Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015 (Part 2)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015 (Part 2)

Grosse Point Geek, aka Will Strong, casts his eye over another bunch of recently watched of films…

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Taken 3

Director: Oliver Megaton
Actors: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forrest Whittaker

Neeson’s Bryan Mills returns with his special set of skills and ends up on the run after being framed for his ex wife’s murder. God-awful 2nd sequel in this very tired franchise, manages to be boring, uninspired and utterly formulaic all at the same time, with a phoned in performance from Neeson. I still cant believe i actually listed this film in my top ten most anticipated of 2015 – dear Lord the shame!!  Avoid

At Cinemas now

 

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Jupiter Ascending

Directors: The Washowski’s
Actors: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne.

Kunis plays a lowly toilet cleaner (yeah right) who finds out she’s the heir to the universe, Tatum is the pointy eared, half man/ half wolf soldier who repeatedly rescues her from various intergalactic bounty hunters sent by Eddie Redmayne’s effete baddie and then (i kid ye not) Sean Bean turns up as a half man half bee………………honestly words fail me. Gobsmackingly terrible and as utterly stupid as it sounds, featuring overblown sfx, a shoddy script and laughable performances from all concerned.  Makes Battlefield Earth and Dune look like masterpieces by comparison.

At Cinemas now

 

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American Sniper

Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Superb film – based on the true life tale of Chris Kyle, a US navy SEAL who notched up over 150 enemy kills whilst serving in Iraq.  Cooper is simply outstanding as Kyle, as is Miller as his long suffering wife, plus its brilliantly directed by Eastwood. Can be seen on several levels – a drama, a love story or just a full on action movie. Highly recommended.

At cinemas now

 

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Ex-Machina

Director: Alex Garland
Actors: Domhall Gleeson, Oscar Issac, Alicia Vikander.

Gleeson’s nerdy computer drone wins an inter company competition to spend a week with his reclusive Bill Gates-alike boss (Isaac), then happily discovers that its all a ruse so he can test the intelligence of the world’s 1st fully functioning AI Robot (Vikander).  Not bad, well directed by Garland with 3 excellent central performances and very good use of SFX that properly serves the story. However i did find it a bit slow and wasn’t totally convinced that it was as an original a concept as Garland wanted its intended audience to accept.

At Cinemas now

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Actors: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine.

Edgerton’s ASBO baiting young oik is recruited by Firth’s suave secret agent to become a Kingsman – an elite group of very British James Bond types who take it upon themselves to save the world on a regular basis. Extremely funny, very entertaining, totally politically incorrect, full of great action and unashamedly barbed one liners. Egerton is a joy to watch and Firth is perfectly cast, only Jackson’s lisping baddie fails to have much impact, though to be honest it doesn’t matter as the whole thing is so much fun that you wont care. If you liked Kick Ass then you will absolutely love this.  Cracking film

At Cinemas now

 

 

Author: Will Strong 

 

 

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