Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is perhaps one of the most well-rounded, exciting offerings in the franchise to date. Despite a runtime that’s bloated and a plot that is your usual uninspired set of events, the film still delivers some of the most thrilling, perfectly executed set-pieces, and an overall atmospheric tone that has this impossible outing feeling far more stylish and engaging than the previous few films. I found myself thoroughly entertained and enjoying every second of the choreographed madness. While I’ll still be diving into some of the issues that plague both this film and the franchise as a whole, I’m still eager and excited to explore all that Fallout has to offer, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – The Snowman

The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a perfect example of a film that is completely unable to coherently manage the source material it is based upon. A poor start that sees most of the necessary set-up being overlooked and then a lack of any proper exploration of the characters and the plot, quickly sees this film becoming a mismanaged, dull detective story with no thrills and nothing to hold your interest. I was looking forward to this film, but alas, it failed to deliver on what could have potentially been an exciting, unsettling film. So let’s explore where the film went wrong and if there is anything that makes it still worth seeing. Read more

Review – Life

Life, directed by Daniel Espinosa, is not original in any way; it is a story and a concept that has been done many times before, and better (‘Alien’ being a prime  example). But, despite it not offering anything ground-breaking or different, I did still find myself engaged and rooting for the main characters. I was intrigued by how the film approached the philosophy of the situation, and it gave just enough to make me care for people who I felt I had a decent understanding of. So there are certainly some pros and cons to the film, and getting onto the full review will help clear some of them up (hopefully). So let’s get on with it. Read more

Review – The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train, directed by Tate Taylor, is a film that certainly offers up an interesting story, and certainly delivers some layered characters; however nothing is ever explored to the extent that feels meaningful. There are hints of really compelling elements, but in the films 2 hour runtime it never achieves what it first suggests it has to offer. This film is a mixed bag; it has some really good elements within it, but it also has a lot of failings to it as well. So let’s get the review on the tracks and see where this film might have gone wrong (I was going to finish that last sentence by saying ‘off the rails’ but just couldn’t bring myself to do it.) Anyway, review time. Read more