Jupiter Ascending

March 2, 2015 at 6:47 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I went to see Jupiter Ascending the other day, and its worth a go. If you want to enjoy the great special effects see it at a suitably equiped theatre.

Warning: plot elements discussed.

This is a deconstruction of the Cinderella story: fairy godmother, step sisters, glass slipper, prince charming – they are all there, just a little mixed up.

Jupiter Jones, played by Mila Kunis, is Cinderalla. Jones does a lot of domestic cleaning. There are two brothers and a sister who are the Step Sisters. Caine Wise, played by Channing Tatum, is the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming! Caine is a former genetically augmented soldier who gets Jones started on the road ‘to the ball’ and saves her life a number of times along the way (and afterwards). In another twist to the Cinderella story, Jones is also the glass slipper.

It is a space opera, full of boardroom intrigue, spaceships, explosions, and romance.



October 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Riddick is a Vin Diesel vehicle, with Katee Sackhoff putting in an appearance.

It is a western re-cast as science fiction – complete with bounty hunters.

The film moves the bar upwards for self-surgery: surpassing Sylvester Stallone‘s bullet self-cauterisation in Rambo. Riddick ends up being harpooned with a large bone fragment and to seal the wound he picks up a white hot piece of rock (about the same size as the piece of  bone) and pushing it into the wound!

The Expendables

September 29, 2010 at 8:11 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I saw the trailer I decided that this was a ‘must see’.

The ‘Expendables’ are a small team of mercenaries played by a dream team of action actors: Slyvester Stalone, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger! In the end it was hard to give each ‘star’ enough time in only 113 minutes !!!!

Giselle Itié provides a hint of romance, plays the good icon. She offers up some good contrast to Eric Roberts – who plays the bad icon, and to David Zayas – who plays the paper-tiger icon.

The film is a series of very well choreographed fight scenes. These are interspersed with some character scenes where the guys show off their tender sides – Lundgren like you have never seen him! The best is the brief by-play between Stalone and Schwarzenegger.

In the end good triumphs over evil, or in this case the CIA – or is it a rogue CIA element.

I expected a little too much – the Seven Samuri are hard act to follow. But it is very watchable, particularly if you like any of the dream team. Warning: Willis and Schwarzenegger don’t have much air face time.


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?

The Bourne Ultimatum

September 16, 2007 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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The Bourne Ultimatum

The third film in Jason Bourne’s quest to find himself. As usual with these kinds of film – action / thriller – I put my brain into neutral and cruised. The first 80% was one long action sequence and had one of the best fight-in-a-bathroom sequences I have for sometime. It got to the point where I wondered how it would end. How it ended was a bit of a disappointment. Bourne is the product of brain washing – by the flashbacks, using some Gregory-Peck-Manchurian-Candidate techniques. Despite the best that Bourne’s former colleagues can throw at him, Bourne wins through some spectacular fights and crashes. In the end, it felt like Die Hard (1,2,3 or 4.0) mets the Manchurian Candidate.


Die Hard 4.0

September 1, 2007 at 10:30 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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Sep 1, 2007 by Film_Hanger

This the fourth film in the “Die Hard” series and the ‘4.0’ is an obvious tip towards the Internet – signalling that its is all about the use of the Internet to take over the critical infrastructure of the United States of America; or is it ?

As is usual with these kinds of movies I switched my brain into neutral and unload my disbelief modules. Thus prepared I enjoyed two hours or so of light entertainment.

Towards the end of the movie, it struck me that the plot was just the old ‘evil wizard wishes to take over the kingdom, and must kill any wizard who might be powerful enough to oppose them, and uses magic and swords for hire to do so, enter the old paladin and apprentice wizard who needs a moral centre’ … pant pant … plot.


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