Watched! IMAX!!!
Time           :5:15 pm
Day            : Thursday
Date           : 22nd March 2018
   Pacific Rim Uprising is out today. It's the continuation of the first movie, Pacific Rim. This movies is a hype that could bring the love for robots start again. I always thought of it as a combination of Gundam or Zoids with Ultraman. This is due to the big robots and Kaiju or big monsters they introduced. For those that still doesn't watch the first movie (well, you should) this movie is regarding a world where Kaiju exists. The monster was brought out by a portal to another dimension opened by hostile aliens. Humanity try to fight back by creating a monster of their own called a Jaeger. The first movie showed a character called Stacker Pentecost(Idris Elba) and Raleigh Becket (played by Charlie Dunham) to pilot the Jaegers. There also Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) a japanese girl that Stacker take in and eventually become a pilot in the first movie. The main Jaeger that used in this first movie is called Gypsy Danger that later upgraded into Gypsy Avenger in the second movie.

   The Uprising, is more exciting I'm telling you as a bunch of more Jaegers introduced. The protagonist is Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) the son of the fallen hero in the first war. The story starts with introduction of this character and how he lives his life. John Boyega certainly play the character well as a son longing for his father approval. He also shows a laid back attitude of the character well as if he is the character himself. We then found that Mako is now in the higher up position, and of course, Jake treat her like his real big sister. The fun starts when the Scrapper's pilot appear, Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny) that build her own Jaeger and shows the audience a good fun ride when Scrapper vs November Ajax. 

   Like I said earlier, you will love robots again after this movie so buckle up and learn the Jaegers name I'm about to mention. :)

 In this age, an unauthorize Jaegers is consider dangerous and the rogue Jaeger will be put down, and I guess November Ajax has that duty. The meet of Jake and Amara end up with they getting caught and Mako push Jake to get back to Pan Pacific Defense Corp(PPDC) a Jaeger Program that train young pilots. Jake dropped the training after kicked out by his father, Stacker, So, you can say he's not thrill getting back to PPDC as a trainer. This is when they introduces all the new Jaegers they have, 
  • Bracer Phoenix
  • Guardian Bravo
  • Saber Athena
  • Titan Redeemer

   Jake continue to show laid back attitude as PPDC trainer but then change his tune when her sister, Mako died (I hate this part btw). A rogue but advance Jaeger appear, Obsidian Fury with a great amount of skill and attack a summit of Shao Industries with a board to approve a dron like control on Jaeger, means you sit in a different building far away while controlling a Jaeger(much like what Iron Man used to do it). A woman responsible for this idea is Liwen Shao (Tian Jing). You would think halfway of the movie that this woman is the antagonist but I kid you not, you would be a bit surprise to found out the real one isn't her. Tian Jing also great at play her character, with iron clad principal and lady boss attitude.

   There are also two more distinct characters that you would meet again, the brainers duo, Dr. Newton Geiszler(Charlie Day) & Herman Gottlieb(Burn Gorman). Let just say this movies full of great characters, because you would fall in love with this two character as well. They play great as  the specialist on Kaiju. The movie climax developed when the Obsidian Fury was defeated and they found man made Kaiju inside. The combination of Jeager and Kaiju, this is a great development in the storyline if you ask me. The epic battle between Gypsy Avenger & Obsidian Fury is also a scene you would not find in the first movie, a Jaeger vs Jaeger that is. Kudos for the writers and director.  Guillermo del Toro,  Travis Beacham (screenplay) &  Guillermo del Toro (screenplay).  The fight scenes seems real enough and they don't overwhelmed you by switching scenes from inside a Jaeger to outside of it too fast.

   What can I say about Pacific Rim uprising is that they create a believable feeling of the future by not exaggerate some things. The complex control of the Jaeger also contribute to this. Especially the Neural Handshake thingy that I think kinda cool. The main character is paired with Nate Lambert(Scott Eastwood), a guy that seems like his rival in love and everything apparently. It kinda make sense in the end that they are compatible since they fight but treat each other like a family. You would think Jake would piloting with Amara, and you think right. The last fight scene is where that happen. This is also a great example of its good storyline, as the two character, Jake and Amara introduced, they has separate stories and obstacles that they need to overcome and in the end they are reunited in Gypsy Avenger, piloting together side by side.

   I want to tell you more and put some more compliment on the movies but this review would turn into a book. So, onto the last fight scene. The scenes shows us all the Jaegers that I have mentioned above, and they fighting three Kaiju that heading for Mount Fuji (this is where the Kaiju heading from the start, since they appeared in the first movie). They show some badass moves and it seems like they could win the fight, the Jaegars. However, the antagonist appear and made the Kaiju combine! That's right, they combine just like Zoids in Power Rangers!!! This is when things turn ugly, with Guardian Bravo pilots making a mistake leads to a second death scene. At last, as most of you might suspect already, only Gypsy Avenger stand with Nate heavily injured. This is when Amara came to the rescue. Of course they defeat the Mega Kaiju, but I will not tell you how, watch for yourself. You also in for a surprise when another Jaegar will come in at the last minute. It's not November Ajax by the way, I wonder where that guy went. 

   There are some small credit scene at the end that suggest a third movie is coming up. I sure hope the Jaegers will heavily upgraded by then, perhaps they could combine too :p (but that would becoming cliche wouldn't it?). All and all, Pacific Rim Uprising is a good enough movie for you to watch it in iMAX! The big screen sure brings out more feeling to the audiences. Some tips, you would not want to settle just in the middle like in standard seat if you watch in iMAX. Go all the way to the back! :) . Enjoy your weekend with your loved ones folks. Pacific Rim Uprising gets double approval from Ibrahim Khaziq! 

TOMB RAIDER REVIEW : Start to End Action

Watched! IMAX!!!
Time           :10:45 pm
Day            : Saturday
Date           : 10th March 2018
   Tomb Raider is back again! Who's don't recognize Lara Croft, The Tomb Raider? A cool badass video game character that brought to live by an actress with the same vibe Angelina Jolie. However, in this new adaptation, Lara Croft was played by Alicia Vikander. She is the actress that had starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E (which is a great movie too by the way). This Tomb Raider bring us to see the origin of Lara Croft, where it all started when her father left her while she was a kid. Alicia Vikander surely a great choice to replace Angelina as she seems to be able to bring out the character charm.
   The movie started with Lara in a gym getting whooped by her opponent. It shows a side of her life after her father missing for the past 7 years and she refusing to admit it hence, pass her chance to gain the Croft's wealth. Like it said in the title, the action start all almost immediately and it never stop. The bicycle chasing scene is awesome to watch and shows the competitive characteristic of Lara. A guardian of Lara introduced after the scene, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, an employee of Croft Company. She advice Lara to take in all the wealth by declaring that Lara's father, Lord Richard (Dominic West) is officially dead (practically a fishy character :p ). At this point is where the adventure starts when Lara come across her father puzzle, left for her.
   The legend of Himiko. This is what Lara's father researching before disappearing. Himiko is said to be a Queen with a black magic that could kill someone just by touch. The Queen was banished and buried in an island that no one ever step foot in. It is said that if someone get to Himiko, they will possess great power that could destroy the entire world. Sounds familiar? :P . Just like previous Tomb Raider movie, Himiko is more or less the Pandora Box. As for the followers of Tomb Raider you could almost sure that a legend is never turn out to be like it was told in the movie, all I could say is, this movie still follow that rule. (Not gonna ruin it that much heheheh)
   That's enough on the story background. As for the movie itself, it is packed with actions when and getting rougher when Daniel Wu character is introduced, Lu Ren. From a storm in the Devil's Triangle to the heart pounding waterfall scene. Lara couldn't stop attract danger to herself and you will certainly would feel like to shout, "just stop it already!" and pray someone couldsave the poor girl. Applause to the director,  Roar Uthaug for giving the audience such a wild ride, which also seems to be come from Alicia effort as well. She successfully follow Angelina Jolie for the part. On the other hand, Dominic West acting isn't so convincing to watch as a loving father that torn between her daughter and the responsibility to the world, as a Croft family. Sure you could feel the sadness, in the flashback scenes when he left Lara but when Lara found him alive in the island, after that the fatherly sacrifice just can not be felt from the screen (*spoiler alert*).
     The antagonist played by Walton Goggins, Mathias Vogel is acceptable though. The guy could convince you that he is evil to the core without even say a word. There's in a fact a scene where he shot a sick guy without saying a word and just look at Lara and Lu Ren with his gun to pointed to them. I bet Alicia is actually felt scared a little while filming the scene, or you know, she just that good in acting.
  Last but not least, the tomb raid scene itself. It remind audiences on all other Tomb Raider movies when Lara is force to solve the puzzles inside a tomb and take the bad guys to the treasure, or in this case, mass destruction weapon. It always fascinating to watch Lara Croft solving one puzzle after another and you could also join in thinking on how to solve it all. To wrap up, this movie is a great adaptation and continuation of Lara Croft. At first watching the trailer, I have my doubt that Alicia could play the character as good as Angelina but she has put her own touch to the character that we could see a hint of Angelina when she played the role before. The storyline isn't so boring and the action after action after action after action scenes that stacked upon in it, makes it even better. I can't wait to watch more.
   All in all, Tomb Raider movie is approved by Ibrahim Khaziq, and by the way I watched it in IMAX! So, it double the fun I guess. Go watch it! It's still Sunday after all. Or you know, you could always take a leave on Monday to watch a movie. XD . Until next time.

WINCHESTER REVIEW : Failed Presentation

   Time           : 9:20 pm
   Day            : Friday
   Date           : 2nd March 2018
   Winchester. This is a a movie that put under thriller/fantasy category. Although it was a fantasy, the background story for it, is very real. Winchester is a family name for a guy that own a company that produce weapons like a rifle and such. When her husband died, the widow built a house that so big, it has hundreds of room. The construction never stops till the day she died. This is the base used for this movie. I like the background story because I've heard it before from Ghost Adventure and it is interesting indeed.
 However, the Spierig brothers  Michael& Peter  story line is not quite interesting, let me tell you that before we start. The main character is a psychological doctor played by Jason Clarkethat just lost a wife by Winchester guns. The widow played by Helen Mirren and basically the plot was revolving on the fact that the doctor need to do an assessment on the widow to clarify if she is sane enough to handle the company her husband left her with. The widow has a mysterious air around her at first but when they have a conversation, that vibe is gone. They also kept repeating a scene where the doctor wander around the house (without lost his way apparently) and get surprise by some of the ghosts in the house. If you ask me, those scenes are not nearly enough compared to any other ghost film. 
   I always said that horror film usually get 5 or 6 (except for IT adapted from Stephen King's book) on its rating because they are all the same. They has a lot of surprise elements and scary background. However, this one has one more element that should gives it an advantage, which is a 'based on true event' element. The director should implied that a lot more and make it a realistic scary movie. However, they failed to do so as the plot is much the same as any other made up ghost film and that was a let down really. 
   The plot is predictable, as the stories goes and I bet you could guess who is the ghost they are looking for right at the first half of the movie. I mean this is one of the most haunted house in the world! They should put in all the typical true ghost story to add on the chilliness in the air, like scary sounds in the middle of the night, a doppelganger, shadowy figure and stuffs, but they went on surprise you with one or two ghosts that well, make you jump a little but it just isn't chilly and scary enough. Frankly I'm surprise they get a 5.4 from IMDb, I think 4 should be enough.
   Finally, the most comical and weakest scene yet, the last encounter. The ghost they encounter is so strong and it release all the spirits in the house. It is like you were watching an X-Men movie, especially when the ghost control all the guns. It is like you watch Jane or Professor X fighting with their telekinesis. It is a ridiculous scene and I laugh while it happen. I am just sorry I don't has any nice words for this movie because I really love the background story. The only good thing to see in the movie is the house itself, if you're into that I guess.
All in all, Winchester has failed in its presentation for the true event that should be its main attraction. Winchester is disapproved by Ibrahim Khaziq, go watch it if only you has time to waste. Thank you.

BLACK PANTHER REVIEW : Quite different & refreshing setting

   Time           : 5pm
   Day            : Sunday
   Date           : 16th February 2018
   Black Panther is out folks. This movie is the another Marvel Studios production that would set up the Avenger : Infinity War. The setting for this movie is the continuation of Captain America : Civil War where the T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Bosemanfather died and he is crown as the new King. Much like Civil War, Black Panther is revolving around that or to be more precise, a Tribe War. However, it is a war to gain the crown.
  The movie is quite different from the other Marvel movies as the main character is a King himself a.k.a Black Panther the superhero. He has a strong sense of justice and responsibility as both King and superhero. As a premiere movie, it is quite a good one as Black Panther origin story is being told, and his Nation, Wakanda is introduced. The combination of tribe's tradition and advance technology is combined and it gives viewer a refresh view of Marvel universe. Well, apart from Thor, the descendant of King Odin I guess, but  Black Panther is a King himself. While, Wakanda is a secluded nation that thought to be a 3rd World Nation but in fact one of the most advance Nation in the world that is hidden from plain sight.

   Vibranium is once again present in this Marvel story and it is a huge part of Black Panther tribe's background. The antagonist on this one is T'Challa / Black Panther's cousin himself, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). He plays a great character as a rival to Black Panther to get on the throne and when he also puts on the suit, it just awesome to watch, a clash between Silver Black Panther & Gold Black Panther. However, even the fight scenes is quite great  Ryan Coogler (the director) shows some lack of skills on presenting Black Panther fighting movement. The character should has more flexibility and panther like movement in fighting. That being said, the fight scenes still gives viewers some satisfaction in my opinion.

   Watching this movie is like watching or playing DOTA games, due to the tribe-ish setting. The character of The Great Gorilla, M'Baku (Winston Duke) is especially has DOTA kind of vibe, and he's a fun character to watch. Other than all the unique characters, you'd also found that the techs and gadgets used by Black Panther is fascinating and well lets admit it, cool. The techs expert in the movie is represent by Black Panther's sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright). It's like watching a female Tony Stark at work. It would be awesome to watch Shuri, Banner and Tony Stark collaboration in upcoming Avenger movies I'd say. Who knows, maybe Stark the Iron Man will become a 'Vibranium' Man. XD

   The tribe war breaks during the last hour of the movie and even it is a small scale one it is still one of the best scene in the movie. It shows Black Panther resolve and determination. After the war, T'Challa once again as a King start to reach out to the outside world and you could see this is a starting line of him becoming one of The Avengers.

   As any Marvel movies, Black Panther also has credit scene and in fact, it has two. One is where T'Challa give a speech in a United Nations Conference and promise to give aid to the world by sharing Wakanda knowledge and techs. The other one is more significant as it is might be a setup for Infinity War. The scene shows Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Captain America's friend from The Winter Soldier. As you already know, in Civil War, Captain America and Black Panther brought Bucky to a facility and try to heal his mind from being controlled by Hydra. The credit scene in Black Panther shows Bucky in a hut and still missing an arm. The kids around him called him White Wolf. This is a character that much like a sidekick to Black Panther in the comic book. So, the scene practically tell us that Bucky will the Black Panther sidekick and more likely to join the Infinity War and definitely Black Panther 2.

   All in all, it is a great movie and I guess it's time to rate the movie now. I hate to rate in numbers so as always I'll just say, Black Panther, is totally approved by Ibrahim Khaziq! :) . Even I don't tell you to go watch it, I think you would go any, being a Marvel fan an all. So, enjoy the movie guys!


Watched at : KLCC
Time           : 5:30 pm 
Day            : Saturday
Date           : 27th January 2018


   The Maze Runner is a trilogy movie that adapted from books with the same name written by James Dashner. Although there's a prologue book with the title of The Kill Order. The recent movie that came out is Maze Runner : The Death Cure. The one before that is The Maze Runner The Scorch Trial and the first one is The Maze Runner. It is impossible to talk about The Death Cure without the other two. It is like the Divergent series or maybe The Lord of The Rings, the movies is a one long journey that continued from one movie to the next one. If you have watched these two movie series you'll know what I mean. 

   Like you already know in the second movie, Minho(Ki Hong Lee) was abducted and The Death Cure is started with an attempt of Thomas(Dylan O'Brian) and his friend saving Minho. They use quite an interesting setup to watch, including what I would like to call a chopper rescue (It is used quite a number of times in this movie but it is still awe~~~some~~).  The resolve of Thomas to rescue Minho got viewers felt for the characters as Minho had mentioned in The Scorch Trial he does not want end up like the other kids that got caught up. Then there's Newt(Thomas Brodie-Sangster) that always go where Thomas go. This trilogy is really is about believe, trust and friendship. The book has written the three element well and the director Wes Ball has portray it well in the three movies. 

  The series progress where the main goal of Thomas and his friends is none other to save their friend Minho while Teresa(Kaya Scodelario)  that had gained her memories back put the world as her priority by researching the cure. The two characters' opinion is clashed and no one wanna backed down. Thomas,Newt and Frypan(Dexter Darden) then make a journey to WCKD HQ which is a city that built within walls (Attack on Titan styles XD ). The group joined by Jorge(Giancarlo Esposito) and Brenda(Rosa Salazar) in the middle then to our surprise, they meet a familiar face. I am not gonna spoil it for you(Hint: Thomas hated the guy), and they also meet the Ugly Face Lawrence(Walton Goggins) that leads a group of Cranks or non-immune to fight with WCKD. 

   The final clash is great to watch as a lot of things happen that give viewers a lot to see. The lunatic side of Lawrence that will caught you by surprise, the reunion of the guys with Minho, the death of some characters(no spoiler either) that would give you a mix up feelings. Dylan O'Brian play Thomas well, as a guy that want to save all friends no matter what. You really just want to root the guys to fight and win. Wes Ball also success to show his skills by putting some good action scenes. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats as the guys always on the run (It is Maze RUNNER after all) and keep on stumble upon dead ends. However, all is well of course, as you book readers know ;). Oh and by the way, the death scenes might make you tear up a little, or at least you will hold your breath and  make sure the guys next to you in cinema does not see your face. The ending scene is somehow satisfying to watch as Thomas read the letter from his late friend. However, when he hold the cure in his hand it left viewers wondering what is the future of the world while they stay at the safe haven. After all Thomas is The Death Cure. 

   All and all, although there are a lot of differences between the books and the movies I still enjoy all three movies. Maze Runner: The Death Cure is approved by Ibrahim Khaziq! ;). Go watch it with your bestfriends!!!

Before I end this, for you viewers that never read the books let me list some of the big differences between the books and the movies. 

First, the one that I really wanted to see actually, in the books Teresa and Thomas can communicate telepathically, in fact Teresa almost go all silent when he woke up in the Glade and only talks to Thomas via telepathy. So is Aris and Rachel by the way, the kids on the other Maze, and this is due to a chip implanted in their brain before they sent to the Glade. 

Second, in Scorch Trial book, the Scorch is actually another Trial they put under after the Maze by none other than WCKD itself. The harsh environment and the Cranks in the Scorch should be the element that could make the cure enzyme produced by the immune kids. 

Third, the Maze in the book and the movie is totally not the same puzzle. The way they solve it also different oviously.

Last but not least, I think the movies not show clear enough that in the book, Thomas is actually one of the important researcher in finding the cure at WCKD before he get rid of his memories and enter the Glade. He and Teresa is actually like the lead researcher. Well, there are a lot of them but if I list it here, well, this will become a long review. So why don't you head to Youtube and watch it for yourself, or you know, you can just read the books. Heheheh.


Watched at : 1 UTAMA GSC
Time           : 9 pm 
Day            : Wednesday
Date           : 3rd January 2018

   Insidious : The Last Key is the continuation of Insidous chapters with Elise Rainier as the main character. Though I said it's a continuation but it seems Insidious series keep on producing prequel as the series goes. This time audience is shown the origin of Elise as a kid and the demon that she released that'll become the main antagonist in this chapter. The chapter also introduce us to Elise's mother and father Gerald and Audrey Rainier played by Josh Stewart & Tessa Ferrer. They play the part quite well I must say as Josh Stewart is always a good actor to play somewhat psycho character, in my opinion.

   Now, for the story line and my overall opinion on this movie is, it's quite a disappointment really. A ghost movie always rated lower than any other movies and I think it is because it isn't scary enough or the story line isn't chilly enough. Most of current ghost movie is all about shocking or frightening the audience and though this movie did has that element, it only has a few of it. As for the story line, the twist for Ted Garza character and Elise's father is quite good but it can't cover the lack of big punch that the audience needed as we expect it is the last chapter. However, you might find they are not done yet with the series. 

   Elise character is doing what's she always doing, enter The Further land to fight a demon. It is all good until she enter the land. The demon with keys hand isn't so frightening anymore. The demon looks like the one in Insidious 3. At the end of the movie the same as other Insidious prequel. the previous characters were introduced and it rotating once again. Since this time I got the tickets and a shirt for free from TV 9 Malaysia (Thank you very much! XD ), I think it makes me feel like the movie is not so bad while they are, a bit. 

   However, I'll say this, the director Adam Robitel is fail to create a chilly environment for the audience that would make them wanting for more. Compared to Annabelle : Creation, Insidious : The Last Key is a weak prequel. Alas, some people might appreciate the fright and twist the movie have to offer. All things considered, I think this movie is just the same as other Insidious movies only with different backgrounds, characters and some twist. Like I said some people might enjoy the movie especially the ones that follow the saga as they would get a peek of Elise's past life. That being said, I hope you guys have a great time watching this movie tomorrow. Insidious : The Last Key, is slightly dissaprove by Ibrahim Khaziq!

P/S : Enjoy your movie. 



   Watched at : KLCC
   Time           : 5pm
   Day            : Sunday
   Date           : 31st December 2017

   The movie is as what its title is like. The greatest show indeed. It is a musical theme movie. The movie is about a guy that has a dream and like to try something different from someone else. Barnum was a typical 'office worker' in his time but it all changes when the company he worked with face a bankruptcy. He try to explore the world of showmanship with his skills to turn the odds toward his favor. It start with a peek of main character future P.T Barnum. Right away with the first song, The Greatest Show that give me goose bump. Hugh Jackman talent in theatrical act is really shown in here. You could see the glimpse of him singing in a theater show like when he used to be. 

   The second song, A Million Dreams  is supposedly sang by the child actor Ellis Rubin that has a soothing voice by the way, along with the young Charity played by Skylar Dunn. I also get a goose bump on this (this happen a lot during the movie by the way) where it portray the journey of the main characters from kids to adulthood. It also show how young Barnum cope to his new life alone which a scene that makes your heart break, might make you tear up a little. 

   The movie put you in an emotional train really, when the characters sad or face a hopeless situation you'll feel like crying and when they are happy or in high spirit you'll feel happy too. This shows the strength of the director Michael Gracey. The camera play, the background and the scenes changing is managed awesomely I'd say. He knows how to capture the feeling of the characters the way it makes you feel for them too.

   For those who are in love you will have a touchy feely moment when Phillip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler played by Zac Efron and Zendaya sing a song called Rewrite The Stars. No worries, the awwww...... moment is there XD. However, it ended with you feel sorry for both characters for their love can not be professed towards each other. Zac and Zendaya successfully show us a love between two people coming from different backround. This is a second song Zac Efron sing in the movie, the first one is with Hugh Jackman, a song called The Other Side. When Zac sing, there you could see a flashback of High School Musical (not my type by the way, sorry Mr. Efron :P ) but upgraded in a million I'd say. You could really see the two characters partnered up in the future and their relationship as future mentor and future apprentice.

   Towards the middle of the movie you could see Barnum is on top of the world where it seems like his dream come true but then as life itself (this is based on true story after all) it all goes down from there and it shows what fame and money can do to people. This movie is like a motivational and life teaching ride that you need to watch and experience. It might change your view towards musical movies and theater. This is truly a must watch movie for the New Year that is coming for a couple of hours now. It will give you in a proper spirit to achieve that New Year goals.

   The end of the movie is strong as the glimpse of the future at the beginning of the movie is resume. I am not gonna spoil it too much for you, so you need to watch for yourself and be inspired by the movie. When the movie finished I feel like clapping and to my surprise, the whole cinema echoed in clapping sounds when the whole cinema seems to agree with me. This is my first time seeing this kind of reaction in a cinema. All in all, I have just watched the greatest show this year, I feel hyped, I cry (just a little mind you), I feel motivated and inspired. So? What are you waiting for? Go watch the movie tomorrow with friends and family. It is a New Year after all. :D. Well, thanks for reading my review! The Greatest Showman? is approved by Ibrahim Khaziq!!! 

P/S : This is the lists of other songs in the movies. Enjoy!!! XD