What Webbed Watched is a weekly segment in which the contributors to Webbed Media give a brief review of any film they have watched in the past week. The film may be a brand new release, a golden classic or one we’ve seen a hundred times.
Tag – @CiaranRH
I was extremely excited to see Tag; the trailers looked great, Jon Hamm is one of my favourite actors at the moment and I think Hannibal Buress is hilarious, so I felt a bit let down that Tag wasn’t a laugh riot from beginning to end but more of a chuckle fest. It has a simple premise, delivers it’s story effectively and has a surprising amount of heart as the film nears it’s end; I just feel that it could have been something more. Isla Fisher’s character becomes stale very quickly; Jeremy Renner is smooth throughout and Ed Helms essentially plays Ed Helms However I still enjoyed it, it was an easy watch and a bit of light-hearted fun. Here’s a bit of trivia for you; Renner broke both his arms during filming so his arms are entirely CGI for the most part, and it’s not noticeable at all (here’s looking at you DC)!
Adrift – @dbrookes24
A film about one woman’s extraordinary tale of survival at sea. So how come I felt like I had seen it all before? Don’t get me wrong, Adrift is a decent movie. Shailene Woodley puts in a good performance as Tami and you really feel every emotion she goes through on her 41 day long journey adrift at sea after falling victim to an extremely powerful storm. But I felt like I had seen it all before, which is absurd when you consider the incredible true story the film portrays. I just think cinema has been flooded with similar stories over the last few years, so it’s hard to do something truly new or unique despite the story being an amazing tale of strength, will and survival.
Icarus – @jaykaik
Icarus is a documentary that follows filmmaker and amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel in a quest to understand doping in sports. He documents himself doping for a year, recreating the process that Lance Armstrong would have taken, to discover how easy it can be to trick the testing system. He does this with the help of Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, the eccentric director of Moscow’s Anti-Doping Centre. This is where it goes from being a personal experiment and turns into a real-life political, espionage thriller. Happening around the time of the doping scandal in Russia you get an extremely open insight into what was really happening and how deep the scandal runs through Russian politics. The film is a raw, extremely insightful rare look into a hidden world; On the edge of your seat stuff, that I would highly recommend.