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The Giver is a film which is directed by Phillip Noyce who some may know as the director of The Bone Collector (1999). The Giver Stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep,  Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift. It’s a science fiction movie which is set in a futuristic society that is absent the worries of war, pain and suffering.

The society in which this film is set in I think is aiming to be a utopian society but as the film progresses parts of it are highlighted to the viewer which would suggest the utopia is actually a dystopia. In The Giver the society is very totalitarian and controlling. People are conditioned through medicine and removed of almost all emotions and the characters don’t even know the concept of love. It’s a cold society that lives in a bubble type of world. This all changes however when Jonas, who is played by Brenton Thwaites is allocated to go work with The Giver, who is played by Jeff Bridges.

Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in The Giver

Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites in The Giver

The Giver is this character that can sort of give you memories or emotions if you have the special mark on your wrist. If you meet him and rub your wrist against his wrist you’ll get these emotions/memories from him, it’s his power. You don’t get The Giver’s personal memories but sort of societies memories. As Jonas is exposed to new emotions he’s never felt such as love and even lust, things start appearing in colour in his world. Jonas quickly starts feeling some feelings of love for Fiona who is played by Odeya Rush and soon notices her hair colour. While at the same time the Chief Elder who is played by Meryl Streep seeks to put a stop to these emotions and the movie goes from there….

Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush in The Giver

Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush in The Giver

The film is based on a book written by Lois Lowry which is also called The Giver. I haven’t read the book, but I have read online that it’s actually a very good book and possibly a classic. But as for the film I didn’t really think it stood up as something special. It has these ideas about different concepts such as life, death, violence and emotional control as well as governments and their ability to control people through conditioning. But it’s like the film tried to make these points so clear and repeated them so much that you would have to have your face deep inside your pop corn box to miss them. There is no subtle points or cool moments to make you think in The Giver, everything is shown to you and explained so clearly that it gets repetitive and even predictable. This is a shame because the story and concept is interesting, it’s like the film had all these great things to say and to show us all but in how it presented it, it just didn’t work so well.

The actors in this film are mixed. You get some good performances and some great scenes every time Jeff Bridges or Meryl Streep are on screen and especially when they are in the same scene. But the rest of the actors don’t really do that much and their characters aren’t really that smart either. Taylor Swift is only in The Giver for a few minutes and the majority of the film is made up of scenes which contain Brenton Thwaites who does okay but is overshadowed by the Academy Award winners every single time. Other actors like Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes and Odeya Rush are playing these very two dimensional predictable characters so don’t really have much impact at all.

In terms of the directing of this film from Phillip Noyce it was okay. But between the directing and the script, I can’t decide which let the film down more. While I did like the style of the film at the start of The Giver, with it being in black and white and slowly changing to colour as the characters began to feel things, that was all I really liked. I didn’t like the constant flashback memories, they just seemed random and out of place with the society they were living in.

Taylor Swift And Jeff Bridges In The Giver

Taylor Swift And Jeff Bridges In The Giver

Overall The Giver had some very interesting concepts and ideas but I didn’t feel like they were presented and shown in best way. Maybe the run time was just not long enough to fully give us a more meaningful film, I’m not sure. But it doesn’t have that impact moment you would want from a science fiction film. The Hunger Games movies are much better than anything in The Giver and there are quite a few dystopian films out there that are as well. You do get some good performances from Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, but when do you not get great performances from them? The rest of the cast are okay, but it’s the script and the directing that failed to leave an impact on me when I watched this film. If you’re a fan of the book I guess go and check it out, but if you’re not, maybe you should just wait for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 later this year…

5.5 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 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 - 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 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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