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Solace

SolaceI went into this film having only seen one trailer previously and no reviews. But sometimes it’s nice to watch something which you have little preconceptions of before hand. But should I have learnt more about Solace before seeing it?

In the search for a serial killer FBI agent Joe Merriweather (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) brings in Doctor John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) a psychic, much to the dismay of his partner Agent Katherine Cowles (Abbie Cornish). However as John tries to find the killer (Colin Farrell), he finds that he and the FBI are always one step behind.

The movie attempts to rise above the average serial killer thriller, refreshingly John views on his psychic ability is based on science rather than faith, and Agent Merriweather manages not to be either an alcoholic or a crappy husband/father cliché. Colin Farrell is good as the killer, although for any fans seeing it purely for Farrell be warned as he’s barely in it. Which is a shame as the film could have used more of him.

The problem with the film is that it isn’t original enough to make it stand out from any number of supernatural thrillers around.There also isn’t any memorable dialogue or scenes for the audience to remember. While the film looks stylish enough there’s no real flare to John’s visions to make them compelling or to leave you feeling scared.

John’s psychic abilities are also frustrating portrayed. It seems John can see the past and the future, and know enough to recount one character’s entire life yet when the script requires it his visions are vague. Sometimes it seems his visions are bound to happen while other times it seems like they can be changed depending on the plot and how passive John is being.

The film is not awful but it’s flaws seemed exposed on the big screen. Watched on the small screen and the audience may be more forgiving of the predictable elements.

Rating 2.5/5 – despite a capable cast this film is distinctly average

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Epic

This year has already given us one great animated film in the hugely enjoyable The Croods, and we still have  Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 out this summer. So can new movie Epic compete at this level?

Epic introduces us to M.K (Amanda Seyfried) a teenage girl who is forced to move back in with her scientist dad Professor Bomba after her mum dies. Her relationship with her father is strained, not least because of the fact he believes there’s an advance civilisation of tiny people living in the nearby forest. However a series of events make M.K shrink in size and find her father isn’t so crazy after all. Now she has to help the Leafmen protect a pod and save the forest from the evil Boggans.

Epic has an admirable pro environment message and the animation is lovely but the story and design lacks that memorable punch to keep you interested in the film. Compared to The Croods which had dazzling colours and designs in its creatures and plants, Epic lacks something as spectacular in its visuals to make it as memorable.

As for the characters M.K is an agreeable enough protagonist. However the Leafmen, while they may be very noble and all are so dull. Colin Farrell as  leader of the Leafmen Ronin and Josh Hutcherson as rookie Leafman and M.K’s love interest Nod, try their best but the characters fail to register interest. They are also stuck with delivering lines such as “Many leaves but one tree”. The baddies the Boggans are initially intriguing, covered in the carcass of dead animals but unfortunately that’s about as interesting as they get.

The best thing about this film is the double act of Mub (Aziz Ansari)a slug whose in love with M.K and Grub (Chris O’Dowd), a snail who wants to become a leafman instead of looking after pods. They provide most of the jokes and are welcome comic relief from the boredom of the mission. But my favourite character is Ozzie,  Bomba’s three-legged dog who runs around in circles and gives slobbery kisses to everyone. Unfortunately he is not in it enough.

Rating 2/5- It tries hard but in the end Epic fails to live up to its title

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