Alita: Battle Angel – Basic stuff.

It is not a complicated story. A simple one, rather. It is about a cyborg, who was found in the trash, but, is meant to be legendary.

Such films mainly depend on their graphic designing team. James Cameron’s name is enough to attract the audience to watch a spectacle. It is directed by Spy Kids series director Robert Rodriguez and Cameron only writes the screenplay for it. I mainly got attracted to watch this film just because of it’s technological ingredient.

While Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Keean Johnson, Mahearshala Ali and Ed Skrein support the cute Rosa Salazar, the lead actress, with their full potential, Alita: Battle Angel fails to actually deliver a proper plot.

Based on the Japanese manga series known as Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, this flick is able to climb the ladder with the help of the fortifying cast, a great display of tech and a little bit of good action.

3/5

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Aquaman – The foible standalone.

I had been hearing and reading about the bad, the average and the very few good reviews about this motion picture. The trailer told a rejuvenating tale which had already convinced me a couple of months ago. Notwithstanding, I made the call, took a leap of faith and booked my tickets.

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I am really glad that Aquaman was made, not because it’s the best film you can watch under the DC Comics banner [No, I wouldn’t concur.] but because this individual film was necessary as it’s brief introduction in Justice League just wasn’t enough. Also, on behalf of the audience, we really need to witness something out of the usual, in this not-so-medieval times, even refreshing perhaps, apart from the Batmans and the Supermans.

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From a tad role in HBO’S superhit TV series Game Of Thrones to becoming one of the coolest characters of DC Comics, Jason Momoa (as Arthur Curry / Aquaman) has come up a long way. A well earned role [suiting his real personality] and elevation. His wild and high-voltage nature, off-screen, really helped him in developing this character and giving it a bit of a different angle. Amber Heard plays the worthy lead character of Mera. Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko is as amazing as he could get. Patrick Wilson as Orm honestly wasn’t that convincing as the antagonist. Nicole Kidman still looks like she is 28 and acts with the experience of her actual age, played the beautiful Atlana/Queen Of Atlantis. Yahya Abdul Mateen ΙΙ in as David Kane / Black Manta performs really well but was shown as a little insignificant.

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The plot/screenplay being barely more than average, depends on the graphics/VFX to fill the holes it comprises. Now, this being mostly an under water film [as the title suggests too], the detailing of the graphics wasn’t actually that bad. However, when talking about showing scenes from the year 1985, when Temuera Morrison (as Thomas Curry) and Nicole Kidman had to play younger characters, I don’t know whether it was the actual plastic make-up on their faces or it was the VFX doing that but it looked awfully displeasing.

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Moreover, the background score is very childish, especially in the action scenes. Apart from these noteworthy errors, there are a few glitches which are really lowering DC’s standards. James Wan didn’t really give his best, when it came to direction. Beating to that, Don Burgess with excellent cinematography and the heart-stopping action kept us glued to our seats.

3/5

Hitman: Agent 47 – Almost acceptable.

Hitman: Agent 47 is by far the most technologically advanced film made in 2015! Yet, it shakes on the story in defiance to the amazing cast it had.

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A perfect assassin, Agent 47 (played by Rupert Friend) teams up with a woman who is plagued by overwhelming anxiety and an acute awareness of everything around her, even being able to see and hear things well outside a person’s normal sensory radius, Katia van Dees (played by Hannah Ware), to help her find her father and to divulge the mysteries of her ancestry.

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Remember when you were a fan of the game Hitman with it’s cool missions, it’s great story and an originality in the concept. Aleksander Bach, the director, attempts his first film and chooses this one to remake out of ALL the other films. This is a reboot of the original Hitman which was made in 2007, written by the same writer, Skip Woods.

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However, it was directed by a different director, Xavier Gens. Where both the films have not been successful in the box office, I found the previous version’s story a lot better than what I witnessed this time. Apart from that, here, with Rupert playing the lead, Hannah fortified him as the female lead and both did a pleasant job. It was great to see, Zachary Quinto (as John Smith) on the big screen as the antagonist. He was stupendous! Furthermore, it took me a while to remember where I had seen Ciarán Hinds (as Dr. Litvenko) before. I then finally realized that he played the character of Mance Rayder in the political TV series, Game Of Thrones. Last but not the least, the action sequences seemed okay but they were just infused in a very opaque plot.

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Consisting only a display of great tech and a little of good action scenes, Hitman: Agent 47 doesn’t facilitate in being a film worth watching.

2.5/5