Chuck Season 1 (2007, Espionage Action Comedy) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Zachary Levi: Chuck Bartowski
Yvonne Strahovski: Sarah Walker
Joshua Gomez: Morgan Grimes
Sarah Lancaster: Ellie Bartowski
Adam Baldwin: Major John Casey
Creator: Josh Schwartz
Creator: Chris Fedak
Mark Christopher Lawrence: Big Mike
Bonita Friedericy: General Beckman
Tony Todd: CIA Director Graham
Ryan McPartlin: Captain Awesome
Producer: Phil Klemmer
Producer: Robert Duncan McNeill
Producer: Paul Marks
Co-Executive Producer: Chris Fedak
Executive Producer: Josh Schwartz

Chuck Season 1 (2007)

Chuck isn’t just a computer geek working for Buy More superstores: he’s also a critical CIA / NSA asset who has in his memory all the United States’ secrets. Unwittingly. By accident. Which is inconvenient.

6/10

Slight but charming spy caper.With the exception of the fairly strong, if largely bloodless and injury-free, violence, this feels like a children’s spy show. In fact, as much as I like Zachary Levi as Chuck, it would probably make more sense if Chuck was a child. The problem with the show is the premise; it never makes any sense (the whole Intersect in his brain thing and the fact that every major crim in the world parades through Los Angeles just so Chuck can identify them). However, the stars and characters are fine, Zachary Levi is terrific and the show has a simple charm that makes it nice to watch. So while it’s not exactly good, I have enjoyed it and that’s rather more important.

This Chuck episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and occasional strong violence and occasional sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009, Movie) – 4/10 review

Cast / crew
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Writer: Roberto Orci
Writer: Alex Kurtzman
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Producer: Tom DeSanto
Producer: Don Murphy
Producer: Ian Bryce
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer: Michael Bay
Shia LaBeouf: Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox: Mikaela Bane
Josh Duhamel: Major Lennox
Tyrese Gibson: USAF Master Sergeant Epps
Kevin Dunn: Ron Witwicky
Julie White: Judy Witwicky
John Turturro: Simmons
Peter Cullen: Optimus Prime
Hugo Weaving: Megatron
Tony Todd: Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Since the incident in Los Angeles, Optimus Prime and the Autobots have been protecting Earth from the Decepticons while Sam prepares to go to college. A shard of the Allspark, however, is discovered and Sam’s life is about to turn upside-down again.

4/10

If the first was a glorious mess, then this boring, fun-free sequel is just a mess. This is very much an idea-free zone with no clear plot, no clear character arcs and endless, meaningless, interchangeable action with apparently random robots that makes absolutely no sense. I think it takes supremely arrogant writers to write such random garbage because, if it were me, I simply could not stand the inconsistencies (in the franchise and within just this movie) and presence of baffling stereotypes spouting cut-and-paste dialogue from a collection of bad movie scripts. People need to stop employing Orci and Kurtzman and stop now. Michael Bay and his actors all put a lot of effort in but, aside from the fact that it frequently looks fabulous, it’s all wasted.

This movie contains partial sexual swear words, mild swear words, adult dialogue and comic substance abuse and extreme mecha violence, extremely unpleasant scene and sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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