Twist (2021)

Based on the well-known novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, here we have a new modern style on the classic tale.  The film introduces us to Oliver Twist (or Twist for short), who grows up with his mother when he was a child.  His mother was a talented painter, and she always appreciated good art. She also taught Twist to paint and encouraged him to have an appreciation for high-quality paintings.  Unfortunately, Twist’s mother dies, and he becomes an orphan living on the streets.  

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He gets by doing petty crimes and spraying his talented artwork around the city of London.  When police chase him, Twist is uncatchable thanks to his masterful use of parkour. But things are about to improve for Twist when he is invited to join a group of young free runners who are thieves, robbing and targeting the bad guys. For Twist, he has just discovered a new welcoming family, and life seems too good.  

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I can appreciate someone taking a classic like Oliver Twist and delivering a modern spin on it.  This could introduce the well-known story to a generation who perhaps have never heard it.  I can also appreciate this is a whole new film rather than just being another remake.

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But sadly, Twist is quite an odd and messy film. Firstly, it seems to be unsure who its audience is.  With teenager dialogue and teens conducting heists contrasting with seeing people getting shot and foul language, it is impossible to understand what Twist was aiming for as a film and for who. 

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The first half of Twist was somewhat passable, delivering a light-hearted bit of fun.  Any minor issues I had with the film were generally forgiven.  However, once this film crosses the halfway mark, it becomes an entirely different film. Twist crumbles and falls apart: weak heists, uninteresting romance and a predictable villain who is also the blandest and dullest character in the entire movie.  The parkour aspect is a great idea, but thanks to several edits and cuts, it feels as though the cast is not doing any of the work themselves, and the edits are entirely distracting and challenging to watch.  

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Overall, while I adore the idea of a modern film of Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, the film fails to be memorable and deliver a compelling story. The film is quite passable during its first half but falls apart after the halfway mark.  This movie consists of weak characters, a cringe-worthy villain, messy and frustrating edits, and a film that feels messy, all mashed together.  The potential for a tremendous film is undoubtedly here, but sadly, please, sir, I don’t want more.

3.8/10

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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It is no secret that we are spoilt with many tv shows to choose from in the present day.  But sometimes, a great show goes under the radar, and Yellowstone should not be one of them.  The series follows the Dutton Family, owners of the well-known ranch...

Breach (2020)

Set in the future, Earth is in major trouble. To save the remaining survivors on Earth, a large spaceship has been arranged to travel to a planet renamed "New Earth". As the ship prepares to take off, the crew allows a small handful of civilians to fill any gaps and...

Money Plane (2020)

In case you're wondering, this film has no connection with the film Money Train, which was featured back in 1995. Money Plane is an entirely new film altogether. Jack (Adam Copeland) is a skilled thief who works with a small crew. His boss is a dangerous crime lord...

Cats & Dogs: Paws Unite (2020)

For centuries cats and dogs have battled against each other, every day each of them trying to win the affection from all the humans across the world.  Thankfully, the world leaders representing both cats and dogs came together and managed to come to an agreement...

Archive (2020)

Set in the future, the year is 2038. George (Theo James) is a highly-skilled computer engineer. Currently he is working in a secret base where he is conducting many repairs to get the base in full operation. While doing repairs, George is also working on building new...

High Ground (2020)

Inspired by real events.  The film is set in the 1930s, North Australia. High Ground follows two men who both have a past filled with pain and hurt.  Travis (Simon Baker) is a gun for hire and a skilled bounty hunter.  Daily, he is filled with...

Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021)

Set in the 1970s, a group of well-trained martial arts students must come together as they attempt to stop evil forces from unleashing a horrifying demon which will destroy the world. Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) has just broken up with his love and is saddened. But soon...

Rams (2020)

Set in Western Australia, Rams follows two brothers named Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton). While the men are located on farms directly side by side to each other, they have been at war with one another for years. They also refuse to speak to each other....

Russian Raid (2020)

Nikita (Ivan Kotik) is a former Russian operative and an honourable war hero.  He is a human weapon and skilled fighter, plus he has a dark past which haunts him daily.  Soon Nikita accepts a job to take control of a private factory, allowing his boss to...

City of Lies (2018)

Following an ex-detective named Detective Russell Poole (Johnny Depp) who used to work for Los Angeles Police Department, the film begins with an introduction to the character.  Detective Poole is no longer on the force and is now an older, retired man living...

Hunted (2020)

The film introduces a woman named Eve (Lucie Debay).  Eve works in the construction industry and is currently overseeing a large construction job.  She is now under pressure from upper management regarding her newest project. One night, while trying to sleep...

Lupin The Third: The First (2019)

Lupin was created by a manga artist who goes by the alias title of Monkey Punch, eventually leading to a popular TV series (and multiple manga feature films). This time, movie lovers get to see a whole new feature film following the character in a brand new unique...

The Elfkins – Baking A Difference (2019)

After reading the title of this film, I know what you are thinking. What's an Elfkin? And are they related to Christmas? Well, the definite answer is Elfkins are not connected to Christmas. They are something far more significant than anyone could imagine. Elfkins are...

Antebellum (2020)

This story follows a woman (played by Janelle Monáe) who is currently a slave on a plantation site.  Like this woman, many other slaves are forced to work and do horrific things.  Many have tried to escape, but each attempt ends with tragic and heartbreaking...

Skylines (2020)

It has been fifteen years since Planet Earth witnessed the beginning of an alien invasion from the sky. The world became a battlefield with aliens vs human and in the end only a small number of survivors still roam the earth. Continuing on from the second instalment...

Dreambuilders (2020)

Dreambuilders follows a young girl named Minna (voiced by Robyn Dempsey). Minna is an only child who lives with her father. Daily, she is reminded of the fact that her mother left her father to pursue a singing career when she was just a young girl. In the present...

The Flood (2020)

The Flood tells a brutal story of pain, suffering and revenge. We witness the introduction of Jarah (Alexis Lane) who has a husband Waru (Shaka Cook) and a young daughter named Binda. When Jarah is taken away from her land and removed from her family, she is used...

Trolls World Tour (2020)

Continuing on from where we last left our loveable Trolls, life is excellent for Queen Poppy and her fellow Trolls… until! The Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls begins to take over every Troll kingdom. Now the Pop Trolls will come together with a plan to not only save...

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Set in rural Texas, No Country for Old Men tells the story of three key characters in the one film.  Our first character is Llewelyn (Josh Brolin) who discovers the aftermath of a shootout which appears to be from a major drug deal gone wrong. Llewelyn...

The Black String (2018)

Jonathan (Frankie Muniz) is a single man who works at a local convenience store.  Lonely and sick of being single, Jonathan even gets envious when he sees the couple visiting his store.  One night, while watching TV, an ad appears on his screen advertising...

Rent-A-Pal (2020)

Set around a time when VHS tapes were still our primary source of entertainment, David (Brain Landis Folkins) is a lonely, single man. He lives with his unwell mother, taking care of her daily, and has his own room in the basement. Currently, David is seeking a...

Sky Sharks (2020)

The film begins with a plane full of passengers who are soon attacked by what appears to be Zombie-like Nazis flying around on sharks. The aircraft is attacked, and a horrific blood bath begins. We are then introduced to a small group of geologists who are currently...