Saturday, March 22, 2014



     As the story starts it explains the details of the new society. The five factions create peace, or so they thought. They did explain each faction twice in the beginning which was a little much but if you hadn't read the books it was probably necessary. They did make it loyal to the books in many ways including a lot of the dialogue.
     When the story begins Tris is getting her hair cut by her mother and they talk about the aptitude test she has to take. She gets a strange result in the test. Her test is three different factions which is dangerous. They call her divergent. Right away the clothes draw you in. You find yourself looking at each factions and thinking about what it would be like to live there. Right away you say which ones you wouldn't be a part of and then some that you might. It follows Tris as she choses Dauntless over her faction, Abnegation. She is obviously one of the bravest people there. She is the first to jump into Dauntless and since she comes from Abnegation she is a target to the others.
     The pick on her and some of them bully her but she stands tall and has friends to back her up. She has fears, that she learns about in her fear landscape but she doesn't face them everyday. Her leader, Four grows fond of her as she does him. Just like in the book they fall in love and he protects her. The theories of the other factions are soon learned to be true when she wakes one morning and finds all of Dauntless except for the leaders under a simulation. She follows them acting like she is under it too. She sees that Four is also not under the simulation meaning that he is Divergent as well.
     There is so much more but you are going to have to go see it to find out what happens in the end. The acting was very well played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James. I don't however like some of the other supporting roles. Though Kate Winslet did a great job playing her evil part some of the others didn't quite look the part. Jai Courtney and Zoë Kravitz did a nice job acting out their parts. I really saw the characters from the book come to life. But I have to credit to Christian Madsen who played Al. He did a nice job playing the innocent guy and then flip the script on everyone and become something you are not expecting. I liked that though i wish they made him even more weak like they did in the book.
     Overall this was a very well done movie with a lot of real action. They had a lot of cuts and bruises just as they talked about in the books. The clothing and the people lifted off of the page. Everyone should see it.

"Fear doesn't shut you down it wakes you up." five star quote.

"Yeah Stiff take it off…put it back on." four star quote.

"Your different. You don't fit into a category. They can't control you. They call it Divergent." four star quote.

"The future belongs to those who know where they belong." five star quote.

Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior: 10

Theo James as Tobias Eaton: 10

Zoë Kravitz as Christiana: 9

Christian Madsen as Al: 9

Miles Teller as Peter: 8

Ansel Elgort as Caleb: 8

Saturday, January 11, 2014

White House Down

White House Down

     This action packed thriller was defiantly a little wild but yet somewhat believable. Though this story is extremely highly unlikely it is a very good one and could almost think possible. The film begins with a young girl played by Joey King, named Emily Cale. Emily and her father John (Channing Tatum) become the main characters of this film. As the white house is taken over John and Emily get caught up in it. John saves the president while looking for Emily and they have to fight to keep the president alive and safe. Though on the outside they think the president is dead so the vice president is signed into office. Emily is lost in the huge building without her father and has to try and stay hidden from the terrorists.
     Joey King does an amazing job of portraying a small frightened yet strong girl. She is such an amazing little actress, also in the great and creepy film, The Conjuring. While John try's to protect the president from the invaders of the building extra story lines come in when they realize that the person in charge is on a suicide mission. But the real leader doesn't come until the end. Emily takes her video camera and takes a video of the terrorists and posts it on youtube. The terrorists catch her and bring her in the room with the rest of the hostages but only after she got the footage. Once this footage was out they could put an identity on the terrorists in the building. Once they were all out they found out the information on them and realize that they were all potential threats to the president.
     After she is caught there is a series of action packed events leading to the new presidents death (though the real president is still alive) and the Secretary of State is put into office. His first act as president is to bomb the white house. The terrorists inside have threatened to make nuclear attacks on other countries. The new president feels this is the best way to solve it. After threatening to kill Emily Cale many times eventually most of the terrorists are killed but the fight isn't over because the air strike was still supposed to happen. As the planes are in rout Emily grabs a flag and runs out on the lawn of the White House there she waves away the planes saving the white house, the people around it and the people in it including the real president and her father. The real person behind the attack was figured out to be the Secretary of State who was initiated to be the president. The story lines are detailed and if you follow them it keeps you at the edge of your seat. The action was intense. Channing Tatum of course did a wonderful, real job of playing a father to Emily Cale (Joey King). He has a daughter himself so his acting was great. And who does love Channing Tatum?

"Get your hands off my Jordan's!" five star quote.

"Special agent Todd keeps making those sounds I'm gonna start looking at him." Four star quote.

"How do you lose a rocket launcher?" four star quote.

Channing Tatum as John Cale: 10

Joey King as Emily Cale: 10

Jamie Foxx as President Sawyer: 10

Overall White House Down: 9