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We Bought a Zoo (2011) – Movie Review

We Bought a Zoo is a heart-warming comedy-drama film based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee about how the author and his family used their life savings to buy Dartmoor Zoological Park, a dilapidated zoo in England.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Angus Macfadyen, Alice Marie Crowe, Patrick Fugit, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Dustin Ybarra and Ben Seeder in "We Bought a Zoo"
Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Angus Macfadyen, Alice Marie Crowe, Patrick Fugit, Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Dustin Ybarra and Ben Seeder in "We Bought a Zoo"

We Bought a Zoo is a story about Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a widower who decides to buy a zoo to start a new life with his kids Dylan (Colin Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).

The challenge for Benjamin is getting the zoo reopens while dealing with the lost of his wife and his troubled son. Luckily for him, a team of dedicated zoo staff led by zookeeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson) is there to help him.

Although Kelly is skeptical about Benjamin in the beginning, things change when Benjamin who doesn’t have any experience in zoological shows his dedications in the upkeep of the zoo and begins bonding with the animals. Benjamin even risks his life as he deals with a 650-pound grizzly bear face-to-face when it escapes.

Matt Damon creates a commanding presence in the film and easily overshadows the rest of the cast with his solid performance as a widower dealing with emotional issues. Scarlett Johansson shines well in her role as a zookeeper although she is easily outshined by Damon’s performance.

Overall, We Bought a Zoo is perhaps the next best thing to do after going to a real-life zoo in the holiday season.

  • 7 out of 10
  • A light, heart-warming holiday film for the whole family.
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Giorgio Armani’s Madre Perla collection starring Megan Fox

Giorgio Armani pays a Holiday tribute to an inspiring era. The elegance of the 30′s is setting the tone for the season, embodied by the ever glamorous Megan Fox, as a Hollywood goddess in pure style. Sleek lines, sophisticated colours, luxurious details… Art Deco in all its glory with one of its iconic materials: Madre Perla, inlaid in a precious case, heralding a must-have product.

Wrath of the Titans (2012) Trailer

Wrath of the Titans is a fantasy film and sequel to the 2010 film, Clash of the Titans. In Wrath of the Titans, Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, who has been targeted for capture by his traitorous son, Ares, and his brother, Hades. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike, Wrath of the Titans opens on March 30, 2012.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Trailer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an epic fantasy film and prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14, 2012.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – Movie Review

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol a.k.a. Mission Impossible IV is the fourth Mission Impossible film with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Agent Ethan Hunt. The film is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille).

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"
Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton in "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol"

The film begins with IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) busting out of a prison in Russia with the help of IMF agents — Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Jane Carter (Paula Patton). Earlier, Carter has failed in her mission to intercept a file with nuclear code when her agent Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway) is killed by Sabine Moreau (Léa Seydoux) a French assassin.

Hunt leads Carter and Dunn in a mission to infiltrate Kremlin to retrieve files for a person with code-named "Cobalt" but they are framed to be responsible for the bombing of Kremlin by Cobalt a.k.a. Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist).

With the high tension between the Russia and the US, the US president activates "Ghost Protocol", a black operation contingency that disavows the entire IMF. When IMF Secretary (Tom Wilkinson) is killed by Russian forces, intelligence analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Hunt and his team must work on limited resources to stop Hendricks from starting a nuclear war.

Needless to say, there are plenty of actions as the IMF agents travel from Russia to Dubai then to Mumbai in a mission to prevent Hendricks from activating a Russian missile targeting San Francisco, USA. From climbing the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building by Hunt and interesting cat-fight between Carter and Moreau, the film has never short of action scenes as it moves from one action to another seamlessly.

Although it is his debut live-action film, director Brad Bird manages quite well from transitioning to live-action from animation.

With secrets uncovered throughout the film, it is learnt that Hunt’s wife is still alive and at the end of the film, after a cameo appearance by Ving Rhames who played Ethan’s colleague Luther Stickell in the previous three films, Ethan’s wife, Julia Mead (Michelle Monaghan) is seen on the way to have a drink with her colleagues and possibility of the fifth film in the making.

Overall, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is action-packed, full of adrenaline and never fails to entertain. It is as though as director Bird has turned Tom Cruise into an animated character, always full of zest, always running and never stop. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol may not have the best original script ever with terrorist bombing and starting a nuclear war (X-Men: First Class) something that has done before, but it is certainly the best action flick of 2011.

  • 8 out of 10
  • Good action-packed popcorn entertainment. Watch it for the top-notch action adventures by the energetic Tom Cruise and the amazing action-sequence by director Brad Bird.
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