Friday, September 21, 2012

Premium Rush

SF: I'm going to call this Tour de New York. It sort of reminded me of Nick of Time in the whole real time deadline aspect which I liked. I wonder how much appeal this is going to have to non bike enthusiast. The plot was thin but the film remained watchable. I think I would have liked a few more BMX tricks as the one scene where they use a few was probably the best part of the whole film. Also the volume of mounting plot hole began to annoy me. Sadly it would appear that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's talents are wasted in what really amounts to nothing but mediocre. 5/10

50 Eggs: n/a

DonkeyB: I think your enjoyment of this film might be dependent on knowing what a steel framed fixey is before the film starts. If you don't you will by the end. Bike porn, but very enjoyable. 6.5/10

Overall: 5.75/10

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dredd 3D

SF: What an improvement on the last attempt to bring Dredd to the big screen (which was a 2/10). This was not the most amazing action I've ever seen but it does do what it sets out to. The effects are well executed thought the slow motion was a little over used. Nice touch by the film makers on not removing the helmet - as Dredd never does in the comic. Not sure if they really captured Mega City One and it did make me think of The Raid more than once but that's not a bad thing. If you like lots of guns and explosions its one to see. 6.5/10

50 Eggs: I went  to see this merely to show my support for the refreshing decision to release it as an 18. Glad I did. Dredd 3D is proper cool - a gritty no holds barred action film. There's one liners, lots and lots of guns and a great performance from Karl Urban as the Judge. I almost Whooped. And without giving anything away, the ending is brilliant- it's understated, almost nonchalant, as if to say 'just another day in Mega City One'.This could be the start of something really good. 9/10

DonkeyB: n/a

Overall: 7.75/10

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Raid

SF: I've seen a lot of Martial Arts films, after Ong Bak  I didn't think anything could surprise me, then I saw this. It is nothing short of brilliant. Action from the word go that does not hold back. I think I counted about 100 broken limbs. The plot works fine to hold it together but doesn't detract too much. No Oscars here but that isn't want this is going for. The fights are well choreographed and keep you wanting more. I loved this film and if you like action you will too. 9/10

50 Eggs: I do like action and I did like this film! But not as much as SF. The plot provides a good foundation for a relentless sequence of fight scenes, but for me the story it was done better in Dredd. And whilst I cant fault the Kung-fu, I have been been spoiled by Toni Jaa films, (Google 'The Protector' & 'fight scenes') and therefore can't get overly excited by this. Take this negativity with a pinch of salt though - The Raid is a good film and is only suffering by comparison to some of my favorite films in the genre. 7/10

DonkeyB: n/a

Overall: 8/10