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Lucy - Review

When you examine Luc Besson writing credentials you throw up a CV which is impressive to say the least. Add to that his expertise behind the camera as a film director and you end up with the mix for what should be an incredible film.

So does Lucy hit the mark or is it off by a mile? (Potential spoiler alert...read on at your own risk)

For some reason I had expected our protagonist, Lucy, to be the type of Black Widow character Scarlet Johannson has played in the past. The character turns out to be far more interesting than I had anticipated.  Faced with a life altering situation Scarlett Johansson gets under the ski, so to speak, of a woman evolving past the limitations of the human condition while trying desperately to retain her humanity as she seeks a purpose to her new existance. Johannson gives a brilliant performance in this one and its impossible to see where she can go wrong with her career turning out solid performances time and time again.

Lucy eventually finds an inspirational guide in the form of Morgan Freeman who sets up the conclusion for Lucy's story. All the while this goes on, Lucy is being chased by a drug lord and he is not happy.

The story is more than a little far fetched but what good science fiction story isn't? The set up of the story is very real and more than a little uncomfortable when you see how easily someone can become a drug mule.

I couldn't help but think that more could be made of the story and I did think the plot was rushed through. Don't get me wrong its a great story and a must see for cinema goers but there was potential here for something epic and we were simply left with just a decent film. Like me its easy to see Besson's Influence's shinning through in this one with some of the sequences reminiscent of Kubrick's work on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I'm giving this one a **** rating. To be honest I am being a little hard on Luc Besson. I am not sure how he could have made it better but I was just left feeling that I wanted more.

Happy watching my friends,

Jafwords

The Jafwords rating system.

***** (Awesome)
**** (Almost awesome but with some flaws)
*** (To be honest it could have been better)
** (Struggling to say good things)
* (Dear director give me my money back)

Available on Authonomy

So I have added a selected few chapters from my most recent novel OUTRiDERS onto the authonomy website. Please feel free to have a look, read, review and add some comments.

OUTRiDERS on Athonomy.com

Into The Storm - Review

The weather forecast is not set to be sunny, in fact there is a storm approaching. 

Sadly, not all reviews can sing the praises for every single film I've watched. I usually try and find some postive value to even the worst things I've seen. Steven Quale's 'Into The Storm' left me a little underwhelmed. To be honest it was not my first choice of film to watch...Disaster style films never really rock my boat. However, I did leave the film feeling slightly better about than I did before I went in. 

The director clearly had his job cut out for him with a script that just felt a little tired and a bit contrived but from what I can see this was his first serious cinematic outing at the helm (apart from his bash at one of the final destination mvies). Visually, it's perfect in my book. Cracking cinematography and the epic scale of those tornadoes fill the screen with a mighty thud that even some major works of Hollywood are lacking at times. The slick combination of a disaster movie tied in with documentary and home move style footage really adds to the positive aspects of the film.

But...ultimately you are let down with the cast. Apart from a steady perforance from The Walking Dead's Sarah Wayne Callies the rest of the character portrayal left you feeling disappointed. I wouldn't GI as far as saying it was bad acting- I just think they were in a position of delivering lines from a script that ultimately didn't grab you as an audience and take you on a journey.

The film is average at best and gets *** from me.

Happy watching folks,

Jafwords

The Jafwords rating system.

***** (Awesome)
**** (Almost awesome but with some flaws)
*** (To be honest it could have been better)
** (Struggling to say good things)
* (Dear director give me my money back)

Superman vs Digital Art

On the odd occasion I like to move past my normal creative work and explore other avenues of creativity. So I've been upgrading my art work and progressed onto a digital medium.

I am sure there are art crtitics out there who would argue that this is not art...and they are probably right... Nevertheless, this will not deter me from continuing to at least try.

So here is my Superman interpretation. Hope you enjoy it. 

Happy reading,

Jafwords.

48hr film Challenge 2014

I am delighted to confirm that Rampant Film Production will once again participate in the Glasgow 48hr film challenge in October.

It always proves to be a hard and challenging weekend but such a worthwhile and creative venture. Now we must begin to build a team once again.

My cousin (John P. Boyle - Eromnim3) and I will once again tackle the writing part together. Then I will take over the helm as director while John leads the way as producer and musical director.

It's sure  to be an incredible weekend in October. So stay tuned for further updates.

Happy reading.

Jafwords.