Away from the site for a few weeks, Will returns with his latest batch of Quick Reviews.
Actors: Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone
Available on dvd
Shameless attempt by the studio to make a few quid by basically getting Rocky to fight Jake LaMotta.
Funny in parts, with 2 good central performances from Stallone and DeNiro, however its too long, the script isnt nearly as sharp as it should be, and the climactic boxing match is just a poor man’s variation of the one in Rocky 6
Into the Storm
Actors: Richard Armitage, Sarah Calles
At Cinemas Now
Good sfx and inventive set pieces can’t save this Twister rip off from being – well, exactly that.
Terrible script, cheesy acting, predictable story, wooden characters, dont bother -wait for the dvd.
Actors: Scarlett Johanssen, Morgan Freeman.
At Cinemas now.
Another dud from the massively overrated Luc Besson (yes i said it Hobden!). Johannsen’s foreign student accidentally ingests a shed load of pills that allow her to use 100% of her brain capacity. Freeman is the scientist who she turns to for help. This had the potential to be a crackerjack action fest but instead disappears up its own orifice, with a plot that is too far fetched for words and boring action scenes that fail to ignite even a modicum of excitement. On the plus side Scarlett is very good and ably anchors the entire affair, but is a far better actress than this film deserves.
Actors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix
Available on dvd
Superbly directed by PT Anderson, this is brilliantly acted, very well written and beautifully photographed.
However (and i’m very reluctant to say this) its all kinda pointless and doesn’t really go anywhere. Certainly worth a watch – especially to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles – just dont expect it to make a whole lot of sense.
As Above So Below
Actors: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman.
At Cinemas Now
Really good found footage film this. An obsessed archaeologist leads an expedition into the Parisian Catacombs in search of the legendary Philosophers stone, but instead ends up going through a gateway to Hell itself. Very creepy, extremely claustrophobic, well acted and damned scary in parts – a must for all horror fans and a pretty good date movie too.
The Haunting In Connecticut
Actors: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan
Watched this on the telly the other day. Apparently based on a true story, not bad, sort of a variation on Amityville, but brings nothing new to the haunted house genre – passed the time.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Actors: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Samuel L Jackson
New to dvd and Blu Ray
Recently added to my Blu Ray Collection, sharp script, fantastic story, brilliantly directed by the Russo brothers, jam packed with action and another superb turn from Evans as Cap.
Marvel does it again – outstanding.
The Raid 2
Actors: Iko Uwais
New to DVD and Blu Ray
Following on from the events of the first film, Uwais’ hard as nails cop goes undercover to bring down a bunch of corrupt police officials and a family of gangsters. Not quite as mental as the original and a tad too long for my liking but the prison yard scrap and the incredible final 40 minutes are worth the price of the disc alone. Another masterclass in ass kickery from director Gareth Edwards – and a must for all action fans the world over.
Author: Will Strong