Person of Interest

Person of Interest

Creator: Jonathan Nolan
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Micheal Emerson
Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery

From the brilliant writer of Interstellar, comes Jonathan Nolan to create Person of Interest, a world parallel to ours. Some would say, this show is an example of today’s big brother dominating our world. The concept centers around “The Machine.” Designed by the mysterious and wealthy Harold Finch (Micheal Emerson) to protect American citizens from relevant and dangerous threats. Brought on by Finch, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) is the handsome ex-CIA strong-arm in the twosome. With the basic set up of good verse evil, this show intrigues the audience to blur the line by doing what every it takes to protect the good. Society tries to teach that choices are black and white, though there are some who have the capacity to evolve. Can you decipher what is right and what is wrong or is there ever a real choice? Watch the first three seasons of Person of Interest on Netflix to find out.

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Thor: The Dark World

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Director: Alan Taylor
Screenwriter: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Everyone knew the new Thor movie would have hard-hitting, star-studded action between Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, but here at Multimedia Junkies we were really hoping for more character development.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much. Sure, there were some semi-sweet brother moments between Thor and Loki, and a stolen kiss or two between Thor and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), but nothing that could be called significant development.  Comic relief was provided by Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), recurring support characters from the previous Thor and Avengers movies.  All of these elements add up to create the “perfect” Hollywood blockbuster of the year – sure to be the best selling movie of the year…  But what we think it really adds up to is a stunning facade with little underneath. The audience sits mindlessly in their seats, bombarded with visual effects, action, and Hemsworth’s abs to distract from the lack of intriguing storyline, character development, and depth.  By the end of the movie we were craving for something to provoke us into thinking.  The trailer promised thrilling sacrificial  decisions for Thor; save the woman he loves or save the universe?  It didn’t deliver.  We weren’t convinced that Jane’s life was ever in danger and, quite frankly, we were happy that she was a little more involved than just standing by as the nerdy but super hot science chick that Thor has to save.  However, the movie definitely wasn’t bad.  Learning more about Thor’s universe and it’s back-story was interesting and the visual effects were nothing less than breath-taking.  For Marvel fans, Thor: The Dark World is a must see, just don’t expect to walk out of the theater with any deep thoughts.  Stick around in the theater after all the credits roll for an extra laugh for two.

Elysium

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Director: Neill Blomkamp
Screenwriter: Neill Blomkamp
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Neill Blomkamp (District 9) did an unbelievable job with both writing and directing this film, bringing to life a now growing social issue. Set in a futurist decaying Earth where the middle class is non-existent, chaos and injustice run the streets. The underlying social issues Blomkamp brings to the surface of this film could predict in all actuality some type of future for Americans. Now with that said, there are the obvious science fiction liberties taken in this blockbuster movie. Bringing with it the desperation of a man who would do anything to only live and be with his childhood’s love. What would you do to save yourself? Elysium is a gripping movie pumped full of action and drama. It’s a story that should be told and Matt Damon is the badass who did it right. It’s in theaters now, so go check it out.

White House Down V.S. Olympus Has Fallen

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Director: Roland Emmerich                          Director: Antoine Fuqua
Screenwriters: James Vanderbuilt              Screenwriters: Creighton Rothenberg
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller                       Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Summer is full of nothing but fun times at the pool, melting ice cream, and patriotic movies. What more could anyone want! This summer has brought just that. While both movies take a similar concept, it is hard not to compare. Now without giving too many spoilers away, you’ll be comparing theme side by side at your local Redbox. Both have plenty of violence, guns and explosions but one clearly has a higher death rate. And that movie is Olympus Has Fallen (OHF for short). Though as a Channing Tatum fan, of course we find him handsome to look at in White House Down (WHD for short). But I found his acting a bit flat on the big screen this time. Jamie Foxx who plays President Sawyer on the other hand was funny and entertaining to watch. I have to give it to OHF because on one does action better than my man Gerard Butler. So I can fully say in my opinion Olympus Has Fallen supremely surpasses the lesser White House Down.

Man of Steel

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Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriter: David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan
Genre: Action

Never having read the Superman comics as chilren, we did not have much backround knowledge of the superhero except for pervious movies and television shows. So we can’t speak for Superman superfans, but as for novices we thought Man of Steel did a wonderful job portraying the iconic superhero. No one besides Henry Cavill could have played the role of Superman. He fit the description to a “T.” Although we prefer him with a little bit of stubble, Cavill was incredibly sexy clean shaven as well. The graphics were amazing and the futuristic imagery created a believeable world of future technology and different animal species from unknown planets. Thrilling action was abundant throughout the movie, making for some “edge of your seat” moments. The underlying themes of free will and faith in humanity created some drama amidst the action. And of course we can’t forget about the chemistry between Clark Kent and Lois Lane (Amy Adams). There is a bit of a different spin on Lois as well. She’s not just some simpering woman who needs to be rescued. She actually helps Superman save the world. Overall, it’s a good superhero movie with amazing imagery. Here’s to hoping for more men of steel in the future.

Fast and Furious 6

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Director: Justin Lin
Screenwriter: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
Genre: Action

As die-hard fans of the Fast and Furious series we could not wait to see Fast and Furious 6. Overall we were not disappointed as the characters we know and love came to the screen once more. Paul Walker’s acting has noticeably improved since the first movie and he is as sexy as ever. Cars dominated the film, however, we would have preferred street racing over car chasing action sequences. In fact, action was in abundance throughout the movie with many exciting and unforeseen plot twists. The action became somewhat repetitive however, with many fight scenes being unrealistic and impossible. One fight worth mentioning is between Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Riley (Gina Carano). This is less of a “cat fight” and more of a testament to how bad-ass a female can be. There is unexpected humor throughout thanks to the comic relief of Roman (Tyrese Gibson) in his witty comments and hilarious fighting scenes. Although touching at times, the familiar slogan “this is who we are” and “family” theme became tedious and overused. Definitely a must-see for fans of the series and action lovers alike. Make sure to stay after the credits for an extra scene that suggests there may be a Fast and Furious 7 on the horizon.

Hemlock Grove

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Directors: Deran Sarafian, T.J. Scott, David Semel, David Straiton
Screenwriters: Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Daniel Paige, Mark Verheiden
Genre: Horror, Thriller

Recently Netflix has started producing its own television series. With the success of House of Cards comes the horror mystery Hemlock Grove. Enticing as the trailer was, the series was a bit of a let down. Even though there was a top billing cast with Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Swedish new comer Bill Skarsgard (Simple Simon), it seemed as if something was off. The longing looks and the long pauses created an awkward finished product. The gorgeous Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova) was absolutely fantastic in his performance. Forewarning though, the werewolf transformation scene was gruesome and practically left nothing to the imagination. Therefore this show is not for the lighthearted with brutal murders and intense rape scenes. With werewolves, vampires, and angels, oh my!, it certainly has epic moments. Comparing it to other television shows, it is definitely a level up from Twilight in intensity and lacking Supernatural’s brute strength. For anyone who is looking to kill some time, maybe on a lazy rainy Saturday, this show might be what you need. Only to blow off some time, Hemlock Grove is not worth much more. A pro with the Netflix series is the instant gratification of having access to the whole show with the click of a button. So bring on that long afternoon.