Spotlight On…Recent Viewings 4

Posted by David On August 4, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Iron Sky

Released: 2012

Directed by: Timo Vuorensola

Written by: Michael Kalesniko

Starring: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Peta Sergeant

Plot: After World War 2 a select group of Nazis build a secret base on the Moon and plan for a future invasion. Accidentally discovered by astronauts they begin the invasion early.

For: Some cool FX / great idea.

Against: Everything else. Not funny, acting is terrible, plot is terrible etc

Favourite Scene: None

Rating: 0.5 Lukes


Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Lem Dobbs

Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender

Plot: A black ops mercenary seeks payback after she is betrayed during a mission.

For: Great stunts and fighting scenes. You can actually see what is happening, which seems to be a rarity these days. Gina Carano’s first acting performance and she does a good job. Great cast

Against: Plot is obvious and drags on a bit / soundtrack is weird and distracting / Carano sounds dubbed

Favourite Scene: Every fight scene, especially the sequence where she is trying to elude capture through the city.

Rating: 3 Lukes

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Released: 1986

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

Written by: Gregory Widen

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

Plot: An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponents, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled “Prize”.

For: A classic from my childhood that I watched again recently with Crystal, and even she liked it! What’s not to love – epic sword fights, a Frenchman playing a Scot, and a Scot playing an Egyptian, Clancy Brown in the performance of his life as the awesome Kurgan, There Can Be Only One!

Against: Although I love this film I do admit it has flaws, especially Lambert’s terrible acting, but I’m not going to dwell on them.

Favourite Scene: Too many to list them all so I’ll go with every scene the Kurgan is in, especially the church scene.

Rating: 4.5 Lukes

Mirror Mirror

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tarsem Singh

Written by: Jason Keller & Mark Klein

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lilly Collins, Armie Hammer

Plot: A retelling of the Snow White fable, an evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

For: Everything looks gorgeous / a great film if you’re 5 years old / Lilly Collins is very pretty

Against: Gorgeous sets and design can’t cover up a crap story / Julia Roberts / the entire tone of the film is off / not funny / I’m not 5 years old

Favourite Scene: None

Rating: 1 Luke

Safe House

Released: 2012

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Written by: David Guggenheim

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

Plot: A bored young CIA agent is the caretaker of a CIA safe house, where counts away the minutes and yearns for field work. That boredom is shattered when the world’s most wanted man is brought into his care and the safe house is attacked, forcing them to go on the run.

For: Always happy to see both Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds / good mix of action and drama

Against: The ‘betrayed plot twist’ at the end is painfully obvious / the assault on the safe house is directed strangely, using shots that are meant to invoke sympathy for characters that we only just met 2 seconds ago and don’t get a chance to care about.

Favourite Scene: The entire sports stadium sequence

Rating: 3.5 Lukes

From Hell

Released: 2001

Directed by: Albert Hughes & Allen Hughes

Written by: Alan Moore (original story), Terry Hayes (screenplay)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm

Plot: Troubled Inspector Abberline investigates the Jack The Ripper murders and falls in love with one of the killer’s targets.

For: The original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell is genius so everything this films steals from that is awesome / Johnny Depp and Ian Holm are always great

Against: Everything else. Instead of supposedly adapting brilliance and failing at almost every step, why not just come up with your own work? Don’t say its an adaption and then ignore most of it.

Favourite Scene: Can’t think of one

Rating: 1 Luke

The Grey

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

Written by: Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo

Plot: After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

For: Surprisingly tense drama / most Wolf effects are convincing (uses a mix of real & FX shots) / Liam Neeson is a legend

Against: Death order pretty obvious / Alpha wolf looks fake / pull away shot in flashbacks used way too many times

Favourite Scene: Neeson calmly drinking in bar / first wolf attack

Rating: 3.5 Lukes

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