Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Skyscraper (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Skyscraper is probably the first time I’ve felt let down by a film starring Dwayne Johnson. Don’t get me wrong – he’s fine in it and the film could be far worse – but much like this years The Meg, the lean towards Chinese audiences (Box office… MONEY!!!!) seems rather forced.  And whilst The Meg (just) got away with it, here it feels all very cynical and by the numbers.  It’s also silly on a level that I haven’t seen in some time but is so unaware of itself it just comes off as a bit stupid.  With it’s tongue planted in cheek they MAY have pulled it off but in a film when even Dwayne Johnson seems bored you know it’s going to be a struggle.

Best Bit: Getting into the tower

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Towering Inferno, Rampage, The Fate Of The Furious, Die Hard

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: All four members are back as on this episode for reviews of The Incredibles 2 and Skyscraper. Plus an extensive conversation on the James Gunn news and Comic Con trailers! Check it out and BLEAT THE WORLD!

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Grosse Point Geek – Skyscraper (2018) Review

Grosse Point Geek – Skyscraper (2018) Review

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Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campell, Pablo Schreiber
Plot In a Nutshell: Dwayne Johnson plays a retired FBI agent turned security expert who has to rescue his wife and two kids from the world’s tallest and most advanced building which just so happens to be on fire and been taken over by a bunch of tooled up thieves – so basically its Die Hard meets the Towering Inferno.
What worked: Johnson is always great value and he doesn’t disappoint here, Campell is also excellent as his wife proving she can kick arse with the best of them. The action comes thick and fast and at times is really edge of the seat exciting.  Finally it’s extremely well made and the direction from Rawson Marshall Thurber is spot on.
What could have been better: Not enough one liners – this film was crying out for Johnson’s signature badass tongue in cheek vernacular and I was disappointed that it didn’t deliver here, it’s also very cheesy in parts and the baddies are a bit weak.
Summary Review: Daft as a brush and utterly ridiculous but Dwayne Johnson is brilliant, the guy has so much charisma and charm that you just can’t help cheering him on, plus the action scenes and stunts are fantastic.
Great entertainment, a proper Saturday night blockbuster – highly recommended
Pay to see it at the Cinema? – Yes
Buy it on Blu Ray/DVD? – Yes

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Skyscraper – Review Round Up

Skyscraper – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.  This time out: Skyscraper

 


“it’s a gigantic and silly blockbuster matinee of a movie, with likable performances, absurd action sequences, and a heck of a lot of duct tape.”- 8.1

 

 

“Part Towering Inferno, part Die Hard, and part test to see how much Hollywood baloney a physics-literate viewer can take before his or her head explodes” 

 

 

“The building may be taller than The Towering Inferno and the stakes may be higher than those faced by John McClane in Die Hard, but in comparison to both, Skyscraper is little more than a cinematic bungalow ” – 2/5

 

 

“his is escapism, pure and simple, and though the structure is rickety, by enlisting Johnson, Thurber ensures that his “Skyscraper” is built on solid Rock. ”

 


” Like its hero, Skyscraper’s big, brawny, earnest – and strapped together with generous helpings of duct tape.” -3/5

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #098 – Rampage

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #098 – Rampage

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: While Mike is away, Josh and Ricky will Rampage (see what we did there) across the Podcast. The devastation continues as they also go over there Top 5 Designed Movie Monsters!

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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Dwayne Johnson & Rampage

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Dwayne Johnson & Rampage

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the films of the one and only Dwayne Johnson & his latest release – Rampage

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmamker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Rampage, Vengeance, You Were Never Really Here, Miss Congeniality, Adore, The Hurricane Heist, Blockers, Ghost Stories, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Moana, Walking Tall, Baywatch, The Other Guys, Big Trouble In Little China

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk
For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

   

Rampage – A Quick Capsule Review

Rampage – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Rampage is about as dumb as a summer movie gets.  That said it also delvers bucket loads of fun, Dwayne Johnson in top form and a script that recognises just how silly the film actually is.  Yes it’s far from perfect – the plot is pretty stupid (lets be honest they are trying to make a film out of a ZX Spectrum game), the dialogue lacking at times, the CGI stretched by the films budget and the support characters about as one dimensional as you can get.  Yet I was never bored, the action is clean and watchable and once again Dwayne Johnson sells every second of it.   Just don’t expect TOO much and the film will leave you will be a big smile on your face.

Best Bit: George is dead.

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Ready Player One, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Wreck-It Ralph

Rampage – Review Round Up

Rampage – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: Rampage


Overall Critics Say:

 

 

 

 

 


“Rampage is utterly ridiculous, campy, yet also self-aware enough to be kinda sorta dumb fun.”- 5.5

 

” There’s spectacle to spare in a bananas B-movie that’s dumber than, well, a rock. It may not be high art, but there’s ample fun to be had.” – 3/5

 

 

” Ridiculous, of course, but not as ridiculous as it might have been. As much fun as it has with the idea of animals stomping cities to rubble, it seems shy of going completely over the top, and it’s the poorer for it.” – 3/5

 

“Though far better than ‘Doom,’ this Dwayne Johnson-starring video-game adaptation falls back on the monster-movie clichés its source overtly lampooned.”


“I struggle to call Rampage a missed opportunity, as I’m not convinced there was too much in the source material to inspire a three act story. The disappointment remains that all concerned didn’t just have a lot more fun with it. ” -2/5

 

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #056 – Wonder Woman, Baywatch

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #056 – Wonder Woman, Baywatch

The Smoking Lamb Podcast

It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Summer movie season is in full swing and we have a packed show for you this week!!! We review two highly anticipated movies, Wonder Woman and Baywatch. Plus, our Top 5 this week is Top 5 Foreshadowing Used in Movies. Could this be foreshadowing of our own? Probs not. But who knows!

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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Poltergeist & San Andreas Quick Reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Poltergeist & San Andreas Quick Reviews

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Grosse Point geek takes a loot at two recent release – the remake of the classic horror Poltergeist and the latest from The Rock in San Andreas.

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Poltergeist

Director: Gil Kenan
Actors: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt

After Eric Bowen (Rockwell) loses his job, he and his family are forced to move into a cheaper house.  Everything seems normal until the lights unexpectedly start turning on and off and  strange noises are heard in the dead of night.

Things go from bad to worse when their son almost gets eaten by a tree and the youngest daughter disappears into thin air. Suspecting that they are the victims of a haunting (you think??), the family turn to a team of paranormal investigators led by Harris’s ghost expert, who mount a desperate attempt to get the little girl back from the clutches of the poltergeist.

Uninspiring remake of the 1982 Spielberg/Tobe Hooper classic, that pretty much fails on every level to be even close to imitating that films excitement and sheer nerve shredding suspense. The normally reliable Sam Rockwell is woefully miscast and gives an almost phoned in performance, Harris fares no better and DeWitt  cant hold a candle to the original film’s  JoBeth Williams as the family matriarch. Coupled with this Kenan’s direction is formulaic, and  totally lacking in flair and originality.  On the positive side it definitely isn’t the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen and the SFX  are pretty good, but i have to say that when Hollywood decides to produce remakes as flat as this, one wonders why they even bothered in the first place.

At Cinemas now

Geek Rating:

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San Andreas

Director: Brad Peyton
Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Ioan Gruffudd, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti

When a massive earthquake threatens to wipe out the US Eastern Seaboard, crack Fire and Rescue pilot Dwayne Johnson and his soon to be ex wife (Gugino) brave the wrath of mother nature and mount a daring search for their daughter (Daddario) who has become stranded in the rapidly crumbling city of San Francisco.  I have to be honest i wasn’t expecting much from this one, the reviews were average, and the trailer made it look like nothing more than a retread of just about every other disaster movie ever made – plus added cheese.

However i am pleased to report that, despite the fact that its pretty much all of the above, it was mercifully saved by some really impressive visual effects, a fantastic series of set pieces and another great turn from the always good value Johnson.  It certainly wont ever win any Oscars but you could do a lot worse if you’re stuck for something to watch at the cinema this weekend

Recommended

At Cinemas now.

Geek Rating:

 

Author: Will Strong