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

“London Has Fallen, but good” Unlocked review

14859347_1040969846011519_1192281544_o-copyBy Adam Brannon. Every year it happens, a big blockbuster comes along and absolutely obliterates the competition at the box office. This year, that award has gone to the much-hyped and slightly disappointing Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2.

Then, a fortnight later, another massive hit arrives, Alien: Covenant this time, meaning any films caught between the two behemoths are generally forgotten. In 2016, that forgotten movie was Eye in the Sky. This year, it’s Michael Apted’s terrorism thriller, Unlocked. But is it a film worth watching? Continue reading

“Second verse, same as the first” John Wick: Chapter 2 review

John Wick: Chapter 2 review – by Rob Stoakes

UK certification: 15

14886217_1040838869357950_851251975_nIt all comes full circle. Long-time readers of this fair website will know that I joined the fold in 2015 and my first review was for a ho-hum little “best action movie in years” called John Wick. Now we just need a sequel to Big Game and a really disappointing Avengers movie and the cycle will begin once again.

But yes, John Wick. One could make a convincing argument that it is the ultimate action movie as far as the nuts and bolts go. It’s got a simple, easy to understand plot that’s set up in less than ten minutes, the protagonist is sympathetic without being soppy and the villains detestable without being unentertaining, the action is crisp and clean and the violence takes place in varied locales with different styles, intensities and spots. So, all those things modern action films have forgotten how to do. Continue reading

“As average as you can get” Jack Reacher: Never Go Back review

10933939_858255040882983_331142605952023910_nJack Reacher: Never Go Back review: by Adam Brannon

UK certification: 12A

The lacklustre box-office performance of Jack Reacher in 2012 seemed to scupper plans for the film to become the first in a new Tom Cruise-led action franchise to rival the likes of Mission Impossible and its mixed critical response only added to its woes.

Fast forward four years and we’ve got the sequel that no-one was really asking for. But is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back the improvement that was so sorely needed and could it act as a catalyst to turn this popular novel series into a proper film franchise? Continue reading

“An unbiased review” Jason Bourne review

 

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By Rob Stoakes

Today, friends, I don’t come at you as an objective movie critic, but as a raging fanboy, because for all of the attempts to put aside my biases and get over my prejudices, I just can’t do it. However irrational, however nonsensical, however many times I hear how great it is and how important to cinema the franchise is, I will always utterly despise Bourne.

Paul Greengrass is to me what Uncle Ben’s murderer is to Spiderman. He is the instigator and the embodiment of everything I hate in modern action. An over-reliance on shaky cam to make action look more dramatic. A plot at once over-complicated and overly simplistic, filled with conspiranoia about some shady government official without ever having the nuts to say that the government is flat out the bad guy. Continue reading