Mini Film Reviews Volume 22

The Dissident

When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world piece together the clues to a murder and expose a global cover up. On paper this could be amazing and this would be tense, gripping, unpredictable and with an unknown subject. It not any of that whatsoever as it too overlong and the pacing is off, it is one of those documentaries that look amazing but it fails to deliver anything.

Virunga

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio – diverse places in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. Once I watched this on Netflix I thought it going to be really powerful and really interesting, I was completely wrong as it too everywhere and uneven with too many inconsistent, it is really disappointing as it doesn’t have that impact on you and it is such a massive let down, it have the same problem with a documentary that I already seen as it too overlong and it is so predictable as well.

Scoob!

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. Don’t bother with this whatsoever and I’m really disappointed with this, I’m a massive fan of the live – action version and this one is unfunny with a thinly plotted story with some characters from Wacky Races and other cartoon characters. Which doesn’t really work and it feel a bit rushed.

Pinocchio

Old woodcarver Geppetto’s puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits. Well this has got potential to be amazing but it is too weird and surreal like with unnecessary monsters, which completely ruined this film and the acting is just average and it is a missed opportunity for this film.

Military Wives

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quicky find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. Military Wives is a likeable and well intention film that is feel good, it is also quietly moving and the main two lead got chemistry together and it work really well. The only flaws is the first hour is rather uneven but the second hour of this film work really well, so it’s a true of two halves but despite that it still a really good film.

Lion

A five – year – old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost hundreds of kilometres from home. 25 years later, he set out to find his lost family. Untimely beautiful and poignancy and it is general moving and heart breaking, the acting is amazing and the cinematography is outstanding, the premise is spot on and it will moved you as this is based on a true story. The thing is in this film it’s the middle aspect with this on and off girlfriend that doesn’t ring true, but overall it still a powerful and poignancy film.

Official Secrets

The true story of British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN security council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Personally I wasn’t expected this to be so good and it is tense, unpredictable and nerve shredding. Keira Knightley and everybody in this film is truly amazing and it is so gripping and this film will drawn you in from start to finish, in a thought – provoking film.

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