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Fast Five Review: Jessica Jones Season 1 (2015)

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JESSICA JONES SEASON 1
2015 | M | Action, Crime, Drama

This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Ex Machina (2015)

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EX MACHINA
2015 | MA15+ | Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery
Reviewed by Monika

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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Review by Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yeeeees

2. Why/Why not?

Jurassic World was good blockbuster fun!

The Jurassic World theme park is now 10 years old and visitor numbers are starting to fall, financial backers want a new attraction to draw people back to the park and Dinosaurs aren’t enough of a draw card anymore. They decide to create a hybrid, what could go possibly wrong? Indominous Rex, the dinosaur they create, is super smart, has unforeseen abilities and thanks to her wily ways, escapes and puts the whole park and its twenty thousand patrons under threat. Brothers Gray and Zach are visiting their Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) who runs the park and gives them all access passes. This places them right in harms way when the Indominous Rex escapes her enclosure. Claire enlists the help of Veloceraptor handler Owen (Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation fame) to help her rescue her nephews.

I had a ball in this film and there were a few moments when I was gasping at the turns in the plot and the thrills and spills Jurassic World afforded. This felt more like a sequel to the first movie, Jurassic Park, as it had a similar tone and I would be fine if we just forgot that the other two sequels exist. There are a few references to the first movie, but you could watch it as a stand-alone. The only real negative was that it was missing Geoff Goldblum’s glib comic relief. I missed him.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

…you loved the rest of the franchise or even if you only loved the first movie.

4. “This movie made me think…”

I want some raptor friends to ride motorbikes with.

5. Stars out of five?

4

Fast Five Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

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Review by Naomi

 1. Did you like it?

Yes.

2. Why/Why not?

When I first saw this movie, circa 1996, it scared the pants off me. I had Raptor nightmares. Who wouldn’t! – the claws, the sneakiness and the guards being dragged around the corner of the cage when the raptors are moved to their new enclosure (!). I have watched it a few times since and I’ve got to say, I do love this movie. The sheer audacity of reanimating dinosaurs using prehistoric DNA preserved in amber (which absolutely does not work, but I can suspend my disbelief). The park investors bring in experts AFTER carrying all of this out to decide if the theme park that has been created is safe to open to the public. We experience the craziness of the whole thing through the eyes of palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), as well as grandchildren of the park’s owners. Perhaps a park that is not yet certified safe for the public might not be the best place to bring your grandchildren? Just a thought.

During the grand tour of the new park, there is a power outage which turns off the electric fences that keep the dinosaurs safely locked away. All hell breaks loose and thrills and spills ensue. Some excellent and thrilling scenes of note involve the T-Rex attacking the tour cars and also pretty much any scene involving raptors. The special effects stand up really well even today. There was extensive use of animatronics and puppetry which helps to make the dinosaurs completely believable. Jurassic Park has a soaring score by John Williams that injects a sense of adventure and suspense all the way through. To sum up, this is a cracker.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You love dinosaurs, classic Geoff Goldblum one-liners and lots of suspense.

4. “This series made me think…”

Say ‘no’ to theme parks full of murderous prehistoric monsters!

5. Stars out of five?

4