Sunday, 15 March 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Chappie", "Focus", "Unfinished Business", "Jupiter Ascending"

by
Julien Faddoul












Chappie

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Irritating, ridiculous sci-fi drama that seems to be investigating the influence of parenthood while stuffing itself with incompetent action, moronic characters and bad acting.

d – Neill Blomkamp
w – Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
ph – Trent Opaloch
pd – Jules Cook
m – Hans Zimmer
ed – Julian Clarke, Mark Goldblatt
cos – Diana Cilliers

p – Simon Kinberg

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman













Focus

A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.
Slack grifting film that brings nothing new. Pretty dull.

wd – Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
ph – Xavier Grobet
pd – Beth Mickle
m – Nick Urata
ed – Jan Kovac
cos – Dayna Pink

p – Denise Di Novi

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Robert Taylor, Gerald McRaney












Unfinished Business

A hard working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives.
Unfunny comedy; beyond embarrassing.

d – Ken Scott
w – Steve Conrad
ph – Oliver Stapleton
pd – Luca Tranchino
m – Alex Wurman
ed – Jon Poll, Michael Tronick
cos – David C. Robinson

p – Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Anthony Katagas, Arnon Milchan, Steve Tisch

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael













Jupiter Ascending

A young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.
An incredibly annoying film: Ugly and soulless from a directing team who love to profess originality and whimsy. In reality, every idea or situation the film offers is stolen from something else.

wd – The Wachowskis
ph – John Toll
pd – Hugh Bateup
m – Michael Giacchino
ed – Alexander Berner
cos – Kym Barrett

p – Grant Hill, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski

Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Nikki Amuka-Bird







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