment with your thoughts
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