Archive for Crime

Need for Speed (2014) – Review


The Need for Speed ​​series is famous for stylish vehicles in races held in unusual locations, allowing the player to drive around in the middle of a hint of illegality. Yes, because clandestine disputes and police leaks are constant figures in games of the series. Given the overwhelming success of the Fast & Furious franchise, it seemed natural that a big-screen adaptation arise anytime. What was not expected was that the movie was so sloppy in such crucial issues.

The story and the setting of the main characters are not good. Everything revolves around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad series, very apathetic), the good owner of a workshop practicing some illegal races in their free time. One day, he receives an invitation from a disaffected (Dominic West) to assist in the construction of a mythical car, aiming at a future sale. Needing the money, he stumbles. Service done, the two end up dueling in decisive splits… and a great partner of Tobey dies. Result: the hero goes to jail and two years later, resurfaces willing to participate in an illegal race. Of course, the villain of the story will also be in contention.

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Side Effects (2013) – Review


Side Effects is a movie that blindsided me. From its subdued opening to the far-reaching and nearly over-the-top conclusion, this is a film that never steps wrong, not for a scene or line of dialogue. Perfectly capturing the tone that has eluded the likes of Brian Depalma, and even lesser filmmakers for the last 40 years. Steven Soderbergh has quietly delivered one of the year’s best films, and if this is his last feature (as widely reported), it’s a graceful bow-out. Two years ago Contagion appeared on my Top 10 Best of the year list, I have a strong suspicion that Side Effects may top-line that list this year. Featuring a star-studded cast doing career best work, Soderbergh has concocted a twisted crime-thriller that delivers one of the years best head-trips.

Emily (Rooney Mara) is severely depressed due to a loss of lifestyle that has sent her into the dark recess of her mind. Things should be brightening up, her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) has recently returned home from a four-year prison sentence and the couple appear to be headed back to financial and marital bliss. Yet, Emily attempts suicide by running her car into a concrete wall. She survives the ordeal and is ordered to undergo psychiatric care under the watchful eye of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law). Sensing that Emily needs different medication her prescribes a new anti-depressant hitting the market.

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“The Town” Movie Review

The Town (2010) – IMDB

Ben Affleck Has he found a new calling since he is the director’s cap? This seems to be the case in “The Town”, a film by thieves who shines with solid scores of his interpreters. The classicism of structure and lack of nuance in the characters may, however, to play against him.

In a city like Boston, crime is bequeathed from father to son. Doug (Ben Affleck), James (Jeremy Renner) and their cronies are flying on behalf of Fergie (Pete Postlethwaite). When the bad guys fall in love with the beautiful Claire (Rebecca Hall) is the beginning of problems. Especially since the police are never far away.

Watch a feature film like “The Town” is like putting an old pair of slippers. From the first minutes, the viewer feels comfortable because he knows exactly what to expect: a bunch of thugs that will be divided, a nice anti-hero who ardently seeks to escape a love affair a bit pointless, of improbabilities, some clashes muscular, touches of humor and that’s it until its predictable but satisfying conclusion, awash in some rhetoric here. As is usually the case in this type of subject, the maxim remains unchanged: the weight of the family is heavy, and to get out alive, they will often get rid of his chains and leave the port before it is too late.

Having impressed the gallery with “Gone Baby Gone” (which has suffered from comparisons with the much higher “Mystic River” by Clint Eastwood), Ben Affleck did it again carefully by transposing the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan. His staging, precise but routine alternates between aerial views of the city of Boston and underworld dives into this universe where money is easily obtained by robbing a bank. There is indeed a study of the environment, but still a bit too superficial, in contrast with many more trials met (such as “Heat” by Michael Mann and complete filmography of James Gray).

We must rather look to the actors to experience a real pleasure to the story. Although it starts in constant value, Ben Affleck has rarely seemed more lit and comfortable. It illuminates the screen of its strong presence, alongside Jeremy Renner (the protagonist of “The Hurt Locker”) into a dog dangerous madman who recalls his game a certain Edward Norton. A little more unassuming, Rebecca Hall nonetheless credible, like the always excellent Chris Cooper, who has unfortunately too few scenes to leave a great impression.

Effective if not transcendent, “The Town” shows a filmmaker and writer who has the talent to make very good movies. There is still much work to do, but by dint practice (and dropping its participation in interchangeable romantic comedies), it will probably happen. Hoping that the next a little less typical than the latter.

Death Note tells the story of Yagami Raito, an honor student who eventually finds a notebook that kills the person whose name is written on it.
The series was adapted into two feature films live-action Warner Bros., and told the saga of the first sleeve. The first film was released on June 17, 2006, and the second on November 3, 2006 in Japan.

Raito Yagami is the main character in the series. He is an extremely intelligent young man, who has the special section “Death Note”, given by Shinigami (death god) Ryuk. Raito constantly tries to evade the suspicion of the enigmatic detective “L” while maintaining his identity as Kira (Japanese pronunciation of the word “Killer” – “assassin” in English – which also carries the meaning of “Light” – the original name in Japanese) and even clean the world of crime, the God of this new world. The fact of being a genius also adds to their perception that he is fit to judge humanity and make it their own and morally. Light is seen as cold and sociopath, as he can kill his victims without batting an eyelid, or do really evil things said to the maximum, but he believes it does well and brings true justice for many in the series.

I recommend you to watch this anime because the movie does not “cover up” everything that makes this story is considered the best in the last 10 years the world of anime. I devoured the anime, episode after episode insatiably, so if it starts, I can not stop!