Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest role is a dramatic one. Directed by Elliott Lester and featuring a supporting cast that includes Maggie Grace, Kevin Zegers and Scoot McNairy, Aftermath is a story about the feelings of guilt and the desire for revenge as experienced by two men whose lives become inextricably linked after an airplane accident in July 2002…
Aftermath isn’t going to be an easy watch but I’m compelled to because I want o see Schwarzenegger do a great job in a very serious dramatic role. I’m also even more intrigued because this story is inspired by actual events.
If you’re a movie fan, you know who Ryan Gosling is. If you know who Ryan Gosling is, then you’ve probably at least heard of The Notebook (2004) – that hugely romantic movie loved by lovers of love, all over. And, if you’ve heard about the notebook, you may know that Nicholas Sparks is the writer. I’ve seen The Notebook once and it was a great experience. I cried like many who may or may not admit to doing so. Today actually isn’t really about the The Notebook. It’s about the The Choice (2016), the latest of Sparks’s books to be adapted into a movie.
Starring Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker and Alexandra Daddario, The Choice is unfortunately not the greatest of Nicholas Sparks’s movies. There may have been one or two very brief moments where my disbelief may have been completely suspended, but overall, most of the time I was only too aware that I wasn’t just watching a movie – but I was watching one and thinking, ‘wow, this really isn’t very good.’
The Notebook is in no way everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but can it be accused of being unconvincing as far as some of the acting goes? Can it also be accused of containing romantic dialogue that feels forced and inauthentic? I don’t think so.
I tuned in to The Choice because the mood for a romantic movie hit. By the endof the film, the only real great thing I could find about the experience is that the location where it’s shot is beautiful! I think I maybe want to vacation there one day. Also, at least it wasn’t so awful that I had to quit before the end. There is always that, I suppose.
If you must watch only one Taken movie, please watch the original (Taken 2008) because it’s the very best.
Taken 2 (2012) was ok and Taken 3 is quite the fun ride. Even though there isn’t much of a ‘taking’ so to speak, in Taken 3, the dynamic of the chase between Bryan Mills (Neeson) and the smart police officer played by Forrest Whitaker more than makes up for it.
There’s also a fantastic scene towards the end at Santa Monica airport involving a Porsche and a plane. So good, I would have yelped louder had it not been for the neighbours.
Watch it because you’ve watched the original, the second and now you want to see how it all wraps up and because it’s good.
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen.
For quite some time now, my youngest brother, (knowing how much I love movies), had recommended several times that I should watch Pierre Morel and Luc Besson’s Taken.
Unfortunately for a while, I kept disappointing him each time he checked to see whether I’d finally seen it. I couldn’t give him a definite viewing date, but I knew for sure that he should tell me absolutely nothing about the movie, except the name of it’s star, Liam Neeson. My reason for the peculiar request is simply that I wanted to be surprised… and surprised I most certainly was – in the best way.
Taken is a great movie, the kind that will have you so very engrossed as the story unfolds – and at a pace that leaves nothing more to be desired. I honestly could not recommend this movie more. If you’ve already seen it, then you know precisely what I’m talking about. But in the event that you’re yet to experience the movie, I suggest choosing to know as little as possible prior to pressing the play button. Trust me when I say that doing this will only enhance your experience of the film.
I’m most intrigued to find out if there are any people out there who didn’t enjoy the Taken. I’m curious to know why. Until then…