You should know by now that I absolutely love a disaster movie. From cheesy 90s classics like Dante’s Peak and tense, emotional disaster flicks like Deep Impact, to the cheesy modern-era of big-budget blockbusters like San Andreas, I just can’t get enough of seeing the world catapulted into catastrophe.
Forgive me for being apprehensive then when I saw that Gerard Butler would be taking on the lead role in Greenland a film about a planet-killing comet hurtling towards earth. You see, as good an actor as Butler is, his film role choices of late have been, shall we say, questionable.
The ‘Has Fallen’ trilogy for instance are absolute trash and the less we say about Gods of Egypt the better, and even his last disaster film, Geostorm was only serviceable and faded into the background of this highly competitive genre. But am I right to be apprehensive or are we looking at the next brilliant disaster film? That’s what we’ll find out in this review.
It’s always surprising when a truly awful film performs well at the box-office, but that’s exactly what happened with 2017’s London Has Fallen. Despite overwhelmingly poor reviews, the sequel to 2013’s marginally better Olympus Has Fallen made over four times its production budget in ticket sales.
Naturally, a sequel in the now originally named ‘Fallen’ film series was greenlit soon after with the majority of the cast returning for the third instalment. But is the finished product, Angel Has Fallen as bad as its predecessor? Or is this the turning point? Continue reading →
I’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 →
Those of you who keep up to date with the goings on in the film world may be thinking Gods of Egypt was released way back in February; and you’d be right for thinking that.
The film, directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Knowing) performed so poorly in America at the start of the year that its UK release was scrapped, until now. But is the resulting film as bad as its figures would suggest? Or are we looking at a future cult classic?
Executives down at Millennium Films must have been rubbing their hands together after the surprise success of their 2013 blockbuster, Olympus Has Fallen. After amassing a respectable $160million against a relatively small budget, a sequel was greenlit as soon as it rolled out of cinemas.
Fast-forward three years and its successor, London Has Fallen, starts off a busy Spring for the film industry. With much of the original cast reprising their roles, can lightning strike again? Or is this a shameless cash in? Continue reading →