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Vivarium

Published May 3, 2020

Vivarium

What a terrible film this is. I was in two minds going into it, really, but only because I thought it would be a bit too horror and not enough sci-fi. How wrong can one be? It wasn’t horror at all, it was just pointless.

The Rhythm Section

Published April 26, 2020

The Rhythm Section

The biggest problem with this movie is with the name, it leads you into thinking you’re probably going to be watching a nice, gentle music movie but that’s not what this is. Once you get your head around it though, things get a lot better.

U.S. Marshals

Published April 9, 2020

U.S. Marshals

It was okay as a sequel but it didn’t quite live up to the first one. Tommy Lee Jones was excellent, really stole quite a lot of the scenes and it was disappointing he didn’t have anyone as good as Harrison Ford to play off. The story wasn’t as good, too complicated, and by the end, when the adorable one got shot, I just checked out, really.

Angel Has Fallen

Published April 2, 2020

Angel Has Fallen

We’ve had a sort of love/hate relationship with these ‘Has Fallen’ movies, because they’ve not been very good but they are completely entertaining so it’s not the end of the world. I’m not sure we would have gotten around to this one if we weren’t looking for something particularly action-heavy and thinking-light.

In the Line of Duty

Published March 29, 2020

In the Line of Duty

This film completely crept up on me. We were looking for some kind of mindless action to distract from the world right now, and Apple had discounted this one as a rental, so in a rare decisive mood, I just went for it. I wasn’t expecting anything and actually it was a pleasant surprise.

The Invisible Man

Published March 21, 2020

The Invisible Man

I used to be a big fan of horror movies but more recently have gone off them somewhat - I don’t think this is out and out horror but it’s certainly not something I would have chosen to watch if it wasn’t for wanting to support the early release dates. I’m glad I did end up watching it though, because it was interesting.

The Fugitive

Published March 18, 2020

The Fugitive

This was so good! I’ve never heard of the TV show or the film but I obviously know Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and they were both excellent. I loved that everyone in this was good at their jobs and doing some great work but still managing to just miss each other. There weren’t any rubbish cops or anything like that.

Gemini Man

Published March 14, 2020

Gemini Man

Okay, so let’s kick things off with the positive. We were looking for some mindless action and this delivered - it was entertaining in the moment, not too much of a thinking film, with some great visuals along the way. However, it really doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.

The Untouchables

Published March 7, 2020

The Untouchables

Really good film, this one. Of course I’m a Costner fan so that helped, but what a cast they’ve gathered here! It was funny and heartbreaking and a good action drama, based on the true story of bringing Al Capone to some kind of justice.

Jaws

Published December 3, 2019

Jaws

I love the book, I’ve read it a couple of times and the film picks out the best of the tension and the most important of the plot developments to generate a tension-filled two hours. From the very start, there’s a general feeling of inevitable dread that doesn’t let up until that explosion at the end.