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Mad Max : Fury Road

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Do not go and see this movie if you want to be informed. Do not go and see this movie if you’re looking for in depth reflections on society. Certainly do not go and see this film based on the presence of Tom Hardy alone. Go and see this film if you appreciate an art form that we thought was lost, the good action film. Go and see this film if you appreciate a visual spectacle that outdoes any of the cartoon CG silliness we get spoon fed these days. Go and see this film if…. Just see this film. Continue reading

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Film 2013 : A Preview Of What’s To Come

Like last year 2013 brings  a lot of big blockbuster movies filled with comic book superheroes, sequels and 80’s remakes. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Tom Cruise are back in the mix, saving the world and killing all the bad guys. Even Stephanie Meyers can’t leave us alone after her schmalzy “Twilight Saga” has finally come to an end and gives us a parasitic alien in the form of Saoirse Ronan. Sometimes it really does feel like Hollywood has run out of ideas and just regurgitates what has already proven to be box-office gold. But that isn’t always a bad thing, as you’ll know what you’re getting for your money when you buy a ticket.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the big films coming out throughout the year, but as we know in films, timelines are fluid so see the months as guidelines not craved in stone.

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January starts of with a big bang and Arni in “The Last Stand”. Schwarzenegger is the disgraced LAPD officer Ray Owens who is serving out his time in the sleepy little town Summerton Junction. When drug lord Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) shows up all hell breaks lose and Schwarzenegger is back to his good old standard of killing people with big guns. Maybe not a film for the Oscars but if you like action movies and are an Schwarzenegger fan “The Last Stand” won’t disappoint, even if the plot is a little weak and the acting a little wooden.

Other Films like “Lincoln”, “The Sessions” and Django Unchained” have already been winning prizes and if you want to know more about them just follow the links.

February is filled with lots of light-hearted comedy in Films like “This is 40”, “Parental Guidance”, “I Give It A Year” and “Wreck-it Ralph”. But there is a good balance with dramas like Oscar nominee “Flight” and Bafta nominee “Hitchcock”.

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However the biggest blockbuster could possibly be action film “A Good Day to Die Hard”. Bruce Willis returns as John McClane and this time it’s his son Jack (Jai Courtney) who needs help. When he discovers that his son is actually a CIA agent trying to prevent the Russians from blowing up the world with nuclear weapons the father and son team up and try and save the day.

March is a month of science fiction and fantasy with “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” tracking down evil hags and killing them. “G.I Joe” makes a return to cinemas and  Percy Jackson, Poseidon’s son, is also back in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”. Nicholas Hoult is “Jack the Giant Slayer” and Saoirse Ronan plays “The Host” to a parasitic alien.

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The one to watch is probably “Elysium”. With Director Neil Blomkamp (District-9) at its helm this sci-fi thriller looks promising. In the year 2159 the human population is split in two, the very wealthy who live on the man made space station Elysium and the rest who live in the slums of earth. Matt Damon plays the hero Max who is trying to bring equality back. Jodie Foster is his adversary Secretary Delacourt who will stop at nothing to keep the wealthy rich.

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April, this is where things start to get a little hazy but it looks like we’ll be seeing a remake of Stephen King’s “Carrie” return to the big screen.  Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit Girl from Kick Ass) replaces Sissy Spacek as Carrie, a shy high school kid who discovers her telekinetic powers and unleashes some supernatural nastiness on her peers.  And it could be that this is the month that we see Tom Cruise again in his upcoming film “Oblivion”.

May could be the mega month of releases with “Iron Man 3”, “Star Trek 2”, “The Hangover 3”, “Fast Six” (Fast and the Furious franchise) and the  Lone Ranger all hoping to lure us into the cinema.

Although the “Lone Ranger” is a new project for Walt Disney Pictures it does reunite Johnny Depp and his Pirates Director Gore Verbinski.  Depp is Tonto who tells the tales of John Ried (Armie Hammer) or the Lone Ranger as he’s better known.

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But May is also said to be the month that the long awaited “Great Gatsby “ finally graces our screens.  With Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Toby Maguire as Nick Carraway it looks like it could have been worth the wait.

June brings back the “Man of Steel”. This time round it’s handsome Henry Cavill (Cold Light of Day) who is clad in the blue tights and red panties but that isn’t his only support, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Laurance Fishburne all make an appearance.

Brad Pitt may prove all doubters wrong that the project “World War Z” was filmable after all, when we see him starring in the Paramount production.

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And Hugh Jackman has let his hair grow again for his starring role in “The Wolverine”. This time around it’s off to Japan, who knows maybe those claws will prove useful when making sushi.

But Will Smith is also back in M Night Shyamalan’s “After Earth”. This action Sci-fi  film is only directed by Shyamalan so hopefully it will be better than “The Last Airbender”.

July reunites Stephen Spielberg with science fiction in his film “Robopocalypse”. The film is based on the book by Daniel H Wilson and seems quite similar to “I, Robot”.

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But again Hollywood gives us sequels with “Grown-ups 2” “The Smurfs 2”and “Dispicable Me 2”, and “Jurassic Park” will be stomping its way back into Cinemas in 3D on it’s 25th (yes really) birthday.

“Dirty Dancing” is being re-made and said to be released in June. But after the disastrous “Total Recall”, “Fame” and “Footloose” reboots of the last few years maybe this isn’t such a wise idea. After all can anyone really replace Patrick Swayze as Jonny and Jennifer Grey as Baby? Some films should just be left alone!

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August gives us the return of the retired, extremely dangerous crowd in “RED 2”, who knows maybe like “The Expendables” this will be better second time round. But “300:Battle of Artemisia” will at least give us scantily clad men with eight packs to watch, even I do yell a lot! And even “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” and “Robocop” seem to be on the list of films to come out in the middle of Summer.

As for the rest of the films that are coming out this year things seem to be even less plannable. But some of the other 2013 big blockbusters that will be beckoning you to take a seat and nibble some pop-corn are:

“Oz the Great and Powerful” (March)

“Kick Ass “ (July?)

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (possibly August)

“Monster University”

“Enders Game” (October)

“Thor: The Dark World” (November)

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (possibly in November)

“The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” (December)

By Jensine-Bethna Wall

Taken 2

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have any money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

We first met man-of-his-word Bryan Mills (played by our own Liam Neeson) back in 2008 when kidnap drama Taken surpassed all expectation – Neeson himself said he thought the film would go “straight to video” – and became the unexpected hit of the year and now, four years later, the retired CIA officer is back and at his knife wielding, gun toting, bullet proof vest wearing best. Well what do you expect when a movie made for a mere $25 million goes on to rake in over $225 million? A sequel was inevitable folks. If the above quote set the tone for and told us all we needed to know about the first film it actually does the same again, well, sort of. Only this time the tables have turned and it’s the baddies who are throwing around the threats. Taken 2 is all about revenge you see. In the original Mills not only killed but tortured his daughter Kim’s (played by Lost alum, Maggie Grace) captors and now the fathers and brothers of the dead are back and demanding retribution.

This time around the action has shifted from Paris to Istanbul where having just completed a security job for one very rich Sheikh retired CIA officer Mills has invited his daughter and now not-so-estranged wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) to join him for a mini vacation he hopes will make for some good old fashioned family bonding. Whereas it was Kim who was “taken” in the original movie it is now Lenore and Bryan’s turn to be abducted. Certainly, the film opens quite promisingly showing Mills instructing his now miraculously more capable daughter (who can forget just how hapless the poor girl was in the original?) Kim on how to locate him and Lenore using only a map, a shoelace oh and a bunch of grenades – Funny he won’t allow her to indulge in any heavy petting but scaling rooftops and throwing grenades is a-ok with the overprotective father. Sadly from here on the movie takes a turn for the worse. Much much worse.

What we the audience loved about Taken was its ruthlessness. Here we got to follow around a man on a mission who tore around Europe destroying anyone and anything that dared get in his way. And, lets be honest here, the vicious nature of the film gave us a thrill, a thrill which has very unfortunately been “taken” (pun intended) from the sequel. In order to maximise Taken 2’s audience producers opted for a 12A rating in place of the uncut originals 18 which was undoubtedly a smart money making move especially when you consider just how many suckers will spring for the uncut DVD version you just know they’re going to release. As a result, however, moviegoers had to sit through a remarkably watered down and dull action movie jam packed with too fast action sequences and incredibly shaky camera work both of which it seems were partially intended to tone down the violence and make the film suitable for twelve year olds but which ultimately made for surprisingly confusing and humdrum fights and car chases. In fact it was so hard for audience members to work out just what was going on that instead of understanding that one of the very bland baddies had just been impaled on a steel rod many were left with the impression that he had died after suffering a single blow to the face. And no, I’m not exaggerating the editing actually was that confusing!

Ever the professional, a now 61 year old Liam Neeson clearly gave the role just as much as he did Oskar Schindler. As such he remains as convincing as ever as the soft spoken but tough as nails ass kicking father willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family, however, no matter how sorry I am to say it even his potential is wasted here. It’s just so disappointing to see a movie like Taken 2 that has so much promise sell out and ultimately sacrifice everything viewers ever loved about the original simply to make more money. Perhaps I’m being overly harsh here. I know you guys, like me, are curious and I guess if you’re taking a trip to the cinema with the sole intention of indulging in two hours worth of mindless escapism while you crunch popcorn and munch gummy bears Taken 2 really isn’t that bad but for the diehards amongst you I say save your pennies and opt to see this one on Bargain Wednesday.

Warning; The door has been left wide open for Taken 3. Yes, really! Irresponsible really considering Neeson may just have to opt for steroids and a thirty year old Maggie Grace will be forced to pump her face full of botox in order to continue playing his virginal daughter who is just dying to get her drivers license!

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