Monday 27 June 2016

What we've been watching (May & June)

We watch quite a lot of movies; at the moment LOVEFiLM send us two discs every week... although I'm always considering the best way to get our movies.

So this is what we watched in May and June (Eurovision and other reasons meant we didn't see many movies in May so I combined two months together) - come back to see what July has brought us.

Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation
I'm a huge fan of the Mission Impossible films. I own them on DVD (that is the level of my enthusiasm). I was both excited and curious to see the latest instalment. This is the fifth movie in the series, more than four years since since number 4. 

The film is everything that it should be with all the regular cast back together and the appropriate amount of chasing around with the heroes escaping from unlikely situations in even more unlikely ways. I was particularly taken with the chase through London at the end of the movie. 

Didn't make it through to the end of this one (barely made it out of the starting blocks in fact). Turned out that we had over-estimated our enjoyment of 'Despicable Me'. I think that most of the positive reviews I saw of this came from friends with small children in tow.

Mrs Brown
Not by any means a new movie. Amazon's reluctance to have anything approaching a comprehensive catalogue for LOVEFiLM by post meant that our dwindling rental list needed a boost. In an unlikely turn of events neither Husband nor I had seen this.

I'm not an enormous fan of historical movies but this was well done, it was reasonably historically accurate and an excellent cast put it together well. The story of Queen Victoria and her servant who becomes an integral part of her life after the death of Prince Albert.

I'm pretty sure that we chose this one because Bruce Willis's name was on the box. It wasn't an amazing offering as your standard sort of action movie - son attempts to rescue CIA agent father from a group of terrorists. Bruce Willis wasn't in the movie as much as you'd have hoped, and it was a pretty tame effort.

The Final Storm
Another film that didn't make it to the end. The mysterious stranger fleeing from the storm failed to capture my imagination.

Time Traveller (aka The Lovers)
Time travel is a complicated premise for any movie. This was badly realised and I was confused from the start. I got so fed up of Husband reminding what was going on across two time periods that I gave up.

A father goes in with some co-workers to rob a casino; when it all goes wrong they hijack a city bus. Jeffrey Dean Morgan gives an excellent performance, and whilst on the face of it a simple action movie it is worth watching to the end for the final denouement.

Hacked (aka The Den)
Watching the world of web chat users for a study the quiet online world is turned upside down when the central character witnesses an online murder which then becomes a bit close to home when her friends become targets.

Bridge of Spies
A cold war spy thriller set in the divided Berlin, a tale of espionage and exchange missions.