Hobbs & Shaw review “Unashamedly ludicrous”

Hobbs & Shaw posterPart of this post is sponsored by 4DX Cinemas. The Fast & Furious franchise has carved itself quite the enviable niche over the course of its nine-film run. Starting out as little more than a load of pretty people racing pretty cars around pretty locations, the series has evolved into a well-connected universe that is frankly, absolutely ludicrous.

Two of those big names, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham were true highlights in the two previous instalments in the series, both of which crossed the coveted $1billion mark at the global box office and with spin-offs being the order of the day, a Hobbs & Shaw solo film was greenlit.

David Leitch who made his directorial debut with John Wick and then followed up with Atomic Blonde and a decent sequel to Deadpool was drafted in to make this film as bonkers as anything he’s created before. But what is the finished product like? Continue reading

Die Hard Rip Offs: Top 5

Die Hard Rip OffsWith the newly released Skyscraper out in cinemas now being labelled as just another Die Hard rip off, it got me thinking.

What if we lived in a world where Die Hard the most iconic action movie of all time (and Christmas movie but we won’t get into that,) had never existed and we were left with the Die Hard Rip-offs?

So follow me as we rank the top 5 movies to watch if Die Hard was no longer an option. Just to clarify what a Die Hard rip off is, it’s got to follow one man’s struggle as he fends off a number of adversaries in an enclosed location throughout the majority of the film. Continue reading

Rampage review “Bigger isn’t necessarily better”

Rampage movie posterRampage is Hollywood’s recent attempt to make the video game genre work and be the next big thing. Anyone who has watched Doom or Super Mario Bros. would tell you that video game adaptations do not translate very well to the big screen. So it’s safe to say adapting a video game franchise is a big risk. An even bigger risk is making a movie based on a 1986 arcade game of the same name.

That involves enormous versions of animals destroying buildings while the army tries to stop them, it’s a premise we’ve seen before in movies like Godzilla and King Kong but can this video game adaptation hold a candle to those classics? Continue reading

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle review “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here”

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle PosterIt’s been 22 years since Joe Johnston thrilled cinemagoers with a little film called Jumanji. Starring the late, great Robin Williams, it has amassed a huge following over the years and has become nearly as loved as its leading star.

What’s surprising given the film’s success is the lack of a sequel. For over 20 years the non-franchise stayed completely dormant until now. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sees Columbia Pictures resurrect this classic property for a high-action, CGI-filled blockbuster. But is it actually any good? Continue reading

“Spectacularly dumb” Fast & Furious 8 review

Fast & Furious 8 review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyWith box office takings of over $1.5billion, it was obvious that Universal Pictures would never let Furious 7 be the end of a multi-billion dollar franchise, no matter what many fans truly wanted.

The previous instalment was also, surprisingly, warmly received by critics who were impressed with how sensitively the naturally bombastic series handled the death of lead star Paul Walker. Two years on, the crew are back with Fast and Furious 8; does it do enough to keep the franchise on a high?

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