Lately I haven't seen many movies and I also haven't been blogging much either. This week I made up for both as I finally found enough free time on my hands. On a side note, I can't believe its almost October. The year has passed-by pretty fast for me and movie-wise I need a lot of catching up to do.
# Rush 
"Men Love Women..... But Even More Than That..... Men.. Love.. Cars!"
Directed by: Ron Howard
Written By: Peter Morgan
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde, Pierfrancesco Favino
The Story: Based on the true story of a long and intense rivalry between two Formula One racing greats, James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth), who is flamboyant and cocky while his nemesis Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Bruhl), is a driven, goal-oriented, and an expect on car mechanics.
The Verdict: Is it too early for Oscar predictions? Because I believe Rush  will easily race its way and finish in the final 10, 9, or however much the number will be for the Best Picture award. I'm not familiar with the real-life story that occurred during the 70s, nor am I sure how much of the movie stays true to that, but darn, this is truly one film not to be missed! The story is exciting, dramatic, and suspenseful, while director Ron Howard masterfully makes each race scene pulsating-ly breathtaking! The two main characters are also very compelling for us to follow. We find reasons to hate and root towards each one of them,.Their rivalry on the other hand is one of the most intense and merciless ever. Expect Rush  to accelerate at top speed come award season!
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
# Runner Runner 
"That Little Voice In The Back Of Your Head Right Now, Is Not Your Conscience.... It's Fear!"
Directed By: Brad Furman
Written By: Brian Koppelman, David Lavien
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie
The Story: Richie Furst (played by Justin Timberlake) is a Princton college student who feels he was cheated while playing on an online gambling site. He seeks out the owner of the site, Ivan Block (played by Ben Affleck) in Costa Rica, where he suddenly finds himself receiving an incredible job offer from Block himself.
The Verdict: This year marks exactly two decades of me watching movies at the cinema. After that screening of Jurassic Park , I have watched hundreds of movies, both good and bad on the big screen. But today marks the first time where my friend and me were the only two people in the entire theatre during a movie. We had a completely empty but large cinema all to ourselves. It actually felt weird. Runner Runner  isn't a horrible movie, but it was such a bore. For a movie the revolves around smart people and clever schemes, there was nothing clever or smart about the movie. It was like it was stuck in second gear that it even made the short running time of 91 minutes seem lethargic. That's all I have to say about the film.... just three sentences. Because the only fun we had during this viewing was coming up with crazy ideas to seize advantage of our newly experienced situation. Amongst them were playing our ringtones on at full blast, racing up and down the stairs, talking back to the characters on screen (and make impersonations), watch the movie with our shirts off (oh why did I have to go with a dude today?), popcorn fight, taking pirated clips of the movie, and a few more silly stuff. We actually did end up performing some of those ideas. It was actually much fun that the movie itself.
Rating: 5.5 out of 10
# Prisoners 
"How Could He Drive An RV If He Has The IQ Of A 10 Year-Old?"
Directed By: Dennis Villeneuve
Written By: Brian Koppelman, David Lavien
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Violla Davis, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello
The Story: The 6 year-old daughters of Keller (played by Hugh Jackman) and Franklin (played by Terrence Howard) goes missing one day but the lead suspect named Alex (played by Paul Dano) is released because a lack of evidence. While the chief investigator for the case, Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) pursues other possibilities, Keller is convinced that Alex is guilty. He takes matters into his own hands.
The Verdict: Despite a slow pace and a running time of 153 minutes, Prisoners  has you fully engaged in the film. It is one of the most intense, suspenseful, and disturbing movies of the year. The stellar ensemble cast provides implacable performances and we fully feel the pain and suffering of everyone involved. Hugh Jackman and Paul Dano were the standouts but almost everyone involved delivered a worthy job. On a personal level, Jake Gyllenhaal's role here felt a little similar to the one he had in Zodiac , another suspense thriller which is not to be missed.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10