Adjustment Bureau – Non-Spoiler Review

It’s weird that the few people I’ve talked to before the movie, they have no idea what movie is this, despite the numerous times of the trailer being shown in cinema..

When I tell them it’s the trailer of Matt Damon holding a girl’s hand (Emily Blunt) running around trying to escape from pursuers..

Then they go “Ooooohhh”..

That’s right, Adjustment Bureau is some kinda romance-thriller starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, is loosely based on Phillip K. Dick’s short story of “Adjustment Team”..

I saw the newspaper ads for this movie, it says, ‘Bourne Meets Inception’..I thought this movie should be a mind-blowing one..

Thanks to UIP for the pair of tickets again, and of course thanks to Kel Li for giving he tickets to Daphne and I :D

So the tagline ‘Bourne Meets Inception’ did give me a little bit of idea what to expect of the movie..

David Norris (Matt Damon), a young candidate running for the US Senate, meets highs and lows during the election and eventually loses out to the other candidate..

During his low time, he met Elise (Emily Blunt) and eventually they fell in love at first sight of some sort..

At this point of time, a group of people called the Adjustment Bureau appeared and they don’t seemed to belong to this world..

As the name of the organization suggests, it’s a bureau in-charge of adjusting people’s life to make them run as according to the bureau’s chairman’s plan..

The reason David Norris is in their plan because he could turned out to be someone very influential and powerful in the future and meeting up with Elise could ruined the plan..

So the bureau is trying their best to stop David and Elise meeting each other..

The plot continues from there and that how you got the movie trailer where David and Elise holding hands running around the city trying to escape from the bureau..

I would say the story is pretty interesting and yes, there is a slight similarity to Inception but of course not as mind-blowing as it is..

Given the plan from the bureau and also ‘chances’, it definitely shows that one has a lot to consider for the best of the future and at the same time, it may be something that you can consider much because everything is already planned by the ‘authorities’..

All in all, I would rate it at 8/10 for its great concept of the ‘adjustment bureau’..I could have given higher rating if not due to its sloppy ending..

Here’s the trailer of Adjustment Bureau..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHVU3fKhsjI]

No Strings Attached – Non Spoiler Review

As much as some people wants to be involved in a no-commitment relationship, it’s not as easy as you think..

No Strings Attached is quite the “slice of life” kinda movie that reflects some people around you, even in Malaysia! Well I speak from experience :P

Thanks to UIP, Daphne and I had heaps of good laughs watching this movie..


*Taken from Wikipedia*

Anyway, Ashton Kutcher is no stranger to movie-goers in the romance-comedy genre and this time he’s teamed up with Natalie Portman, his love interest in the movie..

The movie tells a story about long-time friends Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (Natalie Portman) bumping into each other few times on the street..

The story starts to kick in when Adam tries to find any random girl just to sleep with, and it happened to be Emma..

As suggested by the movie title, they want to keep it as no stings attached, casual sex with falling in love into each other..


*Taken from Google Images*

“Drama” goes on and on and it got me thinking how many casual sex would last long without love feeling involved..

The movie also starring Kevin Kline as Ashton Kutcher’s dad and Ludacris as one of Ashton’s buddies..

Overall, I like the movie very much..Maybe I’m the type of person who likes chick flick as much as I like action and drama movies..

Watch it with your loved one or your love interest, which I hope it would turned out to be good after you watch this movie with him/her :D

I’m rating it 8/10 for the good laughs that I had..I think it’s been some time since I last watched romance-comedy in cinema..

Here’s the trailer..“I’m warning you, if you take one step closer, I’ll never let you go..”..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubfcfs98MBw]

Paranormal Activity 2 – Non-Spoiler Review

The time is back..After slightly a year after Paranormal Activity is shown around end of 2009, the much anticipated Paranormal Activity 2 finally has reached Malaysian shore..Thanks to UIP that I can watch it beforehand again :D

If you have watched Paranormal Activity 1 (PA1), you may say that it’s a boring movie that you almost fell asleep and all..But for me, PA1 is something very fresh and I know the plot is moving very slow but the effect is all it counts..

The movie itself is not that scary at all but the after-effect is simply terrifying..I who usually watch horrors like normal movies, if not like comedies, too felt the after-effect has gotten me a bit..

If you have not watched PA1, don’t worry because it doesn’t really mater as Paranormal Activity 2 (PA2) is actually a prequel of PA1..

The family in PA2 is related to the family in PA1 and PA2 gives you a better picture of what was happening in PA1 and why does it happened..

PA1 seems a bit hanging here and there and left you clueless back then as why Katie was possessed..Was it just because the house was haunted or was it something from the past..

This prequel definitely tells a lot and I would say it’s much more interesting and horrifying than PA1..

Whenever I watch horrors, I usually predict the next scene that would make the girls scream so it’s not that horrifying when one can predict the next move..

But in PA2, I can hardly predict the next scene and it caught me by surprise..

All in all, I would rate Paranormal Activity 2 for a horrifying 8/10 for its prequel story prior to PA1 and lots of surprises that got me scared..

For those who thought PA1 was boring, you might not think the same for PA2..From a psychology point of view, I would say for a person to say it’s boring is a way to neutralize or control the fear in them :)

Owh, expect quite a surprise ending too..It got me think about karma for a while..

Watch the official trailer..Not for the weak-heart..Lower down your volume..You have been warned..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SSc3bmdd8o]

My Soul To Take – Non-Spoiler Review

Watched ‘My Soul To Take’ with Daphne, thanks to UIP for the tickets..

First off, here’s a bit of details on the casts and production crew and all..

Genre :  3-D Suspense thriller

Cast :  Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Emily Meade, Nick Lashaway, Denzel Whitaker,  Shareeka Epps, Paulina Olszyinski, Raúl Esparza

Written and Directed by :  Wes Craven

Produced by :  Wes Craven, Iya Labunka, Anthony Katagas

‘My Soul To Take‘ is a thriller with a slight bit of horror but it’s not getting anywhere near ghost-horror thingy, directed by Wes Craven, who also did ‘Nightmare On Elm Street‘..

When I thought it’s some trying-too-hard-to-be-there kinda movie, the beginning of the movie got me startled and I was amazed, really..

It’s about a family guy (no not that animation Family Guy) who has some kinda mental illness and has multiple personality which got him became a serial killer in Riverton..


*Car crash*

The starting of the movie wasn’t making any sense but who cares coz Abel Plenkov (Raul Esparza) has multiple personalities aka mental illness so we are not in for something of the norm..

The killer, Riverton Ripper is already on killing spree before you could warm your seat and your popcorn is probably still fresh hot..Like I said, I was amazed with the amount of actions..


*5 of the Riverton 7*

After some killings and car crashing, the Riverton Ripper fled, not knowing whether he’s dead or alive..

16 years have passed and come the story after that, the Riverton 7..Riverton 7 is the 7 babies that survived on their pre-matured birth on the night The Ripper is ‘killed’..

Rumors said the Ripper’s soul is still around among the Riverton 7 and things have been fine until the night of Ripper’s Day, 16-years later..

So the rumor or curse is that the Ripper will be back for more killing spree and the Riverton 7 is his target..

Riverton 7 consists of main character Adam ‘Bug’ Hellerman (Max Thieriot), Bug’s best friend Alex Dunkelman (John Magaro), Jerome King (David Whitaker), Penelope Bryte (Zena Grey), pretty girl Brittany Cunningham (Paulina Olyszynski), Jay Chan (Jeremy Chu), and big bully Brandon O’Neil (Nick Lashaway)..


*The Fang*

IMHO, I think the character of Fang (Emily Meade) is not quite necessary but later in the movie only I realized her role in the movie is pretty much what makes the characters of the Riverton 7 of some sort..

So never underestimate the Fang, the self-appointed high school queen in Riverton..


*Brittany Cunningham being assaulted*

Things got pretty ugly with pools of blood and it’s nothing much of goriness..So don’t worry if you are afraid if you can’t handle the gory scenes, coz there’s almost none, IMO..


*Lots of surprises waiting for you*

Lots of twists and jokes in this movie and it got you thinking who is the real killer..It could be the Ripper from 16 years ago, it could be someone among the Riverton 7..

The ending is quite a surprise for me, at least..Some might want to claim their superiority by using the word ‘predictable’..

The ending isn’t really hanging around but there’s room for a sequel but I think it’s good that it stop just right there..Perhaps a prequel would be fine..

I’ll give ‘My Soul To Take’ a decent 7/10 for its early actions and the suspense throughout the movie..

Here’s the trailer..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPMpgWqETbY]

Megamind 3D – Non-Spoiler Review

Entered the cinema hall and didn’t expect much from Megamind 3D because I got disappointed by some other animations although they were really cute and kinda funny but it just didn’t hit the button in me..


*Taken from UIP*

Thanks to UIP for the sneak preview tickets and I pretty enjoyed it with Daphne..Do follow their Facebook Fanpage at facebook.com/uipmalaysia for more movie updates!

Voiced by Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, and David Cross, this animation is definitely not your average superhero kinda movie..

Watched the trailer few times before and I must say the trailer pretty much played with our minds and I must applaud to that..

There must be some discreet details hidden in a trailer instead of pretty much makes up the whole story like some not-so-good movie trailers..

But of course, the discreet details must be interesting and fresh instead of the usual boring, expected, and/or cold jokes that didn’t really worked out..


*Taken from Google Images*

Megamind, an Avatar-like villain who fights the whole world, and the Metroman of course..

That pretty much sums up from the trailer but from the poster you can see there’s actually another superhero character..

I can only tell you that this animation movie is pretty much about human nature and there’s always the evil side and of course the good side or a person..

I would not spoil the surprise and I hope you enjoy the surprise and of course expect the unexpected..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJtot_f-snU]

I’m giving Megamind 3D a rating of 8/10 for the fresh and unexpected storyline together with its funny dialogue and the surreal face expressions..

I’ve watched it in 3D but I would say it’s up to you whether to watch it in 3D or not..For me it’s not specifically a must to be watched in 3D..

Zac Efron Is Charlie St Cloud – Non-spoiler Review

Charlie St Cloud (Zac Efron), a young chap with bright future in sailing is very close to his younger brother, Sam St Cloud (Charlie Tahan)..

Their bond is so close that Sam couldn’t depart with Charlie who is going to further his study in Stanford University, receiving sailing scholarship from it..

One night, both of them met with a serious accident and Sam died from it while Charlie is saved in a matter of thin line between life and death..

charlie st cloud

In the cemetary, Charlie starts to see Sam’s spirit..Don’t want to leave his younger brother alone, Charlie promised Sam to meet him in the forest teach him to play baseball everyday at sunset..Later he became the cemetary caretaker..

5 years later, the routine to play with Sam is still on going, and Charlie met his ex-classmate Tess Carroll in the cemetary..

Tess Carroll (Amanda Crew) is also a sailor and is determined to join the sailing solo competition..Charlie wanted to join but he’s torn between sailing, loving Tess, and being there for his brother Sam..

The storyline is pretty much predictable and I was hoping for a surprise sad ending because the trailer looks pretty sad..

I was all ready to tear my manly tears but the essence isn’t there for me to cry and mind you, I’m quite an emotional guy when it comes to sad movies..

But of course I would say some people could totally relate to the incidents when tragedy happens to someone close to you..There comes the manly tears..

Overall I would rate it a 6/10 for not making my teared and I bet girls would still want to catch the cute guy Zac Efron on the screen..

Also thanks to UIP for the movie tickets..

Here’s the trailer of Charlie St Cloud..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUcGcEhyeIo]