CHAPPIE (UK CERT: 15)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Music: Hans Zimmer
Starring: Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman
District 9 was a tough act to follow for first-time director Neill Blomkamp. His follow up to 2009’s sci-fi sleeper hit was the mediocre Elysium that whilst having a gargantuan budget and the likes of Jodie Foster and Matt Damon, failed on the most basic of levels – storytelling.
Here, Blomkamp returns a little wiser and much richer with Chappie. But does it hark back to the brilliance of District 9? Continue reading
X-Men: Days of Future Past (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Bryan Singer
Music: John Ottman
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen
Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise comes at the perfect time both for the series and its director.
After last year’s poorly executed Jack the Giant Slayer, Singer needed to come back to home turf and after a string of irritating X-Men films, including the entertaining but soulless X-Men: The Last Stand and the downright offensive Wolverine origins story, it seems the superhero series needed to do the same.
But can a re-partnering 11 years after the brilliant X2 restore the magic of one of Marvel’s best comics? Continue reading