Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage (Chris Pratt). Old foes become new allies, and fan-favourite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

The ensemble cast is marvellous. Main actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista work well together and share great chemistry along with the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as Baby Groot. Pratt is likeable as charismatic and witty team leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Zoe Saldana is smashing and fantastic as Gamora. Great supporting cast from Michael Rooker and Kurt Russell.

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is fantastic. It’s thrilling and glamorous to watch from start to finish. The action is astounding with stunning special effects. The soundtrack perfectly fits the film.

Just like the first film, it’s fantastic. Action packed, hilarious, visually stunning and has a great soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will not disappoint fans.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Life

Life follows a six-member crew of the International Space Station uncovers what initially seems to be the first evidence of life on Mars; however, the crew finds their discovery might not be what it seems.

The cast is well acted. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya all give phenomenal character-driven performances.

Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool) deliver a gripping and suspenseful sci-fi film. It’s well shot, a great pace and visually stunning.

One of the best sci-fi films I’ve seen. A well-paced film with suspense, stunning visual effects and great performances. It’s a cross between Gravity and Alien, if you like these films then you’ll like this.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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