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2014 Movie Review - Guardians of the Galaxy

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo


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Guardians of the Galaxy (hereby referred to as GOTG) is one the movies that turned out to be a sleeper hit for Marvel Entertainment. Although their existence is well known in the comic world, they are not recognized much in the movie world.
 
GOTG comprises of Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). The film basically chronicles how they met each other and eventually emerged as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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The story starts off with the death of 11 year old Peter Quill's mom and he being kidnapped by an alien spaceship. Fast forward 26 years later, we see Quill attempting to provision an orb from an alien planet but is almost killed by henchmens of Ronan the Accuser.
 
Quill tries to sell it in Xandar but the orb is stolen by Gamora, adopted daughter of Thanos. However, they are interrupted by Rocket Raccoon and Groot who are trying to capture Peter Quill for bounty. They are all eventually captured by the Nova Corp and sent to maximum security prison in Kyln.

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There, the quartet meets Drax the Destroyer who becomes their companion after trying to kill Gamora. Drax's family was killed by Thanos and Drax seeks revenge. They manage to escape Kyln and lands in Knowhere, where they are supposed to meet Gamora's contact to sell the orb.
 
Things take a turn for the worse as it seems that Ronan is also looking for the orb to enlist Thanos's help to destroy Xandar, homeworld of the Nova Corps. In Knowhere, Drax sends a message to Ronan indicating where the group is in Knowhere and intending to kill Ronan.

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Ronan arrives in Knowhere and fights with Drax. Nebula, Gamora's half sister goes after Gamora and the orb. Sad to say, in the end, Nebula shoots Gamora down in space, leaves her for dead and flees with the orb. Drax is defeated by Ronan and almost killed.

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Peter Quill, feeling something for Gamora, goes out to space to rescue Gamora who are both eventually captured by the Ravagers, a pirate crew headed by Yondu Udonta. The Ravagers were the ones who abducted Quill from Earth and are also seeking the orb for profit.

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The final scene shifts back to Xandar, where Nova Prime (Glenn Close) orders evacuation of the city and mobilizes all Nova Corps personnel to engage Ronan. The GOTG arrives in Xandar and forms an alliance with the Nova Corp to prevent Ronan from decimating the entire planet.
 
Everything from there is pure adrenaline and The Guardians of the Galaxy is recognized as the saviour of Xandar.
 
Watchability : 8 / 10 - entertaining film, sit down and watch with no expectations and you will be satisified :)

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Cast :
Chris Pratt     ...    Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana     ...    Gamora
Dave Bautista     ...    Drax
Vin Diesel     ...    Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper     ...    Rocket (voice)
Lee Pace     ...    Ronan
Rooker     ...    Yondu Udonta
Karen Gillan     ...    Nebula
Djimon Hounsou     ...    Korath
John C. Reilly     ...    Corpsman Dey
Glenn Close     ...    Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro     ...    The Collector
Laura Haddock     ...    Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn     ...    Kraglin / On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz     ...    Denarian Saal
 
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2014 Movie Review - Dracula : The Untold Story

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo
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Dracula The Untold Story attempts to tell the story of Vlad The Impaler - a man, ruler and father forced by circumstances beyond his ability to choose the path of darkness and save his country.
 
We are told that Prince Vlad was forced to serve the Turkish army as a tribute from his father, the king of Transylvania.
 
Vlad eventually returned to Transylvania and rule as their king. However, the king and his escorts happen upon a Turkish soldier's hat and feared that the Turkish army is going to invade the country.
 
King Vlad and his companions eventually tracked the soldier to a cave in Broken Tooth mountain. There, he discovers an evil being who kills his companions but Vlad manages to escape.
 
Deciding not to tell anyone and fearing what he saw, Vlad returns to Castle Dracula and finds out from a monk in the local monastery that the being was once a man turned into a vampire.
 
Subsequently, the Turkish army comes knocking and demands for 1,000 of his subjects to be enslaved and serve in the Turkish army, including his son Ingeras. 

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Vlad goes to see Sultan Mehmed, king of the Turkish army and agrees at first to the terms but changes his mind last minute. In the end, he has no choice but enter an agreement with the vampire and agreeing to drink his blood in exchange for power and strength.

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In order to remain human, Vlad cannot drink blood for 3 days. Unfortunately, as his wife is killed and son is lost, he didn't have any chance in the end but to give in to the blood thirst and defeat the Turkish army.

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In the ending scenes, we see Vlad is brought back to life and is in a modern day city.
 
Watchability : 5 / 10
 
Cast :
Luke Evans     ...     Vlad
Sarah Gadon     ...     Mirena
Dominic Cooper     ...     Mehmed
Art Parkinson     ...     Ingeras
Charles Dance     ...     Master Vampire
Diarmaid Murtagh     ...     Dumitru
Paul Kaye     ...     Brother Lucian
William Houston     ...     Cazan
Noah Huntley     ...     Captain Petru
Ronan Vibert     ...     Simion
Zach McGowan     ...     Shkelgim
Ferdinand Kingsley     ...     Hamza Bey
Joseph Long     ...     General Omer
Thor Kristjansson     ...     Bright Eyes
Jakub Gierszal     ...     Acemi
 
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