Guns Akimbo (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Guns Akimbo (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Those expecting a Harry Potter style family film from former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe will be very disappointed as the actor continues his push as far away from that character as possible with another adult themed, über violent and slick action ‘comedy’ in Guns Akimbo.  Co-starring rising star Samara Weaving, the film is the debut by director Jason Lei Howden who brings energy, insanity and a shed load of creative deaths to this comic booked styled feature.  Sure it’s not perfect – too much CGI and too OTT for it’s own good at times – but it’s a load of fun and, in the right mindset, easy to forgive it’s short comings.  In short then I really enjoyed Guns Akimbo and highly recommend checking it out when it hits the UK.

Best Bit: The final shoot out

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Office Uprising, Mayhem, Shoot ‘Em Up

 


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Kill Chain (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Kill Chain (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
On the surface Kill Chain looks like yet another direct to DVD/streaming Nicolas Cage movie.  And to be honest under the surface it pretty much is as well.  It pains me to think how far Cage has fallen of late.  Far from his Leaving las Vegas days, Cage now sits with Willis, Cusack, Travolta and many others in direct to crap hell, churning out movie after movie with little care for content or quality. To be fair Kill Chain is more interesting than most and at least puts forward an interesting concept.  Sad thing here is Cage mostly just book ends a wider (and more interesting) linked narrative.  It’s still not amazing but it’s a start.

Best Bit: Hotel fight

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Wild At Heart, Con Air, The Rock 

 


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Bloodshot (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

Bloodshot (2020): Review by Grosse Point Geek

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Plot in a Nutshell:
A crack US Marine (Vin Diesel – one dimensional) and his wife (Tallulah Riley – hideously miscast) are kidnapped and murdered by a shadowy bunch of mercenaries, all is not lost though as here comes Dr Guy Pearce (sleepwalking) and his trusty advanced nanobot technology and hey presto big Vin is rebuilt as an unstoppable, unkillable super soldier armed with the ability to instantly heal himself every time he gets shot, knifed or blown up. I could go on but as you have probably guessed from here on in there are a lot of fights, explosions and more than a fair share of slo-mo shots of Diesel looking hard as nails and really pissed off.

What worked?
The effects are pretty good, one or two of the action scenes are well handled and there is a fairly clever plot twist halfway through that wasn’t bad at all.

What could have been better?
The action tries to be inventive but is mostly bland and fails to excite, the baddie and the rest of the supporting cast are faceless non entities, plus there is the glaring problem that Diesel has not one iota of charisma and simply cant act –  and (with the notable exception of the Riddick trilogy) he’s no different here than he was in every other action film he has ever made:

frowns a lot? – check

looks constipated?  – correct

Wears a vest showing off his abs? Yep

Thinks he is making Shakespeare? You betcha

Rest of the cast just there for the money? Absolutely

Review Summary:

Vin tries his best but proves once again that he simply cannot compete with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Arnie or even John Cena in the charisma stakes, not only that but the story is one we’ve seen many times before particularly in Robocop and Universal Soldier.

On the whole this is just a forgettable film that passed the time well enough but is really is bit of a waste of time and effort – which as always, is a bit of a shame.

 

 


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Spenser Confidential (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Spenser Confidential (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
If ever there was a film didn’t know what it wanted to be then Spenser Confidential is that movie.  Is it a knock around comedy?  A hard bitten private eye thriller? A buddy action movie?  The problem is by trying to be all three it fails to do anything that makes it stand out.  It doesn’t help that with Wahlberg as your lead you already lack that charismatic heart of your film. Wahlberg on a bad day is… well pretty bad.  It’s not terrible – there’s a few nice action scenes – but it just doesn’t do anything new or interesting to grab your attention.  Welcome to the world of Netflix originals then…

Best Bit: Big Rig arrives

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Payback, Lethal Weapon, The Other Guys

 


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The Hunt (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hunt (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hunt is the most controversial film that nobody’s ever seen.  Harking back to the moral panics of the early 80’s, you’d think that latest Blumhouse production is a modern day Evil Dead/Cannonball Holocaust/I Spit On Your Over Reaction. It’s not.  In fact it’s actually a smart, funny, highly enjoyable and OTT ride of a film that’s much better than you’d actually expect and, rather than being made for shock factor, has something to say about class, politics and social media.  With a lot of exploding heads.  In short: a modern day feminist version of Hard To Kill… well maybe not… but it’s bloody good fun.

Best Bit: The final fight

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Hostel, Hard Target, Straw Dogs

 


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Under Siege (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

Under Siege (1992) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Under Siege was yet another Die Hard clone – this time it’s Die Hard… On A Boat.  With added Gary Busey.  At the height of his success Steven Seagal made what was then his biggest film and, to be fair to him, he’s never looked leaner or more sharp.  The central concept  is barking mad – former & current soldiers lead a hostile take over of a military ship for some reason that mostly you don’t care about.  Ultimately this is about Seagal being Seagal and beating the snot out of a LOT of bad guys. Which is something he does very well indeed.  There’s nothing new here, even for 1992, but years later the film still works well and is never dull.  So not groundbreaking but for sure it’s a whole lot of fun and well worth a rewatch.

Best Bit: Busey is obviously having the time of his life.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Die Hard, Speed, Toy Soldiers 

 


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Bad Boys 2 (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Boys 2 (2003) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bad Boys, directed by a young and talented Michael Bay, produced by the legendary Simpson/Bruckheimer paring and starring a fresh off TV Will Smith, was a pleasant surprise. It was also a huge hit so a sequel was always gong to be incoming.  But by this point Bay had found his 12th gear and my memory of Bad Boys 2 was as an over long, bloated and sexist mess (with a few nice action scenes).  Years later is still all this but oddly after years of Transformer films and a huge slide in quality from Bay, it’s held up better than I expected.  And by that I mean it wasn’t as boring, as sexist or as over the top as seeing a robot with testicles or a 40 minute soliloquy about statutory rape.  So in the cannon of all things Bay, Bad Boys 2 is still memorable for all the wrong reasons yet still remains oddly distracting.

Best Bit: Smith/Lawrence chemistry

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Bad Boys, Armageddon, The Rock 

 


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Bad Boys For Life (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Boys For Life (2020) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I never thought i’d say it but Bad Boys For Life misses Michael Bay.  No really. It’s not that Bay is a good director as such (in fact he’s directed some of the worse films I have ever sat through) but his unique visual style and staging of action set pieces can carry even the worst of films if used right (see the recent 6 Underground) and whilst directors Adil & Bilall do their best to copy Bay, the film needed more confidant handling in those should stand out moments.  That said, as you’d expect, the team of Smith/Lawrence (looking a little, urm, portly) carry the film well, even if the ‘Bad Boys’ song is getting old, and the story throws in a few surprises that I didn’t see coming.  Overall then the second best Bad Boys Films and a fun afternoon at the cinema, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

Best Bit: Chemistry.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: 6 Underground, Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2

 


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London Has Fallen (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

London Has Fallen (2016) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Where as ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ was a fun if silly action film, London Has Fallen ejects all that was pleasurable about the original and replaces it with poor cgi, a terrible over ernest script and Gerard Butler pissing away any last resemblance of talent he had left.  A dirty, violent and nasty film with pretty dubious ethics at it’s heart. Yet there were was some quite enjoyable moments and for all the things it does bad, the moments it get’s right are well handled.  And if nothing else you an laugh at Butler delivering some of the worst lines ever committed to an action film… it’s all pretty pointless but there are worse films out there.

Best Bit: The final assault

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down, Die Hard 4.0

 


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6 Underground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

6 Underground (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
6 Underground is a hot mess of a film with one of the worst and most unwatchable opening action sequences in recent memory.  Get beyond THAT car chase however and actually there’s a pretty fun action film with some solid set pieces, a handful of genuinely great free running sequences and a winning (if somewhat familiar) central performance from Ryan Reynolds.  It’s also a film that showcase the best and worst of it’s director Michael Bay – from poor dialogue and OTT acting (and a dash of sexism) to beautifully shot action, excellent use of slow mo and some top notch ideas (the magnet for one).  This gives me hope that Bad Boys for Life may actually be fun… so 6 Underground will not be for everyone but it won me over in the end.

Best Bit: Boat + Magnet

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Bad Boys for Life, Bad Boys, The Rock

 


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