Archive for the ‘Action’ Category

Film: Jack Reacherjack-reacher-poster-international

Year: 2012

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney, Vladimir Sizov, Joseph Sikora, Michael Raymond James, Alexia Fast, Josh Helman, Robert Duvall, James Martin Kelly, Dylan Kussman, Denver Milord

Plot: In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he’s innocent and says “Get Jack Reacher.” Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defence is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused’s request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man’s guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for

JackReacher_Pike_mh_101712Review: went to see this film this week expecting it to live up to the Hype, it didn’t. This film is based on the 2005 book by Lee Child called “one Shot” which was adapted into this film; I did however read “Killing Floor” and “Tripwire” from the late 90’s. The pace and the detail in the books written by Child is lost in this film. I know that a lot of people have gone on about the height difference between the character of Reacher and cruise but this shouldn’t matter as this kind of anomaly happens all the time, for example in the original book of “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson the character Robert Neville was a white guy, last time I looked Will Smith was black!

This film just lacked momentum it’s a great story, well panned out and acted characters believable, to a point, however the Character of Jack Reacher pretty much stayes as an enigma with very little background being given to him at all, the film is just very stop, start just as you get in to a chase scene were all sat round a table talking or the camera man is trying to get down Rosamund Pikes top with his lens, not that I’m complaining ;o)

There was a welcome cameo from Robert Duvall who I haven’t seen in anything since “the Road” in 2009 so nice to see his talents are being used if only briefly

So what can I say about the film? Weeeeeeellllllllll it’s taken from a great series of books, well directed and acted, if you like your action films with plenty of talking then this one is for you, would I go and watch it again? … no I wouldn’t just because it’s just not as fast paced as the books  but Tom Cruise fans will Love it as it is a pure Tom Cruise film.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/kK7y8Ou0VvM

7/10 Stop, start action and plenty of Dialogue, wait for the DVD. It’s cheaper!

Film: Iron Sky

Year: 2012

Cast: Julia Dietze, Peta Sergeant, Kym Jackson, Udo Kier, Stephanie Paul, Christopher Kirkby, Gotz Otto, Monika Gossmann, Yuki Iwamoto, Jim Knobeloch, Tero Kuakomaa, Nick Dong-Silk, Tilo Pruckner, Jeffrey Coulas, Michael Cullen.

Plot: In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

Review: This is as surprise of a film; my son told me about it, I hadn’t seen it advertised anywhere or any trailers. It sounded like a real B movie so I though “go on I’ll give it a go” on first watching I thought this Cannot be a be B Movie the start to it was fantastic great CGI good concept, then the acting started. Oh yes this is a B Movie just a well made one.

So the Americans send a Rocket to the moon to win an election, with the slogan “Going back, Going Black” they send a Black model to the moon!!! This is where the fun starts especially when they turn him Aryan, and he goes back to earth.

The problem is he doesn’t know he’s now a white guy, so we have a white black guy and two Moon Nazies inNew York, bedlam ensues.

Although the Acting is a little rough it’s acceptable for this film most of the language is German so be prepared to read subtitles, this doesn’t take anything away from the film it actually adds to it.

Udo Kier is his usual spectacular self as the Fuhrer, this guy just takes creepy to another level, must be the eye’s but he always plays a good Baddie.

This is a very Tongue in Cheek film, with fantastic Dialogue, When the US President expresses her disgust that the rest of the world, apart from Finland have armed their space craft, the reply is “but you lied, you armed yours!”

She replies with we always lie, it’s expected of us! Hysterical.

This is a definite watcher and will become a cult classic, it’s all the little in Jokes and slights that make it. Leave your Political Correctness at home and give it a watch.

 10/10 a definate watcher

Trailer: http://youtu.be/Jth4yATniS4

Film: Prometheus

Year: 2012

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charliz Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall Green, Sean Harris, RAfe Spall, Emun Elliot, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Patrick Wilson, Lucy Hutchinson,

Plot: A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus” on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

Review: ok so a bit of background, this film was due to be made after the original Alien film back in 1979 and be it’s prequel, this was eventually shelved and was resurrected back in 2010. This being the finished result.

So after that, what did I think of it? Well I was confused for most of it, as it doesn’t really follow any of the alien films, there is very little Alien action and what there is isn’t “Alien” I can understand it as a stand alone film, no need for any knowledge of the Alien Franchise etc… as part of this franchise it goes against pretty much all the films apart from the first one and would have worked well as the prequel before any more of the films were made.

That said as a stand alone film it was pretty good [but still confusing In parts] the special effects were great as you would expect the opening sequence shots were in Iceland which looked barren and hostile but beautiful at the same time.

Although this film is a stand alone film and the Alien references are subtle, they are there just subtle you just need to look for them.

The ending is left wide open for a new film which, by the way they have left it open would be a side movie rather than a follow on or yet another prequel of a prequel.

All in all this was a really good film, although I will have to watch it again and put aside the alien and AVP films, this is hard but I feel a must to watch this film then you can watch Miss Weaver in Alien and all will be well in the world, just don’t watch the AVP films because that will just confuse the issue!

10/10 good stand alone film, not for AVP fans

 

Wikipedia link gives a complete plot synopsis [SPOILER………………………….] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(film)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/iIJeQNyZ6VE

Film: Your Highness

Year: 2011

Cast: Danny McBride, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalie Portman, Toby Jones, Justin Theroux, Zooey Deschanel, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis, Simon Farnaby, Deobia Oparei, B.J. Hogg, Matyelok Gibbs, Angela Pleasence, Anna Barry

Plot: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off…

Review: I saw the trailers for this film and wasn’t really that interested so I let it go without much interest, I was looking through my films the other day and noticed that I had actually downloaded it, I thought well I could do with a laugh and my choices were limited to this, rubber or Troll Hunter!

It started of with promise the part where he falls through the trap door of the dwarf kings gallows to find himself stood up with a slack rope round his neck! Genius. In fact the whole film turned out to be a work of genius Charles Dance as the king as professional as ever in his acting and delivery, the lovely if not dippy Zooey Deschanel was well, lovely in every aspect of the word. The comedy genius award has to be awarded to McBride and Hardiker as Thadeous and his man servant Courtney, the laughs roll in from the opening credits where Thadeous is waiting to be executed on a dwarf gallows as Courtney is being Tarred and feathered. There is very little let up in the comedy all the way through, the Minotaur’s cock as a trophy was genius also, if not a little off-putting.

This film is definitely more blazing saddles than Holy Grail, it’s not PC at all which means that, for that alone in today’s society if you like this film be prepared to be slated.

If you can put aside your morals for an hour this film is hysterical from start to finish, I bet even those that have slated it publicly have enjoyed it in private!

9/10 hilarious and a good PC antidote, you know you want to.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/aGLCQfsiSIs

Film: Arena

Year: 2011

Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Kellan Lurz, Johhny Messner, Katie Winter, Daniel Dae Kim, James Remar, Nina Dobrev, Lauren Shihama, Irene Choi, Kofi Yaidom, Derek Mears, Dean J West,JasonZone Fisher, Kent Jude Bernard, Grant Case.

Plot: After his wife and unborn child are killed in a car accident David Lord [Kellen Lurz] goes off the rails and soon finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. As death dealer he has to complete ten kills to gain his freedom. Will he survive and will he get his revenge?

Review: I was expecting this film to be just a blood fest and a predictable one at that and I wasn’t disappointed, although I did watch it because Samuel L Jackson was in it and for that reason only.

As far as films of this type go it was ok and no more, the fight scenes should have been extended and not glossed over as they were; it ended up with just a load of killing scenes.

There is a little bit of a back story to this to get you into it but not much of one, you have no real understanding of whom or what the characters are until near the end a little confusing at first, as I am not sure that firemen are trained in martial arts etc… I have never seen any that take part in ultimate fighter either, so the fact that he can disarm and kill a samurai as well as other trained fighters was really strange. The change of Heart for his kidnapper the gorgeous Katia Winter was a little predictable, but added humanity to the film.  The main question I have is why? Mr Jackson Why? The only reason I can think he did this film was because he read the wrong script and thought oh go on then I’ll do it seeing I’m here!

But with that said if you’re not expecting too much out of a film and what you want is flat acting with plenty of blood sweat and guts, with the odd pair of tits thrown in. then this is the film for you. The ending is left open for a sequel, but if Mr Jackson has any scruples at all when he escaped at the end of this film he ran and ran, he then went into hiding till a proper script came along. Let’s hope the writers run out of paper when writing a follow up to this turkey!

Just as a side note, if you watch the trailer below you won’t actually have to watch the film as it pretty much sums it up.

5/10 watch on a cold dark day when there is only antiques roadshow on!

Trailer: http://youtu.be/3rOBJZn4JFo

Film: Untraceable

Year: 2008

Cast: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Lewis, Tyrone Giordano, Perla Haney-Jardine, Tim De Zarn, Christopher Cousins, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Trina Adams, Brynn Baron, John Breen, Dan Callahan, Erin Carufel, Ryan Deal, Marilyn Deutsch, Gray Eubank,

Plot: A secret service agent, Jennifer Marsh, gets caught in a very personal and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who knows that people (being what they are – both curious and drawn to the dark side of things) will log onto an “untraceable” website where he conducts violent and painful murders LIVE on the net. The more people who log on and enter the website, the quicker and more violently the victim dies

Review: this was a film that brings home some of the realities of people who spend so much time in the online world and not enough time in the real world. People who cannot distinguish what is real and what is fake. Also the human addiction to wanting to watch people in distress, and the fascination with the ghoulish.

This film is like driving past an accident, you know you shouldn’t watch but you just have to.

I think in a sideways view it just goes to show how fast something can become popular via the internet, if there is something funny or gross on you tube these are the ones that get the most views. In essence this is what the whole film is about, people watching something Gross and nasty and then telling other people to watch it, this then results in the end product of someone’s death.

Are people appalled by this? No they can’t wait to watch it again and are eagerly waiting for the next time the web site is activated. I really liked this film everything about it was good and it didn’t have or need CGI or anything it was just like a longer CSI programme and just as enjoyable.

This film isn’t for the faint hearted, even though its not a horror as such there special effects/makeup of the victims is pretty realistic. Although admittedly I haven’t ever seen someone dissolved in Sulphuric Acid before!

This film is definite must see for any cop show enthusiast, it doesn’t however keep you guessing as to who is doing the murders live on the internet what it does do is it keeps you thinking why he is doing it, what his motivation is, you don’t find this out till really late in the film, see if you can work it out.

9/10 well worth a watch, not for the faint of heart though, a real anti-social network film.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/OLYo5tMylQM

Film: The Tree Musketeers

Year: 2011

Cast:  Orlando Bloom, Mathew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Helen George, Chriustian Oliver, Ray Stevenson, Til Schweiger, Markus Brand, Logan Lerman, Dexter Fletcher, Jane Perry, Mads Mikkelsen, Andy Gathergood, Christopher Waltz, Freddie Fox, Carsten Norgaard, Gabriella Wilde, James Cordon, Juno Temple, Nina Eichinger.

Plot: After failing in a scheme to steal Leonardo Da Vinci’s airship blueprints, the Musketeers are disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu leaving Athos, Porthos and Aramis on the streets ofParis. In the meantime, the young, reckless and ambitious D’Artagnan has set off fromGascony with dreams of becoming a musketeer himself, not realizing that they have been disbanded. In no time, D’Artagnan manages to offend Athos, Porthos and Aramis on different occasions and challenges them all to duels. However before the duels can take place they are attacked by guards, trying to arrest them for illegal duelling. The ex-musketeers and D’Artagnan fight off the soldiers, leading to the four men becoming a band with the motto of “All for one, and one for all”. Count Richelieu is not only determined to be rid of the musketeers, but also schemes with Athos’ former lover Milady to undermine the reign of King Louis and his wife…

Review: Since Alexandre Dumas wrote the Three Muskateers in 1844 there have been too many films to count [ the first being made in 1903] each one brings it’s own character and its own flair this is no exception, the story is the same the characters are the same its just told in a slightly different way.

The one for me was the 1973 version with Spike Milligan and Roy Kinnear absolute classic, but this is a different film for a different age, in this one they have flying ships and a mission impossibly type spy version of Milady de Winter played by the very athletic Milla Jovovich who I remember best as Leeloo the very scantily clad woman from the 1997 film the fifth Element with Bruce Willis, but I digress so back to the film in hand. The Three Musketeers isn’t a bad film, it’s not fantastic but it’s not bad. The acting and the action are as you would expect from such a high class lineup. But it is all very predictable and nothing really surprises you. Even the flying ship didn’t leave me agog. As much as I like these film’s they are tired now and should just be left to one side for say 20 or 30 years so most of us have forgotten about them and then maybe try again to wow us with the story. However with that in mind would I recommend you watch it? Well yes of course I would even if it’s just for the really bad acting by smithy oops sorry by James Cordon [he really isn’t Roy Kannear is he?] You’ll see a few familiar faces and you can laugh or cringe and James Cordon getting shat on by Pigeons!!!

07/10 Rainy Sunday with nothing better to do

Trailer: http://youtu.be/38an1IAG1TA

Film: Kelly’s Heroes

Year: 1970

Cast:  Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles,, Donald Sutherland Carroll O’Conner, Gavon McLeod, Hal Buckley, Stuart Margolin, Jeff Morris, Richard Davalos, Perry Lopez, Tom Troupe, Harry Dean Stanton, Dick Baldduzzi, Gene Collins

Plot: During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base inFrance. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion.

Review: This has to be the best war film and top name heavy; I watched this film in Manchester on Deansgate with my Gran in 1970 when it came out, I was only a little kid and didn’t really get who all these people were but was in awe at this all action fast paced film.

I watched it a good few years later when it was on the TV again watching it with my Gran and it hadn’t lost any of its appeal Eastwood is what he is straight faced and determined holds the whole thing together with a sterling performance from the late great telly Savalas as big Joe bad tempered and always on someone’s case. My favourite has to be the great Mr Sutherland as Oddball, his troop of misfits and vagabonds has me in stitches from start to finish, especially with his paint missiles and the music playing full blast as they drive out of the rail tunnel blasting everything in sight. Don Rickels plays a cracking part as the money grabbing quartermaster crapgame, who nearly has a coronary when he’s shown the gold bar by Kelly.

A cross between a war film and a black comedy this film has never lost its appeal for me and never looks old. This is defiantly not a film that could ever be improved as a remake; I don’t think you could ever recreate the chemistry that the stars have in this film and if it’s on I always switch over to watch it.

10/10 Awesome for any age and a great sound track.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/beAQVm1j56w

 

Film: The Road

Year: 2009

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt, Charlize Theron, Bob Jennings, Agnes Herrmann, Buddy Sosthand, Kirk Brown, Jack Erdie, David August Lindauer, Gina Preciado.

Plot: A father and his son walk alone through burnedAmerica. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food–and each other.

Review: This is a strange one, I have had this film for what seems and age and something else has always been more appealing to watch, Not a fast paced film an one that is not very personal, a post apocalyptic film. Apocalyptic event is unknown so could be anything Nuclear, Asteroid. It’s unclear.

But what is clear is that there is nothing to eat and they are literally running for their lives, a few flash backs fill in the family blanks and why Father and son team are on their own and why they are heading south.

The film is rather slow in places but there is always a sense of foreboding with the odd glimmer of hope here and there, I think the main aim of this film is to show the strength you can have in the face of adversity, how surviving when you have nothing is actually possible, the on screen relationship between Mortensen and Smith-McPhee was electrifying and believable and eventually heart breaking, not that you didn’t see it coming.

And second as the post apocalyptic film that it is Stark, bleak and unwelcoming in every way, a possible look at how things will be if we make the wrong move as a species.

There were a few good cameo’s in the film Robert Duvall as the old man, wandering the wilderness a lonely weary yet worldly wise figure, a small part but defiantly memorable and Charlize Theron as the mother, happy at first and all the flash backs show a happy home life, then the desperation as she sinks more into depression and an inability to cope with the world around her changing, just thought provoking.

So is this film worth a watch? Well yes and no it depends on what you want, a good story and an intense film about the relationship between father and son in a difficult and impossible situation then yes, a slasher, explosion heavy and lots of killing then no not for you.

9/10 well worth a viewing, can’t believe I left it so long

Trailer: http://youtu.be/hbLgszfXTAY

 

Film: Straw Dogs

Year: 2011

Cast: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Pucell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Drew Powell, Fristen Shaw, Megan Cook.

Plot: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the Deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both. It’s time for someone to man up.

Review: I don’t remember the original 1971 film with Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as I am too young, Cough! Cough! So I really didn’t have anything to compare it with I enjoyed James Woods as the Failed Football star and disgruntled Ex coach always wanting to take it out on someone and rally the has been footballers of the town around him. I also like the character of Charlie [Alexander Skasgard of True blood Fame] the Local heart throb and ex lover of Amy.

The film starts slowly as we get to know the characters David [James Marsden] The Hot shot writer and Amy [Kate Bosworth] bit part actress and home coming queen.

There is boiling all the way through this film, your waiting for the cork to pop any moment, a few of those moments are supplied by James woods and although I really enjoyed watching him it did get a bit tired him going on about his daughter all the time, and yes I know her going missing is why the film comes to such a dramatic end but it did go on a bit.

There were a couple of parts in the film that I though “oh dear god! How cheesy” one was during the rape scene when david was in the woods him shooting the deer coinsided with an event during the scene, leave that you youre imagination. And the second when he finally got a pair and he put the music on in the house!

The last part of the film was the best part for me plenty of action and blood and guts, it would have been funny in places if it hadn’t been so violent.

7/10 Worth a watch once, good acting but won’t be rushing to watch it again. The Godfather it isn’t!

Watch the Trailer then watch the film, one is not a mirror to the other, a bit of great editing.  Trailer: http://youtu.be/7krZZabaC_U