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3 Days to Kill

The success of Taken has led to the rise of a new sub genre in the past few years, which one might call Dad-Action. This consists of older actors showing they can kick-arse just as much as their modern counterparts. Liam Neeson...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla

Godzilla, arguably cinema’s most iconic of monsters, has in recent memory been relegated to an also ran thanks to a misguided film in1998 followed by films such as Cloverfield and Pacific Rim that rift on the premise to a grand...
 
 
 
 
 
 

300: Rise of an Empire

300 back in 2007 is reasonably well remembered for quite a few reasons, not least for the sheer violence and for it being when director Zack Snyder developed his signature style. However, it was a film with quite a few issues, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sabotage

Having hung up the political hat Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the silver screen has been a little hit and miss. While The Last Stand had a cartoonish charm to it his repeated teaming with Sly Stallone has left him feeling ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RPG: Real Playing Game

A concept that does keep cropping up in science fiction is the concepts of some sort of tournament or game where the goal is to be the last one left alive. While the roots of this can be found in classic pulp adventures like Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Having battled the lackluster Lizard, not to mention skeptical critics, in the first film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into cinemas with no small amount of a point to prove. Whilst some questioned re-booting a franchise so s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tarzan

When Disney put their stamp on a movie they pretty much mark a territory that others fail to rival. Not impossible though. Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent is a fantastic example of that…oh no wait, that was another Disney product...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Killing Season

Director Mark Steven Johnson takes a blunt approach to this action–thriller starring Hollywood bigwigs, John Travolta and Robert De Niro. Johnson shies away from none of the brutality in this two-man showdown (with a few small ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Raid 2

Searing itself into the cinematic lexicon Gareth Evans’ The Raid didn’t so much re-invent the action genre as give it an adrenaline injection to the heart. He would no doubt have been inundated with offers from Hollywood to go ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Divergent

There are two current hot topics in Hollywood; superheroes and young adult adaptations. Divergent fits perfectly into the latter continuing the form of Twilight and The Hunger Games. Based on Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Noah

Ignoring all the religious connotations and storms, of which there have already been a few, Noah is a story that certainly lends itself to a cinematic adaptation.  It is, after all, a story taught to children from a very early ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Need For Speed

Clearly fed-up with The Fast & Furious franchise having the monopoly over all things rev-head, Need For Speed is anxious to inject a bit of realism into the speed junkie genre.  There’s no visible CGI boosted cars here, unl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lego Movie

Certainly one of the more obvious cases of product placement in cinema, along with Transformers, The Lego Movie nonetheless manages to click in all the right places. The plot is relatively simple and sees Emmet (Chris Pratt) st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ride Along

Remember that episode of Friends where Ross, Joey and Chandler went for a Ride Along with Phoebe’s boyfriend Mike? You know the one; there was a stakeout, a meatball sub and a car backfiring, it was funny. Well Ride Along takes...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lone Survivor

Entering Lone Survivor with a hint of trepidation is to be expected given it comes from director Peter Berg, the man whose last film was the also military-based sinkhole Battleship.  Fear not though for Lone Survivor is based o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RoboCop

It’s a brave person that makes the decision to remake Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult sci-fi, classic RoboCop. It takes an even braver individual to chose to remove the satire and ultra violence to make a RoboCop very much aimed at ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the Blood

There’s more to raw spectacle than meets the eye. The action film is nearly as old as cinema itself but while the genre has always been about providing people with vicarious excitement and raw spectacle, the nature of the spect...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Believe it or not Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan is the fifth screen incarnation of Tom Clancy’s iconic CIA operative. From Alec Baldwin’s Hunt For Red October, Harrison Ford’s double wammy of Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I, Frankenstein

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, has had many different interpretations over the years. Part of this is down to the basic concept of the monster as an outcast is ripe for metaphor or story possibilitie...