2012

Movie – Premium Rush [REVIEW] – Ride Like Hell

IMDB Rating: 6,5/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: David Koepp
Writer: John Kamps
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez

How about a movie that’s about someone who’s being chased by the police and using a bicycle? Perhaps, it is very rare to get a movie like that. But this movie says “no”. Someone who used a bicycle while he was chased again by police on the highway. Moreover, if riding fixie bikes are pretty hard. I once rode a fixie bike and it was pretty hard for a regular bike. Moreover, if the speed can be up to 5-6 gear.

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Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a bike courier in Manhattan. A bicycle courier service is needed in Manhattan because an item can deliver up very quickly and immediately. Wilee is very different from other couriers. If some bike couriers use bikes with 5 to 6 gear with brakes, Wilee prefers Fixie bikes with gear 1 without brakes but has a great speed. Passing urban Manhattan at incredible speed, Wilee suddenly receives a mysterious package requested by his ex-friend named Nima (Jamie Chung). Wilee was even being chased by a corrupt policeman named Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) to hand his an envelope.

This film is very clear because it focuses on the Thriller genre filled with scenes of the chase. The only difference, the theme he raised about a bicycle courier who was chased by the police. When compared to fixie bikes with mountain bikes, I better choose mountain bikes. The fixie bike requires us to pedal the bike incessantly, while the mountain bikes are not. In this film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows his skill how a person is pedaling a bicycle with wind speeds to avoid using brakes.

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This film has a very dark impression and very bleak like other Thriller movies. Cinematography used is High-key lighting, style with very bright and bright depiction. Due to the high-key lighting, the aura of the Thriller film is not felt at all. However, David Koepp managed to set the course of the film to be very tense for the audience. The use of the camera is also very smooth when following the fast speed of movement Wilee so that the audience will be carried as if was on a bicycle as well.

Premium Rush uses a nonlinear storyline. The plot is what makes this film also has a little thriller sensation. The audience will initially be shown a scene where Wilee crashed into a taxi and was badly injured. Since then, the story will reverse how Wilee got caught in the event. The storyline of this film is very similar to Reservoir Dogs or other non-linear films. But I can say this movie is very similar to Reservoir Dogs.


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Overall, for you Action-Thriller fans I would suggest watching this movie. Especially for fans who really like the nonlinear film. The film is also arguably still has shortcomings, especially the storyline that looks simple. However, his cinematography masks the deficiency. So, this movie is very interesting and entertaining to watch.

Anime – Hyouka [REVIEW] – You Can’t Escape

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,16/10
Genre: Mystery, School, Slice of Life
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Author: Honobu Yonezawa
Seiyuu: Yuiichi Nakamura, Satomi Sato, Daisuke Sakaguchi

菓 菓; Hyouka.

Literally, the meaning of the kanji that compose the title anime means “fruit ice” (氷 = koori, ice; 菓 = kudamono, fruit). But, the general meaning is “ice cream”.

Actually, the words above have non-sense with the storyline of this anime. One thing is for sure, I think this anime is one of my favorite anime with literary theme. Maybe you know why I love this anime?

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“Hyouka” tells about a high school student at Kamiyama High School named Oreki Houtarou (Yuuichi Nakamura), who has a principle of never wasting energy such as using body energy as necessary, doing activities if only really necessary. If he do something, always want to be done as soon as possible. In other words, lazy. The principle of his life that was very rounded was falling apart when he was told to join the Classic Literature Club by his daughter. Chitanda Eru (Satomi Sato), a girl who is one level with Oreki as well as a club chairman who always has a very big curiosity. Finally, Oreki was dragged into some of her problems with Chitanda. Beginning with an incident involving his own Chitanda uncle, who turned out to be part of the Classic Literature Club at the same school 45 years ago.

“Watashi, ki ni narimasu!” (Meaning “I am curious”)

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The catchphrase is likely to be seen in almost every episode, and is always saying by Chitanda with sparkling eyes and a deliberate face to Houtarou. Maybe some of you will be annoyed, but if I honestly really like it. If you see a glimpse of the genre, maybe some people think “Slice of Life again, romance again”. But you’re wrong. The element of romance and slice of lifes it is practically very little and maybe 75% just focus on mystery. In this anime, there also some reference novels such as Agatha Christie (Murder On The Orient Express) and Conan Arthur Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

Artwork is very deserved thumbs up even two thumbs up because the studio that makes this anime Kyoto Animation. Frame rate is very smooth and the frame take second by second. The coloring and quality may be practically equivalent to an anime movie. An abstract animation is in use when Oreki thinks it’s great.

Oreki Houtarou can change from a lazy person to a lot better, because often under the same problem with Chitanda. I have to admit Chitanda is so great in terms of “mocking” Oreki. The “I don’t do it quickly. if I have to, I’ll do it quickly” principle that Houtarou holds can crumble instant if you’ve been dealing with “I’m curious”. In addition, Chitanda is able to change Houtarou in an instant without having to bother arguments. For example in arc “Why didn’t she ask EBA?” (Episode 8-11), Chitanda can change Houtarou’s way of thinking until the incarnate detective produces a different deduction, just because he feels in his heart that “there is still something strange”. Simple thing? But creatively processed the same story maker. As these things continue, it can be seen that there is a sense of love between the two (who knows who likes first, but I think Houtarou used to be), and the more the shame looks as he goes to the last episode.

For most people the story may be very slow and boring. I must admit, it is quite slow. But I don’t have a problem with it because the plot should also consider it’s match with it’s genre. For the Slice of Life like Hyouka, slow-paced is perfect. Coupled with a good development, then be a very good storyline.

Do you guys always seen a detective anime with extraordinary analyzes accompanied by a very fascinating and realistic musical background almost impossible in the real world? Not for Hyouka. As a central figure and a fake detective, Houtarou’s analysis capabilities are truly reality-based analysis. Realistic data that is perfect processed by himself, then disclosed in a language that makes sense and not complicated.

BGM, the placement and type of music used in a certain scene is quite beautiful and very suitable with the atmosphere because the song is play by Johann Sebastian Bach. Her first opening theme, Yasashisa no Riyuu performed by ChouCho, is perfect and I often hear for music like this. Ending theme both, Kimi ni Matsuwanu Mystery.

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Satomi Satou, the voice actress who cast Chitanda’s voice is worth the thumbs up. Why? Because his voice is very different than when he cast the voice of Tainaka Ritsu in the anime series K-ON!. Although both are very different, I still appreciate this two anime.

Hyouka is a very good anime in my opinion because Chitanda Eru is amazing both her nature and her seiyuu, Oreki Houtarou which make me amazed by it’s deduction, blend of development and the rate of excellent story, super animation, and the music Charming. Highly recommended for those who like anime slice of life that is relaxed, unfamiliar, plus a bit of non-criminal mild mystery spice.