Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, and Interstellar

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A Mysterious Kidnapping, an Unbreakable Code, and One Giant Black Hole

As you can see, I’ve had a pretty interesting week in concern to films. While the cinema has lulled from the excitement of Oscar season, I’ve had a chance to catch up on some missed films, as well as revisit some favourites like Paddington and The Italian Job.

But with three impressive films now to review, I am eager to get on. Let’s start, shall we?

Gone Girl

QUICK SYNOPSIS: Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy, inspiration of the nationally successful children’s book series Amazing Amy goes missing. Nick suddenly realises that all the clues are pointing to him, but is all what it seems?

From all the trailers I saw of this film, I would think that it would focus on Ben Affleck’s character and his spiralling descent as he questions whether he did have anything to do with Amy’s disappearance.

However, the film takes an unexpected nosedive half-way through. So far, everything had been slowly revealed to us, teasing us to make out own assumptions on Amy’s disappearance and Nick’s innocence, but half-way through, the lid is ripped right open to the audience, and the wicked truth is revealed, transforming the film entirely. In conclusion, it’s a thickly-layered thriller that does not fail to impress.

VERDICT: 9/10 – It’s a Wonderful Lie

The Imitation Game

QUICK SYNOPSIS: Alan Turing joins a team of Britain’s brightest mathematicians to make a machine to break ciphers from the Nazis’ Enigma, the “unbreakable” code used to send wireless messages, evading people’s doubts, conspiracies, and suspicions of his homosexuality.

Overall, a great film. There’s no doubt that this portrays the tragedy of Turing effectively. Cumberbatch’s performance is fantastic, being supported by talent like Keira Knightley and Mark Strong, however, I felt that there were some problems towards the end.

The pacing got a bit clunky around half-way, and I wanted to see more of the actual “code-breaking”. I would have liked some contrasting ways to break the code, but ultimately a lot of the focus is on Turing’s character, and I guess I was fine with that.

VERDICT: 8/10 – Eight Across, Ten Letters Long


InterstellarQUICK SYNOPSIS: Sorry, but Earth is dying, as food succumbs to blight. Because of this, Cooper pilots a team of astronauts and robots to a wormhole next to Saturn (intentionally place there by something). Astronauts were sent through it before to find new worlds, and three planets show promise. They must travel to each one to find humanity’s new home.

Again, an amazing film. I struck gold this week! One thing that made Interstellar so amazing to me was that not a single green-screen was used during production. Not one! That had to be hard. Matthew McConaughey is brilliant as the star, and there are some great scenes with him. You just have to watch him watching his family’s video messages to see what I mean.

The film has some pretty cool space-y stuff in it too for the sci-fi lovers. Planets, black-holes, worm-holes, different dimensions, and the weird thing is, it all seems technically accurate. I mean, I know nothing on gravity and relativity, but the explanations on things like gravitational time dilation (a.k.a. time moves slower when gravitational potential is high) without insulting the audience’s intelligence… that’s pretty much it on that. Awesome.

VERDICT: 9/10 – Out of This World