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Movie Review: Lucy

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From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.

3.5 stars – Entertaining.

Wow. Look at me, this is the third movie of the summer! I’ve never seen this many movies this quickly before. Both hubby and I wanted to see this one and I’m glad I did. Lucy is a fast moving, high action movie with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

Lucy felt like a mixture of La Femme Nikita and Flowers for Algernon with a little bit of Lawnmower Man thrown in for good measure. I can’t quite put my finger on why Lucy reminds me of La Femme Nikita other than the director – Lucy does not fight or kill in the way the character from La Femme Nikita does.
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Movie Review: Edge of Tommorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

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Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Liman is directing “Edge of Tomorrow” from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Erwin Stoff produces, along with Tom Lassally, Jeffrey Silver, Gregory Jacobs and Jason Hoffs. The executive producers are Doug Liman, David Bartis, Joby Harold, Hidemi Fukuhara and Bruce Berman, with Tim Lewis and Kim Winther serving as co-producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (“Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”). The music is by Christophe Beck (“Frozen”).

3.5 stars – Entertaining

I’m not a big movie person, I like to read. My husband loves TV and movies but I avoid them as much as possible. So I find it a bit ironic that I ended up watching two movies in the last few weeks.

It’s really hard for me to review/rate movies as there are so few that really catch my fancy. This movie was one of the very few that I actually wanted to go see – and hubby was happy to oblige.

Edge of Tomorrow was [very] adapted from a Japanese military sci-fi novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, named All You Need is Kill. Of course, as soon as I learned it was a book adaptation, I ran out and bought the book (two copies: DTB for me and audio for hubby).
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Movie Review: X-Men Days of Future Past *Light Spoilers*

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

In a dystopian future, robots known as Sentinels are exterminating mutants, as well as humans who harbor the genes that lead to mutant offspring. A small band of mutants manages to evade the Sentinels with the assistance of Kitty Pryde, who can project a person’s consciousness back in time to deliver warnings. Pryde’s group convenes with Storm, Wolverine, Professor Xavier, and Magneto in a monastery. They decide to have Pryde send Wolverine’s consciousness back to 1973 to prevent Mystique from murdering Bolivar Trask, the creator of the original Sentinels. The assassination will make Trask a martyr, while Mystique will be captured and her DNA will be used by Trask’s followers to create advanced Sentinels that are near-invincible due to their ability to mimic and adapt to mutant powers. Xavier and Magneto advise Wolverine to seek out both of their younger selves for aid.
 
 
Cast:
Wolverine – Hugh Jackman
Charles Xavier (Young Professor X) – James McAvoy
Young Magneto – Michael Fassbender
Mystique – Jennifer Lawrence
Storm – Halle Berry
Beast – Nicholas Hoult
Kitty – Ellen Page
Bolivar Trask – Peter Dinklage
Iceman – Shawn Ashmore
Bishop – Omar Sy
Quicksilver – Evan Peters
Colossus – Daniel Cudmore
Blink – Bingbing Fan
Sunspot – Adan Canto
Warpath – Booboo Stewart
Magneto – Ian McKellen
Professor X – Patrick Stewart
Stryker – Josh Helman
Toad – Evan Jonigkeit
Havok – Lucas Till

 

3 Stars. Acceptable.

I honestly wasn’t in the mood to see this movie – I’m almost never in the mood to watch a movie, tbh. I’m really not a TV/Movie kind of person. I’m much, much more interested in books. Regardless of that, I ended up going to see this movie with some family members. I was a bit annoyed by this particular movie choice because I still haven’t gotten over my trauma from watching the first X-Men movie. “Do you know what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning? [pause] The same thing that happens to everything else.” *shudder*
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