Movie Review: Rememory (2017)

Memories. Images in our minds depicting things that have happened in our lives. They can be of happy moments; a birthday party, you playing with you pet, your first kiss, etc. But they can also show some of the worse moments in your life like the time you broke your arm, or the funeral of a loved one. Memories, good and bad.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Rememory”.

Before his untimely death, Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) invented a machine that let you record a person’s memories so they could be played back in full detail. The machine is soon found and used by Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) to try to find out how and why Dunn died. This leads him onto a trail that forces him to confront Dunn’s old patients, as well as his own troubled past. So now we have a plot with a really interesting concept and just average execution. We have a very strong concept here to explore humanity, to create something truly compelling, and at times they do get right to that edge, even reaching a little bit into it… but in the long run it isn’t as compelling as it should be. It has moments of really good drama that touch on the potential of the concept, but if we’re talking about the plot as a whole, then it’s just fine. They scratch the surface, and occasionally strike copper, but in the end… it’s all kind of forgettable (HA!).

The characters here range from pretty good to just bland and uninteresting. Peter Dinklage plays Sam Bloom, the guy looking into Dunn’s death. Something happened to him in the past that still haunts him to this day, and it’s interesting to see how it messes with his mind even though it’s been some time since that event. They don’t touch on it perfectly, but it’s actually decently handled. And Dinklage is really good in the role. Then we have Julia Ormond as Carolyn, the wife of the deceased Dunn. She’s vulnerable, but not weak. Sad, but not constantly crying. And Ormond is really good in the role. Then we have Martin Donovan as Gordon Dunn, who we see mostly in flashbacks. He’s a good-hearted guy who may have made a slight misstep or two in his life. And Donovan is really good in the role. Then the final one I want to talk about in more detail is Anton Yelchin (may he rest in peace) as Todd, one of Dunn’s patients that Sam has to talk to. He’s not in the movie much, but he leaves the biggest impression of all the characters/actors. He’s damaged and intense, you can clearly see that the memory experiments have taken a toll on him. And Yelchin (despite his brief appearance) is fantastic in the role. Then we get some great supporting performances from Henry Ian Cusick, Scott Hylands, Evelyne Brochu, Chad Krowchuk, and more.

The score for the movie was composed by Gregory Tripi and it was… a mixed bag. It’s heavily synthesized and electronic, which is no problem at all. Some tracks were pretty good and worked well for their scenes/moments. But a lot of it felt mediocrely composed and overall didn’t always fit with their scenes, and it distracted a bit from their respective scenes/moments. So the score here is… meh.

This movie was directed by Mark Palansky and I think he did an okay job. The camera is still and it’s shot smoothly, which makes it look pretty nice. There’s not really any tension in the direction here, which is a little sad when the movie is listed as a “thriller”. But there is at least enough energy and cool style to keep it from feeling boring.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 22% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 48/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

“Rememory” is far from perfect, but it’s still an enjoyable little sci-fi movie with an interesting concept. It has a meh plot, okay characters, really good performances, meh music, and okay directing. As previously mentioned, the plot isn’t as great as the concept, several of the characters are uninteresting, the music isn’t great, and the directing lacks tension. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Rememory” is a 7,78/10. So while quite flawed, it is actually worth renting.

My review of “Rememory” is now completed.

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Movie Review: Dark City (1998)

You know how we all want weird, original movies? Yeah, sometimes that happens.

Ladies and gents… “Dark City”.

On a dark night, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) finds himself waking up in an apartment with a dead body, not remembering anything… not even who he is. So he starts going on a quest to find out who he is, what the hell is going on, and why these weird/pale/supernatural motherfuckers are chasing him. So now we have our twist-turny memory-altering noir. And I think this plot is great. The clever ideas about memories and and reality being messed with, combined with some really solid twists and turns throughout is what makes this plot so great. I know this explanation might seem a bit vague, but that is only intentional as I don’t want to spoil it too much. But trust me when I say this: I thought the plot here was great.

The characters are layered and interesting. Rufus Sewell is great as John Murdoch, playing him constantly on edge as he is chased when he’s trying to figure all this strange shit out. And can we just take a second to appreciate having Rufus Sewell in a leading role, ’cause it’s not every day we see that happening. Anyway, like I said, he’s great in the role. Jennifer Connelly plays Murdoch’s wife, Emma. As a character she’s trying to figure out what the hell is going on with her husband. And Connelly is really good in the role. William Hurt plays a detective that is trying to solve this whole Murdoch case, and he’s really good in the role. Kiefer Sutherland plays a weird scientist that is important to the plot in ways that I don’t want to to ruin here, but I can at least say that Sutherland was great in the role. Then we have the main three of the aforementioned pale/weird people, played by Richard O’Brien, Ian Richardson (R.I.P), and Bruce Spence. And they’re all great. Really, all actors in this movie do very well in their roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Trevor Jones and it was great. Dark, eerie, tense, epic, inspiring, and just overall very well composed. It perfectly worked for this dystopian sci-fi-noir-weirdness. Then there are also a couple of song covers in the movie, performed by Anita Kelsey, and they’re great. Yeah, this movie has some great music.

This movie was directed by Alex Proyas and I think he did a great job here. His directing is atmospheric and tense, keeping me invested and slightly on edge throughout most of the runtime. There are also a couple of action scenes in this and they are handled very well. They’re not the shooty-bang-bang types of action scenes, but instead relying on other types of action scenes. It’s difficult to discuss without spoiling it, but let’s just say that it’s some really solid stuff. I also feel like I have to mention that this movie just oozes atmosphere. From the directing, to the cinematography, to the art direction, to the set design… it is all a visual treat.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 74% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 66/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars and put it on his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10.

“Dark City” is a great piece of science fiction-noir weirdness. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, and directing. Time for my final score. My final score for “Dark City” is a 9,87/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Dark City” is now completed.

Why do I get a feeling that Christopher Nolan likes this movie?

Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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The “Jurassic Park” franchise is one of those franchises that I just can’t get enough of. Of course the first one is a fucking masterpiece that can’t be beat and “The Lost World” was a solid sequel, I rewatched a month or so ago with my best friend and it was better than I remembered. And “Jurassic Park 3” is… meh. But now it is time to talk about the long awaited fourth movie that people have been waiting for.

Dr. Gentlemen, my dear Dr. Ladies, welcome… to “Jurassic World”.

Keep this in mind, this movie ignores the sequels entirely, okay I’m done with disclaimers now. But in this movie, John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park has been made a reality. And it seems that there was no expense spared. So we follow the two brothers Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) who get the cance to go and visit this huge park featuring living dinosaurs. But this park doesn’t only have the classic and awesome dinosaurs you recognize from other movies, oh no. In a lab led by Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong, who also was in the first movies) they have cooked up something new, something… terrible. A new hybrid dinosaur that as you may expect manage to break out and cause tons of havoc. So now it is up to former marine, now raptor trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park boss Calire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to try to stop it. Simple monster movie plot with the “Jurassic Park” name stuck to it. Does it hold up to the height of the original? Not really. Does it hold up as a fun and thrilling plot as an entirely different movie? Hell yes! I was invested and thrilled the entire way through. I loved seeing the plot of this movie move forward. I had no real problems with it.

The characters were interesting, compelling and above all, entertaining. Chris Pratt is as awesome as always but with a little more badass stuck to him. Of course he’s not all “super serious badass”, he does crack a few jokes every now and then which all are really good. Bryce Dallas Howard (Fun fact: Daughter of director Ron Howard) was also really good in her role. And the two young actors they got to play the two brothers in the movie were actually good considering young/child actors these days are rarely good, they are for the most part unbearable. But these two were pretty good. Vincent D’Onofrio was also in the movie playing what best could be described as an asshole, and that he did very well.

The score for the movie was done by Michael Giacchino. And it was actually really good. Not as good as John Williams’ classic original score, but still really good. I know it sounds like I am comparing things, but I am really not. Anyway, Michael Giacchino’s score is really epic and suspenseful and fits the movie prefectly. Nothing felt like straight up “stock action/thriller music”, every track felt perfectly placed and are were great to listen to.

This movie was directed by Colin Trevorrow who I have not seen a single damn thing from. But after watching “Jurassic World” I kind of want to watch more of his things. Because this movie is really well-shot, everything looks terrific. And the visual effects look pretty damn great. This is the only sort of flaw I have with the movie and that is the over-reliance on CGI. The previous movies were all about making the dinosaurs look real, so they used am ix of animatronics and puppets together with some CGI to make really convincing dinosaurs. Not that the dinosaurs in this movie look bad, oh no, they all look terrific. I just miss the practical dinosaurs which they did used a little bit in one seen. And with no joking what so ever, the final act of this movie is pretty fucking fantastic. Especially the final action scene which I will not spoil as it is as great as it is. And I admit that there were two points in this movie that made me tear up. One of the moments was the one early on in the movie when they played the original “Jurassic Park” theme, it just brought up so many memories that I cried out of happiness. The second one I will not spoil because it’s pretty far into the movie and once again, happy tears. Also, did anyone else (who saw this) think the older of the two brothers kind of looks like a young James Franco?
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Seeing as this movie just came out I don’t havr too much to go by seeing as these scoes will change in the near future. But I will still show them here because I always do that. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 59/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,8/10.

“Jurassic World” is a fun popcorn thriller that will keep you entertained. While not as good as the masterful original, it still beats the other sequels. It has an entertaining and thrilling plot, good characters, a good original score, good direction, excellent visual effects, entertaining action scenes and just an overall fun sense of adventure. Time for my final score. *Raaawr*. My final score for “Jurassic World” is a 9,86/10. I personally think it deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Jurassic World” is completed.

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