Whilst I honestly do like the initial idea of this actually fairly… MoreWhilst I honestly do like the initial idea of this actually fairly well made direct to video sequel (itself a remake of [Rec]), the plot eventually becomes dull and a lot of potential is wasted. The acting is serviceable, and the last 10 minutes are very well handled, but it's not really worth bothering with. Great final shot, though.
Deeply boring and stupid direct to video entry in a franchise that now… MoreDeeply boring and stupid direct to video entry in a franchise that now bears almost no resemblance to the world of Clive Barker's original short story The Hellbound Heart.
Honestly, what really stands head and shoulders above an otherwise… MoreHonestly, what really stands head and shoulders above an otherwise still very well written and made film is Angelina Jolie's terrific performance as Mariane Pearl. Claustrophobic, tragic and moving, A Mighty Heart is a great film made excellent by Jolie's presence. Gripping & involving and very much closely following the real events.
What's so frustrating about In Time is that there's so much potential… MoreWhat's so frustrating about In Time is that there's so much potential here that I actually found myself plotting better films whilst I was watching. Time as a currency is a starting point that has many ways to go, yet Andrew Niccol chooses to go via an updating of Robin Hood by way of his own earlier, better film, Gattaca. The first twenty-five minutes, up to the exit of Olivia Wilde's character, are the best, and whilst In Time is never less than watchable, the device of time is never explored as well as it should be and the references that are used are so unsubtle that I found myself a little infuriated by the way everything is spoon-fed and spelled out. Still, there's stuff to enjoy, Justin Timberlake acquits himself well (though Amanda Seyfried is Amanda Seyfried) and the pace doesn't lag.
Huge, dumb, silly - and knowing - fun, with Channing Tatum running… MoreHuge, dumb, silly - and knowing - fun, with Channing Tatum running round with guns in a tight vest protecting President Jamie Foxx. Give me this over that po-faced Gerard Butler shit any day.
Hokey trash with a story that was absolute bobbins in the first film… MoreHokey trash with a story that was absolute bobbins in the first film and is one step beyond parody here, but Danielle Harris is somehow superb and the ludicrously over-the-top gore effects and high body count, not to mention scant running time, makes the film enjoyable.
Convincing portrait/collage of a psychopath with a slow pace, Simon… MoreConvincing portrait/collage of a psychopath with a slow pace, Simon Killer is beautifully filmed and has a career best performance from a nuanced Brady Corbet. An excellent soundtrack and skewed visual style add to the strangely addictive quality the film. One if a kind, and not for everyone.