Mini-Movie Reviews #3- Seven, Slumdog Millionaire, Total Recall and There’s Something About Mary

Hi guys! I have been watching a lot of movies recently and decided to put together another little compilation of mini movie reviews! This time including Seven, Slumdog Millionaire, Total Recall and There’s Something About Mary, a little something for everyone!

Seven (1995)

Summary: Detective Mills and Detective Somerset are put on the case to track down a psychotic serial killer killing according to the seven deadly sins. But when the killer gets personal, they are forced to step up their game.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Why: Personally, I thought the majority of the movie was four star worthy, except the ending is what boosted it up another half point when two of the sins come together unexpectedly to test the strength of the cops fighting him. This movie relies heavily on atmosphere and setting, and while it is done well, there seemed to be a lot more depth to the characters that could’ve been exposed to add some creep factor in addition to the setting. My critique aside, it obviously did its job seeing as I’m not very easily creeped out, but this movie definitely sent a chill down my spine.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Summary: Jamal was an uneducated slumdog that made it big, winning billions of dollars on Indias version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” However, his background has everyone wondering how he had done it, including the game shows staff who demands he explain just how he knew the answers.

Rating: 5 STARS!

Why: The description of this movie sounds as if the movie would be incredibly cheesy, however the director and screenwriter turned it into a masterpiece. While being tortured by the show’s staff for answers as to how he won the money, Jamal is forced to relive his life in the slums, showing the audience how each question and the answer was discovered at a pivotal point in his life. This movie was so moving because it was able to depict the life of children, and people in general, living in the Indian Slums, a place we don’t often think about. The things that these kids are forced to do, see, and be a part of were heart-wrenching, and incredibly thought provoking at the same time. Along with that, the cinematography was gorgeous. The ending is a well deserved moment for everyone watching, seeing as it gives hope even through the darkest of times.

Total Recall (2012)

Summary: Sick of his everyday routine, Douglas Quaid heads to the Rekall lounge, a place where your dreams can be turned into real memories. However, everything goes wrong when they discover repressed super-spy memories that are in fact real. Now he’s a man on the run, teaming up with a rebel that he had only seen in his dreams to take down the leader of their free world before he can cause massive destruction.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Why: While I didn’t find the story or its characters extremely compelling, its special effects, on-screen action and atmosphere made the movie an entertaining watch.

There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Summary: “Ted’s (Ben Stiller) dream prom date with Mary (Cameron Diaz) never happens due to an embarrassing injury at her home. Years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to track down Mary so he can reconnect with her. Pat lies to Ted about Mary and he finds out everything he can about her to trick her into dating him. Ted travels to meet Mary and has to weave through the web of lies that Pat and Mary’s friend Tucker (Lee Evans) have woven to try and win her over.

Rating: 5 STARS! (My new favorite comedy movie!)

Why: Hands down hysterical. This movie was just wrong enough to make it funny, from murderous hitchhikers and shoe fetishes to private investigators and embarrassing braces. Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller are amazing in their roles and have amazing chemistry, even though something always is in the way of their relationship. A super relatable movie for anyone that never gets their fair share of good luck (or the girl).

Have you guys seen any of these movies? What were your thoughts? I have been watching a lot of movies lately so there will probably be more mini-movie reviews coming out soon! Good luck to everyone going back to school this week!

-Lily

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4 thoughts on “Mini-Movie Reviews #3- Seven, Slumdog Millionaire, Total Recall and There’s Something About Mary

  1. good choices here Lily!

    Mary really is hilarious because it’s so un-PC 🙂

    TR is terrible compared to the original (like most remakes)

    Seven is great especially when u don’t know what to expect

    Slumdog is highly overrated and probably doesn’t really deserve all the awards it got because it really IS too cheesy IMHO 🙂

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