Tag Archives: genre: mystery

Fast Five Review: The Hateful Eight (2015)

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT
2015 | R18+ | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Reviewed by Bre

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Dig (2015)

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Reviewed by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

Yes. Especially later in the season, the cliffhanger at the end of each episode made me want to watch the next one as soon as possible.

2. Why/Why not?

I always love finding movies and TV shows with an international  perspective, and that’s what got me interested in Dig, especially since much of it takes place in Jerusalem, and my family has an Israeli connection. I also often enjoy shows with a supernatural or paranormal element, so that ticks another box.

Moving between Israel and the US, Dig tells the story of a grand conspiracy, drawing inspiration from Holy Land archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish mysticism. The story is told through the experiences of a diverse group of characters: FBI agents deployed in Jerusalem, an Israeli cop, a naïve young Orthodox Jewish man, an American woman involved in a secretive Christian sect. I suspect Dig could be considered fairly offensive to a strictly orthodox Jew or a practitioner of Kabballah. But since I’m neither, I found it an intriguing spin on the old TV trope of the detective who uncovers a big secret that goes way over his head.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You like intrigue and mystery, with an esoteric/conspiracy bent. I think fans of The X-Files, NCIS and some of the other more quirky criminal investigation shows would like Dig.

4. “This series made me think…”

That clearly I retained more from my primary school Hebrew classes than I thought – I was able to pick up a pretty good range of words in the Jerusalem scenes.

5. Stars out of five?

3.5

 

Fast Five Review: Gone Girl (2014)

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Review by Paul

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

Features a twisting storyline which generates a level of doubt and uncertainty matching real life incidents. Gone Girl holds an undercurrent of humorous and light heartedness which serves to balance a storyline and style which is dark and ominous.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You enjoy films which make you think and second guess yourself and enjoy being engrossed in storylines.

4. “This series made me think…”

Explores the themes of media responsibility in its portrayal of criminal suspects and the how society views accused individuals.

5. Stars out of five?

4

Fast Five Review: Odd Thomas (2013)

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Odd Thomas

Reviewed by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

It wasn’t particularly special, but it was pretty entertaining.

2. Why/Why not?

Odd Thomas is just an ordinary guy who works in a small-town diner. Except that he can see ghosts and demonic creatures, and has a talent for helping restless spirits to find peace and move on. Naturally, he also has a great working relationship with the local police chief and passes him tip-offs about baddies from beyond the veil.

Overall Odd Thomas is a fun movie, if a bit too self-consciously quirky. It’s based on a novel by Dean Koontz, but it has a bit of a comic book feel about it. I felt like there was some in-jokes for the fans that I didn’t get. There are some gore and horror elements, and maybe I’m just desensitised, but to me they weren’t too horrifying. The relationship between Odd and his girlfriend is deliberately cutesy and (there’s that word again) quirky, so you have to get past that as well.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”  4. “This series made me think…”

You enjoy quirky, supernatural-themed TV shows like Dead Like Me and Grimm. It has some of the same brand of dark humour.

 5. Stars out of five?

3

Fast Five Review: Utopia Season 2 (2014)

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Reviewed by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

Yes! It’s an intense watch, but really well made TV.

2. Why/Why not?

Utopia is the story of a crazy conspiracy effecting the entire world’s population. The second season gives us more background on the origins of the conspiracy, then picks up where Season 1 left off. It’s just as sharp, brutal and darkly comedic as the first series. The flawed but well-meaning characters are excellently written and acted and it was wonderful to see them again, and meet their new allies and enemies. There’s a lot of violence but everything is in context, driving the story and developing the characters.

3. You would enjoy this movie/TV Series/CD if …

…you have a taste for black comedy and a nostalgia for conspiracy shows like The X-Files and Fringe.

4. This TV show made me think…

…This is what Stephen Moffat’s shows would be like if he knew where to stop created more twists and turns.

5. Stars out of five?

4

Fast Five Review: Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

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 Reviewed by Edward.

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/why not?

Insightful. Used literature as a focus on changing relationships to describe a period in Portuguese history that I knew little about.

3. You would enjoy this film if you like…

…’Cause and effect on lives and times over different periods of time. Features an impressive cast of established English actors and thought provoking philosophy.

4. This film made me think of…

…my brief work related time in Lisbon and realise what I missed!

5. Number of stars out of 5?

4 stars.

 

Night Train to Lisbon is available now on DVD.

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Fast Five Review – True Detective Season 1 (2014)

TrueDetective

Reviewed by Maya

Now available for pre-order – release date: 25 June 2014

1. Did you like it?

Yes, very much

2. Why/why not?

This series doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but the combination of plot, great acting and intriguing character development keeps you glued to the screen. The series is slow to start and takes time to build but it’s definitely worth the wait. One of the things I loved about this series is that the clichés didn’t come when I was expecting them to. There’s impressive acting from the whole cast but I can’t go without commenting on the stand out performance by Matthew McConaughey – brilliant.

3. “You would enjoy this film/series if….”

You love an absorbing, slow-to-unravel mystery and have an appreciation of the varying factors that make people think and act the way that they do.

4. “This film/series made me think….”

Of how horrifying life can be.

5. Number of stars out of 5?

4.5