Debug (2014) – Review

As seen on CinemaParadiso.

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I love David Hewlett. I have loved him since seeing him on Stargate all those years ago, and I even got an autograph from him once. So, when I heard he was making another film, I just had to check it out. Having seen bits and pieces of his process (from youtube, twitter postings, etc.), I still didn’t know what to expect. Well I needn’t have worried, because Hewlett has made an epic film and I have given it a rightful score of 4/5.

Debug is a film that follows six 20-something year old computer hackers whose job sends them aboard a broken and abandoned space freighter. But it is not as empty as they thought. The hackers are forced to fight for their lives against an AI (artificial intelligence) that is desperate to become human, and will kill for the chance.

Having been a fan and a part of science fiction projects before, David Hewlett has seen how it is done, and he knows how to improve upon it. Debug is an awesome film that is scary, intelligent, and one you can’t miss.

The casting was also brilliant, bringing a mix of known-actors and fairly-newcomers. Like with his first film A Dog’s Breakfast, Hewlett has been able to get actors and actresses he has worked with before to take on these new roles. Jason Momoa (who plays the AI), is the same as we have seen him before – i.e. a fighting baddie – but still different to what he has done before. His growing popularity from Game of Thrones should also help bring more viewers as well. Kate Hewlett (David’s acting sister) is also brilliant, and it is awesome to see the siblings working on another film project together.

Hewlett has also written a smart script. It deals with current issues and worries we have about technology and where the line then comes between human and machine.

It does have some violence and blood, but it shouldn’t be enough to dissuade anyone from watching it.

With the reach and reliance on social media growing more and more everyday, Hewlett has grabbed hold of this and really connected with his fans. He has talked about the film – which he is rightfully excited about – and has made everyone feel as though they have been included in the process. This makes you more inclined to see it.

There have not been many reviews yet, but what is out there have been quite mixed. It may not be the newest idea – Hewlett said he watched 2001: A Space Odyssey when he was younger and wanted to make a film from Al’s perspective – but Hewlett has made enough changes to make it different and relatable to viewers of this generation.

There are no two ways about it: you must see this film. Hewlett has done a brilliant job of transitioning behind the camera, and he knows what he is doing. Check it out and be entertained!

4 out of 5 stars

Paul Blart 2 (2015) – Review

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I must have seen Paul Blart: Mall Cop more than a handful of times by now, and so when I saw the Paul Blart 2 DVD for sale on a local buy-sell-swap site, I jumped at the chance.

I was never a huge fan of the movie, but my mum was, so we sat back and watched it one night.

Starring Kevin James, this sequel takes place six years after the original. Blart has lost almost everything, so he appreciates it when he is invited to Las Vegas, Nevada, to the security convention. Once again he is needed to save the day. Will he win, or will Blart bust?

 

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  • It’s funny, got a good ‘action’ storyline, and a more emotional family storyline.
  • I thought Blart’s daughter’s ‘love-interest’ was Josh Peck from Drake and Josh, but even though I was wrong, he was still a good young actor.
  • The scene with Blart and the bird was very entertaining, albeit a little long.

CONS

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  • It overplays the same tired jokes.
  • Kevin James’ weight is horrible. It is not healthy, but I still think he’s an awesome actor.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Cop Car (2015) (contains minor spoilers)

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“A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.”

First film review!

I was so excited to find this film in a local shopping centre DVD rental kiosk. It was $3.50 for one night rental, but since I refuse to illegally download, and there are no affordable video stores near me, it would have to do.

I don’t remember how I came across the trailer on Youtube (here), but once I saw it, I just knew I would love it.

There are so many good things about this film, and the first thing I want to talk about is the acting. For the most part, we are led by two boys (Travis and Harrison). These young actors – James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford respectively – carried the movie brilliantly. They were both innocent and yet rebellious, and you couldn’t help but feel for them.

Kevin (Bacon) was his usual genius. It always amazes me when actors and actresses can so believably play both good and bad characters. Kevin is one of those that makes you completely forget about his previous roles, and just focus on this character.

Sometimes it felt a little slow, but then the action really ramped up. I think this really worked well for it, because it helped put you off-centre, so you didn’t know what was coming next.

The dialogue was funny and one of the only films or TV shows that realistically portrayed children. They weren’t too stupid (of course they were naive as they were only ten years old), and you saw how they grew more daring by the minute.

Please do note, this film is not suitable for all audiences. Some sites claim it is rated R, but the copy I got was only M. There wasn’t much gore, or gratuitous violence. There was some swearing though.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie. It was an odd and perfect mixture of quirky and serious, with action and plot turns you don’t see coming.

4 out of 5