Category Archives: Action

HOTEL ARTEMIS (2018): New Trailer from Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum…

Hotel Artemis (2018), Sofia Boutella
Hotel Artemis (2018), Sofia Boutella

Written / directed by Drew Pearce, Hotel Artemis is a new crime / action movie set in a -near future riot-torn version of LA.

Starring Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Jeff Goldblum and Sterling K. Brown, the story ofHotel Artemis follows a nurse (Foster) who runs a secret members-only emergency room for criminals…

There’s quite a lot going on in this trailer yet no major stand out moments that have me super excited, even though the plot is unique. I remain hopeful though – because of Foster, Goldblum and serious badass Boutella.

Charlie Day, Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate and Fatimah Hassan also star.

Hotel Artemis Release Dates: July 20th, 2018 (UK);

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THE MEG (2018): New Trailer From Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson…

The Meg (2018), Jason Statham
The Meg (2018), Jason Statham

Starring Jason Statham, Ruby Rose and Rainn Wilson, The Meg is a Jon Turteltaub directed action / horror / sci-fi movie about Jonas Taylor, a man who must confront his fears of the 70 foot shark he escaped from to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.

Pushing aside my thoughts of a modern Moby Dick and Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), I want to see this one for the special effects. It’s also quite likely that I’m going to be rooting for the ‘fish’.

The Meg Release Dates: August 10th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN (2018): New Trailer From Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson…

Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Rowan Atkinson
Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Rowan Atkinson

In director David Kerr’s latest instalment of the Johnny English franchise, Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), English is forced to come out of retirement to find a mastermind hacker following a major cyber-attack.

The main stars include Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson…

It’s really the beautiful shots of my beloved London, England that has me thinking about watching this. I like that Emma Thompson is in the cast, however, I do find myself distracted by my love of Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

I could be wrong but kind of feel as though the humour in this movie is the type that will likely make me smile; whereas I’d really much rather laugh my head off, so to speak.

Lastly, is it me or does the plot of this movie sound quite a bit like the plot of one of Daniel Craig’s Bond films?

Johnny English Strikes Again Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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UPGRADE (2018): New Trailer From Logan Marshall-Green, Rosco Campbell, Richard Cawthorne…

Upgrade (2018), Logan Marshall-Green
Upgrade (2018), Logan Marshall-Green

From writer / director Leigh Whannell, Upgrade is a new action / sci-fi / comedy set during a time in the near future, when technology controls nearly all aspects of life.

Starring  Logan Marshall-Green, Rosco Campbell and Richard Cawthorne; the story centres around a self-identified technophobe called Grey who has his world turned upside down. Grey’s only hope to set things right is an experimental implant called Stem….

The main reason I’m drawn to this movie is the well-choreographed fight sequences. Maybe I’ll love the rest of it too. Either way, I’ve already been wowed.

Upgrade Release Dates: Jun 1st, 2018 (US)…

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REVENGE (2018): New Trailer Starring Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe…

Revenge (2018), Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz
Revenge (2018), Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz

Written and directed by Coralie Fargeat, Revenge is an action / thriller that exists to remind you that you should never, ever, take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway. Especially if she’s devoted to hunting.

Matilda Anna Ingrid LutzKevin JanssensVincent Colombe and Guillaume Bouchède star…

I hope that the finished film lives up to the promise of this wonderful trailer. There’s nothing quite like a well-executed tale of vengeance to remind one of how great film is.

Revenge Release Dates: May 11th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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ADRIFT (2018): New Trailer From Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas…

Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley
Adrift (2018), Sam Claflin, Shailene Woodley

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Adrift is  an action/ adventure/ drama based on the true survival story of a young couple who find themselves facing one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Thomas star…

I’ll definitely be watching for reasons including Sam Claflin’s wonderful beard.

Of course, the story, particularly anything useful I could pick up about survival at sea are also motivating factors.

Adrift Release Dates: June 1st , 2018 (US & UK)…

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN (2017): The Thing I Liked…

American Assassin (2017), Dylan O'Brien
American Assassin (2017), Dylan O’Brien

American Assassin isn’t exactly a terrible movie, it’s just that director Michael Cuesta’s film didn’t have anything particularly new to show me. At least not until the thing that happens on / in the ocean towards the end. That moment definitely had my attention.

Starring Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan and Dylan O’Brien, I must admit that I struggled to remain interested during numerous scenes that I felt I’d seen many times before in other better executed action thrillers; The Bourne Identity (2002) being one such film.

Performance-wise, O’Brien didn’t do a bad job. As for Taylor Kitsch though, I can’t say I bought into his character’s anger completely.

Assuming that this movie was shot after the Maze Runner – The Death Cure on-set accident, I was certainly happy to see O’brien looking physically well again. Overall, the story of this movie simply wasn’t new enough for me. At least not new in enough ways to prevent it from feeling tedious.

Watch it if you absolutely must. Otherwise, three words: The Bourne Identity (2002). Two more words:  Casino Royale (2006). Three more words: I joke, I have no more words… at this time.

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THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (2017): The Things I Liked…

The Mountain Between Us (2017), Kate Winslet
The Mountain Between Us (2017), Kate Winslet

The Mountain Between Us, a story about two strangers whose plane crashes into a remote snow covered mountain is a movie I tuned into to find out if and how the strangers survive. I also just had see Idris Elba and Kate Winslet on screen together.

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, The Mountain Between Us did enough to keep my attention, especially during the first four fifths of the film. I specify four fifths because the last fifth leading up to the final conclusion moved slower than my impatient self would have liked.

As for the onscreen chemistry between Elba and Winslet, any sparks that flew certainly weren’t bright enough to blind me for a second. As such, I’d say that the chemistry was adequate at best. Perhaps I know too much about the actors to buy their characters fully as a couple. It could also have been the semi- awkward love scene. On the other hand, perhaps the story somehow just didn’t give me all that I needed to believe in the central relationship. Whatever the answer, something was a little off for me.

The Mountain Between Us (2017), Idris Elba
The Mountain Between Us (2017), Idris Elba

If I were to watch The Mountain Between Us again, it’d probably be just a little chunk or two to remind me of Elba and Winslet’s chemistry. A second reason might be the beautiful shots of the snow covered mountain and surrounding landscape. Additionally, I may not have loved the song choice for when the credits started to role (ZAYN – Dusk Till Dawn ft. Sia), but I’ll always  have time for another glimpse of the way Elba’s surgeon character is dressed when we first meet him. Two thumbs up to that look, ALWAYS!

Applause to the film’s costume department aside, the moment that impressed me the most in The Mountain Between Us is actually the inevitable plane crash scene. It just felt so believable to me. More so than most, I think.

Overall, I see Abu-Assad’s movie as an OK film that’s worth seeing if something about it appeals enough. It’s also a movie that forced me to contemplate the benefits of having a dog… someday, probably.

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