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  • Romeo Must Die

    Romeo Must Die

    ★★★

    Jet Li's likability and a few decent stunt fights do a lot of heavy lifting in this very Year 2000 collision of charty hip-hop and martial arts. It wisely doesn't try and get too gritty and is something of a guilty pleasure - highlights including Li trouncing Anthony Anderson with cable ties, humiliating rivals who try to muscle him in a game of park football and using Aaliyah as a blunt instrument when confronted with a female biker assassin.

  • Storage 24

    Storage 24

    Storage 24 made minor internet news by taking $72 on its' US box office run - it was some contract fulfillment thing naturally, but it was probably enough for the thing to turn a profit. A few cookie-cutter characters stumble around a warehouse obviously hiding from a cheap monster and not much else really happens. I like Noel Clarke and there are worst people to headline the thing but this is dull and bad.

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  • Leon: The Professional

    Leon: The Professional

    ★★★★★

    A very-well made action thriller with a heart as Luc Besson for once gets it all just about right. It helps that Jean Reno and Natalie Portman have genuine chemistry in their double mentor/pupil relationship, and that Leon himself is a fascinating character (even if he's about as Italian as Joe Dolce). As for Gary Oldman as Stansfield he's so completely over-the-top insane that he somehow works perfectly, the old Andy Robinson gambit coming off perfectly.

    That Besson later screwed the film over with a flabby 'long version' summed his career up nicely.

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★★

    A remarkable film - Children of Men was always going to be a tough act to follow but Gravity manages to be even better. Beautiful and terrifying at exactly the same time (the debris strike on Explorer is balletic and chaotic, more shocking for not having inaccurate tearing metal noises), made with incredible technical skill and held together by two astounding performances from Clooney and Bullock.

    Cuaron also knows that scientific accuracy is only worth a damn when it's needed by drama and that accuate-ish is accurate enough, and also that you can make a space epic without needing to make the thing three hours long.