Red Sparrow review “Rarely entertaining, frequently repugnant”

Red Sparrow posterDirector Francis Lawrence and Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence (they are no relation, I’ve checked) aren’t a new combination when it comes to film-making.

In fact, Francis Lawrence may have kick-started the world’s love affair with the young actress after he directed her in the best Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire.

They both went on to finish the saga with Mockingjay’s two instalments and the rest as they say, is box office magic.

Here though, they both take on a very different project, aimed at a very different group of movie fans. Red Sparrow is the first hard-hitting thriller of 2018. But is it any different from the plethora of films already out there in the genre? Continue reading

The Cloverfield Paradox review “Alien, but with worms”

The Cloverfield Paradox posterThe science fiction genre is often seen as the origin of some of the most influential and famous movies of all time: Star Wars, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, just to name a few. All of them turn to the stars for stories that, otherwise, would seem foolish to imagine.

However, Netflix’s latest surprise venture, The Cloverfield Paradox, elevates the once shaky camera footage of the original movie into a fully-fledged sci-fi thriller.

The Cloverfield Paradox follows a team onboard a space shuttle which is trying to find a way of sending unlimited power to a dying Earth. However, the device malfunctions, sending the crew into an alternate reality and wreaking havoc upon Earth. 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

“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