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July 2014

Earth To Echo (2014)

The first time that I saw the trailer for Earth To Echo was in the cinema. I thought that this will be a great 15 or 12A sci fi film that is about children who meet aliens from a different planet which is sought of like ET but for adults. Then I saw the trailer of the film of a kids channel and thought ‘Oh no, this is a kids sci fi film and we know how this is going to end’.

Earth To Echo is a film about three friends and their home is going to be destroyed but two days before they move, they see that something strange is happening to their phones which shows them a map so they decide to go on a hunt down and see what is happening. On their journey, they meet a small alien called Echo who has crashed landed on Earth and needs to go back home.


I heard that this film wasn’t strong enough and that it was a copycat of et so I was a bit worried about seeing this film but I did go and see it anyway and I am glad that I did because this film was really good. At first, I wasn’t that into the whole children filming themselves on this journey but I got used to it and thought that it was really made this film unique.

The first half of this film was amazing and seemed more like The Goonies than ET. You could really see the connection between the friends and it was good to see them connect to echo in the beginning. The second half wasn’t that exciting as the first but it is not to say that it was bad. I actually didn’t like the bit where everything started to end because it made me think, “is that it, they went for their journey just for this to happen”. I would have liked to see more but for what it was, it was good. I have given this film a 6/10. Great first half but weak second half.


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

The first time that I found out the planet of the apes franchise was when I watched the Tim Burton version as it was the time that I had just discovered him and went on a marathon by watching all of is film (still haven’t seen all of them). Even though people say that it was the worst planet of the apes film out there, I thought it was good for what is was and maybe because I haven’t watched any of the old ones. When I found out that there were making a reboot of planet of the apes for 2011 called rise of the planet of the apes, I was a bit worried because they are making a lot of reboots of classic films which haven’t been very good but the film was actually amazing, I have to admit that I wasn’t excited to see this film after until I saw the trailers which got me pumped up.

This film is set ten years after the first instalment where there are a few humans left as most of them have been wiped out by the virus that was seen at the end of the first film. The apes have evolved and are led by Caesar and when they clash, a war breaks out to determine who is the most dominant specie.


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Now that is what I am taking about. This is how sequels should be. When they announced the sequel, I wasn’t really that excited until I saw the trailers for this film.

The thing that I love the most about this film is that even though it is a sequel, it can be seen as a stand alone film as before watching this film, I didn’t remember that much from the first but it was ok because you got to catch on while watching the film. I also loved that this film wasn’t predictable and that it always put you in suspense.

There were also had great shots in the film where you got to see some actions like you were behind one of the main characters in the scene whether it is trying to not get caught by apes or helping destroy humans. Throughout the entire film, you always felt sympathy for the apes especially Caesar because he was always question by Koba who says that he cared more for humans than apes.

You also understood Koba’s motive as he was treated badly by humans so he thinks all humans are like that whereas Caesar has lived among them so knows how they are. Some people complain that there weren’t enough humans but I think that it’s ok as the film does mention apes in the title so it should be more about them and how they are trying to adapt.

I think that the best actor in this film hands down is Andy Serkis as Caesar because he shows the power and emotion that Caesar has. I think that he should at least get a Oscar nomination and win one for his performance in this film As well as having great performance, the CGI is also spectacular especially the detail that they put into the apes making them have those emotions and facial expressions.

I have given this film a 8/10 (would have given it more but my cinema experience made it less as someone kept trying to mimic Caesar’s voice that it became so annoyed and someone else farted in the cinema. FYI, never go to a cinema that is only £4 as people think that the cinema is like their home and that they can do whatever they want.)

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

I have seen all the transformer films before this one and I thought that the first one was good and the second was ok but I hated the third. Anyway, before I went to see this film, I saw that there were bad reviews from critics but fans seemed to have enjoyed it so I thought I would give this film a chance as it has new actors in the film and this is the first transformer film that I have ever seen in the cinema.

This film is set after the third film where they had the ‘devastation of Chicago’ and now humanity has taken Autobots as their enemy.

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The first half of the film was a bit confusing for me because they kept cutting from one scene to another when you were kind of getting into the film but in the end, I got use to it and it started to become really interested in the film and thought maybe this film might be good and then there was a scene where they were trying to save the daughter and I started to get really bored.

From that scene onwards, I just kept yawning throughout the whole film, nearly dozed off and was looking around the cinema wondering when this film was going to end. I even saw someone looking at their phone, texting someone which showed how bad this film was. At times, I did go back to the plot of the film but only for 3 mins or less until I was bored again.

This film just felt like they thought that there was too many back story so they just added random fight scenes just to make the film epic and it made the film seem very long like I felt like I was there for four hours. There was also advertisements in basically every scene for example there was this scene where scientists had created this thing called transformium (yes, it sounds really stupid and no, I am not making this up) where it was supposed to be a better version of the transformers and when they tested it out, it transformed into a my little pony toy and it also transformed into a beats pill and from that point on I thought “really, they should’ve just made transformers as an advert online instead, it would’ve been much better’.

Even though there were bad things in this film, there were some good things like the CGI was much better than the first 3 films as they were so clear and spectacular. Mark Wahlberg was good in the film as he had a back story that made sense as to how he found the Optimus prime as he is an inventor and saw Optimus as this vehicle which he could fix and made a lot of money out of. I liked the fact that his character always helped the autobots. The other characters tried to do the same but it didn’t really feel like they had done anything compared to Wahlberg’s character. I was surprised how Nicole’s character didn’t annoy me as most of the female characters in transformers tend to annoy me but maybe it could be that sometimes I did forget that she was in the film but that being said she did kind of annoy me in the 1st 20mins of the film. I sometimes wondered why her boyfriend was in this film and why he had sought of an Irish/Australian accent when he is meant to be from Texas. I thought that other than driving cars which he only did twice and not for long, there was no point of him being in the film.

I think the main reason why I didn’t like this film and wasn’t interested in it like most people is because it was a film that had a lot of action and not enough story and I love a film that has action and story like captain america 2 and all the x men films (except last stand and and origins) because those films made you feel connected with the characters while giving you great action whereas this one is just action. They did add a bit of connect to character in the first part of the film but it wasn’t enough and it led to a really bad film. I have given this film 2/10 and next time, I’m just going to stick with watching transformers films at home instead of spending £8 on these films.

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