‘Atomic Blonde’ is the much watch film of the summer.


‘Atomic Blonde’ tells the story of an undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

This is a film that proves that action films, especially period action films, are more than just Tom Cruise running away from things and pulling a vaguely shocked expression. It proves that not only women can hold their own, like that of the recent success of ‘Wonder Woman,’ and Charlize Theron’s Lorraine Broughton is a bisexual woman, but that more films like this should be made. It’s truly a film of the modern age, showing what we’re truly capably if we actually dare to make films like this.

It would be unfair to say Broughton is a female combination of James Bond and Jason Bourne because she’s so much more then that. There’s so much more depth to her character than the dazzling action sequences, especially the one shot on the staircase and the jump out of a window with the extension cord, drinks at the bar, and working as an undercover agent. Director David Leitch, one half of the directing team behind ‘John Wick’ and Deadpool 2, helps bring out her character on screen, showing not only her sensitive side but her strong independence.

What Leitch does, also, is stays away from any tricks with the camera and keeps everything steady unlike what the Bourne films do in making you feel nauseous in its use of hand held camera. Despite the film being a little cliche at times, it proves to be a film that’s ranks above many in it’s genre.

Berlin at the time of the wall coming down in the 80s is the perfect place to host for a spy-thriller and a film of ‘Atomic Blonde’s’ tone. While things are dark and moody, there’s nothing stopping it from bringing to light some comedic moments. This is added to by the plethora of music from the decade, matching up perfectly with the action on screen.

This film is not what it’s advertised to be and that’s the best part because you’re given something so much more amazing. It seems like another spy movie with a great cast and the such, but it’s very much unique. In its hyper-styalised manner, ‘Atomic Blonde’ is an experience in itself and one that won’t be forgotten.

If you’re looking for something action packed to watch with a strong female lead who’s not afraid to take any punches with a kickass soundtrack and costumes, this is for you. Forget about ‘Baby Driver’ with its supposed amazing soundtrack, ‘Atomic Blonde’ beats it in every way.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.


Trumbo tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood’s top screenwriter in 1947 until he, and other artists, were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

I totally regret not seeing this film when I had the chance at the London Film Festival this year, especially as an aspiring screenwriter. It’s amazing look at a portion of an amazing screenwriters’ life as he was blacklisted from working in the industry and forced to use a pseudonym to continue working.

There will obviously be those who’ll only look at the film from a political view, whether they be left or right wing. Those on the latter will unfortunately like it no matter what, despite the amazing acting and writing.

The film is a slow but not drawn out and not one that makes you bored. There are have been very few films, or hardly any at all, about this period in Hollywood so this fresh, un-sided take was something that we as the audience didn’t know we needed. It lacks the fluff and tells it as it is with social dynamics focused around family loyalty and the struggle of holding onto your personal values. Even though it’s a biography, it doesn’t feel like one. It represents the attitudes and characteristics of real people. Screenwriter John McNamara and novelist Bruce Cook, in which the film was adapted from, can be admired for keeping to the historical accuracy while making it entertaining and interesting.

Trumbo is a must watch film about a darker time in Hollywood.

Film-O-Meter: 8/10.

All hail the bore.


Kong: Skull Island tells the story of a team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the story of “King Kong,” no matter what spin is put on it. My initial thought when I heard about this film being made was that just over ten years prior, Peter Jackson had attempted in remaking the classic to rave reviews at the time to only now for critics to bite their tongues and hack at Jackson’s 2005 effort. This new effort isn’t bad, but it isn’t fabulous either.

The thought that followed this was that I should go out and support something friends of mine had worked on and that was filmed in my home country of Australia, let alone my home state of Queensland that’s getting a load of recognition recently (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tails; Pacific Rim: Uprising; Thor: Ragnarok; The Shallows; Unbroken; San Andreas; and Fool’s Gold were filmed not even thirty minutes from where my family lives). Good Australian films can be a hard find, so supporting film’s from Australia or international projects filmed there is the least I could do. Right?

On the most part, it was a decent enough decision to go and see the film in the cinema, though another part of me hated myself for it as I fell into a pit of boredom at another action filled blockbuster with a marketing strategy that could’ve funded multiple films in itself. I know I find myself annoyingly repeating myself hear and I do love a good action (Skyfall; Gladiator), adventure (the original Indiana Jones trilogy), science-fiction (the original Star Wars), or fantasy (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) movie, but Kong: Skull Island barely makes a decent effort.

It’s not hard to compare something like Skull Island to 2014′s Godzill in providing what Godzilla shied away from because from the moment we set foot on Skull Island, we’re completely immersed in the world. The visuals were well enough created and provided a believable world.

Instead of being traditionally set in the 1930′s, Kong: Skull Island is transported a few decades later in 1973 where it adequately takes inspiration from Hollywood classic Apocalypse Now (though, there are often times where it’s a bit excessive) and it loves to remind us, the audience, how much technology has progressed.

Kong: Skull Island’s characters are uninterestingly boring and forgettable with nothing to really for us to connect to them. It’s almost as if they’re cardboard cutouts and stereotypes. Either way, we’ve seen them before. Tom HIddleston’s stiff as a wooden board and its like he’s forgotten how to act; Brie Larson fails to remind us why she won an Oscar with a bland enough performance; and a beard toting John C. Reilly is the only one who shows any sign of portraying an interesting character and that was because he added his own touch to his role. In the end, its not even really worth trying to connect to the characters in the first place since there’s nothing really to invest in anyway.

The titular beast itself in King Kong looked well crafted and showing a definite improvement in computer effects, though this is in the overall picture. Some of the smaller details are almost badly distracting but it’s not really something you’ll notice if you’re not paying too much attention.

Kong: Skull Island is barely mediocre at its best times and the humour is can be worseningly painful. It’s a version of the “KIng Kong” story that you may or may not have wanted and nothing but a blockbuster that achieves what it sets out to do: fill seats and rake in the money. And because of this, it should be taken as what it is and nothing more.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.

A mixed bag.

Patriots Day
 tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

From what I’ve read, Patriot’s Day was meant to be an apparent surprise contender for the Oscars and it does have the source material for it but that doesn’t mean that it was a success in doing so. It covers adequately what occurred and it would be a surprise nonetheless, no matter where you were in the world, if you didn’t know what happened. Patriots Day had an impressive attention to detail and remained accurate to the events the occurred, which was a nice change for once, therefore effective in gaining your attention and holding it as a action thriller. It honestly does make you feel saddened for those individuals affected by the tragedy. The realism of this film is one its biggest strengths

This it where it stops — the film ultimately falls short of being anything more special. It wasn’t anything like Zero Dark ThirtyUnited 93, or even Sully. It’s not a film where you expect a masterpiece but it is a decent yet mixed bag of a film. It’s great that the film honoured the Boston PD and those involved in solving the case, in actually making Patriots Day a reality it needed to be more than just that.

‘Marky’ Mark Wahlberg is likeable and is a decent enough actor when given a role he’s suited for but he wasn’t exactly well cast here. He does what he can though hardly makes his role a believable in the process. Maybe it was even due to the fact that his character didn’t actually exist at all that made him so hard to believe.

Is it too soon for a film like this to be made? Even if the timing were right for Patriots Day, is it even right to place a made up character that didn’t exist into the actual real life events this film is portraying?

Though the film felt like it should’ve been a documentary instead of a retelling in a feature film, there’s no denying in the coming together of Boston, as well as America, after this tragedy.

Film-O-Metre: 6/10.