The films starts off in Iraq (not too dissimilar to The Exorcist) as it follows three soldiers who explore an underground tunnel and encounter something not of this world. The action zooms six months into the future where NYPD detective Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is responding to a 911 distress call concerning a domestic assault. The perpetrator just happens to be one of the soldiers from the prologue, who is swiftly arrested. Following this Satchie responds to the 911 call from a zoo who report that a women threw her two year child into the lion enclosure, the women in question shows signs of strange behaviour. Ralph Sarchie leads the investigation, teaming up Edgar Ramírez's Mendoza, and discovers that the three soldiers brought back something evil and demonic.
Thursday, 18 December 2014
The sleepy small town of Silverton is blissfully unaware of the devastation about to befall them as on the day of the school's graduation ceremony a tornado will strike the town. The film follows three sets of people, four storm chasers tracking the storm, two daredevils who enjoy risky stunts and a stern father and his two boys. A series of coincidences allows the three groups of people to converge as they fight to rescue Gary's (Richard Armitage) son Donnie (Max Deacon), who is trapped underneath a pile of rubble.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
A homeless man's (Macon Blair) life is turned upside down when the murderers of his parents are released from prison. The man decides to embark on the mission of vengeance to avenge the murder of his parents. Jeremy Saulnier's film was an award winner at Cannes and a hit among the critics, and it quite easy to see why. The film looks terrific, the editing is marvellous and the cinematography is glorious as Jeremy Saulnier expertly creates a film that looks superb. Where the ball is somewhat dropped is the pace, Blue Ruin is a slow burner almost to the extent that it makes it difficult to engage in the character and his quest, however, it is engaging enough to be tense and exciting during the more dramatic moments. The film also lacks some development as his relationship with his estranged family is left malnourished. Macon Blair's performance is effective and film is bleak and hard hitting making Blue Ruin a decently effective revenge thriller but one that doesn't match the critical acclaim given to it.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
The legend of Hercules was fiddled around with in Steve Moore's Hercules comics (of which the film is based) as it presents Hercules as mercenary motivated mostly by money and not the supposed son of Zeus who defeated the 12 labors. When Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) is approached by Ergenia (Rebecca Ferguson) pleading for him to help her father, Lord Cotys (John Hurt), in his fight against the evil Warlord Rheseus (Tobias Santelmann) Hercules agrees to help, but there are more sinister things afoot.
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Kit Harrinton (of Game of Thrones) is a Celt whose family has been destroyed by the Romans. After displaying some fine fighting talents in Londinium he is sent to Pompeii. There he meets Cassia (Emily Browning) and two quickly fall in love. Coincidentally Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland ), the man who slaughtered The Celt's family, arrives in Pompeii, but the rumblings from the mountain dominating Pompeii's surroundings make for an ominous feel.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
In the near future Planet Earth is in disarray, the food stocks are running low, natural resources are all but gone and constant dust storms merely add to the environmental problems on Earth. NASA stages a plan to find a planet that is habitable for the human race and Matthew Mcconaughey's Cooper is just the man to lead this expedition. Cooper accepts the mission leaving behind his son (Timothée Chalamet), father in law (John Lithgow) and daughter (Mackenzie Foy).The crew investigate a number of signals transmitted by previous expeditions to analyse the possibility of the planets providing ample conditions for life.
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Loosely based on the Need for Speed Video game franchise, Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a mechanic who is hired by rival Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) to build a Ford Mustang, which will be sold for over $2,000,000. In a bid to sell the car Tobey takes the Ford Mustang for a test drive (against the wishes of Dino), Tobey is challenged to a race. If he loses, the money from the sale of Mustang will go Dino; if he wins Tobey gets the money. In the race, however, Tobey’s friend Little Pete (a James Dean lookalike Harrison Gilbertson) is involved in an accident deliberately caused by Dino. Dino’s involvement can’t be proved (don’t ask why, it doesn’t make sense), so Tobey is charged for Pete’s death. Two years later Tobey is released on parole and looking for revenge.
Need for Speed sticks very solidly to the formula that made the Fast and Furious franchise so financial successful by focusing on the car and the racing sequences and sacrificing plot, dialogue and character. The racing sequences are undoubtedly the film’s highlight, the editing is superbly done and the sound effects that accompany the racing sequences are electric, however without any real engagement results in these to be merely superficial qualities. The uninterested performances from the likes of Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper don’t exactly help matters as the pair fail to make their stock characters interesting or engaging. However, those who find the sound of roaring engines electrifying will be excited throughout whilst all the talk of Veyrons and Koenigseggs may be alien to some.
Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a kind, good natured priest in a isolated Irish village, in the confession booth he is threatened by a confessor who has suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church. Father James has to confront the various dark forces closing in around him.
John Michael McDonagh’s second feature film diverts slightly from his debut, The Guard, as Calvary strikes a far more sombre and serious tone than his debut feature. However, Calvary isn’t entirely different as it still contains McDonagh’s signature dark comedy which is very amusing. Calvary tackles mature themes of faith, forgiveness and the past crimes of Catholic Church with intelligence, sensitivity and a touch of humour. Brenden Gleeson leads a terrific cast (consisting of Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Aidan Gillen), and it is his scenes with his daughter, Fiona, that are the most touching. Some may be slightly put off by the slow pacing, and the characters personalities are greatly exaggerated, particularly Orla O'Rourke’s Veronica, but perhaps these characters are intended to represent various punishable sins of the Catholic religion and highlight how of the morals of Catholic religion become less important as Catholism itself becomes less important in Irish society.
Seth Green and Rose Byrne (Mac and Kelly Rander) star as a young couple with a newborn baby, who are shocked to discover that a frat boy collage group (led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco) have moved in next door. Unsurprisingly the new neighbours’ nightly drunken parties become a massive distraction to the Rander’s life and, as a result, they decide to get rid of them.
Bad Neighbours is a bit like a party where you don’t know anyone, it starts with a slow start to the night because you are standing there awkwardly not engaging in too much conversation, until you consume a few beverages and then you end up singing along to What Makes You Beautiful and generally having a great night out. Bad Neighbours starts off slowly as it struggles to say anything amusing or interesting about the responsibilities of parenthood, but when the film’s main protagonists (Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan) start to have an out and out war with the frat boys living next door the pace quickens up considerably and laughs are more frequent. The performances are good, but the film’s most amusing moments have already been ruined by the trailer. Things do eventually improve and the laughs more frequent, but the slog to get there just isn’t fully worth it (unlike a good night out).