Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Avengers

Summary:  Marvel presents Marvels The Avengers, the Super Hero team up of a lifetime. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America assemble for the first time ever in this new action-packed Marvel saga, staring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself needing a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Marvels The Avengers is packed with action, adventure and spectacular special effects thatll knock your socks off.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 25th April, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 29th August, 2012

Country: USA

Director: Joss Whedon

Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn

Cast: Paul Bettany (Jarvis (voice)), Alexis Denisof (The Other), Robert Downey Jnr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), James Eckhouse (Senator Boynton), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk (voice)), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Pat Kiernan (himself), Stan Lee (himself), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Thomas Roberts (himself), Romy Rosemont (Shawna Lynde), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Stellan Skarsgard (Selvig), Jerzy Skolimowski (Georgi Luchkov), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill)

Runtime: 143 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Avengers’ Review:

As far as movies go Avengers comes, sees and conquers! Nothing more needs to be said… well actually it does because this is a review! While The Avengers isn’t a cinematic masterpiece like Dark Knight it is certainly more than just your average action flick, due largely to the fact that screenwriter/director Joss Whedon (TV’S Glee & Dollhouse) gets everything (yes everything!!!) absolutely right. It is seriously hard to fault this film.

Using characters from the Marvel Comics vault The Avengers sees Loki (Tom Hiddleston – War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea) sets out on a plan that will see the whole of Earth bow down before him. And his plan gets off to a stellar beginning when he ‘forces’ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Town) and Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia) to work for him.

This forces Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson – Meeting Evil, The Samaritan) to call together Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson – We Bought A Zoo, Iron Man 2), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr. – Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, Due Date), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans – What’s Your Number, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo – Margaret, Date Night) in a bid to stop him. And when Thor (Chris Hemsworth – The Cabin In The Woods, Thor) shows up The Avengers are finally all together.

The story may not sound like much but Whedon really has created an exceptional script. The film may be a little hard for those who have not seen the previous films in the series to comprehend, but Whendon keeps the story following well, drops some suspense when it’s needed and captures the characters so well that comic book fans will be beside themselves with joy. Given that Whedon has also written and directed some amazing fight scenes, Iron Man vs Thor vs Captain America comes straight to mind, this film is certain to be nirvana for anyone who frequents shops like Alternate Worlds or Minotaur.

Whedon’s script captures the characters so well you may even find yourself warming to The Hulk, a character that has been at times hard to connect with in previous films. And as was the way with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly Whedon has created some one liners of pure wit. Such is Whedon’s ability as a screenwriter he also incorporates some genuinely funny moments into The Avengers without ever having it seem out of place.

The one thing that does stand out in The Avengers is the acting of Robert Downey Jnr. He is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast… he seriously seems to morph into Tony Stark. Cudos must also be paid to Mark Ruffalo who puts in a fine effort and Chris Evans who has really stepped up his abilities since Captain America. Fans will also be happy to know that Gwyneth Paltrow (Contagion, Country Strong) stops by to portray Pepper Potts, but sadly Natalie Portman does not.

The Avengers is epic in every form of the word. Whedon is edgy with his directing style, there is some brilliant cinematography and the CGI (even of The Hulk) is out of this world. Add all that to a script that reminds us what a genius Joss Whedon is and you are left with a film that raises the comic book/action genre bar just that little bit higher. A must see on the big screen!

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Avengers′: Nil.

Rating: 5/5

IMDB Rating:The Avengers (2012) on IMDb

Wrath Of The Titans

Summary: Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th March, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 21st August, 2012

Country: USA, Spain

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Screenwriter: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson, Greg Berlanti (story), Beverley Cross (1981 screenplay)

Cast: John Bell (Helius), Kathryn Carpenter (Athena), Sinead Cusack (Clea), Freddy Drabble (Apollo), Ralph Fiennes (Hades), Lamberto Guerra (Timon), Jorge Guimera (Theodulus), Danny Huston (Poseidon), Lily James (Korrina), Toby Kebbell (Agenor), Asier Macazaga (Theron), Alejandro Naranjo (Mantius), Liam Neeson (Zeus), Bill Nighy (Hephaestus), Rosamund Pike (Andromeda), Edgar Ramirez (Ares), Daniel Galindo Rojas (Eustachius), Sam Worthington (Perseus)

Runtime: 99 mins

Classification:M

 OUR WRATH OF THE TITANS REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(2)

Please check Adam’s Wrath of The Titans review of that is available on The Crat

Greg King: Stars(1.5)

Please check Greg’s Wrath of The Titans review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

Dave’s review from Entertainment Scene 360

Wrath Of The Titans is very much a ‘guilty pleasure’ film. There isn’t much substance in the actual storyline and the acting standard is far from what you would describe as great, yet alone likely to ever warrant the attention of awards or nominations, yet there is something strangely alluring and enjoyable about a film that is set to become an action favourite.

If you haven’t seen Clash Of The Titans it is highly recommended you give it a watch before you sit down to watch Wrath Of The Titans as the screenwriters haven’t given great detail in setting up characterisation. In fact if you can’t remember what happened, or the status of the relationship, between Perseus (Sam Worthington) and Zeus (Liam Neeson) then you certainly need to do a Clash Of The Titans refresher because while it is mentioned a couple of times this time around (and is an important part of the story) it is never fully explained.

This time around sees Perseus trying to forget about his heritage and events of the past by living as a humble fisherman in a small village while protecting his son. It’s not only Persues’ life that has completely changed, the whole world has. No longer do regular citizens turn to the Gods in prayer or sacrifice and as a result all the Gods, even the mighty Zeus, have weakened in power.

The world is turned even darker when Zeus’s sons Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes) join forces in a bid to release a sinister force. It is then up to Perseus to reluctantly team up with Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and try to stop the force from destroying the Earth.

Much of the fact that the film stands up is thanks to director, Jonathan Liebesman. Liebesman proved with World Invasion: Battle L.A. that he can turn an ordinary action script to a good looking flashy film on the big screen, and with Wrath Of The Titans he certainly does that. He manages to let the audience forget that there is a weak (at best) storyline and very little characterization by blowing their socks off with some amazing action sequences that for once actually allows you to keep track of who-is-who during ‘busy’ action sequences.

People planning on seeing Wrath Of The Titans in Imax 3D should be warned that some of the action scenes don’t work so well in this format. Often, the vision on the screen becomes blurred which is both annoying and distracting when you are trying to keep track of what is happening.

It is good that Liebesman brings his A-game to the film because many other people involved certainly don’t. The usually good Liam Neeson breezes his way through the film (being tied up for most of the film certainly doesn’t help his acting range), while even Sam Worthington who has proved his worth in countless Australian films as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Man On A Ledge and Avatar seems to just cruise his way through Wrath Of The Titans. He doesn’t even bother hiding  his Australian accent which sounds extremely out of place as he roams around Ancient Greece.

Wrath Of The Titans certainly isn’t a great film. Its storyline and acting seriously lets it down but if you enjoy big blockbusters that are non-stop action you’ll still find yourself in movie nirvana.

 

Dave’s review from Buzz Magazine

Stone me, shoot me, hang me even, but I have to admit that Wrath Of The Titans did entertain me. Yes there were a more than a few things wrong with it, especially if you are watching the IMAX conversion, but I was entertained for the entire film, which I’m pretty sure was the film’s aim.

Wrath Of The Titans picks up with Perseus (Sam Worthington – Man On A Ledge, The Dark Fields) trying to put his past and heritage behind him and work as a humble fisherman while protecting his son. However, around him the world is in shambles, the Gods are almost forgotten to the point where even the once mighty Zeus (Liam Neeson – The Grey, Unknown) has been weakened due to the lack of prayer.

But then things turn ever darker when Zeus is taken captive by his son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez – Saluda Al Diablo De Mi Parte, Carlos) and brother, Hades (Ralph Fiennes – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Coriolanus) as they attempt to release a sinister force.

Perseus then realises that in order to make the world a safe place for his son he will have to reluctantly team up with Agenor (Toby Kebbell – War Horse, The Veteran) and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike – Devil You Know, The Big Year) to stop the evil plan from destroying the world.

The thing that makes Wrath Of The Titans so damn enjoyable is that director, Jonathan Liebesman (Battle L.A., The Killing Room) knows how to shoot action scenes that make the audience go wow, and with a film like Wrath Of The Titans that is all you really want. I’m willing to overlook a somewhat weak script, the fact that at times the IMAX conversion is very blurry and even the fact that Perseus has an Australian accent so thick it would make Crocodile Dundee flush because at the end of the day I wanted this film to entertain me and it did that to a T.

I can’t stress highly enough though that this isn’t a film to see at IMAX. If anything did distract me from the brilliant action sequences it was the fact that in 3D at IMAX something of them look very blurry indeed, in fact it looked the same with the glasses on or off.

When its comes to casting the guys behind Wrath Of The Titans got it right. Worthington’s accent may become annoying at times, but the guy can act and looks good when fighting his away across ancient Greece. The only annoying thing is that it seems Liam Neeson is wasted in a role that seems him strapped to giant rocks for nearly three quarters of the film.

Wrath Of The Titans delivers exactly what you expect from an action film. A basic storyline, limited acting performances and scenes that will blow you out of your seat. A visual nirvana for action films.

Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating: Wrath of the Titans (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Wrath Of The Titans′: Nil.

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