A film from the future.
An astonishing 'alien' vision of an oh-so-human world
Echoes of Kubrick and Tarkovsky.
Bears very little resemblance to the eponymous source novel by Michel Faber.
Scarlett Johansson is other-worldly in a way that is so different from, and so much more interesting than, most of her previous and recent roles.
More power to her for taking on an extremely challenging role.
I bought this as a protest to Tesco because I'm a fucking idiot.
Anyway in the film's favour it's not quite the generic 'haunted abandoned hospital film you expect. However everything is a high level of amateurish. The worst cg blood I've ever seen, though it's maybe not too much of a headache considering the viewer's investment to the story is practically (heh) nil. Every actress appears naked so that should maybe give you a clue as to where this…
England's own Scott Atkins is onscreen for pretty much the entire run time and for 80% of that he's flying through the air doing some sort of triple backflip whilst kicking some poor dude through a wall.
they dont make them like they used to, except they do, and it's a riot.
Probably the best fight choreography ive seen in a martial arts movie since The Raid. Ah, it's Yuen Wo Ping, well there you go.
Keanu directs a nicely pared back and "old school" actioner wherein Tekken Tournament fights in nicely stylised arenas are backed by a "hero is drawn to the dark side, seeks redemption" narrative arc, oh and of course there are some cops trying to bust the underground fighting ring.
It's not hugely original and the dialogue is clunky, nice to see Keanu doing some moves too.
It was pretty awesome actually.
It's somewhat ironic this is a film about pumped-up bodybuilding blockheads, because Pain & Gain is the very worst of Michael Bay's vulgar excesses on super-strength steroids.
A garish, grating, gruesome (in every sense) farce, which in the deft hands of the Coen Brothers might possibly have been a blackly comedic crime caper with a moral conscience. Instead Bay handles the material with all the subtelty and finesse of a rampaging rhino high on PCP wielding a hefty sledgehammer. It's loud,…
Remember all the bad taste misanthropy of Bad Boys 2? Well that, but then at the end go "hey, these guys were all assholes! Let's laugh at them!!"
Bay's hyper-real style is a lot to take, and if you can brace yourself for it, then it does work well.
The prospect of "Bay does Coen Bros" was enticing, but the execution often had me groaning at these lunkheaded himbos through my hands,, its agonizing, but it's supposed to be.
Pastiche, parody, post modern piss-take or just piss-poor? The latter, I'd say.
Gore Verbinsky's boring, fatuous, misjudged mess of a movie has all the reckless sound and fury of a runaway train, yet it entirely lacks forward momentum.
If you're going to reference classic and revisionist Westerns such as John Ford's The Searchers and Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in the West, you really have to up your game. The Lone Ranger does not.
Fatuous: "Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way: "
Gary King (Simon Pegg) persuades four long-lost college friends to complete the 'Golden Mile' pub crawl that they failed to finish twenty years earlier. As pints are sunk so jokes are shared, old wounds are reopened and they discover that the town of Newton Haven has been taken over by robots! Marking the final part of Edgar Wright's loosely titled 'Three Flavours Cornetto' trilogy, it's great to see the Wright/Pegg/Frost team back together, and there are plenty of laughs to…
I enjoyed but wasn't blown away by Kathryn Bigelow's previous film, THE HURT LOCKER. I didn't fully engage with the characters and ultimately found it rather slight in terms of overall substance. ZERO DARK THIRTY, detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, constitutes a step up on pretty much every level. The protagonist, Maya, is, as I understand it, a composite of various real-life operatives, and Mark Boal's script is pleasingly free of unnecessary back-story. Jessica Chastain's performance, with her…