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Movie Review – Man On a Ledge (2012)

Film: Man On a Ledge
Released: 2012
Director: Asger Leth
Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris

Synopsis:
An ex-cop turned con threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. The nearest New York Police officer immediately responds to a screaming woman and calls dispatch. More Officers arrive with SWAT and tactical command along with fire-fighters. The police then dispatches a female police psychologist personally requested to talk him down from the ledge. However, things aren’t as straightforward and clearcut as they appear to be.

What I thought of it:
I’d been seeing billboard posters everywhere for this film and the premise seemed alright – a man on a ledge provides distraction to the cops and the watching city whilst a heist is pulled off in the next building – so I thought I’d give it a try.

I needn’t have bothered.

As heist movies go, it’s pretty standard fare and it sticks firmly to the formula of back-and-forth between ledge and heist with a few “are they going to get caught?” moments thrown in every now and then. The back story of the characters was a bit thin, but it was enough to cover a reason for the heist (revenge – what else?).

Jamie Bell is acquitting himself well in his modest adult roles and he’s slowly making the transition between child star and adult actor, distancing himself from his beginnings as Billy Elliot. To be honest, he was pretty much the best thing in this film of the mindless, let-it-wash-over-you sort.

Ed Harris, who is a wonderful actor, just looks bored. He’s completely wasted here as the villain of the piece and shold have taken a pass on the project.

It’s enough to keep you ticking over, but you can clearly see every move coming from quite a while before it happens. If you have an hour 40 to kill and nothing better to watch, by all means give it a shot, but otherwise, don’t bother. It’s nothing new or special.

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Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

Film: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Released: 2011
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: (Voices) Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Mays, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, Cary Elwes

Synopsis:
Based on the characters from the comic book series The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé.

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.

What I thought of it:
Why this film hasn’t been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Oscar  I will never understand! The animation on this movie is some of the most finely crafted I have ever seen. Just watching the movement of water or the reflection of light is startlingly real, but then you look at the expressions and natural movement of the characters and you get completely blown away! I swear, if it weren’t for the fact that the heads are abnormally large for the bodies, and the features exaggerated and charicature-style, you’d be hard pushed to believe that it was animated at all. If that isn’t a major achievement, I don’t know what is!

Surprisingly, the only category for which Tintin is nominated are Original Score (which, admittedly, is very good) – it has been completely snubbed for all the technical categories as well as the aforementioned Best Animated Feature. I take this as a sure sign that the world has gone completely mad, because this film is AWESOME!

The plot is exciting and fast paced, the voice talent is staggering, and, well, have I already mentioned how amazing the animation is? I think I did. Yes, I’m sure I did, but it’s worth mentioning again – THE ANIMATION IS BRILLIANT! And the writing – Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish are a triumvirate of genius who should never be allowed to part!

I sincerely hope there are more Tintin films in the pipeline because I, for one, would be dying to see them. And yes, the film is left tantalisingly open for that possible sequel, so that glimmer of hope is most assuredly burning.

If you haven’t already seen it, do so, as soon as possible, and marvel at just how far animation has come, as well as being swept along on an amazing adventure.

Hubby’s review HERE.

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