Review cheat sheet – a killer template for the review

Use this template in your exam!


You can use these keywords in almost any review! Have a look, take notes and use them in your writing task. 

Your local newspaper wants you to write a review of a film which you have enjoyed.
You should include information on the characters and what happens, and say why you enjoyed it.

Write your review. 

Is this the real world: A review of The Matrix

The first thing we should keep in mind regarding The Matrix is that it was profoundly philosophical and completely full of action. It’s a sci-fi movie about a future where robots have taken over the world and humans are farmed as food. The humans don’t know they are food because the world they experience is a virtual reality designed to keep them sleeping. It is a dystopian movie. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the characters, Neo, the main character is a normal person who “wakes up” in the real world and learns to control the virtual world. He later defeats the evil agents that guard the virtual world. His acting in the movie is great and he convinces us that he is not “the one”. 

What I enjoyed the most was the blend of action with philosophy and the very scary idea that maybe we are living in a virtual reality of the year 2000 but really civilisation is in the year 2100 and we are all robot food. Watch with caution!

I’d recommend this movie to almost anyone because if you don’t like the action of the movie, you will certainly enjoy the scary idea that we live in the future but we are fed the past. However, if you don’t like action, sci-fi or philosophy you had better stay away and watch something else like Toy Story 2. 

More notes on the model structure:

I hope you enjoy this structure, we can use it every review task. You can change the key phrases if you like, they are just some that I like. However, the most important thing to keep in mind is: have key-phrases, practice key-phrases.