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Sabotage [ Hits:52374 ]
Review: It's funny how some movie titles seem to become self-fulfilling prophecies, allowing their overriding meaning to seep into the film. On the surface, Sabotage is a dark, trashy and intense Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller with a couple of name stars thrown in for good measure. However, as it builds to a crescendo, it seems as though it's actually working to sabotage itself. The story follows a special DEA operations task team, who penetrate a drug cartel's lair ...

Hercules [ Hits:29817 ]
Review: Hercules has been doing the rounds this year with three films including: Hercules Reborn, The Legend of Hercules and now Hercules starring the top-grossing actor of 2013, Dwayne Johnson. Of the three, Hercules, is head and shoulders above the rest and we're not just talking about Johnson's physique. Although to be fair, it wasn't going to be a task based on the quality of the other two. The film's enjoyment depends largely on your expectations going in. This isn't an attempt at recreating an ep...

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [ Hits:12569 ]
Review: Here’s a mystery for you, Arthur Conan Doyle is dead. He’s been dead for 81 years, but still gets “posthumourous” writing credits for the title action man and his sidekick in the latest “Sherlock Holmes” on steroids movie adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Guy Ritchie. As a fan of the charismatic Robert Downey Jr., the action revolution that is Guy Ritchie and the enigmatic character of Sherlock Holmes it just makes this Sherlock Holmes sequel difficult to watch. ...

Inception [ 2010 ] [ Hits:9487 ]
Review: in-cep-tion [in-sep-shuh n] noun - beginning; start; commencement.When Christopher Nolan releases a movie the world stops and takes notice... The director started making films when he was just seven-years-old and 33 years down the line he's still doing what he loves with only several feature length films to date. A short filmography by Hollywood standards, but when you consider Stanley Kubrick only made 16 films in 5 decades it puts Nolan's career in perspective. Just like Kubrick, Nolan's films...

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...

300 [ 2006 ] [ Hits:7036 ]
Review: 300 is essentially the story of how 300 Spartans defeated an army of Persians at least 20 times their number. The Battle of Thermopylae was dramatised as a historical war adventure in The 300 Spartans (1962). Frank Miller was inspired by this story and film, and interpreted it in his graphic novel called 300. Years later, we have the follow-up to the smash hit Frank Miller adaptation of Sin City with 300. Except this isn’t any old remake, this is refreshing cinematic brilliance. The comic book...

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...

A Good Day to Die Hard [ Hits:6316 ]
Review: "Bruce Willis is Dead!" It's the title of a Brothers Streep song, but judging from his last (and possibly last ever) Die Hard performance - he's ready to leave the terrorist-infested building. In an ironic and unintentional move, Willis reprises his role in The Sixth Sense by being dead from the get-go. There's only so much life we can squeeze out of our favourite '80s action icons, first launching them as action figurines from rooftops with makeshift parachutes as kids and then forcing stud...

The Hitman's Bodyguard [ Hits:6130 ]
Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard is a buddy movie from Patrick Hughes, the director who brought us Red Hill and The Expendables 3. Loosely based on the same dynamic as Midnight Run, we are quickly introduced to prolific hitman, Darius Kincaid, who is paired with an elite bodyguard, Michael Bryce, commissioned to get his new client to a trial at the International Court of Justice. Fresh from Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has repositioned his star alongside the action genre, allowing him to headline a hard action...

Battle: Los Angeles [ Hits:5707 ]
Review: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Superman? It's Wednesday - so it must be an alien invasion. Alien invasions have become even more commonplace than UFO sightings in Hollywood. Just over the last few years, there's been a resurgence in alien interest - spurred on by the success of movies like Cloverfield, Transformers, District 9 and Avatar. Although some would also say that the phenomenon never left pop culture with TV series like The X-Files, 4400, Invasion, Roswell and Stargate dotting the t...