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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: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Year: 2011

Cast: Will Rodman, Caroline Aranha, Charles Rodman, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Tyler Labine, Jamie Harris, David Hewlett, Ty Olsson, Madison Bell, Makena Joy, Kevin O’Grady, Sean Tyson, Jack Kuris, Joey Roche, Sean Conner Roche, Andy Serkis, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Richard Ridings, Christopher Gordon, Devyn Dalton, Jay Caputo, Richard Darwen

Plot: Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present daySan Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. And it all hinges on James Franco [Rodman] who is trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s so he can cure his dying father [John Lithgow], at the start he realises his dream, then it all goes wrong.

Review: This film was real test for me; I am a massive fan of the original 1986 Charlton Heston version and the subsequent 1970’s franchise.  The first remake with Mark Wahlberg in 2001 was ok but no real whoop, whoop factor.

This film on the other hand was fantastic, from the development of the Alzheimer’s cure through to the Ape breakout and rampage it kept you on the edge of your seat, and it was believable. There has to be private and government labs working on all kinds of vaccines and cures, but what are the side effects?

The writers really did a good job with this story and thankfully they didn’t try to emulate the story lines from the previous films like the 2001 remake did.

Another outstanding part of this film was the CGI, with Andy Serkis [Gollum, King Kong, Burk and Hare, Sex & drugs & Rock & Roll, the list is endless] and the other ape actors in their skin tight suits prancing around so the computer could pick up the movements and facial expressions, a guy who truly doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

This film is well worth a watch even as a stand alone film for people who have never seen any of the other films, there is also a chilling graphic at the end that show the spread of a virus around the world truly makes you wonder about some of the diseases we have now.

10/10 thought provoking after the event, fantastic to watch