Review – The Foreigner

The Foreigner, directed by Martin Campbell, offers one of the most interesting and meaningful performances from Jackie Chan in quite some time… perhaps ever. So it’s then a real shame that the film puts the majority of its focus on other characters and a plot that get’s more bloated, the longer it goes on. Jackie’s performance and his character had me hooked almost instantly, so it leaves me confused as to the decision behind not making him more of the film’s focus. Let’s explore what Jackie Chan achieves in this film and if it’s one worth checking out. Read more

Review – Justice League

* This review contains SPOILERS for Justice League. *

Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder (and to some extent, Joss Whedon as well) is a totally empty, totally disappointing experience. Once again, you have a film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) that tries to tackle everything at once, rather than sensibly or properly developing things in a way that is smart, comprehensive, fulfilling or satisfying. You have the rushed development of key characters; a plot that is formulaic and filled with exposition, a villain with no characterisation, and action scenes that are ugly to look and lack anything exciting. This film is all that is bad about blockbuster films and also DC ones in particular. This review won’t be kind, which I’m disappointed about, but the MANY problems in this film have to be discussed – for the sake of people who might consider sitting through it or already have. Let’s get to it. Read more

Review – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, directed by Guy Ritchie, is a film that does not skimp on style. A quick, witty editing style, music that elevates every moment it is a part of, and action that is exciting to watch; King Arthur is undoubtedly a well-made film, from a cinematic standpoint. However the film has the big issue of being all style and no substance. With characters that lack individuality and a story that is predictable; the film undoubtedly struggles to offer anything new or narratively memorable. And so that leaves me to wonder: Is the film’s bombastic, fun, exciting and rewarding to look at style, enough to make this summer blockbuster experience, one worth seeing? Well, let’s find out through this review, shall we. Read more

Review – The Siege of Jadotville

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The Siege of Jadotville, directed by Richie Smyth, is a film that fails to really invest you in anything; its characters, its conflict, its overall plot. Nothing really grabbed me in this film as memorable, a lot of the film feels very flat and void of anything of meaningful substance. So let’s just get into this review and start the breakdown of just where this film goes wrong. Read more