MOVIENUTS AND POPCORN RECOMMENDS: OPEN GRAVE

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I love this movie so much! It’s a must-watch movie!

 

Open Grave is a horror suspense film directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego.

The movie stars Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Josie Ho, Thomas Kretschmann and Erin Richards.

This movie has a great twist from the beginning to end!

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MOVIE RATE: 8.5/10

 

Below is the plot of the movie:

(Source: Wikipedia)

A man is awakened in a large pit full of dead bodies and does not remember how he got there. In a panic he cries for help before a woman throws a rope down into the pit, allowing him to climb and escape.

The man eventually finds his way to a house and discovers five occupants. A mute woman who doesn’t understand English, a German man and three Americans, none of whom can remember their identity, although they do soon realise that they can remember other aspects of their former lives (such as the ability to speak other languages).

After long arguments about who is to blame, they eventually stumble on their identities. The man is John, the German is Lukas and the other three are Sharon, Nathan and Michael. There are no documents for the mute. Lukas continues to be hostile towards John, especially when the group uncovers a picture containing all of them, with the exception of John. A nearby calendar hints that something is going to happen in two days (on the 18th), but there are no notes to indicate what.

The next morning the group explores the surrounding area, with John and Sharon stumbling across a locked shelter. Inside is a child who refers to John as Jonah, and is clearly terrified of him. The child refuses to answer any questions and John is forced to flee.

Meanwhile, Michael hears screams in the background and follows them until he finds a man trapped in barbed wire. The man is heavily covered in cuts, bruises and sores, he begs Michael for help, but when he goes to help, the man reveals he is not trapped and violently attacks Michael and he soon dies of his wounds.

John suffers numerous flashbacks of violence towards people, including slamming someone’s head against a wall. He and Sharon come across a group of individuals chopping wood and the pair are forced to flee when the woodcutters give chase. Despite catching up with John and Sharon, the group gives up chase when they spot dead bodies hung from a tree.

Nathan gets attacked by a group of people in a zombie like state, but manages to survive.

An increasingly ill Lukas stumbles across a video camera that contains clips of John conducting medical experiments on him and others. In the clips John explains that the vaccine does prevent the infection spreading, but has the unfortunate side effects of rendering the recipient unconscious for several hours, lowering the pulse to just 30bpm and temporary memory loss upon being awoken.

He confronts John and banishes him from the rest of the group. Whilst trying to drive as far away as he can, John encounters the child from earlier and three others who are trying to escape, abandoning their current car for another. They are adamant that his name is Jonah and that he is a dangerous man before driving away. Jonah explores the abandoned car, discovering a medical kit, documents addressed to him and a photo of him and Sharon, confirming the two are lovers.

John finally has flashbacks that confirm his identity as Dr Jonah Cooke, and that he was trying to cure a plague with the help of the rest of the group, who turn out to be his medical team. Jonah regains focus just in time to see a car hurtling towards him that is driven by a now nearly fully infected Lukas. Jonah manages to convince Lukas of what is happening, but the German dies before a life saving injection can be given from a medical kit that was in a nearby abandoned car.

As Jonah is driving back to the house to inform the others what is happening, his car breaks down as dawn approaches. Back at the house the mute is hiding, whilst Nathan and Sharon have now both fully regained their memories. All of a sudden the house is surrounded by a large group of the infected and in desperation, Sharon writes a letter to Jonah that explains what has happened and what the solution is.

She reveals that the mute is the key to survival as she is immune a virus that has wiped out most of the world’s population, and that Jonah was the leader of the medical team that was trying to prevent it spreading and, if possible, cure the currently infected. Lukas had become infected a few weeks before the events of the films and Jonah had injected everyone with the vaccine just before he awoke in the pit at the beginning of the film.

The dawn of the 18th breaks and Nathan recalls that it was the date that the rescue team was due to come. The surrounded around the house are suddenly all shot dead and everyone seems safe. Nathan wanders outside the house and thanks the person who saved his life, however, the soldier gets orders to leave no survivors. Nathan suddenly finds himself surrounded and shot to death whilst Sharon and the now returned Jonah watch.

When trying to escape, Sharon is badly wounded by an infected woman. With very few options available to them, Jonah decides that the only way to escape execution is if he and Sharon take the vaccine again, appearing to be dead until the soldiers disappear. They climb back into the pit of bodies from the beginning of the film and Sharon gives Jonah the letter she wrote earlier, telling him that he must remember.

Jonah passes into unconsciousness and the letter falls from his grasp. When he awakens several days later, Sharon has now died from her wounds, although he doesn’t know who she is. The mute throws down a rope to allow him to escape and as his memory recovers, he and the mute start a journey to an unknown location. It is revealed in the note the mute is the source of a cure, as her blood is immune to the infection.

The film ends with the pair coming across another pit of bodies that stretches for several miles.

CRAZY IN LOVE WITH FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’S NEW TRAILER

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It seems like everybody’s excited for next year’s Valentine’s Day!

Well, I am! Today, the first trailer of the much awaited film that is based on a novel by E. L. James has been released to tease us all!

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (Once Upon A Time) and Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed, The Social Network). Release all the doubts we mostly have had to the cast. They are perfect for their roles. What a great trailer to change the Dornan-Johnson haters’ minds.

AIN’T NO SHAME WALKING WITH E-BANKS

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“It’s such a shame, but I’m walking.”

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Yup, this American comedy film starring The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket has no shame of walking with a yellow dress in downtown L.A. Elizabeth Banks, E-Banks as I call her has shown her sexy curve and hilarious side in the movie, “Walk of Shame”. She played Meghan Miles, a reporter dreaming of becoming a news anchor was compromised after a one-night stand with Gordon (played by James Marsden) that leaves her stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a car, a phone, ID or money. She has eight hours to make it to the most important job interview in her life.

 

MOVIE RATE: 6.5/10

SANDLER-BARRYMORE’S CHEMISTRY BLENDS AGAIN IN THEIR FILM, “BLENDED”

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If you fell in love with the chemistry of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in their romantic comedy films, “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates”, I’m sure you were as excited as I was when the news came out about their reunion film, “Blended”. Unfortunately, it’s not as sweet and romantic as compared to their previous films together. But still, this duo made us laugh in the movie and they blended their funny sides to make this 2014 romantic comedy film a not-so-disappointing family movie of the year.

 

Blended is a 2014 American rom-com movie that follows the stories of Lauren Reynolds (Barrymore), a divorcee, who has two sons and Jim Friedman (Sandler), a widower with three daughters. The two meets on a blind date that ends up in disaster. Jim has a clumsy careless attitude while Lauren is a natural perfectionist that made them uncomfortable to each other. From a disastrous blind date, the two develops their relationship through their Africa trip with their kids.

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3 THINGS THAT YOU WILL LOVE ABOUT “BLENDED”

  1. Lauren’s boys and Jim’s girls – Lauren and Jim’s children are adorable that you would want to develop their characters at the best way possible – through Africa. Tomboyish Hillary (Jim called her Larry) is infatuated to Jake, the son of a couple they met in the Africa trip. Played by Bella Thorne, Larry’s character will developed from a tomboyish to a girl-next-door status.
  2. Terry Crews as Nickens – Tough as seemed, his character is like Rob Schneider’s role in every Adam Sandler movies – funny, unpredictable and remarkable.
  3. The rom-com duo: Adam and Drew – This two is a match in heaven (in any romantic comedy movie)! You can’t help but liking them all the way.

 

MOVIE RATE: 6/10

STEP UP 5, ALL IN OR OUT?!

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The fifth installment of the Step Up dance movie series is now showing in Asia, before its US release. As one of the best followers of this series, I did not miss watching it on its first day of showing in the Philippines. Apparently, a lot of fans fell in line just to watch the movie and groove to its upbeat soundtrack and of course, choreography.

As promised by the producers and its marketing team, the movie’s cast came from the 1st (only Camille Gage is from the 1st movie, younger version of herself though) to 4th movie of the series. All-time favorite, Moose played by Adam Sevani is in the movie with the new love team from the 2nd and 4th installments’ lead characters, Andie West played by Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets) and Sean Asa (Step Up 4: Revolution) played by Ryan Guzman. Other returning casts are Camille Gage and the Santiago Twins (of Step Up 3D); Hair, Jenny Kido, Monster (of Step Up 2: The Streets) and the entire crew from Step Up 4: Revolution.

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Directed by Trish Sie, the movie is set in from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The movie started with the MOB crew (from Step Up 4: Revolution) struggling in L.A. in auditioning for a commercial auditions. Late in their rent, the Mob Crew decided to go back to Miami and leave Sean in L.A. alone. The motif of this movie is to win in a Television contest called The Vortex in which the winning crew will win a three-year contract as dancers in the show. The Vortex was hosted by Alexxa Brava (an Effie Trinket wannabe) played by Izabella Miko. With Sean’s interest in joining the contest, he asked for Moose’s help and the two of them decided to create a crew. With Andie, they started forming a new crew to join the contest. LMNTRIX is created. With the struggle of each member of the crew to have a permanent and stable job, their goal is to win the contest.

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So did the LMNTRIX win the contest? It’s up to you to find out. But before you go to the movie house to watch the film, here’s something to look forward to in the movie:

  1. Andie and Sean’s love team
  2. Moose and his romantic side with his girlfriend, Camille
  3. The robot couple (you’ll get what I mean when you watch the movie)
  4. Jenny Kido, Violet and the Latin guy
  5. The final dance – AMAZING as always!

MOVIE RATE: 6.5/10

PEARCE AND PATTINSON IN “THE ROVER”

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An Australian dystopian crime drama film, The Rover is one of this year’s much-awaited movie starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. The film was selected and premiered out of competition in the Midnight Screening at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival last May 2014. The film features a futuristic western that takes place in Australian outback, ten years after a global economic collapse. Pearce played Eric, a violent and bitter former Australian soldier who had lost his farm and his family, while Pattinson played Reynolds, a simple and naïve southern American youngster.

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Upon its Cannes premiere, the film generated generally positive reviews, and Pearce and Pattinson’s performances were highly appreciated. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino stated that the film is “A mesmerizing, visionary achievement. The best post-apocalyptic movie since the original Mad Max. With the one-two punch ofThe Rover & Animal Kingdom, David Michôd proves himself to be the most uncompromising director of his generation.” (Source: Wikipedia)