Noah (2014) – Movie Trailer

Noah is a fantasy adventure film based on the Biblical Noah (Russell Crowe) who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Noah opens on March 28, 2014.

Thor (2011) – Movie Review

Thor is superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on comic book character by Marvel Comics.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"
Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"

Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, defeats the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey (Colm Feore) in a bid to prevent them to conquer the Nine Realms and in the process capture the Casket of Ancient Winters, the source of their power.

Unlike his father, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is arrogant, ruthless and ignorant. After failing to ascend the throne of Asgard as King when interrupted by the invasion of the Frost Giants, Thor invades Jotunheim against his father’s order, accompanied by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three which consequently forces Odin to save their lives. In an effort to teach Thor a lesson in humility, Odin banishes Thor to Earth and strips all his power. He’s accompanied by his hammer, Mjolnir but he can only wield it if he’s worthy.

Thor lands on New Mexico fashionably in a tornado and is discovered by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), her bubbly assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) whilst Thor’s hammer is found and confisticated by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who also confisticates Jane’s data, her computers and equipments. When Thor learns about Mjolnir, he invades S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to retrieve it only to find himself unable to lift it. He is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. but is later rescued by Dr. Selvig and falls in love with Jane.

When Loki discovers he is Laurey’s son and was adopted by Odin, Odin falls into Odinsleep (coma) due to stress and Loki takes over the throne. As the God of Mischief, Loki offers Laurey the chance to kill Odin as well as retrieve the Casket.

Unhappy with Loki’s ruling, Sif and the Warriors Three convince Heimdell (Idris Elba), gatekeeper of Bifrost Bridge, to allow them to enter Earth and rescue Thor. Knowing that, Loki sends the Destroyer, a metallic Golem, to pursue them and kill Thor. Funnily, S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson mistakes the Destroyer as another Stark’s invention.

Sif and the Warriors Three find Thor but are not able to overcome the Destroyer, forcing Thor to sacrifice himself to save Jane and others. As Thor dies, he proves worthy to wiled Mjolnir and the hammer returns to him restoring his powers to allow him to defeat the Destroyer.

In Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey, revealing his true plan to use their attempt on Odin’s life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifrost Bridge and prove himself worthy to Odin. Thor arrives and fights his brother before destroying the Bifrost Bridge to stop his plan, stranding himself in Asgard. Odin awakens and saves the brothers from falling, but Loki allows himself to fall, believing he has failed Odin.

Don’t forget to stay on for the post-credit scene where further connection to the Avengers is revealed.

Overall, Thor is not your regular god of Thunder from Nordic mythology but he is a superhero character from Marvel that is associated with the god of Thunder. Later on, he will join forces with Iron Man and others in the much anticipated Avengers. Thor is light-hearted, be it humor or action while remains entertaining.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Watch it! It’s fun, entertaining, action-packed yet humorous
  • Yes

Thor (2011) Trailer

Thor is a superhero film based on the comic book by Marvel Comics. The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Frankenstein), Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman. The film opens on May 6, 2011.

The Wolfman (2010) – Movie Review

The Wolfman is the remake of 1941′s classic horror thriller of the same name.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The Wolf Man in "The Wolfman"
The Wolf Man in "The Wolfman"

Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) returns to Blackmoor when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) writes him a letter requesting help to track down his brother, Ben. When he reaches his old house, he is greeted by his father, Sir John (Anthony Hopkins) only to tell him of the death of his brother.

He finds a medallion from his brother’s belongings and is led to a nearby gypsy’s camp. Despite his father’s warning, he heads to the gypsy’s camp on a full moon and a werewolf turns up and attacks the entire camp, end up killing most of the villagers. When a young boy tries to escape from the camp, the werewolf goes after him. Lawrence ensues but the boy refuses to listen to him. Consequently, Lawrence is attacked and bitten by the werewolf but is saved when the villagers find him and fire their guns.

Although Lawrence is severely wounded and taken to his father after getting some light treatment from a gypsy named Maleva, he heals extremely fast by next morning. This instance brings Inspector Aberline (Hugo Weaving) to pay him a visit and asks him a series of questions. Soon after, priests and local religious men come over to arrest him but Lawrence is saved by his father.

On the night of full moon, Lawrence follows his father and finds him hiding in a cell below the crypt. Sir John then locks himself with Lawrence outside transforming into a werewolf for the very first time. He attacks and kills many villagers.

The next morning, Lawrence wakes up in his human form and is arrested by Aberline, and is sent to the mental institution his father once sent him as a child. He later realizes his father is bitten by a wolfboy during his expedition in India and that his father has killed his mother and Ben. Lawrence vows to kill his father and Sir John relishes the challenge.

When the court tries to prove werewolves do not exist, Lawrence turns into a werewolf and kills a few of the men before escaping to London. Aberline chases him down but fails to kill him. Lawrence travels back to Blackmoor in order to kill his father.

As Lawrence reaches Blackmoor, he confronts his father as both transform into werewolves and fight with each other. Lawrence triumphs over his father when he overthrows him into the fire to kill him. Gwen and Aberline arrive at the manor at the same time and as Lawrence tries to chase after Gwen, Aberline attempts to stop him, but ends up getting bitten.

In the end, Gwen manages to kill Lawrence with a silver bullet passed by Aberline, but a wolf howl is heard, presumably from Aberline.

Both Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro excelled in the movie, overshadowing nearly the entire casts. The special effect of the transformation from a human form to werewolf is extremely real while the movie can sometimes gives you unnecessary creepy feelings.

Overall, it is an underrated film with incredibly talented actors and great special effects. Although the film is entertaining to watch, somehow, it lacks the elements which separates a good film from a mediocre one. In this case, The Wolfman is mediocre.

My ratings: 6 out of 10.

The Wolf Man (2010) Trailer

The Wolf Man is a thriller about an American man (Benicio Del Toro) who is bitten, and cursed by a werewolf when he returns to his ancestral homeland. Starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving. The Wolf Man opens on February 10, 2010.