Category Archives: Action

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS – HOBBS & SHAW (2019): The Things I Liked…

Fast & Furious Presents - Hobbs & Shaw (2019), Jason Statham
Fast & Furious Presents – Hobbs & Shaw (2019), Jason Statham

I personally haven’t watched a Fast & Furious movie in a very long time because I was never overly enthused by them. The main reason I tuned in to Fast & Furious Presents – Hobbs & Shaw is the fun trailer and its main star, Dwayne Johnson. Another reason is the promise of entertaining brotherly banter between Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw, because they’re forced to work together.

My experience with the older Fast & Furious movies I’ve seen prepared me to not expect anything more than some action packed – yet light entertaining fun. As such, when I found myself thinking: ‘It’s OK but I feel as though something’s missing’ – that ‘something’ being depth and notable acting, I was neither mad nor surprised. I did enjoy the chemistry between Statham and Johnson. I just wish that a fair amount of the amusing quips between the two weren’t used up in the trailer. What stands out most for me in Hobbs & Shaw is a very well executed and captured stunt or two – or three. One of them being the motorbike under the truck manoeuvre. 

Other key highlights include, the characters played by Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart. I also loved that gorgeous ring on Helen Mirren’s character’s finger. It certainly stole almost all of my attention during the prison visit scene.

As for the less memorable aspects of Hobbs & Shaw, they would be me finding Idris Elba’s villainy to be OK rather than great. There’s also the matter of the first two songs that played once the movie started – not the best choice in my humble opinion. 

There’s indeed some fun to be had with director David Leitch’s action / adventure. Just remember not to expect too much and enjoy the stunts.

Happy Film Loving 

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THE GENTLEMEN (2020): New Trailer From Guy Ritchie, Starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery…

The Gentlemen (2020), Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, STX Entertainment
The Gentlemen (2020), Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, STX Entertainment

 Guy Ritchie’s latest action / crime movie The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farell and Michelle Dockery.

It’s the England based story of a very British drug lord who tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires…

Ritchie is the director of two of my favourite British films, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000). So of course I’m watching this one. The cast and story looks great. The comes the cherry on top of rather posh British actors speaking in far less posh accents. Such fun!

Jeremy Strong, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Jason Wong, Brittany Ashworth, Christopher Evangelou and Eliot Sumner also star.

The Gentlemen Release Dates: January 1st, 2020 (UK), January 24th, 2020 (US)…

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BIRDS OF PREY – AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN (2020): New Trailer From Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor…

Birds Of Prey - And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn (2019), Margot Robbie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn (2019), Margot Robbie, Warner Bros. Pictures

The trailer for the long awaited DC Comics Harley Quinn movie, Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn. is finally here.

Directed by Cathy Yan, this new story starts after Quinn (Margot Robbie) splits up with the Joker and joins three female superheroes. Namely Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya. Their mission being to save the life of a little girl from an evil crime lord…

I’m in because maybe finally all the excitement and yelping with delight that was a result of me seeing Quinn in the Suicide Squad trailer can deliver on its promise. Fingers, toes and everything crossed. There’s still hope because Robbie is great.

Derek Wilson, Matthew Willig, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina, Rosie Perez, Charlene Amoia, Isabel Pakzad and Ali Wong Also star.

Birds Of Prey – And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn Release Dates: February 7th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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6 UNDERGROUND (2019): New Trailer From Michael bay, Starring Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, BEN HARDY…

6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix
6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix

 Director Michael Bay’s latest action / thriller stars Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Ben Hardy and Mélanie Laurent.

The Story centres around six billionaires who decide to fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to eliminate notorious criminals.

I’m excited. Are you excited? I’m excited, mainly because of Reynolds, the good looking action sequences and also the Reynolds and Franco dynamic.

Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Shubham Saraf, Bahara Golestani, Payman Maadi, Hélène Cardona, Lior Raz, Sebastian Roché, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sitara Attaie and James Murray also star.

6 Underground Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 / Netflix…

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THE KING’S MAN (2020): New Official Trailer Starring Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Aterton, Matthew Goode…

King's Man (2020), Gemma Aterton, 20th Century Fox
King’s Man (2020), Gemma Aterton, 20th Century Fox

The next trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man , a movie starring Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and about the first independent Intelligence agency is here…

I’m already quite certain that Sofia Boutella’s Gazelle in Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014) will forever be my favourite Kingsman character. Nevertheless, I look forward to what Aterton’s Polly will bring to the franchise.

Also the character played by Tayolor-Johnson, I’m guessing he may be a villain, since we’re two trailers in and we still haven’t met him .

Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, Stanley Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Alexandra Maria Lara, Tucci, Rhys Ifans and Daniel Brühl also star.

The King’s Man Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (US)…

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THE RHYTHM SECTION (2019): New Trailer From Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella….

The Rhythm Section (2019), Blake Lively
The Rhythm Section (2019), Blake Lively, Paramount Pictures

In new action / mystery The Rhythm Section, Blake Lively is a woman determined to seek revenge against the people behind a plane crash that killed her family.

Directed by Reed Morano; additional key cast includes Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella…

Both Peppermint (2018) and Taken (2008) came to mind as this trailer played. That’s precisely after the thought… ‘Is Blake Lively speaking in a British accent?‘ The answer is yes and my fingers are crossed that the end result is as thrilling as this trailer suggests.

Daniel Mays, Richard Brake, Raza Jaffrey, Geoff Bell, Nasser Memarzia, Jade Anouka, Jack McEvoy, Tawfeek Barhom and Ivana Basic also star.

The Rhythm Section Release Dates: January 31st, 2020 (US); February 21st, 2020 (UK)…

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BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (2020): New trailer From Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig…

Bad Boys For Life (2020),(Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Bad Boys For Life (2020),(Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Sony Pictures Entertainment

In new action / comedy Bad Boys For Life, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are back as Marcus Burnett (now a police inspector) and Mike Lowery who’s in the midst of a midlife crisis.

Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, additional key cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig…

I’m really just in for the comedy duo that is the great Smith and Lawrence. The humour is what I recall most about the previous Bad Boys movies.

Joe Pantoliano, Happy Anderson, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo, Paola Nuñez, Sharon Pfeiffer, Jennifer Badger and Maria Z. Wilson also star.

Bad Boys For Life Release Dates: January 17th, 2020 (US); January 24th, 2020 (UK)…

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THE AERONAUTS (2019): New Trailer From Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Phoebe Fox, Himesh Patel…

The Aeronauts (2019), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
The Aeronauts (2019), Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

The Aeronauts is a new biography / adventure story directed by Tom Harper, that stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel and Phoebe Fox.

At the heart of the story is Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher, as they attempt to make discoveries in a hot air balloon but find themselves in an epic fight for survival…

The dynamics of how the hot air balloon scenes were filmed has me curious. Green screen, I’m sure, but what else?

I’m actually quite interested in the costumes, gender politics of the time (1862) and notable performances by the proven cast.

Tim McInnerny, Julian Ferro, Tom Courtenay, Vincent Perez, Kamil Lemieszewski and Rebecca Front also star.

The Aeronauts Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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