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Inferno

Summary: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th October 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th January, 2017

Country: United States, Japan, Turkey, Hungry

Director: Ron Howard

Screenwriter: David Koepp, Dan Brown (novel)

Cast: Cesare Cremonini (Ignazio Busoni), Ida Darvish (Marta), Jon Donahue (Richard Savage), Mehmet Ergen (Mirsat), Ben Foster (Bertrand Zorbist), Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Felicity Jones (Dr. Sienna Brooks), Irrfan Khan (Harry Sims ‘The Provost’), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey), Xavier Laurent (Antoine), Fausto Maria Sciarappa (Parker), Paolo Antonio Simioni (Dr. Marconi), Omar Sy (Christoph Bruder), Ana Ularu (Vayentha)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification: M

OUR INFERNO REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

Inferno sees the arrival of yet another attempted franchise reboot in 2016. We’ve seen Ghostbusters and Bridget Jones’s Baby arrive with mixed success now we find Academy Award winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) rebooting the Robert Langdon franchise some seven years after its last instalment.

Based on the novel by Dan Brown Inferno begins with Robert Langdon (Tom HanksForrest Gump) waking up in a hospital with no memory of how he got there and being hunted by a assassin (Ana UlaruSerena). After managing to escape with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity JonesThe Amazing Spider-Man) Langdon starts putting together the pieces and realises that he must try and stop an apocalyptic event set by Bertrand Zorbist (Ben FosterWarcraft: The Beginning) who believes his actions will actually save the world.

But as Langdon tries to overcome memory loss and put the pieces together to solve the mystery things are made even more difficult by him when he realises he doesn’t know which World Health Organisation agent he can trust, Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey (Sidse Babett KnudsenWestworld) or Christoph Bruder (Omar SyJurassic World). To add to their confusion the audience also learns there is a puppet-master in the wings in the form of Harry Sims (Irrfan KhanLife Of Pi).

While watching Inferno you do start to realise that this is going to be a film that divides its audience. For the regular popcorn set this is going to be a film that delivers a fairly decent, if not at times confusing, crime thriller plot that shows you just as many European landmarks as a Bond film. For the more seasoned film goer though this is a film that reveals some of the laziest filmmaking Ron Howard will deliver during his career with a clichéd plot that just follows the same sequence over and over – Langdon arrives in a city, goes to find the puzzle piece, is chased by Police and uses an ancient tunnel to escape and then moves on to the next city. There is also a level of inconsistence around the character of Robert Langdon that surfaces right throughout this film and despite the work of screenwriter, David Koepp (Jurassic Park), to pass it off as part of Langdon’s amnesia it simply doesn’t work.

Rather than being a gritty thriller Inferno becomes more of a fun ride as the audience gets to see European city of European city while there is a mid-level of suspense and you try in your mind to put the pieces together at the same time as Langdon does… although that it made a hell of a lot easier if you are up to date on your Dante. The big tip for the audience is to not let to get too bogged down in the ‘historical’ parts of this film or you will be scratching your head and hurling popcorn as you struggle to work out what the hell is going on.

Likewise this is a movie that Tom Hanks just seems to breeze through. While Sully recent saw Hanks once again reveal his wonderful character acting skills here Hanks wears the character of Robert Langdon like an old slipper, it’s a role that he is obviously comfortable in but doesn’t deliver the acting heights that we know he is capable of. The same can be said for Felicity Jones who isn’t given a huge amount to work with and even disappears for a quarter of the film. The big winner in the acting stakes is Sidse Babett Knudsen who makes good use of the screen time she is given. Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan are also wasted in their roles, the latter being given a role very similar to a poor man’s Bond villain as he plays a character that leaves the audience asking… is that even a profession?

The best way to enjoy Inferno is to just go into the cinema expecting a fun film. While it isn’t exactly a borefest it certainly lacks the suspense of Angels & Demons and is a lot more clichéd than the Da Vinci Code. Did the Robert Langdon franchise need Inferno? Probably not!

Stars(2.5)

 

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating: Inferno (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Inferno Reviews: You can also listen to our Inferno reviews on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #196. Dave Griffiths also delivered his Inferno review on the 12/10/2016 episode of Living Fresh with IGA with Ed Phillips on 2UE.

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Jurassic World

Summary: 

Jurassic World sees John Hammond’s dream from Jurassic Park finally come true. Owned by the world’s eighth richest man, Masraini (Irrfan Khan) Jurassic World is a fully functional theme park (that looks alarmingly like Sea World from the air) where people of all ages can come and see all kinds of dinosaurs up close and in more importantly… alive.

The park is kept operational by the hard work of marketing manager Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Navy man turned dinosaur whisperer Owen (Chris Pratt) who have been able to find a medium that allows the park to be financially stable and also a lot safer for those visiting the Park.

However as is the case with all movies in the Jurassic franchise something has to go wrong. And here in Jurassic World we learn that the park has genetically invented their own new specie of dinosaur by mixing and matching DNA from various other kinds of dinosaur. While Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) sees this creation as a massive step-forward for science and Claire sees it as a great way to attract more sponsorship and people to the Park, only Owen seems to realise the dangerous situation that this has put them in – there is now a genetically modified dinosaur around that nobody has any idea what is capable of. That of course is something that impresses the gruff Hoskins (Vincent D’Onofrio) who plans on turning dinosaurs into weapons for the military, but sadly soon places the lives of all at the park, including Claire’s nephews Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson), in real danger.

Year: 2015

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th June, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Screenwriter: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow, Michael Crichton (characters)

Cast: Andy Buckley (Scott), Tom Bui (Austin), Matthew Burke (Jim Drucker), Heather Ashley Chase (Emily), Vincent D’Onofrio (Hoskins), James DuMont (Hal Osterly), Jimmy Fallon (himself), Judy Greer (Karen), Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire), Bomber Hurley-Smith (O’Hara), Jake Johnson (Lowery), Brent Kappel (Dr. Ryan Crest), Irrfan Khan (Masrani), Christian LaBella (Joey),  Lauren Lapkas (Vivian), Rebecca Maltby (Charlotte), Katie McGrath (Zara), Moses Munoz (Charlie), Chris Pratt (Owen), Emilio Reynoso (Doctor Sanchez), Brandon Richardson (Christopher), Nick Robinson (Zach), Ty Simpkins (Gray), Omar Sy (Barry), Anna Talakkattour (Erica Brand), Brian Tee (Hamada), Colin Trevorrow (Mr. DNA), Yvonne Welch (Gabriella), BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)

Runtime: 124 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR JURASSIC WORLD REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

22 years ago this week we were all walking into cinemas expecting to be wowed by the fact that visionary director Steven Spielberg had brought dinosaurs to life on the screen in a way that nobody would have predicted. Here we are two decades later and once again the expectation of getting to see dinosaurs on the big screen has our cinematic pulses beating in a mammoth way.

The big question you ask yourself when heading into Jurassic World is what can we expect this time around? To be honest this is the fourth installment in a franchise, that let’s be honest peaked with the first film, so we shouldn’t be expecting much, right? Wrong!!! Maybe it is the fact that I’m one of the those people that can spend hours staring at dinosaur bones in a museum and feel like a little kid again but Jurassic World has breathed some life back into this franchise in such a way that I’m now eager to see where they will go next time around.

There are positives and negatives with Jurassic World but first let’s kick off the big plus – the director. Handing Colin Trevorrow the keys to one of the biggest franchises in the world was a massive risk for Steven Spielberg to make. We knew Trevorrow was a great director, that was very, very clear with his feature debut Safety Not Guaranteed, but at the end of the day that was a small indie sci-fi so it was a real unknown how Trevorrow would react working on a film that cost $100s of millions more to make.

The answer to be brutally honest is that Trevorrow is exactly what this franchise needed. Okay so maybe he doesn’t make this film ‘family friendly’ like the ‘political trendys’ would want him to do, but what he does deliver is some truly memorable scenes. The pterodactyl attack on the park visitors is one of the best feathered creature aerial attacks that we have seen since Hitchcock’s iconic The Birds, while Trevorrow will please serious movie fans with some pretty gruesome dinosaur attacks on humans and dinosaurs alike. And while I don’t want to spoil the great finale let’s just say that is a battle scene that will please dinosaur fans and monster movie geeks to the core… suck it up Godzilla you just got owned. Trevorrow takes some massive risks and to his credit they really pay off.

Sadly though there is also a downside to Jurassic World and it lies right at the feet at the screenwriters. Sure this screenplay got the tick of approval from Steven Spielberg but like so many of his recent films Jurassic World falls into the trap of having clichéd characters. Movie lovers see the too-busy-for-children-or-a-partner business woman like Claire in every second film these days, while on the other hand it seems like Owen may have been based on one of Spielberg’s other great creations, Indiana Jones. From his wardrobe down Owen is a screaming Indy clone… not that that is a bad thing because he is still one of the most likable characters in the film.

The other big weakness is the fact that even though Trevorrow sets up pretty early on that he is not afraid to allow his dinosaurs to be a little full-on with their attacks there is a real feel that aside from the clichéd bad guys nobody that the audience really likes amongst the characters are going to meet their deaths today and that sadly takes away from some of the suspense that Trevorrow worked so hard to build up.

Having pointed out those two things though the pluesses of Jurassic World do outweigh the negatives. There are small things all throughout this film that are going to impress fans of this franchise to no end. First of all the filmmakers have chosen to celebrate and pay tribute to the film that kicked this all off rather than ignore it. There is nothing more annoying about a reboot then when you are told as an audience you are supposed to ignore that films have been set in this world before. In Jurassic World you are quickly shown that this isn’th the case here. From a well placed Hammond statue at the park to a employee showing Claire his Jurassic Park T-Shirt he found online and the old park itself playing an important part later on it is easy to see that Jurassic World embraces its predecessor rather than ignoring it.

This might be really film geeky but the other thing that I really enjoyed about Jurassic World was the fact that the film didn’t mind making fun of itself. Lines such as ‘I can’t wait to tell Mum about this’ being responded to with ‘Don’t you DARE tell your Mum about this’ actually make characters like Claire likable, while a character turning to their co-worker for a kiss during a stressed situation only to be told ‘umm…I have a boyfriend’ show that the filmmakers were more than aware that they were making a popcorn action movie and this wink to the audience shows that they were perfectly happy to do that.

While the clichéd characters do make it hard for the actors to really stand out Jurassic World does once again show us what Guardians Of The Galaxy already screamed from the rooftops – Chris Pratt is the your perfect leading man. He can be funny, the ladies seem to like him, he’s blokey enough for guys to love as well and he is a more than capable action hero. At the moment if you want to put bums on seats than Pratt is your go to guy. The people responsible for casting also need to be congratulated for putting ‘serious’ actors into even some of the smaller roles because it is a lot more refreshing to watch talented actors like Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Vincent D’Onofrio in roles that many may feel is beneath them than it is to watch blow-ins deliver bad performances. Also Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson also reveal themselves as young stars to watch in the future.

The key to enjoying Jurassic Park is to go into the cinema just expecting your normal popcorn action movie. There is nothing in Jurassic Park that is going to make it one of the best action movies of all time but it is still enjoyable and does more than enough to keep its audience interested one hundred per cent of the time. The nods to Jurassic Park will keep fans of the franchise happy while Trevorrow’s eagerness to bring in some more dinosaur brutality does more than enough to please the monster movie fans out there. Not high art but still the best Jurassic movie since the original.

 

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: Jurassic World (2015) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Jurassic World reviews: You can also read our Jurassic World review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Tom Hanks

Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.

The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.  The project’s executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter.

Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”

Felicity Jones, an Oscar® nominee this year for her performance in The Theory of Everything, will star opposite Hanks as Dr. Sienna Brooks.  Irrfan Khan, one of India’s biggest stars, best known for his roles in Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi, and The Lunchbox, takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost.  French actor Omar Sy, best known for his work in the French mega-hit The Intouchables, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past, the upcoming Jurassic World, and John Wells’ upcoming untitled project, will play Christoph Bruder.  Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of the Danish television series “Borgen,” will portray Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization.  The filmmakers are also in talks with several other internationally recognized actors for major roles.

Commenting on the announcement, Howard said, “For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon’s life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he’s trying to prevent.  Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well as their home countries – they are phenomenal talents and we can’t wait to get started.”

“We’re thrilled to be making a third Robert Langdon film with Ron, Tom and Brian,” said Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.  “Inferno will deliver all of the excitement, intrigue and international adventure that audiences expect from a film based on Dan Brown’s huge selling Langdon book series. We can’t wait to see this character back on the big screen.”

Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for Columbia Pictures.

The Lunchbox

Summary: Set in modern day Mumbai amongst the city’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, Saajan (Khan) accidentally receives a meal intended for the husband of the unhappily married Ila (Nimrat Kaur). Eventually discovering the delivery man’s accident, Saajan and Ila start to secretly correspond, noting observations of the busy world around them before their letters become more personal.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10rd July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: India, France, Germany, USA

Director: Ritesh Batra

Screenwriter: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Bharati Achrekar (Auntie), Shruti Bapna (Mehrunnisa), Irrfan Khan (Saajan Fernandes), Nimrat Kaur (Ila), Yashvi Puneet Nagar (Yashvi), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Shaikh), Akash Sinha (himself), Denzil Smith (Mr. Shroff), Nakul Vaid (Rajeev)

Runtime: 101 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR THE LUNCHBOX REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s The Lunchbox review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

A quick thought of Indian cinema often conjures up blatant rip offs of Hollywood blockbuster and of course the all-singing and all-dancing dazzle of Bollywood. For some reason the more serious kinds of cinema, which surprisingly is a category that The Lunchbox fits into, seem to go missing and never find their ways into cinemas around the world. Luckily though someone has seen fit to give The Lunchbox a go at box office success outside of its native India.

This succulent film tells tThe tale of two very different people who live two very different lives in modern Mumbai. Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is an unhappy housewife whose main job each day is to prepare her husband’s lunch and make sure it is given to the local dabbawallah to deliver to his work.

Meanwhile widower Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) is seeing out his days at a mundane office job while those around him are preparing for his impending retirement. The fact that he suddenly accidentally starts receiving Ila’s food sparks a new romance for him, while training his replacement Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) gives him new life in the office.

Surprisingly this is director/screenwriter Ritesh Batra’s first feature film. Unlike so many first time directors he doesn’t fall into the trap of trying to recreate the styles or storylines that have made films popular in the past. Batra really brings his own style to The Lunchbox. He doesn’t make the mistake of deciding that this should be a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy like most Hollywood directors would have made this film.

It is however that style of filmmaking that will either make audience members love this film or loathe it. Some will see The Lunchbox as a good move away from the Hollywood style of romance. Batra concentrates on this being a slow moving character piece. He doesn’t need to show a confronting scene to show that Ila is an emotionally abusive relationship, it’s a slow burn trip through a number of days in a row to show just how dull her life is. Likewise Batra doesn’t need to inject outrageous Adam Sandler like comedy into the film to get a laugh; no he can just allow some natural laughs to come from the seemingly odd-couple friendship that develops between Saajan and Shaikh. And just to throw absolute caution into the wind Batra even steers away from the conventional romantic ending that the romance genre has led its audience to expect, no here the audience will have to do some thinking of their own to work out what exactly happened.

Of course having said that though there is a flipside to that coin. At times The Lunchbox is a little sickly sweet and a little too slow moving. This is not the kind of film that your regular popcorn cinema set audience member is quickly going to warm to. Not all film fans will enjoy the slow journey that Batra takes them on while others will savour the fact that Barta captures the essence of living in modern Mumbai, and its tasty cuisine, and puts it up on the big screen for all to see.

The Lunchbox is made even better by the brilliant acting performance of Irrfan Khan. Khan’s acting career has had a real resurgence over the past few years. From becoming the first Indian actor to star in two Oscar winning films – with Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi – to appearing in big Hollywood blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man and the forthcoming Jurassic World Khan has shown that he is an actor of substance who can cope with any role thrown at him. Here Khan hammers that point home with a dramatic yet quite performance that has the audience completely falling in love with character and hoping that he can again find romance in his life.

Khan is well supported by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who manages to mix comedic timing with some serious acting as he plays the slightly odd Shaikh while Nimrat Kaur simply breezes through her role as she plays the likable Ila.

The Lunchbox certainly is a slow burn but it is well worth the effort to sit through it. Technically it is a much better romance to a film like The Notebook. Yes the fact it is from the sub-continent will worry some cinema goers away from the film but if you loved films like The Exotic Marigold Hotel then this is one film that you will savor. Certainly this is one film that does manage to bring a country’s cuisine to the screen and that is something that the French film industry is going to loathe The Lunchbox for.

Stars(3.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  The Lunchbox (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘The Lunchbox′: For our full The Lunchbox review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #87 (which will be online this week). Dave Griffiths also has a The Lunchbox review available on The Book The Film The T-Shirt

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Life Of Pi

Summary:Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, LIFE OF PI tells the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against impossible odds. Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiget Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor… a fearsome Bengal tiger. A remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D epic adventure, LIFE OF PI is an emotionally captivating experience that will inspire, touch and transport audiences to a place of discovery that they will never forget.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, Taiwan

Director: Ang Lee

Screenwriter: David Magee, Yann Martel (novel)

Cast: Elie Alouf (Mamaji), Gauter Belur (Pi Patel 5 Years), Gerard Depardieu (Cook), Adil Hussain (Santosh Patel), Mohd Abbas Khaleeli (Ravi Patel 13/14 Years), Ayan Khan (Ravi Patel 7 Years), Irrfan Khan (Adult Pi Patel), Shravanthi Sainath (Anandi), Suraj Sharma (Pi Patel), Vibish Sivakumar (Ravi Patel 18/19 Years), Rafe Spall (Writer), Tabu (Gita Patel), Ayush Tandon (Pi Patel 11/12 Years)

Runtime: 127 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Life Of Pi’ Review: 

‘Life Of Pi’ may well be when of the best looking films that you are ever likely to see. Director Ang Lee (Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain) has created a film that is so visually spectacular it for once justifies the use of 3D technology and the fact that the audience has to pay that little more to go and see it.

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel ‘Life Of Pi’ finds a writer (Rafe Spall – Earthbound, Prometheus) who is searching for an interesting story as he suffers from a bad case of writer’s block. His journey leads him to the door of Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan – The Amazing Spider-Man, Thank You), a man who promises a tale that will not only captivate him but make him believe on God.

At first the writer isn’t convinced but soon Pi tells him a story that occurred when his teenage self (Suraj Sharma – newcomer), his mother (Tabu – Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted To KillVaco Da Gama), his father (Adil Hussain – English Vinglish, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and his brother (Vibish Sivakumar – newcomer) boarded a ship that would leave India and ferry them and their zoo animals to the United States. Unfortunately the boat sinks during a storm and soon Pi finds himself having to battle for survival in a lifeboat not only against the elements but also against Richard Parker… a fully grown Bengal Tiger.

Ang Lee has developed some truly amazing imaginary during the film. The meerkat island looks amazing on the big screen while the visuals of the whale and the jellyfish look so amazing and brilliant you could be excused for thinking they should be paintings hanging on the walls of some of the world’s finest art galleries.

However, it is worth pointing out that ‘Life Of Pi’ still has its faults. Screenwriter, David Magee (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, Finding Neverland) does a wonderful job making sure that the film’s story remains interesting and keeps moving along at a steady pace even when it is just Pi and Richard Parker in the boat and lost at sea but it does feel that perhaps the film remains in India too long at the start and that there are too many scenes between the adult Pi and the writer, at times they seem to slow down the action of the film.

Like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ did for Dev Patel ‘Life Of Pi’ is going to make actor Suraj Sharma an absolute star and he truly deserves it. He does a wonderful job whether he is called upon to do action or the more intense drama scenes. Film lovers should also be praying that ‘Life Of Pi’ makes sure that Rafe Spall is noticed by more film producers… which is great news considering he is one of the most underrated actors going around.

If you love fine films that you certainly need to take a look at ‘Life Of Pi’ it is one of the best looking films you are ever likely to see on the big screen.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Life Of Pi′: Check Episode #13 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Life Of Pi’. Dave’s other review of ‘Life Of Pi’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB RatingLife of Pi (2012) on IMDb
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