Emotionally charged, suspenseful and brilliantly paced; there’s no denying Paul Greengrass’ ability to keep the tension high throughout his dramatisation of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking. While its high octane action is certainly engaging, Captain Phillips lacks the depth to take it to another level and is unable to shake the feeling of being a missed opportunity; an entertaining thriller, but little more.
“What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”
When the Wachowski siblings and co-collaborator Tom Tykwer announced they would be creating an adaptation of Cloud Atlas message boards erupted with doubt and trepidation. Despite their shared filmmaking acclaim, could they really manage to film what many commentators had naturally assumed was an unfilmable novel? Having each previously excelled with imaginative, high concept films – the reality-questioning Matrix trilogy and the time-shifting thriller Run Lola Run – the trio decided the answer was “yes” and set about removing the ‘un’ from unfilmable.
Washington, we have a problem
The opening thirty minutes of Flight features some of the most intense moments of cinema you’ll witness this year. Presented within a rarely seen perspective from inside the cockpit, a large proportion of the heart-pounding action unfolds in real time as the pilot, Whip, and his crew attempt to regain control of the plummeting aircraft. The result is a thoroughly engaging and terrifyingly real cinema experience that leaves previous film’s efforts to depict this traumatic experience trembling in its wake. This is edge-of-your-seat action filmmaking at its finest.
As the adaptation of David Mitchell’s so-called ‘unfilmable’ book, Cloud Atlas, makes its big screen debut, Lee Curtis charts the rise of a mind-bending and time-bending epic Continue reading On Cloud Nine