Saturday, 22 October 2016


Erin Cressida Wilson‘s script remains structurally similar to Hawkins’ novel, but some of the characters are not included in this two-hour movie. There is more to Tom and Rachel’s relationship in the novel that makes their relationship more believable, making the violence and deceit in the story more visceral and nasty, less fancy than it can be here.
The movie is directed by Tata Taylor and written by Wilson Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay), Paula Hawkins (based on the novel by). The movie covers
Emily BluntHaley BennettRebecca Ferguson in the lead roles.

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train into work in New York, and each day it passed by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and kid. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts observing a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfectly happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something dreadful, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something terrible happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
Critics Consensus: Emily Blunt's outstanding performance isn't enough to keep The Girl on the Train from sliding sluggishly into exploitative melodrama.

It almost feels like a lot of The Girl on the Train's potential was left on the cutting room floor, taken out for simplicity. But characters like these deserve complex treatment. And audiences need more than just the (expected) twist in the end if you want to leave them puzzling over a movie after the credits roll. What we get instead is an interesting enough, creepy enough experience, but with a healthy hash of "seen this before."

Friday, 14 October 2016


Critic’s consensus: As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie has cast Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney as the main cast with the script written by Todd Komarnicki (screenplay), Chesley Sullenberger (based on the book "Highest Duty" by) (as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger).

Sully is the story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully" & is portrayed by Tom Hanks landed his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being praised by the public and the media for his extraordinary skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. 
The film explores the meaning of heroism in the modern world – or at least, it tries to. And what it finds is that not much has changed in the many centuries since tales of bravery and selflessness have been told. Some heroes work behind desks. Others land airliners on rivers.
Like most things, melodrama works fine if. But it’s also the one thing that keeps Sully from soaring. Eastwood, over the last 15 years or so, has developed an unmistakable style that can only be described as… workmanlike – no fancy, no nonsense. But even he can’t elevate ordinary writing, which is what happens here.
Tom Hanks is, and always has been, the real American hero in the movies. He can nail roles like this in his sleep. No one could have played it better than Tom hanks as Sully like this – confident yet never cocky, humble but never cloying. There are often scenes in which the film is threatened with dual engine failure, but Hanks is the captain who lands it safely.
But the biggest star of the film – is the IMAX. Sully is first film to be shot almost entirely with IMAX cameras, and they’re so overwhelmed of this that they’re using it as a tagline on the poster (no kidding, go check).
 The final few minutes of Sully are exhilarating. It’s what the film has been surging towards. Watching it unfold on that huge screen was incredible. The sounds, the images, the atmosphere envelopes you.

And then, another curious thing happened. There was applause – not hooting or whistling – but real applause - genuine, respectful, appreciative and very uncommon.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Active Consulting Movie Review: Storks

Active Consulting Movie Review: Storks
Imagine a kids’ movie that is probably made for kids but not quite meant for them. This is what Storks is for you. Writer Nicholas Stoller who also co-directed the movie brings you an animated kids’ movie that extends one of the oldest kid-parent joke “Where do the babies come from? Storks” The movie has the emotions and love of family with the sense of individual strength well embedded in its central theme, which fulfills the basic kids’ movie requisites. But you watch it the storyline seems a teaching more to parents than to the little ones.
Talking about the story, Storks is about delivering babies, like picking them up from the factory and bringing to your doorstep (Yeah you got it!). The task was once done by Drones but since they are now busy delivering more important things like, you know, smart phones and stuff the tasks goes back to old reliable Storks. Thus we see how the best one among these storks fixes a little mistake in the whole baby delivery process

On the surface Storks seems like any other kid movie, like for the fact, it is animated. But it has essentially its audience in adults and more specifically the parents. Both the directors Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland have done a marvelous job. But if you’re expecting a Frozen kind of animated flick to enjoy with the kids, this might not be the best choice for you and your kids. For more movie reviews and updates keep following Active Consulting Review.