Category Archives: Action

KINGSMAN – THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Kingsman - The Golden Circle (2017), Taron Egerton, Mark Strong
Kingsman – The Golden Circle (2017), Taron Egerton, Mark Strong

This is  probably unsurprising since Kingsman – The Golden Circle is a sequel but I did not enjoy this movie as much as the original. In director Matthew Vaughn’s sequel, the Kingsman head offices are blown up and the kingsmen must team up with an allied spy organisation in the US.

Not that Kingsman – The Secret Service (2014) was super realistic, but something about this follow-up felt quite ridiculous. Starting with the opening scene; somehow it just didn’t feel as thrilling as I’d ordinarily expect. Part of the problem is that I found myself immediately disappointed with the story’s choice of villain, the one we meet in the first few minutes. There’s also the fact that everything happened so suddenly in the first few minutes, whereas I somehow wanted or perhaps expected to be eased into the action, as odd as that may sound.

This movie has one or two fight sequences that harked back to the first film. These scenes played a little too ‘the same’, for my liking. In this way they reminded me of part of the reason why Quantum Of Solace (2008) was such a terrible follow-up to the brilliant Casino Royale (2006). It tried too hard to almost repeat so much of what worked so very well in the first movie.

As for the matter of the main villain of vaughn’s movie, let’s just say that I have officially found a Julianne Moore performance I do not like. In the role of the villain, I did not fully buy into her evil. Is her face simply far too angelic for the kind of evil required? Maybe. What I know for sure is that I didn’t see it in her eyes or feel it through her words and I needed to.

Luckily, there is some good news here; namely the beautifully executed ‘singing scene’ towards the end. I was moved. Overall though, my favourite scene in this film has to be the ‘infiltration’ of Poppy’s compound. That’s the moment I saw a fight scene that truly felt as though it belonged to Kingsman – The Golden Circle. Rather than something borrowed from Kingsman – The Secret Service and as a result, felt quite tedious.

Watch it if you’re very curious.

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WATCH THE SUNSET (2017): New Trailer From Tristan Barr, Michael Gosden, Chelsea Zeller…

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Directed, written by and starring Tristan Barr plus Michael Gosden, Watch The Sunset is the story of a man whose past comes back to haunt him resulting in his estranged family becoming tangled in its web…

Watch The Sunset is a movie based on real events and shot in one take. The latter and this promising trailer is my reason for watching.  My fingers are crossed it’s great.

Chelsea Zeller, Annabelle Williamson and Catherine Dawson also star.

Watch The Sunset Release Dates

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BILAL – A NEW BREED OF HERO (2018): New Trailer From Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane, China Anne McClain…

Bilal - A New Breed Of Hero (2018)
Bilal – A New Breed Of Hero (2018)

Directed and co-written by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal, Bilal – A New Breed Of Hero is inspired by true events and set a thousand years ago, when a boy named Bilal is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home.

Finding himself in a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal must muster the courage to raise his voice, make a change and earn his remembrance in time and history. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane and China Anne McClain star… 

I’m intrigued because this is an animated movie that seems to have nothing to do with Disney, Illumination or DreamWorks. The visual style is certainly different and I’m curious about how similar the story will be.

Bilal – A New Breed Of Hero Release Dates: February 2nd, 2018 (US)…

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GAME OVER, MAN (2018): New Trailer From Adam DeVine, Anders Holmm, Blake Anderson, Shaggy…

Game Over, Man (2018), Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson
Game Over, Man (2018), Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson

Game Over, Man is a new action / comedy about three friends on the verge of getting their video game financed, but then their benefactor has been taken hostage by terrorists. As you probably guessed, they have to help.

Directed by Kyle Newacheck, Game Over, Man stars Adam DeVine, Anders Holm (also the writer), Blake Anderson and Shaggy…

I’m curious about this one because who wouldn’t want something fun like the first The Hangover movie?  I’m still very hopeful even though that ‘breaking news’ bit that ends with the three guys singing Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me‘ felt quite awkward and long.

Game Over, Man Release Dates: March 23rd, 2018  / April 20th, 2018…

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MORTAL ENGINES (2018): New Trailer From Peter Jackson Starring Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae…

Mortal Engines (2018), Hera Hilmar
Mortal Engines (2018), Hera Hilmar

Directed by Christian Rivers, starring Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving and Jihae, Mortal Engines is an action / fantasy / sci-fi movie set many years after the ‘Sixty Minute War.’ A time when cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels, attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources…

The concept for this movie which has Peter Jackson of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy involved as one of the screenwriters is definitely interesting. Nevertheless, there are just a few reasons why I find myself intrigued but not quite excited, yet.

One reason is the fact that I don’t really know the film’s star so I don’t have that prior connection. Another reason is we don’t get to see her face in this trailer so there’s that barrier to connection.  Last but absolutely not least, the idea of London, England my dear beloved city existing only on wheels is very unsettling to say the least.

Now that all my random thoughts have been aired, I’m quite sure that I’ll  get over my concerns enough to appreciate one more fearless screen heroine.

Joel Tobeck and Robert Sheehan also star.

Mortal Engines Release Dates: December 14th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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GRINGO (2018): New Trailer From Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton…

Gringo (2018), Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton
Gringo (2018), Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton

In dark comedy Gringo which stars Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo and Joel Edgerton, Oyelowo is Harold Soyinka, a former law-abiding citizen who, in his battle to survive finds himself a wanted criminal.

Directed by Nash Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley also star…

I’m really looking forward to seeing Oyelowo in a comedy role because this trailer is really fun. Something about this movie reminds me of We’re the Millers (2013), a fun comedy. Also, Copley and Theron are usually great in comedy roles.

Gringo Release Dates: March 9th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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SICARIO 2 – SOLDADO (2018): New Trailer From Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Katherine Keener…

Sicario 2 - Soldado (2018), Josh Brolin
Sicario 2 – Soldado (2018), Josh Brolin

In Sicario 2 – Soldado, instead of Denis Villneuve, the director of the sequel for one of my favourite films of 2015 – Sicario is Stefano Sollima. 

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are back to a reality where the drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. Federal agent Matt Graver (Brolin) re-teams with Alejandro (Del Toro) to fight the war…

This isn’t a bad trailer and I’m happy to have caught a glimpse of Catherine Keener but something tells me that I’m going to miss Emily Blunt’s character. I could just be thinking this because I’m used to seeing her there as my own eyes among all the unsavoury happenings…

Perhaps Keener’s character will represent the spectator this time. Either way, I hope it’s a worthy sequel.

Sicario 2 – Soldado Release Dates: June 29th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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OCEAN’S 8 (2018): New Trailer From Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna…

Ocean's 8 (2018), Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock
Ocean’s 8 (2018), Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock

Directed and co-written by Gary Ross, Oceans 8 is an all-female leading cast that stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean. Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

It looks as though Debbie is supposed to be a relation of Danny Ocean rather than a female Danny Ocean character, in a world where George Clooney’s Danny Ocean never existed. interesting.

I really want Ocean’s 8 to be good and my hopes are relatively high mainly because Cate Blanchett is in it. Such pressure on ‘queen Cate’.

Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathatway, Dakota Fanning, Samantha Cocozza and Olivia Munn also star.

Ocean’s 8 Release Dates: June 8th, 2018 (US); June 22nd, 2018 (UK)…

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