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Man on a Ledge [ Hits:4094 ]
Review: Man on a Ledge stars Sam Worthington, whose robotic acting is best forgotten in blockbusters such as Avatar, Clash of the Titans and best remembered in Terminator: Salvation, where he was actually part cyborg. As you can imagine with any movie where the lead character wants to commit robot suicide off a high-rise building - expectations were low. Thankfully relatively unknown director Asger Leth and TV movie screenwriter, Pablo F. Fenjves have managed to negotiate a pretty decent thriller with ...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) [ Hits:4342 ]
Review: David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... didn't they adapt the Millenium trilogy just two years ago? Why didn't they cast Noomi Rapace, the 'Girl' from the original? Is it a faithful adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel? So many questions... The original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was excellent and deserved its critical acclaim, but it wasn't in English, relegating it to a limited art house international release. While shooting on-location and in the native tongue added to the aut...

Apollo 18 [ Hits:3544 ]
Review: In the same low budget found footage horror subgenre as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity comes Apollo 18. The horror science-fiction thriller plays up the fact that the U.S. has never returned to the moon and shows evidence to suggest that there may just be signs of alien activity on the moon. Apollo 18 is directed by Spanish editor-turn-director, Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. It's Lopez-Gallego's first English language film and while his editorial experience may give him an edge, it's ...

Straw Dogs [ Hits:3910 ]
Review: The original Straw Dogs, directed by the legendary Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman is a controversial classic, notorious for its brutal "pleasure rape" scene, ultra-violence and previously banned video release status. Hoffman said he only did it for the money and from the outset, it seems that the new Straw Dogs adaptation remake may have had a similar motive. Not true. Talented film critic-turn-director Rod Lurie, the man behind The Contender, The Last Castle and Nothing But The Trut...

Contagion [ Hits:3885 ]
Review: Sure, a killer disease that resembles the symptoms of the common flu (except for the dying part) probably doesn’t sound like the most thrilling movie concept ever imagined, but Contagion’s success sprouts from much more than that. The first thing this risky film has got going for it is director Steven Soderbergh, best known for very serious movies like ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ and ‘Syriana’, as well as some delicious off-beat humour such as in films like ‘Oceans Thirteen’ an...

Final Destination 5 [3D] [ Hits:4053 ]
Review: Final Destination 5... the franchise has come a long way - relying on a tried-and-tested roller-coaster formula that brings audiences back for another thrill ride. The Final Destination, or fourth installment of the series was a serious low - delivering extra cheese with a gimmicky aftertaste that just ruined whatever credibility Final Destination had racked up since 2000. So it was a sweet relief that the latest edition, Final Destination 5, has come back with a vengeance to leave on a high not...

Sanctum [3D] [ Hits:3671 ]
Review: James Cameron is a name that has become synonymous with action blockbusters: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Aliens and Avatar have all been directed by the Hollywood juggernaut. Before Avatar revolutionised 3D technology and broke records at the box office, Cameron was investigating the deep. Deep space has fascinated the director, but deep sea has been just as integral to his career path.Titanic relayed life on the famous vessel before it plunged to the darkest depths, Aliens of the Dee...

Source Code [ Hits:4764 ]
Review: Source Code is a Duncan Jones movie. Jones is David Bowie's son but judging from the critical acclaim generated from his first two movies, he'll probably be more famous for being a director with Moon and now Source Code under his belt. If Moon was inspired by Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Source Code comes with its own cinematic concoction, a sleek blend of Quantum Leap, Groundhog Day and Speed - starring Jacob 'Jake' Gyllenhaal... that's pronounced jill-en-hall.Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) ...

Hanna [ Hits:4499 ]
Review: Hanna would be just like every other hitman movie out there... if it weren't for its 16-year-old girl assassin and Pride and Prejudice director.Saoirse Ronan is possibly Hollywood's hottest starlet, racking up an impressive filmography ranging from roles in Atonement and The Lovely Bones to Hanna. She embodies a rare quality, much like Jodie Foster did when she starred opposite Robert De Niro as a teen prostitute in Taxi Driver. A gritty innocence befalls Saoirse, whose mystical name could be li...

Limitless [ Hits:5058 ]
Review: "What if a pill could make you rich and powerful?" is the tag line for Limitless, a film adaptation of Alan Glynn's novel that plays with the notion that we only use part of our minds. Just like the little blue sex wonder drug, Limitless imagines the scenario if a drug could be designed to harness our mind's full potential. If scientists could do it for our penises, there must be a way to get the other head working too? Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer, who comes to possess ...

Black Swan [ Hits:5268 ]
Review: Little so-called “Caucasian” girls generally tend to get involved in one of two extra-curricular activities… ballet or horse-riding. It’s a tradition, a rite of passage that soccer moms feel compelled to offer their little princesses. The reasons vary: they’ll look cute in a tutu, the riding lessons are cheaper than a pony, “I never got a chance to play Barbie” or perhaps mom just wants to fulfill her little brat’s every whim. Whatever the motivator, it’s a chance for every gir...

Splice [ Hits:3884 ]
Review: Splice is a rare film, which is both thought-provoking and disturbing. The story follows a similar arc to Bride of Frankenstein as two ambitious scientists, working on groundbreaking new research in the field of splicing organisms' DNA to create hybrids for medicinal benefits, decide to push on in secret when they include human DNA in their tests and spawn a partly human creature. The parallels are quite obvious as Clive (Brody) and Elsa (Polley) essentially become parents to a creature called D...

Chloe [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4516 ]
Review: Chloe is an erotic thriller with a difference. The movie is directed by Atom Egoyan (Adoration), headlining an all-star cast with Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. The movie poster and single name title may have echoes of Lolita, but the story follows a more traditional erotic thriller formula with the classic love triangle. David Stewart (Neeson), a respectable professor and married man, misses a flight and an unexpected surprise party back home. An incriminating photo and some u...

Edge of Darkness [ Hits:4656 ]
Review: It's been a good 8 years since Mel Gibson had to have that chat with the top half of his wife in Signs. Since then he's been spotted in Papparazzi, The Singing Detective and a TV series called Complete Savages. Speaking of savages, he's also directed two blood-thirsty yet critically-acclaimed films in The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. So it'd be fair to say that Edge of Darkness marks his return after a long break from acting ever since he agreed to star in that high concept movie with H...

A Perfect Getaway [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4372 ]
Review: I watch pretty much anything with Milla Jovovich... After first watching her as Lilli in Return to Blue Lagoon, she went on to star in cult favourite, Dazed & Confused and The Fifth Element as Leeloo - I was hooked, who wasn't? I even managed to stay loyal to her during the Joan of Arc phase, when her ex-husband Luc Besson... another film favourite (different reasons) got her to play the lead with a supporting cast including: John Malkovich and Dustin Hoffman. That was her make-or-break performa...

50 Dead Men Walking [ 2008 ] [ Hits:7065 ]
Review: Fifty Dead Men Walking has got to be one of the most over-rated films of 2009. Jim Sturgess, the guy that looks like a young Paul McCartney from Across the Universe, stars as Martin McGartland in this gritty real-life action thriller set in Belfast. Fifty Dead Men Walking is based on the book of the same title by Nicholas Davies and Martin McGartland, which tells the incredible true story of McGartland, who was recruited by British Police to spy on the IRA in the late 1980s, saving lives in the ...

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:6022 ]
Review: What do Walter Matthau and Denzel Washington have in common? Not a lot... In fact, the only connector, besides both having Hollywood careers, is their appearance in renditions of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, an adaptation of John Godey's novel. Matthau, the other grumpier old man, starred as transit police officer Lt. Zachary Garber in the 1974 version, while Denzel Washington stars as train dispatcher Walter Garber in the 2009 version. One's white, one's black, one's dead, one's alive... the lis...

Vantage Point [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3585 ]
Review: The attempted assassination of the U.S. President is told from several viewpoints in Vantage Point.The Bourne franchise and the 24 TV series have revolutionised the political thriller genre. These movies have been given license to thrill, and live for the moment. The Bourne Ultimatum delivered non-stop action from all angles like it was being filmed on every available video recorder perspective including: surveillance, satellite, cellular phone and camcorders. The effect was mesmerising and capt...

Orphan [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3735 ]
Review: If Grace (2009) cast a dark shadow on pregnancy, then Orphan extends the same courtesy to adoption. This horror/thriller from the minds of director, Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax) and debut screenwriter, David Johnson comes to life in a film that embodies aspects from Grace, Joshua, The Good Son and The Shining with influences from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Orphan tells the story of a woman coming to terms with the loss of her baby and the impact of her grief's scapegoat... a ...

P2 [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3463 ]
Review: P2 suffers from a lack of any real threat as a cat-and-mouse game ensues after a businesswoman is trapped in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.. Our damsel in distress, Angela Bridges runs around a parking garage trying to find an exit. The problem is that her aggressor isn’t threatening enough. When he’s got her to himself, he treats her like a prized possession. Thomas treats her like a lady and is willing to go to extremes in protecting her. This means that Angela will probably be safe as...

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