Centurion (2010) Trailer

Centurion is an action adventure film about a splinter group of Roman soldiers who fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack. Starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Centurion opens on April 23, 2010 in the UK.

Olga Kurylenko — Nika, Natasha and Bond Girl

Olga Kurylenko is a familiar face. You may have seen her played Nika in Hitman, Natasha in Max Payne and now she’s the new Bond girl for Quantum of Solace.

Previously she also appeared in Paris, jet’aime as the vampire alongside Elijah Wood.

Olga Kurylenko plays Nika in "Hitman"
Olga Kurylenko plays Nika in "Hitman"

Olga Kurylenko and Mark Wahlberg in "Max Payne"
Olga Kurylenko and Mark Wahlberg in "Max Payne"

Olga Kurylenko plays Natasha Sax in "Max Payne"
Olga Kurylenko plays Natasha Sax in "Max Payne"

Olga Kurylenko plays Camille in "Quantum of Solace"
Olga Kurylenko plays Camille in "Quantum of Solace"

Olga Kurylenko is the latest Bond girl
Olga Kurylenko is the latest Bond girl

Olga Kurylenko is sexy
Olga Kurylenko is sexy

Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko plays a vampire in "Paris, je t'aime (segment
Olga Kurylenko plays a vampire in "Paris, je t’aime (segment “Quartier de la Madeleine”)"

What’s next for Olga Kurylenko, the Ukrainian-born actress? She has two upcoming movies after Quantum of Solace — "Tyranny" and "Galia". In "Galia", Olga gets to play both prostitute and "Hit woman". Awesome, ain’t it?

Max Payne (2008) – Movie Review

Max Payne is a movie based on a video game of the same name. Directed by John Moore, the film stars Mark Wahlberg. The movie also stars Chris " Ludacris" Bridges while Nelly Furtado also appears briefly in the movie.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Mark Wahlberg in "Max Payne"
Mark Wahlberg in "Max Payne"

Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is a cop transferred to "Cold Case" department after the death of his wife, Michelle and his kid. He’s determined to investigate their deaths and will not stop at anything.

When Natasha (Olga Kurylenko) is found murdered the day after she has met Max, Max becomes the prime suspect. Alex Balder (Donal Logue), whom used to be Max’s partner in the Homicide department manages to find some information relating both Natasha’s death and Michelle’s death as both of them had a tattoo on their hands. Alex ends up death in Max’s apartment when he went looking for Max. Then comes a man called BB Hensley (Beau Bridges), who is a former cop and Max’s mentor. They drop by BB’s office before going to Alex’s house to pay him the last respect. Christa Balder (played by Nelly Furtado), Alex’s wife appears shortly and she slaps Max before asking him to leave her house.

Mona Sax (Mila Kunis) seems to be angry over the death of her sister, Natasha and finds Max in order to kill him. Max convinces Mona to investigate the case together starting with a man called Owen Green. But when they reach Owen Green’s apartment, it’s too late as Owen jumps to his death but is apparently pulled to his death by a Valkyrie. Mona then shows Max the tattoo parlor that Natasha got her tattoo from. The tattoo parlor explains the tattoo as Valkyrie’s wing. He says that those people with the Valkyrie tattoo die violently and go to heaven while those who die in their sleep go to hell.

Max finds Jason Colvin (Chris O’Donnell) and forces him to tell the truth about Michelle and what they have done to her by resorting to violence. Even though this made his secretary calls the security, Colvin ends up telling Max about Aesir Corp was involved in a project called Valkyr, a failed military project to improve its soldiers’ stamina and moral but was halted due to its failure. Those who takes the drug will experience hallucination and sees birds flying around them.

Somehow, when the security guards arrive, they kill Colvin and try to finish off Max before he escapes. Max then goes to find Jack Lupino (Amaury Nolasco), the mafia boss whom he suspects is the killer behind Natasha and his wife. When Max’s almost killed by Lupino, B.B. appears and kills Lupino with a gunshot. Max feels relieve but he’s knocked unconscious by B.B.’s sidekick. They plan to throw him into a freezing lake but Max escapes and jumps into the lake to save himself. When he is almost drowned, his wife tells him it’s not the time yet and Max swims out to save himself. In desperation, Max drinks the Valkyr drug given to him by B.B. and becomes energetic with Valkyries flying in the background. He goes on rampage and kills everyone on sight, knowing B.B. has betrayed him. Even though in the end Max manages to kill B.B., he is arrested by the cops.

Overall, Mark Wahlberg plays his character, Max Payne very well indeed. The movie is almost like a combination of another video game movie, Hitman with the darkness of Gabriel, an Australian movie about archangel. Coincidentally, Olga Kurylenko plays Nika in Hitman and she also wears a short red dress in it! The visual effect is impressive as well although the story line is different from the video game. Ludacris’ character as Jim Bravura, an internal affairs agent seems unnecessary as it does not add any value to the film at all. The plot is poor but overridden by the incessant shooting, appearance of Norse mythology, the Valkyries and the incredibly beautiful Olga Kurylenko in an ultra short red dress (the good thing is we’ll get to see her again as the next Bond girl in Quantum of Solace).

My ratings: 6 out of 10.

Paris, jet’aime (2006) – Movie Review

Paris, jet’aime, which means “I Love You” in English is a movie made out of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Paris, jet'aimeThe short films are within a few minutes each but mind you that this film is only for those die-hard fans of romance and Paris, of course. Oui, Paris et roman. Comprenez-vous?

Paris, is the city for the lovers of food, the lovers of fashion, the lovers of arts, the lovers of history and most of all, the city for the lovers of love.

With 21 directors including Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles and Gus Van San and many actors including Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Juliette Binoche among others, the film is worth watching despite the fact that it’s not for everyone.

Check out the trailer:

My ratings: 7 out of 10. Watch this if you are in love. Skip it if you aren’t.

Hitman (2007) – Movie Review

Hitman is a movie based on the popular video game by Eidos with the same title. An assassin known only as Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) is always on target and almost cold-blooded. Trained since he was orphan by a secret society only known as “The Organization”, Agent 47 has killed many victims from all over the world. For that, Mike Whittier (Dougray Scott who plays Ian, Susan’s lover in Desperate Housewives), an Interpol officer keeps pursuing Agent 47, wherever he goes.

Agent 47 is the Hitman
Agent 47 is the Hitman

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

In one of Agent 47′s assignment in Russia, 47 is assigned to kill Mikhail Belicoff, a newly assigned Russian President. However, after killing Belicoff almost 4 kilometers away, 47 realizes he is set up when he receives an order to kill Nika (Olga Kurylenko), a Russian prostitute who is said to have witness the assassination of Belicoff. 47 does not manage to kill Nika because he feels that Nika has not even seen him before. Thus, 47 is ensnared in a political conspiracy which involves the Russian military.

Along the way, he kidnaps Nika before he soon realizes Nika is Belicoff’s toy whom he has used to set up 47. And Belicoff himself is the hirer. Nika tells 47 that Belicoff has a double and that’s why he’s not dead yet. Along the way he encounters numerous other hit men assigned to take him and Nika out. Nika offers him sex numerous times but 47, being a true killer, declines her offers.

Nika attempts to seduce 47
Nika attempts to seduce 47

Instead of killing Nika, 47 sees something different in her as Nika is also an orphan and a slave who does not want to live the way she is living. She also has a tattoo on her head like him – a dragon tattoo on her left cheek.

In many instances, 47 cleverly deceives the Interpol and the Russian military. Along the way, he has killed many Russian military men, and numerous other hit men. Often, he hides his weapons in other places and when the need arises, he knows where to find his guns.

Though the movie is one of the best video game adaptation movies, it lacks a certain subtlety which otherwise would have been a good movie. Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian model and actress, played her role well. Whereas, Timothy Olyphant is the perfect man for Agent 47 as he’s suave and simply cold-blooded but yet has the look of an innocent orphan who has no choice in choosing his own destiny. No one else would have played Agent 47 better than Timothy. Perhaps the executive director of the film, actor Vin Diesel would excel as Agent 47 but that is a different story altogether.

My rating: 5.5 out of 10.