Mini-Reviews: Carlotta and Edge of Tomorrow

Carlotta

Performances are top notch in this telemovie that depicts the life of Richard Byron who would later be known to the world as Carlotta.

Jessica Marais and Eamon Farren’s performances in particular are outstanding to watch. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Eamon Farren on stage a couple of times and am glad that a bigger audience gets to see his talent present in this telemovie.

On top of the telemovie, the DVD contains a number of extras, which are definitely worth watching.

Airs on ABC1 on 19 June 2014 at 8:30pm and will be released on DVD on 2 July 2014.

Edge of Tomorrow

When I watched Edge of Tomorrow, my first impression when it started was oh great another shaky hand held camera film which makes it worse in 3D. But after about 15 minutes that element reduced and was replaced with a film that is enjoyable throughout.

If someone asked me to categorise Edge of Tomorrow, I’d say Aliens meets Groundhog Day. This is mainly due to the rebooting of the day over and over again. I have not read the book it is based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, so I cannot say how close it stays true to the book (though I am aware they changed the ending to give it a more Hollywood ending).

The film has comedic moments to help get through the constant repeat of the same day over and over again and the 3D use was good and was not a detriment to the film overall.

Due to the changed ending from the book it keeps open the opportunity of a sequel if required.

Edge of Tomorrow is now screening in cinemas in Australia.

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