The big screen remake of the classic 80s cartoon, sees 'Jem and the Holograms' lose their spark for the YouTube generation.
Taking a classic cartoon and trying to remake it for the big screen is always a tricky business, but in the case of the new Jem and the Holograms movie it’s a critical disaster. The live-action remake of the beloved 80s cartoon hit US cinemas this weekend, leaving a sour taste in the mouth of critics who were left wondering, what happened to the once ‘truly outrageous’ Jem?
Jem and the Holograms on the big screen.
Starring Aubrey Peeples as Jerrica aka Jem, the film’s plot revolves around the shy teen struggling with fame after becoming an internet sensation. After being discovered on Youtube, Jem lands a record deal and her own band, The Holograms (played by Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau, but it's not all one big rock and roll fantasy.
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A re-boot of the beloved 1980s animated TV series, 'Jem and the Holograms' hits the big screen in a live action adventure directed by Jon M. Chu, who opens up about the concept of the movie with cartoon creator Christy Marx and stars Aubrey Peeples, Hayley Kiyoko and Molly Ringwald.
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Jerrica Benton lives an uneventful life with her sister Kimber, Aunt Bailey and her foster daughters - but all that's about to change. Jerrica has a secret talent for music, and Kimber doesn't want her to keep it to herself. She secretly films her playing a song and uploads it on to the internet where it goes viral. Pretty soon, they are recruited by the biggest record company in the world who want to turn them, in turn, into the biggest pop group in the world. That means changing their image, their personalities and even their names as Jerrica and her sisters become Jem and the Holograms. The world of fans and touring might be amazing, but pretty soon tensions within the group start to rise as fame causes them to lose sight of who they really are underneath the facade.
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Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in the same moral universe as the Taken movies, where mass murder is excusable if your daughter's been kidnapped. Despite a low-budget aesthetic, director Paco Cabezas invests each scene with straight-faced emotion, never acknowledging the general implausibility and irresponsibility of the story itself. But with Cage's rampant performance and Cabezas' visual style, the film almost works as melodramatic escapism.
Cage plays slick businessman Paul, who has finally put his criminal past behind him. But when his over-protected 16-year-old daughter (Aubrey Peeples) is kidnapped, he digs out his old leather jacket and turns to his boyhood partners in crime (Max Ryan and Michael McGrady) for help. While Paul's new young wife (Rachel Nichols) urges him to sort out this mess, his old police detective pal (Danny Glover) warns Paul against taking the law into his own hands. But he can't help it. Especially when it becomes clear that the Russian mobster (Pasha D. Lynchikoff) he clashed with nearly 20 years earlier might be involved in an attempt to get revenge.
While the plot itself doesn't have any real surprises, it at least tries to twist and turn its way through the story. And along the way, Paul's experience gets increasingly emotional, giving Cage the chance to indulge in everything from slow-burn frustration to tear-stained grief to full-on mad-dog violence. Rage indeed! Cage explodes with fury so many times that he seems in danger of transforming into the Hulk at any moment. And the actors around him wisely back up and let him have the stage to himself. Otherwise, there isn't much to the film, with a series of average car chases and fist-fights that are brutal but forgettable.
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The actresses playing Jem and the Holograms have been announced, but how's the movie shaping up?
We’ve been excited about the prospect of the ‘Jem and the Holograms’ movie ever since it was announced last month. Ok, originally we had some concerns to get over, namely that Jem was in the hands of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, but once we learnt not to make people guilty by association the idea of a Jem movie became more and more appealing. Now things really seem to be taking off with a synopsis and the main cast being revealed. So how is 'Jem and the Holograms' on the big screen looking so far?
Aubrey Peeples will play Jem
To get you up to speed, last month Bieber manager Scooter Braun announced he would be teaming up with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum and director Jon M. Chu, of questionable G.I. Joe: Retaliation fame, to make an up to date movie version of ‘Jem and the Holograms’. The show was an 80s cartoon which focused on ‘Starlight Music’ company owner Jerrica Benton who’s alter ego is Jem the lead singer of the band the Holograms. Jerrica had a cool computer created by her father which she used to transform herself into the pink haired Jem. The Holograms also had some nasty musical rivals named The Misfits and when Jem wasn't fronting a cool pop band she was acting as the foster mother to 12 children. Braun and the rest of the new Jem crew said they wanted to movie to be a ‘'modern day live action reinvention'’ of the Jem character and they were even ‘crowdsourcing’ ideas for the project from fans and inviting them to send in audition tapes.
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You couldn't even say this movie is so bad that it's good, because it's seriously terrible, but it's also hilariously entertaining. Sometimes it means to be idiotic, but more often we are laughing because the effects are so appalling, the script is nonsensical and the cast look like they got lost and wandered onto the set by accident. Fans of awful movies won't want to miss it.
The premise is simply ridiculous: Los Angeles is in the grip of a shark infestation, as swimmers in about four inches of water are being gobbled up by Great Whites. Just then, a freak hurricane arrives from Mexico carrying water-spouts packed with sharks that are dropped into the city streets. Our hero is Fin (Ziering), a surfer dude who's worried about his estranged wife April (Reid) and their two grown children (Peeples and Hittinger). So he grabs his best buddy Baz (Simmons), the tough-girl barmaid Nova (Scerbo) and a local drunk (Heard) and they charge to the rescue. After a series of outrageous adventures, they come up with a crazy plan to save the city.
Mashing together every disaster movie cliche imaginable, along with nonstop amusing Jaws references and L.A. in-jokes, the film isn't nearly as stupid as it looks. And it looks really stupid. There isn't a single sequence that makes a bit of logical sense due to the dirt-cheap production values and clunky digital effects. Every now and then, the filmmakers edit in a documentary shot of actual sharks swimming just to remind us what they look like, as opposed to the clumsy rubber and digital variety that fills the screen.
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A re-boot of the beloved 1980s animated TV series, 'Jem and the Holograms' hits the...
Jerrica Benton lives an uneventful life with her sister Kimber, Aunt Bailey and her foster...
Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in...
You couldn't even say this movie is so bad that it's good, because it's seriously...