The Bad Batch (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Bad Batch (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Bad Batch is crazy.  From insane Keanu Reaves extended cameos, to crazy Jim Carrey appliances to just its central premise, long run time and trippy middle section… it just makes no sense.  It’s Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone meets Mad Max meets The Hills Have Eyes meets pretty much anything nuts you can think of.  Its also not amazing and far from essential but it’s also not THAT bad. In fact it passed the time quite well even if there are probably a 100 better things to watch.  Watch it for the eclectic cast, for the best audition to direct a Mad Max movie you have ever seen or just because you have a two hour train ride with time to kill.

Best Bit: Legs. Arms. Lunch.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Max Max: Fury Road, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, Drifter 

 


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Bird Box (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bird Box (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bird Box is for sure one of the better Netflix Sci-Fi ‘originals’, benefiting from an A-list cast and some super tense direction. It’s not A Quiet Place but its tense for sure, even if it could have spent more time on the river than in the house.  Bullock is a strong, cold lead and the unseen monster is a powerful presence throughout. If they had stuck with the original book ending the film could have pushed a higher rating for sure.

Best Bit: The rapids

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: A Quiet Place, 28 Days Later, 10 Cloverfield Lane 

 


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The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Domestics (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Late runner for best Independent of the film, The Domestics is a cracking post apocalypse (Kinda) action road trip film that owes a debt to Mad Max, Escape From LA and The Road but with a bit more violence and pulp. It’s nothing new but what it does it does really well and when the violence and blood hits it hits really well. Boswell is good as it Hoechlin (TV’s Superman) and the direction keeps the film moving at pace.  Really enjoyed this one.

Best Bit: You served me what?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Mad Max,  The Road, Doomsday

 


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