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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

THE INVISIBLE MAN, 22/11/20

THE INVISIBLE MAN

Trailer         

Synopsis

A crazed scientist / businessman (who after staging his own suicide), uses his power and technology to become invisible and stalk his ex-girlfriend. When her story is refused by the police, she decides to take matters into her own hands

Cinema

Sky Cinema

Run Time

Two hours, Five minutes (2h, 05m)

Movie Rating

91%

Age Rating

15 (Strong Bloody Violence / Language / Horror / Mystery and Thriller)

Cast

Cecilia Kass – Elisabeth Moss
Emily Kass – Harriet Dyer
Adrian Griffin – Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Tom Griffin – Michael Dorman
James Lanier – Aldis Hodge
Sydney Lanier – Storm Reid
Marc – Benedict Hardie
Annie – Amali Golden
Detective Reckley – Sam Smith
Security Guard – Nash Edgerton
Accident Victim – Anthony Brandon Wong

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the UK is back in lockdown, President “Donald” Trump is still refusing to concede victory to “President – Elect” Joe Biden, Moderna have developed a vaccine against COVID-19 which is alleged to be 94.5% effective compared to Pfizer and BioNTech’s revision to 95% alongside Oxford University / AstraZeneca's 90% and a bus driver of an express service suddenly pulled out of a bus lane to overtake the bus ahead, forcing several cars to slam on their brakes. Seems the bus driver was not paying attention? “Tut-tut”

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor list for England includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Azores, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greek Island of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Israel and Jerusalem, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, St Barthélemy, St Helena / Ascension + Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turks / Caicos Islands, UAE (United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vietnam. If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 14 days.

Review: This movie was intended to be a part of a shared universe dubbed, “THE DARK UNIVERSE” by Universal, kick-started by the rebooted 2017’s The Mummy. Sadly, due to negative reviews, the shared universe never took off, and Johnny Depp seemingly disappeared from the cast after being attached to the movie. The Invisible Man is a standalone movie and heads in its own direction. The movie itself has a very modern feel to it.

It tackles issues of mental and physical abuse, which is also vital to the tone of the plot. The differences from the original movie (Hollow Man came after) and this one are the adaptations for audiences. As more issues arise in the 21st century, movies seek to appeal and be more in tune with what audiences can in some way relate to (The character in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was very differently portrayed). You’d get the impression that maybe the writers for this movie should have worked on The Mummy first, and maybe the shared universe may have kicked off with more positive reviews? 

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

SUPERMAN: RED SON, 09/11/20

SUPERMAN: RED SON

Trailer         

 Synopsis

A reimagining of the Superman mythology if he had not landed in Kansas, USA and instead his ship had landed in Ukraine during 1950s Cold War as a Soviet asset, which would cause panic in the United States.

Cinema

Online Stream

Run Time

One hour, Twenty Four minutes (1h, 24m)

Movie Rating

88%

Age Rating

12 (Action / Adventure / Animation / Violence / Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Cast

Superman / Clark Kent / Kal El – Jason Isaacs
Young Superman – Tara Strong
Lois Lane – Amy Acker
Lex Luthor – Diedrich Bader
Wonder Woman – Vanessa Marshall
Brainiac – Paul Williams
Batman – Roger Craig Smith
James Olson – Phil Morris
John Steward / Ron Troupe – Phil LaMarr
Dwight D. Eisenhower / John F. Kennedy – Jim Meskimen
Hal Jordan – Sasha Roiz
Joseph Stalin – William Salyers
Superior Man / Guy Gardner / Petrovich – Travis Willingham
Svetlana – Winter Ave Zoli
Dimitri – Jason Spisak
Ambassador Lee – Greg Chun
George Taylor – Jim Ward

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the UK is back in lockdown, Joe Biden has “won” the presidential election in United States of America (although it may similarly become as messy as Brexit), Pfizer and BioNTech appear to have developed a vaccine against COVID-19 which is 90% effective and an entitled cyclist ran a red light at a four way junction and nearly got himself run over. Yikes.

The current list of countries on and added to the travel corridor for England includes Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Azores, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, the Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece (includes Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos), Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Japan, Latvia, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcairn/Henderson/Ducie/Oeno Islands, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands, St Barthélemy, St Helena / Ascension + Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. If you are travelling to a country not on the list, you must self isolate for 12 days.

Review: Adapted from the acclaimed DC graphic novel as a retelling of the Superman mythology if he had landed in (Soviet) Russia. An interesting premise, although it appears to appease a certain demographic in some scenes. But if you keep an open mind, the story is left open for potentially more to build on (Looks to have taken inspiration from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Flashpoint as well).This movie is definitely not suitable for young children given the violence, but worth watching nonetheless.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

BLOODSHOT, 25/10/20

BLOODSHOT

Trailer         

 

Synopsis

Based on the bestselling comic book, Ray Garrison is a soldier who was recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot, by the RST Corporation. With nanotechnology in his veins, he becomes an unstoppable force. Whilst the company has sway over his mind and memories, Ray doesn’t know what’s real or not, but he’s on a mission to find out.

Cinema

Sky Movies

Run Time

One hour, Forty Nine minutes (1h, 49m)

Movie Rating

30%

Age Rating

12A (Action / Adventure / Violence / Drama / Sci-Fi / Fantasy)

Cast

Bloodshot / Ray Garrison – Vin Diesel
KT – Eiza Gonzάlez
Emil Harting – Guy Pearce
Jimmy Dalton – Sam Heughan
Marcus Tibbs – Alex Hernandez
Wilfred Wigans – Lamorne Morris
Martin Axe – Toby Kebbell
Gina Garrison – Talulah Riley
Nick Baris – Jόhannes Haukur Jόhannesson
Eric – Siddharth Dhananjay
Mombasa Gunman – Tamer Burjaq
Mombasa Hostage – Clyde Berning

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the current list of countries added to the quarantine list for England includes Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Azores, Barbados, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, the Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece (including Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos), Greenland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macao (Macau), Madeira, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St Barthélemy, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, a three tier system has been introduced in England to determine what type of lockdowns are needed (London is currently in Tier 2) and Post – Brexit trade talks have been extended, hopefully enabling a deal to avoid economic disaster. Yet another messy issue regarding Brexit... *Sighs*

Review: Well, Vin Diesel is playing the hero in Bloodshot, one whose vocabulary isn’t limited to “I am Groot”. Inspiration from Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow come to mind when watching this different but interesting movie. Depending on which side of humour you’re on, not so child friendly action / language are dropped, which may explain the “12A” rating, although I’d probably have left it at “12”. Most of the comedy is courtesy of Wilfred Wigans, which may well be needed if Sony is to push for possible sequels.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

ENOLA HOLMES, 03/10/20

 ENOLA HOLMES

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Synopsis

A young and dynamic teen, Enola Holmes, goes searching for her missing mother. She uses her investigative skills to outwit her big brother, Sherlock Holmes, and help a young runaway viscount

Cinema

NETFLIX

Run Time

Two hours, Two minutes (2h, 02m)

Movie Rating

92%

Age Rating

12 (Adventure / Mystery / Violence / Thriller)

Cast

Enola Holmes – Millie Bobby Brown
Sherlock Holmes – Henry Cavill
Mycroft Holmes – Sam Claflin
Eudoria Holmes – Helena Bonham Carter
Tewkesbury – Louis Partridge
Miss Harrison – Fiona Shaw
Linthorn – Burn Gorman
Lestrade – Adeel Akhtar
Edith – Susie Wokoma
Lady Tewkesbury – Hattie Morahan
Sir Whimbrel Tewkesbury – David Bamber
The Dowager – Frances de la Tour
Mrs. Lane – Claire Rushbrook
Miss Gregory – Ellie Haddington

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news and impacting people’s lifestyles. The current list of countries added to the quarantine list for England includes Andorra, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, French Polynesia, Greek islands: Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante), Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland,  Jamaica, Luxembourg, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Reunion, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, people seem to be panic buying again, according to news media the United States President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump have tested positive for Coronavirus and the EU has launched legal action against the UK for breaching / attempting to amend the Withdrawal Agreement. Yet another messy issue regarding Brexit... *Sighs*

Review: Hmm, giving siblings to characters who originally did not have any can go progressively or force an audience to lose any interest going forward. Whilst the addition to the Holmes family is currently a welcome one, personally, with potential for further movies / stories to be told, there can be a lot of confusion for audiences, as there have been many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, some with the very recent addition of a sister in the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch series, Sherlock (Eurus Holmes?)

Providing people can compartmentalise the very different stories that have been gracing our screens (This includes the Robert Downey Jr adaptation), this movie offers a different take which can be akin to a very censored and heavily watered down Deadpool, included in that there is a lot of fourth walls being broken, a few being referenced to historic England and it’s norms of the day. Also, I have to admit that watching Henry Cavill putting in a solid performance as Sherlock Holmes, I’m also left wondering IF he’ll be returning as Superman? Having said that, it’s up, up and away for possible sequels

Sunday, 13 September 2020

SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW, 13/09/20

SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW

Trailer         

 Synopsis

A young Clark Kent works as an intern at the Daily Planet, while learning how best to save the city of Metropolis from arising threats, through his superhero identity, Superman

Cinema

Online Stream

Run Time

One hour, Twenty Six minutes (1h, 26m)

Movie Rating

100%

Age Rating

12 (Action / Adventure / Animation / Violence / Fantasy / Sci-Fi)

Cast

Superman / Clark Kent / Kal El – Darren Criss
Lois Lane – Alexandra Daddario
Lex Luthor – Zachary Quinto
J’onn J’onzz / Martian Manhunter – Ike Amadi
Lobo – Ryan Hurst
Parasite / Rudy Jones – Brett Dalton
Jonathan Kent – Neil Flynn
Martha Kent – Bellamy Young
Perry White – Piotr Michael
Maya / Petey / Kaylie – Cristina Milizia
Ron Troupe – Eugene Byrd
Mrs. Ross – April Steward

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, the current list of countries added to the quarantine list for England includes Portugal, Hungary, Reunion, French Polynesia, Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, Zakynthos (Zante) and Gibraltar, the “rule of six” kicks in on Monday (14/09/20) due to cases rising and two cars (BMW and a Mercedes Benz) overtook a cyclist at 40mph in the early hours of morning into a dual carriageway, forcing an oncoming car to swerve out the way. Yikes...

Review: A somewhat retelling of the story of Superman, his origins is not retold for those thinking this is a complete reboot. It actually feels like a redirection that the production company would like to go in. Not that this is a bad thing, but reintroducing certain characters can feel like ideas have been exhausted. Lately, I have become a fan of Lobo. Whilst what I’ve seen of him in this movie and previously in the Krypton television series, which may be aimed at the more mature audience and not so much for children, your sense of humour will in a way need to be accommodating to his personality.

A few Easter eggs were dropped in the movie, in terms of characters and what to expect in future adaptations going forward, whilst there was heavy focus on Superman himself. Language and comedy is largely via Lobo himself, who is allowed room to come into his own, whilst he was heavily watered down in the earlier Superman animated cartoon series. His turn in the Krypton television series enabled me to see him differently and eagerly await his return within the DC animated movies (18 / Rated R anyone?), after seemingly becoming an anti-hero, including in the comics. Viewer discretion advised if watching with children.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT, 30/08/20

TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT

Trailer         

 

Synopsis

The Teen Titans welcome a new member who seems to have ulterior motives as they take on old foe, Deathstroke 

Cinema

Online Stream

Run Time

One hour, Twenty Four minutes (1h, 24m)

Movie Rating

83%

Age Rating

12 (Action / Adventure / Animation / Violence / Fantasy / Family / Sci-Fi)

Cast

Robin / Damian Wayne – Stuart Allan
Nightwing / Dick Grayson – Sean Maher
Kori / Koriand’r / Starfire – Kari Wahlgren
Raven / Rachel Roth – Taissa Farmiga
Gar / Garfield Logan / Beast Boy – Brandon Soo Hoo
Blue Beetle / Jaime Reyes – Jake T. Austin
Terra / Tara Markov – Christina Ricci
Bumblebee / Karen Beecher / Traci – Masasa Moyo
Wally West / Kid Flash – Jason Spisak
Speedy / Roy Harper / Arsenal – Crispin Freeman
Deathstroke / Slade Wilson – Miguel Ferrer
Brother Blood / Sebastian Blood – Gregg Henry
Mother Mayhem – Meg Foster
Titans Tower Computer / Bianca Reyes – Maria Canais-Barrera
Kevin Smith – Himself
Alberto Reyes David Zayas

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: Yes (Sets up sequel)

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, it was recently announced that Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic are the latest countries to be added to the UK’s quarantine list, the UK has a “traffic light system” for holiday restrictions on Spain, Croatia, Belgium, France and the Netherlands recently and it’s recently been revealed that actual traffic lights run on a “mutant algorithm, which has also been blamed for the exams fiasco as well...

Review: Sadly, no Justice League this time around, which means that the spotlight is squarely on the Teen Titans and how they handle themselves against rising threats, or in the case of the movie, several threats. Quite a bit of character building for some, others were left with unanswered questions, which will hopefully be answered in potential further releases. In the previous movie, Damian Wayne was actively trying to take charge.

However, he seems more reserved and voices his opinions to the returning Nightwing (who is not the leader of the team). The dynamic between the two throughout the movie is really good to see, almost like Robin looks up to Dick Grayson, in a similar manner to Batman. There is blood, so parents are advised before letting children watch the movie for certain scenes. There is history between Damian Wayne and Deathstroke, which is touched upon, but not in great detail (Although a previous movie has already shown this).

Sunday, 23 August 2020

PROJECT POWER, 23/08/20

 PROJECT POWER

Trailer         

 Synopsis

A cop and a former soldier team up to find the source behind a drug that dangerously provides temporary superpowers.

Cinema

Netflix

Run Time

One hour, Fifty Four minutes (1h, 54m)

Movie Rating

60%

Age Rating

15 (Action / Adventure / Drama / Mystery / Suspense / Violence / Fantasy / Science Fiction)

Cast

Art – Jamie Foxx
Frank – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Robin – Dominique Fishback
Biggie – Rodrigo Santoro
Alex – Mohammad Tiregar
Newt – Colson Baker (“Machine Gun Kelly”)
Gardner – Amy Landecker
Landry – Allen Maldonado
Tracy – Kyanna Simone Simpson
Irene – Andrene Ward-Hammond
Captain Crane – Courtney B. Vance
 Wallace – Tait Fletcher
Knifebones – Yoshi Sudarso
Moto – Casey Neistat
Mr. Luker – Jim Klock
Deli Girl – Janet Nguyen
Bouncer – Luke Hawx
The Matriarch – Rose Bianco

Movie details

Mid – Credits: No

End – Credits: No

Before the Review: Coronavirus continues to dominate the news, impacting people’s lifestyles. Moving on, bubonic plague keeps cropping up after its most deadly outbreak in the fourteenth century, the current quarantine list includes Spain, France, Malta and the Netherlands, whilst autumn seems to have come early due to global warming / climate change?

Review: It’s been a while since I’ve seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the big “small” screen. Actually having to share screen time with another character called “Robin” looks like it could have been very frustrating, given that the big reveal at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. There is also a cheeky "Batman and Robin" reference. And the closest I’ve seen Jamie Foxx in this capacity was in The Amazing Spiderman 2, with his turn as Electro. 

A shift in dynamic where previously you’d have mercenaries, contractors or even cartels vying for positions of authority within countries to rule but now there is state involvement in favour of the cause. How long it would last is unknown, much similar to The Akatsuki in Naruto (and Shippuden) who were used to further other villages/countries own ends.

Very familiar scene from The Guardians of the Galaxy plays out for the big reveal sequence that begins to be teased during the movie. Jamie Foxx comes across as a very seriously actor here, which makes his turn as a former soldier believable. Lots of language and violence use, and most of the comedy stems from Frank, although one interaction between Art and Robin was quite humorous.