Review: Life

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Review: Chips (2017)

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Contest: SPLIT Bluray

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Mind on Movies is very excited to announce that we are working with Universal on the upcoming Blu-ray release of M. Night Shyamalan's SPLIT.
Writer / director / producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with SPLIT, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.

While the mental divisions of those with Dissociative Identity Disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

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James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars Matthew Polenzani in the title role. The cast also includes Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante and Alan Opie as Arbace.

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Review: Chips (2017)

Can Chips deliver the funny or fall on the pavement?
So let me start off with a disclaimer, as I feel it's important to do. I did not go into this movie (Chips) knowing what the original was like. I never saw the television show, and I only know the idea of what the original is about.

That being said, after a quick IMDB search, the original TV show was on in the 70's. As we all know, TV back in the day isn't as good as TV today. They couldn't curse as much, they couldn't do any nudity, no ideas of what goes on in the bathroom.

Well if you're a fan of the original, I would steer clear of this version.

It's not that it was a bad movie. It had it's laughs, it has the raunchiness you expect to grown men could create in an R rated movie. It's just something that we've seen before. It's a movie about cops solving a crime, with nudity. That's all I really saw. Now yes, I did laugh a lot in the movie, but that's only because this movie is bringing the comedy minds of children together to create the jokes.

If you don't end up seeing this movie, don't get mad. If you've seen any other movie with Dax Shepard, just pretend that you've seen Chips, and tell people the synopsis of any other Dax Shepard movie. They won't know the difference because I am sure they themselves haven't seen Chips either.

Stay through the credits for some extra funny scenes.

3 out of 5

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Billy Billy (Editor) - Billy has seen many movies over the years. He enjoys comedies and anything action, including the summer blockbuster movies. You can follow Billy on Twitter here.

Review: Life

Can this extraterrestrial bring new life to the big screen?
When life is discovered on Mars, a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station finally get to study the first sign of extraterrestrial life we’ve been waiting for. But before long, their new alien friend leaves each person aboard the ship fighting for their own life. Life is the latest installment in the classic Alien franchise finally revealing the origin of the Xenomorphs. Oh wait… that’s coming out later this year? Uh… well then, Life reveals the origin of a totally- not-Xenomorph as it hunts down the members of the crew that seeks to research it.

Aboard the ISS, a team of scientists prepare to study samples from a Mars rover that show rudimentary signs of life. But when they set out to study this primitive lifeform, things start to get out of hand as it rapidly evolves. The movie begins with the wonder of scientific discovery that captivates the world and slowly evolves with the lifeform into a science fiction horror flick as they realize that this discovery may not be as wonderful it first appeared. As hard as they try to contain this newfound monster, it breaks free and sets out to feed on the members of the crew. This ensemble finds themselves in one of science’s most basic lessons: the survival of the fittest, with the only option of killing the alien or being killed themselves.

Life succeeds most in its faithfulness to science fiction. The writers actually seemed to take the time to do some basic research! Although it still falls for some of the same tropes we’ve become accustomed, and even though there are still moments that are sure to make you roll your eyes, we should be fair and not pick apart everything as there is still a story to tell. That said, overall most of the cast was logical and rational. It was refreshing to see scientists that didn’t make the dumbest decisions imaginable. And many (but not all) of those moments that normally would make you groan had at least a somewhat believable reason behind them. Many things in the film actually seemed well thought-out, from the way they move around in space to the containment protocols (finally!).

So let’s be honest – we’ve seen a million and one movies about evil aliens out for blood. And although Life does not rise above other films such as Alien, it certainly does seem like it could have been an origin movie for the franchise. Especially if we just forget about Prometheus… and seeing how Prometheus doesn’t even bear the Alien moniker, it seems like the studio would rather we all forget all the same. What is intriguing about Life is that where Prometheus aimed too high, Life is a simple and more down-to- Earth (and logical!) take on the genre. This film contained the horror that is essential to the genre. The entire film I had a sense of dread looming overhead and my heart was beating out of my chest. I felt uneasy throughout the entire film, finding myself closing my eyes because I was overcome with anxiety.

Yet the film fell short of becoming a true monument of the genre. Life got a lot right, but not enough to make it a classic. Yet some choices felt a little cheap. Naming the creature “Calvin”, for one thing, was distracting. At first, the choice seems cute and funny, but hearing the cast yell “OH NO, CALVIN’S OUT” as they run for their lives just cheapens it and makes it feel like a parody. Additionally, despite having big names like Reynolds and Gyllenhaal that seem suited for a big summer blockbuster, the two actually take relatively supporting roles in the middle of a small ensemble cast. Although this lends itself to the film by making us unsure of who is safe (if anyone), it also seems like a blatant cash grab considering they got top billing and are on every advertisement surrounding the film. One of my biggest complaints regarding the film, as that the ending was not as good as the majority of the film. Characters start to lose their rationality and the creature gets too smart and powerful. The film starts cutting suspense for the sake of just wrapping up the movie and it all just starts getting rushed, forgetting the core strengths that made the movie great. Yet my biggest complaint is that Life just didn’t bring new life to the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really liked the film, but was it fresh and innovative? In some ways yes, but not in most. I loved that it was smarter and more fleshed out. But this is a story we have all seen, and at times done better. The comparisons to Alien are apt as it really seems like a giant tribute to the franchise.

In the end, Life is a fun, suspenseful take on the genre – and if you feel the itch to see a science fiction horror film, this should satisfy that itch. And if Alien: Covenant takes some cues or is in the same vein as this movie, I think that we are going to have a great year ahead of us. Just don’t go in expecting an earth shattering film turning the genre on its head, and definitely do not go into the film expecting a Ryan Reynolds/ Jake Gyllenhaal duo flick or you will be sorely disappointed. But the film does enough right and enough just slightly different enough to make it an entertaining watch.

3 out of 5

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Johnny Johnny (Contributor) was born and raised in San Diego. He's been a fan of films the majority of his life. He enjoys the feeling it invokes and the power it has to take you go another place.