Backtrace (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Backtrace (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Backtrace is actually quite entertaining for what it is.  Just don’t expect this to be a full on Stallone action film. It’s not.  In fact save for the opening and the conclusion, little action actually happens – this is a thriller about a bank robber and missing money that Sly is actually only in a few scenes throughout.  At the core of the film is a great performance from Matthew Modine and the film never outstays it’s welcome.  It’s just missing that ‘Something special’ to push it over the top.  Good VOD offering…

Best Bit: Modine is ace

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Escape Plan, Bullet To The Head, Sabotage 

 


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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s 10 quick reviews

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Will’s 10 quick reviews

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Over the past few weeks i have managed to watch a large amount of films – i would normally write full reviews on all of them, however time does not permit, so for your perusal please see below 10 quick reviews of films i have recently seen.

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2 Guns

Director: Balathazar Kormakur

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington

Some funny one liners, action scenes are plentiful but uninspiring, Wahlberg and Washington have good chemistry, but ultimately this is a rather average effort that plays like a poor mans Lethal Weapon – passes the time, but that’s it.

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R.I.P.D

Director: Robert Swenkte

Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds.

One of the biggest flops of 2013  and a shameless rip off of Men In Black, the sfx are shoddy, the plot contrived and its at least a quarter of an hour too short – however Reynolds and Bridges are very good and the final 20 minutes are pleasingly action packed – certainly not the worst film I’ve ever seen.

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I Frankenstein

Director: Stuart Beattie

Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski

Made by the same people who did the Underworld Series – bit silly, woeful effects, terrible script and a very miscast Eckhart – but quite enjoyable in parts and certainly not as bad as all the critics would have you believe.

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The Legend Of Hercules

Director: Renny Harlin

Starring Kellan Lutz

Words fail me on this one . Looks like it was edited with a chainsaw,  script appears to have been written by a ten year old and Kellan Lutz’ “performance” as Hercules resembles nothing more than a large plank of balsa wood. By far and away THEworst film of 2014 and candidate for one of the worst films ever made – staggeringly awful. And yes you read that right- its directed by Renny Harlin  – on this evidence the glory days of Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 are but a distant memory.

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Sabotage

Director: David Ayer

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington

Another flop – one of the worst of Arnie’s career in fact. Shame really as its not half bad. Well acted, well made, gritty, with some pretty good action scenes. The problem isn’t the film per se  – its Arnie – unfortunately he’s played this kind of role too many times and to be honest he’s looking a bit past it to really be credible any more.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Director: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson

Absolutely superb sequel to 2011’s The Hunger Games, Lawrence, Harrelson and Sutherland are all superb, as is the direction, story and production values  – cracking film, very exciting – don’t miss it.

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The Worlds End

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman.

The third entry in the “Cornetto Trilogy” is a crashing disappointment on a epic scale, featuring annoying characters (especially Pegg’s), an appallingly unfunny script and a rubbish story.

Absolutely pales in comparison to the frankly brilliant Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Dear God Edgar, what the hell went wrong here mate??????????

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3 Days to Kill

Director: McG

Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard

Despite a top notch turn from Costner, this action thriller simply doesn’t cut the mustard. Persistently slows down when it should be going full steam ahead, overlong and is suspiciously reminiscent of Taken.

– another dud from McG.

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Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco

A great performance from Johnson cant save this from being a very standard actioner, not bad, but Seagal was churning these out in his sleep 20 years ago.

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Homefront

Director: Gary Fleder

Starring Jason Statham, James Franco.

Good old fashioned beat em up, plenty of fisticuffs and gunfights, written and produced by Sly Stallone, Statham is great value as ever, and Franco is excellent as the bad guy – but what in the name of Zeus’s butthole is he doing in this kind of film????????????????!!!

 
Author: Will Strong