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The Expendables [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3751 ]
Review: The Expendables is not your average action movie. For starters, Sylvester Stallone is credited as director... It may not seem like that big a deal, but he hasn't taken the director's chair for anything other than a Rambo or Rocky sequel, with his last non-character film being Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta. The '80s action hero has assembled the biggest ensemble of action heroes since G.I. Joe, all stars in their own right: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric...

Resident Evil: Afterlife [3D] [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3512 ]
Review: Resident Evil... Milla Jovovich... zombies... in Real 3D, it's any gamer's dream come true. The fourth installation of arguably the most successful video game film adaptation of all-time is delivered in true style courtesy of Death Race writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson. These days, trilogies just aren't enough for franchises and it seems like a good time to resurrect just about any popular character from the past. The difference with Resident Evil is that it's following in the wake of the game...

Salt [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4192 ]
Review: Salt was originally written with the intention of being an espionage action-thriller with Tom Cruise as the lead. However, when Cruise backed out of the production... Jolie replaced the big name star and the script was rewritten for a female lead. Salt's loosely modeled on the Bourne series with short, sharp bursts of action with a rogue agent on the loose. This is your typical man-on-the-run actioner with a hot pursuit from government authorities in an attempt to dispatch the "traitor" with as ...

The A Team [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4321 ]
Review: Screw G.I. Joe, The A-Team are the quintessential All-American action heroes from the '80s... destined to be everybody's favourite crack commando squad of mercenaries from now until the end of time. I can tell... I had a Murdock action figure (don't judge me). Action, adventure, comedy and mild peril... The A-Team had it all and who can forget Hannibal Smith's wise-cracks, disguises and cigar-champing, B.A.'s ingenuity, mohawk and bling, Murdock's voices, madcap antics and crazy eyes or Faceman'...

Predators [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3902 ]
Review: Predators is a sequel to Predator and Predator 2. Since it's no longer cool to add a number to denote how many times a blockbuster has been exploited, unless you're going straight to video or you're a superhero... it gets the imaginative reworking, Predators. Now it's been a good 23 years since Arnie busted a Predator's chops in the original and in that time we've also seen a spin-off, AVP: Alien vs. Predator with its own sequel. Predator has become a Hollywood icon thanks to the late special ef...

Knight and Day [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4368 ]
Review: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are possibly the coldest on-screen Hollywood couple since Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters, may they rest in peace. Cruise has always been a little distant, giving that looking into the Sun gaze to the point that it’s become more of a glaze. What’s more, he’s embarrassed himself in the media so many times over the last few years that he’s literally become the village idiot of Tinseltown.Cameron Diaz is just as “fridge-ed”, last starring alongside Cruis...

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time [ 2010 ] [ Hits:3374 ]
Review: Prince of Persia was one of the most exciting and addictive PC games of its time. The side-scrolling video game was released by Broderbund in 1989 and attracted players with its life-like motion, swordplay and intelligent puzzles, despite its repetitive look. The nameless character from another land was charged to rescue the princess from the clutches of the evil Jaffar, the Vizier of Persia. From there, the game has evolved into a 3D action platform courtesy of Ubisoft, starting the franchise w...

Robin Hood [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4518 ]
Review:  Apparently, any film starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott can’t go wrong. Having collaborated on Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster and Body of Lies, it’s safe to say they’ve got a winning formula. The film rides on the back of almost a century of Robin Hoods ranging from Robin Hood (1912) to this latest bankable venture from Crowe and Scott in 2010, aptly titled Robin Hood.Robin Hoods outnumber James Bonds in Hollywood with some of the most famous Hoods including: ...

Iron Man 2 [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4713 ]
Review: Iron Man set the bar high with a well-balanced action adventure about an unlikely self-made superhero in Tony Stark. The classic character discovery is a strong platform for any film to form a foundation and Iron Man played it like it was second nature, drawing audiences in against the terrorists and then swiveling the enemy right back on itself, while maintaining a tongue-in-cheek character at the helm and a majestic performance from Robert Downey Jr. Well, for the most part... nothing's change...

Kick Ass [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5007 ]
Review: The Kick-Ass comic book to film adaptation was inevitable. Come on, if Catwoman gets one, surely everyone's entitled to slap on some spandex and snarl? While you daydream about Halle Berry in a cat suit, you should know that her follow-up to that Oscar-whining "performance" in Monster's Balls is the equivalent of kitty litter and has nothing on Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns.Plain, simple and cheesy, Kick-Ass kicks ass. It's an instant comic book cult hit, a special blend of Watchmen, The P...

Clash of the Titans [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4632 ]
Review: Clash of the Titans is a remake of, no - not Remember the Titans... rewind a bit further back to 1981's Clash of the Titans. You don't remember it? Neither do I, although I hear it was pretty good for its time, elevated to cult status for its stop motion special effects. The same can not and will not be said for Clash of the Titans (2010). You'd think that 29 years of cinema and dental technology would actually improve mythology, but it hasn't. It appears you still need actors that can breathe l...

The Race ist [ 2010 ] [ Hits:6478 ]
Review: The Race-ist... a title joke and car mod subculture is extended into a "feel good" feature film trailing in the dust of The Fast & The Furious, Days of Thunder and yes, even Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - complete with action, comedy and drama. After watching The Race-ist it's easy to see the connection: movies are just like vehicle modifications, if they're cheap and not fitted properly - they tend to fail miserably. As Proudly South African as I am, I wouldn't be able to recomme...

X Men Origins: Wolverine [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3424 ]
Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first installation of the X-Men Origins series, and a reboot for the X-Men franchise after X3: The Last Stand. Hugh Jackman returns as title star and producer for the long-awaited superhero release of Wolverine in his own film. The story rewinds the X-Men saga to Wolverine’s childhood as he realises his mutant gift. He and Victor Creed, fight side-by-side like brothers through the American Civil War, Normandy landings and then onto Vietnam, where they are captur...

Gamer [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5037 ]
Review: Gamer is brought to the big screen from the writers/directors that brought us Crank 2: High Voltage.  Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are fast becoming synonymous with extreme movies aimed at the MTV generation.  Adrenalin-fuelled action adventures that raise the dopamine levels are what they're after, and in their most recent spate of movies, they've more than succeeded.  Hiring cool actors like Jason Statham and Gerard Butler, give them instant access to their star's fans.  Jason Statham i...

12 Rounds [ 2009 ] [ Hits:8167 ]
Review: 12 Rounds is a gut-busting action thriller in the style of movies like Speed, S.W.A.T., Die Hard 2: With A Vengeance, The Marine and The Italian Job. Wrestler-turn-stuntman, John Cena, makes another appearance as a gung-ho muscle man with a similar effect to the worst aspects of Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum. Is it a drinking game or a concept film... you decide for yourself. Either way, 12 Rounds is one of those high concept action thrillers that fixes a framework for our hero, who valiantly...

Crank 2: High Voltage [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3325 ]
Review: Right, so you saw Crank and enjoyed it - congratulations. The public display of "affection", the pulsating action, the heart-stopping moments and the heart beat bass were incredible... and Jason Statham wasn't too bad either. The original had the action reflex of a kung-fu squirrel on Red Bull and the comic agility of a David Spade stand-up comic performance in a maximum security prison. It was no-punches-pulled Statham with the ultimate high-octane, adrenaline-pumping action movie star and plot...

Hitman [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3556 ]
Review: Hitman is a video game adaptation of the popular Hitman franchise, which has created something of a legend. This anti-hero is from the dark side, and the video game has cemented the dark side of James Bond. He has a license to kill, he has the gadgets and the undercover expertise. The only difference is that he doesn’t rely on cheesy one-liners and seducing beautiful women to get by. A hitman known as Agent 47 is hired by ‘The Agency’ to assasinate a political figure, only to be pursued b...

Rogue Assassin [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3228 ]
Review: Rogue Assassin was released in the U.S. as War, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Jason Statham action-extraordinaire and martial arts legend Jet Li go head-to-head in the biggest movie rivalry since Freddy vs. Jason. These action superheroes bring two diverse groups of fans together to find out who’s king of adrenalin as FBI agent Jack Crawford (Statham) pursues the mysterious and deadly “Rogue” (Li) for personal reasons, while the “Rogue” incites clashes between the Yukuza and Triad...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3782 ]
Review: At this moment in time, it's sad but true... Stephen Sommers is a poor man's Michael Bay. He directed two fun-filled fantasy adventures in the shadow of Spielberg's Indiana Jones saga with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns and then gave us a whirlwind tour of horror classics with Van Helsing.What made these adventures epic was the hero, whether it was the clean-cut Brendan Fraser or the dapper Hugh Jackman. However, it doesn't seem that anyone's willing (or able) to fulfill the role of the main pr...

The Condemned [ 2007 ] [ Hits:5085 ]
Review: Death has been a form of entertainment for centuries. The Romans had the Colosseum, the French had the guillotine and how often have you heard the words ‘public’ and ‘execution’ in the same sentence. Reality TV shows have become part of a staple TV schedule with popular shows like Big Brother and Survivor, in which contestants are forced to strategise and perform their way to victory. The Condemned takes a page from history and a page from your local TV magazine as ten condemned internat...

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