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The Girl On The Train is a film based on a novel by the same name from Paula Hawkins. This film stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux,  Luke Evans and  Edgar Ramírez. It comes directed by Tate Taylor who some may know as the director of The Help (2011). The Girl On The Train is film in the thriller genre and is about the mystery of what happened to some woman who is murdered, who could’ve done it?

I spent some time earlier this year reading The Girl On The Train after I saw a few trailers for the film. However I never finished reading the book as it wasn’t really my thing. It’s a lot of small sections of stories and characters and I didn’t really know what was going on, that combined with being busy, I just never really got it. When watching the movie and having read about a quarter of the book, I have to say things are quite close to how I remember them to be. The story in the film jumps around a lot of for the most part, in the beginning I was completely lost.

But somewhere around the middle of the film, I started to really understand what was going on. No longer was I lost and I became very interested in the story of Rachel and what was going to happen to her. Rachel’s life is sort of a mess really and the story jumps around I think a lot because it reflects the state of her character and how she is. When I thought about it like that, actually I really liked this movie. Before that, I wasn’t so sure about that, I was just as lost as I was when I read the book. But coming out of it, I had it all figured out and left the cinema thinking about what I saw that day for at least a few hours and I love when that happens with films that I watch.

The acting in this film is decent. I really liked the performances from Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett, they were all great and so too was Luke Evans. But it wasn’t all great, I didn’t really like what we got from Allison Janney who plays the detective and I didn’t at all enjoy watching Laura Prepon who plays Cathy the roommate. I’m not sure if they were just unlikable characters or what, but I’m glad they weren’t in the film much, there were also quite a few other actors that for some reason I didn’t enjoy, I’m not sure why. I mean Luke Evans’ character is horrible, but he was still pretty good! If it wasn’t for quite a few unlikable actors and characters, possibly I would have scored this slightly higher.

Girl on The Train

Emily Blunt plays Rachel in The Girl On The Train

The directing is not bad from Tate Taylor. From what I read of the book, I do think that this was a very difficult one to make into a film. Even watching it, I feel it’s a bit a confusing mess that will probably lose a lot of people who don’t have an attention span. But if you stick with the film, as I did, there’s a lot to it. The thriller aspect is there, especially towards the end and it’s interesting to see how everything turns out. But I did feel after watching it, that it was a satisfying film experience.

Overall I enjoyed my time with The Girl On The Train quite a lot, a bit more than I thought I would actually. It’s a bit of a mixed experience though, some actors like Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett and Luke Evans were great, but others were a bit of a let down. The beginning of the film and even possibly in the middle section is a bit hard to understand. I can see many people being lost with this one and possibly some frustrated ones who didn’t figure it out. But if you do stick with this and give it a chance, it is interesting. The thriller component is high in this one towards the end and the story left me with a lot to think about and discuss. While the film is not perfect and has a few flaws, it’s still a decent watch at the cinema.

7.5 out of 10

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date



Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

What is Need For Speed Heat about?

Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review



Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl Review



Crawl Review

Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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