Reign of Fire

 

So, this movie is one of my favorite post-apocalyptic films. It’s very well-done with a direct and easily understandable plot. It has top notch actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale and Gerard Butler. While it may be true that popular actors don’t always make a movie, this film would have been lost without the amazing acting from these guys, especially Christian Bale; who, in anyone can agree, is a distinguished and dedicated actor.
Reign of Fire is set in the year 2020. Years before in London underground construction workers unearthed a terrible menace: Dragons. These creatures terrorized the world until eventually the world was left in ruins; not only because of them but because of the foolish methods used by the humans to try and defeat them. Quinn is a leader of a small group of refugees, trying desperately to keep his people alive, when he is met with a group of American soldiers who claim they know how to kill the dragons once and for all.
I don’t have too many complaints about this film. The graphics are spot-on, the characters are interesting and the film has a perfect pace. My only issue I saw at all with the movie was the last scene with McConaughey. I won’t say what happened, but if you watch the film it’s only the part that borders melodramatic and even silly.

 

Mad Max: Fury Road

 

So, this movie is a personal favorite. I know, weird, right? Considering my thus far track record of movies and shows that I have reviewed. But I love this movie, the action, the imagery, the graphics, the characters: I mean it is a fully loaded movie that just does not stop! Now, if you have issues with graphic violent material this movie is probably not for you.

I don’t know how many of you may have seen the original Mad Max movies with Mel Gibson but this movie is like those on steroids. It’s probably what they were wanting to achieve back then but were unable due to ‘primitive’ technology with graphics. This movie from step one is boom, boom, boom. It just doesn’t stop moving, but somehow they still manage to scrape up some distinctive characters and story line that has just the right amount of depth for this type of movie.

The premise is honestly way too obscure and even saying anything about anything that happens more than 10 minutes into the film would be giving away spoilers. Pretty much though, Max, a mysterious wanderer of post-apocalyptic Earth, gets taken by some serious crazies that live in this insane fortress. He ends up being strapped to the front of a battle vehicle in a war convoy as they chase down a renegade warrior that has stolen something very important from their leader and thus the story goes on from there. Seriously, though, that’s like only the first ten minutes.

This is a must-see film for anyone who enjoys great cinematography, action, cars, top-of-the-notch graphics and raw acting. Or for anyone who enjoyed the old Mad Max movies.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

 

After watching “Perfect Sense” I couldn’t help but to watch this movie. I really, really love this movie. Don’t be fooled by comedian Steve Carell, he was exemplary in this film; probably one of my favorites out of all of his work. This film managed to take a truly realistic look at the world and the people if they knew the world was going to end within a month.

The plot of the film is about Dodge, an insurance salesman, who has been living a very boring existence until the world finds out that a huge asteroid is headed straight for Earth which will destroy it. After his wife literally runs away from him, he meets Penny, his downstairs neighbor, a slightly eccentric young British woman and they decide to go together to achieve their last dreams. Hers to see her family one last time. His to meet the one who got away one last time.

Honestly, this film is so heartfelt. The performance of the actors was just so good. I really got swept away in the story and the ending left me unabashedly sobbing. The story moved me from one point to the other with ease and by the end my heart was breaking as much as the characters as the end came closer.

I would say more, but that would require going more into the plot and that would be “spoilers”.