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Rampage - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Dumb Action-Entertainer!"

Directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the lead role, Rampage is based on the popular 1980's video game of the same name and narrates the story of a rare albino gorilla named George and his relationship with Davis (The Rock) and how he (along with two other animals) quickly transforms into a ruthless monster after being exposed to a biochemical pathogen which is genetically edited.

Being the Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment History, The Rock demands the screen presence throughout the film. His charisma, magnetic persona and allure keep you invested in the movie despite its standard flaws. His relationship with George was heartwarming, amusing and few scenes between them were the best moments from the entire film. Adding more to the positive side, the action sequences in the movie were enjoyable to watch. It's just super-large and crazy animals squaring off against military and government officials and Brad Peyton made sure that the monsters looked gigantic, scary and alarming. Also, with a runtime under 110 minutes, I thought that the film was well-paced and didn't waste time in terms of concluding or establishing the plot.

But, the movie majorly suffers do it's weak and lousy storyline. It's predominantly predictable and explores nothing new. The characters apart from The Rock were mostly underwhelming. The English actress Naomie Harris plays the tedious doctor that we see in every disaster film, Malin Åkerman plays the most obvious generic rich villain, Joe Manganiello was by and large wasted and Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character didn't make proper sense cause he shows up at the right time and at the right place a bunch of times to save the lead characters.

Overall, Rampage is a dumb action entertainer which you will enjoy for the spectacle, action sequences, and The Rock's compelling screen presence. Watch it if you really want to, if not, just wait till it debuts on any streaming platform.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Spectre - Movie Review

Verdict - "An entertaining and a fine-looking Bond film."

Remember the last time we saw a good 007 movie? Well, it's not too long ago when Skyfall came out in 2012. But, if you take a trip down to the memory lane, James Bond movies are always a hit or a miss, we've witnessed few great movies like Casino Royale and few trainwrecks like Quantum of Solace in the recent past. Therefore, my expectations for Spectre were much low, I sat alone in the theatre expecting nothing but a decent action movie and surprisingly, I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I expected. It might not be the best in the Bond franchise, but it's certainly not the worst.

After receiving an order through a video message from his former boss, M (Judi Dench), Bond starts to track down a secret terrorist organization known as the Spectre who are planning for multiple radical attacks in few major cities around the world. But, in the course of his inquiry, he realizes that these current attacks are some way linked to his previous encounters that took place in Skyfall and Casino Royale.

Now, I like when movies refer to its prequels, it certainly increases the significance of the franchise and makes the viewer immerse into the storyline a bit more. But when it comes to Spectre, it's been the total opposite, the writers had inexplicably failed in setting up these focal plot points, as it felt like a trendy sports car only used for displaying purposes. 

Also, the storyline aspect of the film was overall quite underwhelming, cause it did feel like an overly used premise that we've seen before in a spy-action movie. Especially, they're few significant subplots included in the film involving the characters C and M that didn't feel superior to me. Furthermore, the romantic angle between Madeline and Bond was just bland and wasn't give much time to ponder. As a result, when the couple act that they have feelings for each other, it felt quite inferior to me.

When it comes to technical aspects of the film, the cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema was outstanding, the way he shot the entire movie using wide-angle shots was soo remarkable and the scenery was totally jaw-dropping. The guy worked for the films Her and Interstellar before, so that wouldn't surprise me a lot. Likewise, another intriguing aspect of this film were the action sequences. Director, Sam Mendes made sure that these scenes hold up to the expectations that we all normally have for a Bond film and didn't disappoint a lot. The performances from the entire cast were satisfactory, overall, an impressive show.

Nevertheless, Spectre came off as a surprise to me may be due to my partially low expectations, I found myself appreciating the movie a lot mainly due to its technicality aspects, cause it's a spectacle to watch in a movie theatre. Excluding few apathetic aspects, I surely recommend watching this film even if you're not a 007 fan.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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