Geostorm review “The 90s are back”

Geostorm movie posterI’ve got to start by telling you I wasn’t holding out much hope for Geostorm and that’s for quite a few reasons. Firstly, Gerard Butler’s career has been on a bit of a slide recently.

Last year was particularly rough for the Scotsman, with London Has Fallen and Gods of Egypt receiving less than 2 stars here at Movie Metropolis. Secondly, Geostorm has had one of the most turbulent productions of any blockbuster in recent memory.

It actually completed main shooting in 2014 but after a negative audience reaction, it’s release date was pushed back numerous times and costly reshoots were drafted in to sort out the presumed mess. Now, in Autumn 2017 it’s arrived. But what’s it like? Continue reading

Final Destination: Franchise Reviews

Final Destination series postersIn the second of the new series taking a retrospective look on an entire series of films, I focus my attentions on the popular Final Destination franchise.

This incredibly successful series of five films thrilled cinema-goers from 2000, right up until 2011 when the final instalment (for now) was released. The future of the franchise however is looking uncertain with no official announcements about a 6th edition since late 2011.

Warner Bros. may be missing a trick with this however as each film in the series has been commercially successful. The five films as a whole have grossed over $650million worldwide on a total budget of $150million. Without further ado, let’s see how this franchise holds up to scrutiny. Oh, and feel free to check out the first in the series, Jurassic ParkBe warned, this article contains some gory images. Continue reading

The Snowman review “No, not that one”

The Snowman poster with Michael FassbenderNordic noir is big business at the moment, but with the incredible scenery of the locations lending themselves perfectly to film, is there any wonder?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hypnotist are just a couple of movies that have fallen into this massively expanding genre.

Now, Jo Nesbø’s chilling The Snowman novel gets the silver screen treatment in a film of the same name. But can this continue the thrilling trend of whodunit novels being turned into fabulous crime dramas? Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with writer/director Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper B&W headshotForeword by Adam Brannon. If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to get in to the film industry, whether that be acting, directing or even writing your own screenplays, then this is the interview you should read.

In this cutthroat industry, it’s increasingly difficult to get on that bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder.

I spoke to actor and director Alex Cooper about his career in the industry and he shared some top tips on how to breakthrough and get involved in the art of film-making. Read on for the full interview. Continue reading

Blade Runner 2049 review “A visual treat”

Blade Runner 2049 posterIt was always going to be a tricky proposition to craft a sequel to Ridley Scott’s divisive 1982 film, Blade Runner. By divisive, I mean that while it has gained a cult following in the decades since its initial release, the film’s initial box-office run resulted in a gross that many would label ‘disappointing.’

Stuck in development hell for well over 20 years, Blade Runner 2049 as it’s now known entered the hands of sci-fi aficionado Denis Villeneuve since 2015. But has a wait of over three decades been kind to the finished film? Continue reading