Actors: Keanu Reeves, Wilem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Ian McShane
Reeves plays the title character, a reformed super assassin, forced back into action after the son of a Russian mobster beats him up, nicks his classic car and kills the (admittedly extremely cute) puppy his recently dead wife left him. A surprise sleeper hit in the US last year, well made, with some top action (the lengthy night club shootout is excellent) and a good turn from Reeves, Admittedly its isn’t exactly Shakespeare but despite being daft as a brush, proves to be great fun nonetheless.
On Region 1 dvd now and soon to be released in cinemas in the UK.
The Killing Season
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Robert DeNiro, John Travolta
Travolta is the former Serbian Soldier out for murderous revenge on DeNiro’s retired special forces commando. After befriending him, he then chases him through the woods in some relatively dull action scenes, until a cop out ending grinds the the whole sorry mess to a halt after about 90 minutes.
Safe to say that had this been made two decades ago it would have probably been released at cinemas worldwide and been a massive hit. However due to its two stars now non existent box office clout and the fact that its utter crap to boot, it went straight to dvd last year and can now be found languishing on Netflix. Honestly, don’t bother with this one folks – unless of course you are a massive DeNiro fan and really like the idea of hearing Travolta doing a comedy Euro accent.
On DVD and Netflix now
Director: Zach Lipovski
Actors: Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, Stephanie Bennett
Four backpacking college students fall foul of a flesh eating Leprechaun that haunts a remote Irish village. Straight to DVD reboot of the never ending Warwick Davies starring horror series (which I’ve never seen) actually isn’tas bad as one would imagine. Featuring a creepy monster, some good scares and the occasional inventive death scene. Being totally honest I wouldn’t exactly recommend this film, but if you have nothing to do on a wet Wednesday evening and there isn’t anything on the telly then you could do worse.
On DVD and Netflix now
Under The Skin
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Actors: Scarlett Johansson
Johansson’s nameless Alien drives around Glasgow luring random men to her house, then feeds them to some sort of black liquid………….and that’s about it for the plot of this morbidly depressing arty farty bilge, which successfully manages to be hideously boring and mind numbingly dull all at the same time. Scarlett is very good but unless you enjoy watching paint dry then id give it a wide berth.
On DVD and Lovefilm now
Director: David Mackenzie
Actors: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend.
Excellent film about a violent 19 year old (O’Connell) transferred from a young offenders institution to a maximum security prison, where he meets up with his estranged father (Mendelsohn) who is serving a life sentence. To say the least this incredibly brutal drama isn’t exactly easy to watch but its very well acted (O’Connell is a standout) and superbly directed by David Mackenzie. Be warned though, its very hard going in parts, but if you can stick with it you will see one of the best prison films for years.
On DVD now