Unbroken | Poster 2 Study

Unbroken | Poster 2

I’ve said it before, I like when a poster for a film really means something. When you notice what it’s about once you pay attention. Today is the celebration of the end of the second world war so I’m looking at on of the posters released to promote the movie Unbroken. It talks about a very specific region of the war and more importantly of a specific man that survived it. 

In this poster, there’s the same old parchment paper look to the second poster as last time, which again to me implies that it’s an classic – an old story. The Olympic barb-wired rings, the red Japanese islands made to look like a blood stains evoke war, prison camps, and death. But contrary to last time it looks like blood that has been spilled from the rings. To some people the Olympic rings represent the continents and the poster shows one spilling blood. It suggests the casualties in Asia but mostly Japan, at least that’s how I see it, that’s what the blood stains in the shape of the Japanese islands suggest. 

If you look closely the Olympic rings you’ll see that one is spewing with blood and another is also touched by it. I’m not saying the war was only between two continents but the fact that it spills over another rings suggest to me that others were affected by the war.

OK, I’m stopping now because I can go on and on about it, I see a whole history in this one poster.

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Insurgent

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Based on the second installment of the Divergent novels by Veronica Roth, the film was directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Milles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts & Octavia Spencer.

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Premise: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

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Review: Divergent – the first book – was interesting but the first movie was even better, way better if you ask me. They managed to cast great actors and make a realistic futuristic movie. Despite having a different director Insurgent

looks familiar I easily slipped back into a world I was already familiar with. The movie is visually impressive, even though it looks a bit too CGI-ish for my taste, making the film not as grounded as Divergent was so at times it feels like watching a video game or an animated version of it. 

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The acting is OK, I mean it’s a good cast so what they bring to the table fits the story and the emotional journey these characters have been through. But – because of course there is one – Theo James’ (Four) age is seriously starting to show. I know he’s only 30 – and Teller is 28 – but in the first movie it didn’t seem as weird that he’s with Tris (Woodley) but next to 46 years old Naomi Watts, who looks 35, maybe forty, it’s really weird. They look like brothers and sisters at best, they could have aged Watts or cast someone else completely because how young was she when she had him? 12?
It will be even weirder to see her playing opposite Ray Stevenson (Marcus Eaton) – Four’s dad – who’ll look like a dirty old man next to her, which is probably why we’ll see very little of that.

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I wish these aspects of the film were the only ones I had a problem with but on top of all of that Insurgent lacks rhythm. It’s missing the slow, intense build up in which the tension and the action grows to an entertaining climax but it never doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong it is action-packed – kinda -, a rich adventure of a film but whenever the tension builds up it quickly dies down to go back up again at some point and that’s how it is throughout the movie. It comes and goes in waves but never rides on the high the previous action scenes gave you.

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Although, it’s faithful to the book Insurgent was a bit of a disappointment I expected better. It’s only slightly more entertaining than the book, they could have done better. 

What did you think?

Insurgent

Based on the second installment of the Divergent novels by Veronica Roth, the film was directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts & Octavia Spencer.

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Premise: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.

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Review: Divergent – the first book – was interesting but the first movie was even better, way better if you ask me. But despite having a different director Insurgent looks familiar I easily slipped back into a world I was already familiar with. The movie is visually impressive, even though it looks a bit too CGI-ish for my taste, making the film not as grounded as Divergent was so at times it feels like watching a video game or an animated version of it.

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The acting is OK, I mean it’s a good cast so what they bring to the table fits the story and the emotional journey these characters have been through. But – because of course there is one – Theo James’ (Four) age is seriously starting to show. I know he’s only 30 – and Teller is 28 – but in the first movie it didn’t seem as weird that he’s with Tris (Woodley) but next to 46 years old Naomi Watts, who looks 35, maybe forty, it’s really weird. They look like brothers and sisters at best, they could have aged Watts or cast someone else completely because how young was she when she had him? 12?
It will be even weirder to see her playing opposite Ray Stevenson (Marcus Eaton) – Four’s dad – who’ll look like a dirty old man next to her, which is probably why we’ll see very little of that.

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I wish these aspects of the film were the only ones I had a problem with but on top of all of that Insurgent lacks rhythm. It’s missing the slow, intense build up in which the tension and the action grows to an entertaining climax but it never doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong it is action-packed – kinda -, a rich adventure of a film but whenever the tension builds up it quickly dies down to go back up again at some point and that’s how it is throughout the movie. It comes and goes in waves but never rides on the high the previous action scenes gave you.

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Although, it’s faithful to the book Insurgent was a bit of a disappointment I expected better. It’s only slightly more entertaining than the book, they could have done better.

What did you think?

Unbroken | A Story to Admire

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The film is war drama based on Laura Hillenbrand book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film revolves around the life of Olympic Runner Louis Zamperini, it stars Jack O’Connell, Garrett Heldmund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney & Domhnall Gleeson. It was directed and produced by Angelina Jolie.

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Premise: World War II hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini, a former Olympic track star, survives a plane crash in the Pacific, spends 47 days drifting on a raft, and then more than two and a half years living in several Japanese prisoner of war camps.

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Review: When I first heard about this film, I got really excited about the story but the mix reviews had me walking into the theater ready to nitpick. 

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Some people might not agree with me but the film was masterfully directed. It showcases the war, in all its aspects battles, death, starvation, and torture without inflaming the audience. I’ve seen documentaries that left me wanting vengeance for the oppressed. Unbroken is about Louie’s forgiveness, his resilience despite what was done to him and the film does just that. It’s sturdy and infused with darkness, shows the gruesome and the brutality but it does not make you angry, hopping for Japan to burn for what they did to him. On the contrary you hope for Louie to stand strong and stick it out.

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Watching the movie there’s an implied understanding for both sides, you won’t like that Louie’s brutalized and mentally tortured but at the same time you’re not hating the guys brutalizing him. It helps to know how it’ll end, which also explains the lack of emotional involvement, but it’s about Louie during WWII. Louie is not depicted as a victim but as a person. I know the general consensus would be to almost break him down in order to build him back up but that would have been like blowing things up like a Michael Bay movie.

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The performances throughout the cast was good, Angelina Jolie got the what she needed from the cast to tell this story in this particular way. The pace of the film fits to the story, the rhythm matches its narrative structure because it all flows together, it kind of sucks you in and bring you along for the ride. The side stories flows well in the overall narrative structure of the film. It’s very easy to watch with its amazing array of beautiful colors and shots. There is a lot of potential in Angelina Jolie as a director.
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Unbroken is a beautiful movie all around, the shots are mesmerizing, even the CGI ones, and the cast is on point. The story is inspiring and feels real. It’s a big studio movie but it manages to feel intimate like an indie.
What do you think of Angelina Jolie as a director? But more importantly what you think of Unbroken?

Unbroken | Trailer 2

Unbroken (trailer 2) is the chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

  • Writers: Laura Hillenbrand (book), Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese & William nicholson (Screenplay)
  • Director: Angelina Jolie
  • Stars: Finn Wittrock, Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson & Jai Courtney.

Jack O’connell looks so good in this movie.

Unbroken | Trailer 1

Unbroken (trailer1) is the chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

  • Writers: Laura Hillenbrand (book), Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese & William nicholson (Screenplay)
  • Director: Angelina Jolie
  • Stars: Finn Wittrock, Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson & Jai Courtney.

This film looks like an emotional ride I want to be on. I can’t wait to see it.

Divergent | Review

In honor of Allegiant coming out this week in North America I will be looking back at the movies that came before. So I guess it’s a throwback Tuesday article. Based on Veronica Roth’s novel “Divergent” which was adapted to the silver screen by Neil Burger (Limitless, Billions). Divergent is studded with talented actors among which with have Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, and many more.

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Premise: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

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Review: I first came across the Divergent series in between Pittacus Lore’s Lorien Legacies books. I remember reading book one (Divergent) and two (Insurgent) in a row because I was desperate for something to read. The first novel was interesting enough for me to read the second one but I didn’t fall in love with it, which probably explain why Allegiant – the book – as been collecting dust, untouched, on my bookshelf for years.

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For the first movie, they managed to cast great actors, which was mind-boggling for me at the time, and they made a realistic futuristic film. Watching the movie, I noticed all the bits and pieces that were missing from the book but I didn’t really care. Divergent grounded, had real indie sensibilities, and was entertaining as hell.

I loved every beat, Shailene Woodley carried that film beautifully both on the emotional front and the action scenes. She was believable and took us on great journey with Tris. The rest of the cast did a good job even though some characters were a bit stereotypical and one note but overall it’s good.

Divergent was definitely not movie of the year in 2014 but it’s fun and has re-watchable value at least that’s what I think, what about you guys?