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Prisoners Review
by Film Fan
on March 22, 2014
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Prisoners Review

A dark film that has a great premise but drags that premise out over a far too long movie.  The set up is good and draws you in but it drags in the middle where it needs a bit more pace to hold your attention.  The acting is strong and anyone with children will feel the characters pain.  The main problem with this film is that you see every “twist” coming and that is a disappointment for me. Worth watching but not one that will need, or deserve, repeat viewings.

Truffle Shuffler 2.5/5

This had the opportunity to stand alongside Seven as one of the most haunting thrillers made – one that lingers in the mind long after. But, it just misses out with one too many cliches and a tendency to join the dots too easily for the audience. There is one ‘oh come on…’ moment that is just lazy story telling and from that point it all gets a little too predictable and backs away from the darkness and shadows. If only Jake didn’t have hound-like hearing it could have been so much better! It is still one of the better thrillers around though – and worth blowing your money on.

Bigger Boat: 3.5/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

If you like this dark mysterious thriller – then you will find our Dead on Time forensic events will give you and your team the rare chance to solve equally dark and complex cases. Whilst other team building events focus on gimmicks and theatrics – we focus on real-life activities and in-depth, challenging scenarios. Some have so much backstory – you can make a weekend or more out of the experience. However, one of the most important lessons we learnt from this film was: do not make it too easy! Our thriller events really will require your team to think critically whilst under pressure – always considering multiple options.

Side Effects
by Film Fan
on January 9, 2014
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Side Effects

It is best to see this film with as little background knowledge about it as possible. Suffice it to say, this is very cleverly named, written and directed – encompassing a range of themes and multiple genres. At its core it is about manipulation, trust and the fighting spirit. If you want to give your grey cells a workout it could be for you. It is well worth a second viewing too – as your perspective changes throughout. It is slow burning and very much character driven so you need to be patient – to allow it to unravel itself toward a great payoff.

The Bigger Boat: 4/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

This taught, twisting thriller had us second guessing all the way – and still managed to offer surprises. We have multiple stories of varying complexity available in our Mystery Thriller range – and we like to think (based on evaluations by participants) that we deliver the same journey and experience as taken in this film. If you like a true challenge – you should play one of our Dead on Time Forensic Thriller events and talk to us about the difficulty level you would like to put your teams through! They range from moderate to mind-bendingly complex.

 

Seven Psychopaths

I wasn’t a big fan of In Bruges (by the same person) so had my doubts about this, but thankfully my doubts were proven very wrong.  This is very clever and well made – a bit like a film in a film, with Colin Farrell a struggling script writer penning a film with the same title.  Sam Rockwell is his not very helpful mate with a secret and Walken is as always great as another friend along for the ride.  It has some great scenes and is very funny (in a dark way) in places. This has cult classic written all over it.

Truffle Shuffler: 4/5

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Ideas for Team Building Activities:

The name alone is intriguing but it is the ‘story within a story’ technique that sparked our interest. It adds surprise value and complexity – which is why we leapt at the chance to do it when designing our Forensic Thriller events! This film also demonstrates how to get the right balance between humour and darkness. Our team will guide you through dark event with a light, engaging touch. Let us know you liked the ‘mood’ of this film and we will recommend the best version of our thriller event for you.

World War Z

Great film (the extended cut on blu-ray adds a bit more zombie action which is good) and great fun to watch.  It is not a typical zombie movie, more of an action movie with a zombie theme. Brad Pitt is decent as the main lead (not sure he needs to have long hair though?!) and the film moves along at a good pace. The set pieces (especially the zombies climbing the wall) are good and well done. The one thing that lets it down is the ending which seems to be setting it up for a sequal, that i doubt will happen.

The Truffle Shuffler: 4/5

 

A much smarter approach to a Zombie film than expected – mixed with genuinely exciting action.  The hugely effective structure moves you from one stunning set piece to another – with enough of a break between to develop the story and give you time to take it all in.  The pacing is spot on.  It is a very well shaken cocktail of 28 Days Later and Contagion – a ‘real-life’ approach – where Z’s spread like a virus.  As long as you accept Pitt is the luckiest man on the planet – this is a film you may want to watch again and again. (The Blu-Ray release includes an extra 8 minutes – mainly extending the gore and horror of scenes chopped for lower certification at the cinema. It does improve the film by making it seem more complete.)

 The Bigger Boat: 4/5

 

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The end of the world scenario has been played out many times – but this film got the pacing and set pieces spot on. If you watched it and wondered if how you would respond and fancy an opportunity to put yourself and your colleagues to the test – we aimed for the same structure, intensity and challenge level in our Bunkered event. It requires a careful mix of strategic planning, instant problem solving and risk taking to succeed. Something so well demonstrated by the somewhat overly lucky Pitt in this movie. Unfortunately, there is no luck in our team building day – just skill and judgement.

Gravity

I did not expect this to live up to the hype – but I cannot help but rave about it! This is one of the rare films that should be seen on the biggest screen as possible – the visuals are fantastic, both the effects and ultra close-up filming. That doesn’t mean I’m sold on 3D anymore than normal – in my opinion a floating pen, a teardrop and shrapnel fragments do not warrant the discomfort of the glasses and the lighter wallet – but see it in IMAX anyway for the sheer scope. The film itself is perfectly paced – making this an awesome experience rather than an outsider observation. It achieves real tension and excitement. This is ninety minutes on a theme park ride – and you will want to jump right back into it if you can. Warning – it will be significantly lost on a small screen – so shell out now!

The Bigger Boat:  4.5/5

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This is a master class in maintaining and building tension. The story is simple – but expertly told. It clearly demonstrates the importance of music and sound in this process (winning Oscars in these categories). But, most essentially – it focusses on our ability to problem solve in order to survive against the odds. If you like this film – you would find our Target:Mars and Bunkered team building days particularly effective. You will need to be able to move from one problematic situation to another if you are to make it through successfully – undaunted by the risk taking required to win!

Argo

Even though you know how this film is going to end it is still really good, grips you to the end and is filled with tension. Ben Affleck (the new Batman!!!) is decent as the main man and it is a film worthy of all it’s awards.

Truffle Shuffler: 4/5

Whether you know the outcome of this real-life story or not – the film is acted, directed and edited brilliantly enough to grab your attention and intensify until you are perched on the edge of your seat. I was actually ‘clenching’ at points and it was all due to the power of the story-telling – which doesn’t rely on trickery so commonly seen in movies of this kind. Very entertaining.

The Bigger Boat: 4/5

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It is the power of the story telling and the engagement with the characters that impressed us. Imaginative, out-of-the-box problem solving is effectively demonstrated. If you liked the feel of this film you would particularly like our Bunkered team building day – as it requires the highest levels of strategic thinking of all – together with the ability to put your ideas into action when time is short. When it comes to the crunch – panic is not an option!