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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Review

You have seen this announcement in the college newsletter:

Film reviews wanted

What was the last film you saw that had you ‘on the edge of your seat’?
Write a review of a film you have seen. Explain what made it so thrilling and how any visual effects added to the suspense. Tell us which kind of person you would recommend seeing this film.
We’ll publish our favourite reviews in our newsletter.

Write your review for the newsletter. (around 140-190 words)

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • What's the name of the film? What type of film is it? (the genre) Is it a detective story, a science fiction thriller, a romance etc?
  • What's the setting and the basic plot? Make notes about the key events in the film. Keep this short and don't reveal the ending!
  • What is it about the film that makes it so thrilling? You need to make particular reference to special effects but you could also consider the plot or perhaps the accompanying music.
  • Who would this film appeal to? Is it suitable for the whole family?

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the review organised in a clear and logical way?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style OK for a review?
  • Will the reader enjoy reading your review?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!



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