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Monsters: Dark Continent- Review

Ten years on from the events of ‘Monsters’ (2010), where a probe launched by NASA discovers the existence of alien life within our solar system and crashes upon re-entry over Central America causing Earth to suffer an alien invasion, the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide whilst a new insurgency in the Middle East has begun.

Set sometime in the future, the United States military decides to draft more troops to deal with the latest war against the insurgents, which is now complicated by gargantuan arthropods (that are rendered with impressive and convincing CGI).

Synopsis (Warning: May contain spoilers, duh!)

The Gist of It: In spite of ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ ticking genre-entertainment boxes more easily than its predecessor, the sequel bears no resemblance to the original either thematically or stylistically; it may, however, strike many viewers as a less interesting and innovative piece of work despite it featuring an entirely new country, fresh characters, and a wider variety of monsters.

Plot

Monsters: Dark Continent’ revisits the fictional universe created by its predecessor, wherein massive extra-terrestrials, now called MTRs, have invaded earth to terraform it for their own purposes. These titular monsters have evolved unfeasibly quickly by terrestrial standards, developing tougher hides to cope with arid conditions and spawning new subspecies from tiny spores to dog-and horse-sized creatures and even 50-storey-towering behemoths.

In the unnamed Arabic-speaking desert country where the action is set, the American military has been trying to destroy as many MTRs as they can with airstrikes. However, local insurgents, infuriated by the unacceptable levels of collateral damage to civilians, have resorted to using suicide bombs, IEDs and RPGs to attack the occupying U.S forces. A close-knit crew of four newly recruited buddies, Parkes (Sam Keeley), Maguire (Joe Dempsie), Inkelaar (Kyle Soller) and Williams (Parker Sawyer) make a frying pan-to-fire transition from economically depressed Detroit to a region that is swarming with extra-terrestrial monsters and local insurgents; both of which are extremely dangerous.

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Many shots such as this look eerily reminiscent of films such as ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘American Sniper’.

Under the command of battle-hardened Staff Sergeant Noah Frater (Johnny Harris), a tough PTSD-scarred conflict junkie, Parkes’ unit sets off into the desert on a treacherous rescue mission to recover another squad lost deep behind enemy lines. The mission goes awry almost instantly as they’re attacked—not by monsters, mind you- but by snipers and IEDs. The survivors are then kidnapped by insurgents; who are also not monsters. More of them are killed in an orgy of gunshots and hoarse yelling (but not by monsters); leading to the film’s only two black characters being culled so early on.

Staff Sgt. Frater keeps his head by insisting they complete their mission no matter what, and eventually just he and one other man are left to work their way deeper into enemy territory to confront the scale of destruction wrought by the occupying forces. Throughout all this, the aliens drift about in the background but don’t really pose any direct threat to human life.

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Even though the story doesn’t tell you where the soldiers are deployed to fight both the insurgents and MTRs, the environment is unmistakably like the Middle East (It was filmed in Jordan), with the region looking credibly devastated by economic woes and conventional warfare; made only worse by the encroachment of outer space tentacle monsters that have decided to call Earth home.

The main characters of ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ are introduced in dusty, threatening, grim-looking environments and situations that are reminiscent of any recent film about a real-world war zone; with the exception of giant monster corpses in the streets and anti-alien graffiti on dilapidated buildings. The trouble is that their mission simply isn’t very engaging, and one can’t help feeling that these soldiers are ignoring the 500-ton elephant in the room.

With many disappointed viewers probably discovering that the monsters are used for nothing more than filling in the background, after closer examination and much thought, it becomes apparent that the Americans fear the extra-terrestrials because they are alien to them, like the locals themselves. One could construe the monsters as 500-foot walking metaphors, standing in for extremist concepts of fundamentalism, insurgency or other such merciless forces that threaten to erode the developed world’s power base. Or then again, maybe sometimes a monster is just a monster.

"Nope, not today."

“Nope, not today sucker!”

Whatever the filmmaker’s sub-textual intentions may be, the film gets slightly stronger and compelling as it unfolds; thanks in part to the intense emotion on the part of its cast. Combined with the cinematography ably communicating the obligatory chaos of the battle scenes, action scenes are shocking but disorienting; as any and all battle plan is forgotten by the soldiers who are under attack from all sides.

The look of the film recalls a more over-saturated version of contemporary war films like “The Hurt Locker” and “Lone Survivor”, using shaky camerawork, dusty and overexposed street scenes, and the occasional dingy, fluorescent-lit bathroom to connote “realness.” Combined with the occasional deafening rock score, hoarse screaming, and slurry of gunfire, many viewers may find the whole film to be aggressively gritty; to the point that it’s both exploitative and rather boring.

In its own warped and fantastical way, this could be interpreted as a believable, accurate, and sober film about the wars of the 21st century; but it isn’t with its fair share of clichés. Aside from patient viewers being rewarded with a dazzling night funeral visited by an alien giant, the film defies any audience desire for satisfaction or closure.

Ultimately, the creatures remain, the war remains, and all anyone’s efforts amount to is death.

Rating: 5/10

An unconventional sequel to an unconventional film, this barely works as a standalone picture with its own idiosyncratic take on an alien invasion as it struggles to expand on what may now seem like a franchise; hopefully further installments will deliver varied and better explained snapshots of a narrative and human behaviour in such extreme circumstances.

In spite of it looking very promising , it sadly is not.

In spite of it looking very promising, it sadly is not.

 Release Date: 7th May, 2015

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Contest(ENDED)

From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone.  Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa.  They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken.  Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

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Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role in “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”—the fourth in the franchise’s history.  Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa.  The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus; Josh Helman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Slit; collectively known as The Wives, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile.  Also featured in the movie are John Howard, Richard Carter, singer/songwriter/performer iOTA, Angus Sampson, Jennifer Hagan, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic, Gillian Jones and Joy Smithers.

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (“Happy Feet”) is directing the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris.  Miller is also producing the film, along with longtime producing partner, Oscar nominee Doug Mitchell (“Babe”, “Happy Feet”), and P.J. Voeten.  Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.

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The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography John Seale (“The English Patient”), production designer Colin Gibson (“Babe”), editor Margaret Sixel (“Happy Feet”), Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (“A Room with a View”), action unit director and stunt coordinator Guy Norris (“Australia”), and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt (“Knowing”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.”  The film is scheduled for worldwide release beginning May 15, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. For more info, visit their Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/WarnerBrosMalaysia.

Movie Prizes

Sage T-Shirt

Distressed Hat

Rearview Mirror Charm

Grand Prizes X 1

1 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Sage T-shirt
1 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Distressed  Hat
1 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Rearview Mirror Charm
4 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Movie Passes

1st Prizes X 1

1 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Distressed  Hat
1 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Rearview Mirror Charm
4 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Movie Passes

2nd Prizes X 1

1 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Rearview Mirror Charm
2 x MAD MAX: FURY ROAD  Movie Passes

Movie Questions:

1. The visionary writer-director of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD also wrote and directed the previous three films in the franchise. He is an Oscar® winner for Best Animated Feature for Happy Feet. Name the director.

2. In MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, this actress, best known for her extensive modeling career with Victoria’s Secret, plays one of The Wives named Splendid. She was last seen on the big screen in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Name the actress:

3. Tell us how mad are you to watch MAD MAX: FURY ROAD?

T&C:

1. This contest is for Malaysian citizens only.
2. Winners selection is finalised by the judges at Screenbite and Twentieth Century Fox Film  Malaysia.
3. Only entries with full details required will be entertained.
4. Winners will be contacted personally via email.
5. Prizes will be sent to the address in the entry email.
6. Screenbite reserves the right to amend these rules at any time at its sole and absolute discretion.
7. Screenbite reserves the right to substitute or replace any prize with one of equal retail value. No complaints will be entertained on such matters.
8. Contest end date: 19th May 2015. Winners will be announce on 22nd May 2014 on Screenbite.my.

WINNERS

Grand Prize

Soon ST

I am mad to the max to watch MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.
[M]adness in my gene is
[A]s like a wild crazy
[D]og craving for the lust to be fulfilled.
[M]ourning with a howl, I
[A]m mad, mad to see the chase like
[X]avier in X-Men chasing for peace or
[F]ast and Furious’ Brian O’Conner for a better life,
[U]s in lives must learn to be mad,
[R]eally mad for a thing,
[Y]ou must be mad for a dream,
[R]eality is not a stage,
[O]r a illusion of lives,
[A]s the bad madness is the competition,
[D]aring to face with a flaming spirit…

is how is the way I mad for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.

 

1st Prize

raizil

How MAD? is this a serious question? ARE YOU MAD?!!!!
I’m so MAD that I think I should write this in caps, starting NOW! THE LAST TIME I SAW A GOOD CHASE WAS 15 YEARS AGO, BETWEEN ROAD RUNNER AND THE COYOTE. HOPEFULLY MILLER CAN CREATE THE SAME FEELING, SINCE HE IS WITH THE MOST MAD AND FURIOUS TEAM THAT CREATE HAPPY FEET AND BABE. A PIG THAT CAN TALK AND DANCING PENGUIN. IF THAT IS NOT MAD ENOUGH, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS.

NOW IF I DONT WIN THE GRAND PRIZE, DONT EVEN BOTHER TO GIVE ANY, unless 2 movie passes to watch it in IMAX la. Itu I take.

THANK YOUUUU!

 

2nd Prize

Kim Toh Yau – I am so mad to watch MAD MAX: FURY ROAD that I will forget my fatherly duties to make my son sleep at night and conveniently push it my wifey do the necessary while I have a jolly good time at the movies with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy!!

 

Brian Tee is Shredder in TMNT2

Brian Tee is Shredder in the upcoming TMNT2. Shredder who is no stranger to the TMNT comics was seen at the end of TMNT with liquid’s going into his body. The same liquid which believe to be same substance to have powered the turtles.
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Brian Tee who is well known for his character in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and The Wolverine will be joining  Megan Fox, William Ficthner and Will Arnett as April O’Neill, Eric Sacks and Verne Fenwick, respectively.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is expected to be release on June 3, 2016.

 

 

Disney’s Tomorrowland – Trailer

A former boy-genius (George Clooney) and a gifted teenager (Britt Robertson) set out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of “Tomorrowland,” an enigmatic location caught between time and space.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review

The Avengers return with another heart stopping, jaw dropping and good looking mens. This time they return to battle the bionic machine called Ultron. Not only they have to battle with Ultron, the Avengers will be apposed by the Maximoff twins; Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

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Plot
Stark as always, finds a way to minimize human casualty or save lives as he puts it. After the incident in New York, he constantly preparing for the uncertain; in which the alien life forms. That’s when he and Doctor Banner stumble upon Strucker’s work and found out that could be possibility to have robot army that could decide whether good or bad.
But as usual, Starks meddling only invoked the worst and so Ultron was born. Ultron’s concept for peace is easy, the total annihilation of human kind. His idea is that we human has to be destroyed in order to gain peace. Ofcourse the idea is directly rejected by the Avengers and the Maximoff’s who is just looking at settling a score with Stark joined Ultron side.
The twins capability was nothing like the team seen before and the Avengers, had to take a step behind before moving forward to kick Ultron’s metal buttock.

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Quite a lot of surprises from this time around. Director Joss Whedon really took into account of each characters affect on each other.
Captain America(Steve Rogers) was more funny compared to the previous movie. He had better punch line which is good. It brought more life to his character. Iron Man aka Tony Stark was more less the same. His character was more towards the mechanical side which focused on his ability to built and repair.
Hulk and Black Widow(Natasha) both are now in a ‘on off’ relationship which is surprising. Totally a The Beauty and The Beast concept going on but with the Hulk aka Bruce Banner more sensitive.
We learned the Hawkeye(Clint Barton)is married and is a rabbit. Also he has more dialogue compared to the previous movie. In this movie, he acts as the big brother and advises some of the Avengers team along the way.
Thor this time is more masculine in which pulls a certain effect towards women. He also will learn about the stones and notices that someone else is at play beside Ultron.
Like I mentioned before, each of the character has their own role this time around and quite surprising how Josh managed to pull all that together.
If asked what’s my personal favorite scene on the movie, it would be The Hulk vs The Hulkbuster. There will be someone dying in this movie but far off from expected.

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Rating 7.0/10
Honestly, you would understand more if you would have read the comic. It felt that the movie is meant for the comic fan rather than the public. If you’re a comic fan, you will definitely love it.
P/s: Look out for some clue on what to come next under the Marvel cinematic universe.

Release date: 23th April 2015

Havoc Returns in Apocalypse

Big stories drop by during the weekend from Star Wars, Batman v Superman, Jurassic World and the latest on our radar; X-Men: Apocalypse. Director Bryan Singer has confirmed it via Instagram.

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Now, this means that we could see Alex and Lucas Summers together. The timeline of these character are still fuzzy but Bryan Singer might introduce both of them together in one scene. But this all prediction until we have more info on the movie.
For now we have updates of Jubilee’s and Psylocke’s character.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teaser Trailer

We are little late but here you go; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Some similarity like Batman: the Dark Knight Returns, Part 2.

Olivia Munn is Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse

Director Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram to announce Olivia Munn will be joining the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse. Olivia will be playing Betsy Braddock also known as Psylocke.

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Psylocke is also known as Lady Mandarin and Captain Britain. He powers are direct telekinesis and also her ability to block telepathic attack. X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be blow our cinema on May 27, 2016.

Last month Bryan Singer also announce the new cast Jubilee. To read about it, click here –>>http://bit.ly/1CQeyqu

GSC Marvel’s Avengers : Age of Ultron Promotion

Gather Your Avengers

Superhero keychain set available exclusively at GSC Cinemas

Kuala Lumpur, 8 April 2015 – Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man will once again team up to defend the world against villain in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. To mark the blockbuster’s release, Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) is offering movie fans limited edition keychains of the iconic superheroes and their adversary. Judging from the overwhelming response the Thor’s Hammer and Captain America’s Shield keychain received previously, these new pieces are poised to be sought-after treasures. If you were left disappointed before, here is another opportunity for you to own these premiums.

 

To secure your collectibles, simply visit the GSC website (www.gsc.com.my) or use the GSC Mobile Apps to purchase two (2) Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie tickets online, which then entitles you to buy the exclusive GSC Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron eCombo at RM60. It comes with 2 regular soft drinks, 1 large popcorn, and 1 full Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Set. The offer is only valid from 9 – 15 April 2015 at selected GSC Cinemas on a first-come, first-served basis, as stocks are limited.

The exclusive set of five keychains, which come in a special collector’s box, include the Thor’s Hammer and Captain America’s Shield which sold like hotcakes previously. They are joined by The Incredible Hulk’s strapping fist, as well as masks of Iron Man and the new villain, Ultron. Each is crafted from high-quality and durable materials, and painted to resemble the characters’ on-screen appearance. If you are a serious movie premium collector, then these will make great additions and should not be missed.
Alternatively, customers can also collect all 5 designs by walking in to GSC Cinemas’ concessions counters from 23 April – 6 May 2015 to purchase a Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Combo, which comes with 2 regular soft drinks, 1 large popcorn, and the featured keychain designs of the week. Be there early, to avoid disappointment!

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For Week 1 (23 – 26 April 2015), one can get Captain America’s Shield and Thor’s Hammer keychains together with the premium collector’s case, for you to complete the set in subsequent weeks. In Week 2 (27 April – 1 May 2015), Iron Man’s and Ultron’s mask are available, while in Week 3 (2 – 6 May 2015), you can finish the set with The Hulk’s fist. The latter 3 designs all come in individual packaging.

 

Don’t think for one second that we’ve forgotten about those of you buying GSC tickets for this “must-watch” movie. From 16 April to 13 May 2015, you can bring home your favorite Avengers character poster with purchase of every two (2) Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie tickets via GSC box office counters, GSC website and GSC mobile app. Collect them all at our box office counters on the following dates:

  1. Black Widow or Hulk Character Poster (16 – 20 April 2015)
  2. Iron Man or Ultron Character Poster (21 – 25 April 2015)
  3. Captain America or Thor Character Poster (26 – 30 April 2015)
  4. Quicksilver or Scarlet Witch Character Poster (1 – 6 May 2015)
  5. Hawkeye or Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Poster (7 – 13 May 2015)

 

For those seeking for a more solid connection with these superheroes, join us at selected GSC cinemas to witness for your very own eyes, the power and valor of your heroes! They will begin their descent on 23 April to 3 May 2015 at selected GSC locations located at 1 Utama, Setia City Mall, Pavilion KL, Quill City Mall, Cheras Leisure Mall, IOI City Mall Putrajaya, Mid Valley Megamall, NU Sentral, Gurney Plaza Penang, Queensbay Mall Penang, Sunway Carnival Penang and Ipoh Parade. For the full schedule and timing, kindly visit the GSC website (www.gsc.com.my).

 

Be among the first to see this year’s much anticipated blockbusters “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Apr 23) as tickets is now on sale via GSC ticketing counters and GSC e-Payment channels via website and mobile app (iOS, Android and Windows Phone). GSC has always been offering value for money ticket pricing by ensuring ticket prices are affordable without compromising the cinema going experience. In addition, GSC will continue to value-add by having more promotions, offers and movie activations in the cinemas to reward our customers.

Furious 7- Review

The sent off of Paul Walker in the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise is nothing but ambivalent. The movie didn’t deter from it’s original core which is about family and cars. Paul Walker will be forever be remembered as the guy who loved imports.

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Plot
After London, the crew was suppose to retire and relax but some but however London followed them back. In Fast and Furious 6, the bad guy a.k.a Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) was defeated and Toretto and his crew got what they all wanted; to be able to go back home. The Shaw saga didn’t just end there. His brother decides to revenge his brother as he always as. He started his revenge by taking out Han in Tokyo. He continued his skirmish by attacking Toretto’s house.
The crew quickly assembled and started to study the enemy. Hobbs was hospitalise due to Deckard Shaw’s(Jason Statham) attack to gain info on the brothers enemy.
The battle between Shaw and Toretto gets the attention of Frank Petty (Russell) and Frank agrees to help Toretto if he and his crew help him to secure God’s Eye, a computer program that could track anyone. In between that, Shaw tries to block Toretto’s team and all hell get lose.

 

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FNF7 had all. The cars, action, girls and tribute. Totally loved how their focus was about family.
The beginning was the follow up of Fast and Furious 6 where Han was killed. Also we saw Brian O’Connor(Paul Walker) living a different life, driving a mini van. Toretto and Letty are still trying to reconnect.
The cars looks absolutely stunning especially the $3.4 Million Lykan Hypersport to the Scion TC. We have no complain on that department. FNF7 delivered what we expected for the car department but how about the action.

The action is a little over the top a certain part(The car flying between building) but other than were more acceptable. Even to the part The Rock got serve by Jason Statham was a little to much but comprehended. Other than that was more familiar with FNF4, FNF5, and FNF6.

The girls we have are WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey who had one on one battle with Michelle Rodriguez who plays Letty. The is basically a She-Rock whacking everything she lay her hand on. Next would be the Ramsey played by Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel. She is a little to fragile for this role in our opinion. Could have found a better role who is both daring and innocent.

The tribute was directed beautifully by director James Wan. How we wish to remember Paul Walker was done in a way to suits him the best. KUDOS to the team. We are still wandering how could FNF franchise would be without Paul Walker.

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Rating 8.0/10
There is no other franchise that could be able to deliver what Fast and Furious is. The story of family that’s not only on set but off set. Our hearts goes on to Paul Walker and his family.

Release date: 2nd April 2015