Tag Archives: Action

Review in Brief: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

I’ve never been a JOHN WICK stan (am I using that right?). I like the films just fine – the first considerably more than the second – but I don’t quite see them as the action art form that some … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Robin Hood (2018)

If I hear one more new take on a property tell me to forget what I know, I’ll stab myself with a fork. We’re also supposed to “forget history” with the latest take on ROBIN HOOD. Just as well really, … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Tomb Raider (2018)

The quest for the great, even good video game movie (as opposed to a few decent examples of movies about video gaming) continues. The latest TOMB RAIDER is unengaging, lifeless and features a depressing amount of obviously fake jungle sets. … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Manhunt (2017/18)

Surprise, surprise, John Woo’s latest is very John Woo. MANHUNT’s action may take a while to really ramp up, but once it does you’ve got more people flying through the air, sliding along surfaces and rapidly expending and replacing guns … Continue reading

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Review: The Predator (2018)

THE PREDATOR is frustrating for a number of reasons. That said, it’s also (damning with faint praise) the best Predator sequel we’ve had so far. The extraterrestrial Predator species returns to Earth in the form of a fleeing renegade carrying … Continue reading

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Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

JUMANJ was one of those 90s films. At the risk of being pilloried, I’m going to say it: it wasn’t great. It hasn’t aged well either, but there was definitely something about it, something that means a lot of people … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Bright (2017)

“Only a Bright can control the power of the wand”. That’s really how BRIGHT opens. Then we see “Curse the police” on a wall. Whatever its intention, Bright comes across as a massive piss-take of Black Lives Matter. Just in … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Guy Ritchie can’t do the fast-slow-fast-slow thing in every film. Like everything else he’s done, KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD is grey and self-serious but with breaks for “banter”. There are modern street clothes, dialect and hairstyles in the … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

At least the first one had momentum. RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER represents a tired franchise thankfully put to bed (until the reboot). The competent action is made far less enjoyable by Paul WS Anderson’s usual janky editing and tendency … Continue reading

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Review: Wild Card (2015)

I like a Jason Statham movie as much as the next guy. There’s also a certain pleasure in seeing Statham being beaten up by a toupee-wearing Max Casella early on in the film, and in a goon having his forehead … Continue reading

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