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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ninja: Tear Of A Shadow

It begins somewhat like this, boy is happily in love with wife, wife is happily in love with boy, disaster strikes as the pregnant girl is brutally murdered. Boy temporarily loses his sanity trying to avenge her death. Lots of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

47 Ronin

47 Ronin may have been one of 2013’s biggest box office bombs but it’s never fair to judge a film by its revenue. After all Fight Club and The Shawshank Redemption did little at the box office while the most recent Transformers...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oldboy

While Hollywood becomes saturated in superheroes and remakes it seems inevitable that films deemed ‘untouchable’ will invariably be on the receiving end of the remake treatment.  That includes cult classics such as Oldboy, the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hatchet 3

In 2006, an unlikely new horror franchise appeared at a time when modern horror had lost its sense of fun in a midst of torture porn and nihilism; a low-budget old school slasher with as many (good) bad jokes as memorable kills...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Homefront

Homefront comes from the pen of Oscar Nominated writer Sylvester Stallone.  You can re-read that sentence all you like it won’t make it any less true.  For while Sly has made a name for himself as first an iconic and then a ger...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Machine

The Turing Test is an idea that plays an important part in The Machine.  It is the concept that a true artificial intelligence is one that a person could communicate with, and not be aware that they are not conversing with a hu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Proving there’s life in the ‘Young Adult’ genre after the sun setting on Twilight, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of last year’s biggest success stories.  Raking in a massive $863.9 million at the global box office it ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wings

One of the chief joys of watching older films lies in finding answers to questions about why certain films get made and why they look the way they do. Often, people who concern themselves with such matters argue that particular...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rush

Rush may be set in the world of Formula One racing but rest assured this is a sports movie with character, story and drama to burn.  Just as 2010’s heartbreaking documentary Senna managed to transcend the sport, so director Ron...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Passenger

Last Passenger, a British movie low on both concept and budget, set on the last train out of London, doesn’t sound like it promises too much and indeed it barely bothered the box office. But put all cynicism aside and get...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White House Down

Sometimes movies are like London buses; you wait for ages for one Die Hard in The White House movie to come along and then two arrive at once.  White House Down may have lost the race out of the gates to Olympus Has Fallen but,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Harrigan

It’s a brave director who takes on a story of filial-fuelled revenge in 1970s northern England, but Vince Woods has done just that with his first flick, Harrigan. Bolshy, brash, and just back from Hong Kong, DS Barry Hann...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium

In a summer rife with remakes, sequels and superheroes, Elysium stood-out as a rare blockbuster of originality.  After the success of District 9 much was expected of writer director Neil Blomkamp.  Having seen his planned adapt...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

You’d be hard pushed to find a more bog standard family fantasy than Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. All the elements are there – you’ve got your quests, your silly dialogue and your CGI monsters (the kind that look like they’r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Trouble In Little China

Considered something of a box office flop upon it’s original cinema release – making just £11 million of its £25 million budget back in cinemas – Big Trouble In Little China went on to become something of a cult classic on the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Man Of Steel

Clark Kent, Kal-El, Supes, Superman.  Call him what you want, the Man Of Steel is the pinnacle of the superhero genre. So it is something of a surprise that, with the tidal wave of superhero films flooding out of Hollywood, we’...