The Defining Chapter.

The Imitation Game.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Bard, Thorin, Legolas, and Tauriel in Battle of The Five Armies.

DRACULA UNTOLD

(2014, action/drama/fantasy)

Directed by Gary Shore

Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless

Starring Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance

 

Worse than The Equalizer (which is a shame because I like Luke Evans, I think he’s got potential) but definitely better and way more enjoyable than Annabelle. Annabelle is such a buzz here by the way despite being no more than a scare.

Well, when it comes to a movie like this, I don’t really have much to say. I have to admit I was excited for Dracula Untold probably because I’m rooting for Luke Evans and mostly because I love Legendary Pictures. In my eyes, they only make fantastic, quality blockbusters (nothing thrills me better than a really, very good blockbuster movie). Well, except for the sequels to The Hangover.

For Dracula Untold, the story is clichéd, like obviously. You would know from the very beginning what is going to happen throughout the movie. You’d have guessed that Vlad would drink his own wife’s blood in the end for the tragic and the irony of it. It doesn’t count as spoilers, now, does it? Characterisation is also close to zero. Nothing is special with the writing, all ordinary and not very memorable. The only thing that wow-ed me was the action scenes. Pretty cool. I would say Gary Shore isn’t bad. Perhaps with this he’s only a wee bit unfortunate. Maybe what he needs is a better material.

I am not saying that Dracula Untold is bad. Not at all. If there is one thing that intrigues me, it’s vampirism. Who wouldn’t want the strength of 100 men and the speed of a shooting star?

And immortality.

All I need is time.

My rating: 7/10

Gandalf and Galadriel in Battle of The Five Armies.

Bilbo Baggins in The Battle of The Five Armies

ANNABELLE

(2014, horror)

Directed by John R. Leonetti

Written by Gary Dauberman

Starring Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola

 

For a movie that has The Conjuring as its predecessor this turns out to be just okay. Well, I didn’t go to see Annabelle and expected the quality to be as good as The Conjuring or even Insidious: Chapter 2. The reason why I was ever interested was because I was curious about the origin story of that creepy doll in The Conjuring. That, and because I want to feel frightened. But, disappointingly, it’s just another story about demonic activities and possession and other stuff like that. Not so fresh. The actors aren’t as huge as Vera Varmiga and Patrick Wilson.

The movie itself isn’t so scary, except for the back-sound that managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, covering my ears in case something’d make me jump in shock. There is one amusingly scary scene in the middle that involves a small girl running into the door. It did make me scream.

Well, I’ll keep this short because honestly I have nothing else to say since I am not impressed by Annabelle. Overall, it’s watchable and still entertaining enough, especially for those looking for a scare for an escape from their dull day to day life.

I just hope there won’t be a sequel.

My rating: 6.5/10

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