Saturday, September 19, 2015

“Everest”, “Grandma”, & “Z for Zachariah” – My Ratings


Plot Summary: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

Comment: Great special effects and overall entertaining with a good first half providing smart details about the preparation and dangers of climbing the world’s tallest summit. Second half levels off to mostly a procedural film by watching systemically the climbers become exhausted, disoriented, struggling for breath, snow blindness, frostbite, swelling of the brain and death. Drama: STARRING: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson & Jake Gyllenhaal.

3 -1/4 Stars



Plot Summary: In "Grandma," Lily Tomlin is Elle Reid. Elle has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Drama / Comedy: STARRING: Lily Tomlin, Judy Greer, Marcia Gay Harden and Sam Elliott.

Comment: Lily Tomlin deserves a Best Actress Nomination for her fine work here.

3 -1/2 Stars


“Z for Zachariah”

Plot Summary: In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel. Drama: STARRING: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie.

Comment: A decent story the first half that had a quick conclusion ending which I did not see coming and left me scratching my head.

3 Stars

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