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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.


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


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………………………….]


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.


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:

Film: Dead Silence

Year: 2007

Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney, Bob Gunton, Laura Regan, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Judith Roberts, Judith Roberts, Keir Gilchrist, Steven Taylor, David Talbot, Steve Adams, Shelly Peterson, Enn Reitel,

Plot: Every town has it’s own ghost story, and a local folktale around Ravens Fair is about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw. After she went mad in the 1940s, she was accused of kidnapping a young boy who yelled out in one of her performances that she was a fraud. Because of this she was hunted down by townspeople who in the ultimate act of revenge, cut out her tongue and then killed her. They buried her along with her “children,” a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls, and assumed they had silenced her forever. However, Ravens Fair has been plagued by mysterious deaths around them after Mary Shaw’s collection has returned from their graves and has come to seek revenge on people that killed her and their families. Far from the pall of their cursed hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start, until Jamie’s wife is grotesquely killed in their apartment…

Review: This was a film that crept under the radar for me, a classic horror thriller with plenty to keep you in suspense without shed loads of fake blood everywhere, the opening credits set the scene well for what is about to ensue, the story to start is a little bit slow and the acting throughout isn’t the best but for this film it’s just about right, I’m not all about the dummy kills people, but this is different it’s just a way of channelling the ghost of Mary Shaw the creator of the Dummies.

Billy the Dummy actually adds his own individual bit of nastiness even though he doesn’t even do anything, he is creepy as hell.

This film is more of a suspense and jump kind of film, and lets face it horror doesn’t do very well at being new these days there is plenty of slashing and blood in them, this film doesn’t have this and doesn’t need it.

They have used suspense in this film fantastically, and when the sounds start to slow and then stop you know something is going to happen.

The ending to this film isn’t what you expect but the clues are there for you to see all the way through, you just don’t notice them. But don’t worry they run you through them just before the final scream!!!!!!

This is a definite must see for all horror fans even if like me the whole dummy thing isn’t your bag, oh and get chucky out of your head its nothing like chucky at all.

9/10 definitely one to watch, and watch again.



Film: Mercenaries

Year: 2011 [UK release 27/01/12]

Cast: Robert Fucilla, Billy Zane, Kirsty Mitchell, Geoff Bell, Vas Blackwood, Rob James-Collier, Michael Nardone, Danny Sapani, Stewart Scudamore, Nicholas Sidi, Dre’ Michael Chaney, John Adams, Antony Byrne, Dixie Arnold, Charlotte Beckett

Plot: Andy Marlow, an ex British S.A.S serviceman turned mercenary along with group of his men, is sent into the Balkans after a military coup has arisen to rescue a U.S ambassador and his aide.

Review: This is neither a bad film or a fantastic film, the plot is good and the actors do their best, the film seems a little rushed in places, you don’t really get a feel for the characters as they want to dive straight into the action, the setting for the film is fantastic lots of great scenery  and the plot is believable with plenty of people kidnapped through the years in war zones.

My main gripes are really that all these characters are supposed to tried and tested in the theatre of war yet the characters are gung ho and very Americanised in places, very Schwarzenegger and Stallone-ish not professional and calculating as they would be. The villains of this film are just that sneaky nasty and well played,

I watched this on a small screen so didn’t get the full effect, maybe if you watch this at the cinema it may fill the senses and do it the justice that it probably needs.

8/10 well worth a watch


Film: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Year: 2011

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Yorick van Wageningen, Joely Richardson, Gerladine James, Goran Visnjic, Donald Sumpter, Ulf Friberg, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Tony Way, Per Mytberg

Plot: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Review:  Not sure what I was expecting from this film, I enjoyed the book immensely and thought that the 2009 version was better, why? I’m not sure but this was just like a clone of the Swedish version but without the dubbing, exact same story, same venue and I could have called it scene for scene.

No surprises and I’m sure they even used the exact same photo’s, if not they really looked like it.

Not going to labour the point on this, the acting by Danielle Craig, Rooney Mara and the rest was second to none, which ypu would expect but if you saw the original version then don’t bother it’s identical with different actors.

Link to original Review:

6/10 Very disappointed


Film: Hard Candy

Year: 2005

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra oh, Odessa Rae, G.J. Echternkamp

Plot: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a paedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him. With disturbing consequences.

Review: This is one crazy ass film from start to finish you have no idea where you are, you start off unsure about the characters at the beginning, you get lulled into a false state feeling sorry for Hayley then as it progresses you feel sorry for Jeff as the girl seems to deranged and picking on an innocent bloke, then you realise they are both mental in some way, him a deranged paedophile that deserves everything he gets and she the vigilante kid set on ridding the world of his like.

There is no blood and gore in this film unless you count the cut on her head and the “testicles” in cups. It’s the tension between the two actors that gets you, the swing of emotions and the foreboding for what comes next, don’t think that this is your run of the mill low budget film, this is a future classic. It took only 18 weeks to film and most of it was shot in the order you see it, and the scenes on the castration table were so intense that Patrick Wilson actually passed out hyperventilating,

10/10 If you edge of the seat, disturbing, and well acted this is it.

Film: Contagion

Year: 2011

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tien You Chui, Josie Ho, Daria Strokous, Matt Damon, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Griffin Kane, Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Laurence Fishburne, John Hawkes, Jude Law, Teri McEvoy, Sue Redman, Teri Campbell, Stef Tovar

Plot: Soon after her return from a business trip toHong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic

Review: Bit of strange one this, I looked forward to watching it for a long time,  it started of with real promise then lost it somewhere, Matt Damon was a real disappointment  not him, but the character he was playing, it was shallow and didn’t really achieve anything in the film.

Neither did Jude Law, he could have had his own story nowhere near this film, in fact you could have taken him out of this film and it would have made no difference to the film at all, it was like his own little side project.

This for me was just the usual over hyped film, all previews and no substance. Don’t get me wrong the science behind an epidemic scares the crap out of me, the fact that it only needs one person to infect the world that is just mental.

What this film didn’t do was give me that level of anxiety or fear it was just a load of scientists running round a lot of Jargon people sniffing and coughing and that was it.

The stars themselves didn’t seem that excited to be in the film, it was just dire!

4/10 – watch it if you really have nothing else left to watch, nothing at all.



Film: Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows.

Year: 2011

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Paul Anderson, Kelly Reilly, Gerladine James, Eddie Marsan, William Houston, Wolf Kahler, Iain Mitchell, Jack Laskey, Patricia Slater,

Plot: Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace). In this cat and mouse pre war epic.

Review: This is the Third Episode in the latest series of films in the Franchise that is Sherlock Holmes. As with the first two Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law keep the flow of action and investigation flowing superbly.

This action packed film is fantastic from start to finish the acting the direction and the camera work, outstanding Jared Harris was an excellent choice for the villainous Moriarty, there was also a little more than I was comfortable with on show with Stephen Fry! But it did make for a really amusing scene if not cringe worthy!

This film was over way too soon, the classic confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty was dealt with in a fantastic way, don’t want to give too much away but if you only see one film this January this has got to be it.

10/10 Fantastic!!!!