The 15:17 to Paris


The trailer of 15:17 to Paris wasn’t that exciting and did not reveal much about the story. But being a Clint Eastwood film, everyone had high expectations from it. Let’s find out whether this film delivers that or not?

Based on a true story of three American friends, who took down a terrorist on a speeding train from Amsterdam to Paris and avoided a massacre from happening. With no real actors casted for the lead roles, we have Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone playing themselves.

Clint Eastwood, the veteran director who has many good and classic films under his name, turns this headline-grabbing true story into a boring film. The theme of the story is about ordinary people showing extraordinary courage and saving people’s lives, which is nothing new to look for.

Emotionally it’s a flat film. There are no high points in the film at all. The terrorist attack event comes only in the last 10 minutes of the film. The remaining 90 minutes or so focus on how the three characters meet, many things happen in their lives and they end up together on the train to Paris.Β  The style of direction is kind of similar to the film ‘Sully’ where the facts are kept real with no theatrics.

The 15:17 to Paris clearly shows that a single act of heroism can truly transform a life, but may not necessarily make for a transformative film.

Rating:Β πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


Genre: Drama

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring:Β Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasani

Duration: 94 minutes



Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure hit theatres after almost 3 years of the second instalment of the Maze Runner Franchise. With such a long gap, many may have even forgotten the series by now. Let’s see whether this film was worth the wait or not.

The story takes off right after where the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials ended. After escaping from the evil Wicked Corporation, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and his friends now want to save their friend Minho and others who are still imprisoned and used as lab rats. But Wicked Corporation will do anything to find the cure for the virus and save the human race.

The movie starts with a good action sequence which really sets up high expectations. Unfortunately, they are not met as the movie moves forward. The focus of the story is mostly on Thomas’s mission to save other people from Wicked Corp. Finding the cure for the deadly virus takes a back seat and only comes forward in the end. Being the final film of the trilogy the climax of the story could have been better.

We see fewer zombies this time and more neatly designed action sequences. The story is quite predictable and doesn’t have many twist and turns. The obstacles seemed a little easy for Thomas & team which kind of brings down the fun. We also see Nathalie Emmanuel from Fast & Furious just for 2 frames in the whole movie. Why was she even there?

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is another average action thriller film. Fans may enjoy it but we’d suggest you give this one a skip.

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹& 1/2


Genre: Action, Thriller

Directed by: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen

Duration: 141 minutes

Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

Murder On The Orient Express is based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 classic novel of the same name, which has been earlier adapted into a film and a couple of tv shows too. So whats different this time? Let’s find out.

World’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot(played by Kenneth Branagh), is trying to take a vacation while traveling on a packed luxury train from Istanbul to England. But unfortunately, even here he is interrupted by a murder of a fellow passenger. Now everyone on the train is a suspect and Poirot has to find the killer. The passengers are from different countries, having different careers but are somehow connected with each other. That was a small hint which should excite you to go and watch this film.

The ensemble cast comprises an enjoyable mix of actors Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, PenΓ©lope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. Kenneth Branagh delivers a performance that overpowers everything else.

The film starts as any typical detective film but ends on a different tone. The film mostly involves verbal discussions so pay good attention to the dialogues to understand the details and to follow the unfolding of the mystery.

The cinematography is grand and beautiful. It is not a fast-paced thriller, but a medium paced mystery-suspense drama. The film fails to create the sense of urgency and tension which murder mysteries are supposed to offer.

If you are a fan of murder mysteries, you should definitely give this film a try.

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

Based on: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, PenΓ©lope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley

Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos

Justice League

After the super success of Wonder Woman, DC & Warner Bros are back with their next superhero outing Justice League. The trailer & recent posters of Justice League have been giving out hints of Superman making a comeback. Does he really? Well, don’t worry we won’t spoil the surprise for you.

The story starts where Batman vs Superman ended. The world is mourning the death of Superman and feels hopeless without him. A new danger is looming around the corner and Batman alone cannot save this world. So he decides to put together a team of heroes.

Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot reprise their roles of Batman & Wonder Woman. We are introduced to new superheroes Aquaman, Cyborg, and Flash, which are played by Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller respectively.

Flash is an immature teenager who’s excitement and silly questions bring out little laughter on the other hand, Batman and Wonder Woman act like matured parents trying to keep the team together.

Director Zack Snyder gives us another average movie which had the potential to be a kick-ass superhero flick. Out of the three newly introduced superheroes, Flash is able to make some impact. But the characters of Cyborg and Aquaman fail to impress. Having standalone movies for both of them could have made a difference here.

There is lots of action to enjoy. But the VFX and CGI are average and sometimes gives you a feeling of playing a video game. It lacks realness and smoothness. The ending gives some hints about new members joining the Justice League in the future movies.

Overall, Justice League is an average superhero movie which fails to pack a punch but is still watchable.

Rating:  πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ & 1/2


Directed by: Zack Snyder

Screenplay by: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon

Based on: Justice League by Gardner Fox

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons

Music by: Danny Elfman

Cinematography: Fabian Wagner

Stranger Things (Season 2)

Ever since Duffer brothers announced the release date for the second season of Stranger Things, fans have been eagerly waiting for the Halloween weekend to come. The trailer too promised a darker and stranger sequel. So does it fulfill its promise? Let’s find out.

Almost a year after Will was rescued from the Demogorgan, he starts experiencing nightmares which connect him to an evil force from the ‘Upside Down’ world. At the same time, some strange things start happening in the town of Hawkins. Are these things connected? What does the evil force wants?

The writing and story structuring is almost perfect across the entire season. The story gets divided into multiple branches where different characters are solving different problems. At the end, all the strings come together seamlessly and connect the dots perfectly. You can also see the changes and the maturity in the characters as the story reaches the end.

The first two episodes are little slow which just connect the viewers to the first season and sets up the curiosity to binge race the entire season. Season 2 is bigger and better than the first season. Few new characters are introduced which are only supporting. The old characters truly drive the show with their superb acting. The essence of the story and the characters are maintained. Season 2 lives up to the expectations and even goes beyond. 

To summarize, Stranger Things still remains one of the best shows currently on Netflix and better than any other over-hyped shows out in the world. Like always, the ending will make you well up and wait eagerly for season 3.

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ & 1/2


Genre: Science fiction, Horror, Supernatural

Created by: The Duffer Brothers

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser

Music by: Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein

Gerald’s Game

This year we saw two adaptations of Stephen Kings novels, The Dark Tower and It, the former was failed to attract audiences and the latter became a box office hit. Unlike most Stephen King film adaptations, the new Netflix movie Gerald’s Game doesn’t announce itself as being based on a Stephen King novel until you reach the end credits of the film. And it works because this story is so different than the other King’s novels.

Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) are a married couple who are hoping to spice up their sex life by indulging in a dirty weekend away in the countryside. Gerald plans to handcuff Jessie to satisfy his sexual fantasy about which Jessie has no idea. But things go horribly wrong and Gerald has a heart attack while Jessie remains in cuffs. Will she survive or not? Head to Netflix and find out yourself.

One of the best things about this movie is its smallness. Almost the entire film takes place in a single room. It is a mixture of multiple genres and themes like horror, psychological, thriller, feminism, survival, childhood trauma, supernatural, etc. That’s the beauty of this film. The actors have done a fine job especially Carla Gugino. She keeps it real and believable.

Director Mike Flanagan, who has made critically acclaimed horror hits, Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil, uses smart pacing and well-crafted storytelling to make this film engaging. In one of the scenes where a past memory is shown using a surreal solar eclipse filter, looks cinematically awesome and gives a tonality to the film.

Overall, Gerald’s Game is more than just a survival tale which you should check out to experience a new kind of storytelling.

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Written by: Jeff Howard, Mike Flanagan

Based on: Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Chiara Aurelia

Cinematography: Michael Fimognari

Blade Runner 2049

Last year Denis Villeneuve won us over with his slow-paced, brainy sci-fi film ‘Arrival’, which was critically acclaimed and also worked at the box office. This year he is back with his next film which is a sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film Blade Runner.

Blade Runner 2049 takes the original story forward with a leap of 30 years. β€œK”, played by Ryan Gosling, is a detective working for the LAPD and hunts down replicants, who are bioengineered humans created as a labor force. ‘K’ comes across a surprising discovery buried near the home of a target and the investigation leads him to a startling revelation about the world and himself. We won’t tell you more about the story because the real joy is in discovering it yourself.

The story is engaging and has lots of things to discover and explore. The cinematography, production design and architecture is marvelous and it brings you right into the world of Blade Runner. Director Denis Villeneuve successfully keeps the essence of the first film and also adds his own creative touches.

Harrison Ford reprises his role of Rick Deckard, who connects the stories of the two films. We also have Jared Leto playing the role of Wallace, who is the creator of new age replicants and wants to eradicate all the old ones.

The duration of the film is over 2 and a half hours, which doesn’t really concern for the experience it gives. This film is for the viewers who are comfortable with slow-paced suspenseful sci-fi films. It’s not a blockbuster type action-packed film. The fans of the older Blade Runner film will surely enjoy it. 

(Note: It would be helpful to watch the first film to understand the few details, the characters and the feel of the film)

Rating: πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Screenplay by: Hampton Fancher, Michael Green

Story by: Hampton Fancher

Starring:  Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista

Cinematography: Roger Deakins