The Finest Hours Disappoints


The Finest Hours is based on the true story of a ravaging storm, a wrecked oil tanker, a dramatic rescue at sea and a girl – all elements that could thrill but do not. Without the aid of the Digital Age, Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, may not have been able to award The Finest Hours six stars out of 10.


NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR THE HATEFUL EIGHT

It is a rare film that impacts so positively – the director, the acting, the score, the violence, all contribute. Given the glowing review by Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, one is not surprised that The Hateful Eight earns a full 10 out of 10 stars.


Ride Along 2

Ride Along 2 seemed to lack every feature by which a good movie is defined. Fortune’s in-house film critic suffered through the viewing and seemed to have no difficulty whatsoever in awarding the travesty a mere ??? out of 10 stars.


THE REVENANT

There is something to be said about a movie that earns seven out of 10 stars in a “lukewarm” review. Christian Tesfaye, Fortune’s in-house film critic has recognised the cinematographic qualities of The Revenant as one of this film’s high points. Another is Tom Hardy’s performance, though the movie’s theme of resilience is somewhat clichéd and the violence “gratuitous”.


MEBA

This movie about life in an institution for the mentally ill evoked childhood memories of a real life experience. However, for Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, life offered more than Meba, which earned four out of 10 stars.


STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS A NEW GENERATION

The Star Wars franchise has generated a fan culture that spans generations. Thus, Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, appreciated, enjoyed and awarded the latest movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an almost perfect nine out of 10 stars.


THE GOOD DINOSAUR CAN BE VIOLENT

While The Good Dinosaur is a benign title, evoking images of a lovable (not extinct in this film), creatures, the 3D animation of this film seems to be a big part of its appeal. Though Fortune’s in-house film critic shares his concern about the rating, and complains about its lack of distinction, The Good Dinosaur earned itself a respectable six out of 10 stars.


BRIDGE OF SPIES CONNECTS HUMANITY

In addition to Tom Hanks’ superb acting, Bridge of Spies is a serious, thought-provoking film that challenges human prejudice and raises the bar on democratic practice. It must have strongly impressed Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, who awards it a full 10 out of 10 stars.


GOOSEBUMPS

There seems little to say about Goosebumps, except that it is a typical “family” movie, described as “safe, unmotivated and does not incur civic unrest with its sheer inability to challenge.” With the exception of Jack Black, neither the actors nor their performance earn positive review. Fortune’s in-house film critic, Christian Tesfaye, actually dares readers to stay away from Goosebumps, knowing that someone is likely to rise to the dare and end up equally disappointed. In a fit of generosity this movie was awarded five stars out of 10.


TRIALS MINUS HEAT IN THE SCORCH

Yet another sequel for your film review consumption. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is considered ‘safe’. Not thrilling, or even exciting but safe, in that its director sticks to the book’s adaptation with little, it seems, by way of creative venture. Neither the presence of a wicked organisation and zombies, nor the action of endless running through a desert environment, can fill the plot holes, especially when not much can be said about the acting. Fortune’s in-house film critic Christian Tesfaye, remains unimpressed by The Scorch Trials ratings at the US box-office and awards it only half marks, five out of 10 stars.


No Hit in Hitman: Agent 47

It’s title promises action (of the killing kind), intrigue, a girl to be got by the star and no lesser star than Agent 007 is imagined, though he is one of a kind.  In fact, this review in part reverts to imagination to describe a plot that could eke some form of enjoyment from Hitman: Agent 47. Cast in the sci-fi genre, Hitman: Agent 47 cannot really be said to disappoint as even its trailer comes in for a scathing comment. Blame is cast on its producers for a movie that, despite its name is definitely not a hit. It is therefore relatively easy to discern why Fortune’s in-house film critic awarded Hitman: Agent 47, a mere three out of 10 stars.

 


No Hit in Hitman: Agent 47

It’s title promises action (of the killing kind), intrigue, a girl to be got by the star and no lesser star than Agent 007 is imagined, though he is one of a kind.  In fact, this review in part reverts to imagination to describe a plot that could eke some form of enjoyment from Hitman: Agent 47. Cast in the sci-fi genre, Hitman: Agent 47 cannot really be said to disappoint as even its trailer comes in for a scathing comment. Blame is cast on its producers for a movie that, despite its name is definitely not a hit. It is therefore relatively easy to discern why Fortune’s in-house film critic awarded Hitman: Agent 47, a mere three out of 10 stars.


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Fantastic Four All Fiction, No Fantasy

Despite their amazing powers, the fantastic four (Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Invisible Woman and Human Torch), after whom the movie is named, seem to have failed in helping the movie live up to its name. Since Fantastic Four is the reboot of a Marvel comic book, the plot is familiar to many and is followed closely in the movie. However, even that contributes to the film’s lack of appeal. Fortune’s in-house film critic is especially peeved by the casting of a black man as a white, blonde character; by the complete absence of character arc in the movie, described as ‘an insult to the whole institution of storytelling.’ Fantastic Four is therefore awarded a generous three out of 10 stars.


THE INSIDIOUS SOUND OF HORROR

Horror films can be predicatable and in this regard Insidious: Chapter 3 did not disappoint but audiences want the new and surprising, and they received that neither from the plot nor the protagonist but from the upstaging of the star (haunted victim of a resident demon), by the demon buster. However, Fortune’s in-house film critic managed to award Insidious: Chapter 3 half marks for nothing but ‘Joseph Bishara’s loud and uncompromising score.’ It was the score that provided the element of horror and earned the movie five stars out of 10.


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