Knight and Day

August 31, 2010 at 1:34 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I saw Knight and Day. It is smooth as you would expect from a Tom Cruise movies.

The plot is a little complicated: is Cruise the rogue agent bent on exploiting an amazing new battery (and the unworldy genius behind it)? or is he out to save the world from the true rogue agent? Cruise works for the FBI and Cameron Diaz is an innocent by-stander who gets caught up with his attempts to straighten things out.

A running gag is Cruise continually puts Diaz under – to save her nerves and her life.

Tom Cruise quietly sending himself up, and some comparisons with Mission Impossible 3 and James Bond: Die Another Day are inevitable.



August 30, 2010 at 1:03 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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What is a nice girl like Katherine Heigl doing in a film like this? Killers is an action thriller romantic comedy that spreads itself a little too thinly.

Still Heigl is easy on the eye – gratuitous bra scene in case viewers were looking at the decor! Ashton Kutcher is also easy on the eye. Lots of tributes to James Bond films: some subtle, some right out there. Catherine O’Hara as the alcoholic mum nearly steals the movie – O’Hara’s character is well played and left me wanting to know more about this women who is almost never seen without a drink. And for the 80’s nostalga buffs: there is Tom Selleck. I think he may have found a niche: stern former action man dad/uncle.

The film may come across as a bit light, but it left me with a terrific moral dilemma; is it ok to hire lots of assasines who get killed by the intended victim (in self defence)? What moral burden does the hirer have?

Harry Brown

August 26, 2010 at 4:51 am | Posted in Film Review | 2 Comments
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I went to see Harry Brown: it looked interesting (revenge, decline of civilisation) and it had Michael Caine in it.

This film is grim and raw; some of the characterisations are just scary – Sean Harris, as Stretch, deserves an award for most scary and convincing drugged-out-gunrunner.

The action all takes place on a housing estate; history may well record that one of the origins of the decline of British social values was the post-war housing estates. Just as Caine is no longer Alfie; Britain is not little villages in a green and pleasant land.

Harry, a former Royal Marine, highly decorated, with no surviving family, decides to avenge the murder of his friend Len – played by David Bradley. Harry is driven to this because the police and justice system seem powerless to give Len justice. The police’s attempt to clamp down on the gang results in a riot that the police only just manage to contain. During the riot Harry finds and confronts the kingpin running most of the crime on the estate.

This film is so well made, the performances so good, that I felt unwell afterwards.

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